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first_imgNew Mexico utility says carbon capture plan too expensive, backs coal plant closure FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:New Mexico’s largest utility has fleshed out its analysis of the environmental and economic impacts of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology as a potential lifeline for its ailing coal plant. The results are not promising.Retrofitting the San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology would bring the Public Service Co. of New Mexico’s (PNM) total transition plan cost to over $6 billion, $1.3 billion more than its preferred long-term scenario, which includes retiring the plant in 2022, the utility announced Monday.PNM confirmed initial assumptions it made about the economic and environmental impracticalities of prolonging the plant’s life through the technology after state regulatory staff challenged its current retirement plan in October testimony to the state’s Public Regulation Commission (PRC). Staff argued the utility had not fully explored a carbon capture scenario in its plan to abandon the coal-fired facility early.But there are too many economic and environmental unknowns in carbon capture, according to utility spokesperson Raymond Sandoval, including downstream carbon impacts of enhanced oil recovery and the risks of investing in nascent technology. Instead, the utility thinks the plant should be retired in 2022 and its leftover costs secured through bonds, as was called for in the state’s landmark Energy Transition Act (ETA).The ongoing proceeding at the PRC is bringing to light many diverse opinions on how and when the state’s 940 MW coal-fired plant should be retired.Environmental groups and PNM agree that carbon capture is not the best option, but local group Enchant Energy is banking on the technology to extend the plant’s life. Farmington, New Mexico, where the plant is sited, recently signed an agreement with Enchant to give the company 95% ownership of the plant. But to fully transfer ownership, the company needs approval from the plant’s other four owners. PNM says it doesn’t recognize the transfer because the agreement didn’t properly assess liabilities of continuing to operate the plant.More: PNM: Carbon capture would raise San Juan transition cost to $6B, as PRC, legislator battle rageslast_img read more

first_imgBy Mark GleesonJOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) – Africa will be looking to double the number of places it has at an expanded World Cup, the continent’s football association presidents have told soccer’s world governing body FIFA.Africa wants at least 10 spots in the 48-team World Cup that FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed from 2026 as the continent gave a ringing endorsement to the expansion plans.“All associations back the idea to expand the World Cup and there is the hope that Africa can have 10 places in future,” South African FA chief Danny Jordaan said yesterday.That would be double the five places the continent has at the next two finals in Russia next year and Qatar in 2022.Europe is seeking a minimum of 16 places, up from 13, and wants its sides to be separated in the 16 opening round groups of three teams, with the top two advancing to a 32-team knockout phase under plans approved by FIFA last month.Asia is expected to get eight to nine places, compared to 4-1/2 now, and South America, which has 10 member countries, a total of six, also up from 4-1/2.The CONCACAF region, made up of the Caribbean, Central and North American countries, would get 6-1/2 places, compared to 3-1/2, with Oceania, the small Pacific Islands confederation, having one automatic place at the finals instead of 1/2.Inter-continental playoffs between countries with 1/2 a place would determine the additional spots at the finals.The final allocation of places must be passed by the FIFA Council.THREE-DAY SUMMITThe subject of the expanded World Cup featured prominently at a three-day summit between FIFA chief Infantino and more than 50 presidents of the African FAs.The talks were behind closed doors but FIFA officials told Reuters yesterday that Infantino had outlined plans for an expanded World Cup and new development assistance for member countries.It is the first time a summit of this type has been held, giving Africa’s FA representatives informal contact with the FIFA leadership, including the world governing body’s recently appointed general secretary Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura.“It has been a very good idea and a chance for the associations to also speak directly to the FIFA leadership about their issues and concerns,” said Ahmad, the president of the Madagascar Football Federation.Ahmad, who uses just one name, is running for the presidency of the Confederation of African Football against long-standing incumbent Issa Hayatou of Cameroon next month.The summit comes three weeks before the CAF elections in Addis Ababa on March 16 and the FIFA event in Johannesburg has been dominated by intense lobbying, delegates said.“Most of the business at this summit is actually outside of the conference room, in the corridors and the hotel lobby, as different candidates try to persuade associations to vote for them,” said one African FA chief, who asked not to be named.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, MI — One of Alpena’s most popular bands was in town this weekend, raising money for a worthy cause.H–Bone Groove took the stage at the Aplex Saturday night to benefit the Alpena County Fair that’s set to take place this summer.One member of the group, Brandon Szeatkowski, says he wants the kids of today’s generation to experience the same kind of fun he did as a child.“I’d like them all to get a chance to experience the joy of being young, you know? Like I said they used to have a lot of rides, there was all the animals, just the whole experience.”While the concert was the highlight of the evening, a silent auction was a major part of the event that helped raise money for the fair. Contributors will be able to see their donations come to life starting August 4, when the fair kicks off.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Monday, March 18Next Omega Electric & Sign named one of the top small businesses to watch in Michiganlast_img read more