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first_imgFirstEnergy Falters in Ohio Campaign for Bailout of Its Failing Power Plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Cleveland Plain Dealer:Neither the Trump administration nor Gov. John Kasich is inclined to give FirstEnergy’s struggling power plant company a free pass around competition, even as the number of competitors is increasing and the subsidiary faces bankruptcy.FirstEnergy Solutions, the unregulated power plant subsidiary that does business in wholesale and retail markets, is negotiating with its creditor. Standard & Poor’s has further reduced the bond credit rating of the subsidiary, reasoning that a bankruptcy filing is inevitable because the old plants cannot compete against new gas turbines. The first of 10 large gas-turbine power plants already approved by the state officially opened this week, generating nearly 900 megawatts of power — about the same as FirstEnergy’s nearby Davis-Besse nuclear plant. The Oregon Clean Energy Center in suburban Toledo is selling that power directly into the regional high-voltage grid’s competitive market, where Davis-Besse must compete as well.Similar-sized gas turbine plants are under construction in Lordstown, in Carroll County and in Butler County. The plants are said to be twice as efficient as Davis-Bess and are cheaper to run, at least for now.The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved another plant in Columbiana County and a fifth one in Monroe County. Applications are pending for three more plants and another is in a “pre-application” phase.Against this backdrop, Kasich this week said flatly he does not support FirstEnergy’s proposal before Ohio lawmakers to create “zero emission credits,” or ZECs, for its two nuclear power plants in recognition that the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants do not produce carbon dioxide. The proposal, labeled a “bailout” by opponents, is stuck in legislative committees.The ZECs would run for about 17 years, subject to periodic state review, initially raising total customer bills by about $300 million a year. Average consumer bills would increase by $5 a month, says the company. The company has been clear that even if the ZECs are enacted, it hopes to sell Perry and Davis-Besse, and all of its power plants, if it has to sell power in competitive markets.Kasich’s pro-market position appears to mirror the newly emerging position of the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House which, according to wire reports, have refused to declare a federal emergency to “save” old coal-fired plants and therefore save coal mining jobs as the president promised during his election campaign.FirstEnergy Solutions owns two of FirstEnergy’s big coal-fired plants, the W.H. Sammis plant in Straton, Ohio, on the Ohio River, and the Bruce Mansfield plant in Shippingport, Pa.FirstEnergy’s other large coal plants are owned either by subsidiary Allegheny Energy Supply, which is not known to be contemplating bankruptcy, or to MonPower, a regulated West Virginia utility. More: FirstEnergy power plant bailouts rebuffed by state and federal leaderslast_img read more

first_imgTwice a week trash collection will start in Batesville on Friday, May 16.City officials in Batesville said Rumpke will begin twice a week trash collection on Friday, May 16. Trash will be collected on Tuesdays and Fridays.The recycling schedule will not change, which will continue following the residents’ regularly scheduled day of either Tuesday or Friday.Trash items and bagged grass clippings (30 gallons per bag) will be picked up with a maximum limit of four bags per household.City officials added that brush and limb pick up must be bundled and cannot exceed for feet in length and two feet in diameter. Branches cannot be thicker than four inches around. It should not weigh more than 50 pounds and not be placed in plastic bags.To dispose of paint in cans, the paint must be completely dried with a note attached stating: Dried Paint. Mixing equal amounts of inexpensive kitty litter with liquid paint, and leaving the lid off for approximately one week should dry out the paint for proper disposal.last_img read more

first_img Published on February 19, 2019 at 5:09 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Syracuse (17-8, 8-4 Atlantic Coast) had a week off after a loss to North Carolina State to prepare for No. 18 Louisville (18-8, 9-4). The Cardinals are coming off a tight, 56-55, win over Clemson on Saturday. With the two teams side-by-side in the ACC standings, conference tournament seeding implications are on the line when they meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.Here’s what to know about the Cardinals. All-time series: Louisville leads, 18-9Last time they played: Syracuse played at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center on Feb. 5, 2018, and came away with a 78-73 road win. It was the usual trio for the Orange doing the scoring: Tyus Battle had 25 points, Frank Howard 22 and Oshae Brissett 16. Battle’s output included an 11 for 11 performance at the foul line.All three of the Cardinals who scored in double figures in that matchup are no longer on Louisville’s roster. The leading-returner from that game for UofL is Malik Williams, who had nine points in the Cardinals’ loss. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Louisville report: The Cardinals rank in the top-20 nationally in both adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency, per Kenpom.com. Their offense starts with Buffalo-native Jordan Nwora, who has raised his scoring average by almost 12 points from last season to 17.5. He makes more than 38 percent of his 3s and 53 percent of his 2s, posing as much a threat spotting up as he does attacking the basket. He’s joined in double-figure scoring by guard Christen Cunningham and forward Dwayne Sutton. The Cardinals often rely on the 3 ball, as more than 34 percent of their scoring output comes from distance. Aside from the above mentioned, 6-foot guard Ryan McMahon provides a shooting spark off the bench.Louisville brings a pressuring brand of man-to-man defense to the floor, one that’s put six Cardinals in the double-digit mark for steals this season. Nwora leads the way there, too, with more than a steal per game. Inside, the 6-foot-10 Steven Enoch and 6-foot-11 Williams anchor the paint.How Syracuse beats Louisville: When Syracuse played Virginia Tech and Florida State, stifling man-to-man defense with good rotations shut the SU offense down. The Orange will have to find a way to penetrate against the Cardinals. In those two prior losses, the Orange continually made moves to try and find an edge past their man but couldn’t gain any advantage. Whether it’s ball screens, ball movement, or just clearing out and letting Tyus Battle go to work, Syracuse needs to show it can attack a good man-to-man defense.Beyond that, SU needs to win the battle at the free-throw line. It’s unlikely the Orange blow the Cardinals out, so in a close game, foul shots could matter. UofL has attempted about 80 more free throws than its opponents this season, and shot them at 76.9 percent, 11th nationally. Syracuse knocks down its freebies at 68.1 percent, 268th nationally. Stat to know: 13 — The amount of turnovers Louisville averages per game. That’s more than they’ve forced, and if Syracuse hopes to stick around with a top team, the Orange will need to force the Cardinals into making mistakes. KenPom odds: KenPom predicts Louisville to win, 67-66, and gives the Cardinals a 56 percent chance at the victory.Player to watch: Steven Enoch, center, No. 23Enoch is an imposing presence inside: 6-foot-10, 260 pounds. And he finishes in the paint as well, shooting more than 57 percent from 2-point range. But where he adds a whole new dimension is beyond the arc: Enoch’s knocked down 12-of-26 from 3 this season. He’s got more than 30 pounds on Paschal Chukwu and 80 pounds on Marek Dolezaj. SU will need to find a way to stop Enoch inside to hang around on Wednesday.last_img read more