On the Blogs: Keeping Aging Coal Plant Online in Texas Will Cost $100 Million

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Rivard Report:CPS Energy‘s newest coal plant at Calaveras Lake operated at a $135 million loss in 2015 and 2016, according to a new report by a Massachusetts-based utility research firm. The report states that the public utility would save money if it closed the plant and instead invested in renewable energy sources – by purchasing power off the grid or building more of its own wind and solar capacity.“Furthermore, CPS Energy could lose $100 million more in the next few years if it continues current operations,” said Avi Allison, an economics expert and author of the report by Synapse Energy Economics, on Thursday. The firm’s report was commissioned by the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, which seeks to replace coal-based power production with cleaner energy.But shutting down the plant southeast of San Antonio is not an option, CPS Energy officials said in response to the report, because it provides reliable, baseline energy that wind and solar cannot.“We don’t disagree with report’s overall perspective that the market is moving away from coal,” CPS Energy Chief Operating Officer Cris Eugster told the Rivard Report on Thursday. “The challenge of [retiring the plant] is if you shut it down, without energy storage, you can’t run a city on solar today.”The utility has made great strides in diversifying its energy portfolio, Eugster said, including next year’s shutdown of the older J.T. Deely 1 and 2 coal-fired units – 15 years ahead of schedule – instead of installing $550 million scrubbers. CPS Energy purchased a natural gas plant in 2010 to offset capacity loss from Deely.Seven years ago, 80% of electricity consumed by CPS Energy customers was from coal or nuclear power plants. By investing more in renewables, natural gas, and other sources, the 2016 energy portfolio is vastly different: about 30% nuclear, 27.6% coal, 24% natural gas, 10.6% wind, 2% solar, and 4.8% purchased power. CPS Energy also has been able to realize a 3% savings from energy efficiency and demand-response initiatives, Eugster said.CPS Energy acknowledges that the Spruce units cost more money than they produce energy, he said, but they are still needed to “bridge into renewables.”When demand can be covered by wind, solar, and other sources, the coal plant is dialed down. But peak load times when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining is when the coal plant needs to be ramped up, Eugster said. And the price of natural gas continues to be a factor.More: Coal Plant Losing Money, But CPS Energy is Keeping it – For Now On the Blogs: Keeping Aging Coal Plant Online in Texas Will Cost $100 Millionlast_img read more

Vote for the 2020 Credit Union Hero of the Year

first_img continue reading » CUNA has announced the finalists for the 2020 Credit Union Hero of the Year award, sponsored by Symitar.Voting is open to select one of these individuals as the 2020 Credit Union Hero of the Year.A credit union hero is someone who personifies credit union philosophy and ideals, shows dedication to credit union principles, and makes a difference in their community.The 2020 finalists are:Robin Brulé, chief community engagement officer at $2.4 billion asset Nusenda Credit  Union, Albuquerque, N.M. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Newcastle, Crystal Palace battle for Jordon Ibe

first_imgRelatedPosts Derby County want Jordon Ibe EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Released Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe is attracting Premier League interest.Cut loose by the relegated Cherries before the Prem restart, Ibe is still attracting top-flight suitors. Report claimed Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are keen on the winger.Ibe struggled throughout his stay at the Cherries after joining for £15 million in 2016.But that isn’t putting off Newcastle and Palace, who are both looking to strengthen their attacking options.Neither club has huge sums to shell out on transfers this summer and Ibe appeals on that front.The fact he has Premier League experience is another driving factor, with both Steve Bruce and Roy Hodgson keen to add more quality to their squads Former England youth international Ibe started at Wycombe before joining Liverpool in 2012.Tags: Crystal PalaceInterestJordon IbeNewcastle Unitedlast_img read more

Saudi Arabia Dossier: World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

first_imgSaudi Arabia used to qualify for World Cups as a matter of course, but failure to make 2010 and 2014 had fans desperate to reach the 2018 World Cup.Led by Bert Van Marwijk, they did. Just. There was some luck along the way, but a last-day victory over an already qualified Japan did the trick and put the Green Falcons above Australia on goal difference. Yet qualification was followed by chaos, as Van Marwijk was replaced by Edgardo Bauza – who then left himself. Currently, former Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has taken up the head coaching role.Key Moments in QualifyingSep 2016The opening game against Thailand in Riyadh was proving to be a frustrating experience until the softest of penalties six minutes from the end allowed Nawaf Al Abed to secure the points. Five days later, the midfielder scores twice more from the spot to give the Saudis a come-from behind win against Iraq.Oct 2016With 11 minutes remaining, Van Marwijk’s men are trailing at home to Australia. Then Nasser Al Shamrani strikes to earn what will turn out to be a vital point won.Nov 2016A 2-1 defeat in Japan prevents Saudi Arabia from breaking free at the top of the group.Sep 2017Needing to beat Japan at home in the final game to qualify, winger Fahad Al Muwallad makes the second-half difference and the 1-0 victory is celebrated wildly. But days later Van Marwijk announces he is leaving, with Edgardo Bauza replacing him.Nov 2017After just five games in charge, Argentinian Bauza was sacked as Saudi coach.Saudi Arabia World Cup GroupIn Group A, Saudi Arabia are in a group containing the hosts Russia, Uruguay, and Egypt, lead by Mohamed Salah.Saudi Arabia World Cup FriendliesSaudi Arabia recently played two friendlies as preparation for the World Cup, a 3-0 victory against Moldova, and then a 4-1 loss to Iraq at the end of February. They then drew against Ukraine, but got hammered by Belgium four days later. Two wins against Algeria and Greece followed, and then two losses to Italy and Peru nearly concluded their World Cup friendlies. Finally they lost to Mats Hummels and Germany on the 8th of June. 26th February – Moldova (won 3-0)28th February – Iraq (lost 4-1)23rd March – Ukraine (drew 1-1)27th March – Belgium (lost 4-0)9th May – Algeria (won 2-0)15th May – Greece (won 2-0)28th May – Italy (lost 2-1)3rd June – Peru (lost 3-0)8th June – Germany (lost 2-1)Saudi Arabia World Cup FixturesSaudi Arabia will play in the opening game of the tournament against the hosts Russia on the 14th of June. This will be followed by matches against Uruguay on the 20th and Egypt on the 25th.14th June – Russia20th June – Uruguay25th June – EgyptThe CoachJuan Antonio Pizzi, age 49 (07.06.1968)Even by Saudi standards, the recent coaching merry-go-round was shocking. Van Marwijk, who had been in place for two years and was building a solid team, left just days after the Russian deal was sealed. In came Bauza, who had taken over the United Arab Emirates just weeks previously. A month later, the Argentinian had also said his goodbyes. Juan Antonio Pizzi, who lead Chile to the Copa America Centenario in 2016, has come in to fill the void.The PlayersStarsNawaf Al Abed was cool and composed throughout the final stage, and he scores as well as creates. When given the opportunity, Fahad Al Muwallad is exciting.StalwartsOsama Hawsawi has been in the centre of defence for a long time – although some feel for too long.MissingNasser Al Shamrani was Asian Player of the Year in 2014 but he started just one game in qualifying.DebutantsVan Marwijk gave a first call-up to right-back Mohammed Al Burayk and the 25-year-old performed well under pressure. Saudi Arabia World Cup SquadFinal 23-man squad – GOALKEEPERS: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal).DEFENDERS: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal).MIDFIELDERS: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad).FORWARDS: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli). The Unanswered QuestionsWhat effect will the change of coaches have?Losing the experienced Bert Van Marwijk, who took his homeland to the 2010 Final, was huge. Not only did he know the players, they knew him and his system. Edgardo Bauza barely had time to get to know the squad, but friendly performances against Portugal and Bulgaria ended with much criticism and his departure proves that there are few seats as hot as that of Saudi Arabia’s coach. Time will tell if Pizzi can be as effective in this role as he had been with Chile.Is Osama Hawsawi up to the job?At 33, the centre-back and captain came into the team just after the 2006 World Cup but his ageing legs have been showing a little of late.What about international exposure?Almost all the Saudis play at home and this is a problem. Nine were loaned to La Liga clubs in a marketing move to increase the league’s visibility in the Kingdom, but it did not work as they spent all their time on the bench. *Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and livestreaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.last_img read more