On the Blogs: FirstEnergy’s Double Standard

first_imgOn the Blogs: FirstEnergy’s Double Standard FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Dennis Wamsted at WamstedOnEnergy:These two aging facilities—the Sammis plant’s newest unit is 45 years old while the oldest is 57; the Davis-Besse facility is 39 years old but it has a history of serious maintenance problems—have been battered by the drop in natural gas prices, the influx of new wind and solar generation, and the continued stagnation in overall electricity demand. The battering has been so bad that they essentially can’t compete in the current market, and FirstEnergy is asking state regulators to bail them out while hitting customers with new monthly charges that could run into the billions of dollars over the coming eight years.In its pleadings with the Ohio PUC, FirstEnergy has said the bailout is essential to keep the plants operating, and that the plants, in turn, are needed to maintain reliable, affordable electric supplies in the state—in other words, could I get a little re-regulation here, please.In defending the company’s proposal, Doug Colafella, a FirstEnergy spokesman, told the Toledo Blade: “We like to think of it as an insurance policy against volatility and the future uncertainty of the marketplace. It’s a concept we think will benefit customers because it considers the long-term volatility of the marketplace.”That doesn’t sound at all like the pro-competition track laid down by former CEO Alexander (Remember, “competitive markets, over time, will produce the lowest prices for customers.”) or the pro-competition testimony offered just months ago in Maryland regarding renewables (Remember, “competitive markets, not regulatory mandates, provide the most economical solution….”).Well, the competitive markets have spoken in Ohio (and the broader PJM territory in which FirstEnergy’s generating units operate), and Sammis and Davis-Besse simply can’t compete. This point was driven home by PJM itself in a recent report: “The simple fact that a generating facility cannot earn sufficient market revenue to cover its going-forward costs does not reasonably lead to the conclusion that wholesale markets are flawed,” PJM wrote. “More likely, it demonstrates that the generating facility is uneconomic.”It’s time for FirstEnergy to stand by its competitive mantra and close those two plants, not seek to soak its customers for billions for plants that are no longer economic.Full item: FirstEnergy Fails the Test on Utility Competition With Its Bailout Bidlast_img read more

ICC officials inspect National Stadium ahead of 2018 Women’s T20 World Cup

first_imgThe ICC Women’s World T20 is the bi-annual international championship for International Cricket. The event is organised by the sport’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), with the first edition being held in England in 2009.For the first three tournaments, there were eight participants, but this number has been raised to 10 from the 2014 edition onwards.At each tournament, a set number of teams qualify automatically, with the remaining teams determined by the World Twenty20 Qualifier.Australia are the most successful team at the World Twenty20, having won three tournaments, while the most recent tournament in 2016 was won by the West Indies.Qualification is determined by the ICC Women’s Twenty20 international rankings and a qualification event, the Women’s World T20 Qualifier.Until 2014, six teams were determined by the top six teams of the ICC Women’s T20 International rankings at the time of the draw and the remaining two places determined by a qualification process.For the 2014 tournament, six places are determined by the top eight teams of the ICC Women’s T20I rankings, with the host country and three qualifiers joining them in the finals. THE International Cricket Council’s (ICC) carried out an inspection of the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, one of the venues earmarked to host matches during the 2018 Women’s T/20 World Cup, which will be hosted by Cricket West Indies (CWI).The event will bowls off November 3-24 next year, will see a return to the Caribbean for the second time, with the first being in 2010. The West Indies are current holders of the title.ICC Media and Communication Manager, Sami Ul Hassan, explained that the officials are inspecting a total of 11 venues from the eight countries and will focus on the playing surface, broadcast, spectator and operational perspectives.Upon completion of the inspections, the ICC team of inspectors will submit their reports to CWI who will make the final decision on which venues will be used for the 2018 tournament.“The tournament is going to be extremely important to us (ICC) coming off the very successful 2017 50-over World Cup and the 2016 Women’s T/20 World Cup that saw packed stands,” Hassan said.Ruchika Rana, Broadcast Production Manager of the ICC, told reporters, that all systems seems to be in place at the Providence facility to accommodate production of the magnitude required for the T20 World Cup, adding that next year’s event will be produced in Hi-definition (HD) and may see the inclusion of the umpire decision review system (DRS) along with spider-cameras.last_img read more

2015 Sumner County Wheat Harvest is about to start… and the prognosis is iffy

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down The Royals · 270 weeks ago “But the good news is, football season is just two months away.” What about us? Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Zeka Farms Inc. get stated with the 2015 Wheat Harvest.By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Looking as mediocre as a bad football team, the 2015 Wheat Harvest is about to begin in Sumner County. As of Wednesday afternoon, Wellington Co-op has taken in a few truckloads and the test weight for wheat is ranging from 52 to 54 pounds a bushel. Normal test weight is 60 pounds per bushel. In Caldwell, the Co-op elevator has taken in one truckload yesterday and four truckloads from a farmer east of Caldwell, and the test weight is a little better, coming in at 58. Harvest could start in earnest on Friday depending, of course, on the weather. The Weather Channel is projecting a 90 percent chance of precipitation on Friday with 50 percent chance on Saturday and Sunday.  Zeka Farms, Inc. is one of the few farming operations, who have pulled out a combine and has test cut today. The Zeka knocked out a wheat parcel on 50th St. just east of U.S. 81 north of the Wellington Industrial Park. The outcome? Not very good. Marty Zeka estimated the field averaged about 20 bushels an acre and the test weight was around 52. He expects that wheat will get better as the harvest progresses. This field was drenched with moisture for most of May. Curt Guinn, manager of the Wellington Co-op, said the few samples the elevator has brought in has been from mostly drowned out wheat that has been setting in water for sometime and is considered pretty much DOA. He said nobody is getting real excited about the harvest ahead. “I think you will find some fields average in the 30 to 40 bushels an acre average,” Guinn said. “But it is going to be a comparable harvest to last year.” And that’s not good news. Last year’s crop was around 1.5 million bushels at the Co-op Association accounting for one of the worst crops in 25 years.Guinn said the conventional wisdom amongst his staff that about 2 million bushels will be taken in at the five elevators under the Wellington Co-op umbrella at Mayfield, Rome, South Haven, Oxford and Wellington. Two years ago, when Sumner County had a bumper crop it was about 4 million. “I’m thinking this year will be better (than 2014), but not by much,” Guinn said. And Sumner County farmers aren’t getting any help elsewhere. The crops are looking better in northern Kansas and Nebraska. Also, custom cutters will be few and far between. Cutting hasn’t gone well in Oklahoma or Texas either and some have chosen to either stay home or head north. As far as the price of wheat is concerned. It is hovering at $5.27, nothing to shout out, either. But the good news is, football season is just two months away. Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more