Indiana utility proposes early closure for two units at Petersburg coal plant

first_imgIndiana utility proposes early closure for two units at Petersburg coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Indianapolis Power & Light’s 2019 integrated resource plan will propose the early retirement of 630 MW across two coal-fired units, the procurement of 200 MW of firm capacity and an increase in demand side management programs, the utility said Dec. 9.The plan would continue IPL’s shift away from coal, which made up nearly 80% of the utility’s generation mix in 2007, but only 43% today. After the proposed retirements of the coal-fired units 1 and 2 at the Petersburg plant by 2021 and 2023, respectively, coal would provide less than 30% of IPL’s generation.The Sierra Club, however, said that during the IRP process it will urge IPL to also retire two other, larger coal units at the Petersburg plant that would be kept open under the plan. Retiring those units would eliminate coal-fired power from the portfolio of plants owned by IPL.Petersburg units 3 and 4 have an installed capacity of 547 MW and 531 MW respectively, and a useful economic life through 2042, compared to 2032 and 2034 for the two smaller units at the plant.“While several systematic changes in wholesale power markets are impacting the viability of coal in [the Midcontinent Independent System Operator], Petersburg Units 3 and 4 provide firm, dispatchable capacity. Maintaining those units preserves optionality in the face of great uncertainty over the next five years,” including the outcome of the next federal election, IPL said in a summary of the IRP, which will be officially filed with Indiana regulators on Dec. 16. But IPL plans to “monitor” if the market conditions around Petersburg 3 and 4 support their continued operation and may reevaluate them in its 2022 IRP.IPL is owned by AES Corp., a major battery storage developer, and the utility currently operates a 20-MW battery array at its Harding Street plant, a former coal plant that has been converted to run on natural gas. The IRP envisions storage filling 8% of IPL’s resource mix by 2039. The utility’s current mix is 45% natural gas, 43% coal 8% wind and 4% solar. The IRP projects 47% gas, 28% coal, 11% wind and 15% solar by 2023. [Matthew Bandyk]More: Indianapolis Power & Light announces early retirement for 2 coal units, but NGOs eye bigger targetlast_img read more

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Soybeans unite Indiana and Indonesia

first_imgTempeh and Bruschetta with tempeh, capers, and parmesanGreensburg, IN — The Indonesian Consul General paid a visit to Greensburg on Monday to promote the importance of the soybean trade between Indiana and Indonesia. Indiana is the 3rd highest exporter of soybeans to the country. Several local dignitaries gathered to hear a presentation on Tempeh at Mayasari Indonesian Grill.Maya Mays, owner and operator of Maysari Indonesian Grill and Mayasari Indonesian Tempeh, her future manufacturing business, stated, “Tempeh is a traditional Indonesian soy product, that is made from fermented soybeans. It is made by a fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form.” Maya says it is especially popular as it is a staple source of protein, “Like tofu, tempeh is made from soybeans, but it is a whole soybean product with different nutritional and textural qualities. Tempeh’s fermentation process and its retention of the whole bean give it a higher content of protein, dietary fiber, and vitamins. It has a firm texture and an earthy flavor.”The Consul General, Meri Binsar Simorangkir discussed the future of enhancing soybean trade. Steve Budiono, CEO of Glogens, a coal fertilizer company, spoke about the benefits of using the organic fertilizer on soybean crops and discussed the future possibilities of a coal fertilizer manufacturing plant in the midwest.last_img read more

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Stephen F. Austin hero Nathan Bain’s family severely impacted by Hurricane Dorian

first_imgNathan Bain, everyone. @SFA_MBB // #RaiseTheAxe pic.twitter.com/mA7aNJeAfc— FOX Sports South (@FOXSportsSouth) November 27, 2019MORE: Stephen F. Austin upsets Duke with stunning fast-break buzzer-beater”I’m trying real hard not to get emotional. You know my family lost a whole lot this year — I’m not gonna cry n TV — my family lost a whole lot this year, and I’m just playing this game for them, you know,” Bain said.Stephen F. Austin’s compliance staff has organized an NCAA-compliant GoFundMe page for Bain’s family on Sept. 17. Nathan Bain’s home in the Bahamas was basically destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.So was the church his family runs.He just beat Duke at the buzzer.Here’s the link to help his family: https://t.co/ZYweIIlokr— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) November 27, 2019″Not only did the Bain family see nearly everything of value destroyed by Hurricane Dorian, Bain’s father — a minister — watched as his church suffered extreme damage from the storm as well,” the GoFundMe page reads.Donations have been piling in for Bain’s family after Stephen F. Austin’s win went final. As of the time of writing, it had reached $6,611 of its $25,000 goal. Bain, a senior guard, entered Tuesday averaging four points per game for the Lumberjacks. He became a full-time starter last season and logged 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in Tuesday’s win over Duke.”It’s been for my family back home in the Bahamas,” Bain said. “I just want to make my country proud, and my whole team is behind me.” Stephen F. Austin’s Nathan Bain entered the national spotlight on Tuesday after his stunning last-second layup led the Lumberjacks to a gigantic upset over No. 1 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.Bain was given a postgame interview immediately after the win, and held back tears when he was asked about his family, who is from the Bahamas. Bain’s family was impacted by Hurricane Dorian, which swept through the Bahamas and the East Coast in late August and early September and is largely regarded as the worst natural disaster in the history of the Bahamas.last_img read more

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