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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November is Caribbean Tourism Month

first_img Share 9 Views   no discussions Share Roseau, Dominica – November 8, 2011 –As a member of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Dominica joins the rest of the Caribbean in celebrating the first Caribbean Tourism Month during November. This year the month is celebrated under the theme ‘One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean’.The objectives of Caribbean Tourism Month is to raise awareness among Caribbean people of the importance of tourism in the Caribbean, to enhance the profile of the Caribbean tourism sector in the marketplace, to reflect on the invaluable impact of tourism on the economic, social and cultural wellbeing in the Caribbean, to attract positive media coverage of the Caribbean and the local tourism product and to celebrate the diversity of what the Caribbean offers.In observance of the month, the Discover Dominica Authority, in collaboration with local organizations and youth groups will initiate activities centered on litter management, familiarization visits to tourism sites and tourism awareness programmes.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority LocalNews November is Caribbean Tourism Month by: – November 8, 2011center_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Speedy release of sick, elderly inmates mulled

first_img“Mag-setako, 70 years old or 75, 70. Hindi na marunong mag-holdup ‘yan. Hindi na makatakbo ‘yan. O kung takotka pa kay serial rapist, ipaputol nalang muna mo diyan sa founder nilabago palabasin,” Duterte added. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte wanted toexpedite the release of sick and elderly inmates who are detained inside theNew Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Duterte, meanwhile, admitted some inmatesabove 70 years old refused to get out of the national penitentiary as they wereconsidered outcasts in the society. Duterte on Tuesday said he will ask Departmentof Justice (DOJ) secretary Menardo Guevarra and prison officials for the earlyrelease. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ask Justice secretary Menardo Guevarra and other prison officials to expedite the release of sick and elderly inmates who are detained inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO “Alam moba ‘yang nasa kulungan na umabot na ng 15, 20years? Ayaw nang lumabas ‘yan,”Duterte said. “‘Yang sa penal colony,‘pag ini-release mo, maghanap ‘yan ng problema.” The NBP is one of the penal colonies under thecontrol and supervision of the Bureau of Corrections./PN “Wala na‘yan eh. Lalo na ‘yung mga 80s. What’s the use of keeping themthere?” he said. “Mag-holdupng one time ‘yan, mag-enjoy, taposgustong bumalik ng presohan. Kasi ang buhay nila for the last 20 years, nandiyan na sa kulungan. Kuntento na ‘yan sakanila,” he added.last_img read more

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