Kentucky plant headed for early-2019 closure

first_imgKentucky plant headed for early-2019 closure FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Henderson Municipal Power and Light in Kentucky will close its coal plant early next year and turn to the open market for its power needs, as the aging plant’s energy production is consistently more expensive than available supplies.In a letter earlier this month, the Midcontinent ISO (MISO) approved the shutdown of Units 1 and 2 effective Feb.1, 2019, after determining the generation was not necessary as a system support resource.Coal-fired generators continue to close down, and Henderson’s power plant is only the most recent example. According to the Sierra Club, the plant is the 277th coal generator to close since 2010. And new research finds closures are accelerating.The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) on Thursday released an analysis estimating 15.4 GW of coal-fired capacity will close this year, including 44 units at 22 plants. This year at least 11 GW have retired and the final tally is predicted to eclipse the previous record of 14.7 GW retired in 2015. IEEFA estimates another 21.4GW of coal-fired capacity will close over the next six years.“The competitive environment for coal-fired power in the generation marketplace is becoming ever more challenging,” Seth Feaster, IEEFA data analyst and author of the report, said in a statement. He pointed to the declining cost of renewables and natural gas prices that “are expected to remain low for the foreseeable future.”As for the Henderson plant, MISO informed Big River three weeks ago that “the decision to retire is considered final and the existing interconnection rights for the generators will be terminated as of the retirement date.”More: Kentucky coal plant to close, latest among accelerating shutdownslast_img read more

Shades of light and dark

first_imgBlack and white remain this millennium’s ‘it’ colour paletteThe home features an internal lift, poolside terrace with outdoor kitchen, home automation and ducted climate control.On the outside there’s established landscaping and a salt water pool to enjoy as well.No doubt the recent sale of its neighbour at 89 Oxlade Drive will provide a pretty good comparison for pricing, but as at the time of writing it’s sale figure remained secret.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair It has the sort of clean lines contemporary home buyers loveMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoAnd there’s certainly plenty to like about 87 Oxlade Drive, New Farm. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom contemporary stunner sits upon a 428sq m prime piece of inner-city land.Built over two levels, the design is all about capturing light, while the internal palette will allow the new owner to pop their favourite colour at will. It isn’t hard to catch some rays at this beautiful New Farm home.SOME homes manage to successfully balance the marriage of dark and light in a way that compels buyers to make it theirs.last_img read more

The Latest: Men’s singles semis, women’s doubles at US Open

first_imgThe Latest: Men’s singles semis, women’s doubles at US Open Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT):___12:30 p.m. Associated Press The men’s semifinal matches will be played after the women’s doubles championship is awarded at the U.S. Open.Play began with the third-seeded team of Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar playing the unseeded duo of Vera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund.They were to be followed by Alexander Zverev against Pablo Carreno Busta, along with 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev facing No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem. None has won a Grand Slam title.Comfortable weather returned after the women’s singles semifinals were played with the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed Thursday night because of rain.___center_img More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports September 11, 2020last_img read more

Capital One Bowl commentary

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. — It could not have been scripted any better.Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez, who brought the UW football program from shambles to the national picture, coached his 11-point-underdog Badgers to a 24-10 victory over No. 7 Auburn in the Capital One Bowl in his final game as the team’s leader.And not only was it a victory in a game in which most analysts didn’t even give the team a chance, but it was a domination on both sides of the ball for Wisconsin.”I’m very, very proud of how my football team played,” Alvarez said. “We made it perfectly clear that we can separate ourselves and gain a lot of respect for our program.”The Badgers did just that, closing with just the fourth 10-win season in school history and sending Alvarez out on top. The win improved the head coach’s bowl record to 8-3, the best record among any college coach in history that has coached in at least 11 bowl games.For a little perspective, consider that before Alvarez arrived in Madison, the Badgers had appeared in just six bowl games in the previous 103 years.”You’ve gotta give it to Barry. His last game he goes out on top, and it’s only fitting,” Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said after the game. “[His bowl record] is pretty impressive. He’ll be in the College Football Hall of Fame.His players turned it up a notch for him.”The end was just as fitting with regard to the credit — or lack thereof — given to the Badgers heading into this season and heading into their final game.Predicted to be a middle-of-the-road Big Ten team this year after losing a plethora of big-time players — including its dominating front four on defense — after last season, Wisconsin proved itself a gritty, resilient team and culminated its season with its best performance all year.”It ranks right up there,” Alvarez said of the win. “This is a very good opponent. They have good enough personnel to go out and beat anyone every week. So, when your players play well and everything comes together and you’re able to walk off with a win, it’s very gratifying.I hate to rank wins because I love them all. Nobody enjoys winning more than me.”Despite setbacks to Iowa, Northwestern and Penn State during the regular season, the Badgers allowed Alvarez to enjoy victories in dramatic fashion all year.John Stocco’s quarterback draw beat rival Michigan and forced analysts to respect the Badgers as they moved to 4-0. Jonathan Casillas found a way to one-up Stocco’s heroics, blocking a punt in the waning moments at Minnesota to bring home Paul Bunyan’s Axe.Indeed, Wisconsin showed it was not just a mediocre team this year, and the season would have been considered a success whether the Badgers won or lost the Capital One Bowl.Nonetheless, they proved their doubters completely wrong on a national stage against the Tigers.Wisconsin was a double-digit underdog that was receiving respect from basically no one outside of ESPN’s Lou Holtz. Auburn was supposed to do the dominating, would pick apart the Badger defense and would stop Calhoun and make it a long day for UW.Instead, it was all Wisconsin.”It means a whole lot,” said senior wide receiver Jonathan Orr, who caught four passes for 74 yards. “Only a select few teams each year win 10 games. … To get a win period is good, but just to have all those extra bonuses and seeing Coach Alvarez out the right way did make it that much more satisfying.”While the victory sent Alvarez out on the highest note, it also made for a fluent passing of the torch from him to new head coach Bret Bielema, who officially assumes the Wisconsin throne Jan. 30.”We did that already. I passed the baton as I walked in,” Alvarez said. “I said, ‘You’ve got the baton. The office is cleared out. Go hire a great staff.'” Bielema’s triumph in UW’s final game matches the aforementioned stories of persevering through times where many questioned his coaching ability. His defensive unit had struggled at times throughout the year, causing many to question Alvarez’s quick decision to name him head coach, but he proved himself Monday.Alvarez has never second-guessed his decision, but complimented Bielema’s preparation for the Capital One Bowl and reaffirmed his confidence in the future of the Wisconsin program which he turned around in his 16 seasons.”I think Bret has a good nucleus,” Alvarez said. “These kids know how to win, they know how to work, they’re a close-knit unit. I’m excited about the future of our program. I’m excited about the person I named to lead the program.”last_img read more