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

Pros Know

first_imgBishop, Keller, Teel and Davis dish on their favorite pieces.Jeremiah BishopJeremiah Bishop has been on top of the cross country mountain bike world for almost a decade, and this year may be his strongest showing yet. The South’s reigning mountain bike king won the Trans-Epic Stage Race for a second year in a row, came in fifth at the Leadville 100 after flatting in the first five minutes, and fourth at the Olympic Test Race in London. He’s representing the U.S. at the Pan Am Games, and is a front-runner for the two-person Olympic mountain bike team for 2012.Favorite Piece of Gear: Cannondale Lefty Speed Carbon“I’ve raced bikes for 20 years, it’s a treat to ride on something so revolutionary. They took the best designs from the motocross world and created the stiffest, lightest, most active suspension on the market. It’s a 2.4-pound front shot that feels like a five-pound front fork.”$1300; Pat KellerPat Keller is the creek-boating phenom most famous for running big waterfalls and pushing the limits of the sport.Last summer, he ticked off a first known descent of Linville Falls, a triple-tier drop thought to be un-runnable. This year, Keller is healthy, hoping to take the top spot at the Green River Narrows Race, the most coveted creek boat race in the country.Favorite Piece of Gear: Astral Buoyancy Green Jacket Limited Edition“It’s a high flotation device that doesn’t limit my mobility when I’m paddling, but has all of the safety features you need when you’re on the water. It has a rescue harness, a tether, a pocket for a temporary breathing device, a pouch for a small rope—these are the things that will help get you out of a bad situation. Plus, the jackets look really cool. And they take the extra foam from the life jackets and turn it into pimpin’ dog beds.”$260; Massey TeelMassey Teel is the head guide for West Virginia’s Seneca Rocks Climbing School, one of the most respected rock institutions in the region. He typically spends more than 200 days a year on rock.Favorite Piece of Gear: Misty Mountain Cadillac Harness “The Caddy [built for multi-pitch and trad routes, it’s built wide and comfortable, like a Cadillac] is far and away the best harness I have ever owned.  It is extremely comfortable and dependable with simple features. I log over 200 days a year on the rocks, and I’m happy to spend every one of them in my Caddy.”$99.95; Jennifer Pharr DavisJennifer Pharr Davis set the overall Appalachian Trail speed record this summer, hiking the 2180-mile trail in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes, almost a full day faster than the previous record held by Andrew Thompson.Favorite Piece of Gear: Salomon Women’s XA 10+3 “I have struggled for years to find the perfect day pack. I hate carrying weight on my shoulders, but waist hips don’t always offer enough room for my rain jacket, first aid kit, and snacks. Finally, I found the Salomon Women’s XA 10+3 pack. The suspension system distributes the weight so that my shoulders don’t ache and the pack does not sway and shift, even on a run. It is my go-to bag for an easy day hike or long-distance run.”$90; salomon.comlast_img read more

In the COVID-19 crisis: Is a credit union right for you?

first_img continue reading » Today, consumers have more banking choices than ever when it comes to how and where they’ll manage their money: traditional brick-and-mortar banks, online-only banks, robo-advisors, fintech apps. Another option is the credit union—a financial institution that can range from small and local, to truly national in scope.For consumers who have become jaded about the banking industry, the promises of credit unions—from excellent customer service and financial education to impressively competitive rates—can generate cynical responses. But there are some very good reasons 117.5 million Americans chose credit unions for their financial needs as of 2018.Here’s what you can expect from a credit union if you choose to become a member.What a Credit Union IsA credit union is a financial institution, like a bank, except its ownership is different. By joining a credit union, you are becoming a member of a not-for-profit cooperative. The credit union members own the institution, rather than its being a traditional bank that has private owners or public shareholders. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Watch: Hardik Pandya apologises to brother Krunal after almost knocking his head off in…

first_imgAdvertisement l5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6o157Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4gq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ihrpWould you ever consider trying this?😱8e7Can your students do this? 🌚jy4eRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Pandya brothers have been selected in the squad for the three-match T20I series against South Africa which starts on 15 September at Dharamshala. And the duo appears to be working very hard to deliver their best. In a video shared by Hardik, the brothers are seen to be enjoying their practice session until Hardik smashed the ball so hard that Krunal narrowly escaped from being hit on his head.Advertisement On Wednesday, Hardik posted a video on Twitter from the practice session in which he can be seen smashing his spinner brother all around the park. During one such instance Hardik tried to dispatch the ball straight down the ground, and Krunal, the bowler had to quickly move away from in order to save himself from the hit.Advertisement “Pandya vs Pandya in training I think I won that round big bro @krunalpandya24 P.S: Sorry for almost knocking your head off,” Hardik wrote.Krunal in response, tried to troll his younger brother as Hardik wasn’t able to manage one of his ball in another video.“Hahaha it’s all cool bro but why didn’t you upload this video?” Krunal tweeted. The younger Pandya has been brought in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the upcoming series against The Proteas after being rested for the recently concluded West Indies tour. Advertisementlast_img read more