In America’s Wind Corridor, a Boom Imperils Coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:In the nation’s wind corridor, power purchase agreements are being signed for less than 2 cents a kilowatt-hour. Even adding transmission costs, wind energy is undercutting competition from existing coal and nuclear plants.Clean energy advocates and research analysts pointed out the trend in recent reports. A Moody’s Investors Service report this spring estimated that 56 gigawatts of coal capacity in the Great Plains is “at risk” from cheaper wind energy. Yesterday, the Union of Concerned Scientists identified 57 GW of coal generation that is uneconomical compared with gas-fired generation.Utilities are backing it up with their own numbers. Last month, Ameren Missouri, a coal-dependent utility with 1.2 million customers, filed a long-range plan with state regulators that showed the leveled cost of energy from new wind projects, including the federal production tax credit, was below the cost of energy from the company’s existing coal and nuclear plants.The data in the utility’s integrated resource plan support the decision to add 700 megawatts of wind energy by the end of the decade (Energywire, Sept. 26). Ameren does not, however, plan to accelerate retirement of any coal plants.The announcement is just one in a long list of new wind additions by utilities from West Texas to the Dakotas.In nearly every instance, utility decisions to invest in new wind farms are driven by low costs and the ability to add generation and hedge fuel costs without raising customer bills.Take Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. The company already operates 4 GW of wind energy and will increase that to more than 10 GW after announced projects are completed.“None of that is being driven based on [environmental] compliance,” said Jonathan Adelman, Xcel’s area vice president of strategic resource and business planning. “Economics are driving it.”More: Carbon rule or not, wind energy continues to squeeze coal In America’s Wind Corridor, a Boom Imperils Coallast_img read more

Kicking myself over a missed chance to help

first_imgTwo things a little after the fact. First leads to second. Terry is in Georgia for Thanksgiving. I’m figuring on my typical Thanksgiving. This is simple business. Pro football, a nice variety of ingredients for sandwiches, plus all the accessories: chips, drinks and bakery cookies to wrap it up. Of course, the best laid plans and all that. Yep … Nancy calls. This Nancy is one of the three ladies who have taken to picking up trash as they walk. Had Sally of West Jordan, Utah, or Peggy of Asheville, N.C., called, I guess I would have accepted their invitations also. Hard to resist a walker who picks up trash. Yes … I’m a walker who picks up trash. Two miles a day, seven days a week. Actually, it’s wonderful fun. Plus, at times, fascinating. The four of us exchange nails, screws and any sharp object that could flatten a tire. Very nice knowing that someone won’t have the inconvenience and cost of a flat. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBread in the freezer (it’s wrapped in twos and fours). Meat and cheese wrapped tightly. Pickles will be fine. Onion, lettuce … both can be adjusted into future meals. Some imagination, a few people invited … all should turn out swell. OK … off to Jack and Nancy’s. Beautiful day. Cool with blue skies. Music on. Day is moving by, full of pleasant thoughts. A smile over hostess gift. Small shopping bag is a great wrapper. Autumn-leaf design. Inside rests a jar of chow-chow. For the uninitiated, chow-chow is pickled onions with a nice splash of spices. In stews or soups, or on a sandwich, it will send your taste buds looking for more. Jack and Nancy’s home is of the style where entering from front or back are both options. My choice is always the back, because passing tomato plants can reap a person a marvelous prize. They are Jack’s tomatoes, and he encourages sharing. Inside, it’s introductions to new faces. Handshakes and hugs. Drink is poured. Aromas are wafting. Turkey, dressing and gravy are all in the air, plus one that won’t trigger: visual reveals it’s Brussels sprouts. Not traditional, but they look wonderful. Six around the table. Food and drink dominate for a while. Conversation takes over as the bounty decreases in size. Talk is politics, religion, money … the big three. We move on to stories. It’s a terrific afternoon in many ways. Goodbyes all around. New friends, old friends, hugs and handshakes. Jack walks me out. A nice civility in walking a guest to the car. The day is late, yet hasn’t given up a thing. Sun is now low in the west. Air is cooler. My car is in my driveway. Two containers of leftovers in hand. I’m feet from front door when a car stops. I turn; she rolls down the window. A couple in their mid-40s. The question is, do I know of an open restaurant? Not being sure, I give information that might help. They say thank you and drive off. I’m just about to yell something, when another car crosses their path. Yelling might distract, and then it’s too late. I’m standing there with these thoughts. Terry’s in Georgia; the house is empty. Between thumb and four fingers are turkey, dressing and gravy. And in my fridge are all the makings of a great salad. Add to this that I do all the cooking. Talk about feeling the dunce. Thanksgiving is a time of sharing. Indians, pilgrims, etc. And two people, late in the afternoon, looking for a place to eat, while I stand fully armed with all the ingredients, giving vague directions. As is said, one loses chances, but maybe gains knowledge. Hopefully, another time, the situation will arise, and the brain will kick in. I’ll see the blue car, the couple, and I’ll remember a chance lost, with an opportunity to be quicker to recognize an opportunity. Retired longshoreman and San Pedro native Tank Nelson writes a biweekly column for More San Pedro. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

THE REFERENDUM: HOW YOUR LOCAL AREA OF CO DONEGAL VOTED

first_imgSINN FEIN has released its tallies from last week’s referendum in Donegal’s two constituencies.It is a breakdown of how people voted in your area.DONEGAL NORTH EAST: NoYESNO1Ballymacarry Cockhill New NS901712Ballymacarry Cockhill New NS1121733Ballymacarry Cockhill New NS771794Ballymacarry Cockhill New NS005Bridgend St Aengus NS751076Buncrana Rural S.N. Iosagain49907Buncrana S.N. Iosagain1601458Buncrana S.N. Iosagain551359Buncrana S.N. Iosagain609710Buncrana S.N. Iosagain7813811Buncrana S.N. Iosagain0012Buncrana S.N. Iosagain14521513Burnfoot Youth Centre21527014Carndonagh  St Patrick’s N.S0015Carndonagh St Patrick’s N.S.12113116Carndonagh St Patrick’s N.S.7410117Carndonagh St Patrick’s N.S.879318Carrigans Old School0019Carrowmena Community Centre0020Cloontagh N.S.535021Craigtown N.S.372822Culdaff N.S.477723Culdaff N.S0024Dristernan N.S13415125Drumfries N.S5111026Gaddyduff N.S7110027Gaddyduff N.S.0028Killea Community Centre5310629Glasalt N.S7610730Glengad N.S6410731Glentogher N.S366032Greencastle N.S8212033Greencastle N.S10510434Illies N.S388235Inch St Michael’s Hall4811236Malin St Theresa’s Old N.S Carrowmore767237Malin St Theresa’s Old N.S Carrowmore838538Malin Head N.S708239Moness Parochial Hall9813140Moville scoil Eoghain11410741Moville scoil Eoghain7414642Moville scoil Eoghain969443Moville scoil Eoghain9112444Muff N.S398545Muff N.S539346Muff N.S0047Muineagh N.S8214548Newtowncunningham No 2 New N.S9811849Newtowncunningham No 2 New N.S8812550Newtowncunningham No 2 New N.S7713651Rashenny N.S14313952Tiernasligo N.S8810153Tievebane St Mura’s N.S1049454Tievebane St Mura’s N.S12912255Urbalreagh Urbalreagh N.S777256Whitecastle St Finian’s N.S5312557Whitecastle St Finian’s N.S709758Whitecastle St Finian’s N.S8212859Balleeghan Magherabeg N.S644760Manorcunningham Orange Hall7918161Glenmaquin N.S644862Letterkenny Public Service Centre11510663Letterkenny Public Service Centre759464Letterkenny Ballyraine N.S16012765Letterkenny Ballyraine N.S15311966Letterkenny Ballyraine N.S15910667Letterkenny Ballyraine N.S11210268Letterkenny Ballyraine N.S7111769Letterkenny Courthouse10321070Letterkenny Courthouse849771Letterkenny Trinty Hall577272Letterkenny Trinty Hall11210273Letterkenny Trinty Hall527574Letterkenny Trinty Hall12211175Letterkenny Trinty Hall12712776Letterkenny Boys N.S Back Rd243577Letterkenny Boys N.S Back Rd7710478Letterkenny Boys N.S Back Rd978679Letterkenny Boys N.S Back Rd11615080Letterkenny Errigal College6910181Letterkenny Errigal College4610482Letterkenny Errigal College379183Lurgybrack N.S8513884Lurgybrack N.S13110185Ray N.S7910086Ray N.S846387Woodlands N.S20710988Woodlands N.S15711689Woodlands N.S16410590Ballyheerin N.S524291Brownknowe National School677892Carraig Airt umlagh S.N (Carrigart umlagh N.S)6610593Carraig Airt umlagh S.N (Carrigart umlagh N.S)6711094An Caiseal S.n Cionn Droma (Cashel N.S. Kindrum)574995Min An Labhain/Gleann Domhain Srath Mor N.S(Churchill/Glendowan Stramore N.S)558196Creamhghort S.N(Cranford N.S)637497Duibhlinn Riabhach S Colmcille(Devlinreagh Scoil Colmcille)7212598DUMHAIGH BHIG SN(DOAGHBEG NS)182699Na Dunaibh Ceann A learga S.N (Downings Kinnalargy N.S)125154100Drumhallagh St Garvan’s N.S4161101Drumman St Colmcille’s N.S78133102Gartan N.S4737103Glenswilly n.S9587104Glenswilly N.S68109105Glenvar Community Centre2042106Illistrin N.S107111107Illistrin N.S10088108Kerrykeel N.S115171109Kilmacrenan St Columbas N.S(New)73117110Kilmacrenan St Columbas N.S(New)122126111Milford New N.S10078112Milfrod New N.S99113113Milford New N.S105125114Portsalon Croaghros N.S52112115Portleen N.S438116Ramelton St Mary’s N.S140133117Ramelton St Mary’s N.S112169118Ramelton St Mary’s N.S128150119Rathmullan N.S169122120Rinmore Community Centre8372121Rossnakill St Davaddog’s N.S6778122Termon N.S88148123Trenta N.S150184TOTAL1010412442 DONEGAL SOUTH WEST:NOYESNO124Ballintra Community Centre9686125Ballintra Community Centre5676126Ballyshannon Church of Ireland Hall4846127Ballyshannon Church of Ireland Hall11596128Ballyshannon Scoil Caitriona12370129Ballyshannon Scoil Caitriona8496130Ballyshannon Scoil Caitriona8291131Ballyshannon Scoil Caitriona7271132Ballyshannon Our Lady Of Angels N.S129101133Barnesmore St Francis N.S8974134Barnesmore St Francis N.S8879135Bruckless N.S111141136Bundoran St Macartan’s N.S100106137Bundoran St Macartan’s N.S126166138Bundoran St Macartan’s N.S00139Carraig Seanscoil Náisiúnta (Carrick Old School0147124140Caiseal Scoil náisiunta (Cashel New N.S)152102141Cashelard Hall5777142Commons N.S110160143Donegal John Bosco Hall16692144Donegal John Bosco Hall13675145Donegal John Bosco Hall124148146Donegal John Bosco Hall11080147Donegal John Bosco Hall13469148Drumrone Community Centre11096149Dunkineely N.S74108150Dunkineely N.S81102151Fintagh N.S67105152Frosses N.S131144153Garvagh Cineall Conaill Old School6073154Keeloges N.S127187155Cill Charthaigh S.N (Kilcar N.S)132112156Cill Charthaigh S.N(Kilcar N.S)123140157Killybegs Niall More N.S98140158Killybegs Niall More N.S102158159Killybegs Niall More N.S5584160Killymard Scoil Leinbh Iosa142102161Killymard Scoil Leinbh Iosa4847162Laghy N.S10778163Laghy N.S7176164Leghawny Leghawny Hall6061165lettercran Old School00166Mín an Aoire S.N(meenaneary N.S)6733167Mountcharles St. Peter’s N.S93105168Mountcharles St. Peter’s N.S157142169Mountcharles St. Peter’s N.S4156170pettigo St Mary’s N.S6775171Rockfield N.S7269172Rossnowlagh Friary Hall147120173Na Acrai S.N (Acres N.S)125133174Anagaire S.N (Annagry N.S)104169175Arainn Mhor S.N Athport(Aphort N.S)00176Arainn Mhor S.n Leadhbgarbh(Leabgarrow N.S)3681177Ard An Ratha S.N(Ardara N.S)144117178Ard An Ratha S.N(Ardara N.S)132122179Ballymore N.S140170180Beal na Cruite S.N(Belcruit N.S)86136181Bracadh S.N(Bracky N.S)7996182Bun Beag Ard Scoil Mhuire81150183Bun Beag Ard Scoil Mhuire6279184Caiseal Na gCaor S.N3877185Ceathru Cheannain S.N00186Ceathru Cheannain S.N91132187Ceathru Cheannain S.N53149188Ceathru Cheannain S.N71103189Crannogeboy N.S5845190Creeslough St Mary’s N.S123215191Doire Beag Scoil Naisiunta76125192Doire Beag Scoil Naisiunta79127193Doire Chonaire S.N Cnoc Na Naomh81122194An Duchoraidh S.N (Doochary N.S)2135195Dobhar S.N73124196Drum Na Croise S.N3836197Dunfanaghy Holy Cross NS122150198An Clochan Liath S.N (Dungloe N.S)134135199An Clochan Liath S.N (Dungloe N.S)11381200An Clochan Liath S.N (Dungloe N.S)82123201Dun Luiche Ionad Pobail(Dunlewey Community Centre)3944202An téadan Fhionn Fhraoich S.N(Edenfinfreagh N.S)4640203Baile Na Finne S.N(Fintown N.S)63109204Glasan S.N(Glassan N.S)00205Na Gleannta S.n(Glenties N.S)99128206Na Gleannta S.n(Glenties N.S)00207Oilean Gabhla Teach Seamus Mac Suibhne(Gola Island House of James Sweeney)00208Gort An Choirce S.N102134209Inis Bó Finne Ionas Pobail(Inishbofin Community Centre)00210Inis Fraoiche Teach Barry Pilcher(Inishfree House of Barry Pilcher)00211An Ceideadh S.N(keadew N.S)3957212Kilclooney N.S135142213Kilkenny N.S3824214Cnoc Fola ionad Pobail (Knockfola Community Centre)75144215Leitir SN Bhríde90120216Leitir Catha S.N Min Na Mara00217Loch An Iubhar S.N57132218Luinneach S.N79126219Machaire Rabhartaigh S.N51126220Min An Chladaigh S.N00221min Na Croise Ionad Soisialta (Meenacross Social Centre)00222Mullach Dubh Sean Scoil (Mullaghduff Old School)7066223Rann Na Feirste S.N49143224Roisin S.N (Roshine N.S)8090225Toraigh S.N(Tory n.S)00226Trianach Sean Scoil(Trianach Old School)00227An Bhrocaigh Scoil Naisiunta Taobhoige  An Clochan4633228Coimin Scoil Naisiunta9283229Glenmore Hall8177230Leitir Bruic (Scoil Naisiunta Taobhoige An clochan3178231Alt St Safan’s N.S72121232Ballindrait Church Hall120120233Stranorlar St Mary’s N.S76100234Stranorlar St Mary’s N.S71118235Boyagh N.S81124236Dooish N.S151153237Carnowen Old School5234238Castlefin Girls N.S72156239Castlefin Girls N.S79215240Castletown N.S62113241Castletown N.S7565242Cloughfin N.S3442243Convoy St Brigid’s N.S120145244Convoy St Brigid’s N.S99165245Drumkeen N.S130226246Drumucklagh Craigadoes Hall6363247Gleneely N.S82138248Dromore N.S106117249Dromore N.S116132250Knock Sessiaghoneill N.S153212251Knock Sessiaghoneill N.S119199252Lifford Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal3587253Lifford Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal60117254Lifford Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal5382255Liscooley Donoughmore N.S84105256Meenreagh Old School747257Raphoe Central N.S7573258Raphoe Central N.S107145259Raphoe Central N.S84140260St Johnston St Baithins N.S73158261Stranorlar St Mary’s N.S136116262Stranorlar St Mary’s N.S123102263Stranorlar St Mary’s N.S104184264Stranorlar St Mary’s N.S94106265Glenswilly N.S00TOTAL1125913787   THE REFERENDUM: HOW YOUR LOCAL AREA OF CO DONEGAL VOTED was last modified: June 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on 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