TVA Closes Its Last Coal-Fired Plant

first_imgTVA Closes Its Last Coal-Fired Plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Lauren Bellero for SNL:The Tennessee Valley Authority has taken its Colbert fossil plant off line, marking the end of a 61-year run. The utility removed unit one from service March 23 at the 1,209 MW coal-fired power plant in Colbert County, Ala.Colbert, the last of the utility’s operating coal-fired plants in Alabama, was scheduled to be retired by April 15, the utility said. The Widow’s Creek coal-fired power plant, located in Jackson County, Ala., was taken offline in September 2015, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data.TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said during the TVA’s Feb. 3 earnings call that the plant’s closure is part of the retirement of more than 7,000-MW of coal-fired generation. Nuclear power, gas-fired power, renewables and energy efficiency are being used to replace the capacity. The TVA plans to generate more than half of its energy from “non-emitting sources” by 2020.Full article ($): TVA retires last operating unit at Colbert coal plantlast_img read more

Daily Dirt: Fatal Fall Near BRP, NC Hikers Rescued, Big Victory for Bay

first_imgYour daily outdoor news bulletin for September 16, the day the first peacetime in the history of the U.S. was imposed in 1940, meaning you could be conscripted into the military if you were between the ages of 21 and 36, could read, and were not black:Teen Dies in Fall Near Humpback RocksA 13-year-old girl died Sunday evening after falling from a cliff near the Humpback Rocks area off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The girl, whose name has not been released, is said to be from the Richmond area. She was with family and had walked to the Greenstone Overlook near mile marker 9, where she scrambled near the cliff edge with another juvenile. Blue Ridge Parkway Ridge District ranger Kurt Speers said the girl fell 45-50 feet onto the parkway. She was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center via helicopter, but later succumbed to her injuries. The fatal fall occurred around 6 pm Sunday.NBC-29 says National Park police are on the scene investigating.Hikers Rescued in Green River Game LandsOn the brighter side, two hikers were rescued from the Green River Game Lands in Henderson County, North Carolina. Jonathan Heatherly, 32, and Janice Collins, 56, both from Dana, were hiking on a trail off Deep Gap Road Saturday afternoon when they got off trail and became lost. Family members went looking for the pair Saturday night, before rescuers from the Dana Fire and Rescue Department, along with Henderson Sheriff’s Office and Hendersonville Police Department personnel began the big search Sunday morning. The two were found around 6pm on Sunday uninjured, more than 24 hours after they set out on the hike. Authorities say the two were in good health, but were tired and hungry, which is to be expected as neither had provisions – only a bottle of water – or a cell phone.Big Victory for Chesapeake BayA big victory for the Chesapeake Bay is a big victory for all of us. Last week Pennsylvania Federal Judge Sylvia Rambo (sick judge name, btw) upheld Chesapeake Bay clean-up efforts sticking it to BIG AG. Basically, the ruling gives the Environmental Protection Agency, working with states, the authority to set science-based pollution limits. The case pitted the American Farm Bureau, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, National Association of Home Builders, the National Chicken Council, the National Corn Growers Association, the National Pork Producers Council, the National Turkey Federation, The Fertilizer Institute, and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association VERSUS the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Citizen’s for Pennsylvania’s Future, Defenders of Wildlife, Jefferson County (WV) Public Service District, Midshore River Keeper Conservancy, and the National Wildlife Federation. Whew! These quotes from the press release just about sums up the legalize of the decision (you can see a full summary here):“In the case, known as American Farm Bureau et al v. EPA, the plaintiffs made three complaints: (1) that the pollution limits or TMDL exceeded EPA’s authority, (2) that they were based on faulty science, and (3) that the plaintiff did not have adequate time to participate in the comment process. Judge Rambo found against them on all points.”and“‘The court’s decision is great news for fish and wildlife that depend on a healthy Bay for their survival. If implemented properly, the rule has the potential to significantly improve the ecological health of the Bay for the benefit of wildlife and people alike,” said Michael Senatore, Vice President for Conservation Law at Defenders of Wildlife.’”last_img read more

Brazilian Air Force and Federal Police May Use UAVs at Confederations Cup

first_img Minister Celso Amorim and general officials visited Foz do Iguaçu to obtain information on the partial results of Operation Ágata 7, performed within the 10,492 miles of Brazilian border with ten South American countries. The Military will be used right before the Confederations Cup, and it is one of the axles of the security plan organized by the Ministry of Defense for the large upcoming events in Brazil. On May 29, the remote controlled entrance of the airplanes was presented to Defense Minister Celso Amorim, during his visit to the base of São Miguel do Iguaçu, in Parana, on the triple border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. This was developed as a result of having used this equipment during Operation Ágata 7, which began on May 18, to combat cross-border crimes. The plan consists of moving part of the equipment to the Naval Base in São Pedro da Aldeia, in the state of Rio, and another part to Brasília. As far as Rio de Janeiro, the airplanes may be used to protect authorities and the local aerial space. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and Federal Police may use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) during two games of the Confederations Cup, between June 15 and June 30, in Brazil. This aircraft would be used during the opening of the competition, in Brasília, and the closing, in Rio de Janeiro, within the scope of the aerial space defense plan established by the federal government. This was the first integrated action between the Brazilian Air Force and the Federal Police, which resulted in the forces’ decision to keep the project on course. center_img “This demonstrates that we work with both institutions in harmony and in an integrated manner,” said Minister Amorim. The decision regarding the use of UAVs will be made within the next few days. By Dialogo June 06, 2013 The UAVs assisted in locating 3.5 tons of marijuana in the southern border region. The drugs seized by the Military and Police were already being monitored by intelligence information. The information on the location of the drugs allowed to plan the action. Later, the aircraft cameras registered the vessels moving along Itaipu Lake, leading the Brazilian Federal Police to deploy to the location where the boat docked. last_img read more

Bethpage Black Adds The Barclays to Growing PGA Schedule

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Bethpage Black, long considered one of the top public golf courses in the nation, will play host to five PGA tournaments in the next decade and beyond after once again luring The Barclays tournament to the challenging, sprawling course.Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that Bethpage Black, the most challenging of the five courses at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, will be the destination of The Barclays tournament in 2021 and 2027. The event, which kicks off the PGA Tour Playoffs, will also be played at Bethpage Black in 2016. The site will also host the PGA Championship in 2019 and Ryder Cup in 2024.“Bethpage State Park is one of the best public golf courses in the nation, and we are proud to welcome The Barclays back for two more tournaments,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming golfers and spectators to these world-class competitions and urge them to also experience all that Long Island has to offer.”The Barclays was last played at Bethpage Black in 2012. The course has become a favorite among PGA professionals who seem to embrace the raucous crowds that meet each player at every hole—a stark contrast to the more restrained crowds at courses across the country.With Long Island favorite Phil Mickelson getting up their in age (he’ll be 51 in 2021 and 57 in 2027), fans may have to find other top players to align themselves.“We’re thrilled to bring the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs to such a well-respected and challenging course again in 2021 and 2027,” PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said.last_img read more

The fifth edition of a unique walk through the vineyards of northwestern Istria with a top gourmet offer

first_imgThe fifth edition of one of the best tourist stories in Croatia – Istria Wine & Walk has been announcedThe traditional spring Istria Wine and Walk, organized by the cluster of northwestern Istria, brings its new edition. The fantastic Istrian story, which has been taken over by other parts of Croatia, will once again provide pleasure for all the senses.”We are especially proud that our Istria Wine and Walk has become a kind of benchmark in the organization of similar eno-gastronomic events. We have prepared another top wine adventure for our guests, with a handful of fun surprises that will surely result in a great atmosphere.”, Milovan Popovic points out, Director of the Tourist Board of the City of Umag.The start is scheduled for the morning from Trg Sv. Servula in Buje, where all participants will receive the necessary instructions, and embark on this unique adventure. Every 20 minutes, the bus takes the gathered for an enticing walk and gourmet pleasure. The refreshment stations will offer wines from Istrian winemakers: Kozlović, Celega, Ravalico, Coronica, Cattunar, Cuj, Veralda, A. Bassanese, Franković, and the gourmet part will be provided by: Oštarija Rondo, Restaurant Oliveto, OPG Radošević, OPG Buršić, OPG Duniš, Primizia food & wine, Konoba Morgan and Veralda. At the finish, Trg Sv. Servula in Buje, is expected to continue eno-gastronomic gathering for all participants of the event, but also other visitors, with live music and a party until the night.So simple, authentic and great. And yes, all tickets are sold out long before the start online.Related news:last_img read more

Call for revitalization of cultural heritage in the urban area of ​​Pula

first_img“The urban area of ​​Pula is rich in cultural heritage, the development of which represents a huge social and economic potential. Precisely for this reason, the valorization and revitalization of heritage in the area, as well as the putting into operation of tourism, are of absolute importance when it comes to the ITU mechanism. Thanks to the implementation of sustainable urban development activities using EU funds, endangered and underutilized heritage that represents a valuable historical heritage will be restored and will be connected in a sustainable way with tourism, creating new innovative services and products. ” pointed out the head of the Pula City Office Aleksandar Matić, adding that only projects defined by the Pula Urban Development Strategy will be able to apply for this call within the ITU mechanism, which is recognized as a tool for implementing territorial strategies in an integrated manner.   As they point out from the city of Pula, all the mentioned projects are of strategic importance for the urban area and will be fully implemented in the area of ​​local self-government units of the Urban area of ​​Pula, where the investment potential will be most pronounced. Under this call, non-refundable European funds, up to 85 percent of co-financing, will be awarded to projects that include content and thematically related investments necessary for the development of a particular area, which contribute to its socio-economic development through valorization of cultural heritage, making it a recognizable tourist destination . “Pula, which has an increasing number of visitors from year to year, thanks to the simultaneous investment in cultural heritage and the tourism sector will further strengthen its position on the tourist map of the world”, Said Matic, adding that having in mind the potential impact of investing in cultural heritage on urban development, that in addition to sustainable management of renewed resources, the goal is to improve the service through education of tourism workers and increase the number of employees, especially young people in tourism. The Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds within the mechanism of integrated territorial investments has published a Call for project proposals “Revitalization of cultural heritage in the urban area of ​​Pula.  Eligible applicants from the urban area who will restore the cultural heritage of local importance in this area are the City of Pula with the project of strengthening the Pula fortification system, the Archaeological Museum of Istria with the project of conservation and reconstruction of the Small Roman Theater in Pula, then the City of Vodnjan reconstruction of the old oil mill complex into the multimedia center MMC Torcio and the Municipality of Svetvinčenat, which will implement an integrated project for the preservation of Svetvinčenat’s cultural heritage. center_img The call for project proposals for the revitalization of cultural heritage in the urban area of ​​Pula is open from January 25 to March 25, 2019. This is a call in the amount of almost HRK 22.5 million announced within the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020” for the specific objective 6c1 “Increasing employment and tourism expenditures through the improvement of cultural heritage”, funded by the European Regional Development Fund.last_img read more