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

St.Louis Will Be Like Zenica and Stadium Busch Like Bilino Polje

first_imgThe stadium Busch in St.Louis will be completely ready for the soccer spectacle between the national teams of B&H and Argentina, which will be played on the nights of Monday to Tuesday, according to our time.The baseball club St.Louis Cardinals, where the match will take place, made an effort so that the field and stands would be fully ready for the match.Football matches are not held often at this stadium, Thus, for this reason old grass from parts of the fields were replaced, after which new lines will be drawn on the field.Meanwhile, the euphoria of B&H fans who live in USA is growing with each passing hour. For a few days already in St. Louis, symbolic items representing our national team can be bought, and in houses, offices and shops the colors yellow and blue dominate.One of the organizations composed of B&H citizens organized “The Day of Dragons”.Stadium Busch is labeled these days as Bilino Polje by people from B&H living in the USA, and it will be completely full and the majority of stands will be occupied by B&H fans.Around 40.000 B&H fans who live in the USA are expected to attend the match.(Source: read more