West Virginia Regulatory Staff Seek Answers on FirstEnergy Coal-Generation Plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Darren Sweeney for SNL:West Virginia regulatory staff have asked FirstEnergy Corp.’s utilities to explain why buying an existing coal-fired power plant is the best option for meeting future generation needs. The utilities also were asked to provide the additional costs needed to retrofit a supercritical, coal-fired plant to meet federal environmental requirements.Monongahela Power Co. and fellow FirstEnergy subsidiary Potomac Edison Co. submitted their integrated resource plan late last year to the Public Service Commission of West Virginia. Mon Power, which supplies the generation needs for Potomac Edison’s West Virginia service territory, predicted a capacity shortfall of more than 850 MW by 2027 and said that purchasing existing generation facilities or co-firing its coal plants with gas are likely the best options to meet this need. (Case No. 15-2002-E-P)Guggenheim Securities LLC analyst Shahriar Pourreza noted in a March 15 research report that opponents of the plan are concerned that FirstEnergy is attempting to place one of its merchant coal plants into the West Virginia utilities’ rate base.Retrofitting would cost approximately $55 million to $80 million for each unit at the coal plants, which Mon Power breaks down to $85 per MW for the three units at Harrison and $140 per MW for the two units at Fort Martin.The utilities said they did not factor in the additional costs needed to meet the minimal EPA requirements under the Clean Power Plan since the regulations remain under litigation and “have yet to be defined in the state implementation plans.”Regulatory staff, however, also are skeptical of the effect on reliability during the retrofitting.“How can the Company remain in compliance with [PJM Interconnection LLC] requirements when at any given outage to retrofit a generating unit with co-fired natural gas burners, generation will be down by at least 546 MW?” the PSC staff asked.Full article ($): W Va. regulatory staff seek answers on FirstEnergy utilities’ coal generation plans West Virginia Regulatory Staff Seek Answers on FirstEnergy Coal-Generation Planslast_img read more

Kevin Durant trolled by Rihanna over coronavirus on Instagram

first_imgThis whole exchange is just 😭 pic.twitter.com/Pe4Zg80rPq— thee rhianna (@fentysveryown) March 29, 2020MORE: Trump reportedly asked A-Rod for advice on coronavirus responseDrake tried to join the banter, saying people need to stop making fun of Durant for getting coronavirus — but neither Durant or Rihanna responded. Instead, Durant and Rihanna continued their conversation. The two-time NBA finals MVP said Rihanna’s cough sounded “Rona-ish.” The nine-time Grammy winner joked back to “Watch who you FaceTime with through these times.”Drake tried to insert himself in Rihanna and Kevin Durant’s flirting and got ignored. -plays Marvins Room- https://t.co/LZ0ap2UaVk— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 29, 2020Durant is one of the many people in the sports world who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Marcus Smart, Christian Wood, Donavon Mitchell and Rudy Gobert are the other identified NBA players to be diagnosed. All four have announced a full recovery. MORE: Six things we learned from Steph Curry’s coronavirus Q&A with Dr. Anthony FauciDurant was one of four Nets players who tested positive for COVID-19, he told The Athletic on March 17. The former NBA MVP quipped back, asking if the singer had just come back from Europe, where the virus had hit hard before becoming a global pandemic.When Rihanna said she had been in the U.S. for the last two months, Durant responded with “That (coronavirus) was lurkin(g) over there in December.” NBA star Kevin Durant isn’t a stranger to back-and-forth exchanges on social media. This time, his banter included pop star Rihanna while both were in DJ Spade’s Instagram Live session on Saturday night.Rihanna poked fun at Durant for having coronavirus: “Is KD allowed in here,” she asked. “Should I wear a mask to this?” She followed up by wishing Durant a swift recovery.last_img read more