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

How will Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell match up with NBA’s elite point guards?

first_imgOnly a night after dazzling his teammates with his pinpoint passes, Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell spent the end of Monday’s practice helping his team with something that involved a little less fanfare. Russell lingered around to pick up all the empty water bottles as part of his rookie duties.“We got like 10 rookies,” said Russell in slight exaggeration, though Anthony Brown and Larry Nance Jr. were not around. “I’m surprised I’m the only one out here.”Russell could soon experience something just as humbling. The Lakers (1-3) will play the Sacramento Kings (3-1) on Tuesday in Las Vegas, where Russell will match up against nine-year NBA veteran Rajon Rondo. Russell will face other star point guards on Saturday (Golden State’s Stephen Curry) and on Monday (Portland’s Damian Lillard). Russell has tried modeling his game after those players as well as former NBA guard Chauncey Billups, amid his quest to live up and perhaps surpass his potential as this year’s No. 2 draft pick. Russell maintained he viewed the storyline “more as a Lakers vs. Kings matchup.” Yet, he then conceded, “it’ll definitely give you a visual on where you are at as an individual.”“You have to play against them. You can’t just watch them,” Russell said. “In the first go-around, I can’t go in as a fan that Steph Curry is my guy. It’s more like, ‘I’m playing against this dude. Let’s get this team a win.’”The Lakers believe Russell can help them win. They have gushed about Russell’s playmaking, especially after he recorded 11 of the Lakers’ 30 assists in a win against Maccabi Haifa on Sunday. Lakers coach Byron Scott even found similarities between Russell and point guards he both played with (Magic Johnson) and coached (Jason Kidd, Chris Paul). “All of them had that killer instinct,” Scott said. “They all wanted to step on your toe if they had you down. I think this kid has that. His vision on the court is a lot like all three of those guys.”So much that Lakers forward Metta World Peace called Russell “a vet” and “a confident kid.” “He definitely has my respect as far as how he is mentally. D’Angelo is going to be fine,” World Peace said. “I always tell him to stay hungry and don’t take my compliments too well.”Russell conveyed that mind-set by maintaining, “I use it as motivation to keep doing what I’m doing.” Russell also deflected credit to his teammates’ high marksmanship. But how will he fare against the NBA’s elite?He will come off the bench for the second consecutive game after sitting out the previous seven quarters because of a bruised glute. Russell made both of his field-goal attempts against Maccabi Haifi, but he only went 2 for 5 in the preseason opener last week against Utah. “You’ll make mistakes and turn the ball over against those guys. But they’ve been experienced,” said Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, who experienced the same thing last season. “It’ll be up and down. But once you get the hang of it, stay even keel.”Clarkson viewed Russell the same way, calling him “a chill dude.” The Lakers also marveled about several of Russell’s passes against Maccabi Haifa, which included a no-look pass at half-court to forward Tarik Black. “Just make the right play,” Russell said about his mind-set. “If somebody is open, get it to him no matter how you got to do it. It might be flashy. It might be ugly. But get them the ball when they’re open.”Yet, Scott noticed a potential learning curve in Russell’s teammates anticipating his passes. “It was the same with Magic,” Scott said. “When you came down the court, you had to make sure your hands were ready and that you were looking at him. Even if he wasn’t looking at you, he could fire a pass to you.”Unlike his lone season at Ohio State and during his pre-draft workouts, Russell has since declined to invoke comparisons to other NBA players. He will soon find out first-hand whether any of them are valid.Injury updateLakers center Roy Hibbert experienced soreness in his right knee during Monday’s practice. But Hibbert declined to have x-rays or an MRI, and the Lakers listed him as probable for Tuesday’s game against Sacramento. After sitting out of Monday’s practice, Lakers guard Marcelo Huertas will miss his fifth consecutive exhibition because of a strained right hamstring. The Lakers hope for Huertas to practice on Wednesday. Lakers forward Brandon Bass practiced on Monday, but he is expected to miss his third consecutive preseason game because of a bruised left knee. Kobe Bryant also missed practice on Monday, though it was just to rest. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more