Colstrip’s new coal supply contract likely to raise price of plant’s electricity generation

By on December 31, 2020

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:Colstrip Power Plant will continue receiving coal from Rosebud Mine under a six-year contract signed by all but one of the plant’s owners this weeThe contract, five years in the making, was signed with just weeks left on the coal arrangement between the mine and the power plant. The terms assure the Colstrip Power Plant won’t be shopping elsewhere for coal, something the power plant’s owners had been working toward since 2018.The contract length syncs with the start of a coal-power ban in Washington, which affects three of Colstrip’s utility owners: Puget Sound Energy, Avista Corp. and PacifiCorp. Puget, which owns the largest stake in Colstrip, has no customers outside of Washington and will have to exit the power plant six years from now. It has no use for Colstrip power after 2025 under Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation Act.PacifiCorp and Avista both have customers outside Washington, but also have plans to abandon coal power. PacifiCorp announced earlier this year that it would exit Colstrip by 2027. Avista CEO Dennis Vermillion told employees earlier this week the company would exit Colstrip in 2027. Vermillion’s remarks were reported by the Lewiston (Idaho) Morning Tribune. Avista clarified to The Gazette on Thursday that its 20-year energy plan includes modeling to no longer be in Colstrip after 2025.In regulatory proceedings, Puget Sound Energy told Washington’s Utility and Transportation Commission that the price of coal for Colstrip was going to increase significantly. Thursday, Ron Roberts, PSE’s director of generation and natural gas storage, said the coal price had to remain confidential as the utility worked through its general rate case. But the rate increase wasn’t surprising, Roberts said, given that Westmoreland had gone bankrupt. Earlier this year, as creditors prepared to take over the coal company, Westmoreland notified the bankruptcy court that the new owners wouldn’t be honoring the terms of the current contract. The creditors wanted more for their coal.The one Colstrip Power Plant owner who didn’t sign the contract was Talen Energy. Westmoreland continues to negotiate terms with Talen, which faces different challenges than Colstrip’s other five owners. Namely, Talen sells its coal power on the open market where cheaper electricity generated by renewable energy and natural gas have made Colstrip power less competitive. [Tom Lutey]More: Colstrip Power Plant secures 6-year coal mine contract Colstrip’s new coal supply contract likely to raise price of plant’s electricity generationlast_img read more

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CDC funds research on public health preparedness

By on November 18, 2020

first_imgOct 7, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Seven universities will share $10.9 million in federal funds to study the ability of state and local public health systems to respond to emergencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced yesterday.With the grants, ranging from about $1.3 million to $1.7 million, schools of public health will “evaluate the structure, capabilities, and performance of public health systems for preparedness and emergency response,” the CDC said in a news release.The schools will establish “Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Centers” with the money, the agency said.”These research centers will connect public health with scientists involved in business, engineering, legal, and social sciences to incorporate multiple perspectives into preparedness and response research which can be used to strengthen our nation’s response capability,” said Richard Besser, MD, director of the CDC’s Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response.In 2000 the CDC set up Centers of Public Health Preparedness to strengthen terrorism and emergency preparedness by connecting academic expertise with state and local health needs, especially in preparedness education, the agency said. The launching of the new research centers is required by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006.The seven schools receiving funding, with their research missions and grants, are:Emory University, Atlanta, creating and maintaining sustainable preparedness and response systems, $1,562,676Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, generating criteria and metrics to measure effectiveness and efficiency, $1,717,286Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, enhancing preparedness to address the risks of vulnerable populations, $1,495,398University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, enhancing the usefulness of training, $1,470,307University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, creating and maintaining sustainable preparedness and response systems, $1,695,189University of Pittsburgh, creating and maintaining sustainable preparedness and response systems and generating criteria and metrics to measure effectiveness and efficiency, $1,701,845University of Washington, Seattle, improving communication in preparedness and response, $1,270,632The CDC said it received more than 20 applications from schools of public health for the grants. The recommendations in a recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Research Priorities in Emergency Preparedness and Response for Public Health Systems, were considered in writing the selection criteria.See also: Oct 6 CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2008/r081006.htmIOM report, Research Priorities in Emergency Preparedness and Response for Public Health Systemslast_img read more

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DJ, big hitters atop tight leaderboard for 4th round of PGA

By on September 8, 2020

first_img FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News First Published: 9th August, 2020 14:08 IST Last Updated: 9th August, 2020 14:08 IST DJ, Big Hitters Atop Tight Leaderboard For 4th Round Of PGA The bad news: The final-round “Battle of the Titans” golf fans have been clamoring for — Brooks “Big Game” Koepka vs. Bryson “The Brain” DeChambeau with a tournament on the line — won’t be coming to a PGA Championship near you. At least not on this Sunday LIVE TVcenter_img The bad news: The final-round “Battle of the Titans” golf fans have been clamoring for — Brooks “Big Game” Koepka vs. Bryson “The Brain” DeChambeau with a tournament on the line — won’t be coming to a PGA Championship near you. At least not on this Sunday.The good: If Saturday’s Round 3 at TPC Harding Park is any indication of what’s to come, the first major of this COVID-19 season won’t lack for fireworks.Koepka, the two-time defending champion, faced a gut check after making three straight bogeys and promptly responded by birdieing two of his last three holes to shoot 69 and stay two shots of the lead. Even gutsier, perhaps, was Koepka’s post-round interview performance, which resembled a major leaguer walking over to the opposing dugout and daring anyone inside to come out and fight.Koepka nearly yawned when asked to assess the players ahead of him, a group that includes leader and 2016 U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson (at 9-under 201), rising stars Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Champ (both at -8), Collin Morikawa and veteran Paul Casey (both at -7).“A lot of guys on the leaderboard, I don’t think have won. I guess DJ has only won one,” he began. “I don’t know a lot of the others that are up there.”Right behind Koepka, but left out of that withering assessment, was DeChambeau, who climbed to 6-under by dropping a 95-foot bomb of a birdie putt the 18th.Both are among the game’s premier power players, but Koepka, already a four-time major winner, has been the one throwing most of the shade. He plays fast and has little patience for those who don’t. DeChambeau, who treats short putts like a surveyor and on-course rulings like federal cases, often plays painstakingly slow. Both look like college football-sized safeties. But it took Koepka several years to muscle up his 6-foot frame, while DeChambeau (6-1) added almost 40 pounds of bulk in a matter of months.Whether they’ll discuss any of that remains to be seen. But they’ll be within shouting distance of each other all day. DeChambeau, playing alongside Tony Finau, goes off at 4:20 pm ET. Koepka, alongside Casey, tees off 10 minutes later. If play backs up on the course, CBS will want to make sure the boom microphones nearby are turned up to full volume.But even if their feud fizzles, there should be plenty to talk about. Johnson packs plenty of power, too, and knows that with a second major comes a whole lot of bragging rights.It’s simple,” Johnson said. “I’ve got to hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. If I can do that tomorrow, I’m going to have a good chance coming down the stretch. … I’m just going to have to do what I did today. Just get it done.”The list of players who didn’t — on golf’s traditional “moving day” no less — was long. Li Haotong’s distinction — the first Chinese player to lead any round in a major — disappeared after he shot 73, fittingly highlighted by a double-bogey after a tee shot got stuck in a tree. Tiger Woods’ reputation as a contender everywhere he plays, took a hit at Harding Park, too. He didn’t make a birdie until the 16th, and after a promising opening round, has looked every bit the 44-year-old who caught lightning in a bottle at the 2019 Masters and might not be that lucky again.Saturday’s round finished in the gloaming, with the mercury at 59 degrees and bedevilling 15 mph winds. More of the same is expected for Sunday, which could bode well for youngsters Scheffler, Champ and Morikawa, who played college golf at Cal-Berkley nearby and knows Harding Park well.“Obviously it’s played very different. The tees are way back, the greens are a lot faster,” he said, then paused. “But what’s crazy is there aren’t enough fans.”So even if you’re just keeping score at home, make some noise. It would be appreciated.Image credits: AP Written By COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

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