Indiana utility to close all coal plants by 2028

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgIndiana utility to close all coal plants by 2028 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Northwest Indiana Times:NIPSCO has a tentative plan to retire its entire coal-fired electricity generation fleet in the next decade, with the majority of its coal-fired generators to be retired in the next five years. The company made the announcement Wednesday at the fourth of five public meetings detailing the development of a new Integrated Resource Plan for the utility.Renewable sources of energy, including wind and solar, along with battery storage, will likely replace its use of coal, according to the company.NIPSCO retired the two coal-fired generators at its Bailly Generating Station along Lake Michigan earlier this year, as part of a plan to reduce its coal-fired generation by half by 2023. That left five still in use.Four coal-fired units at the R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield will be retired no later than 2023, and the one unit at the Michigan City Generating Station by 2028, if the plan is carried out. The Schahfer plant also has gas-fired “peaking units” that ensure a consistent flow of electricity during peak times. The move to retire its 1,800 megawatts of coal-fired generation “will significantly accelerate carbon reductions across the NIPSCO footprint,” the company said in announcing the plan. The reduction will be quicker and of greater magnitude than previously announced targets, which had only included retirement of two of the four Schahfer generators in addition to the Bailly retirement.[NIPSCO President Violet] Sistovaris said advancements in technology and changes in the energy market are the primary drivers of the change in plans. “Retiring our aging coal fleet sooner will cost substantially less compared to our original plans for extending retirements over a longer duration,” she said.More: NIPSCO plan would eliminate coal-fired electricity generation within 10 yearslast_img read more


Chiefs head into postseason with confidence of complete team

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_img Written By The Kansas City Chiefs romped their way to the AFC championship game last year by leaning heavily on their high-powered offense, with Patrick Mahomes slinging the ball all over the field and a fleet of wide receivers hauling in everything in sight.Then their defense let them down.Now, as the Chiefs enjoy a week off before preparing for the divisional round of the playoffs, they are brimming with confidence borne of the most complete team they’ve had in years. The offense is still plenty potent, but that once-dismal defense has undergone a complete makeover under coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, shutting down everyone during a six-game winning streak that allowed Kansas City to leapfrog New England for the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.Read: Host cities for AFC Asian Cup China 2023 confirmed“The variety of ways of winning is the biggest thing,” Mahomes said. “We’ve won games obviously putting up points and doing those things this year, but we’ve also won games when the defense has stepped up and controlled games for us. For us, it’s about when you get to the playoffs not every game is the same, and we’ve found ways to win in different ways.”The Chiefs (12-4) scored at least 30 points seven times, twice hit 40 and were held below 20 just once. Mahomes eclipsed 4,000 yards passing despite missing most of three games with a knee injury, and he tossed 26 touchdown passes against just five interceptions. Travis Kelce became the first NFL tight end with back-to-back 1,200-yard receiving seasons while Tyreek Hill had seven touchdown catches and rookie running mate Mecole Hardman had six.The Chiefs won shootouts against the Ravens, the top seed in the AFC, and the Lions in consecutive weeks. And they scored so quickly and efficiently in blowouts of the Broncos and Raiders that the outcomes were never in question.On the flip side, the Chiefs put together a string of 10 straight quarters without allowing a touchdown during the final three weeks of the regular season. They allowed 52 points total in the five games following their bye, a run of dominance that came against quarterbacks that included Tom Brady and Philip Rivers.“This team plays with tremendous swag. It’s confidence,” said veteran defensive end Terrell Suggs, who was claimed off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals for the final two weeks of the regular season and the playoffs, and now has a chance to add another Super Bowl ring to the one he won with the Baltimore Ravens.Read: Tom Brady sends out Christmas day greeting after Patriots wrap up 11th AFC East title“That’s the No. 1 edge that a football player has: confidence,” added Suggs, who has played in 18 playoff games. “When you have a team that’s playing with swagger, and the head ball coach is encouraging that and your position coach is encouraging that, that can help you in January in playoff football.”Also helpful is having that week off.The Chiefs lost safety Juan Thornhill to a torn ACL against the Chargers last weekend, so the bye gives Spagnuolo a chance to adjust his personnel to cover a big loss in the secondary. The Chiefs also have plenty of bumps and bruises up and down the roster, and offensive lineman Andrew Wylie could use the week off to return from an ankle injury.“It’s extremely important,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said. “I think you can really take that week to get healthy, and then you can scout everybody that’s playing. That’s not something that you’d probably be able to do if you had a game that week. It will be important for us to kind of put the work in, obviously get a little dose of the information on who we could possibly play, then hope that it shakes out for us. Whoever shows up here, we have to be ready to roll.”The Chiefs gathered for meetings Monday before coach Andy Reid gave them the next two days off. They planned to have light padded practices Thursday and Friday, primarily starters against starters, before ratcheting back a bit this weekend.That’s when they learn whether the Patriots, Texans or Bills will visit Arrowhead Stadium for the divisional round.“Just staying focused is the biggest thing,” said Mahomes, who planned to watch this weekend’s games with teammates at his home. “Obviously, Coach Reid does a good job of preparing us by giving us the right amount of time off, but at the same time keeping us in the building and keeping us preparing for whoever we get to play.”Read: NFL Playoffs: AFC, NFC standings after Week 15 that witnessed multiple records being made WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 2nd January, 2020 23:39 IST LIVE TVcenter_img Last Updated: 2nd January, 2020 23:39 IST Chiefs Head Into Postseason With Confidence Of Complete Team As the Chiefs enjoy a week off before preparing for the divisional round of the playoffs, they are brimming with confidence borne of the most complete team they’ve had in years. COMMENT Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more


Jackie Bell KO heats up with big double-header

Posted On Jan 20 2020 by

first_imgThe Jamaica National Visa/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell knockout competition continues today with a double-header at Constant Spring Complex in St Andrew.In the first game, the nation’s number one ranked team, UWI FC, will tackle Super League contenders Barbican in the opener, starting at 6:30 p.m. Then, two premier league clubs – Tivoli Gardens and Harbour View square off at 8:30 p.m.The UWI are leaders in the Red Stripe Premier League and favoured to get the better of Barbican. However, the winners will come from the teams that wants it more.Coach of UWI, Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle, admits that his team will be the favourites.AIM IS TO WIN”Our aim is to win every competition, so the attitude will be the same. UWI will turn up to play good football and win. We are favourites but it will be two teams on the pitch tomorrow,” Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday.The UWI team will rely on top players Patrick Brown, Girvon Brown, Keammar ‘Dada’ Daley, Kemar Flemmings and Andre Bernal.Barbican will look to goalkeeper Nicholas Campbell, Locksley Thompson, Akino Bailey and Ramone McGregor to upset the nation’s top team.In the other game, it will be a big clash between two Premier League outfits for a spot in the last four.Tivoli Gardens have a very good attacking unit, including the RSPL’s top goal scorer in former national and overseas attacker Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson, Junior McGregor, Elton Thompson, Jermaine Parris and Rohan Reid.On the other hand, Harbour View key players will be Sean Fraser, Akeem Priestly, Kemar Bennett, Nicholas Beckett and Andre Messam.The winners will advance to last four of the competition named in honour of Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell, who died during the FIFA World Cup in Mexico in [email protected]last_img read more