French utility EDF to close Le Havre coal plant in 2021

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:State-controlled French utility EDF will shut down its 580 megawatt (MW) Le Havre 4 coal-fired power plant in the spring of 2021, grid operator RTE said on Friday.The move is in line with a government decision to phase out France’s remaining coal-fired power plants to curb carbon emissions while boosting generation from renewables.“In line with the orientation of the French Multiannual Energy Plan, EDF is getting prepared to decommission Le Havre coal power plant in spring 2021,” RTE said on its website.Late on Thursday the moderate CFDT trade union said that EDF had informed workers of the shutdown and that it is against the proposal, adding that the closure will come a year ahead of the government’s plan to close all coal-fired power plants by 2022.CFDT said management had told the union that EDF’s other coal power plant, the 580 MW Cordemais 5, will continue operating and would be converted to burn biomass under the Ecocombust project from 2022 until 2026.France’s two other coal-fired plants are the Emile Huchet 6 and Provence 5, with combined installed capacity of 1,200 MW, operated by German utility Uniper.More: France’s EDF to close Le Havre coal-fired power plant in spring 2021 French utility EDF to close Le Havre coal plant in 2021last_img read more

Man charged with felony after choking resident in Cortland County

first_imgThomas has been charged with the following: TOWN OF CORTLANDVILE, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office says one person has been arrested following a report of a disturbance at 52 Penguin Dr. in the town of Cortlandville. The sheriff’s office says Thomas was at the Town of Cortlandville Court on Jan. 2 and was remanded to the Cortland County Jail in lieu of $500 cash or $1000 bond. They say he then left the scene in a vehicle but was located later and taken in custody.center_img Criminal Contempt in 1st degree, a class E felonyUnauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the 3rd degreeAggravated harassment in the 2nd degreeUnlawful imprisonment in the 2nd degreeCriminal obstruction of breathing Authorities say 20-year-old Mason D. Thomas of the town of Dryden was arrested and charged with a felony after he violated a court order of protections by being at the residence on Penguin Drive and choking a person there.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Air National Guardsmen Depart for Texas

first_imgPennsylvania Air National Guardsmen Depart for Texas Hurricane Harvey,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Safety Annville, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that six airmen from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 193rd Special Operations Wing (SOW) in Middletown, Dauphin County, departed last night to assist with communications efforts in Texas as Hurricane Harvey continues to soak the Gulf Coast.The airmen, who departed from their headquarters at Harrisburg International Airport aboard a Pennsylvania C-130 aircraft, flew to Kelly Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, pending further instructions.“These airmen are part of a unique mobile communications team that will assist Texas with securing and reestablishing any downed satellite or cell phone communications systems needed for recovery efforts,” said Governor Wolf. “We wish them a safe journey as they represent Pennsylvania in assisting with the disaster in Texas. Pennsylvania is ready and willing to offer any support needs for those affected by this historic natural disaster. Our hearts go out to residents, law enforcement, responders, National Guard, PA Task Force 1 team members, and all others affected and involved.”“The 193rd Special Operations Wing has extensive experience with this type of mission and we are happy to assist our sister states when disaster strikes,” Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general said.The airmen were expected to arrive in Texas late last night. It is not known how long the team will remain in Texas. Pennsylvania is one of numerous states to receive federal activation orders from the National Guard Bureau.“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and with those supporting the disaster relief efforts,” Carrelli said. August 29, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Amtrak struggles to find secure funding

first_imgINTRO: May 10 is due to see further cuts to Amtrak’s inter-city network as the operator tries to balance its books. Julian Wolinsky looks at operational changes and funding proposals announced in March’WITHOUT DECISIVE action very soon, the United States will have no inter-city rail service’, according to the Republican Chairman of the House Transportation Committee. Rep Bud Shuster of Pennsylvania said on March 20 that Amtrak is heading for financial collapse unless Congress steps in to save it. Noting that ’the company is already borrowing to meet payroll costs, and even its own business plan will exhaust all available lines of credit by the middle of fiscal 1998’, Shuster announced plans to appoint a panel of experts to address the crisis.The same day, Amtrak confirmed that it would cut two routes on May 10. The Pioneer from Denver to Seattle and the Desert Wind from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles will go, after local states expressed little interest in subsidising their future operation. Texas and Massachusetts are hoping to save the San Antonio – St Louis leg of the Texas Eagle and the Boston – Albany segment of the Lake Shore Limited, but Amtrak has made it clear that they will also end on May 10 should funding not materialise. All four were originally due to finish last November (RG 11.96 p717).March 31 saw the demise of the New Orleans – Mobile Gulf Coast Limited launched last September. Initially subsidised by the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, this has averaged just 25 passengers a day.Rolling stock released from the Desert Wind and Pioneer will allow Amtrak to restore daily service to the Salt Lake City – Oakland portion of the California Zephyr, the Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle, and the City of New Orleans between Chicago and New Orleans.Amtrak West has commissioned a study into a tourist-oriented service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, over the UP corridor now served by the Desert Wind. Three daily trains each way would be worked by the two extra Talgo Pendular sets to be assembled speculatively in Washington (below). Target journey time is less than 5h, compared to the present 6h 50min. The report due this month is expected to put the start-up costs at $15m, requiring a return fare of around $100 to make the service self-supporting. Amtrak is also seeking support from the private sector, including hotel operators in Las Vegas.Tapping the freight marketAmtrak President & CEO Thomas M Downs is also looking for other traffic to boost revenue. The board of directors has approved plans to enter the premium freight market by leasing 617 Express Cars – boxcars with high-speed bogies to move mail and parcels in passenger trains, of which Amtrak already runs 150. As well as the 367 mechanical refrigerator cars and 250 insulated boxcars, Amtrak will lease 283 RoadRailers: 250 16m trailers, 20 side-door mail vans, eight refrigerated vans, and five ’auto railers’ to test auto-train service in new markets.Mail is already a major contributor to Amtrak’s income; for example, it accounts for 42% of all revenue from the Chicago – Los Angeles Southwest Chief. UP has voiced objections to the proposals, claiming it would be unfair competition because Amtrak is subsidised: ’we don’t want them hauling freight on our line … it’s a public institution competing against a private company that has to pay all its own bills.’ Downs counters that Amtrak plans to carry only time-sensitive shipments now moving by road or air.Further east, Amtrak is reportedly close to a deal with Norfolk Southern to run fast freight trains over the Northeast Corridor from the southern USA to New York. This reverses its long-standing policy discouraging freight traffic on the route, following a 1987 collision between a passenger train and a Conrail freight which killed 16 people. To reduce the risk of accidents, NS would only be allowed to run at night.Attempts to provide a source of capital funding for Amtrak restarted on March 13. US Senator William Roth, a Republican from Delaware, introduced a bill, co-sponsored by eight other senators, to transfer one-half cent of the 4·3 cent federal motor fuel tax now assigned to deficit reduction into a capital trust fund for the railway.A day earlier, the General Accounting Office, the investigating arm of Congress, issued a report confirming that Amtrak’s capital needs have been neglected. It pointed out that in recent years the railway has been forced to take out commercial loans, resulting in a significant portion of its capital grants being used to service debts.Testifying before the House Subcommittee on Railroads on March 12, Downs urged Congress to approve a dedicated funding source. ’That half-cent would enable Amtrak to upgrade its facilities and equipment, permit cost-saving productivity improvements, and allow high-return capital investments. The result would be improved equipment reliability, better maintained cars and locos, and better working conditions.’Nextea offers alternativeAmtrak capital funding is one of the most controversial sections of President Clinton’s planned six-year extension of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, unveiled on March 12. The $175bn plan, known as the National Economic Crossroads Transportation Efficiency Act (Nextea) includes proposals to divert between $4bn and $5bn of the highway trust fund to subsidise Amtrak, although the railway would prefer the half-cent fuel tax option.Nextea is heavily tilted toward road spending, emphasising traffic safety and the environment. Total spending would be about 11% higher than the $157bn authorised in Istea’s six years, which end on September 30. For public transport there is only a vague promise to ’maintain mass transit investment at high levels.’ Federal transit funding would increase by 25% to $5bn a year.There would also be a six-year, $600m grant programme to ’support flexible, innovative transportation alternatives for people trying to get to work and off welfare.’ President Clinton also wants to increase funding for the Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Improvement Program by more than 25% to $1·3bn a year.However, Congress must still appropriate the money for Nextea spending, and oppositon is growing. Republican Rep Jay Kim of California, a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, noted that ’you and I are driving cars, so why should we pay for Amtrak?’The Amtrak board has approved an order for 30 more General Electric Genesis diesel locos and 21 F59PHs from General Motors. GE will supply 8 dual-mode diesel/electric P32DMs for New York’s Empire Corridor and 33 P42s, of which eight will be assigned to Amtrak West for the Coast Starlight. The F59s will all go to Amtrak West, including five dedicated to the new Cascade service (left). The 51 locos will replace all of Amtrak’s remaining FL9s and most F40PHs. olast_img read more

Development popular with buyers seeking affordability in hot spot

first_imgBexley at Wooloowin is proving popular with buyers who can’t afford a home in a million-dollar plus suburb.Buyers are taking advantage of homes being built close to million-dollar suburbs.Research from CoreLogic shows Brisbane’s inner north is home to the city’s most expensive real estate, with suburbs such as Ascot and Clayfield, both boasting median values above $1 million.Cedar Woods senior development manager Peter Starr said suburbs undergoing a revitalisation would become increasingly popular. He said Wooloowin was significantly more affordable, with the median home costing $792,500. An emerging restaurant and bar scene in nearby Albion was transforming the area into a cultural hub.Mr Starr said Cedar Woods had identified the trend when it hand-picked Wooloowin for its new luxury terrace home project, Bexley, set to take advantage of its position in inner Brisbane’s price growth corridor.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago Bexley at Wooloowin.The 14 terrace homes feature three and four bedrooms, with 144sq m to 195sq m of living space, and are priced from $795,000.The two and three-level terrace homes have been designed by the award-winning Rothelowman architects and are ideal for those who want the space and comfort of a home with the convenience of apartment living.Hutchinson Builders has been appointed to undertake early site works at Bexley, paving the way for civil works and construction of the first stage of terrace homes.Mr Starr said several prospective purchasers at Bexley who had been looking at Ascot and Clayfield had realised they could move a few minutes down the road to Wooloowin and be in a new home for much less. “We anticipate Wooloowin will join the list of Brisbane’s blue ribbon suburbs in future,’’ he said.last_img read more

Cricket News Mitchell Starc out for India series, Jhye Richardson included in Australia squad

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mitchell Starc, who roared back to form with a blazing haul of 10 wickets in the Canberra Test against Sri Lanka, has been ruled out of the limited-overs series against India due to injury. Jhye Richardson, who took Virat Kohli’s wicket in all the three ODIs and also made a sparkling debut in the series against Sri Lanka, has been included in the side. Peter Siddle, Mitchell Marsh have been omitted while the side sees the return of Shaun Marsh, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kane Richardson. D’Arcy Short has also been included as cover for Shaun, who will join the side for the third ODI as he expects the birth of his second child.In a Cricket Australia statement, national selector Trevor Hohns said Starc suffered a pectoral tear during the Canberra Test and he might be available for the ODI series against Pakistan, the final bilateral assignment for Australia before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. “Scans have revealed that Mitchell Starc sustained a substantial tear to his left pec muscle while bowling on the final day of the Test match in Canberra,” Hohns said.Coulter-Nile had missed the ODI series after he complained of back soreness while Kane Richardson’s good form and experience in playing in Indian conditions sees his inclusion in the side as the five-time world champions look to pick their winning composition for the World Cup. “Kane performed well for his country when given the opportunity. Nathan Coulter-Nile provides us with another quality bowling option, he brings good energy in the field and can also score runs in high pressure situations,” Hohns said. Australia will play five ODIs and two T20Is in India.Australia’s final assignment before World Cup will be five ODIs against Pakistan.Jhye Richardson impressed on his Test and ODI debut against Sri Lanka and India respectively. The first Twenty20 International will take place at the ADA-VDCA stadium in Vizag on February 24 followed by the second T20I at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on February 27. Following the end of the T20Is, the ODI series will be played.The first match will take place on March 2nd in Hyderabad, followed by a game on March 5 at the VCA stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur. The series will then shift to Ranchi for the third ODI on March 8 while the fourth game will be played at PCA stadium in Mohali on March 10. The series will then end with the fifth and final ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. This series will be the last international fixture after which the IPL will begin from March 23 and will be played in India.last_img read more

Day two of Open 2016 tees off

first_imgPhil Mickelson has parred the first hole of his second round at the Open Championship in Royal Troon.Mickelson is 3 clear on 8 under. Patrick Reed and Martin Kaymer are tied for the second on 5 under. Rory Mc Ilroy doesn’t start his round until after 2 and he’s on 2 under while Padraig Harrington is 1 under and starts at twenty five past one.Darren Clarke starts at twenty to one on level par while Paul Dunne and Shane Lowry are out after 1 on 6 and 7 over.Graeme McDowell is 4 over after 1 hole of his second round.last_img