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Vistra to close 648MW Coleto Creek coal plant in Texas by 2027

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Victoria Advocate:The [648 megawatt] Coleto Creek Power Plant, which generates millions of dollars in tax revenues annually for Goliad County, will shut down by 2027.The Fannin coal plant, which was built in 1980, is closing due to a combination of federal environmental regulations and competition in the Texas energy market, said Brad Watson, director of community affairs for Vistra, the parent company of the plant’s owner-operator.In a memo sent to Goliad County officials this week, Watson said it would be prohibitively expensive for the plant to comply with two recently finalized rules enacted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. One of these regulates the disposal of coal ash and the other limits the level of toxic metals in wastewater discharged from power plants. “Ultimately, compliance with these EPA rules would require investment in new equipment, costing tens of millions of dollars,” the memo said. “This investment cannot be justified based on the underlying economics of the plant and the uncertainty of more stringent regulations under a new presidential administration.”Goliad County Judge Mike Bennett said the plant’s impending closure reinforces the need for officials to seek additional sources of tax revenue. “This does not come as a surprise,” Bennett said Tuesday. “We all knew that the power plant was going to shut down at some point. We’re going to have further discussions with them about trying to bring other industry onto that piece of property.”In addition to the costs imposed by federal regulations, Watson said market pressures contributed to Vistra’s decision to close the plant. The Coleto Creek plant is the smallest of the three coal plants the company’s subsidiary, Luminant, operates in Texas, according to the memo. The plant is designed to be a baseload plant, which means it provides enough power to meet energy demands at any time of day, but it has been operating at just 38% capacity in the first nine months of 2020, which is unusually low, Watson said.The Coleto Creek Power Plant’s closure is part of a broader trend away from coal in the energy industry as a result of environmental regulations and competition from natural gas and renewables. Luminant closed three Texas coal plants in 2018, and in September, Vistra announced plans to shut down all seven of its coal plants in Illinois and Ohio.[Mark Rosenberg]More: Coleto Creek power plant shutting down by 2027 Vistra to close 648MW Coleto Creek coal plant in Texas by 2027last_img read more

Zion Williamson injury update: Pelicans rookie will have minutes restriction

first_img“It’s gonna take a while for everything to come together,” Gentry said, “it doesn’t matter who it is.”Gentry said Zion will have a minutes restriction when he returns. “We will be overly cautious” pic.twitter.com/mTrSwjTCqL— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) January 7, 2020Jrue Holiday and Brandon Ingram have each played more than 34 minutes per game this year. Gentry does not expect Williamson to join them as workhorses in the 2019-20 campaign.”He’s not going to come out and be a 30-minute-a-game guy,” Gentry said. “It’s gonna be a slow process to get him to the minutes that everybody wants to see him at.” Zion Williamson will be on a minutes restriction when he returns from injury, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.Williamson, the top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, has resumed full practice after undergoing knee surgery in October. While no date has been set for the 19-year-old’s debut, Gentry expects it to be soon.”I don’t know for how long, but there will definitely be a minutes restriction,” Gentry told reporters Tuesday.MORE: Latest from Kevin Love-Cavaliers sagaGentry believes Williamson will need time to settle with the Pelicans, who were 12-25 and second-to-last in the West entering Tuesday.last_img read more

Bryce Day establishes Foundation to make life easier for those who have lost

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Bryce Day has comforted families who have lost a loved one for about four decades. He wants to make sure that continues after he is gone. He has what doctors say is terminal pancreas cancer, and last fall they told him he had six months to live. He hopes they are wrong, and is still fighting the illness as much as possible, and is remaining as positive as he can.He started the Bryce Day Memorial Foundation late last year, and just recently launched a website to help families in need when they have to bury a loved one. You can find more about the foundation here: http://www.brycedaymemorialfoundation.com/Day said he has been pleasantly surprised at the generosity of people. Already $16,000 has been donated to the cause. They are also giving aid already as well.Bryce DayHe wanted to make it simple, so people who have to pay for a funeral can apply for aid by just filling out a short form on the website, or by calling the foundation.Day started the Day Funeral Home in 1998, and sold it to Tytus Cornejo a couple of years ago. Day started working at a funeral home while still in high school at age 14 in Wellington.In those years he has seen people have a loved one die unexpectedly and have to make arrangements quickly, which is hard if you don’t have any insurance or don’t have the money. He has seen others who lost a loved one when it was perhaps more expected, and they too had a need.“It is something Wellington has needed for some time,” Day said. “I have been in this profession forever it seems. The funeral homes in Wellington are all on board with it, and it is exciting to me.”He also wants to keep it simple. People call and they get help, and he wants to to remain that way.All of the money received goes directly to the foundation and it will all be used to help people who have a need, he explained.Getting the foundation going has helped Day also with his own condition as he battles cancer. He will turn 62 in March, and he is determined to get that far. He continues the battle as well. He said he is going to Austin, Texas this week to visit a cancer clinic where some new things are being tried.Day grew up in Wellington, but currently lives with his niece in Wichita to be close to medical facilities there.“It has been an exciting time to be able to do something for my hometown,” Day said. “Cancer is hard to beat, but I am fighting. When I first heard I had it, I was devastated. But as time goes on, my faith is in the Lord. I just keep fighting.”He wants to live, and there are still things he would like to do. He is facing the reality, and just knowing his foundation is up and running is a blessing.Day does have a different perspective on the possibility of dying soon. He has seen friends lose loved ones, and been there for them and comforted them as he could.”This really brings it all home,” he said. “I am doing ok, but it gets trying at times. I just have faith and hope for the best.”Last Saturday there was a small party where he is staying, and friends he had not seen in 30 years showed up.“That really renewed by spirit,” he said. “It makes me fight that much harder. You do get worn out at times, but that was great,” he said of the event last weekend.Day said he wanted to express his appreciation to the people of Wellington for embracing him for all the years he lived and worked there.“I just hope people will endorse the foundation,” he said.Tytus Conejo is a consultant to the foundation. He has worked with Day for about 10 years, and bought the funeral home a couple of years ago. He said seeing Day get this foundation going, and seeing his attitude through his battle with cancer, has been an inspiration.The foundation will give people in need up to $750 to go towards a funeral.People may also designate the foundation as a memorial gift at someone’s funeral. If a family qualifies, they will make up the difference between what is given and $750. A family must have less than $3,000 in their bank account to qualify.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? 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