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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

Father charged after bending baby backwards until he heard a pop

first_imgA father from Arizona is now facing child abuse charges after he reportedly injured his 1-month-old daughter by bending her backward until he heard a popping sound.Officials say they were alerted to the incident after the father took the child to Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the medical staff examining her found that the child had extreme injuries from both the past and the present.The father, 22-year-old Adan Flores told medical staff that the child was injured after a relative accidently sat on her, however, doctors reported that none of the injuries matched what Flores told them.According to the report, the 1-month hold had  fractured legs, a damaged liver, hemorrhaging eyes, and bleeding from her mouth.  In addition to that, the child also had multiple recent and healing fractures on her ribs.When authorities spoke to Flores he admitted that he put the baby on a bed on her knees and bent her backwards until he heard a popping sound. He then began squeezing her in an effort to get her to stop crying.He also admitted to twisting her legs until he heard them pop and shoving a thermometer into her mouth.Investigators say Flores then told them that he hesitated to take the child to the hospital initially because he knew DCF would be contacted and that the child’s mother would find out what he did and leave him.The child’s mother was reportedly in the shower at the time of the incident.Flores has since been arrested and charged with six counts of child abuse. His bail has been set at $100,000.last_img read more

World Series video: Could Game 6 between the Dodgers and the Astros be a low scoring pitchers’ duel?

first_imgThe Dodgers return to Los Angeles to host the Houston Astros, who lead the World Series 3-2, for Game 6 in a must win game.Jonathan Khamis talks with J.P. Hoornstra about his series prediction and whether he will stick with it. Hoornstra also mentions the possibility of a low scoring game tonight. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img