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 2027
The top-ranked University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team earned two more commanding victories over the weekend, defeating the St. Cloud State Huskies 8–2 Friday and 3–1 Saturday to become the first team in the country to reach 18 wins. The Badgers (19-1-0, 9-1-0 WCHA) opened Friday’s matchup with a flurry of goals in the first period. Just three minutes into the game, sophomore Caitlin Schneider delivered a quality goal after an impressive passing display from the Badgers, who would not look back from there, tallying three goals in the final five minutes of the period.Junior Presley Norby wrapped up the first period with two goals of her own in that stretch, including a spectacular top-shelf goal from her knees after being tripped up by a Huskies defender, to give the Badgers a 4–0 advantage.Speaking with UW Athletics after Friday’s game, Norby credited her team’s consistency in dominating first period action, something that has been a signature feature of the team this year.“I just think we’re just trying to get better every single game and what comes along with that is just being ready to play right when the puck drops. I think we’re doing a better and better job of that every game,” Norby said.Men’s basketball: Badgers fall 69–74 to in-state rival Marquette in overtimeThe 125th chapter of the I-94 rivalry took place this Saturday, this time in the brand-new Fiserv Forum that is Read…Senior Annie Pankowski netted a pair of goals in the second period, followed by third period goals from freshman Sophie Shirley — her 11th of the season — and junior Alexis Mauermann to conclude the Badger onslaught. Despite Friday’s offensive display, Wisconsin could not carry its momentum over to Saturday’s affair. Freshman Britta Curl scored first for the Badgers at the 5:59 mark in the first period, her 10th goal of the season, to give Wisconsin a 1–0 lead.The Huskies (5-15-1, 2-12-0-0 WCHA) would respond with a power-play goal in the second period to even things up heading into the third.But the Badgers, who have been in similar situations a handful of times this season, showed the St. Cloud, Minn., crowd why they are the No. 1 team in the country. Junior Mekenzie Steffen found the back of the net with just under seven minutes remaining in the third period to put the Badgers up.Women’s hockey: Badgers dominate Syracuse in a convincing weekend sweepIn a stunningly lopsided pair of contests this past weekend, the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers (17-1-0, 7-1-0 WCHA) defeated the Read…Then it was Pankowski, who has delivered clutch goals for UW all season, who scored the game’s final goal — this one a power-play empty-netter — to give the Badgers a 3–1 victory and wrap up 2018 with another exciting finish. Pankowski’s goal Saturday marks her seventh straight game with a goal, good for the third-longest streak in program history. The Badgers outshot the Huskies 49-13.The Badgers now enter the holiday break with a .950 winning percentage. With five weeks off, Wisconsin will take advantage of some much-needed rest before kicking off 2019 with a road series against Ohio State Jan. 11-12 in Columbus, Ohio.
The players also wore shirts with ‘Agogo’ on the back for their warm-up. Agogo scored 41 times in 126 games for the club. He also contributed six assists during that time.In West London, another of Agogo’s former teams, Nottingham Forest travelled to face Fulham.Fans of Forest held their own minute’s applause for Agogo in the 23rd minute, in memory of the shirt number of their former striker.With the club playing at home to Derby County on Wednesday, it’s expected that the club will prepare a fitting tribute for their former player.Back in Ghana, Agogo might not have played for a local team professionally but he certainly left a lasting impact.This was apparent before Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s must-win CAF Champions League match against Kano Pillars on Sunday.Kotoko and Kano Pillars players hold minute’s silence for AgogoThe two teams gathered around the centre circle and held a minute’s silence.Agogo passed on in England at a hospital last Thursday.He suffered a stroke in 2015 and underwent rehabilitation two years ago. He died at age 40.Since his demise, tributes have been pouring in from across the world, including his former clubs, and former teammates. Bristol Rovers offered a touching tribute to former striker, Junior Agogo, who died in London last week.Rovers, the club Agogo played for the longest, held a minute’s applause in memory of the former Black Stars forward before their match with Oxford City in League One.Both sets of players stood around the centre circle and applauded for a minute while ‘RIP Junior Agogo’ was displayed on the scoreboard.The Bristol Rovers fans also sang and chanted his name. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo also offered his condolences to the family of former Black Stars striker.In a tweet, the President described Junior Agogo as “a fine player” who represented the nation proudly any time he was called up to the national team.READ ALSO‘I’m sorry I didn’t check up on Junior Agogo before his death’ – Ex-teammate Derek BoatengJunior Agogo: Five things to know about the former Black Stars striker
England Under-21s have been labelled “a little overrated” by a member of the Sweden squad they will face in the European Championships on Sunday.The Young Lions’ 1-0 loss to Portugal in their Group B opener leaves them potentially facing a third straight group-stage exit at this stage.Sweden approach the match buoyed by a surprise victory over Italy and defender Ludwig Augustinsson has suggested in the build-up that England are rated too highly.“A little overrated, I think they are sometimes,” he told the Swedish media.“Some players go for such sick amounts of money in England and is a bit more expensive than what they are worth.“To take an example, Germany is a much better squad. We’ll see tomorrow how good they are.” Augustinsson 1