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PJM: Ohio’s nuclear and coal subsidy bill likely to cost more than forecast

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:A bill to subsidize FirstEnergy Solutions’ two Ohio nuclear plants could cost customers even more than the hundreds of millions of dollars in direct charges proposed to prop up those plus two older coal plants.A new analysis from grid operator PJM concludes that keeping FirstEnergy’s nuclear plants open could also cost ratepayers as much as $16 million a year in lost savings by discouraging cheaper gas generation from coming online.House Bill 6 passed in the Ohio House of Representatives by a vote of 53-43 on May 29. Under the current version, all retail consumers in the state would pay 50 cents per month for the first year and then $1 per month for the next six years to subsidize FirstEnergy Solutions’ Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants. FirstEnergy Solutions and other FirstEnergy generation subsidiaries are currently in bankruptcy. The bill would also subsidize 1950s-era coal plants and gut Ohio’s clean energy standards.PJM’s analysis contradicts an earlier statement by FirstEnergy Solutions Vice President David Griffing, who claimed that closing the nuclear plants would cost Ohioans an average of $35 per year between 2022 and 2029. Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Bruce Weston responded by asking PJM for a fact check on the projected effects on wholesale and retail electric prices if the two Ohio nuclear plants close.Yet the PJM analysis may still underestimate costs to consumers. “While useful, the analysis looks only at the energy market, which is an important shortcoming,” said Dan Sawmiller, Ohio energy policy director at the Natural Resources Defense Council. PJM’s report said that it didn’t consider impacts on longer-term capacity markets because of time constraints.Ohio Public Utilities Commission Chair Sam Randazzo also testified Wednesday before the Ohio Senate committee. By his estimate, the annual out-of-pocket costs to ratepayers are slightly more than a third of a billion dollars. Before his appointment to the commission this year, Randazzo had long represented Industrial Energy Users-Ohio, which has consistently opposed the state’s clean energy standards.More: Costs of FirstEnergy nuclear bailout bill could exceed out-of-pocket subsidies PJM: Ohio’s nuclear and coal subsidy bill likely to cost more than forecastlast_img read more

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Pacers Guide Oz Into Semifinal With Win Over England

first_imgLondon: Mitchell Starc produced a world-class yorker to get rid of the dangerous Ben Stokes while Jason Behrendorff returned career best figures to hand Australia a place in the semifinal with a 64-run win over hosts England in a high-octane World Cup group stage clash at the Lord’s here on Tuesday.Starc (4/43) first reduced England to 26/3 with the wickets of in-form Joe Root (8) and skipper Eoin Morgan (4) as the hosts set out to chase 286 for victory after the Aussies posted 285/7 in 50 overs. But Stokes (89; 115b, 4×8, 6×2) threatened to take the game away from Australia with a brilliant innings before Starc, back for his second spell, castled the England all-rounder with an impeccable off-stump yorker, tailing away as it zeroed in on the base of the pole.Stokes kicked his bat away in agony as his dismissal halted his team’s fightback as England folded for 221 in 44.4 overs.England will now have to win both their remaining games against India and New Zealand to ensure their passage to the semifinals. Australia, on the other hand, are atop of the points tally with 12 points from seven matches. England are placed fourth with eight points in their kitty from as many outings.England were off to a disastrous start when Behrendorff (5/44) castled James Vince (0) with the second ball of the innings with an inswinging delivery. Starc then got the important wickets of Root, trapped plumb in front, and Morgan, who top-edged a bouncer to Pat Cummins at fine leg.Jonny Bairstow (27) did not last long, holing out to Cummins at deep midwicket off Behrendorff with England tottering at 53/4. Stokes and Jos Buttler then shared a 71-run stand for the fifth wicket before Usman Khawaja took a brilliant catch at deep square leg to send Buttler back in the hut off Marcus Stoinis.Chris Woakes (26) then joined Stokes to stitch together a 53-run partnership and keep England’s hopes alive. Stokes took on Maxwell in the 31st over, spanking him for two sixes. Cummins came back for his second spell in the 34th over only to be taken for two fours by Woakes and Stokes as the pitch started easing out a bit as the ball got older, making batting more comfortable.In Cummins’ next over, Stokes hit a couple of fours while Woakes smashed another. But just when England, and Stokes in particular, looked to shift gears and tilt the balance of the game, Starc showed why he is regarded so highly with the wicket of the England all-rounder.It was all downhill for England from there on as Starc took the final wicket by removing Adil Rashid (25).Earlier, Australia frittered away a superb start to let England bowlers claw back and eventually restrict them to 285/7. Skipper Aaron Finch scored 100 off 116 balls, his innings laced with 11 fours and two sixes, as the Aussies were off to a dream start with both openers milking the English bowlers to all corners of the ground with ease. Finch and David Warner (53; 61b, 4×6) shared a 123-run opening stand in just 22.4 overs before Moeen Ali (1/42) had Warner caught by Joe Root at backward point. IANS-Also Read: 27-year-old World Cup history in-between England and semis spotlast_img read more