Ohio Regulators Let Stand FirstEnergy’s $1 Billion Coal and Nuclear Bailout

first_imgOhio Regulators Let Stand FirstEnergy’s $1 Billion Coal and Nuclear Bailout FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Cleveland Plain Dealer:The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio today rejected multiple appeals of its October 2016 ruling giving FirstEnergy an extra $204 million a year for up to five years, officially for upgrades to the company’s local wires and substations, but say opponents, actually allowing the company to use the money in any way it chooses.Consumer and environmental groups have charged that the company will funnel the money to its power plants, which have struggled to compete in wholesale markets against companies using gas turbines rather than coal and nuclear energy to generate electricity.The company has argued that it needs the extra money to keep its credit ratings healthy enough to allow it to borrow money at a reasonable cost for upgrades the PUCO wants it to make to its local power delivery system. It repeated that argument in a statement after the ruling was released.Yet when this rate case began just over three years ago, the company’s objective was to find a way to have customers help support its financially failing power plants, which since 2006 have been owned by its unregulated subsidiary, FirstEnergy Solutions.FirstEnergy began collecting the new charges in January and will continue to collect them for three years — plus two more years if it applies for them — even as opponents now head to the Ohio Supreme Court. That’s how Ohio’s utility law is written.More: PUCO rejects challenge to FirstEnergy special subsidy, you’ll keep paying morelast_img read more

Best of the Outdoors 2008: Paddling

first_img FAVORITE PADDLING EVENT Gauley Fest, W.Va.The annual celebration of the dam releases of the Gauley River, Gauley Fest draws boaters from all over the country for a weekend of camaraderie and lighthearted competition.“Gauley Fest is the biggest conglomeration of kayakers in any one spot in the United States, maybe even the world. It always seems to rain at Gauley Fest, so the last couple of years there’s been some quality mud wrestling. And last year Dagger brought out a stripper pole. There were quite a few guys that got onto that thing, and a few women too. You’ve got everything at Gauley Fest. There’s a lot of industry hype behind it, but it still manages to be a grassroots event. People sleep on the ground at night and paddle all day.”—Steve Page, boater, American Whitewater volunteer, and Gauley Fest enthusiast NEXT BEST2. Green Race, N.C.3. Jerry’s Baddle, N.C.4. Potomac Whitewater Festival, D.C.5. Boater Chick Festival, N.C.6. Cheoah River Festival, N.C.7. Tallulah River Festival, Ga.8. Cheat River Festival, W.Va.9. Russell Fork Rendezvous, Ky.10. French Broad River Festival, N.C.10. Ohiopyle Over the Falls Festival, Pa.PADDLING MOMENTS OF THE YEARAmerican Whitewater negotiates new legal access for the Gauley River in West Virginia… The Foothills Conservancy buys land bordering Wilson Creek, which was originally slated for neighborhood development…Tennessee creek-boater Jeff West starts the Mile High Club, a nationwide push for boaters to drop a mile of vertical in a single day…Emily Jackson (daughter of World Freestyle Champ Eric Jackson) wins Freestyle World Cup Championships… South Carolina’s Congaree River is designated a National Recreation Trail.BEST WHITEWATER RIVERChattooga RiverThe Wild and Scenic Chattooga River is a class IV/V whitewater run on the border of South Carolina and Georgia.“Dam released rivers are always the same. The Chattooga is a different river every time you run it—it’s always changing with the water level. Most other rivers in the Southeast have roads beside them. The Chattooga is isolated and primitive. Only three companies run trips on this river, and we stagger our trips so we never see each other. On other rivers, it can be like bumper boats, all the companies jockeying for position. This is the greatest river in the country. I wouldn’t guide anywhere else.”—Rob McCormick, veteran raft guide NEXT BEST2. Gauley River, W.Va.3. Upper Yough River, M.D.4. New River, W.Va.5. Cheoah River, N.C.6. Tallulah River, Ga.7. Russell Fork, Va.8. Green River, N.C.9. Potomac River, Md./D.C.10. Wilson Creek, N.C.BEST RAPID Gorilla, Green River Gorilla is a class V+ drop through a tight notch in the Green River Gorge. It is the most revered rapid in “the Narrows” and the highlight of the Green Race for spectators.“Gorilla has become a rite of passage. After running Gorilla for nearly 20 years, I still get jacked every time I run it. I like the many faces of Gorilla—and the Green River. I like the focus that comes over you as you line up the approach into the “notch.” I like the Green Race Day when a thousand spectators scream as racers test themselves on the drop. I also like the days when it’s just me and a buddy. I have a lot of memories from time spent at Gorilla, everything from reveling in a perfect day with friends to mourning the loss of another.”—Shane Benedict, Liquid Logic kayaks NEXT BEST2. Bull Sluice, Chattooga, Ga.3. Sweets Falls, Gauley River, W.Va.4. Oceana, Tallula River, Ga.5. Baby Falls, Tellico River, Tenn.6. Triple Drop, Wilson Creek, N.C.7. Hell Hole, Ocoee, Tenn.8. No Fishing Falls, South Fork of the Piney, Va.9. El Horendo, Russell Fork, Va.10. Quarter Mile, Nolichucky, Tenn.PADDLING HEROKevin ColburnAs the national stewardship director for American Whitewater, Kevin Colburn has played an integral role in negotiating the relicensing of dams on major southern rivers like the Cheoah, Ocoee, Nantahala, and Tuckasegee. Recently, he’s been fighting hard for boating access on the Upper Chattooga. How did you get into paddling?In junior high, I went on a rafting trip with an outdoor club to the Lehigh River. It was October and it snowed the whole time. I wore a 6mm wetsuit and wool socks. I was instantly hooked.You’ve been with AW for a while now.I started out of grad school working immediately on dam relicensing issues east of the Mississippi. It was so daunting. I was in meetings for the Cheoah, Nanty, and Tuck at least twice a week. It was intense right away. If you would have asked me at 25 if I would still be doing this job at 32, I would have said no way. But it’s fun, so here I am.Any success stories that stand out in your opinion?The Cheoah, hands down. It’s one of the few projects that I’ve worked from beginning to end, and it’s such a well-rounded victory. I can go paddle that river and know I helped put water in it. It’s very tangible. I’ll be proud of the West Fork of the Tuckasegee too. It’ll be a decade-long project by the time I finally get my boat wet in that river, but it will be worth it.How do you feel about the process surrounding the Upper Chattooga?Honestly, I’m disillusioned by the whole process. I assumed that river management happens based on reason and standards, but the Chattooga has given me a glimpse of the wizard behind the curtain, and it’s not pretty. Ultimately, the outcome will be good and the process has already benefited the environment. Because we have forced them to look at the river and its watershed, the Forest Service found 20 miles of illegal trails and campsites.BEST FLATWATER PADDLELake Jocassee, S.C.This 7,500-acre mountain lake is located at the base of the Escarpment in South Carolina. Surrounded predominantly by public land, several streams and rivers meet the lake in dramatic waterfalls tucked inside lush coves.“Lake Jocassee provides great access to the Foothills Trail and Gorges State Park, and the waterfalls provide spectacular destination paddles and great canyoneering opportunities. Flatwater paddling isn’t as popular around here as whitewater kayaking. It requires perseverance and patience.”—Joe Moerschbacher, owner of Pura Vida Adventures. NEXT BEST2. Lake Santeetlah, N.C.3. Congaree National Park, S.C.4. New River, N.C.5. Chesapeake Bay, Md./Va.6. Outer Banks, N.C.7. Lake Fontana, N.C.8. Cumberland Island National Seashore, Ga.9. Chattanooga Waterfront (Tennessee River), Tenn.10. Summersville Lake, W.Va.last_img read more

Yasiel Puig back with Dodgers, will start tonight vs Padres

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Coincidentally, Puig made his major-league debut against the Padres on June 3, 2013, making a splash with two hits and a game-ending throw from deep right field to double a runner off first base. The Dodgers have made multiple attempts to trade Puig both leading up to the trade deadline and again after placing him on waivers this past week. Though Puig was reportedly claimed by multiple teams, the Dodgers did not work out a trade and pulled him back from waivers.Puig’s demotion to Triple-A was related, at least in part, to the Dodgers’ acquisition of Josh Reddick from the A’s at the trade deadline. But Reddick has been thoroughly unproductive in the lineup, batting .161 (14 for 87) with one extra-base hit (a double) and one RBI in 25 games for the Dodgers.Puig’s return was also prompted by the Dodgers’ ongoing struggles against left-handed pitching — like Richard.Roberts said he and Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman met with some veteran players to discuss Puig’s return before this move was made.“Andrew and I brought in some veteran players and ran the idea by them and our thoughts, some positives, some negatives,” Roberts said. “We just wanted to keep the lines of communication open and felt it was fair to be honest with the players.”center_img LOS ANGELES — Yasiel Puig will be back in right field for the Dodgers tonight.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed this afternoon on MLB Network Radio that Puig will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and added that Puig will be in the starting lineup tonight against Padres left-hander Clayton Richard.“Yasiel has done everything that we asked of him and performed for that Oklahoma City team,” Roberts said. “As we talked through things, we felt ultimately he makes us better.”Puig was demoted to OKC after the trade deadline and played 19 games there, batting .348 (24 for 75) with four home runs, 12 RBI, 12 runs scored and a .994 OPS.last_img read more