Regulators tell Mississippi Power to plan for early retirement of 950MW of fossil fuel generation

first_imgRegulators tell Mississippi Power to plan for early retirement of 950MW of fossil fuel generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Mississippi Power Co. must study the early retirement of 950 MW of fossil-fueled generation in its next integrated resource plan, or IRP, as Mississippi regulators find the utility needs to reduce excess capacity.“The evidence in this docket suggests that [Mississippi Power’s] current reserve margin is projected to be higher than targeted reserves and, if [Mississippi Power’s] units are left to operate through their remaining projected useful lives, this excess persists for over [10] years,” the Mississippi Public Service Commission wrote in a Dec. 17 order.Regulators noted that Mississippi Power and a final report from Bates White Economic Consulting “both agree’” that the utility’s excess reserve capacity is “largely due to decreases in projected load primarily driven by changes in customer usage” since the company’s last IRP was filed in 2010.“All agree that accelerating the retirement of some combination of [Jack Watson] units 4 and 5, [Greene County] units 1 and 2, and/or [Victor J. Daniel Jr.] units 1 and 2 represents the most attractive option for reducing [Mississippi Power’s] excess reserve margin,” regulators wrote.The Southern Co. subsidiary is scheduled to file its next IRP in April 2021.“[Mississippi Power’s] upcoming IRP filing should include the schedule of early or anticipated retirement of approximately 950 [MW] of generating capacity by year-end 2027 or show cause with detailed evidence why the continued operation of some or all of [Mississippi Power’s] existing fossil steam generation is in the best interest of customers and [Mississippi Power],” the order states. “To be clear, while there may be real and important operational constraints that could convince this commission to alter its findings in this order, the economic evidence available to the commission to date makes a compelling case for early retirement of some portion of [Mississippi Power’s] aging fossil steam generating fleet.”[Darren Sweeney]More ($): Mississippi Power ordered to study early retirement of 950 MW of fossil plantslast_img read more


first_imgDRUMKEEN NOTESDance Classes Two-hand dance classes in St. Patrick’s hall every Thurs from 8:30-10:30 pm. All welcome.Coffee MorningA coffee morning/day in aid of the Donegal Hospice will be held at the home of John & Patricia Guthrie, Callan, Drumkeen on Sat 13th Sept from 12 noon till late. Please support this very worthy cause. Hope to see you all there. Cancer Cure Control CareA charity clothing collection will take place in aid of Cancer Cure Control Care CCCC on September 12th on Convoy Main St (near the Church of Ireland) from 11-3.30All items of clothing shoes bags and household textiles needed-NO BRIC A BRACBags can be collected by arrangement any further info contact Mick on 0863821979Drumkeen UtdOur Under-16 team kick off the new season with a home match against Castlefin Celtic, this Sat 13th Sept at 10.30 am.Parish Hall Anyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next weekPlease Email: [email protected] or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm) DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN TO HOST CHARITY CLOTHING COLLECTION was last modified: September 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

QPR ‘lukewarm’ about taking Manchester City striker

first_imgQPR are ‘lukewarm’ about taking Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City, the Daily Mirror report.The striker, who played under R’s boss Mark Hughes at City and Blackburn, has touted himself for a possible move to Loftus Road.Hughes was offered Santa Cruz.But with an apparent lack of interest in him, Santa Cruz is now said to be hoping the likes of Wigan, Bolton and Blackburn pick him up.He is quoted as saying: “A north-west club would be ideal. I don’t want to keep moving my kids back and forth.”Chelsea target Hulk was watched by Tottenham scouts when he played for Brazil against Great Britain on Friday, according to the Daily Mail.And the Mirror claim former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle is discussing taking part in the television show Dancing on Ice.The Hayes-born 54-year-old would be “a guaranteed ratings winner” according to an ITV source quoted by the paper. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Hammer toe

first_imgDefinitionHammer toe is a deformity of the toe, in which the end of the toe is bent downward.Causes, incidence, and risk factorsHammer toe usually affects the second toe. However, it may also affect the other toes. The toe moves into a claw-like position.The most common cause of hammer toe is wearing short, narrow shoes that are too tight. The toe is forced into a bent position. Muscles and tendons in the toe tighten and become shorter.Hammer toe is more likely to occur in:Women who wear shoes that do not fit well or have high heelsChildren who keep wearing shoes they have outgrownThe condition may be present at birth (congenital) or develop over time.In rare cases, all of the toes are affected. This may be caused by a problem with the nerves or spinal cord.SymptomsThe middle joint of the toe is bent. The end part of the toe bends down into a claw-like deformity. At first, you may be able to move and straighten the toe. Over time, you will no longer be able to move the toe. It will be painful.A corn often forms on the top of the toe. A callus is found on the sole of the foot.Walking or wearing shoes can be painful.Signs and testsA physical examination of the foot confirms that you have hammer toe. The health care provider may find decreased and painful movement in the toes.TreatmentMild hammer toe in children can be treated by manipulating and splinting the affected toe.advertisementThe following changes in footwear may help relieve symptoms:Wear the right size shoes or shoes with wide toe boxes for comfort, and to avoid making hammer toe worse.Avoid high heels as much as possible.Wear soft insoles to relieve pressure on the toe.Protect the joint that is sticking out with corn pads or felt padsA foot doctor can make foot devices called hammer toe regulators or straighteners for you, or you can buy them at the store.Exercises may be helpful. You can try gentle stretching exercises if the toe is not already in a fixed position. PIcking up a towel with your toes can help stretch and straighten the small muscles in the foot.For severe hammer toe, you will need an operation to straighten the joint.The surgery often involves cutting or moving tendons and ligaments.Sometimes the bones on each side of the joint need to be connected (fused) together.Most of the time, you will go home on the same day as the surgery. The toe may still be stiff afterward, and it may be shorter.Expectations (prognosis)If the condition is treated early, you can often avoid surgery. Treatment will reduce pain and walking difficulty.Calling your health care providerIf you have hammer toe, call for an appointment with your health care provider:If you develop thick blisters or corns on your toesIf your pain gets worseIf you have difficulty walkingPreventionAvoid wearing shoes that are too short or narrow. Check childrens shoe sizes often, especially during periods of fast growth.ReferencesKrug RJ, Lee EH, Dugan S, Mashey K. Hammer toe. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, Rizzo TD Jr., eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2008:chap 82.Ishikawa SN, Murphy GA. Lesser toe abnormalities. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia,Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 80.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.last_img read more

Afghan President postpones US trip to discuss Taliban deal

first_imgKabul: Afghanistan’s president has postponed a planned visit to Washington early next week where he was to discuss the US-Taliban talks on ending America’s longest war, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday. The development emerged after the US envoy negotiating with the Taliban, Zalmay Khalilzad, abruptly returned to Qatar for unexpected talks with the insurgents on the deal that he had described as complete just days ago. The Taliban maintain a political office in the Gulf Arab state. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe agreement “in principle” to begin a US troop withdrawal only needed President Donald Trump’s approval, Khalilzad had announced on Monday. The person who told The Associated Press of President Ashraf Ghani’s postponed Washington trip was not authorised to talk to reporters and spoke on condition of anonymity. Since Khalilzad’s announcement on Monday, two horrific Taliban car bombings in the Afghan capital, Kabul one of which killed a US service member and objections to the deal from the Afghan government and several former US ambassadors to Afghanistan have put pressure on Khalilzad as many wonder whether a deal will truly bring peace. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe Taliban have explained their surge in deadly attacks including on the capitals of northern Kunduz and Baghlan provinces last weekend as necessary to give them a stronger negotiating position in talks with the US, a stance that has appalled Afghans and others as scores of civilians are killed. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel has even demanded that Khalilzad testify before the House committee about the negotiations, saying that “I do not consider your testimony at this hearing optional.” The Afghan president has been shut out of the US-Taliban negotiations, and during Khalilzad’s visit to Kabul this week Ghani was shown the agreement but not allowed to keep it. The Taliban have rejected negotiations with the Afghan government, seeing it as a puppet of the US, though it has expressed willingness to meet with Afghan officials in their personal capacity. Ghani’s government this week raised objections to the deal, echoing the former US ambassadors’ concerns that a full US troop withdrawal that moves too quickly and without requiring the Taliban to meet certain conditions, such as reducing violence, could lead to “total civil war” such as the one that engulfed the country in the 1990s after a rapid Soviet pullout and before the Taliban swept into power. “Afghans have been bitten by this snake before,” presidential adviser Waheed Omer said Thursday, recalling past agreements from which the Afghan government has been sidelined. The US hopes its deal with the Taliban will bring the militant group to the table for intra-Afghan talks to begin ahead of Afghanistan’s presidential election on September 28 a vote that Ghani insisted must be held on time and not be swept aside by any kind of interim government.last_img read more