U.S. Plan to Aid Coal and Nuclear Plants Gets a Bipartisan Thumbs Down From Past Regulators

first_imgU.S. Plan to Aid Coal and Nuclear Plants Gets a Bipartisan Thumbs Down From Past Regulators FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Post;Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s bid to change regulations to help coal and nuclear power plants has run into unusually blunt opposition from a group of former regulators from both parties.Eight former members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — including five former chairmen — have filed a letter with the commission opposing Perry’s proposal that would give coal and nuclear plants credit for resilience so that they would have a better chance of beating solar, wind and natural gas competitors.The former commissioners said that Perry was seeking to reverse a quarter century of FERC reforms that have created a marketplace for electric power generators and that many of the coal plants he is aiming to help have no advantage when it comes to reliability.“His focus is clearly coal and there are a lot of dirty coal plants that are not competitive in today’s energy markets,” Elizabeth Moler, a former FERC chairwoman, former deputy energy secretary and former Exelon executive, said in an interview. “To me he’s effectively proposing to subsidize them and put a tax on consumers in doing so. It’s a tax in different clothing. It’s going to cost customers more money to run dirty old coal plants.”In early October, Perry made his proposal to FERC and asked for a decision within 60 days. He proposed that credit be given to power plants with 90-day fuel supplies on site so that they could operate during an emergency including extreme weather or a natural or man-made disaster.FERC is an independent agency, however, and some current members have indicated that the commission would make its own decision. Even one of President Trump’s nominees has stressed FERC’s independence. Robert F. Powelson, who was confirmed in August, said in a speech at the National Press Club on Oct. 16 that “the moment we put our thumbs on the scale is the moment we bastardize the process.”  In an earlier speech on Oct. 4, Powelson said “we will not destroy the marketplace.”Over the past quarter century, FERC has helped create regional electricity grid operators with the ability to accept bids from power plants to supply electricity to the grid. The competition has attracted tens of billions of dollars of investment in natural gas and renewable power sources.The former commissioners’ letter to FERC said Perry’s proposal “would be a significant step backward from the Commission’s long and bipartisan evolution to transparent, open, competitive wholesale markets” and that it “would instead disrupt decades of substantial investment made in the modern electric power system, raise costs for customers, and do so in a  manner directly counter to the Commission’s long experience.”The group wrote that “subsidizing resources so they do not retire would fundamentally distort markets. The subsidized resources would inevitably drive out the unsubsidized resources, and the subsidies would inevitably raise prices to customers.”It said that “investor confidence would evaporate and markets would tend to collapse. This loss of faith in markets would thereby undermine reliability.”Pat Wood III, who was chairman of FERC under President George W. Bush, said that “I understand the politics. I’m sympathetic.”But he said that the reliability Perry said he wanted to favor had more to do with transmission and distribution than it did with they type of fuel used.The group’s letter acknowledged that there are federal tax subsidies for every kind of fuel, but it said that “one step the Commission has never taken is to create or authorize on its own the kind of subsidy proposed here.”Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, said Thursday that FERC should shelve the Perry proposal.“Arbitrarily propping up a dying industry goes against what the GOP has long claimed is its goal – an all-of-the-above energy strategy,” Wyden said in a statement. “This rule clearly picks winners and losers in energy resources, which robs taxpayers of the benefits of competitive markets.”More: Bipartisan group of former FERC commissioners rejects energy secretary’s bid to help coal plantslast_img read more

A Madam Wob Dwiyet Show to be held as part of the 2011 independence celebrations

first_img Tweet LocalNews A Madam Wob Dwiyet Show to be held as part of the 2011 independence celebrations by: – September 2, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! 247 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Chief Cultural Officer, Mr. Raymond Lawrence.The Cultural Division will this year reintroduce the Madam Wob Dwiyet Show, as part of activities marking the 2011 Independence Celebrations.The Show carded for October 21st, will feature at least seven contestants above the age of 60, who will make presentations in talent and Wob Dwiyet.This year Dominica will celebrate its 33rd Anniversary of Independence from September 18th to November 4th, under the theme; ‘joining hands in unity’.At the media launch of the event on Friday, Chief Cultural Officer, Mr Raymond Lawrence said that they are hoping to promote both the contemporary and traditional culture of Dominica during the celebrations.Mr Lawrence is calling on Dominicans to make a commitment this year to speak creole, promote our culture, eat creole dishes and practice patriotism during the celebrations.“As we celebrate thirty three let us make a special effort and together let us ask God for the grace to rise above our differences and collaborate with others to build and not destroy this beloved nation of ours. We all have a country to build so as our theme says, let’s join hands in unity to build Dominica; the nature island of the world.”The Honorable Minister responsible for Culture, Mrs Justina Charles says that the theme chosen this year calls on citizens to put all ‘petty’ differences aside and ‘join hands in unity to develop our country.’“It is a patriotic call, a call for us to set aside our differences of political colour, of religion, of class or status, of race and to work together for the good of our citizens and of our nation. In order to move the development plan of this nation forward all hands must be on deck, and this must not be just spoken words, but must be reflected in our daily engagements.”Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Honorable Gloria Shillingford believes that an individual responsibility is need for all to make the celebrations successful.“It is with pride and dignity that I call upon Dominicans locally and abroad to rally together for the celebration of this great event which will be celebrated over the period 18th September to November 4th, 2011. This indeed should be a great season for all Dominicans.”The activities will begin with a Church Service on September 18th followed by the Official Opening on September 24th. Other events will include cultural competitions, history week, Miss Wob Dwiyet Show, Market days, Heritage day, Creole in the Park and the well-renowned World Creole Music Festival.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more