Ohio Commission Will Vote This Week on Whether to Require Ratepayers to Bail Out 2 Utilities

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享John Funk for the Cleveland Plain Dealer:The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio said late Tuesday it will vote Thursday on requests from FirstEnergy and American Electric Power to have customers help subsidize continued operations of older power plants.FirstEnergy in August 2014 filed a new rate plan containing unprecedented “power purchase agreements” between FirstEnergy Solutions, its unregulated company that owns its power plants, and its traditional utilities like the Illuminating Co., that are today just distribution companies.The agreements as proposed would have the Illuminating Co., Ohio Edison and Toledo Edison buy all of the electricity produced by the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant on Lake Erie and the coal-fired W.H. Sammis coal-fired plant on the Ohio River.The distribution companies would pay FirstEnergy Solutions whatever it cost to generate the power plus a 10.38 percent profit — and then immediately sell that power into the wholesale grid.If the companies received less money in the competitive markets where lower-priced power from gas-fired plants sets the pace, then customers would have to make up the difference.Extra charges would appear on the delivery side of their bills, meaning no customer could avoid the charges, even those customers buying power from other companies.FirstEnergy initially asked that the power purchase agreements run for 15 years but later agreed to an eight-year plan during negotiations with the staff of the PUCO.The company agreed that that plan would cost customers in its initial years but has steadfastly argued that it would save them money in later years because the cost of natural gas would rise over time, increasing the price of power from gas-fired power plants.Experts retained by the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel and the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) calculated that each of FirstEnergy’s 1.9 million residential customers could pay as much as $800 in higher bills, on average, over the next eight years (later updated in a federal case to $1,100 extra).The total additional costs shouldered by all FirstEnergy customers could reach $5.15 billion, the agency and NOPEC argued.Similarly, the OCC/NOPEC expert calculated that each of AEP’s 1.3 million residential customers could pay as much as $700 in higher bills, on average, over the next eight years (later updated in a federal case to $1,000 extra).The total additional costs borne by all Ohio Power customers could reach $3.1 billion, the agency and NOPEC argued.PUCO to decide FirstEnergy power plant subsidy case Thursday Ohio Commission Will Vote This Week on Whether to Require Ratepayers to Bail Out 2 Utilitieslast_img read more

GCQ in Iloilo Province: What businesses are allowed to operate?

first_img* manufacturing/processing of basic food products * mining and quarrying * services in the personal care industry, such as, barber shops and beauty parlors, provided that only haircut and other similar essential personal care services shall be allowed;  services involving substantial physical contact such as massage and manicure shall not be allowed * amusement and gaming establishments * those providing other basic necessities (ex. agricultural supply stores, hardware stores, auto supplies, gasoline stations, liquefied petroleum gas) Under Section 11 of Defensor’s Executive Order No. imposing the GCQ, the following are not allowed to operate: * establishments in the tourism and recreation industry * public utilities providing for power, energy, water, telecommunications, information technology, and waste management * agriculture, fisheries and forestry * those providing food/water and other related necessities * professional services, such as, but not limited to legal services, accounting and auditing services; and scientific and technical services * logistics service providers/common carriers, engaged in cargo handling, warehousing and freight hauling/forwarding * shopping centers and malls * fitness establishments Hotels and similar establishments for accommodation are also prohibited from operating. However, they may accept the following: foreign guests who have existing booking accommodations as of May 1, 2020; guests who have existing long-term bookings; distressed overseas Filipinos workers (OFWs) and stranded Filipinos or foreign nationals; repatriated OFWs in compliance with approved quarantine measures; and non-OFWs who may be required to undergo mandatory facility-based quarantine. * non-essential, non-leisure wholesale and/or retail establishments * business and knowledge process outsourcing companies * companies/firms engaged in the manufacturing/processing of export productscenter_img * veterinary clinics He, however, stressed that social distancing measures must be shall be observed. The list of businesses and industries that may now operate has gotten longer as Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. further reduced the number of those still prohibited from reopening. * services providing for health needs (ex. hospitals, medical facilities and laboratories) * essential public and private construction projects, such as, but not limited to, sewerage, water services facilities, health facilities, and such other priority projects ILOILO – This province starts being under a general community quarantine (GCQ) today until May 31 unless extended or lifted earlier. Defensor stressed the importance of stimulating the province’s economy now after two months of quarantine, and what better way to do this than by reopening businesses? * establishments in the leisure industry * media * those providing essential health/medical hygiene products What are these prohibited establishments? What are these businesses and industries? * other essential services, such as postal and courier services; repair and installation of machinery and equipment; leasing and rental of machineries and equipment; repair of IT equipment and other essential household appliances; security services; laundry services; funeral services * financial services providers, such as (banks, stock markets, credit facilities, pawnshops, money transfer services; and payment and remittance centers “If the economy is not functioning, the community quarantine won’t be sustainable and it will not be effective,” explained Defensor. He described as a “bigger challenge” the recovery of the local economy “while implementing effective quarantine measures.”/PNlast_img read more

Over 100 ranks trained to drive – Traffic Chief

first_imgDestruction of GPF vehiclesIn light of the recent increase in road accidents involving ranks of the Guyana Police Force, Traffic Chief Dion Moore has disclosed that over 100 ranks have received training on various driving courses.Speaking at a year-end press conference on Friday, Superintendent Moore disclosed that as part of continuous capacity building within the traffic department,The brand-new pick up vehicle that was crashed in Berbiceranks were trained to operate the various types of vehicles within the Force.He noted that 27 ranks benefited from four-wheel drive courses, while 66 ranks underwent a two-wheel drive course.“Having recognised the huge amount of vehicles that we have and the kind of vehicles we acquired lately through the Chinese grant – these vehicles are manual vehicles – so we recognised there was need for additional training in terms of our drivers. In that regard, we have trained 185 drivers… aimed at reducing accidents on our roads involving Police vehicles,” he stated.According to the Traffic Chief, the ranks also underwent a specialised training to develop their skills and capability in the care, maintenance and use of those vehicles. He added too that only this week, another training course commenced on the use of ATVs in rough terrains.It was reported that a total of 23 accidents involving Police vehicles were recorded to date.Only last Thursday, a rank from B Division (Berbice), which covers the entire Berbice, crashed a brand-new pick up vehicle while attempting to overtake another vehicle on the Canje Public Road, resulting in damages to the front of the vehicle which ended up in a nearby drain.That vehicle was amongst the US$2.6 million fleet of vehicles donated by the Chinese Government to aid in the Force’s crime fighting activities. Upon the handing over the vehicles to the various Policing divisions, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had cautioned that if any of the vehicles are wrecked, then the responsible ranks would be held accountable and be made to pay for the damages.After Thursday’s crash of the new vehicle, another Police vehicle, an older one this time, was damaged in Linden when the rank was reportedly driving at a fast rate and slammed into the back of another vehicle.On the issue of accidents, the Police Force has nevertheless recorded a declining trend in traffic related cases, with a 15 per cent decrease in accidents overall.Road fatalitiesIn fact, the Traffic Chief disclosed that to date, road fatalities have decreased by 22 this year. For the year thus far, there has been 89 fatal accidents, resulting in 104 deaths compared to 115 fatal accidents with 126 deaths last year. This reflects a 23 per cent decrease in fatal accidents and a 17 per cent decrease in deaths.Serious accidents for this year were recorded at 268 against 299, showing a 10 per cent decrease; while minor accidents were at 376 against 409 with an eight per cent decrease, and damage accidents at 598 against 737, reflecting a 90 per cent decrease.According to Moore, while 12 children would have been killed on the country’s roadways last year, only two such deaths were recorded during the corresponding period this year. He added too that speeding has once again contributed to the majority of the accidents followed by drunk driving and then inattentiveness.The Traffic Chief further revealed that pedestrians topped the category of road users who were killed with 33. This was followed by motorcyclists with 20 and occupants of private vehicles with 18.According to Moore, the Force’s administration has recognised the need for additional ranks and has since assigned 71 more ranks to the traffic department along with five more motorcars and 35 motorcycles to aid in its traffic enforcement activities.Furthermore, with the festive seasons upon us, the Traffic Chief is imploring roadusers to be responsible and desist from acts such as drunk driving. In fact, he went on to to point out that within a week’s time (last week’s Thursday to this past Thursday) some 788 breathalyser tests were conducted during the nights.Of those tested, 98 were found to be above the legal limit in terms of alcohol consumption and 53 paid fines and had their licences endorsed. The remaining matters are pending in court.Friday’s press conference, which was held at the Traffic Headquarters, was a collaboration between the Police, the Guyana National Road Safety Council, the Public Infrastructure Ministry and several Private Sector organisations.last_img read more