Editorial: Illinois Utility Strives to Thwart Electricity-Generation Transition


first_imgEditorial: Illinois Utility Strives to Thwart Electricity-Generation Transition FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus (Moline):Barely eight months after Illinois’ landmark Future Energy Jobs Act became law, Ameren Illinois wants state regulators to rewrite the rules.Critics estimate that, if the Illinois Commerce Commission accepts the lower energy savings targets contained in the efficiency plan Ameren filed with the ICC, consumers could pay 30 percent more on their bills.Meanwhile, the downstate energy provider which serves thousands in our area, will reap millions in bonuses despite not meeting the original 16 percent waste reduction target originally required by the law to trigger them.A spokesman says the utility asked for the reduction because it prefers to spend its dollars helping low-income communities. Ameren hasn’t spelled out how higher monthly bills will help those already struggling to keep the lights on, or why such a corporate cost shift is necessary given the additional low-income assistance built into the act.For those reasons and more regulators should reject Ameren’s effort to slice by more than a quarter these critical goals for cutting energy waste. ICC commissioners should do so not only for customers, but for all energy consumers in the state, those who work in the industry and for the good of the environment.As readers know, the Future Energy Jobs Act has been lauded as trailblazing state energy policy that should serve as a model for the nation. To achieve it, negotiators brought to the table such unlikely allies as energy providers, conservationists and consumer advocates.The provision that preserved Illinois nuclear energy production including at Exelon in the Quad-Cities, captured most of the headlines. But, importantly, the act also increased the use of renewable energy, protected thousand of jobs and is expected to add thousands more while promoting energy efficiency, thus decreasing — not increasing — costs to consumers.Those energy saving rules are the ones which Ameren seeks to rewrite. It’s interesting to note that ComEd has not asked for a similar reduction, despite energy savings targets which were set higher than Ameren’s. If Ameren wins the day, will a request from ComEd follow? Will it embolden utilities to ask for other changes?More: Tell the ICC not to lower energy savings targetslast_img read more

Roma chase Liverpool and Tottenham target


first_img Yevhen Konoplyanka 1 Roma are set to hold talks with the agent of Liverpool and Tottenham target Yevhen Konoplyanka, according to reports in Italy.The Dnipro winger has just one year remaining on his current contract and talks with the Ukraine club are understood to be stalling.As a result several of Europe’s top clubs have expressed an interest in Konoplyanka, who scored 13 goals in 36 appearances last season.Liverpool and Tottenham are reportedly leading the chase, but West Ham also had a bid rejected for the 25-year-old last summer.However, according to Sky Sport Italia, Roma have now scheduled talks with Konoplyanka’s agent in January.Dnipro are said to be keen on striking a deal then, before the player becomes available on a free next summer.last_img read more

FEARS FOR DONEGAL TEENS AS 60 FALL ILL FROM DRINK AND DRUGS AT CONCERT


first_imgFROM Our Belfast Daily staff: PARAMEDICS have declared a major incident at the the Odyssey Area in east Belfast at a concert.Dance music fans from Donegal and Derry are at the venue.The NI Ambulance Service says crews have dealt with 60 young people attending the Hardwell dance concert at the venue became ill. The latest information is that 20 young people have now been taken to hospital while attending the gig.They are being treated for the effects of overdosing on drugs and alcohol.According to sources, paramedic crews called in a doctor and a number of ambulances to deal with the emergency.Scores of police officers, who were on duty in north Belfast at the Twaddell Avenue loyalist protest, have been diverted to the Odyssey. Police are concerned a public order situation could develop after the concert is over.All bars have now been shut at the Odyssey.The Ulster Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital have now put extra staff on standby to help cope with the situation.Former Sinn Fein Lord Mayor of Belfast Niall O’Donnghaile tweeted: “From what I understand the event is carrying on inside and in terms of the overall number attending those affected are still small.” FEARS FOR DONEGAL TEENS AS 60 FALL ILL FROM DRINK AND DRUGS AT CONCERT was last modified: February 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:Belfastconcerthardwelllast_img read more