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

Sakho relishing run of derbies


first_img The game at White Hart Lane was the first in a run of four Premier League derbies for West Ham and, although Sakho is looking ahead to a clash with league-leaders Chelsea next week – with a trip to Arsenal also on the horizon, he has his eyes firmly set on reaching double figures against Palace beforehand. “I am really looking forward to our game on Saturday against Crystal Palace, I look forward to every game but particularly at home, playing in front of our fans,” he said. “The game against Crystal Palace away at the start of the season was my first game for the club so it was special for me, we won as well which makes it better. “Every derby is special for the fans, and for the players also. I’m quickly learning how important London derbies are, and after Palace we’ve got two more against Chelsea and Arsenal. “They are all big matches, but honestly, I never get fazed by any match. The Chelsea game next week is huge for everyone. A Wednesday evening game under the lights at the Boleyn Ground is something to look forward to. But, we will only focus on the Chelsea after Crystal Palace.” Allardyce admits he was glad to see Sakho back amongst the scorers last time out and has been pleased with the continued effort of the 25-year-old. “I was happy with everyone’s performance (at Tottenham),” he said. “But of course it was nice to see Sakho score, I think he’s been working hard it just hasn’t fallen for him. He deserved his goal because of his work rate and to get in that position from where he scored in the first place.” Diafra Sakho is looking forward to three more London derbies in the coming weeks, starting with the visit of Crystal Palace. Press Association There will be added pressure for Sakho, as well as Enner Valencia, to score the goals to get the Hammers back in the hunt for European football after both Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole were sidelined with injuries. Former Paris St Germain forward Nene has arrived on a free transfer and, given his shortage of options in attack, Allardyce is likely to give the 33-year-old some game-time against the Eagles. The Hammers’ only other absentee for Saturday is Morgan Amalfitano, who is still serving a three-match ban after his sending off at West Brom in the FA Cup defeat. Palace boss Alan Pardew believes the Eagles can draw inspiration from West Ham’s success this season. The Hammers have finished 10th and 13th since securing promotion from the Championship in 2012 and Sam Allardyce’s side have pushed on again this term, maintaining a challenge for the league’s European places. Palace are on course to survive their second consecutive season in the top flight, with five points separating the Eagles from the relegation zone ahead of their trip to Upton Park. “Are West Ham a model club for a team like us? Of course, the problem at Palace is the history, it’s a yo-yo club,” Pardew said. “The second year in the Premier League, this is the toughest year. “In the first year after promotion, you can get by with this sheer excitement and adrenaline that being in the Premier League can provide. “In the second year that kind of runs out and you then are leaning on what you have in the building in terms of quality. “We’re hoping we’ve got enough in the building to overcome that second year. “It’s a very, very difficult thing to do but once you’ve done that, you can stabilise if you buy and trade well. “Stoke, West Ham, Southampton, Newcastle – they’ve all done that in recent years.” Pardew led West Ham to the Premier League in 2005 via a play-off final victory over Preston and he guided the Hammers to ninth place and an FA Cup final the following year. “It’s still special going back and I have still got some staff and ex-players who are still there,” Pardew said. “And obviously there is the connection from Newcastle now with Kevin (Nolan) and Andy (Carroll). “I just think Upton Park is a great stadium for football – the atmosphere and the way the crowd get involved in the game, it is a bit like what we have here. It is an emotional ground. “I hope they will be able to transfer that to the Olympic Stadium – I think that is going to be important to West Ham. “They are going to get more revenue from moving but what they can’t lose is that special kind of atmosphere that you can create there. There were some magic nights.” Fraizer Campbell, Yaya Sanogo and Marouane Chamakh will all miss the clash with hamstring injuries while Jonny Williams (groin) and Jerome Thomas (knock) are also out. Palace captain Mile Jedinak could make his first start under Pardew, having returned from a sore ankle, while James McArthur has recovered from a thigh problem. The Senegal striker tops West Ham’s goalscoring charts and has already found the back of the net nine times in the Premier League since his summer arrival from Metz. Having gone three games without a goal, Sakho scored to put the Hammers 2-0 up at Tottenham last weekend, only for Sam Allardyce to see his side concede two late goals and have to settle for a point. last_img read more

Students express off-campus housing safety concerns


first_img“Part of the scope of this [renovation] project included removing dated security bars from the property and replacing them with a Ring Doorbell and Floodlight camera system on the exterior of the property, giving residents more knowledge and control over who has access to their home when they are not there,” the statement read. In the email screenshot posted to Facebook, Juraso said the property owner was “well aware” of the incident, and “their stance remained firm.” The post was taken off of the page Thursday. Rusher alleged Jurasko reported the post for harassment and it was subsequently deleted. “Security bars are not promised anywhere in the lease and as a property management company, we never imply or promise the safety of our residents,” the email read. “I think the email was hostile and unnecessary for one, just to say that they don’t ensure the safety of residents with … but especially callous, insensitive given the recent incident,” Rusher said. “Even though I don’t know the specific details, I feel like it was understandable for us to request safety measures, especially those that were included when we first signed the lease, such as safety bars.” In addition to a new security system, the housing company said it is installing new fences to replace the original security system. Rusher, who is majoring in international relations global business,  said the email dismissed the safety concerns of Mosaic residents. In the Facebook group, the company’s statement was met with harsh criticism. Rusher’s post accrued over 180 comments from students, many of whom shared similar experiences. The post was removed from the page Thursday. When junior Keala Rusher discovered off-campus property management company Mosaic Student Community wasn’t going to reinstall safety bars on her windows, she had concerns. In the comments, many students wrote that they experienced difficulty with Mosaic’s maintenance of utilities, including the air conditioning, and other residents complained of being forced to live in smaller “closet-like” rooms. Students complained in a USC Facebook group after Mosaic Student Housing removed window safety bars from its houses. (Photo courtesy of Mosaic Student Housing) According to Rusher, the incident began when her housemate, Alejandro Gonzalez, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering, asked for security bars to be replaced on the window after they were taken off for renovations and repairs to the building.center_img In response to the allegations, Mosaic released a statement addressing the renovations and student concerns. DPS Assistant Chief David Carlisle said that students should consider the safety measures in place before deciding to lease with certain off-campus housing companies. Carlisle said checking the location and security amenities of properties can help students feel safer. Students encouraged Rusher to contact the Department of Public Safety with safety concerns and legal counsel for representation. Rusher said that following the recent death of student Victor McElhaney during a robbery attempt near campus, security and well-being became an important concern for her and her housemates. “Mosaic built a small house in the backyard of the house that we are currently leasing and … they re-painted the exterior of our house and in order to do that they had to take off the security bars that were already on the windows,” Rusher said. “They almost moved me into a literal closet-sized room despite the floor plans suggesting otherwise,” one student commented. “Renovations include … [a] repainting the exterior of the home and adding security fencing between the front of the house and the back of the property,” the statement read. She posted a screenshot of the email exchange between her housemate and property manager Courtney Jurasko in the “USC Memes for Spoiled Pre Teens” Facebook group. “If a student feels unsafe, we would be happy to do a quick security assessment of the facility,” Carlisle said. “But, if it is a privately owned properly, the owner has no obligation to conform to what we recommend. But, students can make recommendations.”last_img read more

Rough weather and travel ahead


first_imgLocal area residents should prepare themselves for what could be very poor, New Year’s Eve travel conditions. A wind chill warning is already in place and periods of snow and likely blowing snow, are forecast, for tonight and tomorrow. So it would appear, if possible, today would be the best day to complete, any New Year travel plans, prior to the weekend.For more on local road conditions visit www.drivebc.ca- Advertisement –last_img