31 Dec
2020

Indiana NAACP pushing NIPSCO for earlier closure of Michigan City coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:A northwest Indiana utility made headlines in September when it announced it will retire its last coal plant within a decade. That is not soon enough for the predominately African American community that bears the brunt of the plant’s pollution burden.NIPSCO’s new timeline for coal retirements has been widely celebrated by environmental groups both in and outside the state. Meanwhile, Indiana NAACP leaders continue to press the utility and regulators to act with greater urgency. “Those most impacted should not have to wait another decade for clean air,” said La’Tonya Troutman, environmental chair for the NAACP chapter in Michigan City, where NIPSCO plans to continue operating its coal plant through 2028.NIPSCO surprised many with its announcement that it would speed up coal plant retirements by about a decade and replace the generation with solar, wind and storage instead of a new natural gas plant. The utility retired its Bailly Generating Station in 2018 and now plans to close its R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield by 2023 and the Michigan City plant five years after that.State and local NAACP chapters say it is unacceptable for NIPSCO to leave Michigan City — the plant with the most African Americans living in its shadow — running for years beyond the rest of the utility’s coal fleet. They are calling on the utility to retire the plant by 2025. But that would pose an unacceptable risk to its reliability, according to NIPSCO planning documents. NIPSCO says keeping the Michigan City plant open until 2028 will buttress the energy delivery system while the utility upgrades its grid and secures new wind and solar generation. The plant already has the costly emissions control upgrades that would be necessary to keep R.M. Schahfer open for longer instead.In a previous round of long-term planning that ended in 2016, NIPSCO determined it would close both units of its coal-fired Bailly plant in 2018 (which it did) and two of five R.M. Schahfer units by 2023. The rest of Schahfer and the Michigan City plant would keep running as late as 2037 or beyond. NIPSCO’s new plan would close the Michigan City plant by around a decade earlier than previously planned. Its analysis also showed that an even earlier retirement would save customers more money still, but it says more time is needed to expand transmission and secure new generation, which is underway. The utility recently announced agreements for 800 megawatts of new wind capacity that will be online by 2020.“From a pure economic standpoint, the lowest-cost option for customers pointed toward retiring all remaining coal immediately,” said NIPSCO spokesman Nick Meyer. “However, we must ensure the reliability of our system for customers and there are steps that need to occur prior to the coal retirements.”More: Indiana NAACP leaders say coal plant timeline is unacceptable for residents Indiana NAACP pushing NIPSCO for earlier closure of Michigan City coal plantlast_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

Jambi student allegedly locked up, raped multiple times by tutor over 20 days

first_imgA female junior high school student in West Tanjung Jabung, Jambi, was allegedly locked up and raped multiple times by her own tutor over the course of 20 days.West Tanjung Jabung Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Guntur Saputro said the police had arrested the tutor, identified only as AG.“We have taken him into custody. We’ve also taken the victim home,” Guntur said on Saturday evening as quoted by tribunnews.com, adding that the perpetrator was still being questioned. “The victim’s phone was confiscated. She was afraid that she would be hurt if she resisted [AG’s advances],” Guntur said.Distraught by their daughter’s sudden disappearance, her parents then reported the case to the authorities.To investigators, AG insisted that the multiple instances of sexual intercourse with the victim had been consensual, Guntur added. However, the police suspect that the victim was pressured into obeying AG.He called on parents to be present during their children’s online schooling and supervise their everyday activities during the quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“Don’t let what happened to the victim befall other children,” Guntur said. (rfa)Topics : Guntur said a preliminary investigation revealed that the 16-year-old victim had been a student of AG’s private learning course, as schools remained closed because of the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.AG had allegedly abused his pupil’s trust by asking her to come with him to a local hotel, where he reportedly sexually abused her for the first time, Guntur said.After the hotel incident, AG allegedly abducted the victim and locked her up in his private residence for 20 days, he said.The victim was unable to reach out to her family because AG had confiscated all means of communication.last_img read more

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