New EPA plan not likely to help Montana’s Colstrip coal plant

first_imgNew EPA plan not likely to help Montana’s Colstrip coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Montana Standard:President Donald Trump’s plan to replace Obama-era air pollution rules with coal-friendly policies got a mixed reception by Montana officials uncertain what the changes would mean for the Colstrip Power Plant.Republicans praised Trump’s plans to scrap former President Barrack Obama’s Clean Power Plan as good news for coal power. Though never carried out, the Obama rules called for dramatically cutting carbon dioxide, a major contributor to climate change.Montanans had expected the Obama rules to finish off Colstrip Power Plant and likely its host community of 2,300 as well, as the state cut carbon dioxide emissions 47 percent to comply with federal law.Colstrip has four generating units. The oldest two are scheduled for retirement no later than 2022 as part of a legal settlement with the Sierra Club and Montana Environmental Information Center over air pollution. Its newer units are offline for failing to clear federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS. The shutdown will be two months long next week. The Affordable Clean Energy Rule does not address MATS.Talen Energy, which operates Colstrip Power Plant and has significant ownership share, did not respond to a request for comment, which Lee Montana Newspapers made by phone and email Tuesday.The change from Obama’s coal pollution rules to Trump’s coal pollution rules isn’t likely to help Colstrip as it struggles with multiple challenges, said Seth Feaster, energy data analyst for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “In terms of the big picture, it doesn’t really change the underlying pressures on the utilities, and particularly Colstrip, that are facing things like customer calls to divest in coal and restructure assets,” Feaster said. “It’s one thing to set policies that try to help, but it’s not a bailout and it’s not going to make power plants any younger.”More: Trump’s coal-friendly pollution rules get mixed reviews in Montana, may not save Colstriplast_img read more

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton says he is considering which team to drive for in 2021

first_imgLewis Hamilton says it is “smart and wise” to consider carefully which team to drive for in 2021.The 34-year-old has one year to run on his contract with Mercedes and is at the centre of speculation about potential interest from Ferrari.“I love where I am, so it is definitely not a quick decision to go and do something else,” Hamilton said.“So it is only smart and wise to sit and think about what I want if it is the last phase of my career.”The world champion refused to confirm or deny reports that he has met with Ferrari chairman John Elkann twice this year.“Whatever you do behind closed doors is always private whoever you meet with,” he said.But he emphasised that he had never thought about leaving Mercedes since joining them at the start of 2013, since when he has won five world championships to add to the one he won with McLaren in 2008. “For many years, I have never considered other options,” Hamilton said, after winning the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.“We have been on our path and we are still on it and there is very little that will shift it from that.“Naturally I want to keep winning. I can’t tell you what will happen going forwards.”Hamilton’s success with Mercedes has brought him to within touching distance of the all-time records in F1 held by Michael Schumacher.Hamilton’s Abu Dhabi win was the 84th of his career and he is now only seven short of Schumacher’s tally of 91. And next year he will start as favourite to equal Schumacher’s championship record. Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said he believed there was a strong possibility that Hamilton would sign a new contract with Mercedes next year.“I would rate it – and I am leaning out of the window here – at 75%,” Wolff said.“I give you the number because I think from the rational side everything speaks for continuation of the relationship from both sides. But equally there is a 25% chance we are not in control of. So we see how the next months pan out.”Asked about the potential appeal to Hamilton of a lucrative offer from Ferrari, Wolff said: “We have talked very openly about Ferrari and what the brand represents. But for me as long as we are able to produce a quick car and a powerful engine, we will always have an opportunity to decide who drives the car.“There is no doubt Lewis’ priority will be to try to make it work with the team and I will try to make it work with Lewis, but the most important is that we have a good car and then we are able to decide for ourselves. “A driver of that level will always know he can make an impact in a team. What I am considering is when he left McLaren to Mercedes it was said it wasn’t the right move and it proved to be right.“I don’t want to make the mistake of underestimating Ferrari’s potential. I don’t want to see a sense of entitlement for us to win a seventh or eighth title.“We need to stay humble about success and it is not just saying, it is really what I mean. If you look at it from a rational stand-point everything speaks for the fact of us continuing together but there might be other factors, too, a new challenge an exciting deal that you don’t always factor in, but I give this a 25% chance.”last_img read more

Alex Wood, Dodgers bullpen combine to shut out Cubs, 4-0

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Your rose bushes might not be doing that well. But Alex Wood has really blossomed in May.A capable starter at times in the past (mostly with the Atlanta Braves), the 26-year-old Wood has cleared that bar by a wide margin recently. He held the Chicago Cubs scoreless for five innings Friday night and combined with relievers Pedro Baez and Chris Hatcher on a two-hitter in a 4-0 Dodgers win.Wood has not allowed a run in his past 25-1/3 innings, the longest scoreless streak by a pitcher in the major leagues this season, or five of his past six starts. Over that time, he has a 1.05 ERA and 0.96 WHIP while holding opposing batters to a .189 batting average with 46 strikeouts in 34-1/3 innings.“You talk about confidence in a player. He’s as confident as any player I’ve been around,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Wood. “He prepares. He works hard and he’s confident. Now when you’ve got that and he’s healthy – in spring training he told me he’s as healthy as he’s been in recent memory – that obviously lends itself to confidence. “Right now, yeah, you can look at him as a 1-A.”Dodgers starters have more often qualified as 4-F in the two years since Zack Greinke left Clayton Kershaw without a partner at the front of the rotation. It’s a long way to October and Roberts’ elevation of Wood to wingman status might be premature. But Cubs starter Jake Arrieta offered similar praise after coming up short in the matchup with Wood.“Alex pitched really good for five innings. He’s been throwing it well all year,” Arrieta said. “The guy who goes against Kershaw has to be lights out and now Alex has added another dominant starter for them. I was shocked to see him come out after the fifth.”Arrieta must not have noticed Wood’s pitch count racking up along with the zeroes. His Cubs teammates hit just one ball out of the infield in the first five innings (Jason Heyward’s two-out single in the second inning) and struck out eight times against Wood. But they also drew two walks and took the left-hander deep in counts. Wood needed 91 pitches to get through five innings.“They had some deep counts on me like they did my first start against them in Chicago when I walked five guys,” Wood said referring to a loss at Wrigley Field on the opening trip of the season. “They’ve got some guys who know the strike zone pretty well so you have to throw them competitive pitches throughout the at-bat to keep them from walking or getting quality hits.” Pedro Baez and Hatcher must have thrown almost nothing but competitive pitches then. Baez walked Ben Zobrist to start the sixth inning, but he and Hatcher retired the final 12 Cubs in order. Wood, Baez and Hatcher held the Cubs without a hit after the second inning.Arrieta couldn’t keep up. He only allowed five hits in his six innings but three of them were very loud.Chase Utley put the Dodgers on the board first with a solo home run in the third inning. He has homers in each of the past two games and is hitting .326 (14 for 43) since May 10. An inning later, Yasmani Grandal scorched a double to the wall in left-center field that drove in Corey Seager from first base.And in the sixth inning, Adrian Gonzalez drove a 92-mph sinker from Arrieta over the wall in center field for a two-run home run – something the 35-year-old veteran seemed incapable of doing while dealing with elbow and back issues during the first month of the season.Since returning from the first DL trip of his career, Gonzalez has begun to hit the ball with more familiar authority. He had four doubles in his first six games back and took it a step further Friday with his first home run since Game 2 of last year’s NLCS. The ball went out faster than it came in (an exit velocity of 103 mph) and it ended a string of 138 regular-season plate appearances without a home run, stretching to last Sept. 28 in San Diego.“Well, I knew I’d hit a home run before the season ended,” Gonzalez joked. “My body feels good so my swing can do things where I can drive the ball. I’ve been working on my mechanics to get rid of the bad habits from when I wasn’t good. It’s a work in progress. But it’s trending in the right direction.”Gonzalez’s matter-of-fact answers after the game contradicted the wide smile he took to the dugout after the home run.“I really haven’t seen him get into a ball like that in a couple years,” Roberts said. “You don’t expect a guy who has as many career homers as he does to hit his first homer of the year and be so relieved. But I think there’s a huge weight off his shoulders.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Ex-Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic eager to rejoin former club

first_imgFormer Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic is pushing for a return to his old club Spartak Moscow.Vidic, who has yet to feature this season following hernia surgery last summer, is expected to be released by Inter Milan in the January transfer window after a difficult 18 months in Italy.And, according to Russian newspaper Izvestia, Vidic has sent out a plea to his former employers to sign him up next month.Spartak are expected to be active in the market as they aim to reduce the seven-point gap between themselves and league leaders CSKA Moscow.But it is understood the Russian giants have reservations over Vidic’s fitness and would only consider offering him a deal if he was prepared to accept a significant pay cut.Vidic spent two years at Spartak before signing for United in 2006. Nemanja Vidic 1last_img read more