Incoming TVA CEO backs board’s decision to close Paradise, Bull Run coal plants

first_imgIncoming TVA CEO backs board’s decision to close Paradise, Bull Run coal plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:Shutting down a Kentucky coal-fired power plant is the right decision, the new head of the Tennessee Valley Authority said Friday. President Donald Trump and the U.S. Senate majority leader who hails from Kentucky had previously criticized the move.Jeff Lyash took over as president and CEO of the nation’s largest public utility on Monday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Lyash said the Paradise Fossil Plant is at the end of its life and no longer cost effective to operate.Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had joined Trump in the plea to keep Paradise up and running, but TVA’s board still voted days later in February to retire the remaining coal-fired unit there by December 2020. The board also voted to close the Bull Run Fossil Plant near Oak Ridge, Tennessee, by December 2023.“These coal plants were ‘the’ technology when they were built,” Lyash said Friday. But he added that technology has changed along with customer demands. “And that’s what leads to decisions like retirements on Paradise and Bull Run. For me it has little to do with a ‘war on coal’ or anything else. It has to do with deciding what’s best for the Tennessee Valley,” he said.Lyash did not signal any big changes for the utility with the change in leadership. Outgoing CEO Bill Johnson is taking over at San Francisco-based PG&E later this month.Asked about groundwater pollution from TVA’s coal ash dumps, Lyash said monitoring wells have shown the pollution is “fairly contained around the ash sites.”More: New TVA head says board right on coal plant closureslast_img read more

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Cuban farmers allowed to sell produce directly to tourism sector

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Image via: havanajournal.comHAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — As of December 1, Cuban farmers will be able to sell their produce directly to tourist facilities, without having to use a governmental enterprise as an intermediary.Managers at the different hotels, restaurants and other service facilities will contract directly fresh produce, such as vegetables, rice, and also vegetable charcoal from the cooperatives, and the currency to be used is Cuban pesos.The new regulations, published in the Gaceta Official (Official Gazette), aim at changing the existing stockpiling and commercialization system to reduce losses incurred in the past where the producer and the end-client were separated by a tangle of red-tape.At the same time, the measure will boost the developing of mechanisms of supplies within the tourist industry, allowing it to give a better use to the local productive networks.This new sale-purchase mechanism will not replace the existing one, but it will be an alternative to speed up the process, improve the quality of the products the customers receive, while adding variety. Also it will help to reduce transportation costs and losses.Both the hotel and restaurant managers with have the authority to discuss prices with farmers directly and set the timeline for deliveries that won’t affect the proper functioning of the facilities.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img NewsRegional Cuban farmers allowed to sell produce directly to tourism sector by: – November 24, 2011 Share 23 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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