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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享John Funk for the Cleveland Plain Dealer:FirstEnergy customers could save $256 million over the next eight years, state regulators believe, by paying increased monthly bills now.That extra money, which could be as low as $3.50 or as high as $8-to-$10 a month in the next couple of years, will subsidize the operations of two power plants that cannot match the low-priced power produced by natural gas-fired plants, which now set wholesale prices on the high-voltage grid.The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio handed down its ruling Thursday, agreeing with FirstEnergy that saving the old power plants is a good idea and that in later years the arrangement will lower customer bills because natural gas prices could increase significantly. The commission also concluded that if the plants were to close, the cost of building new transmission line upgrades would cost between $436 million and $1.1 billion, costs customers would bear.The opinion and order, which is sure to be appealed, dismisses the arguments made by the experts retained by opponents, including the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, the Sierra Club, competing power companies and others. These analysts concluded that the power deals could cost FirstEnergy’s customers an extra $3 billion to $5 billion over the eight years.UCO believes FirstEnergy deal will save customers $256 million Appeals Expected in Ohio Ruling to Keep Aging Coal Plants Onlinelast_img read more

first_imgLinden Tree Retreat & Ranch from Velika Plana in Donji Pazarište, a small town in the heart of Lika, is the winner of this prestigious award for 2020. Tripadvisor awards the Travelers’Choice award for accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently receive excellent reviews from travelers and rank in the top 10% of facilities on Tripadvisor. Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch was founded by Bruce Yerkovich, guided by his vision of a new, sustainable wildlife refuge. His dream was to shape an untamed landscape, with care and respect for the country, people and wilderness of Croatia – a vision that still nourishes and develops today. The result is an original American ranch in complete harmony with the environment. “This award is a recognition of our hard work and the commitment of my team. As pioneers of transformative tourism in Croatia, we are especially pleased to be recognized by TripAdvisor. We are grateful for the opportunity to share the beauties of our country with guests in our accommodation and our excursions. ” points out Bruce Yerkovich, owner of the award-winning Ranch.center_img Linden Tree Retreat & Ranch is a small, private eco-safari-style resort with a capacity of 30 beds. Tripadvisor is the world’s largest online travel platform and the most visited tourist site in the world, ie the starting point of every trip, which is why the Tripadvisor awards are among the greatest possible recognitions in tourism.last_img read more

first_imgTopics : Researchers from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and Zoologische Staatssammlung in München, Germany, have discovered four new beetle species in North Maluku.The four new beetle species have been identified as Epholcis acutus, Epholcis arcuatus, Epholcis cakalele, and Epholcis obiensis. The Epholcis genus is a nocturnal beetle.The beetles were found through joint collaboration between LIPI researcher Raden Pramesa Narakusumo from LIPI and Zoologische Staatssammlung researcher Michael Balke during an exploration of the Maluku islands.  Pramesa said two of the beetles were named based on their physical appearances, acutus means “sharp edge”, while arcuatus means “bow-like”, referring to the species’ curved back leg. The cakalele beetle is named after a traditional Maluku dance, and obiensis is named after Obi, the island where it was found. Pramesa also explained that the researchers used classic taxonomic methods to identify the species as new discoveries. He said that Indonesia had a lot of potential for new beetle species discoveries. Currently, most beetle specimens are kept in the Zoologicum Bogoriense Museum in Bogor, West Java. (dpk)last_img read more

first_imgCreston cut the lead on the power play.With Schell in the box for high sticking, the Leaf defence completely deserted Soles, allowing Angus Johnston at least three kicks at the net before the Alberta native poked the puck into the Nelson goal.However, any momentum gained by the Thunder Cats was erased when scored three times during a six-minute span with two of the goals coming on the power play.Dustin Reimer got the offence going before Sookro, tapping in a neat pass from Willans, scored his second of the game and Seth Schmidt finished off the assault with a long point shot.Willans, scoring Nelson’s third power play of the game, and Marcel Fuchs of the Cats exchanged goals in a period Creston held a 13-8 shots advantage.”The second period was key and we also had a good start,” Schell explained.”Our preparation was a lot better before this game.”Soles, improving his season record to 13-1, faced 22 shots in the Leaf nets.Nelson is idle until Wednesday when Castlegar visits the NDCC Arena for a 7 p.m. puck drop.GAME NOTES: Nelson received an early Christmas present from divisional rival Beaver Valley as the Hawks stuck it to the Rebels 5-3 at the Hawks Nest. The Castlegar loss increases Nelson’s lead in the Murdoch Division to seven points with the Leafs having played an extra game. . . . Brandon Sookro now has three goals for the Leafs this season. The Kootenay Ice sniper also hit the post in the second period. Sookro and the Ice face Matthew Barzal and the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs in Major Midget action Saturday and Sunday in Castlegar. Barzal, the first overall Bantam pick by the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL leads the Major Midget League ion scoring with 54 points in 19 games. . . .Nelson center Bryce Nielsen continues to be sidelined with an upper body injury. Creston had the perfect opportunity to sneak into the Heritage City under the cloak of night and steal two points from a team already looking to a Wednesday night showdown with their division rivals.However, the Nelson Leafs put forth just enough effort to knock off the Thunder Cats 6-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.Nelson rode the offensive punch of three team leaders — Carsen Willans (three points), team captain Colton Schell (three points) and Linden Horswill (four points) — to a four-goal second period, then jumped on the shoulders of netminder Brett Soles to secure the victory against one of the league’s weaker teams.”This win was definitely important . . . especially with Castlegar coming up (the Rebels face the Leafs Wednesday in Nelson),” Horswill said from outside the Leaf dressing room.”We need the points to keep a margin between us and Castlegar.””We needed to rebuild our confidence especially with Castlegar coming up,” Schell later explained.”Despite being out shot 9-8 in the opening frame it was the Leafs heading to the dressing room leading 1-0 on a goal by Major Midget affiliate player Brandon Sookro.In the second Nelson increased its lead when a soft shot by Willans somehow found its way through the legs of Creston goalie Zach Straza less than three minutes into the second period.last_img read more