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 Online
Image Courtesy: bremenportsIn today’s spotted, we bring you an image of Auto Energy, a new pure car truck carrier (PCTC) owned by Norwegian shipping company United European Car Carriers (UECC) which was recently presented at an event at Bremerhaven’s Überseehafen.Auto Energy is said to be the world’s car carrier with the main engine that can run on liquefied natural gas (LNG).“In LNG operation, the emission of nitrogen oxides is reduced by up to 80 percent and there are no sulphur dioxide or particulate emissions at all,” Jörg Schulz, Bremen’s State Councillor for Ports, commented during his visit on board the vessel. Auto Energy is a dual-fuel vessel, which means it can run not only on LNG but also on heavy fuel oil and marine gas oil. The vessel satisfies the standards that apply within the Sulfur Emission Control Area (SECA) zones, according to bremenports.Featuring a length of 181 meters and a width of 30 meters, Auto Energy can carry up to 4,000 cars and has a ramp capacity of up to 160 tons.Launched at the Nantong Cosco KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS) shipyard in Nantong, China, in June 2016, the vessel has 1A ice class certification.Auto Energy’s sister vessel, Auto Eco, joined UECC’s fleet in late September 29.The two LNG-propelled vessels will operate on European routes, linking the ports of Southampton, Zeebrugge, Bremerhaven, Malmö, Hanko, St. Petersburg and Gdynia.