Grid CEO: No need for federal coal, nuclear bailout

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Grid CEO: No need for federal coal, nuclear bailout

first_imgGrid CEO: No need for federal coal, nuclear bailout FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Examiner:The operator of the largest power market in America released a report Thursday finding that its electricity supply would hold up against a range of threats, providing evidence against the Trump administration case for preserving coal and nuclear plants.“The PJM system is reliable today and will remain reliable into the future,” the grid operator, PJM Interconnection, said in an eight-page summary of a much-anticipated report slated for full release in December.Andrew Ott, president and CEO of PJM, amplified that assertion later Thursday during a press conference in Washington D.C. “The grid is more reliable today than it’s ever been,” Ott said.PJM covers a large territory representing 65 million people in 13 states from Illinois to Virginia.The report weighs against the Trump administration’s interest in using emergency power to keep coal and nuclear plants alive.“We think government intervention is unnecessary,” Ott said. “Nothing in our report would say there is a specific need for a specific fuel source. We are fuel neutral.”More: Largest power grid operator dismisses the threat of coal and nuclear plant closureslast_img read more

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Two high school buildings have structural defects

first_imgThe City Engineer’s Office (CEO)recommended that these be vacated. The city hall was designed towithstand intensity 8 earthquakes. It has already experienced three earthquakesand typhoons. “Well, it is time for the LGUs toinspect all buildings. Umpisahan na nila ngayon (They should start now),”the President said. Presidential Communications OperationsOffice Secretary Martin Andanar called on Congress to amend Republic Act (RA)6541 or the National Building Code of the Philippines, saying the currentframework of the “outdated” law was “very lax”. “Occupants and visitors need notworry,” said Grecia. “Let us not wait for a disaster tohappen before we become strict in granting building permits,” Andanar said./PN The CEO recommended an immediaterepair. On Oct. 31, President Rodrigo Dutertedirected local government units to conduct an immediate inspection of buildingswithin their respective jurisdictions. ILOILO City – Two relatively newtwo-storey school buildings of the Iloilo City National High School in Molodistrict were found to have structural defects. Each of the two two-storey schoolbuildings, constructed only in 2015, has six rooms. “We have already given the instructionto the principal. The buildings must be temporarily vacated until thestructural issues are resolved,” said Engineer Cloyd Grecia, CEO structuralengineer. The non-structural component includesceilings, windows, doors, and partitions, among others. Also inspected were Fort San PedroNational High School, Jaro National High School, Mandurriao National HighSchool, A. Mirasol Memorial Elementary School, La Paz National High School,Jalandoni National High School, and Ramon Avanceña National High School. “We have not seen major defects ordamage. What we saw were minor, superficial cracks that were not significant tothe structural integrity of the building,” said Grecia. Among others, the CEO found defects onthe flooring. The scope of RA 6541 includes“location, siting, design, quality of materials, construction, use, occupancy,and maintenance” of both private and public buildings. BUILDING IN DANGER. Iloilo City National High School administrative officer Khris Dane Dinopol points to huge indentations on the floor of this two-storey school building. The City Engineer’s Office has recommended that this building, built only in 2015 or four years ago, be vacated temporarily until the structural defect has been addressed. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Recent earthquakes in Mindanaoprompted the CEO to inspect buildings here, including government-owned infrastructuresand facilities. “We stopped there. We no longer haveto proceed with the strength evaluation because we have not seen damage tostructural integrity,” said Grecia. His order came after another deadlyquake jolted some areas in Mindanao on the morning of Oct. 31, the second inthat week and the third last month. The first to be inspected was theseven-storey city hall. “Minor cracks located on non-structural members” werefound. “Let us not wait nga ma-failure pa sya beforemag-recommend nga i-vacate,” said Grecia. The City Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Office and Bureau of Fire Protection joined the inspections whichstarted on Nov. 7.last_img read more

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USC hires another former Texas Tech QB as offensive coordinator, report says

first_imgIt seems the Trojans have a type.After former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury accepted USC’s offensive coordinator job and left for the head coaching gig with the Arizona Cardinals barely a month later, the team went out and hired another former Red Raider quarterback as their OC. According to multiple reports, the Trojans have hired North Texas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Graham Harrell as their new offensive coordinator.Harrell has spent the last three years in Denton, Texas, with the Mean Green helping the team to three straight nine-win records and a top-20 offense in each of the last two years. Related News USC stopping NFL teams from talking to coaching candidate Kliff Kingsbury, report says Cardinals hire Kliff Kingsbury as new head coachcenter_img The 33-year-old played quarterback at Texas Tech from 2006-08 and helped the Red Raiders to their highest-ever national ranking when they rose as high as No. 2 nationally behind only Nick Saban’s Alabama. Harrell then spent a year with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, another three as a backup to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay and one final year with the Jets in 2013.He then went on to take a job with former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach in Washington State for a couple of years coaching the wide receivers before he moved on to North Texas.USC has not announced the hiring yet.last_img read more

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