S&P: Water availability a growing threat for many U.S. coal-fired power plants

first_imgS&P: Water availability a growing threat for many U.S. coal-fired power plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Many of the nation’s coal-fired power plants, often heavy consumers of water resources, are located in areas projected to soon face water stress due to climate change. Water stress occurs when humanity’s competition for water exceeds the rate at which nature can replenish its stocks.Based on an analysis of data from S&P Global Market Intelligence and the Water Resources Institute, power generators in Texas, Indiana, Illinois, Wyoming and Michigan operate about 37.1 GW of coal-fired generation capacity in areas projected to face medium-high to extremely-high water stress due to climate change in 2030. And those five states are home to more than one-third of the 98.2 GW of coal capacity analyzed that fall into those upper-risk categories.Thus, an aging coal-fired fleet already retiring en masse due to the economic challenges of competing with renewable energy and natural gas-fired generation may come under even more intense pressure due to competition for limited water resources.Earlier this year, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc. CEO Duane Highley announced the company would be closing its remaining coal-fired power plants in New Mexico and Colorado as the company shifts to the use of more renewable energy. “I’ll say it presents an enormous opportunity for all of us, as we think about it,” Highley said. “When you look at a typical coal facility, it uses an enormous volume of water, and the fact that that will be liberated and available for other reuse is going to be significant.”About 98.2 GW, or 44.6%, of the operating coal-fired capacity in the lower 48 states is located in regions expected to face medium-high to extremely-high water stress by the end of the decade. Of the 25.1 GW of coal-fired plants that have regulatory approval to retire, about 62% is in areas projected to face medium-high to extremely-high water stress in 2030.Many U.S. coal-fired plants are already struggling to compete with other forms of generation. As water becomes scarce, disputes around the resource are likely to increasingly factor into energy infrastructure decision making, said Joe Smyth, a research and communications manager with the Energy Policy Institute who authored a July 2020 report examining coal and water conflicts in the American West. “This is just one more sort of factor that may help push them to make those decisions in favor of closing coal plants and pursue renewables,” Smyth said.[Taylor Kuykendall and Esther Whieldon]More ($): Rising water stress risk threatens US coal plants, largely clustered in 5 stateslast_img read more

Government commit 2.9 Million towards a new water supply system in Bense

first_img Share Come March 2013 residents of the communities of Bense, Hampstead and Anse De Mai are set to benefit from a new and improved water supply system.A groundbreaking and contract-signing ceremony on Monday July 09, 2012 marked the commencement of the water supply project to which the Government of Dominica has committed 2.9 million dollars.Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit told the signing ceremony that his government identified this project as a priority. He said notwithstanding economic challenges, his government was able to source the finances to fund such an important project.“Every demand that is placed on the government requires resources to implement it, nothing is free. In a time when the entire world has been grappling with an economic and financial crisis we have been able with the help of God to mobilize the resources not only for this project but for the number of other projects that are ongoing in this country.”The 3.6 million dollar Bense water project will involve the construction of a new intake and treatment facility along the Hampstead River along with a storage tank and associated pipe works.General Manager of DOWASCO, Bernard Ettinoffe said his company has been aware of the problems which residents of the communities have been experiencing and in 2008 DOWASCO with one million dollars from Government, undertook the first phase of the development of the Bense water system which included pipeline replacement.Ettinoffe says this, however, fell short as it failed to address all the critical issues in the forty-year old water system. Ettinoffe is confident that this new project will seek to address the shortcomings of the water supply.“This phase of the project therefore seeks to address the issues of inadequacy of water at the intake by the construction of a new intake on the Hampstead River. It also provides for a new forty five thousand gallon storage tank to complement the existing twelve thousand gallon tank, which will take the storage capacity in the community to fifty-seven thousand gallons.”Ettinoffe confirmed that the project will also seek to provide new supply and distribution lines from the intake to the storage tank and from the storage tank to existing distribution.“It further provides for the construction of an access road to facilitate construction of the intake, maintenance of the intake and construction and maintenance of the new pipelines.”He said “the new Bense water supply project is expected to be constructed during a nine month period.”Minister responsible for Water Resource Management, Hon. Reginald Austrie says this new water supply project is in keeping with Government’s goal of providing quality reliable water to communities across Dominica.“Our emphasis is on quality water, not just water and so we are spending the extra half a million dollars to ensure that the people of Bense like everyone else receives top quality water. “The Minister noted that it’s the intention of Government to provide all Dominicans with access to top quality potable water by the year 2015.“We are now at ninety-five percent and we are hoping between next year and 2014 we would have met that 100%.”Meantime, Parliamentary Representative for the Paix Bouche Constituency, Hon. Matthew Walter said the new water supply will “eliminate some of the burdens and inconveniences experienced over the years due to a lack of sufficient water supply for domestic use.”“Most of you met me and lamented over the inadequacy of water in Bense, Anse De Mai, Ansoldat. The Government was never hesitant to implement this very important project because we all understand the value of water,” he added.Government Information Service Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Government commit 2.9 Million towards a new water supply system in Bense by: – July 10, 2012center_img Tweet Share 18 Views   3 commentslast_img read more

NopeNopeNope: Snake Crawls From Coral Springs Toilet, Bites Resident

first_imgBroward resident Baltazar Jimeno got a nasty surprise Sunday morning when he lifted the toilet seat at his Coral Springs apartment and was attacked by a ball puthon that ‘rose up and bit him’ on the arm.The snake, which measured 4 feet long, did not belong to the 52 year old Jimeno and it’s unclear how it ended up in his toilet though police suspect it may have come up through the building’s plumbing.Ball pythons are not venomous and can grow up to 6 feet long.Jimeno was treated by paramedics for the snake bite.The snake was taken by Coral Springs animal control and is being treated by a local veterinarian for an unrelated illness.last_img read more