FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Post and Courier:The smokestacks of the coal-fired power plant reign over vast Lake Moultrie — by far the tallest thing in sight. Some have called the stacks the symbol of Santee Cooper country, named for the utility that runs the plant and the lake. Company executives like to tout it as their flagship.But Santee Cooper could well be on the chopping block, as state leaders mull its sale. And the Cross Generating Station, the largest coal-burning power source left in South Carolina, would likely be one of the next uncertainties — based on what its officials and other companies plan.It could be “repowered” as a natural gas-burning plant. It could be shuttered. “I suppose it’s unquestioned that coal is the past and not the future,” Charlie Condon, the Santee Cooper board chairman, said. The board has put off making an assessment “whether to shutter the plant or not, go to natural gas or something else” until the Legislature decides about selling the company, he said.Whether burning natural gas is cheaper than coal is a debated question. Usually it is cheaper. But sometimes economics can vary if there’s a large enough demand-spike for gas, such as during extreme cold weather, according to plant manager Don Cribb and others familiar with the market.An analysis by Pacolet-Milliken, one of the bidders for Santee Cooper, contradicts that. It says the cost of burning coal at the plant is $114 million per year above market cost, or what the electricity would cost buying it off the grid. The Pacolet-Milliken analysis concludes advocating “repowering” the Cross plant as well as Santee Cooper’s Winyah plant with natural gas, along with buying smaller natural gas and hydroelectric plants.More: Uncertainty in the air for workers at SC’s largest coal burning power plant Future of South Carolina coal plant up in the air
Chelsea boss Mourinho recently said some people were trying to influence referees’ decisions against his side via the media. Mourinho was this week fined £25,000 for his comments by the Football Association and Pellegrini, whose City side face Chelsea in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday, does not believe such a campaign exists. The Chilean said: “I hope that in the Premier League they don’t have a campaign against anyone. I hope all is fair and the referee makes mistakes for all the teams exactly the same, that the FA make the fixtures in a fair way. “I think it is the best league in the world and I don’t think it has any strange things because (otherwise) you are not competing. “After that, if you won the title, it (would) not (be) an important title, because all is arranged.” Pellegrini was speaking at a press conference to preview City’s eagerly-anticipated trip to Stamford Bridge. The build-up to the game, which defending champions City go into trailing their title rivals by five points, has been dominated by controversy surrounding Chelsea striker Diego Costa. Costa will miss the game after being banned for three matches by the FA following a stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can in the Capital One Cup semi-final in midweek. Pellegrini believes the ban will give Costa, who is renowned for his on-field aggression, an opportunity to change his ways. The former Malaga boss said: “He is a great player, a very important player. “He has his character, it is not an easy character, but I hope for him that (with) this punishment – and I am not trying to take advantage for the game tomorrow – it will be a good thing for him to change in the future because he doesn’t need to do it in that way because he is a very good player, a top player.” Pellegrini’s remarks did not receive an immediate response from Mourinho because the Portuguese did not hold his regular press conference on the eve of the match. That gave Pellegrini an opportunity to land some verbal blows on Mourinho but, as is usually the case, he was not interested in stoking their rivalry. “I don’t talk about Mourinho,” said Pellegrini, who often expresses indifference when asked about Chelsea’s former Real Madrid boss. Further questions were asked but Pellegrini, who has beaten Mourinho just twice in 12 games in either England or Spain, offered little that could create headlines. Earlier this season Mourinho mispronounced Pellegrini’s name as ‘Pellegrino’, but there was little response when the matter was brought up. He said: “I’m not going to help you with those things because they are not important for me. I don’t want to carry on in that way.” Asked why he did not comment on Mourinho, Pellegrini said: “This profession is so difficult for a manager – we have different styles. The way I do it is the best way for me, but it’s not the only way to do it. “Maybe you think you can take advantage but for me I don’t think it’s the normal way or the fair way.” Asked about Mourinho’s occasional offer to shake hands with opposing managers before full-time, Pellegrini said: “I won’t talk about what Mourinho might do. I will shake hands with him before the game. And after? Yes, probably.” But Pellegrini did admit he was wrong to compare Chelsea to Stoke earlier in the season after their 1-1 draw with the Londoners at the Etihad Stadium in September. Pellegrini expressed frustration by saying Chelsea were like a “small team trying to defend” and were “exactly the same team we played against Stoke”. Stoke had actually won at Eastlands after employing effective defensive tactics but Pellegrini now feels he was wrong to say what he did. He said: “It was a mistake to compare with Stoke. The style of every club it depends on how the manager wants to do it. Chelsea can play in the way they want and we are going to continue playing in the style I think is the best for this team.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed Jose Mourinho’s claims there is “campaign” against Chelsea. Press Association
Sumner Newscow report â€” Sen. Bob Dole will be at the Raymond Frye Complex from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today.
Wellington Police notes for Tuesday, April 5, 2016:â€¢12:39 a.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.â€¢12:45 a.m. Dustin L. Black, 27, Wellington was arrested on a Kansas Department of Corrections Warrant for parole violation.â€¢4:18 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the Wellington.â€¢9:37 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle in the 400 block S. C, Wellington.â€¢11:19 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 200 block N. B, Wellington.â€¢12:06 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the Wellington.â€¢5:37 p.m. Officers investigated identity fraud in the 1100 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢5:45 p.m. Larry D. Everhart, 59, Las Vegas, Nev. was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended.â€¢7:18 p.m. Charles J. Carey, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢8:10 p.m. Roberto C. Reyes, 28, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for fail to signal and defective headlamp.