PJM’s Glazer pans Trump’s coal, nuclear bailout plan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The federal policy coordinator of the U.S.’s largest regional grid operator asserted that moves by the Trump administration to support struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants worsens a “headache” over accommodating public policies and state-mandated energy subsidies in competitive markets. “The actions of President [Donald] Trump and Energy Secretary [Rick] Perry … complicates this issue even more,” Craig Glazer, the PJM Interconnection’s vice president of federal government policy, told attendees of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 2018 annual conference in Washington, D.C., on June 4.Glazer expressed concern over what he perceived as “plant-by-plant” and “state-by-state” piecemeal re-regulation of electricity markets that puts the power industry in a dangerous position between deregulation and regulation. “You have competitive generation…competing with regulated subsidized generation,” said Glazer. “I’m not sure that is sustainable, to be honest. It leads to skewed investment signals.”Glazer warned industry and policymakers of the dangers of nostalgically pining for “the good old days” of regulation.“We didn’t restructure this market to pick technologies; we restructured this market to drive efficiencies in technologies and that’s what the market is doing,” said Glazer. “If the policymakers decide that they want to back a particular technology, they can do that. We’ve done that in the past. It hasn’t always worked but if we want to go back… to some of those, we can do that.”In addition to today’s competitive markets efficiently driving investments, such as the shift to using more natural gas-fired power plants to provide baseload power instead of just peaking power, Glazer said deregulation has required investors to take on more risk, instilled more market transparency, and led to more regional planning. “The challenge for all of us is to make this restructured industry work, rather than make it a golden memory of yesteryear,” said Glazer.More ($): US grid operator’s subsidy ‘headache’ worsened by Trump bid to save coal, nukes
First Lady Frances Wolf Visits the Lion’s Pantry, Discusses Need to Increase Pennsylvania’s Outdated Minimum Wage to Help College Students Meet Basic Needs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter First Lady Frances Wolf, Minimum Wage, Press Release State College – First Lady Frances Wolf today toured the Lion’s Pantry – Penn State’s student-run food pantry – and met with students and administrators to discuss financial struggles many higher education students in Pennsylvania – and across the country – are facing. The First Lady discussed possible solutions to help these students succeed – including an immediate increase to the commonwealth’s minimum wage.“We know that over 30 percent of college students go hungry because they can’t afford proper nutrition,” First Lady Wolf said. “We also know that many of these students carry jobs in addition to their studies. Raising the commonwealth’s minimum wage would help these struggling students meet their basic needs so they can succeed in school and get the skills they need to attain jobs after graduation.”A Government Accountability Office report released in December 2018 found that at least one in three college students do not always have enough to eat. Additionally, 71 percent of college students today do not fit the model of a “typical” college student and may be financially independent, work at least part time, enroll in and stay in college at a later age, or have dependent children. These factors, when paired with other challenges students face like cost of tuition, lodging and/or transportation, books, and supplies, can create significant barriers to making ends meet.Governor Tom Wolf established Pennsylvania’s Food Security Partnership in September 2015. The Partnership includes the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health, and Human Services. The partnership was established to address hunger in Pennsylvania across numerous fronts and coordinate food and nutrition programs and centralize coordination with federal, state, and local partners. As part of this effort, the Food Security Partnership leads the commonwealth’s efforts to better respond to issues that exacerbate food insecurity around Pennsylvania. The issue of hunger among college students has been identified as an opportunity for greater coordination and support.In January 2018, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services took another step toward addressing this problem by changing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility requirements for community college students. Under the new policy, community college students enrolled at least part-time and in a qualifying career or technical education program under the Carl D. Perkins Vocation and Technical Education Act or a program preparing students for a high-priority occupation may receive SNAP benefits if they otherwise qualify for the program. Examples of high-priority occupations set by the Department of Labor & Industry include jobs in technology, education, health care, human services, law enforcement, and skilled trades. Before the policy change, individuals who were attending school had to meet exemptions such as working more than 20 hours a week, caring for a child under the age of 6, or having a medical barrier to employment in order to qualify for SNAP while attending school.During the roundtable discussion, the first lady and students identified additional steps that can be taken to further support hard-working students – including an increase to the commonwealth’s outdated minimum wage. Lion’s Pantry President and Penn State student, Sayre Bradley commented: “We’re incredibly excited to meet with the First Lady today and discuss basic need insecurity amongst college students. This is a great opportunity for students to share their experiences and involvement while discussing what can be done at an institutional, state, and federal level to support college students facing food insecurity. Addressing the minimum wage is a great step towards making sure that no student is hungry.”The commonwealth’s current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour is the lowest allowed by federal law and trails most other states in the nation, including all of our surrounding states. That means Pennsylvanians doing the same job – especially in rural communities – earn less than someone in Ohio, Maryland, and West Virginia. November 14, 2019
(BBC) – Neymar was one of five players sent off after an injury-time brawl as Marseille beat Paris St-Germain in Ligue 1.Florian Thauvin scored the only goal as PSG lost their opening two Ligue 1 games for the first time since 1984-85.But a late brawl saw PSG substitutes Leandro Paredes and Layvin Kurzawa, and Marseille duo Jordan Amavi and Dario Benedetto, sent off.The referee then watched a VAR replay of a Neymar punch and showed him a straight red card.As he he left the pitch, the Brazilian told the fourth official he had heard a racist comment.The game was fractious even before that late brawl. There were 17 cards shown in total, a record for a Ligue 1 game in the 21st century.It all started when Marseille’s Benedetto nudged Paredes in the back, with the PSG midfielder then punching him to the ground before appearing to headbutt Alvaro.A melee broke out, with Kurzawa and Amavi punching and kicking each other.Benedetto and Paredes were each shown second yellow cards, with Kurzawa and Amavi shown straight reds.A VAR review showed Neymar had punched the back of the head of Alvaro, a player he had been in a running battle with all game, and he was shown a straight red card – having earlier been booked.Alvaro had also been involved in a big first-half flashpoint when he suggested Angel di Maria spat at him.Di Maria was one of seven PSG players – along with Neymar – to test positive for coronavirus before the season started, although he had since provided a negative test.