FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:The Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary used unit-by-unit analysis to calculate a net benefit or cost for taking the coal units offline by 2022, showing nearly 60% of the retirements would lead to savings. But the utility says more analysis is needed before any shutdown decisions are made.PacifiCorp’s announcement is not an official step toward early coal plant retirement, but it is part of a larger trend of economic analysis showing the difficulties of coal generation in competing with cheaper natural gas and renewable energy. Last week, the Carbon Tracker Initiative published a report concluding 42% of global coal plants are uneconomic due to high fuel costs, saying the percentage would rise due to carbon pricing and regulations.The Oregon Public Utilities Commission directed PacifiCorp at the end of 2017 to launch a comprehensive review of the cost of its coal resources. In September, a Washington Superior Court judge allowed the company to keep the analysis confidential, after the Sierra Club pressed for the figures to be made public.PacifiCorp’s analysis showed 13 units at plants in Montana, Colorado and Wyoming were more expensive to operate than replacement options. The company presented several scenarios of preparing a combination of coal units for 2022 retirement and found it could save as much as $317 million closing five units representing 834 MW. Those units, in Wyoming and Colorado, are slated to close between 2029 and 2037.The coal analysis is part of the utility’s 2019 integrated resource plan (IRP), which is due in April. Oregon’s regulators committed to evaluating early coal unit retirements as part of the utility’s IRP.More: PacifiCorp shows 60% of its coal units are uneconomic PacifiCorp says more than half its coal plants aren’t economic anymore
KPK commissioner Alexander Marwata said the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) had created a list of 1.7 million workers who were laid off during the outbreak. The commission further found that only around 143,000 of them were accepted in the preemployment card program.Read also: Preemployment card may not help people return to work despite ‘new normal’: ExpertsKPK’s deputy for corruption prevention, Pahala Nainggolan, said some of the targeted individuals were senior citizens who were not proficient in using the internet. Meanwhile, registration could only be done online.The commission suggested that authorities contact laid-off workers listed by the Manpower Ministry and the BPJS Ketenagakerjaan by telephone first, as they were the main target of the program.Alexander also questioned the Rp 30.8 billion allocated for facial recognition technology to verify participants’ identities. He recommended that the government verify identities by cross-checking participants’ citizen identification numbers with the Home Ministry’s Population and Civil Registration rather than procure new technologies for such matters.Potential loopholesAlexander highlighted loopholes in the program as it had no control mechanism to check whether participants had really attended and finished courses.“Training institutions have already issued certificates for participants, even they may not have finished all their course packages yet,” Alexander said.Participants will also receive monthly cash assistance of Rp 600,000, regardless of whether they participated in any courses at all, potentially wasting Rp 1 million allocated for the courses.The KPK urged the government to establish a control mechanism to guarantee that participants took and finished their courses, such as by implementing interactive learning methods.Read also: Roughly 110,000 complete preemployment card courses, entitling them to cash assistancePoor courses curationThe antigraft body found after studying the list with the Indonesian Training Institute Association and the Manpower Ministry that only around 250 of 1,895 offered courses fulfilled the standards for online training.Pahala said some courses taught basic skills that did not require a class at all or necessitate face-to-face training sessions.In the study, the KPK also found that 89 percent of 327 random-picked courses were already offered free courses on other learning platforms such as prakerja.org, which was established to challenge the preemployment card program.Alexander urged the government to take out courses from the program that are being offered for free on other platforms, as well as invite more competent parties to help curate the course.Conflict of interestThe program could also present a conflict of interest, as the antigraft body found that online education platforms distributing the courses were also the ones producing the classes.For example, online education platform Pintaria offered 199 courses for preemployment card holders, 69 of which were produced by HarukaEdu, the company that owns the platform.Similarly, 117 of 277 courses offered in Ruangguru platform are also made by its subsidiary Skill Academy.“We found at least 250 problematic courses with a potential conflict of interest,” Pahala said. “It shouldn’t be like this because it weakens the curation.”Read also: ‘Preemployment card ineffective, gimmicky’, CEO participant claimsMoreover, the government picked the eight partnering companies without a proper mechanism for procuring goods and services..The KPK urged the government to remove the 250 courses that potentially have a conflict of interest. The government should also ask the legal opinion of the Attorney General’s Office regarding the procurement mechanism.Alexander said the antigraft body had handed over its recommendations to the Office of Coordinating Economic Minister and other related ministries in late-May. The KPK noted that the government had made some improvements on the program based on its suggestions, including postponing the fourth batch of new registrations.The Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister also said it would provide more offline courses after the outbreak had subsided, Pahala went on to say.Topics : Each recipient can also receive Rp 1 million to pay for various up-skilling courses, ranging from marketing to fishing.Though the KPK approved of the redesign, it also found some issues related to its management and courses offered.Missing targetSince the first batch of online registrations in April, around 680,000 individuals have been accepted to the preemployment card program as of May, out of a total of 9.4 million applicants. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has found in a recent study several irregularities with the management and digital courses offered by the government’s preemployment card program.The program was initially designed as a training program to equip the unemployed and fresh graduates with new skills that would help them enter the job market. However, it was later repurposed as a combination of cash aid and training subsidy following massive layoffs across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration allocated Rp 20 trillion (US$1.4 million) to be disbursed for 5.6 million participants who will receive Rp 600,000 monthly for four months and Rp 150,000 after filling out the program’s survey.
Case Keenum may not be in a Broncos uniform next season.Denver is planning to shop the 30-year-old quarterback, according to a report from NFL Network. He’ll either need to take a “massive” pay cut or be released if the team cannot find a deal for him, the report says. He’s guaranteed $7 million next season. The Broncos finished 2018 with a 6-10 record and missed the playoffs for a third straight season. They fired former coach Vance Joseph in late December and hired Vic Fangio to replace him. NFL trade news: Ravens deal QB Joe Flacco to Broncos; ‘I can’t imagine a better 11 years’ The #Broncos will now shop QB Case Keenum, who is guaranteed $7M in 2019, I’m told. If they can’t, it’s either a massive paycut or a straight up release. He’d be a top backup.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 13, 2019Keenum had an up-and-down first season in Denver after he signed a two-year, $36 million deal with the team in March 2018. He threw for 3,890 yards with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 16 games. Related News The Broncos reportedly acquired veteran signal-caller Joe Flacco from the Ravens on Wednesday.