Monday, February 27, 2017

M/V Vernon M. Weiland

This boat passed Huntington yesterday evening just before the sun set.

As this boat went around the bend and out of sight, I saw another one coming down the river about three miles upstream. I would have stayed around to shoot it but (a) I had to be somewhere to pick someone up, and (b) in the half hour the boat would take to reach me, darkness would be falling. So I left.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

More fun with black and white

I found this picture from Sept. 7, 2015, and decided to see how it would look in black and white.

This is the Ohio side of the Gallipolis Locks and Dam, now formally known as the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

CNN discovers Killen, Stuart and the town of Machester, Ohio

CNN sent a reporter to Manchester, Ohio, a struggling community that sits between the Killen and Stuart power plants, to see what the mood is.

It's a decent story, even if it uses the word "nestled" to begin the second paragraph. I used to work with a guy whose pet peeve was overuse of that word to describe a small town or an isolated community.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sunset at Harris Riverfront Park

Seen this 80-degree evening in late February as dozens of people enjoyed a Friday by the Ohio River.

This is a popular place in the Huntington, W.Va., area to get sunset pictures, by the way.

Power plant ownership changes

American Electric Power and Dynegy have agreed to trade their ownership positions in two power plants, including the Zimmer plant along the Ohio River near Cincinnati.

Dynegy will take AEP's stake in Zimmer while AEP will take Dynegy's ownership share in a plant at Conesville, Ohio.

This is another step in AEP's effort to divest itself its generating assets in Ohio, especially coal-fired ones. FirstEnergy, which owns the Pleasants Power Station at Willow Island, W.Va., is. While that plant is in West Virginia, it supplies power to a FirstEnergy subsidiary in Ohio. FirstEnergy is trying to move that plant to its West Virginia operations.

From the AEP news release:

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 23, 2017 – American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) today signed agreements to sell AEP’s 330-megawatt (MW) share of the Zimmer Plant to Dynegy and to purchase Dynegy’s 312-MW share of Conesville Plant. AEP and Dynegy co-own both plants.  
“AEP’s long-term strategy has been to become a fully regulated, premium energy company focused on investments in infrastructure and energy innovations that benefit our customers. These transactions simplify the ownership structures for two of our remaining competitive generation assets as we continue the strategic evaluation to determine the future for those power plants,” said Nicholas K. Akins, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer.
The transactions are expected to close in the second quarter of 2017, subject to regulatory approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and will not have a material impact on AEP earnings.
There will be no employment impact from the ownership transfers as AEP already operates Conesville Plant and Dynegy operates Zimmer Plant.
AEP currently owns 2,725 MW of competitive generation in Ohio. After the transaction is complete, AEP would own 92 percent, or 1,461 MW, of Conesville Plant; 595 MW of Cardinal Plant; 603 MW of Stuart Plant and the 48 MW Racine Plant. Dayton Power & Light owns the remaining 129 MW of Conesville Unit 4.
Dynegy is part-owner of the Stuart and Killen power plants in Adams County, Ohio. The partners in those two plants haves said they want to shut them down by mid-2018 if they can get regulator approval.

AEP recently sold the Gavin power plant at Cheshire, Ohio, as part of its exit from Ohio-based generation.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Radar classes

Here's an article I had in this week's Waterways Journal about radar classes offered at the Point Pleasant River Museum and Learning Center.

I like visiting this place and writing about it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Casino boat for sale

I got an email from Heartland Barge this morning advertising a casino boat for sale. The price is $1,399,999.

Here is basic information from the email.

Vessel Service: Passenger (Inspected)Builder: Jeffboat LLCYear built: 1995Length/Width: 310' x 70'Depth: 14.6'Eye Level: 57'Main Engine (Stern) Stack Clearance: 80'
Ornamental (Forward) Stack Clearance: 96.7'
**Ornamental Forward Stack can be removed**
Gross Tonnage: 1589 Tons
Net Tonnage: 995 Tons

I didn't find the boat on Heartland's website. Either it's not there yet, or they, like my wife, know that the best way to hide something from me or my mini-me son is to put it in plain sight.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Foggy morning

The fog down by the river was pretty intense this morning. You couldn't see the other side. You could hardly see anything unless you were right on top of it.

At one point, I thought I heard a boat going by, partly from the sound of its engines and partly because I thought I heard the sound of a barge echoing the sound of a metal tool dropped on it. But after a few minutes I checked the water's surface, and there was no wake, so I must have been hearing something else.

There were few Canada geese feeding on the grass.

And there were some ducks swimming in the river. But other than that, there was little to see.

Trying to keep two power plants running

People in Adams County, Ohio, are doing their best to prevent Dayton Power & Light from shutting down the Killen and Stuart power plants along the Ohio River next year.

The two plants generate about $9 million in annual property taxes for the county and other political entities, the motion says. The Manchester School District alone gets $5.6 million in annual revenue from the plants...

Another coal-fired power plant demolished

The former Kammer power plant south of Moundsville, W.Va., is being demolished, and the property has been sold to a private developer.

According to the story in the Wheeling newspaper

With demolition already underway on portions of its closed Kammer Plant, American Electric Power recently sold the former coal-fired electricity generator to the Frontier Group of Companies for redevelopment.

Frontier is the same firm that recently purchased 1,100 acres of former Weirton Steel Corp. property for demolition and redevelopment and acquired the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp. Mingo Junction plant in 2012.

Last fall, AEP sold its Tanners Creek power plant property to the state of Indiana for possible future development as a river port.

AEP has at least one other shuttered power plant along the Ohio whose future is unknown to the rest of us, that being the Philip Sporn plant a few miles below the Racine Locks and Dam.