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  • Prosecutors allege Russian agent maintained ‘duplicitous relationship’ with political operative

    first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Federal prosecutors believe that Maria Butina, the Russian gun-rights activist who was recently arrested and charged with acting as a foreign agent, maintained a “duplicitous relationship” with an American political operative for the purposes of gaining access to U.S. political organizations.Identified in court filings only as “U.S. Person 1,” a 56-year-old political operative, private messages exchanged between them and surveillance conducted by federal law enforcement paint a picture of this person as someone Butina, 29, could rely on. Butina lived, at times, with U.S. Person 1. She asked U.S. Person 1 for help with her homework. As she prepared to move out of her apartment, U.S. Person 1 helped her arrange to rent a U-Haul and purchase moving boxes.But U.S. Person 1 appears to have done much more than help a expatriate graduate student adjust to life in the United States. He also, prosecutors say, “worked with Butina to arrange introduction to U.S. persons having influence in American politics,” including high-ranking members of the NRA and organizers of the National Prayer Breakfast, “for the purposes of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation.”Based on the prosecutors’ description, “U.S. Person 1” is believed to be Paul Erickson, a longtime GOP operative who is known to have had close ties to Butina. It is unclear whether he is cooperating with authorities in the case against Butina or whether he is under investigation himself, but he could be in serious trouble.“He’s got real exposure here,” one federal prosecutor told ABC News. “If he knew that he was helping [Butina], he may himself have a foreign agent problem.”ABC News’ attempts to reach Erickson have been unsuccessful. Butina, meanwhile, pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday, and her attorney, Robert Driscoll, called the charges against her “overblown.”But the descriptions of the person believed to be Erikson’s alleged activities in the court filings have made him a fascinating character in an already twisted tale.Erickson, 56, has a long and tangled record in Republican politics. In the 1980s, after graduating from Yale, Erickson served as Treasurer of the College Republican National Committee. Erickson then wrote a comedy sketch called “Fritzbusters” in 1984, which parodied Democratic presidential candidate Walter “Fritz” Mondale, the New York Times reported at the time.After earning his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1988, Erickson embarked on a series of unconventional professional endeavors, including co-executive producing an anti-communism film starring Dolph Lundgren with Jack Abramoff called “Red Scorpion.” The Rapid City Journal, a South Dakota newspaper, has reported that Erickson then travelled to Nicaragua in 1990 to “observe U.S.-backed Contra rebels putting down their arms after Soviet-supported President Daniel Ortega agreed to abide by the results of a popular election.”Erickson found his way back to Republican politics in the U.S. in 1992, joining conservative icon Pat Buchannan’s presidential campaign as a national political director. In the mid-1990s, Erickson and Abramoff joined forces again, opening up a lobbying firm whose clientele included Zairean strongman dictator Mobutu, the Washington Post reported at the time.“I’ve enjoyed 33 years of wildly diverse business ventures all around the world in industries ranging from hotels to housing to entertainment to energy,” Erickson told the Rapid City Journal.In 2007, Erickson was sued for $190,000 by conservative activist Brent Bozell, who claimed in the lawsuit that Erickson had failed to repay an investment, court documents showed. Bozell won a breach of contract judgment in 2008, though it’s unclear whether Erickson ever completed the payment.According to the affidavit attached to the indictment, Butina first made contact with U.S. Person 1 around 2013. Within two years, Butina and U.S. Person 1 appear to have hatched a plan to improve U.S.-Russia relations through an unnamed gun-rights organization that had what Butina described as a “central place and influence” in an unnamed political party as “the largest sponsor of the elections to the US congress, as well as a sponsor of The CPAC conference and other events.”Shortly after, U.S. Person 1 emailed Butina a list of potential media, business and political contacts, writing that “you could NOT do better than the list I just emailed you … YOU HAVE ALREADY MET ALL OF THE AMERICANS necessary to introduce you to EVERYONE on that list … I and your friends in America can’t make it any easier for you than that.”By 2016, Butina had set her sights on a bigger target. She emailed U.S. Person 1 in September, saying “we only have 2 month [sic] left before the US elections and it’s the time for building an advisors team on Russia for a new president.”A month later, U.S. Person 1 emailed an an unnamed acquaintance touting his involvement in “securing a VERY private line of communication between the Kremlin” and leaders of an unnamed political party through an unnamed gun rights organization.Following Donald Trump’s election, Butina appears to have used U.S. Person 1 to get as close to the president as she had ever been. U.S. Person 1 arranged for Butina and a Russian delegation to attend the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast the following February, where President Trump was the keynote speaker.U.S. Person 1 even helped Butina book a hotel, advising her to place $3,500 on “one of your Russian charge cards” to pay the deposit “to be safe.”By then, Butina appears to have become a fixture in Erickson’s life. Butina attended events in South Dakota, where Erickson lived. Erickson established a mysterious South Dakota-based company with Butina called Bridges LLC. Neighbors at the South Dakota apartment complex where Erickson lived remember Butina. One of them, Elaine Ahlemeier, says the couple seemed nice and she suspected nothing.What few people appeared to know, and what prosecutors now allege, was that despite appearances, Butina “appear[ed] to treat that relationship as simply a necessary aspect of her activities.”“On at least one occasion,” prosecutors claim, “Butina offered an individual other than U.S. Person 1 sex in exchange for a position within a special interest organization. Further, in papers sized by the FBI, Butina complained about living with U.S. Person 1 and expressed disdain for continuing to cohabitate with U.S. Person 1.”Agents moved to arrest her this week, prosecutors say, because they feared she might attempt to flee: Her lease was ending, she had wired money to an account in Russia, and she appeared to be packing up her belongings.Butina’s attorney says that’s not true. She was preparing, he said in court on Wednesday, to move to South Dakota – with her boyfriend.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Pregnant woman fatally stabbed in New York City apartment building

    first_imgWABC-TV(NEW YORK) — Police are searching for a suspect in the death of a pregnant New York woman who was stabbed multiple times in her apartment building.Jennifer Irigoyen, a 35-year-old real estate agent, was attacked in the entryway of her apartment in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens around 1 a.m. Sunday, according to the New York Police Department.Responding officers said they found Irigoyen, five months pregnant with her second child, in the building’s vestibule with multiple stab wounds to her neck and torso. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said.The unborn child didn’t survive.Investigators are reviewing surveillance video and searching for the woman’s boyfriend for questioning, according to ABC New York station WABC-TV. The investigation is ongoing.“I was shocked. I was really shocked,” the apartment building’s super, Lisa Ramos, told WABC.“She was a sweetheart. A very nice girl,” she added. “I didn’t have no worries with her — paid her rent on time and she was a very good person.”Ramos described Irigoyen as a caring person who taught Zumba classes and loved to dance. Irigoyen’s 8-year-old is now staying with the child’s grandmother, WABC reported.A Gofundme campaign to help Irigoyen’s family cover her funeral expenses had raised about $3,000 as of early Tuesday morning. The family says she was a victim of domestic violence, according to the campaign page.“Domestic violence seized Jenny’s life too soon and in such a tragic way. As her family members, we cannot fathom the fear and anguish that she must have felt during her final moments,” the family wrote. “She did not deserve this. She deserved to be happy. She deserved to be loved. She deserved to raise her son. We want to see justice served and hope that Jenny’s passing influences others to speak up, leave, report, and diminish domestic abuse from their own lives.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • R. Kelly’s attorney says ‘all the women are lying’ after pop star surrenders to police to face 10 counts of felony criminal sexual abuse involving minors

    first_imgPhoto by Scott Legato/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Singer R. Kelly turned himself in to Chicago police late Friday night after being charged earlier in the day with 10 counts of felony criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, according to the Cook County Prosecutor’s Office.Three of the four victims were younger than 17 at the time of the alleged incidents, according to prosecutors.At a post-surrender press conference, the pop star’s attorney Steve Greenberg dismissed the new charges and called the accusers liars.Asked whether he thought all the women were making up their allegations, Greenberg said he does.“I think all the women are lying, yes,” he told reporters late Friday night. “This has become, ‘Hey, R Kelly — I can say R Kelly did something’ — boom. There was a press conference yesterday, ‘Oh, these two girls were assaulted by R Kelly!’ And the lawyer stood there with a picture of LL Cool J!”Greenberg went on to claim that Cook County, Illinois, State Attorney Kim Foxx indicted the singer in response to public pressure.“I had a discussion with the state’s attorney’s office earlier this week [and] we were supposed to meet next week and have a discussion about what they had,” he said. “I was gonna be allowed to address what they had, then they just decided to indict him today for whatever reason. I suspect this is succumbing to public pressure.”His lawyer also claimed one of the unnamed women in the indictment is the same person in a 2003 child pornography case where the singer was eventually found not guilty in June 2008.“One of the cases seems to be a rehash he was acquitted for. Double jeopardy should apply to everyone,” Greenberg said.The pop artist remained silent as reporters shouted questions at him when he arrived at a Chicago police station.Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is also facing investigations from at least three different federal law enforcement agencies including at least one examining his alleged relationships with underage girls and whether they were trafficked, multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News.Kelly, who is “shell shocked,” according to his attorney, is scheduled to appear in bond court Saturday in Chicago, according to the Associated Press. Kelly’s attorney said on Twitter that he would be turning himself in on Friday night.The investigations, by the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations and the IRS, have opened in the six weeks since Lifetime aired “Surviving R. Kelly,” a docuseries about the decades’ worth of misconduct allegations against the singer.The agencies all declined to comment citing policies of not confirming or denying the existence of investigations.HSI is looking at potential crimes involving sex trafficking and child exploitation. The existence of the investigations was first reported by The New Yorker.On Thursday, two more women came forward to say Kelly preyed on them. They appeared in New York with their attorney, Gloria Allred, who said Latresa Scaff and Rochelle Washington planned to speak with federal prosecutors. Allred confirmed in an interview Friday with New York ABC station WABC that her clients had spoken to investigators. A grand jury has also been convened in New York to look into allegations against Kelly.“Yesterday, I indicated that my two clients who held a press conference here in New York would be speaking to law enforcement, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and they did in fact have that interview,” Allred told WABC.Michael Avenatti, who is representing two alleged victims of Kelly, said he turned over a graphic tape to the Cook County State Attorney’s Office in which the singer is allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old.“Earlier this month we uncovered and recovered a video tape of over 40 minutes in length,” Avenatti said at a press conference Friday. “We promptly brought it to the attention of Ms. Foxx and others in her office. This tape leaves no question as to whether R. Kelly is guilty of multiple sexual illegal acts against a 14-year-old girl. The tape was shot in the late ’90s, approximately 1999, [and] it depicts two separate scenes shot on two separate days within Mr. Kelly’s residence at the time.“Repeatedly on the video both the victim and Mr. Kelly refer to the victim’s age as being 14,” Avenatti said. “That occurs in excess of 10 separate times on the video, both the victim and Mr. Kelly can be heard referencing her age.”Kelly’s lawyer said he hadn’t seen the video, but quickly dismissed the allegation.“Unfortunately, the state’s attorney now succumbed to public pressure, to pressure from grandstanders like Michael Avenatti,” Greenberg said.Kelly’s attorney has previously said his client never intentionally had sex with an underage girl, nor mistreated anyone or held anyone against her will. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Longevity helps push pension costs up

    first_imgLongevity helps push pension costs upOn 5 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Nearly half the pension schemes in the UK have seen their costs grow at afaster rate than other business overheads, according to research by businesssupport company Capita Hartshead. The Eighth Annual Pension Scheme Administration Survey shows that 45 percent of schemes have seen pension administration and contribution costs grow inthe past five years as a result of steps taken to address lower surpluses, lowinflation, member longevity and changes to Advanced Corporation Tax. Mike Addenbrooke, business services director of Capita Hartshead, said,”While so many schemes complain bitterly at the extra costs being placedon them, more than a third who retain service administration in-house are stillneglecting to cost their own administration services.” The survey also shows that more than 40 per cent of schemes will be requiredto offer access to stakeholder pension schemes, showing the extent to whichexisting occupational provision is not geared to covering all employees. The survey covers schemes with more than £176bn in collective assets,representing a third of all members of UK pension schemes. last_img read more

  • Ocean City Prepares for Next Round of Dredging

    first_imgDredging the waterways continues to be a major focus of Ocean City officials. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) By DONALD WITTKOWSKIOcean City has been spending millions of dollars in the past few years for an ambitious dredging program to clear out sediment-choked channels and lagoons along the back bays. In some places, the sediment had been so thick that boaters were unable to navigate through the shallow lagoons at low tide.The next round of dredging is expected to get underway this fall and will target a series of lagoons in need of maintenance to keep them in good shape.“The city knows that this program is critically important to our community,” City Business Administrator George Savastano said. “Waterways that are properly maintained to ensure safe navigation not only serve the boating public, but serve the entire city by enhancing the viability of our community as a seashore resort.”Local waterways scheduled for dredging beginning in September or October will include Snug Harbor, Glen Cove, Sunny Harbor, Venetian Bayou, South Harbor and Waterview, according to city documents.City spokesman Doug Bergen described the upcoming work as maintenance-type dredging to avoid the need for more extensive projects like those done in the past.“We don’t want to fall behind again and do massive projects,” he said. “This is making sure that everything stays navigable.”City Council has authorized seeking bids for the dredging work. The city’s 2019-2023 capital plan proposed spending $1 million in 2020 and another $1 million in 2021 for dredging. Bergen noted that it won’t be clear exactly how much the dredging will cost until the bids are submitted by contractors.“The bids will determine the price tag for the 2020-21 dredging program,” he said. “The figure from the 2019 capital plan was assigned before the 2020-21 dredging program was created. It is not necessarily reflective of what the program will cost.”Snug Harbor, a narrow lagoon off Bay Avenue between Eighth and Ninth streets, is one of the areas to be dredged.ACT Engineers Inc. of Robbinsville, N.J., which has been serving as the city’s dredging consultant in recent years, has been awarded a $208,500 contract to oversee the 2020-2021 program.Among its duties, ACT will also develop plans for an innovative “sediment trap” that will capture large amounts of muddy sediment in Snug Harbor, one of Ocean City’s most troublesome spots for muck and silt accumulating on the bottom of lagoons along the back bays.Snug Harbor, a quaint lagoon off Bay Avenue between Eighth and Ninth streets, has experienced a chronic buildup of sediment over the years. It is a location that requires repeated dredging by the city to make it deep enough for bayfront homeowners to enjoy their boats.“We have more accumulation in Snug Harbor than anywhere else,” Eric Rosina, vice president of ACT Engineers, explained in an earlier interview.Hoping to reduce the amount of sediment building up, Ocean City has been approved by state and federal agencies to experiment with the sediment trap at the mouth of Snug Harbor north of the Ninth Street Bridge.Although sediment traps have been used before at rivers, this will be the first of its kind tested in a tidal environment in New Jersey, Rosina said.The dimensions of the proposed sediment trap are 335 feet long by 132 feet wide and 16 feet deep.Essentially, it will be a large hole, or “bathtub,” dug in the bottom of the channel, that will capture the flowing sediment in the bay, Rosina said.A rendering depicts the proposed sediment trap that would be dug at the mouth of Snug Harbor north of the Ninth Street Bridge. (Courtesy of ACT Engineers)last_img read more

  • Bakery firms first to join Improve scheme

    first_imgBakery companies have become the first employers to sign up to a new Young Apprenticeship Scheme, set up by food and drink skills council Improve.Nantwich-based New Prime-bake, Nottingham-based Smiths Flour Mills, and three craft bakeries in Suffolk will launch the scheme in September. The Suffolk bakeries involved are Crown Bakery, Carmans Bakery and Carrot Cake, all in Ipswich. These companies and linked education establishments, have had government funding awarded to offer 80 Young Apprenticeships in Food and Drink from September 2006. Under this scheme, 14-year-old school pupils will be able to sign up for a Young Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Manufacturing, the equivalent of four GCSEs. Improve has steered the development of the two-year programme, which will allow students to spend two days a week combining studies at a local college and work expe-rience with local employers. The other three days will be spent at school, studying the national curriculum in subjects such as English and maths. Improve provided support and advice to all three partnerships in their bid to secure funding and will work alongside them, on student recruitment. Next year, the three partnerships will have the opportunity to bid for further funding to help offer more students an apprentice-ship programme. Improve development director Derek Williams said: “We are delighted the bakery sector has come forward. This is the first time young people of this age will be able to gain such a wide range of skills and know-ledge relevant to food and drink manufacturing.”last_img read more

  • Press release: PM calls with the leaders of Sinn Fein and the DUP: 15 February 2018

    first_img The Prime Minister spoke to the leaders of Sinn Fein and the DUP on the phone earlier this evening about the recent phase of political talks in Northern Ireland. In both phone calls the Prime Minister expressed her disappointment that an agreement had not yet been reached despite recent progress being made by everyone involved. She reiterated how the government remains absolutely committed to restoring an Executive and that it is still her firm belief that restoring devolved government – so that democratically elected politicians can make locally accountable decisions – is in the best interests of everyone in Northern Ireland. The Prime Minister was clear that she still believes the basis for an agreement exists and recognised the leadership both parties had shown over past weeks and months. She urged them both to reflect on the recent phase of talks in order to find the best way forward. On next steps, the Prime Minister was clear that the UK government has a responsibility to consider what needed to be done to protect the interests of Northern Ireland in the ongoing absence of an Executive. She added that the Northern Ireland Secretary would continue to work closely with the parties, and the Irish Government in accordance with the three stranded approach, to support that process. A No 10 spokesperson said:last_img read more

  • Heisman Trophy winner donates $1 million to Notre Dame

    first_imgNotre Dame alum and 1964 Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte and his wife, Eileen, donated $1 million to the University in order to found “an endowment for grants-in-aid” for student-athletes, Notre Dame announced in a press release Saturday.Having assisted the University’s Joyce Grants-in-Aid Program for many years, the Huarte’s have donated a total of $1.5 million to athletic scholarships.Jack Swarbrick, University vice president and director of athletics, praised the Huarte family for their donation and their involvement in the community.“John and Eileen’s gift adds another chapter to their storied legacy at Notre Dame,” Swarbrick said in the release. “John’s accolades as a student-athlete are well-documented and have earned him a rightful place in Notre Dame lore. But it’s the commitment of John and Eileen to their family, their business and other Fighting Irish student-athletes that truly speaks to who they are. We thank them for this tremendous gift, which ensures stories like John and Eileen’s will continue for generations to come.”As a child, John would listen to Notre Dame football games on the radio while working at his father’s citrus farm in Anaheim, Calif., according to the release. He entered the University in 1961, and helped the team achieve a 9-1 record during his senior year.As the result of his performance that season, John became the sixth Notre Dame player to earn the Heisman Trophy. According to the release, John also earned consensus first-team All-America honors and UPI Player of the Year. In 2005, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.John said he was inspired to donate to Notre Dame in honor of his role models in the football program.“You can’t pay it back; you can only pay it forward,” he said in the release. “For me, it goes back to some of the group I learned from, guys from the ‘40’s and ‘50’s. Leon Hart, Johnny Lujack, Johnny Lattner — those guys were great about coming back and being involved with the program and setting an example. I always wanted to be like them. It just so happens football was my mainstay. But all the sports at Notre Dame, from track, to fencing, to baseball, represent the University so well and are deserving of support. We felt it was important to help them all.”In the 1965 American Football League draft, he was a second-round selection of the New York Jets, according to the release. He later played professionally for several teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, Boston Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. In 1975, the final year of his career, he played for Memphis of the World Football League.Tags: Heisman Trophy winner, Joyce Grants-in-Aid Program, Scholarshipslast_img read more

  • China ‘Is Getting Serious’ About Scaling Back Coal

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Keith Johnson for Foreign Policy:The Chinese government is halting construction of hundreds of coal-fired power plants across the country, a major move that highlights the sudden and accelerating death throes of the fuel that powered the creation of the modern world.Beijing’s decision to build fewer coal plants than planned is the latest blow to the prospects of coal, which alongside crude oil remains the globe’s most important energy source.In the United States, which after China has the second-largest electricity sector, natural gas use in the power sector will surpass coal this year for the first time ever. In the United Kingdom, where coal launched the Industrial Revolution, Scotland this week shuttered its last coal plant; this month, England sealed off its very last coal mine. Huge coal companies like Peabody and Arch are tottering into bankruptcy, and major international banks are fleeing from coal projects in many countries. What initially began as a series of pinprick setbacks for coal in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, in other words, seems to be turning into a rout.On Wednesday, Chinese media reported that government officials ordered the halt of more than 250 coal-fired power plants slated for construction in more than a dozen provinces. The measure will scupper planned power plants with a combined capacity of 170 gigawatts — or as much generation capacity as there is in all of Germany.The move is part of China’s ongoing plan to cap the use of dirty energy like coal that has contributed to massive air pollution and, in turn, sparked major protests by a growing Chinese middle class. Late last year, China announced a freeze on opening new coal mines, and is closing thousands of smaller mines.Other environmental concerns — such as the massive consumption of water by coal plants in water-stressed regions such as northern China — also played a role. As did economics: A burst of cleaner energy options in China, including renewable energy such as hydroelectric power, has made coal plants increasingly economically unviable. Many coal plants in the areas targeted by Beijing’s new order operate less than half the time.And many of those same headwinds are working against coal in other parts of the world. A flood of cheap natural gas — rather than environmental regulations — is crippling coal’s future in the United States. International agreement to start tackling climate change, such as last year’s Paris climate accord, is pushing governments and companies around the world to focus on cleaner energy options.Global investment in renewable energy like wind and solar power hit a record in 2015 of $286 billion, more than twice as much as was invested in coal- and gas-fired electricity projects, the United Nations Environment Program said Thursday. For the first time, renewable energy — not even counting big hydroelectric projects — made up more than half the new electricity-generating capacity in the world.Meanwhile, huge gains in energy efficiency mean economies in both the rich world and the developing world are squeezing more growth out of less energy, making investments in huge, centralized power plants something of a black elephant.Even so, coal’s not dead yet. It still accounts for the bulk of Chinese electricity generation, and will probably continue to do so for years, if not decades, to come, because power plants can operate for half a century. Even in Chinese provinces targeted by the new order, hundreds of coal plants will forge ahead, dismaying environmental campaigners. And halting the construction of newer, more efficient coal plants could paradoxically end up leaving older, dirtier coal plants operating for longer, said John Deutch of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.And coal’s future isn’t limited to China. India is massively expanding its electricity sector.Full article: China Is Getting Serious About Kicking Its Coal Addiction China ‘Is Getting Serious’ About Scaling Back Coallast_img read more

  • Vistra backs coal to solar and storage proposal in Illinois

    first_imgVistra backs coal to solar and storage proposal in Illinois FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Facing a potential wave of coal-fired power plant retirements in downstate Illinois in 2019, Vistra Energy Corp. is backing legislation to be introduced in the state’s General Assembly that lays out a “visionary and comprehensive transition plan” for its subsidiaries’ coal plants, the company said in a March 26 news release.The Illinois Coal to Solar and Energy Storage Act would spark the redevelopment of sites now home to coal-fired facilities with roughly 500 MW of utility-scale solar-plus-storage power plants going online between 2021 and 2022, according to the Texas-headquartered independent power producer. The Illinois Power Agency would facilitate the projects through 15-year power contracts, generating an estimated $450 million in investment, Vistra added on a website launched to promote the forthcoming legislation.Stand-alone storage projects would qualify for 10-year grants built at existing coal plants that cannot accommodate large-scale solar facilities, Vistra said.The proposal, which lawmakers had not officially introduced as of this writing, would “responsibly retire existing downstate capacity by keeping otherwise at-risk plants online through 2024,” Vistra said. “This provides sufficient time for new renewable generation, transmission, and energy efficiency projects to materialize while also providing more stability for grid reliability and power prices.”The preview of the legislation in Illinois comes as utilities around the U.S. turn away from coal amid increasingly competitive renewable energy resources.More ($): With coal under pressure, Vistra backs solar-plus-storage bill in Illinoislast_img read more