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Bernstein analyst: 100% renewable energy transition looking more and more feasible

first_imgBernstein analyst: 100% renewable energy transition looking more and more feasible FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Barron’s:Electricity generation is the largest single contributor to the carbon emissions that are warming the planet. It accounts for 42% of global emissions, and that share is likely to grow as transportation increasingly is powered by batteries instead of oil.As countries announce ambitious plans to wean their economies from fossil fuels, their efforts to shift how they generate electricity will determine whether they can hit those goals. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which helps governments come up with plans to shift to renewables, has estimated that 86% of electricity can be generated with renewables by 2050.That number might seem high, but more data is now supporting the potential for an aggressive shift in power generation. In a new report, Bernstein analyst Meike Becker examined how countries can get to 100% renewable electricity generation by 2050, and the analysis has some good news about the potential for renewable generation.Becker’s report found that countries will take widely different paths to renewable generation, based on their natural resources. If coal and oil deposits determined a country’s fate in the 20th century, the force of its rivers and strength of its sunshine will likely determine its path in the 21st. Countries that generate hydroelectric power are way ahead in terms of producing clean power. Norway generates 98% of its electricity from renewable sources, largely because of hydro power. As of 2015, Brazil got 75% of its power from hydro sources. Canada relies on renewables for 67% of its electricity.But even in countries without rushing water generating much electricity, Becker sees a feasible path to renewable generation. In Belgium, for instance, hydro accounts for just 7% of generation. What’s more, Belgium depends on nuclear power for about 30% of its electricity, and the country plans to phase nuclear out by 2025. Nonetheless, Becker expects Belgium can generate at least 75% of its electricity with renewables by 2050 by relying on solar, wind and a variety of other technologies, including so-called “combined cycle gas turbines” that use gas and steam for power. The key to doing this is being able to generate and store power at times when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing, using batteries and technologies that can use other fuels more efficiently.The chances that countries can generate all their electricity with renewables by 2050 are “at this point very close to 100% for countries with good resources and a bit further away if conditions are less favourable,” she wrote in an email to Barron’s. Nonetheless, countries without the same resources can still generate “very high share, and usually higher than what most people currently think, I would say.”More: The path to 100% renewable power is looking more achievablelast_img read more

Battle for the Victory Bell returns to Coliseum

first_imgNo. 23 USC and No. 22 UCLA were both eliminated from the Pac-12 race last week when Arizona State defeated the Bruins, but the two crosstown rivals will still duke it out at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday to decide who will claim ownership of the Victory Bell — and bragging rights — for the next year.Roaring to life · Redshirt sophomore running back Javorius “Buck” Allen has been on a tear in November. In his past four games, Allen has rushed for 439 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns while averaging 7.4 yards per carry. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe game might have lost some of its luster for outside viewers, but it still carries plenty of significance to the players who will be competing for pride on the field.“They hate us and we hate them,” freshman safety Su’a Cravens said. “I think them losing [to ASU] is actually gonna make the game even more fired up than it already is just because they’re gonna be thinking it’s redemption time.”The Trojans will also be looking for some measure of atonement after falling to the Bruins last year to snap a five-game winning streak in the series.“We couldn’t wait for this game,” redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey said. “This is definitely a game I’ve had circled on my calendar, especially because they think they’re better than us since they beat us one year.”Last year, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley completed 22 of 30 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown in the Bruins’ 38-28 victory. A dual threat out of the backfield, Hundley is averaging 239.7 passing yards (seventh in the Pac-12) and 46.1 rushing yards per game (third among Pac-12 QBs) this season.“We cannot let Hundley run the ball or throw the ball deep,” interim head coach Ed Orgeron said in a media teleconference on Sunday. “We need to be great on coverage and great on our rush.”But the Bruins might have a hard time protecting Hundley from USC’s vicious front seven, considering they’ve had to employ a patchwork offensive line in recent weeks due to several season-ending injuries. UCLA is expected to start three true freshmen to partially comprise a unit that allowed a whopping nine sacks against Arizona State last week. The Bruins are second-worst in the Pac-12 in sacks allowed (32), only ahead of a young and overmatched Cal team.In order to avoid USC’s vicious pass rush led by redshirt senior linebacker Devon Kennard (third in the Pac-12 with eight sacks), the Bruins are expected to turn to freshman Myles Jack. Jack, normally a linebacker, has also played tailback for the past three weeks and tallied 265 yards and six touchdowns in the ground game. UCLA coach Jim Mora reported that normal starter Jordon James (5.9 yards/rush, five touchdowns) would probably return for UCLA’s game against Arizona State, but James didn’t end up leaving the sidelines.The Trojans have their own tailback who’s exploded onto the scene recently in redshirt sophomore tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen, who’s tallied 619 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns over the past four games. Both Allen and redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler are preparing to receive snaps for the first time in the storied USC-UCLA rivalry.“There’s big games, and there’s USC-UCLA,” Kessler said. “This week cannot be understated, so we’re excited.”Junior wide receiver Marqise Lee, on the other hand, has played twice against USC’s crosstown rivals and excelled, totaling 22 receptions, 382 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Lee currently has 235 catches in his USC career, 17 short of Robert Woods’ all-time record.But the Inglewood, Calif. native has suffered a sharp decline in performance during his third season while battling an array of injuries. After winning the Biletnikoff Award as the best receiver in the nation last year (118 receptions, 1,721 receiving yards, 14 touchdowns), Lee only has 44 receptions, 604 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season, and missed his third game of the season against Colorado last week due to a shin injury sustained against Stanford.There’s speculation, however, that Lee only stayed in Los Angeles to rehab and get healthy for the Battle of Los Angeles.In a media conference call on Sunday, Orgeron said that Lee would be limited in practice this week but was “sure he’s going to play” against the Bruins.Like Lee, UCLA wideout Shaquelle Evans has seen his receiving numbers go down in terms of receptions (60 to 42) and yards (877 to 604), and has yet to log a 100-yard game this year despite being the Bruins’ top threat in the passing game. But Evans has stayed healthy and played in every game this season, and after recording three touchdowns last season, he has eight this year.USC has yet to surrender a special teams touchdown this season but should be wary of UCLA returner Ishmael Adams. The sophomore defensive back earned Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week in his first game as the Bruins’ kick/punt returner last week after having kick returns of 58 and 69 yards that led to 10 Bruin points, as well as a 49-yard punt return that lead to a UCLA field goal.If the Trojans do indeed triumph over their rivals, the prospects for Orgeron to take over the permanent head coaching job will look that much better. But Orgeron has refused to talk about that possibility this week, insisting on focusing on the task at hand.And his players are having no issue finding motivation to upend UCLA.“This game is gonna decide whatever bowl game they go to and whatever bowl game we go to,” Cravens said. “It might not be a major [bowl game], but we’re still fighting for pride and we’re still playing to see who the best team in L.A. is.”And no matter the result, the players are proud of what they’ve accomplished under Orgeron, going 6-1 (6-0 in the Pac-12) since former head coach Lane Kiffin was fired and upsetting rival Stanford for the first time in five years.“I feel like our team has definitely made a mark on history doing what we’ve done,” Bailey said. “Once [Kiffin] got fired we already had two losses. So it’s been very remarkable what we’ve been able to do under our circumstances.”It’d be even more remarkable if the team could claim victory one more time. 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Micky Charles: FA members will pay before they enter stadium in Techiman

first_imgPresident and bankroller of Techiman City, Charles Kwadwo Ntim says every FA member will buy tickets before they enter the stadium in their week 7 fixture against Hearts of Oak at Techiman.Techiman City have enjoyed a good run at home winning all three matches so far. Up next for the league debutantes is an attractive fixture against the Phobians who will be looking to bounce back after losing to Wa All Stars.In the build up to the game, Charles Ntim has told all FA members planning to attend the game to plan to purchase a ticket at the gates.“I want to tell the FA members coming to Techiman to watch the match that they will buy the ticket before they will enter the stadium because there is no rule in the FA regulations that states that if an FA member is coming to the stadium that person should enter for free,” he told Asempa Sports“Black Stars played Mozambique recently and at the Accra Sports Stadium and when I got there, I was asked to pay before I can enter so I humbly paid that money.”“For me at Techiman, it is the gate fees that I use to build my team so I reminding them that they will pay when they come to Techiman.” Techiman City are four points adrift of leaders Wa All Stars. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Medicaid News La Preps Managed Care Cuts Fewer Texas Docs Accept New

first_imgThe Medicaid program in Louisiana is preparing to cut payments to providers who run its managed care program. In Texas, only 31 percent of doctors take new Medicaid patients, a survey says.New Orleans Times Picayune: Louisiana Officials Sketch Out Medicaid Payment Cuts The Louisiana health agency late Friday afternoon detailed Medicaid payment cuts, expected as part of implementing the state operating budget that went into effect July 1, to a range of health care providers and the private insurers that run Bayou Health, the managed-care portion of the giant government insurance program for the poor. For most entities, the cuts range from 1.5 percent to 3.7 percent, though a handful of providers and services take a bigger hit, particularly ambulance services (Barrow, 7/6). The Associated Press/Houston Chronicle: Texas Docs Cut Back On Poor PatientsThe number of Texas doctors willing to accept government-funded health insurance plans for the poor and the elderly is dropping dramatically amid complaints about low pay and red tape, showed a survey by the Texas Medical Association provided to The Associated Press on Sunday before its Monday release. Only 31 percent of Texas doctors said they were accepting new patients who rely on Medicaid, the health insurance program for the poor and disabled. In 2010, the last time the survey was taken, 42 percent of doctors accepted new Medicaid patients. In 2000, that number was 67 percent (Tomlinson, 7/8). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Medicaid News: La. Preps Managed Care Cuts; Fewer Texas Docs Accept New Patientslast_img read more