FERC Data Show Coal, Nuclear Capacity Dropping, While Renewables Surge FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享North American Clean Energy:In the latest issue of its “Energy Infrastructure Update” (with data through November 30, 2017), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) notes that proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar could total 115,984 megawatts (MW) by December 2020—effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115,520 MW.At the same time, the FERC report suggests that coal might experience a net decline of 18,723 MW (equivalent to 6.60% of current capacity) while nuclear power drops by 2,342 MW (equivalent to 2.16% of current capacity).The numbers were released as FERC prepares for a January 10 meeting to consider U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal for a bail out of the coal and nuclear industries. FERC’s data also outlines the retirement of 10,803 MW of natural gas capacity by the end of 2020 but offset by the potential addition of 92,489 MW for a net gain of 81,686 MW—an amount that would increase current natural gas capacity by 15.82%. Oil generating capacity would remain largely unchanged with retirements of 571 MW and additions of 762 MW.Proposed additions for wind total 72,526 MW with only 68 MW of retired capacity while solar could add 43,528 MW and experience just 2 MW of retirements. Hydropower, while retiring 706 MW, would grow by 12,732 MW. Biomass might add 945 MW and retire 47 MW while geothermal could expand by 1,610 MW without any retirements. In total, proposed net generation additions for the mix of renewable sources totals 130,518 MW.More: FERC Report Outlines Potential Doubling of Solar and Wind Capacity by 2020 as Coal and Nuclear Experience Sharp Declines
Hamburg-based ONP Management GmbH has been named the Technical Advisor for the 500MW floating wind project offshore Saudi Arabia being developed by Plambeck Emirates LLC.As reported earlier this week, Plambeck Emirates and Italy’s Saipem signed a Memorandum of Understanding and an exclusive agreement for the development of the 500MW project.Saipem and Plambec will sign the EPCI contract once financial agreements for the project are finalized.The project is part of the 5GW New Wind Market concept proposed by Plambeck to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. ONP Management is also Technical Advisor for the remaining 4.5GW capacity.The floating wind project will be a part of the Saudi Arabian government’s policy “Vision 2030”, Plambeck said.
Snapchat streakers: trading 10 seconds of nudity for 5 days in paradiseStuff co.nz 13 January 2017Family First Comment: The competition promoters should be “a little more creative, and a lot more family-friendly.”A sudden burst of nude streaking around the country has been revealed as a promotional stunt organised by a self-styled social media ‘daredevil’.Up to 17,000 people around New Zealand are claimed to have signed up for the stunt and stripped off in public in the last few weeks for a chance to win a trip to Rarotonga.Photos of the streaks have peppered social media, either posted by those in the buff to prove they took part, or uploaded by startled members of the public who came across their cheeky stunts.While some saw the funny side, Family First’s Bob McCoskie said there was a time and place for nudity, and it was not on our main streets, beaches or in public where families and children could see it.“These ‘show-ponies’ should be told to cover up and go home,” he said.McCoskie said the competition promoters should be “a little more creative, and a lot more family-friendly.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/88373193/snapchat-streakers-trading-10-seconds-of-nudity-for-5-days-in-paradiseKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
FORMER England seamer Ken Higgs has died at the age of 79. Higgs, who also played for Lancashire and Leicestershire, took 71 wickets at an average of 20.74 in 15 Tests.In a first-class career that spanned 28 years, including a successful comeback for Leicestershire in his late 40s in 1986, Higgs finished with 1 536 wickets at 23.61.Former England captain and Sky Sports commentator David Lloyd paid tribute, saying: “I played with Ken and he was a mentor to me – he was a fabulous bloke.“He was a great, great man; he had his principles. He left Lancashire and went and played Lancashire League cricket and then went and found a home in Leicestershire.”Higgs made his England debut at The Oval against South Africa in 1965, and won his final cap on his home ground at Old Trafford in his second Ashes Test on 1968.Towards the end of his ‘main’ career he also took a hat-trick at Lord’s for Leicestershire, during the final of the 1974 Benson & Hedges Cup against Surrey.On that showpiece occasion he finished with figures of 4-10 from seven overs, although his team lost by 27 runs.He took 24 wickets during England’s home Test series against West Indies in 1966 and a statement from Leicestershire County Cricket Club read: “We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great fast-medium opening bowler Ken Higgs.”Leicestershire chairman and former batsman Paul Haywood added: “I had the great pleasure of playing alongside Ken, and he was a truly great bowler who had a wonderful career record.“Ken was well respected by everyone at Leicestershire County Cricket Club, and we would like to offer our condolences and best wishes to his family.”David Lloyd, the ex-Lancashire all-rounder, former England coach and Sky Sports commentator wrote on Twitter: “So sad to hear that Ken Higgs, Lancashire, Leicestershire, England, has passed away. A great man #mentor.”Flags at both Grace Road and Old Trafford were flying at half-mast as a mark of respect from both clubs.Batting at No 11, he scored a career-best 98 alongside Ray Illingworth in a stand of 228 at home to Northamptonshire in 1977.Higgs went on to become captain and coach at Leicestershire, before making another playing comeback at the age of 49 and duly taking 5- 22 against Yorkshire.He was also an England Youth football international and played for Port Vale.
The Hall of Fame coach says all three are experiencing issues getting into the United States because of the coronavirus pandemic and he doesn’t know if any of them will be back with the rest of the team on July 26. Auriemma questions why professional athletes have been allowed back from overseas, but not college athletes.“We started asking questions like, ‘Why is that?’” Auriemma said. “We’ve got some really good people in Washington, D.C., looking into how to do that for international students, not just athletes but kids that have enrolled here, gone to school. What is the issue here? Why can’t we get that resolved?”Auriemma said he’s planning as if there will be a college basketball season but is not sure that will happen. “How are certain teams going to come here and play if they come from a state that’s been severely impacted? I don’t know,” he said.___The Russian soccer league says another game involving FC Orenburg has been called off following an outbreak of coronavirus at the club. July 1, 2020 A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Royals Respond Fund, an effort to support Kansas City-area nonprofits that are focused on food insecurity amid the coronavirus pandemic.The idea of putting fan likenesses inside stadiums began in Germany when soccer resumed, and other baseball franchises like the Oakland A’s have proposed the same idea. Season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase their likenesses.___UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma is asking for help from Congress to get foreign students, including athletes, back to campus.The Huskies have three foreign players on their roster this year: Anna Makurat, a sophomore from Poland; Nika Muhl, a freshman from Croatia, and Aaliyah Edwards, a freshman from Ontario, Canada. The Latest: Royals to fill seats with plastic fan cutouts Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Kansas City Royals have launched what they are calling a “Fanbassador” program in which up to 500 fans may purchase a plastic cutout of their likeness for $40 apiece that will be displayed in a seat at Kauffman Stadium during the abbreviated 2020 season. The league says the regional public health body did not sign off on Orenburg hosting Ural Yekaterinburg. Orenburg already forfeited a game on Saturday against FC Krasnodar.The league says 10 people at Orenburg have been confirmed to have the virus. The club said last week that six players and two staff members had tested positive.There was no mention of any plan to reschedule the game.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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