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  • On the Blogs: A ‘Rear-Guard’ Action by the White House

    first_imgOn the Blogs: A ‘Rear-Guard’ Action by the White House FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Vox:There are still hundreds of plants in operation in the US, producing roughly a third of US power, but one in four of those plants is slated to retire or shift to natural gas, and another 17 percent beyond that are uneconomic, running only by virtue of being shielded from competition. As Department of Energy data shows, after a brief bump last year, US coal has resumed its inexorable decline.Last week, the Texas utility Luminant (owned by Vistra Energy) announced the retirement of two coal plants — Sandow Power Plant and Big Brown Power Plant — by early 2018. The reasoning was simple, and familiar: They just can’t compete with cheap natural gas and renewables.With that announcement, a milestone was reached: More than half of the total 2010 US coal fleet has retired or set a firm retirement date.The most effective anti-coal campaign has been recharged with significant new fundingThe 2010 fleet is the baseline used by the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign to track its progress in shutting down coal plants (2010 is when the campaign started).One key to its success has been that it not only took Bloomberg’s money but also adopted some of his relentless business discipline. It is working methodically, from a comprehensive spreadsheet of plants, each plant with its own description, its own identified weaknesses, and its own timeline for retirement.Wind energy capacity could surpass coal capacity in Texas as early as next year.This is of special significance because Texas is one of America’s biggest self-contained energy markets and also probably the closest thing the country has to a “free market” in electricity. Power is procured entirely through competitive bidding. Texas doesn’t even have capacity markets, which pay power plants to stay open in case of emergency. If capacity gets tight in Texas, the price of power rises — it’s a pure market signal.So it’s symbolically redolent that, as this excellent piece from a group of UT Austin scholars explains, cheap natural gas and renewables are driving coal steadily out of the “bid stack.”A report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) examined seven aging coal plants in Texas and concluded that “the coal-fired electricity industry in Texas is in decline and unlikely to recover in the face of rising competition from other energy sources.”Texas is not exactly run by tree huggers. Its legislature is packed with climate deniers. It fought against the Clean Power Plan just as fiercely as any conservative state. The steady decline of coal in Texas has nothing to do with emissions or climate change and everything to do with relentless market discipline.Companies, cities, states, and countries around the world are swearing off coalAround the world, coal capacity is being squeezed by two trends: the falling number of new plants being deployed and the accelerating number of retirements. The sagging fortunes of coal have led a growing number of companies and political entities to give up on it entirely.Meanwhile, out of the 1,675 companies that owned or developed coal plants since 2010, more than a quarter (448) have bailed on the coal power business entirely, canceling coal plant proposals and shutting down old plants. According to the report, that represents an exodus of $432 billion in capital and the capacity equivalent of 370 large coal power plants.Coal is increasingly seen for what it is: a dirty necessity in some places, but nothing anyone would choose if they could avoid it. To be free of coal is becoming a mark of modernity.Trump and his administration, in this area as in so many others, are engaged in a rear-guard battle. They are scrambling to keep uncompetitive coal plants open and running, but as we saw with Perry’s bonkers bid to blow up energy markets, there’s just no way to do that without forcefully intervening and subsidizing them (which is not a stable long-term business plan).More: 4 signs that Trump’s furious efforts to save coal are futilelast_img read more

  • J-D boys indoor track prevails at Kirschenheiter meet

    first_img Tags: CBAESMindoor trackJ-D On the oval, the Rams won the 300-meter dash when Josh Duby posted 37.23 seconds, chased by, among others, Haberle Conlon who was third with 38.99 seconds. Then Conlon, Duby, Joe Staples and Nick Dekaney won the 4×200 relay in 1:36.06.Nate Rindfuss was third and Tyler Aitken was fourth in the 3,200-meter run, with Staples third in the 55-meter dash in 6.88 seconds and Duby (6.95) in fifth place. Renaldo Colon got fourth place in the 600-meter run as Brendan Coyle finished seventh.Also in the field at the morning session, East Syracuse Minoa earned 37 points for sixth place as Christian Brothers Academy got 18 points for sixth place. Nick Berg helped the Spartan by winning the 1,000-meter run in 2:39.55, where J-D’s Kaleel Boykins and Sam Smith were fourth and fifth, respectively, Smith also finishing fourth in the pole vault.Rocky El prevailed, too, thanks to a triple jump of 41’10 1/2″ as Smith (38’2 1/2″) was fifth. Kevin Hasty had a second-place weight throw of 45’3 1/2″, where Richer was sixth and Ben Staples fifth.El was third in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.25 seconds, beating out Dekaney (8.31), who was fourth. Boykins also finished eighth behind Jacob Cottet (seventh) in the 1,600-meter run.Nearly half of CBA’s points came from Zach Medicis, Joel Gaffney, Aiden Schimpff and Michael McMahon taking second in the 4×800 relay in 3:46.22. Then Cooper Groat joined Medicis, Gaffney and McMahon to get second place in the 4×800 relay in 8:51.23.Over in the girls edition of the Kirschenheiter meet, J-D’s girls were fourth with 52 points, with CBA getting to sixth place with 31 points and ESM in 10th place.A win for J-D came in the high jump, where Laetticia Bazile cleared 5’2″ to edge ESM’s Rhiannon Butchko, who was second with 5’1″. Eva Wisniewski added a second-place pole vault of 8’6″ as Lucy Heflin tied for sixth.Rainer Yaeger earned 15 points for the Rams as she had a third-place long jump of 15’11 1/2″, took fourth in the triple jump with 34’1″ and was eighth in the 55 sprint. Brelyn Tyler finished sixth in the shot put, with Faith Annan eighth.Olivia Morganti gave CBA a win in the 3,000-meter run in 10:25.53, with J-D’s Madeline Foss fourth. Morganti, Isabella Cannizzio, Talia Cannizzio and Julia Medicis finished second in the 4×800 in 10:45.95, where J-D finished sixth and ESM eighth.Isabella Cannizzio was third in the 1,500-meter run in 5:14.90 as ESM’s Rachael Ladd was fifth. The Brothers were fifth in the 4×400 in 4:37.72 as Annie Toole was sixth in the 1,000.ESM had Kaleigh Maloof finish fifth in the 55 hurdles in 10.08 seconds, with J-D’s Monica Hernandez sixth as she also helped the Rams finish fifth in the 4×200 in 1:58.27 to the Spartans’ sixth-place 1:59.56.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img For the second week in a row, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys indoor track and field team beat a big field and claimed a team title.This time, it took place at SRC Arena, where the Red Rams, earning 126.5 points, won the morning session of Saturday’s Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational, ahead of Cicero-North Syracuse’s runner-up total of 116.5 points.J-D’s boys had James Richer unleash a top shot put throw of 44 feet 2 1/2 inches, while Ben Staples (39’6 3/4″) was fifth.  Caleb Smith won the long jump, going 20’9 1/2″ as no one else had a 20-foot leap. Smith also finished third in the high jump, clearing 5’8″, with Nick Dekaney fourth by topping 5’6″.last_img read more

  • Men’s basketball: Wisconsin takes care of business in overtime thriller versus Minnesota

    first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (13-16, 6-10 Big Ten) finished off the University of Minnesota (14-15, 3-13 Big Ten) at the Kohl Center 73-63 in overtime for their second straight victory.But the Badgers had to fight back from a 58-51 deficit with 5:51 left on the clock to make this win possible. Though he’d been held to just four points at this point, Ethan Happ’s clutch post moves and layup tied the game up with 5.3 seconds left, and his subsequent defensive play on Nate Mason secured an overtime appearance for the Badgers.Once in overtime, the game wasn’t close. Wisconsin capitalized on their momentum from the second half, outscoring Minnesota 14-4 in the extra period.Women’s Hockey: Another successful regular season comes to a close against MinnesotaDespite some late-season slip-ups, the No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team lived up to their lofty expectations and Read…Minnesota’s game plan, like many other teams’ this season, was to aggressively double-team Happ, Wisconsin’s main offensive weapon, holding him scoreless in the first half. This time though, the Badgers had enough.Wisconsin guards Brad Davison and Brevin Pritzl capitalized on their open opportunities from the attention on Happ.  Davison went 5-8 from 3-point range while Pritzl went 6-9, leading the Badgers with 19 and 20 points respectively.For Davison, there was extra incentive for the Maple Grove, Minnesota native to perform against his hometown team.  While he was offered a scholarship with the Gophers, the freshman has vocalized that Wisconsin was always where he wanted to end up.Davison’s play in this game and on the season is probably making the Gophers wish they had made a better pitch.  While the point guard struggled with turnovers after taking over for injured D’Mitrik Trice, it appears as if Davison has hit his stride as a facilitator. Over his past six games, Davison has had 18 assists to just six turnovers, never giving up the ball more than once in any game over this stretch.Winter Olympics: Joint Korean team creates major questions on international stageThe 2018 Winter Olympics theme has got to be an underlying current of precariousness. I’m not only referring to the Read…Despite two encouraging wins, Wisconsin’s tournament hopes are still bleak. With the win last night the Badgers clinched a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament, which will likely be their best shot at continuing their streak of 20 straight NCAA Tournament appearances.But the Badgers recent play has shown they can compete with their peers in the Big Ten, giving a glimpse of hope for a late-season run. Wisconsin’s next game at Northwestern on Thursday will give us further insight on how the Badgers will fare in the conference tournament.last_img read more

  • Tipp face Armagh in Ladies Football league

    first_imgMcCarthy – the Intermediate Players Player of the Year for 2017 and Anerville Award winner – says they’re relishing the step up in status.Throw in in Silverbride is at 12. Tipperary’s Aisling McCarthy says last years successes count for nothing as the county’s Ladies Footballers head into a new campaign.The Premier County gained promotion to Division 2 of the National League as well as winning the All Ireland Intermediate title.They’ve made the long trip north to take on Armagh in their first game of the new season. Photo © @LadiesFootballlast_img