Xcel plans to close its last two Midwest coal plants a decade early

first_imgXcel plans to close its last two Midwest coal plants a decade early FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Xcel Energy Inc. plans to shutter its last two coal-fired power plants in the Upper Midwest a decade ahead of schedule as part of a pledge to phase out carbon-dioxide emissions.The Minneapolis-based company expects to close the Allen S. King power plant in 2028 and its Sherco 3 facility in 2030, according to a statement Monday. Both plants are in Minnesota.The shift comes as Xcel moves to cut carbon-emissions 80% by 2030 and 100% by 2050. In December, the company became the first big U.S. utility to commit to eliminating all its carbon emissions, mainly by using renewable energy. Xcel is accelerating its plan to close the two coal plants by seeking permission to operate its Monticello nuclear plant through at least 2040, instead of retiring it by 2030.“As we transition away from coal, we don’t want to move away from other baseload, carbon-free nuclear power,” Chief Executive Officer Ben Fowke said in an interview.Closing the two coal plants is part of a proposal for its Upper Midwest operations that Xcel will submit to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in July. Xcel also has operations in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Coal currently provides about 37% of its power nationwide, according the company’s website.As part of the transition, Fowke also said he would consider systems to capture and trap carbon dioxide from gas or coal plants, as well as other emerging technologies including energy storage and hydrogen power. Renewables will be largest part of Xcel’s portfolio by next year.More: Two coal plants closing a decade early in the U.S. Midwestlast_img read more

I Love the Night Life

first_imgWe can’t really see the trail because of the blanket of leaves that’s carpeting the entire forest. We know there are rocks and roots hidden beneath those leaves, like booby traps in an Indiana Jones movie, but we can’t see them. Even better, those rocks are slick from all the rain. Oh, and it’s dark. Like, deep inside a cave dark. Perfect mountain biking conditions.For the most part, I’m a huge advocate of daylight savings. Everyone loves that extra couple of hours of daylight at the end of the day. It gives you the chance to pull weeds in your salsa garden after dinner, or whatever the hell it is you do with your spare time. But there are a couple of benefits to the sun setting at 5pm. 1) It’s easier to justify drinking when it’s dark out. 2) Night rides. All of a sudden, that weekly mountain bike ride on the same well-worn local trails turns into an exotic adventure full of mishaps and spooky, nocturnal animal sounds. Switchbacks sneak up on you, creek crossings surprise you, jumps buck you off the saddle…I had my first night ride in probably two years last night. I ate shit twice and I’m pretty sure I got chased by a cougar. Or an over-active squirrel. I’m not sure because it was dark. Anyway, it was a blast. I forgot how fun my local trail system could be if you only take away the ability to see.And yes, there were beers. After the ride, we each brandished a six pack and sat around in the slowly dimming light of our headlamps, sipping IPAs and wiping mud off of our calves with dirty socks. We talked about how our kids threw up after eating too much Halloween candy, and how frustrating it is that certain strip clubs aren’t open on Sundays. Important stuff. Night ride stuff. With any luck, we’ll do it again next week.last_img read more

USC and United Airlines reach agreement to name Coliseum field

first_imgUSC and United Airlines have agreed to a new naming rights deal for the Coliseum, after facing some backlash regarding the original name change. USC and United had initially struck an agreement in May 2017 to rename the stadium United Airlines Memorial Coliseum. The 16-year deal provided USC over $69 million to use toward the Coliseum’s renovation, part of a $315 million undertaking.  Although United officials initially said that the company would be willing to step away from the agreement if USC did not agree to the original name change, the company said it has much to gain from taking on such a prominent role in the Los Angeles community. “USC is honored to be the caretaker of this Los Angeles treasure and, together with United, we are ensuring the Coliseum’s future as a world-class venue,” Austin said in a statement. “The naming of the field is a significant step in USC’s efforts to usher in a modern era for this historic landmark and preserve its legacy.”  Shortly after the original naming rights deal was agreed upon, veterans groups protested that changing the name of the stadium would dilute its identity as a memorial to World War I veterans. Neither USC nor United have released the financial details of the new agreement, which was shortened to 10 years instead of the original 16. Under the revised deal, USC and United said they will support the stadium’s commitment to honor local veterans by supporting veterans who attend USC and erecting a new memorial at the Coliseum to honor veterans. Hahn also pointed out the numerous historical events that the Coliseum has hosted — including the 1932 and 1984 summer Olympics and a visit from Nelson Mandela — to emphasize the idea that the Coliseum serves just as much as a war memorial as it does a sports stadium. The two parties came to a 10-year deal that will result in a new name for just the field, instead of the entire stadium. The field will now be called the United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum starting August.center_img “I think there are certain things that we shouldn’t sell,” said Janice Hahn, president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, who sided with the veterans back in March. “The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was built in an effort to honor those men who were from Los Angeles that marched off in World War I and never came back.” Interim president Wanda M. Austin agreed with Hahn’s perspective that the benefits of the deal extend far beyond the Coliseum’s renovation. Photo from USC News “With so many employees, many of whom are proud veterans themselves, and customers that travel to or call [Los Angeles] home, this sponsorship is a meaningful way to underscore our commitment to California,” said Janet Lamkin, president of California for United Airlines, in a statement. “We always want to do what is best for the communities in which we operate — and in this case, reaching an agreement which upholds the name of such a respected venue while modernizing it for the benefit of future generations was the right thing to do.” “I am pleased that USC and United have come together in a way that will honor the memories of veterans who served in World War I and our broader community of veterans,” Hahn said in a statement. “This agreement ensures that United Airlines remains an important corporate sponsor of the Coliseum renovation project and that the legacy of the Coliseum remains. I am proud that we are moving forward with a shared commitment to veterans.” The introduction of the field’s new name will coincide with USC’s first football game on Aug. 31 against Fresno State at the Coliseum.last_img read more

SOE Wendy Link: Deadline to Request Mail in Ballot in PBC Tomorrow

first_imgTomorrow is the deadline to request a mail in ballot in Palm Beach County.The deadline to request that a Vote-by-Mail ballot be mailed to you for the August 18, 2020 Primary Election is no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 8, 2020 (§101.62, F.S.). If you miss the deadline, you can visit one of our offices and we will print a mail ballot for you. Or you can vote in person during Early Voting or on Election Day. Also, starting tomorrow, all Florida counties will offer early voting for the primary and COVID-19 is having an impact. Palm Beach County already began early voting last week. Go to the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections website for all the information you need about the upcoming Primary and General Elections.Supervisor of Elections Supervisor for Palm Beach County Wendy Sartore Link told the South Florida Morning Show that the new, high-speed ballot counting machines have already tabulated 125-thousand ballots and will have counted everything that comes; therefore, in providing results on the day of the election.Listen to the full interview here.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Wendy-Sartory-Link-Interview-8-7-20.mp3last_img read more

Penge and Lamb create history at Fairhaven

first_img6 May 2014 Penge and Lamb create history at Fairhaven History was made over the weekend when for the first time both Fairhaven Trophies were retained by the defending champions.  England boy cap Marco Penge (Goodwood, Sussex) successfully defended the boys’ title while Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe, Lancashire) did the same in the girls’ event. Penge needed a playoff to lift the trophy a year ago but this time he won by a street, finishing seven strokes clear of under 16 international Matty Lamb (Hexham, Northumberland). Penge, who will turn 16 on 15th May, was always on the leaderboard after opening with a 69.He followed that with back-to-back rounds of 70 and he could even afford a level-par closing 72 and still win comfortably and become the first boy to retain the title. Matty Lamb, 16, finished on level par 288 after a closing 71, while Max Martin (Ladbrook Park, Warwickshire) and Switzerland’s Neal Woernhard were joint third on 291. Sophie, 16, won the girls’ trophy with a record low score of nine-under par 291 and was third overall in the mixed field. “It was good, I loved it,” said the England girl international. “Last year when Marco and I won we said that if we both came back and played we’d have to win it again – and we did!” Sophie was involved in a tense battle with good friend and fellow Lancashire player Hollie Muse (West Lancashire). At the halfway stage Hollie held a one shot lead, but Sophie returned a four-under par, bogey-free third round of 71, to move a stroke ahead with 18 holes left to play. Sophie saved her best to last, returning a closing five-under 70 which included seven birdies. She had extended her lead to four shots at the turn and eventually won the girls’ trophy by six shots. In the Nations Cup competed for over the opening two rounds, England teams filled the top three places. England 4, composed of Hollie Muse, Oliver Farrell (Evesham, Worcestershire) and Jamie Li (Bath, Somerset) and England 1 made up of Sophie Keech (Parkstone, Dorset), Penge and Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire) finished on 290 but the former won on countback. England 2 comprising Sophie Lamb, Jake Storey (Alnmouth, Northumberland) and Matty Lamb finished third on 294. Leading final scores: 281 M Penge (Goodwood) 69 70 70 72 288 M Lamb (Hexham) 72 72 73 71 291 S Lamb (Clitheroe) 76 74 71 70 292 M Martin (Ladbrook Park) 77 73 75 67, N Woernhard (Switz) 72 71 77 72 Nations Cup 290 England 4; England 1 294 England 2 295 Finland 1, Scotland 3last_img read more

Jenny pulls off a six-shot win

first_img Tags: English Senior Women’s Open Stroke Play, St Enodoc Staffordshire’s Jenny Smale pulled off a six-shot win in the handicap competition at the English Senior Women’s Stroke Play Championship at St Enodoc, Cornwall.Smale, who celebrated her birthday yesterday, had a net score of one-over par for the 36 holes on the stunning seaside course“It was a case of holding on today,” said Smale, from Whittington Heath, who had opened with a five-under round of net 68. “It was never going to be a round like yesterday, but I decided that as long as I didn’t do anything too silly I would be all right!”This is the first time a handicap competition has been combined with the championship and it proved a popular draw.Smale, a retired PE teacher, said: “I have played in the English seniors for more years than I care to remember and had almost given up coming. But the handicap event brought me and I’m very pleased.”Her next big event is the RAF Golf Society’s championship.Smale, third from the left, is pictured with England Golf President Jenny Clink and other handicap prize winners.Click here for full scores 19 Jun 2019 Jenny pulls off a six-shot win last_img read more