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IEA’s Birol: Solar soon to be the ‘new king of the world’s electricity markets’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Renewables are set to overtake coal this decade as the world’s favorite fuel to generate electricity, the International Energy Agency says.Solar photovoltaics are now cheaper than plants fired by coal and natural gas in most nations, the Paris-based researchers concludes in its annual report on global energy trends. Those cheaper costs along with government efforts to slash climate-damaging emissions will increasingly push coal off the grid and give renewables 80% of the market for new power generation by 2030, the IEA says.The findings mark a profound shift away from fossil fuels in the world’s energy supply at a time when governments everywhere are looking for ways to rein in the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. While hydroelectric plants will continue to be the biggest source of renewable power, solar is catching up quickly because the cost of manufacturing and installing panels has come down so much.“I see solar becoming the new king of the world’s electricity markets,” Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA, says in a statement with the report on Tuesday. “Based on today’s policy settings, it’s on track to set new records for deployment every year after 2022.”It also anticipates natural gas demand slowly easing in developed nations, especially Europe, and coal dropping everywhere. About 275 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity worldwide, 13% of the 2019 total, will be shut off by 2025, mostly in the U.S. and European Union. That will more than offset increases in coal demand in developing economies in Asia.Coal’s share of the global power supply is set to fall to 28% in 2030 from 37% in 2019. By 2040, the fuel that once was a staple of utilities will fall below 20% for the first time since the industrial revolution, the IEA concludes. That decline could be even sharper if governments pick up the pace on decarbonization.[Will Mathis and Jeremy Hodges]More: Solar pushes aside coal as the cheapest fuel for power, IEA says IEA’s Birol: Solar soon to be the ‘new king of the world’s electricity markets’last_img read more

Angels’ Andrew Heaney is riding out the coronavirus delay in Arizona … for now

first_imgHeaney said he was confident, however, that there would be a “good group” in both Tempe and Anaheim.One of the Angels’ representatives to the Players’ Assn., Heaney also has the responsibility of relaying information to his teammates about the ongoing talks between MLB and the union. Heaney said he’s been in touch with union leaders, but still has few answers about issues like compensation.Heaney did have empathy for those who will be hurt much more than major leaguers by this shutdown. Minor leaguers are barely paid a living wage in the first place, and there are thousands of seasonal workers at ballparks who could be missing vital paychecks while the ballparks are shuttered.“It sucks,” Heaney said. “It’s sad for everybody that’s affected by this. I hope that it’s not a long layoff, and that we can resume normalcy, because I know that’s comforting to a lot of people.”Heaney had no question that the shutdown is the right thing to do, though.“I understand completely and reasonably why they did it, why everybody is doing it,” he said. “Everybody is taking the right precautions to keep everybody safe. I’m on board with that. It’s sad, man.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Andrew Heaney has spent the past few days holed up in his rental in Arizona, with his wife and two dogs, and trying to figure out just what he’s going to do with himself until baseball resumes.“I have a lease till the end of the month and I’ll figure it out from there,” the Angels left-hander said by phone on Saturday. “I think it’s a situation where stuff changes so quickly that being in one place and taking things as they come is the prudent way to go about it. Luckily I got some food in the fridge and gas in the tank. We’re here and we’re going to play it by ear.”Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that the sport would be shut down in order to help prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus, one of many organizations going dark to allow people to stay safe at home.A day later, the players were given the choice of where to ride out the hiatus. They could remain near the site of their team’s spring training facility, go to the team’s home city or head to their offseason home. The clubs will provide workout and training support at both their home ballpark the spring training park. Heaney, who lives in Oklahoma in the winter, said he doesn’t have a plan beyond the end of the month.He also said he’s not sure what type of routine he’ll undertake to maintain his preparation as a starting pitcher.“With no real target date (for the season to start), it’s a little difficult to kind of backtrack,” said Heaney, who had been named the Angels’ Opening Day starter before the shutdown.Heaney said he hasn’t thrown a ball in a few days, only briefly stopped by Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday to pick up some belongings.“Guys were in and out,” he said of the scene in the clubhouse. “Everyone was using an abundance of caution. We did our social distancing of six feet. I just told everyone ‘Be safe and I’ll see ya when I see ya.’” Heaney said he still didn’t have a good idea of where the majority of his teammates would go.“I think everybody has kind of got a different idea,” he said. “They are kind of trying to weigh the pros and cons of each decision.”Related Articlescenter_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield last_img read more

Union says Iowa Veterans Home workers at risk of infection

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) – A union leader alleged Tuesday that a large Iowa nursing home for veterans is forcing some employees to work after they were exposed to a colleague who tested positive for coronavirus.AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan said the situation at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown is potentially putting employees and its more than 500 residents at risk of infection.Homan said asymptomatic employees were told Tuesday that they had to continue working even if they worked closely with an individual who recently tested positive. He said one employee received direction from a doctor to self-quarantine but the home “refused to follow” that directive.Homan says the state must act immediately to ensure that veterans and the staff who care for them are not needlessly exposed.Home Commandant Timon Oujiri said late Tuesday that three employees have tested positive, including one last week, and four others await results. He said that 24 residents have been tested so far and all have been negative.Oujiri said employees who were exposed to colleagues known to be infected have been warned and thus far none have reported having symptoms. The three staff who tested positive each worked in different buildings on the campus, he said.last_img read more

Two persons mowed by train

first_imgKolkata: Two persons died after they were run over by a local train on Wednesday night near Dum Dum Cantonment railway station. The duo was siblings and were fighting with each other beside the railway track.According to sources, deceased youths identified as Umesh Bansfor (27) and Lalan Bansfor (30) lived at a slum beside the railway track of Sealdah-Bongaon section near Dum Dum Cantonment railway station. On Wednesday, around 10 pm, they got involved in an altercation over some family issues. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOther residents of the slum tried to stop them but they did not bother to listen to anyone. Umesh picked an iron rod and tried hitting Lalan. Lalan tried to flee from the spot and started running along the railway track. Umesh also chased him. After a few minutes, the duo again got involved in a scuffle on the railway track. While they were busy fighting each other on the Down track, a local train arrived. Despite the locomotive pilot used loud horn to aware them, Lalan and Umesh kept on assaulting each other. Some locals tried to warn them and pull Umesh and Lalan from the track, but till then the train hit the duo and went few meters ahead. After the train stopped, it was seen that Umesh and Lalan got stuck in the cow catcher in front of the train. They were recovered and rushed to R G Kar Hospital where doctors declared them brought dead.last_img read more