The Dubious Case for Appalachian Coal Subsidies

first_imgThe Dubious Case for Appalachian Coal Subsidies FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times:As technologies for renewable energy and grid management advance, the special position that coal has held since Thomas Edison’s first power plants in the 1880s has become much harder to defend.The call to subsidize coal is a sign of how the economics of power generation have been transformed. Just five years ago, it was renewable sources that needed subsidies to compete, but their costs have been plummeting. Now the US is phasing out its federal tax breaks for renewable energy, and it is coal producers that are pleading for help.The plight of Appalachian coal owes a lot to a factor specific to the US: the flood of cheap gas unleashed by the shale revolution. Elsewhere, though, there are signs that demand for coal is crumbling.World coal production fell by 6 per cent last year, according to the International Energy Agency, as demand from power plants dropped in the US, Britain and other countries. Even China, long seen as the consumer of last resort, cut its coal use by 1.8 per cent. In Germany, which plunged early into renewable energy when costs were much higher, and sent its electricity prices soaring as a result, coal made a comeback during 2009-13, but here too it is in decline.With the cost argument slipping away, defenders of coal have been shifting to the issue of reliability. (West Virginia Gov. Jim) Justice talks about his hoped-for subsidy as a “national security” incentive, guaranteeing coal to keep grids working.The argument is that as “baseload” coal-fired plants, available to run 24/7, have had to close because of unfavorable economics, grids have become more reliant on variable wind and solar power, raising the risk of blackouts.So far, though, there is little evidence that the rise of renewables has had any impact on reliability. In the US, the share of generation coming from wind and large-scale solar plants has risen from 0.7 per cent in 2005-07 to about 6 per cent in 2014-16, but the number of people affected by an “electric emergency [or] disturbance” has dropped from about 13m a year to about 11m.Other countries with higher use of renewable energy report similar results. Over 2006-16, the proportion of wind and solar power in Britain’s electricity supply grew from 1.3 per cent to 14.2 per cent, but the total number of minutes when customers lost power — excluding “exceptional” events — dropped by 41 per cent.The IEA has argued that countries can source up to 45 per cent of their electricity from wind and solar “without significantly increasing power system costs in the long run”.To go beyond that “calls for a system-wide transformation,” but the technologies to make that possible already exist. In a recent article in the Electricity Journal, Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute lists options for balancing the grid that could cost less than coal-fired plants. These include greater efficiency and “demand response” — cutting use to avoid strain on the grid.The barriers to adopting those resources are mostly commercial and political. There is a strong incentive to overcome those obstacles. “Keeping the lights on” has been a rousing rallying cry in the defense of King Coal, but it increasingly looks like a rearguard action.More: ($) The lights are dimming on King Coal’s hold over energy marketslast_img read more

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Huntington Station Teen Nabbed for Carjacking Try

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A teenager armed with a hammer was arrested for allegedly trying to carjack a driver, who instead ran away from the suspect in Huntington on Wednesday afternoon, Suffolk County police saidThomas Rivas was charged with attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.Police said the 19-year-old Huntington Station man was armed with a roofing hammer when he ordered the victim to hand over his wallet and keys while the victim was retrieving an item out of his trunk at the Waldbaum’s parking lot on Wall Street at 2 p.m.The victim told Rivas he had no money and ran away before calling 911 and giving police the suspect’s description, police said.Rivas, who did not give chase, was apprehended shortly later in front of the nearby Southdown Market, police said.He will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

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Indonesian rescue plane to fly to virus-hit Hubei in less than 24 hours

first_img“We have talked with Indonesian diplomats in Hubei province. In Wuhan, the [evacuation] process continues,” Retno said.Read also: Indonesian diplomats descend on virus-hit Wuhan to rescue trapped citizensShe thanked all relevant ministries and state institutions as well as Chinese authorities for their cooperation in facilitating the repatriation. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ordered on Thursday evening the immediate repatriation of the at least 243 Indonesians trapped in locked-down Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province – the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, which as of Friday had killed 213 and infected nearly 10,000 in mainland China.The Air Force has kept three aircraft and a team of health personnel on standby to evacuate Indonesian citizens from Hubei at any time, awaiting instructions from the government. The government has also prepared Sulianto Saroso Hospital in North Jakarta to be used as a quarantine facility to monitor the inbound citizens once they arrive in Indonesia. (ami)Topics : Jakarta confirmed on Friday afternoon that the government would send an aircraft to evacuate Indonesian citizens from China’s coronavirus-hit Hubei province in less than 24 hours.”The plane and team are set to fly [to Wuhan] in less than 24 hours. We are also using a large plane so that all Indonesians willing to be evacuated can fly without having to transit,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Friday.Retno said she had met with Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian earlier that day, during which the Chinese envoy had given clearance for Indonesian aircraft to land in Hubei and evacuate the country’s stranded citizens.last_img read more

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Syracuse community reacts to upset win over No. 25 Notre Dame

first_img Published on January 28, 2016 at 8:59 pm Syracuse downed Notre Dame for its fourth conference win of the season, beating the Fighting Irish 81-66 on Thursday night in the Carrier Dome.[View the story “Syracuse community reacts to win over Notre Dame” on Storify] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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Three takeaways from No. 3 North Carolina’s sweep of No. 4 Duke

first_imgNorth Carolina will be the No. 2 seed while Duke is set to receive the No. 3 slot in the ACC tournament. It is set to begin on March 12 in Charlotte, N.C. North Carolina secured an important win against Duke on Saturday.The Tar Heels completed a regular season sweep of the Blue Devils with a 79-70 victory and earned a share of the ACC regular season title. North Carolina is riding a seven-game winning streak and appears to be peaking at a great time. But Duke has been dealing with some serious bad luck.Here are three takeaways from the Tar Heels’ latest triumph: Related News Duke’s Marques Bolden likely has MCL sprain, Mike Krzyzewski says Duke’s offense lacks balance without Zion WilliamsonWilliamson went down less than a minute into the Blue Devils’ first matchup against the Tar Heels, and the team’s performance is clearly suffering.Duke has lost three of its last six contests, and RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish are shooting in high volume.Barrett and Reddish combined for 49 points on 50 shots in an inefficient showing and seemed too forceful at times. They were Duke’s only double-digit scorers.North Carolina’s Kenny Williams drew four offensive fouls in the contest, three of which were committed by Barrett. If Williamson doesn’t return for postseason play, Duke’s top scorers will have to be much more efficient, or learn to share the sugar.North Carolina can win in a multitude of waysDuke entered the season as the favorite to win the national championship, yet the Tar Heels are 2-0 against the Blue Devils this year.While North Carolina has benefited from game-ending injuries for the opposition’s starters in each of these victories, it has shown impressive versatility.In the first matchup between these college basketball titans, the Tar Heels made just two of their 20 3-point attempts, but were dominant in the 88-72 victory.In the second meeting, North Carolina shot 38.7 percent from range on 12-of-31 shooting.Regardless of their shooting efficiency, the Tar Heels’ downhill basketball has proved to be difficult to deal with, especially for the Blue Devils.Reserve contributions could prove to be valuable This heated rivalry has seen limited production from bench players, as reserves have combined for just 37 of the series’ 309 total points.Nassir Little’s 9 points were all North Carolina’s bench could muster Saturday, while Duke’s managed to split 12 points between two players.The ACC tournament will bring out another level of competitiveness, and both teams could be tested if foul trouble or other factors force them to go to non-starters for valuable minutes.last_img read more

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Tom Brady injury update: Patriots QB says he’s ‘fine’ despite elbow being heavily wrapped

first_imgThe six-time Super Bowl champion, who was unwilling to criticize officials despite some controversy related to officiating Sunday, said the Patriots’ offense was simply unable to deliver in key moments.”We got the ball, we moved it, we had some plays there where we could’ve scored and just couldn’t quite,” Brady said. “We had a fourth down, we had some other ones in a red area, couple of fourth downs, just didn’t make the plays when we needed to make ’em.”Added Brady: “We’ve just got to go out and try to play better and try to win next week’s game so, disappointing but not going to feel sorry for ourselves, try to go back to work and do a better job.” “I just got hit right on my elbow, it’s fine,” Brady told reporters. “Probably be on the injury report, but I’ll be there next Sunday (against the Bengals).”Tom Brady Live Postgame Press Conference: https://t.co/xsDADOxhRE— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 9, 2019MORE: Takeaways from Patriots’ loss to ChiefsBrady went 19-of-36 passing for 169 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the loss to Kansas City, which is now 9-4 and pushing New England for the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff picture. Tom Brady downplayed his elbow injury after the Patriots’ 23-16 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, a home defeat that dropped New England to 10-3 this season.Brady’s right elbow was heavily wrapped when he arrived for his post-game media conference, but the 42-year-old quarterback insisted he was OK.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Friday, July 8 – Sunday, July 10, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, July 8 to Sunday, July 10, 2016: Friday, July 8, 2016•6:38 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 400 block E. 9th, Wellington.•8 a.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 400 block S. F, Wellington.•On July 7, 2016 at 4:06 p.m. Sierra D. Bales, 30, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for tethering violation.•10:25 a.m. Blake W. Rice, 27, Caldwell, was issued a notice to appear for defective brake lights.•10:45 a.m. Officers took an informational report in the 2000 block N. B, Wellington.•11:38 a.m. Officers investigated possession of drug paraphernalia in the 200 block E. 4th, Wellington by a known suspect.•1:45 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 600 block N. Plum, Wellington by known suspect.•1:48 p.m. Officer investigated criminal damage to a vehicle in the 400 block N. F, Wellington.•2 p.m. Officers investigated a rape in the city by a known suspect.•4:34 p.m. Officers investigated a battery in the 600 block N. Plum, Wellington by a known suspect(s).Saturday, July 9, 2016•7:26 a.m. Officer investigated criminal damage of a window in the 100 block N. Washington, Wellington.•12:57 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•2:05 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•2:24 p.m. Officers investigated assault of a known suspect in the 2000 block N. Madison, Wellington.•3 p.m. Robert K. Mefford, 52, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded for an assault.•6:12 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1300 block N. B, Wellington.•7 p.m. Officers took a report of found Visa card in the 100 block N. Washington, in Wellington.•7:30 p.m. Officers investigated an assault in the 1400 block Michigan, Wellington.•8:40 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the Wellington by known suspect.•9:33 p.m. Justin R. Osborne, 26, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal damage to property.•10:50 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1800 block E. 16th, Wellington.Sunday, July 10, 2016•1:21 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 600 block W. 16th, Wellington.•12:28 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 700 block E. 9th, Wellington.•7:13 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of gasoline in the 1400 block E. 16th, Wellington.last_img read more

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