Coal bearing the brunt of global decline in electricity demand

first_imgCoal bearing the brunt of global decline in electricity demand FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:As silent factories and deserted offices hobble demand for electricity worldwide, the biggest loser is coal.In the U.S., coal’s share of power generation has dropped more than 5 percentage points since February on the nation’s biggest grid while output from natural gas plants and wind farms held steady. In Europe, it’s down 2 points. Even in China and India, where coal still dominates, it’s losing market share during the pandemic.It comes down to cost. Coal power is more expensive than gas and renewables in many places and, hence, is the first fuel priced out of the market when demand falls. Its plunging use amid the lockdowns is a boon for efforts to fight climate change, hastening a shift that was already underway to weed out the dirtiest fossil fuel.In the U.S., coal is now supplying just 14% of power on the grid serving 65 million people from Illinois to New Jersey. That’s down from almost 20% in February, according to a Bloomberg analysis of data from the grid operator, PJM Interconnection LLC. It’s the only major fuel to slump.In Europe, coal’s share of power generation has dipped to 12%, from 14% a year ago, according to data from Wartsila Oyj, the Finnish energy technology company. The decline is particularly sharp in Germany, where electricity from hard coal and lignite, sometimes called brown coal, plunged to 18% of net generation in the first two weeks April. One year ago, they accounted for 35%.In India, coal’s share of the power mix slipped to 65% from 71% in the month since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced lockdowns to contain the outbreak. The country’s coal imports for power plants in March fell 28% from a year earlier. The share from renewables, nuclear and hydropower rose. And in China, thermal power output, which is mostly from coal, slumped 8.2% in the first quarter while solar and wind gained.[Will Wade, Chris Martin and Mathew Carr]More: In global electricity slump, coal is the big loserlast_img read more

Pogba to be assessed by Man Utd doctors this week

first_img Raiola said his client would be interested in a move to Juventus. He told talkSPORT: “Ole took parts of sentences of an interview of mine and acted a little bit offended that I was offering Paul Pogba to other clubs without permission. “If you read the whole interview I was asked if Paul would fancy Italy, and I said Italy is a second home. “But that is not the case now as he is concentrated on Manchester United and getting back in the team as soon as possible and to make a great end of the season. The Frenchman has been training abroad as he bids to return from injury Read Also: Pogba belongs to Man Utd, not Mino, insists Solskjaer “I think Paul has always demonstrated great commitment to the club and to his team. “Lately everything that happens around Ole is always my fault.” Getting Pogba back fit and focused would be a big boost for Solskjaer ahead of a busy run of games for United. Fellow midfielder Scott McTominay, 23, is also poised to return to the fray after a knee injury he sustained against Newcastle in December. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Paul Pogba is due to see doctors at the end of the week to discover whether he is ready to return to full training. The Manchester United midfielder has made slow progress in his recovery from an ankle operation but has been running at 85 per cent in recent days. Paul Pogba will be assessed by Man Utd doctors at the end of the week He is scheduled to see medical staff to check his progress in the next few days — when he hopes to get the green light to step things up. In theory, that would see him return to full training before the end of the month. And that would put him in with a chance of playing in the Manchester derby against City on March 8. Whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will feel the French World Cup- winner’s head is in the right place to put him back in the team remains to be seen. Pogba has made only six starts for United this season and remains keen to leave in the summer. Agent Mino Raiola insisted his client is fully committed to United — at least until the end of the season. But he stoked up his war of words with Solskjaer by saying the Old Trafford boss was “out of line”. The pair made their feelings known before and after United’s win at Chelsea on Monday.center_img Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 8 Best Looking US First Ladies Everlast_img read more

FCPPL Preview: The day Ashgold win the title and Bechem get relegated?

first_imgThe First Capital Plus Premier League returns for last two rounds of matches starting this weekend.Earlier in the week, the Disciplinary Committee of the Football Association upheld a protest by Hearts of Oak against rivals Asante Kotoko. Hearts claimed that Kotoko’s Obed Owusu was unqualified to play the match day 25 game since he had accumulated three yellow cards and had not served the needed one game ban.Three points and three goals were thus rewarded to Hearts from Kotoko’s total and a further three points deducted to serve as punishment.Despite the drama, match day 29 will go ahead. All the games will be played simultaneously.Hasaacas v Asante KotokoDespite disagreement with the decision of the Disciplinary Committee, Asante Kotoko will go ahead to play their last two games.Concerns had been raised that the club could seek an injunction to halt or boycott the rest of the games. Kotoko will travel to southwestern Ghana to play Hasaacas. They will be heading into the match to prove their worth and show that they indeed can survive despite adversities. So quickly, the Sekondi Stadium has been thrown into the spotlight to see if indeed the Porcupines will emerge warriors and not be dragged out of the top division.Kotoko’s record would have been four wins and one draw in their last five games but that has changed very to become three victories.Hasaacas (8th) last five games: L W L D WKotoko (15th) last five games: W D W L WAshanti Gold v WAFAThe league could be won this Sunday at the Len Clay Stadium in Obuasi. That is if the Miners can win this game against visiting WAFA. This match may have been overshadowed by that of Hasaacas and Kotoko, but it does not remove its importance.A win will hand the title to Bashir Hayford and his boys with a game to spare just as Bashir had promised. Experience will most likely work in favour for AshGold against the young squad from Sogakope, who are players from the club’s football academy system.AshGold (1st) last five games: D W D W LWAFA (5th) last five games: L W L D LHearts of Oak v Berekum ChelseaThe tides do indeed change and they can change very fast. While wallowing at the second-to-last position, Hearts filed a protest against rivals Asante Kotoko, won, and are now seventh on the league log. Amazing.The Phobians need just a point now to reach the 40 points needed to beat the much dreaded relegation. Chelsea’s journey to Accra is pretty cut out for them.Nothing big is at stake.They had a real chance to win the title but failed to live up to the occasion. Although they moved one place up to third during the week after the DC ruling, they are totally out of contention for the title. Hearts (7th) last five games: D W W W LChelsea (3rd) last five games: D L L D LB.A United v Liberty ProfessionalsLiberty Professionals have benefited from the point deductions meted to the Porcupines.They have moved one place above their last position at the end of the last match day. The Dansoman side travel to face already doomed B.A United and if they play just a little bit better, they should be able to knock the home team over to capture the three maximum points.In their last game against Asante Kotoko, United gave the defending champions a scare by drawing two goals back in their 4-2 defeat. They just might want to console their home in the last stretch of the league. B.A Utd (16th) last five games: L D L L LLiberty (6th) last five games: W W L L WHeart of Lions v Great OlympicsOlympics have miraculously managed to lift themselves out of the relegation zone. Currently 12th on the log and needing only three points to reach that 40 point safety net, they understand how being relegated would be disaster for the club.Over the years they have been in and out consistently but will want to stay this time round. Hosts Hearts of Lions are in a similar situation and also need those three points to get to that safety net. Last year’s second placec team has struggled this season to stay on top of the league. They are in real danger of being relegated and will want to reverse the tide of this dramatic fall from grace episode in the club’s history.]Lions (13th) last five games: W L W L WOlympics (12th) last five games: W D W D WInter Allies v Bechem UnitedInter Allies have been one of the surprise packages this season.Built around relatively young players, they have played their way all the way to the summit of the league under the direction of the experienced coach Paa Kwesi Fabin.They will host a struggling Bechem United at the Tema Stadium. Bechem are one of the teams Joy Sports has predicted to go down and out this season and with Allies’ strong record at home, it is very unlikely that Bechem will get those much needed survival points.Allies (4th) last five games: L D D W LBechem (14th) last five games: W L D D WWa All Stars v Medeama SCAll Stars need just two more points to ensure that they would stay in the league.The club had some shaky times especially in the second half of the league. A very formidable side in the top four in the past few weeks, they have now dropped to about six places below their last position to 10th.All Stars will host Medeama who are fresh from their FA Cup victory over Asante Kotoko last Sunday. A confident and motivated Medeama will want to finish the season on a high note. The once formidable Wa Park is now easy prey for determined teams and the visitors will want to steal those three points all the way back to their base in Tarkwa.All Stars (11th) last five games: L L L W LMedeama (10th) last five games: D L W D LAduana Stars v Edubiase FCAduana Stars will have to forget dreams of winning the title this time round. They have failed to take up those critical chances when they needed to, to pile up the pressure on league leaders AshGold.Who wins the title will no longer be determined by them but by AshGold itself.Mathematically, they do still have the chance to win the title, that is if they win this game against struggling Edubiase and AshGold doesn’t.Edubiase will work very hard to try to get that one point needed to reach the safety net this weekend from Aduana Stars who come into this game on the back of a 1-0 loss to Lions on matchday 28.Aduana (2nd) last five games: L D W W WEdubiase (9th) last five games: W D D L W–Commentary of key games from around the country will be on the Joy Sports Arena from 3pm, Sunday on Joy 99.7FM. The show will be hosted by Gary Al-Smith with update from our reporters across the nation. There’ll be live social media updates on our Twitter: @Joy997FM. Hashtag is #joysportslast_img read more


first_imgThe Motiv8 LK contestants have been busy all week as the training for the Gaelforce North Challenge gathers momentum.Early risers during the week may have noticed the sprightly crew partake in various fitness initiatives between the fitness studio in Glencar and when weather permits, in the Letterkenny Town Park. The team at Motiv8 Fitness are also pleased to announce Donegal Action for Cancer Care as the designated charity for this novel initiative.Speaking after the announcement Betty Holmes of DACC said ‘to say we are delighted to be involved with this positive and (motivating!) event is an understatement. We hope that Motiv8 LK will not only raise badly needed funds for our group, but also increase awareness for cancer patients in Donegal’.Further details of fundraising initiatives will be announced in the coming weeks.Don’t forgot to print off your challenge card and start earning motiv8 points by clicking on the following link more information on Motiv8 LK see or MOTIV8 GATHERS MOMENTUM AS CHARITY PARTNER ANNOUNCED was last modified: May 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more