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Ameren backs 2050 net zero carbon goal, but plans long coal phaseout

first_imgAmeren backs 2050 net zero carbon goal, but plans long coal phaseout FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Ameren has joined the ranks of U.S. utilities pledging to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, with a long-range plan that invests nearly $8 billion in renewable energy and accelerates some coal plant closures — although it will retain much of its coal fleet through 2040.Like other net-zero carbon goals, Ameren’s will rely on “further advancements in innovative, carbon-free technologies and constructive federal and state energy and economic policies” to reach its final goal, CEO Warner Baxter said in a Monday statement.In its 15-year integrated resource plan (IRP) released Monday for review by Missouri regulators, the utility serving about 2.4 million customers in Missouri and Illinois plans to invest nearly $8 billion to add 3.1 gigawatts of renewables to its generation mix by 2030, hitting a total of 5.4 GW by 2040. That will allow it to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 and by 85 percent by 2040, accelerating by a decade its previous plan to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050.Ameren Missouri’s 10.1 GW of generating capacity, measured in terms of 2020 peak summer demand, incudes 5.3 GW of coal, 2.8 GW of natural gas, 1.2 GW of nuclear, 820 megawatts of hydroelectric and 13 MW of solar. Ameren Illinois doesn’t own generation; it acquires generation resources through a procurement process managed by the Illinois Power Agency or through retail electric suppliers.The new IRP and zero-carbon goals accelerate the growth of renewables called for in a Smart Energy Plan the utility filed with Missouri regulators in February. That includes spending about $1.2 billion to acquire two Missouri wind projects with 700 MW of generation capacity expected to be complete by this year and in service in early 2021. Ameren Missouri has also initiated a request for proposals to solicit bids for wind and solar projects; it plans to create a renewable subscription program to expand on existing subscriber and community solar programs. With these avenues for renewables growth, Ameren expects to add about 1.2 GW of solar, 300 megawatts of wind and 900 megawatts of a combination of those two resources by 2030.The timeline for coal plant retirements has also been accelerated for its Sioux Energy Center coal plant, now expected to close by 2028, and its Rush Island Energy Center, which will shutter by 2039. Ameren already planned to close its Meramec Energy Center coal plant by 2022 and two units of its four-unit Labadie Energy Center plant by 2036, removing three-quarters of its coal-fired energy generating capacity by 2040. All remaining coal-fired plants are scheduled to retire by 2042.[Jeff St. John]More: Ameren sets goal of net-zero by 2050, plots major wind and solar expansion in Midwestlast_img read more

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Late Boyd heroics lift Howell to Sprint Series of Texas win

first_imgBOYD, Texas (April 3) – The last lap and a half alone were worth the price of admission when the Sprint Series of Texas opened at Boyd Raceway.Jason Howell passed David Garland coming to the white flag lap, then caught Kenny Venable in the first set of turns to win the Friday tour feature for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars.The 20-lapper ran caution free; the defending series champion had made his way to the front af­ter starting 12th in the SWAT Firearms sponsored ride.“The track was real slick from top to bottom. My crew put together a good handling car for me,” said Howell. “It was a really good race. Fans definitely got their money’s worth.”A two-time series winner last season, Howell will follow the SST as much as possible this year while racing part-time at weekly venues. The win at Boyd came in his second 2015 start.Venable, Garland, Mark Klis Jr. and Kenny Elwood completed the top five.Feature results – 1. Jason Howell; 2. Kenny Venable; 3. David Garland; 4. Mark Klis Jr.; 5. Kenny Elwood; 6. Tucker Doughty; 7. Rodney Henderson; 8. Mike Herring; 9. Dustin Woods; 10. Danny Merrell; 11. Jerry Hammock; 12. Drew Wright; 13. Gary Kelley; 14. Trevor Reed; 15. Cody Whitworth; 16. Josh Hanna; 17. Reagan Reed; 18. Adam Barr; 19. Ronnie Henderson; 20. Corey Minor.last_img read more

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Advocaat rules out repeat thrashing

first_img The Sunderland head coach made himself watch the Black Cats’ 8-0 horror show at Southampton in October in preparation for the reverse fixture at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, with the club’s need for Barclays Premier League points having increased dramatically during the intervening period. Advocaat will go head-to-head with Saints boss Ronald Koeman, who played at the heart of his midfield during his spell as Holland manager, with his team sitting in the relegation zone and desperately needing a win to ease their fears of the drop. Dick Advocaat made himself sit through a video nasty as he plotted a way to get the better of his former midfield general. “He was more or less the playmaker from the back. He started the passes from the back and, if you see that kind of situation then, you know that kind of person will become a coach.” Sunderland will once again be without striker Steven Fletcher as he battles an ankle injury, but midfielder Adam Johnson has been included in the squad after being left out last weekend because he was not mentally ready after being charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one of grooming. Southampton will be missing Morgan Schneiderlin as the midfielder has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Midfielder Dusan Tadic (groin) is also not available, but Victor Wanyama returns from suspension. Forward Jay Rodriguez has started some training after his serious knee injury, but goalkeeper Fraser Forster is a long-term absentee. Southampton boss Koeman believes fellow Dutchman Advocaat will keep Sunderland fighting “to the last second to stay in the Premier League” – but will be out to make his former manager’s job a bit harder on Saturday. The 67-year-old ex-Rangers boss was parachuted into the Stadium of Light to try to keep the Black Cats up, which looks set to be one of his toughest challenges with Sunderland currently third bottom, although with a match in hand. “He is a very experienced manager, but it is very difficult to change a lot in a short time,” said Koeman. “Sunderland are really in a difficult situation, but always you have surprises in the last part of the season with the results. “At least Advocaat will give them the right fighting spirit to fight to the last second to stay in the Premier League. “It is all about confidence. You can talk to the players, to give them this confidence, but between the lines, the players have to play.” Press Association He did not put his players through the traumatic experience of watching a re-run of their nightmare on the south coast or even discuss it with them, but he is at least confident there will be no repeat this time around. The Dutchman said: “I don’t think it’s a good idea to discuss that game again. I saw the game two days ago – we gave the goals away really, really easily and definitely that will not happen tomorrow. “Own goals, some mistakes from the goalie, some mistakes from the defence, I didn’t think you could make that many mistakes in one game. Victory over Southampton would represent a major boost to the Black Cats’ hopes of hauling themselves out of trouble for the second successive season, although, having managed to claim three points in just one of their last 10 league outings, that could prove challenging against a side currently just a point shy of the European places. In addition, Advocaat has immense respect for Koeman and the job he has done at the St Mary’s Stadium and beyond. He said: “I knew him quite well already as a player when he was in the national team and I was team manager. “He was a brilliant player and he’s a very good coach and he has proved that in the past with several clubs in Holland and also Valencia and Benfica, and now he’s doing it with Southampton. I’m not surprised about that. “He was a midfielder and passer like (Pep) Guardiola, but he had a great touch from the back. He was a little bit of an underrated player because he was a world-class footballer. last_img read more

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — Super sub to Man United hotseat

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer etched himself into Manchester United folklore in the manic closing seconds of their Champions League win against Bayern Munich in 1999.Alex Ferguson’s team had wrapped up the Premier League title and won the FA Cup but their dreams of a unique treble appeared to be over as they trailed 1-0 at the Camp Nou going into added time.What happened next defied belief. First, fellow substitute Teddy Sheringham grabbed an equaliser and then Solskjaer poked home the winner following a flick-on from Sheringham, sparking scenes of pandemonium.The striker joined United from Norwegian club Molde in 1996 for a bargain £1.5 million ($1.9 million) and played a key role in one of the most successful spells in the club’s history, scoring 126 goals in 366 games.On the pitch, the Norwegian, nicknamed the “Baby-faced Assassin”, became an embodiment of United’s never-say-die spirit, often scoring late goals when points or trophies looked to have been lost.Now the new interim United manager has been handed the chance to add another chapter to his Old Trafford story, given the task of turning around the club’s season after a disastrous spell under departed boss Jose Mourinho.“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” said the 45-year-old, who has a daunting task ahead of him.– Super sub –Many of Solskjaer’s goals came from the substitutes’ bench, including four in 12 astonishing minutes against Nottingham Forest in an 8-1 win in February 1999. “Even though I’m a humble lad, I don’t think there is any better finisher than me, still,” he previously told MUTV. “The better players I had with me, the better I was.“I was a poacher, sniffing goals out, and the better I got to know Giggsy (Ryan Giggs), Becks (David Beckham) and Eric Cantona, plus all the other great players I played with, they created chances for me.”Ferguson described Solskjaer, who won six Premier League titles at Old Trafford, as one of the best finishers he had worked with and praised his patience in sharing striking duties at United with a string of other top forwards.“Ole was absolutely ridiculous from the bench,” said former United teammate Andy Cole.“He was a connoisseur of the game and he used to watch from the bench to see how he could hurt people. He picked out weaknesses to exploit.”Solskjaer lost his battle with persistent knee problems in 2007 before becoming the club’s reserve-team manager.He moved back to his native Norway to become manager of Molde for the 2011 season, winning the league for the first time in the club’s history the same year and repeating the feat in 2012, also lifting the Norwegian Football Cup in 2013.He was announced as manager of Cardiff City in January 2014 but failed to save the club from relegation from the Premier League, leaving in September of that year.He returned to Molde in October 2015 and his team finished as runners-up in the league in 2017 and 2018.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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WDFW Announces Razor Clam Dates Ahead of the Ocean Shores Razor…

first_imgFacebook248Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Razor clam diggers can return to ocean beaches for a two-day opening, March 16-17, which coincides with the Ocean Shores Razor Clam and Seafood Festival in Ocean Shores.State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates, and evening low tides:March 16, Saturday, 3:43 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors Beach, and Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas. (see Map)March 17, Sunday, 4:43 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors Beach, and Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips. (see Map)“This is a weekend opening that should not be missed,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “The event features live music, clamming tutorials, clam chowder contests, clam-themed art and cooking demos, and of course, some of the best food you can get with a clam gun or shovel.”For more clamming tips, festival goers can visit Ayres and his shellfish team at their information booth at the event. Ayres will be giving presentations on how to dig razor clams and how WDFW manages the season.Ayres recommends that diggers hit the beach about an hour or two before low tide for the best results.In order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from the annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing.The Department sets these dates when possible to coincide with the local razor clam festival, knowing the importance it has for the local economy.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2018-19 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license (starting at $9.70) to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.More information can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish and wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities. WDFW razor clam digs support outdoor lifestyles and coastal economies.Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email ([email protected]). For more information, see read more