FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Power:U.S. coal-fired power generation last year was at its lowest level since 1976, according to data released May 11 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).The agency said output from U.S. coal-fired units fell to 966,000 GWh in 2019, the lowest level in more than 40 years. The EIA said the 16%, year-over-year drop from 2018 levels was the largest percentage decline ever, “and the second-largest in absolute terms (240,000 GWh).” That decline is expected to continue this year; IHS Markit recently projected that utilities will burn nearly 130 million fewer tons of coal this year than in 2019.The EIA said increased power generation from natural gas-fired plants, along with wind power and overall lower demand for electricity, has driven the decline in coal-fired generation. The agency said natural gas-fired generation reached an all-time record of almost 1.6 million GWh in 2019, a year-over-year increase of 8%. Wind power generation topped 300,000 GWh, up 10% from 2018.EIA has forecast generation from renewable resources will increase 11% this year from 2019 levels. The agency said renewable energy is more likely to be dispatched by grid operators when it’s available because of its lower operating cost.U.S. coal-fired generation capacity hit a high of 318 GW in 2011 and has fallen ever since as coal units have retired or switched to natural gas and other fuels. The EIA said U.S. coal-fired generation capacity was at 229 GW in 2019, a 28% drop during the decade. Utilization rates for coal plants also have fallen, to 48% in 2019, down from 67% in 2010, based on the operating capacity at those times. Meanwhile, combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants ran at an average capacity factor of 57% last year, nine percentage points higher than coal-fired plants.EIA’s report released Monday showed coal-fired generation dropped in every U.S. region, by more than 18% in some areas, including the U.S. Southeast. The agency also noted that “Average delivered prices for coal at power plants have been declining. Through 2015, the cost of coal averaged $2.25 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) before falling to less than $2.00/MMBtu in late 2019.”[Darrell Proctor]More: U.S. coal-fired generation at lowest level since 1976 EIA: U.S. coal-fired electricity generation fell to 43-year low in 2019
Nenad Bjelica (Osijek, Croatia, 1971) played in the Albacete, Betis and Las Palmas during the 90s, before going to Germany and Austria, where his career as a coach began. In Zagreb had won two leagues and he was on his way to another before a few days ago, due to financial problems, he had to leave the club.What happened to Dinamo Zagreb?We reached an agreement to terminate the contract. The club, without consulting the squad, had issued an ultimatum to cut the chips and we refused to let it be that much.How can it be that a coach who was on his way to winning his third league in a row and who made history in the Champions League does not follow?It is not logical, because we had achieved things that did not happen there 50 years ago. But I have seen worse things in soccer. Time will tell who is right. I have done my best, I have tried to improve the team and the players individually. We did two historical seasons.And now, what does Bjelica expect?My intention is to train in some of the most important leagues in the world. I think that after 13 years of coaching and 470 games, it is about time. I speak Spanish, Italian, German, English and Polish, in addition to Croatian. That opens many doors for me.How many clubs have called you these days already?(Laughs) When I was training for Dinamo, offers were coming from countries like the Emirates or China. But money doesn’t move me. I want to show my worth in some top-level league, like Italy, Germany or Spain.Like Dani Olmo, for 20 million to Leipzig.Dani Olmo is perhaps the best player I have coached. In two years it has developed impressively. He is a wonderful boy and a splendid person. I recently found a newspaper from March 2019 and there was an interview in which I said that I was sure to debut with the absolute team. And that has happened. Dani is a born winner. Don’t you think you were aiming for a bigger club?I honestly didn’t think he was going to Germany, but it’s his decision. I think that in Spain or Italy his talent could be seen more, but in the Bundesliga he will also stand out, for sure. You will find your way wherever you are, you know what you want in life and you fight to get it.Here at LaLiga we have two of his compatriots, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, who do not know where they will be next year.Modric received the Ballon d’Or only a few months ago and continues to play at a good level. You shouldn’t leave Madrid. Rakitic is younger, but I say the same. Maybe not so much this year, but it has always been very important for Barcelona. The same has deserved better treatment. Sometimes a coach comes along who doesn’t count on you, you have to accept it and find the place where you can play the most.LaLiga was his League. Albacete, Betis, Las Palmas … A goal of his with the verdiblancos against Celta served to play a Cup final in 1997. The celestial ones do not forget it either, due to the controversy.Serra Ferrer took me with a 0-0 draw, and I put him in a play in which we decided not to return the ball to Celta, because they did not stop stopping the game. I made a wall with Alfonso and I marked. Then it was the qualifying goal. My memories of Seville are the best, a son of mine was born there. If I would like to train Betis? He has a great hobby and it is a city where one can show his ability.His countryman Davor Suker, who is also from Osijek, also played in Seville.In Osijek we do not coincide, but in Spain we play against each other and in the National Team a game together. Davor is President of the Croatian Federation and I have a very good friendship with him.