California tops 2020 goal of 33% renewable energy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:California has passed its 33% renewable energy target two years before the 2020 deadline. The state’s next renewable milestone is at 44% by 2024, a 33% growth in just over five full years.The California Energy Commission estimates that 34% of the state’s retail electricity sales in 2018 were provided by renewable energy sources eligible for its renewable portfolio standard (RPS). This definition notably excludes the state’s large hydroelectric plants.The report notes that in 2018, solar represented the largest portion of renewable generation serving California’s electricity load, at almost 12% of all electricity. Broadly, in the past five years large-scale solar generation has increased nearly five-fold, while behind-the-meter solar resources increased approximately 310%. As well, the state expects it will soon achieve the goal of 1 million solar roofs, with an estimated 958,000 solar systems installed.A total of 19 GWac of solar power has been installed in the state, including behind the meter capacity. In total, the state had installed 30.8 GW of renewable capacity by December 31, 2018.Of interest, large hydroelectric facilities, generally defined as 30 MW or larger, with some exceptions, are not eligible for the RPS in California, therefore generation from large hydroelectric facilities is not included in this calculation. The report notes that in 2017, large hydroelectric represented nearly 15% of California’s electricity generation.More: The Golden State is officially a third renewable, and it’s not stopping there California tops 2020 goal of 33% renewable energylast_img read more

Protecting Fans

first_imgAs I am sure you have read or seen on TV, that there have been a number of serious injuries that have occurred to fans watching baseball games.  One lady, attending an American League game, was struck so hard that her life hung in the balance.  As expected, there is an outcry on social media wanting more protection at ball parks for the fans.  I am sure that MLB will try to add some form of protection to all of their ball parks.There are few solutions, however, that can keep every fan behind some form of protection.  It is hard to run a screen around a stadium that holds 50,000+ people.  The same can be said for plastic shields that are found behind home plate in some ball parks.  The easiest solution is for fans to pay attention when they attend a baseball game.  Sitting with your face in your phone is not very safe.  Most parks now have some type of disclaimer warning fans of the potential danger.I suppose one solution might be to put the stands farther back from the playing field, but this requires larger plots of ground which in large cities means millions more in costs.  You still could be hit with a batted ball if you are not paying attention.  I don’t believe there is any one solution that can solve this problem.last_img read more

Seven race card underway in Clonmel

first_imgStock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabay There’s a seven-race card underway in Clonmel this afternoonAll eyes will be on the Willie Mullins-trained, Coquin Mans, who will be bidding to get back to winning ways.That’s in the Jim Strang & Sons Kilsheelan (Peugeot) Hurdle which is the feature race of todays card The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old carries the blue and green silks of George Creighton, which were made famous by superstar hurdler Hurricane Fly.Coquin Mans is unbeaten over three miles and is the top-rated horse in the field. Paul Townend takes the ride.last_img

Taoiseach criticised for ‘disappointing’ response to proposed Extreme Weather Bill

first_imgThe Extreme Weather (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2018 has been proposed in the Dáil, but has not been prioritized by the Taoiseach.The Bill, proposed by Sinn Féin, seeks to protect workers and employers and first responders who are faced with an extreme weather event.It proposes that when a status red severe weather warning in effect, it will be made an offence to act “recklessly or without reasonable cause or excuse and engages in any activity that directly or indirectly.” If convicted, the person could face up to 6 months in prison and may be liable to a class D fine, or both. This includes people who endanger their own life/the life of any other person, including emergency services personnel, by engaging in reckless activities.Debate surrounding the endangerment of emergency services personnel erupted during Met Eireann’s last status red warning, for Hurricane Ophelia. Many raised concern after a pensioner decided to go swimming at Salthill during the storm. Although he did not have to be rescued, his behaviour was criticised by the authorities and locals.The Bill also proposes that during a status red weather alert, the event should be treated as a public holiday and people should be allowed to take a paid day off.Speaking after discussing the Bill with an Taoiseach in the Dáil yesterday afternoon, SF Deputy Imelda Munster said: “We are expected to experience a severe weather event this week. This weather event will make life very difficult for vulnerable members of society, and also for those who may feel obliged to travel to work in poor weather conditions.“At the beginning of the month, my colleagues Gerry Adams TD and David Cullinane TD and I introduced the Extreme Weather Warning (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2018 in order to provide certainty for workers, employers and the emergency services during an extreme weather event.“The confusion during Storm Ophelia regarding what actions employers and workers in the private sector and self-employed persons should take during an extreme weather warning had tragic consequences.“This Bill will provide for the safety of employees during certain severe weather warnings. It will enhance public safety and ensure the safety of rescue service personnel during such a weather warning.“The Bill would also impose penalties on those who would put lives in danger through reckless behaviour when an extreme weather warning has been called. It seeks to give an Garda Síochána enhanced powers to pursue such behaviour. “This afternoon in the Dáil, I asked Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to prioritise this legislation and bring the bill to second stage this week. The Taoiseach declined to facilitate my request.“As legislators, we must do everything we can to guide employers, protect workers, and strengthen the powers of emergency services in the case of severe weather warnings in order to prevent future tragedies.“As we face into what is forecast to be a severe weather event, the Taoiseach’s lack of action on this matter is very disappointing.”Reiterating his colleague’s comment, Gerry Adams TD today added that he is also “disappointed” by the Taoiseach’s response. “Earlier this month Imelda Munster TD, David Cullinane TD and I introduced the weather warning Bill in the Dáil.“Its purpose is to provide guidelines for public sector employers and self-employed persons in the event of an extreme weather warning being enacted.“The legislation would also impose penalties on those engaged in reckless behaviour in the midst of a severe weather warning.“This week the island of Ireland is facing a severe weather situation. If weather reports are true it may be among the most dangerous in recent decades.“During Storm Ophelia last October claimed three lives, including Fintan Goss from Ravensdale. As a result of those tragedies and a campaign for stronger legislation by the family, Sinn Féin TDs introduced our Bill.“I am very disappointed that when my colleague Imelda Munster raised this issue in the Dáil the Taoiseach refused to prioritise the draft legislation.”Taoiseach criticised for ‘disappointing’ response to proposed Extreme Weather Bill was last modified: February 28th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)Tags:extreme weather miscellaneous provisions bill 2018Sinn Feinlast_img read more