EIA: U.S. coal-fired electricity generation fell to 43-year low in 2019

first_img 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 2019last_img read more

Music and culture as an opportunity for tourist promotion of Croatia

first_imgMembers of the most famous Chinese pop group from Shanghai SNH48 met with the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović as part of his stay in Croatia on the occasion of recording the video.Namely, the teenage sensation SNH48, led by the popular singer Huang TingTing, recorded a video in Zagreb’s Upper and Lower Town and in the Trakošćan castle. Huang TingTing is one of the most influential musicians on Chinese social networks, followed by millions of followers from China, South Korea and the world.”Shooting the video in attractive locations in Zagreb and its surroundings will enable a great promotion of Croatia in the Far East. We expect further strengthening of promotion and cooperation with China after the opening of the office of the Croatian Tourist Board in September, within the Representation of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, “said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Luka Burilović. According to the readers of the Chinese edition of the American magazine Travel + Leisure, Croatia was declared the most desirable new European destination for Chinese tourists in 2018. This is confirmed by the figures of almost 200 Chinese tourists in Croatia. It is mostly made up of younger tourists between the ages of 25-44, who will be additionally encouraged by this video to visit Zagreb, but also the whole of Croatia.last_img read more

Lady Indians Victorious Over Lady Shiners In Softball

first_imgThe Milan Lady Indians defeated The Rising Sun Lady Shiners 8-5 in Varsity Softball action on Saturday (5-2).Milan vs. Rising Sun Softball (5-2)Courtesy of Indians Coach Eric Widener.last_img

Kenya set to participate in the 75th session of UNGA virtually

first_imgThe 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will commence on 15th September 2020 with most sessions set to be held virtually for the first time.In a statement, the United Nations General Assembly states, “The conduct and format of the 75th Session of UNGA particularly the High-Level segments will be unique and unprecedented. For the first time in the 75-year history of UNGA most of the sessions will be held virtually as the UN takes precautionary measures aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 disease. The High-Level meetings have been scheduled as follows.”The High Level General Debate will start on Tuesday, 22 September 2020, while  the High-Level meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations under the theme ‘The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism’  will take place on 21 st September 2020.Also Read  Let’s work together for the unity and progress of our country, Uhuru The rest of the schedule for United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is highlighted as follows;Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 22-29 September 2020; General Debate of the UNGA75 Session: Heads of State and Government are expected to deliver voluntary 15minutes pre-recorded statement that will be webcast from the General Assembly in New York. The General Debate will focus on multilateral actions in the context of COVID-19 within the context of the theme of the 75th Session of UNGA.30 September 2020; Biodiversity Summit. The summit, at the level of Heads of State and Government will highlight the need for urgent action at the highest levels in support of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework under the theme: “Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development.Other High-Level events are the 25th Anniversary of the 4TH World Conference on Women (1st October, 2002) and meeting to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (2nd October, 2020). There will also be other side events that will take place virtually this including the SDG Segment and the UN 75th Youth Plenary.Also Read  Teachers to report back to school on MondayKenya will be physically represented in the General Assembly by the Mission in New York, but in keeping with its tradition, “Kenya will actively participate in the 75th Session of UNGA. His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to deliver Kenya’s statement during the General Debate, as well as at other high-level events.”Also Read  Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challengesThe Ministry further pointed out that, “The theme of this year’s UNGA resonates with Kenya’s multilateralism record. It also further recognizes that the Corona virus pandemic has exposed global vulnerability and that multilateralism is the most viable response vehicle. Other issues that Kenya will speak to during the 75th UNGA session are: peace and security; climate change; women and youth empowerment; debt burden for developing and less developed countries; and sustainable development among other issues.”last_img read more