Spain: LHD Juan Carlos I Receives Battle Ensign

first_img Authorities View post tag: receives Share this article View post tag: Spain View post tag: Carlos View post tag: Battle View post tag: Ensign Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ‘Juan Carlos I’ has been presented with the Battle Ensign in Cádiz by Spain’s Queen Sofia, the sponsor of the LDH.The ceremony was attended by military and civilian authorities, among them Spanish Minister of Defense, Pedro Morenés, the Chief of Naval Staff (AJEMA), Admiral Jaime Muñoz-Delgado, and the President of the Andalusian Regional Government, Susana Díaz.The ceremony commenced with the AJEMA offering the Ensign to Her Majesty after having been blessed by the Spanish Navy Military Chaplain. Subsequently, the Queen handed the Ensign to the Commanding Officer of the ‘Juan Carlos I’, Captain Antonio Piñeiro Sánchez who, following an ancient tradition, knelt down and kissed the flag.The ships nearby fired a gun salute and, among a ringing of bells, Captain Piñeiro hoisted the Ensign assisted by his Officer and Navigator.The ‘Juan Carlos I’ is the largest warship built domestically for the Spanish Navy. Her length is 231 meters and beam 32 meters.The ship was delivered on September 30th 2010 and her home port is Rota Naval Base.Her main missions include transport, landing and support of a Marine Corps force; force projection ashore, acting as an aero-naval platform and participation in non military operations like humanitarian aid, disaster relief or evacuation of non-combatants in crisis areas.[mappress]Press Release, September 19, 2013; Image: Spanish Navy View post tag: Landing View post tag: LHD September 19, 2013 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Juan Spain: LHD Juan Carlos I Receives Battle Ensign View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Helicopter View post tag: Navy View post tag: Dock View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today Spain: LHD Juan Carlos I Receives Battle Ensign View post tag: Defenselast_img read more

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