S&P: Water availability a growing threat for many U.S. coal-fired power plants

first_imgS&P: Water availability a growing threat for many U.S. coal-fired power plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Many of the nation’s coal-fired power plants, often heavy consumers of water resources, are located in areas projected to soon face water stress due to climate change. Water stress occurs when humanity’s competition for water exceeds the rate at which nature can replenish its stocks.Based on an analysis of data from S&P Global Market Intelligence and the Water Resources Institute, power generators in Texas, Indiana, Illinois, Wyoming and Michigan operate about 37.1 GW of coal-fired generation capacity in areas projected to face medium-high to extremely-high water stress due to climate change in 2030. And those five states are home to more than one-third of the 98.2 GW of coal capacity analyzed that fall into those upper-risk categories.Thus, an aging coal-fired fleet already retiring en masse due to the economic challenges of competing with renewable energy and natural gas-fired generation may come under even more intense pressure due to competition for limited water resources.Earlier this year, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc. CEO Duane Highley announced the company would be closing its remaining coal-fired power plants in New Mexico and Colorado as the company shifts to the use of more renewable energy. “I’ll say it presents an enormous opportunity for all of us, as we think about it,” Highley said. “When you look at a typical coal facility, it uses an enormous volume of water, and the fact that that will be liberated and available for other reuse is going to be significant.”About 98.2 GW, or 44.6%, of the operating coal-fired capacity in the lower 48 states is located in regions expected to face medium-high to extremely-high water stress by the end of the decade. Of the 25.1 GW of coal-fired plants that have regulatory approval to retire, about 62% is in areas projected to face medium-high to extremely-high water stress in 2030.Many U.S. coal-fired plants are already struggling to compete with other forms of generation. As water becomes scarce, disputes around the resource are likely to increasingly factor into energy infrastructure decision making, said Joe Smyth, a research and communications manager with the Energy Policy Institute who authored a July 2020 report examining coal and water conflicts in the American West. “This is just one more sort of factor that may help push them to make those decisions in favor of closing coal plants and pursue renewables,” Smyth said.[Taylor Kuykendall and Esther Whieldon]More ($): Rising water stress risk threatens US coal plants, largely clustered in 5 stateslast_img read more

Hamilton restaurateurs sell renovated Nundah house

first_imgThis house at 5 Flower St, Nundah is for sale now with offers over $990,000 invited.IN THREE years, Rachel and Cosimo Carvignese bought, lived in, rented and renovated 5 Flower St, Nundah. Now they are hoping to squeeze in a sale as well. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Place Ascot have listed the house for sale and it’s open for inspection this weekend.The driveway has been concreted and plantation shutters added throughout.“That has made a big difference to the appearance of the house,” Mrs Carvignese said.“We installed outdoor awnings in the garden room and enclosed it in Crimsafe.“So we did quite a bit even though we didn’t have to, we just wanted to bring it up to our standard.”The layout has living areas on the ground level and the five bedrooms on the first floor with a covered deck.A lift on the deck services both levels.“That was there when we bought it and it really opens the property up to people who don’t want to use the stairs.” The couple, who own Belvedere Bar and Grill in Hamilton, are currently living in Northgate but have loved the parkland and leafy streets around their Nundah property.“You don’t feel like you’re in a concrete jungle,” she said.“And there are lots of properties here that are old Queenslanders being raised and redeveloped.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoBuilt in 2004, 5 Flower St, has been renovated to include ducted airconditioning and new ceiling fans.The bathrooms have been remodelled with new shower screens and vanities.Kitchen cupboards have new doors and there is a filtered water tap. A full renovation has opened the house.“We were going to stay there, but my husband does love buying property and renovating and moving on, but usually not in such a short space of time,” Mrs Carvignese said. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL<<<last_img read more

Dirty 30 Lone Star Tour show postponed to Thursday

first_imgNew cars are eligible to join the show but will start at the tail of the last-chance qualifiers. As the name of the event is implies, all three Dirty 30 IMCA main events will be 30 laps.  Stock Cars run for $3,000 to win their main event, IMCA Modifieds for $2,000 to win their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods for $1,000 to win. The draw starts at 1 p.m. and ends with the start of the 4:30 p.m. drivers’ meeting. Wheel packing is at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. and racing gets underway at 6 p.m. FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 19) – Inclement weather is the winner this evening (Wednesday) at Texas Motor Speedway.  The pit area will be vacated beginning at 12:45 p.m. and re-opened at 1 p.m. center_img Grandstand admission is $20 for adults, $10 for active or former military, First Responders and law enforcement with ID and free for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $35.  Night two of the Dirty 30 and the fourth installment of the Sniper Speedway Lone Star IMCA Sunoco Stock Car Tour has been postponed to Thursday, Feb. 20.  All three divisions run Feb. 21 at Monarch Motor Speedway and Feb. 22 at Kennedale Speedway Park.last_img read more

Ward going for glory

first_imgJoe Ward aims to reach his second successive World Final this evening.The Moate southpaw faces Uzbekistan’s Bektimer Melikuziev in the light-heavyweight semi-finals in Hamburg.23-year-old Ward has already made history at the tournament by becoming the first male Irish boxer to win three World elite medals.last_img

Bearriors the fighting animal cartoon hoax more fake than Street Sharks

first_imgDo people just go on the internet and tell lies? Yes, and it’s not just anonymous trolls. Professional folks enjoy pulling pranks just like everyone else. We already told you how a lie I told years ago about Street Sharks continues to hoodwink people online to this today. Well, here’s another nerdy hoax involving a group of radical fighting cartoon animals. Everything you think you know about the Bearriors is a lie, because Bearriors never actually existed.The Bearriors hoax originated in print, which has more inherent legitimacy than a website any bozo could’ve created. In 2003, ToyFare (now defunct) ran an article called “Breaking Down the Bearriors: A Long-Lost ‘80s Toy Line Gets Its Modern-Day Due.” At the time, a lot of 1980s cartoons slop — from He-Man to Captain Planet to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — was being rebooted for modern children. The article claimed the same thing was about to happen to the 1988 show Bearriors, and that a new incarnation of the cartoon was on the way.For those that didn’t know, which was everyone since the show was fake, the article explained the history of the Bearriors cartoon. According to illustrator Ryan Dunlavey, who provided art for the article, the show was about “a group of eco-themed animal warriors.” Dunlavey’s blog also details the bear warriors themselves including leader Kodiak, an ax-wielding polar bear, a female archer, a koala mechanic, a panda ninja, their grizzly bear mentor, and (for some reason) their pet raccoon named Ruckus. The Bearriors battled an evil cyborg lumberjack named DeForrest Kutter. Jawsome.ToyFare went all out for the gag. Along with the character designs, the magazine commissioned convincing logos for both the classic and modern versions of the show. The article even displayed some custom Bearriors action figures complete with a vehicle. This was the true purpose of the hoax, to drive the toy collectors who read ToyFare crazy by encouraging them to hunt down toys that were rare because they weren’t actually real. According to Dunlavey, “the hoax worked — if the nerd message boards are to be believed.” Other architects of the joke included ToyFare editors Justin Aclin, Jon Gutierrez, and Zach Oat along with writer Tom Root (of Robot Chicken fame) and figure designer Joe Amaro.Like my Street Sharks caper, the Bearriors saga gained momentum from its longevity. Dunlavey said ToyFare continued to “leak” art from the show over the years, and one of the characters appeared in a collage of other, actual, ’80s ephemera. Readers were rightfully baffled. Finally, in 2007, ToyFare revealed the scheme, and let me tell you, revealing a scheme like that feels great.So, let this confirm all your worst fears. You can’t trust anything, especially the things you have no reason to suspect are lies. Bearriors? Sure, why not? Who cares. The ontological nightmare rages on. Who should they cast in the real Bearriors reboot? I say Henry Winkler. I heard that guy knows a thing or two about voicing radical animal men.last_img read more