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

These three Warriors face more pressure with DeMarcus Cousins out

first_imgAn MRI exam Tuesday morning in the Bay Area showed that he suffered a torn left quadriceps, the team confirmed.DeMarcus Cousins Injury Update: pic.twitter.com/iCXEID5Jnt— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) April 16, 2019The Warriors fear he will miss the rest of the postseason, but are holding out faint hope he may be able to return for the NBA Finals, according to Yahoo Sports. Related News Now what?DeMarcus Cousins left Game 2 of the Warriors’ first-round NBA playoff series against the Clippers with a thigh injury. There’s a couple of assumptions to unpack there: First, that Cousins could return from a torn quad, and, second, that the Warriors can maneuver through a loaded Western Conference with a center-by-committee approach.Here are the players who, beginning with Game 3 on Thursday in Los Angeles, will have to shoulder the load. (And maybe it was foreshadowing that one of the three, Andrew Bogut, was icing a shoulder after Monday’s loss.)1. Andrew BogutBogut, 34, averaged 11.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.7 blocked shots in Australia’s NBL, to earn MVP and Defensive Player of the Year honors, before rejoining the Warriors last month.In 16 1/2 minutes Monday (Cousins went out in the first quarter), Bogut had nine rebounds but only three points.So …“Yeah, obviously there will be more minutes,” Bogut said (via the San Francisco Chronicle). “It’ll still be matchup-dependent, but I anticipate probably starting games, playing the first (handful of) minutes and then coming out.”“Hopefully (Cousins’ injury) is not too serious. It didn’t look good.”2. Kevon LooneyAs the Clippers push tempo with drive-and-dish Montrezl Harrell and pick-and-roll partner Lou Williams off the bench, Looney is the next player in line at center. The good news: Typically a key only on defense, he has been one of the most effective players in the series.He had a career-best 19 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 free-throw shooting Monday, this only a game after posting a remarkable plus-30 plus-minus rating in 17 minutes of Game 1. Instead of being a forgotten fifth option on the offensive end Monday, he was actively looking for his shot in Cousins’ absence.“I’ll probably get a little more time, but I’ll just bring the energy and try to be a little more aggressive when I get the ball down in the paint,” Looney said. “(Cousins) is a force down in the paint, and I’ll just keep going with what I’ve been doing and things will work out for me.”3. Draymond GreenJordan Bell managed to get yelled at by two teammates in only 3 1/2 minutes Monday, so he’s not a trusted option. Damian Jones is still recovering from pectoral surgery, so that leaves … Green. DeMarcus Cousins injury update: Warriors big man’s MRI reveals torn quad As the Chronicle notes, he thrives in a back-row defensive role and in the ensuing increased tempo of the game when the Warriors go small. But … Green is not the low-post scorer Cousins is and Looney has looked like.Green didn’t talk to reporters after the Game 2 debacle, but teammates who did know two things: It will be a mix-and-match effort in the middle moving forward, not just in this series but also beyond if the Warriors advance.”We’ll miss (Cousins’) low-post dominance, of course,” guard Klay Thompson said. “We’ll miss his screen setting and his energy out there. I’m hoping for a speedy recovery, because we really need him, if we want to make this run.”last_img read more