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

Saweety Boora reaches pre quarters, Neeraj Phogat loses in WBC

first_img COMMENT FOLLOW US LIVE TV World Championships silver medalist Saweety Boora (75kg) put up a notable performance to progress into the pre-quarterfinals while Neeraj Phogat bowed out after a contentious verdict resulting in a mixed day for India in the Women’s World Boxing Championships at Ulan-Ude, Russia today. Saweety came out a better boxer landing punches with more accuracy compared to her opponent as she blanked Mongolia’s Myagmarjargal Munkhbat 5-0, even though the Mongolian tried to make a comeback in the dying minutes, but it was not enough to impress the judges.READ: Brock Lesnar to Bobby Lashley, wrestlers who have excelled outside WWE Suman Ray SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 5th October, 2019 21:39 IST WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 5th October, 2019 22:23 IST Saweety Boora Reaches Pre Quarters, Neeraj Phogat Loses In WBC Saweety Boora blanked Mongolia’s Myagmarjargal Munkhbat 5-0 to reach the pre-quarters of Women’s World Boxing Championships at Russia. Neeraj Phogat lost 2-3. A mixed day for Indian boxersEarlier in the day, India witnessed a major upset as Neeraj (57kg) had to endure a surprise loss through a split verdict of 2-3.The India Open and Umakhanov Memorial International gold medalist put up a remarkable fight on debut; displayed superior technique and aggression compared to Jieru Qiao’s aimless punches. However, Neeraj failed to receive the judges’ nod despite the Chinese pugilist getting a point revoked for foul play in Round 2. The Indian team had lodged a protest against the decision as per the latest AIBA guideline where a team is allowed to challenge two decisions in a tournament; the protest though was not accepted by the technical reviewer and the review plea was turned down.READ: Brock Lesnar’s nightmare Cain Velasquez not signed by WWE: ReportsSaweety Boora’s next challengeSaweety will now face CWG Gold medallist and second-seeded Welsh boxer, Lauren Price on October 8. On Sunday former World champion and 5-times Asian gold medalist Sarita Devi (60kg) will take the ring opposite Natalia Shadrina of Russia while debutant Nandini (81kg) will be challenged by Germany’s Irina-Nicoletta Schonberger.Rules of two unsuccessful protestsAccording to the rules, teams are entitled to two unsuccessful protests. The coaches are required to raise a yellow card within a minute of the bout getting over and follow it up by paying USD 1000 within half an hour to seek a review of any decision.The technical committee has the discretion to accept or reject a protest but once it chooses to accept, a decision is made only at the end of the day’s session.READ: ‘I owe Olympics qualification to AFI’s prompt appeal’: Avinash SableREAD: Sakshi Malik: ‘Please have faith in me, I deserve a better treatment’ Written Bylast_img read more