31 Dec

Settlement paves way for Consumers Energy coal phase-out in Michigan

first_imgSettlement paves way for Consumers Energy coal phase-out in Michigan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:Consumers Energy has reached an agreement with a broad coalition of advocates on the utility’s long-term clean energy transition, weeks after the plan was in jeopardy due to disputes over key provisions.In June 2018, Consumers was the first utility to file a long-term integrated resource plan as required in 2016 state energy laws. Key aspects include Consumers’ plan to eliminate coal and reduce carbon emissions 90 percent by 2040. The company also proposes a 5,000-megawatt increase of solar capacity by 2030 and to ramp up energy storage capacity in the plan’s later years. The plan does not call for new natural gas plants.While subject to commission approval, the proposed settlement agreement no longer puts the plan in jeopardy. The agreement was filed with regulators on March 23.“The settlement enables our Clean Energy Plan and puts us on a path to zero coal substituted by increased renewable energy — most notably solar — all done in an affordable way through a competitive marketplace,” Consumers President and CEO Patti Poppe said in a statement. “Michigan will have one of the cleanest and most affordable energy systems in the country through this standard-setting plan.”Environmental groups have called Consumers’ plan transformational in its commitment to clean energy and raised concerns about the judge’s rejection recommendation last month.“The settlement agreement reached by a diverse set of groups on Consumers’ integrated resource plan demonstrates clearly that Michigan can transition from uneconomic coal plants directly to efficiency and renewables while maintaining reliability and saving ratepayers money,” said Charlotte Jameson, energy policy and legislative affairs director for the Michigan Environmental Council. “If approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, the settlement will ensure that Consumers’ customers realize the full clean air and affordability benefits that come when our utilities retire coal plants, ramp up energy waste reduction programs, and build out renewables instead of gas.”More: Michigan utility reaches deal over long-term clean energy planlast_img read more

27 Sep

Abortions Declining in U.S., Study Finds

first_imgNew York Times 2 February 2014The abortion rate among American women declined to its lowest level in more than three decades in 2011, according to a new report released Monday that is widely considered the country’s most definitive examination of abortion trends.The 1.1 million abortions reported in 2011 represented a rate of 16.9 per thousand women of childbearing age, down from 2008, when a similar study estimated that 1.21 million abortions were performed at a rate of 19.4 per thousand women.Resuming a long-term downward trend that stalled in the middle of the last decade, the 2011 rate was far below the peak, in 1981, of 29.3 per thousand, according to the report from the Guttmacher Institute, a private research group that supports abortion rights.The decline in abortions from 2008 to 2011 was mirrored by a decline in pregnancy rates. The report did not include a detailed analysis of the reasons for these trends, which pose complicated research issues.But the decline in abortions, the researchers said, appears in part to reflect the growing use, especially among younger women, of nearly foolproof long-term contraceptives like intrauterine devices. It may also reflect the impact of the recession and economic uncertainty, which can lead to fewer pregnancies, births and abortions, according to the authors, Rachel K. Jones and Jenna Jerman.The authors concluded that anti-abortion laws had only a minimal impact on the number of women obtaining abortions during the study period. For one thing, many of the state laws most likely to curb abortions were passed in 2011 or later. In addition, the report notes, large declines were recorded in states with relatively liberal abortion laws, like California, New Jersey and New York.But they added: “Some of the new regulations undoubtedly made it more difficult, and costly, for facilities to continue to provide services and for women to access them.” The researchers said that future studies would need to monitor the effects of laws that restrict abortions.Responding to an advance copy of the report, Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion group, called it “long on strained conclusions” and said it understated the impact of anti-abortion education and laws.Carole Joffe, a sociologist at the University of California, San Francisco, and a historian of abortion, said that while the effects were difficult to quantify, the anti-abortion movement had “been very successful at stigmatizing abortion” and that this had most likely influenced the long-term downward trend.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/03/us/abortions-declining-in-us-study-finds.html?ref=health&_r=1last_img read more

18 Sep

FG Urges State House Team to Defend World Handball Championship Title

first_img‘‘You are going to come under intense pressure from other teams as the defending champions of the 2015 World Handball Youth Championship, but you must remember the spirit of sportsmanship. I have watched your training today, and from what I can see you have justified the two weeks you have spent in camp. More importantly, you have to work very hard to retain the trophy you won last year,’’ he said.The Permanent Secretary commended the handball team for setting a good precedence of winning an international trophy last year, pointing out that the administration would encourage all the other sports to move into the spotlight through more training and competitions.In his remarks, the Coach of the State House handball team, Aminu Ibrahim, said the team had gained lots of experience by participating three times in the same international tournament and winning the gold trophy last year.He promised that the team would put in their best to retain the trophy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tobi Soniyi in AbujaThe Federal Government Tuesday in Abuja urged athletes participating in the forthcoming 2016 World Handball Youth Championship in Granollers, Spain to defend their current title with diligence, maturity and integrity.The State House handball team, Aso Rock Kings, will be representing Nigeria at the 2016 World Handball Youth Championship, which will be held in Spain, June 28th -July 4th, 2016.Speaking to the team, which had a training session at the National Stadium, the State House Permanent Secretary, Jalal Arabi, told the athletes to remain focus, committed and unwavering in defending the gold trophy they won in Spain last year.last_img read more

17 Sep

More Confusion as CAF Rejects CAS Ruling on Champions League

first_imgBoth Wydad and Esperance filled different appeals at CAS, which upheld that of Esperance and thus annulled the decision of the CAF Executive Committee.CAF in a statement on Thursday morning insisted that CAS decision was “only for procedural reasons. However, CAF has yet to receive the summarized decision.”According to CAF, the CAS Panel has decided to refer the case to the competent CAF bodies to apply the appropriate disciplinary sanctions, if any, and accordingly decide whether the second leg of the CAF Champions League 2018/19 season shall be replayed or not.“In this regard, CAF announces that the competent bodies will meet shortly to decide on the case and details will be communicated in due course.”Tunisia’s Esperance and Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca lodged appeals after the CAF Executive Committee decided to replay the second leg – both felt they should be awarded the win.Wydad had a goal disallowed and left the pitch because VAR was not working.Esperance were winning 2-1 on aggregate and declared champions initially.The home side were handed the trophy and winners’ medals after a two-hour delay on 1 June, but were told to return them days later after CAF ordered a replay on neutral territory, citing “unsafe conditions”.Both clubs think they should be named champions and given the prize money. Wydad’s request was rejected by CAS, with Esperance’s appeal to be investigated at a later date.Play in the second leg was halted after Wydad thought they had equalised on 59 minutes through Walid El Karti’s header but it was disallowed for an infringement.The video assistant referee system was visible on the side of the pitch but the players had not been told it was not in use because of a malfunction.After appeals by both clubs, CAS ruled that CAF’s executive committee “did not have jurisdiction” to order that the final be replayed.It has ordered “competent CAF authorities to review the incidents”, specifically to refer the case to its proper disciplinary structures for a decision on whether the game will be replayed or not.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The end is yet to come on the controversial 2019 CAF Champions League final match involving Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco and Espérance Sportive de Tunis of Tunisia. CAF has decided to appeal the decision of the Court of Arbitration on Sports.On Wednesday, CAS ruled in favour of the Tunisian club, which had been originally awarded the trophy following the refusal of Wydad to continue with the return leg match on account of a disputed goal.The Emergency Committee of CAF, meeting on the sidelines of FIFA Congress in Paris in June ruled that the final match be replayed in a neutral ground after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.last_img read more

1 Sep

Resident Evil 7s 4D VR Candle Will Let You Smell the Horror

first_imgI don’t even know where to begin with this one, so I’ll just dive right in. Retailer Merchoid will be releasing an officially-licensed Resident Evil 7 candle to coincide with the game’s launch. The purpose of the candle is to help immerse those who play Resident Evil 7 in VR even more by scaring their olfactory senses.This 4D candle (I thought time, not smell, was the fourth dimension) is supposed to smell like old timer and blood. Appropriate given how the game takes place in an old wooden home filled with bloodthirsty maniacs, but that sounds like something that’ll linger in the air long after the candle has been extinguished. How do you explain that smell to your friends, significant other, or kids?“The 4D candle is 100 percent officially licensed Resident Evil merchandise; this means Capcom have smelt the candle and found it scary to enough to give their seal of approval,” said Merchoid. “We’d even suggest that using the Blood, Sweat and Fears 4D Candle is the definitive way to experience the game. Be careful, though, with an experience this horrifying, the candle might not be the only smell you notice in the room…”Well, I did say that the game should be played while wearing diapers. At least I agree with Merchoid on that.While this idea is pretty ridiculous, I have to give these guys props for thinking outside of the box. However, I would caution anyone burning one of these candles to keep it as far away as possible. If you’re supposed to burn this while playing the game in VR, there is a risk of accidentally hitting the candle during a frightening moment. Then you’ll be left with a smelly, burnt home. You don’t want that.The Blood, Sweat, and Fears 4D candle will soon become available to pre-order from Merchoid.com for $15. If you buy one of them, we won’t judge. Promise.last_img read more