Renewables close in on coal generation in Germany

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Germany is edging ever closer to its national target of 65 per cent renewable energy by 2030, with new data showing wind and solar produced 38 per cent of the electricity consumed in the country between January and September 2018.The figures mark an increase of three percentage points over a year earlier, according to utility association BDEW, and were boosted by the renewables’ share reaching 43 per cent in the months of January, April and May. “If we have an average amount of wind in the fourth quarter, renewables could also cover 38 percent over the entire year,” BDEW said in a statement.But for the first three quarters of the year, this means that renewables produced almost 170 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), while lignite and hard coal added up to about 172 billion kWh. “Clearly, renewables are in the fast lane, while the contribution of conventional energy sources to cover gross power consumption is falling continuously,” said BDEW head Stefan Kapferer.Meanwhile, the rise in renewables generation has helped to set Germany’s carbon emissions on course for their largest drop since the 2009 recession, the Clean Energy Wire reports. Strong renewable power production and warm temperatures lowered Germany’s CO2 emissions by around 7 per cent in the first nine months of 2018, according to the calculations by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB).More: German renewables share jumps to 38% for 2018, nearly catches coal Renewables close in on coal generation in Germanylast_img read more

Trojans lose to Beavers, drop eighth straight

first_imgThe men’s basketball team could not put an end to its longest losing streak since the 1995-1996 season on Saturday, falling to Oregon State (13-7, 3-5) at Gill Coliseum, 78-59. The Trojans (5-15, 0-7) have lost eight straight games and are the only team in the Pac-12 without a conference victory.Not quite enough · The Trojans had three players in double figures Saturday night, including sophomore guard Maurice Jones. USC was down by 14 at halftime and did not hold a lead past the 14-minute mark in the first half. The Trojans are now 5-15 overall. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanAfter jumping to an early 8-5 advantage, USC relinquished its lead to the Beavers with 14:15 remaining in the first half and never got it back. Oregon State led 36-22 going into the break and cruised to an easy win after outscoring the Trojans by five in the final 20 minutes of action. USC played a sloppy game, committing 18 turnovers and struggling to break out of Oregon State’s trapping defense.“When you turn the ball over as much as we did, you’re not going to have a chance to win on the road,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “They did a good job with their 1-3-1 trap; we didn’t do a good job of handling and attacking it and getting into the paint.”Freshman guard Byron Wesley led the Trojans with 15 points on an efficient 7-10 shooting night. Sophomore guard Maurice Jones added 13, sophomore forward Garrett Jackson had 12 and sophomore forward Dewayne Dedmon, coming off an impressive 18-point performance against Oregon, finished with eight points and eight rebounds.The Beavers, meanwhile, were led by guard Jared Cunningham, who put up 18 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes of action.“That guy is going to play for money someday,” O’Neill said. “He’s definitely an NBA prospect, a guy who is going to play at the next level as a point guard. He’s got an NBA body, he’s a legit first team all Pac-12 player, so I’m not surprised he played like that.”Three of Oregon State’s players hit double digits, with forward Devon Collier scoring 12 points, center Joe Burton with 11 and guard Ahmad Starks with 10. Forward Eric Moreland chipped in defensively, contributing 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.“We played well up at Oregon, didn’t play well [on Saturday],” O’Neill said. “Oregon State played well, and they deserved to win.”The Trojans had just seven scholarship players on the roster because of an assortment of injuries, prompting O’Neill to insert junior walk-on Daniel Munoz into the starting lineup. Munoz finished with three points, two assists, and four turnovers in twelve minutes on the court.“The bottom line is when you’ve got two walk-ons in your rotation and you’re starting one of them, it’s not going to be a good situation,” O’Neill said.O’Neill will need to decide whether to keep Munoz as the starting point guard when the Trojans return home for a matchup against Colorado (13-6, 5-2) on Thursday. The Trojans will follow that up with a game against Utah (5-14, 2-5) on Jan. 28.“We’ll see how it goes,’ O’Neill said. “Daniel played really well the other night, he didn’t play so well tonight, but all of these guys are in roles they really can’t handle right now because of all of our injury problems.”With so many players out of the rotation, a return to the Galen Center might be the one thing the Trojans have going for them as they attempt to squash an eight-game losing streak.last_img read more

Ghana’s Thomas Partey scores against Valencia but Atletico fail to win yet again [PHOTOS]

first_imgGhanaian midfielder, Thomas Partey scored his second league goal of the season for Atletico Madrid on Friday night against Valencia.However, his struggling side failed to hold on to the lead as they drew 2-2.Marcos Llorente had put Atleti ahead in the 15th minute with a close-range finish but Valencia found an equaliser with five minutes to go in the half, as Gabriel Paulista headed home.Partey then stepped up with a superb shot from outside the box to give Atletico the lead two minutes before the break.Diego Simeone’s side would have been hoping to pick up their first win in seven games, across all competitions but those hopes were dented when Jeffery Kondogbia bundled home for Valencia.The point takes Valencia, who have failed to win three of their last five games to sixth while Atletico remain in fourth place, 12 points behind leaders Real Madrid.They are just one point above Sevilla who have played a match less.After the game, Partey told reporters that he and his teammates will keep working hard in order to ensure they start getting more positive results.“Valencia play well and are strong at their stadium. They had the ball and we tried to play our game. We have to keep working hard, because results will come if we do so,” our midfielder said.last_img read more

Heisler: Lakers already closing in on Anthony Davis, but with lots of competition

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Come to the Bucks, man,” Giannis Antetokuonmpo told Davis after their game. “Come to the Bucks.”Davis didn’t comment.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Actually, Davis, who played through illness in Milwaukee, declined to talk to the press … perhaps further upset at the latest furor after James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin that trading for A.D. “would be amazing. Like, duh. That would be incredible.”Unfortunately for A.D., Giannis extended his invitation to join him in a hall, surrounded by press people … making it the first star-to-star pitch witnessed in real time.Of course, nothing can happen unless Davis, who’s under contract through 2019, demands a trade. Now, the latest entry in the campaign to woo Anthony Davis:(Fill in your favorite team’s name here.)What was once mere speculation is now a folk movement as the schedule – aka the Pelican Death March – winds through Boston, where Celtics fans see Davis as their next Bill Russell … to Milwaukee, where the Pelicans took another loss and A.D. got another pitch … to Staples Center, where Lakerdom, starting with LeBron James, sees him as next in their line of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal.Yes, it’s come to that. The Lakers are now vying for a superstar with Milwaukee, the Great White North of the NBA. If Lakers president Magic Johnson, or anyone in any front office, said what James and Antetokuonmpo did, the NBA would fine them hundreds of thousands of dollars for tampering.Players, on the other hand, are allowed carte blanche to recruit each other.Something similar happened in Boston where The Athletic reported Kyrie Irving and Davis spoke “about what it would be like to play together in Boston, according to a league source.”Not that this may reflect anything more than furious internet competition for “scoops” with “league sources” passing along hearsay, so the A.D.-Kyrie talks might have been anything from serious to fleeting.With A.D. seeming to tilt toward the Lakers after dumping his agent to hire LeBron’s pal, Rich Paul, I’d guess it went like this:Kyrie: “You’ve got to come here. We’d be great together!”A.D.: “Yeah, that would be cool.”This just in! More teams are expected to let Davis know they want him, too: Atlanta, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, and that’s just through the C’s.Nevertheless, this looks real, rather than a media hype with little basis in fact … like the courtship of James by desperate New York fans from 2008 to 2010, before the Knicks’ declining fortunes knocked them out of the running at the end when it came down to Miami and Cleveland.Wherever the Pelicans go, they’re obliged to rally around Davis with Coach Alvin Gentry proclaiming he’s theirs and will stay that way, and A.D. agreeing … up to a point.“We’re not trading him,” Gentry said before Friday’s loss to the Lakers. “He’s under contract another year and a half. That’s the easy part on our side. That’s from our owner all the way down to the last ball boy on our team. We’re not trading him.”Gentry has been a favorite with the local press from his days as Clippers coach and an assistant on Doc Rivers’ staff.Nevertheless, I’d guess what Alvin is really thinking is: “We’re not trading him. Hopefully, we’ll right the ship, he’ll be moved to stay and this will go away. In the meantime, we’ll keep the faith since that’s all we have left.”Of course, the Pelicans won’t trade Davis until they know they must. A.D. is signaling that his decision point will come this summer, when the team is sure to offer him a “super-max” extension worth approximately $240 million, $87 million more than any other team can.Unfortunately for the Pelicans, it doesn’t look like even that will be enough.“I’d take legacy over money,” Davis told Yahoo’s Chris Haynes last week. “I want to have a legacy. All my people that look up to me, the younger kids, I want them to know about A.D.’s legacy. Championships, the things I do in the community, being a good teammate, playing hard.”Oops. The Pelicans shot from 34-48 to 48-34 last season, but are now 15-18, No. 13 in the West, with A.D. noting he must play “almost perfect” to win.Put it all together and it spells “death spiral.”For the maraschino cherry atop the sundae of the Pelicans’ misery, A.D. went to dinner with James after the loss to the Lakers.LeBron’s comments about trading for Davis burned up the NBA last week with small markets worried their stars might be looted next.Nevertheless, the league put out the word that tampering applies only to management, as much as LeBron pushes the envelope.Of course, the Lakers could tell you how little it can mean to be a mega-market, or even the NBA’s most glamorous franchise, which is what they were when the bottom dropped out after their 2010 title.The Lakers are once more the stars’ destination of choice with the gregarious James, the Pied Piper of NBA players, in the place of Kobe Bryant, an entity unto himself who inspired more respect than affection.The fix is, indeed, in with Davis, as Charles Barkley noted last week, making it official, at least as a conspiracy theory.Not that it was any surprise with LeBron’s history of coordinating his moves with peers, be they stars like Dwyane Wade or role players like Mike Miller.The A.D.-to-Lakers story is now galloping miles ahead of current events. NBA team officials seem reconciled to Davis joining the Lakers, but worry he’ll demand a short-term deal – as LeBron did in Cleveland and Miami – signaling stars’ intentions to exert even more power.In real life, this will take months to play out, presumably in the summer. For the moment, at least, A.D. looks like he’s on track, heading straight into the heart of Lakerdom.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more