On the Blogs: New York Grid Update Widens Market for Renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Katherine Tweed for Greentech Media:New York has an ambitious goal of getting 50 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030. To get there, the state will need to expand grid infrastructure to deliver renewable power from rural areas to load centers.But the state won’t always have to build new infrastructure — it can do more with what it has.The New York Power Authority and New York State Electric & Gas have just finished the first project that shows what is possible using existing infrastructure.NYPA completed a $120 million transmission upgrade, called the Marcy South Series Compensation Project, that will move up to 440 megawatts of additional capacity from upstate, where there are abundant wind and hydro resources, to downstate cities.“Marcy South is a prime example of how we can do more with existing assets,” Richard Kauffman, chair of energy and finance for New York, said in a statement.Instead of building new transmission, NYPA and NYSEG collaborated to connect portions of their grids with ABB capacitor banks installed in the middle of the state. The project is a part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s energy highway initiative that was established in 2012. The initiative calls for nearly $6 billion to modernize New York’s transmission system in order to enable more clean energy development.“This is a traditional transmission upgrade that utilities are turning to more and more, when additional capacity is needed or when power needs to travel further to get to load centers,” said Ben Kellison, director of grid research at GTM Research.New York Links Power Lines to Bring Renewables From Upstate to Downstate On the Blogs: New York Grid Update Widens Market for Renewableslast_img read more

Analysis: Can Dodgers maintain their edge without pennant-race drama?

first_img“I’m not worried at all,” he said. “We want to win every day. It’s so much fun to win.”The Dodgers have had so much fun winning that they do have something to play for down the stretch – the major-league record for wins. At 79-32, the Dodgers are just one win behind where the 2001 Seattle Mariners and 1906 Chicago Cubs were after 111 games. Those teams finished with 116 wins, the most in major-league history.The Dodgers would need to finish 37-14 to match that – a .725 winning percentage that would actually be a step back from the .769 pace (70-21) they have been on since Cody Bellinger made his debut on April 25.The Mariners finished strong during their 116-win season, going 35-15 over their final 50 games – and then fell short of the World Series, losing to the New York Yankees in the ALCS.Finishing the regular season hot or cold is not the issue, Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood says. It’s about maintaining what this team has established over four months now.“Ever since (Clayton) Kershaw was asked if we were just on a hot streak (before the All-Star break) and said ‘Maybe this is just who we are’ that’s the attitude we’ve taken,” Wood said. “At this point, I think this is just who we are. We don’t have to worry about taking momentum into the playoffs or anything like that. We don’t have to try and hope we get hot going into the playoffs. We just have to continue to be who we are.“I’m sure there will be a time before the end of the season when we might lose a couple games. But our floor is so high, we don’t worry about that.”For all their “team-first” preaching – and ample evidence that they have practiced what they preach this season – it ironically could be chasing individual goals that helps the Dodgers keep their edge down the stretch, according to Justin Turner.“I think everyone’s going to stay hungry. Everybody personally wants to have success,” said Turner – who could be the Dodgers’ first batting champ since Tommy Davis in 1962 and 1963. “Nobody wants to go and give away two months’ worth of at-bats. I think guys are going to keep going and keep trying to press the threshold for their own personal marks. Like Yasi (Puig) with 21 homers (a personal best). Every one he hits after that is setting the bar higher. Cody has 500 (homers), I guess, already this year so he’s going to keep going.“Up and down the lineup, I think guys are playing to keep raising the bar for themselves.”Individual numbers could take a hit if Dodgers manager Dave Roberts opts to start resting his players more frequently down the stretch – or when injured players such as veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Andre Ethier and Kershaw are re-integrated into the picture at the expense of others.But Roberts said he has no worries about his team maintaining its focus and standard of play over the eight weeks of regular season which remain.“I know our players. It’s just that simple,” Roberts said. “I know our players and they realize that we haven’t done anything yet. You’ve just gotta focus on the day to day. That’s why at the All-Star break I wasn’t worried about us sustaining momentum or (trips when) you get in late ‘Are we going to be up to play the next day?’ That stuff doesn’t concern me.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In the meantime, isn’t it going to be, you know, boring for them?“No, absolutely not. Why would you say that?” Dodgers infielder Logan Forsythe said with a laugh. “Our approach all season has been to come to work each day and try to find a way to win a game that day. We don’t want to get away from that.”Forsythe doesn’t see that slacking off just because the Dodgers have no reason to scoreboard watch and no one in different uniforms to keep the fire lit for them.“I don’t think we will let that happen – because we don’t want it to happen,” he said. “We see how good we can be and we want to continue to be that good.”Kenley Jansen sees it just as simply.center_img PHOENIX >> OK – so now what?The Dodgers have made a mockery of the National League West race. They went into Monday’s games with a 15 1/2-game lead over the second-place Colorado Rockies (16 over the Arizona Diamondbacks). They even lead the Houston Astros by a thick eight games for the best record in baseball.The Dodgers could go 21-30 the rest of the way and still win 100 games for the first time since 1974. They could go a disastrous 16-35 the rest of the way and the Rockies would have to win 31 of their final 50 games just to catch them.Dodgers fans might be starting to line up for the championship parade. But the Dodgers still have 51 games to play – nearly a third of the season – before they can get on with the real business of trying to actually win that championship.last_img read more

Poll reveals fans don’t think NFL or college football will be played this year

first_imgSo will the 2020 NFL and college football season be completely canceled? We’ll have to wait and see.The NFLPA board voted this week in favor of not playing any preseason games ahead of the 2020 season, while the FBS season is supposed to begin on Aug. 29.Several conferences have already been forced to cancel the 2020 season. Click here for the most recent cancellations. Will NFL and college football games be played this fall during the coronavirus pandemic? Most Americans don’t think so, according to a recent Harris Poll.From USA Today: “Only 32% think the NFL will have a season and just 24% think college football will be played, according to data released by The Harris Poll, which said it surveyed 1,970 U.S. adults last weekend.”MORE: Why NFL preseason games are being canceled in 2020The poll shows Americans aren’t feeling optimistic about the ability of any sports leagues to play during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.”Only 29% of Americans believe the NBA will be able to finish its season set to start July 30, and only 45 percent believe MLB will be able to complete its season scheduled to begin Thursday, according to Harris Poll,” per USA Today.last_img read more