New Mexico utility moves up carbon-free goal, reaffirms San Juan coal plant closure FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Albuquerque Journal:Public Service Company of New Mexico says all its electric generation will be carbon-free by 2040, five years earlier than required under the state’s new Energy Transition Act.PNM President, Chairman and CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn announced a plan to accelerate its clean-energy goals Monday afternoon during an event at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, members of the state’s U.S. congressional delegation, and local and state officials attended the event, timed to coincide with Earth Day.The Energy Transition Act, which the state Legislature passed this year and the governor signed into law, requires New Mexico’s public utilities to derive 50 percent of their electricity from renewable resources by 2030 and 80 percent by 2040, followed by a transition to completely carbon-free generation by 2045.PNM said it has since realized it can achieve those goals five years early, Vincent-Collawn said at the event.Coinciding with the announcement, PNM released a general overview of how it plans to achieve the goals. It reaffirmed previous commitments to completely shut down the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station outside Farmington in 2022 and pull out of the nearby Four Corners Power Plant by 2031. That alone will cut emissions by more than 70 percent, according to PNM.Starting in 2028, the company will also begin closing natural gas plants around the state, with the last ones shuttered by 2040. It will replace lost generation with renewable resources like wind and solar, and possibly geothermal power.More: PNM to be carbon free five years sooner
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Sitting atop the WCHA standings with a 23-1-3 record and a No. 2 national ranking, it’s inevitable that the UW women’s hockey team of 2006-07 would draw comparisons to the national championship-winning team of a year ago.Despite being hesitant to compare current teams to those of years past, Badgers coach Mark Johnson recognizes and understands the relationship between this year’s team and last year’s.“I try not to compare previous years,” Johnson said at a press conference Monday. “What you try to do is try to feed off experiences.”With so many players returning from 2005-06, memories of last season’s championship have driven this year’s squad, while providing an abundance of cumulative experiences.“The players had a wonderful experience last year winning a championship, so they have a better idea from that standpoint [of] what it takes to get to the end and give themselves an opportunity win another championship,” Johnson said.Although the Badgers had a slightly better record last season through their first 27 games at 24-1-2, this year’s team has still built off of the success from a year ago.“I’ve seen improvement,” Johnson said. “I’ve seen some areas that maybe last year we weren’t as strong in, where this year we’re a little bit stronger in those areas because of those experiences the kids have gone through.”Badgers must stay up for all opponents — good or badEven though they have gone unscathed since returning in early January from a month-long break, the Badgers have done so against a relatively unimpressive roster of opponents, including conference doormat North Dakota and a weak Providence team.But regardless of the opponent, the Badgers must continue to play hard each game in order to be successful.“When you’re playing the top teams, it’s easier to prepare because you know the kids are motivated,” Johnson said. “There’s something at stake.”Such was the case earlier this month.With conference supremacy at stake in the series against Minnesota, Wisconsin was able to pull through with a pair of wins.“When you play a team that isn’t ranked or isn’t near the top it becomes challenging,” Johnson said in contrast to playing better opponents like the Gophers. “I call [those games against weaker opponents] the dog days of January.“It’s a grinding part of the season.”With a home series this weekend against Minnesota State, a team that has never beaten Wisconsin, the Badgers will once again have to find a way to get fired up despite playing a lackluster opponent.Johnson leaves team in capable hands while off with national teamAs the Badgers prepared for their return to the ice in January, they were left without their head coach, as Johnson was forced to miss practice for a few days due to national team requirements.As a result, assistant coaches Tracy Cornell and Dan Koch were left in charge of preparing the team for its second-half return.“[Cornell] and [Koch] were responsible for about five or six days of practice when I was in Lake Placid with the national team,” Johnson said. “We had mapped out what we wanted to do, but they had to follow through.”And follow through they did, as the Badgers, with Johnson back at the helm, proved they were plenty prepared with the sweep of a talented Minnesota team on the road.“After the game — our first game in Minneapolis — I complimented them (my assistant coaches) in front of the team because they had prepared our team very well for that weekend,” Johnson said.Koch and Cornell, in their sixth and eighth seasons respectively with the Badgers, are both important members of the program and have contributed to the success of the team and the program.“They complement my weaknesses,” Johnson said. “I think any good staff that you’re able to put together, where people bring different things to the table, only solidifies the strength of your organization.“Hopefully the kids benefit from the three of us being their coaches.”
LONDON, CMC – West Indian batsman Shai Hope’s back-to-back unbeaten hundreds in the recent one-day series against Bangladesh, has catapulted him into the top 10 of the ICC batting rankings.In the latest one-day rankings released on Sunday, the 25-year-old Hope jumped 17 spots and now lies at a career-best eighth place.Indian stroke-maker Virat Kohli continues in number one in an unchanged top five.Hope finished the three-match series against Bangladesh with 297 runs to be adjudged Man-of-the-Series, even though West Indies went down 2-1 in the rubber.He carved out a superb unbeaten 146 in the series-levelling four-wicket win in Dhaka before hitting 108 not out in the decisive third game which the Caribbean side lost by eight wickets in Sylhet.Hope now has four career ODI hundreds with three of them coming inside his last seven innings. He averages an outstanding 47 – one of the highest in world cricket among current players.Shimron Hetmyer is the next best-ranked West Indies player at 40th.The only other bright spots for the Windies were the fast bowling pair of Oshane Thomas and Keemo Paul. While Thomas jumped 28 places to 146th in the bowling rankings, Paul moved up 53 spots to be 179th.Both ended with four wickets in the series.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse, missing the tour of Bangladesh through injury, is the highest-ranked West Indies bowler at 38th, with India fast bowling star Jasprit Bumrah top of the charts.
Share StumbleUpon BHA extends racing suspension beyond end of April April 16, 2020 Submit Related Articles Andrew Morgan, international manager and senior editor at Independent Content Services, suggests ways bookmakers can leverage content to get the jump on their rivals during and after the upcoming Cheltenham Festival.With the Cheltenham Festival just a few weeks away, sportsbook operators will be putting the finishing touches to their battle plans as they do their utmost to stand out from the crowd. The usual methods will be deployed from quirky/outrageous television ads to overly generous welcome offers via special odds. While these techniques can be highly effective at driving new player sign-ups during the Festival, they do little to ensure they remain loyal after the event. It must be remembered that bookmakers are no longer just facilitators of odds and markets; they must be information hubs that provide news, features, data, analysis and insights to their players. This content takes the form of written, audio, and visual, and allows players to remain constantly connected to a betting brand. So how can bookmakers use content to get the jump on their rivals during the Cheltenham Festival, and keep them engaged after? It’s important to understand that horseracing fans are, almost by definition, likely to be punters. As such, they are invaluable to bookmakers, but they are savvy and tend to have many bookmaker accounts which is why differentiation – particularly via content – is vital to win them over and drive long-term loyalty. One way this can be achieved is through racing commentary radio. Punters like to be informed and experience the thrills and spills associated with their bet, and audio coverage is the most effective way of doing this. This takes the form of a radio broadcast which provides all of the build-up and prices, as well as live commentary of all races. In addition, broadcasts from key events such as the Cheltenham Festival can include big-name interviews with riders and trainers as well as general paddock observations.It is about transporting the punter right to the heart of the action, adding an additional level of interaction and engagement with their bet. Of course, broadcasts must be available across desktop and mobile platforms – the latter is particularly important as it allows the punter to remain connected to the bookmaker while out and about (doing chores around the house, sat on a train, driving to work, walking the dog, etc) or while second screening. Operators must also acknowledge the difference in content that horseracing punters are seeking compared with fans of other sports. A key consideration is stats and data; racing bettors like to study the form and get tips from a reliable source. While some operators do offer this type of content, the way information is presented is often hard to decipher. This led us to develop and launch beforetheoff.com (BTO), which provides data, stats and analysis via easy to digest visual pointers in an innovative new-style of racecard display.This includes a brilliant media centre which delivers dynamic infographics and banners for each race and even for each horse running in all races, plus we use the data to deliver hand-crafted comments, verdicts and tips along with preview videos.Beforetheoff.com can be white-labelled to great effect – we recently launched a branded version of the website for The Telegraph – which crunches thousands of pieces of information to produce ratings, trends and statistics that give punters a vital steer when it comes to making their wager. It also identifies value as it produces odds for each runner which can be compared against live prices. Other features include star ratings and other key indices. In addition to audio and written content, bookmakers should also launch visual broadcasts from their sites. This can include previews of major events broadcast from a studio environment similar to Sky Sports Gillette Soccer Saturday. Pundits can discuss the event, the form of the horses and riders entered, as well as the latest odds and markets. These broadcasts are ideal for sharing on social media, providing another platform through which to engage punters. These are just three ways in which horserace betting operators can leverage content to not only attract and retain players during blockbuster events such as Cheltenham Festival, but also to ensure they keep coming back for more in the long-term. Sure, operators also need to look more closely at product and marketing, but the power of content should not be overlooked. Share Irish racing cancelled as Varadkar increases COVID-19 measures March 25, 2020 Paris tracks face second shutdown as government changes coronavirus policy May 20, 2020