Court Stay a ‘Bump in the Road’ as States Continue With Clean-Utility Plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Analee Grant for SNL:Before the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan was put on hold by the Supreme Court, many states — even those requesting the stay — were on track to creating a workable plan in time for the September deadline for initial submissions.Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., along with a panel of experts at Brookings, thinks states will likely continue with some form of planning for decarbonization. Jonas Monast, director of the climate and energy program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, said states made certain decisions following the stay directly related to the Clean Power Plan, but that does not mean they will stop pursuing cleaner power resources.Ritter said one of the unintended consequences of the stay is that it took away the regulatory certainty the Clean Power Plan provided utilities when making resource planning decisions. “Utilities are very concerned that their business model is a 20th-century business model and actually does not fit with this 21st-century energy world … that we live in,” Ritter said.Utilities likely will continue to consider the Clean Power Plan in their resource planning for that reason, Ritter said, citing Xcel Energy Inc. as an example. The company confirmed that it had received at least one extension from Colorado officials for a planning document in anticipation of new information from the state’s Clean Power Plan stakeholder process. But Xcel Energy intends to continue with its “Our Energy Future” plan and to support the state’s efforts to create sound plans for a sustainable and affordable energy future. A renewable energy plan will be filed with Colorado regulators at the end of February. Neither the stay of the carbon rule nor the ultimate outcome of the litigation against it is expected to alter Xcel Energy’s planning schedule. Many utilities have echoed similar sentiments.Ritter called the Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan a dramatic event, but a “bump in the road” in the overall future of the Clean Power Plan.With carbon rule in limbo, experts urge states to move on with planning anyway Court Stay a ‘Bump in the Road’ as States Continue With Clean-Utility Planslast_img read more

This home at Upper Caboolture offers a serene tropical retreat

first_img4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureSurrounding bushland and gardens make this quaint home feel like it’s in the heart of a tropical paradise.It was one of the main reasons Ali Johnston decided to buy the property at 4 Downey Court, Upper Caboolture. 4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureIt has a firepit as well as built-in seating off the main patio and she has put tropical plants along the back fence.“That just gives it that tropical feeling,” she said. “When I wake up in the morning, I have all the birds calling out and it just sounds like I’m at a tropical resort.” 4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureMs Johnston said the patio was her favourite part of the home.“The living areas actually look out to the back patio,” she said.“That was a big thing for me – to be able to see from all rooms the garden.”She said the cul-de-sac was quiet and the neighbours were friendly.Ms Johnston is sad to say goodbye to the home but needs to return to Sydney.“If I could pack this house up and take it back with me I would,” she said.center_img 4 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureShe moved to the area from Sydney after reading reviews of the highly rated suburb online.“I really wanted to be able to have a good-sized block of land and affordability was a big thing as well,” Ms Johnston said.The four-bedroom home is on a 605sq m block.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 20194 Downey Court, Upper CabooltureThe master bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, while the other three bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.The home has an open floorplan with the living and dining areas flowing into the kitchen and family room. There is access to the outdoor patio from the dining and family rooms.The home was move-in ready, but Ms Johnston has added her own touches to parts of it, including landscaping the large backyard.last_img read more

UK’s Johnson discharged from hospital

first_imgJohnson, the highest-profile leader tocontract the virus characterised by high fevers and coughing, voiced confidencethat Britain would beat the pandemic in a candid video message after he wasdischarged from a state-run National Health Service hospital. “We will defeat this coronavirus and defeat it together,” Boris Johnson vowed, thanking medics he said saved his life “no question.” LONDON – Virus-stricken British PrimeMinister Boris Johnson thanked medics for saving his life after leavinghospital on Easter Sunday, as hundreds of millions of Christians observed theholiday under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.center_img “I hope they won’t mind if Imention in particular two nurses who stood by my bedside for 48 hours whenthings could have gone either way,” said 55-year-old Johnson, who wasadmitted on April 5 to a London hospital where he spent three days in intensivecare. (AFP)last_img read more

Cricket News One has to be a match-winner for the country: Lasith Malinga after ODI retirement

first_img New Delhi: The first ODI between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the R Premadasa stadium on Friday after the end of their poor ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaigns had a huge significance for the hosts. Lasith Malinga, the bowling spearhead who made a name for himself with his slinging action, brilliant death overs bowling and ability to take hat-tricks at will, was playing his last ODI. Sri Lanka was boosted by a brilliant 111 from Kusal Perera as they reached 314/8. In response, the Sri Lankan crowds witnessed a Malinga special as he sent back Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar. With Bangladesh reeling, the stage was set for Malinga to bow out with the ultimate farewell. Bowling his final over, Malinga got the wicket of Mustafizur Rahman with a full ball for 18 as Bangladesh lost by 91 runs. Malinga ended with figures of 9.4-2-38-3 and ended with 338 wickets, the ninth-best among bowlers in ODIs going past Anil Kumble’s mark. Speaking after the end of the match, Malinga said it was the right time to retire from ODIs and urged future players to be match-winners for the country. “I have been playing for the last 15 years for Sri Lanka and this is the right time to move on. My time is over and I have to go. Winning is very important for me; We are a young team. I tried my best throughout my career. Some of the young bowlers in the country have a good ability, so they need to try and produce match-winning spells. You have to be a match-winner for your team, that’s my advice,” Malinga said.Also Read | Lasith Malinga asks BIG question to himself ahead of World Cup 2019Before Malinga came on to bowl, he was given a guard of honour by both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh players and he bid an emotional goodbye to all the fans at the Premadasa. In the post-match press conference, Malinga revealed his mode of operation that had yielded him so much success in the last 15 years. ” I only targeted to ball in fuller length. That delivery gives you 3 options to get a batsman out. Either bowled, lbw or snick. Short or back of length delivery only gives an edge. Why should I try otherwise when I can get success in one delivery?,” Malinga said.Also Read | Lasith Malinga aces the art of redemption after Mumbai Indians’ one-run win in IPL 2019 finalMalinga has left a big impression in world cricket during his 15 years. His ability to nail the yorkers at will set the template for death-overs bowling. His slingy action made him unique. He created history by becoming the first bowler to take four wickets in four balls during the World Cup encounter against South Africa in Guyana during the 2007 World Cup edition. Malinga has also taken three hat-tricks in ODIs which is the most by any bowler. In the Indian Premier League, Malinga is the leading wicket-taker and played a major part in Mumbai Indians’ four IPL title triumphs, including the last one against Chennai Super Kings in Hyderabad which they won by one run when he trapped Shardul Thakur LBW with two runs needed off the last ball. Lasith Malinga is the leading wicket-taker in ODIs for Sri Lanka.Malinga has the ninth-highest wickets in ODIs with 338 wickets.Malinga is the only bowler to take four wickets in four balls. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

NBA wrap: James Harden notches 50-point triple-double; Kings eliminated from playoff contention

first_img His array of dribble moves fooled Sacramento’s defense all night, and he made it known it couldn’t stop him.🐐 pic.twitter.com/3NzJbr93mp— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 30, 2019Harden recorded an NBA-record fifth 50-point triple-double. It is his ninth 50-point scoring night of 2018-19. He is one of the front-runners for the MVP award in 2019 and has continued to make a case for himself. Related News Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis accused of sexual assault hours after tearing ACL, report says James Harden has had stellar offensive performances all year, but his performance on Saturday stands out.The Rockets’ superstar recorded 50 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his team’s 119-108 victory over the Kings. Clint Capela was Houston’s second-leading scorer, contributing 24 points and 15 rebounds to the cause.Sacramento’s Bogdan Bogdanovic nearly tallied his own triple-double. He totaled 24 points, eight assists and nine rebounds in the contest.The Rockets are just one win away from reaching 50 victories this season. They are still within reach of first place in the Western Conference, but the Kings have officially been eliminated from playoff contention.Studs of the NightD’Angelo Russell totaled 29 points and 10 assists as Brooklyn took down Boston 110-96.Aaron Gordon posted 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the Magic’s 121-116 victory against the Pacers.Ben Simmons’ 20 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists lifted the 76ers over the Timberwolves 118-109.Devin Booker poured in 48 points and dished out 11 assists in Phoenix’s 120-115 loss to Memphis.Duds of the NightPatrick Beverley squeaked by with four points on 1-of-10 shooting in the Clippers’ 132-108 win over the Cavaliers.Al-Farouq Aminu was held scoreless on 0-of-9 shooting in Portland’s 99-90 loss to Detroit.Kyle Lowry scored 10 points on 2-of-10 shooting as Toronto blew out Chicago 124-101.HighlightsBen Simmons did a 180 and finished an impressive reverse layup against the Timberwolves. Ben Simmons spins in mid-air and knocks down the reverse layup!#HereTheyCome 84#AllEyesNorth 72📺: @NBATV pic.twitter.com/lxnAI5Phuv— NBA (@NBA) March 31, 2019James Johnson knifed through the lane to finish a powerful dunk against the Knicks in the Heat’s 100-92 triumph.James Johnson drops the hammer at MSG! #HeatCulture pic.twitter.com/dx0WPLNlcw— NBA (@NBA) March 31, 2019What’s Next?Grizzlies (30-45) at Clippers (46-31) 10:30 ET — Los Angeles has had an up-and-down season. But it has won eight of its last 10 games and sits just a half game back from the Jazz for the fifth spot in the Western Conference standings. The Clippers’ performances for the rest of the regular season could change the playoff picture.last_img read more