The ‘Base Load’ Myth Propagated by Fossil Fuel Interests FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Giles Parkinson for Renew Economy:According to Tim Buckley, from the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, the idea of “base load” generation as an essential part of the energy mix is becoming redundant, and turning into a myth dreamed up by the fossil fuel industry to protect its interests.“It’s as dangerous as the marketing term of “clean coal” and the idea that coal is “good for humanity”,” Buckley says.New data bears this out. In China, thermal power plant utilisation rates (capacity factors) declined from 56.2 per cent on average in 2014 to a record low of just 50.9 per cent in 2015.“This highlights coal is not ‘base load’, even in China,” Buckley says. “It is the marginal source of supply. Coal-fired power plants aren’t designed to run only half the time, but that is what is happening in China, and increasingly that is occurring in India as well.”“Base load is not a technical concept, it is an economic concept and a business concept of the coal industry that is no longer feasible,” says Sven Teske, an analyst with the Institute for Sustainable Futures in Sydney.“Baseload is a myth, but it is so deeply rooted in the debate that it will take a number of years to change perception. It’s a bit like going from analog to digital, it is a different way of operating the system.”He says the focus is now on renewable energy, and on flexible generation, demand management, and energy efficiency.Full article: “Base load” power: a myth used to defend the fossil fuel industry
‘Trouble ahead’The US outbreak, once centered around densely populated New York City, has since infected communities from coast to coast. Experts believe that spread has been driven in part by summer vacation travel.”This is a predictor of trouble ahead,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases official, told CNN on Thursday.Fauci was speaking after the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, identified new areas of concern during a telephone call with state and local officials on Wednesday.Baltimore and Atlanta remain at a “very high level,” as well as Kansas City, Portland, Omaha and California’s Central Valley, Birx said on the call, a recording of which was obtained by the journalism nonprofit Center for Public Integrity.White House data shows small increases in the percentage of positive tests in Chicago, Boston, Detroit and Washington.On the positive side, medical professionals have a better understanding of what they are dealing with, said Dr. Khalilah Gates, a pulmonary and critical care specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.”We don’t know all of it, but it’s not the fear of the unknown anymore,” she told Reuters.Trump has urged state and local authorities to re-open public schools for in-person learning and Fauci has said children should be sent back to class as soon as possible.But many school districts nationwide, including two of the largest, Los Angeles and Chicago, have opted for online instruction.In rural Mississippi’s Corinth school district, where schools opened two weeks ago, five COVID-19 infections forced some students and teachers into quarantine, Superintendent Edward Lee Childress said on Facebook Live.The decision to reopen schools took into account the “inevitable moment” that COVID-19 would be detected and contact tracing plans triggered, Childress said.”We’re going to have some more positive cases. We know it will happen,” he said.Although the number of Americans seeking jobless benefits fell last week, a staggering 31.3 million people were receiving unemployment checks in mid-July. Other data on Thursday showed a 54% surge in job cuts announced by employers in July.The State Department on Thursday lifted an advisory from March that US citizens should avoid all international travel due to the pandemic. But American travelers are still restricted or banned in many parts of the world, including the European Union and Canada. Nearly 300,000 Americans could be dead from COVID-19 by Dec. 1, University of Washington health experts forecast on Thursday, although they said 70,000 lives could be saved if people were scrupulous about wearing masks.The prediction by the university’s widely cited Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation comes as top White House infectious disease advisors warned that major US cities could erupt as new hot spots if officials there were not vigilant with counter-measures.”We’re seeing a rollercoaster in the United States. It appears that people are wearing masks and socially distancing more frequently as infections increase, then after a while as infections drop, people let their guard down,” Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the IHME said in announcing the university’s latest forecast. Topics : The US death toll stands at over 159,000, the most of any country in the world, with 4.8 million known cases. (Open https://tmsnrt.rs/2WTOZDR in an external browser for a Reuters interactive graphic)The IHME said infections were falling in former epicenters of Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas, but rising in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia. Those findings are consistent with Reuters tallies.Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, on Thursday said he had tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of a planned meeting with President Donald Trump, but had experienced no symptoms of the illness.Tennessee and North Carolina reported record single-day increases in deaths on Thursday with 42 and 73, respectively.
Meanwhile,Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte has heaped praise on Diego Godin ahead of their Europa League final against Sevilla. read also:Europa final: We are ready for Sevilla, Lautaro warns Conte admits Godin had to transform his game following his arrival from Atletico Madrid. The coach remarked: “He had to learn to defend while running forward, and to learn to defend with 50 yards of space behind him. “He had the strength, professionalism and humility to make himself available and broaden his game in terms of playing style. “So, credit to him. He put himself out there and took on the new challenge, and now he is seeing great results.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Sevilla president, Jose Castro, has said they won’t be intimidated facing Inter Milan in the Europa League final. The two teams meet in Cologne on Friday night. “We have knocked three big clubs out so far, all of whom had bigger budgets and more competitive squads, and yet we eliminated them,” Castro told Canal Sur. “We know it’s difficult, but also that we are transformed in this competition and are capable of achieving anything. Inter have double our budget and are having a magnificent tournament, but I like difficult challenges.” Sevilla are serial Europa League winners, ending up victorious in all five previous Finals in 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015 and 2016. “We know what Finals are like. There are other clubs preparing for the next season, while we are proud to instead be competing for silverware. “If we should close the campaign with the Europa League trophy, it’d be a huge success. That’s what we want to achieve.”Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemDid You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World