FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Agri-Pulse:The cost of building some renewable energy generators is down, according to a data analysis released this week by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Among newly constructed utility-scale electric generators in 2016, annual capacity-weighted average construction costs for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and onshore wind turbines fell.New construction for wind and solar power were among the year’s most popular generation additions, with natural gas rounding out the top three. These three technologies accounted for approximately 93 percent of added capacity. Total electric generating capacity increased 50 percent over 2015.Solar PV construction has steadily declined since 2013 when costs were $3,705 per kilowatt (kW) for construction. In 2016, the construction cost was $2,436 per kW as 500 PV generating units added 8 gigawatts (GW) to the energy mix. The EIA could not predict how 2018 tariffs on imported panels might affect future solar PV costs.Wind capacity additions were the most popular in 2016. Utilities added 84 wind turbine projects with a total of 8.8 GW. Construction costs were down slightly from 2015, at $1,630 per kW. The data show capacity-weighted costs were lower for larger wind plants due to shared infrastructure costs.Unlike PV solar and wind generation, construction costs for natural gas generators increased slightly in 2016. In 2016, 100 natural gas-fired generators, totaling 9.8 GW, were added to the electric grid.More: Construction costs decline for wind, solarKallanish Energy:Nearly 500 PV generating units totaling 8,000 megawatts (MW) were added to the electric grid in 2016, making it the second-most common technology installed in 2016, after wind turbines.Utilities added 84 wind turbine projects, totaling 8,800 MW, to the electric grid in 2016. The construction costs for onshore wind generators in 2016 reached $1,630/kW, a slight decrease from 2015.Capacity-weighted costs tend to be lower for larger wind plants. In the past three years, most new wind capacity has been larger plants — 89% of 2016 wind turbine additions were to sites with more than 100 MW. As the capacity added at a site increases, the capacity-weighted construction cost decreases because the siting and infrastructure costs are shared by more turbines and capacity.Wind class — the wind speeds for which a wind turbine is optimized — can also affect wind generator costs; wind turbines designed for high- and medium-speed winds (classes 1 and 2) averaged about $100/kW more than turbines designed for low wind (class 3).In 2016, 100 natural gas-fired generators, totaling 9,800 MW, were added to the electric grid. Costs averaged $895/kW, an increase from $812/kW in 2015. Of the 9,00 MW added, 3,600 MW were combustion turbines.More: Average U.S. construction costs for solar, wind fell in 2016 Latest U.S. Energy Information Agency data: solar and wind costs trend down
City’s victory over Arsenal means Liverpool cannot seal a first league title in 30 years against Everton on Sunday, much to the blue side of Merseyside’s relief.Jurgen Klopp’s men are just two wins away from the historic feat and victory at Goodison Park will allow them the chance to win the league on home soil when Crystal Palace visit Anfield on Wednesday.“You can feel it,” said Klopp of the excitement building around his side’s return. “I feel the intensity everywhere.”The match will take place in Liverpool despite fears over fans congregating outside both stadiums in the city. Goodison and Anfield are separated by less than a mile.Klopp has urged his supporters to be “the best stay at home fans in the world”.The earliest Liverpool could now be crowned champions is on Monday should the Reds win and City lose at home to Burnley.At the other end of the table, Norwich, Villa and Bournemouth sit in the relegation zone, but just three points separate second-bottom Villa from Brighton in 15th.Rock-bottom Norwich can ramp up the pressure on those above them even more should they close to within three points of safety in the first match of the weekend against Southampton.Friday (all times GMT)Norwich v Southampton (1700), Tottenham v Manchester United (1915)SaturdayWatford v Leicester (1130), Brighton v Arsenal (1400), West Ham v Wolves (1630), Bournemouth v Crystal Palace (1845)SundayNewcastle v Sheffield United (1300), Aston Villa v Chelsea (1515), Everton v Liverpool (1800)MondayManchester City v Brighton (1900)Share on: WhatsApp Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho comes up against a former pupil, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, on FridayLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is hoping to exact revenge on former employers Manchester United, while Liverpool aim to move within one win of the title as the Premier League’s return kicks up a gear across a four-day weekend of action.The English top flight got its first taste of empty stands and strict hygiene protocols on Wednesday as Aston Villa’s goalless draw with Sheffield United and Manchester City’s 3-0 victory over Arsenal restarted the campaign.Despite the muted atmosphere, there remains plenty to play for at both ends of the table with the clash between Tottenham and United pivotal in the battle for Champions League qualification.Both sit outside the top four with nine games remaining. However, United’s position in fifth could be good enough to secure a return to the Champions League if Manchester City’s appeal against a two-season ban from European competition is unsuccessful.Spurs could prove to be the biggest winners of the three-month lockdown.Before the break, Mourinho claimed he could not wait for the season to finish as injuries to Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn appeared to have ended their campaigns.All four are now fit again and victory would lift Tottenham to within one point of the club that sacked Mourinho in December 2018.“The reality is we are now in a better position to where we were before,” said Mourinho.“We got Harry and Sonny back, the players with the best stats in terms of scoring and assists. They give us this kind of attacking power.”United were the form side in the league prior to the lockdown.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are unbeaten in 11 games but also benefited from the break as Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba return from long-term injuries.Rashford has made waves for his power off the field with a campaign to provide vulnerable children with food vouchers forcing a British government U-turn.But the England international is desperate to get back on more familiar ground after being sidelined by a back injury since January.“It’s been a long time, but I think I needed it,” Rashford told Sky Sports.“Within my body I definitely feel confident again and ready to play games. The timing has worked out well for me.”Solskjaer said Pogba is “raring to go” after an injury-ravaged season and could be paired with January signing Bruno Fernandes in the United midfield for the first time.– Liverpool excitement building –
Authorities in Mount Shasta, California have arrested a man after he arrived to the police station with a body in his vehicle and confessed to killing four people.The incident occurred at 12:11 pm Monday.Officials say the suspect walked into the lobby of the Mt Shasta Police station and told authorities that he murdered four people inside of his apartment in Roseville.Investigators found a deceased person inside the suspect’s vehicle and another three bodies inside the suspects apartment which was over 200 miles away.Investigators reported that they believe the suspect knew the victims and stated that he was not a threat to the general public.The name of the suspect and the victims have not yet been released by police. Authorities also did not provide any other details on the killings.
Mike Tomlin talks with cornerback Ike Taylor (24) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Pittsburgh, Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The math is tantalizing.The schedule is favorable.The middle of the AFC is a mess.Suddenly, things are looking up for the Pittsburgh Steelers.Consecutive wins over Buffalo and Detroit have Pittsburgh (4-6) in position to play meaningful football into December if not January.“We feel like we have a good team, but when we mention those things, people say ‘Your record says you’re not,” wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said. “We’ve just got to continue to fight this thing out and see what happens. We have to keep it going.”Cotchery allows his team’s margin for error is “nonexistent,” though the final six weeks hardly look intimidating.Starting with Sunday’s game at Cleveland (4-6), the Steelers face just one team with a winning record the rest of the way. And even that Dec. 15 showdown with AFC North-leading Cincinnati is at Heinz Field.The other five games include two against the Browns, a Thanksgiving night matchup at struggling Baltimore (4-6) and a visit by the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 8.What was billed as the return of former Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace could take a backseat to something considerably more substantial.Miami and the New York Jets are tied for the sixth and final AFC playoff spot at 5-5. Pittsburgh already owns the tiebreaker over the Jets after picking up a victory on the road last month.It’s not much hope to cling to, but it beats the alternative. The Steelers were reading the obituary on their season after a humbling 55-31 loss to New England dropped them to 2-6 at the midway point and 15th in the 16-team AFC.Two promising weeks later, they’re 10th with plenty of time left.The crossroads may have come in the fourth quarter against Detroit. The Lions had just botched a fake field goal attempt but pinned the Steelers at their own 3 early in the fourth quarter.Facing third-and-9, Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a 16-yard gain. The drive ended in a touchdown and Pittsburgh was on its way to its most significant victory of the season.“I don’t know if it’s a turning point, but hopefully we can look back in 3-4 months and say it was,” tight end Heath Miller said.This isn’t the first time this fall Pittsburgh appeared poised to break out of a rut. The Steelers beat the Jets and the Ravens after an 0-4 start and spark belief that better days were ahead.Pittsburgh then went out and bumbled its way to a 21-18 loss to Oakland before Tom Brady picked the Steelers apart and sent the franchise into full-blown crisis mode.Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau talked about going back to “page one” in the playbook after giving up 610 yards to the Patriots. He vowed to simplify things and his defense has responded with a pair of solid performances.The Steelers overwhelmed Buffalo quarterback E.J. Manuel in a 23-10 romp and shut down the high-powered Lions after surviving a 27-point deluge in the second quarter.Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford completed just 3 of 16 passes after halftime and wide receiver Calvin Johnson never got his hands on the ball in the second half as Pittsburgh rallied.Perhaps just as encouraging as the results were the plays the Steelers were able to produce. Lawrence Timmons recovered a fumble and returned it 30 yards to set up a score.Nose tackle Steve McLendon forced Lions holder Sam Martin to fumble during the fake field goal and safety Will Allen intercepted Stafford in the fourth quarter to put Roethlisberger in position for the game-clinching touchdown.Those were the kind of plays Pittsburgh didn’t make for several weeks early in the season, something that weighed on them in the locker room.“When you’re not getting them, you try to downplay it like it doesn’t matter,” safety Ryan Clark said. “But when you’re getting them you understand they help you win.”A pattern that will have to continue if the Steelers want to avoid missing the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time this millennium.“We’ve got to be mentally tough,” cornerback Ike Taylor said. “We know it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”NOTES: Coach Mike Tomlin said LB LaMarr Woodley, DE Brett Keisel and G Ramon Foster will have a chance to play against the Browns. All three starters sat out the Lions game because of injury. … The Steelers signed former Pitt running back Ray Graham to the practice squad on Tuesday. Graham rushed for 3,271 yards in four seasons with the Panthers from 2009-2012.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
Emergency workers and supporters from Two River area towns gathered outside Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center April 10 to show their appreciation for health care workers as they changed shifts. For story, see page 3. Crowds in front of Riverview Medical Center gave cheers and thanks to doctors, nurses and other health care providers. Story and photos by Lynne Ward Residents from all over the Two River area came out to cheer, sing, clap and wave banners, signs and American flags. Emergency workers and first responders from many surrounding towns, including police, EMS crews, fire companies and others, came out to cheer on the nurses, doctors and other health care providers on the front line fighting the coronavirus. With sirens sounding and lights flashing, the town of Red Bank showed its appreciation to the Riverview staff. Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center was the site of an impromptu outpouring of thank yous for staff April 10. The surprise event was organized by Red Bank Fire Chief Scott Calabrese. Former Hackensack Meridian Health co-CEO John Lloyd was in attendance, as well as River view board members and Kelli O’Brien, chief hospital executive, and Jennifer Smith, executive director of Riverview Medical Center Foundation, just to name a few. It was a magical evening in Red Bank, one full of emotion and hope. RED BANK- A crowd of well-wishers – most of them wearing gloves and masks converged outside side Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center Friday evening, April 10 as health care workers were changing shifts. Many also chipped in to deliver dinner to the health care workers, some of whom were able to watch the fanfare from the windows of the hospital’s upper floors. This article originally appeared in the April 16th, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.