Analysis shows new coal generation no longer economic in U.S. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Wind energy is America’s overall lowest-cost source of new power generation, when not considering incentives, while solar and natural gas-fired facilities are also the cheapest options across wide swaths of the country, according to new analysis from the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.“This shows why, even in coal country, nobody is building coal,” said Joshua Rhodes, a research fellow at the Energy Institute whose recent analysis yielded roughly 20% and 40% cost declines for wind and solar, respectively, compared to a 2016 Energy Institute report on the levelized cost of electricity. “With gas and renewables in the system there’s just no room for coal anywhere.”The update almost eliminated coal from the institute’s interactive online map of lowest-cost new power sources throughout the United States and broadened the footprint of wind and solar as the least-expensive technologies in the county-by-county analysis. On an unsubsidized, levelized-cost basis, wind farms in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas are the nation’s cheapest generation sources, with the cheapest wind in those states ranging from $46.76/MWh to around $48.85/MWh, the research found.The cheapest new gas generation, according to the University of Texas’ updated data, would be combined-cycle facilities in Idaho, Washington, Montana and Oregon at $52.50/MWh to $53.61/MWh. The lowest-cost U.S. solar farms, located in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Colorado, ranged from $62.79/MWh to $64.36/MWh. The only places new coal generation would be the cheapest option are three remote counties of Washington state, with levelized costs around $111/MWh. The analysis does not view new nuclear power as the most cost-effective technology anywhere in the country.While the Energy Institute’s analysis appears to bode well for the future competitiveness of wind and solar as federal tax incentives phase down, experts remain split on how the real impact may play out in the marketplace. Analysts from Bloomberg NEF, IHS Markit and Navigant Consulting, for instance, recently presented wildly diverging views on future solar capacity additions as the investment tax incentive declines for businesses and zeroes out for homeowners. IHS, the most bearish of the three on solar, also foresees a plunge in wind investment post-federal tax breaks.More ($): ‘No room for coal’: Wind, solar, gas seen as cheapest U.S. power without subsidies
Meadow Run from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.“I’ve got visual confirmation that Meadow Run is good to go,” my friend Jess told me yesterday, right as I was getting ready to gear up for a mellow run down the class III+ Lower Yough. Thanks to the morning’s torrential downpours, it looked as if “mellow” simply wasn’t in the cards.Meadow Run, a class IV+ tributary of the Lower Yough, typically runs most of the year with the exception of the summertime. It’s fun, read-and-run type boogie water with a couple stouts like Cascades and 7-Foot Falls. For me though, Meadow Run is a step up. It’s a legitimate creek, and until yesterday I had never paddled anything but big water like the New River Gorge and Gauley River, where rocks lie feet below the surface, not mere inches. Yesterday’s lap down Meadow Run proved to be not only the steepest thing I’ve ever paddled, but also one of the more technical runs I’ve done. Granted, it’s no epic class V with must-make-or-die moves, but considering it’s been a month since I was in a boat last (and a few months before that I was paddling consistently), it was the step up I needed to give my confidence a little boost.Super big thanks to Jess Hartmann for showing me down! Even though it was a little low and kinda manky in some spots, we cruised down carnage-free (minus my brief encounter with a strainer). We ended our run with a lap around the Loop at 4ft. Great day on the water with perfect weather. Loving the paddling scene in Ohiopyle!Soundtrack: Charlie Parr // True Friends
LOS ANGELES >> Fans arriving early to Dodger Stadium this weekend might have noticed the 6-foot-5 left-hander playing catch in a Yu Darvish jersey. That isn’t the newest southpaw to join the roster. That’s Darvish.Darvish, who will make his first home start for his new team Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox, has been playing catch left-handed for years.“I’m just having fun,” he said through his interpreter. “Sometimes you have nothing to do out there. I’m just playing with it. It’s like when you don’t hit much but sometimes you get to hit; that’s fun, right? This is the same thing. I’m having fun with it.”Every pitcher has his quirks. Kenta Maeda gets loose before every game by waving his arms over his lead like a freestyle swimmer. Alex Wood swings his arms around and around between innings in the dugout. Clayton Kershaw schedules his game-day routine down to the minute, scripting such details as the sequence and locations of his pitches in the bullpen. None of them has the skill (or at least the courage) to warm up with their opposite hand. This isn’t common among pitchers from Japan, either, Maeda said. The habit is unique to Darvish.Maybe it’s no surprise that Darvish is still doing it in his new uniform. It seems his routine has changed little, if at all, since the Dodgers acquired him from the Texas Rangers in a deadline-day trade for three prospects.“I just have to take it day by day,” he said. “I don’t want to be that guy who’s bad in this really good rotation. I don’t want to be the bad pitcher.”Hatcher to OaklandThe Dodgers traded pitcher Chris Hatcher to the Oakland A’s for $500,000 in international signing bonus pool money. Hatcher, 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA in 26 appearances this season, had just been activated from the disabled list Sunday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “You look at the depth that we have, the bullpen, the arms – to get Hatch innings was going to be hard to come by,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “To give him an opportunity to go to Oakland, a team that had a lot of injuries, gives Chris a new opportunity to pitch innings.”Hatcher was acquired along with Austin Barnes and Kiké Hernandez in the trade that sent Dee Gordon to the Miami Marlins in Dec. 2014. The right-hander appeared in 116 games as a Dodger, including four in the postseason.The trade opened a roster spot for utility player Rob Segedin, who was summoned from his minor league rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Segedin had not played since April because of injuries to his foot and wrist. He’s appeared in two games with the Dodgers this season, going 1 for 4.Injury updatesFirst baseman Adrian Gonzalez (back) appeared in his fifth rehabilitation game with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday, serving as the Quakes’ designated hitter. Roberts said Gonzalez will fly with the team to Detroit on Thursday, but his date of activation – Friday, Saturday or Sunday – is to be determined.Pitcher Grant Dayton (neck stiffness) and outfielder Franklin Gutierrez could both begin minor league rehabilitation assignments soon, Roberts said.Gutierrez has effectively been day-to-day ever since June 24, depending on the severity of the symptoms of the autoimmune disorder. The Dodgers could afford to be patient with Gutierrez while they extended their major league-leading record, and parked Gutierrez on the 60-day disabled list. Because he hasn’t played a game in nearly two months, Gutierrez will need a rehab assignment before he can return.“When you look at the minor league schedule, the days are counting down so we’ve got to get him out there at some point,” Roberts said. “Grant’s the same.”Clayton Kershaw (back) is scheduled to throw two simulated innings today, his first opportunity to face live hitters since he went on the disabled list July 24.