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EIA: US natural gas-fired generating capacity likely to rise over next 2 years

first_imgThe U.S. electricity industry is planning to increase natural gas-fired generating capacity by 11.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2017 and 25.4 GW in 2018, according to the Energy Information Administration.If these plants come online as planned, annual net additions in natural gas capacity would be at their highest levels since 2005, the agency said in a report on Monday.On a combined basis, these 2017–18 additions would increase natural gas capacity by 8% from the capacity existing at the end of 2016.Depending on the timing and utilization of these plants, the new additions could help natural gas maintain its status as the primary energy source for power generation, even if natural gas prices rise moderately, EIA said.The upcoming expansion of natural gas-fired electricity generating capacity follows five years of net reductions of total coal-fired electricity generating capacity.Available coal-fired capacity dropped by an estimated 47.2 GW between the end of 2011 and the end of 2016, equivalent to a 15% reduction in the coal fleet over the five-year period, EIA said.The electricity industry has been retiring some coal-fired generators and converting others to run on natural gas in response to the implementation of environmental regulations and to the sustained low cost of natural gas.The cost of natural gas delivered to power generators fell from an average price of $5.00 per million Btu (MMBtu) in 2014 to $3.23/MMBtu in 2015 and averaged $2.78/MMBtu from January through October 2016, the agency noted in the report.Expanded production from shale formations is one of the main reasons that natural gas prices have remained low in recent years.Many of the natural gas-fired power plants currently under construction are located in Mid-Atlantic states and Texas, where the nation’s major natural gas shale plays are located. Expanding natural gas pipeline networks also help support the growth in natural gas-fired electric generating capacity.Based on projections in EIA’s January short-term energy outlook, natural gas prices are expected to increase in both 2017 and 2018.Rising natural gas prices could lead developers to postpone or cancel some of the upcoming power plant additions, EIA said.Construction timelines for these plants are relatively short: more than half of the natural gas-fired generating capacity scheduled to come online in 2017 and 2018 was not yet under construction as of October 2016, it said.According to EIA, rising natural gas prices could also encourage power generators to lower their use of natural gas-fired capacity.Despite the additions to capacity in 2017, the short-term energy outlook forecast share of total U.S. generation supplied by natural gas falls from 34% in 2016 to 32% in 2017.In contrast, coal’s share of generation is projected to rise from 30% to 32%.By 2018, however, the scheduled expansion of overall capacity fueled by natural gas is expected to more than offset the effect of higher natural gas prices and potentially reduced utilization, resulting in a slight increase in natural gas’s share of total U.S. electricity generation, EIA said.last_img read more

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European deal value plunges by nearly 60%

first_imgCompanies are striking fewer deals and the value of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is falling, according to a report by magic circle firm Allen & Overy. The value of global deals fell by 12% to $2tn in the first half of 2019 compared with the same period last year and the volume of deals dropped by 16%, the firm’s M&A insights report reveals.In western Europe the value of deals plunged by 57%, meaning the region now accounts for just 14% of total transactions.Allen & Overy said the decline is part of ‘a downward trend consistent across most sectors and regions, as political and economic issues impact boardroom confidence’. Despite deal-makers’ loss of appetite, however, 2019 still delivered the third strongest first half on record, the report notes. Dirk Meeus, co-head of global corporate practice, said: ‘This latest report confirms that the anticipated repercussions of geopolitical uncertainty are now taking their toll on deal-making appetite.’The US continues to bolster the M&A scene, with deal value up almost 20% to $1.1tn.Seth Jones, M&A partner based in London, said: ‘Globally, the public M&A market has been flattered by a small number of very large deals in the US. UK deals are down on last year, but the UK is generally regarded as undervalued in comparison with other developed markets and we are seeing an increase in private capital being deployed in public takeovers, with a number of deals becoming competitive.’last_img read more

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£125,000 Worth Of Shoes Stolen From Lorry Parked Up At Johnstonbridge

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPOLICE SCOTLAND Officers are investigating the theft of a large quantity of shoes from a lorry which was parked up at the Annandale Water Services, Johnstonebridge. The theft took place in the early hours of Tuesday 17 December 2019. About 1.40am, thieves were disturbed stealing shoes from the rear of heavy goods vehicle which was parked up, with the driver still in his cab, at the service area. The curtain side of the trailer had been cut and the shoes taken from pallets in the trailer.Constable Calum Benson at Lockerbie said: “It appears that the shoes stolen, were loaded into another lorry which has been driven alongside the targeted lorry. The shoes, both men’s and women’s, are all French made, and the value of the haul is in excess of £125,000. I am keen to hear from anyone who may have used the services in the early hours of this morning to get in touch if they saw or heard anything suspicious. The thieves drove off in a 7.5 tonne rigid lorry which had a white cab and a blue body, when they were disturbed. Anyone with any information which might help us catch those responsible can call us at Lockerbie on the 101 number, quoting the reference number 0259 17 December 2019. Anyone who wishes to pass on information and remain anonymous can do so through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”last_img read more

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UniGames delegates to arrive Oct. 19–20

first_imgThere will be a technical official meeting 9 a.m. on October 21, while the opening ceremony will be at 5 p.m.Private and public colleges and universities participate in UniGames.Banzuela said six more schools may join starting this year: Arellano University, Philippine Normal University, Wesleyan University in Nueva Ecija, St. Joseph College in Bulacan, San Pedro College in Davao, and Philippine State College of Aeronautics in Pasay City.Athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, football, karatedo, lawn tennis, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, and beach volleyball will be played./PN By CYRUS M. GARDEBACOLOD City — Delegates in this year’s University Games (UniGames) are expected to arrive in Iloilo City on Oct. 19 and 20.University of San Agustin will host the 19th UniGames on Oct. 20 to 28.About 60 colleges and universities across the country are expected to participate in the 13-discipline national sporting event, said UniGames president Roger Banzuela.last_img read more

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Local Areas Work to Finalize Commercial Marijuana Regs

first_imgBased on state regulations, there will also be a 500-foot buffer recommendation from the property lines of commercial marijuana establishments to property lines of things like:any schools including vocational programs: post-secondary schools including but not limited to trade, technical, or vocational schools; colleges; universities playgroundsparkspublic swimming poolsyouth centersadult and juvenile correctional facilitieschurchesstate licensed substance provider or facility providing substance abuse treatmenthousing facilities owned by a public housing authorities with children as residents FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Municipalities of the Kenai Peninsula are working to finalize their local authority for commercial marijuana sales. The commission will take public comment on those proposals at 7:00 pm on November 10 during their regular meeting. Commission members agreed they would like to add child daycare centers and medical clinics or hospitals to that list also. The Kenai Peninsula Marijuana Task Force is also meeting tonight at 6 pm. Kelley: The recommendation is to not allow outdoor cultivation of commercial marijuana but based on public comments, to allow indoor cultivation on residential zoned parcels that are 40,000 square feet or greater in size with a conditional land use permit.”center_img The Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission held their fourth and final work session regarding land use and commercial marijuana growing Wednesday. The recommendations will be brought to the city council and after the public process, an ordinance will be enacted no later than January 20, 2016. One item on that agenda is to discuss the overall proposed Marijuana Control Board commercial regulations which are due to be finalized by November 24. City Planner Matt Kelley says one issue the meeting addressed was growing outdoors.last_img read more

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Two-Car Accident Last Night Slowed Traffic But Those Involved Are Safe

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update: The two vehicles involved in the crash last night suffered front-end and rear-end damages. A vehicle struck the back of another approaching the stop light on K-Beach Road and Bridge Access. Passengers and drivers of both vehicles were safe, no one was transported to the hospital. 7/26/16: At around 6:30pm, there was a two car collision near the traffic light at K-Beach Road and Bridge Access Road.Passerby drivers report traffic cones were being used to direct traffic through. The two cars involved in the accident appeared to have minimal damage, mostly cosmetic, but the condition of drivers or passengers are unknown at this time.There was one Kenai Fire Department vehicle, one ambulance, and one Kenai Police Officer at the scene.last_img read more

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Bristol Sport Rewards scheme announced for 2018/19 season

first_imgBristol Sport Rewards will be available to Season Card holders, Members and annual hospitality holders, offering Rewards cash to supporters, which can be spent exclusively on merchandise both online and in the Bristol Sports Store.Supporters can earn between 2% and 5% Rewards cash for each additional home game ticket purchased, as well as for any merchandise bought online or in store (10% Rewards cash for Season Card holders and 5% for Members).Jon Lansdown, chairman of Bristol Sport said:“This is a significant step for our sporting group to enable supporters to get rewarded for their loyalty.“Fans will be given Rewards cash for all online and in-store purchases of merchandise and tickets, whilst still receiving a discount on all concourse concessions, including the Sports Bar and Coffee Shop.“I hope supporters enjoy the benefits that it will bring.”last_img read more

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Re-Union Souths call for support

first_imgBasketball Re-Union Souths Basketball club is appealing for support to attend the 14th National Souths basketball league tournament in Lae. Team manager Lapan Mirupasi said Re-Union is a founding club of the premier franchise, KSS Southern Flames in the only semi-pro men’s basketball competition in PNG but has not been getting the support from business houses and landowner entities despite sending out letters to seek assistance. “It is a Port Moresby-based team and we will represent the National Capital District at this tournament. We appeal to business houses in NCD to support the club,” Mirupasi said. He added that most of the players both men and women’s divisions comprise of youths who reside within the suburbs in the National Capital District. “We have players from 8-Mile and 9-Mile, Morata, Hohola, Gerehu, Konedobu and Kaugere. However, most of them are either students and are not working but we’ve got them together to engage them in sports,” he said. He said some of his officials have engaged in activities like sports to help these youths but sponsorship and funding to attend tournaments has been a hindrance and they lose focus. “Sports plays an important role in an upbringing of a person and for us to be involved, it speaks a lot as these players look up to us to help them aspire in their dreams in life and in sports so we have to use our own time and resources to ensure we help them,” Mirupasi said. Mirupasi said Re-Union has always got support from Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance and he hopes that the institution steps in to support the club attend the tournament in Lae. “We are also appealing to our good NCD Governor Powes Parkop and all the other MPs including John Kaupa (North-east), Sir Mekere Morata (North-west) and Justin Tkatchenko (Moresby South) to hear our plea and support the team to Lae,” Mirupasi said. With two days remaining before the registration deadline, Mirupasi is appealing to the public, business houses and MPs to help the team participate at the tournament in Lae. Teams intending to participate should pay a K2000 registration fee. For any support, the working committee can be contacted on 71196856, 76105685 or 71169073.last_img read more

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Watson Boas to don Gurias jersey after five-year absence

first_imgRugby League BY SIMON KESLEP Watson Boas is happy to once again don the Agmark Rabaul Gurias and lead as team captain for the 2020 PNG NRL competition this season. He made his semi-professional rugby league career debut for Gurias before being scouted into the SP PNG Hunters, playing representative footy for the PNG Kumuls and eventually signing up for England based club Featherstone Rovers. Boas (pictured) played his last game for Gurias in 2015 when the club won their sixth premiership. Now without the competition in England running due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Boas is proud to rejoin his foundation club (Agmark Rabaul Gurias) and lead as skipper. “Since 2015, (the) last grand final we won, it was my last time to play for Gurias. 2016, I joined SP PNG Hunters. From that time on I never played for Gurias until this year where I will run out with the team next week.” “As for myself after five years where I never played for them (Gurias) and now going back and wearing Gurias jersey, it is like I’m happy, ready to represent Gurias, my family and my hometown,” said Boas. Boas also confirmed there are other SP PNG Hunters rejoining the team in the likes of Terry Wapi, Stanley Olo, Epel Kapinias and others. He said this will boost the team and also new talents coming from Port Moresby and Highlands including local talents from East New Britain. He said elder brother Ase Boas might not be joining Gurias due to work commitments. “The past three weeks for us training together we struggled a bit, building combinations but as time goes on with training sessions we are looking good. For Ase, looks like he won’t join us due to work so he might play for Vipers. Even though he is my brother, when we play Vipers, it’s a game so we will play.” The passing of Late John ‘Papa Guria) Nightingale and the five years absence of donning the Gurias jersey, Boas said it has bond together the team. Boas is also not taking the PNG NRL Competition lightly as it is leading up to the Kumuls selection for next year’s Rugby League World Cup. Also teaming up with Boas is Wartovo Puara Jr. “With the loss of our franchise owner, all the boys have put their minds together to give this year to him. All the boys are intact and working together to give this year back to our franchise owner,” he said. “I will not be taking it lightly. I need to fight to earn back my spot, not only challenging players to make the Kumuls side, especially in my position. I also will be challenge by some NRL and UK boys so I would not take it lightly. I will play like I do in this competition like I do at the top level overseas. “Giving those strong runs to show coaches, I am still here and putting my hands up to represent PNG. Both of us (Puara) are in training and will run out next week,” said Boas.last_img read more

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