Washington utility pledges 100 percent clean energy by 2045

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Lewiston Tribune:Spokane-based Avista Utilities announced Thursday it is committing to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2045 and to have a carbon neutral supply of electricity by 2027.The company serves customers in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and northeastern Oregon. According to information on the Avista website, about 60 percent of the power now used by its customers comes from clean, non-carbon emitting sources.“Avista has always been committed to balancing reliability and affordability while maintaining responsibility for our environmental footprint, and our actions demonstrate these values,” said Avista President Dennis Vermillion in a letter to customers. “Just in the last three years, we’ve implemented three renewable energy projects on behalf of our customers. Our Community Solar project in Spokane Valley, Wash., the Solar Select project in Lind, Wash., and the Rattlesnake Flat Wind project in Adams County, Wash., together have allowed us to add to the clean electricity we already provide, meet the energy needs of our customers without increasing bills, and drive economic vitality in these communities.”The move was praised by the Sierra Club, although the environmental group noted that a bill pending in the Washington Legislature would require utilities in the state to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2045.“Clean energy is getting cheaper and more reliable with each passing month, putting a fossil fuel-free future within our reach. While a bill about to pass the Washington Legislature will already require Avista Energy to move away from coal and fracked gas by 2045, it’s good news that the utility intends to extend the benefits of clean energy to its Idaho customers as well,” said Zack Waterman, director of the Idaho Chapter of the Sierra Club.Last month, Idaho Power, the Gem State’s largest utility, pledged to move to 100 percent clean power by 2045 by moving away from coal and relying on hydroelectricity, solar and wind power.More: Avista Utilities unveils goal to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2045 Washington utility pledges 100 percent clean energy by 2045last_img read more

Weary Wearsiders kept waiting

first_img The BBC’s head of football, Mark Cole, thinks the statistic could bode well for the 16th-placed Wearsiders. He told Press Association Sport: “It’s not personal. We’ve got a couple of Sunderland fans in the office and the chap who does all our stats is a Sunderland fan so he’s keeping a particular eye on it. “If they’re on last by the end of the season the most, then it means they’ll still be in the Premier League, because they won’t be drawn into those big relegation battles that feature highly in the programme.” League leaders Chelsea have been on first the most so far – seven times – when looking at every Saturday night Match of the Day Premier League highlights programme since the start of the season, plus the three festive editions on Boxing Day, December 28 and New Year’s Day. The running order for each week’s Match of the Day is a hot topic amongst supporters and how it is decided is top on the list of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ on the Match of the Day website. Explaining the process, Cole said: “At the start of the week the editor will have a plan of how he expects it to pan out and the length of each individual match to make sure you can fit it in that BBC1 slot. Then it’s constantly changing. “At half-time you’ll perhaps have another look, and then at full-time. There’s also the added complication of a 5.30pm game most Saturdays so you’ll have a plan and then it can be thrown out of the window by what happens in that game. “It’s a collective operation but essentially it’s the editor’s decision, so he’ll make that decision after talking to the presenter, the pundits, some of the match directors. “What you’re trying to look at in a nutshell is what game do people sat at home at 10.30pm on a Saturday night want to watch most? “There’s a combination of factors that go into that. People want to see the teams at the top, there’s interest in relegation battles, but also what the game’s been like. Goals do have a massive impact in where you are in the running order for Match of the Day.” The rise of social media has enabled fans to interact directly with the programme, its main presenter, Gary Lineker, and pundits. The running order is now announced on Twitter ahead of the programme on a Saturday evening and flagged up throughout the broadcast. Cole said: “Certainly the advent of Twitter and social media has made it even more hotly contested and fans aren’t backward in coming forward to let us know their views. “But all we try and do is be honest and say that we’re looking at it from people at home’s point of view and what games they want to watch. “We think it’s important we take each programme on its merits. Across the course of the season, each team should have their time in the spotlight, certainly if they score some goals. Last season 19 out of the 20 clubs led the programme, and this season 18 have halfway through it. “It’s great to have people talking about your programme and we love social media. You have got to be careful not to take some of the comments personally. “Match of the Day is an institution and it’s absolutely phenomenal the way people still watch a highlights programme. It’s when people aren’t talking about you that you get worried.” Manchester City have been on first the second-most times (five) and have appeared in the top three games more than any other side – 15 times in total to Chelsea’s 13. Manchester United have been first on only twice – two times fewer than second-bottom QPR – but along with Tottenham have been on the main programme the fewest times – with only 11 appearances. Gus Poyet’s team have occupied the bottom slot – which usually airs close to or just after midnight – seven times, once more than goal-shy Aston Villa and twice more than Crystal Palace and Swansea. The one time Black Cats fans did get to see their side in the prized opening slot so far was the 8-0 drubbing at Southampton on October 18. They also lost both times they were on second – at home to Arsenal on October 25 and at Manchester City on New Year’s Day. Press Association Sunderland’s fans have had to fight sleep more than any other supporters to catch their team on the main Match of the Day programme so far this season.last_img read more

Missed opportunities doom Syracuse in 1-0 overtime loss to Cornell

first_img Published on September 19, 2017 at 9:29 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez With under two minutes left in the first overtime, Cornell’s Ryan Hill received a through ball from Tyler Bagley and found himself with the Big Red’s first one-on-one opportunity of the game with Syracuse goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert. As Hill neared the edge of the penalty box, he ripped a shot through the legs of Hilpert, the final moment in a night filled with missed offensive opportunities.“You’re just stunned,” junior forward Adnan Bakalovic said. “We didn’t play as well as we would’ve hoped. We thought we did enough to win the game.”After the game-winning goal, the Cornell benched mobbed Hill. Near SU’s net, sophomore John-Austin Ricks hunched over on the ground, taking in a loss at home to a team Syracuse hadn’t lost to in more than 15 years. The late score gave No. 11 SU (4-2-2, 0-1-1 Atlantic Coast) its second home loss in as many games, a 1-0 upset at the hands of Cornell (2-4-1). The defeat put the Orange on the wrong side of history, again, losing back-t0-back home games for the first time since October 2011.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorAdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We came off an emotional loss on Friday,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “We were looking for a reaction today and I don’t think we got one.”Before Hill’s goal, Syracuse’s offense, which entered the game fourth in the ACC in goals, failed to score on Cornell goalkeeper Mitchell Meyer despite ample corner kicks and multiple clean looks. The Orange barraged the Big Red with four corner kicks in the first 11 minutes but Meyer, a senior who made his first start of the season in just his second appearance in net, ended the game with a clean sheet.Early in the game, it looked like Syracuse would take an early lead. A failed clearance and a goalie deflection gave junior Jonathan Hagman, SU’s leading goal scorer, a chance to put the Orange out in front. The midfielder ripped a shot from two yards away with his right foot and watched as the ball ricocheted off the post. Hagman stood still, his mouth open and hands at his sides.Josh Shub-Seltzer | Contributing Photographer“You have to shake it off,” Hagman said. “You have to move on.”The Orange constantly pressured a Big Red line that consisted of two freshman starters. Mo Adams triggered give-and-go passes in the midfield, which created space down the sidelines for freshman Tajon Buchanan. But, Cornell often kicked the ball away, conceding a corner kick instead of a cross in transition. Syracuse finished with 11 corner kicks, the second-highest total this season.Freshman Lukas Rubio subbed in and immediately triggered a breakaway that ended in a missed shot by Simon Triantafillou. Coming out of halftime, Triantafillou almost broke the seal with his own one-on-one against Meyer. The shot went right into the chest of the goalkeeper who dove right.In the 63rd minute, Hagman connected with a back-heel pass which left Johannes Pieles a clear opportunity at the top of the box. The sophomore forward pushed the shot wide left. Twenty-five minutes later, Hugo Delhommelle had a chance to score the game winner for SU off a free kick from the same spot as Pieles’ miss. The junior transfer’s set piece curved too much and spun left. After the shot, Delhommelle put one hand on his hip and threw the other in the air in frustration.After the game, Ricks made his way over to the wall next to the SU bench. He held his shirt to his mouth and stared at the ground. Teammates walked over and offered him words of advice but his eyes never wavered. A few feet away, his teammates and head coach tried to explain the upset loss.“We had a couple of games we won in overtime,” Hagman said. “This time it was our turn to lose one. We weren’t at our best tonight.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more