Wisconsin utilities move ahead with clean energy plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:Wisconsin’s two largest public utilities are making bigger stakes in renewable energy and have pledged far deeper cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases than previous predictions.Madison-based Alliant Energy says it intends to stop burning carbon-intensive coal altogether in its electric power plants by 2050. Alliant and Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group recently said they are setting new goals to reduce carbon emissions by 80% from 2005 levels by 2050.That’s a shift from 2016 pronouncements when the utilities envisioned carbon dioxide reductions of 40% by 2030. (WEC Energy Group, which operates We Energies, says it now expects to reach the 40% goal by about 2023.)The moves to renewables are driven by tumbling prices for wind and solar power at the same time power companies in Wisconsin and nationally are using more natural gas as an alternative to coal.“We’re glad to see that the utilities are recognizing that this is what people want,” said Elizabeth Katt-Reinders of the Wisconsin chapter of the Sierra Club. “But actually it’s very underwhelming. We need to move off coal completely —and sooner.”Still, the actions of the companies are an about-face from a decade ago when Alliant was seeking regulatory approval to build a new coal plant in Wisconsin. The state Public Service Commission in 2008 rejected the plan with one commissioner then calling it the “wrong project at the wrong time.”More: Two Wisconsin utilities are increasing solar and wind power as they dramatically cut coal use to combat climate change Wisconsin utilities move ahead with clean energy planslast_img read more

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New promoter will keep building on solid IMCA foundation at Buena Vista Raceway

first_imgIMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks are sanctioned for the 28th consecutive season, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods for the 14th and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for the 13th. “What I enjoy about the IMCA Modifieds is how weekly racers can go to specials and be competitive. Like the Stock Cars, they’re a good class to watch every night because you see a lot of passing,” Chinn said. “The SportMods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts are all fun and affordable.” ALTA, Iowa – With a firm midweek foundation in place, new promoter Trent Chinn plans to keep building on to the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing program at Buena Vista Raceway. Chinn takes over the Wednesday night speedplant at Alta, sanctioned by IMCA for 30-plus seasons. The Jimmy Squibb Memorial is June 17, the Kyle Suter Memorial July 15 and the Dirt Knights Tour show on July 22. Final checkers of the season at Alta fly during the inaugural Battle at the Beaver special Sept. 18 and 19. “This track really started to come back to its glory days under (previous promoter) Joey Ciechanowski,” said Chinn, who saw much of the country while crewing for Tim Ward and Ricky Thornton Jr. “This is already a very nice facility. One of the main things is that the racing surface has been so smooth from top to bottom every night and we’re going to do everything we can to continue that.”  “You see a lot of younger drivers being successful in the IMCA divisions,” he continued. “It’s neat to see 15 and 16-year-old kids win in any division.” First night for track points is scheduled for June 3, with season championship night on Aug. 26. Both the IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars will run at BVR for a 31st season in 2020.  “As soon as the time comes, we’ll definitely be ready for opening night,” Chinn promised.  Buena Vista Raceway is part of IMCA’s Side Biter Chassis North Central Region for Modifieds, EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region for Stock Cars and Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region for Hobby Stocks.last_img read more

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Huge wins for Pitbulls, Vintage and Hikers at GTT Hockey Championships

first_imgTHE GTT National Indoor Hockey Championships got underway on Monday evening at the National Gymnasium with six great matches.In the first game, second division teams GCC Pitbulls and Phoenix squared off in an apparently one-sided match. The Pitbulls dominated throughout, making the final tally 11 – 1 in their favour.The barrage of goals came from the sticks of Junior Nationals Kareem McKenzie, Shaquille Leung, Medroy Scotland and former Junior National Trevon Smith; scoring goals of five, three, two and one respectively. Rafael Robinson was Phoenix’s lone goal scorer.GCC’s Manager, Kevin Spencer, seemed very satisfied at his team’s performance at the end of the match.The next Second Division match of the evening took place between Old Fort Supersonics and Hikers. After a slow start, things started to heat up when Old Fort’s Orin Singh scored the first goal of the match in the 12th minute. Three minutes later, Shomere Garnett of the Hikers responded with a field goal of his own, which made the half-time score one apiece.In the last half, however, Old Fort Supersonics picked up the pace and landed three more goals, mere seconds apart in one instance, bring their final score to four goals. Hikers only added one more goal to their count, sealing their defeat.The third game was a veteran bout between Antonio’s Hickers and GCC Vintage. Critics called it a massacre, as GCC demolished the defenses of the Hickers to secure a 6 – 1 victory. James Mentore capitalized on a counter-attack in the first minute of play for Antonio’s Hickers; but after that goal, GCC Vintage showed their prowess, with Devin Hooper as their main man.He added two goals to the reckoning in the second half, as his team coasted to a comfortable victory. Gabriella Xavier, GCC Vintage’s Manager, was extremely elated with her team’s output for that match.Match number four was a clash of the ladies, as GCC Spartans met Old Fort Lady Bugs. It was another slow starting game, although it was not void of valiant attempts at goal scoring. The first goal of the evening that the Spartans managed to edge in was an FC by Carina Moller. No other goals were scored in the first half, but the second half saw more action, as Moller successfully scored a PC to bring her team’s total to two.Romichelle Brummel of the Lady Bugs scored two back-to-back goals shortly after to even up the odds. However, neither team could effectively penetrate its opponent’s defenses, and the score at the end-of-game buzzer stood at 2-2.The fifth match saw First Division teams Old Fort Ravers go against Saints in a heated match. No goals were scored in the first half, but not for lack of trying from either side.In the second half, though, the Ravers came out swinging, and scored goals through Robert Brummel, Deheron Wilkinson, and the Simon brothers adding one each. Saints fared decently with two goals of their own, but it was in vain, as the Ravers safeguarded their win.The final bout of the evening occurred between the Pepsi Hikers and GCC Bounty, both First Division squads. This match was a blowout of exceptional proportions, as the Pepsi Hikers sealed a 7-2 victory over a seemingly dysfunctional GCC Bounty.Robert France was the leading scorer for the Hikers with four goals, while Randy Hope, Aroydy Brandford and Andrew Stewart added one each respectively. GCC Bounty’s Mark Sergeant and Kevin Spencer gave their team two goals, but their heroic contributions were insignificant in comparison. Both teams are known for their skill and focus, but last evening the Hikers seemed to have more of both.The tournament continues until November 6.This round-robin segment will see winning teams being awarded points to determine who will make it to the semi-finals, and ultimately the finals.last_img read more

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IOC wants athletes’ dialogue as protest calls grow louder

first_imgBy Karolos Grohmann ATHENS, Greece (Reuters) – Athletes will discuss and decide on how best to support the core Olympic values “in a dignified way”, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said yesterday, as calls to change rules restricting protests at Games grow louder.Several major sports have moved to allow protests, following George Floyd’s death in U.S. police custody on May 25, including world soccer’s ruling body FIFA and the National Football League (NFL).Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter, however, bans any form of political protest during the Games.“No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas,” the rule states. IOC president Thomas Bach said consultations between athletes’ groups around the world were under way.“The IOC Executive Board supports the initiative of the IOC athletes’ commission to explore different ways for athletes to express support for the principles enshrined in the Olympic charter in a dignified way,” Bach told a virtual news conference.After reading a resolution of the IOC executive board condemning racism, Bach was repeatedly asked whether athletes at next year’s Tokyo Games could go down on one knee, as many have done in recent weeks, to show their support for the Floyd protests. “I will not preempt in any way these consultations with many athletes’ representatives,” Bach said. “It would not be fair if now I make a statement giving directions or instructions.”“The framework has been set and now let the athlete commission and athletes discuss among themselves and come up with relevant proposals.”Athletes who breach Rule 50 are subject to discipline on a case-by-case basis and the IOC issued guidelines in January clarifying that banned protests include taking a knee and other gestures.last_img read more

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