Xcel Energy Sets Another Single-Year Record in Carbon Reduction

first_img Facebook TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Local NewsBusiness Pinterest Twitter Xcel Energy Sets Another Single-Year Record in Carbon Reduction MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– For the second year in a row, Xcel Energy has hit a significant milestone in its quest to deliver 100% carbon-free electricity to customers by 2050. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005590/en/ Xcel Energy Fuel Mix 2019-2020 (Graphic: Business Wire) The company broke its own record for a single-year drop in emissions in 2020, cutting carbon emissions company-wide by approximately six million tons, a 12% reduction over 2019 levels. That’s equivalent to taking nearly 1.2 million cars off the road for a year. In 2019, Xcel Energy achieved a 10% reduction over the previous year. Since 2005, the company has reduced carbon emissions by 51% as it leads the nation’s clean energy transition. Xcel Energy’s 2020 carbon reductions outpaced the industry, which is ahead of any other part of the economy. At the end of 2020, it is estimated the U.S. electric power sector had reduced carbon emissions just under 40% from 2005 levels, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. “We’re making tremendous progress towards delivering on our clean energy goals,” said Ben Fowke, chairman and CEO of Xcel Energy. “Even after factoring in the effect of the global pandemic on our operations, we are well on our way to achieving our goal of reducing carbon emissions 80% by 2030 and are more than halfway to delivering 100% carbon-free electricity to our customers, all while keeping their service reliable and energy bills low.” Several factors contributed to the 2020 carbon reduction results. Xcel Energy continued to significantly increase wind generation on its system, becoming one of the first energy providers in the United States to reach 10,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity online for customers in the states it serves. The company added more than 800 megawatts of new wind projects in late 2019, in addition to bringing nearly 2,200 megawatts of new wind projects online in 2020. By the end of 2021, Xcel Energy estimates that approximately 35% of its energy will be from wind. Through the company’s wind expansion, it has delivered approximately $430 million in fuel savings to its customers from 2017 to 2020. Thanks to having more wind and solar on its system, the company recorded a 12% reduction in megawatt hours from coal and natural gas generation. To support its growing renewable energy portfolio, it is using cleaner natural gas as backup and pushing the envelope in operating its remaining coal plants to follow the wind and sun. Xcel Energy’s two nuclear plants in Minnesota had another excellent operating year, providing a steady supply of 100% carbon-free power. The pandemic also played a role in reducing the company’s electricity sales by an estimated 3% for the year and contributing to lower carbon emissions. About Xcel Energy Xcel Energy (NASDAQ: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices. For more information, visit xcelenergy.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005590/en/ CONTACT: Xcel Energy Media Relations (612) 215-5300 www.xcelenergy.com KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MINNESOTA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY ENERGY UTILITIES ENVIRONMENT SOURCE: Xcel Energy Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/22/2021 10:00 AM/DISC: 02/22/2021 10:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005590/enCopyright Business Wire 2021.Xcel Energy Fuel Mix 2019-2020center_img WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleIn Israel and beyond, virus vaccines bring political powerNext articleJuniper Research: Smart Traffic Management to Significantly Reduce Congestion and Emissions; Saving Cities $277 Billion by 2025 Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Utah State beats No. 12 Nevada to take Mountain West lead

first_imgMarch 2, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State beats No. 12 Nevada to take Mountain West lead Tags: Mountain West/Utah State Aggies Basketball Diogo Brito added 15 points and eight rebounds, and Neemias Queta had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Aggies (24-6, 14-3). They won their sixth straight game and snapped a five-game losing streak in the series. Caleb Martin had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Wolf Pack (26-3, 13-3) in their second loss in four games. Tre’Shawn Thurman added 21 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 2:47 left, and Cody Martin had 16 points and seven rebounds. POLL IMPLICATIONS Utah State: At Colorado State on Tuesday. A loss to Utah State in a tough road environment will likely drop Nevada only a couple of spots in the AP poll. The Wolfpack used a 10-1 run to cut Utah State’s lead to 65-63. Brito hit a jumper with 4:05 left to keep Nevada from erasing the lead entirely. Nevada could not draw any closer after having several players foul out over the final three minutes. The Aggies hit 7 of 8 free throws and Brito drove for a layup in the final minute. Queta threw down a hammer dunk and Merrill followed with back-to-back 3-pointers to fuel an 8-0 run that gave the Aggies a 19-12 lead. Merrill scored 15 of his 17 first-half points in the first 12 minutes. His final basket in that stretch put Utah State up 23-14. Written bycenter_img Nevada: At Air Force on Tuesday night. UP NEXT Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 29 points and Utah State beat No. 12 Nevada 81-76 on Saturday night to take over the Mountain West Conference lead. The Aggies led 46-36 early in the second half behind back-to-back baskets from Merrill and Brock Miller. Utah State led by as many as 13 points, going up 56-43 on back-to-back baskets from Merrill and Brito. Utah State came into the game on the NCAA Tournament bubble and may have a bit more breathing room. THE BIG PICTURE Nevada closed the gap with five straight baskets. The final one — Caleb Martin’s 3-pointer — cut Utah State’s lead to 28-27. The Wolf Pack weren’t able to overtake the Aggies before halftime. Queta and Brito scored back-to-back baskets to keep Utah State in front and a scoop shot from Dwayne Brown, Jr. pushed the lead to 37-31 heading into the final minute of the half.last_img read more

West Indies batsmen face big day in reply to India’s 631-7

first_img Share Image via: maharashtraspider.comKOLKATA, India — West Indies batsmen have a big day ahead of them on Wednesday when they resume their first innings on the third day of the second Test match at Eden Gardens. The Windies are 34-2 as they go in search of India’s mammoth 631-7.Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo, who both played well last month in Bangladesh, will resume the innings when play re-starts at 8.30 am (11 pm Tuesday Eastern Caribbean Time/10 pm Jamaica Time).Team manager Richie Richardson, the legend and former captain, said he believes Wednesday could be a breakthrough day for some of the young batsmen in the team and backed them to post a big total as well.“We have got to bat the way India batted. It’s a very good batting wicket. India batted really well. We have got to bat the same way. It’s not going to be easy, the Indian bowlers are going to push us but I believe we have the ammunition to go out and bat for the next two days,” Richardson said.In India’s innings VVS Laxman produced a special knock — an unbeaten 176 not out off 280 balls. He added 224 for the sixth wicket with skipper MS Dhoni who made 144 with five sixes. On the opening day Rahul Dravid crafted 119 — his 36th Test century.“Usually, when you think about such a big total you are going to go, ‘Wow, that’s going to be difficult.’ But you have to assess the situation and tell yourself we can do it yourself too. If two guys get stuck in there and score centuries, then you can bat yourselves into a very good position,” added Richardson, who made 5,949 runs with 16 centuries at 44.39 per innings in 86 Test matches.“If you are batting on a turning wicket and you just stay in there, the bowlers are going to get on top of you. You have to show intent. That is what we have been talking about. You can’t just wait for bad balls as there aren’t going to be too many bad balls from the Indians. You got to take it to them. This is not to say you play rash shots or big shots. It is just that you keep looking for ways to score while keeping your wicket intact.”Richardson, who took over the position of team manager in January, has said he has been enjoying the job and has been encouraged by the level of commitment of the members of the squad. Richardson, who was a key member of the West Indies “glory days” team in the 1980s, said the systems are in place to chart the course back up the International Cricket Council’s rankings.“You can’t be best all the time. When you are down, you have to find a way to get back. In Sammy we have an exceptional leader and he has worked very hard and is doing a fine job. We have been showing that we have been improving all the time. We have no discipline issues. The guys are committed to training and working hard,” he said.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! 25 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share NewsSports West Indies batsmen face big day in reply to India’s 631-7 by: – November 16, 2011last_img read more

Black Stars captaincy rift triggers ‘bring back Stephen Appiah spirit’

first_imgWith the choice of captain of the national football team, the Black Stars, stirring controversy, the leadership qualities of former skipper has been held out as a shining example.Former spokesperson of the Ghana Football Association Randy Abbey explained, for Stephen Appiah, there was no fixation about holding down the captain’s armband.Ghana’s campaign to conquer African football is shaping up by off-field controversy, sparked by the Black Star’s star man Asamoah Gyan who announced he was pulling out of the squad.The decision was in reaction to coach Kwesi Appiah’s decision to pass on the captaincy to 29-year old Andre Dede Ayew, son of former Black Stars captain and former African Player of the Year, Abedi Pele.Photo: Coach Kwesi AppiahGyan would later do a u-turn after President, Nana Akufo-Addo intervened. Kwesi Appiah has named him in his 29-man squad and confirmed the 33-year old striker won’t captain the team after a seven-year hold on the role. The controversy has raised concerns the team to conquer Africa at AFCON tournament in Egypt has not conquered its internal rifts.Discussing the controversy on JoyNews analysis program, Newsfile Saturday, Randy Abbey expressed disappointed in the unfolding events.The football insider and one-time member of the Black Stars management team revealed, managing the players has always been a herculean task.‘It is about egos’, he said and warned Ghanaians would learn to their shock, player issues, management have to deal with within the Black Stars.But he doffed his hat to former Juventus player, Stephen Appiah who captained the Black Stars to Ghana’s first-ever appearance at a World Cup. He said as his career petered out, Stephen Appiah still captain of the Black Stars would be sitting on the bench while his compatriots battled on the field.When he would be called in to make a contribution as a substitute during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Stephen Appiah would not insist on wearing the band.“There were some occasions, he did not even take the band. There were times that he took, there were times that he asked John to keep it”Raving on, Randy Abbey explained Stephen Appiah would never as captain enter into a negotiation or discussion with management alone.“You won’t get him to come and negotiate one on one,” he said and explained he always brought along a group of senior players – Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, John Mensah, Richard Kingson and Asamoah Gyan. Photo: L-R Stephen Appiah, John Mensah, Asamoah GyanRandy explained, this group were tough to negotiate with and on some occasions, the captain Stephen Appiah would not even speak.“Stephen is a different player,” panelist Edudzi Tameklo contributed. ‘He was an outstanding player,” a lawyer and former sports reporter Robert Nii Arday Clegg a panelist also added.Stephen Appiah who played for eight foreign teams is now a technical coordinator for the Black Stars.Ghana have been drawn in Group F for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt alongside defending champions Cameroon.  Guinea-Bissau and Benin are the other teams, making it an all West African group. Kwesi Appiah’s men will be based in Egyptian citiy, Ismailia, and will begin their tournament against Benin on Monday, 25 June.last_img read more

NLDS Scouting Report: Dodgers vs. Braves

first_imgSERIES SCHEDULEGame 1: at Dodgers, Thursday, 5:37 p.m., MLB NetworkGame 2: at Dodgers, Friday, 6:37 p.m., FS1Game 3: at Braves, Sunday, 5:07 p.m. FS1x-Game 4: at Braves, Monday, TBD TALE OF THE TAPE (OFFENSE)Dodgers  (NL rank) … category … Braves (NL rank) Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire SERIES PREDICTIONIt cannot be understated how important Monday’s win over the Rockies was. Instead of flying halfway across the country to play an elimination game at hostile Wrigley Field, the Dodgers head into this NLDS with all of the advantages. They had two days off. They have the home-field edge. And they were able to line up their rotation instead of choosing between Ross Stripling or a bullpen game to try to win the wild-card game. The young Braves have arrived at least one season earlier than expected. But the Dodgers have been here before. DODGERS IN FOUR x-Game 5: at Dodgers, Tuesday, TBDx- if necessarySeason Series: Dodgers won 5-2 804 (1st) … Runs scored … 759 (5th).333 (3rd) … OBP … .324 (5th).442 (1st) … Slugging Pct … .417 (5th).774 (1st) … OPS … .742 (6th).250 (8th) … Batting Avg. … .257 (2nd)235 (1st) … HRs … 175 (8th)75 (9th) … SBs … 90 (5th)TALE OF THE TAPE (PITCHING)Dodgers (NL rank) … category … Braves (NL rank)3.38 (1st) … Team ERA … 3.75 (5th)3.19 (1st) … Starters ERA … 3.50 (2nd)3.72 (5th) … Bullpen ERA … 4.15 (10th)1.15 (1st) … WHIP … 1.28 (6th)9.54 (1st) … Ks per 9 inns … 8.79 (7th).669 (1st) … Opponent OPS … .684 (2nd).230 (2nd) … Opponent Avg. … .229 (1st)Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.PROJECTED LINEUPSBraves: LF Ronald Acuña Jr. (.293, 26 HRs, 64 RBIs, .917 OPS, 16 SB), CF Ender Inciarte (.265, 10 HRs, 61 RBIs), 1B Freddie Freeman (.309, 23 HRs, 98 RBIs, .892 OPS), RF Nick Markakis (.297, 14 HRs, 93 RBIs), 3B Johan Camargo (.272, 19 HRs, 76 RBIs), 2B Ozzie Albies (.261, 24 HRs, 72 RBIs, 105 runs scored, 14 SB), C Kurt Suzuki (.271, 12 HRs, 50 RBIs) or Tyler Flowers, SS Charlie Culberson (.270, 12 HRs, 45 RBIs)Dodgers: LF Joc Pederson (.248, 25 HRs, 56 RBIs, .843 OPS), 3B Justin Turner (.312, 14 HRs, 52 RBIs, .924 OPS), 1B Max Muncy (.263, 35 HRs, 79 RBIs, .973 OPS), SS Manny Machado (.297, 37 HRs, 107 RBIs, .905 OPS combined between Dodgers and Orioles, C Yasmani Grandal (.241, 24 HRs, 68 RBIs, .815 OPS), CF Cody Bellinger (.260, 25 HRs, 76 RBIs, .814 OPS), RF Yasiel Puig (.267, 23 HRs, 63 RBIs, .820 OPS), 2B Kiké Hernandez (.256, 21 HRs, 52 RBIs, .806 OPS)The Dodgers’ offense had a hot-and-cold aspect to it, scoring eight or more runs 17 times in 66 games since the All-Star break but producing three or fewer 32 times (and losing 24 of those games). That seemed to smooth out down the stretch, in large part due to Manager Dave Roberts turning the batting order almost completely over against right- or left-handed pitchers. The Dodgers have 10 players with OPS marks over .800 and seven who hit at least 21 home runs. The Braves cannot match that firepower and are not expected to have starting shortstop Dansby Swanson due to injury. That opens the door for Culberson to reprise his performance in last fall’s NLCS, when he went 5 for 11 with two doubles and a triple while filling in for an injured Corey Seager. EDGE: DodgersSTARTING PITCHERSBraves: RH Mike Foltynewicz (13-10, 2.85 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 9.9 Ks per 9 IP), RH Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 2.83 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 8.9 Ks per 9 IP), RH Kevin Gausman (11-10, 3.92 ERA, 1.30 WHIP), Julio Teheran (9-9, 3.94 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 8.3 Ks per 9 innings), LH Sean Newcomb (12-9, 3.90 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 8.8 Ks per 9 innings)Dodgers: LH Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-3, 1.97 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 9.7 Ks per 9 innings), LH Clayton Kershaw (9-5, 2.73 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 8.6 Ks per 9 innings), RH Walker Buehler (8-5, 2.62 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 9.9 Ks per 9 innings), LH Rich Hill (11-5, 3.66 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 10.2 Ks per 9 innings)The Dodgers led the National League in overall ERA (3.38) and starters’ ERA (3.19) and they only got better as the season wound down – largely because of the dynamic emergence of Buehler and Ryu’s return to health. Over the final 55 games of the season (including Game 163 on Monday), Dodgers starters had a 2.99 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and went at least six innings 36 times. Game 1 starter Ryu has had a remarkable season at Dodger Stadium (a 1.15 ERA in nine starts there). The Braves’ rotation has been pretty good as well. Their 3.50 ERA was second in the NL to the Dodgers. Newcomb, in particular, came within one out of pitching a no-hitter against the Dodgers in Atlanta in July. EDGE: DodgersBULLPENBraves: RH Dan Winkler (4-0, 3.43, 2 saves, 1.19 WHIP, 10.3 Ks per 9 innings), RH Arodys Vizcaino (2-2, 2.11 ERA, 16 saves, 1.17 WHIP, 9.4 Ks per 9 innings), LH A.J. Minter (4-3, 3.23, 15 saves, 1.29 WHIP, 10.1 Ks per 9 innings), LH Sam Freeman (3-5, 4.29 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 10.4 Ks per 9 innings), LH Jesse Biddle (6-1, 3.11 ERA, 1 save, 1.27 WHIP, 9.5 Ks per 9 innings), RH Brad Brach (2-4, 3.59 ERA, 12 saves, 1.60 WHIP combined with Braves and Orioles), LH Jonny Venters (5-2, 3.67 ERA, 3 saves, 1.22 WHIP combined with Braves and Rays), RH Shane Carle (4-1, 2.86 ERA, 1 save, 1.22 WHIP)Dodgers: RH Kenley Jansen (1-5, 3.01 ERA, 38 saves, 0.99 WHIP, 10.3 Ks per 9 innings, LH Scott Alexander (2-1, 3.68 ERA, 3 saves, 1.27 WHIP, 7.6 Ks per 9 innings), RH Josh Fields (2-2, 2.20 ERA, 0.95 WHIP), RH Pedro Baez (4-3, 2.88 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 9.9 Ks per 9 innings), RH Kenta Maeda (8-10, 3.81 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 11.0 Ks per 9 innings), LH Alex Wood (9-7, 3.68 ERA, 1.21 WHIP), LH Caleb Ferguson (7-2, 3.49 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 10.8 Ks per 9 innings), RH Dylan Floro (6-3, 2.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 8.2 Ks per 9 innings combined with Reds and Dodgers)The company line among the Dodgers’ decision-makers is that other than a couple “hiccups” (including a horrific stretch of five consecutive losses following Jansen’s irregular heartbeat episode) the bullpen has been very good. The truth is they searched all season for replacements for Brandon Morrow and Tony Watson and none have emerged. More disturbing is Jansen’s vulnerability. The Braves, meanwhile, have a fairly pedestrian group that finished 10th in the NL in bullpen ERA and seemed taxed at times, particularly when Vizcaino spent two months on the DL with a sore shoulder. Vizcaino made just six appearances after returning in mid-September, allowing three runs in 5-2/3 innings. EDGE: DodgersBENCHBraves: IF-OF Culberson, C Flowers, IF Ryan Flaherty (.217, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs), OF Adam Duvall (.132, 0 HRs, 0 RBIs), 1B Lucas Duda (.222, 1 HR, 2 RBIs)Dodgers: C Austin Barnes (.205, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs), OF Chris Taylor (.254, 17 HRs, 63 RBIs), 2B Brian Dozier (.215, 21 HRs, 72 RBIs combined between Twins and Dodgers), OF Matt Kemp (.290, 21 HRs, 85 RBI), IF David Freese (.296, 11 HRs, 51 RBIs)The Dodgers have uncommon positional flexibility in players like Taylor, Hernandez and Bellinger, allowing Roberts to search for any advantage in matchups. Freese has been a terrific addition, batting .395 with a 1.130 OPS since being acquired at the end of August. The Braves’ bench takes a big hit with Culberson in the lineup filling in for the injured Swanson. EDGE: DodgersMANAGERBraves manager Brian Snitker led his young team to an unexpected 90-win season. Roberts’ job was much more difficult. He didn’t have his two best players (Corey Seager and Justin Turner) for a large chunk of the season, lost his ace (again) to injury for significant time and had to navigate through the swamp of “World Series hangover” that had the Dodgers 10 games under .500 in mid-May and 4-1/2 games out of first place in late August. Roberts’ willingness to platoon established players like Kemp, Puig and even Bellinger did not go over well at times. But it worked. EDGE: DodgersRelated Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more