U.S. utility CEO: Move away from coal ‘saves everyone money’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:In a speech this week to a large, business-friendly crowd in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe presented an economic case for solar power, electric vehicles and moving past coal.The company closed seven Michigan coal plants in 2016, cutting carbon emissions 25 percent without hurting its workforce. As the company focuses on solar in the coming years, Poppe said electric vehicles will play a growing role in the company’s “triple bottom line” principle of serving people, the planet and prosperity.It’s a big departure for a CEO who not too long ago had an “I love coal” bumper sticker on her car:Poppe conceded that Consumers previously “fought” solar adoption. Now the company is embracing it, planning up to 6,000 megawatts of solar in its portfolio by 2040. “We can have cleaner, more modular energy that more closely matches demand,” Poppe said. “It saves everyone money.”She said the build-out will be “a little bit of both” utility-scale and smaller distributed projects, but active farmland isn’t the company’s first choice for development. “We should be finding ways to use otherwise unusable land for solar — parking lots, warehouse rooftops,” she said.Earlier this year, the company announced it would be coal-free by 2040 and reduce carbon emissions by 90 percent while also reducing water usage and waste sent to landfills. The company also does not plan large capital investments in a natural gas plant. “It’s a win-win-win,” she said. “That’s why it’s not an economic risk to move away from a traditional energy source like coal.”More: Four key takeaways from a Michigan utility’s clean energy transition
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Leg-spinner Imran Khan’s five-wicket haul led Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to a 172-run crushing of Windward Islands Volcanoes here, yesterday, as they hauled themselves off the bottom of the Regional four-day standings.Set an improbable 375 for victory at the National Stadium, Volcanoes folded for 202 in their second innings with the 32-year-old Khan picking up five for 67 – his 16th five-wicket haul in first class cricket.He received great support from off-spinner Bryan Charles with four for 79 in only his second first class game and second in two years.Veteran opener Devon Smith failed to convert his overnight 41 into a score of substance, falling for 49 and it was left to Shane Shillingford with 46 to give the total some respectability.Rookie Taryck Gabriel added just eight to his overnight 24 while wicketkeeper Sunil Ambris got 24.Resuming the final morning of the sixth round clash on 68 for one, Smith and Gabriel extended their second-wicket stand to 80 before being separated, when Gabriel departed in the 10th over.His dismissal set in train the slide which saw three wickets fall for 10 runs in the space of 18 deliveries.Ambris then propped up the innings in a 36-run fourth-wicket stand with captain Liam Sebastien (21) but Khan struck just as the partnership was threatening, removing both batsmen in successive overs.Tottering on 134 for six at lunch, Volcanoes were lifted afterwards by Shillingford who went on the attack, smashing two fours and four sixes in a 65-ball knock.He put on 34 for the eighth wicket with Delorn Johnson (5) but once they were separated, Red Force quickly wrapped up the tail.
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm A big smile crept across Shamarko Thomas’ face as he reminisced about that night in November last year.Syracuse was at Rutgers Stadium in search of a win to clinch bowl eligibility. Ross Krautman delivered a victory, kicking the game-winning field goal with 1:07 left on the clock to beat the Scarlet Knights 13-10.But it was more than just a win for the Orange. It was the win that had eluded the program for nearly a decade. And with Krautman’s field goal, Syracuse was headed to a bowl game for the first time since 2004.‘It was a great thing, man,’ Thomas said with a grin. ‘First time being bowl eligible (in six years). We want that opportunity again.’That opportunity could come again for the Orange with a win this weekend. Syracuse (5-3, 1-2 Big East) will travel to East Hartford, Conn., to battle Connecticut (3-5, 1-2 Big East) Saturday at noon with a shot at the all-important sixth win. If SU gets the win, it would be bowl eligible for the second straight year. Syracuse last appeared in back-to-back bowl games in 1998, when SU went to the Orange Bowl, and 1999, when it went to the Music City Bowl.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It was huge,’ defensive end Chandler Jones said of the win at Rutgers last year. ‘That was one of our main focuses and that was our big goal — to be bowl eligible and make it to a bowl game. But this year, our goal was to compete for a Big East championship, and that’s what we’re doing.’Though bowl eligibility may not be the main goal for the Orange this year, it would be a step in the right direction if the team wants to compete for a conference title.Last year, Syracuse had a chance to clinch bowl eligibility against Louisville one week before its game against Rutgers. But the Cardinals scored the game’s final two touchdowns to force SU to wait another week to accomplish its goal.The Orange had a chance to clinch a postseason berth last week against Louisville once again. But it came out flat and never recovered in a 27-10 loss.Jones said the players were disappointed with each other and themselves at the start of practice this week, but he felt confident the team would avoid that same type of performance against UConn.‘It started Monday in practice,’ Jones said. ‘Coming out day in and day out and just having no mental errors and just be physical out there. That makes it easier on the coaches to come up with a good game plan. And hopefully we can execute this game and win.’That game plan will revolve around shutting down Huskies redshirt freshman running back Lyle McCombs. Connecticut is a running team and McCombs ranks second in the Big East with 829 yards on the ground.The goal for the Orange is to take away McCombs and force UConn to beat SU with its passing game behind quarterback Johnny McEntee.‘I think whether you’re trying to force a team to throw the ball or force them to run the ball, if you can make an offense one-dimensional, it makes it a little bit easier to attack,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said.If Syracuse can make Connecticut a one-dimensional team, it could lead to a win and a celebration similar to the one at Rutgers a year ago.When Marrone took over the program before the 2009 season, he told the team he wanted to win now. The players quickly bought in and showed progress with SU’s win in the Pinstripe Bowl last year.And if the Orange can secure the win this weekend and become bowl eligible again, it could symbolize something more for Marrone and this program.‘It shows that Syracuse football is rising,’ the safety Thomas said. ‘Through everything, all the stuff we’ve been through the last couple years, Syracuse is coming back.’firstname.lastname@example.org