Reuters: U.S. coal plant closures topped 15GW in 2019

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:U.S. coal-fired power plants shut down at the second-fastest pace on record in 2019, despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to prop up the industry, according to data from the federal government and Thomson Reuters.Power companies retired or converted roughly 15,100 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired electricity generation, enough to power about 15 million homes, according to the data, which included preliminary statistics from the Energy Information Administration and Reuters reporting. That was second only to the record 19,300 MW shut in 2015 during President Barack Obama’s administration.The replacement of coal with power generation from natural gas and renewables has cut total U.S. carbon emissions in four of the past five years. Gas emits about half the carbon dioxide, a leading contributor to global warming, as coal.The coal industry has been in steep decline for a decade due to competition from cheap and abundant gas and subsidized solar and wind energy, along with rising public concern over coal’s contribution to climate change.Trump has downplayed climate change threats and sought to revive the coal industry to fulfill pledges to voters in coal mining states like West Virginia and Wyoming, mainly by rolling back Obama-era environmental protections. Still, since entering office in 2017, an estimated 39,000 MW of coal-fired power plant capacity has shut.If that trend continues, more coal plants will have shut during the first four years (2017-2020) of the Trump administration – an estimated 46,600 MW – than during Obama’s second term (2013-2016) – around 43,100 MW.[Scott DiSavino]More: U.S. coal-fired power plants closing fast despite Trump’s pledge of support for industry Reuters: U.S. coal plant closures topped 15GW in 2019last_img read more

Indonesia’s exports, imports nosedive in May as COVID-19 restrictions hit trade

first_imgIndonesia recorded a trade surplus of $4.31 billion during the first five months of the year, compared to a deficit of $2.68 billion in the same period last year.Several countries, including China, the United States and Japan, among others, remain Indonesia’s largest trading partners. Lockdowns and social distancing measures associated with the coronavirus pandemic have sapped global commerce and growth, disrupted supply chains and closed factories and stores.Several regions in Indonesia have implemented large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to curb the spread of the virus, forcing businesses to close and people to stay home. This has reined in consumer spending as people are worried about job prospects and have become pessimistic about economic prospects, according to a consumer confidence index survey published by Bank Indonesia on Friday.The World Trade Organization (WTO) projected that global trade would shrink between 13 and 32 percent as the economic impact of the health crisis remained uncertain.The WTO has forecast a rebound in the 2021 global goods trade of between 21 and 24 percent, depending largely on the duration of the outbreak and the effectiveness of policy responses.Topics : “Economic development has not been good around the world,” said BPS head Suhariyanto during a news conference. “We are seeing weaker purchasing power, lockdowns, as well as economic contraction for our trading partners, which all have an impact on our trade balance.”The country’s oil and gas exports declined 42.6 percent yoy to $650 million, while exports of mining products fell 38 percent yoy to $1.33 billion. Exports of manufactured goods dropped nearly 26 percent to $8.31 billion in May.Imports of consumer goods shrank nearly 40 percent to $930 million due to fewer purchases of air conditioners and washing machines, among other items. Imports of raw materials plummeted 43 percent to $6.11 billion, while imports of capital goods shrank 40 percent to $1.39 billion.From January to May, the country booked $64.46 billion in exports, a decrease of 5.96 percent,  while imports amounted to $60.15 billion from January to May, a 15.5 percent yoy decrease. Indonesia booked a trade surplus of US$2.09 billion in May as imports fell steeper than the export slump against the backdrop of social restrictions worldwide and supply chain disruption, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced Monday.Exports plunged 28.95 percent year-on-year (yoy) in May to $10.53 billion, the lowest since July 2016, due to falling exports of coal, coffee, palm oil, as well as oil and gas, according to BPS data . Meanwhile, imports fell even faster by 42.2 percent to $8.44 billion, the lowest since 2009, due to weak domestic demand for consumer goods, raw materials and capital goods.last_img read more

West Brom captain Darren Fletcher gave Saido Berahino a pep talk

first_img He had tweeted threatening to never play again after the Baggies rejected Spurs’ deadline day offers but Fletcher has offered his advice. “I have had a word to him and we’ll keep that private and the lads have given him a bit of stick,” said the former Manchester United midfielder. “Sometimes that’s the best way because it takes away the tension. “Somebody comes in and has a little bit of a go at him and a little bit of banter and I’m sure he feels like one of the lads again, which he very much is. “I think a couple of the older lads have maybe tried to help him but there has not been anyone having a go it. “All you can do is do your best and speak to him. “He might not take on board everything you say but if he only takes on board a little bit and it makes him stop and think for a little bit then I’ve done my job.” But Fletcher admitted he did not understand why Berahino took to Twitter to vent his frustration on deadline day. The Baggies skipper has spoken to the forward after he threatened to strike when a deadline day move to Tottenham was blocked. Berahino returned to the Albion team, after being left out of their previous three games, as a second-half substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Southampton. Press Association Darren Fletcher revealed he has given Saido Berahino a pep talk to aid the striker’s West Brom recovery. “Not really, no. You try to speak to him and tell him a certain way to do things but it’s about emotions really,” said the 31-year-old. “People are emotional and you do silly things and when you’re on Twitter it is there and you can voice your opinions. “If he had sat quietly for 48 hours he wouldn’t have done it, but it’s just emotions at the time.” The game was forgettable, Berahino’s return apart, as Jay Rodriguez wasted Southampton’s best chance and Callum McManaman had a penalty appeal turned down for the hosts but was criticised by boss Tony Pulis for diving. Virgil van Dijk impressed in his Saints debut after a £13million switch from Celtic and the Dutch defender hopes his move can improve his international prospects. He said: “That’s something for the future. I’ve been called up for second game now and didn’t play, so I’m close but not close enough but just need to keep improving. “I just played my first game in the Premier League and kept a clean-sheet, which you never know what happens next week, but we just need to keep going. Keep the good team spirit high. “It means a lot to play for Ronald Koeman, it’s an honour for me. He was an amazing player. He played for the biggest clubs. I think I can learn a lot off him. “He was a coach at the biggest clubs, so I’m very happy and can’t wait to keep him improving.” last_img read more