Push to Make Georgia Power More Solar-Conscious

first_imgPush to Make Georgia Power More Solar-Conscious FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Russell Grantham for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:Georgia Power drew fire this week from critics who want the utility to retire its old coal-fired plants and ramp up efforts to add more solar power and other renewable energy.Every three years, the Atlanta-based electric utility sends updated plans to the Georgia Public Service Commission on how it expects to meet future power demands in the state for the next two decades, and what types of power plants it expects to build or retire.Over the next few months, the PSC is expected to hold more hearings and decide whether Georgia Power, a regulated monopoly, needs to revise the 1,500-page plan to win approval.Such decisions will eventually affect customers’ power bills for years to come.Georgia Power has asked to shut down a total of four coal- and oil-fired units at two plants near Albany and Savannah while at the same time adding 525 megawatts of renewable power by 2019.Those moves would shift Georgia Power’s fuel mix from solar, wind and other renewables to 10 percent by 2020, from 7 percent currently. Hydropower accounts for the bulk of its renewable power.Advocates said Georgia Power is moving too slow to retire five coal-fired power plants, which produce more carbon dioxide and other pollutants than other types of power plants.The move to keep the plants going will likely saddle ratepayers with hundreds of millions of dollars in additional costs to comply with tighter pollution rules, one critic said.Other critics told regulators that they want Georgia Power to invest more in solar power generation capacity and other renewable energy, such as biomass power plants and wind energy.Emory University student Zola Berger-Schmitz asked why Georgia Power can’t aim to generate 3,000 megawatts of electricity from solar and wind power, about triple what’s in operation or on the drawing boards.Such decisions “will affect our generation more than any other,” she said.Hearing: Critics want less coal, more solar in Georgia Power’s futurelast_img read more

Sportradar supports snooker’s Championship League with data deal

first_img Submit Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share Related Articles Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 With World Snooker’s Championship League making a return to our screens, Sportradar has confirmed that it will be supporting the tournament by offering pre-match, live odds and live data.The offering builds on the long-standing partnership between World Snooker and Sportradar, and will help maximise engagement with the tournament.The event, which began yesterday and will run until 11 June, features 64 players competing against one another in round-robin groups. Top players including Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Allen and Kyren Wilson are some of the participants competing in the tournament.Speaking to SBC, David Lampitt, Managing Director, Sports Partnerships, explained: “It’s another positive step forward for sport to see the world’s top snooker players returning to action. We are pleased to be working alongside our long-term partner World Snooker and to be in a position to offer official data, pre-match odds, and live odds to maximise fan engagement for this event.“Sportradar continues to deliver the highest-quality content and coverage, and we’re continuing to draw on our unparalleled network of partnerships to provide consistently high quality content to customers and fans around the world.”The tournament, which will be broadcast on ITV, takes place behind closed doors at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes with strict rules on social distancing, COVID testing and hygiene in place, in line with government guidelines.The Championship League, which is being promoted by Matchroom Multi Sport, will be divided into three phases, with all games played as the best-of-four frames. Phase one, which will run from 1 June – 8 June, will feature group matches with two groups played each day across two tables. The winner from each group table will progress to phase two.Running from 9 June – 10 June, the 16 group winners will be split into four further groups, with two groups per day also played over two tables. Tournament finals will take place from 11 June, and will see the four Phase Two winners battle it out over one final group, played on one table, to determine the Championship League winner.Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn added: “During the challenging times of the past few weeks we have examined the opportunities which still exist and worked relentlessly towards the goal of getting our tour going again. While most other sports remain sidelined, we are ready to return from June 1st. This sends out a message to the sporting world that snooker is at the forefront of innovation.“Our first priority has to be safety and we have had detailed discussions with the government in creating a set of approved guidelines for the event which will be rigorously followed. We are making this very clear to the players and everyone working on the event.“These are challenging times but as always we are looking at the opportunities rather than the limitations.Championship League will provide 11 days of televised sport with extensive live coverage, from 3pm until 10pm each day. For the fans out there who are starved of live sport it will be a fantastic boost and a very welcome diversion from these tough times we are all going through.”last_img read more

Anthony Joshua’s aura gone for good in Andy Ruiz Jr. loss

first_imgAnthony Joshua took his New York humiliation under Andy Ruiz Jr.’s heavy fists very well, with customary class and good grace.After visiting the canvas four times inside seven rounds, a dream American debut at Madison Square Garden unraveling into an unforeseeable nightmare, the former IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion emerged for a delayed post-fight news conference with a smile and good manners. Despite everything, Joshua will enter any rematch as favorite, probably at a packed football stadium in the sort of mega event he incredibly made a staple of the sport in his homeland.Mandatory obligations mean Ruiz is likely to have to relinquish portions of his crown to face Joshua again, meaning the path to an undisputed champion — and the window of clarity that would give to the division — has probably closed for this generation.When it happens, that outing will feel so different to previous nights of delirium at Wembley and the Principality Stadium, where everything felt possible for a genuine superstar. Ruiz took that aura from Joshua and, unlike alphabet belts, you never get that back. Join DAZN and watch Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Steve Rolls on June 8″I’ve dealt with some real big losses in life and bounced back. I feel like this is just part of a journey that I’m on,” he said, having warmly embraced Ruiz in the ring afterwards.”This is boxing. What I have to do is re-evaluate the situation, make it better and go again. We didn’t come this far to stop, to fold under pressure. We came this far and I feel we can definitely go a lot further.”Unlike what unfolded for most of a stunning main event, it was classic Joshua. Talk of the “journey,” of boxing’s inextricable link to redemption stories. When the dust settles and the senses are unscrambled, it would be surprising if the 29-year-old remains so philosophically on-message.Your favorite fighters and motivational posters will tell you setbacks pave the way for comebacks. That might sometimes be true, but it is rarely the case of setbacks like the one Joshua suffered against Ruiz.This is Andy’s night, congratulations Champ 🇲🇽 pic.twitter.com/5gE8uFx4MG— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) June 2, 2019History tells us the 2012 Olympic champion’s career is now heading in a different direction to the one that signposted undisputed dominance.Ruiz’s victory is heavyweight boxing’s biggest upset since James “Buster” Douglas dethroned Mike Tyson in Tokyo in 1990. Like the then-undefeated Tyson, Joshua has been robbed of his fear factor.Vulnerability being laid bare in public — Joshua’s up-and-down thriller against Wladimir Klitschko two years ago means this type of defeat felt possible, if not against Ruiz — is not an insurmountable problem.Fellow Briton Lennox Lewis was sensationally stopped by both Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman, responding to avenge those losses and regain his titles.Joshua is likely to have the same chance in a rematch against Ruiz in the UK before the end of this year, but the manner of his loss is more troubling than when Lewis was dethroned.McCall and Rahman both landed booming shots to earn stoppage wins. Such losses damage both ego and reputation, but can be shrugged off in a way Joshua’s collapse cannot.After being dropped by a fierce left hook, Ruiz arguably threw his own lucky shot when he caught Joshua on the temple, robbing him of his equilibrium and planting seeds of doubt to shackle him the next time he goes for the big finishes that were the foundation of a sparkling career.The vision remains the same! Thank you to everyone who traveled, MSG was lively! #TeamAJ pic.twitter.com/vVVgmXcyXw— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) June 2, 2019While Klitschko let his moment pass at Wembley, Ruiz boxed with both skill and intelligence to take the beleaguered champion apart.He launched calculated body attacks to sap his wounded foe. After his trips to the floor in the seventh, Joshua stood propped up in his corner with nothing left.That meant the defeat had more in common with Tyson’s against Douglas, a reverse where rivals can take note of the path laid out by an underdog outsider.WBC king Deontay Wilder undoubtedly enjoyed witnessing Joshua’s questionable punch resistance, Tyson Fury will have observed his struggles with Ruiz’s deceptively fast hands and Dillian Whyte will wonder why he did not bring his “Body Snatcher” nickname to bear when he was knocked out by Joshua in 2015.All should rue not putting themselves in the position to snaffle the division’s most valuable “0” as the affable Ruiz — a late replacement for Jarrell Miller — did.Tyson’s Tokyo torment came as his private life descended into a bleak soap opera, while Lewis fought Rahman at altitude with a woeful lack of preparation.Excuses may emerge over the coming days and weeks, but Joshua was in fine condition and the star of his own lucrative show as it hit boxing’s money market. The lack of mitigating circumstances is another damning element.last_img read more