U.S. Power Companies Say They Will Continue Shift to Renewables Regardless of What Trump Wants

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:Some of the biggest U.S. power companies said they are pushing ahead with investments in renewable and gas-fired electricity and are including climate change as a part of their corporate strategy, regardless of the Trump administration’s plans to roll back Obama-era environmental rules.Some sizable power companies, such as American Electric Power Co., NRG Energy Inc. and Southern Co., said Tuesday the move will have only a marginal effect on their planning. Cheap fuel, improving technology and consumer demand are creating a market for cleaner energy that is largely unaffected by what is happening in Washington.The Trump administration argues that the Obama rules weren’t allowed under the Clean Air Act—an issue that will likely be argued in court for years. A generational shift in the energy industry was happening long before that tug of war in federal government. Power plants cut their carbon dioxide by 25% between 2005 and 2016, a trend that is likely to continue, according to the Edison Electric Institute, an industry group.Cheap natural gas from the shale-drilling boom and more-efficient power plants have run coal-burning rivals out of business. Advancements in wind and solar power, with help from subsidies, have cut emissions, too. And confronted with the risks of climate change and how governments might deal with it, power companies now expect the cost of carbon emissions to rise and plan on ways to reduce them.“This will not change our planning process,” a spokesman at Southern Co. said of the EPA’s move on Tuesday.More: ($) Power Companies to Stick With Plans Despite EPA’s Emissions Repeal: Cheap fuel, technology and consumer preferences are driving demand for cleaner energy U.S. Power Companies Say They Will Continue Shift to Renewables Regardless of What Trump Wantslast_img read more

Blues are bound to improve – Mou

first_img Mourinho would not fault his performance, although he recognised the Germany forward, like the team, is not at his best yet. The Portuguese said: “He really wanted to make an impact in that game, and his performance was really good. It was important for him to play 90 minutes. “He was one of the guys, like the Brazilians, who reached the last stage of the World Cup, his holiday was very short. “In this last part of the World Cup, we had players in the same position: Ramires, Willian, Oscar and Schurrle. I couldn’t say ‘you four, holidays, I can do without you’, because I couldn’t do without them. “I need them and I need them step by step. Not one of them is in super form, like (Cesc) Fabregas, (Nemanja) Matic, (Branislav) Ivanovic. At this moment, they’re not. It has to be step by step.” The Blues, who face Aston Villa on Saturday, dropped points for the first time last weekend in drawing at defending champions Manchester City. Diego Costa, who has scored seven goals in five Premier League games, will return despite his ongoing hamstring trouble against Villa, with the Blues seeking a fifth victory in their sixth game. Jose Mourinho has warned the Barclays Premier League that Chelsea have plenty of room for improvement this season despite their impressive start. “I don’t go for six, seven or eight (marks) out of 10,” Mourinho said. “We have to improve in every aspect. No doubt. “We were deadly on the counter-attack against Everton (winning 6-3), we were fantastic with the way we defended collectively against Man City. “We’ve had very good periods. But, in the end, what is important is that in this moment nobody is ahead of us. “We look down and see the other 19 teams. Nobody is on top of us.” Mourinho made nine changes for Wednesday’s Capital One Cup defeat of Bolton and is likely to revert to the majority of the line-up which began at Manchester City, although Ramires is out with a groin injury. The Blues boss insisted his fringe players impressed in midweek despite making hard work of the Sky Bet Championship strugglers in winning 2-1. World Cup winner Andre Schurrle missed a number of opportunities. Press Associationlast_img read more