Wind Farms Are Overtaking Coal-Fired Electricity in Texas

first_imgWind Farms Are Overtaking Coal-Fired Electricity in Texas FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:Wind power, by one important measure, surpassed coal last week to become the second-largest electricity source in Texas, yet another milestone in the state’s march toward greater reliance on renewable energy.When a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas began commercial operation this month, it pushed the state’s wind power capacity to more than 20,000 megawatts, surpassing 19,800 megawatts of capacity from coal-fired power plants, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which oversees 90 percent of the state’s grid. One megawatt is enough to power 200 homes on a hot Texas day.While ERCOT still gets most of its power from natural gas and coal, wind power generation now accounts for 15 percent of the power mix — up from just 2 percent a decade ago.The imminent shutdown of three coal-fired power plants owned by Dallas-based Vistra Energy and the loss of their 4,000 megawatts of capacity will further tip the scales in wind’s favor, said Joshua Rhodes, a research fellow at the University of Texas’ Energy Institute in Austin. In October, Vistra announced the pending shutdowns of its Monticello, Big Brown and Sandow coal plants, triggering the loss of more than 800 jobs and the closure of two coal mines. The shutdown of the Vistra plants are the first retirements of coal-fired power plants since Texas deregulated power markets in 2002.“We are used to seeing wind numbers add, add, add,” Rhodes said. “We are not used to seeing coal plants’ numbers decreasing.”Rhodes is already watching for the next milestone — when Texas’ wind farms will generate more power than its coal plants. Based on models of ERCOT, Rhodes expects that switch to happen in 2019. ERCOT, meanwhile, is looking to transform the way it predicts surges in wind — a mercurial power source in West Texas, where winds blow strongest at night when power demand is lowest, sometimes producing so much electricity that they drive wholesale prices to zero.More: Wind power blows past coal in Texaslast_img read more

Michael Phelps hails ‘incredible’ Kristof Milak after losing world record

first_imgLe Clos, who famously beat Phelps in the 2012 London Olympic final, shrugged: “Kristof is in another league — he’s a hell of a lot faster than all of us.”  Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 25th July, 2019 16:31 IST Michael Phelps Hails ‘incredible’ Kristof Milak After Losing World Record Michael Phelps paid tribute to Hungarian teenager Kristof Milak’s “beautiful technique” after he took down the American legend’s long-standing 200 meters butterfly record at the world championships in South Korea. The 19-year-old Milak sliced a whopping 0.78 seconds off Phelps’s previous world best, which was achieved during the bodysuit era, after flirting with the record for much of the past season. Press Trust Of India “It happened because there was a kid who wanted to do it, who dreamed of doing it, who figured out what it would take to do it. (He) worked on his technique until it was beautiful and put in the really, really hard work that it takes to do it — my hat’s off to him,” said Phelps, who had a special fondness for the 200m fly. READ | ‘Too Much Gold In One Picture’: Twitterati Reacts On Seeing Olympic Legend Michael Phelps At Feroz Shah KotlaMilak became the first said Phelps, who had a special fondness for the 200m fly. swimmer to go under 1:51 minutes, while his winning margin was, remarkably, more than three seconds as Japan’s Daiya Seto finished a distant second and the South African Chad le Clos third. “As frustrated as I am to see that record go down, I couldn’t be happier to see how he did it. That kid’s last 100 was incredible. He put together a great 200 fly from start to finish,”  said Phelps 1 year ago Ashes: Ben Stokes the ‘real heartbeat’ of England team, says Ricky Ponting, making a big comparison Michael Phelps paid tribute to Hungarian teenager Kristof Milak’s “beautiful technique” after he took down the American legend’s long-standing 200 meters butterfly record at the world championships in South Korea.Phelps described Milak’s time of one minute, 50.73 seconds in Gwangju as “incredible”, although he admitted his astonishment was tinged with sadness at losing a world record which had stood since 2009. 1 year ago Jonty Rhodes applies for Team India fielding coach, multifaceted romance with India continuescenter_img First Published: 25th July, 2019 15:36 IST Milak said he was “honoured” to break a world record held by Phelps, who he had worshipped growing up and watched videos of to polish his technique. WE RECOMMEND WATCH US LIVE COMMENT FOLLOW US LIVE TV 1 year ago Team India jersey sponsor to change; Oppo, Byju’s and BCCI in tripartite agreement READ |  “I Questioned Whether Or Not I Wanted To Be Alive Anymore”: Greatest Ever Olympian Michael Phelps Reveals He Struggled With Depression “I wasn’t expecting to break the record,” he admitted. “But if you put in the hard work, good things happen and I was ready. I just tried to block everything out and find a good rhythmlast_img read more