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IEA: Renewable generation capacity expected to climb by 1,200GW in next five years

first_imgIEA: Renewable generation capacity expected to climb by 1,200GW in next five years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by a resurgence in solar energy.The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that solar, wind and hydropower projects are rolling out at their fastest rate in four years. Its latest report predicts that by 2024 a new dawn for cheap solar power could see the world’s solar capacity grow by 600GW, almost double the installed total electricity capacity of Japan. Overall, renewable electricity is expected to grow by 1,200GW in the next five years, the equivalent of the total electricity capacity of the US.“This is a pivotal time for renewable energy,” said the IEA’s executive director, Fatih Birol. “Technologies such as solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind are at the heart of transformations taking place across the global energy system. Their increasing deployment is crucial for efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, reduce air pollution, and expand energy access.”The Guardian reported earlier this month that a renewable energy revolution could end the world’s rising demand for oil and coal in the 2020s, decades ahead of forecasts from oil and mining companies.Renewable energy sources make up 26% of the world’s electricity today, but according to the IEA its share is expected to reach 30% by 2024. The resurgence follows a global slowdown last year, due to falling technology costs and rising environmental concerns. However, Birol warned that the role of renewables in the global energy system would need to grow even faster if the world hopes to meet its climate targets.The IEA expects solar energy to play the biggest role in jumpstarting fresh growth in global renewable energy because falling costs are already below retail electricity prices in most countries. The cost of solar power is expected to decline by a further 15% to 35% by 2024, spurring further growth over the second half of the decade.More: Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years – reportlast_img read more

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Aga Khan

first_imgTipperary man Greg Brodrick was part of the Irish team that regained the Aga Khan trophy at the RDS yesterday.Broderick and his horse MHS Going Global recorded one of only two double clear rounds in the whole competition.last_img

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Vilanova returns to Barcelona after cancer treatment

first_imgBarcelona coach Tito Vilanova, who has been undergoing cancer treatment in New York since January, arrived back in Spain on Tuesday, the Catalan giants announced.“Tito is in Barcelona,” the Spanish league leaders said on their website fcbarcelona.com, adding that he would ease himself gradually back into running the side.Vilanova, 44, left for New York in late January for treatment to a recurrence of a salivary gland cancer. In his absence, his assistant, Jordi Roura, took over the reins.“It’s expected that Jordi Roura and Aureli Altimira, who accompanied (Vilanova) on his return flight, will take the afternoon training session. Tito Vilanova will rejoin the first team progressively,” the statement said.last_img read more

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LA Dodgers acquire Josh Reddick and Rich Hill, keep Yasiel Puig and top prospects

first_imgYasiel Puig is still on the roster, though he did not fly with the team to Colorado for Tuesday’s game against the Rockies. Dodgers management told Puig’s representatives to prepare for the 25-year-old right fielder to be traded. When that didn’t happen, they told Puig to expect to be optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Chris Archer is still a Tampa Bay Ray. Chris Sale and Jose Quintana are still in Chicago. Jay Bruce (New York Mets), Matt Moore (San Francisco), Jeremy Jeffress and Jonathan Lucroy (Texas) all switched teams without the Dodgers’ involvement.“The Oakland deal really started getting into the final stages late last night and we were able to start the medicals on that,” Zaidi said. “It wasn’t quite as frantic as the other deals going on.”Most of the top names in the Dodgers’ farm system stayed put. That includes left-hander Julio Urias and right-hander Jose De Leon, their top two pitching prospects.Right-handed pitchers Grant Holmes, Jharel Cotton and Frankie Montas went to Oakland for Hill and Reddick. Pitcher Mike Bolsinger was traded to the Blue Jays for Chavez, a Fontana native. The Associated Press reported that Toronto sent an additional $1.15 million to the Dodgers in the trade.In their final move before the deadline, the Dodgers acquired Fields from Houston for Yordan Alvarez, a 19-year-old first baseman. Fields was on the roster of the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate and will be assigned prior to the Dodgers’ game against the Rockies.Players can be traded after Aug. 1 via the waiver process. It’s still possible that the Dodgers can trade Puig in this manner. They acquired Chase Utley last year, and Adrian Gonzalez in 2012, after each was placed on waivers. Zaidi declined to comment on Puig’s status on a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon.If they do nothing else, the Dodgers have already made two significant changes to their 25-man roster.Zaidi said that Reddick is “is a two-way player, a power hitter, a Gold Glove caliber outfielder. I think he was as good as any position player available in this trade market.” The 29-year-old has eight home runs and a .296 batting average in 68 games this season.Hill, 36, has a 9-3 record and a 2.25 ERA in 14 starts this season.“Just from a pure performance standpoint, (Hill) is as good as any pitcher traded today or in the last week or so.”Yet each comes with question marks about his health.Hill is on the 15-day disabled list with a finger blister and can’t be activated before Thursday. The 36-year-old left-hander also missed time this season with a groin injury. Zaidi said he did not have an exact timetable for when Hill might be activated.Reddick, who will wear number 11 (his number with Oakland, 22, is worn by Clayton Kershaw), missed time this year with a fractured hand. Both players will become free agents at the end of the season.Chavez, 32, has made 39 appearances out of the bullpen this season, going 1-2 with a 4.57 earned-run average. Zaidi said he envisions the right-hander in a “swingman” role, capable of pitching multiple innings out of the bullpen or starting on short notice.Fields, 30, has made 15 relief appearances in the majors this season (0-0, 6.89 ERA) and 23 at Triple-A (1-0, 1.65).The Dodgers are currently two games behind the Giants for first place in the National League West. San Francisco stocked up on lefties Monday, getting Moore from the Rays and set-up man Will Smith from the Milwaukee Brewers in separate deals.“A lot has been made that our division pitching is very left-handed,” Zaidi said. “We do have some right-handed bench bats that can come in and spell some guys and create a different look.”Zaidi said he’s still “optimistic” that Kershaw will return this season. The Dodgers’ ace is out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his back. Left-handers Alex Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu are also on the disabled list with potential season-ending injuries, while right-hander Bud Norris was removed from his most recent start with an injury to his lat muscle.Reddick can help fill the void left by Andre Ethier, a corner outfielder who’s missed the entire season with a broken right leg.Ethier’s situation, Zaidi said, “is a little bit like with (Kershaw) where we’re hopeful but you certainly can’t plan on it. I think we sort of had to take the approach at the deadline like, we just have to make do with the information that we have and you can’t do your shopping later.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Farhan Zaidi said the Dodgers were in the market for an everyday hitter and a starting pitcher before the non-waiver trade deadline. The general manager wasn’t keen on giving up his top position player prospects.In that regard, Monday had to be considered a success. In three separate trades the Dodgers acquired left-handed pitcher Rich Hill and right fielder Josh Reddick from the Oakland A’s, along with Toronto Blue Jays reliever Jesse Chavez and Houston Astros reliever Josh Fields.“What we were looking for more than anything,” Zaidi said, “were guys who can come in and help us in the division race.”The trades the Dodgers did not make were more telling.last_img read more