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Battle brews over short-term energy investment plans in Puerto Rico

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The number of jurisdictions pursuing a goal of 100 percent renewables keeps growing. Puerto Rico looks to be next, with a late November plan from the island’s governor and a proposal before the legislature both calling for 100 percent renewables by 2050. In October, a diverse group of clean energy advocates also published a proposal, “Queremos Sol,” that outlines a path to all-renewables by the same year.Agreement on the territory’s energy system seems to have coalesced around a renewable portfolio standard and timeline. “I can’t think of any entity that’s said it’s opposed to 100 percent renewables by 2050. That certainly is progress,” said Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), which contributed to the Queremos Sol report. “That’s a consensus that didn’t exist before the hurricane.”It’s taken months to get to this point. And while the long-term vision seems to have been clarified, stakeholders remain divided on short-term goals. “What the problem is, and what we need to be careful about, is how different organizations and groups propose to get there,” said Ruth Santiago, a lawyer at local environmental group Comité Diálogo Ambiental and a contributor to the Queremos Sol report.In its August fiscal plan, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said it was looking to convert some plants to burn natural gas and that it would cost $500 million to build a liquefied natural gas import terminal. When the utility’s current CEO, José Ortiz, came aboard, he said natural gas would support a future with more renewables. PREPA did not respond to requests for comment about the proposed RPS, but in its fiscal plan the utility lays out a path to a generation mix in 2023 that’s 32 percent solar and wind and 41 percent gas.The group of engineers, environmentalists and clean energy advocates who wrote the Queremos Sol proposal are pushing for integration of renewables now. Santiago said investing in natural gas in the short term might be “disastrous” and will likely impede investment in solar.“Renewable energy and storage technologies are available now,” said Kunkel. “And if your goal is to get to 100 percent renewables by 2050, you should start investing in them now. The most important challenges are going to be what investment decisions get made in the next few years. Most of Puerto Rico’s power plants are old and [need] to be replaced in any event. What they get replaced with really matters in terms of what type of fuel infrastructure you’re locking yourself into for the next several decades,” she added.More: Inside Puerto Rico’s quest for 100% renewables: A clash over natural gas Battle brews over short-term energy investment plans in Puerto Ricolast_img read more


Olunga seals mega-dollar deal to Japan

first_img0Shares0000Michael Olunga poses in the stadium after signing a deal with his new Japanese club Kashiwa Reysal on August 9, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 10- Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga has put to an end his un-adventurous stint in the Chinese Super League by sealing a three-year move to the Japanese J-League, signing for Kashiwa Reysol in a deal estimated to be in the region of Sh300mn.Olunga made a permanent move to Japan after returning to his Chinese club Guizhou Hengfeng F.C. following a season-long loan stint with Spanish top tier side Girona FC. The deal to Japan is reportedly set to rake Olunga a whooping Sh15mn a month. “New roads, new rivers, new chapter, beginning of another unfolded story,” Olunga posted on his official Instagram handle posing with the jersey of his new club.He is expected to be unveiled later Friday as he begins his three year stint. Reysol are currently placed 13th in the 18-team J-League with 23 points off 20 matches.Formed in 1940, Reysol were founding members of Japan Soccer League in 1965 and have spent majority of their existence in the top tier of Japanese football.They have been Japanese league champions twice, in 1972 and 2011, and have won three Emperor’s Cups.With 14 rounds of matches left before the season ends, Reysol will look onto the goal scoring prowess of the Kenyan international to help them finish in the top half of the table.Olunga stepped of the bench to score three and assist one to become the first ever Kenyan to score in Spanish top division. Photo/COURTESYThe Engineer as he is fondly referred as made his first pro move to IF Djugardens in Sweden in 2016 scoring 12 goals in 27 matches before the mega bucks in China came calling.However, he couldn’t quite get settled in his new environment and only managed nine matches notching a meagre two goals. He was loaned out to Catalan club Girona at the beginning of the 2017/2018 season where he played 14 matches, only four of them as a starter.He managed to score four goals in those 14 games, three of them being a hattrick in a 6-0 win against Las Palmas, making him the first ever Kenyan to score in the La Liga as well as the first ever Girona player to score a La Liga hattrick.🥇 The first Kenyan to score in #LaLigaSantander 🇰🇪🥇 The first @GironaFC player to ever score a hat-trick in #LaLigaSantander ⚽⚽⚽👋 @OgadaOlunga 👋 pic.twitter.com/gh0rO3HQ70— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) July 25, 2018Prior to going for the pro leagues abroad, Olunga started off at Tusker FC straight from the Upper Hill High School where his football career started. The Liberty Academy product spent a season with the brewers before moving to Thika United.His big break came when he joined Gor Mahia in 2015 helping them to finish the league unbeaten scoring 19 goals the entire season and finishing as the league’s Most valuable Player.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more