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 Rico
When authorities determined that a 9-year-old boy playing with matches had inadvertently started the Buckweed Fire, they declined to press charges. And now they have concluded that five partying young men inadvertently started the Malibu fire over Thanksgiving. As a result, prosecutors have charged the men with felonies. In both cases, authorities made the right decision. Unlike the boy who caused the Buckweed blaze, the men in Malibu were all adults. Moreover, they all knew, or should have known, that starting fires in the cave above Corral Canyon is illegal. Doing so during a dry season of hot Santa Ana winds only compounded the infraction. So did failing to report the fire to authorities. That recklessness caused $100million in damages. Those responsible should be held accountable, if for no other reason than as a warning to others who could make the same horrible errors in judgment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 David Moyes is the ‘right choice’ for the club and he will ‘bring stability’ to Sunderland, according to former defender Julio Arca.The Premier League side made a swift appointment to replace Sam Allardyce at the Stadium of Light, naming the Scot as their new boss on a four-year deal.The former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad manager will be hoping to reaffirm his ability after two dismissals in as many years. He takes over the club months after avoiding relegation under Sam Allardyce, who has taken up the vacancy at England’s national team.“It’s been a crazy few days for Sunderland regarding the manager,” the former Black Cats left-back told Danny Kelly and Tony Cascarino on the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“I think David Moyes was the right choice at the moment. He’s someone that knows the Premier League inside out, he’s done a great job at Everton.“Things did not work out at Manchester United like he wanted but I am sure he will bring stability to the club, something Sunderland have [needed] for a while.“In the last three or four seasons Sunderland have been lucky to escape relegation. Sam Allardyce did well, bringing players in January that made a difference to the team.“You want to be in a comfortable position in the Premier League instead of fighting relegation every season. Hopefully David Moyes can change this around and bring stability, consistency and obviously he is going to look for new players to get all that.” Moyes takes the job on Wearside just three weeks before the start of the new season, with a trip to Pep Guardiola’s Man City in store on the opening day.In the close season the Black Cats have handed new deals to Jermain Defoe, Vito Mannone and Patrick van Aanholt, but they are yet to add to the current squad.Arca, who spent six years at Sunderland, continued: “It’s not going to be easy for him. Three or four weeks, slightly more [including the transfer window].“Sunderland needs three or four players. Last season they were ok [in the end], but things need to improve.“You always get these kind of changes in the north east, you never know what is going to happen. Sunderland had to quickly make a decision because the season starts soon.“It’s up to the manager now, what kind of players he wants to bring in, but in the long term David Moyes is the right choice.”