New Washington law requires state’s utilities to quit coal by 2025

first_imgNew Washington law requires state’s utilities to quit coal by 2025 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Seattle Times:Gov. Jay Inslee signed a package of bills Tuesday to combat climate change headlined by legislation to rid Washington’s electric grid of fossil-fuel-generated power by 2045, a move that makes the state a leader in the national clean-power movement.Other parts of the green agenda now embedded in state law create new conservation standards for energy use in large new buildings, require new efficiency standards for appliances and phase out “super pollutant” hydrofluorocarbons used as refrigerants.The law sets a 2025 deadline for utilities to end all reliance on coal, and a 2045 deadline to end use of natural-gas-generated electricity. The new energy standards will have a major impact on investor-owned utilities. Puget Sound Energy (PSE), which serves more than 1.1 million electric customers, got nearly 60 percent of its electricity from coal and natural gas in 2017.PSE leaders were involved in intense negotiations with legislators and environmentalists over the shape of the bill. In the final version, legislators yielded to utility concerns that an early House bill contained too harsh of a financial stick should the fossil-fuel-powered electricity not be phased out by 2045.For PSE, the clean-power law will add new urgency to the task of ending a decades long reliance on a major coal-fired plant in Colstrip, Montana, which the utility partially owns. Two of the plant’s four units will close by July 2022. PSE had forecast that it would stop drawing power from the other two units by the early 2030s, and hinted in planning documents that it could happen sooner.The new legislation means that within six years, PSE needs to be done with delivering Colstrip power to Washington.More: Clean power is now the law; Inslee signs bill for zero-carbon electricity by 2045last_img read more

A new quarterback, stout run defense and Syracuse’s strong weekday record: Previewing North Carolina State

first_img Published on October 9, 2019 at 9:57 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) heads south to start ACC play in earnest with a matchup at North Carolina State (3-2, 0-1) on Thursday at 8 p.m. Both teams are coming off idle weeks and, as Dino Babers noted Monday, in the process of retooling their teams.Here’s what to know about the squads before kickoff.All-time series: 10-2, N.C. State leads.The last time they met: Syracuse won, 51-41, in the Carrier Dome last season to become bowl eligible for the first time in five years.After losing four-straight to the Wolfpack prior, the Orange started hot and built a lead large enough to withstand North Carolina State’s surges. After Eric Dungey was benched for Tommy DeVito in the fourth quarter the week prior, Dungey erupted for 411 passing yards and three touchdowns, plus another rushing score. He, along with then-Wolfpack quarterback Ryan Finley, each set individual series highs for passing yards between the two teams (Finley threw for 473, also a career-high). In the end, SU connected on more big plays and earned a pivotal win in the program’s recent history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe North Carolina State report: The Wolfpack are in flux at the most important position on the field: Quarterback. Despite quarterback Matthew McKay leading the Wolfpack with seven touchdowns through five games, NCSU went 3-2 and lost badly to two Power 5 opponents on its schedule. McKay has been benched in favor of Bailey Hockman, who is making his first career start on Thursday.McKay’s benching came in the middle of a lethargic performance two weeks ago against Florida State. Hockman came on in relief and completed 21-of-40 attempts for 208 yards and one score. Behind Hockman on the depth chart is Devin Leary, signaling that the Wolfpack have three quarterbacks — or maybe just two, now — that they are comfortable playing.McKay got the hook for being ineffective, getting blown out by West Virginia, 44-27, and setting up the 31-13 beat down against Florida State that Hockman tried to avoid. It remains to be seen how effective the remaining two signal callers can be.Without a clear quarterback situation, N.C. State will likely rely on the defense, one that has allowed the eighth-fewest rushing yards per game in college football (71.8). The Wolfpack also sack opposing quarterbacks 3.6 times a game, tied for 11th in the nation. Without an offensive identity established, the Wolfpack should try and grind this game out.How Syracuse beats N.C. State: Keep the tempo fast and score quickly, early.The Orange blew the doors off Holy Cross and accumulated 52 points against Western Michigan by getting back to Babers’ desired tempo: Ludicrous speed. The Orange came out and marched down the field against the Crusaders and the Broncos, getting calls in and plays off before the defenses could get completely set.That, coupled with SU’s turnover-happy defense and a growing pass game should put SU in a strong position to do what it does best. DeVito needs to come out sharp for it to work, but SU’s been good at getting him comfortable, completable throws early that also play into the pace.Create possessions, score quickly on them. Do that and take a first quarter lead and North Carolina State will likely struggle to climb out of that hole.Stat to know: 83.3 percent — Syracuse’s win percentage (15-3) on weekdays since the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl. The last time SU lost was 2016 when Lamar Jackson came in and played like a Heisman winner, but since it has won five-straight weekday games. Babers specifically is 2-0 on Thursdays.Player to watch: Bailey Hockman, redshirt sophomore quarterback, No. 16Making his first career start, all eyes are on Hockman. It was known that North Carolina State would struggle to replace Finley, the fourth-round draft pick. Unfortunately for Hockman, it’s meant getting dropped into the starting lineup midseason. He gets the good fortune of making his first start at home and looked competent against Florida State, but took some unnecessary risks. How he fares against SU’s defense might decide the game. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

March Madness 2019: Over 45M U.S. adults expected to bet $8.5B on brackets, survey shows

first_imgWith sports betting finally legal, gamblers are expected to wager a lot of money on the NCAA Tournament.According to a survey released Monday by the American Gaming Association, approximately 47 million Americans are expected to bet $8.5 billion during March Madness, with 149 million brackets accounting for the majority of the wagering. “Before the PASPA Supreme Court decision, there were very limited opportunities to wager legally,” AGA’s president and chief executive officer Bill Miller said. “Those opportunities are increasing and that’s a good thing. As more people become aware there is a legal method to wager, I think the interest in sports betting will only get larger.” The Supreme Court ruled last May that a federal ban on state-sanctioned sports betting is unconstitutional. Sports betting legalization is currently being considered in 23 states. Of those wagers, an estimated 4.1 million people will place bets legally. On the other hand, nearly 18 million people will bet $3.9 billion at a sportsbook, online, with a bookie or with a friend. March Madness 2019: Biggest snubs, surprises to make field of 68 on Selection Sunday Furthermore, 29 percent of the respondents favored Duke to win it all following its ACC Tournament championship win over Florida State on Saturday. The next closest favorite is Gonzaga at a measly nine percent, followed by North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia and Michigan.”They are in the national championship mix every year,” William Hill U.S. director of trading Nick Bogdanovich told USA TODAY Sports. “Under Coach K, they have been the New England Patriots of college basketball. Like the sun coming up in the morning, you can rely on Duke money.” Related Newslast_img read more