New 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 2045
(By Stephan Sookram in Jamaica, compliments of Fly Jamaica, Nexus Machinery and GT Motorsports) THE Guyanese team for this weekend’s Double Trouble karting event at the Palisadoes Go-Kart facility in Kingston Jamaica arrived ready and raring for action.The six-member karting team includes the Ten Pow siblings in Justin and Jeremy, Matthew Phang, Mikhail Persaud, Rayden Persaud and Elan Rahaman. They were upbeat yesterday morning upon arriving in the Reggae Isle.They are accompanied by parents and coaches on their maiden karting voyage to Jamaica and their first order of business was to check out the battlefield, located less than five minutes from the airport.While significantly larger than the GT motorsport facilities, the Jamaican circuit features a more demanding layout and more corners.Stefan Jeffrey points out possible braking zones to one of the young Guyanese karters. (Stephan Sookram photo)However, the youngsters aren’t fazed by the circuit, having completed firstly a track walk of the 1200m facility which features 14 corners all providing their own degree of difficulty.After some late afternoon practice, Phang, who will be competing in the Senior Rotax class, disclosed the side’s readiness for tomorrow’s qualifying.To Chronicle Sport, he said, “I think I can get down to the times of the seniors once I fix my handling. I missed my mark about three or four times in several corners.”Rayden, Elan and Mikhail who compete in the Junior Rotax class were also optimistic having run their sessions late in the afternoon.The young duo of Jeremy and Justin Ten Pow, who will run in the Mini and Macro Max classes also benefited from yesterday‘s session.Qualification today begins at 10:00hrs and runs until 13:00hrs, after which practice sessions will take place.Chief among the sponsors that made the event possible were Fly Jamaica who facilitated the travel of the team to Jamaica and other sponsors in Pure Racing, Cyril’s Taxi, BM Soat and GT Motorsports.