California’s PG&E seeks approval for 423MW/1.7GWh of new battery storage projects

first_imgCalifornia’s PG&E seeks approval for 423MW/1.7GWh of new battery storage projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Pacific Gas & Electric has asked California regulators to approve seven battery projects totaling 423 megawatts, or nearly 1.7 gigawatt-hours of energy storage capacity, to meet its share of a statewide procurement that must be brought online by late next year to assure statewide grid stability.PG&E’s 2020 System Reliability Request for Offers, filed Monday with the California Public Utilities Commission, represents a huge new addition to the utility’s battery fleet to meet the state’s resource adequacy needs starting in 2021. It’s the second major procurement from a California utility designed to comply with the CPUC’s order for 3.3 gigawatts of carbon-free resources to help meet grid reliability needs that will arise when four natural-gas-fired power plants retire next year to reduce their environmental harm to coastal waters.PG&E’s portfolio of new battery projects isn’t the biggest one meant to make up for those power plants, whose retirement has already been delayed by a year to allow clean energy replacement resources to be brought online. Earlier this month, utility Southern California Edison announced 770 megawatts, or nearly 3 gigawatt-hours, of storage from seven winning bids, most of them connected to existing solar farms. SCE has the largest share of procurement since it faces the more severe potential grid disruptions from closing the power plants.But PG&E’s new proposal does represent a major boost to a battery fleet that’s already set to be the largest in the world. PG&E’s major projects include a 300-megawatt/1,200-megawatt-hour project by Vistra Energy and a 182.5-megawatt/730-megawatt-hour project from Tesla being built near a natural-gas plant in the Monterey County community of Moss Landing.PG&E is now adding another 100 megawatts/400 megawatt-hours of battery plant from Vistra to be part of its new resource adequacy portfolio in the transmission-constrained South Bay/Moss Landing sub-area. It’s also adding three 50-megawatt/200-megawatt-hour systems to the existing 50-megawatt Diablo Energy Storage project being built by LS Power in Contra Costa County.PG&E’s new round of contracts, which must still be approved by the CPUC, is the third major storage deal to be announced just this month, including SCE’s projects and another nearly 3-gigawatt-hour procurement announced by Hawaiian Electric last week.[Jeff St. John]More: Vistra, LS Power top winners in PG&E’s 420MW storage procurementlast_img read more

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Real Madrid star Toni Kroos questions footballer wage cuts

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has cast doubt upon plans from football clubs to cut player salaries, describing it as ‘like a donation in vain’.Advertisement Read Also: Football’s top 20 managers ranked by fans“A drop in salary is like a donation in vain or just for the club,” Kroos told the SWR Sport podcast, as cited by Diario AS. “I am in favour of the club paying the full salary and that every player does sensible things with it. Everyone is asked to help where it is necessary, and there are many places where it is necessary.“Many clubs lack planned income. It also depends on how long everything will be stopped for. If, for example, football is played again in May, solutions will surely be found. If it is necessary to stop until winter, I can imagine that some clubs will no longer be able to cope. That would change football as we know it.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 An Espanyol statement also confirmed 70 percent pay cut for all players, coaches, physios of their men’s, women’s and youth teams while Atletico Madrid confirmed the same move on Thursday.As outlined by Diario AS, Leganes players will cut their wages by 20% if the season does not resume while Real Betis confirmed the news that players, coaching staff and directors have agreed a 15% pay cut to avoid other workers at the club losing their income.Many clubs are using An ERTE (Temporary Reduction of Employment Action) is Spain’s temporary redundancy scheme which is activated by the state of emergency within the country, with businesses losing access to their profits.However, the premise against wage cuts, as argued by Kroos, is that only the club will save money by the wage cuts and a more beneficial move would be for players wages to be maintained – thus providing taxes to the state – while making donations of their own. Last week, a Barcelona statement confirmed the club had agreed a substantial pay cut with senior playing staff – claimed in a report in Cadena Ser to be 72% – to protect the incomes of the club’s non-playing staff.center_img Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Some Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were Amazing Loading… last_img read more

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Badgers look to protect new ranking against Spartans

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s tennis team puts its shiny new ranking on the line tonight against the No. 75 Michigan State Spartans (4-6, 0-0). This is the first time the Badgers have been ranked since April 2002.The No. 65 Badgers (4-3, 1-0) debut in the polls this week as a result of their defeat of No. 62 Northwestern last weekend. The Badgers had not defeated the Wildcats since 1991 before the 4-3 upset at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.”It was huge for us to start our conference season with a win over Northwestern, because we haven’t beaten them in a real long time,” said UW head coach Greg Van Emburgh. “It is a great way to take that momentum into the rest of the season, not only our conference matches, but our non-conference matches as well.”The Badgers were able to pull the upset with a stunning comeback by sophomore Jeremy Sonkin.”It was kind of our first signature win,” Van Emburgh said. “To go in there and walk out of there, the way it happened as well, with Sonkin being down a set and five match points down and still getting that win, just shows a lot of heart and desire.”Sonkin gets another challenge this weekend in Michigan State’s No. 77 Nick Rinks. The sophomore Rinks was part of the Spartan squad that defeated Wisconsin by a 6-1 margin last year.Because of that, Van Emburgh stressed the importance of being ready, no matter who the opponent.”We need to make sure that we are really, really ready, just as we were against Northwestern,” Van Emburgh said. “We feel like every time we step out onto the court, we have something to prove.”The Badgers will not be the only team looking to prove something, as the Spartans have dropped their last six matches coming into the Wisconsin match.”It actually works in their favor, to some degree, if they have lost a couple of close matches, played a couple of close games … for them to be even more fired up,” Van Emburgh said, “to come in here thinking, ‘Let’s be ready. Let’s get a win. We deserve a win,’ [because] we’ve been working hard also.”Van Emburgh believes his team will have a chance to be successful if they just keep on doing what they did against Northwestern. He said preparation and focus are especially important in the Badgers’ quest to be successful, and that as long as he sees maximum effort from his players, he cannot ask for anything more.”If we lose that match [against Northwestern] 4-3, we know that we did everything in our power to get that win,” he said. “That’s really important that they are doing that every time we step out on the court.”After Michigan State, the Badgers also take on the Indiana State Sycamores on Sunday afternoon. The Sycamores are led by sophomore Anton Tsymbalov, a Kazakhstan native who has won his last eight matches of the season in dual play coming into the weekend.The Badgers’ head coach looks at the Sycamores as a solid non-conference opponent that will come in and play hard on the road to try and knock off his rising UW squad.”It is a team that we definitely have to be ready for and be prepared for,” Van Emburgh said. “They have some good players on their team. They’re going to come in here, saying, ‘Hey, listen, here is a chance for us.'”Van Emburgh believes that after a win like last weekend’s win over Northwestern, and jumping up into the rankings, that Wisconsin might become more like one of the hunted instead of always being the hunter.”It kind of puts a little bit of a bull’s-eye on yourself,” Van Emburgh said of the new ranking. “You have to be ready for every match from here on out.”last_img read more

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