New South Africa plan looks to cut coal reliance, expand renewables

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:South Africa has dropped proposals to boost supply from nuclear plants in its latest energy blueprint and will increasingly harness renewable sources as it trims a reliance on coal.“There will be a study to determine if more nuclear is needed after 2030,” Energy Minister Jeff Radebe told reporters in Pretoria on Monday. “But until then, there is no increase in nuclear generation envisaged.”The long-awaited update of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan for power sector spending, the first in eight years, calls for the biggest increase in capacity from wind and natural gas.Wind and natural gas are each projected to increase by 8,100 megawatts of capacity, while 5,670 megawatts will come from solar and 2,500 megawatts from hydropower, according to the plan. Coal, which currently makes up the bulk of the country’s energy source, will add 1,000 megawatts. The Department of Energy, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa and state-owned utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. are tasked with carrying out the proposals.President Cyril Ramaphosa has this year overseen the replacement of Eskom’s leadership as he seeks to attract $100 billion of investment to the country. A program to add more renewable power from independent producers has been revived.“There is significant change in the energy mix post 2030, which is mainly driven by decommissioning of old coal power plants that reach their end of life,” Radebe said. Close to 30 gigawatts of Eskom’s coal fleet is to reach end-of-life by 2040, according to the draft document.More: South Africa drops nuclear, adds renewables in energy plan New South Africa plan looks to cut coal reliance, expand renewableslast_img read more

Matt Kemp almost ruins Dodgers’ opening day

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first_imgFor Matt Kemp, having his life turned completely upside down came with an ironic sense of familiarity Monday on a bright, blue, sun-splashed afternoon at Dodger Stadium.“It’s just like any other opening day,” Kemp said, his mischievous smile as wide and sly as ever.“I’m opening at Dodger Stadium. So there’s nothing different.”On the contrary, everything was remarkably different before and during the Dodgers’ 6-3 comeback victory Monday before a sellout crowd at Chavez Ravine. For one thing, Kemp was sitting in the unfamiliar surroundings of the visitors dugout, a mere soft toss away from home plate, where the Dodgers were going through batting practice.“Weird,” Kemp observed. “This is my first time even being on this other side.”For another, the cap he wore bore an uncanny resemblance to a San Diego Padres lid. Kemp spent the past nine years playing for the Dodgers. Counting the time he spent in the minor leagues, he blossomed from an 18-year-old kid into a 30-year-old man before our very eyes, made a memorable MVP run, suffered the occasional youthful hiccup, had a widely publicized romance with one of the biggest stars on the planet and helped lead the Dodgers to four postseason appearances and three trips to the National League Championship Series.So seeing him in anything other than Dodger blue is a bit of a shock. Let alone the colors of their hated National League West rivals from San Diego.“It’s a little different,” he conceded. Even more surreal was Kemp digging in against reigning Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, with whom Kemp shared “face of the Dodgers franchise” honors the past five years.That he ripped an opposite-field RBI single against his former teammate in the top of the first, then dropped a two-run double down the left-field line in the fifth, only added to the strangeness.“Definitely strange, coming from the other side,” he said. “But right after the first pitch crossed the plate I knew it was game time and I had to get locked in and get good at-bats.”Kemp finished 2 for 4 with all three Padres RBIs.Get used to it guys. When the Dodgers traded away the biggest bat in their lineup, accompanied by the not-so-subtle whispers they were getting rid of his attitude and injury probability, too, they gave one of the most-feared hitters in baseball all the room in the world to make them pay.The Padres play the Dodgers 18 more times this year, so you do the math.Still, for someone who thought he’d spend his whole career with the Dodgers, it still takes getting used to.“I thought (I’d be a lifetime Dodger for) as long as I was here,” Kemp said. “I’d been thinking that the whole time.”That didn’t happen, of course.The Dodgers turned their fate over to a new front office with a bunch of fresh ideas last winter, the gist of which was improving the defense, getting younger and opening a spot for young outfielder Joc Pederson.Kemp not only checked off all the boxes, he was the only marketable veteran outfielder the Dodgers had. Carl Crawford and Andre Either were either too old, too expensive or not productive enough to draw interest.Meanwhile, the combination of Kemp coming off a strong second half and the Dodgers’ willingness to eat $32 million of the remaining $107 million on his contract was attractive bait to dangle in front of other teams.The Padres, who were charting the course for a transformative winter, gladly bit.They ended up with a brand-new outfield and legitimate hopes of winning a divisional title.The Dodgers got younger and improved defensively.And in another twist, trading Kemp helped the Dodgers land shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who hit the game-winning three-run home run in the eighth inning Monday.“They did what they had to do to make their team better and we did what we had to do to make our team better,” Kemp said.Which is why he needed directions to figure out how to get to the opposing clubhouse Monday, rather than make the familiar walk to Dodgers’ locker room.And left him a bit skittish on what kind of reception he’d get from the home fans.“I mean, I don’t know,” he said nervously, when asked if he cared what the response would be.“Yeah. I guess I care,” he finally confessed. “I left my heart and soul out on the field for the Dodgers. I thought I did a lot for them. I think I did some things for them. I had a lot of good memories being here.“We’ll see how it goes. I just know how Dodgers fans are. They really love their Dodgers and I’m going to be wearing another jersey. They’re not going to like that, I don’t think.”For the record, Dodger Stadium cheered loudly upon Kemp coming to the bat in the first. Kerhaw, recognizing the moment, gave Kemp some time to lift his helmet in thanks.“Kershaw’s a very respectful person and I have a lot of respect for him,” Kemp said. “I feel like he has a lot of respect for me. He saw the crowd’s reaction and kind of stepped back and let it play out.” Only to see Kemp lace the RBI single. Followed by the two-run double in the fifth.The inevitable boos soon followed.All part of a weird day for one of the most popular Dodgers in recent history.“I grew up here,” he said.Only to return home Monday to find out someone changed all the locks on the door.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Marjorie Faye Sullivan: March 7, 1930 – Feb. 20, 2014

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first_imgMarjorie Faye SullivanMarjorie Faye Sullivan, age 83, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Wellington, KS.  She retired after many years of service as an assistant to the city manager for the City of Wellington.Marjorie Faye (Allen) Sullivan was born on March 7, 1930 to Eakle Payton Allen and Olive Faye (Thompson) Allen.She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, singing, playing the piano and her church family.She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Mary Faye Sullivan; brother, Eakle Payton Allen, Jr.; and sister, Virginia Mae Groom.Survivors include her son, Thomas Sullivan and his wife Mary Frances of Oak Creek, CO and her daughter, Sharron Robertson and her husband Tim of Peabody, KS; her brother, Harold Allen of Jacksonville, FL; eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Highland Cemetery in Winfield, KS.  Pastor Gary Terry will officiate.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 1:00 – 8:00 P.M.  The family will be present to greet friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.A memorial has been established with Pearly Gaits Ranch in Wellington, KS. Contributions can be left at or mailed to the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more