‘Tepid Demand’ Contributes to Over-Capacity of Coal-Fired Power Plants in India

first_img‘Tepid Demand’ Contributes to Over-Capacity of Coal-Fired Power Plants in India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg: India is adding the least amount of coal-fired power in more than a decade as tepid demand from indebted state retailers fails to utilize the nation’s existing generation capacity.Coal-fired capacity, which accounts for more than three quarters of the nation’s electricity, rose by 809 megawatts during the April-November period, according to Bloomberg calculations based on the latest available data from the Central Electricity Authority, the planning wing of the power ministry. That’s the slowest pace since 680 megawatts was added during the same eight-month stretch in 2006.Power producers have canceled some coal-fired projects as existing plants fail to sell all the electricity they can produce. Nearly 40 percent of the country’s coal-based capacity is unused because the core customers — state-managed distribution companies — struggle to increase purchases in the face of massive debts and losses through electricity theft, insufficient metering and selling power below cost.The inability of state distributors to utilize existing plants leaves India with a glut of capacity while still nearly 300 million Indians, mostly rural, remain without access to electricity. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration, which came to power in 2014 promising electricity for all, has launched ambitious programs to bring electricity to every household by December 2018.“Financially, the distribution companies are still not out of the woods and there isn’t enough demand to use up all the power capacity,” said Debasish Mishra, a partner at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLP in Mumbai.  “Net capacity additions for coal may fall even lower in coming years as some of the older plants get phased out.”A rapid increase in renewable power on the back of Modi’s pledge to provide clean energy is exacerbating the glut. During April-November, the country added 4.8 gigawatt of renewable capacity, according to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. That’s almost sixfold the additions for coal.More: Coal Power Pace Slows in India as Glut Leaves Plants Unusedlast_img read more

S. Korea holds parliamentary election under strict safety measures amid pandemic

first_imgThe election is set to decide control of parliament and shape President Moon Jae-in’s ability to push through his agenda in the final two years of his administration, including looser fiscal policy aimed at creating jobs, raising the minimum wage, and continued re-engagement with North Korea.Globally, South Korea was one of the first countries to hold a national election since the coronavirus epidemic began, while many others postponed votes.”I had worries as the election was not delayed, but having come here and seen for myself, I felt it’s good we did vote as planned, and people are taking greater caution about distancing and restraining themselves even more,” Choi Sun-hwa, 56, told Reuters outside a polling station in Hongje-dong, central Seoul.Once grappling with the first large outbreak outside China, South Korea has largely managed to bring its cases under control without major disruptions thanks to a massive testing campaign and intensive contact tracing. South Koreans began going to the polls on Wednesday to elect members of parliament, wearing masks and plastic gloves as part of strict safety measures in one of the first national elections held amid the coronavirus pandemic.About 14,000 polling stations were open at 6 a.m. (0900 GMT) around the country after disinfection, and voters were required to wear a mask and have a temperature check upon arrival. Anyone whose temperature was higher than 37.5 Celsius (99.5 Fahrenheit) was led to a special booth.All voters must use hand sanitizer and plastic gloves when casting ballots and maintain 1 meter distance between each other. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 27 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the total infections to 10,564. The daily tally has hovered around 30 over the past week, most of them from overseas travellers.But authorities have warned that infections could resurge at any times, calling for special caution on Election Day.As of 9 a.m. (1200 GMT), voter turnout was 8%, about 0.9% points higher than in the last parliamentary election in 2016, according to the National Election Commission. That excludes nearly 27% of the 44 million registered voters who took part in early voting last weekend.Among them were about 2,800 coronavirus patients, for whom the NEC allowed voting by mail and set up special polling stations for early voting.More than 13,000 in self-quarantine have signed up to vote and will be allowed to do so after other voters leave at 6 p.m. (2100 GMT)The election campaign has taken on a different look, with candidates wearing masks and bumping fists instead of pressing the flesh and mass rallies.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Dodgers bullpen saves the day in 8-7 win over Pirates

first_img Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day The Dodgers return to Los Angeles having won 15 of their last 20 games despite a starting rotation down to three healthy bodies and a bullpen that Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has had to treat like a tube of toothpaste, squeezing out … just … a … little … more … to get through another day.“It’s one of those things where you’ve just kind of got to ask guys to do more than they’ve been asked to do and stretch them more,” Roberts said. “You try to navigate it the best you can and understand you don’t have a whole lot of margin.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“But to the guys’ credit, the bullpen did a fantastic job. … This was a team win, for sure.”It went beyond the active roster. Bullpen coach Mark Prior was cheered when he entered the coaches’ locker room after the game. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt joked about the stressful day, saying, “I’m gassed – and I didn’t even pitch.”It was Honeycutt who had to call Roberts from the bullpen to deliver the news after Santana told catcher Yasmani Grandal 29 pitches into his warm-ups that he was having discomfort in his back. “Hey, I thought I might get four,” Jansen said when asked if he felt guilty about getting three days’ rest. “This was such a crazy road trip. I thought, ‘Everybody’s getting used. Why not me?’”He couldn’t make it to the finish before serving up a home run to Francisco Cervelli in the ninth. But Jansen finished it off, sending the Dodgers home to the next challenge.“Tomorrow – I know we have a starter going tomorrow,” Roberts said. “We’ll figure it out. Somehow, we’ll figure it out.”BOXSCORE: Yes, the Dodgers really used nine pitchers “He called when I got to the dugout,” Roberts said. “During the anthem.”Given the state of the Dodgers’ pitching staff, Roberts would have been forgiven for taking a knee.Thursday was the fifth time in their last 10 games over 11 days that the Dodgers’ relievers have had to cover more than six innings in a game. During that stretch, their starting pitchers – not including Hudson and Scott Alexander, relievers who happened to pitch the first inning – have thrown 31-1/3 innings. Relievers have thrown 57-2/3 (including the 2-1/3 by Hudson and Alexander in their ‘starts’).“It’s part of the job,” Hudson said. “Sometimes starters go down or they’re not as effective. Nobody down there (in the bullpen) is a complainer. There are no roles other than Kenley so you have to be ready whenever the phone rings, no matter what inning it is.“Strap it on, get ready to go.”The Dodgers use a color-coded chart to track bullpen usage and workload. That chart will be glowing red tomorrow. Hudson has pitched in four of the past five games. He, Alexander and Josh Fields pitched in each of the three games in Pittsburgh. Pedro Baez pitched in two of the three, spending the middle game in paper exile to Triple-A.And it was Baez who got the win Thursday.“Everybody did a great job,” Jansen said. “I think we all just didn’t get bothered with the situation and just stuck our head in the game.”The Dodgers’ offense did what it could to make things easy for the relievers. Joc Pederson hit two home runs and Cody Bellinger one – his daily quota during the Pittsburgh series where he went 5 for 10 with three walks and five runs scored, bouncing back from Sunday’s slump-induced benching.Related Articles PreviousPITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 07: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers shakes hands with Yasmani Grandal #9 after the final out in a 8-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 7, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 07: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run home run in the eighth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 7, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp (27) drives in a run from third with a fielder’s choice off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Jameson Taillon in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, June 7, 2018. The Dodgers won 8-7. 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Puskar)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 07: Francisco Cervelli #29 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts as crosses home plate after hitting a home run in the ninth inning during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park on June 7, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 07: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers shakes hands with Yasmani Grandal #9 after the final out in a 8-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 7, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 07: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run home run in the eighth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 7, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 23PITTSBURGH, PA – JUNE 07: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two run home run in the eighth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 7, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)ExpandPITTSBURGH — The Dodgers already won a game this season when their starting pitcher threw only two pitches. It wasn’t much of a step from there to win one when their starting pitcher didn’t even throw a single pitch.Dennis Santana was scheduled to make his first major-league start Thursday in Pittsburgh. But the rookie was shut down while warming up in the bullpen and scratched from the start due to soreness in his right lat muscle. He will undergo an MRI in Los Angeles on Friday, the Dodgers’ overworked healthcare coverage put to the test yet again.Daniel Hudson was scrambled into duty to start the game – “I think I was the only one down there,” he joked of being chosen for his first starting assignment since 2015.Hudson was the first of nine relievers who pitched in the game – after the Dodgers used eight pitchers in Wednesday night’s game. That relief relay served as a bucket brigade responding to the latest emergency and the Dodgers held on by their fingertips to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7, taking two of three at PNC Park and five of six on their two-city trip. But it still wasn’t easy.Pederson’s second homer of the game made it 8-3 in the eighth inning. But the Dodgers had to absorb a three-run home run by Elias Diaz in the bottom of the inning, a blow that prompted Roberts to bring in his only rested reliever – Jansen, who had not pitched since Sunday in Colorado. 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Slopitch players look to put positive spin on what has been a disastrous season on the diamond

first_imgFlooding on the Nelson waterfront along with the worst June for rain on record has put the Nelson Mixed Slopitch League underwater this season.“It’s been a very trying season,” league spokesperson R.J. Warren told The Nelson Daily.“We played out first game since June 15 on July 3.”“Instead of Lakeside Ball Diamonds we’re calling them Lake Diamonds,” Warren added.The league started the season in May with 17 teams. The season was moving along briskly until June’s rains wiped most of the games.Then came the flooding along the Nelson waterfront, which cost the league even more games.The results forced the league reps to move games to Queen Elizabeth Park — two games are played each evening.Warren said league reps held a meeting to determine when, and where, the playoff tournament would be played — Salmo, Mount Sentinel or Queen Elizabeth Park.The result was an eight-to-eight vote split, which one team already folding for the season due to the cancellations.“We’re going to play the tournament at Queen Elizabeth,” said Warren.The tournament, originally set for July 20-22, begins Sunday, July 15 with preliminary round games.The Final is set for Sunday, July 22.Hopefully it doesn’t rain.last_img read more