Renewables produced record 33% of U.K. electricity in third quarter FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Almost a third of the UK’s electricity came from renewable sources between July and September, as wind turbines and solar panels helped achieve a quarterly record for green energy. Major new offshore windfarms connecting to the grid pushed renewables to 33.1% of electricity generation across the quarter, up from 30% the year before.The speed at which green energy projects are being installed has resulted in records tumbling this year. Wind power broke records during the “beast from the east”, which was eclipsed during Storm Diana last month, and again this week when wind generation hit 15GW on Tuesday.The trend is expected to continue next year as more windfarms around the coast near completion. Initial analysis of some recently built offshore projects also shows they are generating more power than expected.Meanwhile, gas and coal slumped to a new low of just over 41.1%, according to official statistics published on Thursday.Low carbon sources of power, which include the country’s eight nuclear power stations, account for 56% of the UK’s electricity supply. The 50% mark was hit only two years ago.More: New offshore windfarms push UK renewables to record
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald PhotoGoaltenders practicing sumo wrestling moves, multi-million dollar insurance policies flicking pucks at each other and the No. 3 draft pick playing the head coach one-on-one during practice are signs that the UW men’s hockey team has exhausted its time off. “These days have dragged by here so it’s time to put on the skates and play against somebody else,” head coach Mike Eaves said. While beneficial in building team chemistry and gaining experience through repetition, receiving an early schedule bye last weekend has been unbearable to say the least.Finally, the team gets to play again. No. 10 Wisconsin (3-1, 0-0 WCHA) will open up conference play against No. 13 Michigan Tech (4-2, 3-1 WCHA) this weekend at the Kohl Center. “Our focus becomes having a great start,” Eaves said. “And hopefully the time that we’ve had, we’ve worked on some repetitions and the way we want to play, and we’ve competed hard in practice and going against a team like Michigan Tech that’s its strength, they play hard and we hope to go from there.” From the opening face-off, forward Kyle Turris and the rest of the freshmen class are going to find out what the WCHA season is all about.“We haven’t played a WCHA game yet so we’re chomping at the bit to get going to see what it’s like,” Turris said. “I hear it’s quite a bit different from what we have been playing, so we’re pretty excited, and everybody’s working hard to not let each other down.”Michigan Tech has already played two series within the WCHA, against Minnesota State and North Dakota, winning three of four times. Even so, UW goaltender Shane Connelly doesn’t believe the Huskies’ conference experience should come into play — unless Wisconsin lets it by getting off to a sluggish start.“It could give them the advantage if we let them by not coming out and playing sharp from the start,” Connelly said. “But we’re fresh, they might be banged up.” As loose as Connelly, first-round picks Turris, Ryan McDonagh and Brendan Smith and the rest of the Badgers keep practice, wrestling each other and joking around, they understand that conference play is hostile. “It’s going to be a war, there’s going to be a lot of hitting,” Connelly said. “From our end, they roughed us up a little bit last year when we went up to Houghton, Mich., and we got a chance to beat them in the Final Five so there’s not too much liking between these two teams.“It’s two big games, and we need these points to start off right.”On the same account, the rabid Huskies are accustomed to a smaller-sized rink — the Kohl Center ice is NHL sized — and the skill-laden Badgers should be able to use the open space to their advantage in not only avoiding hits but also scoring goals. “The larger ice allows us to use our skill sets more so we might be able to create some more in the open space and capitalize on the power play,” Turris said. Wisconsin had no problem scoring with the man advantage two weeks ago against Robert Morris. It capitalized on eight of 17 opportunities. Despite starting strong by scoring 22 goals in four games, Wisconsin had much to improve upon. “For our young team, I think it was a good thing [having the bye],” Eaves said. “Being so young, practice gave us a chance to get reps in the areas that we wanted to so that when we come out we’re more automatic in the way we want to play. “If we become a slave to our good habits, then chances are we’ll play well.”Turris, who leads the nation in points with 12 despite playing two less games, found himself playing one-on-one with UW’s all-time points leader, coach Eaves, at center ice toward the end of Thursday’s practice. The reason: The center wants to improve his defense. “I think from my standpoint, I’m showing him that — even though I’m an old guy — if he does the right things, he can contain to some degree a highly offensive player so that when he is in that situation he understands the technique that we talked about,” Eaves said. The Badgers are putting in the extra work, and now it’s time to get back out on the ice and play.
Published on November 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ Prince-Tyson Gulley has been listed as a senior on Syracuse’s roster all season long, but will not be honored as a part of the Orange’s Senior Day festivities Saturday against Boston College. Head coach Scott Shafer said during his press conference Tuesday that the running back was granted an extra year before the season began and will return next season as a fifth-year senior.“He didn’t want to walk because in his mind, ‘I’m still here. I’m still an underclassman,’” Shafer said.Gulley hasn’t played since reinjuring his ankle during SU’s blowout loss to No. 2 Florida State on Nov. 16. The running back is Syracuse’s second leading rusher with 440 yards on 79 carries. His 5.6 yards per carry also rank second on the team and his 14 catches and 51 receiving yards lead all SU running backs.Gulley’s extra season comes because of a medical hardship waiver granted after playing just four games in 2011, The Post-Standard reported.Juniors Jerome Smith, the Orange’s starting running back and leading rusher, Sean Hickey, Syracuse’s starting left tackle, and Jarrod West, SU’s No. 1 receiver, will be honored during Senior Day. Smith and Hickey are both considered NFL Draft prospects.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer said the honoring has nothing to do with their future status at Syracuse. None have decided whether they will declare for the draft “They consider it almost ‘graduation,’” Shafer said. The fourth-year juniors came to Shafer and asked, “Can we walk with the guys we came in with?”Shafer said he talked with some of the potential draftees about declaring before the season and then again during the Orange’s bye week. He’ll talk to his players once again after the season ends.“There’s a lot of people out there that always try to meddle,” Shafer said, “so I said, ‘OK, let’s finish this season right, control, focus on what we’re doing right now.’“We’ll talk about it once the season’s over.” Comments
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Prepare your bellies for a yummy contest this summer. The Alpena County Public Library is putting on a pie baking contest.Amateur bakers are welcome to compete in the June competition. Judges will critique appearance, crust, filling and the taste of all pies.There are two competing categories based on age. You may request an application at the Alpena library.Official rules and costs are available right here on their website.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Red Cross and Alpena City Fire Department install free smoke alarms for community membersNext NEMROC breaks ground on-site to improve lumbering productivity