NextEra: Solar, wind and storage will be ‘massively disruptive’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Only one day after the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected that coal’s decline will slow, gas will dominate the future energy mix and that wind will peter out after the PTC ends, one of the nation’s largest and arguably its most successful power companies has a very different forecast for the future.In NextEra Energy’s fourth quarter results call, CEO Jim Robo dropped another bombshell, with his statement that solar and wind plus storage will be cheaper than coal, oil or nuclear, that this will be “massively disruptive to the conventional fleet” and that it will provide opportunities for developers well through the next decade.Robo’s exact math is that even after the federal tax credits expire, wind will be 2 – 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, large-scale solar will be 2.5 – 3 cents, and storage will add .5 – 1 cent. This would put these resources slightly below the current cost of natural gas-fired generation, without the uncertainty around fuel prices that is inherent to gas.These comments came as NextEra announced a strong fourth quarter and full year 2018, including growing renewable energy development. NextEra Energy Resources, the company’s competitive power arm, put 326 MW of solar online, including 125 MW of distributed generation. This represents a more than 50% growth on 2017 installation levels, but the company is just getting started.NextEra already holds contracts for 1,773 MW of solar projects expected to come online in 2019 and 2020. Underlying the uncertainty around project development, it says that it could put anywhere from around 900 MW to 3.3 GW online over the next two years. Beyond that, NextEra also has 1,521 MW of solar projects which are slated to come online after 2020.The company’s energy storage development is also growing. While the company’s 37 MW of deployments in 2018 was only 23% larger than 2017, NextEra also has 50 MW of batteries planned for 2019-2020, and 415 in the post-2020 timeframe.NextEra also put 1.4 GW of new wind projects online in 2018, and the company notes that it had the biggest year for origination to date, adding 6.5 GW of wind and solar projects to its backlog. But while wind is going to boom in the 2019-2020 period, NextEra is looking at a longer runway for solar. In particular, NextEra CEO Robo states that “IRS start of construction guidance on solar ITC positions us well for substantial solar and storage growth well into the next decade”More: NextEra: solar and wind plus batteries will be “massively disruptive” to conventional generation
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Morocco 4 (El Kaabi 66, 80, El Haddad 72, Bencharki 90+2) Mauritania 0TeamsMorocco: Zniti; Aguerd, Jbira, Nahiri, Benoun (capt); Hadraf (Bencharki 75), Saidi, Barrahma; El Haddad, Hafidi, El Kaabi (El Karti 83)Coach: Sellami (MAR)Mauritania: Brahim; El Hacen, Wade, Bilal, Mangane; Moussa (Tanjy 77), El Id (Diop 73), Baghayoko (capt), Gaye; Khalil, El Voullany (Traore 62)Coach: Martins (FRA)Yellow cardsMauritania: El Hacen (27 minutes), Gaye (35), Baghayoko (68)Referee: Sikazwe (ZAM)Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)Morocco 1 1 0 0 4 0 3Guinea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Sudan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Mauritania 1 0 0 1 0 4 0Fixtures (times GMT)(Casablanca unless noted)SundayGuinea v Sudan (1430)WednesdayMorocco v Guinea (1630), Mauritania v Sudan (1930)Jan 21Morocco v Sudan (1900)At MarrakechGuinea v Mauritania (1900)Note: group winners and runners-up qualify for quarter-finalsShare on: WhatsApp Uganda Cranes plays Sunday 10.30pmSaturday: Morocco 4 Mauritania 0 | Sunday: Uganda vs ZambiaRabat, Morocco | AFP | Hosts and title favourites Morocco ran riot in the second half to defeat neighbours Mauritania 4-0 Saturday in the opening match of the 2018 African Nations Championship.Ayoub el Kaabi broke brave resistance from the Mauritanians on 66 minutes and Ismail el Haddad added a second goal six minutes later at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca.El Kaabi bagged a brace 10 minutes from time before being substituted as Morocco made an impressive start in Group A, where Guinea tackle Sudan Sunday at the same venue.Morocco started with three of 2017 CAF Champions League-winning Wydad Casablanca team, but only brought on star attackers Achraf Bencharki and Walid el Karti in the closing stages.Bencharki completed the rout with a stoppage-time goal as Morocco came within one goal of matching the record winning margin at the tournament set by Tunisia two years ago.Victory for the hosts brought a cheerful end to a sad day for Moroccan football with former star Hamid Hazzaz dying of a heart attack aged 72 just hours before the tournament began.Known as “The Spider”, Hazzaz was part of the Morocco 1970 World Cup squad and the team that won the Africa Cup of Nations for the only time six years later.A colourful opening ceremony preceded the first match and 14-year-old crown prince Moulay el Hassan got the tournament under way with a symbolic kick-off.The young royal also shook hands with each player and the match officials and posed for team pictures with the Moroccans and Mauritanians.Staged every two years, the Nations Championship is restricted to home-based footballers and the Democratic Republic of Congo (twice), Tunisia and Libya won previous editions.In other Sunday fixtures, the Ivory Coast play debutants Namibia and Zambia face Uganda in Group B in Marrakech.Group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals and the eventual champions pocket $1.25 million (about 1.050 million euro).Uganda readyHead coach Sebastien Desabre led his players to Stade de Marrakech for the official training on Friday night under floodlights, reports FUFA.CO.UG.The magnificent stadium with a capacity of 45,240 fans will be host to all the Uganda Cranes three matches in Group B.All the 23 players were involved in the session monitored by the entire technical team.“We are ready for the tournament. The attitude showed during training is what we need on Sunday. Let’s not relax. We have an important match to start with and we must get good results” Sebastien told his players after the training session.Later in a press briefing, Desabre was confident. “I have been with the team for the last ten days following my appointment. I opted to sign because Uganda has so much potential and I want to work to imporove the level of the national team.”“The first game in every competition is always the most important, ” said, adding that “Zambia is a good side and we are ready to face them. It is 50-50 for either side. Our target is to win the first game.”“Uganda has failed to go past the group stage in the three previous editions (2011, 2014, 2016) and our first objective is to do better by reaching the knockout stage. The second objective is to evaluate the players for the upcoming qualifiers of the Africa Cup of Nations in March.”ResultsGroup AAt Casablanca
Just 17 days after Arsenal’s 4-2 Premier League win against Pochettino’s team, this was a welcome early Christmas present for Tottenham.– Thrilling Spurs –Against the run of play, Tottenham gave a thrilling glimpse of their class as they snatched the lead with a lethal counter-attack in the 21st minute.When Lucas Moura’s aerial challenge deflected the ball into Alli’s path, the Tottenham midfielder instinctively clipped a superb pass over the Arsenal defence.Son anticipated the delivery with a perfectly-timed run behind the flat-footed Nacho Monreal and kept his nerve to slot a fine finish past Petr Cech.Arsenal appealed in vain for a penalty when Lucas Moura nicked the ball away from Henrikh Mkhitaryan as he prepared to shoot.With Arsenal still protesting, Tottenham threatened to double their lead when Christian Eriksen broke away and teed up Moussa Sissoko, only for the midfielder to scuff a woeful shot high over the bar.Aaron Ramsey was inches away from equalising when he met Alex Iwobi’s cross with a volley that cannoned back off a post.Arsenal’s profligacy proved costly as Pochettino’s men turned up the heat after half-time.Pochettino went for the kill as he sent on Harry Kane for his first appearance in the tournament since 2015.It was an inspired move as Kane played a key role in Tottenham’s second goal in the 59th minute.When Cech miskicked a clearance straight to Kane, the Tottenham striker floated a superb pass to Alli, who beat the offside trap before clipping a majestic finish over the Arsenal keeper.In the other quarter-final, Eden Hazard came off the bench to score Chelsea’s 84th-minute winner in their 1-0 victory against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.Manchester City and third tier Burton advanced to the last four on Tuesday.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham marched into the League Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win at bitter rivals Arsenal, but the north London derby was overshadowed as Dele Alli was hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd.South Korea forward Son Heung-Min put Tottenham ahead in the first half of a fiery quarter-final clash.Alli increased Tottenham’s advantage after half-time as they won at the Emirates Stadium for the first time in 10 visits dating back to 2010.The England midfielder’s decisive contribution provoked a disgraceful reaction from an Arsenal fan, who threw a plastic bottle that cracked Alli on the back of the head in the 73rd minute.Alli rubbed his head but appeared unharmed as he responded by gesturing towards the Arsenal fans to indicate the scoreline.“It is what it is. It made the goal even sweeter, and the win,” Alli said with a smile.“We knew how important it was today, a big test. It was a strong performance in the end.”There also appeared to be other objects thrown by Arsenal supporters into the section occupied by Tottenham’s fans as the atmosphere turned toxic.The shocking incidents came after a Tottenham fan was banned for four years after being found guilty of throwing a banana skin at Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when the teams met in an acrimonious clash earlier this month.It continued a worrying trend of fan behaviour after the recent alleged racist abuse of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling by a Chelsea supporter.The unsavoury issues in the stands took the gloss off a mature Tottenham performance that underlined why Mauricio Pochettino has been installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed the sacked Jose Mourinho as Manchester United’s next permanent manager.Pochettino has yet to win a major trophy in his four-year reign at Tottenham, or in his previous jobs at Espanyol and Southampton.But if the 46-year-old does take charge of United at the end of the season, once Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finishes his spell as interim boss, he remains in with a chance of leaving with silverware back in the Tottenham trophy cabinet.Tottenham haven’t won a major prize since lifting the League Cup in 2008 and this will be their first semi-final appearance in the competition since they reached the final in 2015.