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Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years – report

“Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by a resurgence in solar energy” writes Jillian Ambrose for theguardian.com. The IEA expects solar energy to play the biggest role in jumpstarting fresh growth in global renewable energy because falling costs are already below retail electricity prices in most countries.Renewable energy sources make up 26% of the world’s electricity today, but according to the IEA its share is expected to reach 30% by 2024.However, Birol warned that the…

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PG&E plans more power cutoffs, warns of severe weather this week

“(Reuters) – PG&E Corp said it was considering more power cutoffs, which would be much smaller than the recent outage, as the bankrupt California power producer warned about severe weather risks later this week” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The potential power cutoffs will be “significantly smaller” than the Oct 9-12 PSPS event, the company said.PG&E is considering implementing a public safety power shutoff (PSPS) and turning off power across portions of the counties, adding that as of late Sunday no PSPS had been called.The company cut off electricity…

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Trump derided Obama’s executive orders as ‘power grabs.’ But in each year of his presidency, Trump has surpassed Obama’s total over the same time span.

“Few candidates for office have placed so much emphasis on criticizing a predecessor’s executive orders as Trump did” writes Kevin Freking for sun-sentinel.com. He reasoned that Obama’s use of executive orders made him look like a weak negotiator. His biggest legislative achievement so far, a $1.5 trillion tax cut, failed to gain one Democratic vote. Source: sun-sentinel.com

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Nearly 5,000 without power in Ann Arbor

“ANN ARBOR, MI – Power outages on the north end of Ann Arbor and north of the city temporarily left more than 9,400 residents without power Saturday, Oct. 19” writes Martin Slagter for mlive.com. One has since been restored for the customers in Ann Arbor Township, while crews were on their way to restore power in Ann Arbor.Around the same time, another 4,500 customers were without power in Ann Arbor Township, north of Plymouth Road and west of Domino’s Farms Office Park, but power has since been restored in that…

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What Netflix’s roller-coaster week and earnings report say about its pricing power and growth potential

“Read more about what the third quarter suggested about Netflix’s pricing power: Netflix’s price hikes hurt growth in the US, and its pricing power will face an even greater test as new rivals launch Netflix surprised overseas” writes Ashley Rodriguez for businessinsider.com. Netflix shares rose earlier this week on a fine earnings report Wednesday that Wall Street thought would be terrible.It prompted more questions from Wall Street analysts and investors about the limits Netflix’s pricing power, and how much the service could realistically continue growing in the US. “It’s hard…

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California utility sees decade of power cuts to avoid wildfires

“But the day when preemptive power outages would no longer be necessary is still years away, he said” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. (Reuters) – Northern Californians can expect widespread power cuts aimed at preventing wildfires for a decade while Pacific Gas & Electric upgrades wires systems, cuts back trees and takes other safety measures, the utility’s chief executive said on Friday.Bill Johnson, who became CEO of bankrupt PG&E Corp earlier this year, told an emergency meeting with the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) that recent power outages included…

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UW’s Isaiah Stewart selected to preseason watch list

“Washington freshman Isaiah Stewart was named to the 20-player preseason watch list for the 2020 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year award by the Naismith Hall of Fame” writes Seattle Times Staff for seattletimes.com. Stewart joins UW teammate Jaden McDaniels, who was named to the watch list for the 2020 Julius Erving Award.The Naismith Hall of Fame preseason watch lists, which also recognizes the nation’s top guard, shooting guard and power forward, will be pared to 10 players in mid-February and five finalists in March.It’s interesting to note Stewart, a…

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Should Edison have shut off more power before Saddleridge fire? California blackout debate rages

“PG&E shut down power to millions of customers, while Edison cut electricity to far fewer, 24,000, drawing less attention to the utility, except now, with the Saddleridge fire” writes Joseph Serna Is for latimes.com. Experts say a combination of approaches — burying power lines in some areas, insulating them in others, replacing wood poles with sturdier ones — can collectively lead to a more hardened, reliable grid.But Edison did not power down the transmission lines, even though the utility cut electricity to other areas during those days of high, hot…

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Michigan State still evaluating forward options with Joey Hauser’s status in limbo

“In the meantime, Hauser has been practicing with the scout team and playing against the rest of the candidates for the Spartans’ power forward spot” writes Mlive Com for mlive.com. EAST LANSING — By now, Tom Izzo had hoped to know the answers to two key questions regarding his open forward spot in Michigan State’s starting lineup. Source: mlive.com

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