Renewables provide 52% of Germany’s electricity in first quarter, a new record

first_imgRenewables provide 52% of Germany’s electricity in first quarter, a new record FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Energy Wire:Germany produced nearly 52 percent of its domestic electricity consumption with renewable power in the first three months of 2020, marking the first full quarter in which renewables covered more than half the country’s power needs, utilities association BDEW and the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) reported. That’s up from about 44 percent in the first quarter of 2019.The numbers were driven by record wind power production in February, unusually high solar production in March, and a dip in overall energy use tied to the coronavirus crisis. Because of those unusual circumstances, BDEW warned it’s too soon to project whether the numbers might hold going forward. “The performance of renewables is very encouraging. However, we should always bear in mind that this is only a snapshot and includes many one-off events,” BDEW head Kerstin Andreae said in a statement. But BDEW also noted that the numbers reflect several underlying policy shifts, including the shutdown of nuclear and coal power plants that were taken offline in late 2019.The numbers, combined with increased renewable generation in 2019, put Germany on track to meet its 2020 target for increasing renewables’ share of total energy consumption (which includes not just electricity, but refers to all energy, for example fossil fuels used in transport and heating). Germany has pledged to produce 18 percent of its total energy consumption with renewables by the end of the year. “The EU renewable energy target of 18 percent in 2020 is within reach,” economy minister Peter Altmaier said in the statement. “We must now work to ensure that we achieve the targets on a sustainable basis and further increase the share of renewable energy.”Overall, Germany used a total of 148 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity in the first quarter of 2020, down about two percent from the same period in 2019 (151 billion kWh). Renewables made up 51.9 percent of that total, BDEW and ZSW said. The majority of Germany’s renewable power came from onshore wind, which supplied 28.9 percent of the country’s electricity needs, up from 23.7 percent in the first quarter of 2019 (see graph). While this is the first full quarter in which renewables have covered a majority of the country’s electricity needs, Germany has crossed that threshold before during individual months, BDEW said.Meanwhile, the grid operator 50Hertz announced several new regional records for renewable energy in the first quarter. In February, wind and solar power together covered 85 percent of electricity needs in 50Hertz’s area of operation, which stretches from the Baltic Sea to the Ore Mountains near the border with the Czech Republic. And on March 23, the utility delivered a record 8500 megawatts (MW) of solar power without having to shut down any photovoltaic systems, it said.[Rachel Waldholz]More: Germany marks first ever quarter with more than 50 pct renewable electricitylast_img read more

Von Miller’s ankle injury hits kicker Brandon McManus hard

first_imgMiller feels the same way about McManus.“I just picture us with gray hair, out of shape, sitting on the porch somewhere, watching our grandkids play,” Miller has said about his odd-couple friendship with McManus. “That’s just B-Mac and I. I can’t even really remember like the official start of it or anything, but now we have that bond, his family, my family.”McManus said their friendship began in the 2015 offseason.“I’d say it blossomed quickly,” McManus said. “It was like a fast-growing plant. It just needed to be watered a little bit.”“It’s just been awesome to get to know him and his parents over the years and my dad and his dad have become great friends over the years,” McManus added. “So, it’s become a great friendship that I know will continue until we get older together. He’s been a true great friend. He’s the godfather to my second twin. He was the No. 2 draft pick in 2011, so I gave him the second pick, the second baby.” September 12, 2020 One of the few outward things Miller and McManus have in common is their competitive fire.“We both want to be the most successful athlete ever at our positions,” McManus said. “I love being a successful athlete in anything I do and Von’s super competitive as well. He says in interviews all the time he’s mad that I’m good at everything. But that’s just my competitive nature.” “I never want to be looked at as a kicker and I never act like a kicker because that’s not my personality,” added McManus, who signed a four-year, $17.2 million extension Friday night. “It’s just something that I found that I could be really good at and be successful at and play professionally.”NOTES: Coach Vic Fangio said OLB Bradley Chubb (knee) will play Monday night. He’s optimistic WR Courtland Sutton (shoulder) will, too, but “he’s got to pass the most primitive test there is — he’s got to be able to do 10 jumping jacks.” WR K.J. Hamler (hamstring) is questionable and ILB Mark Barron (hamstring) is out.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller’s devastating ankle injury six days before Denver’s season opener against Tennessee was especially gut-wrenching for Brandon McManus.They’ve been Broncos BFFs since 2015, this mild-mannered kicker from Pennsylvania and the gregarious superstar linebacker from Dallas.That was the year they helped lead the Broncos on a Super Bowl run, with McManus hitting all 10 of his field goals in the playoffs and Miller destroying game plans and sweeping past tackles trying to keep him off of the quarterback. More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Miller is looking at months of rehab instead of the monster season that he and so many others were expecting.“It’s super tough,” McManus told The Associated Press. “Everybody knows how hard Von’s been training all offseason, but I knew better than anyone. I was FaceTiming with him when he was out in San Francisco, then in Dallas training and then here in Denver, as well. So, I knew even more the depth that he’s gone into to prime himself for a great year.”McManus said he and Miller talked about how if he had gotten hurt in the opener, at least he would have experienced playing with his newfound physique and psyche.“Even if he got to play three quarters of the first game, just for him to feel like what his body was like for all this work it would have been great,” McManus said. McManus said Miller is already talking about putting that same effort and energy into his rehab for a comeback like Bryant and Jordan did on the basketball court in their day.center_img Associated Press Von Miller’s ankle injury hits kicker Brandon McManus hard Just like he did that year, Miller had a terrific training camp this summer.Inspired by Kobe Bryant’s legacy, Michael Jordan’s documentary and his own bout with the COVID-19, Miller reshaped his body at age 31 and dedicated himself to reclaiming his status as the league’s premier pass rusher.A buff Miller looked as if he had been training for a heavyweight fight and appeared primed for a big year after a camp in which he was routinely removed from drills after a single snap for fear he’d wreck the workouts.Then, Miller took a misstep on the final play at an indoor practice Tuesday and everything changed.He underwent surgery Friday to fix a dislodged tendon in his left foot. “After he got over feeling sorry for himself, he had that opportunity to watch these players who had great comebacks from injuries and that’s what he’s primed to do, and I know that he’ll do that,” McManus said.At best, Miller returns after three months. At worst, he never plays in Denver again. He’s due $18 million next season, the final year of the six-year, $114.1 million deal that he signed after winning Super Bowl 50 MVP honors. Should they part ways in 2021, the Broncos would only take a $4,225,000 salary cap hit.McManus is bummed he won’t have Miller with him on game days this fall.“As a friend, obviously it was upsetting just because I love to have him on the field all the times and during games we get to chat and stuff at certain times and I love watching him play,” McManus said. “Obviously, my position is not as exciting to watch but I truly love watching him play out there, so I’ll miss that.”last_img read more