Next challenge for OKC is ‘getting on same page,’ says Adams

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams. Photo by Mark GiongcoAdding new pieces to improve the team is one thing, making them fit is different altogether.The Oklahoma City Thunder have been busy this offseason with several moves including the acquisition of four-time All-Star Paul George from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for guard Victor Oladipo and forward Domantas Sabonis.ADVERTISEMENT Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Apart from George, the Thunder also signed Patrick Patterson to a three-year deal and Raymond Felton for a year at a veteran’s minimum.The inclusion of the three veterans most notably George was definitely an upgrade for OKC, which relied heavily on MVP Russell Westbrook last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But big man Steven Adams, who is a vital part of the team, said the important step is to make sure everyone on the team plays together with one goal in mind.“He should be able to help us,” Adams said of George during his media availability at NBA Store Glorietta in Makati City. “It all comes down to all of us being on the same page in order for us to get results.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ “Once we do that and the new players feel comfortable then we should be good.”The 27-year-old George averaged a career-high 23.7 points per game on career-best 46.1% shooting from the field, including 39.1% from the 3-point line last year for the Pacers, a team he played for in his first seven seasons in the league. The 7-foot Adams, who was candid and gamely spoke with reporters, is in town for the NBA 3X Philippines which begins on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Salado repays team’s trust with clutch performance Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View commentslast_img read more

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GuySuCo needs to improve management team

first_imgDear Editor,After reading the recent article on GuySuco’s poor performance, it is becoming very evident that the company needs to improve the management team. Four facilities are all they need to maintain and to think that the operators’ input is also being neglected in such a small and what should be a close-knit team is quite eye-opening.When I was with my former company, we had 64 facilities to manage globally and every quarter myself and my peers on the executive team would visit each region to review performance and we would ensure we took the time to visit the facilities and walk the floor, ensuring the local team had an opportunity to show us what was happening at their location. This helps one know how the facility is being managed.GuySuco has in the past struggled with only seven to eight facilities and now they are having trouble managing only 4. There is definitely an organisation capability issue and the management team needs to be held accountable for the neglect that is resulting in poor performance. It is unacceptable that not one of the estates can hit their target. I hope the bonus structure reflects pay for performance.As for NICIL, the same holds true. It should be run by a team that has more general management experience that can structure financial instruments correctly at the best rates. Also, teamwork with other entities should not be an issue if they are astute in carrying out their business. If the CJIA project is an example of what to expect then we are awaiting a disappointment. CJIA has failed on all three key project measures. It is late, with major issues that have caused a shutdown to key aspects of its functionality. It has also been over budget even with a reduced scope of work.Those we choose to reward for performance need to demonstrate that they are effective in their current responsibilities. In many circles, people are of the opinion that nepotism is destroying key areas of our economy and as a result the lives of the common man. Only good management practices will be able to reverse this perception.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

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What’s Next for BYC?

first_imgFlashback: (L-R) players Prince Jetho, David Tweh, skipper Van-Dave Harmon and Prince Saydee walk off the pitch after their goalless draw against Monrovia Club Breweries-After exiting the Knockout CupIt was another frustrating scene for players, staff and supporters of champion club Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium after they were sent out of the Knockout Cup by rivals FC Fassel in a 4-2 penalty shootout on Wednesday.The Go Blue Boys’ exit marked their third elimination from three major competitions, including the CAF Champions League, CAF Confederation Cup and now the Knockout Cup.As it was in those previous crucial matches where Coach Cooper Sannah and his boys failed to utilize opportunities to advance to their next level, the Go Blue Boys had several opportunities to advance to round-2 of the Knockout Cup and to also bring back smiles on the faces of their supporters, but they failed to utilize their chances.Similar to the previous meeting between the two sides when BYC took the lead at the Blue Field, they also repeated the same after striker Mark Paye netted his goal in the 14th minute.But Fassel through skillful forward Trance Tisdell kept left-back James Kpote busy down the right flank and created lots of chances, which did not get the needed result in the 40th minute when he excellently drove through the right side of BYC’s defense to find teammate James Walatee who got the deserving equalizer for the Soccer Missionaries.Later after 52 minutes of play, defensive midfielder Gideon Williams put BYC back in the lead after first goal scorer Paye provided the assist for the midfielder to register his name on the score sheet.A minute after the goal, the Soccer Missionaries (FC Fassel) were reduced to ten men after forward Tisdell was sent off for elbowing midfielder Williams, but the red card did not slow down Coach Sam Chebli’s boys as they kept mounting pressure with substitute Abraham Barshell’s strike hitting the crossbar.Coach Chebli’s boys got the equalizer in the added minutes of the second half after substitute Elijah Clarke got the long awaited equalizer to send the match to post-match penalties, where BYC were defeated 4-2. Defender Prince Kennedy and goalkeeper Allenton Sembeh missed from the spot.The Go Blue Boys, having been booted out of another competition and currently in the fourth position on the league table, have shown that their only hope is the championship.Coach Sannah’s side now have Nimba United and FC Fassel, who defeated them twice, and top spots hunters Keitrace, Watanga, Mighty Barrolle, ELWA United, Jubilee and LPRC Oilers as their remaining opponents.With these remaining fixtures for Coach Cooper Sannah and his boys, and seven points behind the league leaders, what is next for BYC?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Guyana will witness spike in nature travellers – Tourism Director-General

first_imgWith Guyana being placed on top of the list of tourism destinations at the recent ITB travel fair, where it was the country voted as “Best in Ecotourism”, the country will soon see many adventurers seeking to explore its pristine waterways and exotic rainforest.This was the position shared by the Director-General of Tourism, Donald Sinclair, on Monday evening during a celebrative ceremony to highlight the country’s achievements at the recent travel fair in Berlin, Germany.(From left to right) Amerindian People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock with GTA DirectorBrian Mullis; Director-General of Tourism, Donald Sinclair; and Business Minister Dominic GaskinHaving competed against countries such as Mexico, Cambodia and Ecuador, which are leading the way in the tourism sector, Guyana won the newly introduced category by featuring the Surama and Rewa eco-lodges and other local attractions.Sinclair said that being in this position indicates that there must be careful actions in the future to ensure that there are no breaches in the best practices while ensuring that the expectations of tourists are fulfilled.“Our award as number one ecotourism destination will generate a spike in nature travel to Guyana. Many committed eco-travellers, (upon) learning that the number one eco-tourism destination is on the north-eastern shoulder of South America, will be moving to our websites, [and] some will be making bookings to travel. It is not in our interest to disappoint them,” Sinclair cautioned.He added, “We must view this award not only as a prize and accolade, but also as a call to action. There must be sustained action to ensure that we do not find ourselves in breach of ecotourism principles and best practices.”Meanwhile, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), Brian Mullis, was inclined to the booming oil and gas industry, noting that the country should adapt to changes by modernising its economy.“Guyana has a legacy of support for its rich biodiversity through environmental policy, sustainable forestry, and establishment of a national system for protected areas. With the recent discovery of our vast oil and gas reserves, we are now at that critical point in our history. We have an opportunity to shift our development path, modernise our economy, and positively transform the lives of all Guyanese,” he declared.He also said there is room for improvement, and mentioned a few challenges with which the country is faced, primarily in the areas of energy efficiency, sustainable mining, and waste management.The GTA Director mentioned, “We have to continue to market and advance our efforts to remain one of the best. We have recognised that there is room for improvement in areas like renewable energy and energy efficiency in our lodging sector, waste management across the country, managing the wildlife trade, and adopting alternative mining practices.”Business Minister Dominic Gaskin has insisted that Guyana needs to build on these achievements by promoting and protecting the natural resources.Guyana has also recently become the first country to adopt the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s International Adventure Travel Guide Qualification and Performance Standards.President of the Green Destinations Foundation, Albert Salman, said Guyana was placed as the best ecotourism destination because of its low-carbon resilient programme, economic opportunities, individual equality, justice, and political empowerment.last_img read more

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Spanish side Sevilla to play friendly game in Tanzania

first_img“Sevilla FC will take part in a post-season game on 23 May in Tanzania against a local club. The Nervionenses will play the winners of the two most popular teams in Tanzania, Simba SC and Young Africans SC.The match is part of La Liga World powered by betting firm SportPesa, a strand of the La Liga World Challenge project which seeks to expand the Spanish brand throughout the world,” the announcement declared.The news will come as a welcome boost for Tanzania football lovers who were disappointed in January when they hosted the third edition of the SportPesa Cup in the commercial capital only to see Kenyan side, Kariobangi Sharks FC lift the regional invitational eight-team tournament crown.With Sevilla coming to town, Tanzania supporters who have desired seeing their teams play the best competition in world football will no doubt turn the National Stadium into a cauldron.Simba had a fantastic run in the CAF Champions League, making the quarter finals of the prestigious continental club football showpiece where their fairytale run was ended in a 1-4 defeat to five time winners and Democratic Republic of Congo heavyweights, TP Mazembe.Yanga, who are record 27-time Tanzanian league winners, are vying for a 28th crown, leading the standings on 74 points from 31 games, eight clear of second placed Azam FC who have fielded in the same number of matches.Simba (57) are third but with a massive nine games in hand following their deep run in the Champions League.The Wanajangwani as Yanga are affectionately known had no continental distractions this season having exited the CAF Confederations Cup in the previous edition when they finished bottom of a pool that had USMA Alger (Algeria), Rayon Sport (Rwanda) and Gor.“As a global competition, La Liga must be close to its fans. It’s a great opportunity for everyone that our Tanzanian fans can see a great club in Sevilla FC up close,’ declared Óscar Mayo, Director of La Liga’s International Development, after sealing the deal that will see Sevilla play in Africa.‘We are working with some of the most prestigious footballing institutions in the world so we considered it necessary to bring an experience of this magnitude to Tanzania, allowing us all to enjoy one of Europe’s most emblematic clubs in Sevilla FC.“Thanks to this agreement with La Liga, the best league in the world, we can show the quality we have in our country and help the level of local football here grow,’ stated Tarimba Abbas, SportPesa Tanzania Director in Charge of Administration added.Sevilla FC will be the second European club to visit Tanzania after Everton did so in 2017. Sevilla will return to Africa less than a year after playing the Spanish Supercup final in Tangiers, Morocco. They also played in Morocco four years ago, playing a post-season match against Hassania Union Sport d’Agadir.-By SportPesa News0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000On target: Sevilla’s Colombian forward Luis Muriel celebrates scoring against Athletic BilbaoDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Apr 20 – After missing their chance to host Everton FC in the post-season following another Kenyan SportPesa Cup victory in Dar-es-Salaam in January, devoted Tanzania football fans will be delighted to welcome another European football giant when they host five-time UEFA Europa League champions, Sevilla FC on May 23.Dar eternal rivals and East African giants, Simba SC and Yanga SC will play in a one-off derby to determine who gets to play the oldest football club in Spain according to a press statement released by the Andalucian giants on their website on Wednesday.last_img read more

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DONEGAL STUDENTS TAKING BEO GIG TO BELFAST AND ACROSS THE COMMUNITIES

first_imgLe Mattiú O Duffaigh: MORE THAN 100 students from County Donegal will travel to Belfast this Friday – to stage a gig promoting the Irish language and cross-community involvement in it.Beo was founded by the secondary schools of Letterkenny to promote Irish through music and music promotion, with Coláiste Ailigh, St Eunan’s College, Loreto Secondary School and Errigal College all involved.Now Beo will be hosting another gig, this time in the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. And among those who will be there will be Irish language enthusiast Linda Ervine, whose later brother-in-law David went from loyalist paramilitary to one of the founders of the peace process in the PUP.Friday’s festival aims to promote the Irish language, helps young Irish bands hoping to develop, but most importantly, to spark interest in the minds of the younger generation. The students organise the event, from booking tickets, to filming the concert. Beo’s popularity continues to grow around the country with each passing year.Bands such as Disconnect 4, Not Squares, The Gandhis, Jamaican Vampires and many others have contributed their musical efforts to these events.On this particular occasion, the bands “Apollo 6”,”Paper Boy” and “More Than Conquerors” will be playing in the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast. These bands have been praised for their “good personalities” and for their “fresh new alternative rock sound” by fans.Multiple schools have agreed to partake in this event, including Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Deele College and the schools that founded Beo listed above. From the Belfast area, St Malachy’s College and Gaelcholáiste Feirste are confirmed to be attending the concert.Linda Ervine has set up Irish classes in east Belfast.”I did actually attempt to learn Irish, but couldn’t find anywhere I could go to, so it was in my mind for a very long time, but it wasn’t an option,” she said.Gordon McCoy of Ultach, will also make an appearance. He is known also for his work in promoting the Irish language in Unionist areas and for writing books and academic articles based on the Irish language. What? Beo Live:Where? Oh Yeah Centre, Gordon Street, Belfast (beside St Anne’s Cathedral)When? 7pm FridayHow Much? Admission £4 Details? Strictly Under-18s and Alcohol FreeAny other info…More details are available by emailing seosmac@gmail.comDONEGAL STUDENTS TAKING BEO GIG TO BELFAST AND ACROSS THE COMMUNITIES was last modified: January 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BelfastBeoColaiste Ailighlast_img read more

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Rosses in mourning as Olympic hero Pa Sharkey sadly passes away……

first_imgTributes have been paid to the late, great Pa Sharkey following his death yesterday morning. Sharkey was a brilliant boxer who won a number of Irish title before he emigrated in search of employment.While he was based in Australia, Sharkey got the opportunity to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956. Sharkey was a major contractor in the UK, and spent most of his time in Leeds, he employed many young people from the Rosses over the years, and was one of the areas most popular characters.He was a trustee in Naomh Muire GAA club, and was also heavily involved in the redevelopment works at The Banks in the 90’s.The club paid the following tribute to him on their Facebook timeline:“It was with sadness that we learned this morning of the death of our Club trustee Pa Sharkey. Pa passed away after recent illness with his family by his side. “Pa Sharkey was prominent in the development of the Banks in the mid 1990s, something in which he took tremendous pride. He was of course an Olympian, having boxed for Ireland in the Melbourne Olympic games of 1956, something we were all proud of knowing we had such sporting history in our midst. “Pa was a major contractor in the Leeds area employing many from the Rosses and beyond. Most of all he was a great family man, husband, brother, father, uncle and grandfather to his extended family to whom we extend our condolences at this time. “The Wake will commence at 6pm tonight at his home in Mullaghderg.“Private house from 11pm. The Wake will continue tomorrow Tuesday 10am -11pm. Funeral Mass will be in Kincasslagh on Wednesday at 11am with burial afterwards in Belcruit.”“Parking for the Wake will be at the Naomh Muire GAA car park.” Advertisement Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis  Rosses in mourning as Olympic hero Pa Sharkey sadly passes away…… was last modified: November 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Durban to host international under-19 football tournament

first_img25 June 2014A South African under-19 side will lock horns with junior teams representing some of the giants of international club football at the first edition of a new youth tournament kicking off in Durban on 31 July, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government announced on Tuesday.The Durban Under-19 International Football Tournament, backed and jointly organised by KwaZulu-Natal, the City of Durban and the South African Football Association, will take place annually in Durban for at least the next three years.The province said in a statement that a specially formed South African under-19 national side, under the watchful eye of former Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba, would compete in the tournament along with teams from Santos (Brazil), Boca Juniors (Argentina), Everton (England), Benfica (Portugal), Feyenoord (Netherlands) and Roma (Italy).The format departs from the traditional standard, under which junior international teams compete at under-17 and under-20 level.Youth development ‘the cornerstone’Mashaba, possibly the most experienced junior tactician in the country, said that youth development was the cornerstone of every successful footballing nation.“It is crucial. Without the proper structures in place then you cannot home to bring through players with the correct technical ability and the right mentality to succeed,” he said. “We have faced enormous challenges in the past, but it is something at Safa [the South African Football Association] that we are trying to put right.“Hopefully with this new initiative we are now on the right path to that successful development structure.”Looking towards Russia 2018Mashaba said the 2014 Durban Under-19 International Football Tournament could be a stepping-stone in the careers of players hoping to represent South Africa at the Fifa World Cup in Russia in 2018.“This is an overdue tournament for this age-group. It comes at the right time. These are the building blocks for our future senior national team,” he said. “As we work toward Russia, these are the players to take us there.“We want the public to give these young guys the support and courage to realise their potential, because by the time Russia comes, they will have gone through all the channels, including the [2016] Olympics.”‘Heading in the right direction’Farouk Khan – whose Stars of Africa Academy has produced South African internationals such as Tokelo Rantie, May Mahlangu and Tefu Mashamaite – said South Africa had a long way to go to catch up with the likes of Brazil and Spain in terms of youth development, but that initiatives such as this meant the country was heading in the right direction.“It is competitions such as the 2014 Durban Under-19 International Football Tournament that will help South Africa to accelerate its progress in the sphere, as well as the new development plans of Safa that will see more activity for the junior national sides,” he said.VenuesDurban’s Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, a training venue for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and Princess Magogo Stadium, a Premier Soccer League (PSL) venue, will host the tournament’s group stage matches.The semi-finals will take place at King Zwelithini Stadium, another PSL and 2010 Fifa World Cup training venue, while the Moses Mabhida Stadium, with the iconic arch that was one of the most memorable images of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, will host the final.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Burying Ducts in Attic Insulation

first_imgYou shouldn’t install ducts in a vented unconditioned attic. As most GBA readers know, ducts belong inside a home’s thermal envelope, not in an environment that’s cold in the winter and hot in the summer.Efforts by energy-efficiency experts to convince builders to move their ducts indoors haven’t been particularly successful. In states where slab-on-grade homes are common — in other words, in states where basements are rare — most builders still install ducts in vented unconditioned attics. According to building scientist Joseph Lstiburek, the energy penalty associated with attic ducts is often in the range of 30% — that is, 30% of the home’s heating and cooling energy is lost to the attic. By performing two important steps — carefully air sealing all of the duct seams, and moving the air handler into the home’s conditioned space — the energy penalty associated with attic ducts can be lowered from 30% to about 10%.Even better performance can be achieved, however, if the ducts are installed near the attic floor and buried in deep cellulose or blown-in fiberglass insulation. Historically, the main impediment to implementing this approach has been the concern that condensation can form on the exterior side of the ducts during the summer, making ceilings damp. Why do attic ducts sweat? If ducts aren’t buried with insulation, they usually don’t sweat. Most attic ducts are insulated flex ducts (that is, flex ducts with R-6 or R-8 fiberglass insulation, along with an exterior polyethylene jacket). When these ducts are exposed to exterior air, the plastic jacket never gets cold enough to permit condensation, because the hot attic air keeps the plastic jacket warm. But if the same ducts are buried in cellulose or fiberglass insulation, the added insulation lowers the temperature of… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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All-Electric Buildings Can Work in Cold Climates

first_imgA decade ago, the prevailing wisdom held that all-electric buildings presented many challenges: They were served by dirty coal instead of cleaner natural gas, they struggled to meet temperature setpoints in cold climates, and they drastically increased utility bills. Why, then, this big push toward electrification? Simply put, electrification is an essential strategy for achieving the aggressive climate goals laid out in America’s Pledge and in the climate action plans implemented by leading cities across the country. And electrification is now being fueled more and more by clean renewable energy, which is cheaper (in most cases) than natural gas — and is by far safer and healthier. However, the myth of all-electric buildings not meeting demand in cold climates continues. Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI’s) new Cold Climate Addendum to our Economics of Zero-Energy Homes: Single Family Insights report is the latest in a series of myth-busting reports showing how many of these assumptions are outdated. Our analysis demonstrates how deep efficiency combined with photovoltaic (PV) panels can drastically improve the economics of electrification and make our homes safer and more comfortable.RELATED ARTICLESNet-Zero Homes Show Signs of Convergent EvolutionJust Two Minisplits Heat and Cool the Whole HouseHeat-Pump Water Heaters in Cold ClimatesZero Energy Ready Homes Gain GroundEvery New Home Should be Zero-Energy Ready Why electrify? Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% or more will require essentially eliminating the GHGs produced by buildings — which is only possible at scale with all-electric buildings tied to a clean electricity grid. Electrification is also essential to improve the safety of our housing stock. Seventy million American homes and businesses burn natural gas, oil, or propane on site to heat their space and water and cook food, generating 560 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions each year — a tenth of total U.S. CO2 emissions. Having natural gas in homes can also create health and safety concerns. For example, leaks can result in carbon monoxide poisoning, which causes 400 deaths, 20,000 visits to an emergency room, and 4,000 hospitalizations in America annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In short, buildings are responsible for upwards of a billion tons of annual CO2e emissions — all because we burn a highly explosive gas in our furnaces, hot water heaters, clothes dryers, stoves, and fireplaces. The United States is making significant progress in replacing coal with clean energy, with overall coal use declining from over 50% of electricity generation to under 30% in less than a decade. While Figure 1 (below) shows that the grid has gotten cleaner in the last decade by reducing coal and increasing renewable sources of electricity like wind and solar, there is still a long way to go before our grid becomes carbon-free. RMI’s Economics of Electrifying Buildings report clearly shows that electrifying the building stock today will result in carbon reductions in the majority of the United States and, in the pockets of the country where coal power is still a significant portion of the electricity mix, we expect those coal plants will be shut down in the foreseeable future. [Image source: U.S. Energy Information Administration] Is electrification possible in cold climates? Just as the grid has improved over the past decade, so has building technology. Cold climate heat pumps can effectively heat houses even as outdoor temperatures hit -12°F, with supplemental electric-resistance heat as a backup when really needed. In our analysis, supplemental heat was utilized only 3% of the time in Bozeman, Montana (representing Climate Zone 6), and 10% of the time in Duluth, Minnesota (representing Climate Zone 7). Heat-pump water heaters (HPWHs) also utilize electric-resistance backup heat for those times when heat-pump technology alone cannot meet water temperature setpoints, whether due to an undersized system or the ambient temperature getting too low. In cold climates, HPWHs should be placed indoors so they are not utilizing electric-resistance heat excessively. Placing HPWHs indoors eliminates the requirement for electric-resistance backup heat, but does increase the amount of space heating needed. The good news is that in both cold climate locations studied, the heat pumps were able to maintain space and water heating at desired temperatures. How economical are all-electric zero-energy homes? Despite electrification being technically feasible, only 8% of all existing homes are served by electric space heating in cold climates, and less than 1% are served by heat pumps. This is likely due to electrification resulting in higher utility bills when it is not implemented as part of a highly-efficient, integrated design strategy. We modeled an all-electric baseline and a natural gas baseline in Climate Zones 5, 6, and 7, with both baselines meeting IECC 2009 energy code standards. We found that while the up-front costs tend to be lower for an all-electric baseline, the energy bills were significantly higher in colder climates. Interestingly enough, you can tunnel through this economic barrier by pursuing deeper levels of efficiency and adding PV. In Table 1, we compare an electric code-baseline home, an electric zero-energy (ZE) home, and an electric zero-energy ready (ZER) home to a natural gas baseline home using the net present value of up-front cost and energy bill savings over 12 years (the typical time homeowners plan to stay in their homes) and 30 years (the typical mortgage length). We define a ZE home as a home that produces as much renewable energy as it uses over the course of a year and a ZER home as a home that is as efficient as a ZE home, but without renewables. Added value at resale and mortgage compared to a natural gas-heated IECC 2009 baseline. We found that, in every instance, pursuing ZER homes was more economical than just electrifying space-heating equipment with code-compliant equipment, and in colder climates it actually changed the economics of electrification from being painful to homeowners to being beneficial. ZE homes told a more interesting economic story. Over the resale timeframe, they performed economically in a fairly similar way to simply electrifying the heating equipment with code baseline equipment, except in Climate Zone 7, where ZE homes were far more economical. Using the 30-year mortgage timeframe, ZE homes are more economical than both ZER and electric baseline homes. It is worth noting that while this analysis includes the federal solar investment tax credit, it does not include local incentives nor savings from eliminating gas hookups, which would help ZE homes break even with natural gas homes even sooner. Looking toward the future Electrification is a requisite strategy for achieving our climate action and public health goals. While deep levels of efficiency can make electrification in newly constructed homes economic today, builders may need a push from policymakers and utilities to feel comfortable changing their designs from business-as-usual natural gas in these cold-climate locations. Policymakers and utilities should stop incentivizing new gas hookups and appliances. Additionally, utilities should stop socializing the cost of gas infrastructure extensions through their rate bases. Instead, they should begin providing incentives to homeowners and builders to electrify, including offering expedited permitting for electric equipment, more financial incentives, and technical assistance and training for the labor force. The good news is many cities understand the importance of electrification and are developing policies to promote it, which will result in a decarbonized and safer building stock.   Alisa Petersen and Michael Gartman are senior associates on the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Buildings team. ©2019 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted at the RMI Outlet.last_img read more

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