The Daily Populous

Tuesday May 5th, 2020 evening edition

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Renewable sources including solar, wind and hydropower generated more electricity than coal-based plants every single day in April, a new report says.

It acknowledged that lower power demands resulting from economic slowdown sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic has also played a role in coal's decline.

Preliminary data from the EIA's Hourly Electric Grid Monitor found that utility-scale solar, wind and hydro had collectively produced more electricity than coal-based plants for roughly 40 days straight, based on statistics between March 25 and May 3.

In 2019, data showed there were a total of 38 days when renewables beat coal in terms of electricity generation.

According to the IEFA, prior forecasts estimated yearly generation from renewables could pass coal in 2021.

Referencing wind turbines in December 2019 (repeatedly referred to as "windmills"), Trump made a series of headline-grabbing statements about wind energy.

Speaking during a conference at West Palm Beach Florida, the president said: "We'll have an economy based on wind. »

Venezuela claims to have captured two Americans involved in failed invasion

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(CNN) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says two American "mercenaries" have been apprehended after a failed coup attempt launched over the weekend.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied US involvement in the incident.

Maduro also showed what he said was a photo of the two men after they were captured, and accused the pair of playing "Rambo" in a failed attack intended to unseat him. »

Renewables and electric vehicles: Switching for lower costs – Lab Down Under

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Transitioning the Australian grid to 100 per cent renewables and swapping all petrol cars for electric ones would drop annual electricity costs by over $1,000 per year for consumers, a new study has found.

Current grid Renewable grid Difference Residential energy $640 $698 +$58 Transport energy $1,987 $844 -$1,144 Total energy $2,627 $1,541 -$1,086.

Table 1: Comparison of residential and transport energy costs per capita per year between Australia’s current grid and a 100 per cent renewable grid with 100 per cent electric vehicles. »

'The favour is returned': Native American Covid-19 relief fund thanks Irish people for their support

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ORGANISERS OF AN online fund to help Native American people who’ve been affected by Covid-19 have thanked Irish people for their support.

Thus, the Choctaw extended $170 of relief aid,” organiser Vanessa Tulley wrote on the fundraising page.

“173 years later to today, the favour is returned through generous donations from the Irish people to the Navajo Nation during our time of crisis. »