Virginia elections put another state squarely in the energy-transition column

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:The Democratic governor of Virginia’s attempts to join the cap-and-trade compact of 10 states had been thwarted by Republican lawmakers, who had controlled the General Assembly in Richmond. That roadblock no longer exists.Climate policy in the U.S. has closely tracked with Democratic state victories in recent years. In 2018, Democrats seized control of all three branches of state government in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and New York and added to their narrow legislative majorities in Washington state.In the following months, New Mexico, New York and Washington all passed legislation to eliminate emissions from power plants by midcentury. Colorado passed a series of reforms meant to green its power supply while Nevada boosted its requirements for renewable energy.Northam has indicated that he wants to follow in those state’s footsteps. In September, he issued an executive order setting renewable energy goals for the state. They included generating 30% of Virginia’s power from renewables by 2030 and all power from non-carbon emitting sources by 2050.But with Republicans controlling the General Assembly in Richmond, the order lacked the force of other states. One big question will be how Democrats approach Dominion Energy Inc., the state’s largest utility. Dominion has emerged as a flashpoint in Virginia politics in recent years.But Dominion has also signaled it is willing to substantially boost its investment in renewables. When Northam issued his executive order establishing renewable energy goals, the utility responded with a statement saying “challenge accepted” Dominion recently announced plans to invest $8 billion in offshore wind.More: Democratic sweep thrusts Va. into ambitious role on climate Virginia elections put another state squarely in the energy-transition columnlast_img read more

South Africa announce racial quotas for national team

first_img(REUTERS)-Cricket South Africa (CSA) have put in place racial quotas for the national team across all three formats of the game in an effort to increase the number of black players in a sport still dominated by whites.CSA have sought an average minimum of six Black players, of which two must be Black African, in matches over the season, the organisation announced yesterday.The move will have little immediate impact on the team as those targets were reached in the recent test series win over New Zealand when the side was at full-strength bar the absence of injured captain AB de Villiers.“The Test starting XI that played in the recent series against New Zealand contained six players of colour and two Black Africans, and the ODI starting XI had as many as eight players of colour in their most recent series against the West Indies and Australia,” CSA President Chris Nenzani said in a statement.“With the targets being measured over the full season and being cumulative across all three formats, our selectors and team management will have the flexibility to deal with varying circumstances.“This shows very clearly that the targets are very attainable and sustainable and we will maintain the world-class standards that our players regularly produce.”South Africa are next in action in a one-day international against Ireland on Sept. 25, before meeting Australia in the first of five 50-over matches at home on Sept. 30.CSA have already introduced quotas for the country’s domestic franchise competitions where teams must field at least six players of colour, including three black African players.However, South Africa’s sports minister Fikile Mbalula has been critical of what he says is the slow rate of change in the country’s major sporting codes, bar footballThe government has been pushing for more black representation in the national teams of popular sports like cricket and rugby still dominated by whites who were favoured for selection during apartheid rule.It banned its national cricket and rugby federations from hosting or bidding for international tournaments for at least a year in April due to their failure to increase their representation of black players.The country has seen greater participation among black players in most sports at junior level despite the challenge of providing adequate school facilities in poorer districts but Mbalula wants to see this reflected at national team level.last_img read more