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Green groups push debt forgiveness plan as means of moving U.S. co-ops away from coal generation

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A proposal by several Democratic presidential hopefuls and environmental groups aimed at helping rural electric cooperatives transition away from coal-fired plants to renewable generation sounds relatively straightforward but, in reality, faces a number of challenges that put the viability of such an option in question.The Center for American Progress, Center for Rural Affairs, advocacy group Clean Up the River Environment and co-op association We Own It have suggested that Congress could help electric cooperatives transition to a greener generation portfolio by allowing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service, or RUS, to forgive the outstanding debt that cooperatives owe related to coal-fired generation.As a second step, the groups said Congress could authorize the RUS and the U.S. Department of Energy to offer grants in lieu of tax credits to install renewable power capacity equivalent to that of the retired coal plants and fund related needed grid improvements. One of the proposals would make the debt relief contingent on investing in renewables.However, the potential impact of the proposal remains unclear, given that several of the co-ops with the most coal-fired generation no longer owe the federal government money. The plan also faces practical hurdles, such as gaining the support needed to change existing tax laws to accommodate the plan.The cooperative debt forgiveness and grant idea has nevertheless picked up new traction among some Democratic presidential hopefuls, including Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren and businessman Andrew Yang, who included one or both aspects of the proposals in their recent climate change plans.Electric cooperatives reduced their annual carbon dioxide emissions by 9% from 2009 through 2017 and have invested in 7.5 GW of wind generation and 900 MW of solar generation through ownership or power purchase agreements through 2018, according to a July report by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Co-ops have another 3 GW of wind and solar generation capacity planned. But while the U.S. power sector, in general, has shifted from a coal-dominant mix to one led by natural gas, coal plants in 2017 accounted for 64.2% of cooperative-owned generation, the report said. The goal of the debt forgiveness and grants proposal is to provide the money cooperatives need to shutter coal plants and help them invest in renewables.More ($): Forgiving co-ops’ federal coal debt to promote renewables faces hurdles Green groups push debt forgiveness plan as means of moving U.S. co-ops away from coal generationlast_img read more

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Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep » Gadget Flow

first_imgPhilips Soup Maker Puréeing MachinePhilips Soup Maker puréeing machine pouring soup OTOTO Mark-Eat Silicone Basting Brush OTOTO Mark-Eat Silicone Basting BrushOTOTO Mark-Eat silicone basting brush with jam The Gadget Flow Daily Digest highlights and explores the latest intech trends to keep you informed. Want it straight to your inbox?Subscribe ➜ June Oven Intelligent Countertop Oven – Advertisement – KitchenAid Cordless 5 Cup Food ChopperKitchenAid Cordless 5 Cup Food Chopper in black on a counter FinaMill Electric Spice GrinderThe FinaMill electric spice grinder on a table Philips Soup Maker Puréeing Machine Philips Soup Maker Puréeing Machine THAWTHAT! DELUXE Thawing TrayEven with the best of intentions, you might forget to start thawing early enough on Thanksgiving day. That’s no problem with the THAWTHAT! DELUXE Thawing Tray, which thaws meat, ensuring your meal maintains its flavors thanks to its thermal liquid that’s sealed inside. Furthermore, with non-slip silicone feet, it won’t move around. And its built-in drip tray won’t let liquid reach your countertop. Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep OTOTO Mark-Eat Silicone Basting BrushYou won’t need to buy a baster for your turkey when you have the OTOTO Mark-Eat Silicone Basting Brush. This brush looks like a yellow highlighter, but it comes with a useful pump for simple basting. The brush helps you distribute cooking liquids evenly. Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep Heat-Resistant Silicone Cooking UtensilsHeat-Resistant Silicone Cooking Utensils with a cracked egg NiNJA Novel Kitchen Knife Philips Smoke-less Grill with Rotisserie Attachment Indoor BBQPhilips Smoke-less Grill with Rotisserie Attachment indoor BBQ on a kitchen counter Philips Soup Maker Puréeing MachineWhip up a delicious batch of pumpkin bisque with the Philips Soup Maker Puréeing Machine. This gadget helps you make soups in just 18 minutes and comes with six preset programs. It even makes compotes and milk-based soups. The Saki Automatic Pot Stirrer really gives you an extra hand in the kitchen. This cool product on our list of kitchen gadgets for Thanksgiving stirs your soups, stews, gravies, sauces, and more so you don’t have to. It prevents burnt pots and leaves you free to work on other things.FinaMill Electric Spice GrinderYou want to make sure your Thanksgiving meal is as fresh as possible, and the FinaMill Electric Spice Grinder lets you do just that. This battery-operated spice grinder uses interchangeable pods that you can switch around and even store your spices in. THAWTHAT! DELUXE Thawing TrayTHAWTHAT! DELUXE thawing tray on a wood table Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep June Oven Intelligent Countertop OvenJune Oven intelligent countertop oven in a kitchen – Advertisement – Heat-Resistant Silicone Cooking UtensilsThe Heat-Resistant Silicone Cooking Utensils add a bit of style to your kitchen. And since they feature durable silicone, these tools can withstand heat from your frying pan and oven. With their ergonomic shape, each one is comfortable to hold. Best Thanksgiving AccessoriesNiNJA Novel Kitchen KnifeThe NiNJA Novel Kitchen Knife is another great item on our roundup of kitchen gadgets for Thanksgiving. This kitchen knife can cut through pretty much anything and is great for chopping the raw veggies you need for that casserole. Each of the knives in this series has a double-edged blade with a titanium coating. Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep Butter Twist All-in-One Butter Tool NiNJA Novel Kitchen KnifeNiNJA novel kitchen knife with lemons KitchenAid Cordless 5 Cup Food Chopper Vegetable DicerThere’s just not enough time to chop everything you need to chop on Thanksgiving day. That’s where the KitchenAid Cordless 5 Cup Food Chopper Vegetable Dicer comes in. Rechargeable, it can chop up to 40 onions. If it runs low on battery, use the 10-minute quick-charge feature that gives you enough battery to chop up to 11 onions or enough ingredients for a single large meal. It can even mix, purée, and whip a variety of different ingredients for hearty dishes. Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep Finalizing your Thanksgiving day menu? Don’t forget about your kitchen gadgets. Having the right tools at your disposal can help immensely with your cooking prep. Check out these gadgets for ways you can be ahead of the game this Thanksgiving.Making Thanksgiving dinner is a marathon. To make it to the finish line with your sanity intact, it’s key to prepare some of your food ahead of time. Stuffing, sweet potato casseroles, and pumpkin pie can all be made in advance. So, to help you in your efforts, we’re presenting you with some of our favorite kitchen gadgets to streamline your Thanksgiving prep.Related: 14 Tech-free never-seen-before products to enhance your kitchen- Advertisement – Small gadgets like this butter twister can make all the difference in shaving minutes off your cooking time. You could also splurge and treat yourself to a high-quality stand mixer with enough capacity to mix up to 13 dozen cookies in a single batch! If you’re looking for a way to fast-track your Thanksgiving dinner preparation, check out the gadgets below.Best Thanksgiving GadgetsKitchenAid Pro 600 Series 6-Quart Bowl Lift Stand MixerA good stand mixer is an essential gadget in any kitchen, and the KitchenAid Pro 600 Series 6-Quart Bowl Lift Stand Mixer is an excellent one. It’s bowl can mix enough dough for 13-dozen cookies. It easily mixes light and dense mixtures alike.June Oven Intelligent Countertop OvenThe June Oven Intelligent Countertop Oven is another of our favorite kitchen gadgets for Thanksgiving. This gadget gives you an extra oven, toaster, dehydrator, broiler, and warming drawer. It also comes with over 100 professionally developed programs for automated cooking. Heat-Resistant Silicone Cooking Utensils Butter Twist All-in-One Butter Tool June Oven Intelligent Countertop Oven Butter Twist All-in-One Butter ToolButter Twist all-in-one butter tool on a cutting board Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep OTOTO Mark-Eat Silicone Basting Brush Philips Smoke-less Grill with Rotisserie Attachment Indoor BBQIf you want to get a bit more creative with this year’s Thanksgiving meal, try the Philips Smoke-less Grill with Rotisserie Attachment Indoor BBQ. It provides a smokeless cooking experience right from your countertop. Using advanced infrared heating technology, this tabletop grill produces up to 80% less smoke than a traditional grill. And it can heat up in as little as one minute. Heat-Resistant Silicone Cooking Utensils Butter Twist All-in-One Butter ToolKeep your kitchen tidy while you’re baking with the Butter Twist All-in-One Butter Tool. This gadget holds your butter so you don’t have to, keeping your hands free of grease. The integrated steel cutter slices precisely when you rotate it. It even has markings for each tablespoon, so you get the exact amount of butter you need. Are you ready to blast through your Thanksgiving recipes this year? With the help of these kitchen gadgets for Thanksgiving, you’ll make it to T-day relaxed and ready. What kitchen gadgets do you find indispensable for the big day? Tell us about them in the comments.Want more tech news, reviews, and guides from Gadget Flow? Follow us on Google News, Feedly, and Flipboard. If you’re using Flipboard, you should definitely check out our Curated Stories. We publish three new stories every day, so make sure to follow us to stay updated! Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she’s not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters. 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