Pandemic worsens outlook for U.S. coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:Add U.S. coal to the list of industries threatened by the novel coronavirus.Part of its problem is conditions that precede the pandemic. U.S. coal plants are an aging bunch. Weak electricity demand has only intensified competition with gas and renewables.The weather has been a drag on American miners, too; a warm winter helped push coal generation in the first quarter down by roughly a third, year over year, according to S&P Global Platts.But the onset of the coronavirus has the makings of a slow-rolling crisis for the coal industry, analysts say.A lockdown on economic activity in most of the United States is eroding electricity demand (Energywire, April 6). And coal generation is mirroring the decline.American coal generation declined 36% in March compared with the same month last year, according to an E&E News review of federal figures — even as generation from natural gas and wind increased over that time period. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said yesterday it expects coal generation to decline 20% in 2020.The result has been a steady buildup in utility coal stockpiles. By early summer, analysts say, power companies could run out of space to store additional coal shipments.Coal generation in March was already below 2019 levels before many states took steps to shut down their economies. It has fallen further as lockdowns expanded nationwide, especially after states with coal-reliant electric systems instituted shutdowns. The dangers for coal are several. Large stockpiles weigh down prices and increase pressure on miners to cut back production. EIA is projecting coal production will fall 153 million tons, or 22%, to 537 million tons in 2020.[Benjamin Storrow]More: Can coal survive the coronavirus?
VARYING EXPERIENCE: North Florida has been fueled by senior leadership while Lipscomb has leaned on freshmen this year. Seniors Ivan Gandia-Rosa, Garrett Sams, Wajid Aminu and JT Escobar have collectively accounted for 63 percent of North Florida’s scoring this season. On the other side, freshmen Ahsan Asadullah, Michael Buckland and KJ Johnson have scored 55 percent of the team’s points this year and 78 percent of all Bisons points over their last five.KEY CONTRIBUTOR: Asadullah has had his hand in 64 percent of all Lipscomb field goals over the last three games. The sophomore big man has 33 field goals and 20 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 75: Lipscomb is 0-9 when it allows at least 75 points and 15-6 when it holds opponents to less than 75.STREAK SCORING: North Florida has won its last seven home games, scoring an average of 81.3 points while giving up 67.9.DID YOU KNOW: Lipscomb and North Florida are the class of the Atlantic Sun when it comes to scoring. The Bisons are ranked second in the conference with 70.8 points per game while the Ospreys are first at 78.5 per game. Lipscomb, N. Fla. meet in Atlantic Sun semis Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLipscomb (15-15, 10-7) vs. North Florida (21-11, 14-3)Atlantic Sun Conference Tourney Semifinals, UNF Arena, Jacksonville, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: A ticket to the Atlantic Sun championship game is ready to be punched as Lipscomb and North Florida are set to do battle. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last went at it on Feb. 22, when Lipscomb made only four 3-pointers on 12 attempts while the Ospreys went 15 for 34 behind the arc on the way to an eight-point victory. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com March 4, 2020 Associated Press