Rooftop and utility-scale solar pushing coal generation out of daytime market in Australia

first_imgRooftop and utility-scale solar pushing coal generation out of daytime market in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:One of the most common questions among people concerned about climate change and cleaning up the energy grid, is what small contribution they can make. Will adding rooftop solar make any difference at all?The answer is most certainly yes. The latest quarterly report from the Australian Energy Market Operator contains little doubt – the increase in rooftop solar, and in large-scale solar plants, is pushing coal out of the daytime market.According to the Quarterly Energy Dynamics report for the December quarter, the changes in generation sources for the main grid were quite marked.The biggest increase – and remember this is not average output, but the average increase in output – came from rooftop solar, which in 2019 posted a record installation rate of 2.13GW (for sub 100kW systems). Rooftop solar at its midday peak posted an average increase of more than 1.5GW over the quarter, showing the real impact on the generation mix.The coal generators most affected by the increase in solar output – both rooftop and large-scale – were Eraring in NSW, where output declined by an average 231MW, and Gladstone and Stanwell in Queensland, where the average middle of the day output declined by 246MW. Other coal generators might also have been affected, but their output was interrupted by so many outages – both planned and unplanned – it was hard to tell.In Queensland, the increased output of rooftop and large-scale solar has resulted in a changing pattern of charging by the state’s biggest pumped hydro facility at Wivenhoe, which is now under new ownership by the government owned CleanCo. Under its previous owner, CleanCo pumped mainly at night, supporting coal generation, but with CleanCo it is now doing most of its pumping during the day, soaking up the excess of cheap solar – the so-called solar duck curve – and helping prevent prices going negative.[Giles Parkinson]More: How rooftop and big solar are pushing coal out of daytime energy marketlast_img read more

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Honduras: 10.3 tons of drugs seized are pseudoephedrine

first_imgBy Dialogo December 03, 2012 TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – The 10.3-ton cache seized in Honduras Nov. 29 turned out to be pseudoephedrine, which is used to make synthetic drugs such as ecstasy, and not cocaine as it was originally thought, authorities said Dec. 1. “The toxicological tests showed positive that it was pseudoephedrine paste to produce ecstasy pills,” said the prosecutor’s office spokesman, Elvis Guzmán. The drugs were stashed in a 15-meter-long (49-foot-long) tunnel found on a farm in the department of Yoro, some 200 kilometers (124.3 miles) north of Tegucigalpa. At least 8 people were arrested in a series of raids that began over the weekend and resulted in the seizure of US$100 million in property. “On the property [the suspects] were installing a laboratory to process the narcotics and to supply the Mexican and Central American markets,” Guzmán added. Honduras, like other Central American countries, has become a key transit point for drugs moving from South America to the United States. [AFP (Honduras), 02/12/2012; El Heraldo (Honduras), 01/12/2012; La Prensa (Honduras), 01/12/2012; Emol (Chile), 02/12/2012]last_img read more

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Sending in census results: How does help you and your community?

first_imgThis money is spread out between community clinics, schools, road maintenance and repair, and much more. (WBNG) — The census and the data it gathers plays a massive role in our communities and states. The information you send in helps determine a lot, including a good deal of cash. “It’s super easy and quick. I really encourage everyone to take pride when they fill out the census,” said Friedman. There are several ways to take part in the census. That it is a way for everyone to help their communities into the future. “All of the census field workers have been put on a two week delay that will be reevaluated. So the actual deadline of the census might shift into the future,” said Friedman. The key messages from census officials are that your answers won’t be used in the wrong ways:center_img “There are four ways that people can respond to the census. They can do so online, by phone, by mail, or by having an interection with a census worker. The self reporting is what is preferred. So that means online, by phone, or by mail,” said Friedman. “The information that’s collected is not used to personally identify people,” says Friedman. Binghamton Mayor Rich David is asking that census deadlines be backed up due to the ongoing pandemic. “There’s $675 billion in federal funding. The census also determines how many representatives each area has. So it’s super important that everyone is counted,” says Chair of the Census Complete Count Committee Aviva Friedman. Though April 1st is not a set deadline, dates to gather information, especially in person, have been backed up and will be adjusted as the coronavirus situation warrants.last_img read more

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Grateful for public support of food drive

first_imgWe’d like to thank our friends and neighbors in the city of Schenectady and the surrounding towns of Niskayuna, Glenville, Scotia and Rotterdam for their support on May 12 with our 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Your generosity was overwhelming. You can take pride in knowing that a local shelter or food pantry will be able to provide essentials to local families in need over the coming months due to your contributions, which topped 40,000 pounds.This annual food drive involves thousands of letter carriers across the country and has grown to be the nation’s largest one-day food drive. Last year’s collection of 75 million pounds of food nationwide means that, with your help, we’ve provided approximately 1.6 billion pounds of food for needy families since this program began. Hunger in America isn’t isolated to one region or ZIP code. Some 42 million Americans live daily not knowing where their next meal may come from. Thirteen million children and more than 5 million seniors face hunger each day. Our letter carriers take great pride in distributing your contributions to resouces right in our local community, and the rest of our postal family support and applaud their efforts.But their success is only possible with the support of local residents recognizing the need and pitching in with donations. It’s inspiring to witness our local communities and the Schenectady postal employees working together to combat hunger. Thank you and have a wonder summer.John R. ReillyWilliam B. CooSchenectadyThe writers are, respectively, postmaster and president of NALC Branch 358, AFL-CIO.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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‘Burn down racism’: World rallies against George Floyd’s death

first_imgAnd in Tunis, hundreds chanted: “We want justice! We want to breathe!”In Sydney, aborigines performed a traditional smoking ceremony at the start of a “Black Lives Matter” protest, which was allowed at the last minute after initially being banned on health grounds.Many held up signs and wore face masks marked with the words “I can’t breathe” — the words Floyd kept saying while handcuffed as a policeman knelt on his neck.One placard simply read “8:46” — the amount of time the 46-year-old was pinned to the ground by the white officer before his death.Floyd’s death came during the spread of a disease that has disproportionately affected black people and ethnic minorities in global centres such as London and New York.It also came in the throes of a historic economic downturn that has statistically affected the poor and marginalised the most vulnerable.This, and the outrage at US President Donald Trump’s response, has refocused attention on the world’s racial divides like few other events since the 1960s.In Paris, riot police held back a crowd of several thousand who gathered outside the US embassy for an unsanctioned protest. “I’ve had racist abuse all my life,” said one demonstrator, 46-year-old Nadine. “That is our life. To be a black French woman in France, it’s not easy.” A protest in the French city of Metz ended with a few dozen people breaking into a courthouse and scuffling with security guards and one of the city’s prosecutors.”Protesters held up placards reading “Being black is not a crime” and “Our police are assassins”.According to interior ministry figures, 23,000 people demonstrated in cities across France, 5,500 of them in Paris.Smaller, youth-driven protests were staged outside US embassies in Warsaw and Sofia. In Germany, Bundesliga footballers warmed up in “Red card to racism #BlackLivesMatter” shirts and took a knee prior to kickoff.”How many more?” asked a poster held up in a crowd of thousands in Frankfurt, while hundreds rallied across town squares of Belgium and the Netherlands.In North Carolina, a long line of cars snaked its way down a highway as mourners arrived for a viewing and memorial service at a church not far from Floyd’s hometown.In Washington, hundreds knelt and applauded in the street ahead of another mass rally, where Mayor Muriel Bowse has renamed the area outside the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza”.The protests have even resonated in war-scarred countries such as Iraq, where the “America Revolts” and the Arabic phrase for “We want to breathe, too” hashtags are spreading on social media.”I think what the Americans are doing is brave and they should be angry, but rioting is not the solution,” said Yassin Alaa, a 20-year-old camped out in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, the site of months of anti-government protests.Topics : “Silence is violence,” the throng shouted back in the rain, before mounted police moved in to disperse a small missile-pelting crowd trying to push its way closer to Downing Street.Thousands more marched in the northern English city of Manchester.Officials around the world have been trying to balance understanding at people’s pent-up anger with warnings about the dangers of a disease that has officially claimed nearly 400,000 lives globally.Yet tens of thousands of Australians defied Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s call to “find a better way”, tens of thousands marched in France, and thousands more in Britain ignored the health minister’s warning. Taking a knee, banging drums and ignoring social distancing measures, outraged protesters from Sydney to London on Saturday kicked off a weekend of global rallies against racism and police brutality.The death at police hands of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in the US state of Minnesota, brought tens of thousands out onto the streets during a pandemic that is ebbing in Asia and Europe but spreading in other parts of the world.”It is time to burn down institutional racism,” one speaker shouted through a megaphone at a hooting crowd of thousands outside the parliament building in London.last_img read more

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Election campaigns will be COVID-19-free, home minister claims despite concerns

first_imgHome minister Tito Karnavian is upbeat that the campaign trails for the upcoming simultaneous regional elections in December will be free from COVID-19 transmissions despite reports of candidates violating health protocols and calls by the public to postpone the event.”I am very optimistic that the campaigns will run smoothly, safely and free from COVID-19,” Tito said on Friday as reported by kompas.com.He added that the campaigns would even help the handling of COVID-19 across the country as the General Elections Commission (KPU) had allowed candidates to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizer as campaign props.The commission had also set COVID-19 mitigation as the main theme for the candidates’ public debates.”Imagine if each of the 723 candidates hands out 100,000 PPEs to the public — there would be more than 70 million PPEs distributed. I’m sure that could lower COVID-19 transmission as long as the public uses [the PPEs],” Tito said.The KPU recently revised a regulation (PKPU) on holding the regional elections during the COVID-19 pandemic that officially prohibited campaign events that would attract crowds during amid mounting concerns over heightened transmission across the country.Read also: Postpone regional elections: LIPI, Muslim groups urge governmentMany political parties have told their candidates to prioritize virtual campaigning and to be disciplined in applying COVID-19 health protocols.Despite reports of candidates violating health protocols, the first campaign week for the upcoming elections ran smoothly, Tito claimed.He said the number of health protocol violations were not as many as in early September when more than 100 candidates brought large entourages with them upon registering for the elections.”We just need to remain consistent [in following health protocols] until the end of the elections,” he added.There have been mounting calls from organizations and activists for the government to postpone the regional elections, slated to take place on Dec. 9 in 270 regions across the archipelago, and prioritize public health following a persistent spike of coronavirus transmissions. (nal) Topics :last_img read more

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2 Ebola victims to be treated at Atlanta hospital

first_img Sharing is caring! HealthInternationalLifestylePrint 2 Ebola victims to be treated at Atlanta hospital by: – August 2, 2014 Share Share Sharecenter_img 44 Views   no discussions Tweet ATLANTA (AP) — Two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus in Africa will be treated at a specialised unit of an Atlanta hospital.Dr Bruce Ribner said Friday the patients will receive care at Emory University Hospital. Ribner said he had no personal safety concerns over treating the patients of the dangerous disease.Hospital officials did not identify the patients, citing confidentiality rules. They were previously identified as Dr Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol.Ribner oversees the isolation unit. He says one of the patients was expected to arrive this weekend, while a second was expected several days later.The Pentagon’s press secretary, Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby, said Friday that private-chartered aircraft will be arriving at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in metro Atlanta with the patients evacuated from Africa. Kirby did not have further details.Associated Presslast_img read more

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Ripley County JV Basketball Tourney Info

first_imgThe Ripley County JV Basketball Tourney will be taking place on Thursday, January 9, with Opening Round play.Girls JV games will be at Milan High School.Boys JV games will be at Batesville High School.Game 1:    Batesville     vs.     Milan.Game 2:    Jac-Cen-Del vs.     South Ripley.Admission:    $5.00     (No advance ticket sales)*  Batesville All-Sport Tickets, E.I.A.C. passes, and Senior Citizen All-Sport passes are NOT valid for Ripley County tournament play.*  All I.H.S.A.A. tournament rules and regulations are followed during Ripley County Tournament play.Championship games –  Saturday, January 11, with both games played at Batesville High School.Admission  $5.00       (No advance ticket sales)10:00 AM:    Girls JV Championship.2nd Game:    Boys JV Championship.  (Follows girls’ post game award ceremony.)Submitted by Batesville AD Mark Ferguson.last_img read more

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What Emenalo encountered to bring De Bruyne to Chelsea

first_img Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live InThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got Better8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time “He was barely 18 years old and a super talent. But the first time when I said about De Bruyne that he would possibly be a Lampard everyone laughed at me. It was the same with Romelu Lukaku. He was 18 years old and I told them to be patient with him for five years.” read also:‘For black coaches to be at par with white counterparts the narrative has to change’ – Emenalo Emenalo also revealed: “My scouts saw what was happening in Belgium. Hazard, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Chadli, Vertonghen, Courtois. But they asked me: ‘Since when did Belgium suddenly become Brazil? Who is this Kevin De Bruyne?’ I replied: ‘I don’t look at passports. I am looking at a player. And this player doesn’t give a bad pass. I don’t know if he will become a superstar, but there is something’.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Chelsea football chief, Michael Emenalo, has recalled the problems he faced before he could facilitate the signing of Manchester City star, Kevin de Bruyne as a teenager. Discussing his move for De Bruyne, Emenalo admits there was plenty of cynicism inside Chelsea over the deal with Genk in 2012. He told the Guardian of UK: “At first they always said: No player from the youth has ever moved up. “A guy who’s been here from the age of seven can never be ready to challenge Frank Lampard at the age of 19. So it became crucial to look for players between the ages of 19 and 22 so that we could prepare him to become a Chelsea player. We did that with De Bruyne.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

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Buick expecting Hobbs progress

first_img The John Gosden-trained colt chased home stablemate Golden Horn at Epsom earlier in the month but there had been plenty of discussion before the race about whether the twists and turns of the Downs would play to his strengths. Clearly the course did not present too much of an issue, but Buick believes the Curragh should bring out the best in Jack Hobbs. A shock 50-1 winner at Epsom for Aidan O’Brien, she earned a ‘win-and-you’re-in’ ticket when scoring on the Downs and has been added to the Curragh field. Jim Bolger could run his Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Pleascach, though she was turned over in the Ribblesdale at Ascot last week. Like Jack Hobbs, she now wears the Godolphin blue. As well as Qualify, O’Brien could run Derby fourth Giovanni Canaletto, French Derby runner-up Highland Reel and Kilimanjaro. Storm The Stars, who ran such a good race to be third behind Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs, is a possible for William Haggas, while the unbeaten Radanpour is set to be Dermot Weld’s representative. Radanpour’s participation does, however, depend on the ground. “We’ll make a decision later in the week, we’ll need some nice ground,” said Weld. Carbon Dating, who was eighth at Epsom, completes the list. He said: “The Curragh will definitely suit him. I think he’ll progress, that was only his fourth run. “It all came thick and fast for him before the Derby, so he’s entitled to improve both physically and mentally. “He’s a beautiful horse to ride, you can put him where you want in a race and he goes to sleep. “He’s a galloping horse but he has got a kick, Golden Horn just has another gear, and that showed at Epsom. “He’s still progressing and learning.” Gosden set his sights on the Irish Derby immediately after Jack Hobbs’ Epsom run and he is 4-6 with Coral to go one place better. “Jack Hobbs sets the clear standard having found only Golden Horn too good at Epsom, and John Gosden’s charge is a warm order to become the first British-trained winner of the Irish Derby since Balanchine triumphed 21 years ago,” said Coral’s David Stevens. Balanchine was, of course, a filly and there are a couple of the fairer sex in the mix this weekend, including Oaks heroine Qualify. William Buick expects the Curragh to suit hot favourite Jack Hobbs in Saturday’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. Press Associationlast_img read more

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