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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Meet the 2015 BRO Athlete Team

first_imgBlue Ridge Outdoors has selected 40 elite regional athletes to represent us in 2015. Each of these BRO athletes will be posting in-depth, behind-the-scenes personal stories and photos from their adventures all year long.These athletes participate in nine different sport disciplines: trail running, mountain biking, road cycling, whitewater paddling, climbing, road running, fly fishing, long-distance hiking, and triathlon. Our team includes teenagers and masters athletes at the top of their game. They hail from eight different states across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, and they will compete in over 120 events this year.Eli Woodard, a teenage biking phenom. Bill Gentry is a 53-year-old ultrarunner with 17 100-milers under his belt. Laura Farrell wins extreme kayaking races. Alicia Hudelson smashes ultrarunning course records. Chris Hipgrave is a national champion paddler. Maria Bocanegra is an elite runner and proud mom. Paul Nelson and Jay Reese are top regional climbers. Scott Martin is an Iraq veteran and warrior hiker. All 40 of our BRO Team members are more than just great athletes — each has amazing stories to tell and adventures to share.Look for the BRO Athlete Team at events near you and follow their adventures at the BRO Athlete Team site.last_img read more

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Computerized Simulators of Salvadoran Armed Forces Improve Rescue Operations

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo August 11, 2016 Storms, floods, and landslides are becoming increasingly aggressive in El Salvador, so the country’s Armed Force (FAES, for its Spanish acronym) is training its command personnel to improve rescue operations for the civilian population during any disaster. Since last May, these training sessions have taken place at the Computerized Tactical Training Center (CETAC, for its Spanish acronym). Thanks to precise mathematical models and complex calculations based on Salvadoran cartographic data, the modern center allows trainees to face simulated weather-related disasters like those that occur in real life. During a recent session, teams had to face a mock storm with overflowing bodies of water and flooding in agricultural communities in the departments of San Vicente and Usulután, located in the eastern part of the country. “This simulation introduces real situations that our troops could face in the field. The training sessions seek to improve decision making to avoid deaths among the civilian population and our personnel, as well as to raise the level of efficiency in the use of resources,” explained Colonel Jaime Ruiz Chávez, CETAC director. Participants were divided into units, and each commander had to assume control of all alloted resources and delegate responsibilities to promptly carry out rescue and relief missions. In this way, all participants were able to put their knowledge to the test at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of military leadership. “This simulated emergency has occurred in reality, and the population feels secure and confident awaiting our help. It is therefore important to increase our operational readiness to act immediately, responding to demands,” said Lieutenant Commander Humberto Samayoa, one of the unit commanders for this exercise. A total of 29 members of the Sectoral Technical Commission for Logistics, comprising the Ministry of Health, the Red Cross of El Salvador, the General Directorate for Civil Protection, the National Civil Police, the Autonomous Executive Port Commission, and the National Administration of Aqueducts and Sewers, participated in this simulated storm. Carlos Hernández, representative of the National Directorate for Civil Protection, acknowledged that CETAC’s simulation tools have been valuable in pointing out deficiencies in rescue and emergency care procedures. “For us, it is important to participate in these events because it allows us to experience real disasters, identifying how to best provide a prompt and effective response to the people when they are impacted by these phenomena,” Hernández said. Over the past 10 years, El Salvador has been impacted by four large meteorological events. The level of response from the FAES and relief agencies has allowed for a reduction in the number of deaths. In 2005, Hurricane Stan left 70 dead; in 2009, Hurricane Ida caused 91 deaths; in 2010, 11 people were killed as a result of Tropical Storm Agatha; and 32 deaths were recorded after tropical depression E-12. Support for military teaching system Brigadier General Luis Ortiz, commander of the Doctrine and Military Education Command (CODEM, for its Spanish acronym), said that CETAC is a valuable technical tool for training rescue entities because its simulator creates realistic situations and is the only one of its kind in Central America and the Caribbean. “To help improve their response capabilities, CETAC is at the disposal of any government institution involved in assisting the civilian population during emergencies,” Brig. Gen. Ortiz said. These exercises, and others developed at CETAC, have allowed CODEM’s schools to enhance their curricula by establishing procedures that focus the lectures toward integrated teaching methods. This creates interest in research and incorporates modern technology into learning systems. Engineer Carmen Elena Gallardo, a member of CETAC’s Research and Development team, believes that simulation applications in the past few years have increased within the armed forces and in practically all of the armies without exception. “Without a doubt, important technological innovations have been produced that have influenced the process, but the fundamental cause for this increase has been the conviction that simulation can provide assistance in diverse fields – from instruction and training to evaluation, planning, and decision-making,” Gallardo said. These applications often begin as video games, but, because of their popularity and the immersion level that is achieved, military-exercise versions have been developed.last_img read more

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Vietnam, Thailand continue to battle avian flu

first_imgDec 29, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnam and Thailand have continued to battle avian influenza in recent weeks, with a total of 19 outbreaks reported in a dozen provinces, according to health officials of the two countries.Vietnam has reported seven outbreaks in six provinces, while Thailand has reported 12 outbreaks in six provinces, according to information published by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).A total of 10,750 birds died of the disease or were killed in control efforts in Vietnam from Nov 25 through Dec 24, says a report by Dr. Bui Quang Anh, director of animal health in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The disease struck poultry flocks ranging from 125 to 4,900 birds, all in the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam.”These infectious areas so far have been completely put under control,” Bui stated in a report published yesterday by Vietnam News, the state news agency. But he warned that Vietnam is at risk for more outbreaks because the weather is cooling and poultry transport and consumption are increasing.Thailand’s report to OIE said about 3,300 ducks, hens, and fighting cocks, 241 of which were sick, were destroyed from Dec 17 to 23 because of avian flu. The report by Dr. Yukol Limlamthong of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives did not specify the virus, but the disease was listed as highly pathogenic avian flu, implying that it was H5N1.The report said seven of the 12 outbreaks were in the northern province of Phitsanu Lok.Two more avian flu outbreaks in Vietnam were reported today by Xinhua, China’s state news agency. Quoting the local newspaper Labor, the report said 850 birds in the southern province of Ca Mau died or were culled because of the disease.Vietnam’s report to OIE lists the flu virus as an H5 type but does not identify the “N,” or neuraminidase, number. Vietnam and Thailand have lost millions of poultry while battling outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu for much of the past year. In addition, Vietnam has had 27 confirmed human cases of the illness, 20 of them fatal, and Thailand has had 17 human cases with 12 deaths.In other recent developments, about 9,000 ducks have been destroyed in South Korea because of an outbreak of suspected H5N2 avian flu, a milder strain than H5N1, according to a Dec 22 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.The ducks were on a farm in Gwangju, about 200 miles south of Seoul, the report said. The outbreak was detected Dec 1, but confirmatory test results on the virus were still awaited at the time of the report.South Korea battled outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu beginning late in 2003 but had no human cases. The AFP report said the government declared the disease under control in March 2004.See also:Vietnam’s report to OIEftp://ftp.oie.int/infos_san_archives/eng/2004/en_041224v17n52.pdfThailand’s report to OIEftp://ftp.oie.int/infos_san_archives/eng/2004/en_041224v17n52.pdflast_img read more

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The toll over the Krk bridge is abolished

first_imgHvatske autoceste and Autocesta Rijeka – Zagreb, two state-owned companies that manage 1112 kilometers of motorways, will merge into one company, and a decision on that should be made at a government session this or next week. And with this merger, the toll collection over the Krk bridge, which is currently managed by ARZ, will be abolished, reports Vecernji list. Photo: Krk Tourist Board Marko Boras Mandić from the I want the same rights initiative, also confirms that the toll is abolished, but that an official decision is awaited: “It seems that we have succeeded, but I will believe only when I see that there are no toll booths ”. The Ministry states that the unification of the management of state-owned motorways will, among other things, facilitate the introduction of a new toll collection system.  Following the launch of the “I Want the Same Rights” Initiative to abolish tolls or tolls across the Krk Bridge and various protests, in early February this year, a collection of signatures was launched through a petition in support. In two weeks, 11.559 signatures were collected to abolish the collection, which were submitted to the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure. center_img Until now (and still is), the Krk Bridge has remained the only bridge in Croatia where tolls are collected, although the profit from the collection has already paid off many times the funds invested in its construction and maintenance. Interesting information is that the construction contract and the social agreement should have abolished the toll when the construction costs are repaid. The crossing over the Krk bridge for personal vehicles out of season is 35 kuna, and the summer tariff, as on the entire highway, is 10 percent more expensive. As they point out on the FB page I want the same rights which was the central communication point of the initiative for the abolition of tolls is just waiting for the official decision of the Ministry. “The petition was successful! Thanks to everyone who participated. “last_img read more

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Australia’s largest states further ease coronavirus curbs

first_imgIn neighboring Victoria, where pubs and other venues are currently limited to 20 people, indoor businesses will be allowed to have up to 50 seated patrons from June 22, said state premier Daniel Andrews.All sports for children would resume, he said. Indoor sports centres and physical recreation spaces like gyms will be allowed to host 20 people, with caps of up to 10 adults per group, he added.Strict lockdown restrictions and the closure of state and national borders have allowed Australia to curb the spread of the coronavirus, with many parts of the country claiming to have eliminated the disease.With only 102 deaths, much lower than most other developed nations, the federal government has stepped up pressure on state and territory leaders to reopen internal borders, a step viewed as key to reviving the country’s economy.”We would love to open everything tomorrow. We can’t do that. Because if we did we would be almost making it certain that we would have a second wave,” Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.”They are happening in many countries around the world and it’s just not my practice to follow models that are proven by others not to work.”Topics : Australia’s two largest states will further ease public coronavirus restrictions at libraries, community centres and nightclubs, officials said on Sunday, despite recording increases in new infections.New South Wales (NSW), the most populous state, said that from July 1, a 50 person limit on indoor venues such as restaurants and churches would be scrapped, so long as the venues observed a one person per four square metre rule.Nightclubs and music festivals would also be allowed to operate from August if new cases remain low, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said. The state on Saturday reported the first locally transmitted COVID-19 case in weeks, and state officials on Sunday said there had been nine new infections since late Friday.last_img read more

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Govt to slash diesel subsidy 50%, generate trillions in 2021 savings

first_imgHouse of Representatives (DPR) Commission VII overseeing energy on Monday approved a proposal from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry to cut the diesel subsidy by 50 percent to Rp 500 (3.5 US cents) per liter, on the back of expectations that crude prices will remain low in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Indonesian Crude Price (ICP) is projected in 2021 to hover between US$42 and $45 per barrel, lower than the 2019 ICP average of $63 per barrel, according to the energy ministry.“Commission VII basically agrees with the government. We will fix the diesel subsidies at Rp 500 per liter in the proposed 2021 state budget,” energy minister Arifin Tasrif said at Monday’s meeting in Jakarta. The estimated savings assumed that fuel consumption would remain 25 percent lower than usual this year, added Alloysius, referring to statements from Pertamina officials.“The funds needed to subsidise biodiesel will be lower than what [biodiesel] producers expect,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday. “I think that’s quite good.” The commission also gave its nod to a plan to increase the quota for subsidized cooking gas (LPG) while maintaining the quota for subsidized fuel in the 2021 draft state budget (RAPBN).The Cabinet and the House are currently drafting the 2021 state budget, with President Joko Widodo scheduled to announce the finalized RAPBN during the state of the nation address in August.Alloysius Joko Purwanto, an energy economist at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), estimated that slashing the diesel subsidy by half could save the government Rp 8.4 trillion in fuel subsidies and Rp 4 trillion in biodiesel subsidies this year, when fuel consumption was lower than usual. Savings could therefore be even higher next year, when fuel consumption was expected to be higher than this year.All diesel sold in Indonesia is a biodiesel blend, in accordance with the government’s mandatory B30 biodiesel policy launched in September 2019.center_img Saving on fuel subsidies is particularly attractive now for the government, which has been struggling to fund its cash-strapped budget amid the COVID-19 economic downturn.The government plans to disburse Rp 695.2 trillion in state funds this year to mitigate the epidemic and ensuing socioeconomic impacts. The coronavirus has infected 56,385 Indonesians and caused 2,876 deaths by June 30, official data shows.Minister Arifin also said the government might raise the quota for subsidized LPG on the basis of expected higher consumption this year compared to 6.84 metric tons (MT) last year.The cooking gas is sold in 3-kilogram canisters affectionately dubbed “melon” for their bright green color.“With higher gas consumption during the pandemic and more converter kits available to fishermen and farmers, we expect total consumption of 6.89 MT in 2020,” he said, referring to the ministry’s program that distributes LPG-to-fuel converters to farmers and fishers.The ministry plans to distribute 35,000 converters this year and 50,000 converters next year.Lawmakers are “exercising” tight control over the fuel subsidy quota amid expectations of relatively low consumption in 2021, and as the government expands its digital fuel nozzle program that aims to prevent ineligible customers from buying subsidized fuel.State-owned energy holding company Pertamina, which operates over 90 percent of the gas stations in the country, expects to complete its digital fuel nozzle program by August.“We will finish the program in two months. We faced some delays due to COVID-19, [because] some of the parts come from China,” Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati said on Monday.Topics :last_img read more

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Batesville man and two others arrested in North Vernon traffic stop

first_imgNorth Vernon, IN — Three people were arrested by the North Vernon Police Department after a traffic stop for a non-working taillight on a vehicle in North Vernon Tuesday night.  After initiating a traffic stop, officers discovered that the driver had a suspended license. A Jennings County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was called to the scene and it reportedly alerted to the smell of narcotics.The officers searched the car and allegedly found individually packaged baggies of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The drugs were seized and all three occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody.Ryan Pierce, 30 of Mitchell, Bradly Randall, 38 of Batesville, and Sarah Brazzel, 33 of Mitchell, were all arrested on allegations of Dealing Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Visiting a Common Nuisance, and Possession of a Hypodermic Needle.last_img read more

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Word on the Street: If you could be any animal, which would you choose?

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIf you could be any animal, which one would you choose? Reporter Lauren Mixon asked community members.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: animal, animals, Word on the street, WOTSContinue ReadingPrevious Former Alpena County Undersheriff responds to details surrounding resignationNext Crash in Luzerne leaves one deadlast_img

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Liverpool can win dream double, says Van Dijk

first_img“We should be confident. It’s a great time to be a Liverpool player,” he said. “Hopefully. There are (a maximum) of nine games left in total if all goes well, fingers crossed.“Let’s give everything we’ve got and have a well-deserved break after.”Firmino popped up with the second goal for his 14th in the Champions League for Liverpool and only Steven Gerrard (30) has more for the club in the competition.The Brazil international has also cautioned against complacency next week.“It was an important victory. We’ve taken the first step,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “We played well and we scored goals. Now we have to keep our feet on the ground because the next game will be difficult as well.“And we have to give it our all away at their stadium.” Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool can win a Premier League and Champions League double after they took charge of their European quarter-final against Porto.Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino struck inside the first 26 minutes at Anfield on Tuesday to give Jurgen Klopp’s men a 2-0 victory.Unlike their last-16 clash just over a year ago, when Liverpool won the first leg in Portugal 5-0 to render the return fixture a formality, Tuesday’s victory at Anfield still leaves some work to do.Van Dijk knows they will have to put in an improved performance next Wednesday as their opponents have shown they can cause them the occasional scare.“Obviously we know it’s going to be a tough game and to score two good goals was very important but the clean sheet was the most important thing,” said the Dutch player.“We have something to build on. We kept pressing, we kept going — we played very well I think.”The result keeps Liverpool on track for a dream double —  they lead the Premier League by two points from Manchester City — and Van Dijk believes it is possible to win both trophies.center_img FILE PHOTO: Virgil Van Dijklast_img read more

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