FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:New York governor Andrew M Cuomo on Thursday unveiled a roadmap with a set of recommendations aimed at facilitating the state in reaching its goal of deploying 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025.The comprehensive plan is part of the measures addressed towards fighting climate change, improving power grid resilience and enhancing the benefits of renewables generation to meet peak demand for electricity. “This roadmap is the next step to not only grow our clean energy economy and create jobs, but to improve the resiliency of the grid to keep our power running in the face of extreme weather and other emergency situations,” Governor Cuomo said.The short-term recommendations include the provision of $350 million in incentives to speed up deployment of advanced storage systems, as well as additional funding storage capacity linked to solar projects developed under the NY-Sun initiative. The proposed measures also include regulatory changes to utility rates, solicitations and carbon values, facilitating the project permitting and siting process so as to cut indirect and soft costs, and modifications to wholesale market rules.The plan was developed by the Department of Public Service and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).Separately, the NY Green Bank has committed to provide at least $200 million for storage-related investments. The state-sponsored investment fund is also expected to launch a request for proposals later this year for projects incorporating solar and energy storage technologies. At present, New York has around 60 MW of advanced energy storage capacity and an additional 500 MW in the pipeline. The state also owns 1,400 MW of traditional pumped hydro storage capacity.More: New York issues roadmap to achieve 1.5 GW energy storage goal New York offers $350 million to speed energy storage installations
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WVXU:The city of Cincinnati is expected to put out a request for proposals next month in what could be the largest solar array by a city on city property. The 25 megawatt project would power 25 percent of the city’s energy needs.Energy Manager Michael Forrester stands on one of a dozen possible sites that could power a portion of Cincinnati’s energy needs, the former Center Hill landfill. “This is a great site because it’s large,” he says. “Very rarely in the City of Cincinnati do you have 60 acres of underutilized land that you can put a whole bunch of solar on.” There are two 30 acre plots. Only one would be used.Even if Center Hill is chosen Forrester and the Director of the Office of Environment and Sustainability, Larry Falkin, say it is only big enough for half of the project. Additional sites would be needed.Falkin’s office estimates it can place solar panels on that Center Hill field producing about 10,200,000 kilowatt hours per year. That would offset the emissions from just over 800 homes using natural gas or 1,100 homes for electricity-only use.Mayor John Cranley says this is the ultimate “think globally, act locally” project. “The cost of solar is far cheaper than at least 25 percent of our energy consumption,” he says. “So at least for the first 25 megawatts there will be no additional cost to the taxpayers. When it’s literally cheaper to do a renewable source and is better for the environment it’s almost unforgivable not to do it.”More: Planned Cincinnati solar project could be largest in U.S. Cincinnati expects significant savings from new solar project
Developers push 4GW solar-wind-storage project in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australian renewable energy developers Energy Estate and MirusWind are proposing to build a 4,000MW (4GW) wind, solar and storage facility in New South Wales that will be the biggest single renewable energy project in Australia’s main grid.Energy Estate founder Simon Currie – a former head of energy at legal firm Norton Rose Fulbright – says the region has excellent wind and solar resources, and is close to the backbone of the transmission system and the coal plants in the Hunter Valley that are scheduled to be closed from 2022.The plan is to combine the wind and solar, and add in storage such as pumped hydro and batteries, and create a new substation and “renewable energy hub” near the town of Uralla. The proponents say this will ease congestion in the grid, and fits in with plans outlined by Transgrid, the NSW government and the Australian Energy Market Operator, to create the infrastructure to support a major renewable energy zone – one of many planned across the main grid as the country shifts to renewables.“This multi-technology opportunity will supply low-cost, firmed, renewable energy to NSW customers,” the companies said in a statement. “The recent dramatic falls in the cost of new wind and solar generation means this is now the right time to move ahead with a project of this size and impact in NSW.”The Walcha Energy Project is by the far the biggest single renewable energy project proposed for the National Electricity Market, and beaten only in scale by the 11GW wind and solar project proposed by CWP, Macquarie, Vestas and others in W.A.s remote Pilbara region, where the output is designed for export to Asia and to support local manufacturing and other industry. The first stage of the project could be up to 1GW of wind and 400MW of solar, and is expected to begin construction in 2020, delivering its first output by 2022 – when the Liddell coal generator is scheduled for closure. Most of the early development will be wind, with solar also increasing over time along with storage. “The time is now right,” said Currie. “This is not about the renewable energy target any more, this is the next wave of low-cost renewables, and it is close to load centres. This will stand on its own two feet on economics alone.”More: Massive 4GW wind and solar and storage project proposed for NSW
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Financial Review:Woodside Petroleum has added weight to speculation it could have to reconsider huge LNG expansion projects off the coast of Western Australian after a collapse in world oil prices.Executive Vice President Development, Meg O’Neill, told The Australian Financial Review that Woodside was taking “a real hard look” at the implications for its business. Ms. O’Neill conceded the spot oil price was now well below the thresholds at which Woodside had stress-tested the $US11 billion ($16.92 billion) Scarborough and the longer-dated $US20.5 billion Browse LNG projects.Speaking on the sidelines of an oil and gas conference in Perth on Wednesday, she also distanced Woodside from making a final investment decision on Scarborough by mid-year. Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman indicated last month that the already delayed decision would be made around the middle of the year.Analysts have said they expect the project to be delayed in the wake of the oil price meltdown and also noted that Woodside would find it much harder to progress a planned sell-down of its stake in Scarborough.Ms. O’Neill said Woodside had looked at Scarborough and Browse over a range of price scenarios and felt the projects were robust over the long term. “That said, what we have seen in the last couple of days is unprecedented,” she said. “And so, we are taking a real hard look at what are the implications for our business.Woodside has tested several different oil price scenarios for Scarborough and Browse, including $US50 a barrel, and its planning assumption is $US65/bbl, with most LNG sold under contracts indexed to oil. The spot oil price has plunged and was sitting at $US37/bbl on Wednesday amid growing concerns about coronavirus driving down demand and oversupply from warring oil producers Russia and Saudi Arabia.[Brad Thompson]More: Woodside’s ‘hard look’ casts more doubt on LNG projects Oil price crash pushing Woodside Petroleum to review two planned Australian LNG projects
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Politico:Morgan Stanley will become the first major U.S. bank to publicly disclose the how much its loans and investments contribute to climate change, the latest sign that Wall Street giants are beginning to reckon with their role in heating the planet.The move comes as financial regulators in many countries are considering whether to require greater disclosure from companies about the risks they face from climate change — and as a growing number of shareholders and investors worry about their exposure to fossil fuels that could suffer from future government policies to rein in greenhouse gas emissions.“This is a journey, and I think that this is an incredibly important piece of it, because as we all know it’s harder to make people respond to something when there’s no data, it’s hard to have data when you don’t have measurement,” Audrey Choi, chief sustainability officer for Morgan Stanley and CEO of its Institute for Sustainable Investing, told POLITICO. “This is an important step towards getting more clarity.”The bank is joining the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, a global body with 66 financial company members managing $5.3 trillion of assets, that will count the greenhouse gas emissions from projects and investments that are financed by asset managers, banks and other institutions. Morgan Stanley will sit on the group’s steering committee to help deliver a final methodology for financial institutions to follow this fall.Since 2016, 35 banks have poured $2.7 trillion into fossil fuel projects, according to environmental group Rainforest Action Network — and Morgan Stanley has accounted for nearly $92 billion of that total. Morgan Stanley declined to provide POLITICO details on the number of fossil fuel projects and assets are on its books.Morgan Stanley hopes its effort to tally the greenhouse gas emissions from its investments will help it to develop new sustainable investing products for investors, said Matt Slovik, who heads the bank’s global sustainable finance team, noting the company has committed to financing $250 billion of low-carbon solutions by 2030. But he declined to say whether the bank would use the information to perform stress tests of how its portfolio would fare under varying climate scenarios.[Zack Colman]More: Morgan Stanley commits to tallying its climate impact Morgan Stanley commits to tracking climate impact of its lending activities
Wind and solar’s share of global electricity mix doubled in last five years—study FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Wind and solar energy doubled its share of the global power mix over the last five years, moving the world closer to a path that would limit the worst effects of global warming. The sources of renewable energy made up nearly 10% of power in most parts of the world in the first half of this year, according to analysis from U.K. environmental group Ember.That decarbonization of the power grid was boosted this year as shutdowns to contain the coronavirus reduced demand overall, leaving renewables to pick up the slack.Ember analyzed generation in 48 countries that represent 83% of global electricity. The data showed wind and solar power increased 14% in the first half of 2020 compared with the same period last year while global demand fell 3% because of the impact of the coronavirus.At the same time that wind turbines and solar panels have proliferated, coal’s share of the mix has fallen around the world. In some places, mainly western European countries, coal has been all but eliminated from electricity generation.China relied on the dirtiest fossil fuel for 68% of its power five years ago. That share dipped to 62% this year and renewables made up 10% of all electricity generated.As a switch to renewables and gas has dramatically reduced coal generation in Europe and the U.S., China is left with a growing share of the fossil fuel. While it leads the world in new renewable power installations as well as building hydro dams and nuclear plants, the country still relies on coal for most of its growing power needs. China now makes up about 54% of the world’s coal power generation, up from 44% in 2015, according to Ember.[Will Mathis]More: Wind and solar double global share of power in five years
Norway’s Statkraft set to begin construction on South America’s largest wind farm FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Statkraft AS is preparing to start work on a 519-MW wind project in northeastern Brazil, after signing a turbine supply contract with Nordex SE.The Ventos de Santa Eugenia wind project will consist of 10 wind farms with a total of 91 turbines in the state of Bahia. It is estimated to cost 4.2 billion Norwegian kroner, according to an Oct. 12 company new release.Once online, the project is expected to produce 2.3 TWh of renewable energy yearly, enough to cover the power demand of 1.17 million homes.Statkraft said it will be its largest wind project in South America and will more than double its renewable energy capacity in Brazil.Construction of Ventos de Santa Eugenia is scheduled to begin in January 2021, with a target completion date in June 2023. The first wind turbines are expected to start operation in September 2022.“The construction of Ventos de Santa Eugenia represents a significant step on the way to reaching the goal of developing 6 GW of wind power globally by 2025 and fulfill our ambition to become a leading renewable energy company in the world,” said Jürgen Tzschoppe, executive vice president for international power at Statkraft.[Selene Balasta]More ($): Statkraft ready to build 519-MW wind park in Brazil after signing turbine deal
Outdoor news bulletin for May 9, the day L. Ron Hubbard published Dianetics in 1950, launching a religious movement based on, well…we’re not really sure:Bass and Brews at Smith Mountain LakeSmith Mountain Lake could be on the verge of blowing up…in a good way…like how the kids’ say it. This 20,000 acre lake with 500 miles of shoreline is the go-to water recreation spot for water-skiers, jet skiers, sailers and basic boating enthusiasts in southern Virginia – the lake resides just southeast of Roanoke – but now it’s making national headlines. Bassmaster Magazine recently ranked Smith Mountain Lake as the number 25 ranked Best Bass Lake in the United States, moving up 38 spots from the 2012 rankings. The lake is best known for its striped bass, but also holds good sized largemouth and smallmouth bass. The top five includes Lake Erie, so this is no small feat for Virginia’s largest lake. Also on the list from Va. are the Potomac River (Lake?), Claytor Lake, and Kerr Lake.Also worth noting is a new brewery opening on the lake this weekend. Sunken City Brewing is a 25-barrel, four-vessel brewhouse with tasting room, beer garden, and pub located on the north side of the lake and will have 5 beers on tap.Best Biking States AnnouncedAnd you guessed it, the state of Washington takes the title again. This is the sixth straight year Washington State has been ranked the number one Bicycle Friendly State in the annual rankings from The League of American Bicyclists, and its no surprise with cities like Seattle, where bike commuting comes as naturally to the hipster as plaid and coffee. But where do the states of the Blue Ridge rank? Well, the top state is Delaware that checks in at number 5 getting high marks for education and enforcement. Maryland comes in at number 11, with Pennsylvania, Virginia and Tennessee not far behind at numbers 15, 16, and 17 respectively. Georgia checks in at 24, North Carolina at 28, South Carolina at 34, but West Virginia and Kentucky have a ways to go at 44 and 47 respectively.The full list can be viewed here.Like Shocking Fish? VolunteerOur friends at R&R Fly Fishing are getting the word out about Great Smoky Mountains National Park needing volunteers for fisheries projects on the park’s rivers. The park only employs two permanent fisheries staff, with the rest of the work being done by seasonal and volunteer workers, so they need your help. Most of the work involves wading through the rivers and shocking the water with electric units on backpacks. The dazed fish float to the surface, where they are collected, counted, measured, checked for diseases, and then released back from where they came. This is important work and the information gathered helps fisheries biologists determine stocking needs, trout populations and general health of the rivers and steams. It is also a great opportunity to learn about Smoky Mountain trout and give back to the rivers that offer their bounty to anglers from across the country. A full list of work dates, and contact information can be found here.
Smith Optics, Inc. announced sponsorship additions to its fishing program as well as additions to its collection of watersports eyewear, including new polarized Bronze Mirror and Blue Mirror lens tints in the proprietary ChromaPop lens technology.Based in Sun Valley, Idaho, Smith Optics was founded in 1965 with the creation of the first goggle featuring a sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam. Today, Smith is known for its diverse line of sunglasses, snow and motorsports goggles, snow helmets, premium protective eyewear and ophthalmic eyewear.Announced this week, Smith Optics has partnered with Flats Class TV, a saltwalter-angling program true to its roots for flats enthusiasts. Flats Class TV host and new Smith Optics brand ambassador, C.A. Richardson, said, “the introduction of ChromaPop is a real game changer for shallow water anglers — delivering sight-fishing enthusiasts a pair of optics that create maximum color contrast and definition by eliminating color confusion. Now, an angler can quickly distinguish a single bonefish over sand, a tarpon under a school of bait or a speckled trout suspended over turtle grass in an instant; this allows for quicker more accurate presentations and ultimately better hook up ratios.”Professional bass angler, Luke Clausen, has rejoined Smith Optics for the 2014 season as a brand ambassador. One of only five to win the Bassmaster Classic (2006) and the FLW Forrest Wood Cup (2004), Clausen has been a long-time user of Smith sunglasses. “The new ChromaPop lens has improved my vision on and off the water. Objects have more precise clarity and colors are more vivid. When I take the glasses off I feel like I am going from an HD to regular-def world,” said Clausen.Clausen and Richardson join Bruce Chard, a fly fishing flats guide in the Florida Keys for more than 20 years, as key ambassadors for Smith’s fishing program. Specializing in sight fishing for bonefish, tarpon and permit, Chard has become one of the most sought after fly fishing guides in the Southeast while also authoring the upcoming release of his new book on tarpon fishing.Barry and Cathy Beck, guides and trip hosts for Frontiers International and considered “the first couple of fly fishing,” continue their long-standing relationship with Smith Optics and the promotion of its eyewear through the 2014 season.Smith products are sold in more than 50 countries through sporting goods and specialty stores. For more information, check out smithoptics.com.
OCEANS AREN’T THE ONLY PLACE TO CATCH A WAVEWhat if you could get all the pleasure of surfing without ever getting sticky-saltwater-hair and sand in your ears? What if you could ride the perfect wave for minutes, hours even?Sounds like an impossible dream, but a growing community is taking surfing from the oceans to the rivers. Fayetteville, W.Va., is at the forefront of the river surfing movement in the East with two badass chicas at the helm—Melanie Seiler of the standup paddleboard (SUP) community and Meghan Roberts representing the short boards. Though these two ladies have paid their dues on the ocean, both can agree—nothing beats the river.For most of her life, 28-year-old Meghan Roberts has been riding boards—mainly snowboards and surfboards. When she landed in Fayetteville as a raft guide, she decided to take her surfboard to Canyon Doors, a popular boogie boarding spot on the Gauley River.“I was trying to surf on the wave not even knowing [river surfing] was a thing and people were actually doing it,” Roberts remembers.It was a complete failure at first. But then Roberts spotted a fatter foam surfboard for sale that, at first glance, appeared to be just an oversized boogie board. Something told her that this fatter foam board was the ticket to surfing Canyon Doors, so she bought it, took it to the wave a few weeks later, and stood up in her first few tries.“I remember standing there thinking, ‘Oh my God I’m doing it. It works!’ I was just shocked,” she says.Since that first ride, Roberts has been in constant search of the perfect wave, surfing everything she would have normally bypassed as a raft guide. There’s no easy way to get to most of these potential surf spots—some involve bushwhacking at least an hour to access—and more often than not, the weather is less than ideal. The surfing gets good when the weather gets bad, but according to Roberts, it’s all part of the adventure.“When you’re surfing, you don’t think about how cold it is or how deep you might go when you swim,” she says. “All you are thinking about is that feeling of water rushing at you.”Melanie Seiler agrees. Having lived in the whitewater hub of Fayetteville her whole life, Seiler thought she’d done it all—raft, kayak, ducky—until 2009 when a friend and fellow raft guide brought a couple stand up paddleboards to Gauley season.Seiler thrived on the new challenge. Suddenly, class I and II stretches of the New were exciting and difficult again. She suffered through frigid temps and lugged her board through dense swaths of rhododendron for hours to find new waves to surf.“On the one hand, it could be really, really frustrating,” Seiler says of those early days of learning, “but then it also showed me that you really have to work for [the surf] and you’re not just handed it.”In the six years since, Seiler has hosted four SUP races on the New River Gorge, and developed guided SUP tours for Adventures on the Gorge.“I love river surfing because you get on the wave and you can stay on it as long as you want,” she says. “That feeling is all about the sense of being in the moment.”FAQS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GOWhat’s the difference between ocean and river surfing?MS: The difference mainly is that you’re chasing after an ocean wave and riding it for a few seconds. For a river wave, it’s in one stationary place, and once you’re on it, you can ride it as long as your skills allow you to ride it.What type of board do you use?MR: When you’re looking for a river surfboard, you want one that’s wider in the tail—that will help keep you on the wave more. You will want a thicker board, so look for anything between 2.5 and 3 inches thick. Wider, too, at least 20-21 inches wide. That helps keep you in the wave longer. I use a 6’2” Boardworks Mini Mod.MS: The Badfish MVP and the Glide Sesh are my go-tos but a new one I’m checking out is the Paddlestroke G-Rocker which is a light inflatable surfboard.What gear will I need for river surfing?MR: Definitely a wakeboard vest. It’s flat so you can lay on the board better.MS: I usually wear a 6mm wetsuit, 7mm gloves, and 7 mm booties. When it’s really cold, sometimes I wear layers underneath the wetsuit. And when it’s below 35 degrees out, the wetsuit’s not warm enough for me, so I wear my drysuit with a wetsuit hood vest pulled over.Where is the best surfing?MR: For short boards, Diagonal Ledges on the Gauley River. At 3000 to 3,200cfs, it’s a big green wave. Canyon Doors needs 800cfs to surf.MS: For SUP surf, if you have some experience, the Perfect Wave on the Gauley is great at 1,800cfs and 6,500 cfs. Some people get intimidated when there’s higher water but in a lot of places it’s safer (think about it—more water, less rocks).Another fun spot is Canyon Doors. I would classify that as an intermediate surf wave with really easy access and a really easy eddy. The two big ones, ones you wait for the right water levels, are Diagonal Ledges and the New River Dries. Diagonal Ledges is good between 2,500 and 3,500cfs while the Dries is good when the Thurmond gauge reads 18,000 to 24,000cfs. The Dries are so wide and bubbling and churning and stomping. Putting on for the first time will about make you throw up.Where can I get more information?MR: riverbreak.comMS: supconnect.com, nrgsuprace.com