Month: December 2020

  • Advances in Technology Open Southeast U.S. to Wind Farms

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:Anchored by General Electric Co.’s turbine factory in Pensacola, Florida, the southeast is home to more than 100 manufacturing sites supplying the U.S. wind industry.Yet most of the product gets shipped out to the wind belt running from Texas to North Dakota. Nine southern states have no wind farms at all, but that may soon change after a Virginia utility requested proposals for 300 megawatts of new clean power plants.A combination of taller towers, longer blades, smart controls and lower costs are driving interest in turbines in the region with the weakest winds in the U.S., said John Hensley, deputy director of industry data at the American Wind Energy Association.“Manufacturers clustered around the Southeast where GE makes a lot of turbines,” Hensley said in an interview Thursday. “Now the machines are bigger and smarter, and you’re seeing the market open up to a low-wind region.”Virginia Seeks First Wind Farm in Region With Slowest Breezes Advances in Technology Open Southeast U.S. to Wind Farmslast_img read more

  • Las Vegas (300 Days of Sunshine Per Year) Advances the National Security Case for Solar

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Christian Science Monitor:Though gambling and hospitality still make up the heart of Nevadan industry, the past decade has also seen the technological and clean energy revolutions take root in the state. Just outside of Reno sits the most striking symbol of this transformation: the Tesla Gigafactory, a 5-million-square-foot manufacturing facility that opened in 2016 and is meant to supply the company with the lithium-ion batteries it needs to produce electric vehicles.But in sunny southern Nevada, the focal point of change is solar energy. Last year Acciona, a global infrastructure and renewable energy company, unveiled a 400-acre, 64-megawatt solar power plant in Boulder City, just south of Las Vegas. The third-largest such plant in the world, the facility can power more than 14,000 homes a year – and helped the Las Vegas city government fulfill its promise to power all its municipal and public buildings entirely with renewable energy. The city has since been named among the nation’s top 10 metros leading the way on solar power.In June, Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signed nine of 11 clean energy bills passed by the state Legislature. Among them is a measure that restores net metering in Nevada, an issue that was the center of an 18-month tug-of-war between the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUCN) and clean-energy advocates.Today, solar sees support from a variety of stakeholders in Las Vegas and across Nevada. Beyond environmentally conscious homeowners like Bollea, there are small businesses looking to boost the economy, libertarians defending energy independence, and community leaders working to improve energy cost and access in low-income neighborhoods.“Nevada is moving forward as progressively as any state in anticipating the advantages and encouraging the deployment of solar power,” says retired US Navy Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, who studies the impact of climate change and renewable energy on national security for Washington-based think tank CNA. “It’s a terrifically exciting place to be.”But in sunny southern Nevada, the focal point of change is solar energy. Last year Acciona, a global infrastructure and renewable energy company, unveiled a 400-acre, 64-megawatt solar power plant in Boulder City, just south of Las Vegas. The third-largest such plant in the world, the facility can power more than 14,000 homes a year – and helped the Las Vegas city government fulfill its promise to power all its municipal and public buildings entirely with renewable energy. The city has since been named among the nation’s top 10 metros leading the way on solar power.In June, Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signed nine of 11 clean energy bills passed by the state Legislature. Among them is a measure that restores net metering in Nevada, an issue that was the center of an 18-month tug-of-war between the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUCN) and clean-energy advocates.Today, solar sees support from a variety of stakeholders in Las Vegas and across Nevada. Beyond environmentally conscious homeowners like Bollea, there are small businesses looking to boost the economy, libertarians defending energy independence, and community leaders working to improve energy cost and access in low-income neighborhoods.“Nevada is moving forward as progressively as any state in anticipating the advantages and encouraging the deployment of solar power,” says retired US Navy Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, who studies the impact of climate change and renewable energy on national security for Washington-based think tank CNA. Rooftop solar advocates across the state say the PUCN’s decision to end net metering in 2015 was a hard blow to the industry. Although a bill passed in the 2017 legislative session reversed the ruling, it will likely take years to regain lost ground, proponents say. Advocates are also disappointed at the governor’s decision to veto two bills: one that would have increased the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030, and another that would have expanded community solar use in the state. Meanwhile the debate over whom solar power benefits, and how, rages on. And as of 2015, renewables only made up of about a fifth of Nevada’s electricity generation – with solar only a fraction of that. Still, the industry is on the upswing. A wide range of stakeholders have found reason to support solar expansion in the region, outside of the fact that Vegas sees about 294 sunny days a year.Some of it has to do with consumer support of clean energy. Polls show that a majority of Nevadans stand behind the transition to clean energy because of the environmental benefits, the economic potential (clean energy jobs saw a 9.5 percent bump in Nevada in 2016), the relative cost savings, or some combination of the three.At least as powerful a driver is energy choice.“The fact that NV Energy has a monopoly on the delivery and distribution of power in Nevada is basically the antithesis of the free market ideal,” adds Sam Toll, communications director for the Libertarian Party of Nevada. “The notion of pushing technology in the free market with respect to solar power, and advancing the capacity and efficiency of panels and systems, is spectacular” – though he draws the line at government actions that favor solar, or any industry, above others.The military’s presence in the state adds another dimension to the solar power argument. The Navy, Army, and Air Force have all invested increasingly in solar and other renewables in a bid to make the military more efficient, economical, and resilient.“There are a lot of people around the country who believe that there is a coming transition from fossil fuels to renewables, but are reluctant to speak about it because it’s tied to climate change,” Vice Admiral Gunn says. The national security argument helps pave the way for “a sensible, well-reasoned conversation about advanced energy,” he says.More: Las Vegas shines as a model for solar power Las Vegas (300 Days of Sunshine Per Year) Advances the National Security Case for Solarlast_img read more

  • Regulators approve massive battery storage project to replace peaking power units in New York City

    first_imgRegulators approve massive battery storage project to replace peaking power units in New York City FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享New York Daily News:They make cell phone batteries, car batteries, and AAA batteries. And then there’s the giant battery set the state OK’d Thursday for construction in Queens — a 316-megawatt behemoth that will hold enough electricity to power 250,000 homes for eight hours.The batteries planned for the Ravenswood Generating Station in Long Island City will replace up to 16 natural gas-fired turbines at the sprawling plant, which supplies about a fifth of New York City’s power. It will be partly operational in March 2021, the state Public Service Commission said.Generators will charge the batteries when electricity demand is low. The batteries will send power out to the grid as needed, the PSC says. The idea is to cut the need for fossil-fueled peak generators, which are turned on when electricity demand is highest — such as hot summer days when New Yorkers crank up the air conditioning. “This facility will displace energy produced from fossil plants during peak periods, resulting in cleaner air and reduced carbon emissions,” said PSC chairman John Rhodes.In 2014, good-government group Environment New York Research and Policy Center ranked the Ravenswood Generating Station as the state’s biggest greenhouse gas polluter. The facility generates electricity by burning more than 3 million gallons of oil per year. By converting some of the station’s real estate into a battery storage facility, officials will be able to better store and distribute electricity produced by zero-emissions energy sources like wind and solar, according to an environmental impact study for the project.Gov. Cuomo in 2018 announced a plan to increase the state’s energy storage capacity to 1,500 megawatts by 2025. The battery facility in Long Island City will store up to 316 megawatts.More: Giant electric battery set will curb Ravenswood plant pollution in Queens, state sayslast_img read more

  • Africa, Middle East wind installations expected to top 10GW through 2024—GWEC

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Smart Energy International:Countries in Africa and the Middle East will install up to 10.7GW of wind energy capacity between 2020 and 2024, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).The 10.7GW will mark a 167% increase from the current market status. The region experienced a 7% decline in installed wind energy capacity in 2019 compared to 2018. 894MW of wind energy capacity was installed in 2019 compared to 962MW in 2018.Egypt led other countries in the region with 262MW, followed by Morocco (216MW), Jordan (190MW) and Ethiopia which had 120MW of installed wind energy capacity in 2019.To date, the region boasts a 6GW of installed wind energy capacity.Over the next five years, South Africa is expected to dominate the market with 3.3GW, followed by Egypt (1.8GW), Morocco (1.2GW) and Saudi Arabia (1.2GW).Jon Lezamiz, African Market Development Director at Siemens Gamesa and Chair of GWEC’s Africa Task Force commented: “Africa and the Middle East are endowed with fantastic wind resources, and the industry is committed to supporting policymakers in the region to reap the benefits wind power can provide for their energy systems and economy. In those countries with proper frameworks and stable bankable pipelines, we are already seeing a local supply chain being developed, such as Siemens Gamesa’s blade factory in Morocco, to meet wind energy demand increases while providing local jobs to build a long-term industry and economic opportunity in the region.”More: Africa and the Middle East’s wind market to recover from 2019 depression Africa, Middle East wind installations expected to top 10GW through 2024—GWEClast_img read more

  • Miner BHP confirms plans to exit thermal coal sector

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Sydney Morning Herald:The head of mining giant BHP has laid out plans for a reshaping of its global operations by seeking to quit thermal coal mining, offload some coking coal mines and reduce its stake in oil and gas.Repositioning the company for a lower-carbon future, BHP chief executive Mike Henry on Tuesday confirmed it was examining options to divest from its Mt Arthur mine in NSW and the Cerrejon project in Colombia, both of which mine thermal coal – the kind used in power stations. Mr. Henry surprised investors by adding that BHP also intended to exit the BHP-Mitsui Coal joint venture, which mines coking coal – used in steelmaking – in Queensland, and would also seek to find a buyer for its 50 per cent holding in the Gippsland Basin oil and gas fields off Victoria’s coast.The announcements were made as BHP, the world’s biggest miner, revealed an underlying profit of $US9.1 billion ($12.6 billion) for the financial year on the back of sky-high prices for iron ore. But the profit fell short of analysts’ expectations of $US9.4 billion.Thermal coal is the world’s most carbon-intensive energy source and the focus of rising investor pressure amid concerns surrounding its contribution to global warming. Rio Tinto, the nation’s second-largest miner, has already removed all exposure to thermal coal.Mr Henry said BHP would seek to exit the thermal and coking coal assets through either a demerger or a trade sale, while retaining its holdings in higher-quality coking coal mines. BHP would seek to grow its exposure to “future-facing” commodities, primarily copper and nickel – ingredients Mr Henry said would be increasingly required in the manufacture of green-energy technologies.BHP’s top earner, iron ore, accounted for 66 per cent of its full-year earnings. The price of the commodity has defied predictions it is overdue for a fall and has recently surged above $US120 a tonne amid robust demand from Chinese steel mills and softer output from other exporters such as Brazil’s Vale, which has faced COVID-19 disruptions. Elevated prices of iron ore, Australia’s most valuable export, have also provided a boost to the federal budget.[Nick Toscano]More: BHP seeks buyers for coal mines, oil fields in portfolio shake-up Miner BHP confirms plans to exit thermal coal sectorlast_img read more

  • France’s Akuo Energy planning nearly 1 billion euro investment in Greek renewable energy sector

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ekathimerini.com:France’s Akuo Energy International is planning to implement an investment program close to 1 billion euros in Greece over the next five years.Its plans include the entire range of renewable energy sources, from wind and solar power on mainland Greece to storage and floating photovoltaic units on the islands. They will also include photovoltaic tiles of high aesthetic standards for use by Greek architects, and solar panel technology for agricultural use.Akuo is one of the biggest European market players in the RES market, active in 18 countries and having incorporated Greece into its strategy since 2018. Through its subsidiary, Akuo Energy Greece, it has applied for RES production licenses totaling 1 gigawatt (from solar and wind power), and recently it acquired three wind parks in Pella, Central Macedonia, investing €150 million.The French energy giant is planning to autonomously develop photovoltaic systems totaling 750 megawatts in Greece, plus another 284 MW in cooperation with Italy’s Enel. The deal between the two market leaders in European RES for the local market is to be signed this week.Akuo founder and chairman Eric Scotto came to Athens for the conference of the Hellenic Association for Energy Economics (HAEE) and told Kathimerini that Greece is one of the most well-endowed countries in Europe, enjoying plenty of wind and sunshine. He added that one of the reasons the company decided to establish itself in Greece was hearing the Greek prime minister speak of the government’s decision to shut down all lignite-powered electricity plants by 2023, which offers a great opening for RES, he noted.Greece’s great RES output capacity also offers a major opportunity for energy storage, which is also a condition for increasing the penetration of RES, Scotto stressed, revealing his company’s interest in the development of hybrid projects (photovoltaics and storage) on Greek islands not connected to the national grid.[Chryssa Liaggou]More: Akuo to invest €1 billion in Greek RES France’s Akuo Energy planning nearly 1 billion euro investment in Greek renewable energy sectorlast_img read more

  • Vietnam’s Trungnam Group builds 450MW solar farm, country’s largest, in just 102 days

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Vietnamese construction company Trungnam Group has announced the inauguration of what is thought to be the nation’s biggest solar project – the 450 MW Trung Nam Thuan Nam Solar Plant, in the southeastern province of Ninh Thuan.The company on Monday announced completion of the project, including associated electricity grid improvements, and said the solar plant had been completed within 102 days of finance being agreed in April.Trungnam stated the solar project, in the Phuoc Minh commune of Ninh Thuan’s Thuan Nam district, would generate 1.2 GWh of solar electricity in its first year of operation and “more than” 1 GWh annually thereafter.Noting that the government wanted Ninh Thuan province to become a “national renewable energy center,” Trungnam said the 500 kV transformer station and 220/500 kV power line installed as part of the project would enhance the grid in the province and the wider south central coast region.[Max Hall]More: Vietnam opens 450 MW solar plant Vietnam’s Trungnam Group builds 450MW solar farm, country’s largest, in just 102 dayslast_img read more

  • Morgantown, West Virginia

    first_imgIn the fall, being a Mountaineer in Morgantown usually means congregating at Milan Puskar Stadium to watch West Virginia University’s beloved football team battle it out with Big East rivals. But if your outdoor passions go beyond pigskin, this revitalized small city on the edge of the Monongahela River has plenty of options to whet your adventure whistle.COLORFUL COOPER’S ROCKThe fiery hues of fall are especially vibrant in Cooper’s Rock State Forest. The 12,000-acre expanse just east of town is a one-stop shop for adventure. The state park has 50 miles of winding forested trails that are available for a fat-tire fix or an afternoon hike. There are also trails designated for cross-country skiing when the snow starts to fall. Climbers covet Cooper’s Rock for its hard sandstone (known as “gritstone”) cliffs that provide an array of crack and face routes above the Cheat River Gorge.PADDLERS’ PARADISEMorgantown doesn’t typically get widespread cred among paddlers, but the town has a plethora of easy access options for both high-intensity whitewater action and flatwater fun. Big-water boaters should head to the Cheat River. The 13-mile stretch of Cheat Canyon from Albright offers remote class-V action on wild rapids like Big Nasty and Tear Drop. More moderate class II-IV flow can be found winding through the massive boulders of the Cheat Narrows. Cheat River Outfitters leads whitewater rafting trips on both sections through November. Adventures on Magic River leads slow-paced kayaking tours on the Monongahela right from downtown. Mellow waters can also be found on the 1730-acre Cheat Lake, publicly accessed at Cheat Lake Park.RAIL-TRAIL RECREATIONThe 48-mile Mon River/Caperton/Deckers Creek Rail-Trail system runs right out of downtown Morgantown in three directions. The former railroad grades with mostly crushed limestone and some paved surfaces are popular trails for running, cycling, and cross country skiing. Deckers Creek is the site of the fastest (mostly downhill) half-marathon in West Virginia every summer.ESSENTIAL EATSFor casual grub, grab a creatively rolled concoction at Black Bear Burritos, which has live music most nights of the week. For more upscale fare, try the Caribbean and Asian fusion flavors of Sargasso.last_img read more

  • Clips of the Week: March 22, 2013

    first_imgHere is a rundown of our favorite web videos from the past week. If you have a video you would like featured on Clips of the Week, leave a comment in the comments section. We want to hear from our readers and that means YOU.Enjoy!1. Getting Started on the Right FootAnother week, another mountain biker getting rammed in the backcountry. Wait, that came out wrong….2. Can’t Stop Featuring These VidsAnother week, another great Duct Tape Then Beer, Arc’teryx web video. That did come out right….Silence from ARC’TERYX on Vimeo.3. Shooting the Shoots on the MaurySome locals hit Goshen Pass to do some paddling on the Maury River running at 1400CFS. Cool music and features a guy named “Wookie” so I’m down with that. Looks cold though…really cold.4. Um, YikesNothing going on here, just two guys doing some ski mountaineering….their laughter at the end is priceless.5. Dance Monkey!This is an oldie but a goodie, and festival season is right around the corner so why not?last_img read more

  • BRO-TV: The Magic of White Grass

    first_imgHaving never been to Canaan Valley, W.Va., before this trip, I must say this was a life-changing visit. There is something truly special, truly magical, about this place. Maybe it’s the sea of mountains, or maybe the quaint hole-in-the-wall shops and restaurants in town. But at the end of the day, I feel that the stunning landscape is merely the backdrop to the community that lives and breathes this wild and wonderful valley.Take my advice and put this one on your bucket list; you can knock off BRO Ultimate 100 adventure #19 by taking the weekend off and heading to White Grass Touring Center. Click here to read the article on White Grass in this month’s issue for more information on what else to do in the area.Soundtrack: Odessa//I Will Be ThereFeatured in February’s Trail Mix. Download the single on her iTunes account here.Thanks to the following for making this trip possible: Canaan Valley Resort, Timberline Four Seasons Resort, and the Tucker County Convention and Visitors Bureau.last_img read more