Ohio Legislators Seek Extension of Freeze on Renewables

first_imgOhio Legislators Seek Extension of Freeze on Renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Kathiann M. Kowalski for Midwest Energy News:Clean energy industry and environmental organizations say continuing the freeze will put Ohio at a further disadvantage if the EPA climate rules are upheld.“The bill on its face is something that’s going to halt innovation and the new energy economy that’s emerging pretty much all around us,” said Ted Ford, president of Ohio Advanced Energy Economy.The draft, circulated by state Sen. Bill Seitz, would suspend additional requirements under Ohio’s clean energy standards for three more years after the current two-year freeze that supporters claimed was just a “pause” and “time out” to let a special committee study the standards.Sen. Troy Balderson, co-chair of the Ohio Senate’s Public Utilities Commission, said he favors the idea of an additional freeze.“We are still looking to continue the freeze to 2019,” Balderson said.“With the [Clean Power Plan] on hold right now, that would be the nearest time frame that we would start that process again,” Balderson said. “And that’s an ‘if.’ That’s not definite as to when it would happen.”“It would be much better for us to have an understanding of where we’re going to go with the Clean Power Plan [and] what standards the feds are going to put on us before knowing what the standards should be that we should put in there also,” Balderson said.“That’s just not the way that it works,” said Trish Demeter at the Ohio Environmental Council.“The longer we have these standards frozen, the more we get behind in terms of being on track to meet the carbon reduction goals,” Demeter said. “So it makes sense to bring them back as soon as possible. Then we’ll be able to count what we’re doing now towards our final goal.”Nor are there unresolved technical issues that would make it harder for Ohio to comply with the federal rules, noted Samantha Williams of the Natural Resources Defense Council.“There is no legitimate concern about conflicting requirements,” she said. “Ohio is likely to take a mass-based approach that is streamlined and does not impose on Ohio any particular methodology…for ‘counting’ clean energy,” she explained. “In other words, if it’s real, it counts.”Ohio has other reasons to let strong clean energy standards resume, advocates say.“Forward-looking power companies and businesses across the economy are already seizing on the opportunities associated with investing in clean energy and energy efficiency,” Williams said. “The electricity sector has already embarked on an unstoppable shift from its high-pollution, dirty-fueled past to a safer, cleaner-powered future.”“As a laggard, Ohio only stands to lose,” Williams said.Ohio lawmakers cite Clean Power Plan in push for ‘freeze’ extensionlast_img read more

Australian electric market operator sees no need for new gas in renewable energy transition

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australia’s federal government, urged on by the gas lobby, has sought to make a big deal about the need to promote gas as a transition fuel for the switch from coal to renewables and storage.It’s [a] view that has been hotly contested by environmentalists, who say gas is not much cleaner than coal because of its methane emission, who point out that it is really expensive, and now again by the engineers responsible for keeping the lights on, who cite both the reasons above and who say there are likely cheaper, smarter and cleaner alternatives.The Australian Energy Market Operator, in its 2020 Integrated System Plan – a 20 year blueprint to ready Australia for what it describes as the world’s “fastest energy transition” recognises that gas can provide the synchronous generation needed to balance variable renewable supply, i.e. wind and solar, and be a potential complement to storage.Under no scenario does the amount of gas burned for electricity in Australia’s main grid increase over the coming decade. It is more likely to fall significantly. Ultimately, however, it will come down to price, and while current costs favour existing gas plants, the case for new gas generators is less likely because the cost of battery storage is falling rapidly, and gas may not pass muster when it comes to considering the all-important carbon budgets.Gas currently has two roles in the electricity grid – as a provider of baseload and intermediate generation, with more flexibility than coal, and as a source of “peaking” generation that can rapidly respond to sudden changes in supply and demand. But AEMO’s forecasts suggest a fall in gas capacity, even in the central “business as usual” scenario.The outlook for the former is not good, simply because gas is expensive to extract, and even at the prices promised by the gas lobby – on condition that they receive big new subsidies from the government – won’t be able to compete with wind and solar for bulk generation. Many of these plants are old and are due to retire. They won’t be replaced like for like. Some young generators will remain in case of wind and solar “droughts”.That leaves its role as a “fast-start dispatchable” source where the need for something makes price less important. “Gas has a cost advantage over batteries at current gas and battery costs,” [the AEMO ISP notes.] “However, in the 2030s when significant investment in new dispatchable capacity is needed, this advantage could shift to batteries, especially to provide dispatchable supply during 2 and 4-hour periods. Based on the cost assumptions in the ISP, new batteries are more cost-effective than gas in the 2030s. Future climate policies may also impact the investment case for new gas.”[Giles Parkinson]More: AEMO says batteries will be cheaper and cleaner than new gas plants Australian electric market operator sees no need for new gas in renewable energy transitionlast_img read more

7 signs you’re rich, even if it doesn’t feel like it

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Rich” is relative.Maybe you think it means being in the top 1% of earners in some of the wealthiest cities in the US. Maybe it means being able to buy a flashy mansion or spend your life flitting from luxury vacation to luxury vacation.But former investment banker Kristin Addis told Business Insider she feels richer earning about 40% of her previous six-figure salary while she travels the world. Nick and Dariece Swift, who also left their jobs to make a fraction of their former income, said they’re happier earning less. The self-made millionaire stars of “West Texas Investor’s Club” say their relationships are more valuable than the money they earn.Ultimately, “rich” can be just as subjective as “happy” — it’s different for everyone. However, there are a few universal indications of wealth, no matter how you view it: continue reading »last_img read more

Japan to explore ‘simplified’ Olympics: Tokyo governor

first_imgKoike did not go into details but said such discussions were necessary.”Holding the Olympic and Paralympic Games calls for sympathy and understanding of Tokyoites and the Japanese people,” Koike told reporters.”For that, we need to rationalise what needs to be rationalised and simplify what needs to be simplified.”The Yomiuri, citing government and organising committee sources, said making Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests mandatory for all spectators — in addition to athletes and staff — and limiting movement in and out of the athletes village were among the options Japan would discuss with the IOC. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Thursday it may be necessary to a stage a “simplified” Olympics next year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and that organisers were already discussing possible changes.Koike’s comments come after the Yomiuri newspaper reported that various options, such as mandatory coronavirus testing and having fewer spectators, were being considered by organisers.John Coates, the head of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) inspectorate for Tokyo, has said a lack of a defence against the new coronavirus threatened the Games and organisers had to start planning for what could be a “very different” Olympics if there were no signs of COVID-19 being eradicated. The IOC and Japanese government in March took the unprecedented decision to delay the Games, which had been due to start in July, for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.A further delay beyond 2021 has been ruled out.The new coronavirus has infected more than 6.4 million people and killed about 380,000 around the world. Japan has avoided the kind of explosive outbreak seen in countries such as the United States and Brazil, with about 17,000 infections and 900 known deaths to date.When asked for comment, Tokyo 2020 organisers directed Reuters to its regular news conference scheduled for later in the dayTopics :last_img read more

Park six cars and take the lift to the rooftop of your quarter acre house

first_img5 Westwood Street, Wavell Heights offers almost 1300sq m of living spaceTalk about a home on a grand scale … and in suburban Brisbane to boot.The house at 5 Westwood St, Wavell Heightsnailed the brief when it came to ambitious construction.There are seven-bedrooms and eight-bathrooms over four levels and 911sq m of internal living area.That’s right, internal living area — not land area. And you could add another 372sq m of external living space to that count.And it’s all accessible via your glass-walled lift.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoGet to the billiard room via your glass-walled elevatorListing details from Sotherby’s International selling agent, Joseph Lordi, painted an imposing picture.“The adjoining foyer features massive panelled timber entry doors and a contemporary chandelier over the stair void, with polished marble tiles underfoot,” he said. The grand entry was bigger than most studio apartments.“Also on this level is a large games room, a storeroom, gymnasium and executive study, plus extra guest accommodation and a wine cellar.”For outdoor lovers, the owners installed concertina glass doors opening on to the swimming pool terrace and entertaining area.The property has been on an elevated 1200sq m allotment with city views that could’ve formed the backdrop for a Tourism Queensland advertising campaign.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more