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

Virtual RoberCon draws participants from near and far

first_imgDespite some minor hiccups, Shoemaker says she considers the first-ever virtual RoberCon a success. Natalie Shoemaker is the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Roberson. She and a team of volunteers made it all happen using two virtual platforms. “We’ve had lots of really great panel discussions and social gatherings on our discord channel, and everything is just lighting up,” she says. Brie Smith of Owego says she’s been a regular at RoberCon in the past, and while she missed the social aspect of the in person convention, she was just happy the convention was happening at all. Shoemaker says one of the unexpected perks of the virtual format was it’s ability to reach more people. They coordinated panels and Q&A sessions over Zoom while simultaneously hosting chat groups and vendor space on discord. Guest speakers included actress Miriam Margolyes of the Harry Potter series and actor Paul McGann of Dr. Who. “We were troubleshooting stuff I think the minute the con started and trying to figure out ‘okay, how does this work, we didn’t prepare for this’,” she said. center_img “I feel like they’ve done a great job, each pannel I’ve been in has been well set up and I feel like there have been very few glitches of any kind,” she said. One of those people was Jeffrey Hutton who joined from Louisville, Kentucky. He says the virtual format is what allowed him to attend after some friends suggested he check out the event. (WBNG) — The Roberson Museum and Science Center wrapped up their first ever Virtual RoberCon, after the coronavirus forced them to move the event online. “We’ve been able to gather people from New Zealand and Canada and all across the United States,” she said. “One thing that keeps people from going to some of those bigger conventions is that they don’t have the money or the extra time to travel to those things, and for me, it really comes down to money,” Hutton said. As for RoberCon 2021, Shoemaker says she’s started a wish list for what she’d like to do if the event is held in person, but they’ll be using this year’s event as a learning experience in case next year’s event needs to be held virtually as well.last_img read more

Stroud named Agriscience Teacher of the Year

first_imgThe Red Bluff High School Agricultural teachers attended the 97th annual California Agricultural Teachers’ Association conference at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, from June 19-23. The purpose of the conference is to promote and improve the teaching of agriculture in California, and to strengthen the prosperity of those engaged in this work.On the last night of the conference the association hosted the annual awards banquet held at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. This banquet is put on to …last_img

James Harden has Rockets rolling with visit to Warriors looming

first_imgSerena Williams wins Perth season-opener ahead of Grand Slam tilt Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) congratulates guard Austin Rivers (25) after Rivers’ three-point basket late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Houston. Houston won 113-109. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)James Harden and the Houston Rockets were one half away from the NBA Finals last time they played at Oracle Arena.The way the Rockets are rolling now, they might just get another shot at the champs this postseason.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments LATEST STORIES The Rockets try to wrap up a perfect month at home Monday against Memphis, then visit Golden State for the first time since the Western Conference finals, having recovered from a rough start thanks to Harden’s torrid stretch.He has scored 40 points in three straight games and 35 or more in seven straight, the longest streak since LeBron James did it in nine in a row in 2006. The NBA scoring leader’s quest to repeat as MVP is clearly on track.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionAnd after a poor start, so are the Rockets (20-15). They have won four straight and nine of their last 10 games overall, and are 8-0 at home in December after dropping their first four games at the Toyota Center.Just like Game 6 of the West finals, when they blew a double-digit lead, they will play at Golden State for Thursday’s nationally televised game without Chris Paul because of a hamstring injury. But instead of what had been a shaky season getting worse, the Rockets have surged in his absence because of Harden. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Deandre Ayton will finish his strong December by testing himself against the NBA champions. Then he opens January against a different kind of test — perhaps the toughest in the league at his position.The rookie center squares off for the second time against Joel Embiid on Wednesday when the Phoenix Suns host the Philadelphia 76ers.Luka Doncic might already have too much hype and highlights to be caught in the Rookie of the Year race, but Ayton’s strong play certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. The No. 1 pick scored a season-high 33 points on 16-of-20 shooting and added 14 rebounds Saturday in a 122-118 loss to Denver, after he came into the game averaging 16 points and nearly 12 boards for the month.“You can feel game-to-game he is getting better,” coach Igor Kokoskov said last week. “He is working on his game. He is a very dedicated player. It was just a matter of time.”That improvement has helped the Suns go 5-4 in their last nine games — one more victory than they had during a brutal 4-24 start.After facing Golden State on Monday, it’s on to his second matchup with Embiid, one of the league’s biggest talkers who was already chirping about Ayton even before he’d played his first game. After the former Arizona star was compared to him in June, Embiid wrote on Twitter: “Don’t compare Ayton to me either. I play DEFENSE.” He then told ESPN in a preseason interview that Ayton was “about to get his (butt) kicked.”Embiid had 33 points to Ayton’s 17 in the 76ers’ victory in Philadelphia in November.___ “Somebody said the other day that we can only win if he scores 40. OK, that’s kind of a bad thing, but the good thing is he can score 40 every night, so we’re OK with that,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said.“Tell him to keep going.”NEW YEAR, OLD HOMEKawhi Leonard’s first trip of the new year is to his old home.The Toronto Raptors visit San Antonio on Thursday for what became one of the most anticipated games of this NBA season this summer when the Spurs gave Leonard the exit he had been seeking, trading him to the Raptors.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Leonard was the NBA Finals MVP when the Spurs won their last championship in 2014 and had become one of the league’s most complete players by last season. But he was limited to nine games because of a quadriceps injury and his relationship with the organization became strained.The Spurs dealt him along with mainstay Danny Green to Toronto, getting All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan back.Leonard led Toronto to the best record in the league for most of the season and the two-time Defensive Player of the Year’s absence has shown on the Spurs’ defense, long one of the league’s best but well back in the rankings now.While the game Thursday is the most newsworthy, it’s not the most important of the week for Toronto. The Raptors follow it Saturday by visiting the Milwaukee Bucks, who have inched ahead of them for the NBA’s best record and have won both meetings this season.OTHER GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEK:Orlando at Charlotte, Monday. Magic coach Steve Clifford returns to face the team he coached for five seasons.Oklahoma City at Lakers, Wednesday. Chance for Californians Russell Westbrook and Paul George to put on a show for the fans back home.Atlanta at Milwaukee, Friday. Mike Budenholzer’s move from Atlanta to Milwaukee couldn’t look much better.Dallas at Philadelphia, Saturday. The reigning Rookie of the Year (Ben Simmons) against the player (Luka Doncic) who could succeed him.AYTON IN ACTION Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READlast_img read more

Now FEU’s No. 2, Lycha Ebon channels inner Bernadeth Pons to lead team to victory

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The Lady Tamaraws’ No. 2 shirt is iconic for the sole reason that Bernadeth Pons was the last one to wear it.Criticisms may have come Ebon’s way for wearing Pons’ old number, but the young outside hitter isn’t putting too much thought into that negativity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Ate Pons just told me that the No. 2 is just a number and that’s all I think of,” said Ebon in Filipino in FEU’s four-set win over National University, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-12, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“I don’t mind what the outsiders tell me or say about me because they don’t know what transpired on our side.” US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READcenter_img Game changer: Tim Tebow enters Mets camp ‘all in’ on baseball MANILA, Philippines—She may be a rookie but Lycha Ebon is carrying Far Eastern University’s No. 2 jersey with a pride that can even resemble that of its previous owner.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ebon also seemed to have channeled the abilities of Pons, who was an MVP candidate in the past two UAAP season, when she topscored for the Lady Tamaraws with 13 points.The rookie’s performance also earned the praise of head coach George Pascua and team captain Jerrili Malabanan.“It’s possible that Ebon will eventually carry our offense because she also plays the same position as Pons’,” said Pascua in Filipino.“I’m proud of the way my teammates performed especially Lycha, it was her first game but she didn’t play like a rookie,” said Malabanan who finished with 10 points.Ebon said that she originally wanted to wear No. 7  but fellow rookie France Ronquillo beat her to it.ADVERTISEMENT “I really wanted the No. 7 shirt but it was already taken and No. 2 was the only one available so I had no choice,” said Ebon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoWagner laments Schindler red card after Huddersfield defeat to Burnley

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wagner laments Schindler red card after Huddersfield defeat to Burnleyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield boss David Wagner believes Christopher Schindler’s dismissal influenced defeat to Burnley.The Terriers lost 2-1 as Schindler was sent off before halftime.Wagner, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “The sending off was the big decision that went against us, even if I thought it was the correct decision.”We started the game well and took the lead. We take this result on the chin. We have our own plan and schedule of what we have to do.”Statistically 100% we are relegated because no team has survived with 10 points after 21 games but this doesn’t change that we have something in our mind of what we will do.”We beaten lot of statistics in the past. We know what we have to do. We have our plan to follow and this plan is independent of where we are in the table.” last_img read more

Ottawa First Nations agree to protect NWT area twice the size of

first_imgFORT PROVIDENCE, N.W.T. – It’s where elders hunt and children hear their stories by the campfire. And after a deal signed Thursday between First Nations and the federal government it’s likely to stay that way.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and four Indigenous communities from the Dehcho region in the Northwest Territories have agreed to create Edehzhie, an area more than twice the size of Banff National Park where all industrial development will be banned.“It is a place our ancestors used from time immemorial,” said Dehcho Grand Chief Gladys Norwegian.Edehzhie will cover more than 14,000 square kilometres of forest, wetlands and lakes — a wilderness where birds fill the sky, fish teem in rivers and vast caribou herds roam the plains.“It’s a really exciting opportunity,” said McKenna. “It’s a huge area and it’s part of what we’re trying to do, work in real partnership with Indigenous people.”McKenna said Edehzhie will be Canada’s first Indigenous Protected Area, a new classification that offers the same protection as a National Wildlife Area. Such regions will be crucial to Canada meeting its international commitment to protect 17 per cent of its land area by 2020.“They’re extremely important,” McKenna said. “There’s a variety of different ways that we’re going to need to look at how we meet these goals, but certainly Indigenous people are very keen to be part of the solution.”Areas like Edehzhie —also known as the Horn Plateau — have advantages over new national parks, she said.“Parks are limitations from the perspectives of Indigenous people. This allows you to be much more creative.”Ottawa has created several other protected areas with guidance from and managed by First Nations, including Haida Gwaii in the Pacific and Lancaster Sound in the High Arctic.The Dehcho communities of Fort Providence, Jean Marie River, Fort Simpson and Wrigley have been working to preserve Edehzhie since 1988. They took the former Conservative government to court in 2010 after it quietly dropped protection from mining.The Dehcho government agreed to preserve Edehzhie in a vote at its council last summer.“To put it simply, it’s just to protect another piece of our way of life” Norwegian said.She said everyone has memories from the area, including first trips on the land with their fathers and the older men, or afternoons sitting in the sun.“It’s a lot more than just sitting there. It’s living with the land, taking and giving of the land, a relationship with the land.”Edehzhie is known as the “breadbasket” of the Dehcho, a place of abundance when times are tough elsewhere.“It’s a land of plentiful berries, wildlife and medicine plants,” Norwegian said.Edehzhie is closely connected to Dene sprituality as well. Several of its landscapes are associated with the adventures of Yamoria, the great mythic hero and law-giver of the Dene.That island in the middle of Willow Lake? That’s where two giant beavers built a dam while fleeing him.Local people will monitor activities on the land and keep an eye on things. It will be administered by a committee with federal representatives but dominated by the four communities.Environment Canada has committed $5 million over five years for the effort.“It will continue to be used freely for hunting, for any kind of need,” Norwegian said. “We’ll be able to pass it along to our children.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more

Drake just celebrated his birthday at Casa Loma

first_imgToday in “parties I wish I’d been invited to,” Drake just celebrated his 31st birthday with an intimate, yet lavish bash at Toronto’s Casa Loma.The Saturday night festivities started out with a Raptors game for Drizzy and his friends – some of whom sat court side and some of whom were on the court. Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, members of Drake’s OVO crew and other close friends then joined the hip hop mogul at Casa Loma’s fancy new BlueBlood Steakhouse for a private dinner. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img

Das underlines need to stick to fiscal targets

first_imgMumbai: Reserve Bank governor Shaktikanta Das Tuesday underlined the need for sticking to the fiscal roadmap by adopting a commonly agreed expenditure code-based spending plan to address the socioeconomic challenges. He also advocated giving permanent status to the finance commission. The comments from the former-economic-affairs- secretary-turned-central banker assume importance as the government for two consecutive terms have missed it fiscal deficit targets by 10 bps in the outgoing fiscal year. Many analysts fear that even the upwardly revised fiscal deficit target of 3.4 percent may be difficult to meet given the massive shortfall indirect tax collection and also shortfall in other budgeted non-tax revenue. Das, speaking at the launch of a book ‘Indian Fiscal Federalism’, by former RBI governor YV Reddy along with GR Reddy here this evening, Das said there is now general agreement about the importance of fiscal consolidation roadmaps both at national and state levels. “While adhering to fiscal deficit targets and debt- to-GDP ratios, it is equally important to undertake a robust expenditure planning based on a ‘commonly agreed expenditure code’ to address the socioeconomic challenges without diluting the goals of fiscal consolidation,” he said. Das, however, said his views do not represent the deliberations or the direction of thinking of the 15th Finance Commission, where he was a member for more than a year. Das said over the past several decades, the successive finance commissions have adopted different approaches with regard to principles of tax devolution, Central grants to be given to the states and fiscal consolidation issues. While at one level, there has to be a framework for fresh and innovative thinking by every finance commission, there is also a need to ensure broad consistency between various finance commissions so that there is some degree of certainty in the fund flow, especially to the states, he said adding this has become more critical in the post-GST scenario. “There has to be continuity and change between finance commissions. Increasingly, it is felt that there is a need to give permanent status to the finance commission,” Das said. According to him, the principle of decentralisation works better when powers and functions are delegated based on which tier of governance is best suited to fulfill that responsibility. Although the Constitution has provided for delegation of certain functions to the urban and rural local bodies, it is seen that there is still a good distance to traverse when it comes to devolution of funds to these local bodies. “It is, therefore, essential that state finance commissions are constituted every five years as well, he said. Das said recent initiatives in fostering cooperative federalism have opened new chapters of cooperation between the Centre and the states, as reflected in the GST Council, which is functioning on the principle of shared sovereignty. “We are, however, a union of states in which both the Union and the states have to be fiscally strong. While this issue has to be addressed by the finance commission, the challenge for GST council is to realise the full potential of GST for enhancing tax-GDP ratio and work on other areas of the economy to enhance competitiveness,” he said. Das mooted that the GST Council can expand its scope and agree to work on other areas of reforms to generate national consensus. But he warned aganist cooperative federalism breeding inertia instead of encouraging competitive federalism.last_img read more