Frost & Sullivan: Global renewable capacity to climb 155GW in 2018

first_imgFrost & Sullivan: Global renewable capacity to climb 155GW in 2018 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Investments in renewable energy capacity globally will reach USD 228.3 billion (EUR 197bn) this year, up by just 0.7% on 2017 as China’s decision to limit solar capacity additions has hit year-on-year growth, Frost & Sullivan says.According to the company’s Global Renewable Energy Outlook, 2018, the world will install 154.6 GW of renewables in 2018, including 90 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) parks and 53 GW of wind. Biomass, geothermal, and small hydropower are also growing, but their expansion is constrained by resource availability and the higher risks and upfront costs for such technologies.Asia will bring over half of 2018 global investment, or USD 114.96 billion. According to Frost & Sullivan, 96% of that will be investments in solar, wind and biomass. Asia will account for 58% of the global new installed capacity in 2018.Investment in North America will be stable at USD 33.17 billion, while Latin America’s renewables will witness a 20.1% jump in capacity and USD 17.7 billion in investment.“Worldwide, we see that as the number of countries cutting subsidies increases, the market is compelled to consider purely commercial alternatives to feed-in tariffs, such as competitive auctions and private-sector power purchase agreements,” said Maria Benintende, Energy & Environment Senior Industry Analyst.More: Renewables investment in 2018 seen at USD 228bn, slow growth due to Chinalast_img read more

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AES sees $50 billion battery storage opportunity in India

first_imgAES sees $50 billion battery storage opportunity in India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:India presents a potential investment opportunity of $50 billion for battery storage facilities that could help integrate renewable energy into the grid, replace polluting diesel-fueled power and boost electric mobility, according to Andres Gluski, CEO of American energy firm AES Corp.“Battery-based energy storage has an essential role to play in helping India realize its vision for a more sustainable energy future,” Gluski said in an interview with Bloomberg.Gluski was in India to launch the country’s first utility-scale battery storage system, which has been installed to support the grid in New Delhi. The 10 MW system, at Tata Power Delhi Distribution’s Rohini substation, was built by AES with Mitsubishi for almost $9 million. It uses the Advancion energy storage platform from Fluence, a joint venture between Siemens and AES.India has set a target of reaching 175 GW of renewable power generation capacity by 2022. The ability of the grid to integrate intermittent renewables and the huge investment required to upgrade the nation’s transmission and distribution infrastructure, are key challenges for India to meet its ambitious target.Energy storage can help better integrate renewables by providing multiple services to the grid system, such as optimizing transmission and distribution investment, addressing forecasting errors associated with wind and solar generation for more accurate scheduling, solving local reliability issues by providing reactive power support, equipping end users to manage peak loads, and enabling more efficient utilization of distributed renewable generation.More: India a $50bn market for energy storage, says US energy firm chieflast_img read more

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State utility in India challenges extra fee for imported coal at Adani’s Mundra power plant

first_imgState utility in India challenges extra fee for imported coal at Adani’s Mundra power plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Economic Times:Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam (GUVNL) has approached the electricity regulator to withdraw support of higher tariffs to Adani Power’s imported coal-based Mundra power plant, alleging a breach of terms in the relief package. The power distribution utility of Gujarat has also sought a refund with interest of excess power tariffs paid to Adani Power due to fuel cost pass-through.In its petition to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), GUVNL recalled the commission’s order passed on April 12, granting approval to the Mundra Thermal Power Station passing on the burden of imported coal costs to the consumer.CERC had approved the higher tariff by making provisions through new ‘supplementary agreements’ to the original power purchase agreements between Adani Power Mundra and GUVNL. Adani Power’s Mundra plant had signed two power purchase agreements (PPAs) of 2,000 mw with the Gujarat government in February 2007.GUVNL has asked CERC to declare that Adani Power has been in breach of the ‘supplemental agreements’ signed in December 2018 and also pronounce the two supplemental agreements ‘void’ and ‘not enforceable.’ The distribution company has alleged breach of the add-on contracts by Adani Power, which, after signing them, moved the Supreme Court to end one of the agreements. A senior GUVNL source said the discom has paid 90% of the revised tariff to Adani Power under the add-on PPAs.An Adani Power spokesperson declined comment. The company’s stock has more than doubled since October when a high-powered committee appointed by the Gujarat government recommended relief to three imported coal-fired plants in Gujarat. The share last traded at Rs 60.50 on the Bombay Stock Exchange against Rs 26 per share on October 3, 2018.More: Gujarat discom seeks to stop high Adani tarifflast_img read more

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Japanese businesses push government to accelerate shift to renewable energy

first_imgJapanese businesses push government to accelerate shift to renewable energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Aeon Co., Asia’s largest retailer, Fujitsu, Ricoh Co. and other firms called on Japan’s government to accelerate a shift to renewable energy and a zero carbon economy during the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.Meeting with Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi on Thursday, representatives of the Japan Climate Leaders Partnership (JCLP), a grouping of 144 companies, submitted recommendations that included making renewable energy more accessible, and introducing carbon pricing.Japan has long been criticized over its government’s strong support for coal and liquefied natural gas (LNG), and its weak targets for renewable energy and emissions cuts.“All the members of the JCLP are very frustrated over this and especially the government’s NDC,” said Kahori Miyake, executive officer, corporate social responsibility at Aeon Co., told Reuters by phone after meeting Koizumi. She was referring to Japan’s National Determined Contribution (NDC) to cut carbon emissions by 26% in 2030 from 2013 levels and the government’s target for renewables to account for 22-24% of Japan’s electricity mix by then, with the rest mostly accounted for by fossil fuels.Japan’s government should allow companies to buy renewable energy supplies outside its mandatory feed-in-tariff scheme to cut costs, Miyake said. The government will find strong support from companies if it changes policies to foster more renewable energy and reduce emissions, she said.“Many Japanese companies are eager to make changes and we are pressing the government to facilitate that,” Miyake said.[Aaron Sheldrick]More: Japan companies call on government to accelerate low-carbon shift in coronavirus recoverylast_img read more

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Run a Trail Race: River Bound Race

first_imgAutumn arrives a little quicker when you are at elevation. The leaves change earlier and don’t last quite as long, the morning chill is a little cooler, and the threat of snow is slightly more imminent. Things are moving right along in the high country, and as the crisp mornings turn to crisp days, its easy to start looking ahead to waxing your boards and breaking out your favorite chili recipe. Do not be so quick to pack up that warm weather gear and watch the skies for flakes, there is still plenty of time to get out and hit the trail before Old Man Winter rears his head.If you can’t make it down to Chattanooga for one of the nation’s largest outdoor festivals, RiverRocks there are great trail running race options in the southern Blue Ridge. This weekend in Asheville is the River Bound race at the North Carolina Arboretum in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest, which is itself inside the Pisgah National Forest. This trail run will loop through the 434-acre public garden just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in one of the most scenic races in the Southeast. Even if you are not running, take the time to head out to the Arboretum and cheer on the participants and take in the setting. You will not be disappointed either way.View Larger Maplast_img read more

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Virginia Is For Bike Lovers Giveaway

first_imglogo_113x50Enter our Virginia is for Bike Lovers Giveaway for your chance to win a biking vacation to Abington, Virginia or a new bike!Enter to win one of two great prizes:Grand Prize:Virginia Vacation Getaway to Abingdon, Va. including:Two-night stay in a wonderful Abingdon B&BEnjoy local cuisine at Abingdon’s most popular restaurantsBike the Creeper Trail with rentals and shuttle to Whitetop StationFirst Prize:Trek 8.2 DS from East Coasters Bike ShopsThis contest is now closed! Thanks to all who entered!  DON’T FORGET TO ENTER ALL OUR OTHER GREAT GIVEAWAYS!Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on October 15th, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household.  Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United  States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older.  Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled,  mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable  network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer  transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of  processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the  sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, the town of Abingdon, and East Coasters Bike Shops reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information  and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their  sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry  process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.  Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating  sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies  shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from  acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash,  or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of  the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to  allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater  value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply.  Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors  office on or before October 30th, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by  the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7  days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of  winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

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Review: Icebug Winter Trail Running Shoes

first_imgHere’s a winter/spring trail-runner you may want to pick up and play with as long as this crazy weather is persisting — I’ve tested this shoe extensively on mixed ice and rock, snow and dirt, and it has kept me from busting my butt on numerous occasions. They also work well on wet wood such as boardwalks and bridges. Although they are not designed for winter use specifically, I found that they were perfect for the conditions I usually experience in the winter.From Swedish footwear innovator Icebug Footwear comes the carbide-spike laden Anima 2 ($169.95), available at a local retailer near you and online.Beginning back in 2001 and originally aimed only at Scandinavian brands and retailers, the Swedes Eliza Törnkvist and David Ekelund decided to take a new approach to winter running, with the goal of getting people outside all year long, while still providing them with a high-performance legitimate trail running platform.The line is now available in the U.S. and while is still clearly Euro influenced, who cares. Once you try these things, especially if you live at altitude, you’ll come to rely on this soccer-cleat meets weather-proof running shoe.According to the company, the Anima follows “the natural motion of the foot.” Newly upgraded laces and water repellency in the forefoot combine with molded lacing details that stabilize the heel. It has an anatomical last, an extremely protective mixed-material exterior shell, and a memory foam heel cup.Anima2 BUGrip_Jade_lagoon_soleThe coup de gras is of course the low-profile full-rubber sole with carbide studs. A midsole also helps to absorb irregularities in a good all-around trail running shoe that may not be your everyday shoe, but it’s one I’m stoked to have in my quiver.Bonus points: Partnering with the Humane Society of Utah, Icebug recently raised nearly $600 for homeless pets at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City. Paying homage to their homeland, the brand served Swedish pancakes to attendees to encourage donations.The Anima2 features an 8mm drop and weighs in at 275 g. If you need to geek out even more, check out the company’s website.last_img read more

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Instagram Photo Contest: Phase 2

first_imgCongratulations to the top 10 winners of our #blueridgeoutdoors Instagram contest! Each winner will receive a Blue Ridge Outdoors T-shirt and, with our readers’ help, now has a chance to win an awesome gear package from SPY optics and others to help you go outside and play! From July 1 until July 14, the fate of this contest lies in YOUR hands. Help us choose the overall winner by voting for your favorite. CLICK HERE to go to the contest page. (Limit one vote per 24 hours.) Share your top pick to help spread the word! Like us on Facebook and stay tuned for our announcement of the grand prize.Cutterlast_img

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Trail Mix: 10 Best Albums of 2016

first_imgAfter wading through a sea of great releases this year, here’s our top 10 list of albums from acts who hail from the Blue Ridge region.Drive-By TruckersAmerican BandThis poignant political record is easily the Drive-By Truckers’ best effort since the band’s early 2000s breakout period. Co-band leaders Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood are both at the top of their songwriting games, especially the latter in the soulful “Guns of Umpqua,” a simultaneously beautiful and terrifying song written about victims of last year’s mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College.americanbandHiss Golden Messenger Heart Like a LeveeOn his band’s sixth album, Durham-based singer-songwriter M.C. Taylor spills honest musings about guilt and missing home during long stints on the road, while expanding the group’s sound within the roots lexicon. Throughout the record’s 11 tracks, a base of swinging alt-country that fits with Taylor’s nasally, Dylan-like enunciations, fluidly expands with touches of Southern funk, horn-driven Muscle Shoals soul, and uplifting gospel—facilitated by backing vocals from songstress Tift Merritt.10_700_700_575_hgm_heartlikealevee_900pxCar Seat Headrest Teens of DenialMuch like Pavement, Guided by Voices, and Weezer before him, Will Toledo, who records as Car Seat Headrest, turns witty angst into distorted glory. He built a cult following while growing up in Leesburg, Va., by self-releasing 12 albums he largely recorded by himself. Teens of Denial, with a full backing band, is full of seriously great rock and roll—fist-pumping anthems built from youthful confusion.car-seat-headrest-teens-of-denial-compressedMargo PriceMidwest Farmer’s DaughterA hardworking East Nashville songwriter gets her due on this dynamic debut for Jack White’s Third Man Records. She has a voice that’s as sweet as Dolly’s, but her songs use traditional country as a base to get downright gritty, rocking, and soulful.cs602272-01b-bigAngel OlsenMy WomanAsheville, N.C., resident Angel Olsen has received high critical praise for her third LP, My Woman, and it is definitely deserved. Her gift is a voice that can be equally graceful, powerful, haunting, and full of heartfelt fury. Here you get the full range through emotionally charged retro arrangements—from the jangly pop of “Never Be Mine” and urgent garage rock scorcher “Shut Up Kiss Me” to more drawn-out experiments like the slowly drifting, theatrically intense break-up song, “Sister.”ao_mywoman_coverart_fixSturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to EarthWith lofty expectations on his shoulders following the success of his cosmic country breakout Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Simpson delivered by veering in a different sonic direction, filling A Sailor’s Guide to Earth with horn blasts and dusty soul grooves. Standouts include Simpson giving advice to his young son through the funk stomper “Keep It Between the Lines” and a haunting roadhouse reading of Nirvana’s “In Bloom.”sturgill_simpson_cover_fixBand of HorsesWhy Are You OKA revitalized Band of Horses found the sweet spot between atmospheric indie fireworks and take-it-easy 70s folk-rock. Front man Ben Bridwell found songwriting inspiration in the mundane, meditating about family time through Floydian space in the opening “Dull Times/The Moon” and turning bad conversation at a “Casual Party” into a distortion-heavy dance tune. The gentle “Hag” has the ethereal flow of the band’s decade-old breakout single, “The Funeral.” Even in a dad-rock headspace the Charleston, S.C.,-based Bridwell found a way to recapture his early glory.b2c6659aLucinda WilliamsThe Ghosts of Highway 20The 63-year-old Americana icon took a trip down memory lane, revisiting her experiences growing up in the South through the common thread of Interstate 20. Williams uses her quavering voice to tell vivid stories through dusty roots-rock arrangements with experimental touches that give the record a cinematic quality. The meandering opener, “Dust,” is one of the album’s most poignant tracks, adapted from a poem by Williams’ father, the late poet laureate Miller Williams.23faa4a1William TylerModern CountryNashville guitarist William Tyler has played with the likes of Lambchop and the Silver Jews, and he brings an indie aesthetic to this collection of captivating guitar-led instrumentals. With an impressive back-up roster that includes Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and Brad and Phil Cook of Megafaun, Tyler explores a range of sonic landscapes through both acoustic and electric six-string dexterity, managing, without words, to evoke the feelings implied in titles like “Highway Anxiety” and “Gone Clear.” The closing track, the eight-minute “The Great Unwind,” travels between the experimental jazz flourishes of Bill Frisell and the emotional peaks of Explosions in the Sky.a2975499958_10St. Paul and the Broken BonesSea of NoiseFollowing up its hailed 2014 debut, Half the City, this eight-piece Alabama soul crew avoided the sophomore slump by adding some rock edge and honest social commentary to its impressive vintage revivalism. Front man Paul Janeway is a versatile vocal powerhouse. He both howls like a fiery preacher and croons like a tender-hearted lover, as tempos shift between the down-and-dirty funk of “Flow With It (You Got Me Feeling Like”), the moving retro ballad “Burning Rome,” and the gospel-rock unity anthem “All I Ever Wonder.”gallery_908_3_133465Ready for the tunes? Give nine of these albums a listen below: last_img read more

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Is a sub-two-hour marathon possible?

first_imgEver since Roger Bannister broke the famed four-minute-mile in 1954, runners have been dreaming about a sub-two-hour marathon. The current marathon record is 2:02:57, set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto at the Berlin Marathon in 2014. Is it humanly possible to break two hours? A team of East African runners thinks so.Nike’s Breaking2 team consists of Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea. Nike’s scientists and developers have been working on specialized racing shoes and apparel for a historic attempt at the sub-two marathon that is set to take place this spring.The sub-two-hour marathon will not be part of any major marathon but will be run on a Formula One racing track. The runners will follow a Tesla electric car that will have a clock showing elapsed time, splits, and projected finish time on the back of the car.Team Breaking2 recently attempted a test run where all three runners ran a half-marathon on the Formula One course. Two of the three athletes went under one hour for the 13.1 miles, with Kipchoge running 59:17 and Tadese in 59:41, Desisa fell behind to finish in 62:55. In order to break the two-hour barrier, these men are going to have to put together two back-to-back sub-60-minute half marathons, which is about 4:34 per mile for 26 miles.Read more here.last_img read more

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