Connecticut Will Demolish Its Last Coal-Fired Power Plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mike Patrick for the Waterbury Republican-American:Two years after disputing a report that its days were numbered, owners of the last coal-fired power plant in the state plan to demolish the facility and build a $550 million natural gas-fired power plant in its place.That’s according to Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim’s office. Ganim, along with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, praised the plan by PSEG Power Connecticut as one that will provide cleaner energy, more jobs and add millions to the city’s tax base.Others eye the development cautiously.In Oxford, the leader of a citizen group against the building of a power plant there said the new Bridgeport plant just a half-hour or so away wouldn’t deter efforts to build what he said is an unneeded and dangerous facility in his Naugatuck Valley town.And a woman restoring Civil War-era houses near the Bridgeport plant said the issue again raises long-standing concerns about environmental justice in the mostly poor, minority neighborhood.The plan is for PSEG to begin construction of the gas-fired facility in 2017, and when that is complete, the coal-fired plant will be decommissioned and dismantled, according to Ganim’s office.In a prepared statement, Ganim called it “a huge win” for the city that will create more than 350 construction jobs and 20 permanent maintenance jobs.“PSEG is also a pledging to be a good corporate citizen of Bridgeport and we all stand to gain by the addition of more than $5,000,000 per year in tax revenues,” Ganim said, adding, “the neighborhoods closest to the plant will be bolstered by the $2 million yearly investment set forth by the community environmental benefits agreement.”That agreement will fund environmental projects and improvements in the city and encourage regional hiring.A SCATHING REPORT ON the plant released in 2014 described the facility’s decline, citing several factors for the coal-plant industry’s fall from grace nationwide.Titled, “When, Not If: Bridgeport’s Future and the Closing of PSEG’s Coal Plant,” the report from the Institute for Energy Economic and Financial Analysis said the economic downturn caused electricity demands to either stay flat or fall.In addition, increased energy-efficiency efforts and the falling price of natural gas were factors in the decline of coal-powered plants.According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the number of coal-fired plants nationwide dropped from 629 in 2003 to 518 in 2013, the most recent data made available, while natural gas facilities increased from 1,693 to 1,725 in that same time period.And the number of facilities converting other renewable resources — solar, trash-to-energy and the like — to electricity skyrocketed from 741 to 2,299 in that same time frame.All the while, according to the institute report, coal remained expensive, and the Bridgeport plant’s inefficiency — taking upward of 24 hours to reach full power once going on line — made the facility more and more obsolete.Full article: Connecticut’s coal-fired era coming to a close
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jim Malewitz for the Texas Tribune:Plans to build a coal-fired carbon-capture power plant in West Texas appear to be on life support. Summit Power Group has yet to begin construction of the gasification plant on 600 acres outside of Penwell, a speck of an oil town 16 miles southwest of Odessa. And the federal Department of Energy — which originally agreed to foot $350 million of the project’s expected $2 billion-plus price tag — froze funding earlier this year while the agency’s inspector general was conducting a highly critical audit.“As of February 2016, the Department had invested about $116 million in the Project without assurances that it would succeed,” the agency’s watchdog wrote in a special report in April meant to relay its “immediate concern” about continuing to tap taxpayer funds for the effort.Total projected costs had soared to $3.9 billion, with the agency on the hook for $450 million.The former mayor is holding out hope for a revival, but she acknowledges the challenges: a national recession, rock-bottom natural gas prices, an oil boom followed by a bust, the difficulty of building something that never before existed.The project’s failure to rise in West Texas provides a window into the perfect storm of factors that, thus far, has kept coal-fired carbon capture and sequestration projects — dubbed “clean coal” by their advocates — from becoming fixtures in Texas or elsewhere in the United States, even as interest in low-carbon fuels continues to surge.Full item: Former Mayor’s “Clean Coal” Effort Struggles to Survive On the Blogs: Failure of Texas Project Illustrative of Carbon-Capture Industry
PNM Asks State to Approve More Solar, Wind For Facebook Inc. Data Facility FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Albuquerque Journal:Two new wind farms and a solar facility may be built in New Mexico to supply another 266 megawatts of renewable energy to Facebook’s massive data center in Los Lunas. Public Service Co. of New Mexico asked the Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday to approve power purchase agreements with third-party producers to build new generating facilities in eastern, central and western New Mexico.PNM is already building three solar plants of its own in Los Lunas to supply 30 MW of power for the first two buildings in Facebook’s facility. But Facebook announced plans to expand to six buildings over the next five years, ramping up its energy needs. To supply the additional power, PNM negotiated agreements with two companies, Avangrid Renewables and NextEra Energy Inc., to build and run the plants and sell the energy to PNM for delivery to Facebook.PNM is requesting that the PRC expedite approval of the power purchase agreements to accommodate Facebook’s fast-track construction plans for the data center. PNM wants PRC commissioners to directly hear the case, rather than sending it first to hearing examiners for recommendations, potentially paving the way for approval by April 4.The PRC approved a new “green energy tariff” in 2016 that allows PNM to negotiate special rates with large-scale consumers like Facebook who want to power their facilities with renewable resources. The tariff covers the full cost of electricity produced, eliminating any impact on other customers’ bills. The new purchase agreements would be included under the same tariff arrangement.Facebook says the new agreements reflect the company’s commitment to exclusively power its data center with renewable resources. PNM said the partnership with Facebook is a win-win arrangement that’s creating more clean energy while boosting the local economy.More: PNM wants to add wind and solar farms for Facebook facility
Wisconsin utility’s solar investment begins transition away from coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:Signaling the early stages of a historic transition, WEC Energy Group, the parent company of We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service, last month announced its first large investment in solar power.Once the darlings only of the green-energy crowd, solar and wind projects now have become the least expensive way for utilities to add new power generation. As a result, they’re changing how utilities plan to operate in the coming decade.“The technology keeps getting better and better —and, the most important thing, cheaper,” said Gary Radloff, who retired this year as director of energy policy analysis for the Midwest at the Wisconsin Energy Institute, a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Wisconsin Public Service, the subsidiary of WEC Energy Group that operates in northeastern Wisconsin, and Madison Gas and Electric plan to invest a total of $390 million to buy 300 megawatts of generating capacity — enough electricity for more than 70,000 residential customers — in two solar power projects. We Energies is expected eventually to buy the remaining 150 megawatts in one of the two projects.The investments are part of WEC’s long-term plan for electricity from the sun, wind and natural gas to make up a larger share of its generating capacity in the next decade. Natural gas, now in abundant supply, will be an important part of that mix: Natural gas power plants can be built for a fraction of the cost of coal-fired plants and are less costly to operate and maintain. But solar power, which is better suited overall for Wisconsin than wind power owing to weather patterns and other factors, is certain to make up a growing share of the state’s power generation in the coming decades. The cost is roughly half of what it was four years ago, said Dan Krueger, senior vice president of wholesale energy and fuels for WEC Energy.More: WEC Energy bets on solar, wind and natural gas. So, what about coal?
Report shows continued, sharp decline in coal plant financing in India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ETEnergyworld.com:The third annual Coal vs Renewable Financial Analysis 2019 marks a second consecutive year-on-year decline in coal funding in India following a 90 per cent decrease in 2018. The report, made public on Tuesday, finds a 126 per cent drop in funding from the commercial banks to coal compared to 2018.There has also been a significant drop in the state-owned financing of coal projects. Lending to renewable energy projects saw a minor contraction of six per cent year on year although it received 95 per cent of the total lending to energy projects.The report, prepared by the Centre for Financial Accountability (CFA) and Climate Trends, looked at 50 project finance loans across 43 coal-fired and renewable energy projects in India. Only projects that reached financial close between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019, were included in the analysis.“A significant drop in project finance to coal means that financial institutes are beginning to realise the associated financial and reputational risk in investing in coal,” said CFA Executive Director Joe Athialy. “Our policy makers need to read the writing on the wall. Pushing healthy commercial banks into financing unviable coal projects in India and abroad will only lead to more stress in the financial sector,” Athialy added.2019 saw two coal projects (total capacity of 3.06GW) receiving Rs 1,100 crore ($190mn) in project finance. In 2018, five coal-fired projects with a combined capacity of 3.8GW received Rs 6,081 crore ($850mn). By contrast, Rs 60,767 crore ($9.35bn) was lent to 17GW of coal projects in 2017.Forty-one renewable energy projects with a total capacity of 5.15GW received a cumulative of Rs 22,971 crore ($3220mn). Lending to wind energy dropped 30 per cent, while lending to solar increased by 10 per cent compared to 2018.More: India sees consecutive year-on-year decline in coal funding: Report
The Shenandoah National Park Trust will be hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at Charlottesville, Virginia’s Paramount Theater this Sunday, March 6 and Monday, March 7.This iconic film festival will feature a collection of exhilarating and provocative films that explore life in the mountains. They highlight remote cultures, intense expeditions into exotic landscapes and bring adrenaline packed action sports into sharp focus. The two night festival will feature upwards of 20 films, with different offerings each night.One of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world, the Banff Mountain Film Festival celebrates its 41st year in 2016 by continuing to bring the best action, environmental, and adventure films to audiences in 40 countries across the globe.On Sunday, March 6, doors at the Paramount Theater open at 5:00 pm and the show begins at 6:00. On Monday, March 7, doors open at 6:00 pm and the show begins at 7:00 pm.Tickets are $16/night in advance or $18/night at the door and are available at the Paramount Theater Box Office or online. Proceeds benefit conservation, recreation and education programs in Shenandoah National Park.[divider]More Weekend Picks[/divider]
3:23 Audio PlayerThe IveysYou’ve Got SomethingUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 2:38 When they call, Lauderdale doesn’t disappoint. This month, Trail Mix is happy to feature “One Way” off of his new release – his 32nd!!! – From Another World. 3:02 Trail Mix is also happy to welcome back friends old and new to the June mix. Check out new tunes from Keller Williams, Heather Maloney, Dylan Leblanc, The Lark & The Loon, Jamestown Revival, and Chuck Mead. This month includes a track from another powerhouse musical icon. I have been a fan of Chris Robinson since the earliest days of The Black Crowes. Since that band’s dissolution, I have followed his other projects, including the psychedelic groove rock he outs out with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Check out “Comin’ Round The Mountain” on this month’s mix. And, of course, get out and buy some of this music. These songs are just a glimpse into the incredible work these artists are churning out. Grab a record. Grab a concert ticket. Spread the word. There are also great tracks from Robin Alice, Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, Frankie Lee, Kelly Hunt, Sour Bridges, Wild Wing, TK & The Holy Know Nothings, Ida Mae, Griffin House, Ciaran Lavery, and Biglemoi. 4:27 The Big One Keller Williams Big Bear Chuck Mead Me N Mine Wild Wing Fans of country music that don’t know about this Grammy winning silver haired country crooner need to start paying attention. Lauderdale is a songwriter’s songwriter, the kind of guy that folks call when they want to collaborate on a country music gem. Big Ivy Resonant Rogues 4:01 3:29 Jim Lauderdale is an unsung national hero. 4:05 Mess I’m In Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers The Secrets of the Pyramids Jim Lauderdale 4:14 Boom Boom Ida Mae Emmanuel TK & The Holy Know-Nothings Bird Song Kelly Hunt 4:26 4:31 Downtown Lights Frankie Lee 2:38 3:18 You’ve Got Something The Iveys 3:21 You Don’t Know Sour Bridges 4:40 5:01 Selene Ciaran Lavery Be sure to stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog this month. Chats with Andy Thorn and the Resonant Rogues are on tap, as is a video premiere with The Steel Wheels. Honor Among Thieves Dylan LeBlanc 3:11 Wishing Well The Lark And The Loon 3:59 4:11 Mighty Good Friend Griffin House Star Of St. Elmo Andy Thorn 4:30 Joyride Biglemoi Come’n Round The Mountain Chris Robinson Brotherhood Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. This Too Shall Pass Jamestown Revival 3:53 4:34 2:45 Embed Late Bloomer Robin Alice
By Dialogo March 03, 2009 While investigating the cultural legacy of the indigenous Paî Tavyterâ people, a team of Spanish experts has found in Paraguay the remains of a human being that date back 5,000 years. The discovery, in the department of Amambay, more specifically in a hill known as “Jasuka Venda,” was found by a team from the Museum of Altamira, which is the custodian of information on the Altamira Caves, located in the Spanish Cantabrian coast, and which is the main exponent of cave art from the Upper Paleolithic period. The Museum will present details of the discovery to the International Congress of Cave Art, which will be held next July. However, museum director José Antonio Lasheras has made plans to travel to Paraguay in the next few days to present to the Paraguayan society and the Paî people an advance report on the results. More specifically, on March 6th, Lasheras will participate in a conference with indigenous leaders and with representatives of all the communities in order to share the results of his work. Afterward, he will reveal his conclusions in two conferences that will take place at Universidad Nacional in Pedro Juan Caballero, and in the Spanish “Juan de Salazar” Cultural Center in Asunción. Today the Altamira Museum explained that, besides the most ancient human remains in Paraguay, they have also found in this hill “unprecedented until now” specimens of cave art in the “pisadas style,” which is very well known in the region, which includes Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia. According to the Spanish research team, this discovery would suggest that “this region might be the place of origin and center of dissemination of this kind of cave art to almost all of South America.” “Jasuka Venda” hill is conceived as the main cultural legacy of the Guarani tribe of Paî Tavyterâ, a place where, according to indigenous beliefs, the Creator God and the Big Grandfather, Ñande Ru, originated, and from which the world and humanity were created. The legal owner of the hill, the Paî Reta Joaju community association, took the initiative to promote the archaeological study of the area, and to request the collaboration of the Altamira Museum to make an inventory of their cultural legacy. The museum has also planned to expand the results of this research to its headquarters in Santillana del Mar, in the Cantabric region, which will soon open a temporary exhibition on the discovery. The museum also stated that the Cultural Secretary of Paraguay is interested in extending the collaboration that made this archaeological research possible, which has also been supported by the Spanish Agency of Cooperation for Development and the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
By Dialogo September 14, 2010 The navies of Brazil, South Africa and India began a biennial trilateral exercise on September 11 off the coast of Africa. While Brazil joined the India-Brazil South Africa (IBSAMAR) Exercise II with naval surface ships, the South African Navy dispatched submarines and aircraft, and India sent four modern warships from its western fleet, according to a report by Xinhua. The trilateral exercise involves maritime operations such as anti-air, anti-surface, anti-submarine and anti-pirate exercises among the three partners, said a report in the Press Trust of India news agency. The joint exercise will serve to strengthen inter-operability in the maritime operations among the three navies, said an Indian Navy official in the news agency’s report, adding that the 2010 edition will be much more complex than the first. The first edition of IBSAMAR was held In May, 2008.
By Dialogo July 22, 2011 Many athletes participate in the 5th Military World Games in order to win a medal. That hasn’t been the case with Ecuador. At least not for the sailing team at the Games. Following the tradition of the motto created by the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, to the Ecuadorians, the important thing is not to win but to compete. “Just to be here (Rio de Janeiro), competing against athletes from different countries and military, in a competition at this highest level, it’s very important for us,” said Amilcar Villavicencio Palacios, Commander of the Naval training ship Guayas and head of the sailing delegation from Ecuador. It is the first time they participate in a regatta style race. According to Commander Villavicencio, his team is more accustomed to racing in fleets. “We’re getting a big lesson here. We’ve learned a lot and we will try to apply this new knowledge and experience back in our country.” The Ecuadorian team members were selected among the best in a military tournament held in the country a few months ago. According to Commander Villavicencio, the team was supplemented by one cadet who was chosen to gain experience and learn from other team members and other countries. For Lt. Carol Medina, meeting athletes from around the world, the experiences, and the quality of the races she’s seen was worth coming to Rio de Janeiro. “Well, not to mention this wonderful landscape, the food is delicious and the people are really friendly. We did our best so we don’t feel bad for not advancing because the lessons learned will last forever and we’ll be able to share them so that, yes, in the future, Ecuador will participate in competitions to compete for medals as well.”