Former Coal Plant Could Be Reborn as Offshore Wind Fabrication Facility

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Southcoast Today:Turbine foundations will be built at Brayton Point in Somerset if Bay State Wind receives a Massachusetts contract for offshore wind, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.German steel maker EEW and Houston-based steel company Gulf Island Fabrication, which will provide foundations for the project, have selected the former Brayton Point [coal-fired] power plant as their manufacturing location, according to Lauren Burm, a spokeswoman for Orsted, one of Bay State Wind’s parent companies.Timothy Mack, who does business development in U.S. offshore wind for EEW, said the steel companies are negotiating a long-term lease for the entire Brayton Point property. “We think it’s one of the few long-term sites that…has long-term viability due to the quayside, the large acreage and the proximity to the sites,” he said.Another plus for Brayton Point is the shipping channel, according to Mack. The dredged channel that served the plant for some 30 years for coal delivery remains largely intact.Bay State Wind, a joint venture between Danish energy company Orsted and local energy company Eversource, is one of three projects competing in a state-supervised bidding process to supply offshore wind power to Massachusetts energy distribution companies. A 2016 state law requires the power companies to buy electricity from offshore wind.More: Brayton Point Chosen For Wind Turbine Foundation Factory Former Coal Plant Could Be Reborn as Offshore Wind Fabrication Facilitylast_img read more

LG&E, KU propose green tariff for corporate market

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Daily Energy Insider:Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) and Kentucky Utilities Company (KU) said recently that they will propose a Green Tariff to promote renewable energy growth and economic development in a rate review filing on Sept. 28.LG&E and KU currently have solar offerings for commercial and industrial customers, a subscription-based community solar program called Solar Share and a Green Energy program that allows the utilities to purchase regional renewable energy credits on a customer’s behalf.The tariff, the utilities said, would combine the business solar options and Green Energy program into one tariff and add a third option for purchasing renewable power.“Green tariffs are used to attract new businesses and jobs,” Paul W. Thompson, chairman, CEO and president of LG&E and KU, said. “Companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon Web Services, Walmart and Target are all examples of companies that have taken advantage of green tariffs. We are fortunate in Kentucky to have some of the lowest energy rates in the country, but we still need more options and a Green Tariff to attract companies interested in a greener environment.”The utilities also plan to request enhancements to Solar Share, including the ability to transfer ownership of their shares. Currently, LG&E and KU own and operate Kentucky’s largest universal solar array, producing 10 megawatts of solar-generated energy at E.W. Brown.According to a statement from PPL Corp., the parent company of LG&E and KU, in order to continue investments in safe and reliable services for customers, LG&E will request a cost-based rate increase of 14 cents per day for residential electric customers and 16 cents per day for its residential natural gas customers. KU will request an increase of 32 cents per day for its residential customers. When new rates go into effect, all benefits associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will be reflected in the companies’ base rates, rather than as a line item on customer bills.More: Kentucky utilities to propose Green Energy tariff to drive renewable energy growth LG&E, KU propose green tariff for corporate marketlast_img read more

Rising coal prices in Europe spur interest in renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Coal’s push to $100 a ton in Europe may benefit the greenest energy providers more than it does miners.Companies that provide alternatives ranging from renewable power plants to natural gas turbines are expecting a lift after the commodity reached a five-year high. Far from spurring a revival of the dirtiest fossil fuel, executives of energy companies that provide an alternative expect the move to accelerate a shift toward cleaner power sources. Higher energy costs also put efficiency on the agenda of industry and policy makers, breathing life into technologies designed to squeeze more out of raw materials of all kinds.“It’s an opportunity,’’ Paolo Bertuzzi, chief executive officer of Turboden SpA, a unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., said at the Bloomberg NEF summit in London. “What’s important is not just the price but also the trend. If prices are rising, people start to think more about what to do about energy costs.’’The surge in coal stems from record demand for energy in China, which has driven up the cost of power generation fuels of all kinds. That’s drawn cargoes away from Europe and boosted electricity prices from Britain to Italy. Those governments already were working to limit fossil fuel emissions to rein in climate change. As a result, many utilities have spent years re-positioning to draw supplies from wind and solar farms instead of coal plants.Higher coal and power prices make renewables look like a better economic bet against fossil fuels, according to Ignacio Galan, CEO of Iberdrola SA, which was the first big promoters of wind power in Europe. “Fossil fuel costs are increasing, and that’s helping renewable energy,’’ Galan said in an interview at the BNEF conference in London this week. “It signals that if you invest in fossil fuel sources, you will be penalized.”Oil companies also expect to benefit from rising coal costs, since natural gas they supply is used as a competing power generation fuel. “The coal price increase has an impact and it is very good news for renewables, and very good news also for gas, and also very good news for CO2 emissions,” said Philippe Sauquet, president of gas, renewables and power at the French oil major Total SA. “If coal is expensive, less coal will be dispatched, there will be more room for gas and the CO2 emissions will decrease.”More: Coal reaching $100 a ton in Europe boosts greener alternatives Rising coal prices in Europe spur interest in renewableslast_img read more

Tractebel to build 30MW floating solar project in Brazil

first_imgTractebel to build 30MW floating solar project in Brazil FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Engineering firm Tractebel, a unit of French energy giant Engie, will develop the basic design of three floating PV arrays with 30MW of capacity at the 52.2MW Batalha hydropower project, which is owned by Brazilian state-run power company Eletrobras Furnas.The Batalha Photovoltaic Plants (UFVs) I, II and III will feature 90,900 solar panels, Tractebel said.Floating modules on unused hydroelectric reservoirs is a “smart” way to reduce carbon emissions, said Fabiane Ferrao, the manager of Tractebel’s renewables unit.Brazil hosts another 1MW floating solar plant at the Sobradinho dam, a 175MW hydroelectric facility on the Sao Francisco river in Sobradinho, in the state of Bahia. The project, which will be expanded to 5MW, was launched by the company in 2016. Chesf has also installed a pilot floating PV array at the Balbina dam, a hydroelectric facility and power station on the Uatuma River in the Amazon rainforest.Floating PV presents a particular advantage in Brazil, as the modules and floating mounting structures could help to reduce evaporation from already challenged water reservoirs, while also bolstering electricity supply in times of drought.[Emiliano Bellini]More: Brazilian hydropower dam to host 30 MW of floating solarlast_img read more

Disappointment Beers

first_imgBeer is great in just about any given situation, but you could argue that there’s no sweeter beer than the beer you drink after an utter and complete failure. The beer I had after dislocating my shoulder on Heartbreak Ridge tasted pretty damn good. A few years ago, I spent the better part of a morning getting absolutely worked by the Pacific Ocean in LA. The lunch beers after that “surf” session were impeccable.It’s like chicken soup when you have the flu. There probably aren’t any magical medicinal properties in that soup, but it makes you feel better. Therein lies the magic of failure beer—it’s comforting. I’m no expert, but I believe that’s one of the founding principles of country music.And so, after spending a long, back-breaking and disappointing day in the backcountry of Pisgah National Forest recently, I was in desperate need of some comfort beer. It was a couple of days after Winter Storm Jonas dropped feet of snow on some of our higher elevations. A buddy and I went searching for some steep and deep. We skied for 11 hours straight looking for deep powder on one of the most formidable mountains east of the Mississippi, and came up way short. Eleven hours of skinning and boot packing a thin, crusty snow. One of the greatest storms ever to hit the South, and all we found was the melted leftovers. The powder was gone. Or maybe it was never there. I’ll never know.In a situation like that, all you can do is sit in the crusty snow at the trailhead and drink a couple of beers. Sure, you’re sullen at first, but after the initial beer, you realize the day wasn’t all that bad. The powder wasn’t deep, but there was snow. We didn’t get any legit downhill turns, but we did spend the day skiing some pretty epic cross country terrain. Eleven hours on skis and a couple of beers as the sun sets. That ain’t so bad.[divider]More from[/divider]last_img read more

Drinking Cheap Beer in Costa Rica

first_imgFor the record, I have nothing against cheap beer. I really don’t. I probably come off as a beer snob sometimes because I talk a lot about hop varieties and malt bills, but nobody appreciates a shitty beer on a hot day more than me. PBR. Narragansett. The occasional Budweiser…I love them all. I simply object to the sheer volume of cheap beer I’ve had to drink recently. Let me explain. I spent a week on the coast of Costa Rica, hiking and paddleboarding and surfing; It was a glorious vacation, but Costa Rica’s craft beer scene is young, and the only beer I could find was a cheap, mass-produced lager. It was kind of fun at first, like riding an old 10 speed, or having a bologna sandwich for lunch—it makes you feel like a kid again. But after a few days, the cheap beer wore on me. Each beer tasted exactly like the last—a sort of wash of corn-flavored, carbonated water. I had no taste for it. It got to the point where I even stopped packing cans of the beer on paddling trips. My wife and I paddled two hours to a gorgeous secluded beach with white sand framed by tall cliffs. We set out our ENO Islander in the sand, and were planning on just relaxing as the waves crashed against the cliffs. But I didn’t have any beers with me so I was restless. I ended up trying to climb up a palm tree to knock green coconuts down. I wasn’t successful. I hurt myself. Is this what people who don’t drink do with themselves? Climb coconut trees and hurt themselves? The first thing I did when I got on the plane headed back home was order a decent beer. Luckily, we were flying Delta, and Delta carries Sweetwater 420. I’m not saying it was the best beer I’ve ever had in my life, but it was in the top 10, for sure. Cheap beer is fine. There’s a place and time for it. It’s just not fine every place and all the time.last_img read more

The December Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is Live!

first_imgQUICK HITSJuggling marathoner • Wife-carrying competition • Bald eagle rescued in West Virginia • Cowboy stops bike thiefFLASHPOINTDo hunters and anglers’ permits also give them more influence in management decisions? Should hikers, bikers, and other user groups pay to play?THE DIRTThe Hiking Viking completes a winter A.T. thru-hike. THE GOODSSnowshoe terrain park manager Phillip Yates picks his favorite gear for winter adventure.TRAIL MIX10 best albums of 2016 from artists with Southern roots.WINTER BUCKET LISTThe outdoors in winter offers clearer skies, better views, and quieter trails. We’ve sourced 38 of the best winter adventures across nine different states to keep your outdoor mojo intact till spring.ON THIN ICEHang on to your ice picks and dig in with your crampons as we follow intrepid ice climbers up frozen waterfalls and melting ice floes.OUTDOOR D-BAGSIn the outdoors, as in life, you will encounter personalities that repel you and rub you the wrong way. It’s time to meet the worst people in the outdoor world.PAUL’S BOOTSPaul Evans died before he could fulfill his dream of thru-hiking the A.T. So friends—and strangers—decided to carry his boots along the entire trail in his memory.LOOKING BACK ON LOOKING GLASSPioneering climbers celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first ascent of The Nose.EAGLE EYES Don’t miss the last few weeks of this year’s hawk migration season.SNOWBOUNDIt’s time to hit the slopes. Opening days are upon us at regional resorts, so wax your skis and get ready for some downhill thrills. BRO’s annual Snowbound winter guide has key beta on Southern slopes, as well as plenty of advice on where to stay, eat, drink, and play on your upcoming winter trips.last_img read more

Wipeout: World-famous surf spot could be marred by development

first_imgPlayuela is one of the most iconic beaches in Puerto Rico, celebrated for its warm water, biodiverse reefs, and amazing waves that attracts surfers from all over the world.Developers have had their eyes on this section of beach since the 1990s, and they have recently developed plans to build a $200 million resort. The Christopher Columbus Landing Resort would stretch 140 acres and would include a 300-room hotel, casino, villas, and apartments.Puerto Ricans are divided over the resort plans. Some saying the hotel would bring jobs and tourism to the island, while others want to keep its natural beauty. Local government supports the building of the resort for its projected 700 jobs and the tourists that it will attract. Puerto Rico’s economy has languished under a $72 billion debt and a 12 percent unemployment rate.Those who oppose the construction of the resort claim that the building of the hotel will disrupt the many local animal and plant species protected by the unspoiled beaches. Many endangered plants and animals call Playuela home, such has the critically endangered hawksbill turtle and green turtle as well as three endangered corals. 22,000 people have signed a petition in an effort to protect the famed beach.Developers have started to cut down trees and vegetation to build roads. However, La Liga Ecoló La Liga Ecológica del Noroeste, an environmental nonprofit in Puerto Rico, is demanding an injunction to stop the hotel construction.Read more here.last_img read more

Costa Rica Creates Antivenin For Three Nigerian Snakes

first_imgBy Dialogo April 16, 2009 Costa Rica has created an antivenin serum to combat the venom of three Nigerian serpents which bite a total of 150,000 people a year, official sources told Efe today. Yamileth Angulo, director of the state institute “Clodomiro Picado” (Instituto Clodomiro Picado), which produces these kinds of sera, told Efe that Costa Rica will send Nigeria a total of 20,000 bottles of antidote for the poison of three African snake species: echis ocellatus, bitis arietans, and naja nigricollis. Two to three of these bottles are used per patient, depending on the severity of each case, Angulo said. The researcher explained that the project is part of a World Health Organization (WHO) program to provide Africa with antidotes for snake bites, which are a problem that in that continent affects half a million people, among which 20,000 cases are fatal. In 2001, the WHO called on countries producing antivenin to offer their services at low cost to the African continent. Following this, Instituto Clodomiro Picado joined the working group Echitab, formed by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom) and the Ministry of Health in Nigeria. “Because there are no such snakes here, the Liverpool laboratory sent us a sample of their venom, with which we created the serum,” said Angulo. The researcher stressed that to test the antidote, a clinical study was developed in Nigeria “in which 400 people, one of the largest medical samples in the case of snake venoms, participated.” The study used two different antidotes, one created by the Instituto Clodomiro Picado and the other by Micropharen, an English company, and both sera passed the test successfully. “The idea is to sell inexpensive antidote to the Nigerian government so the doses can reach the largest possible number of patients,” Angulo emphasized. The doctor stated that the serum was prepared in six months, but the study took two years because, after the clinical study in Nigeria, a preclinical examination and analysis of the results were required. According to the specialist, now the antidote “is ready, so at the middle or end of the year the first samples could be exported to the African country.” At first, the antivenin will be used in Nigeria, but Angulo did not rule out that in the future it could be provided to other African countries where these snakes live. Instituto Clodomiro Picado, a branch of the University of Costa Rica, was established in 1970 to develop antivenin for snake bites, and currently exports its products to various parts of the world, including Africa, Japan, and Taiwan.last_img read more

Spain Charges 13 Over ETA-FARC Plot To Kill Colombian President

first_img “More recently” Uribe was also added to that list, the ruling said. The judge charged six suspected members of ETA and seven members of FARC in connection with the plot. Judge Eloy Velasco also charged Venezuelan government cooperated in the plot, according to a copy of his ruling. The judge charged Fontan and two FARC members, Edgar Gustavo Navarro Morales and Victor Ramon Vargas Salazar, with conspiracy to commit terrorist murders. The FARC member reported that “it would not be difficult to carry out an attack on those two targets as long as they could count on the help of ETA,” the ruling said. ETA, which figures on several terrorist blacklists, including those of the European Union and the United States, is blamed for 828 deaths in its 41-year campaign for independence in the Basque region of northern Spain and southwestern France. Fontan was in charge of ETA operations “in this part of Latin America since 1999” and “coordinated relations between FARC and ETA and the participation of ETA members in courses on explosives and urban guerrilla warfare,” Velasco said. He said a member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had carried out surveillance on the Colombian embassy in Madrid and the routes taken by former Colombian president Andres Pastrana, who lives in Spain. By Dialogo March 01, 2010 Charging that it was the target of the deal, Venezuela retaliated by freezing ties with Colombia. Simmering tensions between Bogota and Caracas have sharpened since Colombia signed an agreement with Washington last year granting the US military access to bases on its territory for counter-drug and counter-insurgency operations. The FARC therefore asked ETA to follow Pastrana, as well as the former ambassador to Spain Noemi Sanin, current Vice President Francisco Santos, the former mayor of Bogota Antanas Mockus “with the aim of assassinating one of them when they were in Spain.” Among those charged was ETA member Arturo Cubillas Fontan, who was named to a post in Venezuela’s agriculture ministry in 2005 and whose Venezuelan wife, Goizeder Odriozola Lataillade, is an official in the government of President Hugo Chavez. Uribe has rejected a political dialogue with the FARC, which has battled the government in Bogota for 45 years. A Spanish judge Monday charged 13 members of the Basque separatist group ETA and the Colombian rebel group FARC over a plot to assassinate Colombian officials, including President Alvaro Uribe. last_img read more