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Tennessee Valley Authority takes first step into solar plus storage market

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The Tennessee Valley Authority announced this week that it has contracted for 484 megawatts of solar power in the past two months, part of its push to expand its clean energy portfolio and reduce its reliance on coal power.The awards announced this week, which include one 200-megawatt solar system paired with a 50 megawatts/200 megawatt-hour battery system, will increase the TVA’s share of solar generation by 44 percent. The seven-state federal power agency gets less than 3 percent of its power from wind and solar today, compared to 39 percent nuclear, 26 percent natural gas, 21 percent coal-fired, and 10 percent hydropower.But TVA’s long-range integrated resource plan (IRP) calls for adding between 1,500 and 8,000 megawatts of solar by 2028, along with up to 2,400 megawatts of energy storage, to serve the utilities and customers it supplies across seven states. By 2038, TVA could see as much as 14 gigawatts of solar on its system, a rate of increase that equates to roughly 700 megawatts per year over the next 20 years.The winning projects announced Tuesday were selected out of a total of 3,700 megawatts of proposals submitted to an April 2019 RFP for TVA’s newly launched Green Invest program, which is aimed at providing large corporate power purchasers with renewable energy. It’s modeled on the work TVA has done with big data center customers like Facebook and Google, which are demanding 100-percent clean energy options from utilities across the Southeast.The first Green Invest project, a 35-megawatt solar system developed by Nashville-based Silicon Ranch in partnership with Vanderbilt University and municipal utility Nashville Electric Service, was announced in January. Silicon Ranch will also be developing a solar project of up to 80 megawatts in Madison County, Tennessee.Florida-based developer Origis Energy won two contracts, including a 100-megawatt solar farm in Obion County, Tenn., and a 200-megawatt solar system with 200 megawatt-hours of batteries in Lowndes County, Mississippi. Spanish developer OPD Energy will develop a fifth, 69-megawatt project in Simpson County, Kentucky. [Jeff St. John]More: Tennessee Valley Authority adds 484MW of solar, plus 50MW of batteries Tennessee Valley Authority takes first step into solar plus storage marketlast_img read more

US, Ecuador Train Together to Eradicate Illegal Fishing

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo December 11, 2018 The U.S. and Ecuadorean navies brought together technical and human capabilities in the Pacific Ocean for a passing exercise (PASSEX), an exercise carried out between two navies to ensure communication and cooperation in times of war or humanitarian relief. The November 22nd PASSEX focused on preventing, deterring, and eradicating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing that costs the fishing industry millions of dollars every year, and affects food security in many countries. “The objective of the exercise was to develop competencies to improve response capabilities, update the doctrine, and increase interoperability between the two navies to detect and deter illegal fishing,” Ecuadorean Navy Rear Admiral Darwin Jarrín Cisneros, Naval Operations commander, told Diálogo. “The recurrent presence of foreign fishing fleets and will of the United States and Ecuador to counter this threat led to the completion of the exercise.” Crews of several Ecuadorean aircraft, the Ecuadorean Navy’s missile boat Cuenca, and the Ecuadorean patrol boat Isla Española worked with the crew of the USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), U.S. Coast Guard service members, and a P-8A Poseidon aircraft from the U.S. Navy’s Patrol Squadron 16 deployed to support U.S. Southern Command- (SOUTHCOM) sponsored initiative Enduring Promise 2018. The team responded rapidly and effectively to the scheduled naval activities. Communication, a vital element The exercise used standing procedures to monitor maritime activities in jurisdictional areas. “In other words, we contacted fishing vessels in the area through VHF [frequency] equipment, asking [identification] questions to later compare the information with the National Maritime Management System database,” Ecuadorean Navy Lieutenant Commander Renán Valladares, commander of the patrol boat Isla Española, told Diálogo. “We then carried out inspections of those contacts of interest on board.” Two channels were used for communication: the primary channel to organize tactical maneuvers based on the Allied Maritime Tactical Signal and Maneuvering book, and a secondary channel for non-encrypted coordination. The ships immediately fell into a linear formation, and navigated that way for 30 minutes, while floating units and aeronaval resources maintained constant contact. Participants carried out communication checks in port channels using the North Atlantic Treaty Organization terminology, complying with the organization’s Allied Maritime Tactical Instructions and Procedures. “We verified standardization of tactical procedures between units, and certified that both navies were able to interoperate under any maritime scenario,” Ecuadorean Navy Lieutenant Commander Mario Bonilla, commander of the missile boat Cuenca, told Diálogo. “During the PASSEX [exercise], no interdiction or boarding tasks were executed, only coordination among units.” “The importance of the operations consists of improving the capacity of U.S. and Ecuadorean surface and aeronaval units for coordinated operations,” Lt. Cmdr. Valladares said. “As such, naval resources’ capabilities for command and control, mobility, and flexibility were integrated, increasing interoperability.” Economic effort According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), illegal fishing affects 2.4 million people in the fishing and aquaculture industries in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as fish consumers. About 10 percent of the world population depends directly on fishing to earn a living. Also, illegal fishing affects one of every five fish caught, with an annual cost of $23 billion, the FAO indicated. According to FAO, some 100 to 150 million sharks are captured and mutilated every year during shark finning, for example. The process could lead to the extinction of most species of sharks in the next decade nongovernmental environmental conservation groups, such as WildAid, warn. The unregulated practice, which involves cutting a shark’s fin off and returning the animal to the water to die of asphyxia, is widespread due to the demand for shark fins in countries like China, where they are used for their supposed medicinal benefits. In August 2017, Ecuador detained a Chinese fishing vessel on protected waters in the Galapagos Islands with 6,600 sharks on board. Authorities detained the vessel’s 20 fishermen and sentenced them to four years in prison for illegal fishing. Although the Chinese government admitted the vessel was on protected waters with zero fishing tolerance, it denied any proof of the vessel’s activities fishing and transporting the animals. “Operations against this threat represent a large economic effort because of the maritime jurisdiction area to cover and the naval and air resources required,” said Lt. Cmdr. Valladares. “Having the support of other countries with information, tactical exercises, and other resources will allow the activation of local procedures when necessary to interdict people and vessels [carrying out] illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.” As risks associated with activities to counter illegal fishing are high, surface units must be trained and qualified to confront situations, such as uncooperative boarding, crisis management and escalation on board, progressive use of force, collision danger with naval units, and emergencies. “That’s why we should increase multinational operations with the United States and improve systems to monitor heavy-duty fishing vessels that prevent them from entering exclusive economic zones,” Lt. Cmdr. Bonilla said. In addition to tactical exercises, considering the employment of multinational military forces is crucial. “Interoperability among navies helps maintain the force’s operational readiness, in case the execution of an international operation is necessary,” said Lt. Cmdr. Bonilla. “For the Ecuadorean Navy, it’s very important to continue with these exercises and set up different U.S.-sponsored operations to improve our safeguarding measures at sea,” said Rear Adm. Jarrín.last_img read more

Vetter saves day; UW survives scare

first_imgFour overtimes, 127 minutes and 9 seconds. That was the marathon that the Wisconsin women’s hockey team endured before finally registering a goal, sending the Badgers to a 1-0 victory over Harvard and the Frozen Four.In all likelihood, no one expected the goaltending duel that took place Saturday night. Although both Wisconsin and Harvard have two of the best goaltenders in the nation — the Badgers’ Jessie Vetter and the Crimson’s Brittany Martin — both teams also featured prolific offenses. With Wisconsin averaging more than four goals per game and Harvard leading the nation in that category, the 5,125 Badger fans in attendance expected a fair amount of offense, not a defensive standoff.”The kids were working hard and obviously fatigue started to come into play probably the middle of the third overtime, but I just think it’s great for women’s hockey,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “We had a nice crowd here tonight. They were very entertained. Obviously, the party went a little longer than we thought it was going to go, but we’re really excited.”Despite the defensive display, there were still plenty of opportunities for both teams. Wisconsin had a golden opportunity while shorthanded in the first period of regulation, when the Badgers had a 2-on-1 breakaway. The rush came up empty after the puck sailed over the open net.Harvard had an opportunity of their own in the second period, when the Crimson’s leading point scorer, Julie Chu, had a wide-open net to shoot at after Vetter left a healthy rebound. Crashing the net, Chu was unable to get her stick on the puck.The two teams traded scoring chances throughout the game, but remained scoreless until Wisconsin’s junior forward Jinelle Zaugg finally netted the game-winning goal 7 minutes into the fourth overtime.”[Sara] Bauer gave me a pretty pass, and I don’t really remember much after that, to tell you the truth,” Zaugg said of the goal. Zaugg summed up her feelings after ending the game in just one word: relief.The lack of goals in the game can certainly be attributed to Vetter and Martin, who faced a combined 103 shots. Even in defeat, Martin was the star of the game, turning away 67 shots before finally allowing Zaugg’s goal.”[Martin] played really well tonight,” Vetter said. “I was just glad I was on the other end with thirty-something [shots], but we kept peppering her [with shots].”After the game, Zaugg had some high praise for Harvard’s goaltender. “Martin played a great game, and she’s got a really good glove,” Zaugg added. “We tried to keep going for the glove and she made a lot of great saves. That was very frustrating, but I think that a lot of the frustration came from fatigue.”The officiating played a major role in the game as well. In the first period, UW freshman forward Meghan Duggan was skating toward Harvard’s net when it appeared as though she was pushed into Martin as the puck crossed the goal line. The apparent goal was overturned and Wisconsin instead received a penalty for goaltender interference.Another goal for the Badgers was overturned late in the first overtime period, this time due to a possible early whistle by the referees. A pileup in front of Harvard’s net prompted officials to whistle the play dead, despite the fact that the puck was still loose and eventually found its way into across the goal line. The game was similar in many respects to last season’s quarterfinal game against Mercyhurst, where the Badgers played into the second overtime period before Tia Hansen netted the game-winner for a 2-1 victory.Next weekend Wisconsin will head to the Frozen Four in Lake Placid, N.Y., to take on St. Lawrence in the semifinal matchup. For now, however, the Badgers can relax knowing they’ve made one more step toward a second consecutive national championship.last_img read more

Reid shreds Man Utd’s EPL top-four hopes

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |West Ham 3 Man United 2Winston Reid’s 80th-minute header harpooned Manchester United’s Champions League qualification hopes as West Ham United crowned their final Boleyn Ground match with a thrilling 3-2 triumph on Tuesday. Manchester United, whose bus was attacked en route to the ground, had come from behind to lead 2-1 after Anthony Martial’s brace negated Diafra Sakho’s 10th-minute opener.But Michail Antonio equalised with a bullet header in the 76th minute before West Ham captain Reid smuggled a header past visiting goalkeeper David de Gea to bring the 2,398th and final game at the east London ground to a crashing crescendo.The result left United in fifth place in the Premier League and means that they can only pip Manchester City to fourth place if they win at home to Bournemouth on Sunday and City lose at Swansea City.That unlikely scenario confronts under-pressure United manager Louis van Gaal with the unwanted consolation of a Europa League berth, although his side also face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final.His opposite number, Slaven Bilic, was left to celebrate a first league win over United in 15 attempts, which took West Ham back above Southampton and into a Europa League slot.But while the manner of victory was a fitting send-off for the 112-year-old ground, ahead of West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium, it was marred by pre-match scenes that saw the United bus pelted with cans and bottles.It resulted in a 45-minute delay to kick-off, and there were further scenes of disorder when De Gea had bottles thrown at him following Martial’s equaliser.United were boosted by the returns of Martial and Marcus Rashford — the former having missed Saturday’s 1-0 win at Norwich City with a hamstring problem, while the latter was rested — but they barely had time to draw breath as West Ham surged ahead. Carroll fluffs linesAaron Cresswell’s pass down the inside-left channel found Manuel Lanzini running in behind Juan Mata and from his pull-back, Sakho’s shot clipped Daley Blind and found the bottom-left corner.After Angelo Ogbonna and Dimitri Payet had threatened, Andy Carroll spurned a gilt-edged chance when, having been sent clean through by Payet, he shot straight at De Gea.Moments later Antonio headed in a cross from Mark Noble, only for his celebration to be cut short by a linesman’s flag indicating that the ball had already gone out for a corner.Lanzini drilled wide, Payet shanked over after Noble had robbed Martial and when the visitors finally created a chance, Wayne Rooney crossing dangerously towards Rashford, Ogbonna intervened.Seeking greater control in midfield, Van Gaal introduced Michael Carrick for Morgan Schneiderlin at the interval and within five minutes his team were level.De Gea’s goal-kick reached Rashford, whose pass found the overlapping Juan Mata, and the Spaniard darted past Ogbonna before squaring for Martial to tap in his 16th goal of the season.After Sakho had squandered a great chance for West Ham by turning Payet’s free-kick over the bar, Martial put United in front by skinning Reid and dinking a shot inside Darren Randolph’s near post.But Upton Park’s final chapter was not yet written and after Payet had picked out Antonio to send a bullet header past De Gea, the Frenchman crossed for Reid to notch a winning goal that left the rafters quivering.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Senator Rand Paul Tests Positive for Coronavirus

first_imgLast week, Florida Senator Mario Diaz-Balart and Utah Senator Ben McAdams also announced they had tested positive for the virus, officially known as COVID-19 Republican Kentucky Senator Dr. Rand Paul has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a Sunday afternoon announcement.His office tweeted:Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2020 He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time. Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2020last_img read more

Anthony Joshua slams detractors: ‘If you think I’m a racist, go f**k yourself!’

first_imgImage Courtesy: ReutersAdvertisement vlr1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsn1bWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Euc4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3msWould you ever consider trying this?😱e5yCan your students do this? 🌚imyabRoller skating! Powered by Firework In a world currently battling the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the topic if racism is making the recent headlines again. Following the George Floyd incident, there have been numerous protests against racial inequality and police brutality all across United States of America and many other countries. Several sportspersons and athletes have recently opened up against racism, including Anthony Joshua, but the British boxer has a rather informal approach. Advertisement Image Courtesy: ReutersThe two time unified heavyweight champion from Watford recently took part in a ‘Black Lives Matter’ march in his home town, where he was seen providing a heated speech in support of the protesters, which has stirred up some controversies.“Show them where it hurts. Abstain from spending your money in their shops and economies, and invest in black-owned businesses,” the 30 year old was heard saying in the speech, as clips started floating around in social media.Advertisement Following the statement, Joshua has been facing reprimand online, where many have called him a racist for his speech.However, Twitter was the platform heavyweight pugilist to respond, and he responded to the criticisms with: “If you think I’m a racist, go f*** yourself!”Advertisement Joshua clarified about his speech during the protest march, which was from a poem written by his friend. He continued: “If you watch the full video, the speech was passed around for someone to read and I took the lead.”“I personally spoke from the heart about the Watford community, ideas of us personally investing seven figures to create unity and opportunities and adding change to the African/Caribbean community.”“Shops aren’t the issue here.”Before you talk s***, you better boycott racism,” he concluded the post, followed by adding the same clip from the protest.The tweet has generated over 43k likes and 7.6k retweets. Check it out below-A prolific pugilist, Joshua has been title holder of the World Boxing Association (WBA),  International Boxing Federation (IBF),  World Boxing Organization (WBO) and International Boxing Organization (IBO). He also secured a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where he competed in the super heavyweight category.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Michael Holding claims Rohit Sharma may not be able to handle real pace100 voices: Cricketers and athletes speak up about Black Lives Matter! Advertisementlast_img read more