IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: ‘End Game’ for Coal Imports in India

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jai Sharda, a Mumbai-based IEEFA energy consultant, said in an afternoon presentation at Energy Finance 2016 that the government of India will probably achieve its goals of doubling wind-energy capacity by 2021 and increasing solar-energy capacity 10-fold by then.Sharda said the rapid rise of renewables combined with policy shifts at the government-owned Coal—including “huge growth in coal production domestically”—will create an “end game” for coal imports into India.He noted that solar tariffs in India have dropped 25 percent in the past 12 months—making solar energy more affordable for more people. He reported also that more than three gigawatts of solar capacity have been added over the past year and that the government is pushing for an additional twelve gigawatts of solar capacity in 2017.“It is not outside the realm of possibility,” Sharda said. IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: ‘End Game’ for Coal Imports in Indialast_img read more

Ireland to divest fossil fuel investments

first_imgIreland to divest fossil fuel investments FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The Republic of Ireland will become the world’s first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in the lower house of parliament.The state’s €8bn national investment fund will be required to sell all investments in coal, oil, gas and peat “as soon as is practicable”, which is expected to mean within five years. Norway’s huge $1tn sovereign wealth fund has only partially divested from fossil fuels, targeting some coal companies, and is still considering its oil and gas holdings.The fossil fuel divestment movement has grown rapidly, and trillions of dollars of investment funds have been divested, including large pension funds and insurers, cities such as New York, churches and universities.The Irish fossil fuel divestment bill was passed in the lower house of parliament on Thursday and it is expected to pass rapidly through the upper house, meaning it could become law before the end of the year. The Irish state investment fund holds more than €300m in fossil fuel investments in 150 companies.“The [divestment] movement is highlighting the need to stop investing in the expansion of a global industry which must be brought into managed decline if catastrophic climate change is to be averted,” said Thomas Pringle, the independent member of parliament who introduced the bill. “Ireland by divesting is sending a clear message that the Irish public and the international community are ready to think and act beyond narrow short term vested interests.”The bill defines a fossil fuel company as a company that derives 20% or more of its revenue from exploration, extraction or refinement of fossil fuels. The bill also allows investment in Irish fossil fuel companies if this funds their move away from fossil fuels.More: Ireland becomes world’s first country to divest from fossil fuelslast_img read more

New Mexico regulators approve utility plan to abandon 847MW San Juan coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Santa Fe New Mexican:The state’s largest electric utility will be allowed to abandon a coal-fired power plant near Farmington and recover investments by company shareholders after a unanimous vote Wednesday by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.The video meeting was cut short by a so-called Zoom bomb — named for the popular video-conferencing app — just as commissioners appeared to be preparing to vote on whether to allow Public Service Company of New Mexico to abandon its coal-fired San Juan Generating Station.PNM Resources Chairwoman, President and CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn said in a statement that customers and the environment “will benefit as we move to exit all of our coal-fired generation and replace it with lower-cost, cleaner energy resources.”Vincent-Collawn also said the company’s ability to recover costs will help it offer $40 million for workers who will lose their jobs and for economic development in the community of Farmington if the coal plant idles.But whether the plant will actually close as a result of PNM leaving it behind is still unclear. A company called Enchant Energy is pursuing a separate plan to buy the station and install carbon-capture technology to keep it running.The decision Wednesday comes after months of legal proceedings that delayed certainty over whether PNM could leave the coal plant behind. Commissioners approved recommendations from the regulatory agency’s hearing examiners to allow the PRC to abandon the coal plant under provisions in a new renewable energy law that gives PNM the ability to sell bonds to earn back investments made by shareholders.[Michael Gerstein]More: PRC approves PNM plan to close San Juan plant after meeting derailed by ‘Zoom bomb’ New Mexico regulators approve utility plan to abandon 847MW San Juan coal plantlast_img read more

Italy’s Saipem to build 450MW offshore wind farm in northern Adriatic Sea

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Italy’s Saipem has signed an agreement to build a 450 megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm in the Adriatic Sea in northern Italy, the energy services group said on Tuesday.Saipem has agreed with renewable energy companies AGNES and QINT’X to install 56 wind turbines at two sites off the coast of Italian port city Ravenna, it said in a statement. The project’s contract value could be worth up to 600 million euros ($710 million) for Saipem, said a source close to the matter.“Saipem plans to start a similar (wind) project in Sicily and in Sardinia,” said Mauro Piasere, chief operating officer of Saipem’s XSIGHT division, which offers engineering services for the renewables sector among others.Saipem, a market leader in subsea exploration and construction, has been looking increasingly to offshore wind as part of a move to develop new lines of business to meet a growing client focus on green technologies.Last year it signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi-based Plambeck Emirates to build a 500 MW floating wind farm off the cost of Saudi Arabia.[Stephen Jewkes]More: Saipem to build 450 MW offshore wind farm in Italy Italy’s Saipem to build 450MW offshore wind farm in northern Adriatic Sealast_img read more

Rock Climbing 101: Get a foothold on your first climb with our beginner’s guide to rock.

first_imgRock climbing is like forming a band in high school; everyone does it, but very few of us do it right. Typically, this is the way most of us begin climbing: You see some videos on Youtube or maybe watch Stallone’s Cliffhanger, get psyched about dyno moves, then convince some work buddy who claims to be “big into rock climbing” to take you out one Saturday afternoon. But said work buddy’s climbing experience is limited to hitting on chicks at the local climbing gym. He has to retie your knot three times before he says, “I think that’s right,” and you spend about 20 minutes stuck to the side of a sandstone route that’s way over your head wondering why anyone would risk their life just to make it to the top of a rock that you could probably summit on a hiking trail anyway. Once safely on the ground you swear you’ll never strap on a climbing harness again.There’s a better way to begin your rock climbing career. Follow this guide and learn about common mistakes, proper gear, training tips, and where to find beginner-friendly rock.ARE YOU TRAD OR SPORT?There is more than one way to send that rock. Here are the three most common forms of rock climbing.Top Rope: The rope is attached to a fixed anchor or temporary anchor at the top of the climb, allowing for a single point of contact above the climber. Top roping is usually the first form of climbing athletes explore. It’s single pitch only, so you remain relatively close to the ground, it requires a limited amount of gear, and because of the higher anchor position, a top roped climber never actually “falls” as long as the belayer is doing his/her job. There’s always tension on the rope so instead of falling several feet to a point of protection below the climber, you swing away from the rock staying at the same position.Sport Climbing: Permanent bolts are fixed to a given route allowing climbers to “clip in” as they progress up the wall. While sport climbing is very popular in Western states, bolted routes are few and far between in the Southeast. The Red River Gorge in Kentucky and Foster Falls in Tennessee are hotbeds of southern sport climbing.Traditional Climbing (“trad”): The most common form of climbing in the Southeast, trad climbers place their own temporary protection in the rock as they send a route. Climbers are equipped with a “rack” of gear which is placed in cracks and crevices throughout the climb to protect against falls. In multi-pitch trad climbs, one climber leads placing protection and the second climber follows removing the protection.TRAIN SMARTERClimbing is the best way to train for climbing, but how do you train for rock climbing when you can’t climb rock? Think muscle endurance. Pull-ups are good, but you need to train your entire body to withstand the demand of sending 80-foot long routes without rest. Forget the big plates in the weight room. Instead, do full body exercises like “cleans” and “burpees” that hinge on low weight at high reps. Work your core and don’t neglect your cardio and you’ll perform better on the rock than just knocking out a bunch of pull-ups.POSTURE PLEASEProper climbing posture can often feel awkward for beginners who want to hug the wall with every inch of their body. Instead of sticking to the rock like glue, adopt this basic climbing stance: “Keep your arms straight, your back arched and your hips pushed toward the rock, as if you’re leaning away from the rock with your upper body,” says Swis Stockton of Granite Arches. “This keeps the stress on your legs, which is the key to climbing endurance.” When you’re comfortable with the stance, work the wall with your legs, thinking about foot placement first and hand placement last. Maintain contact with your feet. If your feet are slipping off a hold, you’re putting too much pressure on your upper body (hugging the wall) and not enough on your lower body.last_img read more

Stay or Go? Confused with Wanderlust

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,I received an offer to work full time as a sales rep for a local outdoor company. It’s a dream come true for me — traveling, meeting  outdoorsy people, and selling a great product.The only hitch is that my parents say they will cut me off if I accept. I’m in my mid-twenties and have two years left of college. My parents pay for school and rent, and they say it’s now or never. They’re threatening to cut me off entirely if I take this job.Thanks, Confused with WanderlustDear Confused with Wanderlust,A few times in the course of our lives the universe dishes up a life-defining opportunity. The chance presents living out our grandest dreams. When this happens, we must have the courage to go.Wanderlust, ask yourself if this is one of those opportunities. You’re an adult now and will figure out how to pay rent. Being responsible for you own bills might seem like a drag at first. But that also means you don’t have to ask for approval for your career choices. You don’t have to follow a path that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive to be the track to success. You don’t have to measure your life by diplomas or bank account statements.If this is truly what you want to do, go for it! Oh Wanderlust, think of the places you will go! The rivers you’ll paddle and mountains you’ll climb! And you’ll meet people along the way, some will become lifelong friends and others will be one-time adventure partners. People will open up their homes to you and lend you outdoor gear. Along the way, you’ll develop the skills and confidence to stand on your own two feet and trust your decisions.It’s scary. There will be long days of talking to people who don’t buy what you have to sell. You’ll be tired and far away from home. But the risk of opting for security over adventure is scarier. Wanderlust, don’t end up saddled with a mortgage payment, stuck behind a computer screen, and sitting in a cubicle located in a city you hate living in just because if feels safe. You don’t want to end up with regrets about the things you could have done but were too afraid to do.Wanderlust, nourish that adventurous spirit! Enjoy sunrises, thunderstorms, blizzards, blissfully bluebird skies, and sunsets on a constantly changing horizon.Yours,Mountain MamaGot a question for Mountain Mama? Send it herelast_img read more

Clips of Week: April 26, 2013

first_imgOur favorite web videos from the week that was:1. One Clean RiderThe story of Edward Norton and his “victory” in the 2003 Tour de France. This one will make you think…2. Blue Ridge Marathon x2Not exactly sure what’s going on here, but it appears these guys ran a marathon leading up to the Blue Ridge Marathon. If so, that’s insane.3. Maching the BikeGoing 135 mph on a bike is no joke.4. Especially Since…This was his last attempt. Skip to :44 for the epic-ness.5. River SoundsWe’ll wrap with just a beautiful fishing video.River Sounds from Rolf Nylinder on Vimeo.last_img

Trauma Tuesday: What is Parkour?

first_imgHave you heard of Free Style Walking, Free-Running, or, otherwise known as Parkour? Looks like fun…Video by Michael SlaterVideo by Joel Fenton/Team JerichoVideo by ps3kidbroVideo by blastoids11last_img

ENO presents BRO’s 2016 Top Adventure College Contest Final Four

first_imgMarch Madness ain’t just about basketball. Beginning March 14, Blue Ridge Outdoors’ Top Adventure College Tournament asks readers to pick the winners. Colleges and universities meet in head-to-head matchups in a 32-school bracket. In each contest, the school receiving the most votes advances to the next round. Larger schools with over 5,000 students go head-to-head on one side of the bracket, while smaller schools with fewer than 5,000 students square off on the other side. The two division winners face off in a David-meets-Goliath championship to determine the regions’ best outdoor school.DATES
Round of 32: March 14 – 28Round of 16: March 28 – April 4Elite 8: April 4 – 11Final Four: April 11 – 18Championship: April 18 – 25RULESYou can vote once per day. Rounds close Mondays at 9 a.m. Each school will start at zero votes at the beginning of each round.last_img read more

Fly Fish Haywood County, North Carolina

first_imgThere is nothing quite like the memory of the time you caught your very first fish.  Whether you were a child or just felt like a child at heart, there is something very special about the moment when you fought the flipping and flopping to eventually land your first fish.  You can re-live that same memory with a trip to the NC Smokies of Haywood to cast your line on the Mountain Heritage Trout Waters.The program was established by North Carolina in 2007 to encourage trout fishing as a heritage tourism offering and needless to say, it was a big hit! Every year, both novice and experienced anglers flock to the pristine rivers and streams of Haywood County to cast their lines.  The towns of Maggie Valley and Waynesville are the two access areas in Haywood County where you can fish on the Mountain Heritage Trout waters.Fishing 2Both residents and non-residents of North Carolina who want to fish the designated Mountain Heritage Trout Waters can purchase a 3-day license for only $5.00! Keep in mind the license is valid only for waters that have been designated as Mountain Heritage Trout Waters, but with multiple access points through Haywood County, you won’t have a problem finding the perfect fishing hole. This special 3-day license can be purchased online at www.ncwildlife.org or by telephone Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at 888-248-6834. Don’t have a trusty rod and reel? No worries! Stop by the Haywood County Visitor Center at 1110 Soco Road and pick up a free tackle box filled with lures or flies and borrow either a fly rod or a spinner rod. It’s the perfect opportunity to brush up on your skills or share the joys of fishing our local streams and rivers with someone for the first time. If you’re not familiar with the access points of the Mountain Heritage Trout Waters, we’ve got you covered on that one as well.  Visit NC Smokies offers a free Mountain Heritage Trout Waters map that highlights the access points throughout Maggie Valley. On the map you’ll also find another unique trail – the Plott Dog Trail, which tells the story of the official state dog of North Carolina, the Plott Hound. These incredible dogs originated in Haywood County and have left their mark on the area’s history and heritage. The trail traces the history of the dog throughout Maggie Valley and includes some pretty incredible landmarks that are well worth the visit.76085_Trout Map001.pdf.pdfAnd don’t forget that Haywood’s five towns — Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Canton, Clyde and Lake Junaluska — are conveniently located within the county and serve as the perfect base camp to launch your adventures from. Make plans to stay the night in one of the five towns and enjoy local craft breweries, an eclectic culinary scene, live music venues, fun festivals, and much more. To plan your next excursion in Haywood County visit www.visitncsmokies.com. last_img read more