FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Information Administration:Through 2040, the IEO2017 projects increased world consumption of marketed energy from all fuel sources, except for coal demand, which is projected to remain essentially flat. Renewables are expected to be the fastest-growing energy source, with consumption increasing by an average 2.3% per year between 2015 and 2040. The world’s second fastest-growing source of energy is projected to be nuclear power, with consumption increasing by 1.5% per year over that period.Natural gas, which has a lower carbon intensity than coal and petroleum, is the fastest-growing fossil fuel in the outlook, with global natural gas consumption increasing by 1.4% per year. The relatively high rate of natural gas consumption growth is attributed to abundant natural gas resources and rising production—including supplies of tight gas, shale gas, and coalbed methane.Although liquid fuels—mostly petroleum-based—remain the largest energy source throughout the IEO2017 projections, the liquids share of world marketed energy consumption is projected to fall slightly, from 33% in 2015 to 31% in 2040. As oil prices rise, energy consumers are expected to turn to more energy-efficient technologies and switch away from liquid fuels where possible.Compared with the strong growth in coal use in the 2000s, global coal use remains flat in EIA’s international projection. Coal is increasingly replaced by natural gas, renewables, and—in China and a few other countries—nuclear power for electricity generation. Demand for coal in industrial processes is also expected to slow.Even though IEO2017 expects the nonfossil fuels (renewables and nuclear) to grow faster than fossil fuels, fossil fuels still account for more than three-quarters of world energy consumption through 2040. More: EIA projects 28% increase in world energy use by 2040 U.S. Energy Agency Sees Declining Long-Term Role for Coal, Views Renewables as Fastest-Growing Energy Sector Through 2040
Governors: U.S. Anti-Solar Tariff Decision Could Eliminate 88,000 American Jobs
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Denver Post:U.S. trade panel on Friday found solar panel imports are hurting domestic businesses that operate in the industry, a decision that could lead to tariffs on the clean-energy parts that one group says could cost Colorado 2,000 jobs annually.The International Trade Commission said it has determined that the imports are coming into the U.S. “in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury, or threat of serious injury, to the domestic industry.”The panel will now determine how to remedy the issue — potentially through tariffs that would go before President Donald Trump for approval.More: International Trade Commission makes finding on solar panel imports that industry group says could cost Colorado 2,000 jobs Governors: U.S. Anti-Solar Tariff Decision Could Eliminate 88,000 American Jobs
China plans reductions in solar, wind subsidies
China plans reductions in solar, wind subsidies FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:China will speed up efforts to ensure its wind and solar power sectors can compete without subsidies and achieve “grid price parity” with traditional energy sources like coal, according to new draft guidelines issued by the energy regulator.As it tries to ease its dependence on polluting fossil fuels, China has encouraged renewable manufacturers and developers to drive down costs through technological innovations and economies of scale. The country aims to phase out power generation subsidies, which have become an increasing burden on the state.China’s regions will make an extra push to provide technological and policy support to the renewables sector in order to ensure they can operate subsidy-free, according to draft guidelines issued by the National Energy Administration (NEA) dated Sept. 13 to the industry and reviewed by Reuters.The guidelines said some regions with cost and market advantages had already “basically achieved price parity” with clean coal-fired power and no longer required subsidies, and others should learn from their experiences. They also urged local transmission grid companies to provide more support for subsidy-free projects and ensure they have the capacity to distribute all the power generated by wind and solar plants.The draft guidelines were issued for feedback from the industry and it is unclear when they will come into effect.Solar power generation costs fell 90 percent from 2007 to 2017, and GCL New Energy Holdings, one of China’s biggest clean energy developers, said in late August that grid price parity could happen within a year.More: China to speed up efforts to cut solar, wind subsidies: draft guidelines
Indian coal companies to build 3GW of solar
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Economic Times:Coal India and NLC India (NLCIL), formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation, will jointly set up 5000 mw of power generation capacity of which 3000 mw would be solar powered while the rest 2000 mw would be coal fueled.CIL and NCIL on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up a 50:50 joint venture company that would undertake the projects.Coal India has been tasked to become a net zero emission energy company by ministry of coal, a move which requires it to generate 3,000 mw of solar power. The MoU, also extends for setting up of 2,000 mw of thermal power generation across CIL’s subsidiaries.Solar projects will be set up over 15,000 acres on identified barren and reclaimed free land of Coal India and also at locations where free land is available.Estimated cost for Coal India’s solar power generation is pegged at Rs 12,000 crore.The joint venture company will be scheduled complete the proposed solar projects and thermal projects within 15 months and 60 months respectively. The projects will be financed through debt equity ratio of 70:30 as per the CERC norms. A concept paper has been initiated by both the companies to get clearance from their respective boards. More: Coal India signs MoU with NLC for 5000 mw power generation Indian coal companies to build 3GW of solar
New corporate group seeks to make renewable energy more accessible for business community
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:Some of the nation’s top tech firms, manufacturers and consumer companies are banding together to create a boom in renewable energy purchases throughout corporate America.The corporate giants and their nonprofit partners on Thursday launched the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, a trade organization that will help companies take advantage of new ways to purchase clean energy. The goal is to support construction of new green power projects by striking renewable energy deals pioneered by companies like Google parent Alphabet, General Motors and Walmart in recent years.“This is really about bringing as many players to the market as possible and giving everyone access to clean energy,” said Michael Terrell, head of energy market strategy at Google.Over the last six years, a handful of corporate giants have created a new way of meeting their sustainable energy goals. By striking deals to buy blocks of energy from utilities and power plant owners, they are underwriting the construction of new wind towers, solar farms and other renewable projects. Under the banner of REBA, these pioneers aim to empower tens of thousands of companies to buy renewable energy in the coming years — increasing the market from roughly 5,000 companies today.Through last year, companies signed enough corporate renewable deals to support nearly 16 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity in the U.S. REBA aims to accelerate that activity and grow the market to 60 gigawatts by 2025. That is a lot of renewable energy. It’s roughly equal to all the solar photovoltaic power capacity available across the U.S. in 2018.The group aims to remove barriers to entry by fine-tuning contracts, tackling regulatory and policy hurdles, piloting new clean technology programs and helping companies establish internal systems to ease the path to buying clean energy.More: Google, GM and other corporate giants form alliance to create a boom in US clean energy New corporate group seeks to make renewable energy more accessible for business community
China Energy Investment, EDF join forces to develop Chinese offshore wind project
China Energy Investment, EDF join forces to develop Chinese offshore wind project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Asia Times:China Energy Investment and Électricité de France Group (EDF Group) have signed a deal to jointly develop an offshore wind power project in China’s eastern Jiangsu province, People’s Daily reported.The project is the first offshore wind power venture with both domestic and foreign investment in China. A total of 7.94 billion yuan (US$1.18 billion) will be invested, with EDF holding a 35 percent stake, it said.The project in Jiangsu Dongtai city will have an installed capacity of 500,000 kilowatts. The first phase of the project, with a capacity of 300,000 kilowatts, has been under construction and will be connected to the grid by the end of this year. The second phase of a capacity of 200,000 kilowatts will start construction soon and be put into operation by 2020.EDF and China Energy Investment will team up for the investment, construction and operation of the project.China is a hot market and holds huge potential for wind power, it said. In 2018, China added about 1.8 million kilowatts of offshore wind power capacity and market estimates indicate China will have the world’s largest offshore wind power market by 2030.More: China, France team up for offshore wind power
German thermal coal imports fell 17.4% in 2019
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Germany imported 40.2 million tonnes of hard coal last year, 14.7% less than in 2018 due to competition from renewables and gas, and as the steel industry curbed usage, importers said on Friday.The total was comprised of an estimated 7.4% lower intake of coking coal for steelmakers, who purchased 11.5 million tonnes and a 15.5% fall in purchases of coke, a related product, of 1.9 million tonnes, lobby group VDKI said at its annual meeting.Thirdly and most significantly, purchases by coal-to-power generators, the biggest user group, fell 17.4% to 26.8 million.“Coal is being pushed out not only by renewable energy, there is an additional price competition with natural gas while carbon emissions permit prices are rising,” said the group’s managing director, Franz-Josef Wodopia.Coal consumption was also hit because of the ongoing expansion of wind and solar power plants in the green energy transition, which are driven by the weather and whose output volumes are given priority on transmission grids.Coal burning’s share in Germany’s electricity production dropped by 9 percentage points last year to 29%, the Fraunhofer research service said.[Vera Eckert]More: Germany’s 2019 hard coal imports fell 14.7%: importers German thermal coal imports fell 17.4% in 2019
Eat Like a Caveman
You want to lose weight, gain muscle mass, and feel more energetic? Eat like a caveman, say advocates of the so-called Paleo Diet. The diet eliminates grains, dairy, and most processed foods. It’s one of the hottest nutrition trends in the country right now—and also one of the most controversial. Like Atkins and the South Beach Diet, Paleo drastically limits the amount of carbohydrates in each meal and emphasizes wild meat, fish, and seasonal fruits and vegetables.According to Paleo devotees, the human diet began deteriorating during the Agricultural Revolution 10,000 years ago when we started eating farm-raised grains in large quantities. Then, 200 years ago, the Industrial Revolution led to processed, packaged foods laden with additives and preservatives, resulting in our current obesity epidemic.Dr. Loren Cordain, father of the Paleo movement, advocates a meat-centric diet that supposedly is based on the diet of ancient societies. According to his studies, the typical Paleolithic tribe’s diet was comprised of roughly 56 to 65 percent meat. A paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1985 suggested the ratio could even be higher. However, many anthropologists say some older Paleolithic studies that contributed to the “meat-centric” caveman image were skewed by the fact that bone is far better preserved at archaeological sites than biodegradable vegetable matter.While meat played a critical role in human evolution, most anthropologists today have largely rejected the myth of blood-thirsty carnivorous cavemen. Instead, primitive human beings were opportunistic omnivores—with teeth, limbs, and a gastrointestinal tract more conducive for digesting plant material than large quantities of meat. Gathering wild plants required much less caloric expenditure than hunting, and yielded more reliable sustenance. While meat consumption varied by geographic location, anthropologists at Washington University in St. Louis estimate that meat comprised less than 20 percent of most paleolithic diets.Berries, nuts, and even wild grains comprised the bulk of the diet for many Paleolithic tribes, according to Dr. Anna Revedin at the Italian Institute of Prehistory. Researchers found evidence on 30,000 year-old grindstones found throughout Europe that suggests Paleos harvested plants like cattails and fern roots to make flour. Meanwhile, grains have been found in Paleolithic storage bins, and a 2004 study of a Stone Age site in Israel showed the staple food was wild grasses.Rebecca Mohning, a registered dietician who teaches at George Washington University, puts the Paleo Diet in the same “fad” classification as the Atkins diet, though she believes Paleo is more balanced than its predecessor. 1 2
Virginia Paddling Adventure Giveaway!
KayaXpedition package includes:Admittance for Two to Chesapeake’s Annual KayaXpedition, a kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle-boarding festival along the waterways in Chesapeake.• 1 Sleeping room with 1 king size bed & 1 queen sleeper sofa at the Hyatt Place Chesapeake/Greenbrier for Saturday, June 21st• Two boxed lunches (cookie, 2 bottled waters, sandwich, chips, cookie, & a whole fruit) for Sunday• Exclusive discounts at local restaurants within walking distance to the hotel *• Complimentary breakfast Sunday morning About Chesapeake’s Annual KayaXpedition:Experience Chesapeake’s historic waterways the way they were meant to be – with paddles in hand! Enjoy complimentary admittance to Chesapeake’s annual KayaXpedition, a kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle-boarding festival along the waterways in Chesapeake. There’s something for everyone this year from a beginner paddler, an experienced racer, and families that want to have an adventure together. Reservations required for most events.Hotel Features & Services: Complimentary Wi-Fi; 24-hour StayFit Hyatt fitness center; 100% non-smoking hotel; complimentary parking; complimentary shuttle service within a 5-mile radius & to/from Norfolk airport, 8a.m. – 10p.m.; Indoor pool; refrigerator and single-serve coffee maker; Complimentary breakfast; 24/7 made-to-order entrées.This package is presented by Chesapeake Parks, Recreation & Tourism and Hyatt Place Chesapeake/GreenbrierContest is now closed! Stay tuned on Facebook and we will announce the winner soon! 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 May 31, 2014. 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, and participating Virginia Tourism partners 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 May 31, 6:00 PM EST 2014. 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.
Adidas Outdoors Stands Up For The Little Guy
As anyone who’s stepped onto a playing field or into a gym knows, Adidas the brand has produced some of the most popular sports apparel and equipment across the board, and since 1949, has been a major influence on athletes worldwide.But even such a familiar face can still blaze a new trail, and back in Spring 2011, Adidas (the actual name is “adidas” with a lower-case “a”) launched a line of gear and apparel specifically for outdoor athletes — Adidas Outdoors.The line is focused on high-performance apparel with a younger, more Euro-influenced style and fit. From the signature three stripes to bolder colors and more functional, tailored fits for extreme sports, Adidas Outdoors is unique in the marketplace.Plus, in an effort to reach the right audience for their new products (some may call that audience “millenial”), Adidas has gathered some of the best adventure athletes across the globe in their Outdoor Sports Team.The team pulls together successful climbers, mountain bikers, paddlers, canyoners, slackliners, hanggliders, and skiers from a huge range of backgrounds and nations, and places them each in the spotlight as champions of the outdoors and the image of Adidas. Most of these accomplished adventurers also represent a budding crowd new to the greater sports community. These athletes, many still students or freshly sprung from the nest, will ring in the next generation of outdoor leaders – and these youngins are looking pretty darn solid.One of these is climber Sasha DiGiulian, already a U.S. National Champion, Pan-American Champion, and Female Overall World Champion at only 22 years old. In between breaking records and crushing the competition, she makes time to keep up with her education as a full-time student at Columbia University. Whew. But even though her lifestyle may sound utterly exhausting, Sasha couldn’t dream of a past or a future without her sport. Climbing, as well as the commitments and passions that come with it, has shaped her from the ground up.“Climbing has taught me how to set goals, believe in myself, and to live my life with direction,” Sasha said in an exclusive interview with Blue Ridge Outdoors. “I have always felt whole with who I am due to finding my passion and living my life centered around it. Self confidence is one of the most important characteristics for people to have, and I believe that participation in sports brings self confidence.”Being a part of the Adidas Outdoor Sports Team has opened a huge door for Sasha: “I have gained an incredible partnership. I have learned so much about business, relationships, and I have been able to aspire to my dreams.”Adidas offers her a key opportunity to further her own career, but she also loves the exposure that her partnership with the brand brings to her sport. Quite simply, she finds that, “the involvement of larger companies in niche sports like climbing brings more attention, money, and involvement opportunities for the sport to grow,” and provides a major stepping stone for her passions to take center stage.Adidas stands up for the little guy, whether it be a lesser-known sport like climbing or the younger athletes that participate in them. Sasha adamantly believes that outdoor sports are crucial because they reconnect youth with their roots and “reverse the digital transgression wrought by the media age”. Motions like those that Adidas has made pull outdoor sports into the spotlight and help adolescents enrich their lives with these positive elements that only a romp in the fresh air can inspire.In the short time Adidas Outdoor has taken its first steps, the outdoor sports community has already felt the benefits of this developing relationship. Obscure mountain sports and their young athletes have gotten the chance to move into the mainstream and reach a wider audience. Hopefully these changes will serve as a challenge to other outdoor brands.–Story by Lucie Hanes, University of Virginia senior and Blue Ridge Outdoors‘ one and only intern extraordinaire.