Renewables, geography make it feasible for Texas to quit coal, Rice study finds

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:Texas might have the perfect environment to quit coal for good.Texas is one of the only places—potentially in the world—where the natural patterns of wind and sun could produce power around the clock, according to new research from Rice University.Scientists found that between wind energy from West Texas and the Gulf Coast, and solar energy across the state, Texas could meet a significant portion of its electricity demand from renewable power without extensive battery storage. The reason: These sources generate power at different times of day, meaning that coordinating them could replace production from coal-fired plants.“There is nowhere else in the world better positioned to operate without coal than Texas is,” said Dan Cohan an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University who co-authored the report with a student, Joanna Slusarewicz. “Wind and solar are easily capable of picking up the slack.”Texas is the largest producer of wind energy in the United States, generating about 18 percent of its electricity from wind. Most of the state’s wind turbines are located in West Texas, where the wind blows the strongest at night and in the early spring, when demand is low. The resource, however, can be complemented by turbines on the Gulf Coast, where wind produces the most electricity on late afternoons in the summer, when power demand is the highest. Solar energy, a small, but rapidly growing segment of the state’s energy mix, also has the advantage of generating power when it is needed most — hot, sunny summer afternoons.Coal still generates about 25 percent of the state’s power, but its share is shrinking. Since 2007, coal used in generating electricity has decreased 36 percent. Last year, Vistra Energy of Dallas shut down three coal-fired plants in Texas, citing changing economics in the power industry that make it difficult for coal to compete.More: Texas has enough sun and wind to quit coal, Rice researchers say Renewables, geography make it feasible for Texas to quit coal, Rice study findslast_img read more

Telereal raises £20m by selling five more sites

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App-based ‘ojek’ resume passenger transportation service in Jakarta

first_imgJakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has announced that ride-hailing ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers are allowed to transport passengers again starting on Monday.The drivers were previously only permitted to transport goods while large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were in effect in the capital, in accordance with Health Ministerial Regulation No. 9/2020 on PSBB implementation guidelines.Anies also issued a decree on June 5, which contains guidelines for app-based ojek drivers to operate during the PSBB.“[Ride-hailing ojek passenger transportation services] begin operating on June 8, 2020,” the decree stipulates.Drivers, however, are not allowed to operate in 62 out of more than 2,700 community units (RW) across the capital where restrictions will remain in place as a result of their higher rates of COVID-19 infection as the city is set to enforce local-scale social restrictions (PSBL).Read also: We’re ready: App-based ‘ojek’ drivers welcome ‘new normal’ with health measuresDrivers are also required to use personal protective equipment when transporting passengers, with masks and hand sanitizer at minimum. They are also required to maintain cleanliness by disinfecting their motorcycles and helmets after transporting passengers.Two-Wheel Action Movement (Garda) ojek association leader Igun Wicaksono said the drivers were ready to apply COVID-19 health protocols, hoping other regions in Greater Jakarta would also immediately allow drivers to transport passengers.”We hope [the app companies] will immediately reactivate their passenger transportation services in other parts of Greater Jakarta,” he said as quoted by kompas.com on Monday.The association, he said, had raised drivers’ awareness on how to prevent virus transmission when transporting passengers, calling on passengers to bring their own helmets to avoid the potential spread of COVID-19.“We will continue to raise awareness and encourage the implementation of health protocols so drivers and passengers will both apply the protocols.” (ggq)Topics :last_img read more

Kiwis bombard banned child-porn websites

first_imgStuff.co.nz 24 November 2013Experts say New Zealanders seeking child pornography are increasingly demanding younger victims and more violent abuse.“Some people confuse these images as being virtual, but they are real images, they are crime scenes,” said Alan Bell, national director of ECPAT, which is dedicated to ending the commercial sexual exploitation of kids.Last week the world’s two biggest search engines, Google and Microsoft, announced a crackdown on online paedophiles, introducing new search filters and technology to wipe indecent videos.In New Zealand, a bill creating tougher penalties for online child sex abuse trading passed its first reading in Parliament last Thursday.The Department of Internal Affairs has already blocked 34 million attempts within New Zealand to access at least one of 582 child sex abuse sites blocked by government filters since 2010.Although many of these attempts are generated by pop-ups, malicious software and a small group of heavy users, the sheer number was described by one cyber security expert as “mind-boggling”.http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/9435784/Kiwis-bombard-banned-child-porn-websiteslast_img read more

The Latest: Cycling world championships still on for Sept.

first_imgThe Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.”The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest.___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The governing body for cycling says its world championships will remain as scheduled the final week of September, drawing the ire of some pro teams hoping the calendar would be adjusted to accommodate marquee races that have been postponed. Associated Press April 1, 2020 The Latest: Cycling world championships still on for Sept. The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. The Curtis Cup captains, Sarah Ingram of the U.S. and Elaine Ratcliffe for GB&I, will remain for the 2021 matches. The teams had not been decided. Players were to have been selected later this month.___Soccer fans from two clubs in Belarus say they will stop going to games because of the coronavirus.A leading fan group at Neman Grodno says its members will stop attending games and they have urged supporters for other teams to do the same.The fans have called on the national soccer federation to “draw on some courage and stop the Belarusian championship, as the rest of the world has done.” ___The R&A is postponing three amateur golf championships scheduled for June, including the Curtis Cup.The Curtis Cup was to be played June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. The R&A and USGA say the matches for female amateurs from the U.S. against a team from Britain and Ireland will move to 2021. The dates were not decided.The R&A says the British Amateur and the British Women’s Amateur will move from June to August, but that depends on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.K.The British Amateur had been scheduled for June 15-20 at Royal Birkdale. The British Women’s Amateur was to be played June 23-27 at Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland. Third-division club Uerdingen hopes to virtually sell out its 34,500-capacity Grotenburg Stadium in Krefeld with the offer of souvenir tickets for fans.Tickets start at 5 euros ($5.46) and go all the way to 19.05 euros ($20.80) for VIP tickets. The club says “panic buying for friends and family is definitely allowed.”It’s the only time that Uerdingen will sell tickets for the Grotenburg Stadium this season. Its home arena is being rebuilt so the club has been playing home matches at the ground of nearby Fortuna Düsseldorf.Uerdingen was one of the powerhouses of German soccer in the 1980s with a best finish of third place in the Bundesliga and a run to the semifinals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1986. More recently it has dropped as low as the sixth division.The club hasn’t played a game since March 8 because of the virus outbreak. Officials from the UCI confirmed that its weeklong championships will begin Sept. 20 in Switzerland. It begins with the men’s and women’s time trial, and a midweek mixed team relay would keep riders busy ahead of the road championships the following weekend. That means the entire week is out of the picture for rescheduling other events.Almost the entire spring classics season has been scrapped. That includes races such as Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold Race and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The first of the Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia, has been postponed while the Tour de France hopes to remain in July.___A German soccer club is raising funds amid the coronavirus pandemic by selling tickets for a fictional game. Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Fans of Shakhter Soligorsk have also said they will stop going to games “until the epidemiological situation allows us to return to the stands.” But they stopped short of calling for the season to be suspended.Belarus is the only nation in Europe still hosting professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.International players’ union FIFPro says players in Belarus have reached out with concerns about playing during the coronavirus pandemic.___English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak. The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund.Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___last_img read more

WCHA 2008-09 preview

first_imgAlaska-AnchorageThe Seawolves finished just 7-21-8 overall last season, including an embarrassing 3-19-6 mark in conference play. Don’t expect them to finish anywhere but last again this year.They’re a young team, losing just four seniors from a season ago and currently boasting just three seniors on this year’s roster.It will be a trio of juniors that will look to lead Alaska-Anchorage offensively. Josh Lunden was the top scorer last season as a sophomore with 14 goals and 13 assists. He’ll be joined by fellow juniors Paul Crowder and Kevin Clark, who each had 23 points last year.Goalie Jon Olthuis is a question mark in net, as he posted a .885 save percentage a year ago as a sophomore.The Badgers will face the Seawolves in Madison Dec. 5-6 and in Anchorage Jan. 9-10.Colorado CollegeThe defending WCHA regular-season champion will likely repeat as the conference’s top team. A repeat run will be led by two of the top players in college hockey, senior forward Chad Rau and sophomore netminder Richard Bachman.Rau was a Badger killer last season, scoring a short-handed goal in each of CC’s four games against UW. He finished top in the nation in short-handed tallies with six, and was named first-team all-WCHA with 28 goals — again, a conference best.As a freshman last year, Bachman played like a man among boys. He ended the season with a 25-9-1 record, playing in all but six of the Tigers’ games. His 1.85 goals against average was third-best in the NCAA.Colorado College lost in the first round of last year’s NCAA tournament to Michigan State. Expect them to go much further this season.DenverThe Badgers face the Pioneers this weekend and will be up against the No. 4 team in the nation.Denver is faced with a glaring void left in net with the graduation of netminder Peter Mannino, who had six shutouts for DU as a senior. Trying to fill his skates will be sophomore Marc Cheverie, who only faced 53 shots and made one start last year as a freshman.In front of Cheverie will be a very balanced squad. Sophomore Tyler Bozak will be the main source of scoring, as he finished his freshman campaign with 34 points, including five short-handed goals. Rhett Rhakshani is another player to keep an eye on for Denver. He led the Pioneers with eight power play goals a year ago.Denver was ousted by Wisconsin in the opening round of the NCAA tournament a year ago. Expect two intense series when they face each other.Michigan TechIt could very well be a long year in Houghton, Mich.The Huskies finished ninth last season — ahead of only lowly Alaska-Anchorage — and will most likely be right back where they found themselves to end the year.It’s never a good thing when you lose your top three scorers, but that’s exactly what happened to Michigan Tech with the graduation of seniors Peter Rouleau (29 points), Tyler Shelast (26) and Jimmy Kerr (19). As if that isn’t bad enough, they’ll be without their top goaltender from 2007-08, as Michael-Lee Teslak (2.20 GAA, .918 save percentage) left school a year early to sign with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.Senior goaltender Rob Nolan will have to step up for the Huskies in order for them to have any chance. He did see time in 18 games last year, so at least he has a bit of experience.MinnesotaYouth is the name of the game this year for the Golden Gophers. Don Lucia’s team enters the season with 12 freshmen and only two seniors — defenseman R.J. Anderson and forward Justin Bostrom.They’ll also have to recover from losing four players who scored more than 20 points a year ago. Blake Wheeler (team-best 35 points) left early to join the Phoenix Coyotes, and Ben Gordon (29), Mike Howe (21) and Derek Peltier (21) all graduated.The surprise out of Minneapolis from last year was the emergence of freshman goaltender Alex Kangas, who took over the starting job from Jeff Frazee. Kangas played in 26 of the Gophers’ final 28 games of the season and was named WCHA Final Five MVP.Keep your eye on freshman Jordan Schroeder, a forward who should be one of the top prospects in the 2009 NHL Draft.Minnesota-DuluthA lack of goal scoring will ultimately doom the Bulldogs in 2008-09.A year ago, UMD didn’t have a player score more than 17 points. (For a point of reference, the Badgers had eight.) They’ll lose their second-leading scorer in forward Matt McKnight, who finished with 16 points.Alex Stalock was the best thing Minnesota-Duluth had going for it last year. Despite his 13-17-6 mark — part of which can be chalked up to a lack of scoring by his teammates — Stalock had a .914 save percentage and came up huge against Wisconsin in a 2-1 overtime win at the Kohl Center in February.Seniors MacGregor Sharp (7 goals, 10 assists), Nick Kemp (7-8) and Michael Gergen (6-7) will need to have a bigger scoring year if the Bulldogs hope to scare anyone in the WCHA.Minnesota StateThe Mavericks were a team many people thought should have made it into the NCAA postseason tournament but were left on the outside looking in with a 19-16-4 overall record. They’ll likely be on the verge again this year.Goaltender Mike Zacharias was lights out for MNSU against UW when the Badgers traveled to Mankato last season. Wisconsin picked up just one point at the Alltel Center, losing 3-1 and skating to a 1-1 draw. On the year, Zacharias notched five shutouts and gave up just 2.08 goals per game.Minnesota State will have to find success away from home in 2008-09 to make it into the postseason. They finished 8-4-2 at the Alltel Center in WCHA play, but went 4-8-2 on the road against conference foes.North DakotaThe Fighting Sioux always seem to be one of the teams to beat in the WCHA. This year will be no different.Picked to finish fourth in the nation in the USA Today preseason poll, North Dakota has several holes to fill, the biggest of which may be in net.Goaltender Jean-Philippe Lamoureux was one of the top netminders in the country, with a miniscule 1.75 GAA and a .932 save percentage. But he is gone, as is forward T.J. Oshie, whose 45 points were tops on the team.The Sioux still have the 2007 Hobey Baker winner Ryan Duncan, who finished close behind Oshie a year ago with 40 points.It’s yet to be seen which of UND’s goalies will be the starter — freshman Brad Eidsness or senior Aaron Walski. Both have made starts already this year; both picked up a loss.St. Cloud StateThe Huskies and Badgers saw each other six times last season — including twice in the WCHA playoffs. It was ultimately St. Cloud State that got the upper hand, beating Wisconsin 3-0 and 4-3 in conference postseason play. Look for SCSU to be just as competitive in 2008-09.The Huskies have two players on its roster in Ryan Lasch and Garrett Roe that put up big numbers on offense. Lasch scored 25 goals to go along with 28 assists, while Roe finished with 45 total points (18-27).They do lose Andreas Nodl, whose 44 points were third on the team. The line of Lasch, Roe and Nodl was deadly against UW a year ago.In net will be Jase Weslosky, a junior netminder who made 46 saves against Wisconsin in his team’s overtime playoff win this past March.WisconsinMuch like last year, the Badgers are a young team, with seven seniors on the roster. Working against this inexperienced squad is its schedule. UW already faced No. 1 Boston College and then-No. 7 New Hampshire — both losses — in its opening weekend. They next travel to Denver, then host Minnesota and are on the road against North Dakota.Senior Shane Connelly has a year of experience under his belt and looked solid in Wisconsin’s 5-4 loss to Boston College. He’ll need the talented defensive corps in front of him — led by junior Jamie McBain and sophomores Cody Goloubef and Ryan McDonagh — to step up.Offensively, co-captains Ben Street and Blake Geoffrion will likely be two of the top scoring threats for the Badgers. Geoffrion saw his scoring increase from six points as a freshman to 30 last year as a sophomore.last_img read more

Seattle Fire Department At Satsop’s Tunnel Rescue Training Complex

first_imgThe Park is managed by the Grays Harbor Public Development Authority, a public corporation whose mission is to create new jobs and investment for the region. More information on Satsop Business Park can be found at www.Satsop.com. Submitted by Satsop Business ParkSatsop Business Park staff have dug 27 feet down beneath the never-used nuclear power site and exposed part of the huge pipes underneath. They’ve created a tunnel rescue training complex that the Seattle Fire Department will begin using Oct. 15.ELMA – Satsop Business Park has dug up some “buried treasure” that will likely help save lives. The “treasure” is a pair of enormous underground pipes that have now been transformed into a tunnel rescue training complex.The week of Oct. 15, about 30 members of the Seattle Fire Department will be the first to use the 12-foot diameter pipes to conduct specialized tunnel safety and rescue training. The department has said it will use the new training center about 30 days a year. Observers from the New York Fire Department will also be attending.“There is nowhere in the United States that has the potential for tunnel training as this place does with its 12-foot tunnels,” said Alan Vickery, assistant chief of the Seattle Fire Department. “These pipes are similar to the real world of tunneling work that is taking place in the Seattle area as well as internationally. Nothing that I’m aware of in the U.S. even compares,” he said.Located 27 feet below the ground, the pair of parallel water pipes was intended to carry water to and from the nuclear power plants’ twin cooling towers. To create the training prop, one was dissected and the other was opened up to allow for three separate areas to set up various training scenarios. Digging out a portion of the pipe, dissecting the one pipe and installing needed safety systems cost Satsop Business Park about $200,000.“To create a rescue training complex like this from scratch would cost millions of dollars,” said Tami Garrow, CEO of Satsop Business Park. (When the pipes were installed in 1979, the cost was $7 million.) “But at Satsop, we have this valuable infrastructure right beneath our feet that will benefit tunnel construction workers, repair crews, a wide range of rescue workers and the general public.“Redeploying these pipes for training purposes makes all kinds of sense when you think about it – and like everything else at the Park, it is recycling at its most creative.  It’s like uncovering a valuable resource that we know is already here, in this case, one that can help save lives and prevent injuries,” Garrow saidThe Seattle Fire Department has been contracted to provide tunnel rescue service for the Sound Transit Light Rail System, Assistant Chief Vickery said. This new site will be set up to deliver more realistic training scenarios – and thus make it safer for tunnel workers and firefighters who are called to the scene of a tunnel emergency, he said.Just a stone’s throw away from the recently completed tunnel rescue site, under the shadow of the operational cooling tower, is an outdoor tunnel construction training site being created by the Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust. That facility, complete with classrooms and a now-retired tunnel boring machine, nicknamed “Helene,” was created to teach tunnel workers how to safely operate in tunnels.“Having this tunnel training rescue site at the Park dovetails nicely with what we’re doing to create a national tunnel training complex, said Mike Warren, the training director of the Northwest Laborers-Employers Training Trust. “I can see fire departments from across the U.S. and Canada coming to Satsop to train. It will be a very unique set up. Tunnel rescue training will be provided to union laborers as well.” The Laborers-Employers Training Trust also plans to use the tunnels for about 30 days a year, he said.In addition to the Seattle Fire Department and Laborers-Employers Training Trust, there is growing interest by many other fire departments and safety organizations exploring the use of the tunnel rescue complex, said Nathan Hoover, project coordinator.“A lot of organizations go to West Virginia to get rescue training. We can save those on the West Coast a lot of money in travel expenses alone,” said Hoover. “We’re expecting that the Army, which already does lots of training here, will be interested in the tunnels. In addition, we can see easily adding some structures in the future to create scenarios for high-angle rescue training someday.”“I think this is a great opportunity for Satsop Business Park,” said Steve Poler, Chairman of the Board. “Anytime we can add a world-class training site to the Park it’s great, and to have something like this that is so different, where you can do things you can’t do anywhere else in the country is very exciting,” Poler said.Satsop Business Park is a 1,700-acre mixed-use business and technology park located in scenic Grays Harbor County in Southwest Washington just 30 minutes from Olympia and the I-5 corridor. It is home to more than 30 businesses, offers 440 acres of developed, pad-ready land and buildings supported by super-sized infrastructure and surrounded by 1,200 acres of sustainable managed forestland. Facebook3Tweet0Pin1last_img read more