December 31

India looking at $40 billion investment to boost battery manufacturing capacity

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ET Energy World:The government is considering a plan to establish battery making capacity of 40 gigawatts (GW) to give a boost to its electrical vehicles and renewable energy initiatives, an official said. It will ask states to compete for the opportunity to set up internationally competitive facilities that will also service global markets. Domestic and global battery makers will be asked to bid for setting up plants in the selected states.The proposal is expected to entail investments of $40 billion in the next two-three years and is likely to garner interest from global battery manufacturing firms and renewable energy players such as SoftBank, Tesla and Panasonic, a government official said.The Centre is working on fiscal and non-fiscal measures to enable states to set up manufacturing units as competitive as those in China. Bids will be judged on the basis of land, incentives, power tariff discounts and regulatory and industrial support. Plants have to be competitive so that exports are commercially viable.The large-scale battery manufacturing proposal is aimed at making storage systems competitive in India so electric vehicle adoption becomes more viable. Batteries and battery cells are imported from the likes of China and the US. With plans to add 175 GW renewable energy generation capacity by 2022 and ensure that 30% of India’s vehicles are electrically powered by 2030, the demand for battery storage is pegged at 300 GW.“The Centre is exploring opportunities on how to make battery manufacturing at giga-scale happen quickly and in the shortest possible time because that is the crux of the entire growth, be it electric vehicles or new and renewable energy sources,” the government official said.“The industry needs to have confidence to come forward, as there is huge requirement of battery storage,” said another official. “Even for just the FAME-II targets of e-vehicles, we will require 70 GW batteries in the next three years. A company that starts making them here can become a global leader rather than looking up to countries such as Vietnam, Korea or China.” The official urged India to first make batteries before moving on to cells.More: Centre to invite bids for 40GW battery plants India looking at $40 billion investment to boost battery manufacturing capacitylast_img read more

December 31

EDF wins French offshore wind project with bid below 50 euros per MWh

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:A consortium led by French state-owned utility EDF has won a contract for a major 600 megawatt (MW) offshore wind project near Dunkirk in western France, Environment Minister Francois de Rugy said on Friday.EDF’s bid in partnership with Germany’s Innogy and Canada’s Enbridge beat rivals including utility Engie in partnership with Portugal’s EDPR and energy group Total in partnership with Denmark’s OrstedThe ministry said the tariff proposed by the winning consortium was significantly lower than 50 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). That compares with 63 euros/MWh for an onshore wind tender of around 516 MW that was awarded by the government on Wednesday. It also said the price was comparable to the best prices seen in European offshore wind projects and demonstrated the competitiveness of the French wind industry.The wind farm will have forty-five wind turbines producing 2.3 terawatt hours of electricity per year from 2026, equivalent to the consumption of around 500,000 French households.EDF, which operates France’s 58 nuclear reactors that accounts for over 75 percent of the country’s electricity needs, is rapidly expanding into wind and solar generation. Its EDF Renewables subsidiary, which manages around 13 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity globally, has a project portfolio of more than 2 GW in France. It is negotiating to participate in two projects in China totaling 500 MW and also developing an area with a potential of 2,500 MW in the United States.“Our winning bid was highly competitive, and this has notably prompted the government to double the offshore wind power targets contained in its multi-year energy Plan, giving new development opportunities for EDF and all participants in the sector,” EDF’s CEO Jean-Bernard Levy said in a statement. The government said on Wednesday it would double the pace of developing offshore wind projects to 1 GW per year from around 500 MW previously as costs are falling.More: EDF consortium wins 600 MW Dunkirk offshore wind project EDF wins French offshore wind project with bid below 50 euros per MWhlast_img read more

December 31

Draft law would begin German hard coal phaseout in 2020

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:Germany plans to close 4 GW of hard coal-fired plants via a first annual compensation auction in June 2020, an energy ministry spokeswoman told S&P Global Platts Tuesday.Compensation for closures is to be awarded to bidders offering the lowest cost of avoided CO2 emissions with winning plants set to close after winter 2020/21. The federal grid regulator BNetzA is set to run the auctions, according to a second draft leaked Tuesday.The ministry is finalizing a hard coal exit law to cap hard coal capacity at 15 GW by end-2022. Assuming Datteln 4 comes online, Germany will have around 22 GW of hard coal capacity in operation as the compensation auctions get underway.The BNetzA is to establish exact volumes required to hit the 15 GW target depending on other closure applications, the outcome of various capacity reserve auctions and startup of Uniper’s 1.1 GW Datteln 4 plant. Commissioning of Datteln 4 is foreseen for summer 2020.Closure auctions thereafter are set to run annually until 2026, with hard coal capacity declining to 8 GW by end-2030.Details on 3 GW of lignite closures are expected at a later stage, with Eur40 billion ($44 billion) of support for lignite mining regions already approved. Germany plans to completely phase out coal by 2038.More: Germany plans 4 GW hard coal closure auction in 2020: draft law Draft law would begin German hard coal phaseout in 2020last_img read more

December 31

Japan to reexamine policies supporting coal-fired power plant exports

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Japan will launch a review by the end of June aimed at tightening conditions for the export of coal-fired power plants, environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi said on Tuesday.The move follows global criticism over the Japanese government’s support for building coal-fired plants in countries like Indonesia and Vietnam, as well as the roll-out of new plants in Japan.Koizumi, son of former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi and tipped as a future prime minister himself, said in December that global criticism of his country’s “addiction to coal” was hitting home, but warned he had yet to win wider support to reduce backing for fossil fuels.On Tuesday, he said the environment ministry had agreed the review with other ministries, including the finance ministry and the powerful industry ministry, which has traditionally held more sway over coal policy. The discussions will form an outline for Japan’s new infrastructure export policy to be mapped out in December, he told a news conference.Under its current policy, Japan supports coal-fired power plant projects if and when a country which needs to choose coal as a power source requests Japan to provide its highly efficient coal power technology.Japan, a big financier of new coal plants in Southeast Asia, is seen as an outlier among industrialized countries as it is the only G7 nation still building coal-fired plants at home.[Yuka Obayashi]More: Japan to tighten export policy on coal-fired power plants: minister Japan to reexamine policies supporting coal-fired power plant exportslast_img read more

December 31

Polish government moves forward with plans for 10.9GW of offshore wind development

first_imgPolish government moves forward with plans for 10.9GW of offshore wind development FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The Polish government approved late Nov. 27 a draft Offshore Wind Act to award about 32 billion zlotys in support for the construction of 10.9 GW of capacity in the Baltic Sea.The ministry of climate and environment, which drafted the legislation, said the first offshore projects in the Polish zone of the Baltic Sea would be ready in 2024. The bill has been sent to parliament for debate and voting, with optimists saying it might be passed as early as January 2021.“Offshore wind energy is an important step towards building emission-free energy. We have a chance to become a leader in the development of offshore farms in the Baltic Sea with installed capacity potential estimated in the WindEurope report at 28 GW in 2050,” Michał Kurtyka, Poland’s climate minister, said in a statement.During a first stage, 5.9 GW of capacity would receive support in the form of contracts for difference, or CfDs, on a first-come, first-served basis from the energy regulator, URE. In the second stage, auctions would be held in 2025 and 2027 for 2.5 GW each. CfDs would be valid for 25 years, compared to 15 years for other renewable energy installations, and projects must start generating electricity within 72 months.Developers must submit applications for CfDs in the first stage to URE by the end of June 2021 and will be responsible for financing and constructing the connection from their projects to the onshore grid. The grid operator, PSE, will have the right of first refusal to purchase the connection in the event of a potential sale of the wind farm.Projects likely to be eligible for support in the first stage are those being developed by Poland’s largest privately-owned utility, Polenergia SA, and its partner, Norway’s Equinor ASA, as well as by state companies PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA, which is in advanced talks with Denmark’s Ørsted A/S, and Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen SA, which is yet to announce a partner. RWE AG also has an eligible project after entering the market in 2019.[Adam Easton]More ($): Poland approves draft offshore wind law, paving way for 10.9 GW in Baltic Sealast_img read more

December 30

Surprise! Outdoor activity makes you healthier

first_imgOh, you’re not surprised?A recent report released by the U.S. Forest Service and published in the Journal of Forestry (who knew?) breaks down the raw numbers. According to the report 170 million people visit national forests each year for the purpose of recreating. These activities include hiking and walking (which happened in almost 20 percent of visits), backpacking (topping the list in energy expended by visitors, and downhill skiing (16 percent of visits). Visitors in the Northeast and Southeast engaged in more intensive physical activities, while those in the West accounted for 75 percent of visits. All this activity adds up to a total of 290 b-b-billion calories burned over the course of the year. The authors argue the study offers an even stronger case for governments to open and maintain parks to keep people outdoors and healthier, which will have long term, positive, benefits on society and our economy as a whole.Another recent, and slightly scarier, study from the National Wildlife Federation finds that the majority of kids in the U.S. are sleep deprived. Reasons range from busy schedules to digital media to too much homework (my dog ate it?) but one slightly surprising reason was a lack of outdoor playtime. According to their new guide, “Green Time for Sleep Time,” a nearly complete lack of regular outdoor playtime is causing kids to miss about 2 hours of sleep a night. Because they are spending more and more time inside, children are not getting enough natural light during the day to induce sleep during the night. This keeps them up and cranky, which nobody wants. From the benefits of natural light on kids’ sleep cycle, to the obvious health advantages of getting exercise outside, to the stress release of breaking free of four walls and a ceiling, getting more kids outside more often seems like a no-brainer for parents.Time spent in the outdoors, especially in green open spaces, has also been shown to improve the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. A University of Illinois study found that playing in green outdoor settings, as opposed to playgrounds or inside, daily or several times a week caused ADHD symptoms to be milder. With childhood obesity rates tripling in the past 25 years, and with almost 10 percent of kids diagnosed with ADHD, the physical and psychological benefits of healthy outdoor activity could not be more important. The great part is, nature is all around us and, for the most part, free. So get out there and make a statement, play outside.last_img read more

December 30

Best Races for Beginners

first_imgRunners stride under a canopy of spring blooms at the Monument Avenue 10K.Whether you’re a rookie runner, biker, or paddler, a race is the perfect goal to propel a lifelong passion for your sport. Tackle one of these upcoming beginner classics.Monument Avenue 10KRichmond, Va. • March 31Just right for first-timers, this road race features a flat course through Richmond’s historic neighborhoods on Monument Avenue. In addition to a mellow grade, runners in the packed field get the support of cheering crowds and bands along the course. Smithfield Sprint Smithfield, Va. • March 31This sprint triathlon is an ideal entry-level race with a flat course. It’s popular with beginner triathletes just getting their feet wet as well as veterans using it as a checkpoint for training. The 300-meter swim starts in a pool, transitions to a safe rural and scenic 10-mile bike ride, then onto a semi-urban 5K run, finishing at the start of an all you can eat BBQ to make up for all the calories burned.Mud WarriorRuckersville, Va. • April 14Get ready to get muddy. Mud Warrior organizers promise you’ll be covered from head to toe at this 8K that’s filled with unconventional course challenges to keep you guessing, including a cargo net climb, barbed wire crawl, and balance planks. It’s a great opportunity to experience the exploding trend of obstacle racing.How to Role a KayakGreenhorn Adventure RaceFlintstone, Md. • April 21An adventure race designed with beginners in mind, this two-to-four-hour sprint requires teams of two or three to find a series of checkpoints by biking, trail running, and paddling across a flat lake. Although registration is not restricted, the race is held for novice adventure racers. No need to worry if you’re directionally challenged, because each segment is well marked, and maps are provided. While the course terrain is kept below the strenuous threshold, the race does involve a few fun challenges and surprises to keep you on your toes.Dirty Spokes Trail Run Gainesville, Ga. • April 21Ditch the city and get a little dirty with this trail run just outside of Atlanta. Both courses of 5.3 and 2.5 miles start in an open field that leads into the woods with easy-to-moderate trails and gentle terrain for those looking for an easy way to jump into the trail running scene without the burn of most off-road runs. Forget running on crowded streets with car exhaust and come run on these well-groomed trails with stellar scenery.TarWheel CenturyElizabeth City, N.C. • April 28Known as the “world’s flattest century,” this 100-mile route takes riders on a blossoming spring ride through the historical downtowns of Elizabeth City and Edenton. Not only is the course flat and scenic with the smell of flowers wafting in the air, the race coordinators make sure the sweetness of spring isn’t the only thing tempting you. The completely supported century offers excellent snacks throughout the race, including tasty banana breads, deviled eggs, smoothies, and local coffee at the finish.Catawba Riverfront ClassicCharlotte, N.C. • May 20This shorter distance 9.5-mile loop mountain bike race is held alongside the Catawba River, just outside Charlotte. The single-track course holds a couple of steep climbs, but for all of you jackrabbits out there, opportunities to pass are aplenty. The event is held at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, so bring the whole family, as there are plenty of activities for everyone, from rafting and kayaking to climbing and zip-lining.French Broad River TriathlonAsheville, N.C. • May 26This unique run-paddle-bike triathlon requires no swimming (unless you flip your boat in the river). The 1.5-mile run is mostly flat and follows the paved French Broad Greenway. Racers then jump into their boats and paddle 2.5 miles downstream, then hop onto their bikes for an out-and-back along mostly-flat Riverside Drive. Finish to cheering fans and concert goers at Carrier Park, home of the Mountain Sports Festival, a three-day medley of music and outdoor merriment.last_img read more

December 30

How to: Have an Outdoor Wedding on a Budget

first_imgDear Mountain Mama, My fiancé and I love the outdoors. We both love Asheville and want to get married in the mountains. But we disagree on whether to elope or invite guests. We are on a modest budget, but we want to create magical memories of the start of our lives as newlyweds. Can you help with a compromise?Thanks,Love BirdDear Love Bird,With the Blue Ridge Mountains, the French Broad River, dozens of nearby creeks and lakes, your options to get married outdoors are limitless. Love Bird, it sounds like you’ve met your nature soul mate. But sometimes even with our soul mate we disagree about important issues, including whether or not to invite guests.What about starting off your marriage on the right foot by compromising? How about planning an outdoor wedding along a secluded creek? You and your mate could raft down and a few of the people your fiancé couldn’t imagine not being at your wedding could join you at the ceremony site.Lucky for you, companies like Asheville Adventure Weddings cater to folks just like you. The founders, both local outdoor junkies, will listen to your vision of a perfect wedding and then create it. Whether you desire to get married perched on a mountaintop with a star-studded sky as a backdrop or on the side of the river with a waterfall in the background, they can make your wedding dreams realty. The company caters to intimate wedding parties, whether it’s a bride and groom wanting to elope in the wilderness or a few of the couples’ closest friends.So Love Bird, find a quiet time to talk to your sweetie, and over a bottle of wine share your visions for your wedding. Together you can create a celebration of your love just as unique as the two of you.Here’s to happy nuptial planning! Mountain Mamalast_img read more

December 30

Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Charlotte, North Carolina

first_imgCharlotte’s easy access to outdoor recreation makes it a metropolitan mecca for adventure. The U.S. National Whitewater Center is located within the city limits of Charlotte and situated adjacent to the Catawba River, this 400-acre facility features an re-circulating whitewater river, as well as 14 miles of mountain biking trails, and a 46-foot open-air climbing wall.At 98 acres, Charlotte’s Freedom Park features city owned rental bikes and a well-maintained network of walking, running, and biking trails. Crowders Mountain is just a stone’s throw from the city, offering miles of trails and outstanding bouldering. Some other outdoor highlights in the Charlotte area are Lake Norman, the McDowell Nature Center, the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, and Renaissance Park.Cudas_IB_0814_2Did you know? The U.S. National Whitewater Recreation Center in Charlottes also serves as the official training facility for whitewater slalom racing.Vote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com!last_img read more

December 30

West Virginia Ski Package Giveaway

first_imgENTER TO WIN AN AMAZING SKI PACKAGE GIVEAWAY FROM ONE OF THREE WEST VIRGINIA RESORTSSNOWSHOE: TWO NIGHTS’ LODGING TWO-DAY SKI PASSES AND RENTALSTIMBERLINE: ONE NIGHT’S LODGING TWO-DAY SKI PASSES FOR TWOWINTERPLACE: TWO-DAY SKI PASSES AND RENTALS FOR TWORUNNERS UP: FOUR WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A $50 GIFT CARD TO THE SKI BARN[contact-form-7 404 “Not Found”]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 Midnight EST on December 31, 2015. 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 their promotional 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 December 31, 6:00 PM EST 2015. 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.last_img read more