Australia: Developers Scrap Plans for Coal-Export Expansion in Newcastle

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Sydney Morning Herald:The $5 billion-plus Terminal 4 coal export expansion planned for Newcastle has been scrapped after demand for the fossil fuel failed to increase as expected.Port Waratah Coal Services said on Thursday that it would allow a lease for the terminal – known as T4 – to lapse, signalling that the project would not go ahead.Port Waratah’s two terminals, Carrington and Kooragang, last year exported 105 million tonnes of coal out of a combined capacity of 145 million tonnes, the company said in a statement.Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, operator of the city’s third terminal, shipped about 60 million tonnes, helping make Newcastle one of the largest coal export centres in the world.“With significant growth capacity available in the existing terminals, we do not expect that the conditions to support an investment of the large and long-term nature of Terminal 4 will be in place before the development approval lapses in September 2020,” Hennie du Plooy, chief executive of Port Waratah, said.The company is understood to have sunk many millions of dollars into T4, a project that secured its original lease in 2009. The first stage envisaged a 25 million tonne per year terminal, with plans to expand that in the future to 70 million tonnes.Jeremy Buckingham, Greens energy spokesman, said T4 becoming terminal was “wonderful news.”“Reality is catching up with the great lie that we can continue to export coal in an age of climate change,” Mr Buckingham said.The Greens called on the government “to develop a transition strategy away from coal” and the party would be making this a key election issue, he said.John Mackenzie, a Newcastle City Councillor, also welcomed the T4 decision.“From the outset the economics was against this, the science was against this and the community was against it but because of our broken planning system it was approved anyway,” Mr Mackenzie said.“Communities are sick of being placed in limbo by a planning system which has no red lights and a Government who won’t show leadership by refusing new fossil fuel projects at the outset.”More: Newcastle’s T4 coal port expansion scrapped as demand fails to rise Australia: Developers Scrap Plans for Coal-Export Expansion in Newcastlelast_img read more

Analysis says South Australia is setting an example for renewable energy transition

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:South Australia – now generating more than 50 per cent of its electricity needs from wind and solar – is an example to the rest of Australia, and the world, on how grids can move beyond “baseload” and transition to low emissions grid dominated by renewables.Or, to put it another way, South Australia’s grid provides real world evidence of how a new base load generator, such as the nuclear power station some in the Coalition are so keen on building, would now be impossible to incorporate into a system with high levels of variable renewable generation.That is the key message from the latest National Energy Emissions Audit from The Australia Institute: South Australia is past the point of return to new baseload generation, and the world – and the federal government of Australia – should take note. The report, authored by Hugh Saddler, notes that for nine of the last 18 months, half of all electricity supplied in S.A. has been from renewable generators, including rooftop solar.This renewable generation has at times been enough to meet all of the state’s energy demand and – as AEMO has acknowledged – will be able to gradually reduce market interventions such as directing gas generators to run as more synchronous condensers come on line.“South Australia is showing Australia and the rest of the world how best to integrate new generation on a large scale,” says Saddler. “The inter-connector between South Australia and Victoria was completed more than 30 years ago, and since then South Australia has almost always been a net importer of electricity from Victoria. Now, thanks to its strong renewables leadership and uptake, it is a net exporter of electricity to Victoria for most months of the year.”“Eliminating ‘base load’ is what the transition to a low emission renewable generation based electricity supply system is doing,” the report says; “in South Australia, in the rest of Australia, and round the world. The complement to variable renewable generation is not so-called “base load” generation (a meaningless term), but energy storage in some of its many forms and spatial/climatic diversification of renewable generation.”More: South Australia “an example to the world” of how to move beyond baseload Analysis says South Australia is setting an example for renewable energy transitionlast_img read more

Morgan Stanley: Green hydrogen could be economically competitive by 2023

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Green hydrogen could as soon as 2023 be competitive with grey H2 made using fossil fuels thanks to US wind power that’s as cheap as $5/MWh, said finance giant Morgan Stanley.Steep falls in clean generation costs mean at $1.53/kg, hydrogen produced via electrolysis sited at “best in class” US renewable projects is already competitive with so-called blue H2, made using abated gas, said Morgan Stanley in a note to clients.By 2023/24 continued falls in onshore wind costs that are already often as low as $20/MWh – and, crucially, a further extension to key renewable energy tax credits – could drive LCOE in regions such as Texas and the Midwest as low as $5-7/MWh, Morgan Stanley’s analysts reckon.That would make green hydrogen from wind competitive with new grey production “much sooner than appreciated” at about $1/kg, said the note, adding that the price of renewable H2 is “highly sensitive” to generation cost falls, with a $2/MWh reduction driving it down by $0.10/kg.The US offers one of the biggest potential markets for green hydrogen to act as a key driver of the energy transition by displacing fossil fuels, Morgan Stanley said. As elsewhere in the world, grey hydrogen produced via unabated fossils currently dominates the US market with a price of about $0.30/kg that excludes the capital cost needed to bring new capacity online.The Morgan Stanley analysts admit the dramatic fall depends on ongoing reductions in the costs of electrolyser technology, and subsidies to support green H2 electrolysis, as well as an extension of the wind power production tax credit to 2024, but said they see both “as highly possible”.[Andrew Lee]More: Green hydrogen could match grey by 2023 thanks to $5/MWh wind power: Morgan Stanley Morgan Stanley: Green hydrogen could be economically competitive by 2023last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Creeking Clinic

first_imgAll the best paddlers know that winter boating is well worth the cold water, if only for one major reason – creeking season! Prepare to join the ranks and clean up your skills this weekend with ACA certified kayak and swift water safety instructor Dave Kessmann at his Creeking Clinic this Saturday, January 17, on the Maury River. Dave KessmanDave Kessmann is an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor in both Kayaking and Swift Water Rescue. With more than ten years of paddlesports education, he now bases his work out of Lynchburg, Va., and offers courses all throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.This particular course will focus on the skills and safety measures involved in intermediate and advanced creekboating. The Goshen Pass piece of the Maury River is a classic run for local boaters, and features some of the best Class III and IV creeking in the region. Kessmann will lead boaters down the relatively short 5-mile section, stopping often to share his insights on the surrounding water features and to teach important creeking lessons – including boofing, paddle technique, eddy-catching, scouting, and refined boat control. However, the quality of kayaking on Goshen Pass depends entirely on the water level of the river from rainfall and snowmelt. If Kessmann determines the pass to be unrunnable, he will move the class to the Upper Meadow River in West Virginia, another Class III-IV creeking option.Interested paddlers should contact Kessman via his Facebook page or email at for more information and to register for the course. Everyone will need all of their own whitewater equipment and should prepare for cold temperatures with proper layers and drygear. This is not a beginner course, so be prepared for a fun but challenging event! A day on the river with Dave Kessmann will not only leave you exhausted and smiling, but also full to the brim with unmatched creeking experiences and skills for your whitewater future.last_img read more

Shenandoah Valley Bucket List: 7 activities you won’t soon forget!

first_imgSpeaking of BUCKET LISTS…you have to add these activities list to YOUR bucket list for the perfect getaway in Rockbridge County, Virginia – the southern gateway to the Shenandoah Valley. 1.       Shopping in downtown Lexington.  If you want something fancy for a special evening or something functional for your next hike, you can find it downtown Lexington.2.       Hiking the AT.  Easy access to the Appalachian Trail in Buena Vista makes the perfect entry point for a hiking on this world famous trail.  You can hike for a day or for a year!Chris Weisler Rockbridge County Tourism Lexington Virginia Summer Travel3.       Dinner and Drinks on the Rocca terrace.  Located at the Robert E. Lee Hotel in downtown Lexington, Rocca Bar Ristorante offers contemporary Italian cuisine and spirits on their terrace overlooking downtown.  The perfect setting for meeting friends and enjoying a relaxing evening.Chris Weisler Rockbridge County Tourism Lexington Virginia Summer Travel4.       Sunset at Great Valley Farm Brewery.  What could be better than a flight of cold IPA’s as you sit outside and watch an amazing sunset framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains?  Rockbridge County’s newest brewery is already a local favorite and a stop on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.5.       Hull’s Drive-In Theater.  Feel like a kid again as you catch a flick at one of the last drive-ins in the country.  Nothing like watching a movie under the stars with friends and family.6.       Conquer the Links.  Challenging to experienced players while inviting to newcomers, Vista Links is a very reasonably priced golf course that offers a classic Rick Jacobson-design nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.7.       Savor Mountain Wine.  Rockbridge Vineyards is an awesome afternoon excursion featuring award-winning Virginia wines and a full summer and fall schedule of music and entertainment.  The new tasting room and the beautiful grounds enhance the experience. Learn more here!last_img read more

Read This Before Your Next Paddling Trip

first_imgPractice defensive boating Wear your life jacket And, before you go, remember your check list.   Check out the ACA website for the rest of the graphics or a wide variety of other educational resources! Feel free to print and share them to keep everyone safe. Know your limits Make a plancenter_img The American Canoe Association (ACA) wants to make sure you stay safe on your next paddling trip. In partnership with the US Coast Guard they have created some new infographics to remind beginners and pros alike of a few important safety tips . Remember, even though paddling is a great sport, it can also be dangerous.   BUT, don’t be frightened off, just take the time to learn how to be safe: Take a class Communicate with your paddling partnerslast_img read more

Summertime in Frederick County

first_imgSummer is a beautiful time of year all over Frederick County, but it is truly stunning along its scenic byways. Whether you want to fill your weekend with unique stops and exciting attractions or you just want to spend an hour taking in the gorgeous views, a journey down one of Frederick County’s two most traveled roads is sure to be a memorable experience!Throughout the changing seasons, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway or Route 15 is full of engaging stops that will appeal to the whole family. One of America’s most unique and special destinations, Downtown Frederick boasts a charming Main Street filled with one of a kind restaurants, specialty shops, and a vibrant arts community. North of the bustling city lies the quieter countryside. Catoctin Mountain Park (NPS) holds 25 miles of hiking trails offering visitors a chance to get up close and personal with nature. Just on the edge of the park, Cunningham Falls State Park is home to a 78-foot cascading waterfall, lakefront beach, and loads of other recreational opportunities.Moving toward the Town of Thurmont, road trippers will find the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo. This is one of the few places in the mid-Atlantic to board an open-air truck and ride right through the habitats of emu, zebra, and bison. If you would rather stroll at your own pace, the zoo offers walking paths surrounding over 450 exotic animals. Nearing the Pennsylvania border, travelers will see Mount Saint Mary’s University, home of the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes, overlooking the path. Discover the story of Saint Elizabeth Anne Seton, the first U.S. born Saint, at the nearby Seton Shrine. Tour the museum, wander through the house where she lived, and step into the awe-inspiring basilica.If you are looking for an East to West (or West to East) adventure, look no further than the Historic National Road, America’s first highway. Dating back to 1811, what is today known as Route 40, was a crucial portion of the westward movement for many families. Today, travelers can explore along the Historic National Road in Downtown Frederick on Patrick Street. Consider a stop at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine which tells a story of healing and compassion and houses over 1200 artifacts in five expansive galleries.Further west, high atop South Mountain and hidden by the woods that surround it, sits the original Washington Monument. The beautifully manicured trail leading from the visitor center to the site is short, and not as rigorous compared to the two-mile march up the mountain that citizens took to create the attraction years ago. Like the monument in DC, visitors who reach the top of the monument are rewarded with an incredible view. Nearby South Mountain Creamery will satisfy even the strongest dessert craving with fresh from the farm ice cream! Tour the property to find out how the creamery’s dairy products are made on site.last_img read more

American Owners of Liverpool Soccer Team Announce Intention to Sell

first_imgBy Dialogo April 19, 2010 The American owners of the Liverpool Football Club, Tom Hicks y George Gillett, in a statement issued Friday, have announced their intention to sell the Premier League club in an operation supervised by Martin Broughton, currently chairman of British Airways. Broughton will supervise the “formal sale process” launched by Hicks and Gillett and will be advised by the bank Barclays Capital, according to the statement. “I will run this sale process in the right way, for the benefit of the club and its fans. Liverpool is one of the world’s greatest clubs, and my aim is to try and ensure that we find new owners who are able to build on the club’s recent improved financial performance in order to help deliver sporting success,” Broughton said. The club did not specify the buyers’ identity, but affirmed that there had been “numerous expressions of interest from third parties.” Since the two U.S. businessmen bought the team in 2007, Liverpool has accumulated debts worth 237 million pounds (270 million euros). Before deciding to sell, Hicks and Gillett tried at the beginning of the year to find an investor who could put up a stake of 100 million pounds. The club’s financial difficulties have led to the indefinite postponement of the construction of a new stadium and to a significant drop in player signings, a policy that has put the fans in opposition to the owners. In the statement, Liverpool emphasized the positive financial results of the Hicks-Gillett era, with an increase of 55% in overall income and of 60% in profits before player trades. On the sports side, Liverpool is not having a good season, and after having been eliminated from the Champions League, is fighting for fourth place in the Premier League, which would give the team access to the Champions League next year.last_img read more

Peru Will Organize Anti-Drug Summit in First Half of 2012

first_img The Peruvian government has announced that it will hold a presidential anti-drug meeting in the first half of 2012, bringing together the producing and consuming countries, Prime Minister Salomón Lerner reported. Defining Peruvian anti-drug policy, the prime minister said that “we will be inflexible in fighting the gangs of drug traffickers and monitoring the chemical raw materials” that reach the coca-producing valleys for the manufacture of cocaine hydrochloride. The administration restarted coca eradication programs in the central jungle that had been suspended for a week for the purpose of evaluating and reorienting the anti-drug fight. “In the first half of 2012, a presidential summit will be held, in order to confront drug trafficking with a comprehensive plan of action based on the co-responsibility of producing and consuming countries,” Lerner indicated in a presentation to a plenary session of Congress, accompanied by his Cabinet. Foreign Minister Rafael Roncagliolo announced that the administration had already begun discussions with the United States, Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico, and Brazil with a view toward this summit, which was proposed by President Ollanta Humala when he took office on July 28. Speaking to Congress, Premier Lerner affirmed that the country will pursue a sovereign anti-drug policy and that Peru will demand that the principle of shared responsibility with the consuming countries be put into practice. center_img “We will not legalize any drugs, nor illicit crops; we will eradicate illegal crops and will not allow their expansion to continue, still less in national parks,” he emphasized. Peru is the world’s second-largest producer of coca with 61,200 hectares, compared to 62,000 in Colombia, which heads the list. By Dialogo August 29, 2011 The suspension sparked questions and criticism in some sectors and among analysts, who indicated that the suspension would encourage increased cultivation of the plant. last_img read more

Mexico: Top Los Zetas member captured

first_img MEXICO CITY — Soldiers captured an alleged leader of the notorious Zetas drug cartel, authorities said July 27. Mauricio Guizar Cárdenas was arrested in a hotel in the state of Puebla, the navy said in a statement. He was wanted for the murder of four naval personnel in April and had a rocket-launcher and drugs when troops detained him. Guizar Cárdenas, nicknamed “El Amarillo” (The Yellow), is considered the head of the Zetas in five districts of southeastern Mexico, the statement said. The suspect was transferred to Mexico City for prosecution. [AFP, 28/07/2012; (Mexico), 28/07/2012] By Dialogo July 30, 2012last_img read more