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

Former Syracuse basketball players react to announcement of Jim Boeheim’s intended retirement

first_img Published on March 18, 2015 at 2:51 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Former Syracuse guard Matt Roe and walk-on Andrew Kouwe responded to the university’s announcement that SU head coach Jim Boeheim will retire in three seasons. Both players relayed expressed excitement about the future of the program under current assistant coach Mike Hopkins.Matt Roe, Syracuse guard from 1986-89 (in an email) “It’s a win-win for the university and the coaching staff. Shows Coach is energized to put this team and the program past the NCAA sanctions and handing the baton off to Mike Hopkins after 3 years when the school  has overcome the obstacles it was presented and the program is back on firm ground and national prominence.”Andrew Kouwe, Syracuse walk-on guard from 2000-04“I think obviously, some people are taken back. They weren’t expecting that to come from Boeheim. I think it’s a good thing it’s out there because especially from a recruiting standpoint. I’m sure a lot of recruits when they recruited by Syracuse, they say, ‘How long do you think Boehiem is going to be there?’ There was just a little bit of uncertainty. Now its out there, you know who the coach-in-waiting is. Considering that there are a loss of scholarships for the next four years, recruiting needs to be better, everyone needs to be better at recruiting… Now there’s less unknown.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“… Some people think that Boehiem will never retire because he loves basketball so much and it’s just in his blood. It’s a passion and it’s a great thing to see. I think with the timing everyone’s going to say, ‘Oh, the sanctions caused this.’ Maybe he just thought the time was right. I think at some point, it’s going to be interesting if he comments further on it. It’s just more of a timing of it’s time to go, it’s time to hand over the reins to Coach (Mike) Hopkins.“… They’ve got to start recruiting freshmen in high school right now so they can say ‘Hey, Coach Hopkins in three years is going to be next coach.’ The unknown is always the worst, especially when you’re a big-time recruit with schools coming after you. The last thing you want is a school you’re not sure about.“… He is the Syracuse basketball program. You hate to see him leave but everything eventually comes to an end. But the most important part is how you leave your program, and I think he’s leaving it in great hands with Coach Hopkins. I think it’s only going to continue to remain strong.“… Mistakes get made, sometimes out of his control. And it’s unfortunate and the best thing is to look toward the future and make sure those mistakes are corrected and keep the program at a high level.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Sony’s PlayStation 5 design has Twitter bringing out the jokes

first_imgBut the one thing Sony did show was the console’s design, which looks futuristic (and fancy).MORE: A complete guide to the Sony PS5If you notice a little difference, that’s because there is: the console on the left has a disc drive, while the one on the right is solely digital and will house game and content downloads solely. There’s expected to be a bit of a price difference between the two, but nothing official yet. The future of gaming is almost here. But Twitter is always here.Sony revealed the PlayStation 5 during a June 11 live video after months of speculation and delays. The show, which lasted just over an hour, featured tons of game trailers, but no specifics as it pertains to the price, reveal date, features and more. The system once again looks to feature a lot of vents, the ability to be placed vertically or horizontally and signature lighting on it. While the system specs were detailed in a March video, the console architecture of it has yet to be announced.Needless to say, Twitter was reacting to the design of the console accordingly, with loads of humor:Has any product design ever screamed “ugh we have to make one with a disc drive” as loudly as the PS5 https://t.co/xgQQFvFdnF pic.twitter.com/gI24e744jL— nilay patel (@reckless) June 11, 2020That PS5 console design tho pic.twitter.com/oWFM7s8tf3— Stephen A. Smith Burner (@SASBurnerAcct) June 11, 2020last_img read more