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

Panel proposes unbundled legal services rules

first_img Panel proposes unbundled legal services rules For use by family law practitioners Senior Editor Attorneys entering into agreements for limited representation with clients would have to get those agreements in writing under proposed new rules from a special Bar committee.The final report of the Unbundled Legal Services Special Committee II has been submitted to the Board of Governors and has drawn varying comments from Bar and legal groups.The committee was created last April by former Bar President Terry Russell at the request of the Florida Supreme Court. The court was following up on the report of the first unbundled services committee, which said there was a need for limited, or unbundled, representation in family law work but that current Bar rules don’t allow it. That panel recommended the Family Law Rules Committee address a proposed new Family Law Rule 12.040 which addressed limited attorney representation, including notification requirements.The Supreme Court, however, wrote Russell and asked him to appoint another committee specifically to draft rules for unbundled services. The court noted it was not prejudging the issue, but wanted to have something in writing when it addressed the matter.The committee’s final report noted it published preliminary rules in the July 15 Bar News and those were somewhat changed in the final report. The official notice stated that the rules were subject to change before submission to the board.The committee’s recommendations include:• Even though Rule 4-1.2 does not preclude unbundled services, the committee recommended clarifying the rule to specifically say it is allowed. “The comment language makes it clear that the limitation must be reasonable, gives examples of permissible limitations, and clarifies that an attorney-client relationship is formed under a limited representation thereby invoking all of the ethical obligations and duties imposed by the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar,” the report said.• Rule 4-4.2 amendments would clarify how to communicate with an opposing party who has engaged an attorney for limited services. “The person is considered to be unrepresented unless opposing counsel has received a written notice of appearance or a written notice setting forth the time period during which opposing counsel is to communicate with the limited representation lawyer about the matters within the scope of the representation,” the report said. The language is based on a proposed rule from Washington state. A similar change also was proposed to Rule 4-4.3.• Approving a new Rule 12.040 of the Family Law Rules of Procedure. The rule would provide that limited representation is allowed — including for court appearances — and specify that court permission is required when the attorney handling the entire case wants to withdraw, when the attorney handling the entire case wants to limit the representation but still handle some aspects, and when the attorney providing limited representation wants to withdraw. Court permission would not be needed when an attorney who contracted for limited services completes those services. Other parts of the rule would encompass the requirements of Professional Ethics Opinion 79-7 that pleadings must state if an attorney assisted a pro se litigant, that an attorney providing limited services must state so on the signature page of any pleading or document prepared by the attorney, and that during the time of limited representation, pleadings and other doucments must be served on both the attorney and the party.• If the Bar and procedural changes are approved, then Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.060 must be amended to conform to those changes.The committee proceeded on its work by forming two committees, one to look at ethical rules and the other at family law rules. It also looked to other sources, particularly unbundled rules proposed by Washington state. “The Washington rules are more comprehensive than the rules this committee is proposing as they would apply to all types of proceedings,” the report said. “However, the committee did adopt some of the Washington language, limiting it to family law matters.”Its initial rules drafts, in addition to being advertised in the Bar News, were circulated to a variety of sections, committees, and other groups. Many considered them during the Annual Meeting and made comments, some of which were incorporated into the final version.Comments included:• Recommendations from the Family Law Section and the Professional Ethics Committee that unbundled representation agreements be in writing, which the committee then included by a 5-3 vote. Both also made language suggestions that the committee adopted.• The Trial Lawyers Section executive council voted to oppose the changes, and recommended that the proposed changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct be limited to family lawyers only. The committee rejected that, arguing the conduct rules have general application.• The Family Court Steering Committee supported the unbundled concept, but made no comments on the specific language of the proposed rules.• The Conference of Circuit Court Judges supported the proposed rules.• The Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors voted not to support the rules, but added that if they are adopted that the consent be in writing.• The Small Claims Rules Committee expressed concerns about how limited representation would be put into practice and voted to oppose the rules. August 15, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Panel proposes unbundled legal services ruleslast_img read more

Trojans reshuffled in NWSL Draft

first_imgTwo former USC women’s soccer players were selected on Tuesday in the 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft. Forward Morgan Andrews was selected as the second pick in the second round by the Seattle Reign, while goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme went to the Houston Dash as the sixth pick in the third round.Former USC goalkeeper and NCAA National Champion Sammy Jo Prudhomme was drafted by the Houston Dash in the 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft. Daily Trojan file photo.The draft took place after the Boston Breakers, one of the league’s founding teams, announced that it would cease operations on Sunday. All of the players who were under contract or whose rights were owned by the Breakers were eligible for selection in the draft, along with any members of the team’s Discovery List. Andrews and Prudhomme graduated in 2017 and played integral roles in the Trojans’ championship run in the 2016 NCAA College Cup. The duo were both part of head coach Keidane McAlpine’s early success with building his roster through transfers — Prudhomme left Oregon State after a stellar season with the Beavers in 2013, while Andrews left Notre Dame for the Trojans at the start of the 2015 season.In her two years with the program, Andrews scored 47 goals for the team, including the team’s first ever hat trick in the College Cup in 2016. She went on to become a captain that season, scoring one of the three goals in the 2016 national title game against West Virginia.Andrews was selected by the Breakers with the third overall pick of the 2017 NWSL Draft. A native of Milford, N.H., the selection was a homecoming for Andrews, who grew up dreaming of one day playing for the Boston program. She made 18 appearances for the Breakers. She also made several appearances for the U.S. U-17 and U-20 national teams, notching 2 goals.Now, Andrews heads to the Seattle Reign, a program that has defined itself as one of the most stable in the league in both success and in fan support. The team finished first in the regular season in both 2014 and 2015, and finished fifth overall last season. On her new team, Andrews will join a roster stocked with international superstars such as midfielder Megan Rapinoe. Prudhomme only allowed 27 goals during her two years as a keeper for the Trojans, becoming the core of the “brick wall backline” that defined the defense-first national championship team in 2016. She made 106 saves and only allowed 11 goals in that season’s run to the national title, earning distinction as Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year.In her solo season with the Breakers, Prudhomme made five appearances in the net. She now heads to the Houston Dash, a team that has struggled historically. In past seasons, the Dash has finished at the bottom of the league almost every year, failing to ever qualify for the playoffs.However, off-season trades and re-signings mean that Prudhomme will have the chance to play behind names such as striker Christen Press and forward Rachel Daly. In goal, she will be jockeying for playing time with Stanford alumni Jane Campbell, an up-and-coming star for the U.S. national team.The dispersal draft consisted of five rounds of nine picks, with teams choosing in an order selected by a weighted draw based on last season’s results. Most teams chose to defer their selection to the fourth round, leaving several younger players off the roster of any team for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

Wednesday November 27th Local Sports

first_imgWAVERLY — The Mason City High girls moved to 3-0 on the season with a 57-49 win at Waverly-Shell Rock last night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and Jaeda Witner led Mason City with 19 points while Anna Deets added 12. Mason City will host Ames on Tuesday. == THURSDAY– AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa WBB vs. Towson at Puerto Rico Classic — 11:45/12:00– AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa MBB vs. Texas Tech at Las Vegas Invitational — 6:00/7:00 CEDAR FALLS – University of Northern Iowa Director of Athletics David Harris has signed an extension to his contract with the university, committing to more than five additional years with the Panthers.Harris, who was officially named director of intercollegiate athletics in February 2016, will continue to lead the division through June of 2025.“I am very grateful to President Nook for providing me the opportunity to continue leading the UNI Athletics Department,” Harris said. “My family and I have truly made the Cedar Valley our home, and we love being part of the Panther Family. This extension represents a tremendous vote of confidence in the work being done by our staff each and every day. We look forward to continuing to build on the momentum that has been established by our coaches, staff and student-athletes and creating a bright future for Panther Athletics.”Earlier this year, Harris was appointed to the NCAA Division I Council, a 40-member council responsible for the decision making of the division. As part of those responsibilities, he acts as the council representative for the Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee. AMES — Iowa State closes out the regular season with a visit to Kansas State on Saturday. Both teams are 7-4 on the season.That’s ISU coach Matt Campbell who likes the way the Cyclones have been finishing games in the fourth quarter.Campbell says the players ability to make adjustments has been a big part of their success.Kickoff in Manhattan is scheduled for 6 o’clock on Saturday. SPORTS SCHEDULE THROUGH THE WEEKEND:== WEDNESDAY– AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa WBB vs. Cincinnati at Puerto Rico Classic — 2:15/2:30– AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, — Mohawk Hockey at Ames — 5:45/6:00 (game time could be shifted earlier)– AM-1300 KGLO — Hawk Talk — 6:30 CLEAR LAKE — Sara Faber had 16 points and was one of three players in double figures as the #4/3A Clear Lake girls basketball team had no problems with Charles City last night at home in a 63-27 victory, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB and Darby Dodd added 12 while Chelsey Holck had 11 for the Lions, who travel to West Fork next Tuesday. WAVERLY — The Waverly-Shell Rock boys beat Mason City 54-45 in the Hall of Pride scrimmage last night in Waverly, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Cory Miner had 16 while Austin Richardson had nine to lead the Mohawks. Mason City will open up the regular season on Tuesday at home against Ames. AMES — The Iowa State basketball team has enjoyed a lot of success over the years in Holiday tournaments and they hope for more of the same beginning Wednesday in the Bahamas, The Cyclones play Michigan in the Battle 4 Atlantis.That’s ISU coach Steve Prohm talking about first year Michigan coach Juwan Howard. Seven-one center Jon Teske is a key for the Wolverines. == FRIDAY – AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa FB at Nebraska — 11:30/1:30– AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa MBB vs. Creighton or San Diego State at LV Invitational — 6:00/7:00 or 8:30/9:30 AMES — The Mohawk High School hockey team hits the road this afternoon to travel to Ames in their I-35 Cup series. Mason City is currently 0-8 on the season while the Little Cyclones are 0-9 and also have a shootout loss. Nik Howell will look to extend his streak of eight games with a goal. The opening faceoff for this game is scheduled for 6 o’clock but could be moved up earlier due to the weather. You’ll hear the game on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB and, with the broadcast starting about 10 minutes before the game. == SUNDAY– AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, — Mohawk Hockey vs. Fremont — 11:00– AM-1300 KGLO, — NIACC BB DH vs. Central-Columbus Nebraska in NIACC Thanksgiving Challenge — 1:00 & 3:00 == SATURDAY– AM-1300 KGLO, — NIACC BB DH in NIACC Thanksgiving Challenge — WBB vs. Grand View JV at 12:00, MBB vs. Graceland JV at 2:00– AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, — Mohawk Hockey vs. Fremont — 2:45/3:00 IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says the Hawkeyes need to find a way to run the ball in Friday’s Black Friday game at Nebraska. The Hawkeyes managed only 79 yards on the ground in a 19-10 win over Illinois.Ferentz says with the short week to get ready the Hawkeyes have adjusted practice.The forecast calls for freezing rain in Lincoln on Friday and the Hawkeyes went to work throwing wet footballs in practice.Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 on Friday, with the pre-game at 11:30 on AM-1300 KGLOlast_img read more