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 transition
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State authorities said they busted a group of scammers on Long Island, where five suspects are accused of fraudulently collecting more than $100,000 in insurance by staging vehicle crashes.The alleged ringleader, 35-year-old Jean Guilberto of Wyandanch, staged three crashes in which rented U-Haul trucks intentionally crashed into cars packed with suspects, who were treated for fake wounds at a Freeport clinic in 2010 and 2011, authorities said.“Breaking up staged automobile accident rings means safer streets and safer communities,” New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.Guilberto was charged with insurance fraud and grand larceny. Facing the same charges are 32-year-old Troy Russell of Amityville, 38-year-old Alecia Holland of Wyandanch, 46-year-old Larry Henley of Uniondale and 27-year-old Jahmari Monroe of the Bronx.Prosecutors said that Guilberto recruited the U-Haul drivers and the occupants of the second vehicle with promises of cash payments or lucrative personal injury lawsuit settlements. The suspects allegedly lied to responding police officers by pretending that the crashes were real.The fake injuries were treated at Freeport Medical, where the suspects allegedly filled out insurance forms that included false information about the crash and their made-up injuries. The clinic billed insurance carriers more than $25,000 for each crash.Guilberto faces up to 21 years in prison and the others face up to 7 years in prison, if convicted.
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The FBI has determined that a noose found in NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday was a door pull rope hanging in the garage since last year, according to the bureau. In addition, no one could have known that Wallace would be assigned that garage.A statement issued by U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said that an investigation has concluded that no federal crime was committed.“The FBI learned that garage number 4, where the noose was found, was assigned to Bubba Wallace last week. The investigation also revealed evidence, including authentic video confirmed by NASCAR, that the noose found in garage number 4 was in that garage as early as October 2019,” the bureau said. “Although the noose is now known to have been in garage number 4 in 2019, nobody could have known Mr. Wallace would be assigned to garage number 4 last week.”Further details were not immediately released. The FBI said no charges would be pursued in relation to the incident.
Facebook589Tweet0Pin0Johnny Carr, a full-time soldier with the United States Army, along with his wife and two young daughters have had to make sacrifices over the years as Johnny deployed to Afghanistan. Heather manages the home front while Johnny is away serving his country.The Nisqually River has eroded more than 60 feet of the Carr family home.On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, their lives were turned upside down when the Nisqually River eroded 60-feet of their property, taking with it all the trees and vegetation that was holding the river back.Now the family has been directed to evacuate the home. Their dream of building a life together along the Nisqually River in rural Thurston County will no longer be a reality. The County has yellow tagged the home, meaning they are authorized to enter the structure for brief period of time in order to retrieve personal belongings, but they will not be able to reoccupy the home.Johnny and Heather Carr, pictured with their two young daughters, have been forced to leave their home due to Nisqually River erosion.A crowd funding campaign has been organized on behalf of the family to raise funds for mortgage relief. The homeowners insurance does not cover flooding, and since they are outside a regulated floodplain, the lending institution did not require food coverage on the property.To learn more or to donate to this cause, please visit this Go Fund Me page.