EIA Says Coal Output, Share of Electricity-Generation Market to Continue Falling FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star Tribune:Coal’s share in the nation’s electricity mix is predicted to fall to 29 percent this year, as natural gas-fired power continues to increase, according to the Energy Information Administration’s Short Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday.Coincidently, coal production is expected to decline, though that slide may take place in the Appalachian coal region more than Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. Wyoming mines provide about 40 percent of the coal burned in U.S. power plants, more than the next six coal-producing states.Wyoming coal production took a steep dive in 2016, when three of the largest coal companies that operate mines in Wyoming were in bankruptcy. Additionally, weak demand for coal in the electricity sector at the time, and competition brought by cheap natural gas took a toll on Wyoming mines. The industry rallied last year, though hope of a return to previous norms has dimmed.Coal production is predicted to fall this year by 3 percent nationally, down to 751 million short tons. The amount of coal that is used in the country, particularly by coal-fired power plants, will be down as well.The outlook also touched on coal’s competitor, natural gas. The national spot price, Henry Hub, is expected to average about $3 this year, rising to an average $3.11 in 2019. At that price point, coal firms argue they can still compete. But as coal’s contribution falls, natural gas will take the largest slice of the electricity mix in 2018, rising to 34 percent compared to 32 percent last year.Most of the new power capacity built this year is also expected to be in the form of natural gas plants. There are no new coal plans in development nationally.More: Report: Coal To Cede More Of Its Share In The Electricity Mix This Year
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:AES Corporation launched the world’s largest battery plant paired with solar generation Tuesday, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative is finishing up commissioning for the Lawa’i Solar and Energy Storage Project, which combines 28 megawatts of solar photovoltaic capacity with a lithium-ion battery capable of storing 100 megawatt-hours.The battery alone holds more energy than all but one other U.S. plant: the 120 megawatt-hour facility AES built in Escondido in 2017. Taken as a whole, Lawa’i’s storage capacity outranks any other operational solar-paired battery system in the world, according to Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables. But the ever-growing solar-plus-storage project pipeline means that title won’t be safe for long.“This market is growing at a phenomenal rate,” said AES President and CEO Andrés Gluski. “I think you’re going to see a whole lot less peaker plants.”AES owns and operates the plant on behalf of KIUC, under a power purchase agreement pegged at 11 cents per kilowatt-hour. The plant delivers solar power when a standalone solar plant can’t: at night. That offsets the peaker plants that turn on for the evening peak; in Hawaii, those plants tend to run on imported oil, at considerable expense.Lawa’i can crank a full output of 20 megawatts for five hours. With 100 megawatt-hours of stored energy, the battery can also operate more like a baseload plant, delivering a lower amount of power for more hours through the night until the sun comes back up. AES expects to offset 3.7 million gallons of diesel each year by dispatching more cost-effectively than the fossil fueled incumbents.More: AES completes record-breaking solar and battery plant on Kauai World’s biggest solar-plus-storage project comes online in Hawaii
Grid-scale battery storage begins to take hold in India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:India is finally seeing the emergence of a grid-scale energy storage market after years of anticipation.This month the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) invited bids for 3.6 gigawatt-hours of storage connected to 1.2 gigawatts of solar on India’s interstate transmission system, the biggest battery solicitation seen in the country so far.The auction came hot on the heels of several other SECI solicitations. Also this month, SECI put out a call for two 150-megawatt-hour battery systems to be connected to 100-megawatt solar farms in Andra Pradesh.Last month, meanwhile, saw SECI calling for a 42-megawatt-hour battery system to go with 14 megawatts of solar in Ladakh in northeast India. The corporation also requested bids for a 20-megawatt floating PV plant in Lakshadweep, an archipelago off the southwestern coast of India, with 60 megawatt-hours of battery storage.The SECI auctions come on top of seven storage tenders in the last year, Bridge to India, a New Delhi-based analyst firm, said last month. Those tenders were issued by SECI and the utilities NLC India and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), and amounted to 84 megawatt-hours of capacity, tied to 78 megawatts of solar PV.More: India’s energy storage market is finally starting to grow
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:On Sunday, an Arizona federal judge granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that sought to force a state water agency to buy coal-fired electricity.In a legal battle that began nearly a year ago, coal producer Peabody Energy, the Hopi Tribe and the labor union United Mine Workers of America tried to use the courts to pressure the Central Arizona Project (CAP) into returning as a potential buyer for the power of the plant in question, the Navajo Generating Station.The 2.3 GW coal plant is in danger of closing at the end of the year after difficulties to find a buyer for the plant’s output. The plaintiffs have until April 19 to file an amended complaint.As another nail in the coffin of the largest coal-fired facility west of the Mississippi, the legislative branch of the Navajo Nation accepted a resolution on March 21 “to move the Navajo Nation beyond coal source revenues and forward to sustainable, renewable energy sources.”A quarter of the share of NGS is owned by the Department of the Interior, although the Navajo Nation, the second largest Native American tribe in the United States, derives a large portion of its budget from plant lease payments and as a source of employment.“Without a market-based transaction supported by the Navajo Nation to operate NGS after 2019, the Department will support decommissioning of the NGS facilities per the terms of the 2017 Extension Lease to minimize the impacts of a NGS closure,” Molly Block, Interior spokesperson, told Utility Dive via email.More: Federal judge blocks potential path to viability for 2.3 GW Navajo coal plant Interior says it supports closure of Navajo Generating Station
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:A group led by Mitsubishi beat out other bidders including Shell in reaching a €4.1 billion ($4.5 billion) deal to buy Dutch energy company Eneco, which the Japanese conglomerate intends to make the centerpiece of its growth in the European energy market.The winning consortium includes Mitsubishi, with an 80 percent stake, and Japanese utility Chubu, with the remaining 20 percent. Owned by several dozen Dutch municipalities, Eneco is the second largest electricity supplier in the Netherlands and is also active in Germany and Belgium. The company operates about 2 gigawatts of wind capacity, roughly a quarter of it offshore, alongside nearly 300 megawatts of solar.Mitsubishi is already a substantial investor in Europe’s electricity market, including a 20 percent stake in U.K. electricity supplier OVO. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, part of the Mitsubishi Group, is co-owner of offshore wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas.Eneco offers “a platform to further grow in the European market, in which we intend to have a leading position in the energy transition,” Takehiko Kakiuchi, CEO of Mitsubishi Corporation, said in a press statement.Offshore wind is at the center of an existing collaboration between Eneco and Mitsubishi dating back to 2012. The two companies have jointly invested in a trio of offshore wind farms, all of them using MHI Vestas turbines, as well as in a 48-megawatt battery in Germany.More: Mitsubishi eyes leading position in Europe’s energy market with Eneco acquisition Mitsubishi to expand in Europe with $4.5 billion purchase of Dutch energy company
Dear EarthTalk: I’m looking for the best places to search for green jobs but am having trouble locating them on traditional job search sites. Where should I look? — H. Jenkins, Biloxi, MS With the environment now high atop the public agenda, green jobs are more popular than ever. Defined by eco.org (a leading green jobs website) as any job in any company where the primary focus is on reducing the impacts of our activities or products on the environment, green jobs serve to maximize efficient use of resources while minimizing degradation of the planet from pollution and waste. “Eco-jobs can range from engineering a photovoltaic solar cell to designing a building for more energy efficiency to landscaping a yard to minimize erosion to finding more sustainable forestry techniques,” reports eco.org.While you may be hard pressed to find environmental job opportunities on general employment search websites, sites like eco.org that specialize in green job listings can make your search easy. Also, many general environmental sites have employment sub-sections. Green job seekers and employers alike use these websites to find each other and get their work done, whether in the non-profit or for-profit worlds.Eco.org prides itself on hosting a wide range of listings from colleges, environmental and other nonprofit groups, media outlets and government agencies. With Google and Bing listing the site first for the search term “eco,” the website generates hundreds of thousands of page visits per month from thousands of green job seekers and employers, and also keeps its audience engaged through social networking.Another leader in the field is the nonprofit Green Jobs Network, which provides online services including a green job board and a 20,000 member group on the professional networking site LinkedIn. The group also uses its GreenJobs.net website as a platform for webinars, and is the home of the frequently updated Green Collar Blog, which provides career resources and information on the green jobs sector.Environmental Career Opportunities (ecojobs.com) is another tried and true source for green job listings. Some 50,000 targeted job seekers subscribe to the company’s bi-weekly newsletter that contains unique green job opportunities. Still other places to look for green jobs include EcoEmploy.com and the Environmental Career Center.Another site, Greenjobs.com, focuses on job opportunities specifically in the renewable energy sector. Jobseekers can use the website to apply for jobs, post their resume, obtain guidance on finding and applying for jobs, gain background information on the renewable energy sector, and access a directory of relevant companies and organizations. Employers can take advantage of the firm’s recruitment services. 1 2
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By Dialogo October 21, 2011 Venezuela is not cooperating with the United States in its fight against illegal drug trafficking, U.S. officials told a congressional panel in Washington D.C. In Bolivia, another nation that has cut off most U.S. cooperation, information from neighboring countries indicates the chiefs of some Mexican and Colombian drug cartels are moving to Bolivia to evade pressure from police, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s intelligence chief Rodney Benson told a committee assessing U.S. aid funds for the Andean region. Meanwhile, Venezuela continues to be the main launch point for regional cocaine transport en route to Central America and then Mexico and the United States, though only one percent of the cocaine Bolivia produces ends up in the U.S. market, the official said. “Clearly, Venezuela is becoming more significant for drug trafficking organizations,” Benson said. “Right now we have one agent in the country. We need to continue to build with authorities there… but clearly we’ve taken several steps back,” Benson said. And “I don’t know the reasons why,” he stressed.
As a result of Operation Cradle of Liberty, and following coordinated inter-agency work involving the Colombian Army and the Criminal Investigation and Interpol Directorate of the National Police, eight people were successfully arrested on March 1, thereby dismantling an important network supporting terrorism acts by Fronts 38, 45, and 56 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), an irregular armed group, engaged in criminal activity in the eastern department of Arauca. The arrests took place simultaneously in the population centers of Arauca, Saravena and Tame, including the Alto Cravo area of the same municipality, places used by the terrorist organizations as support areas, where they succeeded in camouflaging themselves among the civilian population in order to gather criminal intelligence that, once acquired by members of the network, was turned over to the armed portion of FARC Fronts 38, 45, and 56, which in turn executed terrorist actions targeting energy, road, and petroleum infrastructure and engaged in extortion targeting the region’s productive sector and the resources put at the service of the community in general. Those arrested are three women and five men between 20 and 50 years old who were being sought by the competent authority on charges of rebellion; all allegedly dedicated to directly participating in the FARC’s intelligence and logistical-support activities in the department of Arauca. With this operation, terrorist plans and actions on which the FARC terrorist organization expected to move forward in the next few days in the area of the Tame-Saravena road, an area of criminal activity by the mentioned fronts, were successfully neutralized. With information from the 18th Brigade Press Office By Dialogo March 06, 2012
By Dialogo July 20, 2012 About 84 percent of Guatemalans consider the Army the most trustworthy institution of the state, and in contrast, about 72 percent judge that Congress is the least trustworthy one, according to a survey published by a local media outlet on July 17. About 48 percent of the 1,203 people interviewed had a positive view of the activities of the judicial branch, and about 39 percent said the same about the National Civil Police, but only about 28 percent said that they had confidence in the work of the legislature, according to the poll by the firm Prodato, conducted at the request of the daily Prensa Libre. The Army, involved in serious human-rights violations during the civil war (1960-1996), won popularity in the last decade following the decision by successive administrations to send it into the streets to confront organized crime, especially drug trafficking. In Guatemala, violence leaves a daily average of 16 people dead, and the homicide rate is 42 per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest in the world. The poll was conducted between July 2 and 8, with a margin of error of 2.8 percent.