FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ohio utilities are likely to urge an end to the state’s current competitive market for generation and take other actions in the wake of federal regulators’ decision this week to halt wholesale electric deals for affiliates’ less competitive plants.On Wednesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced it would require commission scrutiny before American Electric Power and FirstEnergy could enter into deals with their generation affiliates to buy all the power from certain power plants that have been less competitive in the markets.“[T]his Commission has an independent role to ensure that wholesale sales of electric energy and capacity are just and reasonable and to protect against affiliate abuse,” FERC said in its orders.On Thursday, AEP spokesperson Melissa McHenry indicated that the company would now be undertaking a “strategic review” of the plants.The comments track remarks made earlier in the morning by AEP CEO Nick Akins.FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones has previously said he would end deregulation of Ohio’s competitive electricity market “in a heartbeat.”Industry competitors, consumer protection organizations and environmental groups have called the proposed deals “bailouts,” because they would require all ratepayers to guarantee sales and a profit for certain power plants, regardless of whom customers choose as their electricity supplier.With ‘bailouts’ under federal scrutiny, Ohio utilities look to legislature With Bailouts Under Federal Scrutiny, Ohio Utilities ‘Look to Legislature’
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ET Energyworld.com:Adani Green Energy, a renewable energy firm of the Adani Group, plans to complete 1,300 megawatt (MW) of hybrid projects by calendar year (CY) 2021, said its Chief Executive Officer Jayant Parimal in an analyst call on Monday.“We have signed 1,300 MW of hybrid projects, out of this, 600 MW was with Solar Energy Corporation of India at Rs 2.69 paise with a PLF requirement of 30 per cent. We had signed another 700 MW of hybrid project with BSES-AEML where the PLF requirement is 50 per cent at Rs 3.24 paise. We are trying to complete some portion by March 2021 and in any case the entire capacity by the end of CY21,” Parimal said.He added that these hybrid projects where they mix wind and solar were currently being executed in Gujarat and Rajasthan.Adani Green had won the 700-MW wind-solar hybrid project in January 2020 and had bagged the 600-MW projects in June 2019. Adani Green is building 1,280 MW of wind, 475 MW solar and 1,690 MW hybrid plants.The clean energy firm’s CEO told reporters that they also plan to spend up to Rs 10,000 crore [$1.3 billion] in the current financial year to build 1,100 MW-1,500 MW of wind and solar power plants and added that despite COVID-19 impact the company was able to maintain their operations.The firm has a current project portfolio of 6 GW including under-construction capacity.[Aarushi Koundal]More: Adani Green plans to complete 1,300 MW of hybrid projects by 2021 India’s Adani Green Energy building 1,300MW of hybrid renewable projects
Rhode Island moving forward with 600MW offshore wind solicitation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ReNews.biz:Rhode Island has issued a 600MW offshore wind solicitation for the state.The move forms part of Governor Gina Raimondo’s plan to meet 100% of the state’s electricity demand with renewable energy resources by 2030.The solicitation will be developed by National Grid, with oversight by the state Office of Energy Resources, and is subject to approval by the Public Utilities Commission.Orsted and Eversource Energy’s JV Revolution Wind has already been selected to provide 400MW in Rhode Island’s first offshore wind solicitation.Governor Raimondo said: “In the face of global climate change, Rhode Island must drive toward a cleaner, more affordable and reliable clean energy future. In January, I set a nation-leading goal for Rhode Island to meet 100% of its electricity demand with renewables by 2030. Offshore wind will help us achieve that bold, but achievable goal, while creating jobs and cementing our status as a major hub in the nation’s burgeoning offshore wind industry.”More: Rhode Island issues 600MW US offshore wind bid
Dear Mountain Mama,I’ve hit a plateau with paddling. I’m comfortable on the handful of Class III runs I know well, but I feel nervous even thinking about paddling a river for the first time. How do I break out of my comfort zone to the next level of paddling?Thanks,Eddy FlowerDear Eddy Flower,Sometimes the security and safety of the familiar feels good. But if we always do what we already know, we limit our potential. To confront the barriers we sometimes unknowingly impose on ourselves, purposefully put yourself in uncomfortable situations every day.This past weekend I went hang gliding for the first time. As much as part of me wanted to feel the sensation of flying, there was another part that felt scared about taking the leap of faith flying requires. I pushed past that uncomfortable feeling. The moment I felt my feet lift off the ground I felt completely free, untethered from even the weight of my own body. For a few seconds, I glided in the air, making subtle adjustments with my body to control the glider. Flying left me feeling giddy at the possibilities just outside my daily routine.For you, dear Eddy Flower, I suggest breaking out of your paddling routine. Start on the rivers you know well. At every opportunity to play, get out and surf that wave. Heck, try to rock splat or stern squirt. It doesn’t matter if you flip over every time. The point is to start feeling more confident when you’re not in complete control or the unexpected happen.Take new lines down the rapids you know. Or take the lead if you tend to follow other paddlers. The nomadic Aboriginals who have made a home in Australia’s Outback for tens of thousands of years believe that every person must assume a position of responsibility at some point. They believe that in order to know the earth and one’s relationship to the world around them, they must at some point get out in front. Taking a leadership role on the water might help you, Eddy Flower, get to know the river more intimately and gain trust in your paddling skills.Takings these small leaps of faith might feel scary at first. But after a while you will become used to putting yourself out of your comfort zone. And along the way, you’ll discover what you’re capable of paddling. In no time, Eddy Flower, you’ll be eager to paddle new rivers.Happy Paddling!Mountain Mama
Dear Mountain Mama,Many of my friends follow a Paleo lifestyle. That means that they don’t eat grains, bread, pasta, potatoes, sugar, or processed carbs. They claim that the feel great and have encouraged me to try a 30-day Paleo challenge.I’m a runner. Is it healthy for me to keep my mileage up and run on a Paleo diet?Thanks,Runner Guy————————————————————————- Dear Runner Guy,Paleo eating has definitely caught on, and many feel transformed by the weight loss and energy gain they feel as a result. Eating Paleo means there are a lot of foods you can’t eat. But like everything in life, it might be better to focus on the positive – what you can eat. Eating Paleo means a high fat, medium protein, and low carb diet, including lots of meat (preferably organic, grass fed), eggs (free range), fish (not farmed), non starchy vegetables, berries and some other fruit in moderation, and nuts.Prior to the agricultural revolution, our ancestors ate Paleo, which is why it’s been dubbed the “caveman diet.” Cavemen didn’t run long distances, and had no need to eat gels or gulp energy drinks. But Runner Guy, you may require quick acting carbs depending on how long you run. As a general rule, most people can run for one hour or less without requiring carb supplements like gels or sport drinks.Without enough energy, some runner’s suffer a low blood sugar level and may experience “bonking.” When it happens, your body’s desire to nestle down in a gutter may override your brain’s willpower to keep going. Once after a long run in New Zealand I reported to a group of friends that I had “bonked” around mile 10. They laughed hysterically and high-fived me before letting me in on the joke – Kiwis use the term bonk to refer to sex, which would have been a much more fun diversion during a long run.Runner Guy, let’s talk about the science behind following a Paleo eating regime, which is that the body will learn to burn fat for fuel since so few carbs are readily available for energy. For longer runs, most people’s bodies aren’t able to burn fat fast enough to keep up with their energy requirements.Many ultra runners who follow a Paleo diet modify it somewhat. They load up on nutrient-rich complex carbs like yams and winter squash before races instead of pasta and bread. But they do tweak the Paleo guidelines so that they consume higher amounts of carbohydrates required for their performance and recovery needs. Most claim that returning to a strict Paleo diet a day or two after a long mileage diet helps them keep their weight down and ensure that they maintain even blood insulin levels.Runner Guy, give the Paleo lifestyle a try and see how it goes. Be flexible and listen to your body. Best,Mountain MamaGOT A QUESTION FOR MOUNTAIN MAMA? SEND IT HERE
Asheville’s Western North Carolina Alliance announced the launch of the French Broad River Paddle Trail App, featuring campsites, access points, outfitters, restaurants and more, a critical link for an important regional recreation connection officially completed in 2012.To download the app, text “paddle” to “7700”.The French Broad River Paddle Trail App will keep paddlers up to date on French Broad events, send river reports, and assist with reservations on the French Broad River Paddle Trail — a series of campsites and access points that link more than 140 miles of the French Broad River from Rosman, N.C., to Douglas Lake, Tenn.WNCA will celebrate the launch of the app and their partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery from 5:30-8 p.m., July 30 at the brewery’s facility in Brevard (342 Mountain Industrial Drive). Those who download the app can enter a raffle at the party to win a watershed dry bag and a waterproof Paddle Trail map. The Oskar Blues trolley will be available from Asheville, leaving from the Aloft Hotel (51 Biltmore Ave.) at 5:30 p.m., and returning to the Aloft around 9 p.m. The trolley is free, but you must RSVP for a seat to [email protected] French Broad River Paddle Trail project was born out of the public’s desire to explore the entire French Broad River by boat, and the entire trail is composed of paddle-in-only campsites. For more than 30 years, the Western North Carolina Alliance has been a trusted community partner utilizing a combination of policy advocacy, scientific research, and community collaboration to protect the natural heritage of our region so that people and environment can thrive.Learn more about the French Broad River Paddle Trail at www.wnca.org/paddle.Download the French Broad River Paddle Trail App here:For Android phonesFor iPhones
I’ve spent the past week in Colombia, mostly road biking and backpacking in the country’s national parks testing gear (look for full reviews next week), but I’ve also had some opportunities to explore Colombia’s beer culture. The craft beer scene is in its infancy down here, and doesn’t have the depth of craft beer in the U.S. Few countries do. The only craft beer option I could find was from the Bogota Beer Company, which has a number of brewpubs all over the Colombia. If you’re ever down here, seek out their Roja, a balanced amber.But even if you never set foot in Colombia, there’s plenty we can learn from our South American friends. First of all, why the hell don’t we have these personal tap systems in bars in the U.S.?It’s called a “giraffe,” and it holds something like three liters of beer. The waitress puts it right there on your table. It’s like your own personal tap. And it’s beautiful. You finish a pint, you just pour yourself another one. You don’t have to get up. You don’t have to raise your hand and try to catch the waitress’ attention…you are the master of your own destiny.The second thing I’d like to import from Colombia is the drinking game, Rana. It’s like cornhole, but so much better.So, there’s a box with holes in it and three frogs. You get some metal discs, stand about 12 feet away from the box, and try to throw those discs into the holes and frogs mouth. Get a disc into the mouth of a frog, and it’s 100 points. Hit one of the holes on the side, and it’s 15 points, or 40 points, or more or less, depending on the hole. It’s a simple game, but it’s addictive as hell. I think the trick is in the wrist, kind of like with horseshoes. Also, the more you drink, the better you get. Like horseshoes.I’m an amateur at it now, but I’d like to think that with the right amount of training, I could really up my game. And that’s what traveling is all about—absorbing tiny pieces of foreign culture to become a more well-rounded individual.
Steven Foy knows well the magical feeling of paddling down the legendary Chattooga River. A Texas transplant and veteran river guide, Foy returns to the river’s roaring rapids each year. The river’s channels–and all their twists, turns and dips–call to him as they do for so many other whitewater fans, who recognize the Chattooga as one of the best whitewater experiences in the United States.“It has … a special place in the heart of most Southeastern whitewater enthusiasts,” says Foy, who manages river operations for the Nantahala Outdoor Center.It’s no wonder the river garners such affection among whitewater aficionados. Though it starts as little more than a trickle in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, it builds into the Southeast’s premier whitewater experience, delivering breathtaking views and adrenaline-rushing rapids in an unparalleled natural setting. Perhaps most famous as the backdrop for the movie Deliverance, its rock-strewn whitewater offers Class II-IV rapids as the river winds its way through the gorge, culminating with the renowned Five Falls, where five Class IV rapids follow in quick succession.Protected in 1974 under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Chattooga stretches for 57 miles before joining with the Tallulah River in Lake Tugalo, forming the boundary between Georgia and South Carolina along the way. The U.S. Forest Service manages about 70 percent of the river’s 180,000-acre watershed in the southern Appalachian Mountains, which includes portions of northeastern Georgia, western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina.“Because of that wild and scenic designation and because of the large Forest Service ownership, it has really good water quality and a really intact ecosystem,” said Kevin Colburn of American Whitewater, a non-profit advocacy group based in Cullowhee, N.C. “It just really retains a lot of interesting character.”Logging projects raise concerns about water qualityBut maintaining that character isn’t an easy task. On national forest land, the Forest Service must attempt to balance the needs and desires of competing users, including environmentalists, whitewater rafters, timber companies and anglers. And on private land, the challenges are even greater–with conflicts among different user groups, private landowners, and local and state officials.Another issue: because the Chattooga is fed by many tributaries and small streams, those who want to protect the river have to worry not just about what’s happening in the river itself and nearby land, but also what’s going on upstream.Case in point: Stekoa Creek, one of the Chattooga’s largest tributaries, has been a major source of water pollution in the river for more than 40 years, and things haven’t gotten any better with the river’s wild and scenic status. The Chattooga Conservancy calls Stekoa Creek the single greatest threat to the river’s water quality, noting that the Forest Service has at times warned river users that contact with water below its confluence with the Chattooga River could put them at risk for bacterial skin infections.Local environmental groups are also worried that a large-scale logging and forest management project in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest would hamper water quality in another tributary, Warwoman Creek. After 10 years of planning, the Forest Service recently released a final project design that incorporated many elements environmentalists had been fighting for, including a one-third reduction in commercial logging, added protections for old-growth forests, the abandonment of a plan to build a mile of new road on steep slopes, plans to reduce erosion on 11 miles of existing roads, and the closure of some existing roads that have been a long-term source of sediment pollution. The final decision–announced last Halloween–is expected to reduce impacts on a rugged and remote area known as Windy Gap as well as significantly improve water quality in the Warwoman watershed.“The Forest Service did a good job of listening to the concerns of the public and responding in a way that leads to a net benefit for water quality in this area, but still allows the Forest Service to do the work they want to do,” said Patrick Hunter, a staff attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center in Asheville, N.C., who represented the environmental groups.Despite this hard-fought victory for local environmentalists, they still remain concerned about timber harvesting and water quality. Only about one-quarter of the Chattooga watershed is protected from logging, including designated roadless areas, the Ellicott Wilderness Area and its “wilderness extension” study areas, and a quarter-mile buffer on either side of the river in the 15,432-acre Chattooga Wild and Scenic River Corridor.Hunter noted that many people do not realize the amount of logging and road-building that takes place on national forest lands, thinking they are protected as public lands in the same way that national parks are. But the Forest Service has a very different mandate than the National Park Service, and that includes not just protecting forest lands but also allowing–and in many cases encouraging–timber production on them as well.Gifford Pinchot, the first chief of the Forest Service, said the agency’s mission was “to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run.”That has proved to be a difficult–and often controversial–calling.For their part, environmental groups are concerned about the effects of timber harvesting on the Chattooga, particularly from sediment entering the river from roads built to access timber harvesting areas and the accompanying traffic along those roads, including 18-wheel logging trucks and other big machinery. Too much sedimentation can coat river and creek bottoms, impairing insect growth and reproduction. That means not just cloudy water instead of the crystal clear river that epitomizes the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but also less food for fish and the animals (and humans) that rely on them.In the worst case, a logging project can take away not just the trees that are cut down, but also destroy the very essence of a natural area. “For a hiker, where you were once walking through a forest that hasn’t been disturbed, after a lot of these trees have been removed, it’s a much different experience,” Hunter said. “You can feel the impact of man much more up close after these sorts of events.”One way environmental groups and other interested parties can influence timber management near the Chattooga River is by participating in the forest plan revision process. These forest management plans, typically updated every 10-15 years, guide all aspects of the way these public lands are managed, including recreation and timber harvesting.The land and resource management plans for the Sumter and Chattahoochee-Oconee national forests were finalized in 2004 and are not yet up for revision again, but the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests are currently in the process of revising their plan, with a draft environmental impact statement expected to be released by this spring.Nicole Hayler, executive director of the nonprofit Chattooga Conservancy, said her group is hoping to see continued protections for the Ellicott Wilderness extension areas and heightened protections for Terrapin Mountain, which includes the Chattooga’s headwaters. “There’s all these incredible lichens and mosses [up there] to the point where you’re almost afraid to step on anything,” said Hayler, explaining the importance of limiting human foot traffic on Terrapin Mountain.While environmental groups have expressed concerns about timber harvesting in the Chattooga watershed, Forest Service officials emphasized that only a very small fraction of the forest is cut in any given year. In the 530,000-acre Nantahala National Forest, for example, that amounts to about 900-1,000 acres annually–or about 0.002 percent.Mike Wilkins, a district ranger with the Nantahala National Forest, said the agency generally avoids clearcutting, except in cases where large swaths of trees have been negatively impacted by storm events, and that only about half of the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests are currently open to some form of timber management. And he emphasized that all timber sales go through a lengthy, multi-year process that includes input from Forest Service experts–including botanists, archaeologists, foresters and biologists–as well as the general public.“It’s not like we just go out anywhere and start cutting timber,” Wilkins said. “We take an interdisciplinary approach to the land, and we’re letting the public know what we’re thinking about doing from the very beginning.”Forest Service officials also argue that some timber management is necessary to restore the forest to a more natural state, since past policies of fire suppression have created dense stands of white pines with little to no young oak trees or grassy openings. For example, in the Upper Warwoman project area, yellow pine-oak communities are less than half their historic range and just 1 percent of the 12,500-acre project area has young grass and tree habitat essential for deer, wild turkey and ruffled grouse. The Forest Service says five of the seven ecosystems in the project are “highly departed” from their natural state due to a lack of fire.“Those kinds of numbers really highlight the unhealthy condition of the forest as it currently is,” said Holly Krake, a spokeswoman for the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. “An analogy would be, think of any small town with no young children, nobody in middle age, no high school students, no working young adults or young families–a place with everybody being the same age. That would be a pretty unhealthy place.”Krake also noted that the Forest Service uses other tools besides timber harvests to maintain native plants and wildlife in Georgia’s national forests. For example, on the Chattahoochee-Oconee national forests, forest managers treated more than 34,000 acres using prescribed fire in fiscal 2015. That falls in line with previous years, as foresters have treated an average of nearly 30,000 acres each year using prescribed burns over the past decade.“The right fire at the right place at the right time helps maintain healthy forests, communities and watersheds,” Krake wrote in an e-mail.While environmental groups also recognize the importance of fire in healthy forest ecosystems, they disagree with what the Forest Service calls restoration as well as the need for so-called restoration projects that feature timber harvesting. Hunter of the Southern Environmental Law Center noted that past fire suppression isn’t as big of an issue in the wet and humid Southeast as it has been in other national forests, particularly in the dry western states. That said, he acknowledged that many national forests are in an unnatural state currently, thanks to poor management practices in the past.The trick, he said, will be for the Forest Service to address areas that need recovery without causing more damage than what they’re trying to repair. “The sweet spot is for the Forest Service to be able to go in and do that work to improve communities without causing the bad impacts often associated with timber sales, like road building and bringing in heavy equipment and big trucks,” Hunter said. “They need to implement science-based treatments that are beneficial to the environment.”For now, it remains to be seen whether the Forest Service can achieve that goal in the Chattooga watershed. But Hunter and other environmentalists will be watching their efforts closely.Another Threat to the Deliverance RiverStekoa Creek, one of the Chattooga’s largest tributaries, has been a major source of water pollution in the river for more than 40 years, and things haven’t gotten any better with the river’s Wild and Scenic status. The primary source of pollution is raw sewage from the nearby city of Clayton’s sewage collection system, along with poor agricultural practices, failing septic tanks, and dumping. The Chattooga Conservancy calls Stekoa Creek the single greatest threat to the river’s water quality, noting that the Forest Service has at times warned river users that contact with water below its confluence with the Chattooga River could put them at risk for bacterial skin infections.[divider]related articles[/divider]
Video captures Italian boy being followed by enormous brown bear while out for a hike The public viewing of the synchronous fireflies was cancelled this year due to public safety concerns over COVID-19. This once-a-year phenomenon is a favorite of visitors from around the world, who come to watch the lightening bugs blink and glow in an eerie, magical rhythm. When rescue crews reached her, the pup was tired, wet, and scared but otherwise uninjured. The Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team said she was “all wags” as she reunited with her family. In a Facebook post, the search and rescue team said, “it doesn’t matter how many legs you have, Wolfe County Search and Rescue Team is there to help.” Search and rescue crews responded to a cry (or is it a bark?) for help from an unlikely source on Sunday, an Irish Wolfhound named Elola. The dog had wandered away from home and was stuck on a ledge in the middle of a waterfall. The Wolfe County Search & Rescue Team deployed their technical rope rescue technicians to assist the dog, who the rescue team described as “eager for help.” Ever find yourself glancing over your shoulder while hiking in bear country? If so, you won’t forget about this viral video anytime soon. In it, a 12-year-old boy walks calmly down a mountain in Northern Italy as a large brown bear trundled along behind him. Bummed about missing the synchronous fireflies in the Smokies this year? Watch them online instead Rescue crews come to the aid of a dog trapped in a waterfall in Menifee County, KY The boy was collecting pinecones in the brush when he came upon the bear. As the bear began to follow him, the boy asked his stepdad to take a photo. His concerned mother can be heard in the background as his stepfather instructs him to “stay calm.” The bear stands up on its hind legs before scurrying off across the rocky slope of the mountain. The boy’s stepfather says that the boy is “a fan of bears,” was “thrilled” by his encounter and was not scared at all—that makes one of us. Though you won’t be able to view the scene in person this year, you can catch a virtual viewing at 8 p.m. on June 1 when the nonprofit Discover Life in America (DLIA) posts the light display on its YouTube channel. “The footage is from lots of locations, some at Elkmont, some at Norton Creek. The footage is spectacular in my opinion,” Todd Witcher, DLIA executive director told the Citizen-Times.
By Dialogo September 22, 2009 “Liberators,” presented in San Sebastián, is a collection of eight TV movies that will be broadcast next year on Televisión Española (TVE) in order to introduce the public to the ideas and actions of the most significant figures of the struggle for independence in Latin America. The names of José Martí (Cuba), José Gervasio Artigas (Uruguay), Joaquim José da Silva “Tiradientes” (Brazil), Moreno and Mina (Mexico), José de San Martín (Argentina), Bernardo O’Higgins (Chile), Túpac Amaru (Peru), and Simón Bolivar (Venezuela) are those that form the collection. As producer José Mª Morales (Wanda Films) explained at the Festival of San Sebastián, “Liberators” aims “to go into the more human aspects of these individuals and transmit their liberating ideology, which went beyond the search for independence and pursued the liberation of humanity as such.” Two of the chapters in the collection have already been filmed, one of them the one dedicated to José Martí, directed by the Cuban Fernando Pérez, responsible for titles like “Madagascar” (1994), “La vida es silbar” [Life Is to Whistle] (1998), and “Suite Habana” [Havana Suite] (2002), and concentrating on the young Martí, “the one who didn’t yet know what he was going to represent in the history of America and who was already uniting all the conflicts of present-day Cuba,” according to Morales. The other chapter that is ready is the one centered on the figure of the Argentine José de San Martín, directed by Tristán Bauer, responsible for “Iluminados por el fuego” [Blessed by Fire] (2005), and Leandro Ipiña, who concentrate on the period in San Martín’s biography most dominated by warfare, especially the battle to cross the Andes. Next to be filmed will be the TV movie dedicated to Artigas, directed by César Charlone, a habitual collaborator of Fernando Meirelles, who expects Spanish actor Rodolfo Sancho to play the part of Aníbal Larra, charged with a mission to try to assassinate Artigas. Rodolfo Sancho is the son of Sancho Garcia, also an actor, who is one of the principal supporters of this initiative through his production company, Lusa Films, and is responsible for the idea of showing through “Liberators” the idea of fraternity existing among the peoples of Latin America and their free relationship with the rest of the world, based on the literature that exists about these men, the legends that have come to surround their figures, and even their personal writings. Filmmakers like the Mexican Arturo Ripstein and the Brazilian Marcelo Gomes are also going to collaborate on the collection.