Duke moves forward with 602MW of new solar capacity in North, South Carolina

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Duke Energy announced contracts Wednesday for 602 megawatts of utility-scale solar under a statewide competitive procurement in North Carolina — with nearly half of the projects to be built by Duke or its own subsidiaries. Unlike utilities in California and many other states, Duke is allowed to compete against other developers to meet North Carolina’s renewable energy targets.Duke is North Carolina’s largest utility, and among the largest investor-owned utilities in the country. It’s also a major renewables developer across the country through its independent generation arm, Duke Energy Renewables.North Carolina’s competitive renewables procurement program allows the state’s targets to be met through power-purchase agreements, utility self-developed facilities or outright utility asset acquisitions. To avoid the obvious potential for conflicts of interest, North Carolina used independent administrator Accion Group to select winning projects from the 78 submitted. Of the 14 winning projects announced, six are to be built by Duke entities, while the remaining will be built by developers not identified in the release.Duke’s own projects, sited in North Carolina, will be built by three company divisions: Renewables, Energy Carolinas and Energy Progress. Duke’s six projects add up to 270 megawatts and are expected to be complete by 2020.While Duke didn’t reveal cost figures in its Wednesday press release, a report from Accion Group provided some data points on the capital costs and energy costs involved. The report noted that the average energy price per proposal was $36.93 per megawatt-hour for North Carolina projects and $31.24 per megawatt-hour for South Carolina projects — both lower than the cost of solar prior to the program’s launch. Duke noted that these avoided-cost savings are expected to add up to about $375 million over the projects’ 20-year contract period. More: Duke Energy contracts for 602MW of solar in North Carolina—nearly half of it from itself Duke moves forward with 602MW of new solar capacity in North, South Carolinalast_img read more

SA wine on world top 100 list

first_imgThe 2007 Hamilton Russel Pinot noir is rated by Wine Spectator as one of the world’s 100 best wines. (Image: Wine.co.za)MEDIA CONTACTS • Talita EngelbrechtHamilton Russell marketing+27 28 312 3595RELATED ARTICLES • SA scoops world wine awards • Wine alliance to challenge EU • SA wine brings comic relief • Wine tasting in the townshipJanine ErasmusHamilton Russell Vineyard’s 2007 Pinot noir has made the Wine Spectator list of the year’s top 100 wines. The list is based on all the wines the New York-based magazine has reviewed over the past 12 months.Thirteen countries were represented on this year’s list, among them the single South African representative.“Bold, aromatic and ripe, but very elegant, with racy acidity providing the ground wire for the rich black cherry, bramble, incense and sweet earth notes, followed by a long, multifaceted finish,” wrote Wine Spectator’s senior editor James Molesworth of the Hamilton Russell Pinot noir.The estate’s owner Anthony Hamilton Russell said: “We were extremely proud of the inclusion this year of the Hamilton Russell Vineyards 2007 Pinot noir on the 2009 Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the year.”He added that the product was one of only seven Pinot noirs in the Top 100.With an alcohol content of 13.6%, the 2007 Pinot noir lay for 10 months in French oak barrels before bottling. Also in 2009 it won a bronze medal at the annual Decanter World Wine Awards.Quality and valueOnly the most exhilarating wines make it to Wine Spectator’s top 100 list, which was first published in 1998 and claims to recognise exceptional producers, focus on successful wine-producing regions, and tap into significant new trends.Wine Spectator reviewed over 17 000 wines during 2009 and of these, more than 3 800 products received outstanding ratings, scoring 90 points or more on the magazine’s 100-point rating scale.The magazine uses the blind-taste technique. Wines are presented in a bag, with only a code for identification. Experienced lead tasters are assigned to a particular region, or beat, so as to continually gain knowledge of the range and quality of their specific region.The 3 800-plus outstanding wines of 2009 were further narrowed down, based on four criteria, namely quality, value, availability and a certain mysterious ingredient that the judges would only describe as “excitement”.The value of the product was determined by its retail price, quality was reflected in its score, and availability was defined by the number of cases produced or imported.With the world tightening its collective belt during the financial crisis of 2009, the judges were very critical of value. Once the list of 100 was finalised, it was found that the average bottle price, at US$40 (R300), was $2 (R15) cheaper than last year.The average score for quality was an impressive 93, the same as the previous three years.Download a copy of the list here (PDF, 293KB).Ideal wine-growing regionHamilton Russell Vineyards, the southernmost wine estate in South Africa and the first to be planted in this area, is located near the sleepy seaside town of Hermanus on the southern Cape coast overlooking Walker Bay.Cooled by the icy Benguela current, the warm summers and mild winters of the Walker Bay region offer an ideal climate for the cultivation of Pinot noirs and Chardonnays. In 1975 former advertising executive Tim Hamilton Russell bought an undeveloped 170ha property just 3km from the Atlantic Ocean, and in the decades since has developed it into one of the country’s most celebrated wineries.Hamilton Russell specialises in Pinot noir and Chardonnay, with 22ha of the former and 30ha of the latter lying in areas that were tested for suitability before planting.The estate is not only making a name for itself as a producer of fine wines, but also as a champion for wildlife conservation and fynbos preservation. In 1994 a 38ha reserve was set aside to safeguard the indigenous Kogelberg Sandstone fynbos. The removal of alien vegetation allowed the reserve to thrive. In total 52ha, including wetland, are under conservation.Anthony Hamilton Russell bought the adjoining Southern Right estate in the early 1990s and continues to donate a portion of that estate’s profits to Southern Right whale conservation. Land from Southern Right has been allocated as a supplement to the Hamilton Russell fynbos reserve.Grapes from BurgundyPinot noir, a red grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera, is the principal black grape in France’s Champagne and Burgundy grape-growing regions, but it is also grown successfully around the world in countries such as South Africa, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany, the US, Italy and Canada. It thrives in cooler regions.The grape cluster resembles a pine cone, hence the varietal name, which is derived from the French words for “pine” and “black”.last_img read more

WEF 2017: Powering Africa is key to growth

first_imgSouth Africa’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, took part in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The topic of discussion was Powering Africa.Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is on a panel discussion entitled Powering Africa at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos on 17 January 2017. The panellists are, from left to right, Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Industries Limited; Rachel Kyte, the special representative of the UN secretary-general; Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, president of the African Development Bank; Ramaphosa; and Bronwyn Nielsen, editor-in-chief at NBC Africa. (Image: South African Government, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr) Brand South Africa reporterThe energy gap is one of the biggest challenges to Africa’s progress. This was the message from an opening session at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos called Powering Africa.More than 600 million people on the continent do not have access to a reliable and clean source of energy.On the panel was Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s deputy president; Bronwyn Nielsen, editor-in-chief at NBC Africa; Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, president of the African Development Bank; Rachel Kyte, the special representative of the UN secretary-general; and Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Industries Limited.“In the past, we’ve relied on governments to power our countries; we now need to bring in the private sector to help empower our economies and people,” said Ramaphosa, advocating for private investment in power.See the rest of the discussion:The meeting in Davos ends on 20 January 2017.Source: WEFWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

South African actors join The Flash TV series

first_imgSouth African actors Neil Sandilands and Kim Engelbrecht join the fourth season of the hit superhero series, The Flash, in high-profile roles.The Flash television series featuring the DC Comics character debuted in 2014 and has proven to be a critical and popular hit around the world. The fourth season begins in October 2017 and will feature new characters played by South African actors Neil Sandilands and Kim Engelbrecht. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonSouth African acting talent is strong in Hollywood, from the Oscar-winning Charlize Theron to Pearl Thusi’s star turn in the hit series, Quantico. While Arnold Vosloo may not be a household name, thanks to his roles in geek favourites The Mummy and Darkman, he is a cult favourite.The fourth season of the hit show The Flash begins in October 2017 and will feature new characters played by South African actors Neil Sandilands (left) and Kim Engelbrecht. (Image: Twitter)Now two more South African names have been added to the list of local stars making it in Hollywood.Former Isidingo star Kim Engelbrecht and 7de Laan alumni Neil Sandilands have landed roles in the hit TV series, The Flash, which is based on the comic book. The two actors will appear in the forthcoming fourth season of the show, in major roles.This is not Sandilands’ first foray into US television. In 2016, he starred in the cult sci-fi series The 100 and he was a member of the supporting cast in the Sundance Channel’s crime drama Hap and Leonard. Sandilands has also had high profile guest roles in NCIS and The Americans, playing South African characters.South African audiences know him for his dramatic performances in local films such as Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee and Jakhalsdans. Although, of course, for most local fans, Sandilands is best known for his breakout role as Bart Kruger, the awkward but lovable deli owner on the soapie 7de Laan, whom he played from 2000 to 2007.Sandilands plays Clifford DeVoe in the forthcoming season of The Flash. DeVoe is also known as the Thinker, master of mind control and arch-villain to The Flash, played by Grant Gustin.Sandilands will be joined by a fellow South African in The Flash, actress Kim Engelbrecht, who plays the Thinker’s gadget maker, the Mechanic, a character created exclusively for the show.Engelbrecht also got her start in television in a popular South African soapie, playing the teenage rebel from the wrong side of the tracks, Lolly van Onselen, in Isidingo from 1998 to 2005.Since leaving Isidingo, Engelbrecht has built up a formidable acting resumé, appearing in film and television, including local indie hits such as The Flyer and A Boy Called Twist.Since seeking out fame and fortune in Hollywood in 2012, she has appeared in a number of international productions, including a role alongside Helen Mirren in the espionage thriller, Eye in the Sky, and in the action film, Death Race: Inferno.Engelbrecht also made an impression in two short-lived international television series, the sci-fi show, Dominion, and action series SAF3, alongside action star Dolph Lundgren.Thank You so much for the incredible messages ! I sooooo Appreciate it ! Hugzzzz #AppreciateIt ?#SweetTweets ?— ??Kim E (@kimengelbrecht) July 26, 2017Speaking to TshisaLIVE following the announcement of her role in The Flash, Engelbrecht said she was looking forward to making her mark in the popular show and acting alongside Sandilands. “I am really excited… [It’s a show] I have followed and liked for some time. It’s also exciting to be working in Vancouver for the first time, and to be working with such great actors.”Meanwhile, Sandilands took to Twitter to give fans a taste of what they could expect from the Thinker.Watch this space.— neil sandilands (@njwsandilands) July 22, 2017The South African actors will be joining another newcomer to the series, none other than cult film actor Danny Trejo, best known for his tough guy persona and his work with action director Robert Rodriquez.The fourth season of The Flash starts in the US on 10 October 2017. A date for the South African broadcast of the season, on DStv channel Vuzu Amp (103), has not yet been confirmed.Source: News24, IMDBWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

For Sale: One Passivhaus, $595,000

first_imgHudson Passive House, which was completed last year and is listed for sale at $595,000, is being touted for its nod to regional architecture and its understated luxury – a combination that often proves to be catnip to city dwellers of means who are sniffing around for a second home.The house is in Claverack, New York, a few miles east of the Hudson River and a little more than two hours’ drive north of Manhattan – a location comparable in distance and tranquility to places like Washington, Connecticut (another Manhattanite favorite that is far pricier) and a range of other semi-rural locations in Upstate New York. The Hamptons this not.Marketing for Hudson Passive House focuses heavily on its Passivhaus design and construction, and its provenance as one of the first single-family homes in the state to meet the standard. At 1,650 sq. ft., the three-bedroom home features exterior walls insulated to R-48, an R-54 roof, an R-60 floor, and airtightness of 0.149 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 Pascals. As we noted in an earlier post about the project, mechanical ventilation is provided by a Zehnder ComfoAir 200 heat-recovery ventilator, while space heating is provided by a mini-split air-source heat pump that is mounted in the wall of the loft space at the north end of the building.A PH showcaseSo for those attuned to energy efficiency the house has cachet. Last fall, as it neared completion, it attracted visits from members of New York Passive House (NYPH), a New York City-based group of consultants, contractors, architects, engineers, homeowners, developers, and others. And it is participating in New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s High-Performance Residential Development Challenge, a program designed to provide assistance in design, energy modeling construction oversight, and performance monitoring of projects aiming for exceptionally high energy efficiency.Dennis Wedlick Architecture, of nearby Hudson, led the design team, and Bill Stratton Building Company, of Old Chatham, handled construction. We’re checking on final construction costs.Another detail not mentioned in our original blog on this project but was noted in a New York Times “House Tour” post on July 22: the house sits on seven acres, and the estimated annual tax bill is about $6,000.last_img read more


first_imgEncourage and up skill local affiliates on development of their affiliate media promotion.  In conjunction with the TFA Media Coordinator plan and coordinate a state affiliate media program to train, educate and up-skill affiliates on media generation and publication. Develop state and affiliate media networks and disseminate this amongst the affiliates. Touch Football Australia will be coordinating a two day media training induction program in conjunction with the Australian Sports Commission and the University of Canberra’s Sports Media training department in Canberra on the 23 – 24 July 2007.The program will utilize funding allocated to TFA in the 2006/07 allocation by the Australian Sports Commission’s Sports Leadership Grants for Women Program.Six volunteers, one from each State Branch, will congregate in Canberra for a two day workshop that will focus on a “hands on” media training workshop on day one, and Sporting Pulse and website utilization on day two.The Women in Media Training Scholarship Program is an ideal opportunity to recognise the roles that women volunteers play in the sport and reward specific individuals with additional training and professional development in the sport.The program’s scope will offer women who wish to persue level entry media training an opportunity to broaden their skill set in the discipline. The nominated candidates will be utilized in a volunteer capacity to contribute to media and promotion of the sport in their State, and at various events.Each State will seek applicants for the scholarships and the main areas of position responsibility will be to:center_img Encourage and promote relationship building with their local media contacts. Any enquiries, or access to the Position Description can be to be directed to the relevant State Branch Office.State Branch Managers will submit nominations by Friday 8 June 2007.last_img read more

YM Efficiency Suffered Heavy Rolling Before Losing Boxes

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Australian Transport Safety Bureau The Liberian-flagged container ship YM Efficiency lost 81 containers overboard and suffered structural damage in gale-force weather conditions.The incident also resulted in damage to a further 62 containers and damage to the ship’s gangway, superstructure and lashing bridges.The 4,250 TEU vessel was on its way from Kaohsiung, Taiwan to Port Botany in Australia, when it was hit by severe weather conditions on June 1, according to a report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).While it was in a position about 16 nautical miles east-south-east of Newcastle, the ship experienced a period of quick, heavy rolling for about 60 to 90 seconds. The rolling was estimated by the ship’s master as having reached angles of up to 30º to port and starboard.Shortly after the start of the rolling, several engineering alarms sounded and the main engine shut down with the rpm reducing to zero.The second officer reported hearing loud noises on deck and suspected that there had been some cargo damage. He turned on the ship’s deck lights and observed that containers had been damaged and possibly lost overboard from the bays aft of the accommodation.Soon after, the main engine was re-started and the engine telegraph on the bridge was placed at ‘dead slow ahead’ and then, almost immediately, placed at ‘stop’ again. The ship continued to drift in the gale force winds and seas for some two hours, when the main engine was started and the ship resumed passage for Port Botany.In the morning, the ship’s crew conducted more detailed damage assessments and attempted to stabilise the damaged and collapsed containers on deck. The container loss and damage was found to be limited to bays 52 and 56.Over the next few days, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), along with Roads and Maritime Services, NSW, continued to work with the ship’s owners and insurers to detect, identify and track containers and their contents on the NSW coast.YM Efficiency eventually berthed in Port Botany on June 6 and over the next days it underwent a number of investigations. On June 11, the first damaged container was discharged and by June 21, all remaining damaged containers had been removed. YM Efficiency departed Port Botany for Melbourne on June 22.ATSB launched an investigation to analyse the ship’s container stow and lashing arrangement, its stability condition, actions of the ship’s officers and crew following the incident and weather conditions at the time of the incident.last_img read more

Big question for Amazons 2 chosen cities Will it pay off

first_imgWASHINGTON — The awarding of Amazon’s second headquarters to two affluent localities has fanned intense speculation around a key question: For the winning cities, will the economic payoff prove to be worth the cost?Amazon’s decision will bring to Arlington, Virginia, and the Long Island City section of New York a combined 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment over the next two decades. But the influx is sure to swell already-high home prices and apartment rents and could overwhelm public transportation systems. And the two areas combined are providing over $2 billion in subsidies to one of the world’s richest companies — a bounty that many analysts say probably wasn’t necessary to sway Amazon.The decision to bring those jobs, which Amazon says will pay an average of $150,000 a year, to the New York and Washington areas will also exacerbate U.S. regional inequalities, economists say. Such Midwestern cities as Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Indiana, which made Amazon’s short list, would have helped spread the tech industry’s high-skilled, high-paying jobs more broadly.“It’s ambiguous for the winners, not good for the ‘losers’ and not good at all for the nation,” said Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.Still, on the surface, the deal appears to be better than most. Amazon says it’s receiving $1.525 billion in incentives and subsidies from New York state and $573 million from Virginia and Arlington County. That works out to $61,000 in incentives provided to Amazon for each job in Long Island City and roughly $23,000 for each job in Arlington.That compares with a much larger average figure of $658,000 per job for other large deals, said Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, a nonpartisan watchdog group. Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, for example, received $4.8 billion in subsidies for a plant in Wisconsin on which it broke ground this year. That deal is expected to bring just 13,000 jobs.Still, Amazon’s total subsidies will likely end up much higher, LeRoy said. Amazon said it will also apply for existing incentive programs that could add nearly $1 billion to the subsidies from New York.And Amazon’s final selections suggest that all the subsidies and giveaways probably weren’t needed, other economists said. Other state and local governments offered a lot more, including at least $8.5 billion on behalf of Montgomery County, Maryland, and $7 billion for Newark, New Jersey.“If Amazon was pursuing subsidies, it made the wrong decision,” said Michael Ferren, a research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. “Even the biggest subsidies you can imagine really don’t sway these kinds of decisions.”Rather, Amazon’s top priority was having access to a sizable pool of highly skilled employees, Ferren said, and it likely would have chosen the same two locations even without the subsidies.“The only things they’re useful for are the companies that get them and the politicians who get the credit,” he said.Indeed, Jay Carney, an Amazon senior vice-president, acknowledged in an interview on CNN that the company had chosen two locations that offered less in subsidies than others had.“That reflects that talent was really the driving factor for us,” Carney said.Some experts in regional economics suggested that the payoff for the selected cities would go well beyond Amazon’s initial investment. Stephen Fuller, an economist at George Mason University, estimates that the new headquarters in Arlington would generate roughly $1.3 billion in spending each year after the initial construction is complete. That would support nearly 50,000 jobs in the state, Fuller said, in addition to those at Amazon.“It’s really a no-brainer,” Fuller said. “They’re going to pay an enormous amount in real estate taxes and sales taxes.”Fuller also argues that the region is large enough to absorb the influx of new workers.“The region adds 50,000 jobs every year, and no one complains about that,” Fuller said. “They’re not all coming at one time; they’re coming over 15-20 years. It isn’t as overwhelming as people think it’s going to be.”At the same time, Tim Bartik, a senior economist at the Upjohn Institute, cautioned that with unemployment so low in both cities, many of the jobs Amazon will bring will likely go to people who don’t now live in either Arlington or New York. The inflow of those workers could burden schools and transportation systems.A coalition of non-profit groups warned that Amazon’s arrival will likely worsen housing affordability for many lower-income workers in the two cities. Roughly one-third of residents in Washington, D.C., and 40 per cent in New York pay more than 30 per cent of their income on housing, the groups, which include LeRoy’s Good Jobs First, pointed out. The typical rent in Queens, which includes Long Island City, is already $3,000 a month.Some analysts had thought Amazon might follow a trend that other companies have set and add jobs in cities where salaries and housing were often cheaper. A few Wall Street banks, for example, have sent many of their back-office jobs to states far from New York. The auto factories that once filled the Midwest have migrated to the South, where labour unions have held less sway.Instead, Amazon chose to expand its footprint to two places where salaries and home prices are relatively close to those of Seattle, its current sole headquarters city, said Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at the real estate firm Zillow.“These two markets definitely can absorb this kind of employment shock — and they have some time to prepare for it,” he said.___AP Economics Writer Josh Boak contributed to this report.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Scaling dangerous heights

first_img“We do not know a planet like this,” wrote meteorologist Eric Holthaus on Twitter on May 13, 2019 while announcing that the atmospheric concentration of deadly carbon dioxide (CO2) had, for the first time, breached 415 parts per million (ppm). What he didn’t say was that the current levels are inevitable and that the concentration levels will scale further. The world first breached the safe levels of 350 ppm in May 1986, according to US’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In May 1992, when the Earth Summit saw the formation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the CO2 level was 359.99 ppm. During the summit, 178 member nations set a target to bring CO2 emissions to 1990 levels by 2000. But the levels reached 371.82 ppm in April 2000. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyIn 2014, the atmospheric concentration of CO2 reached 401.78 ppm, breaching the 400 mark — which is 50 ppm more than the safe limit. And last year, the highest levels were recorded in May at 411.24 ppm. The CO2 concentration levels have increased every year since 1986 despite repeated commitments and UNFCCC meets where almost every member nation pledges to cut their emissions. The recent reading on May 12, 2019 found the concentration levels to be at 415 PPM at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. This shows that the levels are “far higher than at any point in the last 800,000 years, since before the evolution of homo sapiens”. Also Read – The future is here! Unprecedented impact High concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere — primarily caused by humans who continue to burn fossil fuels and chop forests that act as carbon sinks — disrupts the Earth’s natural cooling cycle, trapping heat near the surface and causing global warming. In fact, the world is already 1oCelsius warmer than the pre-industrial levels and breaching 1.5oC limit will have devastating effects. The global consumption of fossil fuels has gone up by 78 per cent in three decades — between 1986 and 2017. India is already 2oC warmer than the pre-industrial levels and the impact of this is clearly felt across the country. India recorded eight major extreme weather events in 1992 which went up to 13 by 2016. In 2018, there were 15 major extreme weather events that killed 1,428 people. Even the recent Fani cyclone in Odisha, which is being compared to the 1999 Super Cyclone, became unpredictable because of climate change. The India Meteorological Department had to revise its prediction nine times. This was primarily due to changing wind systems that are influenced by warming oceans. Since 1970, sea surface temperatures worldwide have gone up by about an average of 0.1°C per decade.(The views expressed are of Down To Earth)last_img read more