Rising rooftop solar output pushes demand on Western Australia’s grid to all-time low

first_imgRising rooftop solar output pushes demand on Western Australia’s grid to all-time low FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The West Australia grid has set a new record low for minimum demand as rooftop solar continues to increase its share of generation, and the government announces it is reshaping solar export tariffs to encourage storage, electric vehicles and west facing solar panels.The new low was set on Sunday, just after noon local time, when grid demand fell to 1059MW as rooftop solar provided 40 per cent of total generation. That’s below the previous record of 1135MW set in January this year, but the Australian Energy Market Operator expects that further lows will be set this spring and in following years.The record fell on the same weekend that new winter lows for minimum demand were set in Victoria and South Australia, according to AEMO, both also the result of increased generation from rooftop solar, and low overall demand.The lows for minimum demand levels are falling rapidly. “This was the fourth consecutive quarter in which a minimum quarterly demand record was set, of which two were all-time minimum demand records, highlighting the continuing impact of distributed PV on demand patterns and quantities in the WEM,” AEMO said in its latest Quarterly Energy Dynamics statement.This new record takes the number of consecutive quarters with a new minimum demand record to five, including three which are all time records.[Giles Parkinson]More: Rooftop solar: W.A. sets new record low for grid demand, two other states set winter lowslast_img read more

BRO Athletes: Chris Hipgrave Takes on the Little Tybee Challenge

first_imgSome events stand the test of time and carve strong enduring memories. The Little Tybee Challenge is one of these races for me. The diversity of the race course is second to none. Starting in a powerful tidal river, the course then jogs into a super narrow and twisty tidal creek before leading you out into the Atlantic thru a surf zone surrounded by sand bars and technical options. Once into the Atlantic a short sprint takes you back into the tidal river and the finish line. The near 8 mile circumnavigation of most of Little Tybee Island takes the fastest of paddlers a little under 50 minutes and requires a unique set of skills to excel across the range of challenges the race course has to offer.After a strong win at this race in 2014 I knew I’d have a target on my back but I also knew I didn’t have the same level of fitness I had last year. I’d have to play defense. After a confused starting procedure and a strong effort off the line, I found myself leading into the tight and technical tidal creek and interrupted a large pod of dolphin playing in the fast moving waters. Once into the creek, it’s very hard to overtake anyone but I could hear the relentless chase of Eric Mims close behind. But as a wildwater paddler, reading and executing these tight turns would mean a small advantage for me.So the question was whether to gut myself and extend my tenuous lead or conserve energy for the later stages of the race. I choose to gut myself. Exiting the tidal creek and entering the ocean, I had approximately 1 minute up on Eric, but now in the ocean, the tables were turned and Eric was in his home environment with the advantage and was closing the gap fast. Seeing a near shore deep water gutter, I surfed into the beach to take the short cut but not before Eric saw me make the turn and gave chase. Once thru the moving water and heading back into the tidal river, I found myself shoulder to shoulder with Eric for the final mile or more to the finish. Sadly, I could not respond to his mastery of using every ocean bump to his advantage and I was also paying the price for pushing hard in the creek. Eric snagged victory by a tad over a minute in a masterful paddle. Mark Volkmann also put in a great effort to take a solid third place after using his intimate knowledge of the area to his advantage to secure the final podium spot.The Little Tybee Challenge never disappoints and I will be back for the 18th annual race in 2016. More information, results and media can be found at http://tybeekayakrace.blogspot.com/—Our BRO Athlete series is powered by Great Outdoor Provision Co., The Hub, Crozet Running, Brown Jeep, Proformance, and the Blue Ridge Cyclery.last_img read more

Couple Stole 650 Gallons of Used Cooking Oil, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A couple from Yonkers has been arrested for allegedly stealing about 650 gallons of used cooking oil from various eastern Long Island restaurants over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.An off-duty police officer was on his way to work when he spotted a Ford van that was previously used to steal oil at the New Grand Buffet on Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge at 8 a.m. Sunday, police said.The officer saw 40-year-old Domingo Santos withdraw used cooking oil from an oil canister behind the restaurant, police said.He and his 31-year-old girlfriend, Vanessa Liriano, were each charged petty larceny, possession of stolen property and possession of burglar’s tools. Santos was additionally charged with criminal possession of marijuana.Police estimated that the oil, which is typically refined and sold as bio-fuel, had a value of about $2,000.Santos and Liriano will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.Fourth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Body Found in Vehicle Fire at Jones Beach

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A dead body was found in a vehicle that was found on fire at Jones Beach State Park over the weekend, officials said.New York State Parks Police officers and Wantagh Fire Department firefighters responded to the blaze in the parking lot of the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater at 5 p.m. Friday, officials said.After the flames were extinguished, an unidentified person was found in the vehicle.The body was taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the person’s identity and cause of death.Police are continuing the investigation into the cause of the fire.last_img read more

Serbian giants Vojvodina still keen on signing Ghana’s Stephen Appiah

first_imgSerbian giants Vojvodina Novi Sad have not given up hope of re-engaging former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah on permanent basis, Goal.com Ghana can reveal.“I know Appiah is still on our cards, it has been difficult getting him to play for us again because of his huge status,” the club’s manager Zlatomir Zargocic told the team’s website.“I hope a deal will be struck soon because he is an important player who can greatly help our quest for trophies.”Appiah aided the club to Europa League play-offs during his four-month subject to renewal contract which he was receiving $25,000 a week, but has not renewed the contract after it ended.The former Fenerbahce man is currently a transfer target of clubs in UAE, Qatar and China.last_img read more