Month: December 2020

California Grid Operator Sees a Largely Decentralized and Renewables-Driven Grid by 2030

first_imgCalifornia Grid Operator Sees a Largely Decentralized and Renewables-Driven Grid by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:By 2030, renewables will supply about two-thirds of California’s electricity, natural gas-fired generation will be in the process of being phased out and the West will have regional grid operators, according to a draft paper released Wednesday by the California Independent System Operator.The paper — Electricity 2030, Trends and Tasks for the Coming Years — outlines the ISO’s expectation for a changing power sector and will be used as part of the grid operator’s strategic planning process.Among the key trends in California’s power sector is a decline in gas-fired generation so that by 2030 renewables and distributed resources will provide the majority of electricity most of the time, according to the paper.“An exit strategy and phase-out timeline for gas generation retires the least flexible resources first, and minimizes risk of newer, more valuable fossil assets becoming stranded,” the paper said.The phaseout can be partly managed by offering incentives for early retirements, upgrades or replacement with non-fossil fuel-fired resources, according to the paper.By 2030, the wholesale energy market will ensure the financial viability of needed gas-fired generation. “Appropriate pricing of non-energy essential reliability services and removal of price caps help gas-fired generators that operate only a small number of hours to remain financially viable,” the paper said.At the same time, gas-fired power plants will increasingly be converted so they can burn biofuels, according to the paper.The ISO expects that regional sharing of flexible resources will reduce the need for gas-fired generation.The grid operator called for developing a plan for reliably operating the grid with a majority of non-fossil fueled-fired resources. The ISO could “embed this plan in [integrated resource plan]-based procurement, in order to minimize the risk of conventional generating assets becoming stranded,” the paper said.By 2030, the ISO expects there will be regional system operators in the West that will more efficiently manage the grid, driving down costs and greenhouse gas emissions, according to the paper.“A significant number of western balancing authorities [will be] consolidated into RSOs, improving operational control of generation and transmission region-wide and eliminating seams between different balancing areas,” the draft said.Regional markets will improve liquidity, drive down costs and make it easier to access a range of resources, according to the paper.In another key trend, the ISO expects that wind and solar will dominate California’s power supply, with midday oversupply by solar resources being handled by a variety of measures, including exports, market bidding by renewables, storage and increased electric use in the transportation and building sectors.The ISO called for a speeding up of the implementation of time-of-use rates and demand-response programs to better align electricity use with renewable energy output and reduce system flexibility needs.New power purchase agreements will require renewables to bid into the market and be paid for providing essential reliability services such as primary frequency response, regulation and voltage support, according to the paper.In another shift, the ISO expects that by 2030 about a quarter of the state’s electricity will be supplied by local resources. At the same time, at least half of California residents will get their power from community choice aggregators, which will get about 70% of their supply from renewable resources, according to the paper.The draft will be discussed at an October 19 stakeholder meeting and the ISO plans to take comments on it.More: California ISO sees grid changes, renewables reaching two-thirds of mix: paperlast_img read more


first_imgI think most serious mountain bikers have an old separated shoulder injury. It’s that wreck where you crash sideways, or even over the handlebars attempting the tuck and roll, when the clips are a little slow in unclipping, and the deltoids are the first to take the hit.Then again, sometimes the arm is outstretched and then wrenched backward in a very unnatural way as the body’s momentum continues forward.I don’t even remember the exact wreck in which my shoulder was initially wrenched. It was probably in those first formative years of riding Pisgah where I crashed just about every time I rode. There were so many “endos” it’s hard to distinguish between them.The separated shoulder is kind of gross, the way I can feel it jostling about as I run up and down the stairs. It was actually gymnastics class that put it over the edge this last time. I spent a week “fixing” the flare-up. Generally it gets a little tweaked when I’m not careful, but rest, hot packs and working deep into trigger points, followed by yoga can relieve it all. It felt better after a week of me digging into it with a massage cane and getting three massages.In fact, it felt so good that I hit Dupont for another 25-miler. Mistake. The throbbing slowly returned after the technical climbing where I was constantly yanking the handlebars up. Even the slow steady climbs must have been keeping my shoulder joint as open as possible. By the last two miles of fire road all I could do was fold my arm close into my belly and ride with one hand. I stayed off of the bike the rest of the week, running instead, each time wishing that I were wearing a sling. Instead I kept my hand in my jacket pocket so I wouldn‘t have to feel all of the bouncing. At least the cold air was good for the swelling?I taped it with Kinesiotape, which is an excellent way to pretend you have ligaments. I taped across wherever I wished they were, imagining my humerus being truly attached to my collar bone the way it’s supposed to be like a well-behaved rotator cuff.I believe it’s going to be yoga that saves me and my ability to ride. Yoga classes have brought my attention to every one of my injuries – old and new. Injuries that I thought had been long gone reared their ugly heads as I struggled to twist my body into crazy poses that seemed effortless to the non-athletes as well as yogis. It helped me realize what needed strengthening, where I was lacking balance, and what needed to be more flexible.It helped me so much over the last five years that I’ve decided to go to yoga teacher training. I look forward to the meditation behind it and hope that it teaches me how to balance my spirit as well as learn more about how heal myself. I can’t wait to help you, too.last_img read more

Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for April 8, 2013

first_imgYour outdoor news bulletin for April 8, 2013 – the day Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s homerun record:Appalachian Trail Gains a ChaplainThe Lynchburg News & Advance has the story of Josh Lindamood – Lindamood? More like in da mood? right? right? – who will be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, while also acting as Trail Chaplain. The position was created by the United Methodist Holston Conference to expand the ministry of New Hope United Methodist Church just off the A.T. in Bastian, Va. ministry. Lindamood will become part of the Appalachian Trail Outreach Ministry started by the church to capitalize on all the thru-hikers that pass through its doors. He will provide a positive spiritual influence along the way. Given the types of people he is going to encounter during his six months on the trail, I’m sure this will be a difficult task. I would love to be a fly on the wall during all the religious discussions and debates that will happen around campfires this summer. Good luck to Josh.Get Ready for Cicadapocalypse 2013!It happens once every 17 years. No, not your mother-in-law coming to visit. The emergence of the Magicicada from its 17-year dormancy. The nitty gritty details of a cicada hatch are a little too complicated to lay out here, but just know that it’s going to rain big bugs this spring in parts of Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The good thing is they are harmless to us humans despite their slightly off-putting appearance. But the major benefit is the smallmouth bass topwater action. When these tasty treats start hitting the water, the smallies will be primed up for an easy meal. Make sure you get your gear in order and start tying some cicada patterns, because if you miss this, you may as well pack up your rod and go home.Chattahoochee River Project FTWThis Memorial Day will mark the opening of the new and improved Chattahoochee River as it flows through Columbus in West Georgia. The $24.5 million Chattahoochee River restoration project includes the removal of the Eagle and Phenix Dam and the installation of a 2.5 mile whitewater course. The restoration will again open the river up to rafting and kayaking and its recreational activity is expected to generate an economic impact of $42 million annually for Columbus and Phenix City, with 188,000 people getting on the river. That’s a lotta Hooch.last_img read more

Beer Blog: Nantahala Brewing’s Dirty Girl American Blonde Ale

first_imgIt’s sleeting outside as I write this. It’s supposed to turn to snow later tonight, and tomorrow is slated to be balls cold. And yet, I have bulbs popping up in my front yard. The grass is really trying to turn green again. My kids keep putting on shorts and sunglasses before running outside to play, only to come back inside three minutes later, shivering. It’s as if the whole world is willing Spring to come, even though Mother Nature refuses to cooperate. I did my part wishing for Spring’s return today by picking out a lager in the beer store. All those big, rich, high ABV stouts to choose from, and I reach for a crisp, clean lager.Actually, I picked out Nantahala Brewing’s Dirty Girl American Blonde Ale, but “American Blonde Ale” is just a fancy way of saying “lager.” The lager is the quintessential lawnmower beer. Budweiser, Miller, PBR…this is lager territory. Nantahala Brewing does a good job of infiltrating the realm of lagers with Dirty Girl (which also has to be the best beer name ever), a light, crisp, low-hopped beer. Lagers are typically easy drinking, and it doesn’t get much easier than Dirty Girl (maybe next year they’ll name it “Easy Girl”?). It is one big, 22-ounce lawnmower beer. Or post trail-run beer. Or backpacking beer…or when you just want a damned beer.I don’t get to sample Nantahala Brewing’s wares often. Their distribution footprint is relatively small (only in North Carolina, and up until recently, mostly on draft), and I’m not in Bryson City nearly enough. Since the last time I sat down at the brewery, they created a barrel-aging program, filled out their seasonal line up, and started bottling their flagship beers in 22-ounce bombers. Which means you might be able to get your hands on one of their six year-round beers. Dirty Girl is good, but check out their low-ABV, nutty Bryson City Brown too. I’m not saying that drinking one of the sessionable beers will bring Spring back. But it’s worth a try.Follow Graham’s adventures in drinking and dadhood at more at read more

Unplugging From Technology, Plugging Into Nature

first_imgDo you ever wonder what life was like twenty years ago? How did people know when someone arrived at their house without receiving a “here” text? How did they know where the fish could be found without using a fish finder? In today’s world, technology is everywhere. It is nearly impossible to go a mere ten minutes without acknowledging some form of technology. We have lost the capability to indulge in an old fashioned adventure, one where you don’t know how long the trail is going to take, where it ends, or what previous riders, runners, fishers, or hikers thought about it. During spring break, I had the opportunity to do just that by unplugging from all technology and reflecting on its effect on our lives.After the stress and sweat of midterms was over, my friends Will, Luke, and I decided to spend our spring break backpacking along the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park. This much-needed break from libraries and laptops was the perfect chance to get away from all technology and clear our minds. The trail still had traces of snow etched with fresh boot prints from other eager hikers. Although the trees still had not begun the regeneration that comes with the promise of new life, and the snow was still up to five inches deep in some spots, we ventured through the seemingly perfect 65 springtime degrees the first day we were out. We were able to take a detour to a glistening waterfall that, unlike my favorite playlist on Spotify or my favorite nature film on Netflix, sounded so impeccably crisp as it crashed into the crystal clear pool that soothingly splashed up to cool down our sweating faces.Our second day didn’t greet us too well. We woke up to a steady, albeit peaceful rainfall that would continue off and on throughout the day. The Appalachian Trail turned into a track of mud getting worse with every step as our boots trying to grip onto stable ground and push our bodies forward without slipping out and taking a nasty tumble. Muddy, damp, and drained, we set up camp about an hour away from dark.With no prior knowledge and no GPS to lead us, we let our curiosity guide us on one last adventure before dark. That’s the beauty of being unplugged — you let your true inner-self guide you with no expectations so that when you do find something amazing, you feel inspired and blessed as if this “gift” was handpicked for you. A few miles back there were cliffs we noticed on the way to our camp spot, cliffs begging to be climbed upon.Breathing heavily from the hike and ascent, I reached the top and gazed miles across the darkening mountains coated with a blanket of fog. It was uplifting and inspiring to know we didn’t follow the directions on our phone. We didn’t read about this breathtaking view on a website. We discovered it on our own and that feeling is indescribable.Laying down cuddled up in my sleeping bag as darkness filled the sky that night, I began thinking. I reflected on the rainy and chilly day of backpacking through mud and water and how it was so much better than being at home on a rainy day stuck inside, slumped on the couch, watching movies and walking back and forth to the fridge. I was thinking how refreshed I would be waking up in the morning because I wouldn’t stay up late watching anything on television, listening to everything on my music downloads, or scrolling for hours on my cell phone to make sure I didn’t miss a bit of useless information that was posted, Tweeted, or pinned.Life is amazing when you actually look up from your phone and notice the world around you. You have more time to explore the mountains and explore your mind. You have more time to acknowledge and really enjoy the beauty of a snowcapped mountain or the soothing sound of rain in the wilderness. Try it! You’ll be surprised at what you might find.last_img read more

SweetWater Gets High

first_imgIt bugs me when people complain about flying. On a certain level, I get it. The seats are small and the flights are usually crowded with dudes in “business casual” attire high fiving each other and handing out business cards. But look, you get on that plane and four hours later, you can be on the other side of the country. Catch an early morning flight, and you can be surfing the Pacific by the afternoon. When you do the math, it’s pretty freaking amazing. And it sure as hell beats crossing the country by wagon train, smelling horse shit, and worrying about scurvy on the long journey.Hell, you can even watch a movie and have a drink on planes now. Over the years, I’ve discovered that having the right amount of alcohol in my system is key to surviving mildly annoying situations like long distance flights, editorial meetings and coaching under-7 soccer practice.I love those little mini liquor bottles on the plane—they make me feel like a giant. And you don’t even have to drink crappy beer anymore. A number of airlines have partnered with craft breweries located in their hub cities to feature their flagship brews on their flights.SweetWater-Delta-CansI caught a plane to Las Vegas recently for…um…business…and was happy to discover that SweetWater 420 is now served on most Delta flights. The last time I flew, I had to suffer through three Budweiser’s while trying to figure out how to get my kid’s Transformer to change into a robot so he wouldn’t freak out mid flight. Okay, “suffer through” is a bit of an exaggeration. I still love my Buds, but it’s nice to know that when you’re trapped in the middle seat flying 500 miles per hour over the Mid West, there’s a beer option that offers an aggressive hop profile.Even cooler (at least if you’re an Atlanta native whose earliest memories are of going to Atlanta Braves games with your dad), this spring SweetWater has partnered with the Atlanta Braves to release special packaging that features the ball team’s logo and Turner Field. For me, it’s a little slice of home in a can.last_img read more

BREAKING: Two Juveniles Arrested, Charged with Arson in Connetion to Gatlinburg Wildfires

first_imgThe Tennessee Bureau of Investigation held a press conference today to announce the arrest of two juveniles in connection with a wildfire that wreaked havoc on the resort town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee on the night of Monday, November 28th—destroying hundreds of structures and claiming as many as 14 lives in the process.The juveniles, whose names have not been released per Tennessee state law, were arrested this morning after a joint investigation with the National Parks Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Sevier County Sheriffs Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.They were charged with Aggravated Arson.Authorities allege that the two individuals were responsible for igniting a fire in the Chimney Tops area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park on or around November 23 that eventually spread into Gatlinburg and other parts of Sevier County.“The juveniles are currently being held inside the Sevier County Juvenile Detention Center,” said District Attorney Jimmy Dunn, who is in charge of prosecuting the case.“Additional charges are being considered and all options available to the state when dealing with juveniles are on the table, including the possibility of seeking a transfer of these juveniles to adult criminal court.”According to Dunn the juveniles are not natives of Sevier County, but they are residents of the state of Tennessee.Stay tuned for updates.Related:last_img read more

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Mountain Music Festival 2018

first_imgThe only adventure vacation music festival in the world is at ACE Adventure Resort in the New River Gorge, WV. May 31st – June 2nd Mountain Music Festival returns to ACE Adventure Resort for its fifth year. Featuring whitewater rafting, zip lines, and a waterpark alongside 25 bands on four stages this is a festival like nothing you have ever seen. This year Umphrey’s McGee and Big Something will be taking over the mountaintop, both playing for two nights. Joining these two jam band powerhouses will be Perpetual Groove, Pimps of Joytime, Aqueous, Litz, Broccoli Samurai, The Fritz, The Kind Thieves and more!The New River Gorge in West Virginia is known around the world as a top-notch adventure sports destination featuring some of America’s best whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and mountain biking. Mountain Music Festival attendees are smack in the middle of all this action and ACE has the best guides to get your adrenaline flowing in the outdoors. Take a half-day rafting trip down the river and experience over 20 rapids, scenic views, and finish your trip underneath the famous New River Gorge Bridge. This is the most popular activity and ACE’s guides have been leading trips for almost 40 years on this wild and wonderful river.Rather stay dry? Sign up for one of the zip line canopy tours and fly through the trees as you zip from cliff-top to cliff-top. Navigate this course on the rim of the gorge as your traverse nine different zip lines and two sky bridges. The grand finale is a 40-foot freefall off the plunge tower. Plus there are a ton of other activities to choose from including paintball, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, rock climbing, rappelling, and more.With over 25 bands coming to the mountain there will be no shortage of great music at all hours of the day and night. Umphrey’s McGee will be bringing their new album “it’s not us” to the mountaintop and Big Something just released their latest album “The Otherside” so you can expect tons of new music. The Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company Lake Stage will keep music flowing on the beach and at the waterpark all day Saturday. Wake up each morning and wander over to the Tito’s Strange Stage for coffee and great regional acts. Aside from incredible music there are over 25 visual artists, 20+ vendors, free workshops, and great people all over the mountain.New for 2018 ACE is introducing VIP packages that turn your festival weekend into an adventure weekend. Go all-inclusive with the diamond package that includes meals, adventures, free festival merchandise, VIP perks, and the best camping on the mountain. Checkout the Gold and Silver options that get you into the VIP club as well. Other upgrades such as car camping, cabins, and party tents are still available.Mountain Music Festival is truly a summertime music event like none other you have experienced. From the beautiful mountaintop camping, to the friendly welcoming vibes, and the amazing music all weekend this is the place to be May 31st – June 2nd. Advance tickets are on sale now and you can save $20 OFF your festival pass with promo code BROLOVE20. Make your plans, call off work, and tell your friends to join you on the mountain!last_img read more


first_imgIn Harrisonburg, Va., bikes are helping sentenced juveniles find a new path.In Harrisonburg, Virginia, when you’re a juvenile charged with a misdemanor, you end up in the courtroom of Judge David O’Donnell, a district court judge for the 26th Judicial District Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Depending on the case, O’Donnell can dole out anything from a verbal reprimand to detention time, but more often than not, his sentencing falls somewhere in the middle.“There’s a mixed bag of what causes this behavior,” he says. “Very often we find out [these juveniles] don’t have a lot of means, they don’t have a lot of direction, things in the home are challenging, and there’s nothing that really gives them a sense of accomplishment. We gotta think of new and different ways rather than just punishment to address that behavior.”Enter (L)earn-a-Bike (LAB), a 16-hour community service program that offers court-involved youth the opportunity to not only learn how to fix a bicycle but to also earn one in the process. Founded in 2015 by Eastern Mennonite University alumni Ben Bailey (‘12), Tom Brenneman (‘92), and a host of other individuals and entities such as Harrisonburg Gift & Thrift (which donated the space LAB operates in) and the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, LAB falls uniquely into a class of its own based on the very nature of a bicycle.Photo by Jess Daddio.“It intentionally creates frustration,” says Matt Hassman, one of the LAB instructors who also has a background in wilderness therapy. “We’re using the bicycle as a metaphor for building self-efficacy. We allow them to make their own mistakes. There are kids who, if you tell them a stove is hot, they won’t touch it. Then there are kids that are going to need to touch the stove to understand what hot is. Some kids need to fail to learn something.”“It’s really practical,” says Brenneman, who served as an early intervention officer for the Rockingham County court system when LAB was conceived. “This isn’t designed to be therapy. This isn’t designed to be punishment. It’s all about affirming the kid and listening.”Now going into its fourth year, LAB—which is state funded through the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act (VJCCCA)—has served close to 100 juveniles with delinquency charges and status offenses ranging from larceny to truancy. Fittingly, the very first referral Judge O’Donnell sent to LAB was a juvenile charged with stealing a bicycle. Every session is intimate and personalized; on average, four kids make up each cohort. The 16 hours are divided into four-hour sessions on four consecutive Saturdays, which culminates in the participant either receiving or gifting the bike they have been working on.“This isn’t designed to be therapy. This isn’t designed to be punishment. It’s all about affirming the kid and listening.”Tom Brenneman, (L)earn-a-bike founderBecause LAB shares a building with Bikes For Refugees, many of the program’s graduates donate their bicycles to refugees in need. This embodies the beauty of an alternative like LAB, Brenneman says. In a city that has one of the most diverse high schools in the state of Virginia—more than 50 languages are spoken and 70 countries represented in a student body of 1,700—it can be hard to establish connections. LAB allows youth an avenue for navigating that sense of belonging.“You can have a kid from Fallujah, Iraq, settled here under specific terms from the Department of Defense for asylum, who comes with all of these embodied trauma dynamics from a war-torn situation, become court involved for a variety of issues, somehow find his way to (L)earn-a-Bike, and in the course of it give a bike to a refugee. That comes full circle. That’s community service.”“We’re such a diverse community. These kids come from all different types of backgrounds,” adds Judge O’Donnell. “It’s a real melting pot around here. [Through (L)earn-a-Bike], these kids get to identify with others and understand that maybe what they hear about certain types of people is not necessarily true.”Community members interested in supporting LAB can sign up to become an instructor, which is a paid position funded through the VJCCCA grant. Bike parts and bicycles can be donated directly to the program. The public can also make a tax deductible donation to Harrisonburg Gift & Thrift, which itself has a longstanding history of offering community service options for both youth and adults in the court system. Despite the Gift & Thrift’s association with the Mennonite Central Committee, Brenneman says the 501(c)(3) non-profit is completely secular and supportive of everyone.“It’s not about proselytizing or evangelism,” he says. “It’s about the evangelism of the bike.”Visit to learn more about how you can help.last_img read more