SolarAid donations to be tripled for three days

first_img Tagged with: christmas Funding matched giving AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Solar Aid’s Winter campaign ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ includes an opportunity this week to triple the value of donations made. Gifts made from Thursday to Saturday this week will be matched twice: a gift of £30 will therefore be worth £90 to the charity.The matched giving is possible through a combination of The Big Give’s Christmas Challenge and the UK government’s UK aid programme. Donations to Solar Aid from 5-7 December via the Challenge will be doubled. In addition, the UK government will double donations to SolarAid from UK donors throughout the winter.SolarAid is suggesting donations of £30. Tripled, that would purchase 18 solar lights, which will be used to replace the traditional but dangerous kerosene lamps used in many homes. SolarAid donations to be tripled for three days Howard Lake | 4 December 2013 | News  76 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Germany: Tognum to Present System Solutions for Military Vessels at SMM

first_img View post tag: system View post tag: News by topic Equipment & technology Share this article View post tag: Tognum Germany: Tognum to Present System Solutions for Military Vessels at SMM View post tag: Germany View post tag: military View post tag: europecenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Germany: Tognum to Present System Solutions for Military Vessels at SMM View post tag: SMM View post tag: Present From 4 to 7 September, the Tognum subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen will present its propulsion and system solutions for yachts, commercial ships and military vessels at this year’s SMM shipbuilding, machinery & marine technology trade fair in Hamburg (stand 305, hall A3).This will include main propulsion engines delivering up to 7,400kW (9,920bhp), on-board gensets for commercial vessels in the power range from 5 to 3,000kW (7 to 4,025bhp) and combined propulsion systems with diesel engines and gas turbines with a power output of up to 35MW (46,900bhp). In the field of automation, the company will display a new control console for megayachts. Comprehensive “MTU ValueCare” service products including customized service contracts, original MTU spare parts or consumables such as coolants, engine oil and engine filters will complement the product portfolio.[mappress]Press Release, Septembar 4, 2012; Image: MTU September 4, 2012 View post tag: solutions View post tag: vesselslast_img read more

Paula T. Hammond wins 2010 Scientist of the Year

first_imgThe Harvard Foundation presented the 2010 Scientist of the Year Award to Paula T. Hammond, the Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as part of its annual Albert Einstein Science Conference: Advancing Minorities and Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.Hammond will be honored for her outstanding scientific contributions in macromolecular design and synthesis of biomaterials. “The Harvard Foundation is pleased to honor Dr. Hammond as the 2010 Scientist of the Year at our annual Albert Einstein Science Conference,” said S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation.Hammond was also a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2004.To read more about Hammond’s research, visit the Hammond Research Group Web site.last_img read more

FB : BY A THREAD: SU squeaks out 3-point win after blowing double-digit lead

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on October 7, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img NEW ORLEANS — As Tulane celebrated a game-tying touchdown with less than three minutes left, capping off a 17-point comeback, Ryan Nassib looked on calmly from the sideline.Syracuse had been in this situation multiple times already this year. Three of SU’s first five games went to overtime. And despite some second-half struggles Saturday, the Orange quarterback stayed confident and had only one thing on his mind as he took the field for SU’s final drive.‘It’s time to win,’ Nassib said. ‘It’s time to breathe and focus. It wasn’t our first rodeo. All we had to do is just move the ball, get that first first down and just keep chugging.’In a game that turned completely in Tulane’s favor after halftime, Syracuse’s offense reawakened in the nick of time to pull out a 37-34 win over the Green Wave in front of 23,188 fans in the Louisiana Superdome. Kicker Ross Krautman’s 21-yard field goal as time expired gave SU a win and saved the Orange from what would have been an extremely disappointing loss. The Orange (4-2, 0-1 Big East) offense came out on fire in the first half, scoring on its first four drives, but Tulane (2-4, 1-1 Conference USA) torched the SU defense for more than 300 yards in the first two quarters to keep pace.Tulane clawed back in a second half controlled by defense, but the Syracuse offense came back to life on its final two drives to salvage the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘The biggest thought is always the win,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘There’s no doubt about it. It’s winning. That’s it.’The game was set up to be a shootout in the opening minutes. Tulane went 80 yards in eight plays to start the game, capped off by a 40-yard touchdown run by Green Wave running back Orleans Darkwa.But it took just 16 seconds for Syracuse to answer. Freshman Jeremiah Kobena returned the ensuing kickoff 79 yards to the Tulane 5-yard line, and Antwon Bailey punched it in on the next play to knot the score 7-7.From there, Syracuse took over for most of the first half, scoring at will on a Tulane defense that gave up 93 points in its previous two games. SU went on to build a 17-point lead on two separate occasions in the first half. Nassib threw two touchdowns and ran for another.But Tulane refused to go away, and the SU defense couldn’t make a stop.‘That is the one thing our kids said, they were going to refuse to lose tonight,’ Tulane head coach Bob Toledo said. ‘They weren’t going to give in to anything. It is like somebody trying to take away your prized possession. You’re going to fight until the bitter end.’The Green Wave scored 10 points in the final three minutes of the first half to head into the locker room down 31-24. But the flow of the game changed completely after the break.Syracuse’s offense stalled in the third quarter, picking up just 14 yards and no first downs. But after allowing 312 yards to Tulane in the first half, the Orange defense also held its ground, limiting the Green Wave to just a field goal in the third.‘We stayed the same but just were more focused,’ cornerback Kevyn Scott said. ‘We got that 17-point lead and we just kind of relaxed. It was like we just took things for granted. We just focused in and locked in and played our game.’Then came the fourth quarter resurgence by the Orange offense. SU moved the chains for the first time in the second half with nine minutes left on a Nassib completion to Van Chew. That sparked a long drive that resulted in a field goal to put SU up 34-27.But as it had done throughout the game, Tulane answered quickly. SU cornerback Keon Lyn fell down on a deep pass down the left sideline, and Green Wave receiver Xavier Rush hauled in a 58-yard pass uncovered and trotted to the end zone to tie the game.‘We got down early, but our team never gave up,’ Rush said. ‘We always thought we could come out here and win.’But that set the stage for Nassib to lead the Orange on the game-winning drive that covered 66 yards on 12 plays and was aided by a pivotal personal foul penalty on Tulane.Syracuse moved into field goal range and drained the clock, calling a timeout with two seconds left at the 4-yard line. Krautman drilled the 21-yard field goal as time expired.‘We’re going home happy,’ Nassib said. ‘I’ve played this game long enough, and I’ve lost enough games to know that a win is not easy to come by.’[email protected]last_img read more

Great results to start season at Panorama for Whitewater Racers

first_imgWhitewater skiers did not disappoint the coaching staff as the squad experienced some great results at the Kinder Kootenay Zone race held recently at Panorama near Invermere.Jamis Beattie paced the Whitewater team with two fourths and a fifth during the giant slalom race weekend.Haley Mitchell registered a pair of eighth-place finishes while Savannah Leishman finished with two ninths and a 10th.Harper Henderson spent most of day one at the hospital following and exciting crash during the first run Saturday morning.Henderson was transported to hospital for X-rays, which proved to show no fractures, just bruises.Henderson raced Sunday after being cleared by doctors.“The racers had never seen blue snow before so it was a great learning experience and all of the racers improved by leaps and bounds over the two days,” said Whitewater coach Dylan Henderson. “We entered a total of 14 racers which is the most Whitewater racers at a Kinder zone race in many years.”Kootenay zone skiers faced some stiff competition from the home team, which races against mostly Alberta teams.Team Pano is a very high-performance team bolstered with National level coaches.Team Whitewater is off to Kimberley this weekend for the first slalom races of the [email protected]last_img read more

SANTA ANITA MOVES FIRST POST TIME THIS SATURDAY TO 11:45 A.M. IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE $12 MILLION PEGASUS WORLD CUP INVITATIONAL FROM GULFSTREAM & 10-RACE SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP PROGRAM

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017)–In an effort to better accommodate both the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational from Gulfstream and a 10-race Sunshine Millions/California Cup card locally, Santa Anita Park has moved first post time on Saturday up to 11:45 a.m. Approximate post time for the Pegasus World Cup is at 2:44 p.m. PST.The Pegasus, which features an epic rematch between all-time North American money-won leader California Chrome and Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion, Arrogate, has generated tremendous interest nationwide and Santa Anita is thus expecting a large crowd for it and its Sunshine Millions/Cal Cup program, which will include five stakes for horses bred or sired in California.Separated by just a half-length in their only meeting, Arrogate prevailed in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 5, but it was “Chrome” who took home his second Eclipse Award Horse of the Year title this past Saturday, in addition to being voted Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Male.A California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, California Chrome has been trained throughout his amazing career by 79 year old Art Sherman, who sent him out to win the 2014 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies. Owned by California Chrome, LLC, he has now won 16 of his 26 starts and has amassed earnings of $14,502,650.Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate followed up on a record setting 13 ½ length win in the prestigious Grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 27, with his Classic win over “Chrome” in what was only his sixth career start. He was thus voted Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Male for 2016.For scratches, changes and complete Sunshine Millions/Cal Cup entries and morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

DONEGAL MAN HUGHIE FINDS A PEACEFUL RESTING PLACE AFTER A LIFETIME OF TRAVELING

first_imgSadly he never quite made it home to his native Donegal.The late Hughie McElwee RIPWe recently ran an article on Fanad man Hughie McElwee and how, despite leaving his native Donegal in 1953 to travel the world, never forgot his roots in Ballyheerin.Hughie passed away this week aged 94 leaving nothing but fond memories of all those touched by one of life’s true gentlemen. In honour of his life, we have decided to republish the article which was kindly written for us by Hughie’s grand nephew Sean Matthews. “Hughie McElwee hasn’t been home to his native Donegal in more than 60 years. But the 94 year old still keeps up to date with al that is happening in his native county. He is one of thousands of Donegal people who have lived their lives abroad. “Since leaving his native Donegal in 1953 Hughie McElwee has never forgotten his Irish roots in the small village of Ballyheerin on the Fanad Peninsula.“Despite travelling and working in mines from the Yellow Knife in Canada to becoming co-founder of Mt Isa Irish Club in Northern Queensland, Australia, Hughie is evidently reminded of his native Donegal by the family pictures and portraits which adorn his living room. “Now living in Auckland, New Zealand, Hughie is still recovering from a hip replacement and heart pacemaker.“Hughie recently celebrated his 94h birthday at home with friends and family who came from as far as the United States and England after spending over ten weeks in hospital describing it “as one to remember which helped me get things back on track.”“An avid reader, Hughie enjoys a glass of red wine every evening and according to his best friend Jim Gallagher, also from Frosses, Donegal “Hughie’s is a homely Irish home which is always welcoming to anyone.”“Daniel O’Donnell always visits when passing through which brings a sparkle to his eye but it is his generosity that Hughie is known for.“Jim fondly remembers a moment in the early 1970s when “Hughie kindly paid two weeks rent for a homeless mother and her young family who met on the streets after being kicked out for rent arrears”. “Born in 1919 into a family of eleven including five brothers and four sisters, Hughie first worked as a farm labourer in the North, before emigrating to Scotland and England where he joined the Royal Air Force in 1946 for six years.“After a brief spell in Canada, his next journey took him to Australia which “in them days took five weeks and conditions out in sea were quite difficult compared to today,” says Hughie.“After a brief stop in Perth and Sydney, Hughie along with other fellow travellers made their way to the Mt Isa mines where they built the Irish mining club from scratch. Hughie proudly shows me his inscription on a framed photo commemorating the building of Mt Isa.“Emmigrating across the Tasman Sea to Auckland in the early 1960s was a bit of a culture shock and quite different to what it is today as Hughie jokingly says “I was quite lucky in them days because all the pubs closed at 6pm but I had a key to the nearby city hotel so me and my friends were ok.” “Hughie never married nor returned to Donegal and now resides in a nursing home in Auckland, and is always keen to relate stories of his past days.“He has one remaining sister Bridie who lives in Corby, Northamptonshire and both are in regular contact including a close network of Irish friends but is still “proud to be Irish and from Donegal.”DONEGAL MAN HUGHIE FINDS A PEACEFUL RESTING PLACE AFTER A LIFETIME OF TRAVELING was last modified: September 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deathdonegalFanadHughie McElweeNew Zealandlast_img read more

Elephants, Mammoths, and Terror: The Ivory Trade Crisis

first_img(Visited 100 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Terror organizations are slaughtering elephants at alarming rates to sell the ivory in Asia and buy weapons. What to do?Mammoths and elephants possess an expensive commodity high in demand: ivory. Several articles point out the crisis this has created when politics and money get involved. It’s a story of human greed and evil, but also an intriguing mystery: how did millions of mammoths die?Fox News interviewed the producer of a disturbing documentary about elephant poaching. 33,000 elephants a year are being slaughtered for their ivory by poachers, he says, some of them members of the most violent terror gangs in Africa. The poachers sell the ivory to the Chinese, and use the money to buy weapons for their terror campaigns. It’s a scenario hatched in hell. What to do?Douglas MacMillan has a counter-intuitive idea. A Professor of Conservation and Applied Resource Economics at University of Kent, MacMillan argues on The Conversation that “banning the mammoth ivory trade would be a huge mistake.” His reasons touch on issues of market economics, government pressure, and human nature.There is widely held belief that the only way we can protect globally endangered species that are being poached for the international wildlife trade is to completely ban the trade. This is a dangerous misconception and will speed up extinction rather than prevent it.Adrian Lister, a mammoth expert from University College London, recently suggested that mammoths should be listed under the convention on international trade in endangered species to keep their ivory from being laundered into an illegal trade in tusks. He argued that the mammoth trade is encouraging the poaching of elephants by keeping up the demand for ivory.This is madness.It’s clear that government bans are not working. Like he says, it just encourages a black market. MacMillan’s article also touches on an amazing phenomenon: the frozen mammoths of the Arctic.Mammoths and mammoth ivory is not rare – it is estimated that there are 10 million mammoths that remain incarcerated within the permafrost of the Arctic tundra. And in any case a ban on mammoth ivory would not stop the trade, it would simply drive it underground and attract the attention of organised crime groups. For example, in my own research I found that prices for illegally caught whale meat rose very quickly when enforcement efforts intensified and this in turn led to the trade being controlled by dedicated “professional” criminals.Sound like Prohibition? Sound like Mexican drug cartels? When will government leaders learn? And where is the U.N.? Clearly, there are not enough police agents to locate every poacher and intercept them all in time to save the elephants. It’s dangerous work, for one thing, and rampant corruption gives the poachers a pass. MacMillan believes that controlled access to mammoths will save more elephants and also stimulate research on the great extinct beasts of the ice age.Bold moves are old moves, he argues: what’s needed is a return to time-honored market economics. Regulated trade, ranching, and and wildlife farming are alternatives that will drive down demand for illegal hunting and “certainly cause prices to fall and pressure on wild populations to reduce.”Obviously you cannot farm extinct animals. But even with non-renewable resources, like coal and oil, if the supply is high, the price falls. Basic economics shows that when the supply dwindles, the price rises, driving demand for alternatives.MacMillan leaves the origin of the mammoths hanging. That subject is taken up by Science Daily, “Mammoth remains, as far as the eye can see: Widest distribution of mammoths during the last Ice Age.”Ice Age paleontologist Prof. Dr. Ralf-Dietrich Kahlke of the Senckenberg Research Station for Quaternary Paleontology in Weimar recorded the maximum geographic distribution of the woolly mammoth during the last Ice Age and published the most accurate global map in this regard. The ice-age pachyderms populated a total area of 33,301,000 square kilometers and may thus be called the most successful large mammals of this era. The study, recently published online in the scientific journal Quaternary International, determined that the distribution was limited by a number of climate-driven as well as climate-independent factors.While Dr. Kahlke’s map is commendable, it doesn’t account for the death of millions of these large mammals in a short time. It also doesn’t mention the bizarre circumstances of their demise, such as dying in a standing position with broken legs and food still in their mouths. Creationists have looked to the frozen mammoth evidence to support various theories of the Flood and post-Flood ice age. Those interested can compare the models of Dr. Walt Brown and Michael Oard, two who have given the matter the most detailed attention but arrived at very different scenarios. Regardless of one’s favored model, the fact that millions of these huge mammals exist in permafrost across the Arctic, some with hair, blood and soft tissue intact, should astonish anyone who reads about it.The one theory that doesn’t make any sense is that mammoths just peacefully lived and died over millions of years, lying down and getting covered in permafrost. Or, that they died from global warming (Live Science). Right. Standing up, with food in their mouths, global warming knocked them flat and broke their bones.  The evidence of millions of frozen mammoths challenges uniformitarianism. Something dramatic happened that never happened before or since.How to save elephants? Let entrepreneurs raise them for profit. They will have a vested interest in protecting them and conserving them. It’s like Christmas tree farming; it drove down the price, and thereby the demand for individuals to cut down trees in the forest indiscriminately. The tree farmer’s livelihood depends on sustainability and customer satisfaction. MacMillan talks about how alligators were spared from poaching when entrepreneurs were allowed to raise them for sale. It can work for elephants. Let entrepreneurs recover mammoth tusks, but not indiscriminately; give them an affordable license, like they do for fishermen, or let them own a piece of land containing mammoths, like people who own ranches containing dinosaur bones; they can use the land to make money, and sell tusks they find on the property for extra money. Scientists should have to pay a fair market price.The “Tragedy of the Commons” occurs when nobody takes responsibility for a resource. Private property, by contrast, turns human greed into a force for good. To stay in business, the property owner or businessman has to please the customer. An elephant rancher would have a vested interest in growing the finest animals with the best tusks, just like cattle ranchers. Another marketable approach is to grow elephants for wildlife safaris, or to sell to zoos. Another alternative is for biomimetics researchers to discover a way to grow synthetic ivory that is indistinguishable from elephant or mammoth ivory. The expansion of constitutional republican government, with the rule of law for all, punishing corruption, is also essential for this to work.Another tragedy is occurring right now with Monarch butterflies. Illegal deforestation of the Monarch’s mountainous habitat in Mexico has more than tripled, PhysOrg reports. Again, the government thinks that banning deforestation is the answer. It isn’t. It’s the tragedy of the commons again. In a sense, you can’t blame desperately poor people who just want to support their families. The incentives must be changed, by offering them private property they can call their own and protect from trespassers. It will incentivize them to take care of it. They will be motivated to stop the poachers. A stable government with rule of law is required so that they can get justice when their rights are violated.Another alternative is to allow limited private ownership of butterfly habitats if they profit from the success of the butterflies. Market economics understands human nature. It harnesses the self-interest of people for good. Imposing it by force often fails. People need to eat; they will grab what they can get unless they find a better way. Why make it so difficult for them to make a living honestly?The principles are time-proven, even if this explanation is simplified. One thing is clear: banning the trade of ivory is not working. It is hastening the extinction of these magnificent large mammals most people love and respect. Needless to say, raising children with a worldview that values nature and honors altruism goes a long way toward preventing the worst of human nature, as seen in the present crisis. Poaching, corruption, and terrorism are unlikely to be fruits of a mission church filled with children singing “How Great Thou Art.”last_img read more

Geocaching souvenirs, badges, and trackable icons

first_imgIcons — trackables you move or discoverIcons on a profileIcons are associated with trackable items.Generic icons display for most trackable items.Promotional icons are created in collaboration with other companies or organizations such as Magic: The Gathering, Michelin, or Jeep®.Customized icons are created when individuals or organizations order large/bulk quantities of icons.IconsWhatever your geocaching style, earning and displaying souvenirs, badges, and icons adds an additional layer of fun and motivation for geocaches. How do you show off your geo-accomplishments? Share with your Friends:More Let’s break it down.Souvenirs — where or when you cacheGeocaching souvenirs on a profileSouvenirs are similar to stickers on a suitcase when traveling around the world. They’re generally awarded for caching in a particular location or on a particular date.Location: If you find a geocache or attend an event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, you will receive the Alberta province and Canada country souvenir.Alberta province souvenir and Canada souvenirDate: If you log a geocache or attend an event on a special day, such as International Geocaching Day, you will receive the International Geocaching Day souvenir.International Geocaching Day 2017 souvenirSome souvenirs are awarded for logging a particular cache type during a specific time period. For example, you may earn a souvenir for attending or hosting a Geocaching International Film Festival event during GIFF week. However, if you log a Mystery Cache during that time, you will increase your find count, but you will not earn a GIFF souvenir.Geocaching International Film Festival 2017 souvenirBadges — what you accomplishGeocaching badges on a profileBadges are associated with statistics or completing specific tasks such as:Number of consecutive finds (365 in one year)Milestones (finding 500 geocaches)Number of caches owned (10 caches)Number of trackables moved/discoveredBadges are manually added to a geocacher’s profile page with HTML code provided by third-party sites such as Project-GC.com or BadgeGen.com. Occasionally, badges are awarded by Geocaching.com, such as the case of the Haunted Hides badge.Here are examples of badges from BadgeGen:Geocaching badge from BadgeGen Souvenirs, badges, and iconsDo you know the difference between geocaching souvenirs, badges, and icons? They’re all virtual pieces of art for geocachers to earn, collect, and show off. However, each serves a different purpose in different parts of your Geocaching profile.Souvenirs — where or when you cacheBadges — what you accomplishIcons — trackables you move or discover SharePrint RelatedFAQs: The lost treasure of Mary HydeJuly 10, 2017In “Learn”You might be a geocacher if…August 28, 2018In “News”You might be a Trackable Lover if…November 27, 2018In “News”last_img read more

Will Faulty Energy Projections Become Reality?

first_imgRealityThe EIA needs to start looking at current market offers and consistent patterns in actual deployment versus its historical forecasts. Only in this way will it start to come to grips with the real trends in the accelerating energy transition, and have the insight to be able to project or forecast the revolution that is coming. If not, it risks becoming totally irrelevant as a source of information and a poor guidance for business leaders and policy makers across the country. Are we looking at the same market?In a two-part tragedy, incorrect initial positions go on to influence completely outdated expectations about the composition of the American energy landscape through 2050. To its credit, EIA analysts read the news (if selectively): the AEO projects that renewables will be among the fastest-growing segments in electricity generation markets.But the EIA assessment of generation costs across technology types in 2022 more closely resembles a copy-paste of renewables’ market data from back in 2015. It’s no wonder the EIA expects that policy will be the near-exclusive driver of renewables’ market growth, by way of state-enforced procurement requirements and federal tax credits. By JULES KORTENHORST and KIERAN COLEMANThe U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) most recent Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) should give anyone watching today’s energy markets a jolt of surprise. Not for projecting that U.S. energy demand will grow by an average of 0.4% per year after two decades of evidence to the contrary. Not for presenting major alternative scenarios only in the cases of cost and technology improvements in the oil and gas industries. But for exhibiting erroneous data about the costs of renewables, and for its simple and outdated outlook on how the market is changing and will in time be transformed.The danger is that key decision-makers will make decisions in accordance with an altogether different future than might otherwise result from current market activity. This risk stems from the agency’s opaque assumptions and modeling methodology, which have recently been the subject of significant criticism. In response, the EIA has sought to create a tenuous distinction between its “projections” and “forecasts” that requires mental acrobatics to accept — as do the annual outputs of its work. Jules Kortenhorst is CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute. Kieran Coleman is a senior associate at RMI. © Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI Outlet. EIA methodology is a key reason why the AEO’s citation of levelized costs (those upfront costs spread over an energy asset’s lifetime generation) seems so obsolete. Suffice it to say that the EIA ignores the average results of recent tenders in the U.S. and elsewhere when compiling its forward-looking average price estimates. As a result, stagnating future prices — wind and solar are estimated to decline by only $3/MWh from 2019 to 2022, unsubsidized — underlie EIA’s projection that capacity installations over the same period will be only 60% of actual annual totals for the last two to three years.In contrast, indicators over the past 18 months are regularly showing that large- and medium-scale solar and large-scale wind prices are far more competitive than marginal costs from traditional source — especially when they are sited near to load, as most often only modular renewables can be.This, in turn, is enabling still-expensive storage to be coupled with renewables generation to firm supply for portions of the day and provide grid services in addition to those offered by renewables with smart inverters. Collectively, these trends indicate the rapid approach of widespread grid parity between traditional sources and less-intermittent clean energy generation.center_img Cost of Renewable Energy Continues to FallAn Unlikely Bastion of Renewable Energy These Southern Cities Are Going 100 Percent Clean (Energy) How Renewable Energy Advocates Are Hurting the Climate Cause RELATED ARTICLES International markets drive this momentumThe EIA should look to real, current market dynamics to inform its initial positions. To start, the market is now global. Following leadership in early market development efforts by Europe and the U.S., countries like China, India, and Mexico have set their sights on securing sustainable economic development and near-term, cutting-edge jobs for their constituents.This motivates large-scale procurement of renewable energy that their domestic companies are simultaneously racing to manufacture and distribute, often with a boost in expertise and capital from established companies in developed markets.Second, international markets are scaling — fast. As each large-scale procurement sees low bids from not one or two, but 10 bidders, governments, companies, and communities are encouraged to go back to the market with more and larger tenders — even going so far as to free up capacity by canceling previously planned coal plants.Large, competitive procurements in LEDs, renewables, and now even electric vehicles ensure that buyers can leverage market forces and use existing expertise to innovate technology and delivery models that achieve step changes down the learning curve to reduce cost. Even though tenders may occasionally risk overestimating future cost declines, these are marginal in relation to their empowerment of cost reduction trends that are consistently more rapid than analysts expect.Third, technology markets are converging to drive nonlinear deployment. Manufacturers of lithium-ion storage, for example, are serving multiple segments like electric vehicles and grid-scale storage; thus growth in any one segment will enable cost declines that support growth in others. Further, storage will support intermittent but predictable renewables generation, unlocking new customers’ interest and further deployment.As evidence of this trend, leading project developers in the U.S. — some of which are subsidiaries of traditional utilities hedging their bets — have merged traditionally separate teams to analyze, bid, and build integrated and technology-agnostic portfolios of cost-effective generation resources.Together, market dynamics like these, missed by the EIA, tell us that the proverbial cat is out of the bag, and its claws inexorably stretch back into U.S. markets. In Colorado, Xcel’s all-source solicitation in late 2017 demonstrated just this, with one of the largest energy companies in the U.S. submitting a solar plus storage bid for $36/MWh based on the cost of components mostly built abroad. Attempts to wrestle it back risk ceding the U.S. businesses’ cutting-edge innovation to foreign businesses in a global market estimated at $1 trillion per year by some of the world’s largest companies.last_img read more