South Australia launches sweeping residential energy storage program

By on December 31, 2020

first_imgSouth Australia launches sweeping residential energy storage program FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:South Australia’s Liberal government officially opened the country’s biggest support scheme for household battery storage, with up to 40,000 homes able to access grants and low-interest finance for both battery storage and new rooftop solar installations.The $200 million scheme – half in grants and the other half in loans provided by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation – delivers on a pre-election promise from the newly elected Marshall government, but is heavily modified after the then Labor government proposed a similar scheme, but with more focus on low-income housing and more connection between installations.South Australia – as most people are aware – is leading the country and possible the world in terms of penetration of wind and solar, with more than 50 per cent of its generation coming from these variable resources, and the Australian Energy Market Operator predicts that share could rise to near 100 per cent by 2025.While much of the focus has been on the state’s large-scale renewable investments, the state also boasts the highest penetration of rooftop solar, with more than 930MW, and this is starting to have an impact on the way the grid is managed. Rooftop solar is now providing up to 45 per cent of generation at certain times of the day, and the growing amounts of solar could push that grid demand to zero in coming years, causing AEMO to look for ways to try and “orchestrate” this resource for the overall benefit of the grid.The scheme could add up to 400MWh of storage to the grid – not quite four times the size of the 100MW/129MWh Tesla big battery next to the Hornsdale wind farm that has dominated interest from operators and market players – and this could time shift the output of solar, and provide essential grid services.More: South Australia opens biggest household battery storage support schemelast_img read more

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Boldon, Bailey clash over Gay, Powell

By on August 28, 2020

first_imgFormer world 200m champion Ato Boldon says he has sympathy with athletes who fail drug tests by taking supplements. But former 100m Olympic and world champion Donovan Bailey insists there can be no excuses for athletes taking banned substances.Following sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell testing positive for banned drugs , Boldon said: “An athlete does not have a degree in pharmacology.” But Bailey said: “Athletes must know what is on the ‘banned’ list.” And he added it could be time to consider life bans for those caught taking banned substances.The Canadian, who will be a BBC Radio 5 live summariser for the Anniversary Games and World Championships, said: “Ultimately it could be the new false start rule—it doesn’t matter who you are, if you false start out of the blocks, you’re out.”It is not known which substance Gay, the fastest man in the world this year having run 9.75 seconds, has tested positive for—that should be confirmed after the result of analysis of his B sample.Powell, who has clocked 9.88 this year, was tested at the national trials in June and returned an adverse finding for oxilofrine (methylsynephrine), a stimulant that boosts fat-burning. Boldon said it was important to make a distinction between blood-doping and “people trying to push the envelope with their supplements”. He added: “An athlete is trusting of the person he is buying the supplements from, or the coach, or whoever is providing these supplements. “When you listen to Tyson, he is saying he put his faith in someone and they let him down. That says to me, OK somebody told me you can take this and it will be fine, there will be nothing to cause you to have a positive test—and obviously that was not the case.” Bailey, who won Olympic and world 100m gold medals, and has held the 100m world record, has a zero-tolerance policy on drug-taking. The 45-year-old said: “Every single athlete is given a banned list and they should look carefully down it. “When money is involved you are going to have cheats, people who push the envelope. We are in a sport where one thousandth of a second can be the difference between success and failure. “Athletes who take drugs tend to be insecure. They don’t believe they have the physical and/or mental capacity to do great things so they take another route—the pharmaceutical route, if you like.” On Gay claiming he was let down by someone he trusted, Bailey added: “You don’t go to an athletics meeting to watch the trainer, coach or masseur run a race. The onus is 100 per cent on the athlete to take responsibility for any substances going into their body.” Boldon suggested stimulants and supplements are here to stay and said it was naive to think they could be banned. He added: “I think the problem is in trying to push the envelope and get to the edge, several of the top names in the sport are falling over the edge.”last_img read more

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Heisler: Lakers fans who love young nucleus split on pursuing LeBron James

By on August 17, 2020

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersMost fervent of all are fans’ pleas not to break up the young nucleus they’ve fallen in love with: Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball.Randle is first for a reason: He’s the one who has to go in many scenarios … and the one fans fell head over heels for last season when he averaged 19.5 points after the All-Star break.Lonzo is last for a reason, contributing the least. He was also the most trouble, declining to renounce his father’s trash-talking, even when trained on Coach Luke Walton and the organization.That would play better if Lonzo didn’t stand up to LaVar in other matters  like his right to get a tattoo (“I’m in my own house now. Pay my own bills. So he can’t really tell me nothing.”)My personal pollster – he works for free – is a die-hard fan named Harry Bluebond, who asked five fellow Lakers fans if the team should sign LeBron and another big free agent if that meant losing Randle. As all Lakerdom knows, the team is about to plunge headlong into the LeBron James derby, a campaign that embodies its hopes and dreams, with all united …Except Laker fans.If there’s no accurate measure, the internet and social media are brimming over with alarm at LeBron’s age (33) and mileage (44,000 minutes in 15 seasons, compared to Kobe Bryant’s 46,000 in 17 when he blew out his Achilles).Depending on who might come with LeBron, there are dire warnings about Chris Paul’s annual injuries, Paul George’s big price tag and 26-year-old Kawhi Leonard’s head after blowing off the season (for those who think Coach Gregg Popovich would not only endure losing him but trade him to the Spurs’ archrival). They split 3-3.Harry also asked his friends to name their favorite Laker, after LaVar announced the team would never trade Lonzo for Leonard because “Zo is the people’s choice. They won’t let it happen.”Don’t hold your breath, Pops. The votes went Randle 2, Ingram 2, Kuzma 2, Lonzo 0.If it would bring Kawhi, Lakers fans would carry Zo on their backs if they had to form a relay all 1,353 miles to San Antonio.Enough of dreams. The Lakers are stuck in reality …If personnel crossroads are supposed to find fans emotional and dizzy, the case for the young Lakers nucleus was also made by none other than Bryant, the notoriously hard-headed insider who could take his place in top management just by saying the word.Bryant wasn’t addressing the LeBron-or-Randle scenario, but the more general notion of not ripping up the young nucleus that he, too, values.“Golden State, instead, has been able to fly below the radar and develop (its) players,” Bryant said in April, during a tour promoting his new ESPN show.“All of a sudden, here they’re sitting with a team that’s a potential dynasty because they had the patience to develop them. I say that to say the Lakers have a tremendous young roster.”Indeed. Nevertheless, the notion that their way forward is to develop their players slowly but surely is arguably wrong and definitely not the Laker Way.Of course, there’s no perfect option here. It’ll come down to paying a lot and committing themselves for many years to LeBron at 33 … or staying with a bunch of young guys who have never been near the playoffs.The Warriors did invest time and patience in the young players who formed the nucleus of their first championship team in 2015 – none of whom arrived as No. 1 picks in the draft or Nos. 2-3-4-5, for that matter.Steph Curry went No. 7 in 2009, the fifth guard chosen after Tyreke Evans, James Harden, Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn. Minnesota took Rubio and Flynn, both more established as point guards in faster competition than the diminutive Curry, who looked more like a one-man circus at little Davidson.Curry then became the greatest shooter of all time and an elite playmaker with human and leadership gifts on top of it, making the Warriors special.Unfortunately for the Lakers, there aren’t a lot of Currys waiting to be developed. After three seasons to track Randle’s progress, two for Ingram and one for Ball and Kuzma, all look promising if the test is, say, whether one or two might be All-Stars. None of them look like they’ll be as special as Steph, or close.The 2017-18 season was a joy for Lakers fans after so many hopeless, pointless ones, with the team finishing on a 24-20 run, turning around its 11-27 start (when LaVar said they wouldn’t play for Luke and Lonzo declined to comment, saying that’s just how his father talks).A 24-20 pace for a full season would make the Lakers 45-37 … which would have put them No. 10 in the West last season.A significant improvement the next two or three seasons would move them up to what? No. 5? No. 6? No. 7? No. 8?What if they zoomed to a heady No. 4 and got home-court advantage for the first round?If it hasn’t seemed like it for years, these are still the Lakers. Rookie that Magic Johnson was when he took over the basketball operation, no one had to teach him the Laker Way, putting it all on the line to be great, not merely good or profitable … the thing that the arch-gambler, Jerry Buss, was born knowing.That was easier with Kobe at 17 when they acquired his draft rights, and Shaquille O’Neal at 24 when they signed him.But it’s the way to go, pitfalls, risks and all, if they’re ever to be the Lakers in anything more than the letters on their uniforms again.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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