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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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Chelsea and Manchester United urged to sign Celtic ace Odsonne Edouard by Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas

By on October 18, 2020

first_imgChelsea and Man Utd have been urged to sign Odsonne Edouard from Celtic (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas has urged Chelsea and Manchester United to target Celtic ace Odsonne Edouard this summer.French forward Edouard has developed into a key player for Scottish champions Celtic since signing from PSG in 2018.The 22-year-old is enjoying a stunning campaign, scoring 24 goals in 37 appearances, and Nicholas is adamant he would be a welcome addition at both Chelsea and Manchester United.The Premier League rivals have been strongly linked with moves for Moussa Dembele this year but Nicholas says they should target his Celtic team-mate Edouard instead.ADVERTISEMENT‘Odsonne Edouard is good enough to go and play at a Chelsea or a Manchester United,’ former Arsenal, Celtic and Scotland striker Nicholas told the Daily Express.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I say that with some confidence. I think he could go into both their squads and make a real impact.‘That is how much ability he has. It is up to him how far he wants to go in his career. The sky’s the limit. Comment Edouard is enjoying a superb season for Scottish champions Celtic (Picture: Getty)‘Why have I picked these clubs? Because they have both been linked with his former Celtic striker partner Moussa Dembele in recent months.‘For me, Edouard is a better footballer than the Lyon striker and his fellow Frenchman.‘He is absolutely nailed on to win the player of the year award in my opinion.’Celtic are braced for offers for Edouard and manager Neil Lennon admits he is unsure whether the Scottish club will be able to keep hold of him beyond the summer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He is super-talented,’ Lennon said. ‘He could play in the Premier League and Champions League, no question, with the form he is in.‘At 22 he is has it all in front of him. I just hope he keeps getting better and better with us.‘I don’t know [if we can keep him]. We have had no enquiries for him but I am sure somewhere down the line for someone of that quality there will be.’MORE: Mauricio Pochettino sends message to Manchester United over replacing Ole Gunnar SolskjaerMORE: Why Manchester United expect to beat Chelsea to stunning £120m Jadon Sancho transfer Advertisement Chelsea and Manchester United urged to sign Celtic ace Odsonne Edouard by Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 11 Feb 2020 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link798Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

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IU Researcher: Few Benefits For Workers With Temporary Visas

By on September 24, 2020

first_imgNew University of Indiana research has found that most temporary workers from Mexico who get work visas are no better off than those who are undocumented. (Image; Bread for the World/Flickr.)INDIANAPOLIS – Immigrants from Mexico can fill the gap where there’s a need for agricultural or low-skilled work in Indiana and other states. However, a new study finds little benefit for those who legally obtain a temporary worker visa.Indiana University researcher Lauren Apgar found that temporary workers hold jobs with the lowest occupational standing, and with wages equivalent to those of undocumented workers. Their visa requires that they work for the sponsoring employer, which she said prevents advancement.“Overall, this is really suggesting that temporary workers experience some of the poorest employment outcomes, mainly because they cannot experience job mobility,” she said, “and then, they are limited in their wages.”Apgar said one solution would be to reform the temporary workers’ program so that visas are issued directly to workers instead of employers. She said this would make the program more attractive to currently undocumented immigrants.Apgar said changing the visa stipulations also could increase protections for temporary workers.“By not being tied to their employer,” she said, “workers would not fear losing their visa if they needed to report labor abuses or violations – in terms of being paid a lower wage, for example.”The research found that most temporary work permits issued to Mexican nationals are “H-2” visas, for agricultural or non-agricultural, low-skilled work. Apgar said that while her research found changes are needed, the temporary-worker program is still important given the historical migration to the United States from Mexico.“It is fulfilling a need, both in terms of jobs here in the U.S. that need to be filled and for Mexicans that need work,” she said. “However, without these protections in place, it really worsens labor market conditions for all workers in these types of jobs.”According to the research, more than 100,000 additional H-2 visas were offered to workers from Mexico in 2013 than in 1987.More information on Apgar’s research is online at news.indiana.edu.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

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RaceSaver Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series opener April 30, $10,000-plus in contingencies given in inaugural season

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgBRIDGEPORT, N.J. – The stage is set. The schedule is official. Teams are anxious to start bat­tling. The IMCA RaceSaver Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, with the headline sponsor Engler Machine and Tool at the helm, will start its points chase at the fastest track in the east, Bridge­port Speedway in New Jersey, on Sunday, April 30.MASS Sprints can officially announce their schedule with stops in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, at tracks such as Bridgeport, Grandview, Delaware International, Big Diamond, Georgetown, Williams Grove and Susquehanna Speedways.This diverse schedule will test drivers’ skill and stamina as teams battle throughout the season to crown a champion. Drivers like Tim Tanner, Tommy Carberry, Bryant Davis, Stef Carberry, Joe Kay, Eddie Wagner, Jeff Geiges, Craig Pellegrini, David Bonner and Logan Diehl, among oth­ers, intend to fight for the crown.As the new series on the block, the management team has worked hard to make the first season start off with a splash. Their first task was to make sure the purse stayed true to RaceSaver roots with at least $300 to win and $150 to start for all races.MASS secured major marketing partners to come on board to help encourage MASS mem­bers to race as often as they can.Fifty dollars in cash will be paid to all heat race winners with multiple random cash awards. Most race nights will be sponsored by different companies that will offer parts giveaways, cash, fuel, tires, certificates and more.The best offers are from Engler Machine and Tool and DMI; these companies have given more than $6,500 worth of components to raffle off at the end of the year. Engler is supplying a new injection and DMI is handing out a brand-new XR-3 Bulldog rear end and complete front end kit. Raffle tickets will be distributed on Engler- and DMI-sponsored race nights. Additional tickets will be awarded to teams holding the top five spots in points and members who have raced in three consecutive MASS events.“We have surpassed over $10,000 in contingency awards for our first season. We owe a lot to our marketing partners that have come on board. The positive support and generosity are amaz­ing,” says Jeff Geiges, MASS general manager.Erika Wagner, MASS marketing and PR manager, says, “We have all put in countless hours to make sure our vision for this series is set in motion.”Included in the ever-growing list of marketing partners are Mach-1 Chassis, Robison Racing Prod­ucts, Thayer Performance Engines and Products, JDL Graphics, Bitner Automotive, Bruce’s Auto Body, Professional Design Services LLC, Todd’s Performance, Kelly Racing Fuel, Lawrence Colli­sion, A Cut Above the Rest Excavating Maintenance and Trucking, Geiswite Creations, CSI Shocks, and ERK Steering.2017 Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series schedule – Sunday, April 30 at Bridgeport, N.J., Speedway; Saturday, May 20 at Susquehanna, Pa., Speedway (co-sanctioned with PASS);  Sunday, May 28 at Grandview Speedway, Bechtelsville, Pa.; Friday, June 2 at Big Diamond Speedway, Minersville, Pa.; Saturday, June 10 at Delaware Speedway, Delmar; Saturday, June 17 at Bridge­port Speedway; Saturday, June 24 at Grandview Speedway; Saturday, July 8 at Bridge­port Speedway; Friday, July 21 at Bridgeport Speedway; Saturday, July 29 at Bridge­port Speedway; Friday, Aug. 18 at Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa. (co-sanc­tioned with PASS); Saturday, Aug. 26 at Bridgeport Speedway; Friday, Sept. 15 at Grandview Speedway; Friday, Sept. 22 at Bridgeport Speedway.Non-points races are Saturday, Oct. 14 at Grandview Speedway; Saturday, Oct. 28 at Georgetown, Del., Speedway and Saturday, Nov. 4 at Bridgeport Speedway.last_img read more

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