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This is what America's eco city of the future looks like

This is what America’s eco city of the future looks like Georgetown mayor Dale Ross is ‘a good little Republican’ – but ever since his city weaned itself off fossil fuels, he has become a hero to environmentalists by Tom Dart in Georgetown, Texas – The Guardian When the caller said he worked for Harry Reid and the former Senate majority leader wanted a word, Dale Ross assumed it was a joke. “OK, which of my buddies are messing with me today?” he wondered. He shouldn’t have been so surprised. Ross is the mayor of Georgetown, population 65,000, and he has become a minor celebrity in environmental circles as a result of a pioneering decision in 2015 to get all the city’s electricity from renewable sources. Georgetown’s location in oil-and-gas-centric Texas and Ross’s politics add to the strangeness of the tale. The mayor is a staunch Republican at a time when a Republican president – and his Environmental Protection Agency administrator – reject the scientific consensus on climate change and are trying to revive the declining coal industry. Ross has appeared in a National Geographic documentary, a forthcoming film about clean energy for HBO directed by James Redford (son of Robert) and in this year’s follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, which saw the advocate and former vice-president Al Gore visit Georgetown. The day after we met at city hall,...

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Everoze launches ‘Batteries: Beyond the Spin’ report on digital inertia

New report authored by Everoze finds battery-based energy storage could deliver significant savings for Irish and Northern Irish electricity system with ‘digital inertia’ Everoze was delighted to collaborate with AES and Queen’s University Belfast to author the report Batteries: Beyond the Spin. This landmark study found that the All-Island electricity system could achieve €19 million in annual savings from 2019/20 by using batteries to stabilise the grid. Everoze also calculated that annual CO2 savings of approximately 1.4 million tonnes could be achieved through the more efficient operation of conventional generators. These savings are equivalent to eliminating the emissions from a city the size of Cork. Beyond the Spin takes a forensic look at the technical challenge of managing Rate of Change of Frequency (RoCoF), and explores how the DS3 framework could be improved to help System Operators manage supply and demand on a subsecond level. The report was launched at an event hosted by EirGrid and features highlights from a two-year research project by Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), funded by Innovate UK Energy Catalyst. QUB has studied operating data from the 10 MW AES Kilroot Advancion® Energy Storage Array in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, since its deployment in January 2016. Key recommendations are as follows: DEFINE RESPONSE CHARACTERISTICS: Initiate a system-operator led study to define optimal response characteristics for digital inertia. Conduct further field trials to prove capability. IMPROVE DETECTION...

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GreenPower Continues to Support Scottish Downhill Association Academy

Julie Kirk of GreenPower presents £4,000 cheque to Colin Houston, Chair of the SDA. Despite the forecast for high winds and rain about 60 hardy riders turned up at Glencoe to enjoy a weekend of riding and to attend the AGM of the Scottish Downhill Association (SDA). The AGM held on Saturday evening updated the riders on the finances of the SDA. Despite incurring a small loss over the year the Chair, Colin Houston, considered the Association to be in good health. Sponsorship funds, including GreenPower’s £6,000, has been invested in some much needed equipment, namely a new events trailer and graphics and a new LED display board. Both items will be of great use over the coming years. GreenPower also handed over an additional cheque for £4,000 for the continuing support of the SDA Academy. Riders’ race fees have to cover the costs of organising each race and only one event had to be cancelled due to lack of numbers. The committee all agreed to stand for another year but also asked riders and the families to step forward to help ensure sufficient marshals were available at each race. Help is also required during race set up and taking down. Colin announced that the SDA were currently tendering to run the British Downhill Association races in Scotland. The committee should hear soon whether they have been successful. A...

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Community leaders gather to celebrate launch of Zingisani Creche in Noupoort, South Africa

Community leaders gathered together with members of the Noupoort community, families and over 200 crèche children to celebrate the launch of the recently upgraded Zingisani Creche, in Noupoort. Along with the centre’s Principal and staff, the hundreds of community children who are taken care of at this early childhood development centre, expressed their delight and joy, on seeing the results of this extensive refurbishment programme, interiors and Lego equipment, a favourite amongst the youngsters. In addition to this, the crèche received education material and the outdoor equipment. The learning materials and equipment compliments early learning; its practitioners and principal...

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Millenderdale Wind Farm Environmental Statement Second Addendum Submitted

GreenPower has submitted further environmental information in support of its proposed Millenderdale Wind Farm to South Ayrshire Council. This focuses on cumulative noise and private water supplies. The planning application was submitted in June 2014 and subsequently revised in March 2016 from seven turbines to five turbines along with a reduction in maximum  turbine height from 125m to 110m. The application is expected to go to the Council’s Regulatory Panel in early 2018. Further information can be found on the Millenderdale Wind Farm...

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Wind at forefront of Energy Transition

Wind at forefront of Energy Transition By: CanWEA staff writer Canada needs to start laying the groundwork now if it is to take advantage of its vast, low-cost renewable energy reserves to make the necessary shift to a decarbonized electricity grid, delegates attending CanWEA 2017’s opening plenary session heard. “With abundant resources and improving economics, one could think that the transition to a 100 per cent climate-friendly grid is inevitable. All we have to do is sit back and watch it happen,” Robert Hornung said. “In reality, however, the Energy Transition will not only be determined by resources and...

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2017-2018 Riders Announced for GreenPower/Scottish Downhill Association Academy

Celebrations following the announcement of riders selected for next season’s Academy Following the SDA’s final races of the series at Fort William the riders who have been selected to attend this coming year’s GreenPower sponsored Scottish Downhill Association mountain biking Academy were announced in front of a large crow. They are: Juvenile               Archie Gilmour, Lewis Elder Youth                    Ronan White, Torin Moffat Junior                    Connor Gibb, Owen Scott Jnr Women         Phoebe Gale Snr Women        Lynette Deacon Vets                       Martin Roberts Masters               Craig Walker Seniors                 Paul Marshall, Grant Murdoch GreenPower is sponsoring the Academy for a further three years with the coaching being provided by the current Scottish National Champion and World Cup rider Ben Cathro, founder and owner of Sick Skills. Ben Cathro (left) with GreenPower Director Phil...

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