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Vast Renewable-Energy Potential Across U.S. Tribal Lands

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Abby Kessler for E&E:According to a report published by the Department of Energy, reservation lands have the potential to produce about 6 percent of the nation’s renewable energy, although reservations make up just 2 percent of total U.S. land.And despite the potential, Bob Gough, secretary of the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy, or ICOUP, said “next to nothing” is being harnessed.The resources aren’t being tapped due to many factors, including hefty upfront investments required, lack of knowledge about how to plan for such a project and connectivity issues to the nation’s power grid in rural areas.During a DOE presentation last month, John Steward, acting manager for the transmission business unit at the Western Area Power Administration, estimated a feasibility study for implementing renewables would cost an estimated $10,000. A system impact study and environmental assessment would also have to be conducted, preliminary steps that would push the price of potential projects even higher.Sean Esterly, project lead at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, said funding is “definitely the biggest issue” tribes face when transitioning to renewable energy.Various financing programs are available for federally recognized tribes that provide funds and assistance to nations interested in assessing the potential for renewables on their land. DOE said that between 2002 and 2014, the agency invested $48 million in 183 tribal clean energy projects valued at about $93 million.But, Gough said, the government’s investment in renewables on tribal land is markedly smaller when dispersed among more than 500 federally recognized tribes.Funding shortages may be a concern, but Esterly said connecting tribes to those grants is an important step that is frequently overlooked. He said the tribes aren’t always aware that grant dollars are available to invest in such projects.“Unfortunately, due to capacity of some of the tribes and lack of knowledge of which of the resources they can take advantage, a lot of the opportunities are falling through the cracks,” he said.Another issue is access to the grid. Reservations typically are not well connected to the power grid, making transportation of generated energy an expensive endeavor.U.S. utilities “are operating off of 19th-century organization, 20th-century technology and 21st-century needs,” Gough said of the nation’s grid, noting the aging infrastructure is stymying the entire country’s conversion to cleaner power sources.He said the Great Plains region offers immense wind potential, while the Southwest offers ample possibilities for solar.A recent study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado, Boulder, said wind and sunshine could power most of the United States by 2030. Over large geographic regions, weather trends tend to average out, meaning spreading renewables over swaths of land could smooth highs and lows in electricity output (ClimateWire, Jan. 26).The issue is not intermittency, Gough said, rather the nation’s utility infrastructure.Full article: Renewables offer glimmer of hope for isolated reservations Vast Renewable-Energy Potential Across U.S. Tribal Landslast_img read more

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Drying up fast: less than 20 Gold Coast houses listed for $400k on Realestate.com.au

first_img2218 Springbrook Rd, Springbrook.“There is a new estate at Maudsland called Huntington Rise that hasn’t even been developed yet but we are selling even before the trees have been cleared,” she said. “There are 55 blocks but we already have 40 buyers.” In Pimpama a 26-block estate, Town Centre North, has five blocks left two weeks after launching to the market. “Most of these buyers are renting two streets away and see more value in buying a property rather than spending money on rent and they know houses won’t be cheap forever with the amount of land left.” 70 Flora Terrace at Pimpama is one of the cheapest buys on the Gold CoastBLINK and the $400,000 house price on the Gold Coast could be as extinct as the Dodo bird or the Tasmanian tiger.Less than 20 houses are listed for that price on realestate.com.au and property experts say it will be dead within three years.Across the nation 31 per cent of houses and 37 per cent of units sold for less than $400,000 in the year to June 2017. 14 Oakdale Ave, Nerang.Ten years ago, 62 per cent of all house sales and 68 per cent of unit sales were below $400,000. CoreLogic data shows the average number of houses on the Gold Coast market two years ago with a price tag between $300,000-$499,999 was 1273 compared to an average of 911 houses now.The average price for a house on the Gold Coast is now $620,000.First-home buyer specialist Sarah Zawadzki, from Collins House Property Group, said she had 1000 people on her books wanting to enter the market. “This week I have had a 21-year-old and a 22-year-old each searching for a home in the $400,000 price bracket,” Ms Zawadzki said.“We have more buyers than we have properties and Pimpama has some of the most affordable properties on the Gold Coast. 38 Ee-jung Rd, Springbrook.“In the next three years I don’t think Gold Coast buyers will see a house for that price anywhere but that is expected when you have a city that is growing and moving in the right direction. “It is a matter of fact that when the population grows so does everything else, including house prices, it does put pressure on the property market.” Mr Newlands said the fade out of the $400,000 price tag was due to the lack of land available. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago“Land is becoming expensive because of supply in demand, there is a shortage of land so buyers are having to go out further north and west to get it,” he said. “The great thing about the Gold Coast is that we are affordable compared to big city markets and when the Commonwealth Games is gone we still have our booming construction, tourism and education industries.” 15 Mundora Rd, Springbrook.RP Data’s senior research analyst Cameron Kushler said the increases in dwelling values led to a significant reduction of sales occurring below $400,000. Mr Kushler said while houses in regional towns were not as endangered, the Gold Coast was facing the same increase as big cities. “There are far fewer properties selling below $400,000 in capital cities than there are in regional areas of the country,” Mr Kushler said.center_img 43 Tooraneedin Rd, Coomera.Ms Zawadzki said the most in-demand suburbs were Oxenford and Maudsland, with up to 10 home buyers inquiring per property.“The demand for new house and land packages is overwhelming,” Ms Zawadzki said.“It started to pick up towards the end of April and now I am getting so many calls and emails from first-home buyers wanting to get into the market that it is taking days to respond.”REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands said: “The whole coastal strip is going to be well over the $400,000 price range before we know it but there are still plenty of opportunities to live centrally in townhouses and units for that price. 43 Tooraneedin Rd, Coomera.“The Federal Government attempted to address housing affordability in the Budget this year. It is clear that in order to improve housing affordability there is much more work to be done on both supply and demand drivers of the market.“A greater supply of stock which could potentially reduce prices would at the very least be a good start but the supply needs to be supported by sufficient infrastructure and employment opportunities.”Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell said the shortage of properties on the Gold Coast was due to a strong sales activity.“You can see how the Coast is transforming. “As always the growth in the market started in this lower price bracket and this ultimately fed through to those in higher price brackets. This shortage of lower-end product has driven prices higher across the board. 14 Oakdale Ave, Nerang. HOUSES LISTED FOR UNDER $400,000 38 Ee-Jung Rd, Springbrook — $335,00030 Carnarvon Court, Pimpama — $370,000 — $380,00051 Collingrove Cct, Pimpama — $379,000111 McAuley Pde, Pacific Pines — Offers over $350,000 34 Cox Rd, Pimpama — Offers over $390,00058 Carnarvon Court, Pimpama — Offers Over $390,00021 Tarlington Lane, Lower Beechmont — $395,00043 Tooraneedin Road, Coomera — $395,00014 Oakdale, Nerang — $399,00046 Crusader Way, Nerang — Offers over $399,000 11 Bedivere Drive, Ormeau — $399,000 20 Danbulla St, Pimpama — $399,00015 Mundora Rd, Springbrook — $399,5002218 Springbrook Rd, Springbrook — Offers over $399,00043 Tooraneedin Rd, Coomera — $395,00011 Trade Winds Drive, Helensvale — $399,00070 Flora Terrace, Pimpama — Offers between $380,000-$400,000Source: Realestate.com.aulast_img read more

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Batesville students visit state capitol

first_imgIndianapolis, In. —  Republican state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising recently met with a group of fourth-graders from Batesville Intermediate School at the Statehouse. The students learned about Indiana government and how a bill becomes a law.last_img