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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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Rugby Championship: South Africa committed to competition for next decade | Rugby Union News

first_img– Advertisement – Reigning world champions South Africa intend to remain a part of the Rugby Championship – Advertisement – “The southern hemisphere rugby powers have recognised the need for change in these difficult times and have committed to an international rugby future through to 2030,” SANZAAR said in a statement.SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos added: “The re-commitment by the four unions to the long-term future of the international game is an important start as we embark in a new direction. South Africa withdrew from this year’s Rugby Championship over player welfare concerns; the country’s Super Rugby franchises could joined an expanded PRO16 Last Updated: 04/11/20 7:44am Rumours South Africa could join the Six Nations have been put to one side Rumours South Africa could join the Six Nations have been put to one side

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Sanofi more confident about its coronavirus vaccines

first_imgTopics : “Our confidence has increased. We have work to do like everybody on manufacturing in large volumes. But we will have one, maybe two vaccines next year,” Hudson said.Translate Bio said on Tuesday the mRNA vaccine had induced an immune response in non-human studies, with trials in humans expected to start in November.Sanofi has secured deals for the vaccine-plus-adjuvant with the United States and Britain, and is in advanced talks with the European Union to supply it with up to 300 million doses.But the EU is offering only partial protection to vaccine makers against legal risks from side-effects of their potential shots, European officials said earlier this week, in a move that is hampering deals and contrasts with U.S. policy.”I think with the level of protection, we have reached an ‘agreed level’. And I think that has allowed us to go forward and sign. But I am aware there are different positions on how strong that is,” Hudson said.With vaccines being developed at record speed during the pandemic, there is potentially a greater risk they may have unexpected consequences or may not be effective.The financial coverage of these liabilities is a key feature of drugmakers’ talks with governments keen to secure vaccine shots in advance.There is so far no approved coronavirus vaccine, except one authorized in Russia before large-scale trials. The other, being developed with U.S. company Translate Bio , relies on a different technology known as mRNA.”The early data is saying that we’re on the right track and that we have a vaccine,” Paul Hudson said in an interview on Friday, referring to the vaccine being developed with GSK.That vaccine is set to start clinical trials next month.Around 30 experimental coronavirus shots are already in human trials. But Hudson said in June the probability of Sanofi obtaining a vaccine with an efficacy of more than 70% was higher than for rivals, in part due to its experience in vaccines.center_img Sanofi’s confidence in its coronavirus vaccine candidates has increased this summer as the French drugmaker prepares to start clinical trials, its chief executive told Reuters.The company is working on two of the more than 150 potential vaccines being developed across the world to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed more than 831,000 lives and sparked economic chaos.One candidate, to be manufactured on the back of an existing platform that develops vaccines to treat flu, will use an adjuvant made by Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to boost its efficacy.last_img read more

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Racism still rife in South Africa despite the fall of apartheid

first_imgRace relations are a critical fault line in South Africa, with over 500 racism-related cases reported to the South African Human Rights Commission in the past year alone.The United Nations has recently warned that racism, intolerance and discrimination are increasing in many parts of the world. There has been a resurgence of overt racism in South Africa.The Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada Foundations – both with long histories of facilitating critical dialogue on issues of race relations – have partnered with other civil society organisations to respond to and better understand race relations in the country. Both organizations want to ensure that anti racism strategies are mainstreamed across all sectors of the country. The anti racism network’s ultimate vision is of a South Africa free of racism.last_img read more

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NBA trade rumors: At least 3 teams interested in Pacers’ Aaron Holiday

first_img NBA free agency rumors: At least 5 teams expected to pursue Tobias Harris The Pacers finished 2018-19 with a 48-34 record and were swept by the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.Guards Darren Collison and Cory Joseph are both set to be free agents this summer while the team has reportedly made Ricky Rubio a “top target.” Indiana, however, says it isn’t shopping Holiday and stopped taking calls about him following the trade deadline, the report says.The Pacers selected Holiday out of UCLA with the 23rd pick in the 2018 draft. He averaged 5.9 points and 1.7 assists in 50 games as a rookie. Related News The Pacers could have multiple options if they decide to deal Aaron Holiday.The Suns, Timberwolves and Bulls are all interested in dealing for the 22-year-old guard, according to a report from the Indianapolis Star, which cites unidentified league sources.center_img “You don’t know when you’re going to get called or what’s going to happen,” Holiday told The Athletic last month. “You just get thrown out there. So probably staying ready. I think I did a good job with that. It was tough at times because you don’t know what’s happening out there.”Holiday was in-and-out of Indiana’s rotation last season. He shot 40.1% from the field and 33.9% from 3-point range in about 12.9 minutes per appearance.“I feel he should be a rotational player next season and a guy that can play the one and the two,” Indiana coach Nate McMillan said in May. “I’m very comfortable with him. He’s a young kid that has a great deal of confidence in himself and I think he could help us.” NBA free agency rumors: Pacers have made Ricky Rubio a ‘top target’last_img read more