Cost of Renewable Energy Continues to Fall

first_imgWhy We Still Need to Discuss Grid DefectionOn-Site Storage Is the Great EqualizerRethinking the Grid Green Building in the Cheap Energy EraSolar Picture Is Brighter Than It Appears Strong interest in Saudi ArabiaThe Saudis are the world’s largest exporter of oil, but by the end of the year the government will invest as much as $7 billion to develop solar and wind energy, The New York Times said. Renewables currently make up a minuscule amount of the energy used in the country, but the government officials hope solar and wind could make up 10% of the country’s energy mix by 2024.Last June the country burned an average of 680,000 barrels of oil per day to run the air conditioners that make its climate habitable. But Saudi Arabia has plenty of oil, so why would it care about developing solar and wind?Any oil that it burns at home is oil it can’t sell abroad, and that would have amounted to some $47 million a day last summer. So renewable sources of energy is one way of making the government’s bottom line look better. Developing a robust renewables industry also would help the government create new jobs for young people in an economic sector that essentially doesn’t exist now.The solar project announced this week will be built in Sakaka, in the northern part of the country, at a wholesale price of between 2 cents and 3 cents per kWh, The Times said. That’s below the cost of electricity generated by fossil-fuel power stations. In an energy auction in Mexico last fall, the Italian energy conglomerate ENEL was reported to have submitted the lowest ever bid for supplying solar electricity — just $17.70 per megawatt hour, or 1.77 cents per kilowatt hour. It turns out the bid actually was for wind-generated power, not solar, but the initial reporting error didn’t change the underlying fact: the cost of both wind and solar electricity is sinking fast.In reporting on the energy auctions, Electrek said the record low bid was among four from ENEL totaling 682 megawatts of electricity. The price was slightly lower than the 1.79-cents per kWh recorded in Saudi Arabia last October, leading the Electrek writer to predict prices of 1 cent per kWh by next year, if not sooner.In Colorado, Xcel Energy received bids from potential suppliers of wind and solar power that will allow it to build and operate new plants for less than it would cost to keep its coal-burning power plants on line, according to an op-ed piece published in The New York Times this week.Even Saudi Arabia, the biggest oil producer in the world, is diving into renewables with immediate plans for a $300 million solar farm capable of powering as many as 200,000 homes. A much bigger campaign to develop renewables is in the making. In Colorado, coal is on the ropesIn Colorado, Xcel Energy has proposed closing two of its coal-fired power plants and replacing them with a mix of solar, wind, and natural gas, according to The Denver Post. At a public hearing last month, some speakers suggested that projected savings look so good that it makes sense for the utility to close all of its Colorado coal plants.Last year, the utility said it would need 450 megawatts of additional power and solicited bids from potential providers. The median price for wind-only bids was 1.8 cents a kWh; the median price for solar was 2.95 cents. Those prices are very low, but The Post said the most surprising thing was that wind with battery storage was now cheaper than coal power generation, and solar plus storage was cheaper than about 75% of Colorado’s coal generation.The median price for solar with storage was 3.6 cents per kWh, and wind with storage was 2.1 cents per kWh.“As far as we know, these are the lowest renewables plus storage bids in the U.S. to date,” Carbon Tracker senior utilities and power analyst Matt Gray told the newspaper then. “The previously lowest known solar plus storage bid price was $45/MWh [4.5 cents per kWh] in Arizona in May 2017.”Xcel had agreed last year to close the two coal plants as long as the move would save ratepayers money. Supporters said savings could reach $175 million — but that was before the “shockingly low” bids for renewable energy were reported last month.Critics of the plan say it’s foolhardy to close the two coal plants in Pueblo because they could operate for many more years. Renewable energy bids, however, have been so low that advocates think that a complete transition away from coal has more promise.Anita Seitz, a Westminster City Council member who testified at last month’s hearing, put it this way, according to The Post: “We feel the proposal to close old and inefficient coal plants more quickly and expand renewables in Colorado just makes sense. Shifting from coal to renewable energy creates jobs, saves money on everyone’s electric bills and helps clean up our air.”The The New York Times op-ed piece notes that low bids received by Xcel benefit from federal subsidies that eventually will be phased out. But even when they’re gone, wind and utility-scale solar projects will still be competitive with fossil-fuel plants in much of the country. Xcel Energy expects more than half of the electricity it sells in its eight-state service area will come from renewable sources by the mid 2020s.Nationally, the U.S. Energy Information Administration projected this week that renewable energy would more than double between 2017 and 2050 with an average annual growth rate of 2.8%, Utility Dive said.center_img Mexico’s fall power auctionThe initial press release from the Centro Nacional de Control de Energía last November cited the price for the record low bid, but not the source of power. That led to the original reporting mistake. But the details of the auction showed bid prices on more than a dozen wind and solar projects all hovering in the 2 cents-per-kWh range. While ENEL’S wind bids were the lowest of the lot, the average bid price on the 2.3 gigawatt total from both wind and solar was 2.05 cents per kWh.The projects are due to come on line in 2020.Worldwide, Electrek reported, solar prices have fallen from a record of 8.3 cents per kWh in 2013, to 5.84 cents in 2014, 4.97 cents in 2015, to a low of 2.42 cents per kWh in 2016. The bids were recorded in the U.S., the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.Electrek noted at the time: “When the bids of 2.42¢/kWh hit last summer in 2016, much of the world suggested this was a bottom that was unique and couldn’t be passed without financial loss by the owners. When Saudi Arabia hit 1.79¢/kWh just a few weeks back — the narrative was that these prices were impossible elsewhere in the world because nowhere else in the world has Saudi Arabian oil money, sunlight, and control of all levels of government.”Then came Mexico, leading Electrek writer John Fitzgerald Weaver to predict a solar project would cross the 1-cent line in 2019. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Single-Location Shoot

first_imgOrdinary Locations Become ExtraordinaryImage via Universal.By melding ordinary objects in the scenery with bizarre and visually striking elements, Carpenter creates a sense of confusion and wonder in his audience. The two opposing elements create a scene that suggests intrigue and suspense. We see an example of this in Escape from New York, wherein the mundane background becomes a visually stimulating backdrop that captures the audience’s attention. As we hear in the video, “You don’t know why you’re staring at it, but deep inside, your brain is trying to make sense [of it].” You can control the location and the scene by doing your own production design. Fill out the space with opposing visuals, and the weight of the scene will carry itself.LightingImage via Universal.If you’re working in a boring location, or if you’re trying to differentiate a house or a room from the last scene, throw light on what you want the audience to see, and keep the rest in the dark. Carpenter is famous for keeping his characters in the dark for the majority of a scene. This works really well in the horror and thriller genres that he is known for, but this type of thinking could work for any genre if the story calls for an under-exposed sequence. Carpenter’s films often feature a red, green, and blue motif. Compared to the old, “cheap” film stock that Carpenter used, the modern DSLR or mirrorless rig can perform much better in these low-light scenarios.Location As CharacterImage via Embassy Pictures.One of his most famous films, The Thing, is one of the best examples of how location can be its own character. The actors are interacting and addressing the location of the story as much as anything else. Carpenter creates a world, populates it with his characters, and then lets you join them on the journey. One of the ways he does this is by shooting with anamorphic lenses. By doing this, you see more of the background, which creates a greater understanding of the key spatial details he wants you to notice. (Consider also Tarantino‘s use of anamorphic lenses in the cabin in The Hateful Eight.)Image via Universal Pictures.Getting your hands on anamorphic lenses may be less likely than shooting in only one location, but you can still shoot these claustrophobic scenes with your widest lens to get enough of the background in the shot to immerse the viewer. Wolfcrow also emphasizes the economic savings of stretching out scenes as long as possible: you don’t have to reset your crew, and you can shoot longer throughout the day. This will allow you to populate your feature with fewer scenes while still hitting that feature length.Trapping the CharactersImage via Jack H Enterprises.A consistent element of Carpenter’s work is the relatable character trapped in one location. Then, to top it off, he adds a deadline that the characters must beat. He also finds ways to work in a description at the beginning of the film that details the geographic layout of the building, house, or compound, letting the audience know where certain things are (that most certainly pop up later in the film). The villains are almost always human (or taking the form of a human), so he doesn’t need heavy prosthetics or VFX. On top of that, Carpenter scores his own movies. Obviously we can’t all be as talented as Carpenter, but we do have access to the same frugal approach to gear and techniques that he uses to make his films seem bigger than they actually are.Also, make sure to include one camera trick or gag that will catch the audience off guard. Creating a memorable, mind-bending scene (even if it devours half your budget) means your project can stick in the audience’s mind for years to come.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Recreate the Camera Rotation Transition from the “Atlanta” TrailerEverything You Need to Know About Stabilizing a ShotA Field Guide to the Low-Budget Panasonic GH5 SetupHow to Clean up Noisy Video and Audio in 30 SecondsTips for Selling Your Cameras and Video Gear Online Get the most out of your single-location shoot by following in the footsteps of one of the greatest low-budget directors of all time.Cover image via Universal.John Carpenter has proven himself a master of the tense, boundary-pushing practice of isolating an entire feature film in one location. Although many films have used this same technique, Carpenter’s iconic films stand the narrative test of time, cementing themselves as horror artifacts that influence all other films in the genre. This video by Wolfcrow takes a look at how Carpenter maximizes his budget’s potential by restricting the set while still telling stories that last.last_img read more

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TNT acquires Onwubere as Phoenix makes moves

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Sidney Onwubere was picked eighth in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT continued to retool in preparation for the upcoming season as it is set to acquire versatile rookie Sidney Onwubere from Phoenix.Sources close to the situation confirmed that the 23-year-old, who was picked eighth overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, was shipped to the KaTropa in exchange for Jon Gabriel and Justin Chua from the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Fernandez knows ‘underdog’ San Beda will come out big vs Lyceum LATEST STORIES Onwubere will be a welcome addition for TNT as coach Nash Racela will have the luxury of trotting out the hardworking Fil-Nigerian out of Emilio Aguinaldo College this coming season.Meanwhile, Gabriel, the 11th overall pick in the recent rookie selection, and seldom-used Chua will both be banked on to reinforce Phoenix’s lean frontline.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Fuel Masters also continued to make moves in the offseason, trading big man Michael Miranda to the rebuilding NLEX.In exchange, the Road Warriors sent TNT’s 2018 second round pick in the deal. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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10 days agoBlythe Spartans winger Cal Roberts targets Premier League return

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Blythe Spartans winger Cal Roberts targets Premier League returnby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Newcastle United winger Cal Roberts retains hope of returning to the Premier League.Roberts, 22, signed for Blythe Spartans this season.He told the Evening Chronicle: “When I first came it was good, and the reception I got when I signed the contract made us feel special and part of the club.”I’ve never felt like this at a club before, you feel like you’re wanted there and happy. I’ve never been happier at a football club than I am at the minute.”Roberts added: “I set my standards very high, and I always want to better myself. The aim is still to play in the Premier League.”At the minute I’m very happy playing at Blyth, but the club and the gaffer knows I want to play at the highest level.” last_img read more

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2 days agoFerdinand: Man City winger Sterling among world’s top five players

first_imgFerdinand: Man City winger Sterling among world’s top five playersby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRio Ferdinand says Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is one of the top five players in football.The 24-year-old netted his first Champions League hat-trick in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Atalanta.”We are running out of great words to say about him,” England and Manchester United legend Ferdinand said on BT Sport.”He is a young English player who has played a lot of games. He is still improving and adding more to his game. He has a striker’s nose to get into certain areas.”He is in the top five players in the world now. Definitely! I don’t care who you mention. The effect he is having, the goals he is scoring, it is impossible to keep him out.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a day agoTottenham push for major clearout

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham push for major clearoutby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham are planning a major sales spree in 2020.The Daily Mail says moving on some of their stars who are either unsettled or don’t fit into manager Mauricio Pochettino’s long-term plans is an ongoing process they hope to continue in January.Spurs will be open to offers for Serge Aurier, Christian Eriksen, Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier and Danny Rose.Meanwhile the futures of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen remain in doubt with both players’ deals due to expire next summer. last_img read more

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Jamie Foxx Recounts The Role Of His Mentors During Big Brothers Big

first_imgOn June 17th at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, Illinois, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America recognized the generosity of its corporate and individual partners at its annual awards gala with special guest, Academy and Grammy Award winner, Jamie Foxx.Foxx shared a moving personal story about being encouraged by his grandmother to learn to play the piano as a means of seeing the world outside of his hometown of Terrell, Texas. Foxx also reaffirmed his commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters and to the cause of mentoring children who face adversity. He thrilled the audience with an impromptu singing performance with event emcee, NBC journalist and correspondent, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Board Member Kate Snow.Big Brothers Big Sisters of America presented Foxx with its Common Good Award, which is given to a partner who provides an investment of services to benefit the common good of the organization and brand as a whole. Since 2012, Foxx has been Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s national spokesperson. In addition, Foxx regularly hosts “Littles” at his home and, earlier this year, helped to launch the BE AMAZING! campaign.The gala culminated with the presentation of the Big Brother of the Year and Big Sister of the Year awards, which were given to Tom Fascia of Randolph, New Jersey, and Dakotah Taylor of Bennington, Nebraska, respectively.Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 110 year history. With nearly 340 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves approximately 200,000 children, their families and 200,000 volunteer mentors. Learn more at www.BigBrothersBigSisters.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Ohio State womens soccer advances to 2nd round in doubleovertime victory over

OSU sophomore forward Sammy Edwards (19) during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Sam Harris / For The LanternOhio State women’s soccer forward Sammy Edwards had been searching for her chance all night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The sophomore came out firing on Saturday night against the Butler Bulldogs, but her game-high three first-half shot attempts all came up short.Frustration was building up, but Edwards would finally get her shot at redemption, even if it came after nearly 107 minutes of playing time. In the second overtime, Edwards pushed the frustration to the back of her mind and the net, sending her team to the second round with a goal in the 107th minute for the 2-1 victory.“As (the players’) frustration was going up, they had to get their communication higher and just continue to press and believe that the more opportunities we create, one of them has got to fall,” OSU coach Lori Walker said.OSU (12-6-3) immediately went on the offensive as soon as the game commenced, eager for a postseason victory. Buckeye junior forward Lindsey Agnew attempted the team’s first shot in the 13th minute off of a Nichelle Prince corner kick. Agnew’s shot was blocked, but Edwards countered with an attempt from 12 yards which sailed just over the top of the goalpost.“To have that kind of possession and to have the opportunities we did in the first half and then not feel like we converted, it’s very easy to fall into a level of frustration,” Walker said.The Buckeyes contained the game to Butler’s (16-7-1) side of the field for a majority of the first half. Prince continued to create shots on goal with her heads-up crosses to her forward counterparts. Edwards also had another early opportunity at breaking the deadlock, but she missed over the top on a volley from eight yards out.It was the relentless three-headed attack consisting of Prince, Agnew and Edwards that continually pushed the Buckeyes downfield. The selfish style of play by Prince, who led the Buckeyes with 77 shot attempts entering the tournament, kept the home team on track despite the threat of frustration building up.Both the Buckeyes and the Bulldogs had opportunities to enter halftime with a lead. Strikes on goal by OSU senior midfielder Michela Paradiso at the 35th minute and Butler sophomore defender Maria Collica at the 37th minute nearly changed the course of the game. The Buckeyes took an 8-5 shot lead into the half, although Butler held a slight 2-1 edge with shots on goal.“I was just beating myself up over the misses in the first half, but I didn’t let it get to my head too much,” Edwards said.Although OSU seemed in control throughout the first 45 minutes of play, Butler opened the half with the same aggression that the Buckeyes began the contest with. The OSU women did not fold, answering with a few subsequent trips downfield that nearly resulted in scores.Prince decided to get in on the assertive Buckeye action after playing the distributor role in the first half, attempting shots from six and eight yards out at the 52nd and 62nd minute marks, respectively. However, OSU continued to be inches away from moving the scoreboard.It was not until redshirt junior defender Morgan Wolcott, who had entered Saturday’s game having taken just two shots on goal for the season, recorded possibly the most important goal of her career. Wolcott broke the nil-nil game in the 86th minute with a tap that pushed the ball just inside the right post.“To get a goal that helps us advance further in the NCAAs is big time,” Wolcott said.Minutes later, the energy was almost completely taken out of the Buckeye women. Seconds away from moving on to the second round, Butler senior midfielder Sophia Maccagnone squeezed a free kick just past OSU redshirt junior goalie Jillian McVicker inside the right post.“It’s just similar to our entire season,” Maccagnone said. “We don’t want to stop fighting.”Thinking that they were about to capture the most important victory of the season, the Buckeyes would need to come together on the field and in their minds to prevent Butler from stealing a win.“We kind of all just took a deep breath and reengaged in what we had to do,” Edwards said. “We have been through so much adversity, so just throwing that at us is just another thing we can handle.”That opportunity came in the second overtime when Edwards followed up a miss at the 103rd minute with the game-winner with less than four minutes to go in the final extra period.“I’m very proud of my team and the energy they found in overtime to find a way to win,” Walker said. “We’ve certainly been in overtime many times this year, and I think that gave us a little confidence to get the job done.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to play the fourth-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies (15-3-2) in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday at 3 p.m. in State College, Pennsylvania. read more

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