IRP 2018 takes wrong turn with least-cost approach, NIASA

first_img Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Koeberg nuclear power plant. Public comment on South Africa’s revised draft integrated resource plan 2018 (IRP 2018) is well underway and the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) is voicing its concerns.Nuclear industry stakeholders are particularly concerned about the government’s ‘now on / now off’ stance on nuclear. Ahead of the closing date for public comment on 26 October, the association will host a workshop to deliberate its response to the new IRP 2018 on Wednesday, 03 October at the Wits Club, University of Witwatersrand, Braamfontein.Knox Msebenzi, managing director of NIASA, says: “The current draft IRP 2018 attempts to provide a number of least-cost planning scenarios based on various growth paths for South Africa. Generally, the plan fails to meet the least-cost planning objectives as it ignores all costs associated with socioeconomics of various options as well as the transition costs. It does not judge all energy sources on the same merit.”“Rather than being technology neutral, it appears that the plan has been developed with certain policy outcomes in mind with the least-cost planning method used as a tool to achieve this. It seems that the developers of the least-cost approach utilised a ‘cheapest’ plan rather than a least-net-cost plan to the economy as is defined by industry.”According to NIASA, the government’s push to develop alternatives in renewables is praiseworthy; however, not considering all energy sources and resource constraints objectively is a serious cause for concern.The government should not plan and engineer a fundamental transformation of the energy sector with only a handful of technologies that are popular to certain interest groups but don’t necessarily serve the best interest of the country. The transformation will require technologies that are proven and succeed not just in the conceptual and technical phases but also commercially.“The IRP 2018 goes so far as recommending detailed studies on well-established energy technologies such as coal and nuclear before implementing these technologies whilst planning to implement new technologies without similar information being available. This is a serious policy oversight,” adds Msebenzi.IRP 2018 nuclear capacityAs Africa’s only nuclear power station, Koeberg with an installed capacity of 1,860MW, plays a vital role in ensuring that Cape Town has a reliable electricity supply. The power station provides 50% of electricity consumed in the Western Cape and approximately 5% of the power used in the country.While the new IRP 2018 makes provision for consideration of nuclear after 2030 under scenarios where the country strictly enforces carbon emission targets, in its assessment of sustainability, the government seems solely focused on weighing the pros and cons of individual technologies. It should rather assess all aspects such as abundance, affordability, reliability and quality of energy supply, explains a NIASA statement.According to the association, the focus should not only be on electricity generation and consumption but also on how these CAPEX projects contribute to meeting the NDP goals.The discourse around energy in South Africa remains very confusing and especially around nuclear mired in such controversy that it has polarised the country to an extent that even the government prefers to turn a blind eye in fear of being accused of malfeasance, a harbinger from the previous administration.“The IRP2018 as it stands is demonstrably uncertain and, in most cases, will prove to be ineffective in achieving its goals – primarily that of energy security and NDP targets,” says Msebenzi.“The government must try and stop picking winners. We all agree that we need to complement renewable energy with baseload energy. The country has limited access to hydropower and no gas, whereas Uranium is a key resource strength which makes nuclear an important baseload technology option,” he concludes.Register for a live free-to-attend WEBINAR: 25 October 2018 | South Africa IRP2018 litmus test Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector TAGSIRP2018NIASANuclear energySouth Africa Previous articleTotal South Africa deploys solar service stationsNext articleRwanda attains $266m loan to improve electricity supply Nicolette Pombo-van ZylAs the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention. BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finance and Policylast_img read more

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TVA makes clean air improvements, exceeds debt reduction target

first_imgEmissionsAir Pollution Control Equipment Services By chloecox – Facebook “What TVA has accomplished in 2002 reflects our commitment to making sound business decisions to provide capital needed to improve air quality and enhance our generation and transmission systems while continuing the trend of debt reduction,” TVA Chairman Glenn McCullough Jr. said. “Our financial and operational achievements demonstrate the dedication and excellent work by the men and women of TVA and their success at controlling costs while providing reliable, affordable power supply for the Tennessee Valley region.” Meeting at TVA headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., the Board approved a 2003 fiscal year budget of more than $7 billion. The 2003 budget includes another $528 million for environmental improvements, provides funds for the recovery of Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Unit 1 and continues the trend of reduction. Smith also said that TVA is on track to reduce debt by $100 million this fiscal year, for a total debt reduction of $2.4 billion since 1997. He said that interest expense is down $195 million from the 2001 fiscal year and is currently 21 percent of revenue — the lowest percentage in more than 20 years. “Focusing on excellence in our business performance helps the entire Tennessee Valley region because an affordable power supply is the engine that drives economic development, high quality job creation and a higher quality of life for everyone,” TVA Director Bill Baxter said. TAGSTVA Facebook 9.10.2002 TVA makes clean air improvements, exceeds debt reduction target RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter As part of TVA’s continued investment in clean air, Smith said that 11 systems to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions are operational, another 11 are under construction and six are being designed. Twitter “TVA is fulfilling its historic mission to provide a reliable power supply for residents of the Valley while improving the environment for future generations,” TVA Director Skila Harris said. No general increase in TVA rates will be required in 2003, marking the fifth straight year of stable rates. TVA is the nation’s largest public power producer, and its power system is self-financed. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve about 8.3 million consumers in seven southeastern states, and also serves large industries in the region. KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 10, 2002 — TVA will spend more than $430 million on environmental improvements this year as part of the most aggressive clean air program in the country and will reduce its debt by $100 million — twice as much as projected — according to 2002 fiscal year financial projections presented to the TVA Board recently. TVA Chief Financial Officer David Smith reviewed TVA’s financial highlights for Fiscal Year 2002 and presented the 2003 budget to the Board. Source: TVA Linkedin Linkedin Smith said TVA consistently met high electricity demands of customers with fewer interruptions through prudent operational and financial management and competitive and stable energy prices. He said TVA expects revenues of $6.8 billion in Fiscal Year 2002, which ends September 30. Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables Previous articleRenewable Development LLC acreage in Nevada to include green communityNext articleNRG Energy Inc. to sell Hungarian and Czech assets to Atel chloecox Mississippi Power cutting stakes in coal-fired, gas-fired stations to reduce excess MW, emissions New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants No posts to displaylast_img read more

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Flood alerts in 10 states from Texas to Ohio with more rain expected

first_imgABC News(HOUSTON) — Flood alerts have been issued in 10 states from Texas to Ohio after heavy rainfall in some areas has already sparked flash flooding.A large storm system that on Tuesday brought hail the size of golf balls to Texas and damaging winds to Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas is moving slowly east through the central and southern U.S.Over the next few days, more rainfall is expected from Texas to Ohio, with some areas seeing as much as 2 to 4 inches of rain.Up to 3 inches of rain fell from Texas to Missouri on Tuesday, causing flash flooding of streets. Several funnel clouds were also reported in western Texas. Flash flood warnings were issued Wednesday morning for San Antonio and Austin.A new low-pressure system developing on Wednesday in southern Texas could bring severe weather, including damaging hail and possible tornadoes, to parts of Texas and Louisiana this week.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Music Technology Professor

first_imgThe College of Music and Media of Loyola University invitesapplications for a faculty position to begin Fall 2021. Theappointment will be made at the level of Extraordinary AssistantProfessor (One-year renewable appointment, non-tenuretrack). Qualifications:● The qualified candidate is experienced in all aspects of musictechnology including audio recording technology and techniques, webdevelopment, computer programming, MIDI/OSC, and videoediting.● Masters degree or commensurate professional experience required,Doctorate or ABD preferred.Duties:● Teach in all areas of music technology including InternetTechnology I consisting of audio, video and graphics; websitedevelopment using CSS, HTML 5, and PHP; audio signal synthesis andprocessing; audio recording, mixing and mastering using popularaudio software; marketing using social media and other platforms;MIDI and other electronic music sequencing; and other musictechnology related areas of expertise.● Potential for interdisciplinary work with other degree programfaculty (e.g., composition, music theory, music education, musictherapy, visual arts and design, digital media) and in thedevelopment of distance learning programs.● Work in a collaborative manner and fulfill various roles incollege and university activities.● Serve as an academic advisor and mentor to students.● Assist with departmental websites and student workers.● Other duties assigned.About Us: The School of Music Industry offersB.S and B.A. degrees in Music Industry Studies, Popular andCommercial Music, and Hip Hop and R&B within the College ofMusic and Media in a liberal arts university. The Department alsooffers minor tracks for B.M., B.B.A., and B.A. students. The MusicIndustry program provides students with instruction in musicbusiness, technology, communications, media, and music, as well asthe liberal arts. Loyola University New Orleans, a Jesuit andCatholic institution of higher education, welcomes students ofdiverse backgrounds and prepares them to lead meaningful lives withand for others; through teaching, research, creative activities,and services, the faculty, in cooperation with the staff, strivesto education the whole student and to benefit the largercommunity.Applications: Candidates should submit a letterof application, curriculum vitae, sample writing, syllabi,productions, and other related materials, and the names and contactinformation of three references via email [email protected] Technology Search CommitteeDr. Jeffrey Albert, Assoc. Professor and DirectorSchool of Music IndustryCollege of Music and MediaLoyola University New Orleans6363 St. Charles AvenueNew Orleans, LA 70118504-865-3984In order to ensure full consideration, applications must bereceived by April 15, 2021. Loyola University is an AffirmativeAction, Equal Opportunity employer. We particularly inviteapplications from women and members of minority groupsunderrepresented in academe.last_img read more

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Assistant Professor of Dance – African Diasporic Movement – Theatre Arts & Dance -University of MN

first_imgThis is a 100% time, contract faculty position in AfricanDiasporic Movement in the Dance Program in the Department ofTheatre Arts & Dance in the College of Liberal Arts at theUniversity of Minnesota beginning Fall 2021. Appointment will be atthe rank of contract assistant professor. The initial term of thisappointment is academic year 2021/22 (late-August to late-May),with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon satisfactoryperformance and availability of funding.Responsibilities.  Faculty in the College of Liberal Artsare expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research orother creative work that includes publication, exhibition, orperformance; develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses;advise students regarding coursework and broader academic goals;provide service and governance contributions appropriate for therank of the appointment to the department, college, University, andprofession; and contribute to outreach activities that support theUniversity’s mission.In collaboration with current faculty, this position willcontribute to the dance program’s ongoing commitment to embracingdifference and the global community in its faculty, students,scholarship and practice as a means to broaden and deepen the scopeof the program’s research, activities, and curriculum and toincrease access to dance education for a wider range ofstudents.Participate in and expand the dance program’s active publicengagement of one of the United States most dynamic urban dance andarts communities – the Twin Cities – in which it is embedded.Maintain an active program of research and/or creative activity,help direct undergraduate and graduate research/creative activity,teach undergraduate and graduate courses, advise students andcontribute service appropriate to the rank of appointment.DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:1. Teach an African Diasporic dance course in both fall and springsemesters during the period of the position.2. Teach a Contemporary dance course in both fall and springsemesters during the period of the position.3. Teach a Dance Composition and dance production course. Depending on applicant qualifications one of these courses could bereplaced with an Introduction to Dance Course.  One in eithersemester.4. Possibly set one work on program students over the course of thecontracted period.5. Assist with rehearsal direction of University Dance Theatre (theprogram’s student company).6. Attend all appropriate meetings as determined by the Director ofDance. 7. Participate in the administration of the program along withother full-time faculty as assigned, including but not limited tostudent recruitment, mentorship and advising.  REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:M.A. or M.F.A. in Dance or equivalent professionalexperience and recognition in dance; and at least 1 year ofcollege- or university-level teaching experience or equivalent. Adistinguished and active record of creative output and dancepedagogy consistent with the level of this position. Demonstrationand understanding of the importance of dance scholarship andtraining to an undergraduate dance major’s growth as an artist,student and global citizen in alignment with the dance program’smission of Contemporary Dance in Global Contexts.Equivalent Professional Experience and Recognition: In lieu of the M.A. or M.F.A. in Dance, thefollowing may be considered in determining professional experienceand recognition in dance: (1) Demonstrated professional distinctionin dance instruction, scholarly research and/orcreative/performance work in dance over time and evidence ofcontinued distinction; (2) Demonstrated effectiveness as a teacherat the undergraduate level, whose instruction reflects familiaritywith the current state of disciplinary thought in dance.PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:Demonstrated knowledge in Dance Studies from a globalperspective. Professional leadership experience. A research agendawhich reflects a commitment to intercultural and interdisciplinaryembodied arts practices in order to contribute to the flourishingof the West Bank Arts Quarter made up of the University’sDepartments of Music, Art, and Theatre Arts & Dance.Progressive and successful university teaching experience atseveral levels to diverse groups, experience developing courses,excellent communication skills, experience with innovativeapproaches to teaching and mentoring students, evidence ofsuccessfully motivating students.Candidates will be evaluated according to the overall quality oftheir academic preparation and professional experience; evidence ofcommitment to teaching and skills as a teacher; and strength ofrecommendations.  A successful candidate will complement the work of currentfaculty, whose areas of creative and scholarly research representnumerous geographic and diasporic cultural perspectives. Inaddition, the candidate should demonstrate an understanding of theimportance of integrating performance, scholarly, creative andtechnical embodied research in the education of undergraduate dancemajors.last_img read more

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PSG Handball beat PGE Vive Kielce

first_img2.Paris SG6501184:16410 Raul Gonzalez extends his adventure at Paris Saint-Germain until June 2023! 1.Telekom Veszprem6510184:16411 8.Aalborg6105155:1732 7.Celje6114180:1963 ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe French champions Paris Saint Germain Handball celebrated another home win at VELUX EHF Champions League. This time, PGE Vive Kielce couldn’t cope with the richest team in the world of handball – 33:28 (18:16) led with Nedim Remili, who netted seven goals.Paris Saint-Germain HB – PGE VIVE Kielce 33:28 (18:16)PSG: Omeyer, Corrales – Remili 7, Gensheimer 5, N. Karabatić 5, Kounkoud 4, Sagosen 4, Hansen 3, Mollgaard 2, Nielsen 2, Kampf 1, L. Karabatić, StepancićPGE VIVE: Szmal – Dujszebajew 5, Janc 4, Aguinagalde 3, Bielecki 3, Jurkiewicz 3, Jachlewski 2, Strlek 2, Zorman 2, Bombac 1, Lijewski 1, Mamić 1, KusSTANDINGS: 6.Vive Kielce6123169:1704 UNSTOPPABLE! PSG HANDBALL 21/21 in France! PSG Handball suffered first defeat in domestic Championship 2020/2021 4.Meshkov Brest6213162:1645 ShareTweetShareShareEmail Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 5.Kiel6213139:1535 3.Flensburg-H.6321168:1578 Click to comment Related Items:handball, PGE Vive Kielce, PSG Handball, Velux EHF Champions League Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Nearly 500 Arrested At California Dance Music Festivals Over Halloween Weekend

first_imgCalifornia festivals HARD Day of the Dead and Escape: Psycho Circus resulted in almost 500 arrests this Halloween weekend. After two young women tragically died at August’s HARD Summer Rave, the weekend’s event locations were under intense inspection. As a result of this, 148 people were arrested on Day 1 of the HARD festival and 162 on Day 2, according to the Los Angeles Times. At Escape, 180 people were arrested over the course of the two days. The majority of the arrests were due to drug use, public intoxication, fake identification, and even some trespassing.No wonder the festivals tried to impose a media blackout throughout the weekend. [Los Angeles Times, Photo: Patrick T. Fallon]last_img read more

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Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to Begin Coronavirus Vaccine Trials

first_imgIn the coming weeks, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will be one of four four sites in the country to begin human trials for a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a report from WCPO9. A statement from the hospital noted that its screening process has begun for people who want to participate in the first clinical trials of the BNT162 vaccine program. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotech company BioNTech created both the program and potential vaccine. Initial tests will be conducted on approximately 90 participants, who will be given a part of the COVID-19 virus to create antibodies within each participant’s body to fight the virus.last_img read more

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Finding Airfare Bargains Easier With New Websites

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNew websites, like the easy to use farecast.com, will help you find the lowest of the low airfares, even forecasting when fares will rise or fall. They suggest that you can still find low fares even within 21 days of your flight. (KCAL-TV) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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They Canceled Their Big Wedding But Took a $5k Catering Deposit And Served Thanksgiving Meals To The Needy

first_imgSome things—like the dress and the D.J.—were write-offs. However, Bugg and Lewis decided that having their health and being together more than made up for those things.And all was not a loss: The reception venue agreed to let them put their deposit on hold to be used for a future charity event, and the wedding photographer shifted gears to record the couple’s small but heartfelt City Hall ceremony for posterity.That left the $5,000 catering deposit—but rather than roll the money into an event to be named, Bugg and Lewis decided instead to spread their joy to others less fortunate.RELATED: Bride and Groom Didn’t Just Donate Wedding Food To Homeless, They Dished it Up On Their Big DayBugg, an outreach worker at Thresholds, a nonprofit geared toward helping sufferers of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric illnesses, knew exactly where she wanted the money to go.With an enthusiastic thumbs’ up from caterer Heidi Moorman Coudal, owner of Big Delicious Planet, and the blessing of Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug, the designated fare from the original 150-person guest list was transformed into 200 boxed Thanksgiving dinners for Windy City residents dealing on a day-to-day basis with severe mental health challenges.Emily Bugg, Elizabeth Boschma Charitable donations have taken a big hit as a result of the financial impact of the Coronavirus, so Ishaug was especially grateful for the couple’s inspiring gift to the Threshold community. He was also greatly heartened by “the copycat effect” the generous gesture seems to have spawned.“Other people start asking themselves, ‘What can I do for others at Thanksgiving?’ There’s been so much anger and fear this past year … and then we have something like this from Emily and Billy, which is just about humanity and kindness,” he told the Washington Post.In addition to tying the knot, Bugg and Lewis recently adopted a rescue dog they named June, adding a little more love to the family. While she might be wistful at not having had the chance to wear her wedding dress, Bugg believes even though theirs wasn’t the traditional start to a marriage, it was beautiful nonetheless.MORE: Caring Hospital Staff Help COVID-Stricken Groom Say ‘I do!’ in Heartwarming Bedside Wedding Ceremony—WATCHIt’s clear Lewis shares the sentiment and couldn’t be prouder of his bride. “I’m lucky to have a wife who is clever and thoughtful enough to change a not-so-good situation into something positive for a lot of people,” he said.And we think Chicago is lucky to count both of them among its citizens.SHARE the Thanks and Send This Story to Pals…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWedding events last a few hours. Marriages are meant to last a lifetime. In the wake of COVID-19, although disappointed by the necessity of having their big days significantly scaled back, some special couples have been able to embrace the bigger picture with open hearts.Billy Lewis and Emily Bugg, Sophie Cazottes Photography; dinners, Big Delicious PlanetSuch was the case for Chicago residents Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis. Originally, the pair had planned fairly lavish nuptials, but as the pandemic wore on, rather than wait to wed, they eventually decided to trade-in their upscale plans for a small ceremony at City Hall.Love may have won the day, but it did leave the newlyweds with a conundrum. What to do about their non-refundable deposits and wedding-related purchases?last_img read more

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