BNEF: Unsubsidized wind, solar are now the cheapest bulk generation sources

first_imgBNEF: Unsubsidized wind, solar are now the cheapest bulk generation sources FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Engineering & Development:Falling technology costs means unsubsidized solar and/or onshore wind are now the cheapest source of new bulk power in all major economies except Japan, according to BloombergNEF‘s (BNEF) new 2H 2018 LCOE report. The report assesses the cost competitiveness of different power generating and energy storage technologies globally (excluding subsidies).Every half year, BNEF runs its Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) analysis, a worldwide assessment of the cost competitiveness of different power generating and energy storage technologies – excluding subsidies.These are the key, high-level results:Solar and/or wind are now the cheapest new source of generation in all major economies, except Japan. This includes China and India, where not long ago coal was king. In India, best-in-class solar and wind plants are now half the cost of new coal plants.The benchmark global levelized cost for onshore wind sits at $52/MWh, down 6% from our 1H 2018 analysis. This is on the back of cheaper turbines and a stronger U.S. dollar. Onshore wind is now as cheap as $27/MWh in India and Texas, without subsidy.In most locations in the U.S. today, wind outcompetes combined-cycle gas plants (CCGT) supplied by cheap shale gas as a source of new bulk generation. If the gas price rises above $3/MMBtu, our analysis suggests that new and existing CCGT are going to run the risk of becoming rapidly undercut by new solar and wind. This means fewer run-hours and a stronger case for flexible technologies such as gas peaker plants and batteries that do well at lower utilization (capacity factor).Short-duration batteries are today the cheapest source of new fast-response and peaking capacity in all major economies except the U.S., where cheap gas gives peaker gas plants an edge. As electric vehicle manufacturing ramps-up, battery costs are set to drop another 66% by 2030, according to our analysis. This, in turn, means cheaper battery storage for the power sector, lowering the cost of peak power and flexible capacity to levels never reached before by conventional fossil-fuel peaking plants.Batteries co-located with PV or wind are becoming more common. Our analysis suggests that new-build solar and wind paired with four-hour battery storage systems can already be cost competitive, without subsidy, as a source of dispatchable generation compared with new coal and new gas plants in Australia and India.More: Onshore wind & solar lead as cheapest source of new bulk power, finds BNEFlast_img read more

GFF’s boss sends letter of condolence to Brazil’s President

first_imgPRESIDENT of the Guyana Football Federation Inc. (GFF), Wayne Forde, yesterday dispatched a letter of condolence to the head of the Confederacao Brasileira de Futbol (CBH), President Del Nero Marco Polo, expressing his profound sadness at the passing of almost an entire club team from Brazil due to an aircraft accident.“The Guyana Football Federation Inc. (GFF), hereby expresses its grief and shock while remaining in solidarity with the CBF during this period of sadness. On behalf of the GFF and the entire fraternity, please accept our deepest sympathies and blessings of strength during this challenging period”, the letter to the Brazil head of football stated.A plane en route from Bolivia crashed on its approach to Medillin, Colombia, last Monday, killing 71 persons on board including 19 members of the Chapecoense football team which was on its way to contest the Copa Sudamericana final. There were six survivors inclusive of three players.last_img read more

Syracuse picks up efficiency, aggression on penalty corner opportunities to cruise past Hofstra

first_img Published on September 29, 2014 at 12:06 am Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonati After three straight losses, Syracuse needed a spark to beat Hofstra.The Orange got what it needed, scoring four goals off penalty corners and attacking with aggression. Against Atlantic Coast Conference teams the Orange has had trouble scoring, managing only three goals in the last three games. Part of the problem is that the No. 10 Orange (6-3, 0-3 ACC) had converted only one penalty corner in its last 13 attempts, something head coach Ange Bradley wanted SU to improve on.It did, as Syracuse improved in “attention to detail, better focus, better execution,” Bradley said.“We really have to clean (penalty corners) up. If you’re going to be a good team, you’ve got to be shooting around 33 percent on the corners,” Bradley said.SU has converted one-third of its penalty corners only three times in a game this season, including Sunday’s game against Hofstra.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarning the corners had not been a problem until the Orange faced ACC competition. Through eight games, the Orange was 16th in the nation with 56 penalty corners.In games against Boston College and North Carolina, however, the Orange mustered a total of six penalty corners. Then, the Orange made adjustments.Jordan Page, who assisted on two penalty-corner goals, emphasized training as the reason for improvement.“I think we really focused on it,” Page said. “We did preparation on focusing and finishing and getting the rebounds. I think it really paid off today.”After totaling six penalty corners in two games against UNC and BC, the Orange has surpassed that total in each of the last two games against Virginia and Hofstra. Syracuse upped its penalty-corner total up to seven against Virginia, but failed to convert any of those opportunities.Against Hofstra, the Orange began finishing its crucial opportunities again. It earned nine penalty corners Sunday and converted on four, the most the Orange has scored in a game all season.Annalena Ulbrich and Lieke Visser did all of their damage off of corners against Hofstra. Ulbrich tallied two assists and a goal and Visser scored two goals and assisted on another.One tactic the Orange used was a fake shot off of the corner, something Syracuse mixed in, but used sparingly in the past.“We’re really just trying to look for what’s open,” Page said. “Usually Coach calls it in and I relay the message.”Bradley also came into the game emphasizing, “aggressive, relentless, ruthless pressure,” as the team had been timid after entering ACC play.In three ACC games the Orange was outshot in each, but Syracuse pushed the tempo and connected passes to pepper Hofstra with 24 shots. It was the first time in four games that SU tallied more than 20 shots. The Orange’s pressure and precision passing helped create opportunities inside the circle, including some of SU’s penalty corners.“We just played our own game, Syracuse hockey, link-up hockey,” Visser said.Bradley hopes the team continues its aggressive play in the rest of ACC play and continues to improve.Said Bradley, “It’s coming along. It’s not where it needs to be, but come November, no one remembers September.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more