Australian grid regulator releases blueprint for integrating 75% green electricity

first_imgAustralian grid regulator releases blueprint for integrating 75% green electricity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The Australian Energy Market Operator has laid out an action plan to accommodate levels of up to 75 percent “instant” penetration of wind and solar in Australia’s main grid by 2025, saying the country had the technical know-how to cope with such a high penetration of wind and solar, but needed to urgently update the market and regulatory settings.Releasing the long-await Renewable Integration Study, a key adjunct to its 20-year blueprint for the grid transition known as the Integrated System Plan, AEMO chief executive Audrey Zibelman reinforced the widespread view that integrating very high levels of renewables is not so much a technical challenge. It’s more about updating rules and regulations to make them fit for purpose for a new system, and to add new markets to ensure the availability of essential services such as inertia and voltage. Without these changes, AEMO warns it may have to limit the contribution of wind and solar resources to 50 or 60 per cent of electricity supply at any point in time.“Australia already has the technical capability to safely operate a power system where three quarters of our energy at times comes from wind and solar energy generation,” Zibelman says in a statement accompanying the report. “However, to do so requires changes in our markets and regulatory requirements. Otherwise, AEMO will be required to limit the contribution of these wind and solar resources to 50 or 60 per cent of electricity supply at any point in time, even though they are the lowest cost way of providing electricity,” she warned.Wind and solar have recently accounted for close to 50 per cent of supply in the National Electricity Market in some trading periods (more than 50 per cent including hydro, and up to 140 per cent wind and solar in South Australia), although there have been some 5-minute intervals where wind and solar has already exceeded 50 per cent.AEMO, which is responsible for managing grid and keeping the lights on, debunks this and says there is no reason Australia cannot have a very high level of renewables: “Beyond 2025, AEMO has not identified any insurmountable reasons why the NEM cannot operate securely at even higher levels of wind and solar penetration, especially with ongoing technological advancement worldwide,” it notes.Indeed, its ISP maps out a path – mostly through infrastructure – to accommodate a 90 per cent share of renewables in Australia’s main grid by 2040.[Giles Parkinson]More: AEMO lays out “action plan” to manage 75 pct wind and solar by 2025last_img read more

How to reduce dependence on booking portals and keep the commission to yourself

first_imgThe first step is definitely to activate communication with previous and regular guests, as you have their contacts and try to bring them back this season. If of course they are planning a vacation and if you have met their expectations so far. Also, in this time of crisis, it is important to communicate. So I advise you to inform them about the news from Croatia, related to the situation with the coronavirus, as well as the measures that will be taken by you. Start writing a blog. Especially in multiple languages, or at least in English as well as German (our main emitting market). That way you will have a wider audience i.e. reach. Of course, this is a long-term strategy, but in this case, where there will literally be a struggle for every guest, the worst thing is to just wait and not do everything you can. Currently the two leading booking portals for renters are simply too strong and the entire tourism sector has become too dependent on Booking.com and Airbnb, while they on the other hand take high commissions. It is never good to depend too much on just one source of income / one partner, and thus only on one booking portal. Now is the time for education, so I recommend that you definitely take a look, if of course you are interested in long-term revenue growth, because digital marketing is unavoidable today. This tourist season, of course, the question is how many will be tourist this year, but even if it is, it will be in a significantly reduced volume, more than ever it will be important to make as much money as possible for each renter. By the way, the Kontra agency has published more so far e-manual, who give useful tips on advertising and communication on Instagram and Facebook, and I definitely recommend that you follow their social networks and blogs where they are very proactive with various tips from the digital advertising segment. The second step is communication on your social networks, where through quality and interesting content, you can get the attention of a wider audience, and thus potential guests. Also, one of the good options is to record a video. The video format currently has a very good reach. When we talk about communication, be sure to remember that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but destination. Although this topic was opened a year ago, due to the issue of commissions (large hotel chains have already started working on a different strategy), the current situation caused by coronavirus with reduced tourist activity, and therefore questionable, ie much lower earnings, raises the question: How to reduce dependence on booking portals and keep the commission to yourself? Cover photo: Pexels.comcenter_img The answer is logical: The focus must be on direct booking. This is definitely a great base to start with, so study and download the free e-book on Google advertising that you can download HERE Also, in order to reduce dependence on booking portals, I hope you have a website because it is imperative today, I definitely advise you to use Google advertising. Investing in marketing is not a cost, but an investment. So neither does investing in digital professionals, professional photographers, etc.… One who does not realize this will stagnate and others will grow. The market philosophy is very simple. Of course, as in everything, for more serious results and for larger campaigns, you definitely need more expert knowledge of people who specialize in digital marketing, such as the team from the agency Kontra, which I can certainly personally recommend. Also, in Croatia you have really high quality digital agencies, so do a little research. As I personally don’t have too much knowledge on the subject, so it would be frivolous of me to say anything on the subject, in the wilderness of the internet, I found a great free e-book on Google advertising. The e-Book provides great helpful tips on Google AdWords campaigns, how to open an account, set it up, how to start your first campaign, and how to advertise a video on a YouTube channel – all on 57 pages. “Through the ebook you can learn about all the possibilities that Google advertising provides (Search, Display, Youtube) and everyone can learn how to start creating your first campaign. The ebook leads step by step – from the very beginning of creating an account, and is a good guide to start researching Google advertising and how you can improve your business”Points out Petar Bogdan from the Kontra agency. last_img read more

EIB joins working group on green agricultural bonds

first_imgThe European Investment Bank (EIB) has joined a working group on green agriculture bonds, part of an attempt to avoid “green washing” of projects.The 13-strong committee, which also includes academics and representatives of NGOs, has been set up by the Climate Bonds Initiative to allow investors to tackle deforestation and the impact of climate change on agriculture, chief executive Sean Kidney said.“The right kinds of investment in agriculture also have the potential to help sequester enormous amounts of carbon,” he added.Working group lead Tania Havemann said she expected a large green agricultural bond market to develop in the coming years. “The expert group will develop clear and public criteria to help investment decision-making,” she said.“Certification under the Climate Bonds Standard will provide investors with assurance about the environmental benefits of these projects.”David Ganz, chief of party of a USAID project to lower emissions in Asian forestry, said a standard for land use would reduce the risk of poorly designed projects and “green washing”, where any project could be sold to an investor as green.“We sincerely hope this effort will promote confidence to the market when selecting certified projects with the Climate Bonds Initiative certifications,” he said. Chris Knowles, head of the climate change and environment division at the EIB, has joined the group.Other members of the working group include Annett Thiele of Germany’s Greifswald University, Jerry Seager of the Verified Carbon Standard, and Paul Chatterton, director of the UN-backed Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).A recent report by the Climate Bond Initiative said the climate bond market recently exceeded $0.5trn (€369bn).The initiative also announced the details of draft property green bond standards in June.last_img read more

Properties offering acreage living and city access are still available

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhat does property demand mean?01:38One of the great advantages of living in Far North Queensland is the tropical outdoor and rural lifestyle on offer. As cities become more clustered, there is still demand for homes with large yards, privacy and the options for livestock.REIQ Cairns zone chairman Tom Quaid said buyers interested in acreage living while still wanting easy access to the city, had many options in Cairns’ surrounding areas. 56-58 The Rocks Rd, Redlynch is an acreage property listed by Elite Real Estate Services Cairns.Mr Quaid said larger blocks would only become more difficult to obtain as most newer allotments were driving towards smaller blocks with a higher density in homes.The rural and outdoor lifestyle homes were also attracting residents who wanted to be eco-friendly. Tom Quaid said most acreage properties around Cairns below $500,000 were located to the south of the city. . PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE“If you’re looking for rural living you’re going to be on the southside towards Goldsborough, Aloomba, Babinda or you’re going to be up on the Tablelands or towards Yungaburra.“You’ve got a lot more choices where you can have a couple of acres, you can have a reasonable home and its still in that affordable price point — being anywhere in that to $400,000-500,000 price mark. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“You find that people who are looking for these lifestyle homes in these areas, they’ll be willing to commute into Cairns to be able to have that home outside the city.” Mr Quaid said large blocks on the Tablelands could be bought for about $300,000 while more premium acreage properties were available in the city’s inner suburbs and suburbs to the north.“If you’re willing to spend $800,000 to $1 million there’s lot’s of choices around.“There’s some great homes at Clifton Beach, Trinity Beach, Smithfield and Redlynch that would suit that kind of lifestyle.”last_img read more

Liverpool new signing barred from playing against Sheffield United

first_img Minamino’s £7.25m move from Red Bull Salzburg was confirmed on December 19 ahead of the opening of the January transfer window. Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe 10 Biggest Historical Mysteries That Can’t Be SolvedCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art Loading… But even though the forward will officially be a Reds player as of Wednesday, Premier League rules have prevented him from making his debut this week.The rules state:  ‘New players signed on 1-2 January will not be eligible for Matchweek 21.‘But they can be made available for the following Matchweeks as clubs are permitted to make changes to their squad lists throughout the January window.’Despite that disappointment, Klopp will have Minamino available for selection for Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Everton.The Japan international could also make his Premier League debut at Tottenham on Saturday, January 11.The 24-year-old has been widely praised by Klopp ahead of his arrival, with the Reds boss backing him to make an immediate impact.Read Also: Liverpool open talks over £65m deal for Sevilla defender‘He’s already really good,’ he said. Everyone could see when we played Salzburg. But still [there is] potential there to become even better.‘It’s not a competition, it’s just to have different options in different moments and the door is wide open that Taki can come in the team.’FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool’s new signing Takumi Minamino will officially join the club at midnight but has been blocked from facing Sheffield United on Thursday.Advertisementlast_img read more

Clark Remembered For Building Stronger Community

first_imgFamily and friends are remembering a local woman and her service to Franklin County. Lois E. Clark, of Brookville, passed away Monday at the age of 91.Clark was the marketing director and assistant vice president at FCN Bank for 35 years and later served as executive secretary of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce for 12 years.The former Sunday School Teacher at Brookville United Methodist Church also served as a past officer of the Franklin County Historical Society, was a member of the National Honor Society and actively supported the Franklin County 4-H.She was a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor an Indiana governor can bestow.In 2008, she was selected by the citizens of Brookville as the Belle of Brookville Bicentennial. Two years later, she received the Humanitarian Award from the Franklin County Community Foundation.The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce stated in an email, “She devoted her life to building a strong community and we are very proud of her accomplishments.”A visitation will be held at Cook-Rosenberger Funeral Home in Brookville from 10-2 p.m. on Thursday.Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Franklin County EMS, Franklin County Community Foundation Lois E. Clark Brookville/Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Endowment or Hero Park Gazebo Endowment.last_img read more

High winds expected throughout southeastern Indiana Monday

first_imgWilmington, Oh. — The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for Ripley, Franklin, Decatur, Dearborn, Switzerland and Ohio Counties.Forecast models show an advancing cold front will bring high winds to the area through early Monday afternoon. Winds from  15 to 25-miles-per-hour are expected, some gusts up to 40-miles-per-hour could occur.Scattered power line and tree damage is possible. High winds could make driving difficult, especially high-profile vehicles.last_img

Man City make shock move to bring Kompany back from Anderlecht

first_img Kompany has a Masters in Business Administration and, although now coaching, could see his long-term calling away from the pitch. read also:Vincent Kompany raises alarm over top player’s workload One area City are attempting to recruit in is Pep Guardiola’s assistant manager as the Catalan continues to hunt for Mikel Arteta’s successor. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own Eyes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Manchester City have approached Anderlecht player-manager, Vincent Kompany, about a stunning return. Kompany insists there is need to put a cap on the number of matches played by players The Daily Mail says Kompany, who had a mixed first term at the helm, intends to stay in the Belgian capital and that could stretch beyond the initially agreed 2022. City had informally discussed the prospect of the defender moving back to the Etihad Stadium and hope he will be ready to take up a prominent position in the future.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Raymond W. Field

first_imgRaymond Wendell Field, age 86 of Moores Hill, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at his home.  the son of Floyd and Rose (nee: King) field was born on July 21, 1933 in Alexandria, Kentucky.The US Army veteran married Mae Lonaker on July 25, 1953.  He worked for Interlake Steel as a truck driver for many years.Raymond is survived by his children Kim Field of Frankfurt, KY, Timothy W. Field of Moores Hill, IN and Paula J. Taylor of Williamstown, KY; 11 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and his two sisters, Betty Aiken and Joyce Bittner.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mae Field and son, Johnny Ray Field.His wishes were to be cremated.  The family will have a graveside service with burial at Short Creek Cemetery in Falmouth, KY.Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

McDowell: McIlroy won’t dominate

first_img McIlroy’s two shot-win over Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler at Royal Liverpool made him just the third player after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to have won three majors by the age of 25. However, McDowell feels the talented new generation in the game will make it impossible for McIlroy to match Woods at his prime, the former world number one winning seven of his 14 major titles between August 1999 and June 2002. Press Association “I don’t think we’ll ever see the dominance of Tiger Woods in the late ’90s, early 2000s. I don’t think we’re ever going to see that again,” said McDowell who proved his own point as one of 15 different winners of the 16 majors played between 2009 and 2012. “For every Rory there’s an Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia and a Tiger and a Phil (Mickelson). There’s too many good players now. It’s so deep. It’s so strong. Everyone is so good. “I don’t think we’re going to see that dominance again for a while unless somebody comes out who has perfected the imperfectable. I think these guys, the best players in the world, are playing pretty close to as good as you can play, really. This game is hard. “You can’t play much better than Rory is hitting the ball. That’s as good as it gets. Unfortunately you can’t hole every putt, or else you’d be shooting 58 every day. It’s just not happening.” Phil Mickelson, who McIlroy succeeded as Open champion, agreed with McDowell’s assessment, adding: “We used to say there will never be another Nicklaus, and then along came Tiger. You never want to discount the possibility of someone coming along and dominating. “But nobody has really asserted themselves week in and week out the way Tiger did for such a long period of time. We’ll have great performances, like Rory this week. Like (Martin) Kaymer at the US Open and so forth. But it’s very hard to do that week in and week out the way Tiger did. That’s why it was so impressive what he did.” McIlroy’s previous two major wins had both been by eight shots, but McDowell feels his Ryder Cup team-mate could benefit from having to work hard to hold off Garcia’s challenge on the final day at Hoylake. “I think he’s learning all the time,” added McDowell, who finished joint ninth. “Rory gets it done from the fairway, 370 yards down the middle of it. It’s easy to get it done from there. I say it’s easy, I’d like to have a go at it. “Tiger had that capability of getting it done ugly. Perhaps Rory has to prove that he’s got that side to him.” center_img Graeme McDowell was full of admiration for Rory McIlroy’s Open victory on Sunday, but does not believe his fellow Northern Irishman can go on to dominate the game.last_img read more