New Zealand grid operator sees big potential for rooftop solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Transpower, New Zealand’s state-owned transmission grid operator, says falling solar and storage costs have sparked interest in PV for a market already well served by wind and hydro power.The nation already uses renewable energy for almost 90% of its electricity demand, according to live transmission data on Transpower’s website, but PV is not even listed among the clean energy technologies in operation.According to the grid operator, there are bigger investment opportunities ahead as New Zealand’s electricity demand is set to rise, due to increasing electrification industrial processes and mobility, in line with the country’s Paris Agreement obligations. In its new Te Mauri Hiko Energy Futures report, the grid operator forecasts electricity generation will almost double between now and 2050.New Zealand has installed 85 MW of solar to date, nearly half of which has been added in the last two years in more densely populated areas, such as Auckland and Canterbury.The report stresses the potential for residential solar – being adopted at a rapid rate in neighboring Australia – is huge. With 1.8 million residential households and 300,000 businesses, the authors claim 11 GW of new PV could be installed. That number would only grow over time, as there is a need for new homes in New Zealand, and solar equipment is making efficiency advances. By 2050, the report’s authors say, the potential for rooftop PV could be around 27 GW.More: New Zealand identifies 11 GW solar potential New Zealand grid operator sees big potential for rooftop solarlast_img read more

Syracuse struggles building momentum heading into late stretch of conference play

first_imgThe barometer for Syracuse’s success is its performance against Mercyhurst. Since the Orange’s program started in 2008, SU had never beaten the Lakers until last year. But its recent results against the conference’s top team are evidence of Syracuse’s progression.The Orange has beaten Mercyhurst twice this season — including the team’s first-ever victory visiting the Lakers, a 2-1 overtime thriller.“Gosh, it was a struggle for a while there. We were happy just to tie them a few years back,” Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said. “To go into their rink and beat them in overtime, that’s a real confidence booster. We have to believe that we’re better than them.”Syracuse split the season series with its College Hockey America rival and the Orange sits in second place in the conference. Still, SU’s inconsistency has prevented the team from maximizing its potential.Syracuse has never had a three-game winning streak this season nor a clean sweep of a weekend doubleheader, which comprises the majority of SU’s schedule. With the three-round CHA tournament nearing in three weeks, the Orange (12-13-3, 8-4-2 CHA) is looking to quickly establish the stability necessary for postseason success.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It all starts in practice,” senior Melissa Piacentini said. “We need to have a consistent week from Monday to Saturday. It’s really just an overall team problem we’ve been having, but hopefully this weekend we can start turning it all around.”Last season, SU didn’t win back-to-back games in the same weekend until defeating conference opponent Robert Morris twice on Feb. 6-7. The Orange was never able to win three games in a row in the 2014-15 campaign.This year, the situation is all too familiar. Syracuse’s next two games are on Feb. 5-6 against Penn State (9-14-5, 5-4-5), and the Orange still hasn’t won two games against the same opponent in a single weekend.“I think our mental preparation has struggled,” Flanagan said. “We aren’t ready for that first game, or we don’t respond on Saturday well after winning on Friday. That’s all upstairs, to me.”Syracuse’s best chance to develop consistency was against Robert Morris on Halloween weekend, according to Flanagan. The Orange won its first matchup in overtime, 4-3, before dropping the next day’s game, 2-0. That next weekend, Syracuse tied conference opponent Lindenwood after a 3-1 victory one day earlier. And in December, the Orange won on Dec. 4 and tied on Dec. 5 against Penn State.Flanagan is addressing his team’s mental preparation by completely backing off and letting the players handle it themselves. He believes that taking too much action about the team’s problems will make things worse.“I think we have to step back and really evaluate the things we need to do,” Flanagan said. “Whether that works or not, we’re trying to identify things that can help us, whether it’s physical or psychological. We know our system. It’s about fine-tuning things.”While the coaches may be backing off, the players are hoping to step up.Piacentini has noted the team’s mental growth since her freshman year, but she says it’s not enough if it plans on competing in the conference tournament.“We need to work with a goal of playing 120 minutes a weekend,” senior Nicole Ferrara said. “We’re not the most skilled team out there. But if we work hard, we can compete with anybody.”But no matter how SU solves its instability, players and coaches both detect a sense of urgency. If Penn State wins both games this weekend, the Nittany Lions would surpass the Orange in the CHA standings.The top two teams in the conference receive first-round byes, but if Syracuse drops below second, it’ll need to do something it hasn’t accomplished since the 2013-2014 season to make the NCAA tournament: win three consecutive games.“Anything can happen, so we have to take care of business,” Flanagan said. “Anything short of 120 minutes could have a lot to do with whether we’re fighting for first place down the stretch or more of just fighting to have home ice for the playoffs. There’s a lot at stake.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 3, 2016 at 11:53 pm Contact Chris: [email protected]last_img read more

Corey Seager’s days as the Dodgers’ starting shortstop are numbered

first_img“He’s going to be really good,” Mattingly said, “and he is really good.”Puig not in the houseWhy isn’t Yasiel Puig at Chase Field? Good question. “I expected him to be here, honestly,” Mattingly said. Puig is rehabbing a strained right hamstring at Camelback Ranch in nearby Glendale. He hasn’t played since Aug. 27. While the team hasn’t reported any setbacks in Puig’s rehab, “he’s not working out on the field; he’s working out in water and the Alter-G.” As baseball activities go, Puig isn’t doing any less than pitcher Brandon McCarthy, for one, who’s out for the season following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. But McCarthy is with his teammates in the clubhouse and the dugout during games. Puig, who’s rehabbing a half-hour away, is not. “Everybody’s invited,” Mattingly said. “All I’m saying is he’s welcome.” Mattingly said that Puig will return to Los Angeles with the team when it flies home tomorrow night.AlsoKiké Hernandez (strained left hamstring) ran on the field prior to the game. … Howie Kendrick (strained left hamstring) will get 10 at-bats Monday and Tuesday at Dodger Stadium in live batting practice. He is still unable to run at full speed, though “his time was pretty good, faster than the day before,” according to Mattingly. … Condolences to the family of Dodger Stadium chef Dave Pearson, who died at age 75. He had been battling lung cancer. The 36-year-old is available to pinch run, but hasn’t been cleared to bat or play the field. Mattingly said there’s no timetable for Rollins to return.Seager, meanwhile, continues to impress. His home run was the second-hardest hit by a Dodger this season at 110 mph.“He just doesn’t make me nervous,” Mattingly said. “He’s got that (Adrian Gonzalez) heartbeat. It’s slow. He’ll live to be 108, I bet.”Mattingly has shunned any questions about potential playoff roster scenarios so far. But with the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the division nearing single digits (14), the battle for the final NLDS roster spots will soon be a main focal point of the season.Even if he doesn’t supplant Rollins as the starting shortstop this season, Seager could still make an impact as a reserve. PHOENIX >> Corey Seager’s torrid start isn’t enough to guarantee the rookie shortstop a spot in the Dodgers’ starting lineup once Jimmy Rollins returns. Rollins has been unable to hit or play the field in five games this week because of a tender right index finger.Meanwhile Seager is batting .448 with an on-base percentage of.568 through his first nine major league games. He went 4 for 4 with a home run and stole a base in the Dodgers’ win Saturday. He’s reached base in all nine of his plate appearances the last two days.Once Rollins returns, however, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the plan for Seager “always has been to play him some at short and give Jimmy days, give (Justin Turner) days at third. He’s played more than we thought from the standpoint of injuries and he’s done a good job.While he’s been praised for his defense and leadership, Rollins also ranks last among qualified National League shortstops in batting average (.220) and on-base percentage (.279).center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more