FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Asset management firm Capital Dynamics has signed a deal with Nebraskan independent power producer Tenaska to develop nine battery energy storage system (BESS) projects located in California’s highest electrical load centres.The BESS projects will be designed to deliver power resources to manage high-demand conditions caused by heat waves, supply shortages and growing local power supply deficiencies in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego areas that cannot be reliably served solely by intermittent renewables, the companies said.Struck through Capital Dynamics’ Clean Energy Infrastructure business, the deal will see enable the provision of approximately 2GW of clean energy through the nine projects into the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) market.Benoit Allehaut, managing director of the Clean Energy Infrastructure team, said California is poised for “significant growth” in energy storage demand as a result of its “robust” clean energy goals. Indeed, the state announced plans in March to add 25GW of renewables by 2030. “We are excited to join with Tenaska to build high-quality battery energy storage facilities to help integrate renewables and reinforce CAISO grid reliability and resilience,” said Allehaut. “We hope to quickly contract resource adequacy with utilities and CCAs to grow this portfolio.”The move builds on other partnerships between Capital Dynamics and Tenaska. Last month, they agreed to develop 24 solar projects totaling 4.8GW, following on from a previous collaboration for 14 PV projects with approximately 2GW in the US Midwest.[Jules Scully]More: Capital Dynamics and Tenaska partner for 2GW of battery storage in California Capital Dynamics, Tenaska join forces to develop 2GW of battery storage in California
More than 1,300 firefighters are fighting the blaze with help from aircraft. EPA More than 1,300 firefighters, backed by helicopters and water-dumping planes, have been tackling the blaze dubbed the Apple Fire which started on Friday. Around 7,800 residents have been told to evacuate the area. FIRE crews in California are battling a massive wildfire that has forced thousands of people from their homes east of Los Angeles. The wildfire began as two adjacent blazes in Cherry Valley, an area near the city of Beaumont. Images show flumes of smoke filling the sky over the mountainous region. In a tweet, the National Weather Service said some smoke had blown east to Phoenix, Arizona – nearly 300 miles (482km) away. It has since stretched out to 20,516 acres (8,302 hectares), San Bernadino National Forest said in a tweet on Sunday. The government body said the blaze had been fuelled by high temperatures, low humidity and dry vegetation in the area. (BBC) Parts of the fire are on steep, rugged hillsides, making it hard for fire engines to reach.
MARNUS Labuschagne and Joe Burns are among six new faces on Cricket Australia’s list of centrally contracted men’s players for the 2020-21 season, while state teammate Usman Khawaja has missed out for the first time in five years.National selectors Friday announced 20 men and 15 women who will be contracted for the next 12 months, with South Australian Tahlia McGrath a surprise addition on the women’s list having not played for the national side since 2017.CA men’s contract list: Ashton Agar, Joe Burns, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam ZampaCA women’s contract list: Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Meg Lanning, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia WarehamLabuschagne and Burns have been added along with Ashton Agar, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Richardson and Matthew Wade, players who all missed out on the initial list 12 months ago but earned upgrades during the year.Khawaja, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis have all missed out having been part of the initial list last year.Peter Siddle (retired) and Ashton Turner (omitted) have also been overlooked after they had earned upgrades during the year.McGrath and young guns Tayla Vlaeminck and Annabel Sutherland are the new faces on the women’s list, while Nicole Bolton, Elyse Villani and Erin Burns (who earned an upgrade last year) have missed out.Players who miss out on the initial contract list can be upgraded during the year by earning selection in national teams. Players need to accrue 12 upgrade points to earn a contract, with Tests worth five points, ODIs two points and T20s one point for men, and Tests worth four points and ODIs and T20s two each for women.“As Mitch Marsh and Matthew Wade have proven, there are always plenty of opportunities for those who have missed out to be re-selected by performing consistently at domestic level; and importantly to make the most of any opportunity that comes their way at international level,” men’s national selector Trevor Hohns said.“As is always the case there are unlucky omissions but, however, because you are not on the list does not mean you cannot be selected to represent Australia.”Women’s national selector Shawn Flegler said the addition of fast-bowling allrounder McGrath will help cover long-term injuries suffered by fellow quicks Ellyse Perry and Vlaeminck.“(McGrath has) been a consistent performer over the last few seasons with bat and ball, including the five matches she played for Australia during the 2017 Ashes series,” Flegler said.“With Tayla and Ellyse Perry coming back from long-term injuries, Tahlia will add extra depth to our allrounders, especially with her bowling.“We saw that depth come into play during the recent World Cup and we know that will be important with another World Cup scheduled this summer (the ODI tournament in New Zealand in early 2021).”Flegler noted Burns and off-spinner Molly Strano, who were both part of Australia’s recent T20 World Cup winning squad, were unlucky to miss out but remain on the radar of the national panel.Players are paid from a percentage pool of cricket’s projected revenue for the next financial year, but that amount is currently unknown due to the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic.It means players this year will be notified of what percentage of revenue they will take home, instead of being told of a set amount.CA men’s contract list: Ashton Agar, Joe Burns, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam ZampaCA women’s contract list: Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Meg Lanning, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham. (Cricket.com.au)