Squash Research

first_imgA University of Georgia vegetable horticulturist is searching for new squash varieties to help Georgia farmers improve the state’s $24.7 million squash industry.Yellow squash is predominantly grown in the South, as more national acreage is devoted to growing zucchini. Many Georgia growers face a greater demand to produce zucchini than traditional yellow squash.“In terms of farm gate value, it (squash) is not as significant a crop as watermelons or onions, but we are consistently one of the top squash-producing states in the country,” said Tim Coolong, a researcher with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Coordinating research trials on the UGA Tifton Campus, Coolong is investigating multiple varieties in an effort to find improved squash selections that meet growers’ increasingly stringent demands: resistance to disease, early harvest and improved shelf life.“With viruses and other issues, there are a lot of disease problems in the fall that growers have to contend with (when growing squash). We also strive for earliness and early productivity, because growers are usually chomping at the bit to get to market. If prices are high early, they want to be in there making money,” Coolong said. “Then, of course, storage quality is a big factor producers want to improve upon.”Squash generally doesn’t have a long shelf life, he said. Adding even a couple of days of improvement in storage life can make a big difference for growers.Coolong is in the midst of his third season studying different squash varieties. So far, he is pleased with the progress.“When we started, southwest Georgia variety trials hadn’t been conducted in several years. In the first season, we just wanted to see where some of the varieties stood relative to each other. Now we are working with some seed companies to evaluate pre-commercial selections so that we can anticipate what will be reaching the market in the next few seasons,” Coolong said.When grown from seed, squash takes 38 to 40 days to start fruiting. Once harvest season arrives, squash are typically picked every other day. When temperatures rise, growers may harvest on a daily schedule.Coolong’s UGA research crew harvests three days per week and on some weekends, totaling 12 to 15 seasonal harvests. Out of the more than two dozen vegetables that Coolong studies, depending on the growing season, he devotes approximately 10 to 20 percent of his research time to squash. “Working with squash is nice because there are large differences, plant to plant, in how much fruit is produced, compared to other crops where the yield is primarily determined by the plant stand,” Coolong said. “Assuming you get a comparable plant stand in your trials, sometimes you won’t see a lot of difference in varieties (when it comes to other crops). In something like squash, you can see a large difference between varieties as far as productivity.”Though squash is planted both from seeds and transplants, Coolong uses transplants in his research trials to ensure an even plant stand. Coolong said the market for squash is very volatile. As of two weeks ago, prices were “good, though they could always be better.”According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, squash accounted for 2.48 percent of Georgia’s vegetable crop in 2013, and was grown on 4,587 acres.last_img read more

Microbiome Detective

first_imgThe digestive tract of a cow is home to a diverse population of bacteria and microbes representing about 2,000 different species.There are good guys. There are bad guys. And there are the guys who can cause trouble if the situation is right.Todd Callaway, assistant professor in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Department of Animal and Dairy Science, has spent his career trying to determine how all these microbes interact with each other and the animal. Ultimately, his work contributes to the health of livestock and the safety of the food supply.Callaway received both this bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UGA before attending Cornell University for his doctoral work. He spent 17 years working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service, where he investigated ways to keep livestock and poultry healthier to keep our food supply safe.“I’ve spent my career working on interventions that reduce the chance of Salmonella and E. coli contamination in meat and poultry by controlling these bacteria in livestock preharvest,” said Callaway, who is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Poultry Science and at the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Georgia.  Working at the intersection of nutrition and microbiology, Callaway makes sure that what farmers feed their livestock and poultry contributes to good gut integrity and gut health. Protecting the balance of bacteria in the digestive tract protects the supply of beef and chicken from being contaminated with E. coli or Salmonella after the animals go to slaughter, he said.Researchers have known for more than two decades that the microbial population of livestock animals plays a crucial role in their health and in food safety. But they still don’t have a clear picture of how everything works together.Our digestive tracts are an ecosystem, like a forest or swamp, rather than a somewhat closed and controlled environment, like a zoo or an aquarium.These systems are a lot more complex than a holding pen for germs, he said.“A lot of the microbiome work out there on people and on animals is like taking a class photo of all of the microbes in the intestines,” Callaway said. “It really only tells you who was in class on the day of the picture — it doesn’t tell you anything about how they all behave together.”That’s the next frontier for microbiome work, Callaway said, and it’s what he and his colleagues in nutrition and microbiology are focused on.Currently, Callaway and his postdoctoral student Jeferson Lourenco are working with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Athens, Georgia, on a project comparing the microbiomes of free-range chickens to those who are raised in traditional broiler houses. The birds eat different foods and have different exposure to antibiotics, but Callaway isn’t finding the differences one might expect.“We found some differences but nothing to hang your hat on,” he said.Why is that? That’s the question today’s researchers are trying to tackle.“We have to start moving past that class-picture view,” he said, “If we can start putting things together like grades, after-school clubs and what they did outside of school, then we can start to understand the impact these bacteria may be having on each other and on the animal’s health.”Right now, because the cost of running genetic profiles on an entire population of microbes has come down substantially, there are more microbiome “cures” on the market for livestock without much evidence of effectiveness.“When you have a hammer, everything in the world is a nail,” Callaway said. “Right now we have people running around doing microbiome studies, but we don’t have the biology to back up a lot of it. We still don’t know exactly how all of the parts work together.”For more information on Callaway’s work at UGA, visit ads.caes.uga.edu/people/faculty/todd-callaway.html.last_img read more

Healthier Choices

first_imgSix Georgia 4-H’ers have been awarded a $500 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the National 4-H Council to encourage healthier living for fellow 4-H members this summer.The 4-H’ers that attend the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living were selected via an application process from Georgia 4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors and Health Rocks Actions Leaders. The 2019 group consists of Carlissa Stewart and Caroline Lord of Ben Hill County; Kaleigh Jordan of Johnson County; Kennedy Deveaux and Kayla Faulks of Cobb County; and Tianna Ramey of Habersham County.While attending the summit, the group created the “Keeping Things Just Peachy: Healthier options at Georgia 4-H events” Youth Community Action Plan. The plan’s primary goal is to provide and promote healthier snacks and drinks at Georgia 4-H state events and build support for long-term changes in the future.“Looking at the county health rankings data showed the group that although all their counties have some different challenges, healthy food and beverage choices affect us all,” said Courtney Brown, University of Georgia Extension 4-H specialist of Healthy Living Programs. “The group identified their Georgia 4-H statewide community as their target community. They noted that at many state 4-H events, sugar-sweetened beverages and less healthy snacks, like chips and cookies, are available and sometimes easier to pick up.”This spring the group handed out water bottles and surveyed their peers about their snack and drink preferences at the Georgia 4-H Senior Conference held in April at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. The group will use this data to plan for healthier snack and drink options at Georgia 4-H State Council this June.The youths hope to empower other 4-H’ers to make healthier living choices, not only at state 4-H events, but every day.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 175,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information about Georgia 4-H, visit georgia4h.org.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to learn, discover and create through youth-driven programming and partnering with other organizations to encourage healthier living.last_img read more

Hay Contest

first_imgA record 380 entries were submitted in this year’s Southeastern Hay Contest (SEHC), and the grand prize was awarded to Yon Family Farms of Ridge Spring, South Carolina. The winner received $1,000 from Massey Ferguson and the choice of the use of a new Massey Ferguson DM Series disc mower or RK Series rotary rake for next year’s hay production season.All of the winners were announced at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia, on Oct. 15.The contest is a collaborative partnership between the University of Georgia, the University of Florida, Auburn University and Clemson University. Winners are selected in seven categories of hay and baleage: warm season perennial grass hay (Bermuda grass, bahiagrass), alfalfa hay, perennial peanut hay, perennial cool season grass (tall fescue, orchardgrass, etc.) hay, mixed and annual grass hay, grass baleage, and legume baleage.This year’s winners in each category are as follows:Warm Season Perennial Grass HayJeff Bacon Dudley, GeorgiaScott Chambers, Braselton, GeorgiaEddy Turner Farm, Tennille, GeorgiaAlfalfa HayStegall Farms LLC, Peachland, North CarolinaCline Farms, Valdese, North CarolinaBill Conrad, Malone, FloridaPerennial Peanut Hay   Bill Conrad, Malone, FloridaWhite Farms, Poulan, GeorgiaWilliams Farm, Graceville, FloridaCool Season Perennial Grass HayStegall Farms LLC, Peachland, North CarolinaChennault Plantation, Tignall, GeorgiaCase Farms, Trenton, GeorgiaMixed, Annual Grass or Other HaysBoyt (B and B) Farm Services, Thomaston, GeorgiaJeff Bacon, Dudley, GeorgiaCharles Snell, Graceville, FloridaGrass BaleageWalter’s Farm LLC, Barnesville, GeorgiaCallaway Cattle Co., Hogansville, GeorgiaWheless Farm, Lexington, GeorgiaLegume BaleageYon Family Farms, Ridge Spring, South CarolinaG&S Farms, Chipley, FloridaFence Row Farms, Marshallville, North CarolinaFirst-place entries in each category received $150, second place received $100 and third place was awarded $75. These awards are provided by R.W. Griffin Industries, America’s Alfalfa, Perennial Peanut Producers Association, Inland Tarp and Liner, Athens Seed Company, Georgia Twine and Southeast Agriseeds.The SEHC is a competition between producers from seven states — Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, South Carolina, Arkansas and Texas — that allows farmers to gauge the progress of their crop from each sample submitted.“We believe that each farmer who submitted an entry can continue to learn and improve their farming operation,” said Lisa Baxter, UGA Cooperative Extension forage specialist. “We want growers to continue to strive to work toward improving their hay quality. One of the best ways to do that is to sample their hay and enter a contest like this.”Baxter said all farmers should test their hay regularly but admits that not all do.Entries were judged by the UGA Feed and Environmental Water Lab using near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIR) testing procedures. The sample with the highest relative forage quality (RFQ) score wins. The RFQ score rates the forage quality based on protein, energy and fiber digestibility.More information on how to enter future editions of the SEHC can be found at www.sehaycontest.com.last_img read more

Keeping Warm with the Vermont Chamber

first_imgThe competition is stiff; the judges, discerning! Vermont’s Top Ten Winter Events begin next week. Chosen from dozens of entries for their ingenuity, creativity, and special Vermont flavor, visitors and locals alike will enjoy Vermont’s blue-ribbon “Top Ten” events.Even Scrooge could not resist the holiday spirit with Christmas at the Farm in Woodstock, The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Tour, and New Year’s Eve “First Night” in the capital city of Montpelier.As winter settles into full swing, the Stowe Winter Carnival, True Companion Sled Dog Race in Craftsbury, Brookfield Ice Harvest, and 82nd Annual Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition in Brattleboro stimulate winter’s body and soul.The “Top Ten Winter Events” wind up with the Mount Snow Anti Gravity Grail in March (the East Coast’s premier ski and snowboard event), and the Philips US Open Snowboarding Championships at Stratton Mountain. April closes out winter with the 24th Annual Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge in Killington.The “Top 10 Winter Events” are part of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce 2004 Vermont Winter Guide, Vermont’s leading winter travelers’ magazine. Other Guide features include “Top Picks for Kids,” lodging listings and resources for the winter travelers, a shopping guide, and editorial feature articles.The 2004 Vermont Winter Guide, “Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top 10 Winter Events,” and other Vermont information is available free of charge from 1-800-VERMONT, by calling the Vermont Chamber at (802) 223-3443, or on the Chamber’s website at http://www.vtchamber.com(link is external).-30-last_img read more

NEW CLIENTS FOR VERMONT AD FIRM, MOONDYNE AGENCY.

first_imgNEW CLIENTS FOR VERMONT AD FIRM, MOONDYNE AGENCY.Draker Solar Design, LLC and Vermont Hand Crafters, Inc. have both partnered with Burlington communications company Moondyne Agency.Draker Solar, a key player in the green technology sector and specialist in fully integrated ‘green’ data acquisition, has charged Moondyne Agency with developing a new look and feel for the growing brand’s print and collateral efforts.Also this spring, Moondyne Agency added Vermont Hand Crafters (VHC) to its roster of clients. VHC was formed in 1955 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and sale of Vermont crafts. They have enlisted Moondyne’s services in multiple. Agency duties include re-branding, print advertising, television, and radio. Portions of the brand’s transition to a new image are to be in place for VHC’s 54th annual Holiday Craft & Art Show, an event which takes place in South Burlington each November.Moondyne Agency, located at 5 Lawson Lane in Burlington, offers creative brand advertising solutions to a wide range of regionally based businesses. Lawson Lane is located between St. Paul Street and Pine Street, just west of Burlington’s City Hall Park. For more information call (802) 310-3326 or visit www.moondyneagency.com(link is external).last_img read more

Co-operative Insurance Companies Adds VP Positions

first_imgMiddlebury, VT — Co-operative Insurance Companies has named Gina Larrow its Vice President of Human Resources and Fletcher Brush its Vice President of Education and Community Relations.Appointments to the two new posts were made at the annual meeting of Co-op’s boards of directors in April.”We are excited about these changes in Fletcher and Gina’s roles,” said Jim Sullivan, the company’s president and CEO. “Each of them is now in a better position to work on important strategic initiatives, which in turn puts Co-op in a better position to face the challenges of today’s soft market and tomorrow’s competitive landscape.”Larrow is a new company officer, having held the position of human resources manager at Co-op since 2000. She is a former member of the Middlebury UD#3 school board, sits on the board of directors of the United Way of Addison County, and is active in the Middlebury Union High School junior varsity softball program. A graduate of Champlain College, she holds the Professional in Human Relations designation.Brush has been with Co-op since 1980 and has held positions ranging from claims adjuster to customer relations manager to VP of agency services. Among his many other roles, he is a director of the National Bank of Middlebury and a former president of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, the Middlebury Rotary Club and Middlebury Community House. For years, he was also involved with MUHS varsity hockey, Middlebury Junior Golf, and the Memorial Sports Center. In 2007, he received the Middlebury College Citizens’ Medal for outstanding contributions to the community.Co-operative Insurance Companies has been meeting property and casualty insurance needs since 1915, offering farm, home, auto, business, and other insurance to people in Vermont and New Hampshire. It is owned by its members and committed to protecting them with fast and fair claims service, loss prevention expertise, and local operations. The company has headquarters in Middlebury, Vermont, with regional claims offices and more than 50 agencies across Vermont and New Hampshire.last_img read more

Claudio Fort Named CEO of North Country Health System

first_imgNewport, VT – The Search Committee, with the approval of the Board of Trustees, is happy to announce Claudio Fort as North Country Health System’s new President and CEO.Claudio grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire. His parents are both deceased but his in-laws and siblings live in southern New Hampshire. He and his wife, Brenda, have two children. Gabriela “Gabby,” is age 12 and in the sixth grade and their son, Camden, age 10, is in the fourth grade. Prior to having children, Brenda worked full-time as an insurance underwriter. She was a stay-at-home mom until their children began school. She now works part-time at a local insurance agency.Claudio attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated in 1988 with a double major in Economics and History. He earned an MBA from New Hampshire College in 1997.The summer before his senior year in college Claudio got a job at Bon Secours (now Holy Family Hospital) in Methuen, Massachusetts as a summer intern, which was his introduction to healthcare. The same summer his father passed away very suddenly of a heart attack and the outpouring of support he received from the Sisters and other staff at the hospital are what motivated him to pursue a career in healthcare administration. After he completed college, he accepted an industrial sales position for a defense subcontractor, but quickly knew that was not the direction he wanted his career to take. He applied for a marketing position with North Country Associates, a chain of nursing homes in Maine. Instead he was offered a nursing home administrator training position, filling in at a couple of their locations before receiving a permanent assignment as Administrator of a facility.After four years, Claudio was recruited by the Hillhaven Corporation as Administrator of their 83-bed skilled nursing facility in Maine. He enjoyed a very successful tenure with Hillhaven, but in 1996, the organization was sold.In 1997, Claudio was contacted by the CEO of the Main Veterans Homes, a five-facility system. After one year as administrator there, he was recruited as Vice President of Facility Operations as well as Nursing Home Administrator for Inland Hospital in Waterville, ME. In this role, he had responsibility for the 76-bed skilled nursing facility, as well as hospital responsibility for Facilities, Rehabilitation Services, Food and Nutritional Service, Housekeeping, Plant Operations, and Security. This gave Claudio the opportunity to move into acute care management, as well as providing him with Board and medical staff experience. In his role, he managed nine direct reports with responsibility for 140 employees, including seven physicians and three mid-level providers.In 2004 Claudio felt ready to move into a CEO role and was recruited to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, Illinois, where he has enjoyed success for the last five years. Though they have enjoyed living in Illinois, Claudio and Brenda have missed their families and life in New England. The opportunity to become North Country’s CEO and also live in VT was the perfect combination for Claudio, both professionally and personally.Claudio enjoys being professionally active and feels it is important to contribute to the communities in which he has lived. He is currently a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and the president-elect of Region 4 of the Illinois Hospital Association. He is a member of the Highland Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors of the Highland Chamber of Commerce. Claudio is also on the Strategic Planning Committee of the local school district. He is looking forward to making Newport his home and becoming an active member of our community.In his leisure hours Claudio enjoys spending time with his family in a variety of recreational activities including camping, hiking, skiing, boating, traveling, and supporting his children in their various academic, cultural, and athletic events.The Forts plan to move over the holidays and Claudio will assume his role as CEO in early January.last_img read more

Vermont wins bid to host women’s world hockey tournament in 2012

first_imgAngela Ruggiero signs autographs following the announcement. Left to right: USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean, University of Vermont President Daniel Mark Fogel, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, U.S. Olympian Angela Ruggiero and University of Vermont Associate VP & Director of Athletics Robert Corran. University of Vermont,The University of Vermont and the city of Burlington have been selected to host the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship, as announced today by USA Hockey at a press conference this afternoon at the Waterman Building on the campus of UVM. Gutterson Fieldhouse will host all U.S. and Canada games, plus the playoff and medal rounds.Gutterson Fieldhouse- home to the UVM men’s and women’s NCAA Division I ice hockey programs – will serve as the primary venue and will host all U.S. and Canada games, as well as the playoff and medal rounds. Meanwhile, Cairns Arena, located in South Burlington, will serve as the secondary facility for the event. The eight-nation tournament, which will tentatively run from April 7-14, 2012, includes 22 games and features the top female hockey players in the world.”We’re fully confident that the eagerness and commitment shown by the University of Vermont and city of Burlington to host the IIHF World Women’s Championship will translate into an exceptional experience for the players and fans from around the world,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “It will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those in the New England region to see the best women’s players in the world up-close and in person.””We are thrilled to be serving as the host site for the IIHF World Women’s Championship and look forward with enthusiasm and excitement to working with USA Hockey, the greater Burlington community and the state of Vermont in preparing for this very special and world-wide celebration of women’s hockey,” said Robert Corran, associate vice president and director of athletics for UVM.Dignitaries at the event included Governor Peter Shumlin and UVM President Dan Fogel, as well as NHL and UVM hockey star Asron Miller, who played in the Olympics in 2006. Representing the US Women’s team was Anglea, who played in the first nationally televised women’s game between the US and Canada in 1997, also at Gutterson.The United States has earned gold medals in three of the last four world championships (2005, 2008, 2009), while capturing silver in the remaining nine years (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2007). The title game has featured the U.S. and Canada every year of the tournament dating back to its inception in 1990.Coming off back-to-back gold medals at the most recent world championships in 2008 and 2009 (the IIHF World Women’s Championship was not held in 2010 due to the Olympic Winter Games), the U.S. will play for a third straight title at the 2011 IIHF World Women’s Championship from April 16-25 in Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerland. The United States’ finish in that tournament will determine its seeding for the event in Burlington.A schedule and ticket packages for the 2012 IIHF World Women’s Championship will be available in May. For more information, visit USAHockey.com.Burlington was selected from a pool of finalists that also included Minneapolis; Rochester, N.Y.; and Hartford, Conn. … In 2012, the IIHF World Women’s Championship will be held in the U.S. for the third time in its 12-year history. Previously, Lake Placid, N.Y., put on the World Women’s Championship in 1994, followed by Minneapolis in 2001. The United States will be looking to secure its first IIHF Women’s World Championship title on home soil … IIHF World Women’s Championships have not been held in Olympic years (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) … In May 2007, the IIHF granted USA Hockey the rights to host three world championships, including the 2009 IIHF World Men’s U18 Championship (Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn.), the 2011 World Junior Championship (Buffalo, N.Y.) and the 2012 World Women’s Championship. Since then, USA Hockey was awarded the right to host the 2010 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship (Chicago), the 2015 IIHF World Men’s U18 Championship (site TBA), the 2017 IIHF World Women’s Championship (site TBA), the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship (site TBA) and the 2021 IIHF World Women’s Championship (site TBA) … U.S. teams have earned medals in each of the last three IIHF World Championships that have taken place in the United States (2009 IIHF World Men’s U18 Championship-gold, 2010 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship-silver, 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship-bronze) … Tony Rossi, vice president of USA Hockey and a member of the IIHF Council, oversees all aspects of international competition for USA Hockey.  U.S. Olympian Angela Ruggiero answers questions after the announcement. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin talks to the media about the expected impact of hosting the international event. Dave Ogrean helps announce that the 2012 IIHF World Women’s Championship will be hosted in Burlington, Vt. Local hockey players and fans showed up at the University of Vermont for the announcement. Angela Ruggiero poses for a photo with some area hockey players. University of Vermont President Daniel Mark Fogel addresses the media and fans.USA Hockey January 19, 2011. Photos courtesy of USAHockey.comlast_img read more

World Bank says no to planned Kosovo coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享London South East:The World Bank said on Wednesday it would not support a planned 500-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Kosovo, the first major energy project in the Balkan country in more than two decades.Kosovo’s government had asked the Washington-based lender to provide it partial risk guarantees that would help unlock cheaper loans for the project.Asked by a Kosavar civil society representative during the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings in Bali if the bank would still back the project, its President Jim Yong Kim said the lender has made “a very firm decision” not to go forward with it.“Because we are required with our bylaws to go with the lowest cost option and renewables have now come below the cost of coal…so without question we are not going to do that,” he said during the meeting, broadcast live on the World Bank’s website.It is unclear how the government will now proceed with the project which environmentalists say could lock Kosovo into a future powered by lignite. Kosovo signed a deal in 2017 with London-listed power generator ContourGlobal to build the plant at a cost of around 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion).With around 14 billion tonnes of proven lignite reserves, the fifth largest in the world, the country is struggling with power shortages and the new plant was designed to help it meet around half of the country’s power demand. More: World Bank pulls out of Kosovo coal power plant project World Bank says no to planned Kosovo coal plantlast_img read more

Utility-scale and residential rooftop solar installations are booming in Australia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australia’s booming rooftop solar market is on track to add a record 2,000MW (2GW) of capacity in 2019, as electricity prices refuse to budge and state government rebates make solar self-generation more accessible than ever.A new report from Green Energy Markets says 480MW of small-scale rooftop solar capacity has already been installed in the first quarter of this year, confirming previous analysis that it eclipses the total from the same time last year by a massive 46 per cent, and delivering two-and-a-half times the Q1 average of the past four years.At this rate, says Green Energy Markets’ Tristan Edis, new additions of rooftop solar would, by 2022, deliver more than enough new generation capacity to replace Liddell Power Station – the New South Wales coal power plant that is due to retire by that date.At the large-scale end of the market, GEM’s Edis details a massive 8,123MW of projects under construction across the country at the end of March, including 4,592MW of wind farms and 3,471MW of large-scale solar.As at the end of March, renewables made up almost 20 per cent – 19.7% – of the electricity generated on Australia’s main grids, enough to power 9.5 million homes.More: Rooftop solar to add 2,000MW in 2019, another Liddell by 2022 Utility-scale and residential rooftop solar installations are booming in Australialast_img read more

Environmentalists sue federal government over planned Utah oil shale development

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Salt Lake Tribune:A proposed oil shale mine and ore-processing project in the Uinta Basin is under legal fire from several environmental groups that are seeking to invalidate a recent Bureau of Land Management decision to let the developer cut a 14-mile utility corridor across public land.In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Salt Lake City’s U.S. District Court, the groups say the BLM’s environmental review should have considered the impacts to air, water, wildlife and climate from the massive strip mine proposed on private land by Enefit American Oil. “The BLM approved the rights of way to service Enefit’s proposed oil shale mine and processing facility based on an utterly inadequate analysis of potentially devastating air, water, climate and species impacts,” said Michael Toll, a staff attorney at Grand Canyon Trust. “Considering the rights of way are a public subsidy of an otherwise economically unfeasible oil shale development, the public has a right to know exactly how Enefit’s project will impact their health and environment.”Enefit previously has argued that the larger environmental analysis should not be required because its project could move forward without the proposed rights of way. The corridor would lessen the project’s impacts and further reviews will be required before mining begins, executives say.A subsidiary of a large state-run Estonian energy firm, Enefit hopes to develop a mine on 9,000 acres near the White River, along with a 320-acre processing plant that would “retort” ore known as kerogen. This rockbound hydrocarbon can be converted to crude if subjected to intense heat and pressure. As a result, this form of energy extraction uses large amounts of energy and water.The company hopes to produce up to 50,000 barrels a day, extracted from 28 million tons of ore mined each year for up to 30 years. It is seeking rights to nearly 11,000 acre-feet of water that would be needed to extract and process the ore. Spent ore would then be returned to the mine pit.More: Groups sue to reverse the feds’ approval of right of way needed for eastern Utah oil shale mining Environmentalists sue federal government over planned Utah oil shale developmentlast_img read more