Iberdrola continues green energy investment binge, buys options for 9GW of Swedish offshore wind

first_imgIberdrola continues green energy investment binge, buys options for 9GW of Swedish offshore wind FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Iberdrola SA signed an agreement that gives it the option to take majority stakes in a number of Swedish offshore wind farm developments that would drastically increase its market share in wind parks at sea.The Spanish utility could take majority ownership in as many as eight projects developed by Svea Vind Offshore AB, a company spokesperson said. The deal is the latest in a series of renewables acquisitions Iberdrola has made around the world this year as part of a 10-billion euro ($11.3 billion) investment push.The eight offshore wind farm sites, with a total capacity of 9 gigawatts, are located in relatively shallow waters in the Baltic Sea. The company expects the first of the wind farms to become operational by 2029.Sweden has just over 200 megawatts of installed offshore wind and BloombergNEF doesn’t expect that much more capacity to be built this decade. With lots of hydro and nuclear power, the Nordic market currently has the lowest power prices in Europe. That means offshore farms would likely need some kind of government subsidy to make them economically viable, according to BNEF.Still, Iberdrola is targeting the area as part of a broader push to build up a cluster of wind parks in the Baltic Sea. The company already owns the 476-megawatt Baltic Eagle project in Germany and is pursuing a pipeline of as much as 3.3 gigawatts off the Polish coast.[Will Mathis]More: Iberdrola signs option for stakes in Swedish offshore wind farmslast_img read more

Ultra Crewing

first_imgThe author crewing for his ultra-running wife. The sport of ultra running can be such a selfish, personal, and independent existence. It is often hard to find ways to give back to those whom you assume can understand your nomadic ways. Day after day, week and week, month after month, year after year I spend a lot of time and energy crafting my sport of choice. Unless you are running for a school or a team, running is all about one person, yourself. However there is a great way to give something back and that is to help crew or cheer on a fellow runner.My wife and I have spent an incredible amount of time training, which we usually do by ourselves. We often take turns watching over our daughter while the other runs. We have decided to skip many non-running related activities in lieu of our own running plans. On the flip side we do sometimes “support” or “crew” one another at some of our ultra distance races or events. This past weekend it was my turn, as I crewed for my super-human wife at the Freedom Park 24 Hour race. The ultimate in crewing duties, 24 hours of staying on your toes and making sure your partner has her needs met. You have to stay on top of all the nutritional requirements and have anything ready at a moments notice. You also have to become a cheerleader sometimes and help with the mental part of running for 24 hours straight. Doing both of these at the same time are not always easy to maintain for 24 hours straight. You certainly don’t want to complain to your runner. I had the …umm…easy part.I’ve crewed for Anne before at a 24 hour race (1 mile loop) so I was prepared for what was to come. The same clichés are heard throughout the event by other spectators and crew members. Statements such as, “this is like watching paint dry” or “I can’t even drive my car that far” are heard frequently. Crewing for another runner for an extended amount of time is like running a long distance race in itself.  You have many of your own highs and lows. The start of the race is always exciting for me (one of the highs), then as things settle down it becomes rather mundane watching Anne go round and round (one of the lows). Then a few hours later Anne started to pass her competition or simply outlasted them, so I got excited and pumped up again (one of the highs). Then as nightfall set in and the caffeine waned, I myself got cold and tired (a big low). The night slowly evolved to morning and the thought of a possible PR and CR became quite evident. I once again was super motivated and much more upbeat for my wife (a big high).Trying to keep on even keel and not show my own emotions to Anne was tough to do but something that was needed to be done. Instead I think I drove everybody else who was crewing or working the race a little nuts. I paced back and forth like a caged animal as the clock slowly counted down for what seem like an eternity. I constantly looked off in the same direction that Anne would circle some one hundred and forty two times. I felt like I was using some sort of mental telepathy to will her around the one mile loop those last couple hours.In the end Anne had quite a successful race. She was most grateful for my efforts and told me so countless times. As I drove us home she said it must stink for me to be that tired and not have run my own race. I thought about that one for a bit. In actuality I was happy to be a part of it, witness someone who can run 140+ miles in 24 hours and to give a little bit of my time back. I was really tired and sleep deprived but pleased with myself for helping my partner. However I also know what goes around comes around……..last_img read more

Gear Review: GoMotion LiteBelt 100 for Nighttime Running

first_imgIn the summer and early fall,  heat and humidity can keep even the most dedicated runners inside as temperatures creep toward the triple digits. The roads and streets that used to teem with athletes may empty out during the day, but that doesn’t mean that these folks aren’t getting their exercise: the second the sun goes down, and _MG_4720smin the hours before it rises, people are lacing up their shoes to enjoy the cooler air.Running or walking at night or in the early morning isn’t the safest, however. Cars zoom around corners without expecting you, and tree branches become invisible until they say hello with scrapes as you go by. As much as we hate to admit it, we don’t have superhuman vision and we need a little help to make our workouts less dangerous and more enjoyable. The GoMotion LiteBelt 100 answers that call.OrionBeltThe problem with most headlamps is exactly that: they go on your head. Every time you look down a sidestreet or react to a passing sound, your light moves with you and turns the path back into a shadowy guessing game. The GoMotion LiteBelt instead wraps around your waist so that it stays steady with a body’s center of gravity. The light, which is fixed onto the front of the belt, maintains its focus in front of you rather than wherever you shift your gaze – a big plus for an easily distracted runner like myself. No matter what steals my attention on the sidelines, I can trust the LiteBelt to keep me from tripping on those sneaky curbs and rocks that seem to multiply in the dark.GOMO_LiteBelt_BackThe light itself is quite powerful. It casts a wide beam and shines far enough ahead for you to feel confident in your future steps. The lamp is bright and sharp, and features a replaceable battery in its own pocket around the back of the belt. You can also choose from three intensity settings, or adjust the angle and focus of the light. Plus, red LEDs are installed on the battery pocket and flash behind you so that you’re visible from all sides._MG_4763smI’m personally a very minimalist runner. I prefer to wear the lightest clothes and shoes possible, and carry nothing with me. But that attitude can be pretty unrealistic when I need to run after hours during these next few warm weeks or in the winter when sunset comes earlier, and the LiteBelt is the best option I have found. The extra weight is balanced by the helpfulness of the light and the added pockets on either side of the battery that I need as I ramp up my distances. The mesh belt is also breathable and flexible so that I don’t have to worry about it being uncomfortably hot around my waist or digging into my sides. Because I don’t want to feel at all burdened on my run, these are essential qualities for me in a product like this. Overall, the LiteBelt serves a good purpose and is a good option for any runner in need of a guide through the dusk or dark.The GoMotion LiteBelt 100 sells for $59.95 through GoMotion Gear.–Blue Ridge Outdoors intern Lucie Hanes is a runner, climber, paddler, and is making a very strong addition to the BRO digital editorial team.last_img read more

Time-lapse Talk with Smith Woosley

first_imgSmith Woosley is a time-lapse photographer and engineering student in North Carolina. The video posted below is an example of his work, and it showcases some stunning views captured along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We caught up with Smith to find out more about the making of this video and to pick his brain about all things time-lapse.Blue Ridge Mountains – North Carolina from Smith Woosley on Vimeo.BRO: This video is great! How long did it take you to shoot it?SMITH: Thanks! The photos were shot last Autumn over the course of long weekend getaway trip. In total, I stayed four nights in different locations around Western North Carolina and took a few hours to shoot some photos at each stop along the way.BRO: Can you tell us the locations that you shot from for this video?SMITH: The trip started with a day in Asheville, where I took the cityscapes. From there I drove south and set up camp at Lake Powhatan where I got the lake and pier shot. Next was Hot Springs, NC and the French Broad River. And last was a beautiful drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway to the top of Mount Mitchell.BRO: Technically speaking, is time-lapse considered videography or is it photography?SMITH: It’s definitely a video, but it’s a video made out of thousands of pictures. A time-lapse works by taking photos at regular intervals, then compiling all of the photos to play smoothly at a sped up pace. Each second of this video is thirty photos, and can be the result of anywhere between one to 45 minutes of photographing.BRO: How long have you been shooting time-lapse photography?SMITH: I’ve been playing with time-lapse photography since I got my first digital camera for my 18th birthday, so about eight years. One of the first accessories I got for that camera was a custom piece that I could use to hold down the shutter button and continuously take photos. I made a couple rudimentary films that way, but the issue then was my lack of knowledge on the editing side. It was only recently that I took the time to learn new software and different editing techniques to make more professional looking videos, hence why this is my first published timelapse film.BRO: What is your favorite subject?SMITH: Landscapes. Beautiful outdoor scenery with morphing clouds, flowing water, and spinning stars is aesthetically pleasing and gives the viewer a sense of how much the Earth changes over time. It surprises me how little we notice these changes in our day to day lives, and timelapse videos provide a way visualize it. Landscape photography is also a great incentive to get outdoors and travel the world.BRO: What led you to time-lapse?SMITH: I’ve had an interest in still photography for as long as I can remember, and I honestly can’t remember what led me to time-lapse. I probably just saw a time-lapse film online and decided to order that custom piece for my new camera and see what was possible. I’m glad I did.last_img read more

Composite Sketch Released in Craggy Gardens Assault Case

first_imgWhen a missing hiker turned up tied to a tree near Craggy Gardens on the North Carolina portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway earlier this month, few knew what to make of the limited details released by authorities.The assault victim, a 64-year-old female hiker, was rescued shortly after her disappearance was reported by a hiking partner. She was treated at a local hospital and released that same day.Now there’s a composite sketch of the suspect who allegedly assaulted the woman in an area known as Potato Field Gap.In addition to the sketch authorities have released multiple details about the suspect’s physical appearance. He is said to be a white male around 50 years old with salt and pepper hair and sparsely grown facial hair. He may be wearing a light gray shirt and baggy blue pants with dark tennis shoes, and could give off an off-putting odor due to lack of personal hygiene.People in Asheville and surrounding areas are reacting to the sketch, released on Monday by the National Park Service, and at least one is claiming to have seen a man that fits the description on area trails.“Beware, I just had a very odd encounter with an individual on the MTS (Mountains to Sea) trail off the parkway just South East of where the Arboretum is,” Jim Davis wrote in a post on the Exploring Pisgah National Forest Facebook page. “Upon returning home I stumbled across the sketch they just released of the person that assaulted the lady an(d) tied her to a tree near Craggy last week, and the sketch looked EXACTLY like this guy I encountered.”The National Park Service is asking any individuals with pertinent information about the alleged suspect to contact them via the following channels: phone – 888-653-0009; email – [email protected]; or facebook at @investigativeservicesnps.Related Articles:last_img read more

Bridge Day in the New River Gorge

first_imgOctober in the New River Gorge means many things: vibrant fall foliage, thrilling whitewater rafting trips, and West Virginia’s largest, most exciting one-day festival: Bridge Day.What’s Bridge Day?The New River Gorge Bridge is an iconic West Virginia landmark – and every third weekend in October, it’s closed for Bridge Day, the oldest and largest BASE jumping event in the world. Serious BASE jumpers get their chance to fly 876 feet off the bridge into the Gorge below, and rappellers will ascend and descend from the catwalk. Thousands of spectators watch as those daredevils leap off the bridge, sometimes performing exciting tricks before they pull their chutes and sail into the Gorge. Plus, this is the only chance each year you have to walk on and take in the view from the longest steel arch bridge in the western hemisphere.Want to get in on the action?There’s still time to register to BASE jump! If you have made at least 200 skydives, you can purchase a jumper pass. 400 jumpers are allowed to register each year. Are you an experienced BASE jumper? If you have made at least 50 BASE jumps and are the proud owner of a helmet, you can also add a Rastapult launch pass! With the Rastapult, you’ll be launched off the bridge like a human cannonball, making this experience perfect for jumpers who want an extra thrill to their Bridge Day experience. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, don’t worry. Come as a spectator, or participate in one of these exciting adventures!If you prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, don’t worry. Come as a spectator, or participate in one of these exciting adventures!Into the Gorge Shuttles: Ride a bus to the bottom of the Gorge to experience Bridge Day from an entirely new perspective! From here, you can see BASE jumpers fly towards the landing zone and witness rappellers in action. Tickets are still available, but hurry – they will sell out!Bridge Day 5k: Be one of the first people on the bridge when you run across it during the Bridge Day 5k! Registration is still open.Highline: Think of the Highline as a zip line – you’ll slide 700 feet from the catwalk of the bridge down to the road below attached to a sturdy harness and cable as a belayer controls your speed. There’s no experience necessary, so hurry up and reserve your spot!Ready to go? Make your Bridge Day trip even more memorable when you stay a little longer in Southern West Virginia. Come early to take in the flavor of the region at Taste of Bridge Day the night before, or spend your weekend jamming out at Bridge Jam, Bridge Day’s official music festival.If you want even more adventure, book a whitewater rafting trip to ride the thrilling New or Gauley Rivers, or go rock climbing on the sandstone cliffs of the New River Gorge. When it’s time to relax, choose a cozy cabin or campsite, tucked away in the forest.This is Bridge Day – and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. So mark your calendars for Saturday, October 20, 2018; see you on the bridge!last_img read more

Need for Speed: Chase the Checkered Flag at the Speedway in Lights 5K

first_imgHave you ever wanted to dress up in a wacky Christmas outfit and run a 5k through 2 million lights and finish on one of the most famous NASCAR tracks? Well, here’s your chance. Bristol Motor Speedway puts on a crazy Christmas 5k Run/Walk through its Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.Each year, moms pushing strollers, grandparents, young kids, and athletes line up to make their way through more than 250 festive displays along the Bristol Dragway and inside The Last Great Colosseum, dressed up in their favorite Christmas outfits. Racers run as Santa, Christmas presents, reindeer, the Grinch, elves and even a Christmas tree.The Speedway in Lights 5k is wonderful kickoff to the holiday season and a great way to support local kids in the region. 100% of the money raised goes back into the community; in fact, they have raised nearly 14 million dollars over the years, awarding grants to hundreds of qualified organizations in the 18-county surrounding area.All of the money raised doesn’t just come from the Speedway in Lights 5k; they also have another Christmas tradition that goes on throughout the holiday season, The Pinnacle Speedway in Lights. The Speedway in Lights allows you to drive through the course that took BMS volunteers eight weeks to create. Near the end of the course, you get to drive onto The World’s Fastest Half Mile, but don’t expect to run like Dale Earnhardt; it is just a Christmas lightshow after all, but it’s fun to pretend. Once you make into the stadium, you are greeted with a symphony of lights, all synchronized to holiday music. 300,000 of them! You can also pull into the popular Christmas presented by Eastman Credit Union, enjoy Christmas carolers, Christmas baked goods, hop on some great carnival rides and take photos with your favorite characters.The Pinnacle Speedway In Lights costs $15 per car Sundays-Thursdays and $20 per car on Friday and Saturday nights. On busy nights, visitors can take advantage of Jingle Bell Lane, which provides a shorter wait time for entry. Tickets for the “fast pass” option are $45. Please remember however, that all of the money goes back into the community, 100% of it!last_img read more

Your Beatering is Not Cool

first_imgWhitewater is best enjoyed by doing it well Whitewater has a slim margin of error. Mistakes, hubris, bad luck, and/or poor decision making can lead to severe injuries and death. If the ‘beatering is cool’ mentality persists, we are likely to see a parallel increase in both Facebook likes and paddling-related memorial services. And it works. As the “feel-good” effects of likes and shares on social media have taken root in our neurology and psychology, we are tricking ourselves into thinking that what gets us attention—any and all attention—is cool. We have collectively tricked ourselves and each other into thinking that beatering is cool. Whitewater is a unique sport in that it is individual- and team-based at the same time. We make our own decisions about putting on, and when it’s time to pull out of the scouting eddy, we are on our own. As a paddler, I highly value the sense of autonomy that comes from being in my own boat. And yet, at each moment, at every stroke, running parallel to that experience is the reality that as soon as something goes wrong, whitewater becomes a team activity. We take responsibility for each other on the river. Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy a quality aquatic spectacle (beatering). And I’m a firm believer that if you aren’t occasionally making mistakes — on the river or in life — then you probably aren’t trying very hard. But somewhere along the lines, shit kinda got out of hand, and frankly, some of y’all are starting to sketch me out. Post a video of yourself running a rapid well and you’ll get a few likes (as well as that comment from Aunt Martha, who is both amazed and frightened by your fearless “whitewatering.”) But post a heinous video of you getting stuck in a hole and having the swim trunks sucked off your body, and the crowd goes wild! Whitewater is best enjoyed by doing it well. Instead of relying on external stimuli such as likes and shares to feel good about the sport, we should be cultivating our own internal reward system as we grow towards improvement and mastery. As individuals, we should be striving to understand our true motivations, and the ways societal factors (like social media and the desire for attention) can warp our risk assessment. Putting on the river with an “It’s okay to beater” mentality puts everybody around you at risk. When you find yourself teetering on rocks at the mouth of a sieve, your crew is now at risk as they scramble on wet rocks or paddle into sketchy terrain to try to save your ass. I, for one, don’t appreciate that. I, for one, don’t think it’s cool. Carnage has always been a part of whitewater paddling. It is the inevitable result of humans choosing to challenge themselves amid the forces of nature. Since the inception of the sport, mistakes, experiments, and bad luck have all led to bad swims. It has long been accepted by both beginners and elite level paddlers that we are all “between swims.” Congratulations, your mishap has gotten a lot of attention. Who doesn’t love attention? This brings us to the rise of beatering. But how and when did those swims become glorified? To be clear: My issue is not with making mistakes. My issue is with the mentality behind the decisions leading to those mistakes. I’ve made my share of mistakes on the river. I’ve been roped out of some shit. I’ve crashed plenty. On the river, I play around, experiment, and try moves that I’m not sure will work – and sometimes, they don’t. On any given day on the river, you’re likely to find at least one person in any group with a Go-Pro strapped to their head. The ubiquity of the personal ‘gnar cam’ coupled with the ‘look at me!’ culture of social media has created a version of reality where people are sharing their own carnage for the sole purpose of getting attention. Suddenly, instead of 43 likes from your high school friends, you’ve got 14 shares, hundreds of “likes” (because, sadly, Facebook doesn’t have an iconographic that quite represents: “Wow, that was sketchy and it’s amazing you’re alive!”), and a slew of comments in each of the paddling groups where it was shared. But there is a difference between approaching whitewater with a “self-growth” mentality versus a “beater” mentality. The former leads to self-knowledge and conscious risk assessment. The latter leads to getting in over your head and the increased likelihood of injury to yourself and others. If you’re constantly pushing your limits while relying on others to pick up the pieces, you are putting both yourself and your crew at risk. From there, it became a label applied not just to one’s mishaps, but directly to that person: “Joe got trashed at Super Scary Falls again. He’s such a beater!” Or: “Look at me, I beatered hard today.” As members of the paddling community, we should be aware of the effects of rewarding others with our attention. When we see that other members of our community are making poor decisions instead of giving them likes, we can be generous enough to engage them in honest conversation expressing our concerns. The idea of beatering started as just a label on someone else’s mishaps: “Check out this video—Joe was beatering hard.” As a community, it is no different: Just as we have each other’s backs on the river, off the river we are responsible for how our actions affect one another as well. The reality is that these two things—our on- and off-the-river decisions—cannot be teased apart. Our actions off the river influence the choices made on the water. If we want to encourage and experience safe, sustainable and enjoyable participation in the sport, as members of this community, it is up to each of us to recognize the consequences of our actions and to help shape our culture in a way that keeps our charc in the good flow.last_img read more

Colombia and Israel Offer Help in Global Struggle against Drugs and Terrorism

first_imgBy Dialogo July 30, 2009 Bogotá, July 28 (EFE).- The foreign ministers of Israel, Avigdor Liberman, and Colombia, Jaime Bermúdez, today offered their countries’ help wherever it is needed around the world in the struggle against drugs and terrorism. Both agreed that these evils are the largest problems facing the international community and that, as such, they should be met with a common effort. “We will openly give help to any country, and obviously to Colombia, that tries to deal with these two problems,” the Israeli minister specified after meeting with his Colombian counterpart in Bogotá, where he began a two-day official visit today. He also indicated that Israel has “no intention of interfering in South America’s problems,” but made it clear that his country “should be more and more active in this continent.” Liberman’s visit to the Colombian capital, where he will also meet with President Álvaro Uribe today, is the last stop on a Latin American tour that began almost a week ago and has taken him to Brazil, Argentina, and Peru. One of the objectives of the tour is to analyze Iran’s growing presence in Latin America, as well as the possible emergence of cells of the Islamist group Hezbollah. According to Israel, one such cell has been set up in the Colombian department of La Guajira, on the country’s northeastern border with Venezuela, where Hezbollah already has a presence, as well as in the border region where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay come together. Nevertheless, Liberman avoided speaking about this subject during the press conference he held today after meeting with his colleague Bermúdez. “Israel has struggled against terrorism for many years,” said Liberman, recalling that his country has had the “bad experience” of two attacks against targets associated with it in South America, both in Buenos Aires: the car bombing of its embassy, which left 29 dead in 1992, and the 1994 dynamite attack on the Jewish mutual-aid society AMIA, which caused 85 fatalities. “We really understand how dangerous any terrorist organization is, and we know how to deal with these problems,” the Israeli foreign minister noted. In this context, his Colombian counterpart emphasized that Bogotá shares Israel’s concerns and terrorism’s effects. “We are two countries who are convinced that the evils of drug trafficking and terrorism have to be entirely eradicated, and every tool that our two countries can share with the world in this struggle is welcome,” Bermúdez affirmed. The Colombian foreign minister observed that his country is not only asking for international cooperation, but also actively offering it, as it does with Afghanistan and Central America. Colombia, Bermúdez said, has learned from Israel’s determination to “endure and overcome” the difficulties that the people of both countries have had to suffer. “We also have a particular comprehension and understanding of the struggle and effort to combat and eradicate terrorism in that country, as in ours, and in every region of the world,” affirmed the Colombian foreign minister, who said that he shared Israel’s determination “to overcome it definitively.” Liberman and Bermúdez signed several agreements today, including one establishing a “bilateral consultation mechanism” that will entail “a permanent framework of dialogue and exchange of views.” They also made progress on negotiating a complementary agreement on tourism, another on cooperation in science, technology, innovation, research, and development, and one more on matters related to agriculture and livestock. On Wednesday the Israeli foreign minister will discuss trade matters and military cooperation, among other issues, with the Colombian Trade Minister, Luis Guillermo Plata, and the Colombian Interim Defense Minister, Gen. Freddy Padilla de León, the commander of the Armed Services.last_img read more

United States Donates Ten Million Dollars to Fight Drug Trafficking in Guatemala

first_imgBy Dialogo September 25, 2009 Guatemala City, 24 September (EFE).- The U.S. government donated another ten million dollars to fight drug trafficking in Guatemala, a country considered to be a natural stop along the way for the shipment of cocaine from South America to the United States, official sources announced today. According to the Guatemalan Interior Minister, Raúl Velásquez, the United States will also give Guatemala two helicopters, in addition to the economic resources. The aircraft and the ten million dollars will be put to use to prevent drug trafficking in the Central American country, the minister affirmed, speaking to reporters. Over the course of the last year, the United States has donated twenty million dollars to the war on drugs in Guatemala, which also has at its disposal four helicopters given by Washington. Guatemala is considered a transshipment point for the drug trade, with around 250 tons of cocaine a year passing through the country, according to U.S. authorities. In a press conference held yesterday for foreign correspondents, Velásquez said that the drug traffickers are no longer paying their accomplices in the country with cash, but instead with drugs, which are then distributed within Guatemalan territory. So far in 2009, this nation’s security forces have seized around 4,878 kilos of cocaine.last_img read more