The Clear Case for Microgrid Development in Puerto Rico

first_imgThe Clear Case for Microgrid Development in Puerto Rico FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 the focus now on survival, most Puerto Ricans are probably not thinking about long-term energy planning. But “there is a huge opportunity, one or two years out, for building the grid in a more sustainable way,” said Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.Kunkel is deeply familiar with Puerto Rico’s power woes, which began long before the hurricane. Brought to the island two years ago to help an environmental organization, she has been focused on utility rate and resource planning issues.Rebuilding will not be easy, she warned. The utility was besieged by debt prior to the hurricane and has an old-school grid, heavily reliant on aging, oil-fired power plants.“It was a horrible lump for them that it was the worse hurricane since 1928. That would have done damage to the best of grids,” Kunkel said.Besides lacking capital, Puerto Rico’s electricity industry struggled under competing visions for the future even before the storm, according to Kunkel. PREPA wanted to retain a centralized grid, but switch power plants from oil to liquified natural gas (LNG). Since the island has no LNG, the utility sought permission to build a terminal so that it could import the fuel.Others like Kunkel advocated for more decentralization and renewable energy to strengthen the system.No decision had been made on the LNG terminal before Hurricane Maria. Kunkel pointed out that had it been built, chances are it may have been damaged by the storm.“Hurricane Maria shows the dangers of the path PREPA was trying to go down,” she said. “The frustrating thing to me is that it’s unreasonable to say they didn’t see this coming. It is a tropical island that was in the path of hurricanes and had a decrepit grid running on a shoe string. We’re seeing the consequences of that.”But now Puerto Rico could remake itself into “the poster child for distributed energy,” she said.“If you’re talking about building a grid from scratch, I don’t know why you wouldn’t rebuild it in a much more decentralized way,” she said. “We have the technology now to do it. You certainly can set it up in a way where hospitals and emergency centers would not go dark and would not be relying on diesel fuel in an emergency. Generators are good backup, but only when they do not run out of fuel.”Microgrids typically have more than one form of generation. On a sunny island, that’s likely to include solar and batteries, along with backup generators.More: The Sky Fell in Puerto Rico. The Microgrid Argument is not Chicken Littlelast_img read more

Military World Games Might be Qualifying Event for Rio 2016 Olympics

first_imgBy Dialogo February 23, 2012 In order to give even more prominence and impact to the 6th Military World Games 2015 in Korea, CISM (for the International Military Sports Council’s French name) launched a large campaign towards the International Sports Federations to recognize the CISM World Summer Games 2015 as a qualifying event for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The best modern pentathletes in the world will be able to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics during the council’s 6th World Summer Games in Mungyeong in October 2015. The links between CISM and the Modern Pentathlon, a sport with deep military roots have always been excellent, but that MOU shall further strengthen the collaboration to develop the practice of Modern Pentathlon in the military sports clubs all over the world, according to the CISM. To the organizers: Gentlemen, please include CHESS within the military sports since it is considered to be a pastime or school subject in many military schools, as a military tool for strategic and tactical development. In addition, it helps with decision making.Thank you very much I think the idea of military athletes being able to access minimum marks as asked by the I.A.A.F. to be able to participate in Rio 2016 The International Association of Athletics Federations and Fencing International Federation are about to sign a similar convention with CISM. This success is another high incentive to see the best military athletes compete in Mungyeong in 2015. The first federation to grant to the CISM World Games 2015 that status is the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM for its French name), which signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the CISM president last November 12, on the occasion of its annual congress. last_img read more

Nike to end United kit deal

first_img A Nike statement released to Press Association Sport on Tuesday confirmed the American sportswear giant had decided against renewing the 13-year kit deal, which was signed in 2002. It is understood that Nike was unwilling to match a higher bid from another kit manufacturer. Reports have suggested adidas is now in pole position to clinch a deal which could see the club earn £60million a year from 2015. Nike’s original deal was worth £303million, with extra income from a profit share agreement from merchandise sold worldwide. The Nike statement read: ”Manchester United is a great club with passionate fans. ”We are proud to have partnered with them for the last 12 years and will continue to sponsor the club until the end of the 2014/15 season. ”Any partnership with a club or federation has to be mutually beneficial and the terms that were on offer for a renewed contract did not represent good value for Nike’s shareholders. ”We look forward to a successful final season with the club.” On Monday, United unveiled their new home kit for the 2014-15 season – which will be the last designed by Nike and the first to bear the logo of new sponsor Chevrolet. United announced they would be entering a seven-year agreement – worth a reported £53million per season – with the US car giant from this summer back in 2012. Nike will not renew its kit deal with Manchester United at the end of next season.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more