Australia’s AGL Energy planning to install 1,200MW of battery storage by 2024

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:AGL Energy has set a goal of installing 1,200MW of new battery storage and demand response capacity by 2024, and is tying the bonuses for executives and senior management to hit growth targets for the company’s clean energy and storage portfolio.The new targets were revealed by AGL Energy during the company’s earnings call for the 2019-20 financial year, with the company highlighting its efforts to diversify its energy portfolio into clean energy technologies, as the company reported a lower profit as earnings from its coal generators took a hit.“Although energy prices are lower, we still see an opportunity to invest as the composition of the portfolio shifts away from coal towards the new firmed renewable energy generation the market will need,” AGL chief operating officer Markus Brokhof said. “AGL’s strategy is to optimise dispatchable generation, support investment in firmed renewables and continue to invest in the accelerating emergence of batteries and other energy storage technologies.”Despite the disruptions being caused by Covid-19, AGL said that it was looking to expand its portfolio of clean energy projects, especially storage capacity, and is targeting up to 850MW of grid scale battery storage, as well as 350MW of distributed storage and demand response capacity by 2024. This represents a massive expansion of AGL’s storage capacity, which currently includes just 30MW of large-scale storage (the Dalrymple battery in South Australia) and 72MW of distributed energy resources (mostly with the South Australia battery initiative), with AGL set to seek proposals from the market for the delivery of the large-scale storage projects.“In fact, we are currently inviting tenders to procure integrated battery systems, which could satisfy the entire grid scale storage target. We believe battery technology is now at a level that allows AGL to lead Australia’s transition to a smarter and more efficient energy future,” Brokhof added.AGL is currently progressing plans to add battery storage capacity to a number of its existing operations, including a 100MW/150MWh battery set to accompany the massive Wandoan solar farm in Queensland, as well as a series of large-scale battery storage totaling 200MW/400MWh, including one battery to be built alongside the delayed Sunraysia solar farm in partnership with Maoneng. A battery for the site of the Liddell coal generator, scheduled for closure by 2023 despite the jaw-boning efforts of the federal government, is also included.[Michael Mazengarb]More: AGL targets 1.2GW of new battery storage by 2024, plans tender Australia’s AGL Energy planning to install 1,200MW of battery storage by 2024last_img read more

Mary Alice Lester

first_imgMary Alice Lester, 75, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born June 20, 1942 in Lawrenceburg, IN, daughter of the late James Cornett and Clara Lewis Cornett.Mary loved her dogs, Rosie & Tiger. She enjoyed family outings and fishing and she loved being a grandma.Surviving are husband, Jamie Lester of Lawrenceburg, IN; sons, Tim “Turtle” (Teresa) Harrell of Lawrenceburg, IN, Jeff (Pam) Harrell of Glasgow, KY, Chris (Tonya) Harrell of Aurora, IN, Beth Harrell of Lawrenceburg, IN.;  sister, Barb Clark of Lawrenceburg, IN; 12 grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, children, Lucky Harrell and Candy Ballard.Friends will be received Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at 2:00 pm immediately following visitation.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to defray funeral expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.A meal will be provided at the Lawrenceburg Fire House (Tate Street) following services.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

UW keeps 1-0 mentality

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoOne of the more difficult jobs of any head coach is to help the team put the previous game’s result behind them and prepare for the next opponent, especially after a loss. Bret Bielema has now experienced his first loss as UW’s head football coach and must decide what steps to take to pick his team up after the defeat. “The biggest thing that you have to do as a head coach is understand exactly where you’re at and where you think you can be at the end of the week and give [the team] that plan,” Bielema said at his press conference Monday. “I took our nine team goals that [the team] voted on before the season and did a quick review of where we’re at and what’s left in front of us.”The top goal on the list was keeping the 1-0 mentality, the idea of focusing on one game at a time instead of the season-long picture. “[Next Saturday], they have an opportunity to go 1-0 again,” he said. “I don’t see our guys getting off that track at all.”Offensive Struggles: The Badgers were beaten on both sides of the ball against Michigan, as well as on special teams. Perhaps most glaring were offensive struggles as the Badgers punted on eight straight possessions beginning late in the second quarter, including six straight three-and-outs. The most productive drive that the Badgers could manage in the third quarter was a three-play, 2:49 drive which gained a mere four yards. Many of these possessions to start the second half began with little or no gain on first down, leading to second-and-long situations. “We have to put ourselves in a position to have success,” Bielema said. “As we develop as a team, you have to understand what players you are going to be able to rely on to give you that first-down play. It’s been seen that P.J. (Hill) can run the ball on first down, but on the same account he hasn’t been 100 percent on his reads. If you throw on first down, you’ve got to have pretty good confidence, if you’re going to call something that’s going to be there, that you want that ball to be caught as well.”The lack of production by Badger wide receivers is also notable. Of the 22 receptions against Michigan, only eight were completed to wide receivers, while running back P.J. Hill and tight end Travis Beckum recorded five each. While some may see this as a cause for concern, Bielema is encouraged by the stats. “Some things got spread around, and I’m excited,” he said. “It was a growing experience for our guys to get to where they are right now. Even in [Sunday] night’s practice, I noticed just a little bit more increase of an intensity to get the timing of everything down between the quarterbacks and receivers.”Hoeppner returns to sidelines:Next Saturday, Wisconsin travels to Indiana and Hoosiers head coach Terry Hoeppner is expected to be on the sidelines for the first time since his surgery to remove a brain tumor Sept. 13. While Indiana’s Memorial Stadium won’t be as hostile as the atmosphere at Michigan’s “Big House,” both Hoosier fans and players will have a little extra incentive as they welcome Hoeppner back, and Bielema expects Indiana to come out with more emotion than normal. “I learned very early on in my career that it’s not guaranteed that [the players] respect you just because the word ‘Coach’ is printed on your shirt or your coat; it’s how you handle them and how you react to things that go well, as well as things they don’t do well,” Bielema said. “My guess is they’re going to be able to put a four-quarter game in because of the respect they have for Coach Hoeppner.”last_img read more

World Championships continue today while O’Sullivan is warned

first_imgRonnie O’Sullivan has been given a formal warning after neglecting his media duties following his first round win.The five-time winner didn’t speak to reporters after his victory over David Gilbert.World Snooker says O’Sullivan will be fined if he does it again. Neil Robertson trails Michael Holt by 3 frames to 2 while Mark Selby leads Robert Milkins 9-6 .At 2.30 John Higgins resumes 7-2 up on Ryan Day while Mark Allen plays Mitchell Mann.last_img

LA Dodgers beat Nationals to reach NLCS after pulling out all the stops

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error WASHINGTON, D.C. >> It will be a team of destiny facing a team of density, the Dodgers having packed their roster with enough mass per unit volume to overcome their own shortcomings and reach the National League Championship Series.Closers pitching in the seventh inning. Tag-team starting pitchers. Backup catchers pinch-running and pinch-hitting – at the same time. Aces “absolutely not” available to pitch closing out the game. Cats living with dogs.Welcome to the new world order.Closer Kenley Jansen pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief and Clayton Kershaw came in to get the final two outs as the Dodgers used all of that and more – well, maybe not the cats-and-dogs thing – to somehow both come-from-behind and hold on for their dear lives, beating the Washington Nationals 4-3 in Game 5 of their National League Division Series on Thursday night at Nationals Park. The Dodgers move on to the NLCS for the second time in the past four years and fourth time in the past nine. This time, they will face the Chicago Cubs starting Saturday night at Wrigley Field.It didn’t look like they would get there with Max Scherzer trying to re-assert the rule of the ace in the elimination game. He didn’t give up a hit until the fifth inning and held the Dodgers scoreless through six.But the seeds of the Dodgers’ comeback might have been sown in the fourth inning when Justin Turner drew a walk. That’s it, just a walk. But he extended Scherzer for 13 pitches during the at-bat. Turner took the first two pitches for strikes, fouled off seven more along the way and finally drew a walk. That turned the three-strikeout inning into a 30-pitch effort for Scherzer.The Dodgers finally got their first hit off Scherzer when Josh Reddick led off the fifth with a single. They loaded the bases with one out that inning but did no damage as Scherzer again struck out the side, leaving the Dodgers 0 for 9 with the bases loaded in this series (and Yasmani Grandal personally 0 for 4).But it was another 20-pitch effort for Scherzer who added another scoreless inning in the sixth. To that point, he had thrown 98 pitches – 50 of them in the fourth and fifth innings alone.center_img Scherzer led National League pitchers this season in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched, WHIP – and home runs allowed. His 99th pitch of the night checked that box. Joc Pederson hit his first pitch of the seventh inning over the left field wall for a home run (only his second to left field all season).A 1-0 lead that had felt much bigger – and could have been if not for the Nationals’ base-running blunders (Bryce Harper was picked off, Jayson Werth inexplicably tried to score from first on a double to left) – was suddenly gone.Everything broke loose after that. Everything.The Dodgers batted .159 against the Nationals’ bullpen in the first four games but couldn’t stop getting hits off them in the seventh. They scored three more times after Scherzer left the game, once on a pinch-hit single by Carlos Ruiz (scoring Austin Barnes who had pinch run) and twice more on a triple by Turner – easily the Dodgers’ MVP in this series.Rookie left-hander Grant Dayton took the mound with a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh – and didn’t retire a batter. He walked Danny Espinosa and gave up a two-run pinch-hit home run to Chris Heisey that made it a one-run game. The blow must have been particularly satisfying for Heisey who chafed at being shuttled between Los Angeles and Oklahoma City by the Dodgers’ transaction-happy front office last season.Before the game, Roberts said he had “a process and a plan” in place on how to “navigate” a Game 5 with Rich Hill starting on three days’ rest and a fresh 20-year-old Julio Urias available.“It never seems to work out,” Roberts said. “That’s the great thing about baseball.”Roberts probably tore that plan up when he brought Joe Blanton in with Hill on the ropes in the third inning. It might have saved the game. Blanton retired all four batters he faced and Urias followed with two scoreless innings.The plan went in the shredder with Heisey’s home run. Roberts went to Jansen with no outs in the seventh inning.He loaded the bases before striking out Anthony Rendon to end the inning, laid down a sacrifice bunt in his second plate appearance of the series, worked through the eighth and into the ninth – as Clayton Kershaw warmed up in the bullpen.“Absolutely not,” Roberts said when asked – multiple times – before the game if Kershaw was available to pitch to even one batter.Rules are made to be broken and Roberts blew through that one after Jansen walked Harper and Werth with one out in the ninth – bringing up Daniel Murphy.Two days after pitching into the seventh inning on three days’ rest, Kershaw came in and got Murphy to pop up then struck out Wilmer Difo (the last position player available to pinch hit for Dusty Baker) for his first save since 2006 in the Gulf Coast League.last_img read more