New England transmission operator projects sharp rise in solar generation through 2028 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:ISO New England Tuesday discussed its 2019 solar power capacity forecast with stakeholders, which showed a regional cumulative installed capacity increase to 6,744 MW in 2028 from 2,884 MW at the end of 2018, a 134% jump.The grid operator’s Final 2019 PV Forecast that was presented to the Distributed Generation Forecast Working Group and posted on ISO-NE’s website, estimates the region will add 463.1 MW of total nameplate installed solar power capacity in 2019. Massachusetts is expected to provide 63%, or 292 MW, of the 2019 increase, with Connecticut providing the second-largest incremental increase of 68.4 MW.The grid operator’s regional annual solar energy forecast estimates 4,047 GWh will be produced in 2019, a figure that increases to 8,511 GWh in 2028.Properly accounting for behind-the-meter solar power output is important because these resources are connected to the distribution system and do not directly participate in the wholesale power markets. BTM solar resources impact the wholesale market by reducing load.BTM solar PV systems are forecast to reduce estimated summer peak load by 707.6 MW in 2019 and 1,050.6 MW in 2028, according to the grid operator.More: ISO-NE estimates solar power capacity will jump 134% over the next decade
Abu Dhabi Fund for Development backing 500MW solar development effort in Sudan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The Sudanese minister of energy and mining, Khairy Abdul Rahmanhas, and the general director of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, Mohamed Saif Al Suwaidi, signed on Sunday a memorandum of understanding for the deployment of solar power plants with a combined capacity of 500 MW in Sudan.In an official statement, the Sudanese government said it will buy the generated electricity at a competitive price over a period of 20 years from facilities that will be built by unspecified UAE-based companies. No more details on the projects’ number and locations were disclosed.If implemented, these projects would represent the country’s first attempt to deploy utility scale PV capacity.Sudan has one of the lowest levels of solar development in Africa although it has one of the best levels of solar radiation in the whole continent. The Sudanese government tried to implement several initiatives to increase the share of renewables in the country’s energy mix over the past years but so far results seem to be quite limited. Most of Sudan’s electricity generation comes from around 3.2 GW of hydropower.[Emiliano Bellini]More: Sudan wants to contract 500 MW of solar power
Project Healing Waters helps veterans and wounded warriors from various branches of the military with the healing process through the medium of fly fishing.
Dear Mountain Mama,Last weekend a friend accidentally slid his kayak through the rear window of my pickup. He apologized and offered to pay. I had the window fixed and called him about it, but he’s not making good on his promise.I don’t want to lose a paddling partner, but things are tight, especially during the holidays. Should I ask him again?Thanks,Out-of-Pocket————————————————————————-Dear Out-of-Pocket,I can hear the glass shattering into hundreds of pieces. I can see the looks of surprised exchanged, the feeling that if only we could rewind two minutes, we’d be more careful.I know because my rear window has been busted. My friend slid a canoe all the way into the front seat, ignoring that glass barrier altogether. I was out $200. At first he offered to split the cost with me. But then he didn’t follow through, despite my constant reminders.I resented that he never made good on his offer to split the cost. I was keeping track, a tit for a tat, and I began to wonder if he was a good friend after all.Fast forward two months later when my two-year old son reached a toddler milestone – his first visit to the ER. My two-year old came to crying to me, covered in blood. It was almost eight on a freezing Tuesday evening. The friend in question is a nurse. I called him, expecting at most for a few minutes of his time to figure out how serious the cut was. He picked up on the first ring, was cleaning the blood 10 minutes later, and drove us to the ER. Not only did he drive us there, but he escorted us through the whole ordeal, calming a nervous mama.That night I realized that generosity can’t be captured on a balance sheet, that it doesn’t work when we keep tally. Instead, if we trust in our friendships we will discover abundance. By letting go of accounting, we nurture generosity. When we assume that our needs will be taken care of, we are able to give and receive without strings attached.Dear Out-Of-Pocket, consider letting go of the expectation that your friend needs to pay you back for the window. You’ll be paying it forward in the karma bank. Trust that when you really need your friends in some way, they’ll be there for you. Consider it a bonus if your friend comes through with a check, but don’t ruin a friendship over broken glass.Cheers!Mountain Mama
Even if you are one of the best, most famous, most accomplished free skiers in the game, you can still blow it. Candide Thovex proves this when he carries “just a bit” too much speed into this booster and overshoots it, by a lot. Love the cloud of cold smoke that erupts after we lose sight of him over the ridge. Has a very cartoony feel, like you would expect him to come waddling back flat as a pancake or just covered in black soot like a bomb had exploded.I love cartoons.On the flip side, here is what happens when you come up short. A TGR segment from Chad’s Gap in 2000, when jumps were always a wildcard.
Wild ThingYou’d think that after reaching the behemoth level of Sierra Nevada, the brewery might sit back and relax. Rest on its laurels. Kick it. Sell some of that uber popular Pale Ale and reside happily within the envelope, so to speak.And yet, Sierra Nevada continues to push that envelope. They collaborated like crazy this year, partnering with a dozen smaller craft breweries for their Beer Camp series and putting out some innovative brews in the process. They recently installed a small pilot brewing system inside their new brewery in Mills River. This tiny system is where Sierra Nevada will do R&D and produce draught-only one-off beers. Most of us will never get a chance to sample these limited run experiments. Luckily, the brewery does mass produce some outside-of-the-box beers.Case in point: Sierra Nevada explored the fringes of hops this year with their Harvest Series. Each IPA in the five-part series took a different approach to hopping methods, starting with a single hop IPA (which really gives you insight into what a single hop strain contributes to a beer) and finishing with this wild hopped IPA, which uses a feral hop with multiple cone heads recently found in the hills of New Mexico called, appropriately, NeoMexicanus Medusa. Harvest Wild Hop is the first beer to give NeoMexicanus a national stage.First impressions? Zing!!!The beer smells like the rind of a cantaloupe—vaguely sweet, but also good for you in a way, if that’s possible. You get a punch of citrus when you finally take a swig, with a good bit of sweetness but not the bitterness you might expect from an IPA packing 55 IBUs. But the defining characteristic of Harvest Wild Hop is how tingly the damn thing is. Each sip is like a thousand tiny bubbles in your mouth. Kind of like mixing Pop Rocks with Coke. But for adults.Meanwhile, Sierra Nevada also recently released their annual Christmas Jam Ale, a session beer on the other end of the spectrum that falls squarely into pale ale territory. Nothing terribly innovative. Just a solid, easy drinking beer that benefits a good cause (proceeds go to the Warren Haynes Foundation). But maybe that’s how you get to be a brewery like Sierra Nevada. You play well on the fringes and in the center.
DEPARTMENTSEDITOR’S NOTEScott Jurek makes a career-capping comeback to break the Appalachian Trail speed record.CONTRIBUTOR QUESTIONSOnce a month we throw our contributors for a loop with a different question about their lives in the outdoors. This month we asked about childhood dream jobs. Here’s what they had to say.CHATTERChatter is a Monthly collection of Reader Reactions to previous BRO IssuesFLASHPOINTOcoee River ransomed by TVAQUICK HITSEastern cougar declared extinct • Tour de Pour • Bikers bare al • 500-pound marathonerTHE DIRTQ&A with Scott Jurek • Exercise makes you smarterTHE GOODSCyclist’s Ally Stacher’s go-to gearTRAIL MIXNew grooves from our neck of the woodsFEATURESCOOL SCHOOLSHike the A.T., scuba dive, ice climb, paddle rivers for college credit. Check out the 32 best college courses and outdoor offerings in the Southeast.WILL WORK FOR ADVENTUREGet paid to do what you love. Meet six outdoor enthusiasts who have made their dream jobs a reality.‘HOLD THE TRAIL LIGHTLY’Previous A.T. record holder Jennifer Pharr Davis shares her thoughts on Scott Jurek’s new mark.RIDE BIKES, DRINK BOURBONFour cyclists pedal 60 miles of Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail., visiting distilleries along the way. On paper, it sounds awesome. In reality, it’s even better.DOWN UNDERScuba diving in Southern Appalachia can be full of surprises—including shipwrecks, flooded towns, and underwater poker games.
Blue Ridge Outdoors is excited to announce its partnership with the New River Alliance of Climbers for the first annual Appalachian Outdoor Film Festival (AOFF), set to take place in Fayetteville, W.Va., on May 21, 2016. Whether or not you’re a professional filmmaker is no matter to us — we’re looking to spread the love of Appalachia and its mountains, rivers, adventures, and adventurers.Appalachian Outdoor Film Festival: Trailer 2 from Jay Young on Vimeo.Submission is free, but the deadline is soon! Want to learn more? Check out this Q&A with AOFF Co-Director Jay Young.BRO: Where did the idea for AOFF originate?JY: Kenny Parker, Maura Kistler, and I were at a birthday party, sitting around talking. For a couple years, the elephant in the room had been “With what do we replace the New River Climbers’ Rendezvous?” And Maura had an idea—bring the Banff Mountain Film Festival to Fayetteville. The more we spoke about bringing a festival like Banff or Reel Rock here, the more we began to see problems with them. One, they’re prohibitively expensive for a little non-profit like us. Two, the films are too long—if you’re not into one, you’re a captive audience for the next 40 minutes. Three, while the films are very high quality in those other festivals, they’re not usually geographically specific to the New…or West Virginia…or for that matter, Appalachia. BRO: Who should enter in the AOFF and what types of films are you looking for?JY: Amateurs and professional film makers should feel free to submit their films. The run-time limit for submissions is 15 minutes (no captive audiences here), and all entries must have some tie to Appalachia, even if that’s just an Appalachia-based film maker who ventured farther afield to create a film. BRO: What is the mission of the AOFF?JY: We want a festival that is accessible to amateur film makers and geographically pertinent to where we are, Appalachia. BRO: What are the important dates and facts to know about the film fest?JY: The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm April 1, but really, as long as it’s in my inbox when I turn my computer on April 2, we won’t worry about minutes and hours. Films must be maximum 15 minutes long and must have some tie to Appalachia. Submission is free. There’s a submission form to fill out here: http://aoff.org. The live festival is May 21, 2016, at 8pm, with the after party at the American Alpine Club campground.There’s also a pretty hefty cash prize up for grabs. Rather than prizes for various categories, we have one cash award for Best in Show and one for Audience Favorite. Both are $1,000, which means there’s potential for one film maker to walk with two large lumps of cash. BRO: Is the event BYOP (bring your own popcorn)?JY: Huh, we haven’t really thought about that. I think we may actually own a popcorn maker from the Rendezvous days… BRO: The culture of the New River Gorge is steeped in adventure, so for film makers and potential attendees to the film fest who may be unfamiliar with the area, tell us what makes the NRG, and this fest, so unique?JY: The Appalachian Outdoor Film Festival is not a New River Gorge film festival. I really hope that we’ll be able to draw films and film makers from as far away as Maine and Georgia. But none of that means the festival is not infused with the adventurous spirit of the New River Gorge. Our roots are here, and we love to share it with others, but we also know that our spirit is not unique to the Appalachian chain. We want to bring Pennsylvania’s spirit in, Georgia’s, Vermont’s, New York’s. In that way, the Appalachian Outdoor Film Festival is a celebration of East Coast adventure and East Coast natural beauty. We also decided early on that we didn’t want just a climbing festival. Here at the New—where several world class outdoor pursuits are 20 minutes from our front doors—none of us are just climbers. We all have multiple outdoor loves. I’m also into whitewater. Maura’s a trail runner. We all snowboard. A bunch of us mountain bike. I can think of a few fishermen and a birder. This festival is as inclusive as the New River Gorge itself is.
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Since 1928, La Sportiva has been has been designing high quality footwear to get you to, up, and from the mountains. We’ve been rocking the Nucleo High GTX Boot (La Sportiva’s most breathable boot to date) since April, and we’re smitten. We’ve put these boots to the test in the rolling mountains of the Appalachian Trail, the craggy peaks of Colorado, and the swamps of South Carolina. Each time we’ve been more impressed with the versatility of these leather, medium duty hiking boots.One of our favorite features of these boots is how breathable they are. Gore-Tex has been used in hiking boots for a long time, but the Nucleo features a material called ‘Gore-Tex Surround’. It consists of a polyester mesh insole that allows air to pass under the Gore-Tex bootie insert, negating many of the complaints users have when wearing Gore-Tex. The boots have full waterproof protection, while also BREATHING. It’s like yoga for your feet. We literally walked through the swamp of Congaree National Park and our feet were happier for it. These boots, when used with warm socks, offer good protection in the high snowfields of Colorado. At a pound each (5 ounces under the average weight for leather boots) these lightweight champs are still kicking in the final round.The breathability and waterproofing of the Nucleo, while extremely important to us, were outshined by their most important feature… durability. The Nucleo is made from rugged Nubuck leather and Sportiva’s proprietary Nano-Cell mesh that makes the boot feel indestructible while offering the breathability that you would expect from a synthetic option. While we have put them to the test in the field (scree, talus, and boulder), we appreciate their durability in daily van living. We throw them on, forget to lace them, chuck ‘em out of our mudroom (the step up to get into the van) and otherwise beat these boots up on a daily basis, and they withstand it all. After one particular rainy (think torrential downpour) day, both pairs changed color with the stain of two-inch thick mud. After a quick hose off, we ended up with dry feet and Nucelos with a story.We also like how well the boot grips on different types of surfaces. La Sportiva has a long history of making particularly sticky shoes- it’s their specialty. The Nucleo’s Vibram Nano Sole with Impact Brake System is no exception. This sole was designed to help cushion and stick to terrain when moving fast down hill. The downward push into the front of your boot after a long descent where you end up with hot blisters on the ends of all your toes just doesn’t happen here. Between the Brake System and the lace system, you’ve got a boot that fits like a glove.All boots (especially leather boots) have a break in period. We were surprised how little we noticed them on our first day out. We climbed over 1000ft in the soggy Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Brevard, NC. Over 20 miles later, no blisters, no hot spots, no problem. One of us has fat feet and needs a wide toe box, the other needs flex in the sole to move more naturally while hiking (you guess which is which). We were worried about throwing on new boots and jumping on trail, but the toe box fit perfectly, and the lightness allowed for easy movement. We completely forgot we were wearing them, the perfect outcome for a break in period.On the east coast, we tested these boots on a hike in Table Rock State Park, outside of Greenville, South Carolina. It’s a steep, rugged hike that ascends 2,000 feet to the summit of Table Rock Mountain. It was one of those blistering hot days in the south, where the humidity soaks through your clothes, but we were confident the Nucleo would be our best choice. There was plenty of scrambling on this route and we wanted the trustworthiness of the Gore-Tex sole under our toes. The breathability let our feet stay cool while also keeping us steady on the rocks.We took these boots on our first backpacking trip of the year outside of Buena Vista, Colorado. We packed in 6 miles on the Brown’s Creek Trail and summited Mt. Antero (14,275 ft) on the following day. We did a fair amount of research on our route before heading out, but in early summer in Colorado, conditions change daily. We were expecting mud, snow, and slippery conditions. We found a little bit of all of that and were able to handle it with the Nucleo with no problem. The boots kept us dry on the muddy trails, stuck to the rock as we scrambled up steep boulder fields, and handled the extra thirty pounds of our packs nicely.When you can find one boot that conforms to your feet, and your lifestyle, with ease, it’s a keeper. Feel free to ask us any questions about the boot below, or suggest some hikes on which you think these boots would shine. We will be happy to keep exploring with these boots leading the way.