Coal-dependent Serbia moves ahead with new wind farms FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The Green for Growth Fund (GGF) said on Tuesday it would provide 32 million euros ($37.44 million) financing for Serbia’s first large-scale wind farms, to help the Balkan country diversify its energy mix and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.GGF, founded by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and German state bank KfWas a public private partnership, is a specialized fund for advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy in East and South Europe, including Turkey, as well as in the Middle East and North Africa. The fund said it would provide 18.35 million euros for the 158 megawatt (MW) Cibuk wind farm, Serbia’s biggest, which will be built 50 kilometers (31 miles) northeast of Belgrade.The wind farm is being developed by Vetroelektrane Balkana, owned by Tesla Wind, a joint venture between an Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy developer Masdar and Cibuk Wind Holding, a branch of the U.S.-based wind energy developer Continental Wind Partners. It will comprise 57 turbines supplied by General Electric with a capacity to supply 113,000 households.GGF said it would also support the 42 MW Alibunar wind farm with 13.5 million euros of financing through an IFC loan. The Alibunar wind farm, which will have 21 wind turbines provided by German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion, is being developed by Elicio NV, a Belgian renewable energy firm, near the town of Alibunar in northeastern Serbia.The plants are the first of a number to be developed in the next few years in Serbia, which produces 70 percent of its energy from coal and the rest from hydropower and aims to generate 27 percent of its energy consumption from renewables by 2020.More: GGF to provide $37.4 million for Serbia’s first wind farms
Mitsubishi Financial Group says it will no longer finance new coal plant construction FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group will no longer provide financing for new coal-fired power generation projects after July 1, it said on Wednesday in a revised environmental and social policy framework.MUFG, one of the world’s largest banks by assets, said the decision will gradually reduce the balance of its exposure to coal power station projects.The company could make exceptions where governments need to build plants to meet local electricity demand, an MUFG spokesman said.It will take a cautious approach to the coal-fired power generation projects for which the bank has started considering financing before July 1, it said in a statement.In an original policy framework issued a year ago, MUFG said it would provide financing to coal-fired power projects in line with international guidelines.In the revised policy, the banking group added forestry, palm oil and coal mining to its “restricted transactions” list, saying it may ask clients to obtain globally recognized certification.More: Japanese bank MUFG rethinks policy on coal-fired power projects
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Coal power plants in New South Wales are running less than 60% of the time due to an influx of renewable energy, increasing the likelihood some could become economically unviable and close earlier than planned.An analysis by Hugh Saddler, an energy consultant and ANU honorary associate professor, also found coal generation in Queensland had dropped to less than 70% of capacity as more cheap solar and wind came online.Saddler said the resulting fall in revenue for coal plant owners, and the wear and tear involved in ramping up and down decades-old generators designed to be run constantly, increased the likelihood of breakdowns and early closures in the years ahead.AGL’s Liddell coal plant is scheduled to close by early 2023 after the company resisted a campaign by the Morrison government for it to extend its life. Saddler said the fall in demand for coal over the past two years suggested other plants that have yet to confirm closure plans could follow.He said coal could be running at 50% capacity in NSW by 2022 and 60% capacity in Queensland by 2025 on current trends.“Ageing coal power stations like Liddell will find it increasingly difficult to stay afloat if they are only being used half the time, and that is the direction we appear to be heading in NSW in the next two years,” Saddler said. “If there are extended breakdowns, as we had at Loy Yang A in Victoria last year, it may not be economic for owners to keep a plant going.”[Adam Morton]More: Influx of renewables sees coal power plants run well below capacity, increasing chance of closures Rising renewable generation in Australia undercutting economics of coal-fired power plants
Hope everyone has been able to get out and enjoy the amazing April we are having so far on the East Coast. While winter was quite the cross to bear, the end of March brought warmer temperatures and sunshine. It feels pretty good to be hitting the roads and streets in just running shorts and a tank rather than 15 different layers of performance wicking fabric. I wanted to share two items that I have really been enjoying on the trail, which are Injinji socks and GU Chomps Energy Chews. They bring their A game whether you are running, hiking, or biking. Let’s dive into each product in more detail.Injinji SocksWell let’s get the obvious out of the way; these are not your cookie cutter performance sock. They have separate sleeves for each of your toes! Injinji is the model success story for a company that thought outside of the box. The sock hasn’t changed in years, and Injinji decided they could do it better. There toe socks help prevent blisters, wick moisture faster than normal socks, provide better feel, and promote better balance. My friend Nicklaus (ultra runner) swears by them, and I really enjoy the feel and fit they give you while running. I will say they get some getting used to, and some people do not like the feeling of having separate toe sleeves. I think it’s worth trying a pair, if only just to try a new sock design. If between sizes go for the larger, and give them a shot!($10-$16); injinji.comGU Energy ChewsAs you avid outdoors people know having treats for the trail is serious business. You can go many routes like the classic PB&J or G.O.R.P., mix it up with the more complex like a burrito or brownies, or go the technical route with chews, bars, or gels. While all are tasty, the chews and more that company’s offer many times have far more calories, essential ingredients, and more that will get you through that big day in the woods. GU sent a few packs of their lemon flavored Energy Chomps over and I have been able to test them running and biking. The lemon flavor is new for GU, and they nailed it. Over multiple hours the chews were still tasty and they pack a punch of 180 calories and 60g of carbs per pack. A box of 16 will run you $35, and most shops sell one pack for about $3-$4. Tasty, affordable, and packed with the good stuff, what more do you want?($3/per pack, $35/per box); guenergy.comBe sure to try these two great products out, and hope to see you out on the trail!
Gauley Fest, which started in 1983, has become the largest paddling festival in the world. It also serves as American Whitewater’s biggest fundraiser with all proceeds going to support river conservation and stewardship projects throughout the nation. This year’s event takes place in Summersville, West Virginia on September 20th-22nd.The festival showcases American Whitewater as well as other top whitewater vendors in the boating community. Throughout the weekend, there will be raffles, a silent auction, and a marketplace. At the marketplace, attendees will be able to view product demonstrations, become a member of American Whitewater, interact with manufacturer representatives, and purchase all kinds of paddling gear. Since this is a whitewater and river themed event, shuttles will be running for those wanting to get out there and paddle. Be sure to print this shuttle schedule out and bring it with you. Like any good festival, there will be food, drinks, and live music. The performers are the Kalob Griffin Band and West Virginia’s own Halftime String Band. Check the festival’s website for a full itinerary of the weekend.In order for things to flow smoothly, Gauley Fest requires nearly 300 volunteers. Two hours of your time can be a huge help to the American Whitewater staff. There are only 10 of them! Plus you can score a Gauley Fest t-shirt and entry into a volunteer only raffle. Interested? Contact the volunteer coordinator, Natalie Cox, for more details.Camping is available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights on festival grounds. There are no reservations, so first come first serve! There is no additional cost to camp as it’s already included in ticket prices. While dogs aren’t exactly encouraged to attend, entrance will be available. The fee is ten dollars per well-behaved dog. They must be kept on leashes at all times. This is a kid and family friendly event, so let’s keep everyone safe and happy!View Larger Map
2:11 3:26 Embed 3:29 Wildfire Mandolin Orange 4:18 3:11 Hounds Of The Bakersfield Bill Kirchen Porcupine Meat Bobby Rush Love This Feelin’ Chesires Trouble of the World Dex Romweber 4:11 3:26 I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always Luke Winslow-King Happy Heart (Can Go for Miles) The Deltahorse The Game The Congress Going Down That Road Feeling Bad By Amythyst Kiah, With Roy Andrade Various Artists Naked in NigardsvatnetAll-in Alltid Laura Cortese 3:27 Well before she settled into the contemporary Americana conscious as the wife of Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires had a musical career dating back to her teens, when she played fiddle with the Texas Playboys. I first came across her work some six years ago, when she recorded with the Thrift Store Cowboys, and Shires has spent time on the road or in the studio with a star studded ring of Americana icons, including Todd Snider, Justin Townes Earle, John Prine, and, of course, her husband.To consider Shires as merely Mrs. Jason Isbell sells her talents so desperately short. She is, in her own right, a songwriter to be reckoned with, as is evidenced by the collection of songs that compose her latest release, My Piece of Land, which drops later this month.Trail Mix is excited to showcase “Harmless,” which should serve as no small suggestion to run out and scoop up Shires’ new record.Returning to Trail Mix is one of my favorite bluegrass bands, Chatham County Line. I have been following these guys from their earliest days, and – without a doubt – their songcraft gets better with each record. Autumn, the band’s new release, hits the streets this week and continues the streak of stellar recordings from this North Carolina quartet.For fans of the blues, this month’s mix has a couple great – though disparate – tracks. To get your mojo working, check out the bluesy acoustic slide of Luke Winslow-King and the boisterous electric boogie of the legendary Bobby Rush.Also featured are new tunes from Elijah Ford, Donovan Woods, Cheshires, Stewart Eastham, Farewell Milwaukee, Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches, Bill Kirchen, Dex Romweber, Laura Cortese, Amythyst Kiah and Roy Andrade, The Deltahorse, and Roddie Romero.Stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog this month, as chats with Mandolin Orange, Will Carter, and Jill Freeman are on tap, and tickets for The Congress’s record release party at The Broadberry in Richmond will be up for grabs.And, as always, you get my monthly plea. Get out and buy some of this music. Seek out these bands when they come to town. Music is no easy game, and these bands appreciate – and need – your support. Show them some love.Photo by Josh Wool. Sweetheart, My Dream Is Not Over Jill Freeman 5:30 Caught in the Abyss Farewell Milwaukee 3:51 10 Leaving Nashville Donovan Woods 4:14 Sometimes, The Road Stewart Eastham Harmless Amanda Shires Cadillac Will Carter 3:34 3:53 4:35 4:09 4:00 Freight Train Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches Try As You Might Elijah Ford & The Bloom You Are My Light Chatham County Line 2:58 Audio PlayerBanjo Nickaru & Western ScoochesFreight TrainUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:29 3:28 5:58 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Ma Jolie Roddie Romero & The Hub City All-Stars 3:45
May 26th-28th: CKS PaddlefestBuena Vista, Colo.We’ve never been to a town with a more scenic backdrop, and to pair a benefit paddling festival with that beauty, creates an event not to be missed. The CKS Paddlefest website describes Buena Vista best: “It is the mountain town that just won’t quit, and the summer months give it the soul that makes it a nook worth exploring.” Cheers the opening of the summer season with a celebration that comes in all forms, shapes, and sizes—flatwater, whitewater, and land.May 29th: River Park CleanupBuena Vista, Colo.Even with the most respectful of festival goers, there’s always some casualties of trash left behind. Let’s get together and return River Park back to its natural, clean state! Join us, and co-sponsors Eddyline Brewery, at 9AM at the stage on The Beach at South Main to give back to the Buena Vista community!Come one, come all. Better yet, come to one, come to all!As with every event we attend, we will be repping our sponsors and their awesome gear! You can check out first hand what we use on the road to live outside and play, including gear from La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, National Geographic, RovR Products, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, LifeStraw, and Lowe Alpine. We want to see your faces! We love adventuring just us, but let’s face it—we’ve been staring at each other for a whole month now. Some new faces would be a great change of pace. Come by and see us, invite us to adventure with you, or ask us what we have coming up in the next few days and join!Below is our festival and community event “pit stops” schedule for May (spanning the East Coast and Colorado). Let us know when you want to add to our adventure party of two!May 5th-6th: Cheat River FestivalAlbright, W.Va.With a sweet graphic poster and an even sweeter lineup of bluegrass bands, Cheat River Festival is a party with a good cause. The annual festival is a celebration of Spring and the life it brings every time the earth circles the sun. One of our favorite parts about the festival is its focus on minimizing its own environmental impact—striving to become an eco-friendly celebration is no easy feat!May 7th: Cheat Fest River Clean UpAlbright, W.Va.Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and Blackwater Outdoor Adventures are partnering up again for the second annual post-Cheat Fest river cleanup! Wrap up a sustainable festival with a good conscience and help us clean the Cheat. Bring you own boat and meet us at Rowlesburg Town Park at 11am. Can’t BYOB? Email [email protected] and RSVP to reserve one from Blackwater Outdoor Adventures. Act fast! They only have a few.May 14th: Mother’s Day Group HikeWaynesboro, Va.We wouldn’t be here without our mothers! Come spend some quality time with mothers, and Mother Earth, to celebrate all types of creators. Rockfish Gap Outfitters and Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine are leading a beginner friendly group hike to the summit of Turk Mountain in the southern district of Shenandoah National Park. Meet at Basic City Beer Co. for a no-hiker-left-behind hike up the hill!May 18th: Appalachian Trail Days Trail MagicDamascus, Va.Have you ever been on the longest, hardest hike and you think, “How great would an ice cream sandwich be right now?” AND THEN ONE APPEARS?! That is what Appalachian Trail Days Trail Magic is. And you should want to be a part of it, because there will be so many tears of happiness.May 19—21st: 30th Annual Appalachian Trail Days FestivalDamascus, Va.You are who you surround yourself with, so why not surround yourself with badass thru-hikers who love being outside and partying. There’s enough activities here for the whole family, so bring the kiddos on Saturday, and then stay that evening for tunes, trail talk, and incredible vendors (including us)! The festival runs three days, and everyone is encouraged to camp in nearby campgrounds to keep the celebration going. ROAD TRIP TO COLORADO!Free for the week of May 22nd-May 26th and want to caravan across the country? You’re in luck! Follow the bikes and kayaks out to Colorado (with a possible Badlands pitstop on the way).
You deserve a day off. Especially if you are one of the millions of Americans who are leaving paid vacation time on the table. You’ve earned a break to go outside and play. Virginia is for Lovers and Mecklenburg County encourages you to Crush Friday and have some fun with friends and family.Mecklenburg County, located in southern Virginia along the border with North Carolina, is filled with opportunities for a Friday you’ll never forget. For one thing, it’s really easy to get to Mecklenburg from cities like Richmond, Raleigh, Greensboro, and Norfolk. Less time on the highway means more time to play.Your only decision will be how you will Crush Friday. Try hiking or mountain biking at one of 17 Wildlife Management Areas. Many of the Wildlife Management Areas offer free access. So, pack a lunch, hit the trails and explore 9,000 acres of public land. Better bring a camera and binoculars and be on the lookout for birds and waterfowl.Another place to pedal is the Tobacco Heritage Trail. This family-friendly, multi-use trail is an ambitious project that will eventually meander through four counties. Portions of the route are off-road while some of it is on-road. Speaking of road cycling, the peaceful and scenic back roads of Mecklenburg County are very popular with cyclists. Ride through small towns, past historic sites and take in views of the lakes and rivers. While hiking, biking and wildlife viewing can easily fill an awesome Friday, the lakes and rivers of Mecklenburg are too good to pass up. Lake Gordon, Lake Gaston, and Kerr Lake are the reasons why Mecklenburg is known as Lake Country. Kerr Lake is the largest lake in Virginia with approximately 800 miles of shoreline. In addition to the lakes, the Meherrin and Staunton Rivers are within the county lines. Needless to say, you’ll find excellent fishing, paddling and waterfront camping opportunities here. Plus, local marinas rent SUP boards, kayaks, jet-skis and even pontoon boats. The water recreation options in Mecklenburg County can’t be matched anywhere else in Virginia.As the day winds down, you may want to stick around and enjoy great food in one of Mecklenburg’s charming towns like Clarksville, Boydton, South Hill, Chase City and Brodnax. Maybe you’ll be in the mood for a glass of local wine, craft beer or even moonshine. Raise a glass and toast to Virginia is for Lovers because you have just totally Crushed Friday.More of What MattersMore time in Mecklenburg County means more time having fun and enjoying life. More Meck means filling your days pursuing the hobbies and activities that you are passionate about. Use the hashtag #MoreMeck and tell us or show us how your visit to Mecklenburg allowed you to enjoy more of what matters most to you.
How the River Rats of Richmond stole the hearts of locals with a flashy deer and lots o’ beerRichmond is known to shine some of the tackiest, wackiest, and most outrageous lights every winter holiday season. We’re talking total coverage from rooftop to the very edge of a lawn. These houses will make you ask yourself, “How can this many lights not be a hazard? And how the hell did someone get up there?”The decked-out houses are spread throughout Richmond and get more and more extravagant every year, making it for a new favorite holiday tradition.This year is especially special for RVA Paddle Sports owner Patrick Griffin, who noticed his poor (not so little) shuttle bus waiting around for summer time. He called up his right hand man Andrew Hawkins, general manager of RVA Paddle Sports, and together turned the bus into something wackier than the lights: a tacky lights tour.Hawkins’s and Griffin’s vision of the tour rapidly exceeded their expectations. They were booked practically every night of November and are completely booked for the rest of this season.“It’s a very personal tour,” says Hawkins. “We have a host and a driver working each tour and the host is there to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves as well as making lots of hot chocolate and passing out cookies. We really want people to relax and enjoy the trip so we try and take all the work. We play Christmas trivia as well and that usually gets everyone in a great mood.”Cookies and cocoa aren’t the only perks of this tour. In order to discover who is naughty and who is nice, Hawkins installed a stripper pole in the center of the bus for people to spin around on if they’d like.When asked if they plan on doing it again next year, Hawkins replied, “YES. Next year. More buses.”Keep your eyes peeled for the bus with the glowing deer on it, known as the deer with many names: Rowdy, Rodney, Rambo, and the King of Highway 64.“We have really had a blast this first holiday season,” says Hawkins, “and we are already looking forward to next December.”Here is a holiday ode to the Tacky Lights Tour:The rafting season was no moreLeaving Griffin’s and Hawkins’s week as quite the boreGriffin said, “At least the Holidays are coming fast, but I hope this bitter cold doesn’t last.”Hawkins suggested they make the most of the coldEven though the lack of work was getting oldSuddenly, a bulb went off above Griffin’s head,If it wasn’t for his curiosity, Hawkins would have fledQuick as a cat, that clever Griffin flew to his attic,but when he found no lights, he began to panic.Where were all those lights he had bought?!“There must be a way,” he thought,“to provide the people of Richmond – all wacky,with a bus ride tour that’s even MORE tacky.”He called all his rafts guides and told them to come,bearing silly decorations and lights if they had some.One by one they came with gleeGriffin’s vision was blossoming, they could see!Lights they strung and the bus was topped with a deer.“Now the only thing missing,” said Griffin, “is beer!”He called Väsen Brewing, asking for his tourist to have beerVäsen said, “Don’t be silly, just have them come here!”Griffin and Väsen now had everything set,to provide a night that Richmonder’s would never forget!
Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft-beer-in-a-can apocalypse with their hand-canned flagship brew, Dale’s Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues operates breweries in Colorado, North Carolina and Texas featuring Dale’s Pale Ale as the nation’s #3 top-selling craft can six-pack at U.S. supermarkets. Oskar Blues is available nationwide in the US and in over 20 countries. Oskar Blues Brewery is a proud member of CANarchy, a disruptive collective of like-minded craft brewers dedicated to bringing high-quality, innovative flavors to drinkers in the name of independent craft beer. About Oskar Blues Brewery After the jams die down, revelers are invited to camp out at REEB Ranch, a pastoral piece of land at the foot of Dupont State Forest. Saturday morning starts with a group mountain bike or group road bike ride organized by REEB Cycles, a trail run led by Wild Bill, or a group paddle down the French Broad River. The REEB Ranch bike park will be open for those who want to get funky on the dual slalom course, the pumptrack, or the skillz area. Then, a yoga session will get everyone in the right state of mind to taste over 200 beers from the nation’s best craft breweries. During Saturday’s craft beer jubilation, a pantheon of musical acts will heat up the Burning CAN stage. Empire Strikes Brass will lay down powerful, high energy brass/funk/rock sounds; Los Colognes will provide philosophic, “quietly anthemic” rock and roll; Dangermuffin will create organic folk Americana tunes; and Trongone Band will bring rock and country sounds to the stage. Finally, the evening will wrap up (get it?) with a mind-melting performance by Here Come The Mummies, an eight-piece group of 5,000 year old mummies that throw down “terrifying funk from beyond the grave.” Brevard, NC (June 12, 2019) - Oskar Blues Brewery’s Annual Burning CAN Beer Fest will pop off on August 9-10 at the scenic REEB Ranch in Hendersonville, NC. Burning CAN is a weekend-long craft beer throwdown complete with outdoor sports, camping, two nights of live music by internationally touring bands, food trucks; and the main event – a craft beer fest featuring over 70 breweries. Tickets to Burning CAN Beer Fest are on sale now. Jam the best of the craft-beer-in-a-can lifestyle into one giant weekend party – music, beer, mountain sports, food, and revelry. Ticket options include music-only, music-and-beer or weekend passes. Click here for ticket info or contact Aaron Baker at [email protected] for more information. The celebration kicks off on Friday with soulful blues-rock smothered in psychedelic sauce by Asheville’s own Travers Brothership; followed by soulful, hip-hop infused, melodic math rock by Tauk. Headliner Moon Taxi is no stranger to the music festival scene, having played at huge fests like Coachella, Hangout and Beale Street. A five-piece progressive pop/funk/rock outfit from Nashville, Moon Taxi’s magnetic, energetic performance is sure to get cans shaking at Burning CAN! Once everyone has worked up a thirst, the main event will crack open – Saturday afternoon’s beer fest with more than 70 breweries pouring exclusively from CANs at the region’s sole can-only beer festival. Beer lovers will be introduced to craft beer from all over the East Coast and beyond. What’s the deal with cans? Oskar Blues Brewery started stuffing Dale’s Pale Ale into a can in 2002, igniting the craft can revolution that continues today. Cans are infinitely recyclable – not to mention light and portable to suit every adventurous craft beer lover’s lifestyle.