first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享EURACTIV:The pace at which India—and China in particular—have developed solar power came as a surprise to BP analysts, the company’s chief economist told EURACTIV in an interview.When oil and gas major BP published its 2018 Energy Outlook last February, the group’s chief executive underlined in the report’s foreword that “a core theme” of this year’s edition “is the speed of the transition underway.” Speaking to EURACTIV in Brussels this week, BP’s chief economist, Spencer Dale, went further, acknowledging that the company had made a “mistake” in evaluating the speed of the transition.“We don’t pretend we haven’t made this mistake – we have made this mistake,” Dale admitted, saying BP has “revised up” its renewable energy growth forecasts as a result. “A lot of the explanation is solar,” Dale pointed out, explaining that the impressive growth in solar PV worldwide followed a typical “learning curve” where the costs come down roughly by 25% every time solar capacity doubles.“We haven’t been surprised by the steepness of that curve,” Dale pointed out, but rather by “how far along the curve” the world has got, particularly in China and India.For BP, the surprising figures are “telling us less about solar energy and more about the pace of the energy transition in China. And the pace at which essentially they’ve reduced their share of coal and filled up that hole with solar energy,” Dale said.The pattern is a familiar one. For years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and oil majors such as BP and ExxonMobil have consistently tended to underestimate renewables growth in their annual energy outlooks. In Brussels, the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, recently admitted it was taken by surprise by the rapid fall in renewables costs and recently updated its own projections based on new evidence.More: BP Confesses ‘Mistake’ In Forecasting Renewable Energy Growth Extent, Speed of China-India Renewable Energy Push Surprises BP Analystslast_img read more

first_img Tweet Events Director of the Dominica Festivals Committee, Mrs. Natalie Clarke-MeadeThe Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) and the Dominica Calypso Association have formed a partnership to create Carnival City at the Pottersville Savannah. At the opening of Carnival in December, 2011 Events Director of the Dominica Festivals Committee Natalie Clarke-Meade explained two reasons why the DFC decided that some of the carnival events would be hosted at the National Stadium.“The reasoning behind going to the Windsor Park Sports Stadium was two-fold; first it is a cricket ground so the sensitivity of the grass is always the first thing that comes up. What do you put on it, how long does it have to stay there, what happens in the actual construction of things that go on that field? So we therefore because Dominica Festivals Committee has that constraint of funding we had to find a space where we could stream line the budget and also think of the biggest show that would go into that captive space which was the monarch show therefore the car park came up.”Mrs. Meade further explained that the car park space would not have required any significant amount of spending in terms of preparation as opposed to the Pottersville Savannah.“The car park is a space that needs merely a pitching or a clarification of the ground. If the space was considered by all stakeholders in terms of putting utility lines in; electricity, water, in terms of reconfiguring the space, the space is more than adequate to create an event ground in the Windsor Park Sports Stadium Car Park.”However Mrs. Meade disclosed that the Dominica Calypso Association came forward and pledged their support to the assist with the cost for preparing the Pottersville Savannah, but she noted that stakeholders should come together to determine a permanent venue for carnival shows and the World Creole Music Festival among others.“In these economic constrained times that we live in the Commonwealth of Dominica has to consider seriously either building a festival venue that has all the facilities that we need in terms of stage, lights, sound, catering spaces, utilities. All the stake holders of both the World Creole Music Festival and Carnival should consider putting our minds together as to how we can come up with a space where we can have all these facilities for all the exciting shows that happen every month in this country. In my opinion, this is what we should be considering as a way forward.”Mrs. Meade strong proposes that stakeholders “need to find and look with fresh minds at that Windsor Park Sports Stadium Car Park space which is a perfect space”. In related news; the Opening of Carnival has been changed to the 28th of January and will culminate at the Pottersville Savannah, the opening of Carnival for St. Joseph on the 4th of February and in Portsmouth on the 5th of February, 2012.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews DFC and DCA partners to fund “Carnival City” by: – January 11, 2012 Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 36 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

first_imgSpring break came early for the No. 7 USC men’s volleyball team (8-6, 6-5) these past nine days.But through a period that most college students would revel in, whether by sipping exotic drinks, tanning by the pool or just celebrating a few days of freedom, the Trojans spent their longest break of the season in a much different fashion.In fact, their nine-day layoff couldn’t have come at a better time. For a team that came into the season with such high expectations, these past few weeks have represented what appears to be rock bottom.A rock bottom that comes on the heels of dropping five of its past seven matches, losing every first set over the past month and faltering at a time when most elite teams would hope to be peaking.But for an experienced unit that knows all about the dog days of winter, a little time off from competition these past nine days was put to great use, as they used the break to regain something that has been missing for some time — their psyche.“The mood on the team has transformed from one of arrogance and disdain to enthusiasm and support,” senior middle blocker Hunter Current said. “We are fusing all our physical and intellectual strengths to combat any potential for weakness on the court.”So while their reprieve from the rigor of a physically draining conference schedule didn’t include any fun in the sun, a mental makeover could be just the thing the Trojans needed as they prepare to face Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe, the No. 10 Santa Barbara Gauchos (9-8, 6-5), tonight at the Galen Center.With the Gauchos coming to town for the 7 p.m. clash, preparation will be paramount for USC, as UCSB comes in as the hottest team in the conference, winning four straight.The team’s recent success has been due in large part to the number of key contributors the Gauchos have been able to rely on throughout the year.From outsider hitter Jeff Menzel (already fourth on the all-time list for kills in a career) to opposite hitter Jake Rosener (leads team in digs), the Gauchos enter tonight’s match as one of the most balanced teams in the land. Despite an embarrassing 0-4 start to their season, UCSB looks like a team poised to make a run in the NCAA tournament.For the Trojans, the key to notching a third straight home victory over UCSB will be their poise and ability to play mistake-free volleyball. It sounds obvious, but these two factors have plagued the team throughout its current dry spell.“There has been ample time for us to rework our mind-set, the team dynamic and attitude towards the game of volleyball,” Current said.But tonight, as USC attempts to turn a page in its season it would rather not dwell on, the team is cognizant that the past cannot be changed, but how it competes from here on out has yet to be set in stone.“We lost to the three of the best teams according to their record, and, while we all want to win in a conference like this, a team is not going to go undefeated or even close to it,” sophomore outside hitter Tony Ciarelli said. “We just need to push on from here and look to the future rather than regretting the past.”last_img read more