The Weather Authority: A look at today’s severe weather potential – Alabama’s News Leader

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Mar 262017
 

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The Weather Authority: A look at today's severe weather potential
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With the daytime heating process, the air will become unstable, supporting strong to severe storms during the afternoon and evening hours. SPC maintains the standard “slight risk” of severe storms for roughly the western half of Alabama, with a
AMBER ALERT Cancelled: An abducted 11-month-old has been locatedwhnt.com
UPDATE: 11-month-old Pickens County boy found, Amber Alert cancelledWAAY

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Scott Pruitt Already Planning Rollback Of EPA Authority, But Gets Graded Down By Environmental Academics

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Feb 272017
 

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s new administrator, Scott Pruitt, has already signaled plans to roll back several Obama-era policies and planned to provide businesses with “regulatory certainty” — but at the same time, his first speech has been graded a D+ or C- by environmental academics

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California High-Speed Rail Authority Begins Looking For High-Speed Rail Operator For Central Valley-Silicon Valley Line

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Jan 082017
 

On December 16, the California High-Speed Rail Authority apparently issued a Request For Qualifications (RfQ) amongst train-operating companies — for the guidance of planning and early stage-operations of the planned Central Valley to Silicon Valley bullet train

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Hyperloop One + Dubai Roads & Transport Authority Sign Agreement To Evaluate Potential In UAE

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Nov 112016
 

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Hyperloop One has signed an agreement with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority that could see the firm’s technology applied in the UAE in a new feasibility study

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India To Launch National Offshore Wind Energy Authority Soon

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Aug 222013
 


India is set to take a definite step towards opening the offshore wind energy sector to the developers. After deliberations for several months, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) is set to launch the National Offshore Wind Energy Authority (NOWA) to proliferate deployment of offshore wind energy projects in the county.

The National Offshore Wind Energy Authority will be responsible for carrying out resource assessment along the country’s coastline and survey potential project sites in the Exclusive Economic Zones in the territorial waters.

India is the fifth largest wind energy market in the world, in terms of installed capacity, with over 19,500 MW capacity installed as of 30 June 2013, accounting for about 65% of the total installed renewable energy capacity in the country.

Scottish Development International had conducted offshore wind energy assessment in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and indicated that 1 GW wind energy projects could be installed off the coastal cities of Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari. The agency is believed to have estimated India’s offshore wind energy resources at 350 GW.

According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Indian corporates like the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Tata Power have expressed interest in setting up offshore wind energy projects. Tata Power is believed to have submitted a formal request to set up a project off the coast of the western state of Gujarat. GWEC further reported that in June 2010 global giants like Areva, Siemens, and GE had announced plans to explore offshore wind energy opportunities in India.

Even though onshore wind energy is the most well-established renewable energy technology in India, offshore wind energy sector needs special attention to ensure sustainable growth. As noted by one of the members of India’s Planning Commission, the capital cost requirements for offshore projects is substantially higher than onshore projects. Offshore wind energy projects would require a promotional tariff higher than that offered for onshore wind energy projects. The highest preferential tariff offered for onshore wind energy projects is around $ 0.10 per kWh.

Another critical aspect related to offshore wind energy projects is security. As mentioned in an earlier article, the government has been talking to the Indian Coast Guard about this issue. There have been reports that the large wind farms pose security issues due to complications with radar imaging. India claims to have increased vigilance along its coastline since the 2008 Mumbai attacks and it surely doesn’t want to take a step backwards.

Transmission of energy is another challenge. The government is planning to set up a dedicated transmission corridor for renewable energy projects. Preparations for setting up this corridor have begin with the implementation of the Renewable Regulatory Fund (RRF). Solar and wind energy project developers are now required to forecast the energy they are going to supply to the grid with a set level of accuracy. The developers would have to pay a penalty if the energy supplied deviates beyond the set limit.

The establishment of a dedicated offshore wind energy authority could not have come at a better time. The government recently reintroduced a crucial incentive scheme for the wind energy sector. The Generation-based Incentive scheme had been one of the most attractive incentives for project developers in the wind energy sector. In its absence, India’s wind energy capacity addition fell to the lowest point in three years.

Image Credit: Middelgruden Offshore Wind Farm in Denmark. United Nations Photo | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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Local authority lacking over fracking – Marion Star

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Apr 292012
 

Local authority lacking over fracking
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Millions of gallons of water from the river, later combined with sand and chemicals, will be used to blast open fissures in a mile-deep shale formation to free fossil fuels, a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or more commonly as "fracking.
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Opportunity and Authority Attract Abusers to Coaching – New York Times

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Dec 102011
 

But sports as an environment for sexual abuse is hardly new. Experts say it has all the significant ingredients that can lead to such abuse: coaches have close relationships with children and unsupervised access to them, while holding a position …
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Department of Ecology authority is upheld for shoreline rules – Issaquah Press

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Aug 312011
 

In a recent ruling, the state Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the state’s authority to sign off on shoreline management plans and regulations. The decision came just before the state Department of Ecology approved the Sammamish shoreline …
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National Environment Appraisal And Monitoring Authority Planned For India – Huffingtonpost.com

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Jul 262011
 

NEW DELHI — India’s government will set up a new environmental regulator to review investment projects, the prime minister said, freeing politicians from making unpopular decisions to protect ecology at the cost of development. India has been embroiled in …
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‘Permissive’ Environment Protection Authority starts work – National Business Review

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Jun 302011
 

The new, standalone Environment Protection Authority (EPA) starts work today. Environment Minister Nick Smith said today it would deliver stronger and better co-ordinated central government leadership on environmental regulation. “It is better to have one …
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