In what could be her last address as City of Johannesburg (CoJ) mayor, since she faces a vote of no confidence, Mpho Phalatse has announced City Power's ‘Sustainable Energy Strategy', which it has published with the aim of attracting funding, to help reduce the severity of loadshedding in the city. She says the city has been on a path towards reducing its reliance on Eskom in earnest since May last year, following the Joburg Energy Indaba. City Power has since put out requests for proposals for short-term power purchase agreements to secure energy from independent power producers (IPPs) for up to 36 months. The first round of tenders went out in November last year, with the closing date being February 10. Additionally, City Power is undergoing an approval process for Ministerial determination to procure power on a longer-term basis from IPPs. City Power seeks to secure additional capacity from diversified energy sources, including solar, gas, battery storage, waste-to-energy and gas-to-power projects. Phalatse says the CoJ is ultimately working towards procuring an additional 500 MW of electricity, which could offset up to five stages of loadshedding. The short-term objectives of the ‘Sustainable Energy Strategy' has an estimated cost requirement of R401-million, to avert up to Stage 3 loadshedding, since Stage 2 and 3 loadshedding is likely to continue for at least the next 18 months. Particularly, Phalatse says, for R20-million, the city can recommission its two existing open-cycle gas turbine stations, which could produce 74 MW of power; however, this will require the city to procure and burn diesel. The CoJ already has 1.2-million litres of diesel on hand for these sites. Further, at R85-milion, City Power can use ripple relay systems to remotely regulate high-energy use products such as geysers, swimming pool motors and the like, which could save 80 MW, but only when absolutely necessary, Phalatse points out. For the city to produce and distribute smart meters and a communication system to enable City Power to limit the amount of power distributed to homes, it will need R203-million. Phalatse explains that, instead of completely turning off the power, the city can supply homes with enough energy to power essential needs. This could save an additional 322 MW, when needed and not on a whim, and with the necessary communication to customers. For City Power to better monitor, control and optimise its transmission system, it requires R120-million. “Unfortunately, the CoJ does not have R401-million lying around that can be easily shifted to this strategy. We are, therefore, exploring the establishment of an infrastructure fund and we will be approaching development finance institutions, the private sector and provincial and national governments to fund this project, where we will leverage our status as the economic hub of the country,” Phalatse states. City Power CEO Tshifularo Mashava confirms that, if the entity were to get the money immediately, it would take up to six months to get this mitigation plan active, given that much of the infrastructure is already in place. Phalatse notes that, despite the threat of her possibly being removed from office again, the ‘Sustainable Energy Strategy' is not about politics, but a legacy project to ensure Johannesburg can continue to operate, and more sustainably at that. She says the city has been losing customers and revenue owing to customers going semi- or completely off-grid. Between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, City Power experienced losses of 386 GWh, resulting in a net revenue loss of about R284-million. The entity has also incurred costs of about R155-million, owing to overtime as a result of loadshedding, and R35-million in insurance costs. This translates to a total loss of R474-million in the period under review. Moreover, City Power also incurs losses owing to vandalism and theft, having spent R200-million on 390 mini substations between July 1, 2021, and November 11,...
Toyota South Africa Motors' (TSAM's) Prospecton production complex in Durban will move to 100% renewable energy by 2028, in an investment that will cost north of R800-million, says president and CEO Andrew Kirby. TSAM will have to carry the cost of the investment, and not its Japanese parent company. Around 10 MW of solar power has already been installed at the plant, with the aim to increase that to 31 MW. To achieve its 100% renewable energy goal, TSAM will also have to roll out low carbon equipment and improve its waste management. Speaking at the vehicle manufacturer's State of the Motor Industry event held in Johannesburg on Thursday, Kirby said the Hino truck plant within the production complex was already “self-sufficient” and running on 100% renewable energy. The group's Atlas warehouse in Gauteng was set to emulate the Hino plant by 2025, with the Sandton head office to get there “much sooner”. The bigger goal was for TSAM to become completely carbon neutral by 2035. “This is an enormous challenge, and we don't have all the answers yet, but we are dedicated to achieving this,” noted Kirby. He added that the 2028 renewable energy target was a “big investment”, and a “big commitment”. “We are doing this for a number of reasons.” One reason was to cut the company's carbon footprint, which was necessary if TSAM wanted to continue to be part of a global supply chain growing increasingly eco-friendly. Another reason was to mitigate the current loadshedding crisis caused by State-owned energy producer Eskom being unable to supply the country with sufficient electricity. Kirby said TSAM had been working closely with the eThekhwini municipality to put agreed mechanisms in place to reduce the Prospecton complex's overall energy consumption when necessary. This had enabled the plant to continue its production day without interruption. However, component suppliers to TSAM had not been that lucky – especially suppliers with high energy demands that could not be met by alternative energy sources, such as furnaces. In these cases, TSAM and the suppliers had been in contact with the relevant municipalities to convince them to sequence their loadshedding periods not too closely together, so that the power outages did not interrupt the production cycle. “For a furnace, for example, it takes two hours to get back up to speed, and then, two hours later, we have loadshedding again,” explained Kirby. “We are working closely with everyone. “To be honest, it's a moving target. “We have come very close to having to curtail our production because of loadshedding, and we think it's going to get worse,” said Kirby. “It's a big concern for us and we are managing it moment by moment.”
The Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office has confirmed it will soon launch a bid window round for 513 MW of battery storage capacity and hopes to procure another 1 200 MW later this year. IPP Office head Bernard Magoro confirmed during a webinar hosted by Creamer Media and titled 'South Africa's Energy Outlook for 2023', that the country could see a total 1 700 MW of battery storage procured in 2023. He also assured that the IPP Office was preparing to release Bid Window 7 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), which followed on what was an oversubscribed Bid Window 6 at 9.6 GW with offers from 56 wind and solar bids. However, government ultimately selected only five solar plants with a combined capacity of 860 MW in the auction, and no wind projects, despite 4.1 GW of bids having been submitted and despite government originally planning to allocate up to 1 GW of solar and 3.2 GW of wind power in the auction. The IPP Office also plans on releasing a 3 000 MW gas-focused bid window and is working closely with Transnet to position the ports to be abke to deliver the gas to the country. During the webinar, Standard Bank renewable energy, power and infrastructure head Rentia van Tonder warned, however, that the REIPPPP needed a “rethink” as soon as possible and referred particularly to its format, refrencing Bid Window 6, and how procurement was undertaken. She referred to certain sites requiring different procurement processes to fully unlock the dormant potential in those areas.
International renewables group Enel Green Power has been selected by Air Liquide and Sasol to build 220 MW of wind capacity to supply Sasol's Secunda complex, in Mpumalanga, where Sasol produces synthetic fuels and chemicals and Air Liquide operates the biggest oxygen production site in the world – both companies have made commitments to be carbon neutral by 2050. The renewable electricity from the wind projects is scheduled to be operational in 2025. The long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs), which are still subject to regulatory and financial approvals, are the first to be signed following a tender process launched jointly by the two companies in April 2021. The joint request for proposals (RFP) for 900 MW is the largest corporate renewables procurement in South Africa to date and forms part of Sasol's plan to procure 1 200 MW of renewable electricity from independent power producers by 2030. Sasol has a 500 MW allocation within the 900 MW and Air Liquide 400 MW. The two companies report that they are negotiating with the remaining preferred bidders identified through the RFP to procure the balance of the renewable energy within the coming months. In a joint statement, the companies said the renewable energy arising from the procurement process will contribute significantly to the 2031 target of reducing the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions associated with the oxygen production by between 30% to 40%. Sasol is under growing pressure to reduce its carbon emissions, particularly at Secunda, which is among the largest single-site emitters of the greenhouse gas globally. In 2021, the JSE-listed group revised its initial target of reducing emissions by only 10% by 2030 to 30%. The new target has been set against a 2017 baseline of 63.9-million carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) tons and implies a reduction to 44.7-million CO2e tons by 2030. Sasol's Energy Business executive VP Priscillah Mabelane said the procurement “demonstrates the real progress Sasol is making towards its decarbonisation” and will also play a key role in creating alternative sources of energy to address South Africa's current energy capacity constraints. South Africans are enduring an intense period of electricity loadshedding, with more than 200 days of disruption in 2022 and with rotational power cuts having been implemented on every day since the start of 2023. Plans developed by Eskom and the National Energy Crisis Committee indicate that loadshedding will need to be implemented for at least another two years as the utility struggles to stabilise its coal fleet and while new supply and demand mechanisms are introduced. Air Liquide Group VP and executive committee member Ronnie Chalmers said that by signing the long-term PPAs with Enel Green, Air Liquide and Sasol were actively supporting the development of renewables in South Africa, which would support both the electrical power system and the fight against global warming. Air Liquide, which acquired Sasol's 16 oxygen production units in Secunda in 2021, operates 17 air separation units for Sasol, with a total oxygen capacity of 47 000 t/d.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has indicated that there is no intention of overhauling the Energy Action Plan he unveiled in July last year, even while acknowledging that “many of the measures in the plan will not be felt in the immediate term” and that loadshedding will, thus, continue. Writing in his weekly newsletter following a week of consultative meetings on the electricity crisis with various social partners and the National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM), which he chairs, the President said he had used the meetings to underline “the importance of staying the course, instead of coming up with unsustainable short-term solutions”. “Six months ago I announced a national Energy Action Plan to improve the performance of Eskom's power stations and add new generation capacity as quickly as possible. “This plan was the result of extensive consultation and was endorsed by energy experts as the most realistic path towards ending loadshedding,” the President writes. Many of the measures, would not be felt in the immediate term, however. “We must be realistic about our challenges and about what it is going to take to fix them. While we all desperately want to, we cannot end loadshedding overnight.” He made no reference in the newsletter to his reported request to Eskom to halt the implementation of the 18.65% tariff increase, which was recently sanctioned by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa. Such an intervention, while popular, would further weaken Eskom's financial ability to respond to the crisis, including to implement the Energy Action Plan's goal of recovering the performance of the under-maintained coal fleet, as well as to beef up security around Eskom's assets, which have become hotbeds of corruption and crime, including sabotage. Speaking on Radio 702, Eskom chairperson Mpho Makwana denied the President had requested Eskom to halt the hike, but had rather requested the utility to assess ways to “absorb the impact of the 18.65%”. "We have indicated that we have a number of brilliant minds on our board that will look at all means possible to ease the pain. We are sympathetic to South Africans," Makwana said, adding that it would report back to NECOM on possible mechanisms to limit the impact of the tariff increase. Should the increase, which is due for implementation on April 1, be moderated, it is possible that Eskom may need to approach the National Treasury for support over-and-above the regular injections already being received to sustain the State-owned company as a going concern. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has already rebuffed the utility's attempt to secure money to purchase additional diesel, but is expected to announce details of a debt-relief package in his February Budget. Godongwana indicated in October that between one-third and two-thirds of Eskom's near R400-billion debt could be transferred from Eskom to the National Treasury. In his newsletter, meanwhile, Ramaphosa says he is aware that “everyone is fed up” with loadshedding, but insists that, by implementing the Energy Action Plan, loadshedding will steadily become less severe. “That is why we are using every means at our disposal, calling on every resource we have, to get power onto the grid as a matter of extreme urgency.” There is a big focus, he indicates, on improving plant performance, particularly at the six underperforming power stations of Kendal, Matla, Majuba, Duvha, Tutuka and Kusile. The day before the newsletter was published, Eskom released details of a board- and shareholder-approved generation recovery plan to deliver more than 6 000 MW of Eskom generation over the coming two years. The maintenance-led initiative aims to recover Eskom's energy availability factor (EAF) from an average for the current financial year of 58% to a nominal 60% by the end of March. The goal is then to progressively increase the average EAF to 65% by the end of March 2024 and to 70% by the end of March 2025. Engineering consultant WSP Africa hav...
Eskom will approach the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) for an exemption to allow it to temporarily bypass the flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) units at the Kusile power station in an effort to reintroduce 2 160 MW of production, months earlier than would be the case absent such an exemption. Kusile Units 1, 2 and 3 have been out of service since October 23 after the flue duct at Unit 1 failed as a result of the duct bend collapsing, owing to excessive weight of slurry deposited in the flue. The incident also compromised the adjacent Unit 2 and 3 flue duct bends, making all three units inoperable, which has precipitated an intensification of loadshedding by two stages. It is currently estimated that a full repair, which will involve increasing the height of the smokestacks to 90 m, could take 18 months. However, Eskom aims to introduce temporary flues for the three units to enable an earlier return to service, while the longer-term solution is implemented on the common chimney. COO Jan Oberholzer indicated during a briefing on January 22 that the design for the temporary stacks had been completed and that it would be technically possible to bypass the FDGs and, thus, reintroduce the units about eight months earlier. However, a temporary exemption would be required from the DFFE to enable it to bypass the air-pollution control system, which has been a regular source of trips at Kusile, and Oberholzer confirmed that Eskom would be making a formal request to the DFFE in this regard. The move is likely to face some resistance from environmental groups, but the authorities are likely to prove sympathetic given growing public anger over power cuts and even some legal demands for Eskom to immediately halt loadshedding. After South Africa's worst-ever year for rotational power cuts in 2022, loadshedding has already been implemented on every day of 2023 so far, at times at Stage 6, and the outlook for the rest of the year remains bleak. The recovery of the three Kusile units, as well as the synchronisation to the grid of Kusile Unit 5 later this year, forms part of a larger board- and shareholder approved generation recovery plan to deliver more than 6 000 MW of Eskom generation over the coming two years. Besides the rebuilding of Medupi Unit 4, which is out of service owing to a hydrogen explosion, much of the recovery is expected to arise from the six underperforming coal stations of Kendal, Matla, Majuba , Duvha , Tutuka and Kusile. Acting generation executive Thomas Conradie reported that the intention was to add 6 274 MW over a 24-month period, including 1 862 MW in the coming six months, an additional 1 530 MW in 12 months, 1 818 MW in 18 months and an additional 1 064 MW in 24 months. The board operations performance committee had requested the appointment of WSP Africa to monitor and report on the implementation of what is described as a “complex project management exercise”. Loadshedding would still be required over the period, however, to create “headroom” for the maintenance required to stabilise the coal fleet and raise Eskom's energy availability factor (EAF). The average year-to-date EAF has been about 58% (with the coal fleet operating at an average EAF of about 52%) to a nominal 60% by the end of March. The goal is then to increase the average EAF to 65% by the end of March 2024 and to 70% by the end of March 2025. The briefing exposed a divergence between the board and the executives over the implementation of loadshedding, with chairperson Mpho Makwana indicating that there would be “permanent Stage 2 or 3 loadshedding for the next two years in order to give sufficient space for maintenance” and the executives indicating that higher stages would probably be required at times, while no loadshedding would be implemented if there was sufficient energy available to avoid such cuts. Following the briefing Eskom indicated that it could not guarantee that loadshedding would remain at between St...
The National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM), which is overseeing the implementation of the National Energy Plan announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in July, presented a ‘Roadmap to end Loadshedding' to various partners and stakeholders this week. The presentation has not been formally released and the committee is yet to make a public briefing. It is, thus, possible that the roadmap presented will be adjusted, particularly given intensive recent discussions on the crisis and reports that Ramaphosa had “locked NECOM in a room” this week with an instruction to find solutions. The roadmap presented covers this year and next, as well as the period after 2024 and outlines what energy and capacity could be injected over the period as a result of the various interventions that have been announced as part of the Energy Action Plan. Besides assuming that 6 000 MW could be introduced over the coming two years as a result of an improved performance from Eskom's coal fleet, especially from Tutuka, Kendal, Duvha, Majuba, Medupi and Kusile, the roadmap indicates that 8 822 MW could be added this year from other sources. Notably the roadmap makes no reference, however, to securing additional diesel for the open-cycle gas turbines, despite a renewed call from business for government to fund Eskom's diesel use to reduce loadshedding stages in the short term. Eskom has already more than exhausted its diesel budget for the current financial year and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has granted Eskom revenue of R8.4-billion for the coming financial year, beginning on April 1, against an Eskom request for R16.9-billion. The specific interventions outlined for 2023 outside of the generation recovery plan under way at Eskom include sourcing: 2 880 MW from the recovery of Kusile Units 1, 2 and 3, as well as the completion of Unit 5. Currently, three Kusile units are offline following the October 23 structural collapse of the chimney duct, which is forecast to take months to repair; up to 1 625 MW arising from imports from neighbouring countries; 1 597 MW from private embedded generation projects; 1 350 MW from the standard offer and emergency generation programme; some 850 MW from rooftop solar; about 250 MW arising from demand-response and energy-efficiency programmes; some 200 MW from the first phase of Eskom battery roll-out; and 70 MW arising from existing independent power producers (IPPs) with surplus energy. During 2024, the roadmap estimates that a further 8 665 MW could be injected from municipal procurement (1 500 MW); emergency power projects (775 MW); bid window five renewables projects (794 MW), additional demand response (1 200 MW), the procurement of IPP battery storage (513 MW); the return to service of Medupi Unit 4 and the completion of Kusile Unit 6 (1 520 MW); additional embedded generation (2 125 MW) and Eskom just transition and battery projects (238 MW). Beyond 2024, the roadmap indicates that more than 29 000 MW could be added from various public and private procurement initiatives. The presentation also insists that the Energy Action Plan, which has been operationalised to include nine workstreams, provides a clear way out of this crisis. It acknowledges, however, that the electricity system will remain under pressure in the short term, which, given the current public mood, is likely to add further pressure on Eskom and government as the backlash against loadshedding intensifies. The presentation also highlights measures that should be taken to accelerate the implementation of the Energy Action Plan, including six specific actions to add new capacity in the short-term, namely: improving Eskom plant performance through the ‘Generation Recovery Plan'; the procurement of emergency power, for which no details are provided but which is likely to be seen as code for powerships; the import of additional power from neighbouring countries; the finalisation of a feed-in tariff and net-metering guidelines “to...
EDF Renewables in South Africa reports that construction of its third wind project selected during the much-delayed fifth bid window (BW5) of government's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is under way after the 140 MW Coleskop project reached financial and commercial close on January 18. Senior debt for the R3.5-billion project is being provided by Standard Bank, ABSA, Investec and Momentum Metropolitan. The project forms part of the 420 MW Koruson 1 portfolio that also includes the Phezukomoya and San Kraal wind projects, which achieved financial close on November 10. The three projects are 140 MW apiece and are located near Middelburg, in the Umsombomvu local municipality, on the boundary of the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape provinces. The projects were named together with 22 others as preferred bidders in October 2021, following the resumption of the REIPPPP, which had been disrupted for seven years after the previous Eskom leadership refused to sign power purchase agreements for projects legally procured in 2014. However, BW5 subsequently experienced serious delays of its own, having been concluded ahead of the surge in renewables costs that arose as a result of several Covid lockdowns in China and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In September last year, EDF Renewables and its partners, H1 and Gibb-Crede, were the first to signed BW5 project agreements with Eskom and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy for the Koruson 1 projects. By December, a total of 19 other projects had followed suite and were given until the end of March this year to reach financial close. EDF Renewables in South Africa CEO Tristan de Drouas said the Coleskop project was expected to enter commercial operation by the beginning of 2025 and would sell power to Eskom under a 20-year power purchase agreement. As with the Phezukomoya and San Kraal projects, the Coleskop project will comprise 26 wind turbines, being supplied by Goldwind, with hub heights of 124 m and blade lengths of 83 m. South African construction firm WBHO is the contractor for the balance of plant. EDF Renewables is also constructing the Koruson Main Transmission Substation on behalf of Eskom, under a self-build agreement, which will be transferred to the utility upon completion. The company, which is a subsidiary of France's EDF Renewables, says the Koruson 1 projects will create 590 jobs during the two-year construction period and 50 full-time jobs during the operation. “Approximately 40% of the project value will comprise local content, and during operations, 1.2% of revenue generated by the projects will be applied to socio-economic development initiatives for nearby local communities.”
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The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is hoping to convince Eskom to conduct an independent technoeconomic assessment of whether there is potential to extract more capacity from the constrained grid in the Cape provinces after none of the 23 wind projects that participated in the most recent public procurement round were appointed as a preferred bidder. In December, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe announced the appointment of only six utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, with a combined capacity of just 860 MW, as preferred bidders, following Bid Window Six (BW6) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). This, despite the round having been expanded from 2 600 MW to 4 200 MW as part of announcements made by President Cyril Ramaphosa in July to combat intensifying loadshedding. In fact, the round had initially been doubled to 5 200 MW, but the Ministerial determinations to allow for the procurement of 2 000 MW of solar PV were not in place, so BW6 was reduced by 1 000 MW to 4 200 MW, with 3 200 MW set aside for wind, for which determinations were in place. The failure to appoint any wind projects was attributed to an unavailability of grid capacity in the Eastern, Northern and Western Cape provinces, where all the projects are located. It emerged that capacity deemed to be available ahead of BW6 had been subsequently reserved for projects being pursued by independent power producers (IPPs) that were being developed on the basis of private power purchase agreements. SAWEA CEO Niveshen Govender tells Engineering News that its members want an independent assessment of the grid constraints in the Cape provinces to assess whether there are technical solutions available to immediately unlock additional grid capacity, or commercially viable ways to implement grid sharing. Should solutions emerge, the association could then request the IPP Office to consider launching an “expedited bid window”, through which wind projects frozen out by the grid constraints have an opportunity to bid again. As things stand, projects that could be delivering about 10 TWh of electricity yearly within the next 24 to 36 months are side-lined, despite intensifying loadshedding. Govender says a meeting has been scheduled with Eskom and reports that SAWEA members are more than willing to fund the study, which could be implemented by the Eskom system operator. Strong views have already emerged on either side of the debate, with some warning of costly curtailment should grid sharing be pursued, and others arguing that grid capacity is still available in areas where Eskom says it is not and that only limited curtailment is likely, especially if allocations are made on a timely basis. Debates are also emerging over the effectiveness of battery energy storage in augmenting the grid, even though there is a growing acceptance that batteries can definitely ease pressure in certain areas and provide vital ancillary services. SAWEA also intends to engage with Eskom and the IPP Office on the grid-access rules that will govern both future public procurement rounds and the private projects. It will also be seeking an update from Eskom on the implementation of the Transmission Development Plan, which is theoretically geared towards adding the grid capacity required to unlock new generation capacity, including in the Cape provinces, where South Africa's best wind resources are located. “We believe that there is space for both public and private procurement and that the grid-access rules should not discriminate in favour of one over the other. “However, we need the rules to be fair and transparent and there also needs to be regular communication when circumstances are changing,” Govender says. During BW6, there had been no updates from Eskom after the Generation Connection Capacity Assessment, which guided bidders on what grid capacity was available, was published, even when developers of ...
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She is the Money, the Main Event, and Mill Woods' finest: it's Gigi Rey! Whether it be with Reality of Wrestling, Mission Pro, or AEW, it was a Gigi Guarantee that Rey was going to tear the house down. This week, Gigi joins Spencer Love to chat through her wild last year in professional wrestling, including her matches on AEW Dark against the likes of The Bunny, Emi Sakura and Toni Storm, the origins of her famed MW symbol, and her incredible homecoming matches for Love Pro Wrestling against Zoë Sager and Nicole Matthews. Like, share, subscribe, and tune in to each and every one of Spencer Love's interviews here on Love Wrestling! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- UPCOMING EVENTS LPW 11: The Blue Event - https://bit.ly/3OKHGZM ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- STARRING "The Money" Gigi Rey: @gigiwrestling ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- YER HOST Spencer Love: @SpennyLove ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- LOVE WRESTLING Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoveWrestlingCA Twitter: https://twitter.com/LoveWrestlingCA Instagram: https://Instagram.com/LoveWrestlingCA YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/LoveWrestlingCA Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/lovewrestlingca Podbean: https://lovewrestling.podbean.com/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/LoveWrestlingCA Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/love-wrestling/id1544146794
The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) has confirmed that its large mining and industrial members have a 4 GW-plus pipeline of generation projects that can be connected to the grid over the next five years to help close the electricity supply gap. However, it argues that other supply- and demand-side interventions are urgently required to reduce the intensity of both loadshedding and load curtailment. “We are of the view that Eskom and government alone will not be able to resolve these issues soon and, hence, other options need to be explored considering that this is a crisis and business-as-usual contributions are no longer adequate,” CEO Fanele Mondi tells Engineering News. Mondi believes there is particular potential for South Africa to support an “aggressive roll-out” of rooftop solar in the commercial and residential sectors over the short-term and that this should be incentivised as a priority intervention. Rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, he argues, are not constrained by the same permitting, funding and grid-access delays that are currently afflicting utility scale projects. In December, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy announced that only six utility-scale PV projects, with a combined capacity of just 860 MW, had advanced to preferred-bidder status, following a bidding round that had been expanded to procure 4 200 MW of both PV and wind projects. Not one of the 23 wind projects that bid for the round's 3 200 MW wind allocation was appointed, owing to grid constraints. “Economic incentives and net metering will help to expedite the roll-out to reach a stage where Eskom's pumped-storage schemes can be topped up from new rooftop PV generation, which will have a positive double whammy effect on the current situation.” Eskom already has net-billing tariffs for agriculture, commercial and industrial customers that provide a credit for energy exported at the same energy rate the customer pays for consumption. However, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) still needs to approve the residential tariff, dubbed Homeflex, which will allow Eskom to offer net-billing to residential customers. Eskom has also finalised its standard offer, which extends a three-year price for the purchase of power and it is understood the recent tariff hike approved by Nersa includes revenue specifically for this offer, which could evolve into a national feed-in tariff in future. In a recent update, the National Energy Crisis Committee (NECOM) indicated that the standard offer had the potential to secure 1 600 MW in the near-term. Mondi believes there is also potential for large power users to undertake co-ordinated maintenance so as to manage demand in a way that provides Eskom with space to do the maintenance the utility needs to perform to improve the energy availability factor of its coal power stations. In parallel, however, the EIUG says action needs to be taken to expedite the execution of public and private generation projects, including by strengthening and expanding the grid and ancillary services to maximise renewable energy penetration and by removing any remaining regulatory constraints. Mondi also believes more could be done to encourage investment in energy storage through financial incentives and by creating ancillary service products to be sold to the system operator. “This can be used to reduce demand during peak periods and stabilise the grid.” Given that EIUG members collectively account for over 40% of the electrical energy consumed, the organisation also has strong views on the possible demand-side instruments that could be deployed. “Demand-side management is the fastest and cheapest response, and the previous demand-side management programme was successful in saving significant energy, which eased the pressure on the grid, allowing for lower stages of load shedding and/or space for maintenance,” Mondi highlights. To be effective, however, the EIUG says the measures need to be economica...
MW of the Worlds of MW Lewis podcast joins me to talk about his new Kickstarter, Nicomeiden's Tower: A Dungeon Adventure. Link to the Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/worldsofmw/nicomeidens-tower-a-dungeon-rpg-adventure Link to MW's podcast https://anchor.fm/mwlewis Link to Smoldering Dung Games https://www.smolderingdunggames.com/ Attend the BSer Con 2 online convention 20-22 Jan, 2023 https://tabletop.events/conventions/bser-con-2 Come to DaveCon in Bloomington, MN on 13-16 April, 2023 https://www.davecon.net/ Come to GrogCon in Orlando, FL on 29 Sep to 1 Oct, 2023 https://www.grogcon.com/grogcon4/ Proud member of the Grog-talk Empire having been bestowed the title of The Governor Most Radiant Grandeur Baron The Belligerent Hero of The Valley. https://www.grogcon.com/podcast/ You can contact me through my Google Voice Number for US callers: (540) 445-1145, using Speakpipe for international callers: https://www.speakpipe.com/NerdsRPGVarietyCast through the podcast's email at nerdsrpgvarietycast 'at' gmail 'dot' com or find me on a variety of discords including the Audio Dungeon Discord. Home page for this show https://nerdsrpgvarietycast.carrd.co/ Home page for Cerebrevore, the TTRPG panel discussion podcast https://cerebrevore.carrd.co/ Ray Otus did the coffee cup art for this show, you can find his blog at https://rayotus.carrd.co/ TJ Drennon provides music for my show. Colin Green at Spikepit https://anchor.fm/spikepit provided the "Have no fear" sound clip. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jason376/message
讀經：列王紀下18章19-25節；36-19章7節 金句：列王紀下19章7節 請我們一起禱告： 「主啊，你是為我們成全諸事，隨時賜我們平安的神。當我們對過去失望又畏懼將來的時候，幫助我們從默想你奇妙的護理中從新得力。你能照著運行在我們心裡的大力，充充足足成就一切超過我們所求所想的，萬事都將因你而成為美好。願你用你活潑的道建立我們，使我們常常盼望並越發讚美你！禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-230114.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
讀經：馬太福音14章22-33節 金句：馬太福音14章28-30節 請我們一起禱告： 「主啊，把自己投身在你的眷顧中，依靠你慈愛的人是多麼有福。謝謝你藉著彼得的禱告提醒我們，心意不能離開你。謝謝你始終以厚恩待我們，也厚待一切求告你名的人。你的眼目遍察全地，要顯大能幫助向你心存誠實的人。求主向他們施恩，賜福給他們，正如你恩待賜福給我們一樣。禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-230113.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
讀經：列王紀上2章28-35節 金句：列王紀上2章28節 請我們一起禱告： 「主啊，你說惡必害死惡人，恨惡義人的，必被定罪。你容許惡人一時得勢，卻必定照著他所行的足足報應他。主啊，幫助我們不是單單聽道，而是用積極的行道回應你已經教導我們的真理，叫我們如同從你的靈變成的“神的兒女”，在新的一年裡更蒙天父的喜愛。禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-230112.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
[Warning: This episode contains a depiction of violence. Listener discretion is advised.]The local park is about to be developed and when Michael accidentally chains himself to a tree with his bike; he is mistaken for an activist and asked to run for city council. However, MW struggles to understand the concept of each person's opinion counting, believing there to be a right and a wrong party to vote for, and that Michael is standing for the wrong party. Meanwhile, an underhanded opposition leader (Marissa Ng) hires Officer Charlie to dig up dirt on Michael, hoping to damage his campaign and stop him from winning.TWITCH: http://twitch.tv/woebegonepodPATREON: http://patreon.com/woe_begoneALIZA SCHULTZ: http://anchor.fm/alizaschultzTRANSCRIPTS: http://WOEBEGONEPOD.comTWITTER: @WOEBEGONEPODREDDIT: /r/DOGCATCHER and /r/WOEBEGONEMUSIC: http://woebegonepod.bandcamp.comDISCORD: https://discord.gg/pn9kjTBYPD Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
讀經：撒母耳記下2章29-3章1節；5章3-5節 金句：撒母耳記下3章1節 請我們一起禱告： 「主啊，義人的腳步，是被你立定的；他的道路，你也喜愛。他雖失腳，也不至全身仆倒，因為你用手攙扶他。我們要倚靠你，見證你的恩典和大能，使父榮耀的恩典得著稱讚。你必為自己的榮耀踐踏仇敵，讓我們經歷你的得勝。禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-230111.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
讀經：撒母耳記下3章6-30節 金句：撒母耳記下3章30節 請我們一起禱告： 「主啊，凡神所默示的聖經，於教訓、督責、使人歸正、教導人學義，都是有益的。你把離開你的人，他們人性裡的醜惡、敗壞都記載下來，作為我們的鑑戒。主啊，願你用你的道潔淨我們，使我們遠離“爭權奪利”這些從情慾來的敗壞。在你的同在和幫助之下，能夠抑制罪惡，彰顯公義，以聖潔的妝飾為衣，叫你的心喜悅。禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-230110.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
讀經：提摩太前書1章12-2章7節 金句：提摩太前書1章12節 請我們一起禱告： 「主啊，你是我們的力量。我們一切的需要，都是藉著你從神而來。你是葡萄樹，我們是連於你的枝子，若是離了你，我們就不能做什麼。幫助我們按著你所賜的力量，活在你美善的旨意中，做你要我們做的工。在一切服事你的聖工上，盡心竭力，能得你的喜悅。禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-230109.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
Foundations of Amateur Radio One of the many questions that new amateurs ask is, "When should I get on-air, and on what band?" The often-heard reply is just to get on-air and make some noise. As time goes by, the importance of this seems to fade in favour of using HF prediction tools. Some amateurs never venture beyond that point, relying almost exclusively on technology to determine if they should turn on their radio or not. If you search the internet for "current HF conditions", you'll end up with dozens of sites boldly claiming to provide precisely that information, some even using the label "Real-Time". You'll find instructions from countless self-proclaimed "experts" on how to read propagation conditions from their favourite site. There's even widgets that you can install on your website displaying propagation data per amateur band with helpful labels like "Band Closed" or showing conditions as "Poor", "Fair" or "Good". Some of these widgets even include an embedded time-stamp to prove just how "current" the information is. If that's how you decide to activate your amateur station, like I once did, I have some questions. Where is this information coming from, is it accurate, and when was it last updated? To give you an idea of just how complex this question is, consider visiting two popular websites, solarham.net from Canada and spaceweatherlive.com from Belgium. On their home-pages, you'll find all manner of numbers, charts, photos, events, notifications, alerts, and warnings, each related in some way to HF propagation and the condition of the Sun. Sounds great, excellent resources, job done. Well, no. Let's start simple. Location. Leaving aside where the site's owner is or where the servers are, both potential sources of confusion, consider where you are and where the remote station is that you're trying to contact. Now compare that with the propagation data location. Do you know where the measurements came from and if they're relevant to you? What about data currency? For example, if you can see the Sun, you can count the number of sunspots since that data comes from physically looking at the Sun. Mind you, can someone count the number of sunspots at night? It's not a trick question. The Sun isn't overhead for everyone all the time, and the data from any particular observer will be out of date at night. When was the count updated? Is it still actually current, let alone real-time? Obviously, not everyone uses the same data source either. In case you're wondering, why are we counting by eye in the space age? It turns out that, since Galileo more than 400 years ago, it's the most long-term, reliable way to keep data consistent between observers and instruments, both of which often last only one or a few solar cycles, and it's also cheap! What about equipment changes and failures in data gathering? Geomagnetic activity isn't global; it's measured using a device called a flux-gate magnetometer. Measurements from specific instruments scattered around the globe are combined into the planetary, or Kp index. You'll discover that locations used change over time, and when instruments are down, the numbers are estimated, but you won't see that unless you actually find and explore the source data. It's not just solarham.net and spaceweatherlive.com; it's pretty much every single site that shows any form of HF propagation or space weather information. Even sites based in a specific country, like the Australian Space Weather Service, have many instruments scattered around Australia. If you happen to be near an actual instrument, where "near" is anything less than 500 km away, how do you know if that instrument was actually online when a measurement was made? Even if the instrument near you is working, is the data relevant to the receiving station on the other side of the planet? If you look closely at the sites giving out current HF conditions, you'll discover that most of these don't even tell you where the data comes from, let alone if any of it was estimated to come up with their current reported values or recommendations. If you start searching for historical information, this problem gets bigger. You'll find many sites that claim to have data, but are invariably underfunded, are rife with broken links, out-of-date servers, and moved, deleted, and abandoned pages. If you unearth a dataset, you'll discover that everyone uses a different standard to record their measurements. How do you even know if combined measurements are coming from the right column? Think I'm kidding? There are documents with warnings about different formats, calculations, and dates on which these changed. Aggregating this data is challenging, at best. So, is there a better way? Yup. You're not going to like it. "Get on-air and make noise!" I can hear you groaning from here. It's not all bad. You can run your own beacon to see the conditions at your location. It's what started me down the path of installing a WSPR, or Weak Signal Propagation Reporter, beacon and leaving it running 24/7. Currently, I'm focused on very weak, 10 mW signals. So far, it's been reported 3,685 km away. If you visit the VOACAP or Voice of America Coverage Analysis Program website, you'll find a visualisation of how FT8 propagation worked between ITU zones between 2017 and 2019. It's not current, but it's an excellent way to see how propagation data can be derived from actual contacts. What we really need are more beacon transmitters and online receivers. I'm Onno VK6FLAB.
讀經：利未記14章1-9節 金句：羅馬書4 章 25 節 請我們一起禱告： 「主啊，感謝你沒有按我的過犯待我，沒有照我的罪孽報應我。你潔淨向你悔改的人，使他們脫離一切污穢。父啊，感謝你按自己的旨意用真道生了我們，將新的心，新的靈放在我們裡面，使我們心靈得自由，能不受攔阻的愛你，事奉你。願你用你的訓言引導我們，領我們進入你為我們命定的寬廣和自由裡。我們把一切榮耀頌讚都歸給你。禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-230108.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
讀經：馬可福音1章35-45節 金句：馬可福音1章41節 請我們一起禱告： 「主啊，你不但醫治長大痲瘋的人，叫他好了，你連他的心病一併醫好了。他從你這裡得著愛和接納。你在他身上彰顯你無所不能的大能，和你無限的大愛。沒有一種病是你不能醫治的。主啊，你潔淨了我們，我們也要醒悟自潔。幫助我們在你面前謙卑，好好順從你，更加敬畏你，愛你。禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-230107.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
讀經：路加福音2章6-7節；21-39節 金句：路加福音2章22節 請我們一起禱告： 「主啊，感謝你，你離開天上的榮華，為我們生在律法以下。你為我們成全了舊約律法中對你的預表，把父所喜悅的樣式顯給我們看。父藉著你的受死，犧牲，把我們挽回過來，使我們藉著你與祂和好。一切都是你的恩典。帶領我們在真道上合一，滿有你自己長成的身量，顯出你自己的榮耀。禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-230106.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
Kicking off the New Year and new season with a new format to #SidexSidePodcast! On today's episode, Brandon Rizzo and Dimari Swanagain connect with Spiritual Bimbo, Brandee Glass to discuss a litany of topics ranging from the music business, to manifestations, to giving up on her dreams to become a full-time mother. Connect with Brandee Glass:TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@deevision1717Instagram: https://www.tiktok.com/brandeeglassSponsors:Black Swan Financial Group - www.BlackSwanFinancialGroup.comEase Web Development - www.easewebdev.comJennifer Catherine Photography - www.jennifercatherinephotography.comMaaly Williams Graphic Design - @Graphic.MW on InstagramCopyright Eleusis Media Group, LLC, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 2022 | www.eleusismediagroup.com | www.sidexsidepodcast.com@SidexSidePod @RIZZOfeels & @JudahClan on socialTag #SidexSidePodcast to join in on the conversation! Theme Music by: Brandon RizzoChaptersSubscribe, Like, Comment, and Share! | 00:00Ad Black Swan Financial Group - www.BlackSwanFinancialGroup.comAd Ease Web Development - www.easewebdev.comOpening Title | 1:30This or That, Batman vs Superman | 3:17RAPID FIRE | Mushrooms and Outdoor Urination, She- Wee 10:46Brandee's Upbringing, From Upper Middle Class to the Hood, USC, Music Business, 16:51Brandee Becomes a Mom | 28:41
讀經：馬太福音4章12-17節 金句：馬太福音3章2節 請我們一起禱告： 「主啊，你將我們的罪孽擺在你面前，你的道使我們知罪，也使我們知道該如何面對自己的罪。你要我們向你真心悔改。主啊，你使我們看罪惡為羞恥，勇於承認離棄罪過。這一切都是你恩典的賞賜。願你加增我們信心，使我們行事不但與悔改的心相稱，更與蒙召的恩相稱。你的恩典和真理更多的在我們中間顯明。禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-230105.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
Mark Ritson is back on the Uncensored CMO podcast, and he's more uncensored than ever. This episode brings his ever candid thoughts on the best ads of 2022, who f*cked up and who he's been most impressed by. Strap in for Ritson's Review of 2022.Watch Uncensored CMO on YouTube here.What we covered in this conversation: Biggest marketing cock up of 2022 The 2022 new entry on Mark's Marketing Bulls**t Top 10 The biggest surprise of 2022 Which brand impressed him the most in 2022 Who taught him the most in 2022 The short term pay off of long term brand building The challenge of stagflation in 2023 Why pricing is a big opportunity for Marketers The importance of framing and communicating price Have we passed the peak Christmas Ad yet? The strategy behind Aldi's successful Christmas Ad The power of Fluent devices to connect short & long The under leveraged power of music to drive effectiveness How Coke Holidays are coming owned Christmas How doing less leads to more The one time a client changed agency and kept the creative the same Jon & Mark review the best ads of 2022 on the System1 database How Cadbury hit 5 Star in only 10sec with hardly any production The power of consistency for Cadbury How the emotional response varies by category How Kelloggs owned the breakfast category What Mark learnt about branding whilst writing articles for the BA magazine How Go turkey made the Top 5 but remained forgettable How to value the impact of the music Mark and Jon create the perfect advert How agencies could guarantee a pitch win with System1 When Jon lost out on a Hollywood Director Why marketing is so often seen as a cost not an opportunity Jon reveals the No.1 Ad of 2022 (excluding Christmas Ads) Jon reveals the Top 5 Advertisers of 2022 How Magnum reflected older people so well in their Advertising Marks most famous MW column on Cannes and how it compares to System1 data Jon reveals the No.1 Advertiser of 2022 Why simple beats clever every time Brands are tiny and un-important in consumers lives
Joel and Allen discuss Japan's first commercial scale offshore operation. The 33 bottom-fixed Vestas V117-4.2 MW wind turbines, designed to power 150,000 homes, are locatedin an area of heavy lightning activity. (More on that later!) Some savvy new designs like an automated bolt tightener from IntoMachines and GustoMSC's new "Seahorse" trolley systemshould save a lot of tech time and make offshore blade installation easier and less expensive. Also, Allen and Joel explain how German technology helps submarines avoid wind turbines. Now the question is, who's using it? Last month, robotics startup Aerones secured almost $39M in funding from undisclosed investors. Isn't it about time? For some timely insight into offshore development and the risks US offshore developers face, don't miss the interview with Henrik Stamer of Naver Energy. Visit Pardalote Consulting at https://www.pardaloteconsulting.com Wind Power Lab - https://windpowerlab.com Weather Guard Lightning Tech - www.weatherguardwind.com Intelstor - https://www.intelstor.com Naver Energy - https://www.naverenergy.com Sign up now for Uptime Tech News, our weekly email update on all things wind technology. This episode is sponsored by Weather Guard Lightning Tech. Learn more about Weather Guard's StrikeTape Wind Turbine LPS retrofit. Follow the show on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linkedin and visit Weather Guard on the web. And subscribe to Rosemary Barnes' YouTube channel here. Have a question we can answer on the show? Email us! Uptime 146 [00:00:00] Allen Hall: Well, Joel, it's just you and me on, on New Year's. So we're recording this just before New Year's Eve. Rosemary is off on holiday en enjoying the Australian summertime. Meanwhile, Joel Saxum and I are, are back in front of the hot cameras and microphones recording you a a new Uptime episode and we have a lot on the docket this week. [00:00:20] Allen Hall: Japan is, is starting some commercial offshore operations in the Akita prefecture. It's sort of northwest Japan, where there's a ton of major big lightning strikes in the wintertime. So I'll be, keep my eye on that one. And then IntoMachines has introduced a automated bolt tightener that just runs around and tightens bolts on towers so that you kind of keep, keep technicians time better spent somewhere else. [00:00:49] Joel Saxum: We'll talk about GustoMSC plus NOV plus Lyftra and their new offshore blade installation tech is kind of like a, well, we'll talk about some throwbacks to my younger years of shingle ladders, moving blades up the tower to install them offshore. So we think it could be huge for the Jones Act here in the us. [00:01:08] Joel Saxum: And then we're gonna talk about in German waters some acoustic pingers that they have installed on the foundations of all their offshore wind turbines to make sure that submarines aren't running. . So maybe the Germans are operating a little bit differently than the , than the rest of the world. [00:01:25] Joel Saxum: And then we'll, we'll touch real quickly on Aerones and as well their big 39 million haul that they've made to expand the company and scale it up and grow. So congrats to those guys. [00:01:38] Allen Hall: And then I have an interview with Henrik Stamer Stamer from Naver Energy on the offshore wind supply chain chAllen Hallges and the effects on operators. [00:01:46] Allen Hall: And that's a really good interview, so stick around for that. I'm Alan Hall, president of Weather Guard Lightning Tech, and I'm here with my good friend from Wind Power Lab. Joel Saxum Saxum. Rosemary is on holiday. And this is the Uptime Wind Energy Podcast. [00:02:19] Allen Hall: Well, Joel Saxum Marubeni has started Commercial Operations at its Noshiro port offshore wind farm in Japan. And actually there's Marubeni has two projects going, one and Noshiro and another one in the Akita port. And so this is really the first sort of commercial scale offsh...
讀經：撒母耳記下2章12-28節 金句：撒母耳記下2章26節 請我們一起禱告： 「主啊，順著情慾撒種的必收敗壞，罪必追上我們。但在你有赦免之恩，要叫人敬畏你。主啊，你是因為我們的過犯受害，是為我們的罪孽被壓傷。幫助我們勇於認罪，誠心悔改，依著神的意思憂愁。你必要赦免我們的罪，洗淨我們一切的不義。使我們能用清潔的良心來事奉你。禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-230104.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
This podcast will share how to create a Miracle Worker team, (MW)composed of teachers who learn the solution focused process and work as consultants to fellow teachers and their students together to build solutions. It is ideal for school counselors and administrators who have students constantly referred to them for misbehavior or disrespect. The MW team takes those referrals instead, talking for 20 minutes to both teacher and student, creating a "preferred future" where they both describe what each person would be doing. Since it involves both teacher and student, it is more efficient and the chances of a return referral decreases dramatically. For information on more free resources, visit https://solutionfocusedschool.com
After a much-needed hiatus, Pierre Pressure is back with an extremely special episode. Pierre talks with the one and only Jedi Master of Punk Rock, Mike Watt. Watt started his bass playing career in the legendary punk band the Minutemen in 1980 in San Pedro with his childhood friends D. Boon and George Hurley. That band is cited across the board as a lightning rod influence on the punk and indie scenes that endure to this day. After the tragic demise of the Minutemen in 1980, Watt has continued to blaze a trail playing bass with his countless solo projects and collaborations, including fIREHOSE, Dos, Iggy Pop, J Mascis and the Fog, Porno For Pyros, Banyan, Il Sogno Del Mariano, MSSV, the Secondmen, the Missingmen, and many others.Pierre and Mike talked about the political roots of the Minutemen, the ethos of the punk movement that surrounded it and nurtured it, as well as delving into Watt's philosophies of bass playing, healthy living, collaboration, and evolving as a human being and a musician who continues to break new ground after forty years on the stage and in the studio.hootpage.comtwfps.compierredegaillande.com Playlist available on Spotify: Theme song; Marchandise by Pierre de Gaillande, from the album franglais. (Translated from Merchandise by Fugazi.) Sidemouse by Dos. The Roar of the Masses Could be Farts, Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth by Minutemen. Relatin Dudes to Jazz by Firehose. Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs, Shit from an Old Notebook, Vietnam, Swing to the Right, God Bows to Math by Minutemen. Against the 70s by Mike Watt. Glory of Man (live) by MW and the Missingmen. Grease the System by Banyan. Mountain Top by Il Sogno del Marinaeo. One Reporter's Opinion by Minutemen. Forever One Reporter's Opinion by Mike Watt. Hear Me by fIREHOSE. Intense Song For Madonna to Sing by Mike Watt. Red and the Black by Minutemen. Everywhen We Go by Mike Bagetta, Mike Watt, Jim Keltner.
讀經：撒母耳記下2章1-11節 金句：撒母耳記下2章10節 請我們一起禱告: 「主啊，你必要作王，你與我們同去，我們就能施展大能，就能不向私慾妥協。你的寶座是永遠的，你的國權是正直的。你起初立了地的根基，天也是你手所造的。你是神的羔羊，無論你往哪裡去，我們都甘心跟隨你。幫助我們有信心順服你，為真道打那美好的仗。禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-230103.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
讀經：詩篇119篇49-56節 金句：詩篇119篇54節 請我們一起禱告： 「主啊，你的名在全地何其美！願主用你的聖靈帶領我們進到真理的深處，使我們因你的話語得著自由。求主使我們在屬靈智慧悟性上，滿心曉得你的旨意。求你賜我們悟性，使我們得知你的法度。更加增我們信心，叫我們堅立在你的話語上，因你話語的能力，能夠經常歡呼，自信地歌唱。禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-230102.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
讀經：詩篇52篇 金句：詩篇52篇8節 請我們一起禱告： 「主啊，這世上許多人是以取代你的“代替品”，作為自己的力量和倚靠，他們的笑聲只是一時的，因為時候到了，你就將他們拔出。藉由今天的信息，幫助我們看見，把自己投身在你的眷顧中，依靠你慈愛的人是多麼有福。求你賜我們謙卑的心，受教的靈，走在你所喜悅的公義的道路上。禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-230101.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
Foundations of Amateur Radio In 2016, Daniel EA4GPZ, documented how to discover the weakest signal that could be decoded using several weak signal modes, including WSPR, or Weak Signal Propagation Reporter. This is an interesting question because as you might recall, I've been experimenting with very weak signals coming from my shack. To date, my 20 milliwatts has been heard over 13 thousand kilometres away. When you tune to a weak station you'll often hear both the station or desired signal as well as interference or background noise. The stronger the signal, the less noise you perceive. The weaker the signal, the more noise. You can express the relationship between the power of these two, the signal and the noise, as a ratio. If the power levels are the same, the so-called signal to noise ratio or SNR is 1:1. A higher ratio, like 2:1, indicates that the power of the signal is higher than the noise and a lower ratio, like 1:2 indicates that the signal is lower than the noise. If you express this ratio in decibels, you'll end up with positive numbers where the signal is stronger than the noise and negative numbers where the signal is weaker than the noise and zero when they're the same. If I tell you that the signal report for my WSPR decode from Denmark was -28 dB, it means that the noise was much stronger than the signal. For today I'm going to leave alone just how WSPR can report a negative signal to noise ratio and still successfully decode the signal, even though the signal appears to be buried in the noise. That said, in this experiment, we're trying to learn something else. Using the technique detailed by Daniel, we test using different, known, signal to noise ratios to discover at what point the WSPR decoding process breaks down. This might help me understand if I can reduce my beacon output power even further and still anticipate a good chance of being decoded successfully. To conduct his experiment, Daniel used the then current version of WSJT-X, version 1.7.0-rc1 and I'm using the current version today, 2.6.0-rc5 to repeat those tests. You might ask why I'm not taking Daniel's word for it and just using his findings. The process to decode a WSPR signal is all software and can be improved with better methodologies and algorithms. It's not unreasonable to think that in the years since Daniel's experiments things have changed, hopefully improved. So, how does this work? If you generate and attempt to decode one hundred different files, you can use the number of times that you count your callsign in the decode list as a percentage of success. If all of your files decode properly, the decode percentage is 100%. If only half of them are decoded successfully, it's 50% and so-on. Similarly, if a different callsign, locator or signal power is decoded, you can count those as a percentage of false decodes. This is important because noise coming from the ionosphere can corrupt any signal. I should point out that because we know in advance what the decoded signal should be, since we created the message, we can actually count the ones that don't match what we sent. In the real world it's very hard, if not impossible, to do this, unless each transmitter also starts recording their efforts so data cleaning can be done after the fact. A false decode happens when the software decodes a message and the result is not what was sent. Due to the way that WSPR works, this is not a case of a single character error and as a result the whole message is corrupt, wrong callsign, wrong grid square and wrong power level. Just how prevalent this issue is, has to my knowledge so far not been discussed. Over the past year I've been working with the entire WSPR data set, nearly 5 billion reports, and mapping the data to explore just what's going on behind the scenes. Based on the raw data every single grid square on the planet has been activated. Of course this is not really the case, since there's plenty of parts on Earth where we haven't yet turned on a WSPR beacon. Back to our experiment. Two tools are used, "wsprsim" to generate an audio file and "wsprd" to decode it. Both come with WSJT-X and when you build the application from source, you get them as part of the process. The generator takes several parameters, one of which is the desired signal to noise ratio. If you ask it for a signal to noise ratio of -20 dB, wsprsim will generate the appropriate noise and the desired signal, combine them and build an audio file. You can then use wsprd to decode that file. If you repeat this many times, you end up with some data. How many times? Well, I probably went a little overboard. I generated a set for each SNR reading between 0 and minus 50 dB in 0.01 dB increments and then generated one hundred for each of those. At the point where the process broke down I doubled the resolution further to get a better idea of what was going on. About three quarters of a million tests. It took a while. What did I learn from this? First of all, false decodes happen at every signal level. I saw the first false decode at a signal to noise ratio of -0.07 dB. This is significant because it means that even at excellent signal levels there is a percentage of incorrect reports which explains why I'm seeing that result in real world data. When you start playing with really big numbers, even if the error rate is low, with enough data, it starts to matter. In my tests I saw an error rate of 0.03%. This means that there's at least 1.5 million false decodes in the current WSPR data set, likely more because wsprsim cannot emulate the real world of ionospheric and local noise. On the flip-side, I also saw an overall success rate of nearly 94%. At -29 dB things start to change. Until then the decode is 100% successful, then it starts to decline to 0 at about -34 dB. Comparing Daniel's results directly, he saw 34% success at -30 dB, I'm seeing 95% at that same noise level. At -31 dB Daniel saw 6%, I'm seeing 75%. I don't see 34% until we get down to -31.6 dB and 6% at -32.4 dB. This indicates that the software has improved over the years. It also means that with a signal report of -28 dB from Denmark, I've got a few dB to play with. I've now reduced my output power by another 3 dB, making it 10 mW. Point your antennas at VK6 and see what you can hear on 10m. I'm Onno VK6FLAB
讀經：尼希米記6章15-7章4節 金句：尼希米記7章2節 請我們一起禱告： 「主啊，我們跟別人的真正關係，盡力與否，負責與否，有沒有責任感，是取決於我們跟你的關係。你是我們的主，我們所做的要討你的喜悅。幫助我們靠你的大能大力，作忠心勤勉的人。作被你稱讚的忠心、良善有見識的好管家。願你用你的真理引導我們，使我們走在順服你，蒙福的路上。禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-221230.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
讀經：約翰福音11章1-7節；17-26節 金句：約翰福音11章6節 請我們一起禱告： 「主啊，你許可我們來到人生的絕境，是我們要認識你，曉得你那復活的大能。求主加增我們的信心和勇氣，使我們懂得在盼望中等候你的施恩，在讚美中等候你的幫助，在感謝中等候你的拯救。求主叫我們得勝，能夠豐豐富富地進入你永遠的國。禱告祈求奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。」 全篇文字稿 https://www.feearadio.net/downloads/program/MW/mw-221229.pdf 歡迎您加入遠東社群，和我們一起分享與代禱喔！
Geoff Grammer from the Albuquerque Journal joins the show to discuss Brock Purdy and dive into the Lobos and Mountain West basketball. Where should the Lobos finish in the MW? Who needs home field advantage the most out of the top three teams in the AFC? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As 2022 draws to a close, ESB Networks can confirm that it has connected 23 large-scale renewable generator projects to Ireland's electricity network with total green energy capacity of 688 MW, breaking all previous renewable connection records. This is enough to power approximately 350,000 homes, the equivalent of the population of County Cork. This comes following the energisation this week of the 95 MW Gillinstown Solar Farm in County Meath, bringing a total of almost 5,400 MW of renewable generation connected to Ireland's transmission and distribution systems. In addition, some 79 MW across four battery storage projects were connected this year. Ireland now boasts almost 800 MW of energy storage, which helps the stabilise the network during times of low renewable generation. ESB Networks Managing Director Nicholas Tarrant says: “The connection of almost 700MW of clean energy this year is a significant collective achievement for ESB Networks, the renewables community and for Ireland. It represents a 15 percent increase in renewable generation year-on-year and it is testament to ESB Networks' continued investment and innovation in the development of a safe, resilient and flexible electricity network. Nicholas continues: “Ireland is a world leader in the integration of intermittent renewables on its electricity system, with wind comprising almost half of electricity generation for October and November. The Climate Action Plan and ESB's Net Zero by 2040 strategy commits to an acceleration in renewables connections in the next decade as we seek to deliver on our climate targets as we transition to a greener, brighter future.” Furthermore, ESB Networks is on track to connect approximately 34,000 new homes across Ireland by the end of 2022. With new houses and apartments increasingly all-electric, these connections will also facilitate the expansion in the use of clean electricity for heating and transport A new ‘Networks for Net Zero' business strategy – setting out how ESB Networks will deliver the electricity network for Ireland's clean, electric future – will launch in January 2023. See more stories here. More about Irish Tech News Irish Tech News are Ireland's No. 1 Online Tech Publication and often Ireland's No.1 Tech Podcast too. You can find hundreds of fantastic previous episodes and subscribe using whatever platform you like via our Anchor.fm page here: If you'd like to be featured in an upcoming Podcast email us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie now to discuss. Irish Tech News have a range of services available to help promote your business. Why not drop us a line at Info@IrishTechNews.ie now to find out more about how we can help you reach our audience. You can also find and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat.
Foundations of Amateur Radio Have you ever asked yourself a question that turned out to be a rabbit hole so deep you could spend a lifetime exploring and likely never come out the other end? I did. Yesterday. What's a Volt? This came about when I started exploring how to measure the power output of my WSPR or Weak Signal Propagation Reporter beacon. According to the specifications the output level is 23 dBm or 200 milliwatts. If you read the fine print, you'll discover that the power output actually varies a little depending on which band you're on, for my specific transmitter it says that the output on the 10m band is 22 dBm, or 158 mW. That comes with a disclaimer, that there can be some variation on individual transmitters of about 1 dB. So, on 10m, my output could vary between 21 and 23 dBm, or between 125 and 200 mW. With my attenuator connected, the output could be between 12 and 20 mW, and that's assuming that my attenuator is exactly 10 dB, it's not. Measuring anything means to compare it against something else. To give you a physical example. If you look at a tape measure, the distance between the marks is determined in the factory. The machine that prints the lines is configured to make the lines just so. In the factory there will be a specific master tool that determines how far apart the lines are in that factory. That tool is called "the standard". The process of lining up the standard with the machine making the lines is called "calibration". If you build a house on your own with just that tape measure, everything should work out fine, but if you have a mate help you and they bring their own tape measure, from a different factory, their lines might not quite match yours and the fun begins. If you don't believe me, as I've said previously, pull out all the tape measures and rulers around your house and see just how much variation there is. In my house, well, my CNC, there's a standard that came with my micrometer kit. It specifies physically how long 25mm is. I also have a 50mm and a 75mm standard. When I compare the 75mm with the 50mm and 25mm together, they're the same within one hundredth of a millimetre. It's likely that it's better than that, but I'm still learning how to hold a micrometer and not have it overheat and stretch while I'm measuring. Yes, temperature changes the size of things. The point is, in my CNC world, my current standard sits in my micrometer box. At some time in the future I might want to improve on that, but for now it's fine. The standard that I have was at some point calibrated against another standard. That standard was in turn calibrated against another standard and so-on. Eventually you end up with an SI unit of 1 meter as defined by the International System of Units. In case you're wondering, it's defined as the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during the time interval of one second. One second is defined in terms of the unperturbed ground-state hyperfine transition frequency of the caesium-133 atom. I know right, runs right off the tongue. I can't help myself, that frequency is 9,192,631,770 Hz. Oh, this system is also subject to change. In 2019 four of the seven SI base units were redefined in terms of natural physical constants, rather than relying on a human artefact like the standard kilogram. This is an ongoing process. For example, in 1960, the meter was redefined as a certain number of wavelengths instead of a physical bar in a vault in Paris and there was also not just one bar, there were 30. National Prototype Metre Bar no. 27 made in 1889 was given to the United States and served as the standard for defining all units of lengths in the US between 1893 and 1960 - yes, perhaps surprisingly, the USA is metric, really. One inch used to be defined as "three grains of barley, dry and round, placed end to end lengthwise" but since 1959 is defined as exactly 2.54 centimetres or 0.0254 meters. Back to power output on my beacon transmitter. Assuming for a moment that I had an actual tool available to measure this, I'd still be comparing my tool against another standard. Let's imagine that I could measure the power output of my beacon with an oscilloscope. When the oscilloscope says 1 Volt per division. How do I know that it really is? If you start reading the calibration steps, you'll discover that they state that you need to connect your scope to a reference, another word for standard, and that's if you're lucky. Some documents just wave their hands in the air and say something like "push the auto calibrate button". The Volt is defined as the electric potential between two points of a conducting wire when an electric current of one Ampere dissipates one Watt of power between those points. The Ampere definition involves counting elementary charges moving in a second. It's in the order of a 10 with 19 zeros. Not to mention that there's also a definition of how much an elementary charge is. You get the point, this is a rabbit hole. So, now let's pretend that I have a calibrated oscilloscope. Let's say that our oscilloscope is calibrated within 1 dB. Cool. So I plug in my beacon and measure, what? I'll end up with a reading, that's plus or minus 1 dB of "reality". In my case, perhaps I read 22.5 dBm. That means that it could be as low as 21.5 dBm or as high as 23.5 dBm, or between 141 and 224 mW. So, it's within specifications, great, but I don't actually know what the actual output power is. Another way to look at this is to use a measurement to determine if the power is within specification or not. I'm guessing that Harry already did that test before he put my beacon in the box and shipped it to me. Long story short, I'm no closer to knowing just how much power is coming out of my beacon, but I'm still working on finding a friend with a calibrated tool that might give me something a little more precise than fail or pass. You know that there's a saying about turtles all the way down? I think it's rabbits myself. I'm Onno VK6FLAB
Officials from Egypt and Tanzania are inaugurating the new Julius Nyerere Hydropower dam. The dam has a capacity of 2,115 MW and is set to become the largest in East Africa, and Africa's fourth largest. It was built at a cost of US$3 Billion. The inauguration will see the first filling of the dam along the Rufiji River. Elsewhere Germany - Europe's largest economy - is burning more coal than it has done for a while. It now generates more than a third of its electricity from coal-fired power plants. Plus El Gordo gets underway in Spain. It's the world's biggest lottery - with the equivalent of almost 2 and a half billion dollars up for grabs. PHOTO CREDIT: Ascent Xmedia. 515966943
Welcome to the UNOFFICIAL Lounge, #PAC12 Replay, Terry Leyden. Terry talks how he got his start in officiating. How he went from the #WAC to becoming a referee in the #MW and his journey to the #PAC12. Terry talks about how he recovered from a injury and how he converted to the replay booth. Terry has officiated two CFP National Championship games; Referee in 2016, and as a Replay Communicator in 2020. Find us at https://linktr.ee/unofficiallounge Follow the host: @805monty - Instagram @thechefandtheref - Instagram @CravonneB - Twitter
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