Wood Mackenzie: U.S. storage industry on track for record growth in 2019 and 2020 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The U.S. energy storage industry installed a record amount of power capacity in the first quarter of 2019.The 148.8 megawatts of new grid storage capacity represented a 232 percent growth over Q1 2018, according to the latest edition of the Energy Storage Monitor report produced by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Energy Storage Association. The ESM tracks storage in terms of instantaneous power capacity (megawatts) as well as energy capacity (megawatt-hours).Historically, the first quarter tends to be the smallest of the year for storage activity, but Q1 2019 narrowly edged out the last quarter of 2016 for the title of most megawatts deployed.This initial achievement sets the industry up for another record year. Installations in 2019 will more than double 2018, and 2020 deployments will triple 2019, Woodmac analysts predict. The five-year forecast culminates in 4,543 megawatts delivered in 2024, a meteoric rise compared to the scope of the industry today.As for dollar signs, the overall value of the U.S. storage market is expected to double this year to nearly $1 billion. It will rise to $4.837 billion in 2024, analysts predict.More: U.S. storage market sets power capacity record with Q1 deployments
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Argus:India’s state-controlled power utility NTPC is unlikely to seek any more imported coal during the current 2020-21 fiscal year ending 31 March.The move follows projections of weaker electricity consumption given the Covid-19 pandemic and increased government efforts to discourage coal consumers, including utilities, from buying seaborne cargoes. “In this scenario, I do not think we will be issuing any coal import tenders at least in this fiscal year,” an NTPC official told Argus.The utility, which accounts for about a quarter of India’s installed coal-fired power generation capacity, had earlier decided to defer receipts of most of the seaborne coal it has already tied up. The utility has still to take delivery of about 1.72mn t[onnes] of imported coal from a total 6.35mn t it contracted over 2019-20 and 2018-19, which should be enough to meet any short-term requirements, the official said. The decision may further weigh on India’s receipts of seaborne coal this year. The country’s coal imports were down by 1.54mn t from a year earlier to 10.11mn t last month, according to shipping broker Interocean. This was the fifth consecutive month of annual falls, although the rate of decline was much smaller compared with the second quarter of this year.NTPC’s move underscores issues about sustaining the pace of recovery in national coal consumption, given the weak outlook for the country’s economic and industrial activity despite a partial easing of the national Covid-19 lockdown. Average coal-fired output in July was only 3GW lower against the previous year at 105GW. This was a significant recovery from 97GW a month earlier and 82GW in April when output fell by 25GW and 39GW on the year, respectively.But firm renewables output weighed on the possibility of a stronger recovery in coal use. Overall national power output reached parity with a year earlier at 146GW in July. But coal’s share in the mix was squeezed by a 3GW annual increase in hydropower output, which rose to 24GW.Even NTPC is planning to boost its renewables plans in line with the country’s drive to reduce its dependence on coal for electricity generation. The utility now wants renewables to account for at least 30pc of its projected installed capacity of 130GW by 2032, up from 25pc planned earlier, the company said yesterday. It reported a 5.9pc drop in profit from a year earlier in the April-June quarter to 29.49bn rupees ($395mn) because of weaker power generation. NTPC’s plan to sharply increase its renewables capacity is ambitious as only 1.7pc of its current generation capacity of 62.91GW is based on renewable energy, while about three-quarters of its projects under construction are coal-fired power plants.[Saurabh Chaturvedi]More: India’s NTPC unlikely to buy imported coal in 2020-21 India’s largest utility says additional coal imports unlikely this year due to lower demand, renewables
“It’s best just to commit,” says cyclist Kim Deacon, discussing the art of riding the high-banked walls of velodromes. “You look up at the banked walls and you think there’s no way you’re going to be able to ride that thing. You crank it up and you hang on to the side of the track just by centrifugal force. It’s amazing.”Velodromes are cycling tracks with 42-degree banked walls. They’re popular in Europe, but almost non-existent in the Southeast. That’s about to change.Construction begins this month on the U.S. Cycling Center in Rock Hill, S.C., which will host world-class facilities for five different cycling disciplines on a 1,000-acre site situated on the edge of the Catawba River. The center will offer seven miles of singletrack, a permanent cyclocross track, a 1.5-mile paved criterium course, a BMX Supercross track, and a 250-meter concrete velodrome.“There’s nothing else like this in the country,” says Spencer Leudner, the co-founder of Cycling Center Partners, a citizen-based group supporting the project.The city council of Rock Hill, located thirty minutes south of Charlotte, N.C., recently voted to move forward with the $5 million project using bonds from the recovery package, which they’ll pay back over several years through hospitality taxes. Rock Hill council members are convinced that a comprehensive cycling center will attract two-wheelers and their wallets.According to current plans, the National Cycling Center will be the heart of a comprehensive housing and retail development on the riverside site. The proposed village and park will also include boat launches on the Catawba River, a piece of the growing Carolina Thread Trail, and a climbing wall.See more pictures of what the cycling center will look like here.
There are many ways to define a sustainable community, but in general they sport healthy amounts of green space and shared vegetable gardens; mass transit, biking and walking replacing the majority of automobile traffic; and mixed use communities where schools, residences and commercial spaces are near each other and are powered by clean, renewable energy sources. Photo cred: ThinkstockEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: The term “sustainable communities” gets bantered around quite a bit today. Could you define it for me?— Holly Parker, Mechanicsburg, PAKaid Benfield, Sustainable Communities program director at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), uses the term “sustainable communities” to describe places “where use of resources and emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants are going down, not up; where the air and waterways are accessible and clean; where land is used efficiently and shared parks and public spaces are plentiful and easily visited; where people of different ages, income levels and cultural backgrounds share equally in environmental, social and cultural benefits; where many needs of daily life can be met within a 20-minute walk and all may be met within a 20-minute transit ride; where industry and economic opportunity emphasize healthy, environmentally sound practices.”In his March 2011 NRDC ‘Switchboard’ blog post entitled “A Trip to Sustainaville,” Benfield lays out his vision for what a model of sustainable communities could look like, with neighborhoods sporting healthy amounts of green space and shared vegetable gardens; mass transit, biking and walking replacing the majority of automobile traffic; and mixed use communities where schools, residences and commercial spaces are near each other and are powered by solar panels, geothermal heat pumps or windmills.According to the Vermont-based Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), sustainable communities are “economically, environmentally and socially healthy and resilient” and meet “challenges through integrated solutions rather than through fragmented approaches.” And perhaps more important: Sustainable communities take a long-term perspective, focusing on “both the present and future, well beyond the next budget or election cycle” so that the needs of the current as well as future generations are met with adequate resources. ISC adds that the success of a community’s efforts to be sustainable depends on its members’ commitment and involvement as well as leadership that is inspiring, effective and responsive.Some of the ways ISC has worked to further its goals include helping teach leaders from low income U.S. communities along the Gulf of Mexico how energy efficiency and ecological restoration can revitalize their otherwise struggling economies; developing community sustainability initiatives throughout war-ravaged parts of Kosovo, Serbia and Macedonia; installing green roofs on residences in the Chinese city of Shenzen as a pilot project to show how such “technologies” can yield significant carbon sequestration and other environmental benefits, and many more.Key to any consideration of what makes a community sustainable is the acknowledgement that there is no such thing as perfection. “Sustainability is a process of continuous improvement so communities constantly evolve and make changes to accomplish their goals,” reports Sustainable Communities Online, a web-based information and networking clearinghouse started in the 1990s by a broad coalition of sustainability-oriented organizations and managed by the Washington, DC-based non-profit CONCERN Inc. Those looking to learn more about sustainable communities and what makes them tick should be sure to check out sustainable.org, Sustainable Communities Online’s information-packed website.CONTACTS: NRDC Sustainable Communities, www.nrdc.org/sustainable-communities/; Institute for Sustainable Communities, www.iscvt.org; Sustainable Communities Online, www.sustainable.org.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.
Image courtesy of Red Bull Content PoolJoin the American Alpine Clubʼs (AAC) Southeast Chapter for its upcoming three-day “Will Gadd: Weekend with a Pro” event from Friday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Nov. 16, with special guest and world-renowned athlete, Will Gadd.This action-packed weekend event includes a round table discussion at University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC), climbing clinics with High Point Climbing School & Guide Service, and a pint night at Rock/Creek to mix and mingle with fellow climbers and Gadd himself.Canadian adventurer and thrill-seeker, Will Gadd, has been climbing, paragliding and kayaking for more than 30 years. He can boast numerous first ascents, world cups, national medals, and world records in ice and rock climbing, as well as conquering some of the most treacherous terrain on earth.Not only has Gadd lived to tell the tale of his adventures, but he speaks and writes professionally about his experiences – about sharing his love for the outdoors with his kids, his emphasis on safety throughout all his adventures, and his drive to get outside as often as he can.“Will Gadd is a tremendous inspiration to outdoor climbers and adventure-seekers everywhere, and weʼre very excited to host him for our weekend event,” said Michael Kidder, AAC’s Deep South Section Chair. “We are thrilled to have him not only attending our exciting weekend event as a guest but to also be on hand in an intimate outdoor climbing setting to provide hands-on instruction, invaluable industry expertise, and sheer inspiration to us all.”The event schedule kicks off with a free round table seminar with climbing industry professionals, followed by two all-day climbing clinics and a social happy hour at local outdoor sporting goods retailer, Rock/Creek. These community events are open to all, and AAC invites everyone in the climbing and outdoor-loving community to join in on any one of the weekendʼs fun-filled activities.SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:Friday, November 14Round Table Seminar: “So You Think You Want to Work in the Outdoor Industry?” 3:00 pm – 6:00 pmUTC University Center, Raccoon Mountain Room, FreeJoin professional climbers Will Gadd, Lisa Rands and Wills Young for a round table seminar at UTC titled, “So You Think You Want to Work in the Outdoor Industry?” This round table seminar is free and open to the public, and all are encouraged to come and participate. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Andrew Bailey, professor of Health and Human Performance at UTC, and Michael Kidder, American Alpine Associationʼs Deep South Chair.Saturday, November 15Alpine Climbing Skills & Competency Clinic 9:00 AM – 4:00 PMCrag TBD$60-AAC Members; $75 Non-AAC MembersWill Gadd brings a lifetime of expertise and experience to this “Alpine Climbing Skills & Competency” clinic. In partnership with High Point Climbing School & Guide Service, this clinic gives climbers the opportunity to get outside and build upon their alpine climbing and competency skills. The clinic will cover tips and tricks for getting up and down alpine climbs, ranging in scope from understanding rock-fall to alpine speed tactics. This clinic will be tailored to attendees, and participants should have a basic knowledge of traditional climbing gear and some knowledge of snow and ice travel prior to registration.Saturday, November 15 Pint Night @ Rock/Creek 2 North Shore7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Free“20 Trips of a Lifetime in 60 Minutes”Will Gadd gives an inspirational, fun and fast-paced first-person tour through the hidden world of extreme sports, from the inside scoop on the X Games to Red Bull’s secret marketing strategy. Pint Night guests will enjoy lots of laughs, pictures, video and stories from the edge of the envelope, including setting world records, talk TV shows, and random encounters with danger and celebrity. Mixed into the entertainment are a few basic strategies for managing risk, living dreams, and, of course, how to get sponsored and live large. Pint Night will offer $3 beers and $5 raffle tickets to win valuable prizes.Sunday, November 16 Lead Climbing Skills & Competency Clinic 9:00 AM – 4:00 PMCrag TBD, $60-AAC Members; $75 Non-AAC MembersOn Sunday, Gadd will again bestow his vast knowledge and expertise on climbers participating in AACʼs full-day “Lead Climbing Skills & Competency” clinic. The clinic – hosted in partnership with High Point Climbing School & Guide Service – gives experienced climbers the opportunity to sharpen their lead climbing skills and test their competency at the crag. The clinic will cover how to lead harder and safer, as well as pointers for training, effective tactics, and the psychology of leading safely and enjoyably, Participants should have an understanding of leading at a 5.8 level.Image courtesy of Red Bull Content PoolThis weekend event would not be possible without the tremendous support of our presenting sponsors: UTC, Rock/Creek, High Point Climbing School & Guide Service, and Arcteryx, with additional support from the Crash Pad and the Triple Crown Bouldering Series. Registration for the weekend events is available online at shop.americanalpineclub.org.About The American Alpine Club:The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose vision is a united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes. Together with our members, the AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the worldʼs most sought-after climbing annuals, the American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the worldʼs leading climbing library and countryʼs leading mountaineering museum; manages the Hueco Rock Ranch, New River Gorge Campground, and Grand Teton Climbersʼ Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants that fund adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org.
Kings & Queens Mat Kearney 4:02 Mine the River Kerri Powers The Steel Wheels have long been a friend to Trail Mix.I can remember when I discovered the band, way back when I got my hands on Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp’s duo record, Adrienna Valentine. That was almost ten years ago. Since them, Trail Mix has been happy to highlight the band’s many releases, their first appearance at Merlefest, and the origins of their own Red Wing Roots Music Festival.This month, we celebrate the release of two live EPs that The Steel Wheels dropped at the end of April. One was recorded at The Station Inn in Nashville, the other in Charlottesville’s own Jefferson Theater. The two collections of live cuts are proof positive that The Steel Wheels are one of Virginia’s premier acoustic bands. Featured this month is “Wild As We Came Here,” taken Volume 2: Live at The Jefferson Theater.Trail Mix is also happy to bring back some more old friends this month. Returning to the mix are Holly Golightly, Sam Lewis, Mat Kearney, Luke Winslow-King, and Sarah Shook.There is also great new music from The Travelin’ McCourys, Bishop Gunn, The National Reserve, Darlin Darlin, Stephen Karl & Handsome Animals, Tony Keats, Gene D. Plumber, The Promise is Hope, Matt Costa, Kerri Powers, and The Ballroom Thieves.Lots of great stuff coming to the blog this month. Stay tuned for chats with Leftover Salmon, Brent Cobb, and The Dead Tongues, along with a preview of the 10th annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival.And do your ears a favor. Get out there and grab some of these records. Go catch these artists live when they come to a stage near you. It’s a mutually beneficial kind of thing – they will appreciate the support and the music will be good for your soul. Support the great artists who give their music to Trail Mix. 3:13 2:52 4:08 3:42 Audio PlayerGene TuronisAll The Pretty GirlsUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 2:47 Travelin’ The Travelin McCourys 3:21 New Love The National Reserve 3:46 2:16 Southern Belle Leftover Salmon 2:47 All The Pretty Girls Gene Turonis 3:49 3:52 3:55 3:10 3:14 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Shelter Stephen Karl & Handsome Animals Love and Affection Keats Sharon Matt Costa Brother The Promise Is Hope Easy Darlin Darlin Loversity Sam Lewis 3:59 Wild As We Came Here The Steel Wheels 3:18 Shine Bishop Gunn 6:26 King of Alabama Brent Cobb Mule Skinner Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs Embed Won’t Be Long The Dead Tongues 5:51 Good As Gold Sarah Shook & The Disarmers Chicken Dinner Luke Winslow-King 3:54
Bent Creek Road in Pisgah Forest, NC closed for temporary maintenance Mystery killer whale off the coast of Chile is likely to be a new species For many years fishermen and tourists in southern Chile have returned to shore with tales and even pictures of orca whales that looked different from other orcas in the region. But for the first time a team of international researchers have collected genetic samples from the mystery whales known only as “Type D.” Unlike killer whale types A through C; Type D orcas are thought to eat fish instead of marine mammals like seals and are slightly smaller in size. They are so different than other killer whales that they likely cannot breed with them. Scientists are now working in the laboratory to determine if the whales are a new species. If they are, they remain the “largest undescribed animal left on the planet,” according to marine ecologists working on the case. The Pisgah Ranger District has closed a section of Bent Creek Road from Ledford Branch Trailhead to the Blue Ridge Parkway for maintenance. Contractors will be using large trucks and heavy equipment to gravel and grade the road. Work should be completed by the end of March. Avery Creek Road (FSR 477) and Wash Creek Road (FSR 500) from North Mills River Campground to Trace Ridge Trailhead have now reopened. The district has also reopened these seasonally closed roads: Courthouse Creek (FSR 140), Yellow Gap Road (FSR 1206), Wash Creek Road (FSR 5000) from the Trace Ridge Trailhead to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Headwaters Road (FSR 475 B) from the north end of the road to the Sunwall Trailhead.
Photo: Dawn breaks over the Blue Ridge Mountains – Getty Images Groups of campers larger than ten (10) people are prohibited.No More than six (6) people are allowed to occupy any one campsite.Camping at Johns River Road will be limited to 2 sites (10-person total area capacity)Camping at Basin Cove will be limited to 8 sites (10-person total area capacity)Camping at CCC Camp will be limited to 8 sites (10-person total area capacity) Camping more than three (3) consecutive nights in any camping area is prohibited. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at the Blue Ridge Parkway is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor COVID-19. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels. The Blue Ridge Parkway is limiting the allowable camping permits at established backcountry campsites located at CCC Camp (Rock Castle Gorge, Milepost 167.1), Basin Cove (Bluffs North and South, Milepost 244.7), and John’s River Road (Milepost 296.9) to total occupancy of 10 people or less respectively. New backcountry camping restrictions are as follows: Permits may be acquired by phone only from district offices closest to backcountry site location. More information related to backcountry camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway is available on the park website. (NC/VA) – The Blue Ridge Parkway is announcing additional modifications to its operations in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As of March 22, 2020, and in order to best provide for social distancing as called for in state and CDC guidance, the Parkway will impose a 10-person maximum use permit at all backcountry camping locations. The NPS encourages people who choose to visit the Blue Ridge Parkway during this pandemic to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy. Outdoor spaces at the Blue Ridge Parkway remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance.
When: Friday, Aug. 13 – Saturday, Aug. 14Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte, N.C.Grab your sneakers and hit the trails to compete in the River Jam Run: Virtual Edition. Starting at midnight on the second Thursday of each month, runners will have the remainder of the month to compete for the top spot in either the 5K or 10K division. usnwc.org Summer Fitness Challenge When: Saturday, Aug. 8 – Sunday, Aug. 9Where: Sugar Mountain, N.C.Race #4 and NC Downhill MTB State Championships — The Downhill Southeast is the regions premier downhill mountain bike race series. Join in on the action as racers from around the US do battle on Sugar’s classic downhill track. skisugar.com When: August & SeptemberWhere: U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte, N.C.Enjoy a guided flatwater paddle on the Catawba River followed by a unique dining experience in the outdoors. usnwc.org Fit Farmer 12K Trail Run High Knob Hellbender 10K When: Saturday, Aug. 8Where: Flag Rock Area Trails System, Norton, Va.Get Outside in Norton, Virginia for the third annual Fit Farmer 12K Trail Run in Flag Rock Recreation Area! Explore Flag Rock Area Trails, located on the lower slopes of Southwest Virginia’s High Knob, the highest point in the Cumberland Mountains.fitfarmertrailrun.wordpress.comultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=72031 The Alleghany Gran Fondo When: Sunday, Sept. 20Where: High Knob, Norton, Va.The inaugural Mountain Fork Half Marathon is a 13.6-mile race that starts and finishes at the High Knob Observation Tower in Wise County. The race loops through the scenic Mountain Fork watershed, primarily on gravel Forest Service roads, before finishing back at the High Knob Observation Tower, which stands atop the highest poin (4,200 feet) t in the Cumberland Mountains and is located on the Jefferson National Forest’s Clinch Ranger District. Five states can be seen from the tower’s platform, including a 360-degree view of peaks as far away as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and West Virginia. All race proceeds benefit ongoing trail development and maintenance on the Flag Rock Area Trails system in the City of Norton’s Flag Rock Recreation Area and on High Knob. mountainforkhalf.wix.com/mtnforkhalf facebook.com/mtnforkhalf River Jam Run: Virtual Edition Downhill Southeast Series The Deep Hollow Half Marathon & 5k When: August 1 – Wed September 30, 2020Where: VirtualTake the challenge to ride, run, swim, paddle, or walk a hundred miles. You’ll be joining hundreds of other people as they commit to get moving in the great outdoors.Not only will you get the accomplishment of committing to Thrive Outside, but you’ll also get a great face cover with our cool Blue Ridge sunset graphics on it! Join in the fun, drop your photos into the #OutsideWeThrive Instagram contest and get a chance to win some Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine subscriptions or cool swag! http://runsignup.com/summerfitnesschallenge Paddle to Table When: Saturday May 22, 2021Where: Alleghany County, Va.Visit the beautiful Alleghany Highlands of Virginia to ride in one of the most scenic Gran Fondo’s on the east coast! The event rightfully exemplifies it’s name “Agony in the Alleghanies” with our Gran Fondo course reaching nearly 10,000 feet of climbing! granfondoalleghany.com The Red Bud Ride When: Friday-Saturday, Nov. 13-14Where: Kelsey-Hutchison Park, Highlands N.C.The 5th annual Highlands Food & Wine Festival is a special two-day, open-air event at Kelsey Hutchinson Park on Nov. 13-14. Enjoy live music combined with world-class food from local and visiting chefs, fine wine and spirits seminars and specialty dinners. highlandsfoodandwine.com Oktoberfest Mountain Fork Half Marathon When: Saturday, Oct. 10Where: Lynchburg, Va.The Deep Hollow Half Marathon & 5K is the premier trail race in the Liberty Mountain Trail Series. The Half Marathon is a beautiful wooded course comprised of primarily single track trail intermixed with some forest roads. liberty.edu/races 2020 is the year we reimagined what it meant to come together. Mark your calendars for these in-person and virtual races, events, and festivals from across the region. Please check the event websites for any health and safety updates prior to the date of the event. When: Sunday, Oct. 25Where: Chantilly Farm & Campground, Floyd, Va.A challenging ride on rugged hills and scenic woodland paths. There are four different route lengths, from mild to wild, in Floyd and Patrick County! Choose one to test your strength and skill. Benefits Plenty! Food Bank and Farm. plentylocal.org/tour-de-dirt/ When: Saturday, Oct. 10Where: London, Ky.London, the cycling capital of Kentucky® is home to The Redbud Ride where you will experience and boast about the most scenic and challenging routes you’ll find anywhere in the country. Offering four different routes, this ride is a must-do for all cycling enthusiasts!visitlondonky.com When: Saturday, Oct. 3Where: Norton Event Center, Norton, Va.Climb to the highest point in the Cumberland Mountains. This challenging 6.2-mile road race boasts more than a 2,000-foot elevation gain as it climbs from downtown Norton in far Southwest Virginia to the 4,200-foot High Knob summit in the Jefferson National Forest. The seventh annual climb will be held October 3, 2020. ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=71686highknobhellbender.wordpress.com facebook.com/highknobhellbender Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon Highlands Food & Wine Festival Tour de Dirt When: Saturday, Oct. 10 – Sunday, Oct. 11Where: Sugar Mountain, N.C.Enjoy the two-day Oktoberfest from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the North Carolina Mountains. The festival features live Bavarian music by the Harbour Towne Fest band and Avery Co. Cloggers. The Bike Park will be open as well. skisugar.com When: Saturday June 5, 2021Where: Alleghany County, Va.The Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon is a certified Boston Marathon qualifying race that also includes a Half Marathon, 10K & 5K. The event takes place on the Jackson River Scenic Trail, a beautiful, predominately flat trail composed of smooth crushed gravel that runs adjacent to the scenic Jackson River! jacksonrivermarathon.com
Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer and its U.S. competitor Boeing agreed on June 26 to share technical knowledge and market analysis for the development of Embraer’s KC-390 military transport plane. Embraer hopes to capitalize on Boeing’s vast knowledge of the world military transportation market, including its experience in the development of the Boeing C-17, said Luiz Carlos Aguiar, president of Embraer’s defense and security unit, after signing the agreement with his counterpart from Boeing. “Boeing has extensive experience in military transport and in-flight refueling aircraft, as well as profound knowledge of the potential markets for the KC-390,” Aguiar added at a press conference. Defense, Space and Security president Dennis Muilenburg, said that the C-17, a large military transport aircraft used by the air forces of several countries, and the KC-390 “fit together perfectly.” “Our goal is to look for new opportunities to expand the market for the KC-390 and make it as successful worldwide as the C-17 has been,” he added. The collaboration between two of the world’s leading airplane manufacturers consists in sharing technical information and joint analysis of market prospects for the KC-390. “It will be a partnership between equals that does not involve payment, with both sides contributing resources,” Aguiar said. The agreement follows the commitment signed by both companies in April to share technology in the areas of aircraft efficiency and manufacturing, as well as for more research on biofuels. Boeing and Embraer are currently collaborating on the development of aviation biofuels, including one derived from sugarcane. In April 2009, Embraer obtained a contract with the Brazilian Air Force to deliver 23 KC-390 planes over seven years for 1.3 billion dollars. The new KC-390 with two turbofan engines, which can be refueled in flight and will be used to supply fuel to other aircraft in flight, as well as for search-and-rescue missions, is expected to make its first flight in 2014, and enter service in late 2015. The plane is the largest model to be built by the Brazilian aerospace industry. It can carry 84 military personnel and the cargo cabin can be adapted to carry sick or injured patients on medical evacuation missions. Brazil, the Latin American country with the greatest political and economic weight and currently the sixth-largest economy in the world, will soon make a decision on a contract for 36 fighter planes for its Air Force, valued at 4 to 7 billion dollars. Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet fighters are competing for the contract against the Rafale fighters manufactured by French firm Dassault and the Gripens manufactured by Swedish firm Saab. Brazil seeks to promote its domestic arms industry and insists on technology transfer in all its defense agreements. Washington D.C., meanwhile, has announced that it will reopen bidding for 20 AT-29 Super Tucano planes destined for the Afghan Armed Forces. Embraer and its U.S. partner Sierra Nevada won that bid in December, but the U.S. Air Force canceled the agreement in February, following protests by their U.S. rival Hawker Beechcraft Corp. Boeing has had a presence in Brazil for 80 years and has sold commercial planes to Brazilian airlines since the 1960s. By Dialogo June 29, 2012