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The electric power sector is undergoing a rapid transformation to a system that is far more complex – more distributed resources, added storage, customers who are also producers, markets with different regulations and incentives, and constant technological and policy innovation.
The University Of San Francisco’s New Focus On The Energy Transition was originally published on CleanTechnica.
Frankfurt-based sentix, a leader in the emerging field of behavioural finance, has been compiling sentiment indices since 2001 by surveying more than 4,500 institutional and private investors.
The latest reading of the sentix index of economic expectations spells trouble for the gold price.
Capital Economics, a London-based researcher, in a research note points to this graph to provide support for its prediction that the gold price would be trading at $1,050 an ounce by the end of the year:
The recent rally in the price of gold appears to have been driven by safe-haven buying, as evident from the close relationship between the price of the yellow metal and the Japanese yen, another safe-haven asset. Heightened geopolitical tensions, the triggering of Article 50 in the UK and concerns about the rise of anti-EU parties in the euro-zone have boosted investor interest in gold.
We acknowledge that political tensions could periodically support the price of gold this year. However, we doubt that any gains can be sustained given the prospect of rising US interest rates and the associated appreciation of the dollar that we project. Indeed, we forecast that the price of gold will fall to $1,050 per ounce by end-2017. This appears consistent with market expectations for global economic activity.
In a blog post published last week sentix gold sentiment survey among 1,100 retail and institutional investors showed positive sentiment towards gold reaching its highest point for 2017, and the best level since July last year.
Sentix also ascribes the gold bullishness to safe haven buying, but warns that that "overheated" positive sentiment is a contrarian indicator and when greed tops fear in a market to this extent it leads to corrections or top-level forming.
The survey was conducted between 13 and 15 April when gold hit a five-month high within shouting distance of $1,300 an ounce. Late on Thursday, gold for delivery in June was exchanging hands for $1,265 an ounce, down slightly from Wednesday's close.
The post CHART: Behavioural finance points to $1,050 gold price appeared first on MINING.com.
Sam Seke | ABC Radio | 26 April 2017
Solomon Islands gavman, Gold Ridge Community and Landowners Council (GRCLC) and kampani blong hem, Gold Ridge Mining Limited i gohet fo expresim strongfala tingting fo maen hem stat baek moa.
Gold Ridge Mine long Central Guadalcanal wea hemi only gold mine olsem long Solomon Islands kamkasem distaem, hem bin klos daon bihaen bigfala flad long 2015 wea hem spoelem tailings dam.
Australian Mining company St Barbara wea hem onam maen long taem ia, hem salem kampani ia long lokol landona kampani Goldridge Community Investment fo 100 Australian dollar nomoa an olketa i lusim Solomon Islands.
Long yestede, gavman hem holem miting wetem olketa evri grup we i involv long maening ia fo talem aot olketa plan an aweanes long plande eria bae olketa i karem aot long olketa komiuniti.
Chairman blong Gold Ridge Mining Limited, Walton Naezen hem se kampani hem hapi wetem kaen aweaness fo mekem evri waka fo openem bae maen hem gohet gud.
One multibillion-dollar company made a better ad for a carbonated beverage than another multibillion-dollar company.
Earlier this month, Pepsi released (and then almost immediately withdrew) an ad co-opting protest imagery with truly impressive tone-deafness.
Last week, a different bottled beverage threw its hat into the Woke Ring to somewhat more success. Heineken, rather than attach a protest sign to a Kardashian, decided to imagine how deep-seated social divides — such as that between a climate change denier and a supporter of science, for instance — could be bridged:
That’s a well-executed piece of media with an unassailable message: People with ideological differences should sit down and talk, and engage each other in challenging the perceptions behind said differences.
Skilled advertisers, like pick-up artists, have a highly-developed sense for the precise sensitivity and location of their audience’s emotional vulnerabilities. Judging by this commercial’s thunderously positive reception, the beer-consuming public is feeling some shame over the lack of nuanced discourse.
Appealing to that guilt is a smart move for a multibillion-dollar company whose existence relies on lots of people, regardless of their politics, buying its product.
If we have to live in a hellscape in which brands create emotionally exploitative media and, in doing so, drive cultural conversation, then fine — very good ad. 10/10 ad.
This story was originally published by Grist with the headline One multibillion-dollar company made a better ad for a carbonated beverage than another multibillion-dollar company. on Apr 27, 2017.
While the national movement that swept Donald Trump into office leaned heavily on a “Drain the Swamp” slogan, FDA officials are filling the swamp with more murky water and many of them are leaving the agency en masse to work at a Big Pharma consulting/lobbying firm.
A growing number of celebs care deeply about the future of our planet, and the very best of them not only practice what they preach by incorporating solar energy into their own lives, they also use their place in the spotlight to advocate for climate solutions
Five Solar Celebrities Who Practice What They Preach was originally published on CleanTechnica.
South Australia set a new record for wind output on Tuesday, the Anzac Day public holiday, reaching 1,540MW just before midnight – a significant lift on its previous record of 1,400MW set just two weeks earlier.
South Australia Sets New Record Wind Output Of 1,540 Megawatts On Anzac Day was originally published on CleanTechnica.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump administration tomorrow will begin the process of allowing drilling off the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic coasts, according to reports. The executive order will allow Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to roll back protections on drilling for fossil fuels. The order could allow new oil drilling off the Pacific coast for the first time since the 1980s.
Marcie Keever, Friends of the Earth Oceans and Vessels Program Director, issued the following statement:
Trump’s effort to look busy on his 100th day in office by giving away our oceans to Big Oil is yet another example of how out of touch he is with the American people. From the 1969 Santa Barbara oil platform blowout, to the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill and the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, we know that oil spills happen, and can never be fully cleaned up.
The next oil spill is inevitable and will wreak havoc on our oceans, local economies and the lives of people who live on our coasts. Over and over again, oil companies have been irresponsible and reckless, endangering the livelihoods of people living near the ocean. The American people deserve an energy future that protects our oceans and our land, not one that devastates it.
New federal offshore drilling leases have not been granted for the Pacific Ocean since the early 1980s, but that didn’t stop Trump and Zinke from turning back the clock today on decades of environmental protections. We will stand with communities in the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic to fight against this giveaway of our oceans to Big Oil.
The Australian government is expected to put hydrogen energy near the top of its clean energy investment shopping list, as it looks to tackle issues such as the domestic gas crisis, the increased reliance on transport fuel imports, and an opportunity to establish the country as a renewable energy export powerhouse.
Plunging Costs Of Solar & Wind Means Australian “Green Fuel” Exports Could Replace Coal & Gas was originally published on CleanTechnica.
Formula E features battery-electric open-wheel race cars that compete on racing circuits laid out on city streets. All the cars use a 28 kWh battery supplied by Williams Advanced Engineering, a subsidiary of the Williams Formula One enterprise. The lessons learned from the first two Formula E seasons have taught Williams engineers how to make a better EV battery for road cars
Australia’s total solar power capacity has reached 6GW and is expected to double over the next few years as Australian households continue to invest in rooftop panels to reduce electricity bills, and the large-scale solar sector takes off after years of promise.
Australia’s Solar Capacity Reaches 6 Gigawatts, Is Expected To Double By 2020 was originally published on CleanTechnica.
Patagonia on Wednesday threatened to sue the White House over an executive order that instructs the Department of the Interior to review any national monuments designated since 1996.
The high-end outdoor apparel retailer, which has been embroiled in a bitter fight over the future of two monuments declared in the waning days of Barack Obama’s presidency, slammed President Donald Trump, insisting that he lacks the authority to rescind designations by his predecessors.
“A president does not have the authority to rescind a national monument. An attempt to change the boundaries ignores the review process of cultural and historical characteristics and the public input,” Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said in a statement. “We’re watching the Trump administration’s actions very closely and preparing to take every step necessary, including legal action, to defend our most treasured public landscapes from coast to coast.”
The retailer began stepping up its political activity just before the November election, spending $1 million on a get-out-the-vote campaign and completely shutting down its operations on Election Day. After the election, it donated all $10 million of its Black Friday sales to environmental causes.
In January, things started to get heated. A month earlier, the Obama administration had set aside 1.35 million acres in Utah, including sacred tribal lands, to form Bears Ears National Monument. Republican state officials condemned the move as a federal land grab and urged the incoming Trump administration to revoke the designation, made under the 1906 Antiquities Act.
In response, Patagonia vowed to “fight with everyone we have” to preserve the new national monument. In February, the company pulled out of a major outdoor retailer trade show in Salt Lake City to boycott legislation signed by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R), formally petitioning the White House to undo the designation.
On Wednesday, Trump responded by ordering Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review any monument created since Jan. 1, 1996.
“I’ve spoken with many state and local leaders, a number of them here today who care very much about preserving our land, and who are gravely concerned about this massive federal land grab,” Trump said at the signing. “And now we’re going to free it up, which is what should have happened in the first place.”
No president has ever revoked a national monument under the Antiquities Act. The statute doesn’t explicitly bar the president from altering a predecessor’s designation, but no White House has done even that. Legal research suggests that presidents can adjust, but not outright abolish, a prior designation.
The order is part of a larger fight playing out over the future of public lands. In January, House Republicans made it easier to sell off public lands by voting to change how the government calculates the cost of transferring those parcels to states or private developers. The change could put 3.3 million acres — an area nearly the size of Connecticut — up for auction.
In Montana, where the federal government controls 29 percent of all acreage, public land access has emerged as a top issue in the special election to fill the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that Zinke vacated to become interior secretary.
“As stewards of America’s federal public lands, the Trump administration has an obligation to protect these most special wild places,” Marcario said. “Unfortunately, it seems clear they intend to do the opposite.”
This story was originally published by Grist with the headline Patagonia may sue Trump over national monument review on Apr 27, 2017.
A newly-formed solar development company is seeking approval from Queensland’s Gympie regional council for what it says will be Australia’s biggest solar farm, in yet another sign of the snowballing interest in large scale solar PV – and in storage.
SolarQ Plans 350 Megawatt Solar + Storage Farm In Queensland was originally published on CleanTechnica.
The 1,805MW of solar PV capacity on the rooftops of Queensland homes and business now amount to be the biggest power station by capacity in the state, overtaking the 1,780MW of the Gladstone coal fired power station
Queensland’s Biggest Power Station Is Now Its 1,805 Megawatts Of Rooftop Solar Capacity was originally published on CleanTechnica.
Fabio Herrero | Seeking Alpha | April 27 2017
Lion One is exploring for gold in the Fiji, and the main project is in the financing phase.
- The Tuvatu gold project sports an after tax $86.5m NPV5 with an IRR of 52.3% and a payback of 1.5 years. Moreover there is high-grade exploration potential nearby..
- Management is experienced and is gearing up for construction by adding new capable mine builders.
- Project construction will be easily financed and the company has cash on hand to pursue both development and exploration.
Lion One Metals Ltd. owns 100% of the fully permitted Tuvatu Gold Project on the island of Viti Levu in the Republic of Fiji. This project is currently in development and the company is in the financing stage. I am convinced that Lion One is undervalued and could rise substantially in a flat or rising gold environment.
This article will be structured as follows: first, a detailed analysis of the Tuvatu Gold Projec, before mentioning current exploration efforts and the other assets in the company portfolio. This is will represent the core part of our valuation. In the second part of the article we will have specific chapters dedicated to management, capital structure and Fiji as a mining jurisdiction in order to help us get the big picture surrounding the company. Finally, a valuation chapter will provide an out-of-the-envelope valuation of Lion One Metals, before the conclusion that will consist of a buy recommendation and a short cautionary statement about the risk of investing in small caps -always a good exercise before deciding to trade.
The Tuvatu Gold Project
Tuvatu Gold Project is located on Viti Levu, the main island of the Republic of Fiji, and is only 17 km from the Nadi International Airport.
The project is in a caldera setting, and it is located along the ring of fire, that stretches from Japan to The Philippines to Fiji. It is along trend with the caldera-situated Vatukoula gold mine, which has produced 7m oz Au in the last 82 years and is owned by Vatukoula Gold Mines. Incidentally, this is also one of the ten largest epithermal gold systems ever discovered according to a 2012 report by WH Ireland Research.
To read the rest of this article: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4065987-lion-one-will-next-gold-mine-fiji
Visitors to the Tesla factory report pallets loaded with Kuka robots everywhere waiting to be installed ahead of the start of production for the Model 3.
Tesla Has An Army Of Kuka Robots Waiting To Be Installed On Model 3 Assembly Line was originally published on CleanTechnica.
This workshop will provide a detailed overview of specific laws and regulatory approaches for protecting water quality, including financing options for maintaining stormwater infrastructure and protecting streams. Also covered will be existing state and local laws, options for new local laws, and land use regulations for managing stormwater that may be useful in the Sparkill Creek watershed, other parts of Rockland County and nearby areas in New York.
Covered topics include:
Municipal stormwater management financing challenges and strategies: Case study of Ithaca, NY; Aaron Lavine, Esq., City of Ithaca Attorney
The Law and the Sparkill Alliance: Implementing Effective Stormwater Strategies; John R. Nolon, Distinguished Professor of Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Counsel, Land Use Law Center, Pace University
Stormwater Planning for infrastructure resilience; Michael Jastremski, Coordinator, Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts
NY State Community Risk and Resiliency Act Overview and Guidance Resources; Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst, NY State Office of Climate Change
With considerable time for interactive discussion.
This workshop is being sponsored by the Hudson Valley Regional Council with local partners including the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance, the Town of Orangetown, the Rockland County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, the Rockland County Stormwater Consortium, and the Rockland County Water Task Force.
The post Emerging Stormwater Management Options for Protecting Streams & Water Quality appeared first on Riverkeeper.