Record 25.3GW of windpower capacity under construction across U.S.—AWEA FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Monthly:The US wind industry installed 2.5GW of new capacity in the second quarter of 2020, a record for Q2 additions, despite delays caused by the pandemic. The 2.5GW installed was more than three times the 736MW added in Q2 2019, stated the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) in its latest Wind Powers America quarterly report.The increase brought total US wind capacity to nearly 110GW.The US is currently experiencing a boom in installations prompted by the looming expiration of the $0.0015/kWh production tax credit (PTC), the primary federal incentive available to the wind industry. It expires at the end of the year.Construction activity reached another new record in the second quarter, with more than 25.3GW under construction nationally. Another 18.3GW is in advanced development, with a power purchase agreement (PPA), a firm turbine order, or having been given the go-ahead by a utility owner.AWEA’s report highlighted continuing advancement of offshore wind. Installation of the two turbines at the US’s first wind project in federal waters – the pilot 12MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project owned by Dominion Energy – was completed in June. The project is expected to start operations later in 2020. Only one offshore project, the 30MW Block Island in state waters off Rhode Island, is operating.According to AWEA, offshore wind now represents 21% of the US’s total wind pipeline at more than 9GW.[Ros Davidson]More: U.S. wind booms as tax credit cut-off looms
What up 2012!Wow, here we are already. As we reflect on the past year of experiences, challenges, successes, failures, good people, and good places, it would be natural to call out some resolutions for the new year. That can be a cathartic and inspiring self-reflection process.After grappling with a couple of resolutions for this year, I spoke with a friend of mine about an approach that takes New Years resolutions to the next level. You may remember the mention of self-affirmation statements in a previous blog post regarding finding “The Zone” in athletics. This new approach that I was told about widens that strategy from athletic performance to seeking happiness, success and fulfillment in everyday life.3 WordsRather than committing to resolutions that can either be too specific or too vague to truly inspire throughout the year, the idea is to come up with three words that will guide you as you attack 2012.These words run much deeper than the specific goals that fall by the wayside so quickly, and the more that you think about them, the more applications you will find for them in your life. They can continue to guide and inspire you even after those short-term goals and resolutions have been achieved.This is a very cool concept, and I think I’m going to give it a shot. I certainly have a number of specific goals for myself this year, but I think the holistic application of a couple of key concepts will pay greater dividends in the long term than my resolutions ever would have.So without further ado, here are my three words:FocusThis means total commitment to whatever I am doing. I would like to combine this word with the concept of balance in my life so that I am in the present moment at all times. When I am spending time with my family or my girlfriend, THAT is my priority, not checking emails on my phone or surfing the web. When I am working, I am working hard and doing as good a job as possible to create opportunities for myself and my co-workers. When I am outside playing, I am 100% in the present, listening to my heartbeat, paying attention to the sights, sounds and smell of the trail, river, or forest. I am not worrying about my student loan payment or a new scratch on my car.PositivityThis word represents two things: making the best of any situation, and giving people the benefit of the doubt. There have been a number of situations that I found myself in in 2011 that I thought were complete disasters, but then miraculously worked out in an unexpected and very good way. Things happen for a reason, and I know that embracing hardship with a positive attitude will only make my life better. Also, although I do my best not to, I will admit to holding onto grudges on occasion. This is going to stop in 2012; it does not do good for any party involved. Note to self… this includes being nice to other drivers!GenerosityWhat can I say? I come from a Dutch heritage! I know how to stretch a penny, but it’s time to open up a bit and trust that it’s all going to work out. This includes educational institutions that I believe in, humanitarian charity and environmental nonprofits. This will manifest itself in my personal life and through my business.Honorable mention- Sustainability. I want to cut back on that petroleum IV drip as much as possible, and ride my bike and walk around town way more. This means for work, groceries, social life, and as much else as possible.Well, I don’t know how it’s going to turn out this year, but at least I’ve made myself accountable to the Blue Ridge Outdoors community!Now I must ask… what are your three words?Good Lines.Chris Gragtmans
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The post Thanksgiving blues can come on pretty quick in the Blue Ridge. After the holiday passes there is usually a lull in the season. The leaves have gone from explosion of natural beauty and wonder to yard work annoyance. The weather can be unpredictable, or predictably wet, dreary, and depressing. A lot of the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is usually spent indoors, waiting for the snow to fall and for winter to take hold. I am all for cozy chairs, warm fires, and good books (or magazines like Blue Ridge Outdoors – wink), but we are active people and cabin fever strikes us early and often. Well, not this year people. This year, the snow god Ullr has smiled upon the Southeast in the form of snow and cold temperatures. Time to get out of the house, bust out the ski gear from the shed, and hit the slopes this weekend.Beech Resort outside Boone, N.C. is planning to open Friday, so get the drop on everybody else and be there for first chair. The limited number of open slopes will actually work in your favor, preventing you from overdoing it on the first day. Nothing is worse than ruining a season by picking up a nagging – or heaven forbid, season ending – injury on day one. Use this time to get your ski legs back under you by easy-styling it and taking frequent breaks (a mid-day beer never hurt either). Day one is also a great time to evaluate your gear from last season to make sure everything is in working order, and to find out what needs to be put on your Christmas list this year. Winter is here folks. Time to shred.View Larger Map
Your daily outdoor news bulletin for June 17, the day in 1885 the Statue of Liberty arrived on American soil, in pieces, an appropriate metaphor some could draw to today’s status of freedom in the U.S.:Toots Files SuitsHey, remember that time legendary reggae artist Frederick “Toots” Hibbert was domed by an empty Grey Goose (classy!) vodka bottle at the Dominon RiverRock Outdoor Festival in Richmond, Va.? Well, Toots certainly does, not only because it happened at this year’s festival in May – actually it was only a few weeks ago – but because he has filed a lawsuit against the Henrico County man accused of the act for…wait for it….$21 million. William Connor Lewis may not remember his actions from that night, but he may be reliving them every month for the rest of his days if he has to shell out that kind of dough on top of the felony charges he is already facing. Hibbert is seeking $1 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages claiming injuries connected with the bottle strike forced him to cancel a majority of his tour, left him unable to record, compose or make public appearances, and was left “disoriented and grievously injured in body and mind,” plus permanent scarring.For a more positive report from this year’s Dominion RiverRock, here is a paddling report from Canoe & Kayak magazine managing editor Dave Shively.And, since we are on the subject of Richmond, there is a new brewery open north of the city in Caroline County: The Rusty Beaver Brewery sold its first beer on Friday.Florida Fish Go Free, Fight Another DayThis story is slightly out of our region, but effects anyone and everyone who likes to fly fish. All anglers, whether they know it or not, have both bonefish and tarpon on their “I caught it on a fly rod” bucket list. These legendary sport fish are the classic salt water holy grail or saltwater catches, and now the state of Florida has taken a major step toward protecting these beautiful, feisty, and lucrative species. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved rules to govern the handling and harvesting of the state’s fisheries, including (with exceptions) making bonefish and tarpon catch and release only.Greenway All the WayWe featured the town of Roanoke, Va. as our favorite mid-sized Mountain Town for many reasons, but one of the central features that put Roanoke over the top was their greenway. Not only is a greenway a great urban recreational tool and transportation medium, it is also indicative of a town’s commitment to a healthy population, outdoor infrastructure, and the outdoors in general. This is all certainly true of Roanoke, and the biggest driving factor behind the greenway was and continues to be Liz Belcher. The Roanoke Times has a great profile of Belcher, her career, the greenway, and how to get a project like it done.
Everyone once in a while, a delayed flight is a fortuitous thing.I was recently passing through Charlottesville, picking up a friend from the airport who’s flight kept getting pushed back an hour at a time. Sadly, Charlottesville airport has no bar. Luckily, Charlottesville has a growing brewery scene and Siri pointed me toward South Street Brewery, in downtown Charlottesville just off the edge of the mall. South Street is new to me, even though it’s been around since 1998. It’s one of those small gems that you can only discover while traveling. Europe is full of them–brewhouses that don’t distribute, so you can only get their beer by setting foot in their bar. Each small town has its own small brewery that makes just enough for locals and intrepid travelers.Now the South is full of them too, as craft beer infiltrates every corner of the Southern Appalachians. There are probably a dozen breweries operating within 20 miles of my house that I’ve never had the pleasure of sampling because they don’t distribute beyond the four walls of their tasting rooms. Expand the radius to 100 miles, 200 miles, and the number of small batch beers I’ve yet to drink are practically endless.Sipping a mellow Satan’s Pony Amber Ale at the bar inside South Street Brewery, it hit me that I rely too heavily on the beer store at the end of my street. It’s a good beer store that gets a wide variety of beer from all over the country, but there are so many good small-scale outfits that don’t even bottle their goodness. I gotta get out more.You should get out to South Street, if you haven’t yet. If you have already hit up South Street, find another small-scale brewer and spend some time in their bar. It takes a little more work than relying on the options that show up at your favorite beer store, but it’ll probably be worth it.
Enter to win a tropical bluegrass adventure!Strings & Sol will take place at the Now Sapphire in Puerto Morelos, Mexico on December 11-15, 2013. Bluegrass legends Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCourys and Greensky Bluegrass are all scheduled to play in paradise, and you can win! One lucky winner will receive: – One room at Strings & Sol for two (2) people – All food, music, and drinks are included with room – Airfare and airport transfer is not included.This contest is now closed! Thanks to all who entered.DON’T FORGET TO ENTER ALL OUR OTHER GREAT GIVEAWAYS!Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on September 30th, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Strings & Sol, and Cloud 9 Adventures reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before October 30th, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.
Travis Book is a busy man this week. As bass player for The Infamous Stringdusters and head groundskeeper for Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, Travis is putting the finishing touches on a year’s worth of work in preparation for this weekend’s Festy Experience, a celebration of music, local food and beer, and outdoor living.Simply known as “The Festy” to fans, this year’s festival boasts a proud line up. Joining the ‘Dusters will be, among others, Railroad Earth, JJ Grey & Mofro, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, Marco Benevento, and Lake Street Dive.Now in its fourth year, the Festy, which takes place on the grounds of Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland, Virginia, continues to solidify itself as the premier fall festival in the Mid-Atlantic. No other festival showcases fine fermented beverages, local eats, outdoor sports, conscious living, and killer tunes like the Festy.I recently caught up with Travis to chat about writing tunes with Benny “Burle” Galloway, the upcoming Festy Experience, and his new solo project.BRO – Lots of folks know about Benny Galloway from his work with Yonder Mountain String Band. Tell me about writing songs with him.TB – Burle always says, “The most important tool, when writing a song, is your eraser.” He’s really open minded and has been making up tunes for so long, so he isn’t afraid to make changes or take suggestions, and he still gets really excited when somebody else latches on to an idea. We have a really good flow when we get together.BRO – We are featuring “Tennessee Side of Things” on this month’s Trail Mix. Tell me about the tune.TB – Burle and I were getting together periodically when I was still living in Nashville and he was living down near Atlanta. He had come up to my place for the weekend and Sarah, my wife, was out of town, so we were just hanging out and playing guitar. His songwriting really changed when he spent some time in the South and this was a little melodic idea and turn of phrase – the Tennessee side of things – that he had in his head, so we started working on the tune. The song is ultimately about the Cumberland River, which is a strange river, because it flows south through Tennessee into Georgia and Alabama and then heads back north towards Kentucky. The tune turned into a sort of riverboat thing and was driven by these two Colorado mountain men finding ourselves in the heart of this southern culture.BRO – You guys are heading into your fourth Festy this weekend. How has the festival evolved since year one?TB – When we first started as a band, we talked about how awesome it would be to throw our own festival. We were in this enviable position of being able to go to so many great festivals. Also, before we were ever in the band, all of us went to lots of festivals. The festival lifestyle was crucial to our world, so we thought we had a good idea of what would make a good festival. From year one, our guiding principal was what would make an idea fall weekend for us? Where would we be? What kind of people would we want around? What kind of music would we want to listen to? We continue to ask ourselves how we can continue to take all of that further. We also want to expose people to different ways of experiencing things. For example, we aren’t doing a lot of music on our workshop stage this year. Instead, there are workshops on building planter boxes for garlic, sustainability, and backcountry camping and cooking. Those kind of things. We want to take the ideal weekend and make it even better. Like last year, introducing the Kleen Kanteen steel pint cups was a revelation. We weren’t sure that not giving people a disposable option and forcing them to use these metal cups would even work. It was almost universally accepted and we kept 30,000 plastic cups out of the waste stream. Whenever there is a question about what we should do, we just continue to hone in our vision. The Festy is just an extension of our world view.BRO – What new stuff can Festy attendees anticipate?TB – There are a couple new things that I am really excited about. Last year, we just had a little music on our workshop stage on Thursday night. This year, we have partnered with Bold Rock Cidery, which is just down the road, and they are setting up a lounge at our Southern Stage, which is our second stage, inside the main festival area. We are going to open up the main festival grounds on Thursday, the Stringdusters are going to do a soundcheck for about an hour and a half, and then our good friends Della Mae are going to play a full set on the Southern Stage. We’ll have the lounge open, the bar will be going, and the ‘Dusters will sit in with Della Mae. We also just found out that Larry and Jenny Keel will be dropping by and getting in on that jam. It wasn’t part of the original program that we were selling to people, but we really wanted to reward the people that are coming in on Thursday and setting the vibe for the whole weekend by adding another night of unique music. Another thing I am excited about is bringing the Blue Ridge Burn, a race we sponsor with Blue Ridge Outdoors, to the Festy grounds. Historically, the race has been held on another property about two miles away, so we have to shuttle people over the gap or people have to drive to another location. Immediately after last year’s Festy, I began working on a 5K mixed single track course right here on the grounds. This year, instead of feeling like the race is a separate event, people are going to wake up on Saturday morning and find people with their numbers pinned on running through the campground. And those trails will be open for people to run, bike, and hike on all weekend. We’ve made a lot of small changes here and there, but these two things are really going to make a big difference.BRO – Most folks know you are often out on the road with either the ‘Dusters or your wife, Sarah, but I have been reading about the Travis Book Trio. Tell me about this new project.TB – I used to play in a bluegrass trio with Andy Falco and Chris Pandolfi when they were both still living in Charlottesville. Now that they are gone – Falco is now in Long Island and Panda is in Denver – I realized I missed that. I love small ensemble bluegrass. It is really challenging. It is really clean. It can be really dynamic when you are listening to just two other people instead of four or five. I have always had a thing for guitar, mandolin, and bass. One of my favorite ensembles is Phillips, Flinner, & Grier. When I was starting to play upright bass, their records were so inspiring. I loved that sound. I have been doing some of my own solo shows on guitar, but I got to thinking about of what else I could do. Playing with a guitar player and a mandolin player is something I have always wanted to do. Fortunately, there are a couple great musicians here in town, Landon Fishburne and Andy Thacker, and the three of us are getting together to do a show and see how it feels. Our first show will be in December.BRO – Can we guest list all the readers of this blog?TB – Yeah. Absolutely. Anyone who wants in, just let us know.————————————————————————————The Travis Book Trio’s first show – at Fardowners in Crozet, Virginia on December 19th – is absolutely free, so you are all on the guest list. This weekend’s big show, the fourth annual Festy Experience, is not free, however . . . . but we want to make sure YOU can get in for free. Take a shot at the trivia question below and email your answer to email@example.com. A winner of two Saturday tickets and a parking pass will be chosen from all of the correct answers received by tomorrow – Thursday, October 10th – at noon.Good luck!!!Question – “Tennesee Side of Things” is not the first Benny Galloway track that Travis has recorded. What other Galloway tune did Travis and his mates in the ‘Dusters record on their first record, Fork In The Road?
With attractions like the Ski Wisp ski and snowboard resort, Backbone Mountain, Savage State Forest, the Upper Youghiogheny River, and its namesake high elevation lake, Deep Creek Lake, Maryland is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s foremost outdoor destinations.Set in the rugged scenery of Delaware’s Allegheny Highlands, not far from the its border with neighboring West Virginia, this outdoor town is an ideal respite for city-weary urbanites in nearby Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh, Pa. Deep Creek’s access to the Upper Yough offers 10 miles of raging, technical white water with IV and V rapids, and Ski Wisp’s 120 inches of annual snowfall is second to none in the region.Did you know? Deep Creek is home to the Adventure Sports Center International, where you’ll find a 1,700 foot whitewater course with simulated rapids that can fluctuate in obstacles and class in as little as twenty minutes.Vote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com!
We know. It’s still January. But we couldn’t wait any longer to get you the February 2015 issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors! That’s why we’re sharing it live online before the first of the month!For our athletic readers out there, this issue’s for you. Whether you’re a cyclist, a runner, a paddler, or a climber, we’re sure you’ll find some helpful tips for upping your game this year. If training insights aren’t what you’re looking for, take away at least a little inspiration from interviews with five up-and-coming athletes who have already accomplished more than we have in their less-than-20 years of adventures.Also this month, we break down the George Washington Forest Plan, the nuts and bolts of six different energy bars, the evolution of guidebooks, and a peak at the debut of Bill Bryson’s novel-turned-movie, A Walk in the Woods.So grab your gear, your running shoes and chalk bags, your helmets and dry tops and that pretty new set of wheels, because after you leaf through this issue, you’re gonna want to go outside and play hard.FeaturesDIRTY SECRETSSix top trail runners share their favorite footpaths, training tips, and most memorable moments.ELEVATE YOUR GAMETake your training to the next level with expert insights from the Southeast’s best coaches and athletes.THE FUTURE OF ADVENTUREThese fab five young adults are pushing the outer limits of boarding and paddling.Swamp to shoreCanoeists paddle the St. Marys River from its headwaters to the sea.DepartmentsEDITOR’S NOTEDare ya to hike the Dirty Dozen in 2015.FLASHPOINTThe GW Forest Plan is not all bad. But that doesn’t make it good.QUICK HITSNew Tennessee trail closed to runners / Laird’s new obstacle race series / Walk in the Woods’ film debutTHE DIRTTwo top teleskiers tell all.THE GOODSSix of the best energy bars to stoke the fire within.THEN + NOWGuidebooks were big in the 90s. Are they still useful today?TRAIL MIXThe best Medicine: Drew Holcombe’s musical remedy.