Tesla’s Giant Battery in Australia Reduced Grid Service Cost by 90%

Tesla’s Giant Battery in Australia Reduced Grid Service Cost by 90%

May 11th, 2018

Via: Electrek:

Tesla’s giant Powerpack battery in Australia has been in operation for about 6 months now and we are just starting to discover the magnitude of its impact on the local energy market.

A new report now shows that it reduced the cost of the grid service that it performs by 90% and it has already taken a majority share of the market.
When an issue happens or maintenance is required on the power grid in Australia, the Energy Market Operator calls for FCAS (frequency control and ancillary services) which consists of large and costly gas generators and steam turbines kicking in to compensate for the loss of power.

Electricity rates can be seen reaching $14,000 per MW during those FCAS periods.

Tesla’s 100MW/129MWh Powerpack project in South Australia can provide the same service cheaper, quicker, and with zero-emissions, through its battery system.




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Armenian president dismisses heads of security service, police at new PM’s request

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has dismissed the head of the security service and the police chief at the request of newly elected Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the presidential press service said on Thursday. Opposition leader Pashinyan was elected the prime minister by parliament earlier this week after mass protests against corruption and cronyism in the ex-Soviet republic. Pashinyan said on Wednesday he would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin next week. The meeting will take place on the sidelines of a summit of the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

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GOP Senate Candidate Says Military Service Is Inherently Conservative

A Republican candidate in Wisconsin’s heated Senate race questioned the thinking of military service members who are Democrats, arguing that their service contradicts their political views.

During an interview on Wednesday with WTMJ radio host Steve Scaffidi, Marine veteran and GOP Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson discussed his military service and cited former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as an example of a Democrat who signed up to serve the country.

He continued, “Those veterans that are out there in the Democrat Party, I question their cognitive thought process because the bottom line is, they’re signing up to defend the Constitution that their party is continually dragging through the mud.”

Nicholson also told Scaffidi that “to defend the Constitution … is, of course, a conservative value” and that the “Democrat Party has wholesale rejected the Constitution and the values that it was founded upon.” 

VoteVets, a progressive veterans advocacy group, called on Nicholson to apologize for his comments.

“What a horrible thing to say about his brothers & sisters,” the group tweeted Wednesday. “We disagree with conservative veterans, but their views are their right.”

After the radio interview, VoteVets shared several tweets from veterans and veteran advocates who said they were insulted by Nicholson’s remarks.

Despite his declarations about conservative values, Nicholson’s own GOP credentials have been questioned during his campaign to challenge Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) for her seat in the U.S. Senate.

Nicholson’s primary opponent Leah Vukmir, a GOP state senator, questioned his “track record as a Republican” last week during the candidates’ first public debate. Nicholson, a corporate consultant, was an active Democrat during his college years, leading the College Democrats of America as president and even speaking at the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

“We know more about Kevin’s track record as a Democrat than we do about his track record as a Republican,” Vukmir said, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

After Nicholson’s interview with Scaffidi on Wednesday, Democratic Super PAC American Bridge released a statement accusing Nicholson of insulting fellow veterans based on their political views.

“Our servicemen and women lay their lives on the line every day to protect Americans’ right to freedom of expression,” American Bridge spokeswoman Amelia Penniman said. “That Kevin Nicholson imagines otherwise is an affront to those who serve, and to the Constitution he claims to protect.”

“Kevin Nicholson is so desperate to hide from Republican primary voters that he used to be a Democrat that he is willing to publicly disparage his fellow veterans,” Penniman added. “That’s the very worst of political opportunism.”

Nicholson’s campaign clarified his comments to CNN’s KFile by focusing on his criticism of the Democratic Party and Democrats, claiming they have “shown overt disrespect to our veterans.”

“Kevin made clear that all members of the military ― regardless of their political party ― sign up to defend and protect the Constitution and its principles,” campaign spokesman Brandon Moody told CNN.

“But Kevin also believes that the Democrat Party has become unmoored from the Constitution and has lost its way.”

Nicholson’s parents made news in February after they gave the largest possible donation to Baldwin’s primary campaign, months after their son had announced his bid to run against her. 

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Press Apparently Has Its Scalp Even As Secret Service, White House Refute Ronny Jackson Smears

The American people don’t trust the establishment press, as seen in a Pew Research poll result released Thursday showing that only 8 percent of Americans have “a great deal of confidence” that the media will “act in the best interests of the public.”

Here is one more example showing why this attitude is entirely justified: The Secret Service, after a thorough investigation in response to anonymous, media-promoted smears, is reporting that it found “no information that would indicate” that a misconduct allegation against withdrawn VA nominee Ronny Jackson is true.

Despite additional evidentiary support from the White House, we learned over the weekend that Jackson won’t return as White House doctor.

Former President Barack Obama made no attempt to defend Jackson during the ordeal. As of Sunday evening, Obama hadn’t issued any statement relating to the allegations against Jackson, even though he served as White House physician during the final 3-1/2 years of Obama’s second term, and even though the alleged and unproven misconduct occurred during that time.

CNN led the “sources say” smear campaign in a story originally posted on Tuesday (“04/24,” as seen in the Google News result), but updated on Friday:


As usual, the charges were entirely anonymously sourced.

Here is the full Thursday Secret Service response (click on the graphic to see a larger version in a separate tab or window:


The Secret Service didn’t have to include the second and third paragraphs seen above to refute the charges in question, but appears to have done so to push back against the anonymous charges impugning Jackson’s character.

The Secret Service’s response didn’t sway two reporters at the Associated Press. Friday evening, Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller began with a dishonest headline:

White House: Records dispute allegations against Jackson

The Secret Service is not part of the White House; it’s part of the Department of Homeland Security. A headline including the Secret Service would have made the administration’s case look stronger, which the AP apparently wanted to avoid.

The AP pair’s report indicates that “the White House” separately has records disputing “accusations of drunkenness on the job.” Unfortunately for AP and Montana Senator Jon Tester, who was most vocal in opposing Jackson’s VA nomination, there’s no evidence supporting those accusations, either:


Keeping hope alive, the AP reporters wrote that “Tester’s office has not specified the time frame during which the alleged misconduct occurred.” Jackson’s tenure as White House physician began on July 25, 2013, leaving only 17 months (to the end of 2014) not directly addressed.

The AP reporters only noted the following concerning the Secret Service:

(It) said it has no evidence to support an allegation that its personnel intervened to prevent Jackson from disturbing former President Barack Obama during a foreign trip in 2015.

Anyone can see that the Secret Service’s statement above is about far more “a (single) foreign trip in 2015.”

What about the “internal documents related to all Presidential foreign travel” covered by the Secret Service’s statement did Colvin and Miller not understand?

Now that the press and the Democrats apparently have their scalp, readers shouldn’t expect to see much more media coverage of the cascade of exculpatory evidence the White House and Secret Service provided on Friday. Yet the press still wonders why and is outraged that the vast majority of the American people don’t trust them.

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ISIS terrorist plotted bombing of local security service HQ in Russia, killed by FSB

The FSB operatives attempted to arrest the suspected terrorist in the southern Russian region of Stavropol on Saturday. The perpetrator, however, resisted and engaged in a firefight with law enforcement, receiving a fatal wound, the FSB press service said.

The terrorist plotted an attack on a local office of the FSB and a Stavropol government building, “using firearms and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).”

The agents recovered a sawed-off 16-gauge shotgun, a large knife, IED components, and an Islamic State flag (IS, formerly ISIS). A written pledge of allegiance to IS and plans regarding the government and FSB HQ buildings were also found at the scene.

The FSB did not provide any details on the terrorist’s identity, stating only that an investigation was underway.

In a separate development, a large-scale counter-terrorism operation was launched in the town of Derbent, in the Russian republic of Dagestan, media reports, citing local law enforcement. A group of militants was reportedly blocked by FSB and police operatives in a building. The militants refused to surrender, and several of them were killed in a firefight.

The counter-terrorism operations came only a few days after another major terrorist cell was busted by the FSB in Rostov Region. Three IS-linked terrorists, who plotted gun and bomb attacks, were captured. The leader of the cell, however, blew himself up with a homemade bomb when law enforcement tried to detain him.

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Ex-US Foreign Service Officer: US Acting as “ISIS Air Force” in Syria Based on a “False Flag”


Washington, D.C. –  The United States, France and the UK engaged in limited missile strikes against civilian and military targets in Syria overnight resulting in the immediate benefit of terrorist groups operating inside the country. The bombing without any investigation has prompted widespread bipartisan backlash from all political sects.

The United States is “acting as air force of all these jihadist terrorist [groups] – Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Jaysh al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham,” former U.S. foreign service officer Jim Jatras told RT on Saturday, adding that “it’s really morally reprehensible.”

What’s more, Al Masdar News reported that ISIS and forces mounted offensives in coordination with the western missile strikes:

The Islamic State (ISIS) attempted to take advantage of the US-led attack on Syria today in order to capture new areas inside the southern districts of Damascus.

However, this offensive would be short-lived, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their Palestinian allies were able to beat back the encroaching terrorists.

According to a military source in Damascus, the Islamic State had attempt to catch the Syrian Army off guard with the attack, but were completely overwhelmed by the latter’s manpower and firepower.

The Syrian Arab Army is now preparing to launch an offensive in southern Damascus alongside their Palestinian allies.

The goal of this southern Damascus offensive is to capture all of the areas currently controlled by the Islamic State.

Additionally, Jatras said, “preventing a real investigation in Douma was one of the reasons for [the strike],” as it prevented chemical inspectors from the UN’s Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), on the ground in Damascus, from reaching the site of the alleged chemical attack.

Only hours before inspectors from the OPCW was scheduled to visit Douma—to determine if chemical weapons had been used—the missile strikes began.

“So, the big hurry here is, in my opinion, is that you’ve got [OPCW] inspectors on the ground in Damascus now, ready to go now and confirm… there wasn’t any attack,” said Jatras.

The former U.S. diplomat made note that “if you’re Al-Qaeda or its offshoot [in Syria], you’re going to be very happy tonight,” labeling the alleged chemical attack in Douma a “false flag” operation, and explaining that false flag operations “work, especially when you have compliant media.”

The “compliant media” dynamic has been seen at work in both legacy mass media and social media, with an ongoing censorship operation targeting dissent on numerous social media platforms under the guise of getting rid of “fake news.”

Furthermore, Jatras said that he expected US President Donald Trump to respond to the Douma incident in a similar to last year after the alleged gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun that was blamed by the west on the Assad government – but which MIT expert Theodore Postol disputed in highly critical report of the US assessment that blamed the Syrian government.

At that time, Postol, a leading weapons academic, and one of the foremost experts in the field, came forward in a series of reports noting his opposition to the official story in regards to the Khan Sheikhoun nerve agent attack in Syria, claiming that the Syrian gas attack in Khan Sheikoun was staged.

“I don’t think that Syria has chemical weapons. I think that the Russian effort to get them out of there after what happened in Ghouta in 2013 was genuine and was certified as genuine by the OPCW,” Jatras said. In regards to the U.S. justification for the strikes, he said “it’s a conscious transparent lie.”

Russia has claimed they possess “irrefutable” data that reveals the incident in Douma was staged by British intelligence services pushing a “Russophobic campaign,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated.

“We have irrefutable evidence that it was another staging, and the special services of a state which is in the forefront of the Russophobic campaign had a hand in the staging,” Lavrov said at a news conference with his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok on Friday.

In addition, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MOD) on Friday presented what it claims is evidence that the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria was a staged false flag event, and accused the British government of pressuring the perpetrators to speed up the “provocation.”

“The Russian Defense Ministry also has evidence that Britain had a direct involvement in arranging this provocation in Eastern Ghouta,” the general added, referring to the neighborhood of which Douma is part. “We know for certain that between April 3 and April 6 the so-called White Helmets were seriously pressured from London to speed up the provocation that they were preparing.”

During a briefing, the MOD released interviews with two men who it claimed are medical professionals working in the only hospital operating in Douma.

“Please, notice. These people do not hide their names. These are not some faceless claims on the social media by anonymous activists. They took part in taking that footage,” said ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov.

The two men explained how footage, widely distributed among western media, was shot of people dousing each other with water, which was purported to show the aftermath of the alleged April 7 chemical weapons attack in Douma.

According to a report by RT:

According to Konashenkov, the group, which was a primary source of photos and footage of the purported chemical attack, was informed of a large-scale artillery attack on Damascus planned by the Islamist group Army of Islam, which controlled Douma at the time. The White Helmets were ordered to arrange the provocation after retaliatory strikes by the Syrian government forces, which the shelling was certain to lead to, he said.

The U.S. Department of Defense said that the option to strike the Syrian government would remain should Assad use chemical weapons again, thus providing terrorist groups the ability to stage false flag attacks at any time in an effort to provide themselves with western air support – which Trump has proven is sure to follow – without any evidence.

While France and the US have claimed they have evidence, the actual evidence they are referring to is open source, which is nothing more than reports from White Helmets and video garnered from social media and media inputs. The reality is that this is not evidence, it’s fabricated propaganda meant for public consumption – in hopes of garnering public support for another U.S. regime change operation under the guise of humanitarianism.

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — The leading Republican and Democrat in the House on foreign policy joined to urge Iceland to stand down from a proposed bill to ban circumcision.

“While Jewish and Muslim populations in Iceland may be small, your country’s ban could be exploited by those who stoke xenophobia and anti-Semitism in countries with more diverse populations,” said the letter sent April 5 to the embassy of Iceland in Washington, D.C., by Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, and Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., its top Democrat.

“As a partner nation, we urge your government to stop this intolerant bill from advancing any further,” said the letter, which was released to the public on Thursday by the Orthodox Union, a group that has spoken out against the proposed ban.

“While Iceland’s Jewish community may be one of the smallest in the world, the legislation to ban male circumcision looms as a large assault upon Jewish – and Muslim – religious freedom and practice,” Nathan Diament, the OU’s Washington director, said in a statement.
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African asylum seekers set up a mock slave auction as part of a protest outside the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, April 3, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

(JTA) — Uganda said it was considering a request from Israel to take in 500 African migrants that Israel would deport — the first time an African country confirmed that it was going along with the Israeli government’s controversial deportation plan.

Musa Ecweru, the Ugandan minister in charge of refugees, said the migrants would be thoroughly evaluated before their arrival, The Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Uganda was one of two countries that had surfaced in reports as a possible destination for some 38,000 African asylum seekers in Israel to be deported under a plan announced in January by the Israeli government. Under the plan, migrants who had chosen to leave by March 31 would receive a payment of $3,500 as well as free airfare and other incentives.
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Palestinian protesters try to take down a section of barbed wire at the Gaza border fence with Israel, April 13, 2018. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Palestinian authorities are reporting that Israeli fire wounded at least 30 protesters, one critically, in the latest round of protests on Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip.

Thousands of protesters amassed at the border for the third Friday in a row.

The Israeli army reported that there were several attempts to breach the border, Israel’s Reshet Bet radio reported, and that protesters threw bottles and in one case an explosive device. The army said its troops were observing legal open fire procedures.
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WASHINGTON (JTA) — Trump administration officials asked Israel’s government and opposition to tamp down criticism of a proposed Polish law that would criminalize blaming Poland for Nazi crimes, according to a report.

The report by Barak Ravid, the diplomatic correspondent for Israel’s Channel 10 News, quoted senior Israeli officials, who said that while the Americans found the law objectionable, they also sought to preserve relations with Poland, a critical ally.

Ravid posted his report on Twitter in Hebrew.

The pressure extended to Israel’s opposition, according to Ravid, when Vice President Mike Pence met Isaac Herzog, the parliamentary leader of the opposition Zionist Union faction. Both men spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.
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WASHINGTON (JTA) — South Carolina is set to become the first state to legislate a definition of anti-Semitism, with one controversial passage defining as anti-Semitic certain anti-Israel expressions.

The language is not permanent, the Charleston Post and Courier reported. It was included in an $8 billion budget bill the state Senate passed late Thursday, which means that it stands only until the next budget is passed next year.

The language is seen as likely to survive the reconciliation of the bill by Senate and House committees. Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican who has championed the language, is expected to sign the budget bill.

Efforts earlier this year to pass a permanent version of the law were frustrated when concerns about an impingement on free speech hindered its advance in the Senate.
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(JTA) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren called on the Israeli government to respect the rights of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border.

Warren, D-Mass., made the call in a statement sent to The Intercept on Wednesday, the online news publication reported the following day.

“I am deeply concerned about the deaths and injuries in Gaza,” Warren said. “As additional protests are planned for the coming days, the Israel Defense Forces should exercise restraint and respect the rights of Palestinians to peacefully protest.”

In addition to Warren, who has been cited as a possible presidential candidate in 2020, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a Jewish lawmaker who ran in 2016 for the Democratic presidential nomination, late last month tweeted his criticism of Israel’s use of force during border demonstrations and called the killing of Gaza protesters “tragic.”
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Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri (File photo)
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri (File photo)

The Lebanese parliament speaker has warned against any military aggression against Syria, stressing that the outcome of any missile attack on the Arab country plagued with foreign-sponsored militancy will be “devastating for Arab leaders.”

“An attack on Syria will have severe repercussions. The first victims of such an action would be the stability and unity of the (Middle East) region. It will also lead to more bloodshed and destruction in Syria, and more displacement of Syrians,” Nabih Berri said on Thursday.

He further noted that “Arab leaders have to bear the costs of a military onslaught on Syria, and the spending money will be paid out of their own pockets.”

“The results will be definitely devastating and destructive for their future, and for the stability of their nations,” Berri pointed out.

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil (Photo by Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has emphasized that Beirut will not allow the Lebanese airspace to be used for any strike on Syria.

“Lebanon opposes any aggression against any Arab country. The policy of dissociation from the Syrian conflict doesn’t mean following the Israeli suit, or letting the Lebanese airspace be used to attack Syria. It also doesn’t mean that we won’t counter terrorism,” Bassil said.

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The photo released by the Lebanese government shows President Michel Aoun delivering a speech at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, April 12, 2017. (Via AP)
The photo released by the Lebanese government shows President Michel Aoun delivering a speech at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, April 12, 2017. (Via AP)

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun says Israeli jets’ violation of the Lebanese airspace amounts to an attack on the country’s national sovereignty, noting that Beirut will lodge a complaint with the United Nations Security Council. 

“Lebanon considered that the Israeli warplanes’ use of the Lebanese airspace is an attack on our sovereignty, and we will not accept any Israeli exploitation of our airspace,” Aoun said during a cabinet meeting on Thursday.

He was reacting to strikes carried out by Israeli F-15 warplanes via Lebanese air space on T-4 air base in Syria’s Homs Province on Monday. The air raids killed and wounded several people.

The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said the Israeli attack constitutes “an indirect response” to the Syrian army’s success in expelling terrorist groups from the outskirts of Damascus and other areas.

In two letters addressed to the UN chief and the Security Council chairman, the ministry stressed that the Israeli aggression would not have been possible without the US support.

Damascus further warned Israel of the “dangerous repercussions” of its assaults on Syria and its constant support for armed terror outfits.
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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Violent anti-Semitic attacks worldwide directed against Jewish communities, Jewish people and their property decreased by about 9 percent in 2017, according to an annual report.

There were 327 cases in 2017 compared to 361 in 2016, according to the annual “Antisemitism Worldwide” report by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University.

The data were published Wednesday, on the eve of Israel’s national day of remembrance of the Holocaust. This year’s 103-page report is a global overview combining surveys from recognized watchdogs from dozens of countries, including nearly all European Union member states.

The figures for 2017 do not include some cases of extreme violence in France, including that of Sarah Halimi, a Jewish woman who was thrown out of her apartment window to her death. The incidents are still being studied, according to the report.
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Pussy Riot

Nadya Tolokonnikova, left, and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot at the Greenwich Film Festival in Connecticut, June 6, 2015. (Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images for Greenwich Film Festival 2015)

(JTA) — The political band Pussy Riot canceled a show in Israel without specifying why, and an Israeli paper reported that it could be for “technical issues.”

The Russian group, known for its anti-Putin performance art, announced the cancellation on Saturday. Members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement had urged the band not to perform last month and earlier this month.

The band’s tweet and Facebook post did not give a reason for the cancellation. Israel Hayom reported that the Israeli promoter of the show said “technical issues” derailed the concert.
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Trump aide fired, under investigation by Secret Service

President Donald Trump’s longtime personal aide John McEntee has been fired and is under investigation by the Secret Service for serious financial crimes, according to two federal law enforcement officials.

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