December 2020

Record 2Q Solar Growth in U.S.

first_imgRecord 2Q Solar Growth in U.S. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:The U.S. installed almost 2.4 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaics in the second quarter of 2017, an increase of 8 percent year-on-year, according to a new report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).Breaking the figures down, a total of 2,387 megawatts (MW) were installed in the second quarter with total installed capacity in the U.S. hitting 47.1 GW, enough to power just over nine million homes.Looking forward, the U.S. Solar Market Insight report forecast that this year would see the solar industry add 12.4 GW of new capacity, down from GTM Research’s prior forecast of 12.6 GW.“Last year, solar companies added jobs 17 times faster than the rest of the economy and increased our GDP by billions of dollars,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the SEIA. “We are going to continue to fight for policies that allow the industry to continue this phenomenal growth.”More: Nearly 2.4 gigawatts of solar installed in the US during second quarter of 2017Solar Energy Industries Association (press release):The U.S. solar market continued its years-long expansion in the second quarter of 2017 as the industry installed 2,387 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV), the largest total in a second quarter to date. This tops Q1’s total and represents an 8 percent year-over-year gain, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said in the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report.All three U.S. solar market segments – commercial, residential and utility-scale – experienced quarter-over-quarter growth in Q2. The U.S. installed 2,044 MW of capacity in Q1. The non-residential and utility-scale market segments also posted year-over-year growth.The non-residential market grew a robust 31 percent year-over-year, with 437 MW installed. That was driven in large part by favorable time-of-use rates in California, expiring incentives in Massachusetts, and a record-breaking quarter in New York, where a number of remote, net metered projects were completed.Joining those states in the top 10 for additions in Q2 were long-time solar leaders such as Arizona, Nevada and North Carolina, as well as surprises like Minnesota and Mississippi, which had the 5th and 9th largest markets in the quarter, respectively. Texas, which is projected to be the second largest state solar market over the next five years, had its strongest quarter ever, adding 378 MW in Q2, placing it 2nd among states this quarter.The utility-scale segment represented 58 percent of the PV capacity installed in the quarter. In fact, Q2 marked the seventh straight quarter in which the U.S. added more than a gigawatt (GW) of utility-scale solar.More: U.S. Solar Market Adds 2.4 GW in Q2, Largest Second Quarter EverGreenTech Media:The utility-scale segment “continues to serve as the bedrock of the U.S. solar market,” according to the report. A total of 1.4 gigawatts (dc) of utility PV projects came on-line in the second quarter of 2017, accounting for 58 percent of all PV capacity installed during the three-month period. Q2 represents the seventh consecutive quarter in which utility PV added more than 1 gigawatt of new capacity.The threat of losing the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) was a big part of the reason why 2016 was such a strong year for U.S. solar. Developers rushed to take advantage of the incentive before it was scheduled to expire, which caused the utility-scale solar market to more than double. Today, the market is recalibrating.GTM Research expects the overall U.S. solar market to shrink year-over-year in 2017 and 2018 before rebounding in 2019, due in large part to trends in utility PV procurement. With the extension of the ITC and project spillover from 2016, GTM Research continues to forecast a strong 8.1 gigawatts (dc) of utility-scale solar PV will be deployed in 2017. The market is expected to take a more noticeable downturn next year, with 6.5 gigawatts (dc) deployed for in 2018.But growth won’t lag for long. The combination of competitive pricing, new procurement plans and developers looking again to benefit from the 30 percent ITC before the incentive steps-down, prompted GTM Research increase its 2019 forecast for utility-scale PV by 14 percent to 9.0 gigawatts (dc). The return to growth in 2019 will come from the expansion of new state markets, and as both distributed and utility solar reach tipping points in terms of economic attractiveness.More than 75 percent of the current utility-scale pipeline is slated to come from voluntary procurement — or projects driven by cost-competitiveness with natural gas alternatives rather than renewable energy mandates. For residential PV, more than 30 states are forecast to have surpassed grid parity by 2019, based on current rate structures.U.S. solar installers will still have to innovate around customer acquisition and push into new markets in order to see more record-breaking growth. The industry will also have to hope for low or no tariffs in the Suniva/SolarWorld Section 201 trade case. If the International Trade Commission approves a minimum price of 78 cents per watt on modules, GTM Research estimates it could reduce U.S. solar demand by 50 percent cumulatively over the next five years.Without tariffs, total installed U.S. solar PV capacity is expected to nearly triple over the next five years. By 2022, more than 16 gigawatts of solar PV capacity will be installed annually. Residential solar stands to make up a significant portion of the overall market, if installers can overcome the business challenges they face today.More: US Residential Solar Market Forecast to Decline for the First Timelast_img read more

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Utilities stick to plant closure plans despite Trump bailout order

first_imgUtilities stick to plant closure plans despite Trump bailout order FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Several major U.S. operators of nuclear reactors and coal plants said they had not changed plans to close plants in coming years, even after the White House said it would take emergency steps to subsidize struggling operators.U.S. President Donald Trump last week directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take steps to keep coal and nuclear power plants running, citing a decades-old national security law as justification. That announcement triggered backlash from drillers, renewable energy producers and environmentalists, who call it an unfair attempt to prop up non-competitive industries and burden ratepayers with billions of dollars of additional power costs annually.NRG Energy Inc, which owns nuclear, coal and natural gas power plants, agreed. “We’re very concerned to have consumer money subsidize plants. It’s never good when government starts picking and choosing winners and losers,” said Mauricio Gutierrez, NRG chief executive.Exelon Corp, the country’s largest nuclear operator, has said in the past that it wants energy regulators and grid operators to find market-based solutions that would pay generators for the around-the-clock power their plants provide. However, Exelon CEO Chris Crane said at a conference Wednesday that the power grid’s vulnerability needs to be analyzed because “if we don’t focus on resiliency and national security we could end up in a very dire situation.”New Jersey-based Public Service Enterprise Group Inc said it still plans to shut its last remaining coal plant in Connecticut by 2021, but will keep its nuclear plants in New Jersey operating after state subsidies were approved. Texas-based Vistra Energy Corp, which recently shut three coal plants in that state, declined comment.More: U.S. subsidies may not save some coal, nuclear plants slated for closurelast_img read more

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Sydney Opera House goes green

first_imgSydney Opera House goes green FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Smart Energy International:The Australian landmark and UNESCO World Heritage site, the Sydney Opera House, has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with local energy provider Flow Power. This means that more than 85% of the site’s annual 16GWh energy consumption will be fuelled by renewables from wind and solar projects in New South Wales for a seven-year period.Under the terms of the PPA, more than 85% of the iconic landmark’s annual energy consumption will be matched by supply from wind and solar projects in New South Wales, including the Sapphire Wind Farm in Glenn Innes, and the Bomen Solar Farm, which is being constructed in Wagga-Wagga, just over 450 kilometers from Sydney.“The Opera House is Australia’s first heritage-listed building to commit to this innovative energy retail model, joining a growing number of high-profile organizations leading the way towards a low carbon future through investment in large-scale renewable projects,” said Ian Cashen, executive director of building at the Sydney Opera House in a recent interview with PV Magazine.“This deal brings us another step closer to our long-term renewable energy goals and will deliver significant savings in operational costs over its seven-year period.”More: Sydney Opera House goes renewablelast_img read more

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Renewables challenge Australian coal plant operations, economics

first_imgRenewables challenge Australian coal plant operations, economics FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Australian:Australia’s largest coal plant is facing its biggest test yet: cheap renewable energy. The Eraring power station on the shores of NSW’s Lake Macquarie supplies 20 per cent of the state’s daily consumption, helping to keep the lights on after ageing coal facilities like Victoria’s Hazelwood were mothballed in 2017.But nearly four decades into its life, owner Origin Energy is contemplating a radical rethink of the way Eraring feeds electricity into the east coast’s grid, including shutting the facility down during the day when huge slabs of solar often beat coal on price.Traditionally the country’s big coal generators run round the clock, reflecting both market demand for the fuel but also the difficulty in tweaking output from huge pieces of machinery that can take hours to properly synchronise with the grid. But the relentless surge of cheap and plentiful renewables — solar, wind and hydro and battery storage — is sparking a shift among the big baseload coal producers that supply 70 per cent of the grid’s needs.Origin estimates 2800 megawatts of clean energy made its way into the grid in 2018, representing the same annual capacity Eraring can produce. But whereas once Origin may have ploughed on running the plant through the day and night, the ability of solar to cut wholesale prices during the day means Eraring may make a better return ramping its output up and down to meet peak demand.“Solar is now the lowest cost form of generation and it will create an oversupply situation during the day,” Origin’s Eraring operations manager Tony Phillips told The Weekend Australian on a tour of the plant. That surplus energy will mean that we may likely back off and it could even mean that we shut down for periods during the day. It’s a commercial decision — if the price gets to a point where it’s sensible to do — we will make that decision.”Making that call may come sooner than originally thought for Origin and rivals AGL Energy, EnergyAustralia and Alinta. A likely tipping point for Eraring to pare output is when wholesale power prices fall below $50 a megawatt hour during the day on a consistent basis. Origin already estimates solar can supply into the grid for between $40-$50/MWh, albeit on an intermittent basis, with costs higher once storage options like batteries or hydro are baked into the equation.More: Cheap renewables put old coal to testlast_img read more

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Cerrejon, one of Colombia’s largest coal mines, will reduce its operations by up to 18% because of a fall in international prices and amid an ongoing court case, the company’s chief executive said on Monday.Colombia, the world’s fourth-largest exporter of coal, faces a potential spending crunch next year as royalties from the fuel decline amid a supply glut and slowing economic growth in China.Cerrejon, owned by BHP Group Ltd , Anglo American Plc and Glencore, will have output of just 26 million tonnes for the next five years, compared to the more than 30 million it was regularly producing until last year, Chief Executive Guillermo Fonseca told local paper La Republica.The mine’s cash flow will be reduced by $170 million this year, because of low prices and global moves toward renewable energy, Fonseca told the newspaper.“To adjust we’re reformulating the operation of the mine,” he said. “Accepting that prices are going to stay there, the decision was taken to reduce the size of the mine. The mine will be reduced between 15% and 18% as a result of what we’re seeing,” Fonseca added.More: Coal mine Cerrejon to reduce output amid low prices, possible court ruling Global price decline prompts substantial reduction in coal production at Colombia’s Cerrejon minelast_img read more

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EnBW building first subsidy-free solar park in Germany

first_imgEnBW building first subsidy-free solar park in Germany FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Live News:EnBW has announced the beginning of construction of ‘Germany’s largest solar park without state funding,’ which will be able to supply around 50,000 households with environmentally friendly energy, saving about 129,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.The “Weesow-Willmersdorf” solar park, which will have a total output of 187MW spread over an area covering 164 hectares, is located almost 26 kilometres northeast of Berlin in Brandenburg.The entire project is due to be commissioned before the end of 2020.Dirk Güsewell, Head of Generation Portfolio Development at EnBW, said: “Major photovoltaic projects like this one are just what is needed to push forward renewable energy and the Energiewende in Germany. “This solar park is our first renewable project without state funding. It also marks a milestone for photovoltaics in Germany and demonstrates that this technology has achieved market maturity.”[Dimitris Mavrokefalidas]More: EnBW builds ‘Germany’s largest independently-funded solar park’last_img read more

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Facebook Footprint: Social Media and the Environment

first_imgGoogle, which has been carbon neutral since 2007, has been a real leader in the building of green data centers, even powering them with renewable energy. Credit: Jurgen Plasser/FlickrDear EarthTalk: What is the environmental impact of so many people now using sites like Facebook and spending so much time online? — Bob Yearling, Paris, TXThe environmental impact of so much online time really boils down to energy usage, which in turn affects the amount of greenhouse gases we pump into our atmosphere. For one, each of us can help by limiting computer time (whether surfing the ‘net or not) and shutting them down or putting them into sleep mode when we aren’t using them (this can be automated via the computer’s power management control panel).Also, when shopping for a new computer, consumers and businesses alike can opt for models certified by the federal government as energy efficient with the Energy Star label. If all computers sold in the U.S. met Energy Star requirements, Americans could pocket $1.8 billion annually in saved energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equivalent to taking some two million cars off the road.Individual responsibility aside, the creation and management of more efficient data centers by the major online hubs—especially as we enter the age of “cloud” computing whereby most of the software, content and services we look to our computers for resides online and is served to us as-needed—is what can have the biggest impact. Google, Facebook, and Amazon.com are already deeply committed to the cloud computing model, with Microsoft, Yahoo and others following suit accordingly.For its part, Google has been a real leader in the building of green data centers, even powering them with renewable energy. The company recently released environmental footprint scores for several of its data centers. While the energy usage required to run its cloud services (Google Search, Google+, Gmail and YouTube) seems huge in the aggregate—it used 260 megawatt hours to power its data centers in 2010—it boils down to only 7.4 kilowatt hours worth of energy annually per user. Google reports that to provide an individual user with its services for a month uses less energy than leaving a light bulb on for three hours. And because the company has been carbon neutral since 2007, “even that small amount of energy is offset completely, so the carbon footprint of your life on Google is zero.” 1 2last_img read more

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Return of the Ride Center

first_imgTrails in North Carolina’s Uwharrie National Forest are a mountain biking mecca. Three years ago, Uwharrie National Forest was slated to be the next big thing. The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) tapped this national forest, in the middle of North Carolina, to be one of the country’s next great mountain bike destinations. The advocacy group chose the site as one of only five inaugural Ride Centers, an ambitious trail and infrastructure creation project that was intended to serve as a regional hub of fat tire activity and a model for future trail development.Three years and one economic crash later, IMBA’s original Ride Center concept has been scrapped, along with their lofty plans for Uwharrie National Forest. Local mountain bikers, however, haven’t given up. They recently finished phase one of the original Ride Center plan, adding six miles of singletrack to Uwharrie’s Wood Run Trail system, and are forging ahead with the original goal of turning Uwharrie into a bonafide riding destination, with or without the help of IMBA.“I want Uwharrie to become a household name like Moab. Maybe that’s pie in the sky, but that’s the idea,” says Brian Bison, an Albemarle mountain biker who was instrumental in convincing IMBA to consider Uwharrie for its inaugural Ride Center program. “It’s hard to believe nobody had capitalized on the terrain Uwharrie had before this project.”What Uwharrie has is the oldest mountain range in North America–ancient peaks weathered down to more molehills than mountains. Summits top out around 1,000 feet today, but don’t let the lack of elevation fool you; the existing Wood Run Trail system has chops. The trails are packed with frequent elevation changes over naturally rocky terrain for a surprisingly technical ride. Bison estimates the forest and adjacent Morrow Mountain State Park could hold a 60-mile system.“Uwharrie had great potential for a Ride Center, and still does,” says Mark Eller, director of communications for IMBA. “But the original plan had IMBA building these Ride Centers from scratch. It was an overly ambitious model that was dependent on local businesses loving the idea so much that they’d put up money to achieve it.”IMBA created a multi-phase development plan and helped start a local SORBA chapter that began looking for contributions…then the economy crashed, and IMBA’s Ride Center concept was scrapped nationwide.“Of the original five proposed Ride Centers, Tamarack Resort is the biggest tragedy, and a perfect example of how the original concept fell apart because of the economy,” Eller says. Tamarack, in Idaho, was slated to become the U.S.’s answer to Whistler.  “The resort was funded by a European bank that defaulted,” Eller says. “The gate is still locked to this day.”The situation in Uwharrie wasn’t so dire. The Tarheel Trailblazers, a well-organized bike club in nearby Charlotte, recognized Uwharrie’s potential as a hub of mountain biking, and took over the Ride Center project, securing the matching funds necessary to use a $76,000 Recreation Trails Program grant and infusing local businesses with a newfound enthusiasm for the massive trail project. The Trailblazers completed the first phase of the original Ride Center project, building roughly six miles of brand new singletrack and completely rehabilitating an existing loop. Uwharrie’s Wood Run Trail system now boasts 15 miles of purpose-built singletrack, and the club is already looking forward to the next phase of development, which could include gravity trails and more cross country-minded singletrack.“What we have now is fun trail with lots of flow. There isn’t any huge elevation, but it’s rugged trail,” Grover says.As for IMBA’s Ride Center project, it too has received a makeover. The organization recently announced a new crop of Ride Centers along with a new paradigm for how the destinations are chosen.“The biggest difference with Ride Centers now is that IMBA isn’t building them. They’re already on the ground,” says Eller. “The ultimate vision is the same, with an epicenter of riding with trails for all skill levels and types of biker, along with a supporting infrastructure. But instead of building these Centers, IMBA will vet and approve existing systems, giving them our stamp of approval.”Ride Centers will be designated every year, much like IMBA’s coveted Epic trail designations. While Uhwarrie didn’t make the cut for the first crop of Ride Centers, Eller says there’s still a chance for the forest to find a home on the list in the future.The Trailblazers are still using the Ride Center concept to guide future development, but aren’t holding their breath for IMBA’s pat on the back. “We’ve got the traction to continue development,” Grover says. “Will it be a Ride Center? I don’t know. Does it need to be? I don’t think so. An exciting trail will bring riders, regardless of a designation.”The New Ride CenterThe new IMBA Ride Center is much like the old IMBA Ride Center. It’s a large-scale mountain bike facility with terrain for every type of rider, a quality bike shop, and a social hub for mountain bikers. Two Southern trail hubs were recently knighted by IMBA as Ride Centers under the new guidelines.Harrisonburg, Va. Virginia’s mountain bike mecca was honored by IMBA because of its wide variety of trails (from beginner parks at Rocktown and Hillendale to full blown Epics like the Southern Traverse), a progressive bike club (Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition), and a litany of races (the Fall Six Pack series and Shenandoah Mountain 100). Check out more at svbcoalition.org.Santos, Fla. The only one of the original five Ride Centers to make it into the new crop of designees, Santos offers flowing singletrack, a bike skills park, and massive freeride terrain with opportunities for big air. Check out more at omba.org.last_img read more

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The Campfire

first_imgMatch to the Heart: A winter campfire with childhood friends provides enduring warmth.For most of my childhood, my three cousins and I ran wild together—exploring the pathless woods, swimming in squishy-bottomed ponds, and chasing each other through the forest in late-night bottle rocket wars.Now we are in our thirties, and we rarely cross paths. Jobs have separated us geographically; kids have consumed our free time. We traded our twenties for steady work and stable families. We were content, but we each harbored a twinge of nostalgia for our youth. So last month, we vowed to meet up for an overnight hike. It was an excuse to sit around a campfire together and remember the kids we used to be.We arrived at the empty trailhead. Two days of rain had turned the trail into a brown slushie, and the swollen creeks chattered in between the silence of our single-file hike. My cousin Ben led us along the undulating, underwater trail.“Does your dad still sleep naked?” I asked.“T-shirt and no underwear. Boxers are too confining.”Ben’s younger brother, Ryan, brought his dog—a white Great Pyrenees mammoth—who carried a lopsided saddlebag of water.Mike, the oldest brother, was about to turn 40. As we slopped through the icy mud, he talked about his son’s little league.“Catchers don’t have the arm yet to throw anyone out. A walk is a triple. Fortunately there’s a five-run rule.”Ben, a hard-working, soft-spoken tax accountant, had organized the hike. He checked his watch to make sure we arrived at the campsite an hour before sundown, allowing us ample time to gather firewood.“Where’s the gorp?” Ryan asked as we unloaded our backpacks. Ben produced a double-bagged sack: dried berries and raisins in one bag, peanuts and almonds in a separate one below it.“Can I mix them together, or should I keep them separate?” Ryan asked.“Maybe keep them separate,” Ben replied.We gathered armfuls of wet, soggy limbs from the waterlogged woods. Ryan clipped a tuft of his dog’s shaggy fur for tinder. We struck a match, lit the fur, and placed it beneath the wet sticks. The fire smoked and fizzed but finally caught.Temperatures quickly dropped below freezing after sunset. We thawed our frozen feet beside the fire, occasionally overcooking our skin and smoldering our socks.Ben boiled water, then passed around freeze-dried meals, doling out spoonfuls of crunchy chicken and rice from a plastic pouch. We sat around the campfire and listened to coyotes howl.“I’m too lazy to hang our food tonight,” Ben said.“The coyotes can have this freeze-dried crap if they want it,” said Mike.“We should probably pack up the gorp, though,” Ryan added. “We wouldn’t want the coyotes to mix up the nuts and berries.”Mike got up to pee. The rest of us stared at the dancing flames.Why were we mesmerized by fire? Ryan suggested a campfire was like a television in the room; our eyes are instinctively drawn to it like motion on the screen. Ben believed it was something more primeval: an ancient attraction imprinted on our DNA.“Wow,” Mike said suddenly. He was standing at the edge of the woods, looking up at a glittering night sky. We all stopped talking and looked up. We hadn’t seen this many stars since our childhood summers together, when we dangled our bare feet off a dock, cast a fishing line into a quiet lake, and watched for shooting stars.Now those grown-up kids sat in stunned silence once more, staring up at the sparkling sky. The campfire popped. Starlight warmed our frozen cheeks.“Hey Mike,” Ryan said. “Your balls are still hanging out.”The fire began to fade, and we headed to our tents. I couldn’t fall asleep. My cousins’ chorus of snores was interrupted by distant coyote yips. So I dragged my sleeping bag out under the stars and watched the constellations wheel across the sky.Showers of sparks floated skyward from the campfire, until the firebrands were indistinguishable from the galactic nightlights overhead. I glanced from the fire to the stars and back to the fire again. Though we lived in climate-controlled boxes back in the big city, we modern hominids were still utterly dependent on primordial fire—whether it was a smoky campfire or the fiery orange ball that already tinted the eastern horizon.An hour later, we mustered a meager fire from the glowing ash. Groggy and hungover, Ben heated water for coffee.“Why do we torture ourselves like this?” he asked. “What makes grown men leave the comfort of their homes for a sleepless night in the cold woods?”“I need to unplug,” Mike said. “To disconnect from the digital world and reconnect to the real one.”“I also think there’s some guilt about how unnecessarily complex and comfortable our everyday lives are,” Ryan said. “We forget that all we really need are food, water, and warmth.”And each other.I probably won’t see my cousins for awhile. We’ll go back to our work routines and forget about living simply. But I’ll remember the astonishing, star-filled sky that silenced us in a moment of childlike wonder. And I’ll remember our campfire. I carry its glowing coals in my chest pocket, warming me on cold, starless nights in the city.last_img read more

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Hatfield-McCoy Marathon: A Running Feud

first_img“Devil Anse Hatfield was my second cousin, three times removed,” says David Hatfield. His family was part of the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud of the late 1800s. Today the feud lives on in the Hatfield McCoy Marathon held every June in and around Pikeville, Kentucky.When the History Channel’s miniseries on the Hatfield-McCoy feud aired last year, no one expected what happened next. Starring Hollywood heavies like Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton, the series became one of the most watched non-sports event in the history of television and sparked an instantaneous renewed interest in the feud across the country. The result has been a boom for the Tug Valley area that straddles the border of Kentucky and West Virginia, as tourists have flocked to the sites of significant battles between the families, prompting a cottage industry of tour guides and historians along the way. This rising tide has also lifted the Hatfield McCoy Marathon. What began in 2000 with 30 runners has doubled most years since to almost 500 racers last year. Hatfield says in 2013 they are already 150 percent ahead of last year’s numbers.“Last year people just came spur of the moment and a lot of them slept in their cars,” said Hatfield. “These people are really eager to run this race. It’s kind of like the feud. Some people say it started over a pig, or Randall McCoy’s brother getting shot, or the love triangle, but there were multiple reasons that kept igniting the feud, and it’s the same thing with this race. The mini-series was like an explosion at the end of a long fuse.”Because the unique course runs through both Kentucky and West Virginia – paying homage to both sides of the feud – the marathon and half marathon attracts a number of “50-staters,” runners who aim to complete races in all 50 states. The marathon can count as either, but this year runners have the option of running the half marathon in West Virginia, Kentucky, or both.  They have also added a 5K that incorporates the final 3.1 miles of the marathon course.“It’s going to be wild this year,” said Hatfield.He is quick to point out that the bitterness and brutality of the feud is nothing to celebrate. He gets emotional when talking about family members lost in the fighting and the modern hardships his region of the country is going through as machines have replaced workers in coal country. The legend of the feud has always attracted history buffs to the area, but now so does recreation infrastructure like West Virginia’s Hatfield-McCoy Trail system – over 500 miles of multi-use trails, the second largest trail system of its kind in the world.“These towns are dying, and this is all we have now: the history of our area,” he said. “We’re in a struggle now that is just as tough on us as the feud was in many ways.”All racers who sign up for the marathon and half marathon are assigned to either the Hatfield family or the McCoy family, giving each racer a team. After the race a trophy is given out to the overall winning family to determine “who actually won the feud.” Unless you are an actual Hatfield or McCoy, the designations are assigned randomly – hoping to avoid reigniting the feud. Hatfield says it is merely a coincidence his family has won 8 of the last 13 marathons. The course is hilly, but manageable, with only one sustained climb early in the race. It a fun, organized event that the whole community gets behind, no matter what family you’re from.Feud TimelineOpinions are mixed as to how the feud started, but these are the most significant dates in the fighting.January 7, 1865 – Former Union soldier Asa Harman McCoy killed following the Civil War by a Hatfield.August 9, 1882 – Tolbert, Pharmer, and Randolph McCoy tied to pawpaw bushes and shot multiple times – retaliation for killing of Ellison Hatfield, also on Aug. 9.January 1, 1888 – The New Year’s Night Massacre. McCoy cabin surrounded and attacked by Hatfields.last_img read more

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