IPL 2017, RCB v RPS Highlights: How Pune ended their losing streak this season

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of Match No. 17 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rising Pune Supergiant at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.Bangalore Innings:23.39 IST: RPS (161/8) crush RCB (134/9) by 27 runs. Ab de Villiers 29, Stokes 3/18, Thakur 3/35 DONE & DUSTED! We have won by 27 runs, defending the lowest ever total at Chinnaswamy. What a bowling effort! ??? #RangWahiJungNayi #RCBvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201723.34 IST: Bangalore need an improbably 31 runs off the last over with just 2 wickets in hand. 23.31 IST: WICKET! Unadkat knocks out Badree’s middle-stump. RCB 126/8, need 36 off 10 balls23.30 IST: WICKET! Thakur castles Binny for 18 with Bangalore on 125/7 in 18 ovs, need 36 runs off 12 balls.23.25 IST: Thakur to Negi, OUT! Tripathi takes a stunning catch in the deep as Negi departs for 10, Thakur gets the wicket. RCB 123/6, need 39 off 15 ballsThat’s some catch! Negi(10) caught out by Tripathi. #RCB is 123/6 after 17.3 overs. #PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201723.22 IST: Christian concedes 13 runs off the over. Bangalore 115/5 in 17 ovs, need 47 from 18 balls. Required run rate: 15.6723.16 IST: Stokes to Watson, BOWLED! Stokes makes a terrific comeback! Stokes unleashes a knuckle ball and on the sticks, the ball stays a bit low as Shane Watson tries to play it across the line. He misses and the middle stump is uprooted. Ben Stokes goes down in celebration. Big wicket for Pune! The collapse continues for RCB (101/5, need 61 from 25 balls) Shane Watson goes for 14 as Stokes takes the wicket. Binny and Negi are on the pitch for #RCB, #PlayBold #VIVOIPL #RCBvRPS- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201723.11 IST: Unadkat to Jadhav, WICKET! Dragged on! The pressure was building up on the Bangalore batsmen and a wicket was round the corner. Slower delivery on a length outside off, Jadhav skips down the track, looks to hit it but once again fails to pick the slower one. The ball doesn’t bounce much and goes off the inside edge onto the pads. The struggle continues for RCB (91/4, need 71 from 31 balls) advertisementJadhav(18) takes a swing but misses and gets bowled ?? #RCB is 92/4 after 15 overs. #RCBvRPS #PlayBold #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201723.00 IST: No boundaries off the last 26 balls. Pune are bouncing back hard. Tahir ends up with the figures of 4-0-27-1! Required run rate is over 11 now and the pressure is on for RCB 83/3, need 79 from 42 balls22.56 IST: Excellent over from Christian, just 6 runs came off it. RCB 78/3 in 12 ovs, need 84 from 48 balls 22.47 IST: Tahir to ABD, STUMPED! Top stuff from Dhoni! Tahir loops it nicely on off. The ball grips and turns away sharply. De Villiers comes forward to defend but gets beaten by that sharp turn. Dhoni behind the stumps is lightning quick in collecting and whipping the bails off. Dhoni is confident and de Villiers also know he is in trouble. The umpires go upstairs and the replays show the greatness of Dhoni’s work behind the stumps. Tahir is amongst wickets again. RCB 70/3, need 92 from 58 ballsOff in a flash ?. Just like that – A @msdhoni special! #RCBvRPS #IPL – @RPSupergiants pic.twitter.com/pRYUkJRmI4- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 2017MS Dhoni ???? @ABdeVilliers17(29) is stumped out. #RCB is 70/3 after 10.2 overs.#RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL #PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 2017That has gone upstairs! #MahirTahir with a brilliant ball & Dhoni with the quick stumping sends ABD back!????? #RangWahiJungNayi #RCBvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201722.41 IST: Bangalore 63/2 in 9 ovs, need 99 from 66 balls. De Villiers 28*, Jadhav 6*. 22.39 IST: Tahir to ABD, SIX!! Nailed it! Tossed up outside off, de Villiers makes room, gets down on one knee and clobbers it over extra cover for a maximum. That’s a superb inside out shot.22.36 IST: Meanwhile, take a look at the biggest six of the night hit by none other than – Mahendra Singh Dhoni.22.27 IST: End of powerplay! Pune would be really happy at this stage to see the back of Kohli. RCB 42/2 in 6 ovs, need 120 off 84 balls22.26 IST: Stokes to Kohli, OUT!! Stokes strikes! Ben Stokes keeps it short which bounces head height, Kohli tries to slash it but it takes a top edge and goes high up in the air. Ajinkya Rahane, at sweeper cover, gets under it and pouches it easily. A huge blow to Bangalore and Manoj Tiwary must be the happiest person on the field right now.#Viratkohli(28) caught out by Rahane ?? Kedar on the pitch #RCB is 41/2 after 5.3 overs. #PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201722.22 IST: Kohli and de Villiers have already put on 25 off 19 balls. RCB 39/1 in 5 ovs, need 123 from 90 balls22.17 IST: Thakur to Kohli, FOUR!! That’s class, really class! Full around middle, Kohli gets across and just flicks it. Gets it off the middle and through mid-wicket for a boundary.advertisement22.14 IST: Unadkat to ABD, SIX! AB de Villiers ends Unadkat’s over with a maximum. RCB 25/1 in 3 ovs. Required rate: 8.0622.090 IST: FOUR!!! AB de Villiers sends it racing to the boundary.22.07 IST: Thakur to Mandeep, OUT!!!! Third wicket taking delivery of the over and finally Shardul Thakur has one. Short and outside off, Mandeep tries to cut it but edges it. And Dhoni does the rest. Thakur starts appealing and the umpire obliges. Another failure for Mandeep Singh at the top.. @mandeeps12(0) has been caught by Dhoni ?? #RCB is 14/1 after 1.5 overs. @ABdeVilliers17 steps in. #PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201722.05 IST: Dropped!! Manoj Tiwary spills Kohli’s catch.  FOUR AND DROPPED! Harsh call but technically it is. Shardul bowls this on a length and outside off, Kohli punches it towards the bowler who stoops low gets his hands to it but fails to hold onto it. The ball goes down the ground for a boundary.That was a close one ??as Manoj drops @imVkohli catch. Captain gets another life! #RCBvRPS #PlayBold #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/A472NvMGWN- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201722.04 IST: FOUR!!!!  Virat Kohli greets Shardul Thakur with a boundary.22.01 IST: SIX!!! Kohli off the mark.Classy shot! Fuller delivery outside off, Kohli walks ahead and across and flicks it over mid-wicket for a biggie. Lovely work of wrists and Bangalore are away. RCB: 7/0 (1 over)22.00 IST: Mandeep Singh walks out with his captain. Jaydev Unadkat  with the new ball.Pune Innings:21.55 IST: When MS Dhoni landed the ball on the roof.  Classic Mahi.VIDEO #IPL: POWER! When @msdhoni was in the house. You needed one fielder on the roof https://t.co/u0yzWeXM0i – @RPSupergiants #RCBvRPS- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 201721.45 IST: RPS collapse from 127/2 to 161/8 in 20 ovs vs RCB. Tripathi 31,Tiwary 27, Milne 2/27, Aravind 2/29#RPS finish the first innings at 161/8. Some good bowling by #RoyalChallengers Can’t wait for the exciting chase #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/CAs2Ntob2T- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.40 IST: Watson to Manoj, SIX!! Manoj brings up 150 for Pune with a SIX. RPS 151/7 in 19 ovs. Last 4 overs: 34 runs, 5 wickets21.30 IST: Milne to Thakur, OUT!! Adam Milne is on a hat-trick! Fuller delivery, outside off, Thakur checks his drive and it goes towards the cover region. AB de Villiers there takes a comfortable catch and Shardul Thakur has to depart! The Bangalore crowd is up and buzzing, the atmosphere is brilliant. RPS 130/7 in 17.2 ovs#RPS is 132/7 after 18 overs after wickets fell all over the place! #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL #PlayBold #RCB- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.30 IST: Milne to Stokes, BOWLED! He strikes straightaway! On a length and outside off, Stokes tries to pull it away but it takes the inside edge and the ball uproots the off pole. Once again, Ben Stokes fails to make a mark. Bangalore have pulled things back impressively well in the last 2 or 3 overs.It’s raining wickets! @AdamMilne19 gets Stoke’s(1) wicket! Straight Bowled again! ??????#PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.26 IST: Aravind to Christian, OUT! Christian holes out! A touch ahead of length around middle, Christian just flicks it and the ball sails into the deep. Mandeep Singh at deep square leg, with a forward dive. RPS 129/5 in 16.5 ovsadvertisementSreenath Aravind again!!???????? Mandeep catches Christian(1) #RPS is 129/5 after 16.5 overs. #PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.23 IST: Aravind to Smith, BOWLED! Timber! Wickets of the two consecutive balls! Cutter around off, angling in, Smith looks to drag it but the ball keeps a touch low and goes through under his bat and knocks off the stumps. Bangalore are back on top. Pune now have two new batsmen out in the middle.Sreenath Aravind!! Straight bowled! Smith(27) is out! #RPS is 127/4 after 16.1 overs #RCBvRPS #PlayBold #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/NawwVgBU6R- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.22 IST: Watson to Dhoni, OUT! Dragged on! Very full outside off, Dhoni tries to go after Watson. Plays the expansive cover drive but gets an inside edge onto the stumps. Watson has his man. Dhoni was looking good out in the middle but now has to walk back.#watto take a much needed wicket! Dhoni’s(28) streak ends! #PlayBold #RCBvRPS #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/swSYZHUD6L- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.15 IST: Watson to Smith, FOUR! In the gap as well! Length delivery outside off, Smith pulls it through mid-wicket. Finds the gap as well and the ball touches the fence.FOUR! #Smithy goes for it! This brings up the 5?0? partnership between him & #msdhoni #RangWahiJungNayi #RCBvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201721.11 IST: Strategic time-out! Pune 117/2 in 15 ovs. Smith 22*, Dhoni 23*. Partnership: 48 off 40 ballsDhoni(23) and Smith(23) building a good partnership. #RPS is 117/2 after 15 overs. Time for some wickets now! #RCB #PlayBold #RCBvRPS- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201721.08 IST: MS Dhoni completes 24,000 runs in all forms of the game in all competitions, international & domestic21.05 IST: Chahal to Dhoni, SIX! KABOOM!! That’s out of here, literally! Served slightly flatter on middle, Dhoni dances down and smokes it over wide long on. The ball has got both the elevation and distance on it and it sails way over the ground and it lands on the roof. That was massive! Dhoni is in his elements. 11 runs off the over. RPS 109/2 in 14 ovs OUT OF THE STADIUM! ??? #MSDHONI #RangWahiJungNayi #RCBvRPS pic.twitter.com/5xkrQRFOjP- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201721.01 IST: Experienced heads steady Pune! Smith (14*) and Dhoni (15*) have added 29 runs off 28 balls for the third wicket. RPS 98/2 in 13 ovs20.54 IST: Samuel Badree finishes his spell with a wicket and 32 runs off his 4 overs. RPS 92/2 in 12 ovs20.52 IST: Badree to Smith, FOUR! Finds the gap! And he does so with utter ease. Tossed up around off, Smith gets to the pitch and whips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. That’s a gorgeous shot.20.48 IST: At the half-way stage Pune are 79/2 in 10 ovs. Dhoni 9*, Smith 3*20.43 IST: Negi to Tripathi, OUT! AN ABSOLUTE STUNNER FROM KOHLI! Flatter and fuller outside off, Tripathi times his cover drive to perfection but fails to keep it along the ground. It’s traveling quickly and at a very low height. Kohli at short extra cover, leaps to his left, stretches both his hands and the ball sticks in his left hand. That’s something special. Captain Kohli has got the whole of M.Chinaswammy on its toes. RPS 69/2 in 8.2 ovs Captain #Viratkohli pulls off a unbelievable catch to send Tripathi(31) back after Negi bowls. #RPS is 69/2 after 9 overs. #RCBvRPS pic.twitter.com/HRtzGbra9F- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201720.38 IST: Badree to Rahane, OUT! TIMBER! Badree tosses up the wrong one around middle. Rahane skips down the track but fails to pick up the wrong one. The ball goes through his defence and shatters the stumps. RPS 68/1 in 8 ovsThat’s a big wicket! #Rahane bowled by Badree. A straight one & he completely missed it. 63/1 in 7.4 overs. ?? #RangWahyJungNayi #RCBvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201720.35 IST: Pawan Negi comes into the attack and concedes just six runs from his first over. RPS 61/0 in 7 ovs20.24 IST: Watson to Rahane, FOUR! So that’s two in two from Rahane! Fuller delivery outside off, Rahane just places his bat on it and guides it through the backward point region. Mandeep Singh tried to stop it by diving to his left but could not get his hand to it. The ball raced away to the fence. RPS reach 50/0 in 5 ovs. 4?4? #Rahane just going for it! ??? #RangWahyJungNayi #RCBvRPS- RisingPuneSupergiant (@RPSupergiants) April 16, 201720.22 IST: Watson to Rahane, FOUR! Delicate! Length delivery outside off, Rahane stays in his crease and runs it down fine through the third man region for a boundary.20.19 IST: This is the best opening partnership for Pune this season. RPS 41/0 in 4 ovs. Tripathi 21*, Rahane 16*20.16 IST: WELCOME ARAVIND! Tripathi hammers the first maximum of the match. RPS 34/0 in 3.2 ovs20.12 IST: Four boundaries came off the last over from Milne. Rahane and Tripathi both hit two each. RPS 28/0 in 3 ovs20.09 IST: Meanwhile, look who’s watching the match tonight, none other than – Yohan Blake.india am ready @RCBTweets are you ready we need this win tonight come on boys pic.twitter.com/wvTEkaYQ5Z- Yohan Blake (@YohanBlake) April 16, 201720.09 IST: Badree concedes 8 runs from his first over. RPS 11/0 in 2 ovs20.05 IST: Badree to Rahane, FOUR! Looks to give this one a lot of flight but it ends up being a full toss. Rahane flicks it beautifully through mid-wicket for a boundary. The timing was brilliant!20.05 IST: First over from Adam Milne is a good one for the RCB. RPS 3/0 in 1 over20.02 IST: Rahane and Pune get off the mark with an outside-edge which flies towards third man.20.01 IST: New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne will open the attack for RCB. Ajinkya Rahane to take strike for RPS.19.52 IST: Here are the Playing XI’s of both the teams:RCB XI: V Kohli, M Singh, AB de Villiers, K Jadhav, S Watson, S Binny, P Negi, A Milne, S Aravind, Y Chahal, S Badree- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 2017RPS XI: A Rahane, R Tripathi, S Smith, B Stokes, M Tiwary, MS Dhoni, D Christian, R Chahar, I Tahir, S Thakur, J Unadkat- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 201719.45 IST: For Pune – Dan Christian and Jaydev Unadkat replace Lockie Ferguson and Ankit Sharma19.40 IST: Bangalore have recalled Shane Watson, Chris Gayle has been benched. Tymal Mills is sick and has been replaced by Adam Milne Check out our line up for #RCBvRPS. With two changes – @AdamMilne19 replaces @tmills15 and @ShaneRWatson33 replaces @henrygayle. #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/s60N2dLvo0- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 16, 201719.35 IST: TOSS! Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli wins the toss and opts to bowl vs Steve Smith’s Rising Pune SupergiantBrief Preview:irat Kohli and Steve Smith will be eager to stem the rot when Royal Challengers Bangalore square off with Rising Pune Supergiant in an Indian Premier League encounter on Sunday. (More IPL News)Both the high-profile franchises have lost three out of their four games and would want to arrest the slide as momentum can quickly shift in a high-paced T20 tournament.While Kohli’s return from injury with a stylish half-century was a morale booster for the RCB, they would definitely be disappointed after losing a low-scoring game against Mumbai Indians, having them on the mat.Pune, on the other hand, lost to Gujarat Lions despite a good start to their innings.Kohli and Smith – the two premier batsmen in world cricket – will be desperate to change the script for their respective teams. They would want to plug the holes as well as lead from the front with their individual performances also.Former RPS skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also under pressure to score runs after an indifferent start to IPL 10.For RCB, the next two games give them an opportunity to get four points against two of the relatively unsettled side in the tournament – Pune and Gujarat.last_img read more

DAY TWO NATIONAL 18’S SUMMARY

first_imgDay two of the National 18 Years Touch Football Championships was another of picture perfect conditions. Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) and NSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) continued their dominance in both the Mens and Womens competition, but there are certainly other teams setting themselves to challenge for a finals berth on Saturday. MENS: In the Mens division NSWCHS, Sydney Mets, QSST, Central Queensland and North Queensland are looking like they will all be fighting for the title, although an upset or two can never be discounted. The Sydney Mets are looking to challenge the school sides, with Youth World Cup 20’s member Jai Ayoub leading the way with seven touchdowns for the tournament. NSWCHS have also had a relatively easy run, scoring double figures in each of the first four matches; Alyd Owen is leading the side with nine touchdowns for the tournament. QSST have not been troubled except for a 5-5 draw against Central Queensland, who look like a side that may just cause an upset in the finals. The local Northern Eagles side has played well and may just scrape into the top eight finals with matches against South Australia and Victoria still to play. South Australia and Victoria have struggled throughout the tournament, beaten severely most matches, and will no doubt be anticipating their match against each other. NT broke through for their first win at the Championships beating the ACT 7-3. WOMENS: In the Womens division a QSST side stacked with Australian representative players looks difficult to beat, scoring a remarkable 43 touchdowns for the tournament in just the first four matches. Gemma Etheridge and Belinda Hammett have each scored six touchdowns after four rounds, but with all of the QSST side able to score and do so multiple times, it seems the QSST side are red hot favourites. South Queensland Border Districts (SQBD) will be one side looking to challenge their Queensland competition, undefeated in pool three so far. The ACT look like they will miss out on a position in the top eight finals, disappointing considering the improvement they have shown in the past two years. TouchWest (WA) appear to be taking up the challenge to the dominance of NSW and Queensland however, after challenging the top ranked NSWCHS side in a tough 6-4 encounter. If TouchWest can beat NSWCCC in their match tomorrow, they will be virtually guranteed a top eight final and the highest finish of any non-Queensland or NSW side. NSWCHS had another tough match against the NSWCCC side before finishing round four with an easy 15-0 win over SA. Ashleigh Dobbins and Jessie Shea are leading the NSWCHS side, with six touchdowns each for the tournament. The afternoon borught some of the tighest competition so far, NSWCIS and SunCoast playing out a 4-4 draw, while the Southern Suns and the Scorpions also recorded a 4-4 draw. SWQ held off NT 5-4, denying the NT their first win of the 2004 Championships. The final round matches will be played on Friday morning, followed by the qualifying finals Friday afternoon. Play-offs, semi finals and grand finals will be played on Saturday from 8:00am. The Womens grand final will begin at 3:00pm Saturday, followed by the Mens grand final at 4:00pm. Entry to the Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium is free. For all individual statistics and team positions on the ladders please use the links to the Sporting Pulse results page. This is found on the ATA results story. By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.aulast_img read more

Loonie surges 34 of a cent against greenback TSX down despite oil

first_imgTORONTO – The loonie jumped nearly three-quarters of a cent Wednesday, punching above the 81-cent mark, following comments by the U.S. Treasury Secretary that a weaker greenback is good because it helps American exporters.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading price of 81.03 cents US, up 0.73 of a U.S. cent — its highest value since Sept. 25.Speaking this morning at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he’s not concerned with the recent weakening of the U.S. dollar because when the currency goes down, it makes U.S. goods less expensive in other markets.On Wednesday, the greenback was down against most currencies, hitting a three-year low against the euro.Todd Mattina, a chief economist at Mackenzie Investments, said Mnuchin’s comments about the greenback were surprising because he was basically breaking with the long-standing “strong dollar policy” in the U.S.“The markets were certainly struck by that. In a way, the Treasury secretary was just describing what everyone knows,” Mattina said. “But the fact that he broke with the official, long-standing strong U.S. dollar policy really re-enforced concerns that the U.S. was going to be pursuing a weaker dollar, perhaps more protectionist trade policies, all with the goal of strengthening its trade deficit.”James Hughes, chief market analyst at AxiTrader, said Mnuchin’s comments could possibly be seen as White House spin from the Trump administration.He said the temporary U.S. government shut down for three days has not helped the greenback, but also suggested the currency’s slide may have more to do with its global-reserve currency status.“Central banks and governments have been recently diversifying their reserve currency, which means selling U.S. dollars,” Hughes said.“With many diversifying into the Australian and Canadian dollar as well as the all-important (Chinese) Renminbi. Recently Germany, France and the European Central Bank as a whole have moved millions of dollars to the Chinese currency.“The question is whether it is diversification, or a dumping of the dollar as its weakness continues?”In Canadian equity markets, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 73.34 points to 16,284.21 on Wednesday — despite a rally in oil prices, as the March crude contract soared US$1.14 to US$65.61 per barrel.South of the border, U.S. stocks wobbled and finished mostly lower on Wall Street as technology companies including chipmakers dropped.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 41.31 points to 26,252.12, a record high. The S&P 500 index edged back 1.59 points to 2,837.54 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 45.23 points to 7,415.06.Elsewhere in commodities, the February gold contract climbed US$19.60 to US$1,356.30 an ounce. Investors tend to push up prices for precious metals when they’re worried about a weak dollar and the prospect of higher inflation.The March copper contract gained 12 cents to US$3.23 a pound and the March natural gas contract added four cents to US$3.08 per mmBTU.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Indigenous leaders welcome chance to invest in Alberta renewable power auction

first_imgCALGARY – Indigenous leaders say they are eager to invest after Alberta unveiled a plan on Monday that demands bidders in one of its next two rounds of renewable power project auctions include partnerships with those communities.The province said it hopes to attract bids to build a total of 700 megawatts of renewable power capacity, enough to power 300,000 homes, with 300 MW reserved for proposals with Indigenous equity ownership and 400 MW without restriction.Winners in both new rounds of bids will be judged on their power price bids, said Environment Minister Shannon Phillips.She added the province hopes to duplicate the success of its first round, held last year, when three companies were chosen to spend about $1 billion to build four wind power projects capable of generating 600 MW of new generation, 50 per cent higher than target. They bid an average price of $37 per MW-hour, which the province touted as a record low price for renewable power in Canada.The Kainai First Nation is planning a 200-MW wind project that’s “shovel-ready” to be built if selected, said Chief Roy Fox of the southern Alberta tribe also known as the Blood Tribe, speaking at the government’s news conference in Calgary.“We want to proceed with the first phase, which is 100 megawatts, and we have everything in place,” said Fox, who also goes by the name Makiinima. “We have the expertise, we’ve built some capacity, we have the financing in place, we’re ready to go and it will be situated on our reserve lands.”He said later the First Nation has an agreement to obtain funding from Indigena Capital, a Utah-based firm that finances Indigenous projects, but wouldn’t give a cost estimate for the project.Aaron Young, chief of the Chiniki First Nation, said his community is already pursuing solar power options.“We are good partners,” he said at the conference. “Just know, for us, success is well-being of our First Nations, of our people, and respect for the land that we all call home.”Successful auction bidders will win a 20-year contract with the province that provides subsidies if power prices fall below the bid price, to be paid from Alberta’s carbon levy on heavy industrial emitters. If the price is higher, the companies are to pay the difference to the province.The province wants to add up to 5,000 MW of renewable energy through private sector investment of about $10 billion by 2030.“Climate change is indeed the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. It is real,” Phillips said. “But it represents trillions in economic opportunity around the world. Albertans want to be part of those new jobs, those new businesses.”Phillips said she expects wind power projects to be most successful at auction because they cost the least but she said the government is considering ways to encourage other options such as solar power in future auctions to improve reliability of the system.Details of the upcoming auctions are to be worked out by the Alberta Electric System Operator over the next several months and a request for proposals is expected in the spring, with winning bids selected by year-end, said AESO chief operating officer Mike Law.He said bidders in the 300-MW round will need at least 15 to 25 per cent Indigenous ownership to qualify.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more