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Questions on Puerto Rico power bill

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Last Friday, Puerto Rico’s senate debated a bill which would set the island on a path to 100% renewable energy by 2050. And while solar and renewable energy advocates all praised the vision that this represents, there were a number of concerns raised about the details.Specifically, while expressing support for the bill overall representatives of Sunrun and Sunnova both showed concern about language that would pave the way for regulators to increase charges on customers who adopt solar via net metering. Meanwhile the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has produced a more wide-reaching critique. Specifically, Sunrun expressed concern about language which would allow regulators to impose charges on customers who adopt solar via net metering. Sunrun’s solution is to go back to the language in Puerto Rico’s original net metering proposal, which made such discriminatory.The two companies are in a good position to speak for the solar industry, as Sunrun is the largest residential solar provider in the United States and Sunnova is the largest residential electricity provider in Puerto Rico next to state-run utility PREPA.The IEEFA has argued that this bill would do little to stem a rush to natural gas development, and in particular notes the bill’s coal phase-out and a mandate that oil-fired power plants – which currently make up 2/3 of the island’s generating capacity – move to dual-fuel. “In the details – where it counts – Puerto Rico will be marching forward with another generation of fossil fuel projects,” argues Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with IEEFA.Kunkel also criticizes the privatization law passed earlier this summer, noting that that Energy Bureau, an independent regulator, is “almost entirely written out of the contracting process”, and notes that the 100% renewable energy bill misses an opportunity to fix this. “In short, the proposed new energy law appears to be setting in motion a process whereby the short-term push for natural gas and politically-driven contracts will come into conflict with the longer-term goals for renewable energy and energy efficiency,” argues Kunkel.More: Warnings about Puerto Rico 100% renewable energy bill Questions on Puerto Rico power billlast_img read more

Europe’s installed floating offshore wind capacity could hit 7GW by 2030, trade group says

first_imgEurope’s installed floating offshore wind capacity could hit 7GW by 2030, trade group says FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Offshore Wind Journal:WindEurope chief executive Giles Dickson says floating offshore wind has “huge growth potential, is no longer a niche technology,” and commercial-scale projects are ready to be built.Speaking at the FOWT 2020 in Marseille, France, Mr. Dickson told delegates that floating wind has matured and achieved significant cost reductions over the past years. Further cost reductions now depend on future volumes, he said. “If Europe puts the right policies in place, higher production volumes of floating turbines could reduce the cost of floating offshore wind to €40-60/MWh (US$47-71) by 2030.”With the 30-MW Hywind project in Scotland and the 24-MW WindFloat Atlantic project in Portugal, Europe is the global technology leader for floating wind installations. At least seven countries have concrete plans to install floating wind in the next decade. New projects are planned in France, UK, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Sweden. Further increasing the pipeline for floating wind projects will be key to exploiting floating wind’s cost reduction potential.Europe wants offshore wind to be 25% of its electricity by 2050. WindEurope analysed the potential for floating offshore wind sites in the Northern Seas, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and calculates that 330 MW of floating offshore wind can be installed by 2022 and up to 7 GW by 2030. To reach the EU expansion targets, 150 GW of floating turbines could be spinning in Europe by 2050. This would mean that by 2050, up to a third of all offshore wind installations could be floating.Today, the 62 MW of floating wind capacity in Europe still represent a small share in total offshore installations. But floating wind technology increases the potential for electricity generation from offshore windfarms. While bottom-fixed installations are limited to coastlines with low water depths and favourable seabed conditions, floating offshore wind has seemingly unlimited global growth potential. Rapidly increasing interest from governments around the world in floating technologies, lately in South Korea, offers huge international growth opportunities for the European wind industry.[David Foxwell]More: WindEurope sees potential for 7 GW of floating wind by 2030last_img read more

Salvadoran Army Joins Aid Operations

first_imgBy Dialogo November 13, 2009 A total of 1,263 members of the Salvadoran Army have undertaken a wide-ranging operation to distribute food and supplies to those affected by the rain that left 157 dead, while the Ministry of Public Works is clearing dozens of blocked roads. “The operation is already underway,” the head of the Army’s Communications Department, Col. Eduardo Figueroa, told AFP. As in the emergencies that El Salvador went through with the two earthquakes of 2001, the Army is using the International Fair and Convention Center, in the western sector of the capital, to prepare the shipments that will be sent to the regions flooded by the heavy rain that fell over the weekend. The Minister of Defense, Gen. David Munguía, affirmed that the Army will take charge of transporting the aid from the international airport to the Convention Center and will then go on to safeguard and distribute it in the affected localities. “The president (Mauricio Funes) has been very concerned that the humanitarian aid that we are going to receive be well guarded and that the ultimate recipients be those who really need it,” Munguía commented. Meanwhile, the Minister of Public Works, Gerson Martínez, affirmed that a total of ninety-three roads “suffered damage,” including primary and secondary roads, and only thirty-eight have been cleared. In various locations in the country, three hundred pieces of heavy equipment are at work, one hundred of which belong to the Ministry of Public Works and the remainder to the private firm that is collaborating on the emergency response. One of the roads that has already been reopened for vehicular passage is the one between the towns of Guadalupe and Verapaz, two of the localities most affected by the avalanche of the Chichontepec volcano, about seventy km east of San Salvador, and which are in need of the arrival of humanitarian aid. “We have 1,534 workers on the ground at this time, including engineers, technical staff, and workers in general. With regard to work to reopen the roads, 682 workers from the Road Fund are also included,” Martínez emphasized. The number of bridges “severely affected,” according to the minister, is thirty-eight. Public Works is responding to 120 landslides, which will mean the removal of 500,000 cubic meters of material and will cost around 7.5 million dollars. In total, the preliminary spending estimate is 88.5 million dollars. For his part, the president of the Salvadoran Construction Industry Chamber (CASALCO), Mario Rivera, declared that his group’s initial priority was aid to persons, followed by reopening road connections, an indispensable prerequisite “so that the aid can reach those affected.” “What I’ve seen in Verapaz goes beyond any previous situation, although there’s always been pain and human misfortune,” Rivera commented, affirming that CASALCO will continue accompanying those affected and the government throughout the emergency phase and clearing the roads. One of Minister Martínez’s concerns is that as a result of the avalanche, which carried boulders up to seven meters in size from the peak of the Chichontepec volcano, a crevasse almost seven kilometers in length opened up, posing a continuing danger in the region. Other experts have forecast this week that it will be necessary to rebuild the affected settlements in a more distant and safer location.last_img read more

Giving Tuesday celebrated across the Southern Tier

first_imgEven though a few bucks may seem small, Bandera says just $10 can feed a family. All 8 Weis Markets stores in our area had the chance to participate in the same kind of donation process. The organization is celebrating its 30th year serving a free Christmas dinner each year, now at three different locations in our area. This marks the second year in a row the Endicott store chose the dinner event as its Giving Tuesday recipient. For host of the dinner, Bill Bandera, he calls being chosen as the donation recipient, “an honor.” “Every bit of it helps us make every year a success,” said Bandera.center_img ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Organizations across the Southern Tier participated in Giving Tuesday this year, a day all about giving back. Weis Markets Store Manager Christopher Moulton explains, “[the organization] certainly has a huge impact in our community, so we’re thankful for what they do for our community and we’re as a company very proud to provide this help for them.” Other organizations that participated in Giving Tuesday in our area included the Susquehanna SPCA, SUNY Broome and others. The Weis Markets store in Endicott collected donations for the annual Bandera Family Christmas Dinner, as well as made a $500 donation itself.last_img read more

Joe Biden easily wins Florida Democratic primary

first_imgFormer vice president Joe Biden easily won the Florida primary on Tuesday, widening his lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, TV networks said.Biden had a huge lead over Sanders with most of the vote counted in Florida, the largest of three states holding primaries on Tuesday under the shadow of the coronavirus outbreak, CNN and MSNBC said.With 87 percent of the precincts reporting, Biden, a 77-year-old centrist, was leading Sanders, a 78-year-old self-described democratic socialist, by 61 percent to 22 percent. Biden also tops the polls in the other two states voting Tuesday — Arizona and Illinois.Victories there could give him an all-but insurmountable lead over Sanders in the race to decide who will top the Democratic ticket against President Donald Trump in November.A fourth state — Ohio — had also been scheduled to hold a primary on Tuesday but Governor Mike DeWine declared a “health emergency” because of coronavirus and voting was postponed.The coronavirus outbreak is also expected to have had a significant impact on turnout in Florida, Arizona and Illinois.Topics :last_img read more

How a 16,000-strong religious gathering led Malaysia to lockdown

first_imgA National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) officer wearing a hazardous materials suit walks through a health screening area of the Air Disaster Unit (ADA) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Malaysia, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (Bloomberg/Samsul Said)Religion and race are closely linked in Malaysia where one must profess to be Muslim to belong to the Malay majority. Both issues play a central role in the nation’s politics, with the latest power struggle pitting former premier Mahathir Mohamad’s multiracial coalition against Malay Muslim-majority parties backing Muhyiddin Yassin, who insisted that he is prime minister to all in his first televised speech. The country maintains a range of preferential policies, including housing and education quotas, for Malays and indigenous people.Malaysia’s handling of the outbreak has been complicated by the political upheaval in late February. While former leader Mahathir is a veteran with more than two decades spent as prime minister in two stints, Muhyiddin is only weeks into the role with a cabinet composed of many first-time ministers including for the health portfolio.Representatives for the prime minister’s office and the health ministry weren’t immediately available for comment. The struggle to contain infections linked to a religious gathering has led Malaysia to resort to sweeping restrictions on people’s movement, underscoring the challenge of upholding religious rights in fighting a pandemic.More than half of the country’s 673 confirmed cases, the most in Southeast Asia, were linked to an event that ran from Feb. 27 to March 1 attended by about 16,000 people at a mosque near Kuala Lumpur. Neighboring countries Singapore and Brunei have also reported cases that could be traced back to the gathering. A 34-year-old Malaysian man who attended the event died on Tuesday, one of only two fatalities in the country.Amid a global pandemic where social distancing is a key tool in the fight against its spread, the avoidance of large gatherings is challenging attitudes to religious and other freedoms. While Singapore immediately shut all mosques for cleaning, Malaysia was slower. The Muslim majority country had to secure a series of approvals from Islamic leaders and navigate the authority wielded by its 13 states. Health authorities also struggled to track down those who were at the gathering, echoing the challenge faced by South Korean authorities. People line-up buy a ticket at the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday, March. 17, 2020. (Bloomberg/Samsul Said)Border closuresPolitical sensitivities surrounding closure of places of worship starts to fade as the outbreak becomes a global concern, said Awang Azman Awang Pawi, an associate professor who studies socio-culture in University of Malaya.“More important is whether the new government is successful in its measures within these two weeks,” he said. “If it fails, it will be blamed for having a weak strategy to counter the virus.”When Singapore closed its mosques on Thursday, Malaysia stopped short of canceling mass Friday prayers. Mosques were instead asked to shorten sermons and provide face masks while those with symptoms of the illness were exempt, instead of banned, from attending prayers.It was only on Sunday, after the number of cases surged by 80%, that the government held a special meeting with Islamic leaders. They agreed to call off all activities at mosques for 10 days, then had to seek the approval of Malaysia’s king before announcing the decision the following day.The order was effective immediately in the country’s federal territories, which includes the capital Kuala Lumpur and offshore financial hub Labuan, but religious leaders in each of the nation’s 13 states retained the prerogative to decide on the implementation.Late on Monday, Muhyiddin announced sweeping bans on incoming visitors and Malaysians traveling overseas, as well as widespread closures of shops, schools, some public services and all places of worship — except for mosques and prayer houses known as surau, which must follow the Sunday agreement of Islamic leaders.Vehicles line up to enter Singapore from Johor on the Woodlands Causeway, hours before Malaysia imposes a lockdown on travel due to the coronavirus outbreak March 17, 2020. (REUTERS/Edgar Su)On Tuesday evening, hours before the border closures, thousands of its citizens drove across the causeway to neighboring Singapore, where many commute to work each day. Across the country, people rushed to take buses and trains to return to their hometowns after the police said it would require special permits for interstate travel — an order it rescinded hours later.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Garuda plans to open direct flights to Bali from US, France, India to boost tourism

first_imgUnder the plan, Bali, Indonesia’s long-time main tourism hub, would be the entry point for tourists, not the capital Jakarta.“We’ll also fit the schedule to accommodate tourists with morning arrivals and evening departures, so they can spend most of their time on the island,” Irfan added.Tourism has been one of the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport saw an almost 100 percent decrease in foreign tourist arrivals in May, compared to the same month last year, while Indonesia saw a 86.9 percent dip in overall foreign tourist visits in May, welcoming 163,646 tourists, compared to May 2019.Bali’s airport accounted for more than half of foreign tourist arrivals via air gates and 38 percent of overall foreign tourist arrivals in 2019, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show.It is also high on the wish lists of many holidaymakers seeking to travel after the pandemic. According to Dutch online ticketing company Booking.com, Bali was listed among the most desirable tourist destinations by people in lockdown around the world in March and April.Garuda itself saw a 30 percent year-on-year slump in revenue to US$768.12 million in the first quarter from $1.1 billion in the same period last year. As a consequence, it booked a $120 million loss compared to the $20.48 million profit recorded in the January to March period of 2019.The airline launched a direct flight between Mumbai and Denpasar in 2018, which was later closed in 2019.Topics : National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia plans to open direct flights to Denpasar, Bali, from the United States, France and India in an attempt to boost the country’s tourism that has been battered by the pandemic.The direct flights will connect Bali with American cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco and Indian cities like Mumbai and New Delhi as well as France. The airline is currently in talks with the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry and the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry regarding the plan, according to Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra.“Garuda and the Tourism Ministry have agreed that the only way to boost foreign tourist visits is by introducing direct flights to Denpasar. Hopefully, we can make it through this crisis and start direct flights from countries that have large spending capabilities,” he said during a hearing with House of Representatives’ Commission X overseeing tourism on Tuesday.last_img read more

Arsenal set to miss out on signing Yannick Carrasco

first_imgArsenal set to miss out on signing Yannick Carrasco Carrasco is keen to leave Chinese club Dalian Yifang (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s very unlikely he’ll move, as Dalian Yifang have formally taken him off the market,’ Pastorello told Sky Sport Italia.‘His name could be back in the headlines over the summer.‘In truth, the negotiations never really started. There were some shows of interest from Italy, but we never went beyond that.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 31 Jan 2019 9:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal have held talks to sign Yannick Carrasco (Getty Images)Arsenal are set to miss out on signing Yannick Carrasco as the Belgian winger has been taken off the market by Chinese club Dalian Yifang.The Gunners are looking to sign a new winger and have targeted moves for both Carrasco and Inter’s Ivan Perisic.Perisic had asked to leave Inter but the Serie A club are not willing to approve a loan deal, so Arsenal are unable to sign the Croatia international this month.Carrasco, meanwhile, is keen to leave China and Arsenal have been in talks with Dalian Yifang over a potential loan deal this week.ADVERTISEMENTBut Federico Pastorello, who is an intermediary who has worked on behalf of AC Milan and Inter, claims the Belgium international will not be moving before Thursday’s 11pm deadline. Commentlast_img read more

Life expectancy could break through 120-year ceiling, ABP warns

first_imgABP cited a growing need among Dutch workers for clear and tailor-made information, not only from pension funds but also employers, and pointed to an increasing focus on cost reduction – particularly by asset managers – facilitated by increasing transparency.As a consequence, pension funds are already divesting from high-cost asset classes, such as hedge funds and private equity, ABP said, adding that low-cost pension vehicles were emerging, and that pension arrangements were likely to be simplified and made more uniform.The Netherlands’ largest pension fund also warned that increasing “individualisation” in society, combined with an ageing population, was putting pressure on the much-touted principles of collectivity and solidarity, and that the call for freedom of choice for pension accrual was getting louder.However, it argued that a thorough explanation of the material advantages of collectivity and solidarity could help reverse this trend, and that improved management of individuals’ data could help produce tailor-made pension products.ABP said it expected the government to decrease tax-facilitated pensions accrual further, resulting in participants looking for additional pension saving.This, in turn, will accelerate the development of defined contribution products, it said.The civil service scheme, which has 2.8m participants, underlined that pension funds must also prepare for increasing flexibility in the labour market, with more job changes and more self-employed workers.ABP said population ageing would require an increasingly defensive investment mix, with lower expected returns, and warned that the growing mobility of capital would weaken the benefits of diversification.Consolidation among Dutch pension funds is to continue apace, particularly among company schemes, while cost-cutting on pension arrangements and the increase in the official retirement age will increase the “uniformity” of pension plans, it said.“There could be no more than 100 pension funds left in 2020,” it said. Dutch pension funds must prepare themselves for ever-increasing longevity, possibly even through the “120-year ceiling”, following improved medical techniques, according to civil service scheme ABP.Commenting on a number of trends likely to affect the industry in the coming years, ABP said pension funds must look at ways of spreading the effects of longevity evenly across the generations.The €334bn pension fund also highlighted the growing importance of socially responsible  investment and said it was convinced that including ESG factors could help improve investment results.“Factoring in ESG,” it said, “will lead to improved transparency of investments from both pension funds and companies they invest in, possibly resulting in less complex investments or specific sustainable investments.”last_img read more

Tougher laws on sexual exploitation of children

first_imgStuff co.nz 2 April 2015Sexual exploitation of children will be punished more severely after a new law passed a final parliamentary hurdle.Those found to have supplied, distributed or made an “objectionable material” face a maximum 14 years in prison, up from 10.The penalty for possession, import and export also increases, from five years to 10.And those convicted of a child exploitation material offence will almost certainly go to jail, under the Objectionable Publications and Indecency Legislation Bill.The bill also targets paedophiles who attempt to “groom” under-16s online by establishing a new offence of “indecent communication with a young person”.It will apply to texts, verbal and any other communications.And it closes a legal loophole, ensuring that Kiwis who assist foreigners in sexual exploitation of children overseas can be prosecuted here.Justice Minister Amy Adams said the new law, which was supported by all parties,  sent “a clear message that activities which sexually exploit children are abhorrent and will not be tolerated”.It would work to protect children who were often re-victimised by the knowledge that images of their abuse could be shared over the internet for years to come, she said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/67601695/tougher-laws-on-sexual-exploitation-of-childrenlast_img read more