Chinese wind firm Goldwind to build 20 MW solar plant in Australia

first_imgChinese wind firm Goldwind to build 20 MW solar plant in AustraliaChinese wind power group Goldwind has secured approval to develop a 20MW (AC) solar project in Australia.  July 11, 2016 Brian Publicover Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The White Rock PV array — which will be situated on the northern end of the Urumqi-based company’s 175 MW White Rock wind farm, 18km west of the town of Glen Innes, near the Queensland border — was approved for development in mid-June by the planning and environment department of the state of New South Wales. It has not revealed the PV module supplier for the project. Goldwind began preliminary work on the site, roughly 500km north of Sydney, in May. The solar array will likely generate about 46 GWh of electricity in its first year of operation, or roughly enough to cater to the needs of approximately 7,200 homes in New South Wales. If the company manages to secure an undisclosed sum under the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) competitive grant scheme for large-scale PV projects, it expects to complete the solar portion of the White Rock site in late 2017. The array will share the infrastructure of the wind farm, including TransGrid’s 132kV transmission line in the area, as well as access tracks and a portion of the internal electrical cabling. The company claims the use of the wind farm’s infrastructure could ultimately contribute to total savings of $AUD5m (($3.77m). The adjacent White Rock wind farm will be the biggest wind farm in New South Wales when it is completed in late 2017. John Titchen, managing director of Goldwind Australia, said in an emailed statement that the group sees enormous potential to develop solar and wind projects in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales. Goldwind — the world’s leading wind turbine supplier in 2015, according to Navigant Research — has been gradually diversifying into solar project development in recent years. In February of this year, it finished building a micro-grid project in northwestern China’s Ningxia Hui region that pairs a 2MW wind turbine with a 375kW solar array with a vanadium flow storage system. The pilot site includes PV modules mounted on a dual-axis tracking system, specifically designed by wholly owned group unit Etechwin for use in industrial parks and applications in isolated locations. 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EDF selects Flamanville site for new EPR nuclear facility

first_imgNuclearReactors EDF selects Flamanville site for new EPR nuclear facility Facebook Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today TAGSEDF Twitter With a capacity of around 1600 MW, greater availability and easy maintenance, Aveva claims that the EPR will cut kWh production costs by 10 per cent compared to current reactors. The EPR is the only third generation reactor under construction today. The EPR is the only reactor in the world in which in the unlikely event of a severe core meltdown would have no consequences on the area around the plant. The EPR is a pressurized water reactor which uses nuclear fuel to the full to generate a maximum of energy, while producing less waste. Linkedin Nuclear power group Framatome ANP will supply the EPR technology, which marks the second sales success for this new reactor generation, following an order from TVO in Finland in December 2003. Linkedin Facebookcenter_img 10.22.2004 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The EPR was developed by Framatome and Siemens whose nuclear activities merged in January 2001 to form Framatome ANP, an Areva and Siemens company The EPR project is to be carried out over a five-year period starting in 2007. According to Pierre Gadonneix, chairman of EDF, “Launching the EPR will contribute to ensuring Europe’s energy independence in the coming decades. Eventually, its role will be to permit EDF to renew its generation plant and to do so in a competitive way. It will strengthen EDF’s technological edge and will be a technological showcase for export markets. This investment choice expresses EDF’s goal to maintain its position as the world’s leading producer of nuclear-based electricity.” By chloecox – Previous articleUK jobs boost from windpower investmentNext articleAfrican five to agree joint power project chloecox Twitter 22 October 2004 – The board of Electricité de France (EDF) has agreed to build a forerunner European Pressurized Water Reactor (EPR ) nuclear reactor at Flamanville in Northern France. The decision was announced Thursday and, as required, will be referred to the National Public Debate Commission in the next few days. New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants The Flamanville location in Normandy was selected from amongst the 20 EDF nuclear generation sites owing to the property reserves available, electricity transmission capacity to transmit the power generated, the environmental issues and the conditions for reception of the construction site and facility. No posts to displaylast_img read more

Human remains found at Chad Daybell’s home, husband of Lori Vallow, mom of missing Idaho kids

first_imgcarlballou/iStockBY MEREDITH DELISO, ABC NEWS(FREMONT COUNTY, Idaho) — What are believed to be human remains have been found at the home of the current husband of Lori Vallow, whose children have been missing. The remains have yet to be identified, police said.Rexburg Police served a search warrant on Chad Daybell’s home in Fremont County, Idaho, on Tuesday morning. The FBI’s Salt Lake City evidence response team assisted with the execution of the warrant, Public Affairs Specialist Sandra Yi Barker told ABC News.Daybell has been taken into custody, police said.This is the latest development in the mysterious case involving Lori Vallow, who is currently facing trial on charges stemming from the disappearance of her two children. Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, were reported missing by extended family members to police in November 2019.Lori Vallow, 46, was arrested in February in Hawaii on a warrant for failing to comply with a court order to produce her children. She was living on Kauai with her new husband, Daybell. She was extradited back to Idaho to face multiple felony counts, including desertion and non-support of dependent children.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

These real estate execs will help Cuomo reopen New York

first_imgClockwise from left: Scott Rechler of RXR Realty, James Whelan of REBNY, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Bill Rudin of Rudin Management, Rob Speyer of Tishman Speyer and Jonathan Gray of Blackstone (Illustration by The Real Deal)Some familiar names from the real estate industry are on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newest panel to help reopen New York’s economy.The advisory board announced Tuesday will be headed up by two former top aides to Cuomo: Steve Cohen, general counsel at MacAndrews & Forbes, a private equity firm run by Ronald Perelman; and Bill Mulrow, who was hired as a senior managing director at Blackstone Group in 2017.Blackstone, the world’s largest commercial landlord, will have a hand in shaping the nation’s economic recovery as well. Cuomo also tapped Jonathan Gray, the firm’s president and COO, as did President Donald Trump when he formed his own reopening board last week.Cuomo’s board includes other top real estate executives who have been his close allies, as well as banks and financial institutions active in commercial real estate lending and investing.ADVERTISEMENTThe “New York Forward Re-opening Advisory Board” includes Rob Speyer, CEO of Tishman Speyer; James Whelan, president of the Real Estate Board of New York; Jeffrey Wilpon, senior vice president at Sterling Equities; Bill Rudin, CEO of Rudin Management and chairman of REBNY; Scott Rechler, CEO of major New York developer and landlord RXR Realty; Kewsong Lee, co-CEO of private equity firm the Carlyle Group; Jane Fraser, president of commercial lender Citigroup; René Jones, CEO of M&T Bank; and John Waldron, president of investment bank Goldman Sachs.Real estate executives make up just a small portion of the 116-person list, which also includes labor union leaders, experts in higher education, representatives from pharmaceutical companies, chambers of commerce and sports team managers. The advisory board will be tasked with reopening New York on a regional basis.The extent of its influence remains to be seen. Cuomo previously organized a seven-state, 21-member task force to coordinate reopening efforts regionally. The governor, who has a reputation as a micromanager, then laid out his own reopening plan Sunday.In a press release, Cuomo outlined guidelines for the state’s 10 regions — Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson Valley, Mohawk Valley, New York City, North Country, Long Island, Southern Tier and Western New York — to reopen in phases. The first phase will include construction and manufacturing facilities deemed to be low-risk for spread of the coronavirus.The Real Estate Board of New York, whose members include the city’s foremost owners of office buildings, is already working with Cuomo on a plan to reopen New York City. The lobby group is working with Cuomo to determine what percentage of the workforce will initially be allowed to return to work and what levels of density are appropriate in buildings.The governor is following the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation that a phased reopening can begin once a region has a 14-day decline in the hospitalization rate. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Lodge’s Coaches returns for another Tourismo M

first_imgLong-established Chelmsford, Essex operator Lodge’s Coaches has taken delivery of a second Mercedes-Benz Tourismo M. It joins an earlier example delivered in 2015 and has been supplied by EvoBus (UK) (02476 626000).The new coach is finished to range-topping Touring Plus specification and it seats 53 in Luxline upholstery, with passengers benefiting from drop-down tables and foot rests. Entertainment is via two 19in monitors that are connected to a Bosch Professional Line system.Power is delivered by the OM 470 engine rated at 422bhp, and it drives through an eight-speed Powershift automated gearbox.The standard Mercedes-Benz range of safety equipment is fitted, including Advanced Emergency Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, and a reversing camera.The coach will be used on a variety of private hire, day excursions and extended tours at home and abroad.last_img read more

Rebekah Brooks back as CEO of News UK — report

first_imgIn June, POLITICO reported that News U.K.’s office was buzzing with talk of a big leadership change. Senior sources at the company said Brooks’ return would be divisive and unpopular with some staff, but could not be ruled out. LONDON — Rebekah Brooks is to make a controversial return as chief executive of News Corp’s U.K. division, the Financial Times reported Friday.Brooks stepped down from the job four years ago at the height of the phone hacking scandal and was later prosecuted. She was acquitted of any wrongdoing last year.Rumors of a possible return have swirled around News U.K.’s executive offices in London for months after Brooks re-emerged at the company with a vaguely-explained remit to work on digital initiatives. Some sources at News U.K. said it was unlikely, given the turmoil the company went through after phone hacking, but the FT reported that Brooks was being lined up to return as early as next month.Mike Darcey, the current chief executive, will leave the company, the newspaper reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.Speculation about Darcey’s position has been rife for months. According to the FT, the reshuffle will also see David Dinsmore, the Sun’s editor, move upstairs to a management role and a new editor appointed to oversee the U.K.’s top-selling tabloid.Tony Gallagher, a senior editor at the rival Daily Mail, and a former editor of the Daily Telegraph, has been hotly tipped as a possible replacement.The move comes amid falling circulation at the Sun, a slump in print advertising, and doubts about its digital strategy. Analysts and competitors argued that populist title behind a “hard” Internet paywall would never work and in recent months the company appears to have relaxed its approach in search of traffic from social networks.A spokesman for News U.K. said: “As we’ve said before, we’ve been having discussions with Rebekah Brooks and when we have any announcements to make we will let you know.”last_img read more

Knowledge is power: the data-driven future of health care

first_imgHealth systems are facing a major challenge in responding better to people’s needs. Whether it’s keeping people healthy for longer, offering more personalized treatment, or providing better care for older people in their own homes, disruptive innovation presents opportunities to transform health care delivery.As part of POLITICO’S Outside, In series of events with Philips, policymakers, patient representatives, and industry leaders met in Brussels to discuss how, together, they can harness the potential of disruptive innovation. It’s a process that calls for new players and attitudes, with a shift in mindset for everyone from politicians to patients.Introducing “Transforming Health Care through Disruptive Innovation”, Mario Huyghe, CEO of Philips Belgium, explained how his company focuses on innovating to enable healthy living, fast diagnosis, effective treatment and connected after-care. The industry’s efforts need policymakers to back up these innovations with legislation. Good data is the source of good analysis, and though we carry the necessary means around with us every day, in our smartphones, there remains a reluctance to share our data. We’re undergoing a tectonic shift from reactive health care to proactive, preventive care, Huyghe said, and fear must not be a barrier to this move.“As a patient, I want my doctor to talk to me about quality of life, not about data” David SomekhAndrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, discussed data localization, in which countries store their citizens’ data within their own borders. He believes this is bad for business, for citizens, and for the progress of e-health. In the example of rare diseases, for a country with just a handful of cases each year there is no opportunity to find useful patterns among the data, patterns that could lead to better treatment and prevention. “We have to allow free data flows,” he said, “but we have to guarantee that it’s safe.”Andrus Ansip, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, talks to Zoya Sheftalovich of POLITICOOvercoming such resistance to free data flows – at national and individual level – is one of the biggest obstacles in the adoption of e-health, and the word that surfaced most often during the debate was ‘trust’. Be it trust in the motives of those with access to the data, or trust in the abilities of those collecting it to protect it from security breaches, it’s absolutely vital to the process. If people don’t have faith in internet services, they will never use them. The cloud, Ansip pointed out, is much safer than servers in basements. “Banks can be robbed, but we don’t advise people to take their cash out and keep it under their mattress.”“We have to allow free data flows, but we have to guarantee that it’s safe” Andrus AnsipAnsip’s homeland, Estonia, is a shining example of e-health done well, and Ain Aaviksoo, Deputy Secretary-General for E-services and Innovation at the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs, explained how they’ve made such progress. “The people trust their government and private companies’ services, but it didn’t come overnight,” he said. “It’s been constant work for fifteen or twenty years. The problem is not that companies or governments are using their data: the problem is people not knowing who is using the data.” So in Estonia, in a drive for transparency, every citizen can see exactly who has access to their information.Michal Boni MEP was the first minister for digitization in Eastern Europe, and experienced conflicts with the health ministry in Poland, which, he said, wasn’t ready to start e-health development. “Now there are many interesting activities being done by business; we are ready to start with telemedicine platforms, and legislation gives us the possibility to establish it,” he said. “We need to discuss European issues, to harmonize, not to turn back to fragmentation. Estonia is a fantastic reference point for us all. If we want to achieve our digital goals, we need to make Europe like Estonia.”“The problem is not that companies or governments are using their data: the problem is people not knowing who is using the data” Ain AaviksooTim Jürgens, Head of New Business Models and Emminens Healthcare Services at Roche Diabetes Care, explained how 6.5 billion data points are generated by diabetes patients through glucose monitoring, but most of them go unused. Now, due to technology and communications interoperability, it’s easy to transfer this data to a central database and create insights relating to glucose control. The key, he said, is controlling data flow, to the benefit of the person generating the data. Businesses, the individual, the politicians creating the framework: all will benefit from resulting lower costs and better health outcomes.According to David Somekh, Network Director at the European Health Futures Forum, there’s a clear crossover between the potential for e-health and the need for empowered patient citizens with higher health literacy and more active involvement in their own health. “We need to shift from sickness care to a focus on health,” he said. “We agree on what we can and should do, but we don’t know how to do it. And at grassroots level, do you really care about data security? You just want the right devices to help you manage your condition best. As a patient, regulation doesn’t matter to me; what I want to know is how to use what’s available most effectively. I want my doctor to talk to me about quality of life, not about data.”“The one who has the data has the power,” Aaviksoo concluded. “And when we talk about people, if we empower them with their data, they will make health of it.”last_img read more

Impeachment debate divides US Democrats

first_imgThe debate is roiling House Democrats, with progressives forcing a debate over the issue even as vulnerable incumbents, particularly members in districts that favored Trump, worry it could jeopardize their future in Congress.Earlier this month, 58 House Democrats led by Representative Al Green (D-Texas) — nearly a third of their caucus — voted to begin debate on articles of impeachment against Trump, despite calls by Democratic leadership to spike the measure. And now those on the other side of the debate are already fretting about how far their colleagues and the Democratic base will try to take the issue ahead of the midterms.“I take an oath to the constitution of the United States, and this is a constitutional process” — Gerry Connolly, representative from Virginia“I realize that maybe I’m in the minority in our party,” said Representative Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), one of 12 Democrats from a district Trump won in 2016, who opposes impeachment. “I know there are contrary views, obviously, with Al Green forcing us to vote on something that I think was entirely unnecessary and hurtful to people in certain districts.”Democrats like Bustos say they are waiting for the outcome of a special counsel investigation into Trump associates’ ties to Russia, which has raised the specter of indictments in Trump’s inner circle and even an obstruction of justice charge against the president himself. Other Democrats say the president’s handling of race issues and business conflicts of interest already present grounds for impeachment.But Huffman acknowledged that most members of the Democratic caucus aren’t there yet, and he says many are nervous about the prospect of provoking a political backlash, as Republicans did after impeaching Clinton. Connolly said if Democrats retake the House and decide to consider impeachment, they must prioritize “a fact-based process” that persuades non-Democrats of their course. “I don’t take an oath to Tom Steyer or anyone else,” he said. “I take an oath to the constitution of the United States, and this is a constitutional process.”Several Democrats also noted that it makes little sense to pursue impeachment without Republican buy-in because the process would then surely be stopped cold in the Senate. The House requires a simple majority vote to impeach a president, but removal from office requires a two-thirds vote after a trial in the Senate — a threshold that Democrats are certain to be well short of in the next Congress.U.S. Representatives Brad Sherman of California and Al Green of Texas take questions about articles of impeachment for Trump in June | Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty ImagesNadler argued that it makes little sense to pursue a partisan impeachment under those conditions. Huffman, though, said he disagreed, calling the House and Senate processes “apples and oranges.” It’s one of many thickets Democrats will have to wade through if they retake the House.While Democrats like Cohen have no qualms about talking impeachment now, he acknowledged there would likely have to be a “smoking gun” to get Republicans and even wary Democrats on board.For Democrats reluctant to even broach the topic, that may mean explicit evidence linking Trump to Russian collusion or obstruction of justice in Mueller’s report. Anything less, Bustos and other moderate lawmakers argue, and Democrats risk imperiling their House majority almost as soon as they take control.“People in a swing district — I’m literally a 50-50 district — they just want us to get something done,” Bustos said. “If we win back the majority and we don’t stay focused on what people want us to stay focused on, that majority will be short lived.” A tidal wave of liberal disdain for President Donald Trump may help deliver the House to Democrats in 2018. And if it does, the new majority will face an immediate, fateful choice: to pursue Trump’s impeachment as the base demands, or to coax their allies away from the doomsday button.Democratic lawmakers acknowledge that their voters are hungry for Trump’s removal from office, even if there is no consensus on the grounds for his impeachment. Polls on the question show as many as three-quarters of Democrats already back impeachment, and one deep-pocketed ally, California megadonor Tom Steyer, has been mounting an expensive pressure campaign across the country to build support for Trump’s impeachment. Democratic hostility toward the Republican president seems to intensify daily.But lawmakers who recall the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton are wary of sparking a political backlash for appearing too eager to remove a president without buy-in from independents and even some Republicans. Their tallest task may be persuading fellow Democrats to cool their jets. How the party handles the explosive question of impeachment could determine whether its new majority is still standing two years later. Also On POLITICO Where is Trump’s Cabinet? It’s anybody’s guess By Emily Holden Republicans warn Trump of 2018 bloodbath By Alex Isenstadtcenter_img “Impeachment, it’s not something you ought to welcome. It’s not something you ought to be ready to — it’s not something you want,” said Representative Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), who was elected by his colleagues last week to be the top Democrat on the House judiciary committee, the panel that handles impeachment matters.Vulnerable incumbents, particularly members in districts that favored Trump, worry it could jeopardize their future in Congress.If Democrats retake the House, Nadler will instantly become the party’s gatekeeper on the issue. In fact, his expertise in constitutional law — as well as his outsized voice opposing the Clinton impeachment in 1998 — was a factor in his selection to lead committee Democrats. While he says impeachment would surely be on the table in a Democrat-led House, it’s far from certain it would be the right call — politically or constitutionally. And it’ll be up to his committee to tell voters why.“If we were in the majority and if we decide that the evidence isn’t there for impeachment — or even if the evidence is there we decide it would tear the country apart too much, there’s no buy-in, there’s no bipartisanship and we shouldn’t do it for whatever reason — if we decide that, then it’s our duty to educate the country why we decided it,” Nadler said in an interview.It’s a risky proposition with an animated Democratic base demanding the party’s leaders use the full range of their powers to target Trump. And some of that pressure is coming from within.“I think a lot of the base would push strongly for impeachment. I think many of us feel like the lines have been crossed,” said Representative Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), who supports impeaching Trump. “I think there’ll be a lot of nervousness about not repeating that mistake,” Huffman said. “As someone who favors impeachment, I feel strongly it needs to be bipartisan. I think that’s one of the things Republicans got wrong in ’98. The bipartisan piece of it is assurance to the public that you’re not just playing partisan games. We’re a long way from Republicans joining us.”Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), who has filed his own articles of impeachment against Trump, said he understands why some Democrats are reluctant to join the effort right now. But he said it would be a mistake to compare Trump and Clinton.“There’s a difference between colluding with Russia to win an election and obstructing justice … and having a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky,” Cohen said.There would likely have to be a “smoking gun” to get Republicans and even wary Democrats on board.Still, some Democrats are trying to urge caution even as their liberal colleagues move full steam ahead. Representative Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) acknowledged the “enormous antipathy” for Trump in the Democratic base but said impeachment must be treated as “a last resort remedy.”“Winning the House shouldn’t be seen as a referendum one way or the other on the question of impeachment. To insist otherwise calls into question the credibility of the entire effort,” Connolly said. “I think that is a huge mistake and a pitfall at all costs to be avoided.”last_img read more

Fantasy Update: Last-minute Texas Fantasy advice

first_imgWith lightning shortening Friday’s Busch Pole Award Qualifying to one round, opening round leader Kurt Busch will start Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 (2 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) from the pole position. After three practice sessions for this race were in the books, we’ve dissected the numbers and 10-lap averages to offer a suggested lineup worthy of your Fantasy Live consideration as you go to make roster decisions for the seventh Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of 2018.PLAY NOW: Set your Fantasy Live lineup | How the new Fantasy Live worksMORE: Fantasy analysis for Texas | Driver stats | Full lineup | 10-lap averagesJessica Ruffin’s revised Fantasy Live lineup following practices and the lineup being set:1: Kevin Harvick2: Martin Truex Jr.3: Kurt Busch4: Erik Jones5: Ryan BlaneyGarage: Kyle LarsonAnalysis: Kevin Harvick was a must-pick for me heading into the weekend and he’s still at the top of my list after one shortened qualifying session and three practice sessions — the final practice cut short by rain, as well. Not only has he shown speed in all three practice sessions, he’s also starting second, which could result in additional bonus points for stage wins if he were to get out front. I’m also taking his teammate and pole-sitter Kurt Busch.Truex was also a must-pick for Steve Letarte and I earlier this week and I’m standing my ground on that; while he’s never won at the Fort Worth track, his Texas consistency — both in past races and during practice — show me that he’s a solid play that could contend for the win on Sunday. Couple that with the fact that he’s the mile-and-a-half ace, and you’ve got a winner.If you’re playing veterans like Truex and Harvick, I would pay special attention to your garage driver; burning a Truex or Harvick pick for a top-15 finish isn’t ideal when both of these drivers are win contenders on a consistent basis. That brings me to my new garage pick; Kyle Larson. He’s starting in the top 10 and his strong 10-lap averages lead me to believe that he’ll stay there. He’s also a good backup option if your must-starters have an issue. I substituted Larson for my original garage pick Chase Elliott because the No. 9 hasn’t been quite as fast as I would have liked this weekend at Texas.Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney are both strong, under-the-radar picks for me. Jones nearly matched Harvick in 10-lap average speeds during the final practice. Even though he’s starting 21st, I think that speed that he’s shown all weekend will get him to the front quickly. Blaney, on the other hand, has a strong starting spot (fourth) to go with speed in his No. 12 Ford. He led 148 laps in this race last year and I see no reason why the No. 12 will have issues running up front come Sunday.last_img read more