Poland looks to add 10GW of offshore wind capacity by 2027

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Poland’s ministry of state assets has published a much-anticipated draft of legislation to promote offshore wind power, aiming to award more than 10GW in the Baltic Sea by 2027, the Polish wind power association (PWEA) said.Up to 4.6GW from pre-developed wind projects could be granted support by Polish energy regulator ERO by the end of 2022 under a contract for difference (CfD) system with a fixed price set by the government.Andrzej Kazmierski, director for renewable and distributed energy at the Polish ministry of energy, in late 2018 told Recharge that the complex legal situation for pre-developed offshore wind projects called for different treatment than future projects to be developed from scratch.The projects in an advanced stage of development that will be entitled to a CfD with a fixed price must fulfill certain criteria, such as a grid link permit and a valid environmental permit, PWEA told Recharge. Projects that are likely to fulfill those criteria are two owned by private Polish utility Polenergia and Norway’s Equinor (Bałtyk II and III, which have a combined planned capacity of 1.44GW). The consortium also jointly owns the less developed Bałtyk 1 project with up to 1.56GW. Two projects by Polish utility PGE (Elektrownia Wiatrowa Baltica 2&3 with a joint capacity of 2.5GW) may also be in line for the first batch of projects receiving support. Denmark’s Ørsted is in advanced talks to buy half of the PGE projects.The remainder of the capacity is slated to be tendered-off in competitive CfD auctions of at least 500MW in 2023, and 2.5GW each in 2025 and 2027. Support will be granted for 25 years, compared to only 15 years for other renewable technologies. First, electricity must be generated seven years after a successful bid.[Bernd Radowit]More: Draft Polish offshore wind act aims to award more than 10GW by 2027 Poland looks to add 10GW of offshore wind capacity by 2027last_img read more

It’s Not Everest, But…

first_imgAim high for your New Year’s resolution. No, not that high. A little lower. Lower. Good.When we finally push our bikes to the summit of Mount Mitchell, it’s crowded with retired couples limping out of RVs and families wearing SEC football sweatshirts. Everyone seems to have a tiny dog wearing a sweater. To be honest, it takes the wind out of my sail. Sure, I rode my bike to the top of the highest mountain east of the Mississippi, but I didn’t have to. I could’ve driven and gotten the same view. This is not Everest we’re summitting here.Still, I feel a little bit awesome as we strut to the top of the hill, pushing our bikes to the highest mound of dirt within 20 states, passing young children and their grandmothers who look at us with, dare I say it, awe. But then I realize they all passed us on the road climb to the top, seeing us suffer. Some of them even tell us so, saying things like, “I didn’t think you were gonna make it.”Keener, my riding partner, and I started 4.5 hours earlier on the edge of downtown Asheville. The summit of Mitchell is the turning point in our 70-mile ride. 35 miles up, 35 miles back down, most of which is tackled along the Blue Ridge Parkway, famous for its winding black top and long-range views. The problem with riding the Blue Ridge Parkway is that it makes you feel like a superhero. It’s a steady climb from Asheville to Mitchell, but the grade is mellow, and the scenery is so astounding, it’s impossible not to feel good about yourself. At mile 20, there’s so much pep in your pedal, you start thinking you should look for a sponsor. You obviously have a natural talent for it. Trek could use a rider like you.Then you hit Highway 128, the two-lane terror that connects Mitchell with the Parkway, and you remember just how human you really are.The last five miles up Highway 128 to the top of Mitchell are brutal, mainly because it comes at the end of 30 miles of steady climbing. Keener brought speakers for his iPod and cranked AC/DC for the final push. I’m usually not a fan, but when your back hurts and you’re starting to form knots in key leg muscles, sometimes the only thing that will keep you going is “Back in Black.”Even with all of the yipping dogs at the summit, I’m feeling good about myself, mainly because I’ve accomplished half of one-third of my New Year’s Resolution. I’m not good at fractions, but I believe that means I’m one-sixth of my way through my epic goal for 2013.I call it the Mount Mitchell Threesome. Let me explain.It’s a brand new year. We’re all fresh and ready to get after it, right? Make sure 2013 kicks 2012’s ass. So we make New Year’s Resolutions. In 2013, we’re going to wake early to see the sunrise every Sunday morning. Hike 50 new trails. And my personal favorite: We’re going to get in shape. Join a gym, go three times a week and shazam, you’ve got abs again. I’ve made that very same New Year’s Resolution every year since I was 13. In my mind, I saw myself spending the year ahead in a perpetual Rocky Balboa training sequence. Running in sweats, eating raw egg smoothies, chasing chickens.If you saw me in my bathing suit, you’d know I never once chased a chicken. I look nothing like Rocky. My high school basketball coach would say I never followed through with my perennial resolution because I’m lazy. I’d rather blame the resolution itself. It’s flawed. It’s too vague. Get in shape? I’m already in shape, relatively speaking. I don’t have type II diabetes, so I’m way ahead of the curve in most circles. Why not just watch a Rocky marathon? And pass another donut.So I’m taking a different approach to my 2013 resolution. I’m being specific, but also realistic. I’m never going to run a 4-minute mile. I’m never going to summit Mount Everest. Aiming for the stars is dandy if you have no intention of following through with your resolution, but if you want to succeed, aim low. Not too low, but low. Like, instead of the 29,029-foot Mount Everest, why not focus on the 6,684-foot Mount Mitchell?Yes, Mitchell has all the trappings of your typical overpopulated state park—restaurant, crowds, complimentary golf cart rides—but look past the surface and you’ve got a foreboding peak with squirrely weather and rugged trails. A legit summit of Mount Mitchell may not require a Sherpa and oxygen, but it’s nothing to be laughed at, particularly if you do it with style. That’s where the Mount Mitchell Threesome comes in.In the year 2013, I’m going “mount” Mount Mitchell three different ways, via three different routes.First, I’ll ride my road bike to the peak from Asheville: 70 miles, 8,000 feet of vertical gain. A full day’s ride to and fro. Highlights: perpetual Parkway views. Lowlights: chafing.Second, I’ll run/hike my way to the top via the Black Mountain Crest Trail. 12 miles, 5,000 feet of climbing. Highlights: miles of rocky ridge top with long-range views. Lowlights: brutal initial climb from Bowlen’s Creek.And finally, I’ll cross-country ski to the top of Mount Mitchell via a mixed route that includes the gravel Curtis Creek Road. Distance: A lot. Elevation gain: A lot. Highlights: I like snow. Lowlights: I don’t like the cold.So there you have it. The Mount Mitchell Threesome. It’s not as dramatic as climbing Everest, but it’s impressive enough to get me excited for 2013. And in the process, I might just get into shape. Cue “Eye of the Tiger.”last_img read more

US, Colombian Armies begin PISAJ 14

first_imgBy Sergeant Ashley Dotson/U.S. Army South /Edited by the Diálogo Staff November 30, 2020 U.S. Army South held an opening ceremony for the first virtual iteration of the semi-annual military-to-military engagement, Senior Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) Integral Program (PISAJ, in Spanish), on November 9 at the Army South Headquarters.PISAJ is a U.S. Army South-hosted engagement between the U.S. and Colombian armies. This year, senior enlisted service members from Brazil and México were also invited to participate.“We are here to enhance essential leadership skills of the Colombian senior noncommissioned officers,” said Command Sergeant Major Trevor C. Walker, U.S. Army South command sergeant major during the 14th iteration of PISAJ. “We are fully committed to assisting our partners in designing and developing a course map for the future sergeant major academy that reinforces the Colombian commitment and goal to professionalize their NCO corps. The U.S. NCO corps is an integral part of what has made the U.S. Army so successful throughout 245 years of service to our nation.”The PISAJ series focuses on increasing NCOs’ capabilities in the Colombian Army and reinforcing the professional development program of NCOs serving in our military forces. In addition, PISAJ 14 will allow participants to conduct a professional lecture with various command sergeants major from various U.S. military components virtually to maintain the COVID-19 guidelines of social distancing.“I am very grateful for this opportunity and this chance that you have given us,” said Sergeant Major Luis Alfredo Bueno Márquez, senior enlisted advisor for the Colombian Military Forces’ General Command. “We have a variety of students participating who are sergeants major and up from the Colombian, Brazilian, and Mexican armies.”Sgt. Maj. Bueno said he is looking forward to strengthening the partnerships between the armies’ NCO corps and discussed how the PISAJ 14 seminar objectives would assist in Colombia joining different doctrines. This capability will allow the various militaries to participate in operational, strategic planning, and integrate human rights into their plan as they share their experiences from across the participating armies.“This iteration has a strategic leadership approach,” said Sergeant Major Alejandro Pereyra Alaniz, U.S. Army South PISAJ 14 coordinator, “We also want to give you the necessary tools to create a curricular template for the future Academy of Sergeants Mayors in Colombia. Instructors from the U.S. Army NCO Leadership Center of Excellence will facilitate the creation and development of a curricular plan consistent with the needs of the future academy of sergeants major for the Colombian Armed Forces.”last_img read more

Purposeful Talent Development: Attending live virtual learning vs. getting the playback

first_imgWe have access to so many on-demand resources these days, including digital or audiobooks, streaming TV shows and movies, virtual workouts, and recorded webinars and podcasts.As a result of widespread “pre-recorded” content and learning events, how often have you registered for a webinar or another live virtual educational offering, only to have something “more important” come up—knowing you’ll be able to catch the webinar later?Sometimes we can still learn a great deal by getting the playback of the live event (such as can be done with CUES Elite Access courses and webinars). However, sometimes (such as with the CUES Virtual Roundtables) recordings aren’t made of a learning event. I encourage you to mark your calendar with “live-only” if a virtual learning event that looks like it would be great for you is only offered at a particular time and a playback will not be available later. (If you use Outlook, you can use a particular color to designate such events.)On the flip side, participating live in online offerings has value in and of itself. You can use another color on such “must attend live” appointments in your Outlook calendar. But how can you decide when the on-demand version is fine and when you really need to be there (albeit virtually)? Here are some benefits of both live and recorded online learning opportunities that may aid your thinking. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Turkish GP: Lewis Hamilton on equality push, seventh F1 title bid and Mercedes ‘leap of faith’

first_imgQualifying11am12pm Saturday, November 14 Sky F1’s live Turkish GP schedule The Turkish Grand Prix8.30am10.10am – Advertisement – Sunday, November 15 1:12 Date and showOn AirSession start

Mongolia to maintain strict virus regulations ‘until vaccine found’

first_imgMongolia will maintain strict coronavirus regulations until a vaccine is found, the prime minister said Monday, raising the prospect of the country being locked down for months to come.Wedged between Russia and China, landlocked Mongolia on March 12 become one of the first countries to close its borders in the face of the growing global epidemic.Universities, schools and kindergartens are closed until September, conferences and public protests are banned, children under 12 are not allowed in malls or restaurants, and facemasks are mandatory. “The country will keep the quarantine rules until a vaccine becomes available,” Prime Minister Khurelsukh Ukhnaa told reporters in the country’s parliament.He did not provide more details about what measures would remain in place, but said he did not know when borders would reopen.Despite the announcement, he said parliamentary elections will be held as scheduled on June 24.Scientists around the world are rushing to find a vaccine for the virus that has killed more than 340,000 people and infected over five million in 196 countries and territories. Mongolia has recorded a low 140 cases, with most imported from Russia. The returnees were put under strict quarantine for three weeks.The country has sent planes to repatriate Mongolians abroad, but thousands remain stranded in other countries.Only vulnerable groups — including pregnant women, seniors, children with their parents, and people with serious health issues — are allowed to return, with authorities saying Mongolia lacks the capacity to handle everyone.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Twenty Calypsonians to battle for a spot in the Calypso Finals

first_imgLocalNews Twenty Calypsonians to battle for a spot in the Calypso Finals by: – February 4, 2012 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 18 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Checko performing “AM/PM” at the Quarter Finals round.Who will join reigning monarch Tasha “Tasha P” Peltier when the Semi-Final round of the 2012 Calypso Competition gets underway on Saturday evening?Will Black Diamond, a new comer to the competition outshine his father Joey “Explosion” Lloyd and secure a spot in the finals?Or will Abel “Checko” Jno. Baptiste another new comer singing “AM/PM” one of the most popular songs for the 2012 season make it?Twenty Calypsonians were selected at the Quarter Finals round on January 21st by a panel of seven judges.The other semi-finalists are; Raymond “Vigilante” Vigilant, Derick “Hunter” St. Rose, Victor “Comforter” Bique, Juslyn “Jamma B” Charles, Webster “Webb” Marie, Daryl “The Bobb” Bobb, Steve “Triumph” Williams, Dave “Soul Puss” Pascal, Cecil “Checker” Burnette, Davidson “Observer” Victor, Julian “Picky” Lockhart, Dennison “Dice” Joseph, Derrick “Mighty Logars” St. Ville, Murphy “Sye” Jno. Jules, Gregory “Karessah” Riviere, Andrew “Scrunter” Bazil, Joey “Explosion” Lloyd and Peter “Peter Pros” Prosper.Out of these twenty performers only nine can be selected.The show which is scheduled to commence at 8:30pm at Festival City promises to be a great one, if you cannot attend ensure that you listen via radio.Your favorite Calypsoes might just make it through!Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Cleopha A. Hirt

first_imgCleopha A. Hirt, age 93 of Oldenburg, died Sunday, August 7, 2016 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus.  Born May 18, 1923 in Franklin County Indiana, she is the daughter of Catherine (Nee: Harpring) and Joseph Giesting.  She married Edward Hirt February 19, 1944 at St. Michael’s Church in Brookville and he preceded her in death June 29, 1993.  Cleo for years cleaned the jets at the Hillenbrand Airport where the pilots affectionately called her “mom”.  She was a member of Holy Family Church, the Daughters of Isabella, the Oldenburg Knights of St. John Ladies Auxiliary and was a charter member of the 500 card club.Cleo was a kind, generous soul who loved unconditionally and was a friend to all.  She enjoyed being with people and certainly never met a stranger, but more importantly, she preferred hearing about you rather than having the conversation focused on her. She also had the gift of being able to relate to both young and old alike.  According to her family, Cleo was an excellent cook who wanted to feed you if you stopped for a visit, but ironically will be missed for her Rice Krispies treats.  She enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.  Having grown up through the depression, Cleo never threw anything away and her kids teased that mom was the original recycler long before recycling was fashionable.She is survived by daughters Darlene Hirt of Batesville, Doris (Jeff) McKee of Carmel, Indiana, Donna Hirt of Indianapolis; sons Denny (Jackie) of Villa Hills, Kentucky, Richard of Oldenburg; sisters Pauline Gillman of Harrison, Ohio, Rosemary Stercz of Cincinnati; daughter-in-laws Lynn Hirt-Davis of Naples, Florida and Mary Pfeiffer of Batesville; thirteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; one great great grandchild.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by sons David and Dale; brothers Leonard, Frank (Doc), Joseph, John, Virgil (Cap), and Arnold Giesting; sister Edna Sidell and daughter-in-law Carol Trexler.Visitation is Friday, August 12th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary service at 4 p.m.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday, August 13th at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Oldenburg Academy Capital Campaign or Holy Family Cemetery Fund.last_img read more

Lampard Hints Cavani on Chelsea Radar

first_img‘He’s a great player, I played against him and I always loved his mentality and attitude, and obviously his goal scoring record speaks for itself,’ Lampard said on Monday.‘I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see. He’s an experienced player, but so are many other players out there.’Tammy Abraham has carried the torch for Chelsea this season but goals have been their problem in recent months – particularly at home.Chelsea have been burnt in recent windows, with older strikers such as Falcao, Alexandre Pato and Gonzalo Higuain struggling to adapt to the Premier League.But Lampard said sprinkling his young squad with experience is something that he would not rule out.‘I think we are young, and we know about the transitions. The idea of bringing in experience is something I’m certainly not absolutely looking away from,’ he said.‘Sometimes the young players need a little bit of help, and if that’s the case then that may help us.’Lampard also said moves to take both Giroud and Victor Moses away from Stamford Bridge were ongoing but yet to be sealed.Without them, Chelsea’s push for a top-four place continues with the visit of Arsenal on Tuesday night.Young defender Reece James could feature after his knee injury was not as bad as Chelsea first feared. Marcos Alonso is also available again.‘They’re a good team, (Mikel Arteta) is a good coach and he does deserve and will get time to get it right. Already he’s had an effect and I’m under no illusions about how tough the game will be.’He added: ‘What I do know when I come up against them is that they are a good team with good players who can hurt you. You have seen a bit of a change since Arteta came in with their performances and we felt that in the first 30 minutes at the Emirates particularly, so we must be on our guard and at our best.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Frank Lampard has hinted that Chelsea could move for Edinson Cavani, admitting he has ‘always loved’ the Uruguay international.The Paris Saint-Germain forward has asked to leave the French giants in this window, with Atletico Madrid confident of securing his signature.But Chelsea, too, are in the market for another striker with Olivier Giroud expected to leave this month – and Michy Batshuayi short of goals.last_img read more

University to host 2016 Olympic trials

first_imgThe U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon is scheduled for Saturday in Los Angeles. A section of the marathon will take place on the University Park Campus, where the race is expected to start at 10:06 a.m. and end at approximately 2 p.m.Participants will enter campus at Gate 3 on Figueroa Street, then turn south onto Watt Way, east onto Childs Way and then south onto Pardee Way, where they will exit campus and proceed onto the next part of the race.Starting at 9 a.m. parts of Figueroa, Jeffferson Boulevard, Exposition Boulevard and Flower Street will be closed off in order to accommodate the trials.The men and women’s races will be staggered throughout the morning. The men are expected to reach campus at 10:25 a.m. while the women are expected at 10:45 a.m.The trials features a record $600,000 prize purse, according to its website. Half of that sum will go to the top ten male finishers and the other half to the top ten females.  First place for both genders will be awarded $80,000Parking will not be allowed on 34th Street east of Watt Way or on Childs Way east of Hahn Plaza due to safety concerns, and Gate 3 will be closed and cars parked in Parking Structure X will not be able to exit until 1:30 p.m.USC students will be able to watch the race from the “cheer zone” at Hahn Plaza. This is one of six cheer zones designated throughout Los Angeles for spectators to watch the race without endangering the athletes.The Olympic Team Trials were previously held in Houston, Texas in 2012. The winners will proceed to compete for the United States in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer.last_img read more