first_imgNew French tender looks to jumpstart offshore wind development FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:A French wind power tender has attracted interest from a slew of international energy heavyweights, signaling that France’s offshore wind industry could finally be taking off after years of missteps.While Britain and Germany have already built 8,200 and 6,400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind capacity – enough to power millions of homes – France does not have a single turbine in the water.In two previous French tenders, in 2012 and 2014, a bumper 3,000 MW of capacity worth 11 billion euros ($12.4 billion) was awarded, but the projects have not materialized because of public opposition and contract wrangles.Now, France is making a new start, auctioning a modest 600 MW in the northern town of Dunkirk in a tender it hopes will finally exploit some of the best offshore wind potential in Europe.So far, investors appear to like the prospects. Ten interested companies or consortia, including some of Europe’s leading offshore wind developers, have been shortlisted to submit bids by a March 15 deadline, although one has pulled out, according to three industry sources.More: Exclusive: Big firms weigh in as France looks to revive offshore windlast_img read more

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:German automotive supplier Bosch on Wednesday published details of three long-term solar power supply deals with utility companies as it switches its electricity sourcing away from fossil fuels to green energy.The contracts were arranged with utilities RWE, Vattenfall and Statkraft.Bosch is expanding green power generation at its locations and will also continue to expand sourcing via such external deals, called power purchase agreements (PPA), said chief executive Volkmar Denner.“By the end of the year, we will achieve our ambitious goal of no longer leaving a carbon footprint,” he added, upholding a carbon neutrality goal published by the company last year for its 400 sites across the globe.PPAs act as an insurance for operators of solar, wind or hydropower installations against falling power prices while locking in a purchase price for consumers, and have long been common in the United States, southern Europe and Nordic countries. They are of increasing interest to wholesale markets, consumers and project companies in Germany, which needs to harness PPA expertise to spur more renewables after fixed price support schemes end next year.The three contracts for Bosch cover a total annual volume of over 100,000 megawatt hours (MWh) – equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 30,000 households.[Vera Eckert]More: Bosch signs solar power supply deals with three utilities Germany’s Bosch takes big step toward net zero with three new solar PPAslast_img read more

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first_imgStretching between Tennessee and North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country, attracting more than twice as many visitors as the Grand Canyon every year.The park’s 522,427 acres create the perfect spot for hiking, backpacking, wildlife observation, and other outdoor activities. But with the park split between two states, the question of which side is better is always present.Julie Graham, the executive director for the Middle-East Tennessee Tourism Council, says that some consider the east side of the Smokies to be the adventure side, while the west side is known to be the peaceful side.“They see themselves as slightly different,” Graham says. “Really it’s elevation, it’s the type of water, and it’s the crowds. And the crowds are in the middle.”Shawn Dunnaway, from Smokies Adventure, typically spends more time on the Tennessee side of the national park. Dunnaway said he thinks the Tennessee side may be more popular because it’s easier to get to.“I think a lot of that is just geography. We’re coming from the west, so it would take another hour to travel through the national park to get to the other side,” Dunnaway says.North Carolina has elk, which were re-introduced to the Cataloochee Valley in North Carolina, and haven’t yet spread over to the Tennessee side of the park.Black bears are seen on both the North Carolina and Tennessee sides of the national park. There are around 1,500 bears in the park, which is roughly two bears per square mile.Peak visitation months differ in the two areas. July is the highest visitation month for the Tennessee side, while October is most popular on the North Carolina side.The Tennessee side of the national park is famous for its many attractions and tourist towns located right outside of the park, such as Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. According to Brent McDaniel, a member of Friends of the Smokies, visitation rates are higher on the Tennessee side of the park.“Gatlinburg is a really heavily trafficked, tourist-based community. So they’ve got a lot of restaurants and attractions, like Ripley’s, and the aquarium, and Dollywood, and that kind of thing,” McDaniel says.However, while Asheville and Knoxville are similar distances from the park, and serve as major gateway communities, more people travel from Knoxville than Asheville to visit the Smokies.“People in Asheville kind of identify the [Blue Ridge] Parkway as their park, and less so with the Smokies, even though it is just as close as Knoxville is,” McDaniel says. “So we don’t get a whole lot of traffic from Asheville the way we do traffic from Knoxville.”But while Tennessee may have more attractions directly outside of the park’s boundaries, both states have unique appeals inside of the Smokies.“The North Carolina side is not as heavily visited,” continues McDaniels, “so if you’re looking for quiet hikes, I’ll usually recommend people go over to Cataloochee Valley or Deep Creek. There isn’t as much traffic.”Jeff Doran, a longtime Smokies hiker, echoed the sentiment that the North Carolina side is wilder, more accessible, and less crowded.“Getting to and from trailheads is much easier, and less stressful,” Doran says. “Moreover, the trails in general are far less crowded on the NC side as well. There’s more of a sense of wilderness when hiking on the NC side when compared to many of the trails on the TN side.”However, Doran says he prefers to spend his time between the two states, on the crest of the Smokies.“By far my favorite hikes include Mount Cammerer, Charlies Bunion, Andrews Bald, Rocky Top, and Gregory Bald, which are all located on or near the border of the two states,” he says. “To me, the high country straddling both states is the most beautiful part of the Great Smoky Mountains.”last_img read more

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first_imgBy Dialogo November 19, 2010 The president of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, has signed a decree authorizing the Ministry of Defense to acquire a series of tactical vehicles for military use. The mentioned decree states that “with the acquisition of these tactical military vehicles, it will become possible to increase the operational capabilities of the Paraguayan Army, enabling it to operate tactically with greater security, versatility, flexibility, and mobility.” The decree in question emphasizes that “it is of interest to highlight the fact that, in order to achieve our ends in relation to national security, it is of the highest importance to keep confidential the acquisition of automotive vehicles and vehicles for tactical use, since an exhaustive public presentation of the armed forces’ needs through a request for bids could be prejudicial to operations planned for this purpose.” Military sources said that the vehicles that the Paraguayan Army is expected to acquire are High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), multipurpose military vehicles with four-wheel drive. These vehicles have to a large extent taken over the roles previously carried out by the quarter-ton M151 MUTT, the M561, in its M718A1 and M792 ambulance versions, the CUCV, and other light vehicles used by the United States military. HMMWVs were originally called Hummers, but this term was subsequently reserved for a civilian SUV based on the Humvee. The countries in the region that possess tactical vehicles of this kind are Argentina, with 16 units out of a planned purchase of 30; Bolivia, with 6 units for border patrols; Chile, with more than 200 units of the M-1097 model belonging to the Chilean Army and 20 units of the M-998 model belonging to the Chilean Navy; Colombia, with more than 1600 units, some equipped with Tow anti-tank missile systems; and Peru, with 12 second-hand units donated by the United States in 2009.last_img read more

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A winter storm that rolled into the region Saturday afternoon could dump as much as 5 inches of snow on Long Island, the National Weather Service said in a revised winter weather advisory. The weather service in Upton slightly adjusted its snowfall forecast Saturday afternoon, adding an extra inch to its original forecast. Snow began falling Saturday afternoon. The white stuff could fall at a rate of an inch per hour before changing over to rain in the evening. Rain won’t stop coming down until early Sunday morning, forecasters said. Ice may also mix with snow, forecasters said. “Snow covered roads and a trace of ice will [make] driving and walking hazardous,” the National Weather Service warned in a winter weather advisory issued late Saturday afternoon. The advisory is in effect until 1 a.m. Sunday. The temperature will hover around freezing, forecasters said. The mercury will continue to rise on Sunday, potentially topping off at 39 degrees during the day. But the temperature will plummet Sunday evening, dropping to 14 degrees, forecasters said.last_img read more

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first_imgTopics : “Nothing is more important than human lives. Please make utmost effort through the night to search for missing people,” Abe said after Japanese television broadcast images of overturned cars, people shoveling mud from their homes and the military rescuing stranded residents in boats.”We had no electricity and no running water,” one rescued woman told the broadcaster. “It was tough.”TV footage also showed a gymnasium-turned-evacuation center equipped with face masks, disinfectants and thermometers to prevent coronavirus infections.The Japan Meteorological Agency urged people to stay vigilant, as more rains are predicted.”From this evening on, extremely heavy rains with thunder are expected in southern as well as northern Kyushu,” an agency official told Reuters.”The rainfall so far has already loosened the ground. There is a high chance of landslides occurring, even without much additional rain.”  The death toll from floods and landslides unleashed by torrential rains on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu rose to 20 on Sunday, with 14 people missing, NHK public TV said.More heavy rain is forecast after Saturday’s deadly deluge in the Kumamoto prefecture, Japan’s worst natural disaster since Typhoon Hagibis in October last year left about 90 people dead.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a meeting of Japan’s disaster response task force to step up the search and rescue operations.last_img read more

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first_imgLifestyleTravel InselAir celebrates 16th destination with inaugural flight by: – November 15, 2011 35 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Image via: airplane-pictures.netWILLEMSTAD, Curacao — On Tuesday, Curacao-based airline InselAir will celebrate its 16th destination – Barquisimeto, Venezuela — with a festive inaugural flight. InselAir will treat invitees and regular passengers to a festive program, which includes a short welcome ceremony at HATO International airport, extra onboard raffles and an invitation-only celebration at Jacinto Lara Aeropuerto in Barquisimeto.“Since announcing Barquisimeto as our 16th destination, we have received many positive reactions from the public. We feel we are complying with the demand for this Venezuelan destination. We also have plans to add destinations Barranquilla, Colombia, and Maracaibo, Venezuela, to our pan-American network,” said chief general and international affairs manager, Edward Heerenveen.InselAir operates 16 international destinations in 11 countries within the pan-American region. In South America, InselAir operates to destinations Caracas, Valencia, Barquisimeto and Las Piedras in Venezuela, Medellin in Colombia, and Suriname. Destinations within the USA include Miami, Charlotte and Puerto Rico. Other destinations in the Caribbean are Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Kingston, St Maarten, Santo Domingo and Haiti. Miami, Charlotte, Curacao and Aruba are used as hubs.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgOldenburg Academy Swim Results.Girls:  OA 79, Lawrenceburg 77.Highlights:   200 Medley Relay – 1st (Meredith Maier, Colleen Dietz, Erica Geers, Caroline Storms); 200 Free – 1st Elaine Welage; 100 Fly – 1st Erica Geers; 500 Free – 1st Caroline Storms; 200 Free Relay – 1st (Madelyn Maier, Huntyr Rose, Meredith Maier, Caroline Storms); 100 Back – 1st Elaine Welage; and 400 Free Relay – 1st (Madelyn Maier, Huntyr Rose, Meredith Maier, Caroline Storms).Boys:   OA 82, Lawrenceburg 70Highlights:  200 Medley Relay – 1st (Chris Nurrenberg, John Pelzel, Ben Wanstrath, Liam Mungcal); 200 Free – 1st Jeremy Kelnhofer; 200 IM – 1st John Pelzel; 200 Free Relay – 1st (Ben Wanstrath, Liam Mungcal, Chris Nurrenberg, John Pelzel); 100 Back – 1st Ben Wanstrath; 100 Breast – 1st Liam Mungcal; 400 Free Relay – 1st (John Pelzel, Chris Nurrenberg, Liam Mungcal, Ben Wanstrath).Submitted by OA Coach Shawwn Storms.last_img read more

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first_imgAs the old saying goes, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. We may have a roar of a weekend as we enter the new month.The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from 1 a.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Monday for the entire listening area. The winter storm could potentially drop six inches of snow and create some unpleasant driving conditions.On Saturday morning, flurries are possible which could potentially turn to rain showers during the afternoon. Forecasters say there is a chance for snow, freezing rain and sleet from Saturday night and into Sunday morning.On Sunday, freezing rain and sleet are forecasted throughout the day with a high of 30 degrees and low of 14. Snow will accompany the storm as we get closer to the work week.The National Weather Service is predicting accumulating snow on Monday morning.WRBI will have continuing up to date information on the winter storm that could result in school closings.In the event of a stranded vehicle or power outage, click here for some safety tips >>last_img read more

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first_img Leigh Roche gets the nod to partner fellow Al Maktoum-owned runner Tahaany, who stepped up to this level last time out when fourth in the Athasi Stakes at the Curragh. Euphrasia, who served up a 33-1 shock when making all in this race last year, is back to defend her crown but she has concede upwards of 3lb to the field. Trainer Joseph Murphy said of the five-year-old: “I’m expecting a big run. It was yielding to soft last year when she won and hopefully it is the same. “She’s a filly who is very good on her day. I’m happy with her since Gowran Park (where she ran last month). Gary Carroll rides Cristal Fashion so we had to go hunting for a jockey so Wayne Lordan rides her.” Mizzava, the highest-rated filly in the race off a mark of 105, represents Mick Halford. The four-year-old was fifth in both the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes last year and she holds an entry in the Pretty Polly Stakes in the Curragh at the end of June. Halford said: “I was happy with her in Gowran. She has come on a lot since then. This looks a good opportunity for her. I’m hoping she will progress as the season goes on. She settles in her races and I’ve no worries about her getting the trip.” Des McDonogh’s Morga is an intriguing contender, having finished fifth in a Group Three at the Curragh in March before winning a maiden hurdle at Cork and then a novice hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. McDonogh said: “She’s in such good form that we have decided to run. There’s nothing to run her in over hurdles now. She’s in good heart and has come on from Punchestown. This is my first ever runner in a Group race. She’s owned by Jim Bolger’s wife and Kevin Manning is on board. It would be great to get some black type with her.” Champion trainer Aidan O’Brien runs Dazzling, who holds engagements in the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Irish Oaks and is likely to go off favourite. Cristal Fashion for Ger Lyons and Paul Deegan’s Achnaha also line up. Earlier on the card, O’Brien’s War Envoy goes head to head with the Lyons-trained Cappella Sansevero in the Fishery Lane Race. Both impressed on their debuts, with War Envoy winning at Naas, while Lyons’ runner scored at Dundalk. The Rosewell House trainer relies on three-year-old fillies Tarfasha, who is making her seasonal reappearance, and Tahaany, a winner already during this campaign, in the mile-and-a-quarter heat at Naas. Tarfasha won her juvenile maiden in Galway last July before signing off in September with a third-placed finish to My Titania in a Curragh Group Three. Pat Smullen takes the mount on Hamdan Al Maktoum’s filly. Dermot Weld holds a strong hand in Wednesday’s Group Three Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Blue Wind Stakes.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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