ReNew Power tops 5GW of operating renewable energy capacity in India

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:ReNew Power Limited recently reported that it achieved 5 gigawatts of operational renewable energy capacity in India. The company has 3.1 gigawatts of wind energy and 1.9 gigawatts of solar power capacity operational across multiple states in the country. According to media reports, only 10 companies globally have been able to achieve this feat so far.The company achieved this milestone when it commissioned a 250-megawatt solar power project in the western state of Rajasthan. The project was secured through a competitive auction at a tariff bid of Rs 2.72/kWh (3.79US¢/kWh). Power generated from the project will be supplied to the state of Maharashtra under the interstate transmission scheme.Company chairman Sumant Sinha announced that his company will add an additional 3 gigawatts of capacity in the next eight months. The company has secured the rights to develop multiple solar and wind energy projects through participation in several wind and solar power auctions. The entire new capacity is expected to be commissioned under the federal schemes and tenders issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India or NTPC Limited.Wind as well as solar power tariff bids have bottomed out in India and developers have become more pragmatic over the last few months about their bidding strategies. Aggressive bidders have either stayed away from the market in the last few auctions or have submitted higher bids than seen earlier. ReNew, which had never been an aggressive bidder, may find comfort in the increased maturity shown by other developers in the market.Solar and wind energy tariff bids had slipped to as low as Rs 2.45/kWh (3.42US¢/kWh) before they increased to Rs 2.70/kWh (3.77US¢/kWh) and above in the recent tenders.More: India’s ReNew Power hits 5 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity ReNew Power tops 5GW of operating renewable energy capacity in Indialast_img read more

Japan’s Tokyo Gas invests in floating offshore wind pioneer Principle Power

first_imgJapan’s Tokyo Gas invests in floating offshore wind pioneer Principle Power FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Japanese natural gas company Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd has made a bet that the future of renewable power will be floating at sea.The more than $22 million investment in developer of floating platforms for wind turbines Principle Power Inc. is a sign that fossil fuel companies are continuing to invest to prepare their businesses for a low-carbon future. Tokyo Gas joins existing shareholders including EDP – Energias de Portugal SA, Repsol SA and Aker Solutions ASA.Technology that allows wind farms to float could vastly increase the reach of offshore wind farms, one of the most efficient forms of renewable energy. Potential major markets like Japan, South Korea and the west coast of the U.S. have seabed that is too deep for conventional offshore wind turbines that sit atop large underwater structures fixed to the seabed.Principle Power’s floating platform is being used in a number of pilot projects, including a three-turbine wind farm off the coast of Portugal and one off Ireland that’s set to be the largest floating wind farm in the world when completed later this year.The investment from Tokyo Gas will help Principle Power advance into markets in Asia as well as scale-up to industrialize its production process to prepare for utility-scale floating wind farms, [Joao] Metelo, [Principle Power’s chief executive officer] said.[Will Mathis]More: Floating wind gets a $22 million boost from Tokyo Gaslast_img read more

Dix Hills School Bus Crash Sends 28 to Hospitals

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two dozen high school students and four adults were taken to local hospitals after a school bus  was involved in a collision with a box truck in Dix Hills on Friday morning.Suffolk County police said the bus—coming from Copiague High School on its way to Wilson Technical Center—was heading eastbound on Seaman Neck Road when it was struck by a southbound truck at the corner of Deer Park Avenue shortly before 8 a.m.The 24 students on the bus, the bus driver and an attendant were all taken to local hospitals as a precaution and for minor injuries, police said. The truck driver and his passenger were also treated for minor injuries at local hospitals.Motor Carrier Safety Section officers impounded the bus and the truck while the investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing, police said.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Dec. 1

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump, Netanyahu are on similar pathsThere are many similarities between the political situation in the United States and Israel.Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been accused of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust. He has been accused of providing regulators with millions of dollars as bribes to a leading Israeli website for favorable coverage of the prime minister and his family.He also wanted rough treatment of his political adversaries. It is ironic that Fox News supplies Trump with the latter at no charge.Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit indicted Netanyahu for trading official favors, accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust. Netanyahu even called the investigations and indictment a “witch hunt,” although Mr. Mandelblit belonged to the same party (Likud) and was Netanyahu’s cabinet secretary and closest adviser. Mr. Mandelblit said that the indictment of the prime minister was necessary because “Law enforcement is not a choice. This is not a choice of left or right. This is not a matter of politics.”It is about time that Attorney General William Barr stop debasing his position as AG by playing politics and acting as Trump’s private attorney. Do your job.Mark MarkovitzNiskayunaRetirees will regret loss of ObamacareThe Affordable Care Act: Republicans hate it and many Democrats don’t understand it.The truth is before the Affordable Care Act, Americans with “pre-existing conditions” had to pay unbelievable premiums for health insurance. Both young and old had to pay these high premiums, and companies like Mutual of Omaha, Travelers, Blue Shield and many others were making profits that were immeasurable.In my own case, my wife and I, after retiring before we turned 65, found that because we had minor pre-existing conditions, we had to pay upwards of $10,000 in premiums, and each of us had a $5,000 deductible before the insurance kicked in.Many of our friends were in the same boat once they stopped working. Many worked for companies that paid for their health insurance, and unionized workers received theirs through their union’s insurance and pension funds.Again, once retired, these same workers had to fend for themselves once COBRA ended. What senior citizen made it to retirement without some kind of pre-existing conditions? That hernia, back problem,or carpal tunnel injury, no matter how slight, is a “pre-existing condition.”The Affordable Care Act put an end to those with pre-existing conditions paying exorbitant premiums, as the Act’s best part was the provision that insurance companies had to accept them and couldn’t charge more than those without them. Many of those complaining about the Act had better pray it stays in effect. If the ACA gets repealed the “pre-existing conditions” provision goes away. God help us.Gary Philip GuidoRotterdamI see why evangelicals are drawn to TrumpA thought struck me as I was once again thinking about the seeming contradiction in the Christian evangelical acceptance of Trump as a heroic leader — or even a legitimate leader and patriot— and traditional Christian values.An epiphany: Their entire lives are spent trying to make the utterly ridiculous plausible. This explains their acceptance of an all-powerful and good god, who nonetheless allows horrible evil and injustice in the world, and the self-proclaimed ‘chosen one,’ whose personal, business and political history are a sordid story of corruption and racism.Anthony J. SantoRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

Indian officials warn of lockdown extensions as COVID-19 cases in South Asia near 6,000

first_imgMaharashtra has 516 confirmed cases of COVID-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus – and 26 people have died.While the government does plan to review the lockdown, set to end on April 14, three senior officials told Reuters this will depend on an assessment of the situation in each state, and lockdowns and restrictions would be extended in districts where the coronavirus case spread has continued.Public transport in large metros such as Mumbai, Bengaluru and Delhi, may only be restored in a phased manner days after the lockdown ends, said the officials, who asked not to be named as the plans were still under discussion.Restrictions Tightened The number of confirmed new coronavirus cases in South Asia neared 6,000 on Saturday, even as authorities in some cities tightened restrictions on movement and warned lockdowns could be extended in a bid to rein in the pandemic.”If people don’t obey the rules seriously and cases continue to rise, then there may be no option but to extend the lockdown,” Rajesh Tope, the health minister of Maharashtra state which includes the financial hub Mumbai, told Reuters. “It could be extended in Mumbai and urban areas of Maharashtra by two weeks.”India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said this week the country will pull out of the planned three-week lockdown in a phased manner. India has been hardest hit by the disease in South Asia with some 2,902 cases, of which 68 have died. The number of COVID-19 cases have more than doubled in South Asia in the last week. Health experts warn an epidemic in the region, home to a fifth of the world’s population, could overwhelm its already weak public health systems.But Muslim-majority Pakistan and Bangladesh, and India, home to the world’s largest Muslim minority, have struggled to convince conservative religious groups to maintain social distancing.On Friday, Pakistani Muslims at a Karachi mosque clashed with baton-wielding police trying to enforce new curbs on gatherings to prevent Friday prayers and contain coronavirus infections, officials said.This came after the government in the southern province of Sindh, home to the financial hub of Karachi, enforced a three-hour curfew on Friday afternoon, in a bid to persuade Muslim worshippers to pray at home.Pakistan has so far reported 2,547 coronavirus infections, fuelled by a jump in cases related to members of the Tablighi Jamaat, an orthodox Muslim proselytising group.Topics :last_img read more

TikTok ramps up defense against US accusations

first_imgTopics : TikTok on Monday stepped up its defense against US accusations that the popular video app is a national security threat, denouncing what it called “rumors and misinformation” about its links to the Chinese government.The video-snippet sharing service launched an online information hub as its Chinese parent firm faced a deadline set by President Donald Trump to divest TikTok before the app is banned in the United States.On a web page titled “The Last Sunny Corner of the Internet,” TikTok maintained it was setting the record straight about the platform. As tensions soar between the world’s two biggest economies, Trump has claimed TikTok could be used by China to track the locations of federal employees, build dossiers on people for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.The US leader early this month also ordered a ban on the messaging app WeChat which is used extensively in China.On Friday, Trump signed a separate executive order for  ByteDance to sell its interest in Musical.ly, the app it bought and merged with TikTok in 2017, citing national security.TikTok said the US action “risks undermining global businesses’ trust in the United States’ commitment to the rule of law, which has served as a magnet for investment and spurred decades of American economic growth.”TikTok also repeated its intention to “pursue all remedies available to us in order to ensure that the rule of law is not discarded.”China meanwhile Monday slammed Washington for using “digital gunboat diplomacy” in the TikTok case.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Monday said TikTok had done everything required by the US, including hiring Americans as its top executives, hosting its servers in the US and making public its source code. But the app has been “unable to escape the robbery through trickery undertaken by some people in the US based on bandit logic and political self-interest,” Zhao said at a regular press conference.TikTok separately Monday announced an alliance with music distribution platform UnitedMasters, playing to budding artists and their fans despite US steps to bar the popular app.The deal to integrate UnitedMasters into TikTok promised to build on a trend of the platform being way for musicians to be discovered by posting short-clip videos.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.center_img “TikTok has never provided any US user data to the Chinese government, nor would it do so if asked,” the company said in the post.”Any insinuation to the contrary is unfounded and blatantly false.”US user data is stored here, with a backup in Singapore, according to TikTok.The company, owned by China-based ByteDance, also launched a new @tiktok_comms Twitter account to address issues in real time.last_img read more

ATP pensions press chief to lead Danish funds industry body

first_imgThe association said that, with the appointment, it was expanding its management in response to growth in the organisation, as well as an increase in the demands placed on it over the last 10-15 years.The IFB’s current director Jens Jørgen Holm Møller will continue in his role alongside Klinkby, focusing particularly on the technical aspects of work within the sector and continuing to represent Denmark within a Nordic, as well as an international, context, the organisation said. ATP’s head of press, pensions and investment, Anders Klinkby Madsen, is moving to the Danish Investment Funds Association (Investeringsfondsbranchen or IFB) to lead the industry body as chief executive from 1 August. Tage Fabrin-Brasted, chair of the IFB board, said: “Among other things, there is a need to strengthen communication with the world around us and have a closer dialogue with the many interested parties in the sector.”He said the association had carried out a recruitment process in which it assessed several candidates, and had found the most suitable one.“Anders Klinkby has a profile that combines strong skills in communication, stakeholder work, management and investment,” he said.Klinkby said he was very pleased with the new job.“Investment funds play an important role for private savers, institutional investors and for the companies that the funds manage assets for,” he said.Before becoming head of press for pensions and investment at ATP, Klinkby held roles at Danske Bank including group head of press.IFB changed its name a year ago from Investeringsforeningsrådet (IFR).last_img read more

Historic Townsville home hits the market with original charm intact

first_img“The recent extension out the back of the house brings a bit of modern living to the house due to the open-plan styling.“We put a large extension on the back of the house in 2005 and it is in this new part of the house that we spend the most time. “We designed it to try and enhance the original front part of the house and drag in light and give us an open plan area where we can take advantage of the garden and the peaceful nature of this part of William St.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It is a good compromise with the charm of the original features of the house out the front and easy, modern living out the back.“The open plan in the living area makes it an easy home to live in.” Mr Connor says it still surprises him that his family can be so close to the Strand and city yet, remain in such a quiet and lush environment. “The privacy of the location, the sound of the birds in the backyard and the butterflies in the garden are a real features for me.“The back garden is where the house leads out to, and there is an entertainment deck off the kitchen and a further garden deck to take advantage of the afternoon shade.“One of my favourite things to do is, during times of heavy rain I would go out to the back deck, take a seat and enjoy nature’s show.”With the couple’s children now moved out of home, the pair are relocated to a smaller place in Melbourne to be closer to family. “It will always be filled with family memories for me, this was the place where our son was born and our daughter raised.”Mr Connor says the position of the house is probably its best feature. “Located in an end street and tucked away from busy roads. “After work we would often explore the tracks around Castle Hill or take the short drive to the Strand or Rowes Bay with our dog. “Sometimes you just get a feeling about a house — I will miss that feeling. “My morning coffee on the couch, BBQ’s on the back deck, driveway parties with neighbours and friends out the front of the house.” The Queenslander was purchased as Miners’ Cottage style property but has undergone many facelifts since. Mr Connor says the home would suit anyone who likes lush tropical gardens and a quiet location.“It would probably suit a family because of the 4 bedrooms. “Hopefully, the new owner will be able to stay for a while — by my calculations, the house has been owned by just four families in 115 years.” MORE REAL ESTATE NEWScenter_img “This has been a wonderful family home for my wife and son and daughter,” says Mr Connor“I can still remember the first time we drove up to this house. “We have always liked William St and we had been looking around the Belgian Gardens/West End area for some time — and, as soon as we walked in and had a wander around we knew that we would like to live here.” 36 William St, West End is listed with Tarquinn Watson of North Ward Realty BUILT in 1904, this stunning West End property is one of the first homes ever built in William street. Ninety years later, it was purchased by the Connor family, who have spent the last 25 years calling it home. last_img read more

Poll: Youth Attitudes on 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

first_imgNewswise 18 Jan 2013On the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, more young people – all of whom were born at least 20 years after the decision – identify as “pro-choice” rather than “pro-life,” according to a national poll of more than 4,000 high school and college students conducted by Jennifer L. Lawless, professor and director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University and Richard L. Fox (Loyola Marymount University).These labels, however, might obscure a deeper divide in youth political attitudes.  Fifty percent of young people believe that abortion should be legal in all or most circumstances, and 50 percent believe it should be illegal in all circumstances or except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. “The poll results suggest that the ‘pro-choice’ and ‘pro-life’ labels might obscure our understanding of young people’s attitudes toward abortion,” says Lawless. “Nearly one-third of high school students, for example, do not identify with either label. Yet their attitudes about the circumstances under which abortion should be legal are clear.”The overwhelming majority of high school (88 percent) and college (78 percent) students, however, are not “very worried” about the outlawing of abortion rights.  In fact, respondents report being far more worried about war (55%), a terrorist attack (52%), global warming (44%), gun violence (36%), and illegal immigration (28%) than they are the outlawing of abortion rights.“What emerges as striking from these poll results is the fact that the overwhelming majority of young people are not worried about the outlawing of abortion rights. Despite a presidential campaign that emphasized women’s rights and reproductive freedom, more than 80 percent of high school and college students do not feel threatened.   Even if we focus only on Democrats in the sample, they are more concerned about war, a terrorist attack, the environment, immigration, and gun violence,” observed Lawless.http://www.newswise.com/articles/poll-youth-attitudes-on-40th-anniversary-of-roe-v-wadelast_img read more

IMCA Modifieds chase $2,000 top check at Illinois’ Sycamore Speedway

first_imgMAPLE PARK, Ill. – An Illinois speedplant celebrating its 54th season welcomes IMCA Modifieds for a $2,000 to win main event during the Memorial Weekend.Sycamore Speedway at Maple Park hosts what is believed to be the first-ever appearance by the division, on the half-mile clay oval on Saturday, May 27.A minimum of $150 will be paid to start the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying event. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.There is no entry fee. Pit passes are $30.Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-11 and free for four and under.Gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. The drivers’ meeting also starts at 6 p.m. and racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps.More information is available from General Manager Tiffany Gerace at 815 895-5454 and on Facebook. The track website is www.sycamorespeedway.com.“Fans have been asking for years for us to host a Modified event. We figured this would be a great weekend for an IMCA show,” Gerace said.last_img read more