Innovative energy mix: Nordic countries share best practice

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Featured image: Stock Finance and Policy AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Featured image: Stock Nordic countries comprising of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, share their experience and the function of their energy mix. The countries have over the past 10 years collaborated amongst themselves to develop an innovative energy mix focused on effective system integration, grid stability and sustainable energy solutions.Last week, the countries hosted the Nordic Energy Days conference at The Innovation Hub in Pretoria, South Africa.The opening of the seminar was focused on opportunities for the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP) teaming up with the Nordic countries.Norwegian deputy minister, Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, stated that embracing the diversification of energy sources will minimise the effects of global warming, whilst significantly enhancing the share of energy between countries within the SADC region as it has done for the Nordic countries.Innovative energy mixCommenting on the development thus far, Finland’s Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs and Employment, Petri Peltonen, said: “We have very advanced electricity and energy systems and our grids have been connected for decades.“The Nord Pool has now been in operation since the 1990s and it is the world’s largest exchange for electricity.”The Nordic countries demonstrated an interest in working with the SADC region by assisting in the facilitation of cross-border cooperation.The countries also indicated a desired involvement in ensuring energy security in Europe by developing a prolonged relationship with the African continent.Peltonen said: “We are trying to increase the share and production of renewable energy from various sources, Finland being focused on bio-based sources and our colleagues in hydro, wind and others…The South African government objectives are also ambitious regarding renewable energy in particular and I think our mission is really to first of all open up our experiences, lessons learned, the positive and at the same time also connect the best of our resources, companies, agencies, research organisations with our South African counterparts during the Nordic Energy Days.”Clean energy technologyAddressing the topic of clean technology, DNV GL Africa’s business manager, Robert O’Keefe, touched on the decarbonisation of the energy system within the next 30 years due to increased efficiency in energy generation leading to a significant decrease in the overall demand of energy.O’Keefe went on to state that the global use of fossil fuels to generate energy would decrease from 81% to 50% by 2050, which can be troubling for Southern Africa as a region is endowed with coal as a source for power generation.To effectively support the integration of clean energy into the SAPP it is vital for the region to develop a stable grid. Read more…Deputy director-general of the Danish Energy Agency, Stig Uffe-Pederson, highlighted the importance of these technologies, saying: “This is also a story about making a green transition.“This is about investing and setting long-term political projections and a stable framework that allows this transition.“In that way, you are actually able to sustain economic growth while you reduce your energy emissions and while you also reduce your energy consumption.”center_img Generation UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development BRICS Previous articleMorocco’s total energy consumption to comprise 50% renewables by 2030Next articleProtected: Future Energy Uganda Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.last_img read more

Democrats unveil impeachment charges against Trump

first_imgIt names specific departments and agencies that have refused to produce subpoenaed documents, including the Office of Management and Budget, the State Department and the Pentagon. The resolution also names the senior officials who defied subpoenas seeking their testimony — including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, acting OMB Director Russell Vought, and National Security Council attorney John Eisenberg.Members of the Judiciary Committee previewed some of the language of the articles during their public questioning of witnesses throughout the impeachment inquiry. For example, Representative Joe Neguse (Democrat-Colorado) pressed witnesses about the administration’s blanket defiance of demands for testimony and documents.“In the history of the republic, no president has ever ordered the complete defiance of an impeachment inquiry or sought to obstruct and impede so comprehensively the ability of the House of Representatives to investigate ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’” the resolution states.In a statement, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Democrats are engaging in a “baseless and partisan attempt to undermine” Trump.Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (Democrat-California) said the facts uncovered by impeachment investigators are “overwhelming and uncontested,” even as Republicans continue to assert there is no direct evidence tying Trump to the Ukraine scheme that Democrats have portrayed.In a statement, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Democrats are engaging in a “baseless and partisan attempt to undermine” Trump. Democrats’ announcement Tuesday was a moment that, at times, seemed both inevitable and impossible amid the party’s battles with the president.It will also close the first year of the Democratic House majority with a call for the president’s removal from office — just the third time in history the House will have taken such a step. The next few days will likely feature a frenetic vote-counting effort and debate among Democrats about the form and scope of the articles of impeachment, particularly among vulnerable Democrats who have been wary of taking the impeachment plunge.U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff speaks at the press conference | Win McNamee/Getty ImagesThe announcement also came as Democrats attempt to end the year with a flurry of legislating and dealmaking with a president whom they are calling to oust — including a major agreement on a North American trade pact that is one of Trump’s top priorities.Nadler said the articles of impeachment outline how Trump “compromised our national security and threatened the integrity of our elections,” and subsequently “attempted to conceal evidence” when he sought to block investigators’ access to key witnesses and documents as part of their investigation.Nadler added Trump “engaged in unprecedented, categorical and indiscriminate defiance” of the impeachment inquiry, summarizing the article charging Trump with obstruction of Congress. It was a nod to the third article of Richard Nixon’s impeachment — a process that was halted when Nixon resigned.“Without lawful cause or excuse, President Trump directed executive branch agencies, offices and officials not to comply with subpoenas,” the impeachment resolution states. WASHINGTON — U.S. House of Representatives Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment on Tuesday charging American President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, a historic step that will define Trump’s presidency and plunge Washington even deeper into a state of partisan polarization.“We do not take this action lightly, but we have taken an oath to defend the Constitution — and unlike President Trump, we understand that our duty first and foremost is to protect the Constitution and to protect the interests of the American people,” Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (Democrat-New York) said. “That is why we must take this solemn step today.”Standing beside Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Nadler said Trump committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” by soliciting foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election and blocking the House’s efforts to investigate the matter. In doing so, Democrats said, Trump betrayed the country and his oath of office, engaged in a “cover-up” of his alleged misconduct, and “ignored and injured the interests of the nation. The announcement comes ahead of the Judiciary Committee’s plans to mark up and approve the articles later this week — beginning Wednesday night and concluding Thursday — with a full House vote expected next week.The articles — written in a nine-page House resolution — state Trump sought to pressure Ukraine’s government to announce investigations into his political rivals by “conditioning” official acts “of significant value to Ukraine on its public announcement of investigations.”Democrats’ announcement Tuesday was a moment that, at times, seemed both inevitable and impossible amid the party’s battles with the president.“In so doing, President Trump used the powers of the presidency in a manner that compromised the national security of the United States and undermined the integrity of the United States democratic process,” the resolution states, adding that Trump should be removed from office and further disqualified from holding federal office.The unveiling of the articles comes a day after impeachment investigators presented their evidence to the Judiciary panel, with Democrats accusing Trump of prioritizing his personal political interests over U.S. national security when he sought to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.The resolution states Trump pressured Ukraine’s president to open an investigation targeting former Vice President Joe Biden — as well as other Democratic adversaries — and withheld a crucial White House meeting and military aid to extract a public announcement of the probes.center_img “House Democrats have long wanted to overturn the votes of 63 million Americans,” Grisham said. “They have determined that they must impeach President Trump because they cannot legitimately defeat him at the ballot box.”Democrats sought to use the articles to outline a “pattern” of Trump’s alleged misconduct, including his efforts to thwart special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.The resolution states that Trump’s refusal to comply with the inquiry was “consistent with President Trump’s previous efforts to undermine United States government investigations into foreign interference in United States elections” — a veiled reference to allegations that Trump sought to shut down the Mueller investigation.Schiff said that despite ongoing court battles that could yield substantial testimony from key witnesses, the House should not delay its proceedings.“Despite everything we have uncovered, the president’s misconduct continues to this day, unapologetically and right now,” Schiff said. “The argument, ‘Why don’t you just wait,’ amounts to this: Why don’t you just let him cheat in one more election?”Though the Judiciary Committee began pursuing impeachment in July based on Mueller’s findings, the effort appeared to sputter at times amid resistance from the White House. But the push was quickly revived in September when the Ukraine allegations burst into view. Pelosi and other Democratic leaders did not respond to questions after their announcement Tuesday, including shouted inquiries about why they chose not to pursue an obstruction of justice charge against Trump. Also On POLITICO Russia pleads innocence on US election meddling By Quint Forgey and Nahal Toosi ‘No choice’: Pelosi proceeds with articles of impeachment By Heather Caygle and Sarah Ferrislast_img read more

Legacy Development postpones hearing on Bellmont Promenade to Aug. 27

first_imgThe developer asked to postpone the public hearing on the Bellmont Promenade project.All actionable plans for the Shawnee council to vote on the Bellmont Promenade redevelopment project have been postponed to Aug. 27.The council was to conduct public hearings Monday, July 23, for the Tax Increment Financing project plan as well as changes to the Community Improvement District for Bellmont Promenade. Additionally, the council had planned to vote on rezoning the area, located in the 16100-16300 blocks of West 66th Terrace, from commercial highway to mixed use. Plans for council to approve the preliminary development plan were also on the docket.Mayor Michelle Distler said the city “received word” Monday, July 23, that the developer, Legacy Development, is requesting that the public hearings take place at the Aug. 27 council meeting.The council agreed unanimously to continue the public hearings to Aug. 27, at which time it would consider the rezoning request, approve the TIF and CID agreements and hear the developer’s presentation of the development plan.The developer had originally requested to delay to Aug. 13, as the developer’s attorney, Greg Musil with Rouse Frets Gentil Rhodes LLC had indicated in a July 19 letter.Shawnee finance director Maureen Rogers said the developer’s delay is likely caused by “many moving parts” necessary for projects that require rezoning and request public financing incentives. The developer must finalize certain details on the building project, find tenants and also develop a plan that accommodates a terrain that is otherwise difficult to develop.“The topography has driven the costs of the project up more than if it was on a big, green field,” Rogers said.The city had approved public financing incentives last year for redevelopment of the space, amid concerns from area residents.last_img read more

DTZ sells Phoenix industrial property for $4.6 Million

first_imgDTZ, a global leader in commercial real estate services, announced the $4.6 million sale of a single-tenant industrial property occupied by United State Gypsum Corp. (NYSE: USG) at 5061 N. 51st Avenue in Phoenix. R&H Investments of Los Angeles purchased the ±99,923 square foot manufacturing and distribution building from Camelback Industrial, LLC of Santee, CA.DTZ’s Senior Managing Directors Paul Boyle and Rick Danis represented both the buyer and seller during the investment sales transaction.Built in 1978, the property is located on ±7.6 acres in Phoenix’s Grand Avenue industrial submarket. USG has a 10-year lease to occupy the building, which features a fenced yard for storage, loading areas with concrete aprons, heavy power throughout and an active rail spur that services the property. Located north of the northeast corner of 51st Avenue and West Camelback Road, the building has convenient access to US-60 and Camelback Road.last_img read more

HCA deadline difficulties

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

South Africa urges water restrictions as dam levels drop

first_imgSouth Africa loses $500m in water wastage South Africa’s Water Charity Photo Taken In South Africa, Durban FILE PHOTO: A general view of the dried up Theewaterskloof dam near Cape Town, South Africa June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Mike HutchingsSouth Africa’s government urged people to restrict water usage as reservoir levels drop and rainfall is not expected until December.Many parts of the nation of over 58 million people are facing water scarcities as summer arrives in the Southern Hemisphere and climate change brings hotter, drier days, said Lindiwe Sisulu, the Water and Sanitation Minister. Rainfall is becoming harder to predict and the dry season is more intense.“There’s no need to panic. We just all need to be prudent,” she said. “I implore you all to use water sparingly.”South Africa’s government says the country is one of the world’s 30 driest nations. The city of Cape Town last year faced the prospect of “Day Zero,” or the date when most taps would have to be cut off because of a long drought. Strict water rationing in the city of 4 million people managed to avert that disaster.Now the country’s commercial hub, Johannesburg, and the capital, Pretoria, are among parts of the country most at risk. The Vaal Dam that supplies the province encompassing both cities has dropped below 50% capacity, authorities say.In a speech earlier this year, Sisulu laid out the stark problems that South Africa faces as its water needs grow. More than 60% of the country’s water supplies go to agriculture, leaving only 27% for personal use, she said.Aging water infrastructure and “huge financial mismanagement” pose a challenge. At least one-third of the country’s 144 municipalities are considered by dysfunctional by water authorities, Sisulu said: “Our water management is poor.”In 1994, after the end of South Africa’s harsh racial segregation known as apartheid, the new government saw widespread inequality in access to water and declared water access to be a basic human right, the minister said, adding that the country has not made much progress since then.“This is a shameful situation of a right we had declared so long ago,” she said.Related South Africa treating Acid Mine water to secure water for 30 yearslast_img read more

Temukan Tabung Oksigen Bertekanan Rendah, Dua Awak Kabin Cathay Dragon Dipecat

first_imgPenemuan ini sendiri terjadi manakala Airbus A330 Cathay Dragon dengan nomor penerbangan KA730 baru saja menyelesaikan penerbangan dari Bandara Internasional Kuala Lumpur (KUL) menuju Bandara Internasional Hong Kong (HKG) pada Sabtu, 21 September 2019 silam.“Kami tidak pernah menggadaikan keselamatan kru penerbang dan penumpang kami,” ujar pihak maskapai. Walhasil, tabung oksigen yang berada dalam keadaan tidak sempurna tersebut diganti sebelum pesawat terkait melanjutkan penerbangan selanjutnya.Sebenarnya ini bukanlah yang kali pertama terjadi, mengingat dalam kurun waktu sebulan terakhir, baik Cathay Pacific maupun Cathay Dragon telah menemukan enam kasus serupa – dimana pihak maskapai menemukan satu atau bahkan beberapa tabung oksigen berada dalam tekanan rendah.Baca Juga: Mayoritas Pilot dan Awak Kabin Dukung Aksi Protes, Cathay Pacific Tujuan Cina Daratan Terancam Lumpuh“Semua botol oksigen yang terdampak telah dicek ulang guna menimbang kelaikkannnya dan diisi ulang semisal masih layak,” tulis Cathay Pacific Group dalam siaran pers.“Kami telah menghubungi Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department (HKCAD) dan aparat kepolisian guna mengusut tuntas kasus semacam ini,” sambungnya.Sebagaimana yang kita ketahui bersama, tabung-tabung oksigen ini kerap digunakan oleh awak kabin semisal pesawat mengalami depressurisasi. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedSerba-Serbi Cathay Dragon, Mantan Pesaing Cathay Pacific yang Kini Jadi Anak Perusahaan28/11/2018In “Featured”Mayoritas Pilot dan Awak Kabin Dukung Aksi Protes, Cathay Pacific Tujuan Cina Daratan Terancam Lumpuh12/08/2019In “Bandara”Diterjang Badai “RUU Ekstradisi,” Sampai Kapan Cathay Pacific dapat Bertahan?27/08/2019In “Bandara” Setelah membebas-tugaskan ribuan pegawainya yang terlibat dalam aksi pemberontakan terhadap RUU Ekstradisi yang belakangan lalu memanas di Hong Kong, kini kabar terbaru datang dari anak perusahaan flag carrier Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon menyebutkan bahwa pihak maskapai memecat dua orang awak kabinnya. Bukan karena mereka berdua terlibat juga di dalam aksi massa tersebut, melainkan karena dua awak kabin ini menemukan botol oksigen ‘rusak’ di dalam kabin. Namun, ini bukanlah semata soal kerusakan tabung oksigen yang ada di dalam kabin, melainkan adanya dugaan sabotase terhadap Cathay Pacific Group.Baca Juga: Situasi Tak Kunjung Kondusif, Cathay Pacific Tangguhkan Penjualan Tiket di Hong KongSebagaimana yang dilansir dari laman (24/9), pihak maskapai memberhentikan kedua awak kabin ini secara tidak terhormat tertanggal 24 September kemarin. Pemberhentian hubungan kerja ini tentu saja tidak dilakukan begitu saja, melainkan sudah ada investigasi dulu sebelumnya. Cathay Dragon mengidentifikasi bahwa satu botol oksigen di dalam pesawat Airbus A330 berada dalam kondisi tekanan rendah.last_img read more

Construction work commences on LBI Community Centre main pavilion

first_imgTHE Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) has commenced major rehabilitation works on the LBI Community Centre ground.The upgrading of the facility became a reality after the GCB secured the lease from the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc. (GUYSUCO), in January of this year which has paved the way for the board to invest approximately $600M in the next few years towards the general upgrading of the facility to benefit the cricketing community.A visit by Chronicle Sport, Monday afternoon, revealed that major construction of the main pavilion is ongoing. Works to the southern side of the fence are also underway while landfilling was evident.The GCB had already invested close to $75M a few years ago to construct the existing hostel, the Chetram Singh Centre of Excellence at that location, and over the years the Board has saved a lot of accommodation expenses with the use of this hostel to house its players.In addition to the facilities for the accommodation of teams preparing for local and regional tournaments, the Centre comprises indoor nets, a gym and a lecture room, all designed to turn out more rounded players, who are prepared to meet the challenges of the modern game.The multi-million dollar structure was officially opened in 2010.It is expected that the bulk of the funding will come from the board through the funds from the franchise league.last_img read more

Abraham hopeful of chance under Conte

first_imgSee also:Chelsea youngsters suffer EFL Trophy exitChelsea Under-23s v Exeter: three stand-out performersThe Chelsea v Man Utd quizFit-again Terry available for United gameChelsea prospect Abraham wins awardFulham may not face injured AbrahamZouma set for return to first-team training Embed from Getty Images Tammy Abraham has told Sky Sports he believes he could get a chance at Chelsea under Antonio Conte.The 19-year-old striker has been in brilliant form since joining Bristol City on a season-long loan from the Blues, raising hopes that he might make the grade at Stamford Bridge.He has scored 11 goals for the Robins this season and recently netted twice on his full debut for England Under-21s. AdChoices广告And Abraham has taken heart from Chelsea boss Conte’s willingness to include the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ola Aina. “I think with the new manager coming in the chances are there because we can see he’s been playing youngsters,” Abraham said.“It’s a case of when you get the opportunity you have to impress and give your all. Everyone has their time and hopefully my time will come soon.”Abraham also revealed that he has been in contact with Chelsea captain John Terry during his time at City. “I think he keeps up with the games and how well I’m doing then he gets back to me to say congratulations,” Abraham explained. “Just little things like that which obviously is a good thing for me and it gives me confidence knowing people [at Chelsea] are aware of me.” Click here for the latest Chelsea transfer gossip center_img Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Bitcoin Boy’ Says if You’re Not a Millionaire in Two Years, It’s Your Own Fault x Final Photos Taken Just Seconds Before Tragedy Struck x Easy Way to Generate Extra Income x Last Nights Episode Left Viewers Speechless! x Final Moment: What the Cameraman Captures Next is Heartbreaking x This 70s Star Was Every Guy’s Dream Girl. Try Not to Gasp when You See Her Now! x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more