Europe finances 100 MW CSP project in South Africa

first_imgEurope finances 100 MW CSP project in South AfricaThe EIB has provided a $100 million loan to public utility Eskom. The CSP plant is located near Upington, in the Northern Cape. August 15, 2014 Max Hall Finance Installations Markets Markets & Policy Share The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided a €75 million (ZAR1.05 billion/$100 million) loan to South African public utility Eskom for the construction of a 100 MW CSP project near Upington, in the Northern Cape province. The EIB has already provided €220 million of financing for the neighbouring Ka Xu CSP plant, with the final tranche of funding supplied via the Development Bank of South Africa, in June. The Upington project is being co-financed by the African Development Bank, French development agency the AFD, German counterpart KfW, the Clean Technology Fund and the World Bank. 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CG joins CEA to explore solar market potential in India

first_imgCG joins CEA to explore solar market potential in IndiaThe Indian conglomerate and European research organization have teamed up to examine opportunities for solar energy in the country’s airports, which have an estimated solar potential of more than 500 MW. January 28, 2016 Edgar Meza Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Technology Technology and R&D Share Indian conglomerate Avantha Group Company CG and French research institute LITEN have signed a one-year cooperation agreement to jointy investigate market potential and opportunities for solar PV system with storage for Indian airports. While the agreement, recently announced at the India-France Business Summit in Chandigarh, does not involve capital investment in the first phase of collaboration, the companies intend to set up manufacturing facilities if the investigation proves fruitful. The fabs would use using CG’s infrastructure in India and LITEN’s technology know-how. LITEN is part of CEA Tech, the research and development unit of CEA, France’s government-funded technological research organization. LITEN is playing a key role in spearheading the European Union’s efforts to limit dependency on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is involved in setting up collaborative projects with partners around the world. It brings CEA’s significant expertise in PV and battery storage technologies to the collaboration, while CG is an established player in AC substations in solar plants with significant market reach with large customers. Commenting on this important development, Avantha Group Company CG’s CEO and Managing Director Laurent Demortier said, “The CEA technology is the most advanced in the renewable sector; combined with the CG capacity to fully industrialize and localize this technology in India, I do believe that we will both build competitive solutions meeting the needs of our customers in India. Demortier added that the agreement was in line with the synergies that India and France are exploring and combined CG’s infrastructure with CEA’s know-how in the field. “This collaboration will help to leverage the huge potential for solar power generation in the country and we look forward to the opportunities this puts forward.” The Indian government has set a target of 100 GW of power generation through solar PV systems by 2022; current installed solar generation capacity is less than 6 GW. 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TVA Board approves completion of second unit at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant

first_imgThe TVA Board’s Operations, Environment and Safety Committee recommended approval of the project after review of a detailed scoping, estimating and planning study; an environmental review; a power supply assessment; and a financial and risk analysis. TVA Board approves completion of second unit at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale 8.1.2007 TAGSTVA Previous articleE.ON plans €3 bn renewables investment by 2010Next articleAbu Dhabi’s Fujairah II power purchase deal signed chloecox Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today Unit 1 at Watts Bar began operating in 1996 and is the last commercial nuclear unit in the United States to begin operation. No posts to display Linkedin Facebook Nuclear At a meeting at TVA headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., the Board unanimously approved completing Watts Bar Unit 2 at an estimated cost of $2.49 billion for the five-year construction project. When completed by 2013, the nuclear unit will provide 1,180 MW of electricity. Facebook Linkedin New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants Twitter Twitter By chloecox – 1 August 2007 — TVA Board has approved a recommendation to complete the second unit at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, Tenn.last_img read more

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Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical The Girls to open in the West End

first_imgHaving originally opened at The Grand Theatre in Leeds last year to outstanding reviews, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical The Girls will transfer to the Phoenix Theatre in the West End next year.The Girls will run from February 2017 at the Phoenix TheatreTim Firth and Gary Barlow both grew up in the same village in the north of England and have penned the musical comedy about the true story of Yorkshire’s own Calendar Girls – a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary.last_img read more

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Another Richie Evans 100 Win Nets Matt Hirschman Another World Series Title

first_imgNEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – The Richie Evans Memorial 100 at New Smyrna Speedway is becoming Matt Hirschman’s personal playground.Hirschman closed out the Tour-Type Modified portion of the 55th World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Friday with his fifth victory — and third straight — in the annual 100-lap event that honors the NASCAR Hall of Famer and Modified legend.“I started my career over 20 years ago at Evergreen Speedway in Pennsylvania. I never knew if I’d win one race,” said Hirschman, who also claimed his third World Series Tour-Type Modified championship with the victory. “To come down here to Florida and win the biggest race here, named after Richie Evans, is just quite a career. I’m thankful for everyone who has helped get me here.” Pro Late Model (100 laps)1. Stephen Nasse, 2. Jett Noland, 3. Brandon Oakley, 4. Casey Johnson, 5. Will Cox, 6. Michale Hinde, 7. Justin Drawdy, 8. Kody Swanson, 9. Jerry Artuso, 10. Cody Hall11. David Weaver, 12. Zachary Tinkle, 13. Chase Williams, 14. Kevin Folan, 15. Andrew Scheid, 16. Conner Jones, 17. Jean-Phillipe Bergeron, 18. Colt Hensley, 19. Jerick Johnson, 20. Hayden Sprague.21. Chad Butz, 22. Tommy Neal, 23. Hunter Wright, 24. Dalton Smith, 25. Nick Panitzke, 26. Joey Miller, 27. Braison Bennett, 28. Jade Buford.Stephen Nasse celebrates winning the 100-lap Pro Late Model feature at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway Friday night. (JIm Dupont/NASCAR) The victory also gave Hirschman the week-long Tour-Type Modified Division title for the second straight year and third in the last four.Most of the race was dominated by pole sitter Craig Lutz. But when Lutz retired from the race with 24 laps left with a mechanical problem, that handed the lead to Hirschman. However, it wasn’t a cruise to the checkered flag for the Pennsylvania driver as he had Wednesday’s John Blewett III Memorial 76 winner Ryan Preece hot on his heels.Preece, who has won the Richie Evans Memorial three times (2015-16 and 2018) trailed Hirschman over the final laps. However, a caution flag with two laps left gave Preece another shot at Hirschman.During the ensuing restart Preece got the jump on Hirschman and pulled his No. 6 into the lead. With the white flag in sight for Preece, the caution would wave yet again as a crash in Turn 2 slowed the action before a lap could be completed.On the ensuing restart, Hirschman wouldn’t let Preece get the jump on him a second time as he launched into the lead and was uncontested during the final two laps.His fifth victory in the Richie Evans Memorial 100 ties the late Ted Christopher for the most victories in the annual event.“We’ve had a lot of success here over the last few years. They’re all memorable, these Evans 100 wins,” said Hirschman, who won the race in 2010 and 2017 before taking it the last three years. “Last night, it’s nice to win, but it’s hard for me to celebrate it because to me there is a bigger prize ahead. Tonight we got it.”Jon McKennedy was able to work his way up to second during the two-lap dash to the checkers, followed by Anthony Nocella, Preece and Eric Goodale.Richie Evans Memorial 100 (100 laps)1. Matt Hirschman, 2. Jon McKennedy, 3. Anthony Nocella, 4. Ryan Preece, 5. Eric Goodale, 6. Eddie McCarthy, 7. Ronnie Williams, 8. Chuck Hossfeld, 9. J.R. Bertuccio, 10. Dave Sapienza11. Zane Zeiner, 12. Jeremy Gerstner, 13. Bobby Measmer Jr., 14. Brian Robie, 15. Timmy Catalano, 16. Matt Galko, 17. Stephen Kopcik, 18. Chris Finocchario, 19. Tom Martino Jr., 20. Danny Knoll Jr.21. Tyler Rypkema, 22. Craig Lutz, 23. Tommy Catalano, 24. Patrick Emerling, 25. Chris Jensen, 26. Jimmy Blewett, 27. Tyler Catalano, 28. Ron Silk, 29. Amy Catalano, 30. Andy Seuss31. Bobby Jones, 32. Paul Hartwig Jr., 33. Jonathan Laureigh, 34. Jim GavekNasse Is Classy & Swanson Is A ChampionStephen Nasse got a late start this year at New Smyrna, but he appear to be peaking at just the right time.Nasse drove his No. 51 Jett Motorsports entry to victory in Friday’s 100-lap pro late model finale after overtaking Jett Noland in the final 10 laps. It was the culmination of a race-long battle between the duo that saw both men take turns at the front of the field.“I knew he was going to make it tough on me,” Nasse said of Noland. “He knew he had one coming from me too, running me up the track like that. I know Jett real well. Thankfully we came out of there with no wrecked race cars and that’s what’s most important.”While Nasse celebrated the victory, USAC star Kody Swanson got to celebrate his first championship in a stock car after claiming the World Series Pro Late Model championship following an eighth-place finish.Swanson entered the race needing to finish ninth or better to claim the championship no matter what his closest challenger, Connor Jones, did. However, Jones was eliminated from the race in a late incident, all but clinching the title for Swanson despite a spin by Swanson a few laps later.“It sure means a lot,” Swanson said of the championship. “God has blessed me with so many wonderful people in my life from my family from the very beginning to my wife and kids and this team. For them to take a chance on me, bringing me down here to one of the toughest places and toughest weeks to run late models and to come down here to try and learn.“So to come away with the success we did and the championship is wonderful.”last_img read more

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Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam To Take Hiatus In 2019, Plans To Return In 2020

first_imgAfter 30 years of hosting the Christmas Jam, Warren Haynes and the W&S Charitable Foundation will take a brief hiatus from their annual arena show at the U.S. Cellular Center this year. The 31st Annual Christmas Jam will take place next year. This break will enable the team to build even further upon Christmas Jam’s charitable reach and mission to best serve the needs of the Asheville community. The event plans to return in 2020 with an exciting lineup and a weekend full of memorable music and Christmas Jam activities. An announcement regarding the 31st Christmas Jam will be made in early 2020.Warren Haynes addressed the 2019 Christmas Jam hiatus in a press release. As the guitarist explained,Since we started the Christmas Jam in 1988, it has grown in every way we wished for, and in many ways that we could have only hoped for when we first set out. After three decades, and an amazing two-night 30th Anniversary last year, it feels like the right time to take a brief moment to press pause. We have poured our heart and soul into creating this annual event and our commitment to serve the Asheville community and Habitat for Humanity remains strong.I am so grateful to our many partners that help us bring the community together around the Christmas Jam every year, including the city of Asheville, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, WNCW, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., CID Entertainment, all of our production partners, venues, hotels, and local businesses, our incredible staff and volunteers, and countless others. And, of course, all the fans who have supported the Christmas Jam. We can’t do it without you.I will certainly miss seeing you all this year. Christmas Jam has become such a special time for me, my family and our Asheville community, and we look forward to continuing the tradition that we have all built together for many years to come. We are already planning a big show for 2020 and we can’t wait to share with you what’s in store. We will see you next year.While the event itself will be taking this year off, Haynes and the W&S Charitable Foundation are not taking the year off from philanthropy. In keeping with Christmas Jam’s three-decade tradition of giving back to the Asheville community, Haynes and the W&S Charitable Foundation have donated $400,000 to the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity—one of the largest in the event’s history, bringing the new total to $2.7 million raised since 1999. Proceeds for this donation were derived from the 30th Annual Christmas Jam weekend in Asheville, NC that took place in December 2018 which included the Pre-Jam at the Orange Peel, two nights at the U.S. Cellular Center, Xmas Jam by Day at the Asheville Music Hall, The One Stop, and Jack of the Wood, The Snow Jam at the Orange Peel, and the Xmas Jam Pop-Up Gallery. 2018 marked an unforgettable year in Christmas Jam history with its iconic guests including Dave Grohl and Eric Church and even the addition of The Snow Jam, an impromptu show at the Orange Peel with Dave Grohl and Warren Haynes which closed out the four-night Christmas Jam music marathon.While Christmas Jam will not take place in 2019, fans can look forward to the upcoming release of Warren Haynes Presents: The Benefit Concert Volume 16, a new live album and film recorded at Christmas Jam 2014, on December 13th. To stay up-to-date with Haynes’ various upcoming gigs, head here.last_img read more

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McClaughry: The push for national single payer healthcare

first_imgby John McClaughry As the Republican Congress struggles to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, the political landscape is steadily shifting. Since the Democratic Congress enacted Obamacare in 2010 (without a single Republican vote), Democrats have increasingly been on the defensive about their creation.  The individual mandate that Obamacare relied upon to corral healthy young people into insurance pools has failed to do the job – partly because the tax penalty was not severe enough, and partly because the Obama administration felt compelled to create 14 different types of “hardship exemptions” that exempted millions of young people from the penalty.Furthermore, Congress refused to fund the “cost sharing reduction” feature that paid insurance companies to give discounts to lower income purchasers. Obama’s desperate efforts to keep this revenue source flowing to the insurance companies ran afoul of the law, and is currently enjoined by a Federal court (on appeal).The result has been soaring premiums to cover the expenses of older and sicker pools, and the exit of insurers from Obamacare exchanges where they can’t find a way to recoup their losses.Until recently, the Left, determined to protect Obama’s handiwork , has urged only expanded appropriations for cost sharing reduction, which the Republicans – who sued Obama for spending unappropriated money for this purpose – are not likely to agree to. So the Left is now proactively moving away from the unlikely prospect of salvaging Obamacare, toward  creating a groundswell for replacing it with their true “solution” – a universal single payer plan.When Obamacare was debated in 2010, Obama bought the support of the big health insurance companies by ruling out the inclusion of a “public option” – a government insurance company that would compete with (and undercut) the private carriers. The Left regarded this as a sellout, but had little choice but to back Obama’s plan. The 2016 Democratic platform turned down the Left’s urgings for universal single payer, but did include advocacy of the public option as a concession to the Sanders forces.Meanwhile Sanders has continued his lifelong campaign for “Medicare for All”, without noting that at the present rate of spending, Medicare will be unable to make currently promised benefit payments by 2028. One hundred and twelve of the 193 House Democrats have cosponsored a bill to create a national single payer system.Last week the Wall Street Journal quoted Senate Leader Mitch McConnell as warning Republican Senators that if they failed to pass legislation unwinding the Affordable Care Act, Democrats could regain power and establish a single-payer healthcare system.Republican strategist Ed Rogers, writing in the Washington Post, says “it looks as though there will probably be a consensus position among Democrats running [for President] in 2020 in support of a single payer system.”Apparently those Democrats haven’t taken a close look at Vermont’s pioneering experience with single payer, which ended with Governor Shumlin’s embarrassing abandonment of the idea in late 2014.But as Rogers put it, “On the surface, single payer universal health care will be hard to beat in the face of rising premiums and onerous deductibles [produced by Obamacare] that Republicans can’t seem to do anything about. A lot of voters will think that Democrats are trying to give them free health care and the Republicans are against it.”It’s not that Republicans don’t have some very sound ideas about replacing Obamacare. They include income-tested support for catastrophic insurance that reduces the role of third party payments, tax equity for individual premium payers, expanded Health Savings Accounts to pay for ordinary medical expenses, preventive care and wellness programs, state-level innovation for Medicaid acute-care coverage, high risk pools to cover uninsurables, and improved price and outcome transparency to facilitate increased provider competition.The Republicans’ problem is three fold. Their majorities in both houses can alter tax and spending laws, but they can’t enact a coherent reform package in the face of a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. Most Republicans ran vowing to repeal all of the Obamacare taxes, leaving no revenues to underwrite a reform program. And, distressingly, they have no slogan to compete with “[Free] Medicare for All.”And there’s yet another wild card. In his 2000 book The America We Deserve, Donald J Trump, who appears to have few if any identifiable political principles, waxed enthusiastic about the Canadian single-payer system.It’s easy to imagine that Trump, faced a year from now with a Republican Congress’s failure to pass a genuine reform program,  polls showing growing support for the Sanders single payer solution, and polls showing his fortunes sinking to unelectable levels, will suddenly decide that Canadian single payer will make America great again.John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute (www.ethanallen.org(link is external)).last_img read more

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New destinations and VIP experiences: Gran Fondo World Tour expands in…

first_img Related Gran Fondo World Tour (GFWT) is expanding its global series in 2020, starting the season with 14 events on 4 continents. As the gran fondo cycling event organiser points out, the series is ‘focused on the splendour of cycling in the most remarkable locations.’‘Each event of the 2020 international series offers avid cyclists a memorable cycling experience with the personalized challenge of racing the clock, the route and each other.’“Gran Fondo World Tour takes event cycling to a new level,” said Gran Fondo World Tour CEO Dani Buyo. “Our series is now in our fifth season and we continue to expand our Gran Fondo philosophy around the world. The new destinations joining our series compliment nicely the returning destinations we know so well. Our series expansion offers more races, in new exciting locations, all with the quality of organisation and safety that the GFWT is known for.”He continued, “In order to make our series races even more attractive, we are launching our VIP Experiences alongside the cycling events. The Gran Fondo World Tour VIP Experiences provide cyclists unique travel packages around the races with everything taken care of to allow the riders to focus on the race and enjoy the overall experience of visiting these special destinations.“We want to share places to ride your bike, encourage healthy lifestyles, grow our Gran Fondo community and share our true passion of cycling.”Gran Fondo World Tour VIP Experiences are prepared high-end experiences designed to include cycling, cuisine, culture and activities, both for the cyclist and accompanying family and friends. GFWT will be collaborating with series events to offer these custom experiences to various destinations in 2020, with further expansion planned in 2021. A few of the 2020 series features include… ‘the cycling mystique of South Africa, the challenging Vermont countryside, the steep South Korean landscapes of Seorak National Park, the iconic cobbles of the Netherlands in spring, the sunny weather of the Canary Islands and the extreme conditions of ultra-racing from Trondheim to Oslo in Norway.’The series starts in mid-February with the EPIC Gran Canaria and will look to add additional events to the 2020 calendar mid-year.“We are very excited to host the 2020 opening Gran Fondo World Tour event in Gran Canaria,” said EPIC Gran Canaria Manager, Yojan Reyes. “Gran Canaria is a true cycling destination. With an international airport, beautiful weather and amazing roads, Gran Canaria has it all and is the perfect location for riders and their families.”GFWT’s Dani Buyo added, “The Gran Fondo World Tour now has a rolling ranking system for all members, focused on participation, rather than winning. Points are accumulated in all events and held for a year with recognition on our platform for anyone who participates in more than one event and a ranking for those who have accumulated the most points in the past twelve months.”Gran Fondo World Championship 2020 – Seorak Gran FondoThe 5th annual Gran Fondo World Championship will be held on May 23-24, 2020 in Seorak, South Korea. The Giant Seorak Gran Fondo event features an international peloton of riders from over 40 countries. Athletes take on a steep and challenging 208km route through Seorak National Park and compete against each other, the clock and themselves in a personal endurance challenge.“Seorak Gran Fondo originated with 10 riders departing from the east side of Baek Bok-ryeong in the Donghae city of Gangwon Province at 5:00am on June 5th, 2010. [They rode] 265km over seven hills to reach Sokcho,” said Kisseok Uhm, Principal and Head Manager t Giant Seorak Gran Fondo.“Consisting of beautiful mountain scenery from Seorak Mountain and O’de Mountain in Gangwon Province, the route travels through one of the best mountain areas in Korea. Our event has grown over 10 years and we are proud to be the Gran Fondo World Championship in 2020.”This year’s participants will tackle the 208km course with four UCI category 2 climbs and one HC (Hors Catégorie) category climb with an overall 12-hour time cut. There is also a MedioFondo event – a 105 km course with two category 2 climbs and two category 4 climbs with a time limit of 7 hours.Gran Fondo World Tour 2020 Calendar15-16 February – EPIC Gran Canaria6-8 March – Tour of Phuket4-5 April – California Classic Weekend11 April – Gran Fondo Drenthe25 April – Swartberg100 Gran Fondo23- 24 May – Seorak Gran Fondo30-31 May – Sea Otter Europe Ciclobrava31 May – Cyclotour du Léman6-7 June – Gran Fondo Kazakhstan Silk Way19-21 June – Styrkeproven27 June – Vermont Gran Fondo4-5 July – Gran Fondo Nur-Sultan Astana5 July – Volta als Ports d’Andorra13 September – Gran Fondo Sri Lankawww.granfondoworldtour.comlast_img read more

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SMSD hires Patron Insight to conduct survey of area residents

first_imgDr. Jim HinsonSince coming into the position last summer, Shawnee Mission Superintendent Jim Hinson has made a push for more feedback from the public.An initiative approved by the board of education on Monday should provide the opportunity for such.The board unanimously approved an agreement with the firm Patron Insight to conduct a survey of district patrons. The $17,400 contract will include the creation of a survey instrument, the completion of 500 surveys over the phone, and the tabulation of a results and a final report.The average time to complete the survey will be around 12 minutes. Hinson said Monday that the topics to be included in the survey have yet to be determined, and that the board of education would have input into the survey development.last_img read more

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New applications sought for on vacancy to serve on the Eighth Circuit JNC

first_imgNew applications sought for on vacancy to serve on the Eighth Circuit JNC New applications sought for on vacancy to serve on the Eighth Circuit JNCNew applications are sought for one lawyer vacancy on the Eighth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. letter of January 9, the governor rejected The Florida Bar’s list of nominees for theEight Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission pursuant to Section 43.29(1)(a), Florida Statutes. Accordingly, The Florida Bar must submit a new list of three different nominees to the governor.Applicants must be engaged in the practice of law and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the commission to which the member is applying. Applicants must comply with state financial disclosure laws. Commissioners are not eligible for state judicial office for vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following completion of their four-year term.Applications must be received by mail, e-mail, or fax no later than 5 p.m., Friday, February 1, in the Executive Director’s Office of The Florida Bar. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. A screening committee composed of Board of Governor members from the area will review all the applications. Recommendations will be made to The Florida Bar Executive Committee who will finalize the list of nominees and send to the governor.Persons interested in applying may download the proper application form (there is a specific JNC application) from the Bar’s website, www.floridabar.org, or call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757, to obtain the application. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300, by the deadline of February 18. January 15, 2013 Regular Newslast_img read more

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