India’s Gujarat state government says it will stop approving new thermal power projects

first_imgIndia’s Gujarat state government says it will stop approving new thermal power projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Indian Express:In a first-of-its-kind move aimed at curbing the burning of fossil fuel for power generation, Gujarat government on Saturday announced that it will not give fresh permissions for setting up new thermal power stations in the state.A decision to not provide permission for new thermal power projects has been taken by Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, stated an official release here. The 8-10 per cent of annual increase in power demand will be met through non-conventional sources, the statement said adding that the move will “guide” other states in the country.When quizzed about the development, Gujarat’s energy minister Saurab Patel told The Indian Express, “In a meeting yesterday, it was decided that we will no more be going for any new coal capacities.” When asked how the government plans to satiate the annual increase in power demand, Patel said, “We are going very high on solar renewable.Gujarat currently has a total installed power generation capacity of 26800 MW. Of this capacity, 19555 MW is conventional power, while 7273 MW is capacity through non-conventional sources like solar, wind and hydro, states the socioeconomic review of the state for the year 2018-19. The private sector in Gujarat consisting of Torrent Power, Adani Power, Essar and Tata Group contributes a lion share of power produced through largely through coal.The total power consumption in Gujarat rose by about 9.7 percent in 2017-18. During this year, 85445 million units of power was consumed in the state, as against 77881 million units in 2016-17. The highest consumption of 55.52 percent was reported for industrial and commercial use, followed by agriculture at 21.46 percent. The domestic use for power in Gujarat was 17.22 percent while the rest were for other uses like public water works and public lighting.Taking about the move, veteran energy expert KK Bajaj says, “Most of the thermal power stations of GSECL (Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited — a wholly owned subsidiary of Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam) are shut, due to the high cost of generation. Secondly, the Plant Load Factor (PLF) of the functioning plants is just 40 percent. So, the state government is encouraging more renewable energy projects in the state.”More: Gujarat govt not to issue permits for new thermal plantslast_img read more

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Wisconsin’s Alliant Energy to spend $900 million buying 675MW of solar capacity

first_imgWisconsin’s Alliant Energy to spend $900 million buying 675MW of solar capacity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Wisconsin utility Alliant Energy will spend $900 million buying 675 megawatts of utility-scale solar projects as it moves to replace uneconomic coal-fired plants with renewables.Alliant, which serves about 1 million customers in the Midwestern states of Wisconsin and Iowa, currently relies on renewables for about 20 percent of its generation capacity, largely wind power in Iowa, with twice as much coming from natural gas plants. On Tuesday Alliant said it will “acquire” six large-scale solar projects in Wisconsin from developers NextEra Energy Resources, Ranger Power and Savion. The projects, ranging from 50 megawatts up to a 200-megawatt development owned by NextEra, represent a huge leap forward for Wisconsin’s solar market. The state has around 150 megawatts of installed solar today, according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.Alliant’s solar news comes just days after it announced plans to close the remaining 380-megawatt unit of its coal-fired Edgewater Generating Station in Sheboygan by the end of 2022, a move it said will save customers “hundreds of millions of dollars in costs.” Alliant subsidiary Wisconsin Power and Light closed two other, older units at Edgewood over the past five years.In 2018 Alliant established its “Clean Energy Blueprint,” which aims for 30 percent renewables by 2030 on the way to an 80-percent carbon emissions cut by 2050. The blueprint includes a goal of 1 gigawatt of solar by 2023, as well as an accelerated closure of the coal plants that still made up 30 percent of its generation as of last year.Most Midwestern states are not known for their solar markets, but utilities across the region are increasingly staking out clean energy and decarbonization plans that move beyond onshore wind and embrace large-scale solar. Over the past few years, the active interconnection queue for Midwestern grid operator MISO has steadily shifted from wind to solar as its primary renewable resource. According to a May 2020 report from MISO, of the 68 gigawatts of projects seeking interconnection, 40.6 gigawatts are solar projects.[Jeff St. John]More: Wisconsin has 150MW of solar. Alliant just bought 675MW morelast_img read more

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December Freaking First

first_imgDecember freaking first and not a snowflake in sight. The forecast for Breckenwolf, the tiny ski hill that graciously hosts our weekly Whiskey Wednesday forays, shows temps in the mid 60s throughout the weekend. I’m wearing shorts right now. And a Hawaiian shirt. I might go get on the river later. December freaking first and not a ski day in sight. How am I supposed to start celebrating Whiskey Wednesday without any snow? Without the world’s slowest lift running at Breckenwolf? I’m an optimist, so in my heart I know that winter will eventually come, and it might even be the epic kind of winter where I get to ski from my house to the bars in town, but I want Jack Frost here now. I’m like a kid who can’t wait for Christmas. I want to get the band back together. I want to start doing stupid shit with my fellow middle-aged fathers in the middle of the week. I want to bitch about how cold my hands are when I pull the flask of whiskey out of my pocket on the lift. I want to scout sketchy jumps on the side of trails and then use a proven recipe of peer pressure and child-like taunting to convince my friends to hit those jumps at high speeds. I want Whiskey Wednesday now. Of course, no amount of wanting will make it happen. So, I’ll simply sit here in my shorts, getting pissed when the air conditioning turns on in my house and search the internet for half-ass long range weather forecasts that promise unusual amounts of snow for the Southeastern United States. And I’ll drink this beer, New Belgium’s limited release Sour Saison, because it’s not a winter beer at all. It’s a light, almost whimsical, warm weather beer that blends an easy drinking farmhouse ale with a sour for an interesting mix that can only be described as “rustic.” It’s bright, and only slightly sour, like a green apple, and delicious. As much as I like this beer, I’d like to be drinking barrel aged stouts and porters with gingerbread spices because it’s winter, but those heavy beers just don’t feel right given the current temps. I can’t put on holiday weight when I’m still trapesing around the neighborhood in running shorts. So I’ll wait. Patiently (not that patiently). Until the snow falls and Whiskey Wednesday kicks in and then I can start drinking like a proper adult who’s trying to avoid his responsibilities for one night a week.last_img read more

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Long Island Chef to Compete on Cutthroat Kitchen

first_imgDJ Chef of Long Beach is competing on Cutthroat Kitchen, a new Food Network show.DJ Chef, the Long Island party host who cooks up treats while simultaneously spinning records, is going to testing his skills as a contestant on the new Food Network show Cutthroat Kitchen.Also known as Marc Weiss, this Long Beach native got his start in music when he received a turntable for Christmas when he was 16. He worked at local clubs and then worked as a prep cook at an Italian caterer to earn extra money—eventually merging the two interests into a successful entertainment/catering service.“I was always coming in late because I was deejaying the night before,” Weiss said of his start in that catering company.The owner said he was talented, should stop deejaying and go to culinary school. Eventually, he listened to her and went to The New York Restaurant School.  After graduating, Weiss worked at elite restaurants before throwing his own dinner parties. He added music to the dinner parties and became DJ Chef.He has been on TV shows before, including Food Network’s What’s Hot, What’s Cool and MTV’s Spring Break.On Cutthroat Kitchen, hosted by Food Network star Alton Brown, each contestant receives $25,000 to “buy” ingredients to use to make dishes. They can bid on ingredients or hinder other chefs by forbidding them to taste their dish beforehand or taking away a vital ingredient, like salt. The winner will take home the money that is left over after the bidding.“Cutthroat Kitchen is a cooking competition like viewers have never seen before,” said Bob Tuschman, general manager and senior vice president of Food Network. “Culinary skills can get chefs into the kitchen, but they will have to play a game of wits to stay there.”Weiss could not say too much about his episode, but he said that “it was like crazy” and that with so many restrictions, the clear favorite may not always be the winner.Cutthroat Kitchen premieres at 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. The episode that Weiss appears in will air Aug. 18. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

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New York State Pension Fund Sets 2040 Goal of Net Zero Carbon Emissions

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Timothy Gardner and Sohini PodderThe New York state pension fund on Wednesday committed to help curb climate change by transitioning its investments to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, making it the first U.S. pension fund to set the goal by that date.New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said the move will put the fund, the third largest in the country, in a strong position for the future of a green economy mapped out in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate.President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to rejoin the Paris accord soon after his inauguration on Jan. 20.The fund will review its energy company investments for their ability to provide returns in light of the need to take action to curb climate change, he said.“Those that fail to meet our minimum standards may be removed from our portfolio,” DiNapoli said in a statement.Divestment is a “last resort,” he said, but it is also a tool the fund can use to push companies to invest in technologies that reduce emissions.The New York state Common Retirement Fund, which has an estimated valuation of about $226 billion, is wrapping up its evaluation of nine oil sands companies, mainly in Canada and Russia, and will develop minimum standards for investments in shale oil and gas.This will be followed by a review of sectors including integrated oil and gas, oil and gas exploration, production, storage and transportation. The fund had about $2.6 billion invested in fossil fuels as of September.The state fund joins a growing list of financial sector players who are cutting their exposure to carbon intensive projects and companies.It has already set minimum standards for the thermal coal mining industry and divested from about $40 million from 22 coal companies, DiNapoli said.The fund has a climate solutions plan to double investments in things like wind and solar power to $20 billion this decade and so far has about $11 billion invested, DiNapoli said.The fund will decide which companies are suitable to remain in its portfolio by 2025.Environmentalists praised the move.“We hope this commitment … will help to inspire and ratchet up ambition across the broader investment community,” said Mindy Lubber, head of the sustainability nonprofit Ceres.(Reporting by Sohini Podder and Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru and Timothy Gardner in Washington; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri, Bill Berkrot and Marguerita Choy)last_img read more

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Court rejects judicial review request on COVID-19 Perppu

first_imgArticle 27 of the law contains provisions that protect officials who make fiscal and monetary decisions from any legal charges, as long as they act “in good faith and according to the law”.The plaintiffs — comprising five groups of anti-corruption activists, including the Indonesian Anticorruption Community (MAKI) – said they had filed another judicial review against the 2020 law.MAKI coordinator Boyamin Saiman said the plaintiffs had requested the law be revoked, especially the provisions stipulated in Article 27.They filed the second petition on May 20, arguing that Article 27 violated the Constitution and several prevailing laws, including the 2003 State Finances Law and the 2006 Supreme Audit Agency Law.“We expected this to happen after the House passed it into law, so we’ve submitted a new petition to the Court.”Topics : The Constitutional Court has rejected a petition for a judicial review of regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 on the COVID-19 pandemic response, stating that the Perppu has already been passed into law.The decision to reject the petition was made at the justices’ consultation meeting attended by the nine court justices on June 6. “The petition has lost its objective […] and therefore cannot be accepted,” Chief Justice Anwar Usman said during a hearing on Tuesday.The House of Representatives gave its approval to pass the Perppu into law during a plenary session on May 12 – two months after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed the regulation in late-March. The government later passed the House’s approval into Law No. 2/2020.Read also: House passes virus response Perppu amid graft concernsThe law allows the government to extend the state budget deficit beyond the normal 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) limit and allocate the spending to programs related to COVID-19 relief.last_img read more

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Indonesia’s budget deficit swells to $22.4b in July as revenue falls

first_imgIndonesia recorded a budget deficit of Rp 330.2 trillion (US$22.4 billion), or 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), as of July as tax revenue fell further despite a slight increase in state expenditure, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Tuesday.The country collected Rp 922.2 trillion in state revenue, marking a decrease of 12.4 percent year-on-year (yoy) following a drop in both tax revenue and nontax income. The sum is about 54 percent of the target for revenue to be collected this year.Read also: Indonesia raises $1.5b from government bonds to fund fiscal deficit Revenue had improved in June after the government eased social restrictions imposed earlier this year to curb the virus spread, but state revenue from some sectors, including trade and mining, deteriorated in July, the finance minister went on to say.Government expenditure increased by 4.2 percent in July as the government spent Rp 793.6 trillion following a 55 percent increase in social aid spending. Other components of government spending fell.The government had spent 25 percent of the Rp 695.2 trillion COVID-19 response budget as of August 19, Sri Mulyani said.“The government will continue to monitor and increase economic recovery-related spending to make the recovery more stable and resilient going forward,” she added.Topics : Meanwhile, state expenditure rose 1.3 percent yoy to Rp 1.25 quadrillion as of July, which is 45.7 percent of the government’s full-year target.“This shows that revenue was facing intense pressure while spending increased because of the coronavirus pandemic. That has a significant impact on a ballooning budget deficit,” Sri Mulyani told reporters in a press briefing.Tax revenue, the main source of income for the government, fell by 14.7 percent yoy to 601.9 trillion due to a sharp fall in tax income from both the oil and gas sector and other sectors.Read also: Indonesia’s 2021 state budget draft: What we know so farlast_img read more

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El Gobernador Wolf firma un decreto que autoriza a los organismos estatales a llevar a cabo procedimientos administrativos a distancia

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Español,  Press Release,  Public Health En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf firmó un decreto que autoriza a los organismos estatales a llevar a cabo procedimientos administrativos a distancia en respuesta a la pandemia de COVID-19 y para ayudar a reducir el contacto innecesario entre personas que puede propagar el virus. Varios organismos estatales realizan procedimientos administrativos que incluyen reuniones y audiencias disciplinarias de las 29 juntas y comisiones de habilitaciones laborales dependientes del Departamento de Estado.“El virus no ha desaparecido, y el estado continúa tomando las medidas de seguridad necesarias para proteger al público y a nuestros empleados”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Las reuniones virtuales se están volviendo habituales en el sector privado y en el gobierno estatal. La transición a reuniones remotas para realizar los procedimientos administrativos es un paso orientado por el sentido común para apoyar el distanciamiento social y garantizar que el proceso funcione de una manera segura y eficaz al tiempo que se protege la salud de los participantes”.El decreto entra en vigencia de inmediato y permite que los procedimientos administrativos se realicen por teléfono, video o en Internet. Se recomienda enfáticamente a los organismos independientes que implementen este decreto.Obtenga más información sobre la respuesta de la Administración Wolf a la COVID-19 en https://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/.View this information in English. July 10, 2020center_img El Gobernador Wolf firma un decreto que autoriza a los organismos estatales a llevar a cabo procedimientos administrativos a distancialast_img read more

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London pension schemes abandon Allianz equity fund [updated]

first_imgThe pension fund’s decision followed Ealing Council’s redemption of more than £300m and Wandsworth’s withdrawal of £234.5m, both in April 2018.The fund was the first to be launched by the London CIV when it opened for business in 2015.The Islington pension scheme plans to transfer its investment to a sustainable equity fund within the London CIV, managed by RBC. According to a spokesperson for Allianz, this was scheduled to be enacted this month.However, the London CIV is still trying to reclaim £1.5m in withholding tax charged to the Allianz fund, which would then be paid to Islington. It is working with custodian Northern Trust to reclaim the tax.According to Islington council documents, the Allianz fund posted an 11% return in the 12 months to the end of March 2019, but this lagged its performance target – 2% above the MSCI World index – which was 12.6%. However, since it was first appointed in January 2009, the Allianz fund outperformed its target by 0.12% a year.The London CIV offers 15 funds for use by the borough council pension funds, including eight equity funds and four multi-asset portfolios. Most recently, it named StepStone as its first infrastructure manager in March.In total, the London CIV has pooled roughly £8.5bn of the boroughs’ £38.2bn in total pension assets, according to an update from the pool dated 14 June 2019.The London CIV had not responded to requests for comment at the time of publication.This article was updated on 22 August to clarify that, while StepStone has been appointed to manage infrastructure investments for London CIV clients, no fund has yet been launched. The first pooled fund launched by the London CIV has been abandoned by its founding investors.The asset pooling company formed by London’s 32 public sector pension funds is weighing options for the LCIV Global Equity Alpha fund, run by Allianz Global Investors, after the £1.4bn (€1.5bn) Islington Pension Fund decided to withdraw its investment.Islington’s investment in the Allianz fund was worth roughly £124m as of 31 March 2019, according to council documents.last_img read more

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FNQ’s most ‘clicked’ properties of 2018

first_imgNinth most clicked property in FNQ. 1 Wharf St, Port DouglasThe home was sold in 2007 for $10 million and is owned by John and Marillyn Morris.Seven campaigns have failed to find a new buyer for the home which includes a two-bedroom gate cottage. GET ALL YOUR NEWS ALL MONTH FOR JUST $5 5. 6 ESCAPE CL, CLIFTON BEACH 6. 58 JAMIESON ST, TRINITY BEACH 7 . 24 MACARTHUR CL, PALM COVE 8. 39 OXLEY ST, EDGE HILL Pool with a view at 1 Wharf St, Port DouglasConstructed 30 years ago, the 940sq m interior has undergone a contemporary makeover adding almost every conceivable modern convenience.There are four guest bedrooms, three with an ensuite, and a secluded ground level master residence with north-facing bedroom and a luxuriously-appointed ensuite which adjoins a private living area and study. There are stunning 180 degree views across the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef Low Isles to Thornton Peak.The second most viewed home in Far North Queensland was a hilltop shack built in Italian Renaissance architectural style in Cairns’ leafy suburb of Whitfield.With 1,441sq m of living areas across two levels, 21 Knott Crt enjoys an unmatched position covering almost 7000sq m of some of Cairns’ most prized residential real estate, high in the foothills of the Whitfield Ranges. Timber cabinetry throughout.The property has never changed hands, although it was listed for sale in 2015, 2016 and 2017.Mr Quaid said the timing and conditions were now right to find a new buyer. (Cairns and Douglas local government areas) It is still on the market with Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty Port Douglas agent Barbara Wolveridge and has been since February this year.Price is on application. 21 Knott Court, Whitfield. Colliers International CairnsStunning 5m high ceilings in the central living area lead to panels of hand selected timber in the cabinetry built throughout the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home.Colliers International Cairns prestige sales agent Tom Quaid said the home was more than double the size of a typical block of land.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agocenter_img Views over Cairns.The home includes a self-contained guest apartment, two timber panelled offices, gymnasium, music room, formal and informal dining and an eight-car underground garage with workshop. 1. 1 WHARF ST, PORT DOUGLAS 2. 21 KNOTT COURT, WHITFIELD 3. 5 PLANCHONELLA CL, EDGE HILL 4. 37 BEACHFRONT DR, PORT DOUGLAS A LUXURIOUS five-bedroom, six-bathroom mansion with north-facing ocean views from one of Australia’s most exclusive resort towns was the region’s most popular property listing of 2018.New data released by REA Group has revealed the most popular property listings by clicks for 2018, and, in Cairns and Douglas local government areas, 1 Wharf St, Port Douglas was a stand out. In the top 10 – 114A Hillview Cr, Whitfield. 9. 10-12 RAMSEY CL, KEWARRA BEACH 10. 114A HILLVIEW CRESCENT, WHITFIELD TOP TEN MOST CLICKED PROPERTIES IN FNQlast_img read more

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