Canada, Netherlands, U.K. Join List of Countries Turning Against Coal

first_imgCanada, Netherlands, U.K. Join List of Countries Turning Against Coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Power Magazine:The Netherlands, a country that recently commissioned three state-of-the-art coal plants and has been reluctant to close them, on October 10 moved to phase out coal power by 2030. Meanwhile, the U.K. and Canada this week jointly urged other nations to drop coal from their power profiles.The countries are part of a growing list that have vowed to phase-out or cut-back coal-fired power generation.  As part of a coalition agreement reached on October 10, Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s center-right government promised to phase out coal generation in the nation by 2030. But the agreement also binds the government to set a carbon floor price to cut carbon emissions by 2030 as well as to back stricter measures that would enable the European Union (EU) to meet targets under a 1.5-degree-C global warming scenario.Significantly, it imperils three 2015-commissioned coal-fired power plants, which have already been struggling economically. The plants’ owners, which include Engie, RWE, and Uniper, have separately noted that falling demand, low wholesale prices, and a surge of renewable energy capacity have rendered coal power unprofitable.A report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) last year documented how the three utilities had logged impairments worth billions of euros on the new power plants, concluding that political and market trends would drive valuations even lower.The Dutch government’s announcement on October 10 “highlights the risk of investing in either new or existing coal-fired power, and the lesson is clear: National coal phase-out plans such as this, combined with the rise of renewables and the impact on demand of improved efficiency, put old electricity-production models at risk,” IEEFA said in an update.Coal plants in Europe are also burdened with meeting stricter new air pollution limits for large combustion plants, which will require utilities to invest in new technology to retrofit coal plants, limit operations to 1,500 hours a year, or shutter facilities by 2021, it noted.More: The Netherlands to Quit Coal Power; UK and Canada Champion Global Transition Away from Coallast_img read more

Smithtown Highway Superintendent Arrested

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The elected Superintendent of Highways for the Town of Smithtown was arrested Wednesday for allegedly covering up that a paving project he ordered had violated New York State regulations, authorities said.Glenn Jorgensen pleaded not guilty at Suffolk County court to felony charges of tampering with public records, falsisying business records and offering a false instrument for filing as well as a misdemeanor count of official misconduct.Prosecutors said the 63-year-old St. James man allegedly ordered road construction reports be altered to conceal his approval of paving of at least eight Smithtown streets in freezing temperatures in November, then directed a highway foreman to alter the records to misrepresent the weather conditions during the repaving work. The contractor was identified as Selden-based Suffolk Asphalt Corporation.“State Department of Transportation construction standards dictate asphalt must not be applied to a road surface in freezing temperatures, and in fact, the town’s own engineer has said repaving in freezing weather would result in the asphalt falling apart,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.  “The repaving of a residential street doesn’t happen that often and when it does, residents are paying for a job done correctly, not a faulty repaving that will soon need pothole repair work.”Jorgensen allegedly stole the work order for the improper repaving and took the official documents home, where investigators found the records in his bedroom, under his bed, in his house on Hope Place, authorities said.Jorgensen’s Hauppauge-based attorney, Anthony La Pinta, maintained his client’s innocence.Jorgensen, who worked for the Smithtown highway department for 37 years, was elected in 2009 to lead a staff of 140 employees tasked with snow removal as well as paving, drainage and other maintenance of more than 450 miles of roads and curbs in the town. The department has a $30 million annual budget. He was re-elected two years ago.last_img read more

Bidders battle it out for renovated Queenslander

first_imgInside 17 Paris Avenue, Morningside.The property was eventually declared “sold” to a very happy buyer for $745,000, said Mr Bool.“The buyer had been looking to purchase a home for a few months and had just missed out on a property I had listed not that long ago, so it was great to see her secure this property,” Mr Bool said.The home’s features included polished timber floors, high ceilings and VJ walls, combined with a contemporary renovation and colour scheme that gave it broad appeal.According to CoreLogic, the median house price in Morningside is $780,500. The home at 17 Paris Avenue, Morningside.A RENOVATED Queenslander has sold under the hammer in Morningside to a keen homebuyer.The updated three-bedroom cottage at 17 Paris Ave attracted five registered bidders keen to make it theirs, according to Place Bulimba marketing agent, Glenn Bool.The property also brought in a solid crowd of about 30 people who watched proceedings get under way.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The opening offer of $610,000 didn’t stand for long as three bidders competed to come out on top.last_img read more

Two fined for ‘lewd’ Dinagsa fest dance

first_imgCadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante Jr. (left) talks to the two Dinagsa Festival revelers who went viral due to their recent lewd “pole dancing” act Monday morning, January 27, 2020. PHOTO: City Information Center of Cadiz City Facebook page “We would like to remind the publicthat the display of obscene messages on placards, lewd acts and the likes arecertainly unacceptable and have corresponding punitive measures,” he said. “Those involved in the indecent actshave already been identified and have signified their intentions to issue apublic apology for what they did,” Escalante added. Meanwhile, another woman has issued anapology after her placard went viral for showing “indecent” words inpublic.  Escalante met with Wilma and Bautistayesterday to impose a P3,000 fine or an imprisonment of 10 days for violating acity ordinance by showing “indecency” in public.      Wilma and Bautista chose to pay theP3,000 fine as they promised not to replicate the act next time.   He added Cadiz City observes diversitybut the public should not go beyond the bounds of good taste, decency and theaccepted norms of the society. Bacolod City – Two persons who went viral on social media for their “lewddancing” during the Dinagsa Festival in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental haveissued an apology as they agreed to pay a fine imposed by the citygovernment.      Escalante said he invited the woman tothe city hall for a meeting and to make a personal apology.  The two were only identified throughtheir social media accounts as certain Boomba Wilma and Laura Beatrice Bautista– residents of Silay City in Negros Occidental. “Dinagsa 2020, no doubt, like itsprevious outings, was a huge success. We cannot overemphasize our elation thatour cultural and religious festival has grown into a major tourism event overthe decades,” said Escalante./PN He said he will ask the SanggunianPanglunsod of Cadiz City for the possible measures “to safeguard the interestof Dinagsa Festival as both a cultural and religious event.”  Meanwhile, Escalante was grateful forthe thousands of revelers who joined this year’s Dinagsa Festival. Wilma and Bautista earned the ire ofthe public for dancing while allegedly showing their private parts during thefestival on Saturday.  The “indecent dancing” reached MayorSalvador Escalante of Cadiz City. last_img read more