Vattenfall wants to close 1.6GW Moorburg coal plant in Germany

first_imgVattenfall wants to close 1.6GW Moorburg coal plant in Germany FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Energy Wire:Swedish utility Vattenfall wants to shut down its youngest and most efficient coal-fired power plant in Germany because it is unprofitable. After participating in the first hard coal phase-out tender, CEO Magnus Hall said that if his company’s bid is successful, the 1.6 gigawatt Moorburg plant in the city of Hamburg would either partially or entirely cease operations by the middle of next year.Energy company Vattenfall may close down its newest and largest coal-fired power station in Germany, CEO Magnus Hall has told Süddeutsche Zeitung. The coal plant Moorburg in Hamburg, with a capacity of 1.6 gigawatt, only started operations in 2015 after years of struggle with local environmental groups. Hall said that the Moorburg plant had – with parts or its entire capacity – participated in the first tender for a shut-down premium for hard coal-fired power stations, which is part of Germany’s coal exit plan, and would close down operations in the middle of 2021 if its bid is successful.“This was a difficult decision because it is a young and highly efficient power plant,” Hall told Süddeutsche Zeitung. “But if you are losing money with it, you have to do something.”According to Vattenfall, the plant emitted 4.7 million tonnes of CO2 last year and could continue to operate until 2038. But the company’s own target is to stop the use of fossil fuels, including coal, by 2030.This first round of Germany’s hard-coal phase-out tenders is designed to take some 4 gigawatts of capacity off the grid. The results will be announced in December. Under the shut-down scheme, utilities offer a bid for how much money they are willing to stop operations of their plants, taking into account their projected future earnings.The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) organises the auctions. A spokesperson told Clean Energy Wire that successful bidders in this first round of auction will be prohibited from selling power on the market from January 2021. They will then be prohibited from burning coal from July – the date mentioned by Vattenfall’s Hall.[Kerstine Appunn]More: Vattenfall wants to shut down its largest coal power station in Germanylast_img read more

Toxic town houses

first_imgLos Angeles Sen. Sheila Kuehl is pushing legislation that would prohibit the sale of the land until, and unless, it has had a complete cleanup. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is asking DOE to make sure it complies with federal cleanup standards. We wholeheartedly support their efforts to make sure that no toxic town houses are built on the former lab site. HAVE we already forgotten the hard- learned lessons of 30 years ago at Love Canal? That’s the Niagara Falls, N.Y., neighborhood that had once been a toxic dump site before it was paved over and houses built. When the extremely high rate of cancer and birth defects was uncovered, the neighborhood became synonymous with the dangers of building on once-toxic lands. It’s hard to imagine that with only 30 years passed there’s a possibility of creating another one. Yet activists and local politicians are finding themselves battling to make sure the Santa Susana Field Lab site doesn’t become the Love Canal of the 21st century. The problem is that the Department of Energy is expected to decommission the former nuclear lab site next year, and it is unclear what kind of cleanup the DOE will require before it releases the 290 acres of L.A.-adjacent land for residential use, without restriction. That’s troublesome, considering the site’s history of chemical use, radioactive material and groundwater contamination. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Warriors mailbag: What’s the latest with Steph Curry’s ankle?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — The Warriors have the No. 1 seed in the NBA playoffs. All of their players appear to be getting along. And unlike last season, the Warriors enter the postseason almost fully healthy.Or are they? The Warriors do not sound worried about Stephen Curry’s mild right foot sprain. Warriors coach Steve Kerr also expects Curry to play in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers …last_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillWhat base-and military-sponosred resources are available for service members or family members who are concerned about their special needs child’s development or educational services? Who can they talk to for assistance?Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) staff can take an integral part in supporting families with special needs. Make sure families are aware of and can access free services available to them through laws and insurance. This will reduce the family’s stress and save them money that would otherwise be spent on outside services. It will also help the disabled child achieve a more productive futureOn-Base: Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) enrollment is mandatory for all military personnel who have a family member with a medical and/or educational disability. Being enrolled means medical and/or educational needs are considered as a duty station is being selected. To find the EFMP program at your installation, refer to this site.Family Centers such as Airman and Family Readiness Centers, Army Community Services, Fleet and Family Readiness Centers, and Marine Corps Community Services offer a variety of free services.School Liaisons network, educate, and work in partnership with local schools to advise military parents of school-age children on educational issues and needs.Online: Military OneSource has a Military Education Specialist available to assist with issues related to educating children and are focused on children with special needs, ages birth to 21. For more information, refer to Military OneSource.Military Community and Family Policy Office of Special Needs publishes The Education Directory for Children with Special Needs which covers early intervention and school-based services. The 15 states with the highest number of assigned military personnel are profiled in the directory available here.For more detailed information on Early Intervention Services, refer to these websites:to order the Special Needs Parent Toolkit to find a variety articles, links, and tools for families with special needs Browse more military personal finance webinars and blog posts by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on August 19, 2013last_img read more

TSR approved by Exec Board headed by Kalmadi not me: OC CEO

first_imgCWG Organising Committee Chief Executive Officer Jarnail Singh on Friday recused himself from playing any role in awarding the Timing, Scoring and Result contract to a Swiss firm and said it was approved by sacked OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi-led Executive Board.He cited ‘serious time constraint’ as the main reason behind delay, cost escalation and irregularities in executing various Games related contracts. “I did not do any wrong. I have not approved the TSR. It was decided long back,” Singh told PTI.He denied media reports accusing him of writing a letter citing approval on the deal, which has put some top OC brass behind the bars saying that “it was taken out of context.””I have written a letter to the Sports Ministry about a complaint over the deal. It was taken out of context. I never said that I approved it.”As per the charter of work given to me by the OC chairman, I was responsible to liaise with various agencies of the government of India and government of National Capital Region and deal with all matters pertaining to Cabinet/Group of Ministers,” Singh said.He said it is the Executive Board under the chairmanship of Kalmadi which had the power to approve any project or deal worth over Rs six crore.According to the letter, which began the controversy, the selection of Swiss Timing for executing TSR contract was a result of “tight scrutiny” by two committees of senior government officials including Urban Development and Sports secretaries.advertisementIn his letter on February 15 last year, the CEO had brought in notice that different Committees have approved the Swiss Timing, ignoring Spanish firm MSL Software, which had quoted much lesser amount.Singh quoted Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Mike Fennell and Chief Executive Mike Hooper for granting approval to the firm.The letter was in response to a complaint over alleged irregularities in the deal forwarded by the Central Vigilance Commission.CBI officials have arrested Kalmadi, sacked OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, Director General V.K. Verma, Deputy Director General (Procurement) Surjeet Lal and Joint Director General (Sports) A.S.V. Prasad for their alleged involvement in the deal that caused a loss of Rs 95 crore to the exchequer.”There were a total of 540 contracts needed to be done by December 2009 according to CGF master’s schedule. However, only 37 were executed by then and rest were done in a hurry and in a less time,” he said.The delay in execution of contracts has led to ‘corruption’ in several works allegedly by certain OC officials, in the run up to mega sporting event held in New Delhi between October 3-14 last year. Citing delay of about three years in processing the TSR deal, he said, “The deal was finally signed on March 2010 and if you didn’t sign it then and re-tendered it, the Games would have been held in 2011.”– With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup: Brazil hammer Colombia 2-1 to reach semifinals

first_imgDavid Luiz celebrates after scoring his goal for Brazil Brazil made its way into the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years, with goals coming from defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz in a 2-1 win over Colombia on Friday.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos Brazil, which had been eliminated in the quarterfinals at the last two World Cups, will next play Germany on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte.Silva gave Brazil the lead in the seventh minute, scoring with his left knee after a corner from Neymar passed through the Colombian defense. He celebrated the goal by pointing to the emblem on his jersey and shouting, “This is Brazil, this is Brazil.”Luiz added the second from a free kick in the 69th, sending a swerving long-range shot off the side of his foot into the top of the net.Colombia got one back in the 80th. James Rodriguez scored his tournament-leading sixth goal from the penalty spot after Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar brought down substitute Carlos Bacca inside the area.Rodriguez tried to control the pace of the match at the Arena Castelao, but it was Brazil that created most of the scoring chances as Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina had to make a series of saves in the first half alone.The Colombians tried to pressure in the end after Rodriguez’s penalty, but Brazil held on with tough defending.”This is a very tough moment for us,” Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said. “We always had the dream of winning this match even though we knew Brazil would be a very tough opponent. We knew how decisive this was, and that any mistake would cost us.”advertisementColombia was coming off four straight wins, playing some of the most impressive football of the tournament.And the Colombians, playing in the quarterfinals for the first time, had entered the match with an offensive team that had scored 11 goals, second only to the Netherlands.”After not playing in the World Cup for so long, we were able to show the value of the Colombian football and the talent of some of our players,” said Pekerman, an Argentine. “They showed great spirit and presence of mind. They came to play a great World Cup, not just to participate.”There was a lot of talk about Rodriguez and Neymar before the match, but the 22-year-old forwards didn’t really live up to expectations. Rodriguez scored the late penalty but was otherwise mostly ineffective, as was Neymar before he left on a stretcher after being hit on the back late in the match.The Brazilian star was apparently crying in pain as he was carried out of the field.Silva was the crucial player for Brazil, but he will miss the match against Germany after getting his second yellow card of the tournament for trying to keep Ospina from putting the ball back in play.Colombia had a goal disallowed in the 66th minute for offside. Veteran defender Mario Yepes found the net from close range after a scramble inside the penalty area but the linesman had already stopped play.Brazil is trying to become the first host to win the World Cup since France in 1998.At the last two World Cups, Brazil lost to the Netherlands in the quarterfinals in 2010 and to France in 2006. The team hadn’t made it to the semifinals since it won its fifth world title in South Korea and Japan in 2002.last_img read more