New York’s ambitious offshore wind plans can benefit from advances in Europe

first_imgNew York’s ambitious offshore wind plans can benefit from advances in Europe FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:New York state will look to the world leader in offshore wind deployment for advice on how to connect sea-based projects to mainland grids.European nations have together installed nearly 16,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity. The United States has thus far managed just one 30-megawatt project, the Block Island Wind Farm, off Rhode Island.Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced that the New York Power Authority (NYPA) would lead a study of successful offshore wind transmission models, particularly in Europe, to determine the most cost-effective way to build interconnections for the 2,400 megawatts of capacity to be installed off the coast of New York by 2030.“This came out of work both NYSERDA [New York State Energy Research and Development Authority] and NYPA had been doing to try to investigate how New York state can bring down the cost of offshore wind and reach the governor’s offshore wind target, 2,400 megawatts,” Robert F. Lurie, executive vice president and CFO of NYPA, told Greentech Media in an interview. “In order to do that much offshore wind,” he added, “we at NYPA felt that one of the unexplored areas for cost reduction was the transmission part of the equation.”According to New York’s offshore wind master plan, transmission could account for 30 percent of the total project costs of an offshore wind farm.In July, New York’s Public Service Commission confirmed the timeline for the first phase of the state’s offshore wind deployment. In the fourth quarter of this year, NYSERDA will issue a solicitation for 800 megawatts of offshore wind, in coordination with NYPA and the Long Island Power Authority. Winning bids are scheduled to be announced in the second quarter of 2019.According to Lurie, developers for that first 800 megawatts of offshore wind capacity will likely be responsible for building the transmission to connect the projects to onshore grids. But based on the findings of the new transmission study, different models could be employed for future projects.“In the longer term, as we build out a much higher volume of projects, we need to investigate other options for how to bring the costs down for transmission,” he said.The study aims to answer a series of questions. Who should own transmission? A public entity? One or more private entities? Or a consortium of entities? Who should finance transmission?And how should projects be connected to mainland grids? Should planners opt for radial interconnections (a single cable connecting an individual project to the onshore grid), or a networked solution in which a few major connections act as hubs to connect distant offshore projects to online transmission?Advice from EuropeSoon after New York announced the launch of its transmission models study, Wilfried Breuer published an op-ed at NJ Spotlight, a New Jersey politics and policy website, advising policymakers to follow Europe’s example and keep offshore wind project generation and transmission separate. Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order in January directing New Jersey regulators to put the state on a path to deploy 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030.Breuer is managing director of TenneT Offshore and a member of the executive board of its parent company TenneT Holding B.V. TenneT is a transmission system operator (TSO) that has connected 5,300 megawatts of offshore wind in Germany and the Netherlands to mainland grids.“Building an offshore grid separately from the wind farms and offering access to the power grid on a nondiscriminatory basis is the key to creating a level playing field for competition between offshore generators,” he wrote.He went on, “As can be seen in the declining prices offered by those generators in Germany and the Netherlands, providing access to an offshore grid stimulates innovation and cost reductions in the offshore wind industry.”More: New York Looks to Europe for Successful Offshore Wind Transmission Modelslast_img read more

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IAAF World Relays: Ghana’s women’s 4x100m qualify for finals

first_imgGhana’s women’s 4x100m relay team have qualified for the finals of the 4x100m relays at the IAAF World Relay Championships in Yokohama, Japan.The quartet qualified in 2nd place (44.12s) in a chaotic Heat 2 in which Great Britain and France dropped their batons and did not finish their races; while Canada were disqualified. Nigeria also encountered baton change problems before recovering to finish in a disappointing 4th place and miss out on a place in the finals.Ghana will now qualify for the World Athletics Championships irrespective of their position in the final. They just need to avoid disqualification in the race to qualify.Running in Lane 5, Flings Owusu-Agyapong started Ghana off on the first leg and handed over Gemma Acheampong on the second leg.Persis William-Mensah ran a strong 3rd leg to hold off the challenge from Great Britain but she still handed off to Hor Halutie in 5th position on the anchor leg with the likes of Denmark, France, Great Britain and Canada all ahead of Ghana.While the change over for Ghana was smooth, Britain and France dropped theirs in the final change over and Nigeria struggled with their handover. That allowed Hor to slip through and finish in 3rd with a time of 44.12s, behind Denmark (1st) and Canada (2nd).Canada were then disqualified and Ghana moved into 2nd position and a place the final.Overall, Ghana qualified the slowest, and will now come up against USA, Germany, Brazil, Jamaica, Australia, Italy and Denmark in tomorrow’s final.last_img read more

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To whom did Edin Dzeko devote the Goal ? (video)

first_img(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba) In the last night’s victory of Roma over Carpi, Edin Dzeko broke his “fast” and scored a goal.His goal delighted fans of Roma, because our diamond scored for the leadership of his club.The match ended with the score 1: 3, and Dzeko devoted the goal to his daughter Una, who was born in early February.Take a look on the special goal of B&H diamond at the video.last_img

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Shane Shields is named interim city manager… finally

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Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 216 weeks ago Any insight into why Valentine was not in favor of partnering with the League of Municipalities for the hiring process? I can’t think of a logical reason to be against it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 216 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 216 weeks ago My guess is its a waste of $5,000.00 when Shane Shields should be the one appointed. Report Reply 0 replies · active 216 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Richard Rayl · 215 weeks ago Gezz, get it together people! Shane Shields should be the new city manager why waste more money on looking for someone else who will just screw things up like the last manager did? Wellington ciy council and mayor get it together you have a good man in front of you named Shane, so stop wasting our money and hire our home town person who is well qualified to take over as our next City Manager! Report Reply 1 reply · active 215 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down ??? · 215 weeks ago What are the qualifications of a typical City Manager? Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council appointed Shane Shields as its interim city manager at its meeting Tuesday night. Shields is the city’s finance director and served as the interim a couple of years ago when the city was searching for a city manager.After 45 minutes in executive session the unanimous vote was taken. The city has had a couple of executive sessions to discuss its direction  after deciding to dismiss Roy Eckert about a month ago.Shane ShieldsAlso Tuesday the city decided to hire the Kansas League of Municipalities to do its search for a city manager at a cost of just over $5,000.At the last meeting a representative of the league met with the council and told them how they could run the campaign for them. The league will advertise for applications, and then narrow that down for the city. The city will still set the parameters as far as how many to narrow it down to and how long the process will take.Most likely it will be narrowed to a dozen or so before a few finalists are named. Shields was appointed Interim City Manager “until further notice,” with no timetable set.He was a candidate last time, but withdrew during the process. He may be a candidate this time.Mayor Shelley Hansel said she thought it was a good idea to take advantage of the services being offered by the league of municipalities.She said since there may be one or more internal candidates, it might be better for an outside entity to run the process.After a motion by Kip Etter to hire the league, the matter passed 5-1, with Jim Valentine voting against the measure.In other matters Tuesday:•Plans for the Kansas Wheat Festival continues. The Picnic in the Park event is going to be put on by city employees after the Lions Club was unable to do it this year. The employees decided to do this on their own, and will do it as a fundraiser. They have not yet decided what the cost will be.Button sales are continuing, and 2,300 of them were sold as of Tuesday. The buttons are used for admission for most festival events and are $3.The first clue in the medallion hunt will be released at 6:30 a.m., Monday, in front of the auditorium.Also it was announced the city fireworks display will be held after darkness falls on July 3, following the Wellington Heat game. The game starts at 7, and after the game the stadium will be opened to the public for the fireworks.•••••Council member Bill Butts gave an update on the CGDG block grant application. Some city officials, Butts and Mayor Shelley Hansel made a presentation last week in Hays as part of the application process. The city started the process several months ago, and set up a group that took an inventory of the entire city housing. The city could get money to develop, or fix, houses of low income people in the city.He said the city was invited to continue its application process after the presentation. The city should find out in October if it will get the grant of more than $300,000. Even if not, the city can still apply each year. Butts said the things learned during the process were valuable, and that will make it worthwhile either way.There will be some town hall meetings at some point to educate the public about the program, as well as how one would go about applying. If the city gets the grant people would have to apply, which is how houses would be chosen for the project.•••••Council member Jan Korte updated the council on the hospital. She said collections were  $690,000, and they seem to be down some in June. That is to be expected as things are slower in the summer.•••••The raw water issue will be discussed at the work session meeting next Monday.  The city installed a back flow prevention device last week. Jason Newberry told the council this would keep treated water from getting in contact with untreated water. The city is still supplying bottled water from the city.The city is currently in compliance with KDHE directives, but still has some issues that will involve a permanent solution.This came up when the state, following federal rulings, said the city could not allow customers to tap on to untreated water for home use. Mayfield area residents had been doing so for decades in a deal with the city, as the city has wells on their property.•••••The city appointed Stacy Davis to the Wellington City Planning Commission to replace Gerald Gilkey who had resigned. He was just appointed in April. She was the only applicant. The term runs through April 30, 2020.•••••The city passed a resolution to purchase transformers from the Kriz-Davis company of Des Moines, Iowa, for $50,695.90. The purchase had been budgeted. They received four bids and all were below  what had been budgeted.•••••The council has a work session next Monday to discuss the budget, starting at 5:30 p.m.  Department heads will be there to talk about their individual budgets. The raw water issue will also be discussed.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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