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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How to attract the largest consumers in the world – Chinese tourists?

first_imgAccording to the announcements for the new tourist year, the competition in the Mediterranean circle will be even more pronounced. “Take courage and look to China. If you are wondering who Chinese tourists are, who FITs and millennials are, what parts of China they come from and what interests them and what their preferences are, come and you will get all the dealsAnnounced Gazdek. “The Chinese tourist is the largest consumer in the world. This year, the Chinese spent 715,00 euros a day on their trip, and the trip is on average 10 days, so that is an average of 7.150,00 euros per trip. For the Chinese, there are no travel seasons, they travel all year round, especially during major holidays, Chinese New Year in February, and Statehood Day in early October. These are great dates to extend our tourist season”Said Andreja Gazdek, the main organizer and owner of Proconcept, announcing the MasterClass on the Chinese tourism market, which will be held on March 13 at the Forum Congress Center. It is interesting that we calculate the planned statistics and figures for next year on the basis of already standard emitting markets in Europe – Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, while constantly forgetting the fastest growing tourist market in the world, China.  Don’t miss to take a piece of the cake of the Chinese tourism market. More information and registration at www.marketingtochinatourists.com According to the announcement, MasterClass will answer key questions such as how Chinese tourists explore where they will travel and how they plan their trip, what are their key motives for visiting a city or country and most importantly how we can attract them and what they like to brag about on social networks. MasterClass on the Chinese tourism market / How to reach millions of Chinese tourists?center_img After these data, the question really remains, what is the insurmountable barrier due to which we constantly neglect this market and what are we afraid of? Maybe we have a fear of the Chinese language and their characters that we don’t know? Chinese social networks, ways of promotion, communication, lifestyle? Or do we think the Chinese are just a fashion trend that will disappear in a short time? What will be of particular interest to tourism professionals is what are the most commonly used applications and platforms on which to promote their products and services and what does it mean to be “linguistically visible”? which you should pay extra attention to before launching marketing campaigns in the Chinese market. “It is important to know how you can stand out from the competition that also wants to present your products and services in China and how you can achieve effective promotion and sales in the Chinese market. ”, said Andreja Gazdek announcing the MasterClass which is intended for everyone who wants to survive in tourism, all tourism workers and agencies, travel agencies and tourist communities. With a further increase in the number of beds exceeding the growth of demand, the occupancy of all types of accommodation is falling on average for the third year in a row, and this trend will continue because investing in tourism is still considered profitable. Unfortunately, due to increased labor costs, this year saw a significant decline in the profitability of tourism companies.  According to the announcements for the new tourist year, the competition in the Mediterranean circle will be even more pronounced. With a further increase in the number of beds exceeding the growth of demand, the occupancy of all types of accommodation is falling on average for the third year in a row, and this trend will continue because investing in tourism is still considered profitable. Unfortunately, due to increased labor costs, this year saw a significant decline in the profitability of tourism companies.  If we take into account only the increase in the number of Chinese who have a passport, which is 80 million in 2018, 140 million in 2019 and the projected as much as 400 million in 2022, it is incredible that Croatian tourism workers do not calculate with the Chinese.last_img read more

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Further amendments made to 2019 Late Model rules

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – On the heals of the PRI trade show last week, several clarifications and rule amendments have been made to the IMCA Late Model division for 2019.As announced in November, bump stops will be legal for use in the division; however, “spring” bump stops will not be permitted. All bump stops must be of rubber or a similar material composition.Additionally, spring rubbers will be allowed as well for the 2019 racing season.“Although confusing on the surface, these two issues are separate and will be treated as such during inspection,” stated IMCA President Brett Root.As previously announced, a 604 Chevrolet Performance engine option will be new in 2019.Drivers utilizing a spec engine must run an unaltered one inch carburetor spacer. The approved spacer is the Governor spacer no. 100 125000 with four .95-inch restrictors, no. 100-125095.“The restrictor plate on the spec engines will be a work in progress throughout 2019, We’re reviewing dyno numbers as this release is being produced,” said Root. “We’ll do our best to monitor the on-track performance of the two engines options and make the best decisions possible as the season progresses. Joe Hayes and Randy Anderson will be actively involved in those decisions”Hayes was recently named the Late Model Division Director while Anderson remains the Late Model Division Competition Director.“I’m confident in both Joe and Randy and I think the IMCA Late Model division has taken some very good steps in the right direction this off-season,” stated Root.As announced last month, door plates are now mandatory for the division. The plates can be securely welded or bolted to the outside of driver side door bars and must maintain a minimum size of 16” by 26.”Rules for the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season will be the same as those in place for the Deery Brothers Summer Series.2019 rules are posted on the IMCA website and will be published in the December issue of Inside IMCA. Next year’s tentative Deery Series schedule is to be announced later this month.last_img read more

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Attorney for woman accused of throwing away baby wants confession thrown out

first_imgThe attorney for a Boca Raton woman accused of throwing her newborn in a dumpster is requesting that the court throw out her client’s confession because it was not obtained correctly.35-year-old Rafaelle Sousa was arrested in May of 2019 after authorities were contacted by maintenance workers who heard an infant crying in the dumpster.Authorities eventually connected Sousa to the infant after finding a receipt in another trash bag that matched the plastic bag that the infant was found in. Investigators then went to the store where they were able to get a copy of the receipt and Sousa’s info.During her arrest, Sousa who is also the mother of a 3-year-old, told authorities that she felt overwhelmed so she tried to get rid of the infant. Sousa says she went back to the dumpster on two occasions to make sure the infant was dead, however, she was unable to check the bag because each time there were other people nearby.Sousa’s attorney is now saying that due to a language barrier, her client did not understand her rights when they were read to her and therefore her confession is invalid.Sousa has been charged with attempted felony murder and child abuse. Her next court hearing is scheduled for January 13th at 3 p.m.Despite Sousa’s efforts, the infant survived and was returned to her father in July.last_img read more

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