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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Jobs report falls below expectations

first_imgWith 130,000 jobs gained last month, NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long said “August job growth failed to meet expectations, but this was still a solid report overall,” adding that “both labor force participation and prime-age employment improved.”Although headline job growth fell below the year average, Long noted that “private sector growth was sufficient to absorb new entrants into the market. The overall picture of the labor market is still a strong one which represents a solid recessionary buffer, albeit one where job growth is clearly tapering as we approach full employment.”“Wage growth remains muted and presents no obstacle to a 25-basis point rate cut later this month. NAFCU continues to believe there is not enough in the overall economic data, including this report, to justify a 50-basis point rate reduction at this time,” Long concluded. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Scudamore under increasing pressure

first_imgThe furore over sexist emails sent by Richard Scudamore has intensified with a number of England women internationals calling for action against the Premier League chief executive. Press Association England and Everton goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis said the emails were an “insult to all women” and that Scudamore should be sanctioned, while former England captain Casey Stoney said his position was now “very difficult”. The group Women In Football has written to all 20 Premier League clubs and main sponsors asking for an “independent review” of the league’s practices. Edward Lord, an equality campaigner who is a member of the Football Association’s Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB), has suggested Scudamore’s position is “untenable”. The emails, which have been described by FA chairman Greg Dyke as “totally inappropriate”, referred to women in a derogatory terms, contained sexual innuendoes, and made jokes about “female irrationality”. The league would not comment on Friday on the latest developments but the involvement of Barclays raises the stakes ahead of a meeting of the Premier League’s audit and remuneration committee, chaired by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, on Monday to discuss the case, which will also be the subject of a special meeting of the IAB on Tuesday. After the story broke in the Sunday Mirror, Scudamore issued a statement apologising for the emails, which were sent from his Premier League email account and seen by a former temporary PA who leaked them to the newspaper. Stoney said in the Daily Telegraph: “We are trying to get to a world without discrimination and to have somebody in such a high position in football making derogatory comments about females is not acceptable. “How would he feel if these comments were written about his daughters? “It is up to the powers that be whether he stays on but talking about women in such a derogatory way makes his position very difficult. Whether it’s a private email or not, he has written them and he has only apologised because he has been caught.” Brown-Finnis told BBC Sport: “It’s not just about women who are involved in football, it was an insult to all women. “However jokey he was trying to be with that, it’s just totally unacceptable in this day and age. “It’s zero defence for me. Private emails when are you head of the Premier League don’t really exist. “Is a sorry enough? Probably not, but I do think the way to move forward is for the Premier League to follow their protocols just like they would with other employees and I’m sure they have policies which would sanction him appropriately for his misconduct.” Scudamore is also facing increasing pressure on his position after principal sponsor Barclays expressed disappointment to the league over the email exchange with a lawyer friend. last_img read more

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Westport Winery Savoring the Gold in Oregon

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Westport Winery more gold medals or higher than any other winery at the 2017 Savor NW Wine Competition held the first week of March in Cannon Beach, Oregon. This competition is a precursor to the popular Savor Cannon Beach Food & Wine Festival that will be held on March 9-12. Westport will be pouring all of their award-winning wines at their Cannon Beach tasting room during this event.The Best of Class Gewurztraminer medal was awarded to Captain Gray. The grapes for this wine were harvested in 2015 at Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Grays Harbor Symphony and Bishop Performing Arts Center in Aberdeen. The sculpture commemorating this wine was created by Westport ceramic artist Kimmi Kerns. The label is a portrait of the winery by watercolorist Barbara Sampson. Rapture of the Deep, Westport’s 100% sparkling cranberry wine, earned Best of Class in the non-grape wine category. The photograph on this wine’s label is by winery co-owner Blain Roberts. Its sculpture was created by Johnny and Darlene Camp of Opal Art Glass in Cosmopolis. This wine benefits Harbors Home Health & Hospice. Double gold medals were bestowed upon Maritime Sparkling Riesling, Ancient Mariner Pear Riesling, and Swimmer Petite Sirah. The Riesling grapes were also harvested at Red Willow Vineyard, while the Petite Sirah was hand-picked at Olsen Brothers Estate Vineyard near Benton City, Washington. These wines benefit the Northwest Carriage Museum, Coastal Animal Rescue & Adoption (CARA), and the Grays Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center, respectively. Both the Maritime and Ancient Mariner labels were painted by watercolorist Darryl Easter, while the Swimmer label features a childhood photo of Dana Roberts, Westport’s director of winemaking.Additional gold medals were earned by Shiver Me Timbers, a blend of Riesling, passionfruit, orange and guava; Lighthouse, a dry Riesling from Red Willow Vineyard; and Charterboat Chick, the winery’s rich Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. It was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine six times. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012, received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The resort (including the restaurant, bakery, plant nursery and 15-acre display garden) is open daily or breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Westport Winery’s second location, TASTING @ Cannon Beach, is located at 255 N. Hemlock. The Oregon tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

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