Poland planning to speed coal plant closures, replace capacity with nuclear and renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Poland wants to speed up phasing out coal and spend billions to build renewable and nuclear power infrastructure to address challenges related to climate change and ensure stable power supplies, the government said on Tuesday.In an update of its energy strategy by 2040, the climate ministry said Poland plans to invest 150 billion zlotys ($40 billion) to build its first nuclear power plants, with 6-9 GW of capacity eventually. The first 1-1.6 GW facility would be up and running by 2033.It also plans to build 8-11 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind capacity by 2040 with investment estimated at 130 billion zlotys. The development of renewable and nuclear energy facilities will create 300,000 jobs, it said.Poland has been the only European Union state to refuse to pledge climate neutrality by 2050, with the ruling Law and Justice party saying that it needs more time and money to shift its economy from coal to cleaner energy sources. But rising carbon emission costs, the European Union’s ambitious climate policies and the coronavirus outbreak are forcing Warsaw to speed up its energy transformation.In the updated energy strategy, which still needs to be approved by government, the climate ministry said that coal’s share in electricity production will fall to 37%-56% in 2030 and to 11-28% in 2040, depending on the carbon emission costs. In November 2019 Poland had expected the share of coal at 56%-60% in 2030 and at 28% in 2040.Following the announcement, shares in Polish utilities jumped on the view that these companies would benefit from phasing out coal more quickly.[Agnieszka Barteczko]More: Poland to accelerate coal phase-out, spend billions on renewable and nuclear energy Poland planning to speed coal plant closures, replace capacity with nuclear and renewableslast_img read more

19-25 Atherton St, Whitfield owned by Cairns leaders since 1970

first_img19-25 Atherton St, WhitfieldAccording to RE/MAX selling agent Keith Masotto, the lavish master bedroom, ensuite and parents retreat were extensions built by the miner and his wife.Flamingo Bay Research founders David and Elizabeth Tomlinson were the next owners and installed the playground complete with CCTV devices to keep an eye on the kids.Finally, after 17 years, Les and Tania Williams are selling the colourful and historical property. 19-25 Atherton St, WhitfieldThe five-bedroom, four-bathroom house, with room for four cars and a children’s playground, was built by Macdonnell Law founder Norm Brown in 1970. Then, a Danish cattle station and palm plantation owner bought the sprawling abode and after Christopher Skase relieved him of the Daintree plantation, the businessman took 12 of the trees, farmed for their oil, and planted them along the boundary of the property.The majestic plants remain to this day.Next, Harry Freeman, of Hartley’s Crocodile Farm and Freeman’s Real Estate fame bought the place, before selling it to a Canadian gold miner.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago 19-25 Atherton St, WhitfieldTHE owners of a spectacular property in Whitfield read like a Who’s Who of Cairns business leaders and prominent personalities.Kookaburra, a private inner-city estate on an elevated 3491 sqm allotment at 19-25 Atherton St, Whitfield, will not be open for inspection and tours will be by appointment only. 19-25 Atherton St, Whitfield“The property has subdivisional potential as well so it will be of interest to a range of different buyers at the top end of the market.” 19-25 Atherton St, WhitfieldMr Masotto said he was pleased to be appointed to sell the property. “I have been selling real estate in Cairns for over 34 years and this is one of the most incredible, feature packed amazing homes I have had the pleasure to bring to the market,” he said. “How many homes have a 40 kVA generator in case the power fails? How many have gas heating capacity to their swimming pools? How many have four bathrooms and a sauna? A three-quarter tennis court, huge pool with a tiled blue marlin on the bottom and entertainment areas to host a gathering of 150 guests no problem. last_img read more

City enters negotiations with gravel crushing company

first_imgLB Chapman Counstruction has indicated that it would consider doing to work on a reduced scope, and staff has been authorized to start negotiating down from the tender price of $161,000. “Part of it’s mobilization costs, so we’ll be talking about that, and reducing the scope and asking for a reduction in unit cost as well,” explains Victor Shopland, Director of Integrated Services. Whatever they’ll give us we’ll take, but the maximum dollar value is $120,000 so that’s as far as we can go.” The City says that if the project is able to go ahead, it will have enough inventory of winter sand to match its needs for the next two winters.- Advertisement -The gravel pit was purchased in early 2013 from Glenn Fox for $2.924 million before tax out of reserves from Fair Share Funds in the City’s budget. The aggregate will be used for road construction and water and sewer main projects and is intended to improve the city’s ability to plan for future maintenance as the community grows, and decrease spending. It’s expected the pit, which holds between 600,000 and 1,100,000 cubic metres of material, will last between 24 and 44 years.Advertisementlast_img read more

Discussions underway to extend helicopter services for Tory Island

first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh has confirmed discussions are underway between the Government and the Health Service Executive (HSE) on extending helicopter services to Tory Island.The proposal to expand air connectivity to the island was included in a report by Pól Ó Gallchóir, chairman of Foras na Gaeilge and former chief executive of TG4, during his review of transport services at the end of March.Mr McHugh, Minister for the Irish language, Gaeltacht and the Islands, said: “Currently officials in the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are in discussions with the Health Service Executive (HSE) about the expansion of the Tory Island helicopter service. “The focus of talks is on the possibility of expanding the service by three months.“A proposed expansion of the air operation was one of the key recommendations made by Pól Ó Gallchóir during his review of transport services for Tory.“The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht wrote to the Health Service Executive (HSE) in recent weeks about expanding the operation and discussions are now ongoing.“In the last year the Government doubled helicopter services to Tory, with the flight in and out of the island to Falcarragh increasing from one day a fortnight to once a week. “The service ran from mid-November last year until March 30 and these new discussions involving the Department and the HSE will explore the possibility of extending the services into September and April.”Mr McHugh added: “The plans for increased air services are just one aspect of the ever improving transport links to Tory.“We are also committed to designing and constructing a new purpose built ferry to operate from Magheraroarty to Tory over the next couple of years. Consultation work on the project has begun.“The commitment for the new boat is in the National Development Plan and it will be delivered.”endsBackground Pól Ó Gallchóir’s report was submitted to Islanders and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on Friday March 23.Costs for the expansion of the air transport services to Tory Island have yet to be finalised.Discussions underway to extend helicopter services for Tory Island was last modified: May 14th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalhelicopter sericeTory Islandlast_img read more

Desamparados mayor confirms construction in protected area despite ceaseanddesist orders

first_imgMunicipal officials in the southern San José canton of Desamparados on Monday confirmed that property owners in a protected area known as Mt. Tablazo are continuing construction in spite of cease and desist orders from that office and the Municipality of El Guarco, in the province of Cartago.The area has six drinking water sources for a large number of residents in Desamparados and El Guarco, and officials from the Environment Ministry’s (MINAE) Administrative Environmental Tribunal last month ordered the mayors of both cantons to refrain from issuing construction permits in the area until the ministry could guarantee the protection of local aquifers.Desamparados Mayor Maureen Fallas Fallas said officials visited the area over the weekend and found evidence that the farms’ owners are moving forward with construction.Fallas said that on Saturday, officials noticed municipal no-build signs were removed.“A private security guard prevented us from entering the property, but we could see that they are digging wells and stockpiling construction material, including roof sheets, sand, cement bags and other material,” Fallas told The Tico Times.Municipal officials also attempted to serve the guard with another cease and desist order, but he refused to accept it, Fallas added.“On Sunday we returned to the area and again observed construction, … including an engineer taking measurements. This time we were able to deliver another cease and desist order to Eduardo Alfaro, the legal representative of the corporations listed as the landowner,” Fallas said.Conflicts between farm owners and nearby residents have taken place recently after a bus allegedly transported residents from a San José slum known as Triángulo de la Solidaridad to the area. According to reports, landowners hope to sell the property to the government for a low-income housing development.Relocating the Triángulo de la Solidaridad residents is key to expanding the Circunvalación, a belt route around the capital’s central canton.Housing Ministry Project Director Marian Pérez Gutiérrez denied the ministry’s involvement in the transfer of Triángulo de la Solidaridad residents to Desamparados, saying last week that one of the farm owners had acted “on his own initiative” in bringing the group to the area.Mayor Fallas said officials on Tuesday will file a report to MINAE’s Administrative Environmental Tribunal seeking sanctions against property owners. Officials documented evidence of construction despite several cease-and-desist orders. (Courtesy of Desamparados Municipality) Facebook Comments Related posts:How Solís’ administration plans to turn one of Costa Rica’s biggest slums into a park Government postpones project to expand Circunvalación beltway Housing Ministry again postpones relocation of San José slum Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís promises to cut extreme poverty by 45 percent by 2018last_img read more