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U.S. utilities sticking to coal plant retirement decisions

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):While U.S. power generators continue to assess what the total implications could be of a decline in electricity demand caused by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, those forecasting a shift to less carbon-intensive assets have not yet changed near-term plans to retire coal plants.In 2019, U.S. power generators retired 13,863 MW of coal-fired generation, the highest amount of coal capacity retired since 2015 when new mercury regulations drove the retirement of 15,124 MW of coal-fired capacity, an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis shows. As of April 17, generators had 9,038 MW worth of capacity slated for retirement in 2020 and another 23,010 MW of coal capacity set to retire between 2021 and the end of 2025.In April, renewables generated more electricity than coal every day of the month, the first time that has happened in the U.S., an analysis from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis recently pointed out. Lower power demand due to the coronavirus pandemic is one of several reasons the transition away from coal has accelerated in 2020, the group added in a May 4 news release.While companies around the world are reassessing capital spending forecasts and looking to preserve liquidity, most utilities set to retire coal plants said they are not yet seeing a reason to slow those plans. Eleven companies responded to a set of questions from S&P Global Market Intelligence regarding their COVID-related generation demand impacts and whether the pandemic will prompt any reassessment of their coal plant retirement plans.[Darren Sweeney, Taylor Kuykendall, Anna Duquiatan]More ($): So far, COVID-19 fallout not altering plans to retire U.S. coal-fired plants U.S. utilities sticking to coal plant retirement decisionslast_img read more

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FDA has new test for possible bioterror agents

first_img In the report, Wilkes and colleagues describe how they tested pyrolysis mass spectrometry on the foodborne pathogens Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Salmonella enterica, a mosquito-control product containing Bacillus thuringiensis, and several inert powders. (B thuringiensis was used in a bioterrorism hoax in 2001 in which a rapid screening kit wrongly identified the material as anthrax, the report says.) Aug 3 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01424.html Research report in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry Aug 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is developing a technology that can identify real or fake bioterrorism agents faster and more cheaply than existing methods. “The testing process works in a way similar to the FBI’s fingerprint library for criminals,” the FDA said. “A researcher can take patterns generated by a mass spectrometer’s analysis of a substance to be identified and compare them to a database of known substances, for immediate recognition.” “We hope to see the testing put into place by government and industry in the near future,” said Dr. John Wilkes, PhD, of the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research, lead author of the research report. The technique uses mass spectrometry to sort out different species and strains of bacteria and distinguish them from inert substances such as flour and cornstarch, often used in bioterrorism hoaxes, the FDA said in a news release yesterday. Mass spectrometry sorts ionized particles according to their weight, usually by passing them through a magnetic field and then using a photographic plate or some other device to trace their different paths.center_img The FDA said it is working with an industrial firm under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to commercialize the technique for quality control in food manufacturing and for counterterrorism applications. Many other tests use DNA amplification via polymerase chain reaction, which costs from $15 to $50 per sample and takes about 24 hours, the FDA said. Also, such tests can’t identify substances containing no DNA, such as poisons, RNA viruses, or organic chemicals, according to the research report. See also: The technique distinguished the bacterial samples from the inert powders and the Vibrio from the Salmonella species, according to the report. Further, the investigators were able to distinguish two different Vibrio strains and two S enterica serotypes. They even distinguished the mosquito-control product, a mixture of bacteria and other substances, from the other bacteria and powders. With the new technique, it takes 3 to 8 hours to prepare a sample for testing but only about 7 minutes to run the test, the FDA said. The cost is as low as $2 per sample. The FDA’s technique, called pyrolysis mass spectrometry, uses heat to vaporize the substance to be tested and then bombards it with argon atoms to cause ionization, according to a report by the FDA researchers in the journal Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.last_img read more

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BID revitalisation US style is years away

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Character meets modern design in West End

first_imgThe home at 96 Ryan St, West EndThis beautifully renovated Queenslander blends old world charm with modern conveniences. The property at 96 Ryan St, West End is in a sought after street just 100 metres from the ferry.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The home has built-in robes to three of the four bedrooms and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that open to the north-facing back deck. The kitchen has Caesarstone benches, Bosch appliances and self-close drawers. Downstairs is fully concreted and lifted well above legal height. Outside there is an inground, solar heated, saltwater pool. The property has character features including VJ walls and ceilings and timber floors as well as ceiling fans, window shutters, retractable fly screens and adjustable external louvres. The home is being marketed by Johnson Real Estate for offers over $1.295 million.last_img read more

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WinGD Unveils New Low-Speed, Two-Stroke Engines ahead of IMO 2020

first_imgMarine technology company Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has introduced three new low-speed, two-stroke engines that are capable of operating on low emission fuels.As explained, the move comes “in response to the growing demand for more efficient and reliable marine propulsion that serves the needs of an increasingly environmentally sustainable industry”.The three new engines — X40DF, X82D and X82DF — will provide a wider variety of compliant choices to ship owners, according to WinGD.“Our industry is calling for greener-shipping… Growing our portfolio of engines ensures that ship owners have the right options to feel confident in their investment,” Klaus Heim, CEO WinGD, said.X40DF engine for smaller vesselsThe new X40DF in its standard configuration is designed to run on LNG, offering the first two-stroke dual-fuel engine for smaller vessels. As the engine is already compliant with all existing emission regulations, including IMO Tier III, the entire support system is reduced due to the absence of the need for any exhaust-gas after-treatment system,The X40DF, low-pressure, dual-fuel engine is available in 5 to 8 cylinder configuration, covering a power range from 2,775 kW to 7,480 kW, at 104 to 146 rpm.X82-D engine for larger vesselsFor larger vessels WinGD’s new X82-D engine is dual fuel (DF) ready, with the ability to upgrade to operation with LNG, fulfilling requirements for gas-ready notations from classification societies.The cylinder distance has been reduced to 1440mm from 1505mm, compared to the previous X82-B version in the WinGD portfolio. The brake specific fuel consumption (BSFC) has also been reduced depending on the rating point and the tuning variant chosen. The X82-D engine offers enhanced propulsion options within the VLCC, VLOC and Panamax container vessel segments.The engine will be available from 6 to 9 cylinders, covering a power output from 16,560 kW at 58 rpm to 49,500 kW at 84 rpm.Fuel savings amounting to 1170 USD/day (2.6 ton/day consumption at assumed HFO cost of 450 USD/ton) can be achieved for a VLCC running and X82-D engine at 90% engine power, as informed by WinGD.X82DF dual-fuel engineAllowing for the same enhanced propulsion options as the X82-D for larger vessels, the new X82DF is the latest among WinGD’s low-pressure X-DF dual-fuel engines. The engine dimensions are based on that of the X82-D diesel engine design but follow the Otto-cycle combustion principle in which gas and air are premixed at the right air-to-fuel ratio.The X82DF engine has an integrated gas pressure regulation unit (iGPR), replacing the standalone GVU. The pre-chamber technology and the advanced design of the low-pressure gas admission valves offer a high level of combustion stability and reduced emissions. The X82DF NOX emissions produced are below that of the IMO Tier-III level in gas mode without exhaust gas after-treatment. As a result of the low amount of pilot fuel required (<0.5%) at 75% engine load, low particle and SOx emissions are also achieved.“The uncertainty of the IMO’s Global Sulphur Cap 2020 caused a dip in new build orders early in 2018. However, vessel newbuilding order uptake is once again on the rise and the introduction of these engines further strengthens WinGD’s position in the market,” Dominik Schneiter, V.P Research & Development at WinGD, commented.“As the marine industry’s leading low-speed gas engine developer, WinGD sees evidence that ship owners are ready to move forward,” Schneiter added.Read more:WinGD Profits from Increased Confidence in LNG as Marine FuelWinGD: Everybody Is Looking into LNG as Marine Fuellast_img read more

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UK pledges GBP75 million in development support to the region

first_imgNewsRegional UK pledges GBP75 million in development support to the region by: – February 14, 2012 14 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Flag of the United Kingdom. Photo credit: flags.netKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The United Kingdom has pledged £75 million to assist with development projects within the Caribbean region over a four-year period.The UK’s commitment came out of talks at the 7th UK/Caribbean Forum held in St Georges, Grenada, from January 20 to 22.Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator A.J. Nicholson, made the disclosure on Friday, during a statement in the senate on the outcome of the forum, which he attended.Nicholson said the injection of funds will go towards efforts to build resilience through the development of practical mechanisms that will boost growth in investment, employment, production and trade opportunities that would enhance the prospects of the people of the region.“The UK Foreign Secretary (William Hague) underlined the importance that the UK has attached to its relations with the Caribbean and announced a pledge of £75 million, over a four-year period, to assist with the development projects in the region,” he stated.He noted that the pledge of funds was one of the major outcomes of the meeting, which also saw agreement between the delegates from the Caribbean and the UK, to establish strategic partnership to promote prosperity, growth and development.Under the theme ‘Sustainable Growth Toward Prosperity’, the delegates engaged in wide ranging and frank discussions on major areas of cooperation, trade and investment, security, climate change and sustainable development, and foreign policy issues, Nicholson said.In addition to the political dialogue, a significant aspect of the forum was the two parallel meetings on security and trade and investment, both of which identified practical areas for cooperation between the UK and the Caribbean, he informed.“It should be stressed that at the outset of the meeting, the Caribbean insisted that there should be tangible outcomes from the forum, which would have an impact on development at the national and regional levels,” he stated.“We therefore adopted a plan of action that identifies concrete areas of cooperation in this new strategic partnership and areas for joint activities,” the minister added.The UK delegation was led by Hague, and included ministers from the Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development, security officials, and members of the private sector. The group represented the largest and highest ministerial delegation to the Caribbean in a number of years.The two-day forum is considered the principal vehicle for political dialogue between the UK and the countries of the region, including Cuba and the Dominican Republic.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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NBD’s online banking page more secure now

first_img Share LocalNews NBD’s online banking page more secure now by: – April 14, 2012 Sharing is caring! Tweet 73 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sunrise, FL. – The National Bank of Dominica Ltd. (NBD) is stepping up its protection for customers against phishing scams. NBD has partnered with Easy Solutions, a world leader in online fraud protection, to proactively detect and shutdown any phishing attacks.Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from legitimate businesses. The emails appear authentic and direct recipients to scam websites where sensitive information is obtained. The attacks continue to target Caribbean financial institutions and their customers.“We understand that our valued customers face various threats when conducting online banking sessions,” says NBD General Manager Michael Bird. “It is important that we make online banking as secure as possible to protect our customers’ assets. We selected Detect Monitoring Services by Easy Solutions because it has a proven track record at detecting and shutting down phishing attacks as fast as possible.”Detect Monitoring Services (DMS) provides 24×7 protection by proactively detecting and shutting down phishing attacks using patented technology. More than 30 businesses are currently protected by this comprehensive anti-phishing service. DMS is just one of several layers in the Easy Solutions Total Fraud Protection® platform to prevent and detect electronic fraud.Press Releaselast_img read more

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Franklin County school board approves drug testing policy

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. — The Franklin County School Board approved a drug testing policy that will take effect starting in June.Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy stated he was in favor of the policy saying it gives students a reason to not fall into peer pressure and not experiment with drugs.Seventh through twelfth graders can be randomly drug tested after the policy goes into effect.The program will only apply to students who drive to school, or who participate in sports or other extracurricular activities.School officials say if students test positive they will face penalties found in the student handbook, but will not be expelled.last_img

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Tottenham confirm Joe Hart transfer on two-year contract

first_img Loading… A club statement read: “We are delighted to announce the signing of Joe Hart on a contract until 2022.” read also:Man City name pitch after Joe Hart With Hugo Lloris down as Jose Mourinho’s custodian for the upcoming campaign, Hart is expected to compete with Paulo Gazzaniga for Spurs’ back-up spot. Fellow shot-stopper Michel Vorm left North London on a free transfer last month. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tottenham Hotspurs have confirmed the signing of Joe Hart on a free transfer. The goalkeeper, who has 75 caps for England, left Burnley at the end of last season having failed to make a league appearance in over 18 months. Joe Hart has become Tottenham’s third signing of the summer On Tuesday, Spurs confirmed their third signing of the summer after Alfie Devine and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s arrivals.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You8 Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu ReevesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Secret Origin Stories Of Modern Foods10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsOnly Those Who Live In 1980s Know What It Islast_img read more

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Opposites attract as rival managers prepare for crunch clash at Anfield

first_img United’s late capitulation angered Van Gaal but he is relishing the opportunity to put things right having already been well versed in the unique atmosphere of a United-Liverpool clash. “I have felt it (the rivalry) already four times, on the tour of the USA and in the league. You can see it on the faces of the players,” said Van Gaal. “We need to be aggressive but also under control. It is that kind of match and it will always be difficult because the passion at play in these kinds of games is always very high.” Van Gaal is once again set to be without Bastian Schweinsteiger and Phil Jones but Adnan Januzaj could feature from the bench following his return from a loan spell in Germany. Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren will not be fit to return against United as t he Croatia international is still recovering from a hamstring injury sustained at Stoke earlier this month. Louis Van Gaal and Jurgen Klopp insist opposites attract as they prepare to renew their rivalry in Sunday’s crucial Barclays Premier League clash at Anfield. While Van Gaal has been derided for his perceived negative tactics this season the German’s attacking intent has been hailed as a breath of fresh air in the top flight. But the pair – who have met four times in the Bundesliga – insist there is plenty of room for both approaches in a rare show of north-west magnanimity ahead of the storied showdown. Van Gaal paid tribute to Klopp, insisting: “You can see he plays a very aggressive and pressing kind of game and he already knows the difference between the Premier League and the German league. “He is a very capable manager in the Premier League because he has always showed this kind of football and I think the fans will love it.” And while Klopp underlined the kind of attacking intent United fans maintain has been sorely missing at Old Trafford this season, he also backed Van Gaal to win over his growing band of critics. “Louis van Gaal is one of the most successful managers in the world; he has a special idea of football and as an opponent you have to respect this,” said Klopp. “I am a football fan and if I watch football I like to be entertained, it is one of the most important things in football. “It would not be the same game if people went into the stadium and thought only about tactics and thought ‘This player has to move three yards left or four yards right’. “It is a different idea of football but I wouldn’t say we had the better idea.” Coincidentally both sides go into the game on the back of 3-3 draws in midweek, with Liverpool snatching a point against Arsenal and United blowing a two-goal lead at Newcastle. Press Associationlast_img read more

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