First U.S. utility scale offshore wind farm will cut Massachusetts customer bills by $1.4 billion

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First U.S. utility scale offshore wind farm will cut Massachusetts customer bills by $1.4 billion

first_imgFirst U.S. utility scale offshore wind farm will cut Massachusetts customer bills by $1.4 billion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:Massachusetts electricity users will save about $1.4 billion over 20 years from the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the U.S.Avangrid Inc. and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, joint developers of the 800-megawatt project south of Martha’s Vineyard, expect to provide power and renewable energy credits for 6.5 cents a kilowatt-hour according to a letter Wednesday from the state Department of Energy Resources.That’s a levelized price in 2017 dollars over the term of the contracts, and makes the Vineyard Wind project about 18 percent cheaper than other alternatives, according to the letter. It’s also lower than the wind industry expected and shows that offshore wind can be a competitive source of clean energy as costs continue to come down.“That’s pretty shocking for us,” said Tom Harries, a wind analyst at Bloomberg NEF. “I think the wider industry expected much higher prices. The repercussions of this are it will probably awaken a lot of other coastal states to the value of offshore wind.”As prices continue to fall, offshore wind is expected to grow by 16 percent annually through 2030, driven by installations in the U.K., Germany, Netherlands and China, according to BNEF. The U.S. is a latecomer to the market, and early projects may cost more than those in Europe, in large part because developers will need to import components for the massive offshore structures, which can be as big as 600 feet (183 meters).With Vineyard Wind, the U.S. is starting to close the gap, Harries said. While offshore wind is still more costly than onshore wind and solar, it offers other advantages, notably that the turbines will generate power in the winter when prices are high.Federal tax credits and a long-term power-purchase agreement were part of the equation that helped the wind project “offer an attractive price to the benefit of consumers,” Lars Thaaning Pedersen, chief executive officer of Vineyard Wind, said in a statement.“The general consensus was that it would take a while for new markets to reach levels we’ve seen in Europe and the U.S. seems to be doing this pretty fast,” he said. More: First Big U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Offers $1.4 Billion to Customerslast_img read more

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John Flanagan Replaces Dean Skelos as NY Senate Majority Leader

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) resigned his leadership post Monday—one week after being arrested with his son on federal corruption charges.State Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport), who has chaired the senate education committee, replaced Skelos following a debate between GOP senators over whether Flanagan or Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) would take over the leadership role that Skelos has held since 2011.“I have decided to step down the last thing I would ever want to do is distract from the good work that Senate Republicans have done or make it more difficult to close down this legislative session in a positive and productive way,” Skelos said in a statement. “This scrutiny was more real and more eye-opening than I could have ever imagined when I asked the members of our conference to stand by me last week”Flanagan praised Skelos upon taking over the leadership while Seklos looked on beside him.“I am so extraordinarily grateful,” Flanagan, a former state Assemblyman who was elected to the Senate in 2002, said in his first remarks after being sworn in. “We have real work to do, so let’s get to the people’s business.”Skelos initially tried to hold on to the majority leadership, but his support eroded days after he and his son, Adam, pleaded not guilty to soliciting $200,000 in bribes from two companies in exchange for helping pass favorable legislation and win a $12 million Nassau County contract for storm water treatment.The arrest of the Skeloses came three months after former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) lost the leadership post he had held for two decades after he was similarly charged and pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges.Skelos’ predecessor, ex-Sen. Joseph Bruno (R-Troy,) was also convicted of federal corruption charges, but the verdict was overturned on appeal, and he was acquitted during his second trial. Skelos, who took over for Bruno in 2008, lost the leadership post when the Democrats won the majority of the state Senate the following year. His successor, former Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Queens), was convicted of federal corruption charges in February and faces sentencing in July.Smith and Skelos both disputed who controlled the chamber during the infamous June 2009 coup that resulted in then-Sen. Pedro Espada (D-Bronx) taking the majority leadership post before he was indicted in 2010 on federal corruption charges. He was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.Skelos had regained control of the Senate majority in 2011 until 2013, when Democrats regained a slim majority, but he formed a power-sharing agreement with Sen. Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx), who leads the Independent Democratic Caucus. Skelos and the GOP had regained full control of the chamber in January.The shakeup comes during the last five weeks of the state legislative session before they adjourn for the summer on June 17. This is when lawmakers historically push for passage of their biggest proposals.When the news was announced late Monday afternoon in Albany, State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) issued a statement congratulating his new counterpart.“I know Senator Flanagan as a friend and a colleague from his time serving in the Assembly, and I am looking forward to working with him in his new role on an agenda that will truly serve to move our state forward,” he said.Suffolk Republican chairman John Jay LaValle, who was one of the first party leaders to urge Sen. Skelos to step down from his post pending the resolution of the charges against him, was very pleased with the transition in power that kept another Long Island Republican in the leadership post.“Senator Flanagan’s elevation to Majority Leader is not just great news for Suffolk County, but for suburban taxpayers throughout New York State,” said LaValle in a statement. “John Flanagan is someone who has protected suburban taxpayers by helping to pass a property tax cap.  As chair of the senate education committee, he fought and won many battles to ensure suburban public schools received their fair share of State Education Aid. I am confident that Senator Flanagan will continue to stand up to liberals who think that suburban taxpayers are New York City’s piggy bank.”-With Spencer Rumseylast_img read more

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Chinese tourists welcome to extend their stays: Bali deputy governor

first_img“Our immigration will be more flexible toward Chinese tourists who overstay their visits,” said the deputy governor.Moreover, Tjokorda said he would do his best to prevent discrimination against Chinese tourists, in light of the coronavirus.“By installing thermal scanners in the airport, as well as other methods, we hope the public will stop worrying about the virus, which could lead to discrimination against Chinese tourists in hotels or other places in Bali,” he said. Bali has prepared anticipatory measures against the spread of the coronavirus by implementing a monitoring system, which has been used since the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in the early 2000s. The Bali administration has allowed Chinese tourists in the island to extend their visas despite the government’s travel restrictions to prevent a coronavirus outbreak. Bali Deputy Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati said he welcomed Chinese tourists with open arms if they felt safer in Indonesia.The Chinese tourists in Bali did not have to return to their country because of the temporary restrictions, he added. “We believe that the government will be able to handle the coronavirus case properly so that the relationship between Indonesia and China, especially in the tourism sector, will be able to return to its previous state,” Tjokorda said as quoted by Antara, adding that the province, also known as the Island of the Gods, would hold mass prayers at Pura Batur temple in Bangli, hoping for an end to the outbreak.Meanwhile, Chinese Consul General in Denpasar Gou Haodong said he felt touched by the Bali administration and the public’s friendly attitude toward Chinese residents in light of the coronavirus outbreak. He also appreciated the Indonesian government’s efforts to protect the country. “We hope for everyone’s support if the Chinese government picks up the Chinese tourists to return to the country,” Haodong said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

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NASCAR’s Kyle Larson to AP on slur: ‘I was just ignorant’

first_img First Published: 20th August, 2020 07:00 IST COMMENT LIVE TV FOLLOW US Written By Last Updated: 20th August, 2020 07:00 IST NASCAR’s Kyle Larson To AP On Slur: ‘I Was Just Ignorant’ What do you do when the entire world believes you are a racist? When your career has collapsed because you uttered the N-word while playing a late night video game?center_img What do you do when the entire world believes you are a racist? When your career has collapsed because you uttered the N-word while playing a late night video game?Kyle Larson packed his things and left North Carolina, returning to his native California too embarrassed to show his face in public.The facts were plain and he doesn’t deny them: He was iRacing in April, couldn’t hear his spotter on his headset and used the racist slur to get his colleagues’ attention. His downfall was swift: The 28-year-old Larson lost his sponsors, his job and any shot at a multimillion-dollar contract in NASCAR’s upcoming free agency.Depressed and devastated, Larson began a journey to understand both why he had said the word and how to grow from the experience. What he discovered was that he’d been living in a bubble most of his life in which winning races was the only thing that mattered.“I was just ignorant. And immature. I didn’t understand the negativity and hurt that comes with that word,” Larson told The Associated Press. “That’s not a word that I had ever used. I grew up in Northern California, all I ever did was race and that’s all I was focused on. There’s probably a lot of real-life experiences I didn’t get to have and I was just ignorant to how hurtful that word is.”Larson sat down with the AP on Wednesday for his first interview since he was fired April 15 by Chip Ganassi Racing after every sponsor cut ties. He had also been suspended by NASCAR and needed to complete a sensitivity training course for reinstatement.Larson took the course. Then he decided he needed to do more.He connected with retired soccer star Tony Sanneh, whose foundation works on youth development and empowerment in the Minneapolis area. Larson went to visit Sanneh and volunteer at the foundation in the weeks before the city — and the nation — were rocked by the death of George Floyd in police custody.Floyd died a few weeks after that first visit and Larson again returned to Minneapolis. Sanneh took him to the site where Floyd died and they toured parts of the city heavily damaged in protests over racial injustice.This was new ground for Larson. His family — father Mike and mother Janet, both devout in raising their son to make proper life decisions, be a good person and treat people equally — made racing a hobby. When Larson began go-karting at 7 they used all discretionary income on furthering his racing career.“I never really realized how privileged I was in the way I grew up,” Larson said. “I never had to really worry about anything and I guess I was naive. I didn’t have a full understanding that there are people struggling with different things on a daily basis. It was very impactful, very moving.”Sanneh connected Larson with former Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Larson visited her foundation in East St. Louis. He got on the phone with Max Siegel, the CEO of USA Track & Field who also runs a NASCAR-sanctioned team that is part of the stock car series’ diversity program. Larson, who is half Japanese, came through that very program on his way to NASCAR.Larson also continued work with the Urban Youth Racing School in Philadelphia. The nonprofit helps minorities advance in motorsports and Jysir Fisher, one of its students, had celebrated with Larson in victory lane following a win in Delaware last October.Fisher was deeply disappointed by Larson’s use of the N-word and discussed it with founder Anthony Martin. The two also talked when Larson said he wanted to visit the school.“Kyle made it his business to come here to this school and apologize. He didn’t want to do it by telephone. He wanted to do it face-to-face,” Martin told AP. “That had a strong effect on Jysir. His favorite driver is still Kyle Larson.”Larson has also hired a personal diversity coach from The Kaleidoscope Group, which specializes in diversity and inclusion consulting.Martin understands celebrities often go through the motions to repair their image after a fall. He insists that’s not what Larson has been doing.“Kids make mistake,” Martin said. “Do I think that Kyle was ever a racist? Absolutely not.”Larson said he isn’t doing what he’s doing in a bid to get his job back. Larson, whose maternal grandparents spent time in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, is adamant he wants to educate himself.“I just felt like there was more that I needed to do — and I wanted to show through actions that I am a better person than I was before,” Larson said.Larson has spent his time in NASCAR exile back at the starting point of his career, racing sprint cars across the country and piling up 31 wins.; this weekend, he will be at the Indy Mile Race at the Fairgrounds at nearly the same time the Indianapolis 500 is running across town.Larson still hopes to get back to NASCAR. He doesn’t know if a team or sponsors will be willing to give him a second chance. He has met NASCAR’s requirements for reinstatement. He said Wednesday he has not yet requested reinstatement.“I made a mistake and I’m paying for it and I accept that,” Larson said. “I’d like to get back there and we’ll see if there’s a way. All I can do is continue to improve myself and let my actions show who I truly am.”Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

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Match between the U-18 Teams of the Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina ended with a Draw

first_imgThe second friendly match between the U-18 teams of the Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was played in Podgorica on Friday, ended with a draw 1:1.The home team took the lead in the 7th minute with a goal of Lazar Mijović, and equalization to the BH team was brought by Ivan Grgić at the beginning of the second half.The first match played two days ago ended with Montenegro’s victory of 2:0.Montenegro – Bosnia and Herzegovina 1:1 (1:0)FK Budućnost Training Camp, PodgoricaReferee: Marko Ćupić (Montenegro)Goals: 1:0 Mijović (7th), 1:1 Grgić (46th)Yellow cards: Mijović, Ivezić (Montenegro)Montenegro: Nikola Ivezić, Milan Radović, Milun Joković, Nemanja Božović, Nikola Vukotić, Elvin Marisenović (68thminute, Aleksa Ćetković), Jovan Dašić (68th minute, Dušan Vuković), Todor Šekularac (46th minute, Marko Vujačić), Lazar Mijović (46th minute, Filip Tmušić), Ognjen Bakić (82nd minute, Damjan Mugoša), Eldin Rastoder. Head Coach: Slobodan DraškovićBosnia and Herzegovina: Luka Damjanović, Luka Brandić, Filip Račić, Mustafa Šukilović, Dejan Popara (46th minute, Enver Kulašin), Denis Alijagić (46th minute, Obren Kljajić), Ivan Grgić, Dino Okanović (46th minute, Mustafa Trako), Dominik Peštić (67th minute, Ervin Burzić), Dženan Čerimagić (67th minute, Eldar Mulaosmanović), Petar Šetka. Head Coach: Slaven Musalast_img read more

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