First 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 Customers
Get away from it all.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago According to realestate.com.au data, the median house price in Tin Can Bay is $332,500 and the median rent is $285 per week.For units, the median sale price is $265k and median rental is $205 per week. Five things you should do when you buy an investment property Georgie Gardner scores the keys to Mosman home Yes, please.“No pressure, no traffic lights, no parking meters, just a relaxed, laid back lifestyle to wander through the waterfront parklands with picnic areas, protected waterways just perfect for water sports such as canoeing, sail boarding, sailing and fishing to name a few past times.”Sounds pretty good, right?Apparently so, because a nearby listing has a similar vibe.A three bedroom home at 8 Beattie Court — for sale at $890k — advertises “a vibrant seaside coastal community with water sports, fishing, golfing and no traffic lights.’The listing describes Tin Can Bay as a “hidden paradise”. MORE NEWS: 10 original beach houses for under $500,000 According to several listings on realestate.com.au, this ideal is a real feature-of-the-town, and it doesn’t stop there.A four bedroom home at 92 Toolara Rd, is listed for sale for $795k.The listing says: “A fantastic lifestyle to behold is waiting for you at the ever popular Tin Can Bay … the best keep secret.” This is the life, in Tin Can Bay.A couple of hundred kilometres north of Brisbane, Tin Can Bay has got to be one of the best named towns in Australia.You can’t help but think life is good there — sitting on the pier, cracking a tinnie or two, watching the world go by.But the town has many more — real — claims to fame.Like the idea of traffic-light-free living. MORE NEWS: Aussie homeowners get nasty new year surprise 8 Beattie Court. VIP’s eye epic $15 million Bondi penthouse 92 Toolara Rd.
NZ Herald 27 September 2011Pornographer Steve Crow has achieved the rare political feat of uniting parties of the far left and far right against his “Boobs on Bikes” parades. A pre-election survey by the Family First lobby group has found Mana Party leader Hone Harawira joining hands with Winston Peters of NZ First and Colin Craig of the new Conservative Party to support amending the Crimes Act’s definition of “indecent acts” to prevent “offensive public nudity eg, ‘Boobs on Bikes’.”But such unanimity was rare. The survey found Mr Craig supported Family First’s position on 90 per cent, and Mr Peters on 80 per cent, of 30 questions on “family issues”. Mr Harawira scored just 30 per cent, less than everyone except Green co-leader Metiria Turei on 23 per cent. Don Brash, whose Act shows up as more of a “liberal” than a conservative party, scored 43 per cent, and Peter Dunne of United Future 37 per cent.The survey did not score the leaders of National, Labour or the Maori Party who all failed to return the questionnaire, but it records their positions on issues where they have voted or spoken publicly in the past.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10754602
I hope you can tune to WRBI at 5:45 tonight for the final Coaches Corner of this season! Please note the early starting time which is necessary so that the Reds’ broadcast can be heard in its entirety. I have really enjoyed this season. I believe we had more guests this year than we have ever had before.Coaches Corner began in the early 80’s. I am not sure exactly how many years this makes, but I know it is over 30. We will start again in mid-August with the fall sports season.Thank you so much for your continued support! Hope to have all of you listening again in August.