Taiwan government moves to speed offshore wind projects

first_imgTaiwan government moves to speed offshore wind projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Taiwan News:The government is sparing no effort in advancing offshore wind farm development through such measures as streamlining approval processes, strengthening oversight of support infrastructure construction, and providing assistance with planning and building procedures, according to Premier Lai Ching-te Transition to renewables is central to achieving a nuclear-free homeland by 2025, Lai said. Wind will play a key role in the nation’s energy mix, with the Ministry of Economic Affairs selecting nine local and foreign companies to build 14 wind farms with a total capacity of 5.5 gigawatts off Taiwan’s western coast within the next seven years, he added.MOEA Bureau of Energy statistics reveal that in 2017, 46.8 percent of Taiwan’s energy was generated from coal, 34.7 percent from natural gas, 8.3 percent from nuclear power and 4.5 percent from renewable sources. By 2025, the government aims to change these numbers to 50 percent for natural gas, 30 percent for coal and 20 percent for renewables, with solar and wind expected to contribute the majority of the latter.According to the MOEA, two demonstration wind farms in the waters off Miaoli and Changhua counties in northern and central Taiwan, respectively, are forecast to come online in 2019. Financed partially through state subsidies, the sites, which have a combined capacity of 230 megawatts, underscore the government’s commitment to fostering renewables and related expertise, the ministry said.The 14 additional offshore wind farms are projected to generate 19.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, create 20,000 job opportunities, spur investment totaling NT$962.5 billion (US$31.56 billion) and reduce Taiwan’s carbon emissions by 10.47 million metric tons annually, the MOEA added.More: Cabinet accelerates offshore wind farm development in Taiwanlast_img read more

Dürr leaves Ludewig a tough legacy

first_imgINTRO: Next month Heinz Dürr passes the reins of German Railway to Johannes Ludewig, an economist who is close to Chancellor Kohl. Inheriting a 40000 km railway halfway through an ambitious programme of reforms, Ludewig must tackle numerous unfinished tasksHEINZ DÜRR may be leaving his post as Chairman of German Railway next month after overseeing what is widely held to be a successful reform, but the process is far from over. While Dürr was instrumental in piloting the reforms on to the German statute book, he was fortunate in being able to work with a transport minister who was equally keen to steer the project through. Appointed in 1990, the former chief executive of AEG also oversaw the huge changes that followed the fall of the Iron Curtain, and in particular the merger of East Germany’s State Railway with what was the West’s Federal Railway. It was no mean feat.But while DB and the government have trumpeted the reforms as a great success, an assessment of DB’s performance published in March by the federal audit office was heavily critical. The report suggested that the objectives set for the reform process had not been achieved – market share of freight traffic had fallen, for example.This prompted DB to issue a statement saying that it was no longer subject to the audit office’s scrutiny because it was organised as a private-sector company, and auditing was now in the hands of an independent organisation. After three years turnover was up 6%, the volume of passenger traffic was up 16% and DM41bn had been invested.Second phaseYet as Dürr hands over his offices in Frankfurt and Berlin (once the headquarters of East Germany’s Stasi secret police) to Dr Johannes Ludewig, one of Chancellor Kohl’s trusted economic strategists, much remains undone.Preparing the railway for the second stage of the reform process will exercise much of Ludewig’s attention. An important objective will be to establish the four business sectors, Network, Long-distance Passenger, Short-distance Passenger and DB Cargo, as stand-alone subsidiaries. There is a possibility of floating the operating companies in 2002, but the Network subsidiary will remain in public hands as to do otherwise would require a change in Germany’s basic law.While overseeing the numerous investment commitments made by his predecessor, Ludewig will also have to tackle the controversial issues of asset and staff productivity and the future of lightly-used regional lines.Better productivity essentialTo this day huge fleets of DB’s locomotives and passenger rolling stock lie apparently idle for long periods in depots round numerous major cities, and the statistics published in Rail Business Report 1997 suggest that German motive power is used less efficiently than in any other major West European country apart from Belgium. While statistical comparisons must be treated cautiously, it is extraordinary that Dürr should have approved orders for new locomotives on the basis of one-for-one replacement of the existing fleet. Where is the ’improved efficiency’ so often served up as proof of the success of the reforms?Similar considerations apply to staffing levels. Dürr acknowledges that too many staff are employed in the network business sector, while DB’s workshops offer ’great potential’ for rationalisation. Whether Ludewig will be free to hand the workshops to Germany’s ever-hungry private industry remains to be seen.The perceived threat of large scale closures of rural routes (p385) has encouraged strong media interest. This is partly related to DB’s strategic network review and the Netz 21 concept.Dürr outlined the Netz 21 proposals to the parliamentary transport committee in April, saying that it would permit network capacity to be more than doubled. This will be achieved by concentrating trains running at similar speeds on to the same routes – in many cases this means assigning specific tracks to fast passenger trains and reserving others for freight.A start is to be made next year on three corridors where passenger and freight trains will run largely on separate tracks:last_img read more

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani cleared to begin throwing off a mound

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Shohei Ohtani, whose rehab from Tommy John surgery was interrupted in September by knee surgery, has been cleared to throw from a mound, Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Tuesday.Ohtani is expected to throw from the mound for three to four weeks before concluding his rehab, which will allow him about a month and a half of rest before the start of spring training.The Angels are hoping to have Ohtani resume his role as a two-way player in 2020, most likely pitching one day a week and serving as the designated hitter three or four days a week.Ohtani spent the 2019 season as a hitter only because of the rehab from Tommy John surgery, which was performed Oct. 1, 2018. In September, with the Angels out of the race, the club and Ohtani opted to shut him down for surgery to repair a bipartite patella in his left knee. The congenital condition, in which the knee cap is split into two bones, had been bothering Ohtani since spring training, although not enough to warrant surgery until nearly the end of the season. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter At the time, Ohtani was nearly done with his throwing rehab. The increase in throwing intensity off a mound aggravated the knee condition, so the Angels opted to stop his throwing and have him undergo knee surgery. It pushed back his total rehab time by about two months.Related Articleslast_img read more

HALF-TIME: GOALS GALORE IN BALLYBOFEY AS GLENSWILLY LEAD IN COUNTY FINAL

first_imgTHERE have been goals galore in the Senior Championship final between Glenswilly and Killybegs in Ballbofey this afternoon.Glenswilly raced into an early lead as Ireland International Rules captain Michael Murphy showed no hangover from yesterday’s game against Australia to score after just 15 seconds with a superb point.And he added a second a few minutes later after winning the ball and taking a foul in the process – sticking the free over the bar. Murphy was going for a hat-trick of scores a short time later but ended up on the ground clutching his ankle.Killybegs finally responded – with a fortunate goal.Christopher Murrin sent in a high ball, O’Donnell misjudged and the ball ended up in the back of the net.Murphy did get his hat-trick a short time later – from the penalty spot, sticking the ball away. Killybegs went ahead again however; this time Hugh McFadden fisting to the back of the net – 2-0 to to Murphy’s 1-02.Murphy was on the end of some heavy challenges, and ended up being yellow carded himself as the game became scrappy.Half time: Glenswilly 1-07, Killybegs 2-03 – Glen one point ahead.   HALF-TIME: GOALS GALORE IN BALLYBOFEY AS GLENSWILLY LEAD IN COUNTY FINAL was last modified: October 20th, 2013 by John2Share 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:county finalglenswillyKillybegsMACCUMHAILL PARKlast_img read more