A transmission revolution is on the way

first_imgSo far, there are no political red lines against this change, but we need new political leadership to overcome the bureaucratic inertia. We have nothing to lose in adopting such a European grid plan except our carbon pollution. We have every economic benefit to gain. Eamon Ryan was Ireland’s minister of energy from 2007 until 2011. Currently, he is a senior associate at E3G, a not-for-profit environmental think-tank, and the leader of Ireland’s Green Party. The new advanced transmission technology requires upfront investments in the region of €140 billion by 2020. This cost is dwarfed by the benefits from lowering energy costs through trading power across Europe. Balancing demand across Europe could save consumers some €40bn a year, with a further €30bn in savings if we located new electricity generation on an optimal basis. New grid interconnections can help overcome a fundamental market problem arising from the successful development of renewable power. Rising levels of wind and solar power in countries such as Germany drive down the marginal price for electricity whenever the wind blows or the sun shines. This in turn reduces investment certainty for any form of new power generation. Incumbent fossil and nuclear generators have responded by demanding new capacity payments which will keep old-fashioned base-load power plants in operation. Rather than paying expensive subsidies, it would be cheaper, cleaner and more secure to support investments in interconnection, demand management, storage and more flexible forms of generation. Building out the right grid would do more than anything else to promote investment in other energy assets. The markets need to see that the politicians have a credible clean-energy plan. Ten European countries have already set up an informal organisation to progress a regional grid in the North Sea area. Similar arrangements are in development in the Baltic region and in south-east Europe. The French president, François Hollande, has said he wants to put a European energy network at the heart of his European policy. The new German government will have every reason to take up the same agenda. It will be easier to deliver on its own ‘Energiewende’ – energy transformation – if it breaks out of the national boundaries that have limited it to date. The UK could also buy into the plan as it provides a solution to its own power-supply problems, and represents a regional trading initiative rather than a ‘Grand European Project’. A revolution in European electricity markets is coming. Because building grids takes time and involves complex engineering, it will not easily make front-page news. However, we now have high-voltage grid technology to move electricity over long distances with very low losses. That will radically change the way our power systems work. This revolution will be critical in helping us meet the climate-change challenge. It allows us to match variable power supplies with flexible demand for electricity over wider regions. It will see us blend solar power from the south with wind from the north and hydroelectric power from the Alps. With such interconnection we will be able to deliver clean electricity at scale, not just for traditional uses but also to run our transport system and to heat and cool our offices and homes. This week the revolution took a step forward with the approval of 125 European Projects of Common Interest, designed to accelerate key components of an integrated electricity grid. There is no certainty about completion of the projects, because governments are still locked in national mindsets and regulatory rules hinder international co-operation. However, the fact – and we cannot ignore it – is that it makes more economic sense to share power across national borders. last_img read more

Driver Steals Ambulance To Get Pizza

first_imgWOOD NBC8 Grand Rapids – A 72-year-old man is undergoing a mental evaluation after he allegedly stole an ambulance that went to his house on a medical call.last_img

The Truth about Mold

first_img4 common mold myths debunkedMold is a word that can make anyone cringe. But when it comes to mold in your home, misinformation is an all too common problem. Myths surrounding mold in your home can be costly to both your property and your health.“Mold isn’t something that most people think about until it affects their health, their home or their business,” says Pete Duncanson, director of system development for ServiceMaster Restore, one of the largest disaster restoration companies in the United States. “However, mold spores are found in most homes across the country, and without the right treatment, mold can quickly grow into a major problem.”To help you keep your home and family safe, Duncanson offers four of the most commonly reported mold myths, and solutions to debunk them:Myth: Bleach or other retail products can kill mold on any surface.Most retail products simply discolor mold and are not recommended for use on porous surfaces. In fact, on surfaces like wood, carpet, ceiling tile and drywall, these typical cleaning products don’t always reach the root of the mold, meaning the problem will likely return. Experts say removing the mold from affected items is the only way to ensure the mold will be out of your home for good.Myth: Mold that appears black is hazardous to your health.Mold that appears black is one of the most infamous molds to appear in homes. All molds can cause allergic reactions, respiratory problems, increased risks for infections and plenty of other health issues, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It can be dangerous and can threaten the health of your family. Regardless of the color of the mold, all mold problems should be addressed.Myth: Dead mold can’t cause health issues.Mold goes dormant until the conditions are favorable for regrowth. But even dormant mold can be harmful to your health. Mold release spores before going dormant, allowing it to reproduce and reappear, especially if the underlying moisture and ventilation issues haven’t been resolved. If you feel like you might have a potentially dangerous mold situation, trained professionals can help you identify the problem and ensure the proper treatment of the affected areas.Myth: Mold is the only problem associated with water damage.When water is present where it should not be, it can quickly cause a host of problems, including both structural and cosmetic damage. It can promote bacterial and viral growth, increasing the health risks in your home. Additionally, mold can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours, depending on the nature of water intrusion. If you experience a water damage emergency in your home, it’s best to call a reputable disaster restoration professional who is skilled in dealing with water-related damages. They can help get your home back in order as quickly as possible, as well as help you avoid long-term problems in the future.With the right information and advice from the pros, you can learn to tell myth from reality. For more expert tips on mold prevention and remediation, visit servicemasterrestore.com.Brandpointcontent.comlast_img read more

PNGRFL board’s validity queried

first_imgRUGBY LEAGUE: The Moresby South Rugby League (MSRL) chairman Brown Murema has questioned the validity of PNGRFL board’s positions which cease effective as of March 31 as the AGM has been deferred to another month. Murema said: “The PNGRFL board will be dissolved after that and what will happen next, so all the leagues throughout the country must be advised of the outcome. “While I fully support and thank the PNGRFL board for taking the initiative to suspend all the leagues from running their competitions right across the country due to coronavirus pandemic. “It is for the good of our players to take precaution measures to stay healthy and keep fit. “However, the AGM has been deferred to another month (April) which also exceeds the validity of the board’s term of office and there will no longer any board according to the provisions of the PNGRFL constitution. “The board will be dissolved on March 31 which means that those holding office will no longer hold titles thereafter. It will be a mockery if they remain in office right through to the AGM which is obviously in April so, is there is any provision that stipulates the continuation as such.”last_img read more

‘Short, powerful, and very fast’ – Liverpool can secure Jurgen Klopp…

first_imgReal Madrid welcome Real Betis on Sunday evening which for the Madrid media means a closer look at the Betis side. Ahead of the match Riza Durmisi has been speaking and the 23 year old detailed his admiration for Madrid.AS quote the left back as saying: “I always followed Zinedine Zidane, who is my great reference as a player. But when he retired I stayed with who is best in the world in my position, Marcelo.”Denmark international Durmisi was speaking in English. He only moved from Brondby in the summer, and is more comfortable in English than in Spanish. That’s a bonus for Liverpool, who are reportedly interested in the player.In January it was reported in Spain that Jurgen Klopp is looking to ship Alberto Moreno out and bring a replacement in, with Durmisi one of the possibilities. Several scouting reports had been obtained and Liverpool were said to be considering a summer move.AS describe Durmisi as ‘short, powerful, and very fast’ and the fullback has already managed to make an impact at Betis. In his past five games, Durmisi has accumulated a goal, an assist and a Man of the Match award.Should Liverpool wish to secure the player in the summer then they can do so for his release clause of €20m, which is around £17.5m.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoMisterStocksThese Hilarious Photos Were Captured On The SubwayMisterStocksUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50Undo美術寶1對1香港媽媽們注意了,速來領取適合4-12歲孩子的繪畫課,手慢無美術寶1對1UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo熱門話題生髮率無敵高!96%的禿頭都獲得改善!←這會不會長太多?熱門話題UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 50? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndolast_img read more

College Football Uniform Playoff

first_img Link to post SportsLogos.Net Forums Home OfficialBailey7 Link to post rainmaker17 Sign in to follow this   Posted May 7, 2013 105 Posted May 7, 2013 SportsLogos.Net Notre DameFlorida StateOregonKansas StateAlabamaLouisvilleUtah StateStandford Forums Home Next 4,436 382 0 Link to post Share this post Followers 0 Link to post 10 Share this post Location:Earth Posted May 7, 2013 Share this post 7,532 posts 382 bigmike 10 0 1 pianoknight 0 0 Share on other sites Location:SC, USA 7,532 posts theSLVRBCK I really like this idea!My votes:Notre DameFSUOregonKansas St.BamaGeorgiaFloridaStanford Share this post rainmaker17 All Activity College Football Uniform Playoff St Louis Cardinals 105 1,264 Posted May 7, 2013 Share on other sites 4,392 posts 2,983 posts Stronghorns? Posted May 7, 2013 NDFSUOREKSUBAMAVILLEFLASTAN I should have cleared this up better. You are voting based on the teams uniforms as a whole. Link to post Share on other sites Share on other sites Link to post 38 Location:A Nice Place to Live 154 Link to post 17 382 9,766 posts If you know me, you know that I am a college football FANATIC. Well, since it is offseason and I really want to talk about something other than baseball, I have something that can potentially be very fun and interesting. THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UNIFORM PLAYOFF. Yes, you read that right, a uniform playoff. How does this work? Well, you decide. Each round will have a poll to decide who moves on. The seeding is based on rankings (before bowls). It is a 16 team playoff (11 conference champions, 5 at-large bids) and it is single elimination. Each round will have a one week voting period, until the championship round, which will be two weeks. Before voting, remember that this is strictly a UNIFORM playoff. Do not vote for a team because they are better than the other. So, before I lose your attention, I will show you the bracket. Second round begins next Monday, 7:00 PM. Share on other sites This is a bit tough in college, however. You have Alabama as a #2 seed, but they’re nearly identical to Nebraska, Wisconsin and Oklahoma, among others.There are a few minor differences, but on the whole the uniforms are very similar. So if you cast a vote for Bama, are you sort of including those other teams, too? Just a thought. Same principle would apply to USC and Iowa State, etc. Members 0 2,975 pianoknight 38 Banned 2,975 Members Page 1 of 2   3,447 posts GriffinM6 TheFuture Location:Eugene, OR Location:Philomath, OR Share this post 613 posts 10 10 Link to post OfficialBailey7 Location:Jacksonville, FL Why is LSU an 8 seed and Florida State a 9 seed? 2 Next Sports Logos Share this post 0 Share on other sites wonderbread 1,264 Link to post 0 Share on other sites 2,083 Share this post 10,968 posts 128 323 posts Notre DameFlorida St.OregonKansas StateAlabamaGeorgiaFloridaStanford theSLVRBCK Members Location:So Cal theSLVRBCK Share on other sites OfficialBailey7 382 Share this post fouhy12 Share on other sites 10 Share this post 8 nuordr This is a bit tough in college, however. You have Alabama as a #2 seed, but they’re nearly identical to Nebraska, Wisconsin and Oklahoma, among others.There are a few minor differences, but on the whole the uniforms are very similar. So if you cast a vote for Bama, are you sort of including those other teams, too?Just a thought. Same principle would apply to USC and Iowa State, etc.I think he chose the seed based off of the BCS rankingsYes this is similar to what a playoff would look like, had there been one this year. 0 154 Why these teams? Some are horrible (Oregon, Boise.) 0 Link to post Share on other sites Link to post 10 theSLVRBCK Members 10 382 OfficialBailey7 TheFuture 17 Some of these choices were very easy and would likely mirror what would happen if these teams played in real games. If they were really based on uniforms though some of these teams would not actually win their conferences and/or get the seeds they have. Here’s what I’ve got for the first round:Notre DameFlorida StateBoise StateKansas StateAlabamaGeorgiaFloridaStanford Members 289 Link to post 973 Posted May 8, 2013 4,436 It’s not ideal, but I don’t think it’ll put a dagger Banned Share this post Posted May 7, 2013 773 Posted May 7, 2013 Notre DameFlorida StateOregonKansas StateAlabamaGeorgiaFloridaWisconsin Posted May 7, 2013 0 Members 4,089 posts 289 128 bigmike 17 Sports Logos 10 289 Location:Alabama Posted May 7, 2013 GriffinM6 St Louis Cardinals Posted May 7, 2013 Posted May 7, 2013 Link to post Favourite Logos:The Cross, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots Share on other sites OnWis97 OfficialBailey7 Link to post notre dameLSUOregonKansas StatebamaGeorgiaFloridaWisconsin Sign in to follow this   14,934 posts Share this post wonderbread 17 Members This topic is now closed to further replies. Share on other sites Prev 105 8 wonderbread 1,264 Members If you know me, you know that I am a college football FANATIC. Well, since it is offseason and I really want to talk about something other than baseball, I have something that can potentially be very fun and interesting. THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UNIFORM PLAYOFF. Yes, you read that right, a uniform playoff. How does this work? Well, you decide. Each round will have a poll to decide who moves on. The seeding is based on rankings (before bowls). It is a 16 team playoff (11 conference champions, 5 at-large bids) and it is single elimination. Each round will have a one week voting period, until the championship round, which will be two weeks. Before voting, remember that this is strictly a UNIFORM playoff. Do not vote for a team because they are better than the other. So, before I lose your attention, I will show you the bracket. Second round begins next Monday, 7:00 PM. Notre DameLSUOregonKansas StateAlabamaGeorgiaUtah StateWisconsin Billy B NDFSUOregonKansas StateBamaGeorgia Utah StateWisconsin Location:Jacksonville, FL Share on other sites My votes: NDFlorida St.OregonK-StateTulsaLouisvilleUtah St.Stanford Posted May 7, 2013 0 Share on other sites 613 posts bowld Posted May 7, 2013 0 Billy B nuordr 2,975 Share on other sites Location:Kentucky Peachy Location:Atlanta Posted May 7, 2013 10 Share this post Share this post 17 Share on other sites bowld OfficialBailey7 17 Location:SC, USA Sports Logo News Share this post fouhy12 OfficialBailey7 Posted May 8, 2013 0 Share this post College Football Uniform Playoff 38 tj4eck Location:SC, USA Un-official thread killer. 5,747 posts Posted May 7, 2013 Members OnWis97 973 Posted May 7, 2013 782 posts All Activity 4,436 Page 1 of 2   Members Posted May 7, 2013 Share this post Link to post “Sports Aesthetics” Members College Football Uniform Playoff 773 613 posts Location:Austin, TX 0 Posted May 7, 2013 Members Members Share on other sites OfficialBailey7 Also …. are we counting any alternate uniforms? If so, that may change how I vote in later rounds. I’m looking at you Notre Dame … Boise St. … and Wisconsin. Share this post 0 0 2,083 3,338 posts Favourite Logos:Pensacola Blue Wahoos Primary Sports Logo News Members 0 773 Link to post 0 11,788 posts Link to post NDFSUOregonKansas StateBamaGeorgia Utah StateWisconsin Link to post By OfficialBailey7, May 7, 2013 in Sports Logo News Share on other sites 2,083 782 posts Location:SC, USA Members 382 10 0 10 Share this post 8 10 2,864 posts It should always be Christmas in New Jersey 1 154 Link to post wonderbread Share on other sites 613 posts tj4eck Members Prev 128 0 This is a bit tough in college, however. You have Alabama as a #2 seed, but they’re nearly identical to Nebraska, Wisconsin and Oklahoma, among others.There are a few minor differences, but on the whole the uniforms are very similar. So if you cast a vote for Bama, are you sort of including those other teams, too?Just a thought. Same principle would apply to USC and Iowa State, etc.I think he chose the seed based off of the BCS rankings 973 Recommended Posts Members Link to post Go To Topic Listing Members Share this post 2 Share on other sites Followers 0 Share this postlast_img read more