U.K. Offshore Wind Energy Is Cheaper Now Than Nuclear

first_imgU.K. Offshore Wind Energy Is Cheaper Now Than Nuclear FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times:The economic case for renewable energy in the UK was given a strong boost on Monday as an auction to provide electricity from offshore wind farms showed sharp falls in subsidy costs.The cost of subsidies to the UK’s offshore wind farms in contracts awarded in the auctions dropped by more than 50 per cent and is now well below the price the government has guaranteed for energy from the planned Hinkley Point nuclear power plant.Three offshore wind projects have won contracts from the government in the latest auction for “less established technologies”, which was also open to schemes such as tidal but excluded solar and onshore wind. The price of electricity guaranteed to offshore wind developers has dropped to as low as £57.50 per megawatt hour — below even the most optimistic forecasts from analysts and a significant fall from the average £117.14/MWh awarded to offshore schemes in the last comparable subsidy auction in 2015. Analysts had expected developers to bid for subsidies in a range of £60-£75/MWh, reflecting a fall in construction costs as the offshore wind industry has matured.Developers such as Dong Energy of Denmark, which is behind one of the three successful schemes, are also installing larger, more powerful turbines. The results of the latest “contract for difference” auction published on Monday were welcomed by supporters of renewable energy, who argue offshore wind and similar technologies can become the foundation of the UK’s energy policy, as the government strives to meet carbon reduction targets. Hugh McNeal, chief executive of RenewableUK, a trade body, said: “We knew today’s results would be impressive, but these are astounding.”More: Renewable energy case boosted by sharp subsidy falllast_img read more

February bar exam results posted

first_img February bar exam results posted May 1, 2002 Regular News February bar exam results postedcenter_img Graduates from Florida’s two public law schools got the highest passage rate for those taking the February Florida bar exam.The Florida Board of Bar Examiners released the results from the February bar exam April 15.A total of 917 people took the exam, 426 from out of state and the remainder in-state graduates. The FBBE also said 885 took the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam in March, 283 from out of state and the remainder from the eight law schools.Florida State University topped those who took Part A and Part B of the general bar exam; 29 of the 34 FSU grads passed, or 85.3 percent. The University of Florida was next, with 116 of its 140 graduates passing, or 82.9 percent. Next was Stetson University, where 58 of 74 graduates passed, or 78.4 percent.Of the other law schools: 44 of the University of Miami’s 59 students passed the exam, or 74.6 percent; 41 of 72 graduates from Nova Southeastern University passed, or 56.9 percent; 26 of 47 students from Florida Coastal passed, or 55.3 percent; 22 of 48 graduates from St. Thomas University passed, or 45.8 percent; and 7 of 17 from Barry University of Orlando passed, or 41.2 percent.Three hundred and forty four of the 426 applicants from out-of-state law schools passed, or 80.8 percent. Overall, 74.9 percent of those who took Parts A and B passed.That figure was 78.4 percent for the MPRE portion of the exam. Passage rates by school were 84.5 percent the FSU; 84.2 percent for UF; 79.1 for Stetson; 78.9 for UM; 67.2 percent for Nova Southeastern; 68.4 percent for Florida Coastal; 66.7 percent for Barry; and 66 percent for St. Thomas. The rate was 80.6 for out-of-state test takers.The scores can be found on the court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org or by clicking here.last_img read more

CNTB and the Slovenian Tourist Board approved European funds for promotion on the Chinese market

first_imgThe joint campaign of the Croatian Tourist Board (CNTB) and the Slovenian Tourist Board (WTO) has been approved for the first time by the European Tourism Commission (European Travel Commission) under the Call for Proposals for Thematic Transnational Campaigns to Promote Europe in China. A campaign called “Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia “ aims to strengthen the visibility and reputation of the two countries in the Chinese market as attractive and authentic European tourist destinations and to increase the number of Chinese tourists. The value of the campaign exceeds 200.000,00 euros, half of which is co-financed with European money. The activities envisaged by the campaign will take place from October 2018 to March 2019 and include two joint workshops in Beijing and Shanghai, two online training for representatives of Chinese tour operators and travel agencies, as well as advertising in reputable and recognizable Chinese media.”This is a confirmation of long-term and very high-quality cooperation with Slovenian colleagues in the promotion of our countries in distant markets. I am sure that our investments and planned activities, together with the approved European funds, will ensure even better results that Croatia achieves in the large Chinese market. This year has been declared the European-Chinese Tourism Year, which is why we will continue to implement key promotional activities in order to position our country even more strongly among Chinese travel enthusiasts. “, said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić.CNTB opens offices in Los Angeles, Seoul and ShanghaiA key role in these processes will be played by the new CNTB office in Shanghai, which opens at the beginning of September, within the HGK office, while the other two offices will open by the end of the year. “Confirmation that the Chinese market is growing rapidly is evidenced by projections that more than 2020 million Chinese tourists will travel annually by 100. Positive trends in tourist traffic from this market are also visible in the example of Croatia, which has been visited by 136.000 Chinese tourists so far this year,  who realized 203.000 overnight stays, which is a growth of 36 percent in arrivals and overnight stays compared to the same period last year. “, Stanicic added.Call The ETC is aimed at promoting Europe as an attractive tourist destination in the Chinese market, and is intended for national tourism organizations to represent their own countries through various activities. “We are very happy that we have successfully nominated a joint project through cooperation and thus managed to obtain additional promotional funds for the Chinese market. I am convinced that the joint promotion will result in more attractive products, increased visibility and reputation of both destinations in the Chinese market, and thus a more abundant visit of Chinese guests. Research shows that Chinese tourists often connect both destinations when traveling to Europe. China, with its 160 million announced trips in 2018, is one of the world’s most promising emitting tourism markets” said the director of the Slovenian Tourist Board Maja Pak, adding that Chinese tourists mostly travel from big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.Joint promotion in distant markets, and especially in the Chinese market, is a unique and excellent example of successful cooperation in tourism promotion of the two countries. The professional performance of national tourist organizations is reflected in the growth in the number of Chinese guests and the increased visibility of both destinations on the Chinese market, the CNTB concludes.last_img read more

No. 6 Women of Troy aim to stay undefeated

first_imgA solid start to the 2015 season has propelled the USC women’s volleyball team to new heights in the national rankings. The undefeated Women of Troy (6-0) have jumped from No. 22 in the polls to start the season to         No. 6 overall, heading into the third week of regular season play.Of the six matches already played, USC has defeated three top 15 opponents and earned five straight 3-0 sweeps.“I have really enjoyed the way our kids have played, and I like that they’ve had fun competing,” head coach Mick Haley said.This week, the Women of Troy will carry their undefeated record into the Galen Center when they host the USC Classic Sept. 10-12.Four teams will visit Troy for the three-day tournament, with Utah State, Pepperdine, Idaho State and New Mexico all on the schedule to play USC.USC will begin the tournament facing off against Utah State on Thursday morning.The Women of Troy and the Aggies (2-5) will meet for the first time in nearly 14 years, with USC holding the edge in the overall series record, 7-1.Thursday night, USC will face off against Pepperdine. The Waves (6-1) are coming off their first loss of the season last weekend at the Lipscomb Invitational and will be looking to get back on track against USC. The Women of Troy, however, have gotten the best of the Waves most recently, winning the last five consecutive meetings.It will be another early morning match on Friday for USC when they host Idaho State at 10 a.m.The Bengals (5-2) and the Women of Troy have only met twice, with USC winning both meetings.The Women of Troy will then take on New Mexico on Friday night.The Lobos (4-2) were picked to finish fifth  in the Mountain West Conference this season and are coming off a 2-1 record at the Lobo Classic in Albuquerque. USC leads the overall series, 5-1, and has won the last four matches against New Mexico.The matches against Pepperdine and New Mexico will both be broadcast live on the   Pac-12 Networks.As the team will look to build upon its hot start this weekend, Haley is already very impressed with his team’s play thus far.“I can’t say enough about this team,” Haley said. “Samantha Bricio and Alicia Ogoms as seniors have been really good with their leadership, and to see sophomore Brittany Abercrombie be the kind of player we always thought she could be and more is great.”The all-around play of senior captain Bricio in the early season has also earned her recognition throughout the conference. Bricio won her second straight Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week award this week after being named Most Valuable Player of the 2015 University of Northern Iowa Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa.This was the seventh time in Bricio’s career that she has been chosen for MVP honors at a      pre-conference tournament.During the tournament, Bricio became just the sixth USC player to collect 1,000 digs and 1,500 kills in her career.Despite her personal accolades, the All-American outside hitter is quick to praise her team first and foremost.“This team is amazing. We all have a connection, and it has been really fun to play with each other,” Bricio said. “All the work that we’ve been doing in the spring and during the fall is really paying off.”Sophomore opposite hitter Abercombie agreed with Bricio about the team dynamic.“I think our team unity and our fight has been there, so we’ve all just been feeding off of each other and playing really well,” Abercrombie said.When previously asked about his team’s performance early on in the season, Haley said that these pre-conference tournaments could be very telling as the team moves forward.“The first four weeks of the season are kind of ‘foolers’ because people don’t do a lot to prepare for you since they’re trying to prepare their own teams,” Haley said. “But by the time we get to the end of September, we’ll get to know a lot more about our team.”last_img read more