Carbon Tracker: Europe’s coal power generators facing massive losses this year

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Coal power generators in Europe face 6.6 billion euros ($7.3 billion) of losses this year as plunging renewable energy costs and cheap natural gas cut use of the dirtiest plants to a record low.Almost 80% of lignite and hard coal-fired generators will be unprofitable this year, a hit the industry is unlikely to survive without government help, according to a report from Carbon Tracker. The research group pushing for lower greenhouse gas emissions calls for a continent-wide phaseout of the most polluting fossil fuel by 2030.Utilities in Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic are the most exposed to falling profits in a year where falling coal prices and rising carbon emission permits make it less attractive to burn the fuel for power. Coal’s days are already numbered in Germany, which plans to shut its plants by 2038, and Spain has set a 2030 deadline.While European year-ahead coal prices have dropped to about $66 a ton from more than $100 a year ago, EU carbon permits have surged fivefold since 2017. That has driven up the cost of burning coal. At the same time, benchmark gas contracts in the Netherlands are trading 27% below their 10-year seasonal average, encouraging utilities to use that fuel instead.The report by Carbon Tracker, an environmental group that advises institutional investors, points to how energy economics is prompting nations to wean themselves off coal to curb emissions and slow climate change. For most of this decade it was more profitable to burn coal in Germany, but that relationship was turned on its head this year because of a glut of gas.“EU coal generators are hemorrhaging cash because they cannot compete with cheap renewables and gas and this will only get worse,” said Matt Gray, Carbon Tracker’s head of power and utilities. “Getting off coal is cheap and can be a win-win for consumers and shareholders, providing governments and investors work with local communities.”More: Coal power plants face $7.3 billion losses in Europe this year Carbon Tracker: Europe’s coal power generators facing massive losses this yearlast_img read more

Designing standards for storing e-records

first_img January 15, 2006 Regular News Designing standards for storing e-records Designing standards for storing e-records Lawyers look to safeguard client records as part of their hurricane preparation plans Increasingly turning to electronic means to store legal records, especially as they worry about hurricanes, lawyers are asking for guidelines on the appropriateness of keeping electronic as opposed to paper records.The Bar Board of Governors, reacting to that request, has asked the Professional Ethics Committee to look at that issue and consider issuing an ethics opinion. The board acted at its December 16 meeting at Amelia Island.Board member Steve Chaykin, chair of the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, said the Bar has been getting more inquiries on the subject, both through its Ethics Hotline and from the Law Office Management Assistance Service. Lawyers are paying particular attention to the issue as they look to safeguard client records and legal documents as part of their hurricane preparation plans.He noted there are no ethics opinions advising lawyers when they might need to retain an original document and when it would be okay to keep only an electronic record.Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert said that lawyers have a wide variety of records and documents that could be affected. For instance, she noted that state law requires the original of some documents to be presented in court, not electronic copies. But in other instances, lawyers may have files of closed cases that don’t have such vital or essential information that could easily be electronically preserved, she said.Chaykin said the PEC’s opinion would be posted on the Bar’s Web site, and linked to information about disaster preparedness and also guidelines about retention and disposal of old client files.The committee unanimously made two recommendations, he said. The first is to refer the issue to the PEC for an opinion on converting paper records to digital files and whether electronic files are required as opposed to allowable in some situations. The second, Chaykin said, is to refer to the appropriate Bar committees the issue of whether in some instances electronic records could be submitted to courts in lieu of paper records.The board approved both unanimously, and Bar President Alan Bookman said he would make the referrals to the appropriate committees.last_img read more

Leadership Matters: Confidence compounds

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » One of the most significant leadership skills you need to develop is confidence, which allows you to have impact far beyond your title or level within your organization.Building confidence requires a disciplined focus on seeking and accepting bold opportunities to help you reach for higher rungs of influence and impact. You don’t need to make huge leaps or take big risks, but each small effort or success will build your confidence over time. As your confidence compounds, you will find you can do vastly more than you ever dreamed was possible.There are three keys to build your confidence: practice, preparation and your presentation.Confidence is a Skill You Need to PracticeJust as with any new skill, you have to practice it over and over again for it to become something you can do with ease. The key is to identify what skill you need to master next. Opportunities to practice new skills are all around you. Plan to practice both inside and outside of work.last_img read more

NEED TO KNOW: Sumner County election deadlines and district maps …

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Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 228 weeks ago I’ll say one thing, when the republiecons gerrymander they do it right! I wonder, when the state reps come to town, do they stay on their own turf or do they wander over to the others ground to make speeches and stuff? Report Reply 2 replies · active 227 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 227 weeks ago Too bad the “republiecons” don’t demand “safe spaces” like the special snowflakes of the democrat side. Oh, sorry. Hope that didn’t hurt your feelings. Wait…was that a microaggression? I can never keep up on all these new ‘woe is me’ things the democrats/progressives/liberals come up with. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down turkeyleg · 227 weeks ago Mr Trump is that you? Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down Terry Deschaine · 227 weeks ago After witnessing and participating in the legislative forum two Saturday’s ago at the donut shop in Wellington, I came away more frustrated than ever. Sen. Abrams, Rep. Kelly and Rep. Hoffman were there to “listen” and discuss issues brought forward by their constituencies in attendance. It became very evident by their responses that they were not there to listen to the issues and respond in a positive, or even encouraging manner. They were there to try to convince us why we were all wrong and that we didn’t possess the factual information that they were privy to. It was so obvious by their responses that they have no intention of actually representing, or even trying to represent those who elected them to office. In my opinion, there were several instances where they actually “talked down” to us. I feel confident that the vast majority in attendance came away with the same opinion as I did. I hope there are serious, qualified candidates that run against these three legislators who would represent the interests of those who sent them to Topeka. Report Reply 1 reply · active 227 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down turkeyleg · 227 weeks ago Sorry to say but Koch puppets are like that. Sad, isn’t it. If one wants to see the future for Kansas all one has to do is look at Louisiana. You will see just what a far right republiecon legislative body will leave. Massive debt, massive uninsured, massive people living in proverty. Then lets not forgot how they trashed the public education system. The poor democrat Gov now and his are trying to straighten it all out. That will take decades. Pretty good republiecon scam, trash the state, give the money to the billionaires and then move on like nothing happened and let someone else clean up their mess. Kansas won’t be to far behind them. If the democrats in Kansas are smart they’d not even run a candidate for Gov in 2018. Let the republiecons clean up their own mess. Cuz whoever is the next gov is going to have to raise taxes. Let the pubs have it, then we can rip them for raising taxes like the republiecons are doing to that poor democrat gov in Louisiana. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State election season is fast approaching. There is still plenty of time to launch a campaign and file for the party primaries coming up on August 2.Those Kansas State and County Democrats and Republican party candidates who wish to appear on the Kansas State primary ballot on August 2 must file by noon, June 1.  All third party candidates or Independent candidates must file nomination petitions by noon, August 1 if they want to be in the general election.Candidates for national and state offices, for state legislature and for judicial offices must file at the Secretary of State’s office in Topeka. Candidates running for county offices must do so at the Sumner County Courthouse. More 2016 Candidates Filing Information can be found here.The list of Sumner County races for state senator/representatives and countywide races in the 2016 election include:•State Senator 32nd District – Steve Abrams, Republican.•State Representative 79th District – Ed Trimmer, Democrat.•State Representative 80th District – Kasha Kelley, Republican.•State Representative 82nd District – Pete DeGraaf, Republican•State Representative 116th District – Kyle Hoffman.•County Commissioner 2nd District – Jim Newell (see district boundaries below).•County Attorney – Kerwin Spencer.•Register of Deeds – Jessica Anderson.•County Clerk – Debra Norris.•Sheriff – Darren Chambers.•Various township and committee members.The following are maps of legislative boundaries in Sumner County for the state representatives and county commissioners. Click on the picture for a larger versions of the map.State Representative boundaries Sumner County:Sumner County is divided into four state representative districts. The green portion is the 116th District represented by Kyle Hoffman. The blue portion is the 80th District by Kasha Kelley and the pink portion is represented by Ed Trimmer. There is also a sliver on the northeast edge that is represented as the 82nd District by Pete DeGraaf. As one can tell by the map: Hoffman represents everything north of 50th Street until Hoover Road south of U.S. 160 and Meridian and Seneca Road north of U.S. 160. Kelley represents most of the southern half of Sumner County and the Avon township. Trimmer has Belle Plaine and Oxford in his district.State Representative boundaries 80th and 116th District Wellington:Wellington is divided almost down the middle. Basically, C Street is the dividing line. Hoffman’s 116th District lies west of C Street and Kelley’s 80th District is east of C Street. Trimmer nor DeGraaf have any representation in Wellington.State Representative boundaries 79th District:Ed Trimmer’s 79th District stretches into Cowley County and includes the Sumner County townships of Harmon, Belle Plaine, Palestine, Gore and Oxford. Kelley’s district goes south and west of the 79th District. Hoffman’s is west and DeGraaf has a sliver to the north.State Representative boundaries 81st District: Pete DeGraaf’s 81st District is mostly in Sedgwick County. However, a small part of it slips into Sumner County that mostly covers the northeast tip.County Commissioner 2nd District:Jim Newell’s Sumner County Commissioner District encompasses the southwest corner of the county including the townships of Dixon, Ryan, Osborne, Downs, Jackson, Caldwell, Bluff, Morris, Chikaskia, Falls and parts of Wellington.County Commissioner 2nd District – Wellington:Newell’s commissioner district includes everything west of Washington Street within the Wellington City Limits.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Gisele hopes Tom Brady’s free agency decision takes family ‘somewhere nice’

first_img“I think I am at a point in my life where there are a lot of considerations that go into playing. I have a very busy professional life, I have a very busy personal life and any decision that is made has to consider everything.”For what it’s worth, the Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been reported as potential free agency destinations for Brady.We think the Chargers are the best fit for Brady if he does not return to the Patriots. And we presume Gisele wouldn’t mind spending more time in LA than she already does. “We have a great home in New York, and we’ve spent time in California over the years,” Brady explained last summer when pressed on his living situation. “My son lives in New York. I have spent time in California. We have a home in Costa Rica we’ve gone to for 12 years. We have a home in Montana we’ve gone to. I think we just have been blessed to have our kids experience the world. My wife is from Brazil. We do a lot of travel. … MORE: Tracking the latest Tom Brady rumorsBrazilian model Gisele Bundchen, who has been married to Brady since 2009 and is the mother of their son and daughter, addressed the topic of her husband’s looming decision during an Instagram Q&A session Thursday. She was asked where she and her family will live in 2020.”I would love to know where I’m going to be living this year, but I don’t know that yet,” Gisele said (via NBC Sports Boston). “But hopefully somewhere nice. And wherever my husband is happy playing, so we will see.”For New England fans who hope Brady will return to the Patriots for his 21st NFL season and beyond, this could be considered good news or bad news.The good news: To Gisele, the Boston area evidently qualifies as “somewhere nice.” She was asked at a later point in the Q&A whether she enjoys life in New England. “Yes, I love it,” she responded. “I’ve been living there for 12 years. My kids love it. They love the snow. As a Brazilian, I have a little harder time with the cold, but I really can appreciate the beauty of the seasons there.”The bad news: Keep in mind the Boston mansion owned by the celebrity couple is for sale. Brady has downplayed the significance of that fact, but Gisele’s anxiety regarding the family’s potential move suggests she is prepared to reside somewhere away from New England. We are anxious to find out where Tom Brady will sign as a free agent in 2020, especially amid increasing speculation that the 42-year-old quarterback will play for a team not named the Patriots.His wife is just as eager to receive an answer. (Getty Images) read more