Wind energy boom under way in Sweden

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:In a remote area almost eight times the size of Manhattan covered by millions of young fir trees, Europe’s biggest onshore wind park is emerging. Workers are installing turbines perched atop 130-meter-tall towers at a rate of about two a week at the site in northern Sweden, where the temperature regularly dips below minus 10 Celsius (14 Fahrenheit) and the sun is hardly seen for months on end during winter. So far, more than 170 of the machines scatter across the sparse landscape owned by some of the nation’s biggest forest companies.Markbygden, as the site is called, may be the clearest sign yet of the industry’s seismic shift away from subsidies and toward relying on markets that also set returns for traditional plants running on natural gas, coal or nuclear energy. It’s also a harbinger for the giant facilities that will be needed for nations to meet the climate targets they’re discussing at the United Nations’ COP25 conference in Madrid next week.The wind farm has drawn investors from a wide spectrum of energy and high finance. Firms including General Electric Co. and Macquarie Group Ltd. will spend as much as $7 billion on the facility. It will be vital to Sweden’s power supply as two old reactors are due to shut permanently next year, as well as for power exports to the continent. Some of the electricity will also be sold to customers including aluminum producer Norsk Hydro ASA under a deal that was the biggest of its kind at the time when signed two years ago.The expansion of wind power sweeping northern Sweden has been likened to the Texan wind boom of the past few decades, which turned the state into the biggest producer in the U.S. The high plains may look very different from the Swedish forests, but they both provide vast expanses of land with favorable breezes steady enough to spin turbines.“When it comes to wind power, Sweden has more in common with Texas than the rest of Europe,” Roland Flaig, head of RWE AG’s renewable energy arm in Sweden, said in an interview. “Few and big landowners make it possible to build larger parks.”But the nation’s boom is more than Markbygden. Several other big projects by developers, including OX2 AB and Arise AB, are under way, and wind power output in the Nordic region’s largest economy is expected to double in the next three years. Companies say they prefer Sweden over Germany for example, citing the relative ease of getting permissions for big parks.More: Sweden is becoming Europe’s Texas for wind power Wind energy boom under way in Swedenlast_img read more

The one question that will raise your bottom line

first_img continue reading » What are you passionate about?That’s a question my daughters would hear often when they were deciding where to go to college, what to study and what job to take. (Clearly, asking the question has worked out especially well for one of them.)That question is also the one question with the power to boost your credit union or bank’s bottom line. Here’s why.Passion identifies target marketsYou can’t be all things to all people. As marketing leader Donald Miller says, “Niches lead to riches.” By clearly identifying a target market, your marketing dollars will be more focused and more effective.For example, IncredibleBank is a small digital-first bank that targets a unique niche: luxury RV owners. They’ve built nearly their entire brand around small business owners with motor coaches. Why? Because they’re passionate about convenience, something small business owners who are constantly on the road are naturally passionate about too. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Chinese Expats in Kenya Tackle Poaching Head On

first_imgMoving on to issues of animal protection now and illegal trade in bush meat is threatening the very existence of wildlife in Kenya and many other African countries. To raise public awareness, the African Network for Animal Welfare and its partners organized a de-snaring trip near Kenya’s capital Nairobi. CCTV’s Sun Lan has the story.last_img

Lacey’s Aurora LASIK First in NW to Offer Contoura LASIK

first_imgFacebook99Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Aurora LASIKThe latest advancement in LASIK surgery has come to Lacey. Aurora LASIK is the first center in the Northwest to introduce Contoura topography-guided LASIK. This technology has been used in Europe for over 13 years.  However, Contoura LASIK was only approved in the U.S. in late 2016. As our friends outside the U.S. have discovered, topography-guided LASIK offers unparalleled vision results.Contoura LASIK was developed to fine-tune the already successful vision correction achieved with wavefront-optimized technology. With the advanced diagnostic testing offered by Contoura, the laser can be used to treat irregularities in the cornea that were often left uncorrected. These irregularities, also known as higher-order aberrations, could cause glare and nighttime vision difficulties. In the FDA studies that led to Contoura’s approval, patients achieved outstanding quality of vision, leading 98% of them to say they would recommend having the procedure.Dr. Jay Rudd strives to provide the highest level of care to help patients see better at Lacey’s Aurora LASIK.With our current wavefront-optimized treatment, LASIK results have been outstanding. In our initial four months with the WaveLight laser, we have seen over 60% of our patients achieve 20/15 or better vision. These numbers exceeded our expectations. With the advent of Contoura, the FDA data suggests that we should achieve at least this number of 20/15 patients, and also expect to see approximately 35% of patients with 20/12.5 vision.We are no longer using 20/20 as our benchmark for LASIK surgery.  20/15 has become the new 20/20.  Who knows, with Contoura, we may see 20/12.5 as that new benchmark.  Aurora LASIK is very excited to bring Contoura treatments to Lacey.As far as the patient is concerned, the Contoura LASIK procedure is no different than our wavefront-optimized treatments. Patients will still experience a comfortable, 15-minute blade-free procedure that will correct their nearsightedness, farsightedness and/or astigmatism. But the real difference is behind the scenes. The detailed analysis of corneal irregularities requires multiple measurements on specialized equipment. Our team then evaluates the quality of scans and selects four scans that are optimal for treatment. The treatment plan is then created and sent to the laser’s dedicated network.Aurora LASIK provides a wide variety of options to help improve your vision.As extraordinary as Contoura is, the treatment is not for everyone. We only use the Contoura technology if we are able to achieve consistent measurements. This ensures the best outcome for you. It is imperative that patients have corneas that are not dry when we obtain these all-important measurements.  We strongly encourage patients who use contacts to discontinue use for at least one week and use artificial tears four times daily prior to coming in for your evaluation.When we opened Aurora LASIK in November 2015, we promised to consistently bring the latest technology to our patients in the South Sound.  Contoura is just one example of how we are continuing to offer the most advanced vision correction surgery, without having to travel north to Seattle or Bellevue.Contact our office today online 360-459-5274 or at to set up your free LASIK screening and see if Contoura LASIK is right for you.last_img read more

Pat Price — BC Hockey Hall of Fame 2014 inductee

first_imgNelson native Pat Price was recently inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Penticton.Price, who toiled in the World Hockey Association (WHA) for the Vancouver Blazers and the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Quebec Nordiques, New York Rangers and Minnesota North Stars, was welcomed to the Hall along with Vancouver Canuck goalie Kirk McLean, Bill Ennos as a builder with the BC Amateur Hockey Association and the Kelowna Rockets in the team category.Pat Price has gracious allowed The Nelson Daily to publish in its entirety, his speech to the BCHHOF. Well the first time didn’t work, so she tried it again!! After that didn’t work she decided I was meant to be. So when dad got home she told him…Well he was angry alright! But he was upset she sprained both her ankles and couldn’t make him supper for a week! Greetings Folks.Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls… It’s nice to have your 14-year career summed up in a 5 minute video. But I can sum it up in 5 seconds.”I came into the league a rusher.  I turned into a crusher.  And then I was an usher!” Folks, I do have a story to tell you with a little bit of a message…  Especially the kids out there.A very successful man once said… “If you believe you can. Or believe you can’t… you’re probably right!I’ve carried that message with me throughout my life.When I was in Jr. High School we had Guidance Counsellors to help us make the transition to High School and guide us to our choice of careers…Well, when it was my turn to go in and see the counsellor he simply asked me “Pat, what do want to do when you graduate High School?”  I said “Sir, I want to play in the NHL.” He smiled at that and said “Yea, right Pat. Now really, what do you want to do?”My reply “Sir. I want to play in the NHL.” I could tell he didn’t find that amusing and sternly said ” NO ONE from Nelson plays in the NHL. I’m losing my patience and need to know, what do you want to do when you graduate!!” So to avoid confrontation I said ” I’d like to be in the RCMP.”  “NOW WE’RE TALKING!!” he saidWell folks 5 years later I sent him 2 tickets to my first home game in the league…. And along with those tickets I sent him a note that said ” Thanks for your confidence in me… I hope you enjoy the game!””If you believe you can. Or you believe you can’t. You’re probably right!” Among us tonight are shining examples of that philosophy. My fellow inductees’ Bill Enos, Kurt Mclean, the Memorial Cup Champion Kelowna Rockets, as well as Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden and Brian Burke.Try telling Burkie he can’t do something!!Congrats to my fellow inductees tonight and I am truly honored by this acknowledgement. I’m almost speechless!!So with that I’ll say goodnight and wish all of us here tonight… Health and happiness..Oh, and by the way…. It was Henry Ford that coined that saying….. There are many people I have to be thankful for in my life. Both friends and family. And many are with me here tonight. But I’ll begin with Mom and Dad.You know… I’m very lucky just to be here tonight. You see, my brother Clem is 8 years older than me. And my sister Pauline is 14 years older than me. So, needless to say… I wasn’t planned.In fact, when mom found out she was pregnant, she was so worried about dad being angry she tried to remedy the fact.  How? …she jumped off of the porch.last_img read more


first_imgKarl Lacey said Donegal remained calm at half-time in their Ulster SFC quarter-final clash with Derry, despite the fact they went in at the interval trailing by two points, after an ineffective opening 35 minutes. Karl Lacey has said Donegal stayed calm at half-time against Derry on Sunday, despite trailing at the break.Some suggested McGuinness must have read the riot act to his Donegal players at half-time, as they completely blew Derry away with a sensational 15 minute blitz at the start of the second-half.However, Lacey revealed McGuinness was calm at half-time, because he knew his side had it in their legs to overcome the deficit in the second-half. Lacey said, ” Jim kept things calm, we were two points down but we knew we had it in the legs.“We had the training done. We had the hard work done. We knew we had the fitness to push on.“We did that during the first ten or 15 minutes of the second half.“We had a couple of great moves and a couple of great scores. “I thought Leo’s goal was crucial and it came at the right time.Lacey said all focus has now turned towards their Ulster SFC semi-final clash with either Antrim or Fermanagh.“We’re not looking beyond the next match, people are suggested we’re in another Ulster final, but we’ll respect the challenge of either Antrim or Fermanagh and won’t underestimate either side.It’s a great game too look forward to, and it’s a great opportunity for us to reach another Ulster final. KARL LACEY REVEALS DONEGAL STAYED CALM AT HALF-TIME was last modified: May 28th, 2014 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:DerrydonegalHome-page Sportkarl laceynewsUlster SFCvictorylast_img read more

Challenging harvest conditions showing up in the heart of the Corn Belt

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseCorn and soybean lodging, quality issues, and persistent moisture have plagued the 2018 harvest for Ohio so far. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress Report for the week ending Oct. 14, the heat and dry conditions for part of the week allowed corn harvest to continue to outpace the 5-year average in Ohio. Soybean harvest moved ahead 13 percentage points, although it continues to lag behind the 5-year average.Though there have certainly been challenges in Ohio, buckeye farmers had better be careful before lamenting too long. Ohio is certainly not the only state facing harvest issues.In Minnesota, cool and wet weather conditions continued to hamper harvest progress during the week ending Oct. 14, 2018, according to USDA. There were only 1.1 days suitable for fieldwork, the fewest days suitable this year since the week ending April 22 when there were no days suitable for fieldwork.The persistent wet conditions have left Minnesota’s topsoil moisture at 56% adequate and 42% surplus, according to USDA. Despite the challenges, corn harvest progress for Minnesota is near normal at 18% in 2018 compared to the 20% five-year average. Soybean harvest, however, is really falling behind with a five-year average of 69% of the Minnesota crop harvested and only 38% of this year’s crop out of the fields so far in 2018.Steady rains, heavy fog, cool weather and even snow have kept soybeans from drying down this fall and really slowed harvest efforts for Steve Eickhoff who farms in the Spring Valley area in the southeast corner of Minnesota.“We have maybe a quarter of our beans done and we started corn after the snow melted from this weekend. Everything got mature early but we have been so wet,” Eickhoff said. “The first snow we had was on Sunday but to the north they have already had snow a couple of times. We have been cold with highs in the 40s the last couple of weeks. We usually start harvesting soybeans the end of September and by early October we are usually going hard on the beans. The beans are ripe, but we can’t get them dried down. The forecast is for highs in the 50s but sunshine for the next 10 days. We’ll see what happens.”Eickhoff said the soybean crop for the area looks to be about average and corn yields look strong — if they can get them out of the fields in a timely manner.“Stalk quality is not real great and the beans are all leaning. We have had some wind issues and we don’t need any more snow that is for sure,” he said. “One of the blessings of being cold is that we haven’t had any conditions for the molds. I think the grain quality is pretty good. So far we have heard some horror stories but we haven’t had any sprouting or anything like that. I don’t think we ever got the beans dry enough for that to happen.”In Iowa the story is similar. Rain and early snow showers limited Iowa farmers to just 0.8 day suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Oct. 14, according to the USDA. Activities for the week included moving grain, monitoring field conditions and harvesting corn when weather permitted. A whopping 60% of the topsoil in the nation’s top corn producing state had surplus moisture. Only 17% of the state’s corn crop had been harvested compared to the five-year average of 24%. For soybeans, 19% had been harvested compared to the 51% five-year average. And, while harvest progress continues to lag, Iowa’s farmers are grimacing at the rainy forecast for many parts of the state through late October into November.last_img read more

Trump Seeks Biofuels Plan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorDECATUR, Ill. (DTN) — President Donald Trump will soon announce a plan to mitigate the effects of EPA’s small-refinery exemptions, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told farmers Wednesday at the Farm Progress Show.Perdue said Trump is expected to plan a Midwest trip soon — though no date is set — and will announce how the administration will offset the 31 refinery exemptions granted by EPA earlier this month.“We’re working really hard to mitigate that as much as possible,” Perdue said at a listening session with four GOP Illinois congressmen and more than 200 Illinois farm leaders.Later, as Perdue was on a stage at Farm Progress Show, he got a call from President Donald Trump and put it on speaker phone. The president did not talk about the small-refinery exemptions but he called farmers “patriots” and said a deal with China would be done “soon.”Trump also said he thought China was delaying talks so Trump would lose reelection and China could negotiate with former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.While stressing he did not want to steal Trump’s thunder on any announcement, Perdue noted Trump has authorized year-round sales of E15. There’s an opportunity potentially to grow demand for ethanol blends from E10 by as much as 50%, he said.“If we give the customers the infrastructure and the pumps, and it’s going to be a better price differential, let the customers choose,” Perdue said.Going from E10 to E15 everywhere, Perdue said, would increase demand for corn by 2 billion bushels.“We’ve got the ability in this country to grow demand for E15 domestically,” Perdue said.The White House plan comes as farmers are struggling with demand challenges both in trade and domestic use. Farmers also have criticized USDA’s crop reports, especially after the August crop estimates came in higher than industry expectations. Democrats seeking to defeat the president next year also are seizing on some of these farmer issues. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, for instance, issued a statement Wednesday saying he would end the abuse of small-refinery exemptions.“We’ve got a president who is actively undercutting Iowa farmers in favor of fossil-fuel giants,” Buttigieg said. “And he’s doing it at a time where his trade war with China is already decimating farmers’ bottom line. The president of the United States thinks rural Americans won’t notice that he’s selling them out. When I’m president, I’ll end this administration’s abuse of small-refinery exemptions.”Small-refinery waivers came up repeatedly in the listening session Wednesday by farmers and people in both the ethanol and biodiesel industries.Perdue said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler may have taken some comments by the president on one refinery and then plowed through with a full dose of exemptions for ethanol plants.“The president understood that was way overdone, and we are meeting furiously to try to recover some of that demand destruction that those small-refinery waivers did,” Perdue said. “We’ve had to be very creative legally in order to do that.”Perdue added the president’s eventual announcement “has been delicately crafted” and will provide some relief.Mark Marquis, CEO of Marquis Energy, told Perdue he did not think the waiving of 1.4 billion gallons of ethanol demand could be fixed with some infrastructure funds for blender pumps and the like.“We really need those gallons that are waived to be reallocated to the large oil refiners,” Marquis said.Marquis added that investors such as himself expected the Renewable Fuel Standard to move forward for 15 years when it was passed, but 10 years later, the petroleum industry has the upper hand.“It feels like a double-cross to us,” he said.Leaders in biodiesel also called on Congress to push for a return to the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit. The tax credit expired 20 months ago, and one speaker told Perdue at least six biodiesel plants have closed and more than 250 million gallons of biodiesel demand have been lost because of the refinery waivers on biodiesel.Perdue added his job is to convey the anxieties of producers over trade and small-refinery exemptions to the president.“He understands that, and we are working feverishly right now to mitigate those issues,” Perdue later told reporters.The secretary said he “has the president’s ear,” pointing to the $16 billion Market Facilitation Program payments as evidence.With now 20 million acres of prevented planted, Perdue was asked about when USDA will announce how it will spend $3 billion in disaster aid passed earlier this summer. The secretary said the aid package is tied up at the White House Office of Management and Budget right now, and they are trying to decide exactly how that aid will be spent. USDA expected to have an announcement by Sept. 10. Perdue added that fight “could wind up in the Oval Office as well.”TRADE CONCERNSPerdue pushed back on the argument that trade disputes are the only driver for declining crop prices. Crop prices have been falling since 2012, the secretary said, and some of that is due to trade, but also overproduction.“Yields go up, and we are producing more than we can consume,” he said.Rich Guebert, president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, thanked Perdue for the latest Market Facilitation Program payments, citing that their payments would not make producers whole, but will likely help them get an operating loan for next year. Still, Guebert said, agriculture needs a positive jolt.“We really need some quick wins to give us a light at the end of the tunnel,” Guebert said.He asked Perdue to ensure Trump does not walk away from the North American Free Trade Agreement while the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is on the table.On the USMCA, Perdue said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is still trying to ease concerns in her caucus, but the secretary said he thinks the trade deal would get strong bipartisan approval. It’s important with other trade issues for USMCA to pass, he said.“If you can’t do a deal with your closest neighbors, how do you expect to get a deal done with others?” Perdue said.Perdue took umbrage with questions from reporters regarding how long farmers can continue to deal with the uncertainty over tariffs and trade disputes with China.“The question is, what’s China going to do to stop stealing our stuff?” Perdue said. “Maybe you would like to ask China and [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping] what China’s going to do to come to the table and trade like the No. 2 economy in the world and trade fairly and freely without the hassling and jerking our producers around. That’s the issue. President Trump has thrown the flag on that. Nobody has addressed that.”Perdue added the U.S. has become dependent on China as a consumer, but China is not playing by international trade rules. He pointed to the case of Chinese business people stealing biotech seed corn from Midwest fields and trying to reverse engineer the biotechnology.“Many people don’t understand China having jerked around with biotech issues and things like that,” the secretary told reporters. “They want world dominance in food production and military production and really in colonialism across the world.”Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna opt out of Asian Games

first_imgLeander Paes. Photo: ReutersLeander Paes and Rohan Bopanna opted out of the Incheon Asian Games, which is starting in less than 10 days, on Wednesday.This comes as a jolt for India’s tennis contingent, which will not see names like Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza, apart from Paes and Bopanna, participating in this edition of the Asian Games. Reacting to the development, the All India Tennis Association said it respects players’ decision.Hinting the decision earlier on Tuesday, Paes had said, “Most probably I won’t be playing. But I’ll have to speak to my captain, my family, the association and see what can be done. I’ll take all conversations into consideration on putting the best team forward.””The individual event (at the Asiad) is spread over 8-10 days. The same week are the Shenzhen Open and Malaysian Open and the finals are on the Monday of Tokyo and Beijing which means you will get there only Tuesday.””It’s taking over a time of two tournaments. I never shy away from playing for my country but you also have to prioritise your career some time,” he had said.last_img read more