Offshore Wind in Germany has taken a remarkable development in the past decade. With the zero bids in the last tender round, also economics are very attractive. Many companies from Germany have enabled that learning curve and are looking forward to cooperating with other market actors to further advance offshore wind.“We need to talk more about the high capacity factor of offshore wind. Especially in Northwest Europa offshore wind is highly available during autumn, winter and spring when other renewables sometimes are not that abundantly available. Offshore wind can play an important role to secure energy supply at high load season,” comments Jan Rispens, managing director, Renewable Energy Hamburg.Enable sector couplingSo what stands in the way of offshore wind in the energy transition? Rispens notes that it depends on the market and its regulations. In markets with a relative high share of fluctuating renewables like Germany, the main challenges seem to be to enable sector coupling, the improvement of the electricity grid and also storage solution. Grid expansion is a process that takes a long time and needs careful planning by authorities and regulators.“We hope that the grid expansion plan in Germany will lower grid congestion problems. For sector coupling the energy market regulation needs to be improved, as until now green electricity is not economically competitive to use for heating and mobility due to taxation and surcharges.”Defined by government“Grid expansion and sector coupling is largely defined by governments and regulators,” Rispens continues. “They need to prepare for energy systems with much higher levels of renewables in future than today. So providing the right framework is definitely a public authorities task. Innovation is also important as we see that sector coupling technologies or power-to-gas solutions become available increasingly and also increasingly cost effective. Many technologies today are basically available but innovation depends on upscaling markets – just as it was in the wind sector two decades ago.”
Yesterday was the last day of horse racing at Indiana Grand for the 2018 season. For those of us who like to bet on the horses, it is the last day of “live” racing at the Shelbyville race track until April of next year.It is one of my favorite summertime recreational activities. The facility was recently purchased by Caesar’s of Las Vegas, and rumor has it that they will make several changes in the facility over the off-season. I hope they don’t make too many changes, because as it presently exists, it is very easy for me to get in and out with my scooter. It is a great place for people with disabilities. This also is a fun way to spend an afternoon. At the rate at which I bet, it is also a very cheap form of entertainment. I really like to watch the horses run.
A Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice resident was on Monday freed of a charge of falsely accusing a Police officer of rape.Stephan Philips, 28, initially appeared before Magistrate Annet Singh at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for making false allegations.The man had previously denied the charge, which stated that on October 22 at Brickdam Police Station, he gave to Officer Marilyn Rodney false information alleging that he had been raped by Police Constable Shawn Beharry.Police Prosecutor Adduni Innis in the interim told the court that the defendant was known to Police and was before the Providence Magistrate’s Court charged for breaking and entering when he made allegations that he was raped by a Police rank.The Prosecutor revealed an investigation was launched and it was revealed that the defendant fabricated the story. Prosecutor Innis said that advice was sought from the Director of Public Prosecutions as to the way forward and it was recommended that Philips be charged for the offence.Meanwhile, the Officer against whom the accusation was made told the court that as a result of the false allegation, his name had been tarnished and he had been placed under close arrest for six days.However, after the investigations revealed the truth, officer Beharry was freed of all charges.The Magistrate dismissed the matter on Monday due to issues over the defendant’s attendance.