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  • Denmark sees more price reductions in wind power—onshore and off

    first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nordic Business Insider:To guide the country’s energy strategy the agency has developed a calculator to compare the average costs of various energy sources based on input data and estimates for different future scenarios. The calculator is sophisticated in that it factors in lifetime costs beyond those associated with construction and production – like the socioeconomic costs of different emissions – to create a more economically correct comparison between energy alternatives, the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE).In the newest update of the calculator, which applies to facilities commencing production in 2020, the price of offshore wind has been slashed by 30%, onshore wind by 25% and solar by 40%. Behind the new estimates is a significant reduction in the capital expenditure and operating costs associated with employing the new technologies, coupled with increases in productivity.The reductions bring the average costs of producing one MWh of energy to EUR 46 for Danish offshore wind projects, EUR 30 for onshore wind, and EUR 40 for photovoltaic solar energy. That brings offshore wind on par with nuclear power, while onshore wind is by far the cheapest, and solar PV closing in quickly, as long as the assumption of rapid technology development holds true.The calculations are based on local contingencies, but the Danish Energy Agency has made the calculator and documentation freely downloadable so that anyone can use it to investigate corresponding prices for other energy markets. The agency stresses that the results will vary greatly based on assumptions and locality. For example, increasing the discount rate would make energy sources that require big investments (solar PV, wind, and nuclear power) a lot more expensive alternatives. Also, the calculator does not include revenue calculations as it is meant to holistically compare socio-economic costs per energy generated in a region and not the financial viability of any individual project.More: Danish Energy Agency’s new estimate slashes price of renewable energy by 30% – bringing offshore wind on par with nuclear Denmark sees more price reductions in wind power—onshore and offlast_img read more

  • 5 ways you should be taking advantage of your Costco membership

    first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Ahh, Costco. Anyone who’s ever had a Costco membership probably thinks fondly of the free samples and friendly pricing on 25 boxes of macaroni and cheese. But if you think those are the only reasons for having a Costco membership, think again. Here are five ways you can better take advantage of your Costco membership…Discounts: Yes, we’re all aware that you can save a ton of money when you buy 5,000 rolls of toilet paper at once. This is not what I’m talking about. Tired of paying full price for a couple of movie tickets to the see the latest summer blockbuster? Buy movie tickets at Costco for a discounted price. Need some gift cards for a friend’s birthday? Buy them at Costco and save some money. You get the idea…Pharmacy: Well your local Walgreens may be closer, but the prices at the Costco pharmacy are good enough to make you drive a few extra miles. Plus, you don’t need to even be a member to take advantage. Tell your non-member friends about it and help them save a few bucks.Meal planning: If you rarely fix large meals, you might think buying in a bulk is a bad idea. But the truth is, saving money on the meals you often prepare is still possible even if you’re only cooking for one. Save money on the bulk price, portion out your meals in freezer bags, and you’ll have everything measured out and ready to go when the time comes.Eat while you shop: Want to kill two birds with one stone? Don’t just shop at Costco, but have a meal there too. Costco has been famous for a long time for their $1.50 hot dog and a drink deal, and the food is actually tasty. The pizza is cheap too. Fill up on free samples if you want, but if you’re hungry for a meal, you have a cheap and delicious option right in front of you.Upgrade your membership: If you have a big family at home, the Executive membership ($120/year) might be perfect for you. It’s twice the price of the Gold Star membership ($60/year), but you’ll receive an annual 2% reward. So, if you’re spending $250 a month at Costco, the upgraded membership will pay for itself.last_img read more

  • Midnight Groovers special concert in tribute to Jeff Joe (photos)

    first_img 375 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Phillip “Chubby” Mark at the Midnight Groovers tribute concert in honor of Jeff Joe on Wednesday evening.The Midnight Groovers of the cultural capital of Dominica, Grand Bay, paid their respects to legendary cadence icon Jefferson “Jeff Joe” Joseph at a special concert in his home town on Wednesday night.Lead singer and one of the founding members of the Midnight Groovers Phillip “Chubby” Mark said that Jeff Joe was an inspiration and great brother and that his memory will live on through his music.[nggallery id=96]Dominica Vibes News EntertainmentLocalNews Midnight Groovers special concert in tribute to Jeff Joe (photos) by: – December 1, 2011last_img read more

  • Williams feeling calm about the ‘Serena Slam’

    first_imgSerena Williams’s iron-fisted dominance over women’s tennis means that the American is one Wimbledon title away from achieving a “Serena Slam” and halfway towards completing a rare calendar Grand Slam.While Wimbledon was abuzz on Saturday at the prospect of the world number one winning her fourth major in a row, Williams did not want to stress out at the prospect of pulling off a feat she last achieved as a 21-year-old in 2003. “I don’t feel any pressure to win all four,” said the 33-year-old U.S., Australian and French Open champion.”It doesn’t make it feel any different, which I think is a good thing,” added the world number one, who is being tipped to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to pull off the calendar slam.”Maybe if I would happen to win here, then maybe I might start feeling it after that. “Ultimately, I’m taking it one day at a time and I’m not thinking that far.”While rival Maria Sharapova picked her out as “the one to beat” and called her achievements “incredible”, men’s champions Roger Federer and Andy Murray were more cautious.”She’s a phenomenal athlete across all sports. The stuff that she’s done is obviously incredible,” said Murray. “In terms of what she’s trying to achieve this year, I think the easiest thing to do is to kind of get ahead of yourself. “I’m getting asked questions about her winning four slams in one year. She still hasn’t played her first round here.”Grass is a very, very tough surface to win on, especially over three sets. Because you play badly for 30 minutes and a match can be over.”Federer added: “She’s a great talent. But the biggest mistake would be to think being in the final of the U.S. Open already. “To be mentally ready for the challenge when she wants to be up for it, I think that’s what’s so admirable about her.”–last_img read more

  • SACKED! Relegation-threatened Wigan axe Malky Mackay

    first_img Former Wigan manager Malky Mackay 1 Championship strugglers Wigan have announced the departure of Malky Mackay, who has been sacked as manager after seeing the club slip eight points adrift of safety.The Latics were beaten 2-0 by Derby on Monday afternoon, leaving them in very real danger of dropping down into League One barely two years after they were in the Premier League and won the FA Cup.And, in a short statement on their official website, the club confirmed they had removed Mackay from his post just five months after his controversial hiringChairman David Sharpe, who only replaced his grandfather Dave Whelan in the role last month, told the club’s official website: “This was a very difficult decision to make but I feel that for the long-term future of the club, there needs to be change now.”Former Watford and Cardiff manager Mackay was announced as Uwe Rosler’s replacement back in November despite still being part of a Football Association investigation into claims he sent text messages which were of a homophobic, racist and sexist nature during his time with the Bluebirds.The furore only intensified when Whelan landed himself in hot water trying to defend the decision, telling the Guardian it was ”nothing” to call a Chinese person a ”c***k” and stated: ”Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else”.The FA banned Whelan for six weeks over those comments and he eventually stepped down as chairman in March, handing the reins to 23-year-old Sharpe, who has now made the first big decision of his tenure.Mackay, whose FA probe remains ongoing, has been unable to transform Latics’ fortunes on the pitch this season after taking just 19 points from the possible 72 on offer and he leaves the DW Stadium without a home victory during his five-month stint.last_img read more