USEA sways Uganda’s energy mix with diversification strategy

first_img Finance and Policy Have you read?Solar minigrids coming to 49 villages in Uganda and Sierra LeoneElectricity Regulatory Index report for Africa says Uganda is best The United States Energy Association (USEA) and USAID, in partnership with London Economics International (LEI) and Grid Advisors LLC recently published an Energy Mix Diversification Strategy for the Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL). AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Key findings of the report include targeting to install additional capacity up to 300MW by 2030, and between 900MW and 2,000MW by 2040. This additional capacity will consist primarily of solar (with storage), wind, and geothermal technologies to align with Uganda’s sustainability strategy and overall economic development objectives.Elise Voorhis, a senior programme coordinator for USEA’s Energy Utility Partnership Program (EUPP), said: “Countries must diversify their energy mix to integrate more renewables and clean technology, not only to mitigate climate change and reduce their vulnerability, but also to increase energy access and security.”While the strategy was developed for UEGCL and the generation sector, inefficiencies and issues in the transmission, distribution, and regulatory sectors must also be addressed to effectively solve UEGCL’s challenges. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter USEA recommendations for Uganda BRICS Moreover, developing an IRP presents an opportunity to reevaluate market designs and introduce tariff incentives, as well as enhance system reliability and resiliency with the increased integration of intermittent resources and volatile weather pattern frequency.USEA Acting Executive Director Sheila Hollis said: “This Energy Mix Diversification Strategy will help Uganda improve its grid reliability, increase renewable capacity, and decarbonise its energy sector in the years ahead. As countries around the world march towards the goal of zero emissions, this strategy could not come at a more important time.“It is also the latest example of why USEA’s international work is significant. Despite the pandemic preventing our staff from travelling internationally, we continue to forge ahead, and fulfil our mission to improve lives around the world by helping to deliver safe, reliable, and clean energy.” USEA and LEI recommend that key energy stakeholders in Uganda standardise and systematise planning efforts, load-forecasting activities, and national targets to establish a consensus to build upon.Developing an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will increase consistency across planning activities, reduce inefficiencies, and be conducive to orderly transmission and generation expansion in Uganda. center_img TAGSenergy accessenergy mixpolicy developmentUganda Previous articleNew coal mine planned for Mpumalanga halted for the momentNext articleHitachi ABB wins $17m power reliability contract in India Nicolette Pombo-van ZylAs the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR USEA began developing the strategy alongside the other organisations in June 2020. The strategy provides for a framework that will maximise generation capacity to provide reliable, affordable, and flexible electricity; identify the challenges of integrating renewables; and develop financially viable short, medium, and long-term plans to diversify UEGCL’s energy mix. Generation Uganda relies heavily on hydropower generation, a technology susceptible to hydrological fluctuations and climate change, which cause severe loadshedding and blackouts during droughts and floods. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA 600MW Karuma hydroelectric power plant construction. Source: Uganda Media Centre. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

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Hudson County’s COVID-19 vaccination center in Kearny is ready to administer…

first_img Hudson County’s COVID-19 vaccination center in Kearny is ready to administer 1st shot CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hudson County officials are just about ready to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline workers at the USS Juneau Center in Kearny this week. By Daniel Ulloa/Hudson County View“We are all set to go here once we get the vaccines,” Deputy County Administrator Dave Drumeler said during a press conference this afternoon.Those seeking vaccination will drive up to tables where nurses will be stationed to administer the vaccine, before driving out of the building to another station where they will wait 15 minutes to see if an adverse reaction develops.While they are waiting outside, another eight people will receive the vaccine.“We anticipate getting faster at this as we go,” Drumeler added, noting that the whole process is done without the person being vaccinated having to leave their vehicle, which will have to be repeated for a second dose.Initially, officials expect to administer the vaccine to 256 people a day if the West Hudson facility is open eight hours a day.They ultimately hope to double their output to 512 people receiving the vaccine daily, which they believe is possibly with rotating staff, which would allow no breaks.Moderna will be supplying the center with vaccine and they will receive 1,000 doses in their first shipment.The county is working with the Hudson County Improvement Authority and the Hudson Regional Health Commission to ensure frontline workers can get vaccinated in a timely fashion.“It was great the county executive pulled this all together to get it done,” said HCIA CEO Norman Guerra.Additionally, blast heaters will be utilized to keep the nurses warm in the garage-like facility while only one side of the garage doors will be down at a time.There will also be satellite locations throughout Hudson County for Tier 1A workers in every municipality, utilizing locations such as high school gyms and community centers.Tier 1A includes hospital personnel, as well as those working in medial and dental offices, and EMTs.Health care workers at the hospitals in Jersey City and Hoboken have already begun receiving vaccinations this week. TAGScovid-19 vaccination sitedave drumeleruss juneau center SHARE By Daniel Ulloa – December 22, 2020 9:12 pm 0 Facebook Twitter Bayonne Bayonne Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter CommunityKearnyNewsPolitics & Policy Previous articleGeico withdraws federal lawsuit against Hudson Regional Hospital and affiliatesNext articleTwo people arrested for package theft in Bayonne after police implement GPS tracking Daniel Ulloa Bayonne last_img read more

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Golden Boy accredited

first_imgGolden Boy is the first coach operator to achieve the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT)’s Workshop Accreditation.Golden Boy, which conducts all its own maintenance as well as undertaking third-party work for other operators under its separate business GB Fleet Maintenance, has a five-bay workshop at its premises in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.The firm underwent a thorough two-day audit comprising 100 questions, conducted by compliance specialist Lloyd Morgan, to be awarded the accreditation.Designed and launched in 2014 by the CPT’s Engineering Committee with support from the Traffic Commissioners, the accreditation assesses coach and bus operators’ workshops, as well as dealer workshops, against a series of in-depth engineering compliance and health and safety-based procedures.Golden Boy is the second operator to achieve the accreditation, after Ipswich Buses (routeone, News, 25 February).Joint Managing Director Geraldine McIntyre tells routeone: “It helps with council tenders to have something like this – something that says we’ve been audited for quality, that we haven’t just signed up to a scheme with no checks.”“It’s another string to our bow,” says Paul Murdoch, Engineering Director. “It helps us to show our customers and potential customers what we’ve got, and what we can offer.”Bill Hiron, CPT President, presented the accreditation to Golden Boy. He says: “I offer my congratulations to the small team here who have worked tirelessly and meticulously over the years to ensure that Golden Boy Coaches is worthy of this industry status.“It’s a selling point for the operator, as it helps to show discerning customers that the company is serious about safety.”“That’s what it’s set out to do,” adds Stephen Smith, Operations Director of the CPT. “The accreditation is for CPT members who offer services to other operators, who can see it’s professionally audited and accredited. It’s reassurance that that CPT member takes their maintenance responsibility seriously. The vehicles are properly looked after, repaired and maintained.“There are quite a few operators considering whether to apply for the accreditation now. We hope that Golden Boy is the first of many coach companies to achieve it.”Click here to see the Golden Boy profilelast_img read more

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Increase in demand sees Bolton’s Local Link service extended

first_imgThe Logistics North Local Link service in Bolton has been extended.The shared transport service, which is funded by Bolton Council, will now run from 1600-0900hrs and from 1100-0130hrs, having previously run from 0400-0900hrs, 1300-1800hrs and 1900-0130hrs. As well as Farnworth, Atherton, Daisy Hill, Little Hulton and Bolton (via the Interchange), the service will now also be made available to people in Breightmet.Bolton Council’s Director of Place, Gerry Brough, says: “Logistics North has been a huge success story for the borough. It is a key element of our economic regeneration strategy and has created thousands of jobs.“Its success has led to an increase in demand for this link service. We wanted to ensure that it will meet this demand and continue to be as available and accessible as possible for the people who need it.“We are grateful to TfGM for working with us to enable this to happen.”last_img read more

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Romanians reject criminal code reform

first_imgThe referendum asked Romanians whether the government should be banned from changing judicial legislation using emergency decrees and whether there ought to be a national ban on any amnesty and pardoning for graft-related crimes.More than 80 percent of respondents said they agreed with the ban.Although the referendum is just consultative, it deals a blow to the PSD, which also came in second during the European election, scoring one of its weakest results in a decade.According to the Romanian national election bureau, voter turnout was 41 percent, exceeding the 30-percent threshold required for the referendum to be valid.The European Commission has warned against Romania’s reforms, and along with the U.S., Germany, France and nine other countries urged Romania last month not to pass emergency laws that risk weakening the country’s justice system and its ability to fight corruption. Also On POLITICO Romanians abroad vent anger at EU election delays By Anca Gurzu Romania’s ruling party hires Brussels lobbyists to clean up image By Anca Gurzu Romanians overwhelmingly voted “No” in Sunday’s non-binding referendum on whether the government should be allowed to offer pardons and amnesty in corruption cases, and on the broader powers governments have to change justice-related laws.President Klaus Iohannis, a former member of the opposition National Liberal Party, called the referendum on the controversial reforms proposed by the country’s ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), and celebrated the result in a statement posted on social media.“The referendum succeeded with flying colors,” he said. “Thank you Romanians. This is a clear vote for correct politics, for true justice. No politician can ignore your clear vote for an independent judiciary.”last_img read more

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Location

first_imgJoint Base Andrews is located in the Prince Georges County in the state of Maryland, approximately 10 miles outside the Washington, D.C. city limits and 15 miles from the state of Virginia. The base is physically located in the town of Camp Springs MD, and is bordered by four other towns (Clinton, Upper Marlboro, Town of Morningside, and Forestville). If you are unable to live in on base housing at Joint Base Andrews, urban, suburban, small town, and country housing options are all within reasonable commuting distance of Joint Base Andrews. The base operator’s phone number is 301-981-1110 or DSN 312-981-1110.last_img read more

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Wisconsin sweeps border battle against Minnesota

first_img“It’s easy to get up for Wisconsin, there is not a lot that needs to be said, everyone shows up to the rink ready to go,” Peters said. “I hope that we can keep this energy as we move forward into Mankato next weekend.”The Gophers lost 3-2 on Saturday night after the Gophers fought back twice to even the score before Wisconsin’s Presley Norby netted the game winner with 5:16 remaining.“I thought we got better as the game went on and had opportunities to score and win the game,” Frost said. “Overall, I am really encouraged with where we are at right now.”The Badgers hopped out to a quick lead after Sophia Shaver scored a backhanded goal just 33 seconds into the game. Lindsey Agnew scored her first goal of the season from a pass behind the net to tie the game up soon after Shaver’s goal. Wellhausen put the Wisconsin (12-0-0, 6-0-0-0 WCHA)  up for the second time in the period, scoring from close range. The second period went scoreless, but in the third, Sophie Skarzynski scored her fourth goal of the season on a shot from the face-off circle from a feed by Cara Piazza. “I have played with Cara and I since I have been 10, Cara made a heads up play just one timed it,” Skarzynski said. However, the tie was short-lived as former Ms. Hockey, Presley Norby, from Minnetonka, put the Badgers up 3-2 from a pass from Maddie Rolfes. The Gophers were able to get some decent chances down the stretch, but finished short. Wisconsin sweeps border battle against MinnesotaGophers dropped the second game in OT after a series of scrums and physical play.Easton GreenForward senior Caitlin Reilly skates down the ice with puck at Ridder Arena on Sunday, Oct. 29. Max BiegertOctober 31, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThere was no love lost between Minnesota and Wisconsin this weekend as they chipped and clawed at each other every chance they could get.No. 1 Wisconsin needed overtime to beat the No. 6 Gophers 2-1 on Sunday night at the Ridder Arena. Sidney Peters stopped 25 shots and Grace Zumwinkle notched her fifth goal of the year on a power play.“The battle and compete of our players, the desire they had to win that hockey game. That is everything we want from them,” said head coach Brad Frost.The Gophers once again found themselves playing from behind after Wisconsin’s Alexis Mauermann found the back of the net off a quick transition after a face-off. However, Zumwinkle’s goal pulled the game even at the 9:10 mark in the second period. That was her fifth power-play goal of the season, leading the NCAA. The game was tied at one entering the third period.The Gophers and Badgers battled all night, but at the end of regulation the score remained 1-1. Each team had chances and each goaltender stepped up. In overtime, Baylee Wellhausen became the hero for the Badgers after finding the back of the net after the puck trickled over Peters’ shoulder just 1:32 into overtime. “I just wish we could have come out with a win tonight just to make everybody feel a little better,” Frost said. “Our team is disappointed, but as coaches we are really, really proud.”Minnesota (5-4-1, 4-3-1-0 WCHA) and Badgers found themselves in a lot of scrums on Sunday night. One play in particular was when Badgers defenseman Mikaela Gardner and Sidney Peters were poking each other and Peters ended up grabbing her on the ground and prompted Gardner to commit a penalty. The game was full of intensity and for many of the young Gophers, this was their first look at what it is like to take part in the Border Battle. last_img read more

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Fans barred from attending NCAA events due to COVID-19

first_imgFans barred from attending NCAA events due to COVID-19Alex Tuthill-PreusSuper Bowl LII comes to US Bank Stadium on Feb. 4. Paul HodowanicMarch 12, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintNCAA President Mark Emmert announced Wednesday that all NCAA championship events for the next two months will be played without fans.This affects several Gophers sports, most notably the NCAA Wrestling Championships which is scheduled to be held at U.S. Bank Stadium March 19-21. Eight Gophers wrestlers are set to compete in the tournament. It will also affect the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. “While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes,” Emmert said in a statement. Saturday’s Gopher women’s gymnastics meet against Oklahoma will go on as scheduled, with fans welcome to attend, a team spokesperson said.  Men’s hockey to play without fans Earlier Wednesday it was announced that the Gophers men’s hockey Big Ten semifinal at Penn State on Saturday would be played without fans in attendance.Fans who bought tickets will be offered refunds. The only people allowed to be in attendance are essential personnel as designated by Penn State, student-athletes, coaches and staff; families of participating student-athletes, coaches and staff; media and Penn State recruits.The game will be televised on Big Ten Network.This is a breaking news story and more information will be added as it becomes available.last_img read more

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UK retail property doyen Barrott steps down as CEO of Abu Dhabi’s Aldar

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Bumi Armada orders Pusnes system for Kraken FPSO

first_imgMacGregor, part of Cargotec has won an order from Bumi Armada Berhad, a Malaysia-based international offshore oilfied services provider, to supply a Pusnes offloading system for a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) conversion project.The Pusnes offloading system will be delivered by March 2015. The order is booked into the second quarter 2014 order intake.“By having Pusnes products in MacGregor’s portfolio, we are able to offer complete mooring and loading systems for floating production units,” says Francis Wong, Vice President, Segment Sales, Offshore.Related: Keppel lands Kraken FPSO dealBumi Armada are using a recently built ice-class tanker for the FPSO conversion, which will take place at Keppel Shipyard Ltd in Singapore. Once completed, FPSO Armada Kraken will have a total storage capacity of 600,000 barrels and will be deployed at the Kraken field located in the UK sector of the North Sea.“Our customer wanted to have an experienced supplier with a good track record of delivering safe and reliable offloading systems for demanding North Sea projects,” adds Erland Berntsen, Sales Manager, Offshore Loading at MacGregor. [mappress]Press Release, July 11, 2014last_img read more

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