Indian state of Maharashtra says no to new thermal power plants, pushes renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 minister Nitin Raut has announced that no more thermal power generation units would be set up in [Maharashtra] as there is a huge gap between supply and demand due to the coronavirus pandemic-induced recession.Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 35,000MW, but is purchasing only 14,500MW due to low demand.Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has set a target for MSEDCL of meeting 25% of its demand from renewable sources in next five years. Hence, the government has decided to promote renewable energy only.Civil supplies minister Chhagan Bhujbal and MLAs of Deolali, Igatpuri and Amalner had met Raut urging him to replace the old units in Nashik thermal power station by a new unit of 660MW. The energy minister turned down this demand.Earlier, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar had rejected proposal to set up two new 660MW units at Koradi. He had told Raut to set up solar power plants instead as it is cheaper. Raut then chalked out plans to set up several solar power plants in the state in three phases.Raut told Bhujbal that power demand had gone done by 33% and several thermal units were lying idle. However, MSEDCL had to pay fixed charges to the generation companies for these units, which was a huge burden on power consumers. He further said the generation cost of old units was very high and hence MSEDCL could not purchase power generated by these units under merit order dispatch (MOD) regime. Same was the case with new units as capital cost was very high. So, it was not possible to set up a new unit at Nashik, he said.[Ashish Roy]More: Maharashtra: No new thermal power units in state, says Raut Indian state of Maharashtra says no to new thermal power plants, pushes renewableslast_img read more

Australia at the tail end of apartment boom, say builders

first_imgMajor builders are forecasting that turnover growth will be 22.9 per cent this year, and then moderate to 6.8 per cent in 2018. Picture: Liam Kidston.ANALYSTS have been waiting with bated breath for it and now major builders have confirmed we’re at the tail end of the apartment boom.The latest Australian Industry Group/Australian Constructors Association Construction Outlook survey has found that major builders expect the value of apartment construction to rise by a massive 22.9 per cent this year before dropping back to single digit growth from 2018.The 2017 calendar year will be the second in a row that multi-level apartments have led turnover growth forecasts for the construction sector.“The growth outlook for multi-level apartment construction remains strongly positive in 2017 (+22.9 per cent) as constructors continue to progress through a solid backlog of work, although the pace of growth will moderate in 2018 (+6.8 per cent) as the current apartment building cycle reaches its peak,” the report said. NINE PROPERTY CHANGES FROM JULY 1 BRACE FOR A BATTLE OF PENTHOUSES LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS SENT TO YOUR INBOX FOR FREE The sector led with a 15.5 per cent rise last year, though it was unable to make up for the massive 16.5 per cent slump in engineering sector work, which saw total major construction activity drop 8 per cent nationally.Labour costs were expected to become pressure point this year, with 39 per cent of respondents bracing for major or moderate rises in direct labour rates and subcontractor rates, though the industry was also now seeing less reports of increases in the cost of construction materials.Overall, turnover from major construction project work – which includes engineering, commercial construction, multi-level apartments and overseas business – was expected to rise by 4.3 per cent this year.That’s expected to be followed by a stronger lift of 6.4 per cent in 2018 off the back of a rise in non-mining relative infrastructure construction, according to AiGroup chief executive Innes Willox.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“The overall pick-up in major project work in the construction sector confirms we are leaving behind the extended period during which the industry, and indeed the national economy, was dominated by the wind-down of the historic boom in mining and energy-related projects.“While apartment building continues to feature prominently, it is clearly set to scale back in the period ahead. In place of mining-related work and apartment building, over the rest of 2017 and into 2018 the construction sector is anticipating further expansion in infrastructure investment, particularly in road and rail works, and a lift in private sector commercial construction.” FORECAST TURNOVER GROWTH FROM MAJOR CONSTRUCTION WORK: Engineering 2.9 per centCommercial construction 1.6 per centMulti-level Apartments 22.9 per centOverseas business 4.1 per centTotal major construction 4.3 per cent (Source: AiGroup June 2017 survey results)last_img read more

Beat writers predict Miami to hand Syracuse its 2nd conference loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After falling to Pittsburgh, 72-61, Syracuse (10-4, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) will get its second shot at its first conference win of the season against No. 13 Miami (11-1). If SU loses, it will be the first time since the ’98-99 season that the Orange has started 0-2 in conference play.Here’s how our beat writers predict Syracuse’s matchup with Miami will unfold on Saturday.Sam Blum (10-4)Miami 74, Syracuse 68Life’s a beachMike Hopkins is coming dangerously close to laying an egg in his brief first stint as Syracuse’s head coach. Without any significant wins, a loss to Miami does just that, and unfortunately for the longtime assistant, the Orange doesn’t match up with one of the best teams in the country. The Hurricanes have only one loss this season — to Northeastern — but have won by at least 10 in all but one other game. Syracuse keeps it close, again, but loses.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJesse Dougherty (10-4)Miami 78, Syracuse 68Welcome to 2016Syracuse competed for 35 minutes before the wheels fell of against Pittsburgh, but Miami will put away the Orange well before the last five minutes. SU showed on Wednesday that it can compete with a more physical ACC team, but the Hurricanes’ four-out offense with talented guards surrounding Tonye Jekiri will be too much for the zone to handle.Matt Schneidman (9-5)Miami 73, Syracuse 61Hurricane seasonAt a practice earlier this season, Mike Hopkins stood at the foul line with the ball in his hands, demonstrating how big men can beat the zone by finding a seam atop it. The first name that came out of his mouth was Tonye Jekiri, Miami’s big man who is one of the best in the ACC. He, and the offensive powerhouse Hurricanes, will be too much for the shallow Orange to handle in its second consecutive conference loss. Comments Published on January 1, 2016 at 7:31 pmlast_img read more

Come Let Us Rebuild Christ Church

first_imgThe Priest-in-Charge of Christ Episcopal Church, the Rev. Fr. Harris W. Woart, has challenged Episcopalians from Crozierville to return and rebuild the church in the same way the Prophet Nehemiah, in exile following the Babylonian captivity, returned home to rebuild Jerusalem.Preaching on the occasion of homecoming of Christ Church members yesterday, Fr. Woart told the parishioners that they are to rebuild their church socially, spiritually and physically. “We must rebuild this very edifice we currently occupy by repairing the roof and ceiling and finding locks for the windows and doors.” The church has fallen into serious disrepair over the years with major leaks and a generally crumbling, decaying structure. On the challenge of rebuilding Christ Church, there is a far bigger challenge. The current edifice will soon be torn down by a new road construction project passing through Crozierville. Episcopal Bishop Jonathan B.B. Hart, a born member of Christ Church, and other parishioners have identified a 25-acre plot of land immediately behind the current edifice where the new church is to be built. An architect has already been recruited to design the new church, and its members at home and in the Diaspora must now begin raising the funds to build the new edifice before it is demolished by the approaching road construction project through the settlement.Christ Episcopal Church was first built in 1865 immediately after immigrants from Barbados in the West Indies came and were given a parcel of uninhabited land just next to White Plains in Montserrado County. The first church, named after that which the immigrants attended in Bridgetown, Barbados, before they migrated to Liberia, was spearheaded by John Porte, patriarch of the Porte family and grandfather of Albert Porte, Mrs. Lilian Best, Christian Porte and Mrs. Sarah Stewart. John Porte’s son, the Rev. Conrad C. Porte, father of Albert and his siblings, became rector of Christ Church in the early 1900s and served until his death in January 1926.But before expounding further on rebuilding Christ Church, Fr. Woart explained the meaning of the Gospel lesson of the day. It was about a Roman officer, a centurion, who had a sick servant and appealed to Jesus to heal him. As Jesus approached the centurion’s home, he sent word to the Master saying, “Don’t bother to come under my roof, for I am not worthy to receive you. Just say the word and my servant will be healed.” Christ was impressed by the centurion’s faith and the servant was immediately healed.“There are a few things we must learn from this passage,” said Father Woart. “First, know yourself. The centurion was a soldier who was not perfect. His home might have been the place where many corrupt activities occurred.Second, admit your wrongs, your weaknesses. The centurion admitted that he was unworthy to receive Jesus into his home.And third, have faith. The centurion had faith that Jesus had the power to heal the servant and he expressed his faith. Jesus appreciated the man’s faith as well as his humility by saying he was ‘unworthy’ to receive Christ in his home. ‘I have not seen so much faith in Israel,’ the Master said, as he pronounced the sick servant’s instant healing.” “Spiritually,” Fr. Woart said in yesterday’s sermon, “we must encourage and make conditions in Christ Church suitable to conduct regular Bible study, prayer meetings and Confirmation classes.”“Socially,” he continued, “we must build our walls by making ourselves responsible for church work, church activities. We must participate in all church activities and not make flimsy excuses for our absence.”“We must rebuild according to the standards laid by Albert Porte, Napoleon and Mary Thorpe and others who took the initiative to make positive things happen at Christ Church.”Taking his text from Nehemiah 2:17, Fr. Woart said Nehemiah called on the children of Israel to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He had a vision that he shared with his kinsmen and with the King of Persia. Nehemiah was a cupbearer in the king’s palace, therefore had enough food to eat and wine to drink, but he was unhappy because he heard that the walls of Jerusalem, the land of his ancestors, and its gates had been destroyed.Fr. Woart urged members of Christ Church wherever they are to inquire, as did Nehemiah of Jerusalem, about what is happening to Christ Church, to commit themselves to rebuild it and restore its pristine glory. In the distant past, the preacher recalled Christ Church, though small and part of a tiny settlement, was a respected parish that Episcopalians and many others talked about all over the country. “Come let us rebuild Christ Church in its totality—physically, spiritually, socially, educationally and agriculturally,” he pleaded, and concluded: “I know that when we come together with one focus, one mindset and one common goal, Christ Church will be rebuilt. We can do it!”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more