Greece to Seek 2.6 GW of Solar, Wind Development

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Greece is preparing to auction 2.6 gigawatts of solar and wind projects to attract investment and beef up the Mediterranean country’s clean-energy credentials.“From now on renewable energy production and prices will be determined by competitive tender process,” said Energy Minister George Stathakis. The “move should encourage investments in renewable energy of 2.5 billion to 3 billion euros, especially in wind.”The government published the final rules for its first competitive tenders, which outline the timeline and size of the projects that will awarded. The first tender will be held July 2 and will hand out permits to build 300 megawatts of wind power and 300 megawatts of solar photovoltaics. The shift to auctions from feed-in-tariffs follows a move most renewable markets have made.Greece is known for its sunshine, a key driver of its tourism industry, but it also has good wind resources. Like all European Union members, it has a legally-binding clean energy target and is aiming for 18 percent of energy consumption to be from renewable by 2020.The country will tender 300 megawatts apiece of wind and solar annually from 2018 to 2020 and will also hold two auctions for 400 megawatts that will pit the two technologies against one another, starting in 2019. Total capacity procured will be 2.6 gigawatts, about the equivalent of two nuclear reactors.More: Greece Kicks Off $3.6 Billion Program for Solar, Wind Projects Greece to Seek 2.6 GW of Solar, Wind Developmentlast_img read more

Venezuela Returns to Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo May 23, 2019 On May 7, 2019, the National Assembly of Venezuela sent a request to the Organization of American States (OAS) to be reincorporated into the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR, in Spanish), also known as the Rio Treaty. Interim President Juan Guaidó is seeking options to solve the Venezuelan crisis, form a transition government, and conduct free elections. Caracas left the TIAR in 2012, along with Ecuador, Bolivia, Cuba, and Nicaragua. “This instrument will be another element to continue exerting pressure to recover democracy and freedom,” Francisco Sucre, president of the Foreign Policy Commission of the Venezuelan parliament, told the press. “The dictatorship has an ongoing strategy to isolate Venezuela.” Twenty-one nations signed the TIAR in 1947. The accord states that if any country perpetrates an armed attack against an American country, this will be considered an attack against all member nations. The signatories are committed to confronting the attack, the OAS says on its website. Venezuela could use the TIAR in case of an attack by Maduro’s illegitimate regime. The sanctions imposed by the treaty can go “from rupturing diplomatic ties and economic sanctions, to a possible military intervention to defend Guaidó’s government,” said Argentine digital news agency Infobae. “We are doing our best to liberate Venezuela from this tragedy,” Interim President Juan Guaidó told the press. “The TIAR route will cause the [Chavista] regime to collapse,” Andrés Mezgravis, professor at Andrés Bello Catholic University, said via Twitter. Protecting rights Venezuela’s inclusion in TIAR also provides for its inclusion in the Inter-American System of Human Rights. On May 11, Guaidó spoke with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) about other options to protect his country’s rights. “The parliament can leverage international cooperation in the areas of military and humanitarian assistance, and other areas as determined by this organization,” he said. Specifically, he mentioned the so-called Roldós doctrine. Signed in 1980 by Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador, this doctrine has 11 principles. One of these principles establishes respect for human, political, and social rights. The protection of these rights does not violate the non-intervention principle, according to the Roldós doctrine. Additionally, on May 11, Interim President Guaidó instructed the Venezuelan ambassador to the U.S., Carlos Vecchio, to meet immediately with the U.S. Southern Command and to establish a direct line of cooperation. “The intervention in Venezuela already exists, and it consists of the penetration of the National Liberation Army in Venezuela, as the usurper [Nicolás Maduro] revealed,” Guaidó told the press.last_img read more

Wellington Police notes: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, January 27, 20168:52 a.m. Peggy A. Ternes, 58, Peck, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 55 mph in a 40 mph zone (radar) and failure to signal a turn.•3:24 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington by known suspect(s).•6:58 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of currency in the 600 block E. 4th, Wellington.•10:31 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a window in the 1000 block N. A, Wellington.last_img