SA set for R47bn in energy investments

first_img30 October 2012 South Africa’s Energy Department says it is expecting R47-billion to be invested in the country through the first window of its renewable energy programme for independent power producers. The department received bids for the first window, which seeks 1 400 megawatts of renewable energy, in November 2011 and announced the first 28 preferred bidders in December. The outline for the first 28 preferred bidders is now in place and the department says it is ready to sign contracts, unlocking the investments. Briefing reporters in Pretoria on Monday, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said the department had been working closely with the preferred bidders to conclude the contract documentation, including the power purchase and implementation agreements. “The delay for financial close was largely related to government approvals. We apologise for shifting the timeframes,” Peters said, adding that the delays in government approvals had caused by the need to have fully populated contracts to be presented to the relevant structures within the government for approval.Job opportunities in rural areas “I’m pleased to announce that the country will receive about R47-billion of investment in renewable power generation through window 1 preferred bidders,” Peters said. The investment will provide job opportunities, especially for those in rural areas where renewable power plants are located. According to the government’s Integrated Resource Plan, a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand, about 42% of electricity generated in South Africa will be required to come from renewable resources. The plan places specific emphasis on broadening electricity supply technologies to include gas, imports, nuclear, biomass, and renewables (wind, solar and hydro) both to meet the country’s future electricity needs and to reduce its carbon emissions. Originally, 53 bids amounting to 2 128 MW were received across wind, photovoltaic (PV) solar systems, concentrated solar power (CSP) and small hydro. The evaluation resulted in 28 bids, with a total of 1 416 MW being selected as preferred bidders in the first window. The wind and solar PV projects are expected to be integrated into the country’s national energy grid during 2014. “The signing of agreements for window 1 preferred bidders will take place on 5 November,” Peters said, adding that bidders were expected to honour the commitments made in their bids. Should bidders fail to comply with their commitments, penalties such as the termination of the power purchase agreement would be implemented. Peters said she had received concurrence from the National Energy Regulator of SA for additional allocations to the renewable programme, base load generation and the medium-term risk mitigation plan generation. Earlier this month, Peters said she was considering a second determination that would provide additional megawatts in the renewable energy space. “I will be promulgating these determinations before the end of the year,” she said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

OABA 2019 winners announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio AgriBusiness Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Industry Excellence Awards. They are: 2020 Excellence in Customer Service – Charles Hebble, Mid-Wood, Inc.; 2020 Achievement as an Emerging Leader – Karie Staley, Central Ohio Farmers Co-op, Inc.; and 2020 Excellence in Safety & Stewardship – Cindy Ridzon, Witmer’s Feed & Grain, Inc. Award recipients will be recognized at the 2020 OABA Industry Conference on Jan. 30. Winners will receive a plaque and $1,000 cash award, sponsored by ABIS/J.H. Ward Agency.OABA has a distinguished history of serving the agricultural industry and its members through advocacy, policy leadership and educational programs. The Industry Excellence Awards honor excellence, professionalism and achievement among OABA member companies and their employees, and thereby encourage that same excellence in others.“It is a great honor to recognize outstanding individuals in our industry,” said Chris Henney, OABA president and CEO. “These leaders set a high standard that agribusiness employees across all levels should aspire to achieve.”Excellence in Customer ServiceThe Excellence in Customer Service Award is presented to an individual who goes “above and beyond” in their service to customers, in order to define what excellent customer service looks like and recognize those whose contributions may often go unnoticed. The 2020 award recipient is Charles Hebble of Shelby, Ohio.Hebble, Crop Specialist at Mid-Wood, Inc., makes seed, crop nutrient and crop protection recommendations for grower customers in Central Ohio. His customer-first attitude drives his daily interactions at work, whether it is scouting fields and reporting back to customers, delivering needed supplies outside regular business hours, or periodically calling to check on overwhelmed farmers.“His relationship with the farmer customer is very important to him,” said Ed Miller, vice president of agronomy at Mid-Wood. “This guy goes the extra mile, it doesn’t matter if it’s one acre or ten thousand acres, he cares about every single acre, every single customer.”Achievement as an Emerging LeaderThe Achievement as an Emerging Leader Award is presented to an individual who represents the spirit of leadership as a growing agribusiness professional. Leadership is often difficult to define in everyday business activities, but it remains an important ability to cultivate. The 2020 award recipient is Karie Staley of Mount Gilead, Ohio.Staley, recently promoted to Branch Manager of Central Ohio Farmers Co-op’s Mount Gilead facility, now oversees all aspects of the facility’s operations, expanding her role and responsibilities after more than 20 years on COFC’s agronomy staff. Staley continually demonstrates a servant leader approach, putting the needs of the organization, her employees and customers above her own.“The primary thing that makes Karie stand out is her relationship with the customers,” said Scott Crowder, President & CEO of Central Ohio Farmers Co-op. “The way that they trust her, they know that the guidance she’s going to give them will make them successful. And that’s what we’re all about: making our members and farmers successful.”Excellence in Safety & StewardshipThe Excellence in Safety & Stewardship Award is presented to an individual that demonstrates safety and stewardship in day-to-day activities and interactions with customers, encouraging others to put safety first and be good stewards of equipment and land. The 2020 award recipient is Cindy Ridzon of New Waterford, Ohio.Ridzon, Office Manager and Safety Coordinator for Witmer’s Feed & Grain, Inc., oversees office functions, develops and maintains safety policies and procedures, and ensures Witmer’s stays in regulatory compliance. Ridzon empowers employees to make safety their number one priority every day and encourages them to identify and address any safety risks before they cause an issue.“Cindy’s concern for the safety and well-being of employees is authentic,” said Jeff Carr, Controller at Witmer’s Feed & Grain. “She’s been paramount in establishing a safety-minded culture here at Witmer’s. It empowers everyone here personally to take ownership of that safety-mindedness, knowing that safety is first and foremost.”2020 OABA Industry ConferenceThe three-day Industry Conference event, Jan. 29-31 at the Columbus Renaissance Westerville, is packed with widely-respected speakers and industry professionals, sharing their expertise on a variety of topics relating to agronomy, grain and feed, safety and more. More details will be made available at www.oaba.net/events_conference.last_img read more

‘Superteams’ rise to challenge Warriors for crown

first_imgThe superteams will be tested on opening night with Boston visiting Cleveland and Houston at Golden State. Oklahoma City will open Thursday at home against New York, Anthony’s former club.’James says that despite potential issues with 2011 MVP Rose, 2006 MVP Wade, himself, Love, Crowder and teammates relegated to reserve duties, the Cavaliers will come together and again be a championship threat.“At the end of the day when guys sign here and wanted to come here, we all know what we’re here for,” James said. “So there’s no ego. The only ego is bring your game, which these guys know how to do. We all have a common goal, so none of that other stuff matters.” View comments “Just because you compile a team of superstars don’t mean it’s going to work, because it’s a lot of ego,” Green told GQ magazine.”And we just happen to have a perfect group to where it works.”Las Vegas oddsmakers agree. The Warriors are a runaway favorite to repeat as champion at about 2-1 with Cleveland next at 4-1 ahead of Boston at 10-1 with Houston and San Antonio at 15-1 just ahead of Oklahoma City at 16-1. ‘They don’t stand a chance’ It’s the NBA version of a nuclear arms race, complete with a fistful of teams stockpiling top talent and legend Michael Jordan, a six-time NBA champion with Chicago who owns the Charlotte Hornets, warning of mutually assured destruction.ADVERTISEMENT “I think it’s going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint,” Jordan told Cigar Aficionado magazine.“You’re going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage. Or they’re going to have a tough time surviving in the business environment.”In the wake of a heartbreaking seventh-game loss to Cleveland in the 2016 NBA Finals after a record 73-9 season, the Warriors recruited Durant, the former MVP who opted out of Oklahoma City. They rolled through the playoffs with a 16-1 record.It’s a follow-on to the escalation James helped spark in 2010 when he left Cleveland for Miami to join Wade and Chris Bosh in a “Big Three” that reached four NBA Finals in a row, winning in 2012 and 2013.When he returned to the Cavaliers in 2014, he matched up with Irving and added Kevin Love for a new “Big Three” and now such trios abound.“It’s pretty… sick to see how everybody is just in a … panic about what to do,” Green told GQ. “That’s the fun part about it — they know they don’t stand a chance.”Green said the Warriors were inspired by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s comments after last June’s NBA Finals, when he said the Warriors “are not unbeatable. There have been bigger upsets in sports history. We are going to keep improving our roster. We’re used to long odds. If Golden State makes the odds longer, we might up our risk profile and get even more aggressive. We have something up our sleeves.”That proved to be pairing Paul and Harden, two of the NBA’s best, in the Houston backcourt.“They are really trying to rethink their whole strategy,” Green told GQ. ‘Only ego is bring your game’  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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10 months agoReal Madrid defender Varane: How can I complain about my Ballon d’Or place?

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid defender Varane: How can I complain about my Ballon d’Or place?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid defender Raphael Varane had no problem with his placing in the Ballon d’Or vote.Varane finished seventh in this year’s running.He said, “It’s (Luka) Modric, a friend, who won. So I can only be very happy for him. “There are only great players in the race. If I had been told a few years ago that I would be disappointed if I did not have the Ballon d’Or, I’d have signed for that right away (laughs). “No, frankly, I cannot be disappointed because my year for 2018 was fantastic. And for me, the most beautiful reward, it is the comments of some people in the world of football which were expressed.” last_img read more

18 days agoLucas Vazquez confident Real Madrid fans behind him

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lucas Vazquez confident Real Madrid fans behind himby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLucas Vazquez is confident Real Madrid fans are behind him.The midfielder has been jeered by the home support this season.”I have always felt the support of the Bernabeu during these five seasons,” Vazquez intimated in an interview with MARCA.”I always notice when the crowd shows me affection, I’m very happy with that.”We know that we’re at Real Madrid and that we are exposed to people’s opinions, you have to be calm.” last_img

Ohio State’s Braxton Miller Accepts Fan’s Challenge To A Race

first_imgOSU 40-Yard DashOSU 40-Yard DashBraxton Miller’s throwing arm is yet to reach full strength – the Ohio State senior quarterback is working his way back from a torn labrum – but his legs appear to be good-to-go. Saturday afternoon, the two-time Big Ten MVP accepted on Twitter a fan’s challenge to a race. We’re not sure if Miller is joking or serious. Hopefully he’s the latter.  @BraxtonMiller5 you ready to race big dog— Alex Gies (@AGies3) April 11, 2015You think u gonna win? https://t.co/KlFfvFomED— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) April 11, 2015Next Saturday? https://t.co/idlmES3Gi0— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) April 11, 2015@AGies3 I’ll give you a 10 yard head start pic.twitter.com/VizcXE35Dt— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) April 11, 2015Please let this happen, Ohio State. The Buckeyes spring game is set to occur next Saturday at Ohio Stadium.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Compared Today’s Camp At New Jersey Power Paramus Catholic To The Super Bowl

first_imgjim harbaugh paramus catholicTwitter/@Mark__SnyderParamus Catholic has been very kind to the Michigan football program. The New Jersey football power produced Michigan star Jabrill Peppers, as well as Rashan Gary, the No. 1 player in the class of 2016 and top Michigan signee. Today, Harbaugh’s never-ending satellite camp tour makes a high-profile stop at the school, and he did not hesitate to make a ridiculous comparison.Harbaugh moving with the mic, said he feels like he did going into the Super Bowl pic.twitter.com/Gv4Y0s5Yra— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 8, 2016Harbaugh coached in Super Bowl XLVII, where his San Francisco 49ers lost to his brother’s Baltimore Ravens, so technically ‘he would know.’ Never stop selling, Harbaugh.As for #HarbaughJerseyWatch, after rocking an Archie Manning jersey in Mississippi this morning, Harbaugh went with Derek Jeter this evening. Pretty appropriate for the greater New York City area.As he promised, Harbaugh with Jeter jersey pic.twitter.com/1eqhImhYww— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 8, 2016We’re not sure about the Super Bowl comparison, but if Harbaugh makes inroads with another Peppers or Gary, it will have been a day well spent for Michigan football.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:Predicting The Next 5 CFP Fields5 Reasons Jim Harbaugh Is Great For College FootballCollege Football’s 8 “Blue Bloods”last_img read more

AG Fraser says she cant release final version of controversial report

first_imgAPTN National NewsAuditor General Sheila Fraser tells APTN National News there is no chance she can release the final version of her office’s report on the Conservative’s G8 and G20 spending.A draft version of the report caused a firestorm earlier this week after it was obtained by The Canadian Press. The Conservative party leaked a later version to reporters.The draft version said the government mislead Parliament by spending millions of dollars on projects that had nothing to do with the summits.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll spoke with Fraser.last_img