December 31

Draft law would begin German hard coal phaseout in 2020

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:Germany plans to close 4 GW of hard coal-fired plants via a first annual compensation auction in June 2020, an energy ministry spokeswoman told S&P Global Platts Tuesday.Compensation for closures is to be awarded to bidders offering the lowest cost of avoided CO2 emissions with winning plants set to close after winter 2020/21. The federal grid regulator BNetzA is set to run the auctions, according to a second draft leaked Tuesday.The ministry is finalizing a hard coal exit law to cap hard coal capacity at 15 GW by end-2022. Assuming Datteln 4 comes online, Germany will have around 22 GW of hard coal capacity in operation as the compensation auctions get underway.The BNetzA is to establish exact volumes required to hit the 15 GW target depending on other closure applications, the outcome of various capacity reserve auctions and startup of Uniper’s 1.1 GW Datteln 4 plant. Commissioning of Datteln 4 is foreseen for summer 2020.Closure auctions thereafter are set to run annually until 2026, with hard coal capacity declining to 8 GW by end-2030.Details on 3 GW of lignite closures are expected at a later stage, with Eur40 billion ($44 billion) of support for lignite mining regions already approved. Germany plans to completely phase out coal by 2038.More: Germany plans 4 GW hard coal closure auction in 2020: draft law Draft law would begin German hard coal phaseout in 2020last_img read more

November 18

Makarska Tourist Board: log every visitor to the eVisitor system

first_imgGiven that in the current period, while the corona virus epidemic reigns, a large number of people have decided to spend a period of isolation in their cottages and holiday homes, not counting how they can endanger and disrupt the entire system, it is necessary to keep records infection or self-isolation of individuals, inform the relevant institutions. The Tourist Board of the city of Makarska has published on its official website an invitation and appeal to the owners of holiday homes and apartments, but also for all citizens, to report all new visitors due to records of human movements and the danger of coronavirus spread: “Based on the instructions of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Split-Dalmatia County, and with the aim of preventing further spread of the corona virus epidemic in the Split-Dalmatia County, we inform you that all visitors staying or planning to stay in apartments, houses or holiday apartments in our tourist area community, to be required to register in the eVisitor system, because it is a legal obligation that is especially important in this period, due to the need to record the movement of people and take appropriate measures. Source: Makarska Tourist Board Therefore, we appeal to all citizens to report any information, ie justified suspicion, about citizens who evidently do not comply with certain prescribed health surveillance measures or citizens who have recently crossed the state border and are not under health surveillance to the competent police. stations or call the Coronavirus Call Center at 113 ″, is on the website of the Tourist Board of the city of Makarska.last_img read more

October 17

Feds ramp up brainstorming on handgun crime following Toronto shooting

first_imgOTTAWA – Following the recent mass shooting in Toronto, the federal government is eyeing tighter restrictions on handguns — possibly by making certain firearms harder to buy and allowing municipalities to impose their own controls.A federal official with knowledge of the current brainstorming says ideas have been percolating for several months — building on firearms legislation introduced in March — and have evolved further after Sunday’s shooting in Canada’s largest city.Two people were killed in the tragedy that also injured 13, led to the gunman’s death and left a neighbourhood traumatized. Two days later, Toronto city council passed a motion calling on the federal government to outlaw the sale of handguns in the city.A federal bill introduced late last winter would expand the scope of background checks on those who want to acquire a gun, strengthen record-keeping requirements for sales and require purchasers to present a firearms licence.But the government is actively exploring additional measures.Firearms in Canada are classified as either non-restricted (such as ordinary hunting rifles and shotguns), restricted (including handguns and certain rifles and semi-automatics) or prohibited (certain handguns, fully automatic firearms and sawed-off rifles).Restricted and prohibited firearms must be registered and entail additional safety training.Officials are contemplating a rejigging of the categories that would effectively remove some firearms from the commercial market altogether.“Do you make it so that there are fewer firearms that would fall into these more restricted or prohibited categories available for purchase?” said the federal official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue. “That’s one question.”Another idea being studied would see the federal government hand off some responsibilities under the Firearms Act to the provinces which could, in turn, permit municipalities to restrict purchases or even impose bans. But it is unclear to what extent the government could transfer these authorities.“These are questions that we’re asking,” the official said.Authorities are also mindful of the emergence of three-dimensional printers that can easily manufacture guns without any kind of licensing control — eliminating the need to walk into a firearms shop or hire a cross-border weapon smuggler.The advent of 3D guns could render traditional notions about gun control obsolete and potentially hasten any federal efforts to overhaul the classification system, the official said.The government’s firearms advisory committee is expected to provide advice to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale in September on four key issues he has flagged, including the possibility of:— Stricter firearm storage rules for gun shops, after two dozen handguns were stolen by thieves who snipped a cable;— Limitations on commercial advertising of restricted firearms that glorifies violence and simulates warfare;— A mechanism to identify large and unusual transactions to buy or sell guns, particularly restricted or prohibited ones — purchases that may indicate gang activity or trafficking;— Requiring medical professionals to advise provincial authorities of people who have diagnosed conditions, including mental illnesses, that are likely to put the lives of other people in danger.Goodale has asked Quebec to share lessons learned from its law requiring reporting of suspicious behaviour related to firearms when federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for public safety meet in St. John’s, N.L., in November.Bill Blair, the new minister for border security and organized crime reduction, is also likely to attend the Newfoundland meeting, where firearms control will be a central issue.The work of the advisory committee and deliberations with counterparts from across the country will help Goodale decide on any new legislative steps, the federal official said.“The minister will want to take the advice from those colleagues and move at that point probably fairly quickly on whatever comes next.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more