Waters offshore North Carolina are home to the Kitty Hawk lease area, for which Avangrid Renewables secured the rights in May 2017. According to Duke Energy’s CEO, the offshore wind sector has so far not had much visibility due to a wind energy moratorium that ended last year. In 2017, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed a House Bill 589 which was mainly focused on solar energy, but which had a late amendment putting into effect an 18-month moratorium on onshore wind power developments. The amendment was added to freeze the issuance of wind farm permits and to allow for an assessment of the potential impact of interference of wind turbines on military operations in North Carolina, which has eight active military bases. At the Kitty Hawk lease area, which has a potential generating capacity of 2.5 GW, surveys are currently under way with metocean and geotechnical data being gathered to inform the project design. “And where we think it might fit into the portfolio, I would think about it as something that probably has greater potential toward the end of the next decade”, Lynn Good said. Immediately after signing into law the bill containing the wind moratorium, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 11 to mitigate the impacts of the moratorium on wind energy projects in development, on those that would be brought forward after the moratorium expires, and on feasibility studies. “You may remember the history here in the Carolinas, there was a wind moratorium, so no wind through the end of 2019. So, it hasn’t had as much visibility as I think it will coming through this IRP and the clean energy process. So, it represents a future investment opportunity and we’ll know more as this policy gets finalized and as we make further progress on the fleet transition”. Responding to a question asked by a Goldman Sachs analyst Michael Lapides, who inquired about the role offshore wind played in North and South Carolinas and about its inclusion in Duke Energy’s investment strategy, the company’s President and CEO Lynn Good said offshore wind will most likely be addressed in Duke Energy’s upcoming IRP. Duke Energy, a North Carolina-headquartered electric power holding company, does not see offshore wind as having big enough potential until the end of the next decade, according to information from the company’s recent earnings call. This year, the North Carolina Department of Commerce launched a comprehensive project to assess the state’s supply chain and physical infrastructure best positioned to promote local offshore wind development, and to identify new opportunities to both develop commercial-grade wind energy off the state’s coast, as well as supply wind energy facilities along the entire eastern seaboard. A little more than a year later, Governor Cooper signed Executive Order 80 to reaffirm North Carolina’s commitment to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions and support the expansion of clean energy businesses. To produce the supply chain report, the North Carolina Office of Science, Technology, & Innovation issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in May, seeking a consulting partner to help develop and publish a study on offshore wind supply chain and infrastructure. In August, UK-headquartered consultancy BVG Associates was awarded a contract to work on the supply chain and infrastructure assessment together with representatives from Lloyd’s Register Energy Americas, Timmons Group, and North Carolina State University. At the beginning of 2019, Cooper announced $ 1.5 million to boost clean energy and green businesses in the proposed 2019-2021 budget, including a $ 300,000 study on North Carolina’s potential to host offshore wind operations and associated jobs. NOTE: This article was updated on 23 August with information on North Carolina’s wind energy moratorium, state-level decisions on offshore wind, and current offshore wind development.
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez celebrates the second goal of his team during the group A match between Uruguay and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)SAMARA, Russia — Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani scored a goal each and Uruguay went on to defeat Russia 3-0 on Monday, finishing undefeated in group play and handing the host nation its first loss of the World Cup.Both teams were already assured of spots in the knockout round, but Uruguay’s victory put it at the top of Group A and looking toward a match in Sochi on Saturday against the second-place finisher from Group B.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Uruguay, which also benefited from an own-goal in the first half, had its third straight shutout of the tournament after consecutive 1-0 victories over Egypt and Saudi Arabia.By advancing to the round of 16 with victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Russia secured its best World Cup showing in the post-Soviet era.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut Uruguay — ranked No. 14 in the world — posed a far greater challenge to the hosts.Suarez, who seems to have put past World Cup controversies behind him, scored with a low shot from just outside the box that sailed past the wall of Russian players and into the right corner of the goal. The Barcelona striker blew a kiss to the corner of Samara Stadium where most of La Celeste’s cheering supporters were seated. Uruguay went up 2-0 over Russia on an own-goal — the sixth of the World Cup to tie the tournament record. Midfielder Diego Laxalt’s shot from long range deflected off Denis Cheryshev’s foot and past goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.Russia, the lowest ranked team in the field at No. 70, went down to 10 men after right back Igor Smolnikov received a second yellow card in the 36th minute. Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov immediately took off Cheryshev for defender Mario Fernandes.Cavani scored in the 90th minute and was taken out a short time later. The Paris Saint-Germain forward put a rebound into the left corner of the net after Diego Godin’s header was parried by Akinfeev.Uruguay was making its 12th appearance at the World Cup, which it won in 1930 and 1950. More recently, the team finished fourth in South Africa in 2010 and made the round of 16 in Brazil four years ago.Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira made his first start of the World Cup. Since the 22-year-old Torreira has been in Russia there have been persistent rumors that he is headed to Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Chism set for Magnolia debut vs former coach Guiao, NLEX Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew INJURIESRussia left back Yuri Zhirkov was taken out of the match against Egypt because of an ankle injury but was available as a substitute on Monday. Teammate Alan Dzagoev was out again because of a hamstring injury sustained in the opener against Saudi Arabia but he may return for the knockout round.Defender Jose Maria Gimenez didn’t play for Uruguay because of a right thigh injury. Gimenez scored in the team’s opening match of the tournament, a 1-0 victory over Egypt. The team did not say when he might return.GROUP DYNAMICSBoth teams will face the top finishers from Group B, which includes Portugal, Spain, Iran and Morocco. By finishing second, Russia will play at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow against the Group A winner.Because Russia had the advantage in goal differential from its first two group matches, it would have won the group with a draw.KEYS TO SUCCESSRussia’s home-country advantage could only carry it so far against its more experienced opponents. But the Russians had recent history to think they were up to the challenge: The teams played to a 1-1 draw in a 2012 friendly in Moscow.Suarez scored in that match, and thwarted Russia in this one, too. His goal on Monday was the 53rd of his career, in his 101st appearance. It was his second goal of the tournament after also scoring in the 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia.No Uruguayan players have been handed yellow cards in Russia. The only other team at the tournament without a yellow is Iceland. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’
Bayern Munich’s Javi Martínez celebrates his goal with Serge Gnabry. Photograph: Andreas Gebert/Reuters Topics European club football On Saturday, Lionel Messi scored his 50th career hat-trick to fire Barcelona to a 4-2 win at Sevilla after the champions had twice fallen behind, giving the Catalans a seven-point lead at the top of La Liga.Sevilla, who have only won once in the league in 2019, took the lead midway through the first half through the winger Jesús Navas but were soon pegged back by an unstoppable volley from Messi. The home side capitalised on sleepy defending to retake the lead before half-time when Gabriel Mercado pounced in the area.Barcelona lead the standings on 57 points after 25 games while second-placed Atlético Madrid have 50 points after beating Villarreal 2-0 on Sunday, with Chelsea loanee Álvaro Morata scoring. Sevilla fall to fifth, slipping out of the Champions League places. They are replaced there by Getafe, who climbed into the top four with a 2-1 win over their neighbours Rayo Vallecano, boosting their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time. The win takes Getafe, who returned to the top flight in 2017, into fourth place on 39 points. Rayo remain in the relegation zone, sitting 19th on 23 points. Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale came off the bench to convert a controversial penalty and secure a 2-1 win at Levante as the European champions rode their luck to stay within nine points of leaders Barcelona. Real came under heavy pressure early on but Karim Benzema gave them the lead towards the end of the first half from the spot after a penalty was awarded for handball following a VAR review. Levante, who pulled off a shock 2-1 win over Real at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this season, deservedly drew level on the hour mark with a sliding finish from Roger Marti, who had struck the woodwork twice before the interval. Real struggled to impose themselves on the game but were awarded another hotly-contested penalty following a VAR review when Casemiro went down in the box following light contact. Wales forward Bale, who had only replaced Benzema minutes earlier, deceived Levante keeper Aitor Fernandez with an ice-cool finish from the spot but barely celebrated the goal, brushing away team mates who tried to congratulate him. Sevilla Wolfsburg beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 and Mainz defeated Schalke by the same scoreline.In Serie A, Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus side extended their unbeaten league run this season to 25 matches after a 1-0 win over Bologna. The champions had to wait until the 67th minute to break the deadlock when substitute Paulo Dybala fired home into the bottom corner from inside the penalty area. Juve hold a 13-point advantage over closest challengers Napoli, who stretched their unbeaten run in Serie A to seven games by trouncing Parma 4-0 on the road.Former Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout converted a penalty in the 101th minute to clinch Fiorentina a 3-3 home draw against Internazionale. Veretout converted from the spot after Danilo D’Ambrosio’s handball had been referred to the video assistant referee. It was the second handball incident in the match to be judged by VAR. Inter had led 3-1 early in the second half. Matias Vecino cancelled out Stefan de Vrij’s own goal before Matteo Politano and Ivan Perisic’s penalty put the visitors in control. Perisic converted after Edimilson Fernandes’ handball had also been referred to VAR, but Luis Muriel’s free-kick reduced the deficit and Veretout’s last-gasp penalty secured Fiorentina a point. Kylian Mbappé became the youngest player in 45 years to reach 50 Ligue 1 goals as PSG beat Nîmes 3-0 in Paris to stretch their lead at the top to 17 points.Christopher Nkunku’s opener and Mbappé’s second-half double maintained PSG’s 100% home record in the league this season and lifted them further clear of second-placed Lille, who drew with Strasbourg on Friday.Nkunku put PSG in front five minutes before the break when he expertly controlled Marco Verratti’s ball over the top before producing a composed finish. Mbappé had two goals ruled out in the first half, one for offside and one for handball, but made amends after the interval as he finished from close range on 69 minutes before finishing off a sweeping counter-attack for his second. PSG lead the standings on 68 points with 22 wins from 25 games. Nîmes are in 11th place with 36 points. Pinterest In the Bundesliga Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac celebrated his 100th game as a Bundesliga head coach with a 1-0 home win over Hertha Berlin, with Javi Martínez heading in the only goal with an hour gone. Borussia Dortmund are three points clear at the top after beating Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 on Sunday. Jadon Sancho was again among the goals, volleying Dortmund into a 2-1 lead before Mario Götze scored what would prove to be the winner on the hour mark. The Observer Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)| 😱 |Fiorentina are given a penalty in the 99th minute!Jordan Veretout tucks it away to end the game 3-3, what a game! 😯 pic.twitter.com/TOjtMtWC3OFebruary 24, 2019 Getafe Share on Twitter View gallery La Liga The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp news Share on Pinterest Barcelona Share on Facebook Lionel Messi Facebook Rayo Vallecano Share on LinkedIn Twitter Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball)Jadon Sancho once again for Dortmund! 🌟Excellent technique from the young Englishman 👏Is there anything he can’t do?! 😧 pic.twitter.com/gTI1jZLFa2February 24, 2019 Reuse this content