Massive Hornsea One offshore wind project to generate first electricity this week

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:An offshore windfarm on the Yorkshire coast that will dwarf the world’s largest when completed is to supply its first power to the UK electricity grid this week. The Danish developer Ørsted, which will be installing the first of 174 turbines at Hornsea One, said it was ready to step up its plans and fill the gap left by failed nuclear power schemes.The size of the project takes the burgeoning offshore wind power sector to a new scale, on a par with conventional fossil fuel-fired power stations. Hornsea One will cover 407 sq km, five times the size of the nearby city of Hull. At 1.2GW of capacity it will power 1m homes, making it about twice as powerful as today’s biggest offshore windfarm once it is completed in the second half of this year.“The ability to generate clean electricity offshore at this scale is a globally significant milestone at a time when urgent action needs to be taken to tackle climate change,” said Matthew Wright, UK managing director of Ørsted, the world’s biggest offshore windfarm builder.The power station is only the first of four planned in the area, with a green light and subsidies already awarded to a second stage due for completion in the early 2020s.The first two phases will use 7MW turbines, which are taller than London’s Gherkin building.But the latter stages of the Hornsea development could use even more powerful, 10MW-plus turbines. Bigger turbines will capture more of the energy from the wind and should lower costs by reducing the number of foundations and the amount of cabling needed to put them into the water.Henrik Poulsen, Ørsted’s chief executive, said he was in close dialogue with major manufacturers to use the new generation of turbines, some of which are expected to approach the height of the Shard in London, the tallest building in the EU. The UK has a great wind resource and shallow enough seabed to exploit it, and could even “power most of Europe if it [the UK] went to the extreme with offshore”, he said.More: Biggest offshore windfarm to start UK supply this week Massive Hornsea One offshore wind project to generate first electricity this weeklast_img read more

USC reinstates former student to reopen Title IX investigation

first_imgUSC has retracted its decision to expel Armaan Premjee following a case hearing with the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Dec. 18.According to court documents the Daily Trojan obtained, in October, Premjee filed a petition for a writ of mandamus. This would appeal for a reevaluation of USC’s “biased” Title IX investigation into the sexual assault charges made against him after an incident involving another student in April 2017. But due to recent California court rulings requiring new investigative procedures, Judge Elizabeth White granted USC’s request to halt legal proceedings on Premjee’s appeal at the hearing. The University decided to reinstate Premjee and reopen the investigation of the case to ensure fair and lawful adjudication under new regulations. “Campus safety is the utmost priority for the University, and over the past few months, sweeping changes were made as we work to prevent all forms of misconduct on our campuses, to provide outstanding care to all students and to ensure we have policies and procedures that prioritize respect for our students and our entire University community,” USC wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan.In May 2017, Premjee pleaded not guilty to one count of rape by use of drugs and one count of sexual penetration with a foreign object. However, Premjee was expelled when the Office of Equity and Diversity found him responsible for policy violations in March 2018.“USC is in the process of reviewing how the new rulings may affect its Title IX investigations and remains committed to providing a fair process for all parties and to following all laws and regulations,” the University wrote. A month before the hearing, a change.org petition called for Interim President Wanda Austin to reinstate Premjee. The petition claims the video footage “from inside the bar [Banditos], outside it and inside the [victim’s] dorm room showed that she was very much the aggressor in this encounter.” The petition has received over 2,557 signatures at the time of publication.According to Harland Braun, Premjee’s criminal defense attorney, the female student made sexual hand gestures behind Premjee’s back, which Premjee interpreted as consent.“She’s basically signalling over his head to her girl friend that she wants to have sex with him,” Braun said. “That evidence is so clear. It’s on video.”The Los Angeles Police Department, however, failed to disclose the video footage to witnesses during questioning, according to Braun. In response, Premjee filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles and the LAPD in June for their handling of his sexual assault case, accusing both of civil rights violations, malicious prosecution, negligence and false imprisonment. According to the lawsuit, LAPD detectives Oscar Gamino and Carla Zuniga acted with “deliberate indifference to or reckless disregard for an accused’s rights for the truth in withholding evidence from prosecutors” and “suppressed exculpatory evidence.”Armaan Premjee declined to comment.last_img read more