FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Amazon on Monday said it will buy power from three future wind projects, two of them in Europe and the third in the U.S., while signaling that more deals could be coming soon. The announcement marks a return to the corporate renewables market for one of the biggest buyers of years past.The tech giant will back 229 megawatts of new wind capacity from projects in Ireland, Sweden and California to serve Amazon Web Services’ fleet of data centers. The wind farms will be built over the next two years.A 91-megawatt wind farm will be built in Donegal, in the Republic of Ireland, while a similarly sized project will be built in Bäckhammar, Sweden — near the windy coast of Vänern, the largest lake in the European Union. Meanwhile, a smaller wind farm will be built in the Tehachapi Mountains of Southern California, near the load center of Los Angeles. The Tehachapis are home to the largest wind farm in the U.S. — Clearway Energy’s 946-megawatt Alta Wind complex — but the area has seen a slowdown in development in recent years, mirroring a slowdown in wind development across California.“We expect more projects in 2019 as we continue toward our goal of powering all [Amazon Web Services] global infrastructure with renewable energy,” Peter DeSantis, vice president of global infrastructure and customer support at AWS, said in a news release.The new trio of wind farms will add to Amazon’s existing portfolio of nine utility-scale renewables projects, totaling more than 1,000 megawatts. AWS has a long-term target of reaching 100 percent renewables across its global footprint, and is already halfway there.Corporate and industrial procurement accounted for 22 percent of all solar and wind power-purchase agreements signed in the U.S. last year, and deal sizes are getting larger, according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.More: Amazon jumps back into corporate renewables market Amazon signs three new wind power deals, says more are on the way
Honduran police say they are looking for three men who opened fire at a soccer game in a village near the capital city of Tegucigalpa, killing five people.Police said in a statement Thursday that the masked gunmen got out of their car, fired at the players and sped away. Five people were killed and three other players were wounded in the attack Wednesday night.Authorities didn’t give a motive for the killings in the village of Santa Rosa, about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) south of Tegucigalpa.They said the dead were young men between the ages of 18 and 24. They were students or worked in the capital.Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world.
Vice President Taylor and other guests displayed copies of the 2019 HDR documents.VP Taylor at launch of 2019 Global Human Development ReportBy Alloycious David, contributor The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning on Monday, December 9, 2019 launched the 2019 Global Human Development Report (GHDR) in Monrovia.The report, which highlights Liberia’s position and suggests ways of making improvement, was launched by Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor at the Monrovia City Hall.The report reveals that despite unprecedented progress against poverty, hunger and disease; systemic inequalities are still present.“And they (systemic inequalities) are deeply affecting social cohesion, economic growth, and public trust and confidence in the social contracts citizens have with their governments, institutions and among themselves,” UNDP Resident Representative, Pa Lamin Beyai told the launch, which attracted some government officials and representatives of Liberia’s development partners.He said in addition to differences in earnings, inequality is also about unequal distribution of wealth and power, and the entrenched social and political norms.The first release of the Human Development Report – a flagship publication for UNDP produced periodically to promote development discourse – claimed the world’s attention, because it presented a different way of measuring progress beyond income.The HDR’s accompanying Human Development Index (HDI), one of the most comprehensive measures that ranks countries by their level of human development, remains a powerful voice for almost three decades.Beyai lauded the Minister of Finance and his team for their technical inputs and advice and said their contributions are clear demonstrations of the importance the government attaches to its partnership with the UNDP for which it will remain grateful.Vice President Taylor lauded the UNDP family for providing her the opportunity to participate as key launcher of the 2019 UNDP Global Human Development ReportAccording to her, the intent of the information being provided in the report lies at the heart of an international assessment of all Nations, including Liberia, and provides an average measure of basic human development achievements in a Country; especially amongst those most vulnerable.“It is also an assessment of how Nations rank amongst other Nations of the World,” she adds.Vice President Taylor indicated that though Liberia ranks 176 out of 189 Nations; the indices assessed as the basis for ranking are reflected in our Government’s Development framework under the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development; which seeks to provide better access, increased equality and ensure inclusion for all.The vice president disclosed that based on the findings presented, Governments, Policy Makers, International and national development partners get a clear picture of the prevailing situation in order to utilize data presented to jointly craft new policies, plans and prescriptions which would help Governments tackle priority issues to fill in the gaps towards achieving the SDG’s 2030 commitment.She explained that for nations that fall below acceptable levels, the report finally calls for a deliberate robust shift in national development agendas towards holistic community based development which target the need for changes in programs which affect the most vulnerable persons at risk of being left behind; with the focus on improving performances for the SDG 2030 platform.The report, Madam Taylor noted, further reminds all and sundry that the world is facing an increased threat to the eradication of inequalities, as studies show a decline in the key drivers of inequalities.“Nevertheless this decline; under shadows of competing emerging dynamics of persistent issues such as globalization, climate change, environmental degradation and technological advances; demand strong political will, cohesive governance structures, new visions, new blueprints and new approaches in policies and programs at both national and global levels,” she stressed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)