Solar surge in Vietnam could undercut need for new coal plants

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Economist:Solar power played almost no part in Vietnam’s energy mix in 2017. To speed the technology’s adoption, the government offered that year to pay suppliers a generous $0.09 for every kilowatt-hour produced by big solar farms, but only if they started operations within the following two years. It expected some 850mw of capacity to be installed. Instead, by the end of 2019 the country found itself with 5 gigawatts—more than Australia, with an economy almost six times the size.The surge is all the more surprising given the terms on offer from Vietnam Electricity (evn), the cash-strapped state-owned enterprise that runs the national grid. Although the government’s “feed-in tariff” was tempting given that costs typically amount to $0.05-0.07 a kilowatt-hour, evn only promised to pay for the power it needed on any given day. Developers worried that potential investors would balk at that. As it turned out, they leapt at the chance to cash in on Vietnam’s hunger for power.The Vietnamese economy has been growing by 5-7% a year for the past two decades. The government has plans to double power generation by 2030, but estimates that supply may run short as soon as next year. It needs to find new sources of power as soon as possible.Coal is the cornerstone of Vietnam’s energy supply. Under current plans, the fleet of coal-fired power plants will soon triple. But construction has been dogged by regulatory delays, local opposition and flagging investor interest. Building a new plant takes the better part of a decade. Solar farms, in contrast, incite far less opposition and take about two years to build.Environmentalists hope that solar’s success will persuade the government to scale back its ambitions for coal-fired plants. Later this year it is due to release new targets for generation capacity in 2030. Wind and solar have almost already met their current goal of providing 10% of power, ten years ahead of schedule. They could easily eat into the 43% share allotted to coal at present. Analysts assume, after all, that prices are likely to continue to move in renewables’ favour. Wood Mackenzie, a consultancy, thinks power from large solar farms in South-East Asia will be at least as cheap as that from almost all coal plants within five years. Given that coal plants have lifespans measured in decades, Vietnam and others risk locking in unduly expensive generation capacity.Vietnam’s experience suggests that not all the planned coal plants will be built. Even if that proves correct, South-East Asia will still have a lot more coal-fired generation than environmental activists would like. But solar’s sudden spark in Vietnam should at least change officials’ views of what is possible.More: Vietnam grapples with an unexpected surge in solar power Solar surge in Vietnam could undercut need for new coal plantslast_img read more

‘I never meant to take anyone’s life’ defendant tells Court

first_img 45 Views   one comment Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews ‘I never meant to take anyone’s life’ defendant tells Court by: – May 19, 2012 Tweet David St. JeanDavid St. Jean who has been on trial for the murder of Clement “Johnson” James of Good Hope sought to gain compassion from the jury in an unsworn statement on Friday.St. Jean who has been charged for stabbing James to death on the Indian River Bridge in Portsmouth on September 11th, 2010 told the nine member jury that he “never meant to take anyone’s life”.The defendant who is twenty-three (23) years old told the Court that he grew up in Glanvillia, and had heard “from growing up as a little boy” that James was a homosexual.He read an unsworn statement from the prisoner’s dock after the prosecution closed its case having called ten (10) witnesses to prove to the jury that St. Jean did murder James.“I recall the date of the incident the deceased was staring at me in a sexual manner while holding his crotch. I remember before that he told me that he admired me for a long time. I went across to warn him. He grabbed my stick and started wrestling with me. I saw a knife he was trying to reach for while I was only trying to get away at the same. I ended up taking the knife and made a blow for his hand so he would let me go. He released me and I ran away. I remembered telling the police that the deceased was holding his crotch and licking his lips and watching me like he wanted me. When I heard that he died, I felt so sorry and surprised. I never saw Vernon Matthew at the time of the incident, all what he is saying is a lie. I never used these words; words like batty man have to die. Just want to tell the jurors I never meant to take anyone’s life; I’m sorry,” St. Jean said.Dr Verna Francois who testified on behalf of the state on Thursday said when James arrived at the Princess Margaret Hospital at 5:50 pm on the 20th of September, 2010; he was bleeding profusely and told her that he had been HIV positive for seven (7) years. Meanwhile defence counsel Wayne Norde called one witness to testify; inspector of police Matthias Abraham who was the police prosecutor during the preliminary investigation.Abraham was the one who took the witness statement of one of the key witnesses for the state, Vernon Matthew who is a close friend of the victim’s brother.It was Abraham’s evidence that the investigating officer sergeant John Carbon who also testified for the state, was on vacation leave in the United States when Matthew visited the police station to give his statement.Matthew told the Court on Thursday that he had witnessed the murder, taken two photographs on his mobile phone and informed the police three (3) days after the incident that he wanted to give a statement. However he was told by an officer whose name he could remember; “we have a witness already”. Matthew said further he went back to the police 10 months after the incident occurred on 27th July, 2011 to give a statement as the incident was on his “conscience” and he wanted to see “justice done for Clement James”.The jury will on Monday 21st May, 2012 make the determination as to St. Jean’s guilt or innocence.Counsels for the state and defence will address the jury while Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks will give them directions as it pertains to the law.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more