U.K. looks to boost offshore wind capacity to 30GW by 2030

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Britain plans to generate a third of its electricity from offshore wind farms by 2030 and boost the value of exports of offshore wind services and equipment to 2.6 billion pounds ($3.4 billion) a year, the government said on Thursday.Britain, which aims to lift industrial productivity as it leaves the European Union, is the world’s biggest offshore wind market with almost 40 percent of global capacity. On and offshore wind turbines met 17 percent of UK power needs in 2018.Britain now has total installed wind power capacity of 20 gigawatts (GW), with offshore wind farms accounting for 8 GW. Offshore capacity will reach 30 GW by 2030 under the plan.The country also hosts the world’s largest wind farm, Orsted’s 659 megawatt (MW) Walney Extension project, with 87 turbines, some of which can generate 8.25 MW each.Britain aims to close coal-fired power stations by 2025, as it seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The failure of some nuclear power plans has also encouraged the focus on offshore wind to fill the potential power gap.More: Britain targets a third of electricity from offshore wind by 2030 U.K. looks to boost offshore wind capacity to 30GW by 2030last_img read more

Legendary Bar leader Smith passes away

first_img August 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Legendary Bar leader Smith passes away Associate EditorOften called “the conscience of the legal profession,” Chesterfield Smith, a major force in law and politics who served as president of The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association, died July 16.Smith died from cardiopulmonary complications at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables at the age of 85.Smith practiced law for 55-years and was a founder and chairman emeritus of Holland & Knight.“A champion for civil rights, diversity in the legal profession, civility in law practice, and pro bono service for the poor, Chesterfield Smith left an indelible mark on the profession and will be truly missed,” said Bar President Miles McGrane “Chesterfield was always quick to remind us as lawyers that we have a responsibility to discharge our professional obligations to help provide access to the legal system to all our citizens and that all of us have a duty to take an active role in the civic and charitable life of our communities.”His good works and enterprising spirit earned him the nickname “Citizen Smith.”“He was a great teacher for me,” said former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. “He gave me the opportunity to participate in the legal profession in an extraordinary way,” noting that he appointed her to the ABA-Institute of Justice Administration Commission on the development of juvenile justice standards.“He was a lawyer’s lawyer and one of the finest lawyers, and, indeed, finest persons, I’ve known.”One of the most renowned lawyers in the country who humbled the mighty and gave voice to the common, Smith was best known as the outspoken leader of the ABA who made the first public call to investigate President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal.“No man is above the law,” was his simple and direct rationale that made the front pages of newspapers nationwide after the “Saturday Night Massacre,” on October 20, 1973. Those powerful words altered public discourse towards impeachment. Amid the controversy, Smith urged Congress to re-establish the office of special prosecutor and led the ABA in an effort to authorize an independent counsel to investigate President Nixon. Another former leader of the ABA, Leon Jaworski, was appointed, and he vigorously prosecuted the case against Nixon, culminating in appeals to the Supreme Court.In the end, Nixon resigned.Tom Brokaw, television news anchor, devoted a chapter to Smith in his 1998 book, “The Greatest Generation.” The chapter begins with Smith’s famous “No man is above the law,” and quotes Smith as saying: “We were the first large voice of a substantial organization to call for Nixon’s resignation.”Smith had been president of the ABA for only one month at the time and said he considered it one of his finest moments of a career full of great achievements marked by bold courage.Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead recalled Smith’s valor at that historical moment: “As ABA president, he stood up to the president of the United States just hours after the president virtually gutted his own justice department following its investigation of the Watergate burglary. Chesterfield’s famous statement, ‘No man is above the law,’ was no political gesture, but a plea to save the bedrock of our constitutional system, the rule of law. Whether the issue was the rule of law, racial justice, or funding the courts, Chesterfield Smith never stood on the sidelines.“This nation and the state of Florida have lost a great lawyer and public citizen with the death of Chesterfield Smith. I have lost a dear friend and role model,” Chief Justice Anstead continued.“Chesterfield Smith was the quintessential American patriot and lawyer. He remains Florida’s version of Atticus Finch standing firm for justice, who played out his life on a larger-than-life stage with real-world consequences.”Bill McBride, recent Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former managing partner of Holland & Knight, told The Tampa Tribune : “He was willing to look at something and call it by the right name. He never flinched. I’ve seen him with Supreme Court justices, presidents, Muhammad Ali, and he was the person who would tell you exactly the way things were. He didn’t care where the chips fell.”Smith loved to give rousing speeches in a booming voice, waving his hands like a fire-and-brimstone preacher and stirring up audiences with his candid remarks.Once, he told a group of law students about the ABA: “We are not a trade association. We are not a union. We are out to improve justice and its administration of society. If you don’t intend to work to improve the quality of justice, then I hope you flunk your exams.”Most recently, in January, he spoke at the Public Interest Law Section’s luncheon in Miami about advocating mandatory pro bono service, “which if unreasonably ignored warrants professional sanctions.”“We, as lawyers, cannot simply work for ourselves and our deep-pocketed clients,” Smith said. “We, as lawyers, must discharge our professional obligations always to help provide access to the legal system of all citizens.”Smith helped foster a strong community service and extensive pro-bono philosophy at Holland & Knight.Last year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsberg presented Smith with the Laurie D. Zelon Pro Bono Award in a formal ceremony conducted in the Great Hall of the country’s highest court.“He has devoted his extraordinary talent and enormous energy to the improvement of the legal profession, to make the profession more honorable, more responsive to the people that the law and lawyers serve,” Justice Ginsberg said at the ceremony. “He is, in sum, among the brightest, boldest, bravest, all-around most effective lawyers ever bred in Florida and the USA.”Smith reaped laughter when he wove a homespun denouncement into his July 2, 2002, speech at Chief Justice Anstead’s swearing-in ceremony:“Occasionally, a ruling of this court was not to the legislature’s liking, and the legislature, too, has sometimes responded by changing the law and to overrule this court, first by escalating their rhetoric about eliminating the court’s authority to regulate the legal profession.“Dadgum that! With so much at stake, one branch of government simply must not wield power as to thwart the effective performance of our coequal and independent branch of state government.”Despite growing up in the segregated South in small town Arcadia, Smith had the courage to embrace social change. Unconcerned about the contrary opinions of others, he often spoke out against racial discrimination. Under his leadership, Holland & Knight became a model of diversity in hiring minorities and women.“It would be better to get a smart woman than a dumb man,” Smith is quoted in Brokaw’s book. The first woman hired at Holland & Knight was Martha Barnett, who later became president of the ABA.“He was one of those people who made a difference in my life, and I believe he made a difference in the lives of thousands of lawyers around the world,” said Barnett, calling from Belgrade, Serbia, where she was attending an ABA event.Barnett said she visited her special mentor shortly before he died, and he repeated advice he had told her time and time again over the past 30 years.“He was in a hospital in a terminal situation, and Chesterfield Smith was still thinking about somebody else and the law and the value of institutions and people. He told me: ‘Do good.’ He told me that a thousand times before, and that’s a legacy I will carry forward for the rest of my life,” Barnett said.“He may have been the most visionary, special lawyer we’ve had among our midst in our lifetime.”Smith fought in the European theater of World War II from 1940-45, earning a Bronze Star. After graduating from the University of Florida Law School in 1946, he returned to Arcadia and joined the firm of Treadwell & Treadwell. A short time later, he joined the firm of Holland, Bevis & McRae in nearby Bartow, and made partner in record time by representing Florida’s booming phosphate industry. That law firm later merged with the Tampa firm of Knight, Jones, Whitaker and Germany in 1968 and the new firm became Holland & Knight, now the country’s eighth largest firm.“Chesterfield’s passing is not only a loss to the Holland & Knight family, which he dearly loved, but to all lawyers and all who love the law around the world,” said Holland & Knight Managing Partner Howell W. Melton, Jr.By the mid-’60s, Smith was fully immersed in the legal profession and state politics. He was elected president of the Bar in 1964 and advocated passionately for the Clients’ Security Fund to pay restitution when a lawyer embezzles a client’s funds.“Can a lawyer’s professional colleagues cleanse themselves simply by disbarring the offender? Can they shrug off the consequences of his dishonesty on the grounds that the clients who trusted him exercised poor judgment in their selection of an attorney?. . . . Something more is expected than a polite expression of regret,” Smith wrote in the December 1964 Bar Journal. “Restitution to clients who suffer from lawyer embezzlements, at least partially, seems to me to be the answer.”Marshall Cassedy, executive director of The Florida Bar at the time Smith served as president, described him as a “dynamo who worked so hard and set such a high standard. He was enthusiastic, liked to attack challenges, and he had no fear.”It was Smith, Cassedy recalled, who spearheaded the campaign for funds to build The Florida Bar center in Tallahassee, and “that effort was duplicated by many other state bar associations throughout the United States.”From 1965-68, Smith served as chairman of the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, which revised and redrafted Florida’s Constitution and brought an end to the “Pork Chop Gang,” a group of powerful rural Florida legislators who, for years, controlled state government by malapportionment.Smith is survived by his wife of 16 years, Jacqueline Allee, and two children living in Tallahassee, Chesterfield Smith, Jr., and Rhoda Smith Kibler. Legendary Bar leader Smith passes awaylast_img read more

Women in leadership positions in credit unions: Be prepared

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Judy Hoberman Men and women sell, manage, recruit and supervise differently.  Judy Hoberman, creator of “Selling in a Skirt”, shares essential insights about gender differences and how to embrace and use those … Web: www.sellinginaskirt.com Details Many years ago, I was a manufacturer’s rep in the gift industry, I remember how long the holiday season seemed to be. We started selling for the holidays in January, shipping in July, reordering in August and continuing the process.  I remember one of my largest clients saying this to me, “Everyone thinks we just open our doors and poof the store is ready for the holidays. No one understands how we have to prepare by buying early, doing the inventory, setting up the displays, selling merchandise, taking down the displays and doing inventory. It’s all in the preparation.” So how does being prepared help us to be successful?Being prepared can mean many different things … being prepared for the day, for an interview, for a meeting, for your team and for yourself.  When you aren’t prepared you may seem unorganized or that it isn’t really a priority for you or perhaps you rely on others to be prepared so you don’t have to. Whatever the reason, being prepared is not a difficult thing to be; maybe not simple, but not difficult. All professionals are prepared. The more prepared you are, the better your chance for success. Being prepared can help you to meet challenges or inspire customers to think differently or in a new way. By being prepared, you can anticipate your team and customer’s questions and be better able to meet their expectations.Being prepared does take time and commitment so rather than flying by the seat of your pants, take the time to be prepared. Here are some ideas:1. Know what you want to accomplish. While this is simple, many times this is the most forgotten step of being prepared. What are your goals? What are the expectations of the meeting? Have you ever walked out of a meeting and thought it was really a meeting about having a meeting? You didn’t learn anything; you aren’t any further along in your pursuit and you will never get that hour back in your life.  Setting an agenda that you share or even have as a reference can keep you on track and you won’t worry about another meeting to have a meeting.2. Now that you know what you want to accomplish, how do you want the message to come across? Think about it as meeting someone for the first time.  You are looking for your next career so that is what you want to accomplish.  You want to be prepared so you sound organized, intelligent and will be an asset to their company rather than sounding desperate and carrying more baggage than the company needs to store. 3. Have you tried role-playing? Yes, this is one of the most dreaded exercises although one of the most effective. Before you have a meeting or presentation, try role-playing with a colleague or video yourself. You will hear and see what you like as well as what you don’t. With role-playing, you might have someone that can anticipate the objections and throw them out for you to respond to. Great practice.  I know most of us don’t like to see ourselves on video but imagine watching yourself and thinking how prepared you are. That is what you want your client, perspective employer or boss to see as well. 4. A wise man once told me that if you are 10 minutes early to a meeting you are on time. If you are on time, you are late so get there 15-20 minutes early and get a head start. You won’t be rushed, or unorganized while trying to find your notes or note pad and pen or worse sweating from rushing. If you are giving a presentation, you want to have everything set up so you can grab the clicker and start going. If you are going on an interview, you want to be seen as an asset rather than a liability and if you are waiting for a meeting with your boss or important client, you want to be seen as professional and ready to take action. Your confidence will shine, and people will definitely take notice. And … success will be within reach. How do you benefit from being prepared? It takes planning and it does take time. We constantly hear about so and so being an overnight sensation. I bet if they were totally honest, you would find out that their definition of overnight is really years and years of planning and preparing. Why does it matter? Here’s what planning and preparing can do for your business, your company and yourself.It can help you identify your goals. I know it sounds silly that if you are an entrepreneur working solo, that it’s important to have goals … and written ones at that. If you don’t have goals, how do you know if you reached them or if you exceeded them or if you are so close you just need to push a little harder? If you work in the corporate arena, shouldn’t someone else have goals for you? Wherever your desk is, goals are important to have, so create some short-term goals that you can reach in a shorter amount of time and then celebrate reaching that milestone. Once you do, it’s time to move towards the long-term goals that are making you stretch enough but not so much that you quit before you even begin.  It can give you direction. This is your journey, and you need to have your map to reach your goals. Imagine you are following the map and you keep hitting a speed bump. Do you keep going or do you find a way to go around it? Having a map will give you some alternative directions so you are prepared with plenty of supplies and fuel to keep going. It can create an air of professionalism. Professionals are always prepared and now so will you. You won’t be blind-sided by situations because you put the time and effort into the preparation and planning. Not everything will be perfect but for those times that it isn’t, you’ve got a plan ready that can help you stay as professional as possible.It can give you perspective as to what really matters and what you want to accomplish. It keeps you focused on the journey you are taking and the results you want to accomplish. Combining the goal-setting, direction, problem-solving and professionalism is definitely a way to create success while keeping your perspective in focus. Remember, don’t expect success. Prepare for it.last_img read more