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

London asset pool appoints permanent CEO

first_imgO’Donnell added: “I am excited to be joining the CIV. Good progress has been made to date and I look forward to contributing to developing the model further and delivering further benefits for London boroughs.”Lord Kerslake praised the work of Hyde-Harrison, who helped enact a governance review of the London CIV after it emerged that several of its founding members were unhappy with the structure of the company.In February last year, a damning report from Willis Towers Watson highlighted distrust between stakeholders, political in-fighting and a lack of staff and resources as hampering the pool’s development. It called for “circuit-breaking change” in order to achieve the cost savings and efficiencies required by the UK government.Lord Kerslake said: “I would also like to put on record my immense gratitude to Mark Hyde-Harrison for all that he has done over the last year to move London CIV forward to a better place, including the new governance framework, a clearer strategic framework and working with the team to deliver some challenging objectives.” The London CIV, the asset pooling company for the UK capital’s 32 public sector pension schemes, has named Mike O’Donnell as its new chief executive, more than a year after his predecessor resigned.O’Donnell is a former executive director for finance at the London Borough of Camden and a former president of the Society of London Treasurers, and has also worked with the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) as a non-executive director.He will take over on 4 March from Mark Hyde-Harrison, who has been London CIV’s chief executive on an interim basis since its founding CEO Hugh Grover resigned in November 2017.London CIV chairman Lord Bob Kerslake said: “Mike is an experienced finance director who understands the needs of London CIV’s client shareholders well.”last_img read more

How Joe Kelly and Pedro Baez emerged as the Dodgers’ best relievers

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The office is always open. It has no doors, no windows, no desk, and no permanent occupants. By night it becomes left field at Dodger Stadium; by day it is where pitchers hone their craft in the minutes before batting practice turns the outfield into a catapult range.Friday, Kenley Jansen and Hyun-Jin Ryu stopped in the office. The two pitchers joined Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman for long chats. Usually, a visit to the office involves more throwing than chatting.“There’s a lot of things that go on in left field that are unseen,” Dodgers bullpen coach Mark Prior said.For Joe Kelly and Pedro Baez, left field was the coaches’ office in which each pitcher strategically redefined his repertoire. They began the season as important, if not indispensable, members of a struggling bullpen. They are now arguably the Dodgers’ two best relief pitchers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kelly had an 8.35 earned-run average on June 1. By then, he was accustomed to getting booed before and after his appearances at Dodger Stadium. The 31-year-old cleverly deflected questions by noting he was used to the boos from his time in Boston. Roberts, who often had to answer for Kelly’s struggles, genuinely believes Kelly’s luck changed along with his pitch mix.“Early on, there was some bad luck as far as soft contact getting through,” Roberts said, “but more importantly, he didn’t have command. If you can’t command the baseball it’s all for naught. Right now, for the last few months, he’s had that feel, he’s throwing the ball consistently. He’s been throwing the ball well where he needed to.”Baez’s transformation was legitimately more gradual than Kelly’s. His changeup, already his best pitch against left-handed hitters, became a frequently used tool against righties toward the end of last season. For the Dodgers, the challenge lay in convincing Baez to throw the pitch more. Now right-handed hitters are nearly as likely to see Baez’s changeup as his slider. Greater unpredictability has led to measurable results.In 2018, Baez allowed a .672 on-base plus slugging percentage against right-handed hitters and .608 against lefties. Most pitchers could rest comfortably with those figures. Baez is nicknamed la mula – the mule – but it doesn’t reflect his stubbornness. (He said a friend in the Dominican Republic gave it to him when they were 11 or 12.) By incorporating the changes to his repertoire this season, Baez has limited righties to a .589 OPS and lefties to .490.“Last year when I came in, it was a really good fastball and good slider, and the changeup was kind of a third pitch,” Prior said of Baez. “Then I think we saw last year when he came back from the shoulder stiffness, I think we saw a changeup that developed to a plus changeup, to where I think we were calling it a lot – even more so than his slider, to righties and lefties.”Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Kelly has become primarily a two-seam fastball/curveball pitcher – a departure from the four-seam/changeup/curveball pitcher who dominated the 2018 postseason for the Red Sox, then struggled mightily in the early months of his new contract with the Dodgers.Between two games in June, Kelly ditched his four-seam fastball in favor of the two-seamer. He had thrown the pitch often early in his career, but only sparingly as a Dodger. Seeing it in slow motion, you wonder why. With its late, sharp horizontal movement and occasional triple-digit velocity, Kelly’s two-seam fastball is a fever dream of a .gif.On the surface, Kelly’s transformation was abrupt. During a June 10 game in Anaheim, Kelly walked three batters and allowed two runs in the eighth inning of a tie game. That marked the end of the four-seamer. In his next appearance, a June 18 home game against the Giants, Kelly pitched a scoreless ninth inning. He has an earned-run average of 2.00 since while allowing a .194 batting average and striking out more than a batter an inning.Prior said Kelly had been preparing for the change to his repertoire long before the Giants saw it first-hand.“He spent a lot of time in the outfield throwing and in bullpens, getting comfortable with getting back to throwing more of the two-seam,” Prior said. “He did a lot of his work behind the scenes before he took it out and really ran with it out here. What’s out in the public, it definitely was a two- or three-game swing in June.” By some measures, Kelly and Baez have emerged as the Dodgers’ best late-game, high-leverage bullpen options.Roberts is not dogmatic about deploying pitchers other than Jansen, his closer, in specific innings. Rather he tries to save his best set-up men for high-leverage situations – the at-bats or innings in which a lead is most vulnerable. Since the all-important June 18 game against the Giants, Baez has added more win probability (WPA) than all but 19 major league relievers, a direct reflection of his success in high-leverage situations.Kelly had to regain his manager’s trust after his early struggles. Until recently, Roberts did not hand him the ball in the same high-leverage situations as Baez. Yet when removing leverage from the equation, Kelly ranks 16th in baseball in WPA since June 18. He has made the most of his opportunities.Only four of Jansen’s last 10 appearances have come in save situations. When asked why, Roberts is quick to point to the successes of Kelly and Baez, his top set-up men. The Dodgers simply have better pitchers who can get the job done. And while Jansen’s struggles are a conspicuous concoction of lost velocity and spotty command, the emergence of Kelly and Baez is more nuanced. It all traces back to the office. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more