Renewables close in on coal generation in Germany

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Germany is edging ever closer to its national target of 65 per cent renewable energy by 2030, with new data showing wind and solar produced 38 per cent of the electricity consumed in the country between January and September 2018.The figures mark an increase of three percentage points over a year earlier, according to utility association BDEW, and were boosted by the renewables’ share reaching 43 per cent in the months of January, April and May. “If we have an average amount of wind in the fourth quarter, renewables could also cover 38 percent over the entire year,” BDEW said in a statement.But for the first three quarters of the year, this means that renewables produced almost 170 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), while lignite and hard coal added up to about 172 billion kWh. “Clearly, renewables are in the fast lane, while the contribution of conventional energy sources to cover gross power consumption is falling continuously,” said BDEW head Stefan Kapferer.Meanwhile, the rise in renewables generation has helped to set Germany’s carbon emissions on course for their largest drop since the 2009 recession, the Clean Energy Wire reports. Strong renewable power production and warm temperatures lowered Germany’s CO2 emissions by around 7 per cent in the first nine months of 2018, according to the calculations by energy market research group AG Energiebilanzen (AGEB).More: German renewables share jumps to 38% for 2018, nearly catches coal Renewables close in on coal generation in Germanylast_img read more

Will your ATMs be secure in 2020?

first_img continue reading » In January of 2020, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7, spelling potential trouble and security issues for many ATMs still running on that software. Now is the time to take steps to upgrade equipment or software to address this issue, and with some strategic contract negotiations, you can keep your equipment secure through this as well as future compliance and security events.The state of ATM security todayThe last several years have seen a number of compliance and security concerns when it comes to ATMs. EMV chips became required on all debit and credit cards, as well as at point-of-sale systems, in part to combat the fraudulent practice of “skimming” customers’ secure data from cards’ magnetic strips. Many smaller banks and credit unions lagged behind this implementation deadline, with some currently still working to upgrade their machines. This lag on card chips pushed back implementation of chip reader requirements on ATMs, leaving some machines susceptible to fraud and exposing banks and credit unions to liability.The latest issue banks and credit unions must deal with is the elimination of Windows 7 support in January 2020. The many ATMs that run on this software will no longer receive patches and software updates. And while it’s not an absolute mandate to replace your machines or upgrade to Windows 10, protecting your ATMs can help protect against malware intrusion. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Wayne Rooney ready to sign new Man United contract after Jose Mourinho’s arrival

first_img1 Wayne Rooney admits he would be interested in extending his Manchester United contract and is ready to see out the twilight years of his career in midfield.Rooney still has three years to run on the existing deal he signed in February 2014 and will be almost 34 when that expires.The England captain had been linked with a move away from United prior to signing that deal, but he now looks willing to commit himself to Old Trafford for the remainder of his playing days.He told fanzine United We Stand, in quotes reported by The Sun: “I have a contract at the club that I want to see out and wouldn’t be against extending it – but that’s up to the club.”Rooney, 30, has spent much of his career playing up front but he has been employed in a deeper role by both United and England in recent years.It remains to be seen how new United boss Jose Mourinho will utilise England’s record goalscorer, but Rooney admits he enjoys a midfield role and is confident he will continue to develop and improve his game, using former team-mate Ryan Giggs as an example. He added: “All players’ games develop and change over time – look at Giggsy towards the end of his career compared to the beginning.“What I can say is I will continue to develop my game and adapt and improve throughout.“I think my record shows I have always enjoyed assisting goals as much as scoring them and I also enjoy the involvement from deeper positions.” Wayne Rooney in action for England last_img read more