Spanish government looks to reform energy sector

first_imgSpanish government looks to reform energy sector FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:The Spanish government is exploring ways to persuade investors to finance a 100 billion-euro ($116 billion) transformation of its energy system as it tries to move beyond past policy mistakes that led to widespread losses and lawsuits.The Socialist administration is drawing up plans to expand renewable power generation, modernize its transport system and refit buildings to make them more energy efficient through 2030. But the effort to mobilize private investment is hampered by ongoing legal disputes from the party’s last green energy push a decade ago, which saw over-generous solar power subsidies cut retroactively.“We have to craft carefully a proposal that is adequate, credible and sound in terms of new investments, both for national and foreign investors, and also providing some recognition about what happened,” Teresa Ribera, minister for the ecological transition, said in an interview at her office in Madrid. “It can be through regulatory means or it can be via fiscal means.”Ribera has limited room for maneuver because the government is still fighting legal claims from investors over cuts in subsidies for photovoltaic power plants. Spain became the world’s biggest installer of PV panels in 2008 after the government misjudged the amount of subsidy required to stimulate investment. The payments were gradually reduced over successive years — leaving some plants struggling to cover their financing costs — as they began to jeopardize the public finances.A second problem for the minority administration is its lack of support in parliament, where the governing party has just 84 of 350 lawmakers. Ribera said she is aiming to win cross-party support for her plans but can also use administrative levers to push through some measures if she is blocked by opposition parties.Among her first moves, Ribera aims to remove a levy on Spaniards who installed solar panels on their homes by the end of November. She said both the left-wingers of Podemos and the liberals of Ciudadanos have in the past signaled they would support the decision, but the government can also push through the change by decree if necessary.More: Spain Aims to Win Investors for $116 Billion Energy Refitlast_img read more

Istria Wine & Walk sold out in less than 24 hours

first_imgFind out why Wine & Walk is one of the best tourist stories in Croatia and how I personally experienced the Wine & Walk story below in the attachment. FIND OUT WHY ISTRIA WINE & WALK IS ONE OF THE BEST TOURIST STORIES IN CROATIA I received a few comments from colleagues that I have the courage to anticipate something like that and publicly criticize myself if it does not happen, but for me it was not a question of “gambling” but a fact in which I was absolutely sure. And mostly because last year I experienced that story myself and I felt the atmosphere and emotions in the air of the guests who walked with me around Momjan. I asked a question: In how many days or hours will all tickets for Istria Wine & aWalk sell out this year? And I was right. Already? Should we have been faster? Come on! I told you we had to buy tickets the same day. When they are  – are just some of the “disappointed” comments on the Facebook page of the event. RELATED NEWS:center_img By the way, Istria Wine & Walk in the past two years has experienced its new great extensions through Wine & Walk by the sea-in Novigrad in September, where 500 tickets are available, and in April Sweet Wine & Walk for 300 visitors departing from Momjan. Tickets for the mentioned extensions of the event were sold out in less than three days. Everything in the pre- and post-season.  When guests wait for days for registrations to open, where they can secure their place at Istria Wine & Walk with the fastest finger, that says it all. This is the best proof of the success of the project. And yes, the whole marketing practically comes down to posting one post on a FB page. Cost – zero kuna. Of course, this level should have been reached by systematically promoting the destination, offer and investing in quality and development while following trends, not by chance. And yes, most of them are guests from Austria, Slovenia and Zagreb. Just for that feeling – you could briefly describe the whole story, which gives the best description of the pictures below. Although, it is difficult to describe in words, pictures or video Istra Wine & Walk, you just have to experience it. That is why the guests return every year and have turned themselves into ambassadors of this great tourist story. A few days ago, I wrote an article on the topic of a great tourist product – Istria Wine & Walk and how the word “SOLD OUT” has become a symbol of this great story in Istria. The jubilee 5th edition of Istria Wine & Walk again sold out in less than 24 hours, and all tickets are purchased online, a total of 600 tickets as limited by the organizers.last_img read more

Chelsea opinion: Conte, Simeone or Allegri – does it matter who gets the job?

first_imgI’m not in support of such ruthlessness, far from it. Chelsea, regardless of their success under Abramovich, have been embarrassing, arrogantly turning their back on some of the finest names on offer in management with no care for the image it has consequently depicted of the Premier League.  The return of the adored Mourinho, two summers ago, was intended to signify a change in such impatience at the club – that didn’t go quite to plan, did it? The Portuguese coach penned a four-year contract extension three months after lifting the English title, taking his expiration date to 2019. Another sign that Abramovich was finally determined on longevity. Mourinho himself confidently stated after agreeing the new deal, “I said when I returned here two years ago that I have a special feeling for this club and nothing changed. It is the club closest to my heart and I am very happy to know I will be staying here for a long time.”Four months later he was sacked. The speculation on who could take over at Chelsea in the summer has intensified.Guus Hiddink, since agreeing an interim position with the club two days after Jose Mourinho was sacked, has performed admirably, lifting the mood of a disconsolate Stamford Bridge faithful, with only one defeat, to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, in his 14 games in charge. All the while such glamorous names as Diego Simeone, Massimiliano Allegri and Antonio Conte have been linked with taking over on a permanent basis in the summer.But as the season approaches its final straight and the rumour mill picks up speed, I’ve been asking myself: who cares which manager gets the long-term job at Chelsea? Or rather, how important is the next man to take his seat in the Stamford Bridge dugout with a so-called permanent contract?Many rightly bemoan the contemporary habit of dismissing managers long before their contract expires, believing it’s detrimental not just to a club’s reputation, but future. However, Chelsea – or rather Roman Abramovich – have banished this notion. Chelsea’s next permanent coach will no doubt be handed a likewise lucrative lengthy deal, but it’s a hollow invitation. Whatever contract their next manager receives will be equally as meaningless.So whether it’s Simeone, Allegri, Conte, Hiddink, maybe even Manuel Pellegrini that next takes to the stage at Stamford Bridge, it simply doesn’t matter.We can spend our time discussing how the Blues might line up under the above managers, what formation they could utilise, the players that may top their transfer wish list.Ultimately, though, only one man influences proceedings at Chelsea Football Club – and it’s not the figure standing in the dugout, as John Terry has harshly been reminded. 4 4 After the Russian assumed ownership in 2003, the Blues have gone on to lift 15 trophies – under 10 different managers.Four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, two Community Shields, one Champions League and one Europa League have entered their now glittering trophy cabinet.Hiddink could add a fifth FA Cup, perhaps even a Champions League triumph. After all they’ve done it before under an interim boss, much to the amazement of their rivals. So, chopping and changing head coaches isn’t quite as destructive to a club’s success, it seems. 4 Roman Abramovich is currently searching for Chelsea’s next permanent manager 4last_img read more