Access blog breaches rules in OUSU election contest

first_imgOUSU’s Vice-President for Access and Academic Affairs has been reprimanded by the Returning Officer after attempts to promote a new initiative violated electoral rules.James Lamming is responsible for a new section of OUSU’s website where current students can submit profiles of their experiences applying to and being interviewed at Oxford.At hustings held last Friday, Lamming asked the candidates for President to send in profiles of themselves, suggesting that it would provide good publicity and that he would publish on his blog the order in which profiles arrive.However, Returning Officer James Dray ruled that Lamming was in direct violation of electoral rules as the blog would give unequal publicity on a media platform.Lamming said, “Early on Saturday afternoon I sent each of the candidates who had said yes to my request an email reminding them of their promise in hustings the previous day, and explained the details of what was needed in an interview profile.”He added to candidates that by doing so they would be engineering positive exposure for their up-coming election.“In the emails, I said that I would publish in my blog on Monday the order in which profiles arrive, giving the implied threat that the student body would know which candidates matched their words with deeds. I also offered ‘bonus points’ for candidates who solicited further profiles from their friends to help me collect dozens and dozens of profiles,” he said.The Returning Officer was forced to contact Lamming as his actions flouted electoral rules.Dray said, “I banned the candidates from submitting the profiles as soon as I heard what was happening, as it violates the restrictions on certain types of electronic communication as well as the need for fair and equal coverage.”Lamming criticised the regulations’ implications, saying, “James Dray is justified in enforcing the rules, which turn out to be fairly clear against what I was light-heartedly suggesting to do. However, on a more serious point, I think it is a shame that students can’t discover which candidates are just hot air; promising much but doing little.“The website is becoming really valuable, so it is a shame some of the candidates aren’t helping out when they said they would, but I hope other students across Oxford will act and send in a profile,” he added.last_img read more

Developers say Polish solar market is set to expand quickly in coming decade

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:After growing more than six-fold over the last two years, Poland’s solar energy market is only getting started as European climate goals force the country to speed up its exit from coal, a leading photovoltaic developer said.Photovoltaic power is set to dominate the country’s energy mix by 2040, according to the government’s prediction that sees the capacity growing to as much as 16 gigawatts by then from 2.5 gigawatt now.As ambitious as this goal appears, Poland’s target is “extremely conservative” and could be achieved 10 years earlier than envisaged, according to Deividas Varabauskas, the chief executive officer of Lithuania-based Sun Investment Group.Varabauskas said Poland’s PV market has potential for robust growth over the next two decades or longer as the expanding economy requires more energy at the same time as coal is phased out. Furthermore, solar projects are seeing increased interest from state-run power groups, which seek to transform themselves away from the dirty fossil fuel.This year, Poland overtook France to become the fourth-largest solar market in Europe, after Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. As the coal-reliant nation fell even more behind the bloc’s climate push over the last five years, it’s now making a U-turn in its clean energy effort, promoting photovoltaic, wind and biogas capacity. The share of coal is set to drop to just 11% in 2040 from 70% now, the government predicts.With the “massive change of heart” by banks toward PV financing in Poland that happened over the last two years, the company [Sun Investment Group] expects that as much as 400 megawatts of its projects could be commissioned by the end of 2022. The EU policy toward coal and rising cost of burning fossil fuels will also be a boon for renewables.[Maciej Martewicz]More: Solar energy boom gains momentum in Europe’s coal heartland Developers say Polish solar market is set to expand quickly in coming decadelast_img read more