Posts tagged as power

Storm in Estonia left over 34,000 households without power

Monday, July 13, 2020

Storm winds reaching 30 meters per second ravaged much of the country on Saturday, bringing trees down on power lines. At the peak of the storm, over 34,000 households were without power in Estonia. The storm hit the island of Hiiumaa the hardest where two major power lines were put out of commission simultaneously, leaving some 7,000 clients without power. Luckily, the Hiiumaa outages were dealt with quickly by transmission…

Putin could keep power until 2036

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Vladimir Putin has supported a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow him to seek reelection in 2024. The constitutional change would see the suspension of a law that limits Russian presidents to two consecutive terms. It would pave the way for the 67-year-old — who first became president in 2000 — to stay in office until 2036. Russian MP Valentina Tereshkova proposed either scrapping Russia’s two-term limit for presidents or…

Belarus President maintained his hold on power

Monday, November 18, 2019

Official results announced on Monday show that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko maintained his hold on power after not a single opposition candidate was elected to the Belarusian parliament. Two opposition candidates were elected in 2016 for the first time in 20 years, but this time around Lukashenko banned them from standing. The Belarusian leader insisted that votes in his country are fair and that voters could simply turf him out if…

Baltic power synchronisation to reduce dependency on Russia

Friday, November 15, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on Friday called for stepping up the synchronisation of the Baltic power networks with that of continental Europe to reduce dependency on Russia. The Baltic grids are still part of the post-Soviet BRELL ring, which also includes Russia and Belarus, and remain dependent on the control center in Moscow and the Russian electricity system. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia aim to synchronise their grids with the rest…

Trump to face limits of his power in impeachment hearings

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

For three years, Donald Trump has unapologetically defied the conventions of the American presidency. On Wednesday, he comes face to face with the limits of his power, confronting an impeachment process enshrined in the Constitution that will play out in public and help shape how the president will be viewed by voters next year and in the history books for generations. Trump accepted the Republican nomination, declaring that “I alone…

Lithuania tables plan to disconnect from Russian-controlled power grid

Friday, August 30, 2019

A plan to synchronise Lithuanian power grid with the European system has been submitted to the Cabinet for discussion, the Energy Ministry said on Tuesday. Lithuania is working on “major synchronization infrastructure projects [agreed with] Latvia, Estonia, Poland and the European Commission,” Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said in a press release. “At the same time, the action plan also covers projects for reinforcing our electricity system,” he added. In June, Seimas adopted a law…

EU fines chipmaker Qualcomm for ‘predatory pricing’

Thursday, July 18, 2019

In yet another European Union move against a U.S. tech giant, the bloc’s antitrust chief on Thursday fined chipmaker Qualcomm $271 million, accusing it of “predatory pricing” to drive a competitor out of the market. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Qualcomm was abusing its market dominance in 3G baseband chipsets. She said it sold them below the cost of production to force startup Icera out of the market almost…

Baltic power synchronization is one of key projects for Europe

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The disconnection of the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian power systems from the Moscow-controlled BRELL ring and their synchronization with the electricity network of continental Europe is a priority project, Dominique Ristori, director general of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy, says. Awarded for merits to Lithuania by President Dalia Grybauskaite on Saturday, Ristori told BNS Lithuania that very important steps had been made as part of the synchronization project…

LFGU needs change or he won’t represent it during parlt election

Monday, July 8, 2019

The ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union needs to change if it wants to see him as its candidate in the upcoming general election, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says. “I would like that political power (…) to be more democratic, a political force based on values, principles and discussions,” the prime minister told the Lietuvos Rytas TV’s 24/7 program on Sunday. He added that “it would be difficult for me…

Sudan’s protesters claim victory for their ‘revolution’

Friday, July 5, 2019

Leaders of Sudan’s pro-democracy movement welcomed on Friday the power-sharing agreement with the ruling military council as a victory for their “revolution,” raising hopes for an end to the three-month standoff with the generals and deadly violence. “Today, our revolution has won and our victory shines,” read a statement posted early Friday on the Facebook page of the Sudanese Professionals’ Association, which has spearheaded the protests. The emerging deal could…