On the Blogs: New York Grid Update Widens Market for Renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Katherine Tweed for Greentech Media:New York has an ambitious goal of getting 50 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030. To get there, the state will need to expand grid infrastructure to deliver renewable power from rural areas to load centers.But the state won’t always have to build new infrastructure — it can do more with what it has.The New York Power Authority and New York State Electric & Gas have just finished the first project that shows what is possible using existing infrastructure.NYPA completed a $120 million transmission upgrade, called the Marcy South Series Compensation Project, that will move up to 440 megawatts of additional capacity from upstate, where there are abundant wind and hydro resources, to downstate cities.“Marcy South is a prime example of how we can do more with existing assets,” Richard Kauffman, chair of energy and finance for New York, said in a statement.Instead of building new transmission, NYPA and NYSEG collaborated to connect portions of their grids with ABB capacitor banks installed in the middle of the state. The project is a part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s energy highway initiative that was established in 2012. The initiative calls for nearly $6 billion to modernize New York’s transmission system in order to enable more clean energy development.“This is a traditional transmission upgrade that utilities are turning to more and more, when additional capacity is needed or when power needs to travel further to get to load centers,” said Ben Kellison, director of grid research at GTM Research.New York Links Power Lines to Bring Renewables From Upstate to Downstate On the Blogs: New York Grid Update Widens Market for Renewableslast_img read more

Supreme Court opens its doors to artists

first_imgSupreme Court opens its doors to artists Supreme Court opens its doors to artists Associate Editor Every lawyer dreams of going all the way to the Supreme Court.But Florida lawyer Kat Silverglate arrived at Tallahassee’s stately halls of justice in a most creative way.“Fifteen years of interrogatories, trials, and briefs, and it took a paint brush to get me to the highest court of Florida,” Silverglate quips.Silverglate’s art exhibition titled, “Reflections of Freedom: One Lawyer’s View from the Inside Out,” is on display on the first floor outside the courtroom, and on the second-floor rotunda of the Florida Supreme Court as part of the Arts in the Court program.“For many years now, we have transformed public areas of the court into a showcase for Florida artists, including lawyer-artists,” said Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead.“It is one of our most successful programs and has taken once empty spaces and turned them into public galleries for Florida art. Our current exhibition is especially significant because it consists of the work of Katherine Silverglate, a Florida lawyer and chair of The Florida Bar’s Committee on Professionalism, whose work highlights significant points of law and legal history. We are hopeful that courthouses around the state will also utilize these means to enhance one of the community’s most important and central public spaces.”The Arts in the Court Program began with a court order on December 10, 1996, as part of the court’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, under then-Chief Justice Gerald Kogan, now retired and living in Miami. The program started as a joint project of the chief justice and then-Secretary of State Sandra Mortham. The Committee on the Arts in the Court was created to help carry out the court’s policy that “courts should be a place where communities come together to appreciate the artistic achievements of Florida’s residents, including both musical and the visual arts.”Justice Kogan placed the program under the leadership of now Chief Justice Anstead, who recently met with Secretary of State Glenda Hood.Plans are underway for making the Supreme Court more user-friendly for art enthusiasts by locking the doors that lead to the justices’ chambers so browsers at the rotunda gallery don’t need to be accompanied by a marshal, said Sandy Shaughnessy, co-chair of the Arts in the Court Subcommittee and arts administrator of the Division of Cultural Affairs.She added that the subcommittee is also reviewing a walking tour brochure of Tallahassee’s downtown cultural offerings. The first stop on the walking tour is the R.A. Gray Building. The second stop is the Supreme Court.“Hopefully, this brochure will generate traffic into the court,” Shaughnessy said.In the meantime, anyone wishing to view the art at the Supreme Court may call Joan Cannon for an appointment at 922-5520.On display through January is Silverglate’s art that she describes as “a combination of photography, acrylic paint, and editorial. I first take an original high resolution digital image; edit it graphically for color, contrast, depth, and frame; print it on fine art canvas; stretch it over a museum wood frame and then paint it with acrylic paint. The finished product looks like an oil painting or acrylic painting,” Silverglate said.The art on display blends Silverglates’ love of language and love of law through words that accompany each of the 28 pieces that tell a story about freedom.For example, next to “Umbrella of Freedom, ” from an original photo of Kathy Rymer’s torn and tattered fabric patio umbrella in Atlantic Beach, are Silverglate’s words: “Freedom without challenge does not exist. And not challenge from the outside, either. No. Quite the contrary. It is challenge from within — challenge by the very people who stand beneath the protection of our freedom umbrella — that makes our freedom beautifully real. True freedom is the ability to live beneath the umbrella of protection and seek to make it better by criticism, debate, disagreement, and passion. It is the holes and tears that make this umbrella of freedom beautiful.”How did a lawyer find her creative outlet?As Silverglate explains: “Truly, I believe that God has used everything in my life for good. Even the hard stuff.. . . no, especially the hard stuff. Ever since surviving brain surgery at 18, I’ve looked at the world through a different lens. Every day is a gift. And at 18, I tried to discover and use all of the gifts and desires God placed in me for this short time on earth. Strangely, my true dream has always been to be a judge. That is truly where the heart of my dreams remain. But when the JNC [judicial nominating commission] took a pass on me after making three rounds of interviews, I turned to art.“While I was devastated, my husband said, ‘Thank God for unanswered prayers!’ Spencer, my soul mate of 21 years, was wise enough to realize that my passion for art would remain dormant unless I gave it 110 percent. So, when Justice [Raoul] Cantero suggested that I submit my work for consideration by the Supreme Court, Spencer is the one who said ‘go for it.’” For more information on Silverglate’s art, contact her by e-mail at PhotobyKatInc@aol.com or visit her Web site at PhotosByKat.com. November 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Ghana FA to hold press conference over World Cup failure

first_imgIn the wake of Ghana’s exit from the FIFA World Cup in the group stage, the Ghana Football Association will hold a press conference in Accra to shed light on the country’s abysmal performance.The press conference to be held at the Alisa Hotel at 1.00 pm today is expected to give a blow-by-blow account of the national team’s participation in the tournament.Ghana made their third-straight appearance at the World Cup in Brazil. But they crashed out after losing to Portugal in the last Group G game. Woeful on-the -pitch performance was outclassed by much more woeful performance off-the-pitch.Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah, the GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi and the entire Black Stars squad especially Sulley Muntari and attacker Kevin Prince Boateng find themselves on the chopping board of strong criticism following a less-than-the-standard performance at the World Cup.Sulley and Kelvin were sacked from the camp before the game against Portugal for acts of indiscipline. There were persistent media reports of some players fomenting mutiny. And they were earlier denied by the GFA. The final straw was after the players insisted on receiving their $100,000 appearance fee or boycott the game. The government okayed the physical transfer of $3 million to Brazil via a chartered flight hours before the game. Nonetheless, Ghana lost 2-1 to Portugal, activating a first round exit – short of an ambition to reach the semi-finalsGhana FA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi has attributed the failure by the Black Stars to cross the first round at this year’s World Cup to the “appearance fee syndrome”.”Money, money, money had been the refrain by the players, and it is a pity they allowed this to ruin our World Cup,” he has lamented.The president has called for a committee to investigate the record failure.last_img read more

Fuel Up, Fuel Up! – Applegreen drop petrol and diesel prices for three days only

first_imgApplegreen service stations around Ireland are holding a massive fuel sale with price cuts of 4c per litre on petrol and diesel.With many people feeling the pinch after the Christmas season, this price drop will come as a help to motorists filling their cars this week.You’ll have to be quick though: the sale is running from Sunday 7th January until midnight Tuesday 9th January at 177 Applegreen stores nationwide. The participating Donegal stations are:Applegreen Buncrana, LuddanApplegreen Letterkenny, Derry RoadBurnfoot Service Station, Grianan Vale, BurnfootBlaney’s Service Station, Lagg Service Station, MilfordHarris Service Station, Townparks, ConvoyMcGettigan’s Service Station, The Commons, LiffordBallyliffin Service Station, Annaugh, BallyliffinSt Johnston Service Station, Derry Road, St.Johnston, LiffordDoherty’s Carndonagh, Church Road, CarndonaghFaulkners Of Moville, Malin Road, MovilleIf you’re travelling around the country, check out applegreenstores.com for the full list of sale suppliers.Applegreen are calling this their biggest fuel sale ever. Conor Lucey Head of Operations at Applegreen, said: “At Applegreen we are committed to providing our customers with ‘Low fuel prices, always’ and we know that January can be a tough time, following the expensive Christmas period and the long wait to get paid at the end of the month, so we wanted to make things a little easier for the motorist this month thanks to our ‘Biggest Fuel Sale Ever’.“Our advice to customers is to visit Applegreenstores.com to find your nearest forecourt and to make the most of this fantastic offer over the coming three days.”   Fuel Up, Fuel Up! – Applegreen drop petrol and diesel prices for three days only was last modified: January 8th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ApplegreendieselFUELpetrolSALElast_img read more