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

Your credit union’s Cinderella story

first_imgI play in a tennis league where last season I went 4-1, and this season I’ve started out 2-0. I got a backhanded compliment once (no pun intended) that I was the “largest gazelle” they had ever played. Well… I am a man of “larger carriage” and I can cover the court pretty well. More recently, my two wins came against extremely lean, fit, athletic guys in their 20s.But I promise, I’m no “baller.” Maybe it’s the shoes. I do love my YMC Blue Diadoras.Nope. The reason I keep winning, and they keep struggling, is the same reasons credit unions win or lose at strategic marketing. Let me explain.They only see what they want to seeWe’ve encountered many credit unions that work hard for a low-income designation, but when it comes time to serve the underserve, they freeze. The worst judgement you can make is a “pre” judgement, and too many credit unions miss out on who should be their ideal member. It’s also important to note that great marketing can get good prospects in the door, but a dishearten frontline can destroy those efforts. And lest we forget, our members are more than a credit score! continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Man questioned over Nantes cathedral fire

first_imgThey were awaiting authorization from firefighters to examine the platform on which the grand organ had stood.Cathedral rector Father Hubert Champenois said Saturday “everything was in order last night,” and that “a very close inspection was made before it closed, like every other evening.” The building was last hit by fire in 1972 and its roof took more than 13 years to repair.Regional fire chief Laurent Ferlay said Saturday the damage was not comparable to the 1972 blaze, or to last year’s devastating blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.Much of Notre-Dame’s roof and wooden structure was destroyed, its steeple collapsed and fumes containing toxic molten lead billowed into the air.Topics : Prosecutors launched an arson investigation after the fire broke out on Saturday morning in three places at the gothic Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul.The blaze destroyed stained glass windows and the 17th century grand organ — a star attraction of the cathedral.About 100 firefighters saved the main structure, built between the 15th and 19th centuries.Sennes confirmed that experts from a police unit specialized in fire investigations were at the scene.  French investigators were on Sunday questioning a man who worked at the cathedral in the city of Nantes which was badly damaged by fire a day earlier, a prosecutor said.The man “was responsible for locking up the cathedral on Friday evening and investigators wanted to clarify elements of the schedule of this person”, prosecutor Pierre Sennes told AFP.But he emphasized that “any interpretation that could implicate this person in what occurred is premature” adding the questioning was part of “normal procedure”.last_img read more

Brian Newlin, 55, Wellington: Dec. 19, 1957 – Jan. 9, 2013

first_imgBrian Wayde Newlin, 55, of Wellington, KS, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at his home.Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 14 at Hillside Baptist Church in Wellington, KS. Inurnment will follow at Jordan Cemetery in rural Sumner County. A memorial has been established to assist with funeral expenses. Contributions can be left with the Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home of Wellington, Kansas. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.hawksfuneralhome.com.Brian was born on December 19, 1957 in Wichita, KS the son of Donald Edward and Juanita (King) Newlin.  He was reared and educated in Wichita, graduating from Campus High School in 1976.  On December 19, 1976 he was united in marriage to Cindy Metcalf Newlin in Tulsa, OK.Brian worked as an aerospace inspector for over 30 years.  He enjoyed collecting knives.  Motorcycles and old muscle cars were his hobbies as well.Surviving to honor his memory include his wife Cindy of the home; his daughter, Juanita Porter and husband Melvin of Leeds, Alabama; his son, Brian Newlin, II and wife Nikki of Wellington, KS; his sister, Donita Rau of Wichita, KS; his brothers, Don Newlin of Haysville, KS and Chris Newlin of Little Rock, AR; his mother, Juanita Crowden of Wichita, KS; his mother-in-law, Carolyn Metcalf of Wichita, KS; his 5 grandchildren, Mariah Newlin, Brian Newlin, III, Quentin Newlin, Jaydon Porter and Gabrielle Porter.Preceding him in death are his father, his son, Eric Michael Newlin, and his grandparents.last_img read more

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PRINGLE ATTACKS TAOISEACH ON ESM BANK BAILOUTS

first_imgThomas Pringle TD has today attacked the Taoiseach on the inadequacy of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), outlining that it would “sign-up the Irish people to the biggest socialisation of bank debt across Europe”.Speaking to the Taoiseach today at Leaders’ Questions, the Independent TD for Donegal South West said the only guarantee of the ESM is that it puts the most gigantic ‘put’ on taxpayers across Europe.“Article 15 of the ESM states that ‘The ESM may decide to grant loans for the specific purpose of recapitalisation of the financial institutions of the ESM member.’ Why the Government wants to sign us up to the biggest socialisation of bank debt across Europe is a mystery to me.” “The ESM Bill which was published last week in effect legalises our bank guarantee in Europe. If a member needs to recapitalise their banks the funding will be lent to the member state and paid on to the bank – therefore the banking debt becomes the taxpayer debt,” he said.He added the ESM can’t recapitalise banks directly but it loans money to taxpayers who in turn give the money to the banking systems.“The creation of this pan European bank debt is unsustainable and is a feeble attempt to cover up the real problems that lie within the heart of the EU with a measure which simply hasn’t got the capacity to deliver.”“As it stands, the ESM could, if Ireland were to be subject to it, call on Ireland to make contributions of up to €11.1 billion in various forms of capital. In effect, it the ESM can direct the State to raise sovereign debt, give the money so raised to it and can decide where, when, whether and how it is spent. This is utterly nonsensical.” “The panacea of the ESM that the Government purports to be necessary for future funding is actually going to sign-up Irish taxpayers to the continued funding of bank bailout debt across Europe,” stated Pringle. PRINGLE ATTACKS TAOISEACH ON ESM BANK BAILOUTS was last modified: May 16th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Thomas Pringle TDlast_img read more