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

Australia first to qualify for ATP Cup quarterfinals

first_imgMelbourne: Australia, led by 20-year-old Alex de Minaur, has become the first team to qualify for the quarterfinals of the inaugural ATP Cup, defeating Canada 3-0 in the group stage.On Sunday afternoon, Alex de Minaur rallied from a set down to win for the second time in as many matches and put the host country in the Final Eight qualification position.De Minaur defeated Canada’s Denis Shapovalov 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-2 and clinched the tie for the home country. “I managed to turn things around, get back into a positive mindset, get my energy back,” De Minaur said.“I think it’s all energy. It’s good that in the back of my head I know that all the hard work I’ve put in in the pre-season, so I know that my body’s ready to keep on going for however long it takes,” he added.John Millman, who replaced Nick Kyrgios as Australia’s No. 2, defeated Canada’s Feliz Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-2.In doubles, the duo of Chris Guccione and John Peers finished off the sweep with a 3-6, 7-6(3), 10-8 win against Auger-Aliassime and Adil Shamasdin.The group phase of the ATP Cup, which is being played in Brisbane, Perth, and Sydney, will end on January 8, while the final phase, in which the six group winners and the two top No. 2 teams will compete, will be played between January 9-12 in Sydney. AgenciesAlso Read: Marnus Labuschagne hits ton as Australia dominate Day 1Also Watch: Torch Relay of 3rd Khelo India Youth Games received by District Administration in Kokrajharlast_img read more

LAPD red

first_imgFOR years, taxpayers have heard that the Los Angeles Police Department needs more money to protect them in their homes and on the streets. There isn’t the cash on hand to hire more cops, we’ve been told. That’s why LAPD brass and city leaders twice tried to raise the sales tax, and why they massively jacked up trash fees last year. But now City Controller Laura Chick has done one of her trademark audits, and – what do you know? – the LAPD’s problem isn’t a lack of cash, but a lack of management. The department, which oversees a $1.1 billion budget, relies on “business functions … stuck back in the 1950s,” says Chick. As city leaders go forward with plans to spend as much as $400 million on a fancy new LAPD headquarters, they ought to be at least as committed to making the department run more efficiently. After all, it’s what’s inside the building that counts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No surprise there. For decades, the LAPD’s biggest problems – ones that have cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars – have stemmed from the department carrying on like it’s still the 1950s, when Chief William H. Parker led a ruthless squad more concerned with controlling the city than with serving and protecting it. That mentality gave us Rodney King, the L.A. Riots, Rampart and a federal consent decree, and has only recently begun to change. So what’s it going to take to get the LAPD out of the 1950s in terms of management – another federal intervention? We hope not. Fortunately, there are signs that the department may be willing to learn from Chick’s scrutiny. That Chief William Bratton was at the controller’s news conference Monday suggests that – unlike other city bureaucracies that have fought change – the LAPD is serious about improving its functions and giving taxpayers a better return on their money. As it should be. Protecting and serving the public means more than just patrolling the streets. It also means seeing to it that neither the public’s trust nor its investment is abused. last_img read more