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

Online master’s available

first_imgStarting fall 2011, USC master of communication and public administration degrees will be offered online  to meet an increased demand from students.Students enrolled in the online program will have access to the same faculty who teach on campus and will develop online virtual communities while still partaking in the Trojan Family, said Jack Knott, dean of the School of Policy Planning and Development.“The online program offers the opportunity to provide a quality, state-of-the-art education to the 21st-century students,” Knott said. “[The program] fits students’ learning style through the Internet and social networking and it fits students’ lifestyle of juggling careers, family and education.”Founded in 1995, Embanet has provided USC with the program to offer online courses. It has been one of the pioneering companies in offering online services to students, said Paul Gleason, senior vice president of Educational Operations at Embanet.For Embanet, offering online courses is vital to those students who want to pursue graduate education but don’t have the means of doing so in a classroom.“Each course is specifically built to deliver learning in interactive ways to achieve curriculum learning outcomes. Ultimately, our greatest accomplishment is bringing high quality to students and institutions together,” Gleason said.For the master of public administration, acceptance into the program is extremely competitive with an expected enrollment of 85 students in the first year, Knott said. Within the next four years, the goal is for 200 new students to be enrolled in the program.“It is important that we enter the market early and establish our presence,” Knott said.For USC, Embanet will provide program and course conversion, marketing and enrollment services, online faculty training, student services and technology development and support.“It accommodates students who cannot come to USC’s campus in person, who need a more flexible schedule for professional or personal reasons,” said Ernest J. Wilson, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, in an e-mail.USC began exploring the advancement and opportunities of online learning within the past couple of years, Gleason said.Knott said there has been a demand for these online courses, and a survey revealed that alumni have strong interest and support for an online degree.To begin the stages of building this online education program, Embanet must work closely with the faculty to create a pseudo-campus learning environment while also building up a strong student assembly.Some students feel that being able to get a master’s degree online will benefit those struggling to juggle career and work, while others are more skeptical.Stevee Eads, a sophomore majoring in public relations, said online  learning will be detrimental to the success of the student and their academic endeavors.“I don’t think this is a good idea because students need one-on-one interactions. You don’t get the full understanding or experience unless you are learning first hand,” Eads said.While not totally opposed to it, Tim Baumann, a sophomore majoring in business administration, is skeptical of whether the quality of work that goes into earning a master’s degree will be up to the same standards as in previous years because of the attitude some students have toward online classes.“I wonder if employers and other academic instructions are going to feel the same skeptical feelings and whether or not that is going to make USC look less like the prestigious academic institution it is and more like the other run-of-the-mill online universities that serve a different function than I believe USC does,” Baumann said.On the other hand, some students said they feel this type of learning is inevitable because of how strong the Internet has become.“It’s a good idea because the Internet and education are continuing to intertwine. More classes and books are being offered online. If you can get a degree by not leaving your home, it will be much easier, especially if commuting is tough,” said Alex Matros, a sophomore majoring in business administration and cinematic arts.Whether the students are in favor of it or not, the online opportunity to earn a master’s degree will be launched in the fall 2011.“I am hoping that students will use the skills and knowledge they receive in our first-rate MPA degree to make a significant contribution to their community, the country or internationally,” Knott said.last_img read more

Cornwall’s Brown sprints to victory at Western Champs

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Cornwall College sprinter Mathew Brown held off the field to land the marquee Class One 100 metres title at the County of Cornwall Athletics Association Western Championship and put his name in the hat for the remainder of the Digicel Grand Prix series this season. One record was broken early yesterday in the Class Two girls triple jump. Moesha Nott of Rusea’s twice broke Opal James’ five-year-old record of 11.80 metres. She set a new mark of 12.54m in the second round before smashing her own record in the third and final round, soaring to 12.63m. Toni-Shay Stewart of Manning’s grabbed second place with a leap of 11.33m, and St Elizabeth Technical’s Monique Williams, third, after jumping 11.21m. The exciting Grand Prix series of races includes the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, the long jump, discuss and high jumps events in Classes One and Two. Brown’s winning time, 10.58 seconds, was way off the record held by Nigel Ellis of STETHS, but was good enough to dismiss the challenge of Munro College’s Rushane Edwards (10.63) and that of his teammate, Washington Brown, who was third in 10.65. Green Island High School star Kimone Hines won the girls’ Class One equivalent, taking victory in 11.95. She was some way ahead of teammate Angel Jackson, who crossed the finish line in a modest 12.14 for second. Debra Wallace of Herbert Morrison copped third place in 12.23. IMPRESSIVE DENNIS The impressive Sachin Dennis from STETHS was not to be denied and he ran through the line to take the Class Two boys 100m final in 10.72, with second going to Irwin High School’s Jaydeon Crooks (10.88), while William Knibb’s Andre Bent grabbed third place in 10.91. The Class One boys 400m title went to Leon Gordon of Rusea’s (47.95), with Leonardo Ledgister of STETHS taking second in 48.29 and Ouekie Wright (48.34) also of STETHS, third. Petersfield’s Hisheeno Stewart’s 58.23 won a thrilling finish to the Class Two girls 400m event, another in the Digicel Grand Prix races, with second going to Winsome Harris of STETHS (58.35). Albert Town’s Tasinia Mothersill, 58.40, was third. Meanwhile, Antonio Watson of Petersfield took the Class Two boys 400m in 49.65 ahead of teammate Romario Taylor (49.95). Rosean Bernard (Munro) was third in 50.87.last_img read more