Shifting markets, renewables put the kibosh on a 1,000MW Rhode Island gas plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:After days of hearings this summer, Rhode Island regulators voted to deny Invenergy a key permit and made clear they thought a new gas plant is unnecessary. But the written order issued Tuesday provides more insight into the decision, including the delays caused by the company. During the time Invenergy’s application was pending, regulators said there was a reduction in peak load due to efficiency, along with growth of renewables and storage and offshore wind procurements in the region.Experts “presented strong and credible evidence demonstrating that the need for this type of facility would likely decrease in the coming decade” the board said. And reports that were referenced during testimony on the plant “revealed plans forecasting a significant increase in renewables and a continued decrease in peak load.”“The market changes that accrued over the four forward capacity auctions conducted during the pendency of Invenergy’s application undercut the credibility of Invenergy’s original arguments on the issue of need.”The Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) on Tuesday issued a final order denying a new gas-fired power plant proposed by Invenergy, pointing to lengthy delays in the proceeding that allowed market changes and the growth of renewable energy to overtake any need for the project.Regulators pointed to the New England ISO’s decision in September 2018 to terminate a capacity supply obligation with Invenergy for one of the plant’s units, calling it “an extraordinary choice” the grid operator had never before made.The EFSB initially rejected the 850-1,000 MW plant in June; company officials say they are reviewing the final order and mulling next steps. The decision can be appealed to the Rhode Island Supreme Court.More: Renewables growth, market changes tanked Invenergy’s Rhode Island gas plant, regulators say Shifting markets, renewables put the kibosh on a 1,000MW Rhode Island gas plantlast_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 or visit her Web site at November 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Paying for votes at your credit union – for a good cause

first_imgHow Conexus Credit Union increases participation in its board electionsby: Karen BankstonMembers who vote in the board elections of Conexus Credit Union, Regina, Saskatchewan, are not only exercising their democratic rights as owners but also supporting a worthy community cause. This year, the credit union donated $1 for every vote cast to the Saskatchewan Cooperative Youth Program.In addition to connecting the board election to the CU’s commitment to community, Conexus CU offers electronic voting through its online banking channel and has engaged in intensive recruiting of director candidates, says CUES member Jacques DeCorby, EVP/marketing and communications for the $6.5 billion credit union serving 118,000 members.In one of five districts, the credit union fielded eight candidates for two board seats in 2014. The wide choice generated a lot of interest, especially since Conexus CU posts candidate profiles online so members can make a more informed choice, DeCorby notes.Encouraging participation in board elections is ingrained in the credit union DNA, he suggests. “It’s part of what makes us different, one of our democratic principles.” continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_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

Police: Body found near Susquehanna River, no foul play suspected

first_imgPolice say the body was found by a person walking by around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. It was located between Avon Road and Laurel Avenue on Binghamton’s west side. The department says its unsure if drugs were involved. They are waiting on autopsy results to determine more information. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Police Department suspects no foul play in an investigation into a body being found along the Susquehanna River.last_img

Food vendors try to survive without local events

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) – On Saturday, Mountain Top Clam Bakes brought their food truck to the Oakdale Mall. Dickerson says they have to get creative to continue to have business. Owner Patrick Dickerson told 12 News things have been “heartbreaking” without the events they normally attend throughout the summer. “There’s unions and groups that have come with us for the last 40, 50 years, and now they can’t. It’s been hard physically and mentally,” Patrick Dickerson said. “We’re just doing as much as we can…but things are getting better and as long as there is no up swing things are looking good.” The food vendor has been traveling to different locations to try and make up for the lost events. last_img read more

McConnell says stimulus Senate’s top priority before year end

first_img“I think that’s job one when we get back,” McConnell said. “Hopefully we get a more cooperative situation than we’ve had.”Although Republicans appeared set to retain their majority in the Senate as of Wednesday afternoon, McConnell struck a cautious outlook and cited tight contests in key battleground states.- Advertisement – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), gestures while giving election remarks at the Omni Louisville Hotel on November 4, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky.Jon Cherry | Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday said his top priority remains passing a new economic stimulus bill before the end of the year.McConnell, who Tuesday evening won his reelection bid for a seventh six-year Senate term, said from a news conference in Kentucky that another relief package would be the chamber’s chief focus when it reconvenes next week.He also said that state and local aid, a consistent Democratic demand in relief discussions with the White House, could be included in a new bill.- Advertisement – Democrats did win the Senate race in Colorado, and are leading in Arizona, but as of 1:55 p.m. ET they appear to be set to fall short of becoming the majority. NBC News projects Democrats will keep control of the House of Representatives.Maine Democrat Sara Gideon’s concession to incumbent Sen. Susan Collins makes flipping the chamber even more difficult, though NBC News has yet to make an official call on that race.Still, McConnell’s comments could rekindle relief talks between the two parties after months of stalled negotiations between Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House officials including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.The mired talks come even as the U.S. recorded another 91,500 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the second-highest single-day tally to date, according to Johns Hopkins data. The disease has now killed more than 230,000 Americans.Up until the weeks immediately preceding the election, McConnell had warned that a potential $2 trillion package negotiated between Mnuchin and Pelosi may lack sufficient support in the Senate out of fears it could be too expensive.“The Speaker laid out a $2.5 trillion package with all kinds of things that I felt were simply unrelated to the subject,” the majority leader said Wednesday. “I laid on the Senate floor not once, but twice, half a trillion dollars …  targeting the school situation, the need to replenish PPP small loan program.”McConnell tried early in 2020 to advance his own, far-smaller bill that lacked fiscal support for state and local governments as well as omitted another round of $1,200 direct payment checks to most Americans.That effort was blocked by Senate Democrats — who argued that it lacked enough relief — and by some Republicans that said even the watered-down bill was too costly. Congress has not enacted any new major stimulus since the spring when lawmakers muscled through four bipartisan bills worth about $3 trillion.“Ultimately, you’ve got to kill the [virus] before we get back to normal. Because there’s no other way to get back to normal. You can keep keep pumping money into the economy forever And it won’t solve the problem until we kill the virus,” McConnell said.“Having said that, there are other sectors that need help and I outlined what I think is appropriate, but I don’t get to make the final decision. We have to deal with the Democrats,” he added. “And what I’m saying is, I think now that the election’s over, the need is there and need to sit down and work this out.” – Advertisement – “As I’ve said repeatedly in the last few months, we need another rescue package,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday morning. “Hopefully, the partisan passions that prevented us from doing another rescue package will subside with the election. And I think we need to do it and I think we need to do it before the end of the year.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

MUI calls on Muslims to comply with health protocols during Idul Adha

first_img“We need to focus on our health. If we are unfit or carrying preexisting diseases, it is advisable for us to pray from home.”Residents who wish to perform qurban (animal sacrifice) for Idul Adha are suggested to go to abattoirs in order to prevent crowds during the ritual. In addition, the MUI recommended that qurban be done by professionals.“We must pay attention to the cattle’s health conditions,” Asrorun said, adding that the cattle should meet the requirement for qurban – proper age and good health.He also called on qurban procession committees or religious social institutions to distribute the qurban meat directly to those in need and prevent any large crowds from forming during the qurban.The MUI had previously warned that, given the current pandemic, distributing the meat immediately after the ritual might pose a health risk. Thus, it suggested the qurban meat be processed into canned food or cooked as rendang before being distributed. The council through its fatwa permits the distribution of qurban meat at a later time after Idul Adha, suggesting that any excess meat should be preserved instead of thrown out.During this year’s Idul Adha, Indonesia’s second-largest Islamic group, Muhammadiyah, encouraged Muslims to convert their qurban into sadaqah (alms) to help those who have been hit hard by the pandemic.Topics : To contain the spread of COVID-19, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has called on all Muslims nationwide to maintain health protocols when celebrating and praying on Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice), which falls on Friday.Repeating previous calls from the Religious Affairs Ministry and Muslim groups, the MUI fatwa commission secretary, Asrorun Niam Sholeh, advised people living in areas at high risk of COVID-19 transmission to pray at home.“Those living in considerably safer areas are allowed to perform mass prayers in mosques but they must comply with strict health protocols. Use masks, perform wudhu [ablution rituals] at home, bring our own sajadah [praying mat] and maintain a physical distance,” Asrorun said through a written statement on Tuesday.last_img read more

May 13, 2019 Police Blotter

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Crews battle fire near the Riviera Beach Marina

first_imgAuthorities said they are keeping the Grand Classica cruise ship at sea as a precaution until the smoke clears.This is a developing story. Watch it live here. Fire crews are currently battling a large yacht fire near the Riviera Beach Marina.The fire is occurred around 7:00 am Tuesday on a boat named the Sea Alice which was stationed at Cracker Boy Boat Works but authorities are saying the fire has spread to other vesicles and at least one tent.Additional crews were called to the scene to help with the flames.Smoke could be seen as far away as the airport.Smoke is extremely thick and black. There are still a few hot spots on the vessel @CBS12— James Torrez (@JamesTorrezNews) May 7, 2019last_img read more

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