State regulators tell Georgia Power to add 2,210MW of new solar by 2024 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Atlanta Journal Constitution:Georgia will rely more on the sun to generate electricity as it retreats from its once overwhelming reliance on coal.The state Public Service Commission’s five members — all Republicans — unanimously directed Georgia Power to make its biggest increase ever in renewables, nearly doubling the solar capacity of the state’s largest utility. The addition — 2,210 megawatts of new capacity from solar panels by 2024 — is enough to power more than 200,000 homes of the company’s 2.6 million customers.“It’s one of the cleanest and cheapest generation (sources) we can have,” PSC chairman Lauren “Bubba” McDonald said.He successfully pushed to more than double the amount of solar Georgia Power initially proposed as part of an update to its long-range energy plan. Most of the new solar generation is expected to come from large-scale commercial arrays rather than homeowners’ rooftops.But coal plants, once the dominant power source in Georgia and favored by President Donald Trump, are a shrinking part of the state’s energy mix as they become less economically viable. The PSC agreed with Georgia Power’s recommendation to close five coal-burning units, one at Plant McIntosh near Savannah and four more at Plant Hammond near Rome. The company started winding down operations this year.Georgia Power particularly heralded the PSC’s approval of 80 megawatts of battery energy storage, which could help store solar power. The project “is critical to growing and maximizing the value of renewable energy for customers as we increase our renewable generation,” Allen Reaves, the Atlanta-based company’s senior vice president, said in a press release.More: Georgia commissioners, all Republicans, increase solar power, cut coal
U.S. District Chief Judge Thomas Thrash cleared up any ambiguity this week over what types of communications are acceptable between Home Depot and the financial institutions suing the retailer over last year’s massive data breach.Thrash ordered Monday that settlement offers can only be extended if the settlement has been fully negotiated and finalized between Home Depot and MasterCard or any other card brand.The offers also must be in writing, contain adequate details of the suit, advise about class member rights and advise that the offered recovery amounts may be less than what is recoverable in litigation.The order comes on the heels of the settlement letters sent to financial institutions last month that contained incomplete information on a proposed settlement deal. The letters gave plaintiffs mere days to make a decision on whether to accept. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Authorities are investigating why a small single-engine plane crashed onto Long Island Rail Road tracks in Hicksville, killing one and seriously injuring a second person on board on Sunday morning, officials said.The pilot of a Hawker Beechcraft BE35 departed from Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach when the pilot reported a problem to air traffic controllers shortly before the aircraft crashed on the tracks near the Oyster Bay Road crossing at 7:45 a.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).The pilot, who was reportedly heading to Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey, was trying to land at Republic Airport in Farmingdale—three miles from the crash scene—when then plane went down.The survivor was taken to Nassau University Medical Center for treatment. No one on the ground was injured.The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which sent a representative to the scene, is leading the investigation into the cause of the crash along with the FAA. MTA police and Nassau County police responded to the scene.The LIRR partially suspended train service on the Ronkonkoma Branch between Hicksville and Farmingdale while investigators were on the scene. Once the debris was cleared, LIRR crews repaired the tracks and a grade crossing stanchion. Train service was fully restored 14 hours later.
The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office says Kelly Gillet was charged with murder in the 2nd degree after officers responded to a report of shots fired on Gould Drive in the village of Sherburne, N.Y. As of Tuesday, Gillet is being held at the Chenango County Correctional Facility. The incident remains under investigation. Authorities noted Gillet had no injuries. SHERBURNE, N.Y. (WBNG) — Authorities in Chenango County arrested a Johnson City woman for murder Monday morning. Deputies found John Ryan of Sherburne dead at the scene. They recovered a shotgun from the residence.
May 14, 2009WHO: No decision yet on H1N1 vaccine productionExperts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) today made no decision on recommending mass production of a vaccine for the novel H1N1 virus, and how soon such a recommendation might come is uncertain, said Dr. Keiji Fukuda of the WHO. “No big decision, no pronouncements,” he told reporters. Calling the issue “enormously complicated,” he said a series of additional meetings will be needed. “It’s not possible to say a decision will be made by this [a specific] date,” he said.[May 14 WHO briefing audio file]Global novel influenza total tops 6,000The global number of novel H1N1 influenza cases reached 6,497 in 33 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The count includes 2,446 cases and 60 deaths in Mexico, 3,352 cases and 3 deaths in the United States as of yesterday, and 8 cases and 1 death in Costa Rica. Other countries with more than a dozen cases include Spain (100), the United Kingdom (71), Panama (29), and France (14).[WHO update 28]US novel flu cases pass 4,000Today the US tally of confirmed H1N1 cases grew to 4,298, of which 3 were fatal, in 47 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. North Dakota and Arkansas, with one case each, were added to the list of affected states today.[Current CDC numbers]WHO shortens upcoming World Health AssemblyThe WHO today announced a shortened schedule for the upcoming World Health Assembly. The WHO had been considering the move to allow more time for health ministers to address H1N1 issues in their own countries. The WHA starting date is still May 18, but the meeting will end on May 22 instead of May 27. The agenda includes pandemic preparedness, influenza virus sharing, the International Health Regulations, and WHO budgets and administration.[May 14 WHO statement]Poll finds low demand for potential new flu vaccineA Zogby/University of Texas poll found that only 30% of respondents would get a vaccine for the novel H1N1 outbreak if one was available. Only 18% saw the outbreak as a severe threat, and 96% said they have not curbed their visits to restaurants or malls. Forty percent were confident in the government’s ability to manage the outbreak. Only 36% of respondents said they received a flu immunization for the 2008-09 season. The online poll surveyed 1,442 adults between May 4 and 6.[May 13 Zogby press release]NIH renews support for Baylor flu vaccine researchThe Baylor Institute for Immunology Research recently announced that the National Institutes of Health renewed its grant, worth $14 million over the next 5 years, to design new influenza vaccines. The work involves molecules that target the immune system’s dendritic cells. The institute applied for a grant supplement to make a vaccine against the novel H1N1 virus.[May 11 Baylor press release]
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Rowan Gorilla VII; Source: Wiki Commons; Author: AlfvanBeem – under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain DedicationOffshore driller Rowan Companies sank deeper into the red as its revenues fell amid lower rig utilization and dayrates. The driller on Wednesday reported a net loss of $76.7 million compared to a net loss of $28.7 million in the second quarter of 2017.For the second quarter of 2018 Rowan recorded revenues of $241.3 million compared to $320.2 million in the same period last year.Tom Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “While overall market conditions for offshore drilling remain challenging, demand for rigs has improved year to date. Since the beginning of the second quarter 2018, Rowan has been awarded contracts for both drillships and jack-up rigs.”Burke also added: “Our confidence level in adding further backlog during the second half of 2018 for both our drillships and jack-ups continues to grow, based on tendering activity and improving market fundamentals.”Rowan’s total rig utilization for the quarter dropped to 59% from 69% in the prior-year quarter and average dayrate fell to $176,300 from $186,000.Offshore Energy Today Staff
The Belgium-based Marlinks has secured a contract for monitoring the cable burial depth of the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm.Marlinks will monitor the burial depth of six inter-array cables and one export cable, which will be equipped by the company’s distributed temperature sensing (DTS) measurement system.According to Parkwind, the majority owner of the 219MW project, the system uses the recorded temperatures and soil conditions to continuously calculate power circuit ratings and burial depth of the cables allowing an accurate follow-up on risk for failure.The hardware will be installed on the substation in May, with the system expected to be fully operational when all cables are installed in October.“One of the challenges over the lifetime of an offshore wind farm in the Belgian concession zone is to monitor and maintain correct burial depth of the cables. Marlinks provides an innovative monitoring solution allowing for up to date risk assessment,” said Peter Caluwaerts, Project Director of Northwester 2.Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke GmbH (NSW) will deliver the inter-array cable, while Nexans is in charge of supplying the export cable. Tekmar Energy will provide the cable protection system (CPS).Northwester 2 will comprise 23 MHI Vestas Offshore Wind 164-9.5MW turbines located some 51km off the Belgian coast. Offshore construction is expected to start in June 2019 and the commissioning is scheduled for 2020.
The Batesville Lady Bulldogs placed 1st in a Girls 3-Way Swimming Meet at South Dearborn on Tuesday (11-18).Team scores were Batesville 151, South Dearborn 106, Switzerland County 21.Batesville Individual Event Winners: Emily Gutzwiller 200 IM, 100 Breast, Taylor Villani 200/500 Free, Elizabeth Weiler 100 Free, Ashley Daulton 100 Back, and Mary Poltrack 100 Fly.Batesville JV event winners: Mary Poltrack: 50 Free, Lauren Caplinger 100 Free, Sarah Poltrack 100 Back, and Audra Brewer 100 Breast.Lady Bulldogs are 2-0 on the season. (1-0 EIAC)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach T. J. Greene.