Business sector blasts past old record for renewable energy PPAs

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Solar Builder:This week, the Business Renewables Center (BRC), a membership program at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), announced that corporate renewable energy procurement reached a new record in 2018, with 3.57 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy projects announced this year to date in the United States. This number exceeds both the 3.12 GW record set in 2015, the highest previous year, and the 2.89 GW contracted for in 2017.The announcement highlights the growth of corporate-backed renewable energy transactions, which have totaled 13.52 GW in the U.S. since 2008, according to data collected by RMI’s Business Renewables Center. To date, BRC member companies have been involved in 99 percent of all U.S.-based nonutility transactions for renewable energy, and the number of corporates contracting directly for clean energy has grown from just four companies in 2013 to nearly 60 companies today.Facebook was responsible for 2018’s record-tipping deal with its announcement on July 18, 2018 to purchase 437 megawatts (MW) of solar energy from Pacific Power for a data center in Oregon. Facebook is one of 140 companies that have pledged to purchase 100 percent renewable energy over the next few decades via the RE100 pledge.Jon Creyts, managing director at Rocky Mountain Institute, commented, “The Business Renewables Center applauds the acceleration of corporate renewable energy procurement and the dedication these companies are showing to turn commitment into action. We are bearing witness to unprecedented growth in this market, which is critical to achieving the goal of a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon economy.”More: Corporations have contracted for a record 3.57 GW in renewable energy in 2018 Business sector blasts past old record for renewable energy PPAslast_img read more

Alabama utility to bill customers $740 million for environmental upgrades at closing coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 William Crawford Gorgas Electric Generating Plant near Parrish is set to be retired in April, but Alabama Power customers will be repaying about $740 million in costs related to the Walker County coal power plant long after it closes, according to documents the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.Alabama Power’s parent group, Southern Company, disclosed in its latest public 10-K filing that “approximately $740 million of net investment costs [from Plant Gorgas] will be transferred to a regulatory asset at the retirement date and recovered over the affected units’ remaining useful lives.” That will allow Alabama Power to recover the costs of investments it made in the coal-fired power plant, plus a profit margin set by the Alabama Public Service Commission, from customers through their electric bills.Among those costs, Alabama Power spent more than $400 million at the plant since 2010 on environmental upgrades, in efforts to keep the plant — which has been in operation since 1917 — in compliance with tightening federal environmental laws, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s MATS (mercury and air toxics standards) rule, meant to limit the amount of mercury emitted to the air at coal-fired power plants.Critics like the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy – an environmental group that pointed out the $740 million — said the power company was spending too much money on keeping old coal plants in operation rather than exploring other options, such as converting to natural gas. “A number of people, including us, wanted Plant Gorgas to be retired back in 2015 rather than investing $300 million to keep the plant going,” said John Wilson, research director for the SACE. “And now Alabama Power customers will be paying for this, for these past years of continued investments in that plant.“And that really could have been avoided. Maybe not the whole $700 million could have been avoided, but certainly somewhere between $300 and $400 million could have been avoided if they had taken earlier action to recognize that this plant was not economical in the long run.”The company blamed costs associated with environmental mandates when announcing the plant would close. The company has not announced plans to add any new plants or facilities due to the closing and has said that it does not anticipate any layoffs among the employees at the plant.More: Alabama Power customers to pay $740 million after coal plant closes Alabama utility to bill customers $740 million for environmental upgrades at closing coal plantlast_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo January 01, 2010 Route of the Marimba revives Afro- Colombia n folk music The sound of bass drums, rainsticks, marimbas — an instrument similar to the xylophone — and long conical bongos known as “cununos” can be heard once more in Colombia, thanks to a Ministry of Culture plan to restore the musical heritage of Latin America’s second-biggest population of African descent after Brazil. The Route of the Marimba program seeks to revive the folk music of the descendants of African slaves on Colombia’s Pacific coastline, an area under constant threat from the Andean nation’s decadeslong internal conflict. The program was launched along the southern part of the coast, a region that includes the provinces of Nariño, Cauca and Valle del Cauca. The designer of the plan is Culture Minister Paola Marcela Moreno, herself an Afro-Colombian, who has taken up the challenge of promoting the culture of this people and bringing them out of isolation. In almost two years, the Route of the Marimba has led to the creation of traditional music schools in 14 municipalities. It has also assisted musicians in marketing their music for global consumption and in construction of the folk instruments to maintain the tradition.last_img read more

Jakarta provides living quarters, shuttles for ‘front-liners’ in battle against COVID-19

first_imgOf the country’s 893 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 78 fatalities reported as of Thursday afternoon, 515 cases were recorded in Jakarta, which also had the highest number of deaths with 46.Cases of infections continued to rise in the capital city — the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak — with hospitals scrambling to treat more patients each day as reports emerged that medical workers faced strain with short supplies of protective gear in both referral and regular hospitals.Jakarta’s COVID-19 task force chief Catur Laswanto said the city had provided medical workers with decent quarters so that they could take some rest calmly and comfortably without having to return home after long hours in the hospital.Read also: ’If you love them, don’t go home’: Urban migrants decide to stay put amid COVID-19 The Jakarta administration has provided special accommodation for doctors and nurses in the capital to support those on the front line in the fight against COVID-19.A total of 220 rooms with 414 beds have been prepared for the medical workers in the Grand Cempaka Business Hotel managed by city-owned enterprise PT Jakarta Tourisindo (Jaktour).“The medical workers handling COVID-19 patients are the front-liners in the battle against the coronavirus. They are helping the people in this time of crisis while braving great risks to their health. We must fully support them and help them,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Thursday in a written statement. “They don’t have to travel far to go back home. Their families would be relieved too if their medical worker-relatives were given this facility to ease their work in handling COVID-19,” he added.A total of 138 medical workers from Tarakan General Hospital and Pasar Minggu General Hospital moved into the Grand Cempaka Business Hotel on Thursday. Hundreds more will follow, Catur said.The hotel is equipped specifically to cater to the medical workers’ needs, as each room will be routinely disinfected. Disinfectant chambers are also available at the entrance and exit door.Authorities have also provided 15 Transjakarta buses and 50 school buses to shuttle medical workers.Anies mentioned that the initiative was the work of many parties including the Jakarta-based Muslim philanthropic organization Dompet Dhuafa and city-owned market operator PD Pasar Jaya, which provided the disinfectant chambers, as well as Foodstation Jakarta, the Jakarta Bank, milk brand Diamond, Terra Restaurant and the Indonesian Food Service Association as the food donors.“Don’t let medical workers fight alone. Let’s support them and help them,” Anies said.The Jakarta administration is currently preparing three more hotels to cater to medical workers under Jaktour, with a total capacity of around 700 rooms. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

US Justice Department says Yale illegally discriminates against Asians, whites

first_imgThe elite school “uses race at multiple steps of its admissions process resulting in a multiplied effect of race on an applicant’s likelihood of admission,” the Justice Department said.The Justice Department has previously filed legal briefs in support of a lawsuit, brought by affirmative action opponents, accusing Harvard University of discriminating against Asian Americans.A federal judge in Boston ruled in favor of Harvard last year, saying the school’s affirmative action program advanced a legitimate interest in having a diverse student body.An appeal of that ruling is pending. The case could eventually reach the Supreme Court.Affirmative action programs in higher education were meant to address racial discrimination. The Supreme Court has ruled universities may use affirmative action with the aim of helping minority applicants get into college.US conservatives have said that in helping Black and Latino applicants, affirmative action can hurt white people and Asian Americans.  A Yale spokeswoman said the university “categorically denies” the allegations but has cooperated fully with the investigation.The Justice Department made its findings before allowing Yale to provide requested documents, Yale said.”Had the Department fully received and fairly weighed this information, it would have concluded that Yale’s practices absolutely comply with decades of Supreme Court precedent,” the spokeswoman said.The Justice Department said that although race can lawfully be considered in college admissions in limited circumstances, “Yale’s use of race is anything but limited.” The US Justice Department on Thursday accused Yale University of illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants in its undergraduate admissions process in violation of US civil rights law.The findings are the result of a two-year investigation in response to a complaint by Asian-American groups concerning Yale’s conduct, the department said in a statement.The department said it was prepared to file a lawsuit against Yale if the school, in New Haven, Connecticut, did not take “remedial measures.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

This is what $6.5 million can buy you on the Gold Coast

first_img19-21 Queen Anne Court, Sovereign Islands.A SOVEREIGN Islands mega mansion on the market for two years has finally sold for $6.5 million.It is the fourth highest sale on the Gold Coast this year.Sprawled across a double block on Queen Anne Court, the home has a heavy European influence with lion statues, gold leaf trimmings, pillars and fountains.Make an entrance descending that impressive staircaseIt had been on the market with several agencies at $6.95 million.Amir Mian of Prestige Property Agents negotiated the sale and said the buyer was from the southern Gold Coast.“He’s got a large yacht and liked the fact he could park his boat there,” Mr Mian said. “He also loved the views and style of the home.”Fancy a swing from the chandelier? You’ll have a super soft landing…Sellers Molly Yan and Tao Yan bought the mansion fully furnished in 2009 for $4.9 million and decided to sell it with the same inclusions.“The furniture is such an important part of the design,” she said. “There are a lot of pieces from Europe and I would not want to take that away from this home.”Wonky but WOW what a view.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoAlong with a media room, library and wine cellar, the home has a gym, infinity-edged pool and teppanyaki grill.The highest sale on Sovereign Islands is $11 million in 2006 for the Baltimore mansion on Royal Albert Cres.Luxurious fittings suit this grand space. There’s that amazing staircase again. TOP SALES 2017$9.5 million- 201-205 Monaco Street Broadbeach Waters$9 million- 75-77 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters$6.95 million- 41 The Promenade, Surfers Paradise$6.5 million, 19-21 Queen Anne Court, Sovereign IslandsAlmost $6 million- 61 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach$5.5 million -123 Albatross Ave, Mermaid BeachJust under $5 million, 33 Hampton Court, Sovereign Islands$4.75 million, 8082 Riverside Drive, Hope Island$3.8 million- 16-18 Lamb St, Broadbeach Waters$3.75 million- 1/75 Brighton Pde, Southportcenter_img A perfect place for a pamper.last_img read more

Childcare workers say some centres are like ‘factory farming children’

first_imgStuff 7 October 2015A quarter of early childhood teachers would not enrol their own children at their centres due to concerns about quality, a survey reveals.A ChildForum survey of more than 600 teachers, given exclusively to Stuff but due for official release on Wednesday, has some saying their centres are like “factory farming for children” or “mostly crowd management”.Centres and teachers were under pressure to provide safe and quality care, but indicated a lack of support, the research network’s survey report said.The Ministry of Education was pushing for 98 per cent of Kiwi children to participate in quality early childhood education, but its focus was on “increasing participation and not on quality”, it said.“It would seem that the policy push for increased participation is very likely putting children’s attachment and development of secure relationships, brain development, learning, and life-long outcomes at risk.”With 153 out of 601 teachers indicating they would not be happy for their child to attend their centre “we should be seriously worried”, it says. Reasons given related to quality and personal beliefs about young children’s needs. for more investment in childcare qualityStuff 8 October 2015The focus for early childhood education should be quality, not high participation, sector representatives say.A ChildForum survey of more than 600 teachers found that a quarter of early childhood teachers would not enrol their own children at their centres due to concerns about quality, with some saying their centres were like “factory farming for children” or “mostly crowd management”.New Zealand Educational Institute early childhood representative Virginia Oakly said the report endorsed what the union had been saying for some time.“If we don’t get it right and make sure the education children are receiving is quality there are long-term effects on their education and well being.”The sector was “chronically underfunded”, and any extra funding was spent on new centres rather than improving services already available.Early Childhood NZ chief executive Nancy Bell said while the survey only represented 2 per cent of teachers, it highlighted its concerns, “namely teacher-child ratios for under-2s and teachers’ employment conditions”. read more

Tanzania albino documentary controversy

first_imgIn Tanzania, a film is causing some controversy.’ A Boy from Geita’ charts the story of a young albino boy, who was mutilated for his body parts. Criminals work with witch doctors, who believe albino body parts can be made into potions that bring luck. It’s a big problem in the country, but authorities say the movie is one-sided. The director has now been defending his work. Dan Ashby has more for us on that.last_img

Robert E. VanMeter age 82

first_imgRobert Earl VanMeter, age 82, of Blooming Grove Township, died Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at his residence.Born February 15, 1934 in Fayette County, Indiana he was the son of the late Earl R. & Clara (Keal) VanMeter. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army. On September 15, 1956, he was united in marriage to the former Dorothy Chappelow, and she survives.He had worked at Sperry Rubber in Brookville; and had farmed in Franklin County for much of his life. He was an accomplished woodworker and harvested, milled, and dried his own lumber from the farm. He enjoyed his cattle and life on the farm and restoring antique tractors.Besides Dorothy, his loving wife of over 60 years, survivors include four children, David (Rita) VanMeter of Connersville, Indiana, Daniel (Jennifer) VanMeter of Brookville, Indiana, Timothy VanMeter of Blooming Grove Township, and Rebecca (Mike) Robbins of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Lilah Howell of Moorseville, Indiana and Kathleen Covey of Danville, Indiana; 13 Grandchildren, 2 Step-grandchildren; as well as 8 great-grandchildren.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Bruce L. VanMeter; and two sisters Juanita Higgs and Phyllis Gwin.Eric Hopkins will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, October 22, 2016, 12:00 Noon, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville.Memorial Contributions may be directed the Franklin County Community Foundation Fred & Midge Chappelow Operating Endowment. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the VanMeter family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

Canaan Community Academy launches ‘1837 School Brick’ campaign

first_imgCanaan, In. — Canaan Community Academy is selling bricks from the 1827 school to create a student-designed walking labyrinth.The community of Canaan has had an operating school since the early 1800s, the first being a log cabin. The third school was built in 1872 and sat in front of our school. The bell out front is from the 1872 school. It was demolished after our existing school was built. The bricks were dumped on a nearby farm. The bricks are being unearthed and will be used as part of a walking labyrinth that is being designed by CCA students.If you sponsor a brick, your name or family name will be placed on the plaque. There are different levels of sponsorship:Friend – $25. Name will appear on plaque.Bronze – $100. Name will appear on plaque and receive social media recognition.Silver – $250. Name will appear on plaque and receive social media and newspaper recognition.Gold – $500. Name will appear on plaque and receive social media, newspaper, and radio recognition.Platinum – $1000 and up. Name will appear on plaque and receive social media, newspaper, radio, and CCA website recognition. Platinum sponsors will also receive a special VIP invitation to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception.last_img read more