Mayor Winnecke Receives Sagamore of the Wabash Award!

first_imgMayor Winnecke received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from former Indiana Governor, Vice President-Elect Mike Pence today. Lt. Governor elect Suzanne Crouch presented the award to Mayor Winnecke on behalf of former Governor Pence.Sagamore of the Wabash is Indiana’s highest honor and given only to those who who have made a difference in their community and to the state of Indiana.   Mayor Winnecke was recognized for his “Humanity, Loyalty and Leadership” while moving Evansville forward.CONGRATULATIONS!FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

New restrictions in place at Notre Dame to slow the spread of COVID-19

first_img Pinterest (Spencer Marsh/95.3 MNC) The University of Notre Dame is introducing new restrictions for its students to slow the spread of COVID-19.As University President Fr. John Jenkins mentioned in his video address, last week, the school is, once again, cracking down in an effort to keep students from bringing the virus home to their families and friends. University officials have stated in a letter to students that they will suspend registration for students who fail to appear for exit testing and that students may not leave the area until they test negative.Students are also banned from indoor dining in the North and South Dining Halls. Instead, they are advised to eat outdoors, utilize heated tents, or take food back to their dorm rooms. Campus leaders are also strongly encouraging students to avoid dining or drinking indoors at local restaurants and bars.Below is a letter addressed to the Notre Dame community:Since we wrote last week and Father Jenkins recently indicated, Notre Dame’s COVID-19 cases and local transmission continue at concerning rates. We are grateful for students’ excellent participation in surveillance testing, which is imperative to prevent further spread. Today, we want to share additional details with you about dining precautions and exit testing.Dining PrecautionsContact tracing continues to reveal that dining is one of the highest risk activities for transmission, especially when meals are shared indoors. Reluctantly, beginning Friday, Nov. 6, we must discontinue indoor dining at North Dining Hall and South Dining Hall until further notice. Dining inside Duncan Student Center, LaFortune Student Center, Hesburgh Library, and other buildings remains prohibited. On campus, students can eat outdoors, utilize heated tents, or take food back to their assigned residence hall rooms.We also strongly encourage students to avoid dining or drinking indoors at local restaurants and bars.Exit TestingExit testing is an important way for us to work together to support your safe departure and protect both your loved ones and home communities. All students will be scheduled for exit testing before the semester ends, either through an appointment time you choose or mandatory surveillance testing.Exit testing for all students will be offered Monday, Nov. 9 through Saturday, Nov. 21 during the following hours:Mondays through Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.Fridays: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.Saturdays and Sundays: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.To schedule your exit test based on your departure schedule, please click here. Students must schedule an appointment for exit testing by 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. Test results could take up to 48 hours to return.Students who do not schedule an exit test will receive a notification to report for mandatory surveillance testing during an assigned two-day window prior to the end of the semester.Students are only exempt from exit testing if they have already tested positive within the last three months, are in quarantine or isolation when they receive a surveillance testing notification, are tested as a student-athlete, or are approved through Sara Bea Accessibility Services for remote study this semester.Any students who fail to report for exit testing will be assigned a registration time ticket for Spring semester courses at the end of the course registration period. This means you will only be allowed to register after all other students have done so from Dec. 2 – 9. On Monday, Nov. 23, the COVID-19 Response Unit (CRU) will notify the Registrar’s Office of those students who did not report for exit testing, and their course registration time will be adjusted.If you have questions about COVID-19 surveillance testing, please contact the University’s Coronavirus Response Unit Hotline at 574-634-HERE (4373), which is available to answer coronavirus-related questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.This Weekend and BeyondWe realize it has been a challenging semester in many ways, and we want to conclude as safely as possible. We are asking for your help. Saturday’s game against Clemson is an exciting opportunity to cheer on our football team, but your choices that day also impact the health of our community.Please adhere to the University’s policy of gathering informally in groups of 10 or less outdoors prior to the game. Take advantage of the many pregame activities planned on campus. Follow the instructions of Notre Dame Stadium officials at all times.Remember that keeping our community healthy requires you to:Wear your maskPractice physical distancingWash your hands regularlyComplete your daily health checkShow up when selected for surveillance testingThank you for supporting the well-being of our campus community in these important ways. Please take care of one another, and best wishes during this last week of classes.In Notre Dame,Erin Hoffmann HardingVice President for Student AffairsMike SeamonVice President for Campus Safety and University Operations Previous articleConexus Indiana, Ivy Tech launch CDL+ training programNext articleHartford man killed in rear-end collision in Berrien County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. 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Press release: Ocado and B&M now bound by rules on treating suppliers fairly

first_img The CMA has designated Ocado and B&M Homestores under the Groceries (Supply Chain Practices) Market Investigation Order 2009, which means that they now need to comply with the Groceries Supply Code of Practice. The CMA agreed with Government, as part of the Groceries Code Adjudicator Review, in February 2018, to formalise its current activities by reviewing publicly available information on an annual basis. Where there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that any retailer may have reached the turnover threshold specified in the Order, the CMA will request further evidence from it. This will allow the CMA to assess whether that retailer should be added to the list of designated retailers. The Groceries Code Adjudicator Act, which created the GCA, came into force on 25 June 2013. The GCA is funded by a levy on regulated retailers with a UK annual turnover of more than £1bn. Media enquiries should be directed to the CMA’s press team: [email protected], or 020 3738 6460. Other retailers subject to the Code are Asda Stores Limited, Co-operative Group Limited, Marks & Spencer PLC, Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC, J Sainsbury PLC, Tesco PLC, Waitrose Limited, Aldi Stores Limited, Iceland Foods Limited, and Lidl UK GmbH.Notes to editors These rules mean that suppliers are protected from unfair business practices, and retailers can trade with confidence on a level playing field. Businesses supplying Ocado and B&M will now also benefit from this protection.center_img This is due to the retailers’ annual groceries turnover now exceeding £1bn.The Groceries Supply Code of Practice (The Code) sets out how such grocery retailers should treat their suppliers and aims to make sure that they do not abuse their commercial power. For example, retailers bound by the Code cannot make changes to the terms of supply retrospectively and must provide notice of and reasons for no longer using a supplier.Compliance with the Code is managed by the independent Groceries Code Adjudicator. The CMA regularly monitors UK retailers to see if they meet the criteria to be subject to the Code, as it only applies to those companies with an annual groceries turnover of more than £1bn.The Code was created in 2009 following an investigation by the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) predecessor, the Competition Commission (CC). The CC investigated the supply of groceries in the UK and found that some suppliers of larger retailers were being treated unfairly. This meant suppliers were less likely to innovate and invest, leading to less choice and availability for customers.Peter Hill, Head of Remedies Enforcement at the CMA, said:last_img read more

Revolutions Come And Go, But Warren Haynes Is Here To Stay [Interview]

first_imgIt’s 2017, and people are angry.You can feel it on Gov’t Mule‘s tenth studio album, Revolution Come…Revolution Go, officially released today. Anger is a big part of today’s social climate, more so than at any point in recent memory. The lead-up to the 2016 election, during which most of the material on the album was written, saw candidates from polar opposite ends of the political spectrum talking about making big changes — starting a revolution. But the election was ultimately marked more by its vitriol than by its substance. “Stone Cold Rage,” “Revolution Come…Revolution Go,” and “Pressure Under Fire,” among others, feel like an explicit call to action. “If there’s gonna be a new generation of great music,” Warren Haynes tells Live For Live Music, “it has to tackle what’s going on in our country, what’s going on in the world. Not just politically but socially, personally, in every context. Because that’s a big part of what music is.”Though the record was undoubtedly colored by the “shocking” election results, Haynes explains thoughtfully, “I realized, you know, it really means the same thing regardless of who won. Because the country is so divided that half the country, or approximately half the country, was gonna be pissed off whichever way the results went. But the handful of songs that were political, we started looking at from a different direction.”In some cases, like the seething ZZ Top-like blues storytelling of “Drawn That Way,” the songs took on an unintentional yet undeniable political tone in the sobering reality of Trump’s America. On the track, Haynes spews animosity at an unnamed low-life leader (“Cartoon Savior, no matter what you say—You can’t stop yourself from lying, you’re just drawn that way;” “Where do you find room for all that denial?”). However, he insists that the song was not intended to address the orange elephant in the room. “Oddly enough, ‘Drawn That Way’ is not about a politician. It’s actually about a televangelist. But there are really only a few lines that would make that separation clear—otherwise you could definitely make that translation [laughs] . . . I wrote that one close to a year before we actually made the record. I was workin’ on it for a long time. And it wasn’t even about a particular televangelist. I just kind of created this composite creep.”Whether art imitates life or life imitates art, in 2017 both surely come with a healthy dose of anger.It’s 2017, and Warren Haynes is in “full Mule mode.”They don’t call Warren the “hardest working man in rock and roll” for nothing. Over the past year, he has largely assumed the role of “teacher,” helping educate the masses about their musical heritage through tribute projects like the “Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration,” the “Last Waltz 40 Tour,” and “New Orleans Is Waiting For Columbus,” along with the ever-present “jukebox” aspect of Mule’s live shows. “We think it’s important to connect the dots, you know?”“In the case of, like, Waiting for Columbus, that’s one of my favorite records of all time, so when the conversation came up, I was like, ‘absolutely, let’s do it.’ Same with The Last Waltz—I mean, that’s one of the greatest rock and roll moments in history. Speaking for myself and pretty much everyone else as well, if you do the same thing all the time, you’re bound to get stagnated with it. We’re lucky that we have these opportunities to do these other things. And in some cases, they’re more just for fun than anything else.”Gov’t Mule Welcomes Bruce Willis And More For 2000th Show In Central Park [Photos/Videos]“Now, having said that, now that Gov’t Mule’s new record is here, I’m gonna be focusing pretty much strictly on Gov’t Mule for the next year or so. That’s how it goes. Things just kind of go in cycles and move in waves. When we get back into ‘Full Mule Mode,’ it’s always a really fun challenge to see where it’s gonna go over the next year or so. It always winds up going into some musical directions that we never predicted prior.” It’s 2017, and the music world is at a generational crossroad.You’d be hard-pressed to find a musician more closely tied to the past, present, and future of live music than Warren Haynes. He cut his teeth playing with Dickey Betts, who eventually brought him along for the Allman Brothers Band‘s 1989 reunion tour. “None of us knew it was gonna go beyond that,” he explains. “The band sounded great, everybody was getting along, so they said let’s do it again next year, and then the next year, and so on. I wound up being a part of that organization for twenty-five years. . . . And then you fast-forward to the late ‘90’s when Phil Lesh called me about doing some stuff together. He and I hit it off and became friends and musical partners, and that led to me working with the guys in The Dead. When you think about the fact that the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers are really the two forerunners of the jam band scene, it was invaluable for me to be on the inside of each of those situations and kind of learn things in a way that you never could without having that access. It’s something that I never take for granted.”Just as much as Warren Haynes bears the torch of the golden age of rock and roll, he has also helped pass the flame to the new guard, mentoring many talented young musicians and influencing countless others. All the while, Mule has kept kicking, continuing to push the boundaries of their craft over the two-plus decades since their inception.Over the past few months, we’ve lost Butch Trucks, Col. Bruce Hampton, Gregg Allman. The brightest stars of the golden age of rock and roll are beginning to fade away. Meanwhile, contemporary guitar masters like Derek Trucks and Eric Krasno are gracefully stepping into elder statesman-type roles within the community, and prodigious new talents like 21-year-old Marcus King and 14-year-old Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer are poised to claim their own seats at the table. From Col. Bruce to TAZ, from your Allmans to your Kings, there is a common thread between the legends of old and these fresh-faced rising stars: Warren Haynes. And from his seat at the nexus of “back then,” “right now,” and “what’s next,” he sees a bright future in a thriving contemporary “jam-band scene.”Watch Warren Haynes And The All-Star Daze Between Band’s Emotional Scarlett>Fire In New Orleans [Review/Video]“Live performance is gonna be a huge commodity in the future,” Warren muses, “Because when someone opens their mouth and starts singing and it excites you, moves something inside you, there’s no replacement for that. There’s no machine that will make you feel that. You can take a mediocre singer and process them all day long, but it’s not the same as when you hear, y’know, pick one of your favorite singers and insert here. For me, if I hear Aretha Franklin or Ray Charles or Otis Redding, from the first moment they open their mouth, I’m sold. It’s an instant connection. James Brown did that to me before I ever picked up a guitar.”“I think it definitely is a fertile time right now for new music,” he speculates, “I see a lot of cool, inventive, unique, creative sort of stuff coming up on the horizon. It’s kind of a reaction to how ridiculously predictable the pop bubble has gotten. The more corporate that side of it becomes and the less it becomes about emotion and stirring up real feelings inside people, the more bands on the other side of that take the opportunity to just be themselves and acknowledge where all the music came from. And I really have a lot of hope for that.”It’s 2017, 50 years after the Summer of Love, 50 years after the most revolutionary cultural, political, and artistic era in American history. Of course, that era ended as quickly as it began. Revolutions come, and revolutions go. As Warren says, things tend to go in cycles, move in waves. But in today’s world, the echoes of the ’60’s ring louder than they have in some time. With artists like Gov’t Mule and Warren Haynes leading the way for a vibrant music scene defined by a commitment to improvisation, flanked by the young guard he helped inspire and stoked by today’s tumultuous social and political climate, it feels like the creative cycle is trending upward.Can you hear that sound? It’s 2017, and the revolution is coming again.[Cover photo by Andrew O’Brien]last_img read more

Parsing the data — together

first_img For IT Summit, a focus on innovation Data, and conversations about its management and fair use, took center stage at the ninth annual Harvard IT Summit last week, held on the campus of Harvard Business School (HBS). The full day of programming featured nearly 40 individual sessions, as well as keynotes from the CEO of Kraft Analytics, Jessica Gelman ’97, M.B.A. ’02, and Scott Snook, MBA Class of 1958 Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at HBS.“When the CIO council envisioned this summit nine years ago, we knew that the key to advancing Harvard’s mission through technology was all of you,” said Vice President and University Chief Information Officer Anne Margulies in opening remarks to the more than 1,500 Harvard IT professionals at the event. “We’re thrilled that this IT Summit has endured. But investing in the IT workforce can’t just happen one day per year. … Investing in you has been a priority in our strategic plan. And over the past few years we’ve launched a number of initiatives to support our IT staff.”Sections throughout the day focused some of these initiatives, as well as on topics such as diversity and tech in higher education, using artificial intelligence to improve collaboration, and how to help support good online behavior through technology design. Key members of Harvard’s team supporting its nascent Digital Accessibility Policy also presented on the role that everyone in the Harvard community can play in creating a more accessible online environment.Gelman’s keynote was one of many conversations that delved into data usage. As head of an analytics company that works with professional franchises from four of the nation’s five major-leagues sports, she offered the audience at HBS’ gleaming new Klarman Hall several case studies into how her company helps clients use data to grow their businesses.“Our focus is, how do we make this use of data simple to folks in the sports industry?” Gelman explained. “How do we give them a golden record? The first component is data management … [for] all of the systems that go into running a sports organization. How do we pull that information? How do we get a single view of our customers?”,A morning session on research data management and compliance outlined how the University is thinking about a “New Data Life Cycle,” creating working groups to address the significant challenges of handling the truly massive influx of data — which has grown 100-fold over the past 10 years — for which the University’s IT professionals are responsible. Mercè Crosas, chief data science and technology officer at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, explained how collaborative efforts across the University are critical to successfully addressing this reality, which is both daunting and exciting in terms of the limitless research-related possibilities provided by massive data management.Other sections focused on virtual servers, how Harvard uses the Cloud, what universities can learn from big data, and using application programming interfaces (APIs) to store data correctly.Of course, the summit also covered how IT initiatives are supporting the work and aspirations of those who matter the most — students. An afternoon session showcased how a new program from the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) is providing student social innovators with microgrants for “tech startup-like” projects that enhance access to education. HILT’s director of strategic projects and innovation grants, Jaime Goldstein, shared the work of awardees, including the three founders of ColorFULL, which won first prize in the 2019 Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Innovation and Ventures in Education (HIVE) Pitch Competition. ColorFULL collaborates with educators and their students to create culturally affirming literary, audio, and visual content and curricula, with a particular focus on youth of color.Goldstein highlighted the important role of data when she convened the working group for this budding program supporting student innovation, and she shared outcome measurements from its four funding cycles over the course of its first year. She also talked about how this data will inform HILT’s future plans for the initiative.“We approached this year like a startup ourselves … collect the data, iterate, start, go and [find out] what can we learn really quickly,” said Goldstein. She said student responses, both from the program’s pilot-year awardees and from the growing numbers of those interested in applying for grants, suggest that this approach was a resounding success. IT for social justice Relatedcenter_img Platforms trump products as internet evolves, speaker says At annual summit, tech takes a turn to the humanitieslast_img read more

SMC Students Use Dooley Grant to Promote Awareness

first_imgThe Katharine Terry Dooley Endowment Fund, established in 2000 to support projects of peace and justice initiated by Saint Mary’s students, awarded junior Brianna O’Brien and senior Jessica Richmond grants this year for taking action against social injustice.Working toward a degree in social work, O’Brien said she hopes to one day go into policy or politics. She will use the grant to address ethical consumption in a project titled “Food for Thought: A Sustainable Approach to Consumption,” she said.Raising awareness of ethical consumerism can foster a natural inclination toward sustainability, O’Brien said.“Know what you are contributing to when you buy something … by buying those out-of-season strawberries, you are contributing to the emission of fossil fuels and use of non-renewable resources,” she said. “The only way these unethical and unsustainable practices can continue is if we keep demanding their products.”Educational events throughout the school year as well as the creation of ethical consumption fact fliers will raise awareness about the issue, O’Brien said. She said she intends to bring in local community leaders such as Chicory Café, the Purple Porch Co-op and the Humane Society to highlight examples of ethical consumption.“At Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame, there is definitely a lack of ethical consumerism,” she said. “Students walk around with clothing items, accessories and foods that directly contradict the way in which our schools’ mission statements call for us to act as responsible, ethical students.”O’Brien said delving into the issue of ethical consumerism opened her eyes to the difficulty of meshing sustainable changes with modern day culture that values Nike shoes over the quality of another human’s life. However, O’Brien said she believes in the saying “knowledge is power” and hopes to use knowledge to influence other students.“I understand that it can be hard to incorporate sustainable, ethical changes into our lives, but this is the world we have to live in,” she said. “There is nowhere else for us to go, and things are going to continue worsening unless we make major changes. … It is as simple as going to the thrift store instead of the mall when in need of a pair of pants.”Senior Jessica Richmond said she plans to use the Dooley Grant to initiate conversation on the objectification of women through a poster campaign and screening of the documentary “Miss Representation” followed by a discussion panel, she said.“The need for women to be respected and valued as a whole is immense,” she said. “By showing this documentary, I see a conversation being started that will spill over into the community. … Hopefully, if nothing else, it will make people aware of the things they condone and possible ways to change that.”By sharing the film with college and local area high school students, Richmond said she hopes to work with the students to address the seeds of female objectification at a young age. Her work with young children at the Early Childhood Developmental Center instilled in her a desire to positively influence the lives of young girls, she said.After watching the documentary as a college sophomore, Richmond said she was inspired to share the message with classmates, friends and family. Through the Dooley Grant, she said she now has the opportunity to achieve this goal.“Women are 51 percent of the population and yet they are facing great adversity on a daily basis,” she said. “This documentary shows the forces which feed this national epidemic of objectification of women.”Richmond said she intends to hold a discussion panel following the documentary to enable viewers to connect the film with issues on and around campus. Such a discussion will also lead to a proactive action conversation, she said.“This project is all about awareness and the ability to be aware of the things we mindlessly condone on a daily basis,” she said. “We are doing the first injustice by staying quiet about issues like this one. We, as an all women’s college, need to be having these sorts of conversations about what society is doing to women.”Through their projects, both Richmond and O’Brien have the opportunity to explore their social justice interests and share these interests with the surrounding community, philosophy professor Adrienne Lyles-Chockley said. By examining the root causes of these social problems and applying this knowledge to create their own responses, Chockley said the two students are excellent examples of the goal behind the Dooley Grant.Tags: action against social injustice, Dooley Grant, Katharine Terry Dooley Endowment Fundlast_img read more

Cleo Higgins Will Make West End Debut in Thriller – Live

first_img Thriller – Live celebrates the career of the world’s greatest entertainer and undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Among the songs featured in the show are “I Want You Back,” “I’ll Be There,” “ABC,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Billie Jean,” and many more. To bring life to such hits, Thriller – Live includes video footage combined with choreography. Starting with the woman in the mirror? Pop star Cleo Higgins will make her West End debut in Thriller – Live, the tribute concert featuring the songs of Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5. Higgins will begin performances on June 24, direct from touring the U.K. and Europe. Helmed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd, the MJ celebration is currently playing at the Lyric Theatre, where it opened in 2009. Higgins, the lead singer of the 90s pop group Cleopatra, was signed to Madonna’s Maverick lavel at the age of 13. Last year, she auditioned for the U.K.’s The Voice and landed a spot in the semi finals. She also starred in the TV series Comin’ Atcha!, which was loosely based on her time as a member of Cleopatra.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Ag econ awards

first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaDavid McElyea, Randy Nuckolls and John Hayes garnered the first Outstanding Agricultural Economist Awards during the J.W. Fanning Lecture and Awards Luncheon Nov. 11 in Athens, Ga.The awards, sponsored by the Agricultural Economics Association of Georgia, recognize agricultural economists who have shown outstanding achievement and leadership.McElyea and Nuckolls each won the Distinguished Professional Award.”Both candidates were so exceptional that we decided each deserved the award,” said Fred White, head of the University of Georgia agricultural and applied economics department.McElyea is the vice president of global financial services information management at American Express. He was responsible for re-engineering the company’s risk management systems worldwide.He pioneered the use of statistical models and economic logic.When McElyea started work at American Express, the company had no other applied economists on staff. He persuaded the company to hire four of his former UGA classmates.This core group modeled economic decisions for American Express that resulted in annual savings of more than $100 million. The company now employs 400 financial and corporate planning and marketing professionals.In 1992, McElyea received the Smithsonian Computer Science Award.Nuckolls is the managing partner of the Washington, D.C., law firm McKenna, Long & Aldridge. He served as legislative counsel for Georgia Senator Herman Talmadge and chief counsel and legislative director for Georgia Senator Sam Nunn before turning to private practice.Today, with expertise in higher education, agriculture, environmental issues and natural resource policy issues, Nuckolls serves as general counsel or Washington counsel for a number of corporations, trade associations and nonprofit organizations.The distinguished young professional award went to Hayes, a territory manager for John Deere. Hayes counsels dealers on sales programs, inventory management, business and development planning and retail sales promotion.Hayes won the 2000 John Deere Leader’s Circle Award given to top territory field teams in the company.Paul A. Drazek presented the 19th Annual J.W. Fanning Lecture, “Trade Negotiations and Agriculture: What Can Georgia Farmers Expect?”Drazek is an agricultural trade policy specialist and former special assistant for international affairs to the U.S. secretary of agriculture.(Cat Holmes is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Massachusetts Legislation Would Trigger a ‘$10 Billion Building Spree’ in Offshore Wind Generation

first_imgMassachusetts Legislation Would Trigger a ‘$10 Billion Building Spree’ in Offshore Wind Generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Joe Ryan for Bloomberg News:Lawmakers in Massachusetts are drafting a bill that would jump-start the offshore wind industry in the U.S., helping trigger a $10 billion building spree off the Atlantic coast.The energy bill may be introduced as early as this month and is expected to require utilities to purchase power from offshore wind farms, according to Representative Thomas Golden, one of the Democrats who control the state legislature.Still to be determined is how much power utilities would be forced to buy under the bill and, crucially, whether the state’s Republican governor — who has already opposed one offshore project — will sign it.Developers want legislators to mandate the sale of 2,000 megawatts over a decade, enough to power roughly 1.6 million households. Building the infrastructure to deliver that capacity would cost about $10 billion, said Tom Harries, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. It also would give developers their first chance to build the farms on a mass scale outside Europe and Asia, in a region where powerful ocean winds and high energy prices will provide a key proving ground.“This bill would be the last piece of the puzzle to get the industry going,” said Thomas Brostrom, general manager of North America for Dong Energy A/S, the world’s largest offshore wind developer.Three companies — Dong, Deepwater Wind LLC and Offshore MW LLC — have leases from the federal government to build in the waters south of Martha’s Vineyard. Deepwater last year began constructing the nation’s first offshore wind farm off Rhode Island. Dong, meanwhile, has opened an office in Boston anticipating the Massachusetts legislation, and is hunting for further sites along the East Coast.Full article: U.S. State Has Key to $10 Billion Offshore Wind Boomlast_img read more

Idaho Power executive says company on ‘glide path away from coal’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Idaho Press:Idaho Power’s energy profile has gotten cleaner and more renewable-based over the past 10 years, a shift rooted in a mix of legal requirements and economic factors. Idaho Power’s use of coal has declined considerably over the past decade. In 2008, 46.1 percent of Idaho Power’s energy came from coal. In 2017, the most recent numbers available, coal is down to 18.3 percent.“A lot of it has to do with economics, natural gas prices where they are today compared to where they were, say, 10 years ago,” said Mitch Colburn, Idaho Power’s director of resource planning and operations.The “glide path away from coal,” as Colburn described it, is a mix of renewable sources and natural gas.Idaho Power has an ownership stake in and generates energy from three coal plants. It makes up 50 percent of coal operations at Valmy in Nevada, 10 percent of operations at a coal plant in Boardman, Oregon, and 33 percent of operations at Jim Bridger Coal Plant in Wyoming, Colburn said. Idaho Power has penned an agreement to stop operations in the coming years in Boardman, and it plans to phase out operations at Valmy and Jim Bridger, too, Colburn said.Idaho Power has gone from natural gas making up 3.8 percent of its yearly load in 2008, to 8.4 percent of its load in 2017. Its use of natural gas in the last 10 years peaked in 2015, when it made up 14.3 percent of its load.Renewables such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass energy are footing a considerably larger part of the load now, too. Idaho Power’s supply was only 2.7 percent renewables — not including its hydropower operations — in 2008. In 2017, the renewable energy supply made up for roughly 23.8 percent of the yearly load.More: Idaho Power’s energy profile has gotten cleaner, but use of renewable energy proves a constant balancing act Idaho Power executive says company on ‘glide path away from coal’last_img read more