Report: Battery Storage Emerges as ‘Near-Term’ Piece of NYC’s Evolving Electricity Grid

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:A new study commissioned by the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST) concludes the largest city in the United States has a near-term opportunity to clean up its electric grid by replacing older steam generation units with batteries.The analysis, conducted by Strategen Consulting, finds that about 2,860 MW of older steam and combustion turbines, roughly 30% of New York City’s current fleet, will be past retirement age within the next five years. Replacing older combustion generation with energy storage could help the city meet environmental goals, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 75% from those units.Strategen’s report concludes New York City electricity customers spend more than $268 million annually to secure capacity from older plants that run for just a few hours each year. A 5% set-aside of that amount “could attract investment in more than 450 MW of new energy storage resources over the next five years with very little impact,” the firm concluded. Total price impact could be less than 1% to customers, Strategen found.More: Battery storage could help New York City’s ambitious energy, climate goals, report says Report: Battery Storage Emerges as ‘Near-Term’ Piece of NYC’s Evolving Electricity Gridlast_img read more

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Equels honored for heroism

first_imgFor service in Vietnam September 15, 2003 Regular News Equels honored for heroism Florida litigator Thomas K. Equels, an Army aviator who was honored seven times for heroism in Vietnam, has been inducted in the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, comprised exclusively of war heroes who received the highest honor for military flying.During his service in Vietnam, Equels was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, 15 air medals including three with “V” devise for valor, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.“I was a helicopter gunship pilot facing combat almost every day,” said Equels, managing director of the law firm Holtzman Equels. “The war taught me to be totally calm and clear in highly challenging situations.”Equels will be recognized during an annual ceremony in San Diego this fall.Equels’ first Distinguished Flying Cross was awarded for a rescue mission during the first days of the 1972 “Spring Offensive” when five divisions of the North Vietnamese Army invaded the south. Equels was the co-pilot of a Cobra helicopter gunship conducting aerial reconnaissance when Camp Carroll, an allied firebase, was being overrun by several thousand North Vietnamese troops. While the allied troops sought emergency shelter in a bunker at the center of the firebase, Equels provided suppressive gunfire, driving back the enemy forces. A Chinook helicopter then landed and rescued the surviving allied soldiers as Equels’ Cobra took over 50 hits from enemy fire while covering the evacuation.Equels earned a second Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery during a battle near the town of Tian Phuoc. As a heavily armed brigade of North Vietnamese attacked this outpost of allied troops, Equels engaged the enemy, providing close fire support and slowed the approaching attack. Two enemy tanks then joined the attack. Unfortunately, bad weather prevented U.S. Air Force fighter jets, typically used to destroy such tanks, from joining the battle. Assisted by a second Cobra, Equels attacked and not only wiped out the two tanks, but inflicted massive casualties on the enemy.“I was a 19-year-old who believed in creating a world of free people living in democratic institutions,” Equels said. “When I returned from Vietnam, I became a lawyer, determined to devote a part of my practice to social justice. I still think that we can change the world for the better, a little bit at a time, by dealing with everyday matters that are within our power and abilities. No matter how difficult things become, the willingness of brave citizens to serve is what counts. Whether serving as a helicopter pilot in combat or serving food at a church soup kitchen for the homeless, our country and our communities depend on such service. It is vital to the preservation of liberty and our democratic institutions.”Among his professional achievements, Equels, obtained a $44-million judgment against Manuel Noriega for money he misappropriated from the Republic of Panama.As a community leader, Equels received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Community Service Award in 1995, the Guild of Catholic Lawyers’ St. Thomas Moore Award in 1991, as well as The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award, and the Federal Bar Association’s Public Service Award in 1987. Equels honored for heroismlast_img read more

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Kitchen to lead Second Circuit’s new Professionalism Committee

first_img Kitchen to lead Second Circuit’s new Professionalism Committee Chief Judge Charles A. Francis has reappointed the Second Judicial Circuit Committee on Professionalism. The committee ­— a Florida Supreme Court mandate for each judicial circuit — is headed by Chair E.C. Deeno Kitchen, and seeks to assess the status and conditions of professionalism within the Second Circuit.To promote professionalism and ethics with the establishment of such a committee, members agree, accomplishes several goals.“It heightens everyone’s awareness; it helps to raise the bar for professional behavior; and it provides a mechanism for identifying problems early,” said Mike Glazer, a member of the committee, who also represents the Second Circuit on the Bar’s Board of Governors.Glazer said one of the primary goals of the committee is to be able to recognize situations where an attorney’s conduct is not up to the level the Bar expects, and encourage change before things get out of control.Without an immediate idea of all of the issues to be addressed, Kitchen said the committee plans to survey the lawyers in the circuit to assess their concerns.“Essentially, we want to know, what can be better and what can we do to make it better?,” Kitchen said.Working with the circuit’s previously appointed Bench/Bar Liaison Circuit Committee, Kitchen hopes the two panels will be able to coordinate efforts to better identify issues to be addressed.Glazer said that with the number of government and private sector attorneys in the circuit, the committee should be meaningful to all lawyers.The three principles that encompass what the committee aims for are “professionalism, ethics, and civility,” said Kitchen, who takes pride in the committee’s efforts to make a difference.“That’s what we’re all about — helping in any way we can.” Kitchen to lead Second Circuit’s new Professionalism Committeecenter_img November 15, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Dreams Thrive Here: October 19 marks International Credit Union Day

first_imgSince 1948, credit unions, members and communities have celebrated this landmark occasion on the third Thursday of October by reflecting on all the “movement” has contributed to our society.This year’s theme, “Dreams Thrive Here,” points to the important role credit unions continue to play in opening doors – both professional and personal – for people regardless of their financial means.With its origins dating back to the underbanked communities of 1850s Germany, the credit union movement today enjoys an expansive global reach.In fact, the World Council of Credit Unions reports that nearly 69,000 credit unions serve more than 231 million people in 109 countries worldwide. Representing more than $1.7 trillion in assets, these cooperatives bring economic democracy to individuals, businesses and communities alike. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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​Denmark’s pension lobby rues shortfall in EU’s climate ambition

first_imgThe Danish pension sector praised plans laid out by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in yesterday’s annual EU State of the Union speech, but called for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to be cut still more rapidly.IPD, the pensions and insurance industry association, said: “We are looking towards a more digital Europe with CO2 reduction high on the agenda.”In her wide-ranging address to the European Parliament in Brussels outlining action the Commission intends to take in the next year, von der Leyen said yesterday that the Commission was proposing to increase the 2030 target for GHG emission reduction to at least 55%.“I recognise that this increase from 40% to 55% is too much for some, and not enough for others,” she said. IPD said that while this was an upgrade compared to previous targets it was still some distance from the Danish climate target.Kent Damsgaard, IPD CEO said: “Ursula Von der Leyen calls this an ambitious goal for Europe, but we would like the EU to get closer to the Danish goal of 70%.”He said the Danish insurance and pensions industry had, among other things, given an investment commitment of DKK350bn (€47bn) to the green transition up to 2030.“Our contribution in the climate area is a high priority throughout the industry,” Damsgaard said, adding that the sector would also follow the Commission’s green bonds work with interest.Von der Leyen announced that the Commission was setting a target of 30% of the EU’s €750bn COVID-19 recovery plan, NextGenerationEU, to be raised through green bonds.She also said that 37% of NextGenerationEU would be spent directly on the Commission’s “European Green Deal” environmental objectives.In her speech in Brussels, von der Leyen mentioned that the previous day she had received a letter from 170 business leaders and investors calling on Europe to set a 2030 emissions cut target of at least 55%.This letter was signed by several Nordic pension funds including Folksam, PKA and PensionDanmark, and on top of the emissions target, it also called for an “ambitious implementation” of the EU recovery package focused on achieving a green and digital transition.In other remarks about the EU plans that were unveiled yesterday, IPD’s Damsgaard also said his association saw great prospects in the Commission’s focus on creating a real computer economy in what von der Leyen called “Europe’s digital decade”.The insurance and pension industry saw industrial data as an important resource, he said.“But if the potential is to be realised, the EU must also be able to deliver on its promises and ensure good framework conditions for data use, artificial intelligence and create a digital infrastructure that enables the development of new products and services,” he said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

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Contractors told: Ask police help for protection

first_img“Do contractors report to policestations that they have projects in certain municipalities? On the part of themayors or local chief executives, they don’t know who are the contractorsoperating in their areas. When problems arise, that’s the time they will go tolocal leaders and ask for help,” Palabrica said. Vilela refused to drop names butassured the Provincial Board members IPPO would provide security to localofficials. When he was assigned to the PoliceRegional Office 2 (Cagayan Valley), Vilela said that as directed by theircommander, the police support and cover construction companies operating in thehinterlands. Vilela advised contractors to informlocal chiefs of police of their road projects, especially in the mountains. Provincial Board members also askedupdates from the IPPO top cop on the issue of Iloilo mayors who allegedlyacceded to the rebels’ “permit to campaign scheme during the May 2019elections. Provincial Board member Matt Palabricainformed Police Colonel Roland Vilela, IPPO director, that one contractor hedid not name sought his office’s help against the New People’s Army (NPA). “We have personnel from our mobilegroup to help with this development,” he said. “The contractor asked for assistance.They want to stop paying revolutionary tax,” Palabrica said. On Sept. 11, suspected members of theNPA torched two transit mixers and one backhoe at a concrete batching plant ofWilkinson Construction in Barangay Igcocolo, Guimbal town. Wilkinson Construction undertakesgovernment road projects in the 1st District of the province. He added: “Most of the time” localleaders do not know if private companies give in to the extortion demands ofthe terrorist group.” ILOILO – The Iloilo Police ProvincialOffice (IPPO) advised contractors of government projects in the hinterlands toinform them of their operations for protection. He said the names of those who aidedthe rebels are being validated. (PNA)last_img read more

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New ordinance imposes 7-hour liquor ban daily

first_imgAuthored by SP members Ramon Sullano, Domingo Oso and Carol Espinosa-Diaz, the ordinance’s Section 4 (Regulated Acts) mandates the following: * first violation – a fine of P1,000 or imprisonment of one day to 10 days or both, at the discretion of the court; if the offender is a corporation, partnership or other juridical entity, the president, manager, owner, supervisor or person in-charge, there’s a fine of P2,500 or imprisonment of five days to 15 days, or both at the discretion of the court. * No person or business establishments is allowed to sell, furnish, offer, buy, dispense and serve any liquor or coconut wine and other nature wine or any alcoholic beverages to minors. * No person is allowed to drink liquor, coconut wine, other nature wine, or any alcoholic beverages in public places except on occasions permitted by the mayor, during religious masses and wedding ceremonies. * second violation – a fine of P2,000 or imprisonment of five days to 15 days, or both at the discretion of the court; if the offender is a corporation, partnership, or other juridical entity, the president, manager, owners, supervisor or person in-charge, there is a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of 10 days to 20 days, or both at the discretion of the court. ILOILO – Everyday from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. in this province, dispensing alcoholic drinks – or consuming them in public – is prohibited. The ordinance has a penalty clause for violations of Section 4. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) approved on third and final reading Provincial Ordinance No. 2020-235 (“An ordinance regulating the selling, furnishing, offering, buying, dispensing and transporting of liquor, coconut wine, and other nature wine, and alcoholic beverages, including the selling and drinking in public places, within the province of Iloilo”). * third violation – a fine of P500 or imprisonment of 10 days to 20 days, or both at the discretion of the court; if the offender is a corporation, partnership or other juridical entity, the president, manager, owner, supervisor, or person in-charge, there is a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of 15 days to 30 days, or both at the discretion of the court, and cancellation of business permit. * No person or business establishment is allowed to sell, furnish, offer, buy, dispense and serve any liquor or coconut wine and other nature wine, or any alcoholic beverages to any person from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., except on occasions permitted by the mayor. If the violator is a public official or employee, any violation of the provisions of the ordinance shall be a ground for administrative sanctions. According to Sullano, the liquor ban aims to ensure that the physical distancing public health safety protocol is observed at all times while the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic rages./PNlast_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Win Against Lady Wildcats

first_imgThe Batesville Girls Varsity Tennis Team finished out the regular season by defeating Franklin Co. 4-1 on Monday. Batesville finished the regular season with a 10-2 duel match record while going 6-1 in the EIAC.#1 Singles- Lydia Olsen won 6-1, 6-1#2 Singles- Erin Longstreth won 6-3, 7-5#3 Singles- Julia Hunter was defeated 4-6, 4-6#1 Doubles- Brooke Bradford and Kelli Hartman won 6-1, 6-1#2 Doubles- Macy Simon and Karsen Worthington won 6-0, 6-0In JV, the Bulldogs won 6-2 which gave them a perfect 10-0 record on the season. In singles, Alana Pinckley, Rachael Rose, and Audrey Weigel were all winners. The doubles teams of Anna Kick/Grace Heppner, Magge Schwettman/Jenna Harmeyer, and Baylee Rohlfing/Jill Hartman were all winners.The Varsity will play in the EIAC tournament at Greensburg on Thursday and Saturday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

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Berbatov: Man Utd  have found their new Ronaldo in Greenwood

first_img “They need to be really classy players to make the difference, someone who is going to be better than the current squad of players.” Greenwood has already made 40 appearances across all competitions for United this season, starting the last two. And it’s not just Berbatov he is impressing, with Solskjaer laying on the praise recently. “He’s getting better,” said the United boss. “You can see clearly that he’s maturing and improving, he’s only 18 still so we will see more from him. read also:Fortune amazed at Greenwood’s ability to use both feet “I’ve said it throughout the year that as long as we can get him faced up in and around the box he’ll create chances for us but in this game his hold-up play and his link-up play and general movement was fantastic as well. “It’s great when he can go inside and outside, both to his left and right. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 That’s according to former United frontman Dimitar Berbatov, who believes Solskjaer will find it difficult to improve on the likes of Greenwood even if the Norwegian boss is armed with a war chest heading into the summer transfer window. Greenwood started and scored in United’s last outing, a 3-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday, taking his tally to 13 across all competitions this season. And Berbatov saw a glimpse of superstar Ronaldo in the 18-year-old’s display. “Greenwood, against Brighton, was like Ronaldo,” the Bulgarian told Mirror Sport. “His left foot is unbelievable along with his vision, I don’t think many signings are needed to take United to that next level.Advertisement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might have found Manchester United’s next Cristiano Ronaldo in Mason Greenwood.center_img Loading…last_img read more

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Trojans stay undefeated in dominant fashion

first_imgRemaining undefeated early in the regular season, the men’s volleyball team took down Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival Long Beach State in straight sets Wednesday at the Galen Center.The No. 2 Trojans (6-0, 5-0 MPSF) maintain their spot atop the conference standings and trail only defending national champions No. 1 Loyola-Chicago in the American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll.The Trojans  took down the No.11 ranked 49ers by a final score of 25-17, 25-18, 25-19, and finished the match swinging just under 35 percent.Senior middle blocker Robert Feathers led the team with eight kills, while redshirt sophomore  outside hitter Christopher Orenic added seven kills on the night and senior setter Micah Christenson orchestrated the attack with 27  assists. The team, which has put an emphasis on aggressive serving throughout the season, recorded six aces.Senior Cristian Rivera got the start at opposite in place of junior opposite Josh Kirchner, who had started the last two matches.USC began last weekend with a three-set win at UC San Diego by a score of 25-14, 25-16, 25-19 on Thursday, Jan. 22. The following night, USC pulled out a five-set win at UC Irvine by a score of 28-30,      25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 15-13.Kirchner led the way against UC San Diego with 12 kills, then also led the team in kills against UC Irvine with 15. Rivera was recovering from a sprained ankle from earlier in the season.Kirchner, who grew up in Sussex, Wisconsin, converted to an opposite after playing as a middle blocker most of his career.He started 13 matches as a middle blocker his freshman year in 2013, appeared in only one match last year as a middle blocker, but should factor into the rotation much more at opposite this season.In an interview with the Athletic Department after the UC Irvine win, Christenson said the team’s deep bench is a real strength of the team. He noted Kirchner as well as freshman outside hitter Larry Tuileta as key pieces to the team outside of the usual starting rotation.“We’ve had some injuries,” Christenson said. “Tuileta came in and really swung strongly, and [Kirchner] replacing the injured [Rivera] didn’t miss a beat. It’s really nice knowing we have that team depth. There really is no step down, they can come in and raise the level.”Tuileta recorded six kills off the bench against UC Irvine but did not make an appearance against Long Beach State.Tuileta, a Honolulu native, is also a member of the football team.In head coach Bill Ferguson’s weekly video recap with the Athletic Department, he likened the squad’s depth, resilience and team-oriented style of play to that of the San Antonio Spurs, the defending champions and            five-time winners of the NBA title.“They understand the greater concept of team,” he said. “I’d like to think of us, if things are going well, like the San Antonio Spurs where sure everybody in the world knows who Tim Duncan is but by and large, their concept of team and ‘next guy up’ […] is what I think this team can be.”While Rivera is the more experienced of the two at the position, having started at opposite frequently last season, Ferguson referred to the two as a “1a and 1b” at the position.The Trojans will next host Cal State Northridge in another MPSF match on Friday Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center.The match will feature the jersey retirements of former USC National Players of the Year Tom Duke (1988) and Bryan Ivie (1990, 1991).last_img read more

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