Corporate sector demand for renewable energy remains strong

first_imgCorporate sector demand for renewable energy remains strong FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享GreenBiz:While the pace of announced corporate renewable energy contracts slowed slightly in the second quarter compared with the first three months of 2018, large companies disclosed deals representing almost 1,500 megawatts of capacity.So far, big businesses have been involved in 31 transactions for clean power this year (not including onsite generation), the same as for all of 2017, according to data gathered by GreenBiz and the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center (BRC). Indeed, the aggregate amount of electricity represented by those purchase agreements was only slightly less than last year’s total.The biggest single U.S. deal of the quarter was announced by AT&T — its 300 MW virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) covering two wind farms in Texas brings the total capacity of contracts announced this year by the telecommunications giant to a whopping 820 MW.The second largest contract of the second quarter came outside the United States. Facebook’s 294 MW transaction for three contiguous Norwegian wind farms with asset manager Luxcara represents its biggest European deal to date. The project, when it becomes operational in the fourth quarter of 2019, will add more than 1 million megawatt-hours of renewable electricity to Norway’s grid on an annual basis.The second quarter also brought a milestone for utility renewable energy programs, with Georgia Power’s deal to bring online 177 MW of solar electricity in order to satisfy the clean power procurement requirements of four large companies: Google; Walmart; Target; and Johnson & Johnson. The arrangement was made possible through the approval of the utility’s 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which committed the utility to adding 1.6 GW of new solar, wind and other renewable resources by 2021. The commitments by the group of four were necessary to help keep prices stable for other Georgia Power customers.The second quarter also demonstrated that creative arrangements for smaller chunks of capacity are becoming more common, said Kevin Haley, program manager for BRC. “More developers are willing to work with the corporate buyer to make things happen,” he said. “We see the market evolving to accommodate.”More: Clean energy deal tracker: AT&T, Facebook and Walmart stand out in another strong quarterlast_img read more

Tioga, Chenango, Delaware counties April 8 coronavirus update

first_img42 positive cases36 people are in mandatory quarantineTwo people are in precautionary quarantine Chenango County 15 positive cases84 people in mandatory quarantineFive people are in precautionaryNine tests are pendingSeven people have recovered (WBNG) — The following is a an update on coronavirus cases in Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties for April 8. Tioga Countycenter_img The information released varies per county. Delaware County 51 positive cases327 in mandatory quarantine67 in precautionary quarantinelast_img read more

Week at Fort Drum emphasizes teamwork, communication

first_img Published on August 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm Contact Chris: | @chris_iseman FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley stood in front of Syracuse’s players and delivered an impassioned speech that challenged them to forget last season.His address was a sudden introduction to a militaristic style of thinking.Milley, who’s done tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan, drew off his experiences to convey his message.“Last year wasn’t so good as I understand it, but this is a different year. In warfare, you can’t worry about the battle you had yesterday,” Milley said before Monday’s practice. “You’ve got to worry about today, tomorrow and the next day.”His speech kicked off the Orange’s week of preseason camp at Fort Drum, an Army post 80 miles north of Syracuse. Head coach Doug Marrone took his team there so it could focus on football with little outside distraction. Coming off a disappointing 5-7 season that ended in a five-game losing streak, he hopes the experience helps the program take a step forward.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The team’s together quite a bit, more so than when we’re back at Syracuse, which I expect to help our football team,”Marrone said. “And the work we’re putting in, they understand that there’s a whole lot more work going on around us than what’s going on on this football field, and we’re just trying to keep up.”The players lived in barracks, went through military-style training and participated in activities designed to improve leadership and communication. Every night, they ate with soldiers to learn more about their lives and share parts of their own.It was a collision of two very different worlds.Capt. Jason Davidson is an assistant coach for the Mighty Mites, Fort Drum’s Pop Warner football team for kids 7-9. He had a chance to watch a team he might not see otherwise.And maybe even pick up a few plays here and there.“I think it’s a great deal, especially with the kids up here,” Davidson said. “They get the opportunity to see the next echelon of football practice, plays, and they get to see their positions. This is a reinforcement we can see with the kids.”Last Wednesday, the team divided into two to run through several drills and activities.The offense used an engagement skills trainer, putting the players in virtual combat and forcing them to communicate to take out the enemy soldiers running and firing at them.Lying on their stomachs, they shot their rifles over sandbags into the screen in front of them. From the end of the firing line, Capt. Zach Johnson repeatedly reminded the players to talk to each other.It all translates to the football field.The drill required the same type of communication an offensive line needs to maintain. The enemy soldiers appearing over the hills of the desert were like defenders trying to sack the quarterback.Syracuse guard Zack Chibane saw the connection clearly.“We were lined up in different spots, and we had targets,” Chibane said. “There’s definitely a football relation there.”The defense’s drills emphasized strength and leadership. The drills involved everything from pulling a truck to a simulation of carrying a wounded soldier to medical help, and they also involved moving heavy logs a distance of about 20 feet, only being able to step on tires.“Coach brought us here for a reason. He really wanted us to come together as a unit and be accountable for whatever we do,” defensive tackle Davon Walls said. “I believe we’re going to do what we have to do.”Every night, they had a chance to hear from soldiers who have or will put their lives on the line for their country and who rely on the bond and trust among them to survive.“They were telling us teamwork is first,” running back Prince-Tyson Gulley said. “They were telling us how they put themselves first in missions and everything. What this is, all it does is transfer right from the field.”For Syracuse, it was a week to focus on football and little else. How the week affected the players as a football team will ultimately be determined on the field this season.But for now, the players have a new outlook on the military and themselves. It’s a week that will be difficult to forget.“It’s just a good experience,” Gulley said. “You never know if you can get this experience again, and for us to have this, this is good.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The Dodgers’ next starting pitcher might be a reliever

first_img Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury “When you’re trying to go through 90, 100 pitches, one throw could be detrimental,” Roberts said. “To kind of put him in the best position to have success to sustain depth, that’s what we’re trying to do.”Right-hander Chad Bettis starts for the Rockies on Sunday and left-hander Tyler Anderson starts Friday. The Dodgers’ next starter is very much to be determined.Right-hander Dennis Santana had 10 starts under his belt when he was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday. He hasn’t pitched since and the 22-year-old has yet to appear in a major league game.Roberts didn’t hesitate to declare Santana a candidate to start Friday, even in the traditionally hostile environment of Coors Field. Nor did he rule out using Santana out of the bullpen and starting a single-inning relief pitcher instead. The Tampa Bay Rays have recently begun using veteran closer Sergio Romo as their so-called “opener” against right-handed heavy batting orders.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Charlie Blackmon, a left-handed hitter, is the Rockies’ primary leadoff hitter. If a left-handed pitcher gets the nod – Tony Cingrani and Scott Alexander are Roberts’ only options – he would likely have to get through number-3 hitter Nolan Arenado, who has a .524 on-base percentage against left-handers this season. That is, unless Roberts is comfortable using his starter for two batters only. “Depends on what (Rockies manager) Bud Black’s going to do,” Roberts said about the possibility of using an opener.INJURY UPDATESPitchers Hyun-Jin Ryu (groin) and Kenta Maeda (hip) will travel to Arizona to receive treatment when the rest of the team flies to Denver.Ryu continues playing long toss and “should be getting off a mound soon, which is exciting,” Roberts said. The manager did not provide a timetable for Ryu’s returnRoberts said that Maeda, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, will not resume training until Saturday. Maeda and Ryu will meet the rest of the team Monday in Pittsburgh, Roberts said.Pitcher Tom Koehler (shoulder) threw his second bullpen session this week. He is not expected to return until some time closer to the All-Star break.Pitcher Rich Hill said he will travel with the team to Denver, where he’ll try throwing without medical tape on his left middle finger for the first time since going on the disabled list May 20. The blister on his fingertip has since formed a bulbous callous. Whether Hill throws off a mound or is limited to long toss will be up to the Dodgers’ training staff.ALSOThe Dodgers released veteran infielder Danny Espinosa on Wednesday. The former Mater Dei High and Long Beach State star had an out clause in his minor league contract. He batted .150 in 19 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City.UP NEXTDodgers (TBA) at Rockies (LHP Tyler Anderson, 3-1, 4.72 ERA), Friday, 5:40 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), MLB Network (out-of-market only)Related Articles Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day LOS ANGELES — Alex Wood has been the exception to the rule, the one Dodgers pitcher who hasn’t missed a scheduled start in 2018.That will change this weekend.Wood will start Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies and the Dodgers will deploy a series of relief pitchers over nine innings on Friday, Manager Dave Roberts said. The main reason is health-related. Wood pitched through cramps in his left adductor twice in the last month, most recently May 20 in Washington D.C.Wood threw a bullpen session on Thursday at Dodger Stadium with head athletic trainer Neil Rampe watching. Shortly thereafter, Roberts announced Wood would get a couple of extra days’ rest. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

UPDATE: NIACC Men’s Soccer Players Save Man From Drowning

first_imgMASON CITY— In an update to a story we had earlier this week, normally soccer players are not supposed to dive. But in this case, a group of North Iowa Area Community College men’s soccer players dove into action to save a man’s life.The incident happened around 1pm Tuesday afternoon on the NIACC campus. Head Coach Michael Donovan said they were all hanging out in the locker room when some of the guys came in and said a guy was drowning in the lake. He details what happened when he arrived on the scene.“I get there and Lolo and Lucas and Connor are all dragging him out of the water and saving his life. I mean, you know they stopped him from drowning. I got there and 9-1-1 was called. They arrived and the guy was, from what I know, I mean I know he’s doing pretty well. But, I mean they saved his life. It’s incredible really. And then fifteen minutes later we’re on a bus on the way to Waldorf to play a scrimmage. It’s amazing really.”Men’s soccer player Layton Wheeler was one of the players who saved the man from drowning. He says once he heard the man screaming for help he dove into action.“So, I was walking to the changing rooms and we saw an old man struggling in the pond. So we were looking and we were a bit curious to see what was happening and all of a sudden screaming for help. So and then, I got my bag off, took all my clothes off and I went straight in that pond and tried to get him out. Tried to get his head above the water. Then I got a couple of lads to come in, Vinny, Connor, Ojo; and they come and help me put him on the bay. Thankfully he’s alive now.”The man, whose name hasn’t been released, was taken to MercyOne-North Iowa. First responders say the man was NOT breathing when the call came in to dispatch but he was breathing on his own when he was transported to the hospital.last_img read more