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

Unai Emery reveals where he wants to play Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 3 Oct 2019 12:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link665Shares Martinelli is put through his paces in Arsenal training on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)‘Pre-season was his chance to show and to work with us and we are very, very happy with him. He is a very fast player and that is a quality that is very important.’Arsenal have a host of young attacking options to choose from for Thursday night’s match, with the likes of Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe all involved in their last Europa League outing.Will Arsenal win the Europa League?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: The stats that show how reliant Arsenal have become on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Advertisement The summer signing scored twice on his Arsenal debut against Forest (Picture: Getty)However, Emery insists the Brazilian is not a striker and will be used from the left or right in the future.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We used him in training and against Nottingham Forest as a striker,’ said Emery. ‘It is not the best position for him but he played well and he played there sometimes in Brazil but he can play right or left.’Martinelli was a £6m signing from Ituano over the summer with new sporting director Edu spearheading the move.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEmery was unsure if the 18-year-old was ready for the first team squad but the Spaniard says the teenager has shown his worth.‘He is with us because he deserves to be with us,’ said Emery. Unai Emery reveals where he wants to play Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinellicenter_img Gabriel Martinelli is expected to start against Standard Liege (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists he doesn’t see a long-term future for Gabriel Martinelli as a central striker.The Brazilian has made just one appearance for the Gunners since his arrival in the summer and he scored twice against Nottingham Forest.The 20-year-old played up front against Forest as Emery opted to rest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang while Alexandre Lacazette is injured.Martinelli is expected to start against Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday and is set to play centrally.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Martin County Student Invents Bracelet to Track Hand Washing

first_imgA Martin County sixth-grade student has invented an item that can track whether or not people wash their hands, specifically after using the bathroom.Varun Singh, who attends Anderson Middle School, says he was searching for ways to make people wash their hands even before the COVID-19 pandemic.“It was by chance COVID-19 came up and that made this project super important,” he adds.He entered into the Martin County School District’s science fair with a bracelet that tracks hand washing habits.“My mom was very helpful in helping me come up with that,” Singh explains.The student’s mother works in the medical field. He learned from her that not washing one’s hands can pose serious risks.“It struck an idea in my head that if we somehow came up with a way to track our hand washing then maybe this would fix the problem,” Singh states.The bracelet he designed uses RFID technology or Radio Frequency Identification. “It’s often used in credit cards when you use an ATM, or maybe a pass when you scan it on the bus,” according to Singh.Help prevent the spread of #COVID19. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, and practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others. https://t.co/0D99fLmeyc pic.twitter.com/O8gY8EGcss— CDC (@CDCgov) March 29, 2020 He places a scanner near a toilet’s flush handle and another one near a bathroom’s soap dispenser.The bracelet automatically scans when someone flushes, and then it scans again when someone washes their hands and records the information into a database. If they do not wash their hands after flushing, that information is also documented in a database.“With COVID-19 being the biggest pandemic the world has seen in decades, it was really important that we had to design a way for us to track our hand washing because that’s one of the main reasons that this pandemic is spreading across the world,” Singh says.He hopes his invention makes a difference in public health.last_img read more

FB : Securing destiny: Four years after Super Bowl catch, Tyree uses fame to spread message

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm With one catch, David Tyree secured his spot in football history.During the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLII, on Feb. 3, 2008, the New York Giants were faced with a third-and-5 from the 44-yard line with less than two minutes remaining. The Giants trailed the then-undefeated New England Patriots, 14-10.Giants quarterback Eli Manning dropped back, evaded two Patriots pass rushers and lofted the ball high up into the air.With Patriots safety Rodney Harrison draped over him, Tyree leapt in the air, clutched the ball to his helmet and hit the ground with the ball hovering a mere inch from hitting the ground. A miraculous catch that helped New York complete a game-winning drive a few plays later.‘I felt it was a moment that was imparted upon me which gave me a tremendous platform and opportunity even outside of football to energize people’s lives, which has been really exciting,’ said Tyree, who was a wide receiver for Syracuse from 1998-2002.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTyree’s memorable play is being revisited this week as the Giants and Patriots are set to meet again in Super Bowl XLVI this Sunday. It was a career-defining catch for the former SU wide receiver. Just not in the way many think. Tyree played just one season in the NFL following the Giants’ Super Bowl win in 2008, and he has used the catch to pursue endeavors in various ministries and charities to forge hopeful and positive relationships in society.For Tyree’s new view to take shape, though, his life needed to be completely restored.‘Ultimately, it was really just about the grind to me and going through my journey, and I finally found that sense of contentment,’ Tyree said, ‘and it kind of just led up to that moment in 2007, where I like to say eternity met time.’While at Syracuse, Tyree never thought about what the NFL could bring him. The 6-foot, 206-pound receiver was slightly undersized for the position, and his college stat-line proved it.Just 39 catches for 655 yards in his first three seasons at Syracuse.‘I guess I found out that I wasn’t the prototype wide receiver,’ Tyree said. ‘I always felt like there was more I could have done there, but for me it was always about being a complete football player, and that’s why I got into special teams.’Tyree’s effort was never in question. He embraced any role given to him and was one of the hardest working players on the field.‘I knew once I got into the secondary I could run blind because he would put his body in there to block for me,’ former Syracuse running back Dee Brown said. ‘He would sacrifice the catch to make a key block to spring one of the running backs or the quarterback.’In a collegiate career that Tyree told The New York Times was marked by drugs and alcohol, he may have found his biggest savior during his freshman year when he met his eventual wife, Leilah. During his SU career, Leilah became pregnant with their first son.The new responsibility made Tyree consider becoming an NFL player. Despite his mediocre college numbers, he was drafted by the Giants in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft.But his addictions caught up with him in 2004, when he was arrested for drug possession. His relationship with Leilah took a turn for the worse, and when he was released from prison, Leilah told him she was pregnant again.Tyree needed to make a decision to change his behavior or risk not seeing his children. At that point, Tyree said, he found faith, allowing him to change his ways and become an all-around better person — on and off the field.‘It’s really just an expression of the changed man that God has given me,’ Tyree said. ‘I just try to honor God through that and whether it’s on the football field, through my marriage or raising six children, everything I believe, it permeates from that.’In the NFL, Tyree found his greatest success on special teams.Tyree made 77 tackles in his six-year professional career and earned a 2005 NFL Pro Bowl appearance.Still, his greatest moment came as a wide receiver. Super Bowl XLII is the moment he will forever be known for, even if he only made four catches during the 2007 regular season.‘It’s like when the coaches tell you, if you just hustle good things will happen. He’s one of those guys,’ Brown said. ‘He’s just going to do everything he’s supposed to do and good things are going to happen, and inevitably, it did for him.’After making one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history, Tyree dealt with more hardship. During training camp in 2008, he suffered a meniscus injury and was sidelined for four to six months.He was eventually cut from the Giants and missed the entire season.The Baltimore Ravens signed Tyree in 2009. Despite being hampered with numerous groin and hamstring injuries, he was productive on special teams.But through the adversity, Tyree decided that he could do more off the field.‘It gave me the fortitude, and it rearranged my priorities in life,’ Tyree said. ‘Between my faith and my growth and maturity as a man, the game is going to fade away. And I had a piece of insurance that if I never played again I was going to be extremely fine, and not just fine but excited about it.’Tyree now lives in Wayne, N.J., and works with children through numerous philanthropic efforts. In 2006, Tyree and Leilah started a group called Next In Line, which served to mentor children ages 12-18 once a month, but it closed its doors in 2009.Tyree caused controversy last summer when he came out in opposition of same-sex marriage in a video. Tyree’s video for the National Organization for Marriage came on the heels of messages in support of marriage equality from former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and Steve Tisch, Giants chairman and executive vice president.‘Everybody has a choice at the end of the day, and I think that’s what it boils down to,’ Tyree said. ‘It was just kind of an honor, and I think I really needed to take that opportunity to reinforce that backbone of culture anyway, of all civilizations starts with marriage.’He also sits on the board for the Children of the City group in Southwest Brooklyn, an organization that provides support for children in the city and guides them to success.Abby Meadows, the director of development and outreach for the program, said Tyree has been able to make a splash with his devotion to the children.‘David has been involved with (Children of the City) for several years and has devoted countless hours of his personal time to speak to the children and spread the word about the work of the organization,’ Meadows said in an email.Tyree feels the catch gave him the appropriate exposure to further reach the lives of others and promote the benefits of positive decision-making.With faith restored, Tyree continues to try and help those who try to conquer their own challenges, just as Tyree has done in the past.‘The catch really wasn’t for me, it wasn’t about me,’ Tyree said. ‘It was about having a visible presence in some way, shape or form to reach other people and touch their lives.’adtredin@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more