Utility settlement in Michigan will push 584MW of new solar onto the grid

first_imgUtility settlement in Michigan will push 584MW of new solar onto the grid FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Regulators in Michigan approved a settlement Wednesday compelling utility Consumers Energy to buy power from 584 megawatts of solar interconnected by September 1, 2023, multiplying by many times the 153 megawatts currently standing in the state.The settlement ends a long disagreement about projects tied to the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), which requires utilities to pay regulator-approved “avoided cost” rates to qualifying solar facilities. Developers and solar advocates argued the Michigan utility wasn’t approving qualifying projects in a timely manner, while Consumers said a rush of PURPA projects had “overwhelmed” the utility and forced it to pay more for solar than it would in the market.Per the settlement, Consumers will move forward with 584 megawatts of solar from developers — including Cypress Creek Renewables, which said it would develop about 40 percent of that capacity — who had collectively sunk over 3 gigawatts into the utility’s PURPA pipeline. Some projects, totaling 170 megawatts, will receive full, existing PURPA rates while the remainder, at 414 megawatts, will get a modified avoided cost rate. Developers that signed onto the settlement include 94 percent of the more than 3-gigawatt interconnection queue, according to Consumers.The agreement isn’t a shocking one, said Colin Smith, senior solar analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Michigan’s controversy echoes similar struggles in North Carolina and Montana.That doesn’t negate the outsize impact of the settlement in Michigan, though, with Consumers agreeing to nearly 600 megawatts in coming years. The utility also has standing plans to phase coal out of its portfolio, add 6 gigawatts of solar through 2030 and cut carbon emissions 90 percent by 2040.More: Michigan PURPA settlement set to more than triple state’s solar capacitylast_img read more

How to talk finance with Gen Z

first_img continue reading » With 25% of the US population in the 18 to 34 age group, it’s critical for banks and credit unions to be intentional in planning for and addressing Gen Z’s unique financial needs and expectations.On another episode of the Banking on Experience podcast hosted by CRMNEXT, Marla Fields interviews Bolun Li, founder of Zogo Finance, a gamified financial education app that pays users to learn. Bolun explains how credit unions can help the next generation become more financially savvy and can garner new Gen Z members along the way!During the conversation, Bolun reveals:The top three financial challenges facing Millennials and Gen ZWhy companies need to ensure Gen Z and Millennials have a “seat at the table” on the strategy team ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Sean O’Loughlin: Wigan Warriors captain to retire at end of 2020 Super League season | Rugby League News

first_img“I’ve always known it would be a difficult decision because it’s something you love doing,” O’Loughlin said. “To not be able to do that going forward is pretty difficult to take.“The reason you start playing as a kid is because you enjoy it and I don’t think I’ve ever lost that enjoyment. It’s got more difficult as you get older, but the enjoyment is still there.“We’ve had tough years and years where we’ve done fantastically well, but I wouldn’t change any of it.- Advertisement – Sean O’Loughlin will retire from rugby league at the end of the season Sean O'Loughlin will retire from rugby league at the end of the season
Sean O'Loughlin will retire from rugby league at the end of the season

City, industrial estates step up disinfection efforts

first_imgEarlier in September, reports said that transmission clusters had been detected at several factories.The most recent cluster emerged on Sept. 21 at the PT Indonesia Epson Industry plant at the East Jakarta Industrial Park in Cikarang, Bekasi regency, West Java. By Tuesday, 1,197 people connected to the plant had contracted the coronavirus.The West Java regency of Bekasi, which borders the capital to the northeast, has seen at least three major clusters emerge at industrial areas at the end of August, for a combined total of 541 confirmed cases. The August clusters were traced to LG Electronics, motorcycle manufacturer Suzuki and automotive parts manufacturer PT Nippon Oilseal Kogyu.Meanwhile, dozens of confirmed cases were traced to Unilever Indonesia in July and Hitachi Ltd. in May.Bekasi Health Agency head Sri Enny Mainarti said that a total of 22 factories in the regency had reported COVID-19 cases among their workers since the Indonesian outbreak emerged in March. In Banten, Tangerang Mayor Arief Wismansyah said that the local administration had traced 43 cases to a cluster at a factory in July-August.Central Java and East Java have also reported factory cluster cases. Central Java traced around 300 COVID-19 cases to companies in July, while East Java traced more than 100 cases to two cigarette factories in April-May. (iwa)Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic. Topics : #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap Although residents could ask for the agency’s disinfection services they could disinfect their neighborhoods themselves, he said, adding that the agency encouraged frequent disinfection “to prevent COVID-19 transmission”.Separately, PT Jakarta Industrial Estate Pulogadung (JIEP), an industrial estate developer and manager in East Jakarta, is also providing disinfection services for its tenants and investors during the so-called phase II of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) that was imposed on Sept. 14.JIEP corporate secretary Purwati said that the service was part of the company’s commitment to mitigating COVID-19 in the industrial estate, and planned to disinfect the estate and all facilities over the next two weeks.“Our goal is to have zero COVID-19 transmission,” said Gali Geraldi, the company’s assistant vice president of corporate image communication and CSR. Jakarta residents can ask the Jakarta Fire Mitigation and Rescue Agency to disinfect their neighborhoods through a free service.Agency head Satriadi Gunawan said that residents could submit their request through the head of their Neighborhood Unit (RT) or Community Units (RW) to then forward their request to the subdistrict, which would inform the local fire department.“The free sterilization [sic] service is only available for a neighborhood as well as community and public facilities, not [individual houses],” Satriadi said as quoted by tribunnews.com on Thursday.last_img read more

Freshman forwards show potential in 0-0 draw against Fordham

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Freshman Teri Jackson took off her yellow pinnie on the sidelines and handed it to Marisa Fischetti, who was exiting the field. Replacing the redshirt freshman in the 26th minute, Jackson took over operating the right wing of the Syracuse attack. Having spent less than a minute on the field, Jackson received the ball, picked up her head and found forward Meghan Root with a through-ball. Root’s shot trickled just wide of the post, but it was the first of many attacking moves that Jackson would be a part of on Sunday afternoon. With a roster crippled by injuries, the Orange (2-4-1) turned to Jackson and fellow freshman Alexandra Panaggio to spearhead the front-three in a 0-0 draw against Fordham (1-5-2) at SU Soccer Stadium. The two freshmen combined for nine shots, three of which were on target, and played the entirety of both overtime periods despite not starting. “Great for both of them to get in,” Root said. “And I thought in both games that they’ve played in, they both made a direct impact right away.” Panaggio’s afternoon started poorly when she sent a corner kick into the side netting about five minutes into her shift. Later in the first half, the forward went down from a challenge in the midfield holding her ankle but got up in a few seconds. She did not seem to feel any effects from the tackle the rest of the game aside from a few winces. Panaggio stayed quiet the rest of the first half, not featuring in any moves in the attacking box.Jackson, however, used her speed to get the better of the Fordham outside backs and gave another wide option for a Syracuse team looking to play more direct. After nearly assisting Root, Jackson fired the Orange’s only shot on goal in the first half when a blocked shot bounced to her. Fordham goalie Kelly LaMorte made the save comfortably.   AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth Jackson and Panaggio made their debuts against St. John’s on Thursday, but otherwise have not experienced college play. The faster pace of the college game has been difficult to adapt to, Panaggio said. And with Syracuse looking to play long balls, she was unable to showcase her technical ability until the second half when the Orange played shorter as they looked for a winner. “(I) Definitely (worked on) getting my head up and finishing,” Panaggio said. Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorThough Panaggio has been practicing executing in the box, her skills are still developing. On Sunday, she was unable to make an impact on the scoresheet, though not for a lack of chances. Led by Panaggio and Root (5 shots apiece), Syracuse out-shot Fordham 23 to six. In practice, because of extensive injuries, SU hasn’t been able to scrimmage or simulate game-scenarios to work on tactical play, head coach Nicky Adams said. The coaches have had to step in and play with the girls at times, and the injured players have acted as “mannequins” to emulate opposition.It’s left a hole in player development regarding awareness and defensive positioning, Adams said, and not just with the freshmen. Fitness has also been a cause for concern even outside of the injuries. “There’s a lot of work we have to do but with limited players, tactically, there’s little we can do besides watching film,” Adams said. Early in the second half, Jackson created the best chance of the game to that point as her shot whistled past the crossbar and landed on top of the goal-netting. Then, as the rain started coming down, Panaggio looked to hold up play in the midfield to give time for her attacking options to get forward. At times, she would race down the left wing and look to take on the defenders one-on-one. She turned her defender on one occasion and was able to cut inside on her right foot, but with a slippery field because of rain and divots, she fell while attempting the shot. She would get a similar chance near the end of the second extra-time period, this time aiming for the top-left corner. Her looping effort would end in the safe hands of LaMorte, who didn’t have to dive and simply shuffled over for the stop.  Over the two extra-time periods, Panaggio added three shots and Jackson added two. On a couple of occasions, Panaggio was able to hold the ball up and try to find Jackson making a run in behind the defense. While neither put Jackson through on goal, they did lead to corners. “I think we were meshing well,” Panaggio said. “It’s just connecting. She’s making great runs and I’m trying to play her in.” Syracuse didn’t find the result it was looking for on the scoreboard and Adams admitted there was plenty of work to be done by the team. But in her first season at SU, she realizes there’s a long road ahead to turning around a team that hasn’t played the offensive style of soccer she wants in a long time. For now, Adams just wants “maximum effort,” she said. And that’s exactly what Jackson and Panaggio brought on Sunday afternoon. Comments Published on September 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder last_img read more