U.S. Clean-Energy Industry Prepares Business-Case Blitz Around Job Creation and Reliability

first_imgU.S. Clean-Energy Industry Prepares Business-Case Blitz Around Job Creation and Reliability FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Axios:America’s clean-energy crowd is looking to shed its climate reputation and appeal more to a Republican-controlled Washington.An unusually broad and diverse coalition of 10 clean-energy associations are organizing a lobbying and advertising push next month to highlight how the industry is creating jobs and providing reliable electricity, with less focus on the sector’s role combating climate change.Clean energy technologies, particularly renewables like wind and solar, have long been known most for their role cutting carbon emissions. With a president who doesn’t think climate change is a problem and both chambers controlled by Republicans, the industry is looking to highlight what else it has to offer on the economic and national security fronts.The groups involved so far: Advanced Energy Economy, Nuclear Energy Institute, Biomass Power Association, American Wind Energy Association, Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Clean Energy Business Network, Solar Energy Industries Association, National Hydropower Association, the American Council on Renewable Energy and the Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum. At least two more are expected to sign on next week.The groups are organizing the usual suite of Capitol Hill activities, like lobbying, events with lawmakers and receptions, but also a mini demo fair. At about $500,000, the budget for the week is relatively small. But money goes further with social media advertising and hosting free or lower cost events on and around Capitol Hill. The goal is to make it a yearly thing, say the organizers, which was led by the Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum, the non-profit arm of a conservative group pushing clean energy policies.The coalition wants to ensure its reputation does not remain inextricably linked to former President Obama (even though he jumpstarted the industry’s existence). It’s become common knowledge Trump wants to get rid of almost everything Obama has done on energy and environmental issues.Hot topics to watch:Tax policy. Wind and solar executives will work to ensure Congress doesn’t repeal early a deal it struck in 2015 to extend for five years tax credits for both those industries. Early repeal of those has been floated as a possible way to pay for a tax overhaul if Congress actually pursues it (a big if). Other industries will also be talking about the need to preserve and/or renew tax policies relevant to them.The power grid. By late September, the Energy Department will have likely released its long-awaited study on the reliability of the U.S. electric grid, so expect clean-energy industry officials to focus on defending and boasting their relevance to America’s electricity mix.More: Groups to launch clean-energy lobbying blitzlast_img read more

A look inside the mind of the infamous “Millennial”

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I’m new here. And I’m a millennial.So naturally on my first day at Weber I got to observe a Millennial panel that focused around their financial habits and banking preferences. Well I have an Alaska Airlines credit card (I’m a sucker for travel points and you can’t knock their companion fare) and 401K, but that is really where my knowledge around financials starts and ends. I couldn’t tell you any details of my 401K, aside from the fact that I got the head nod of approval from my financial advisory (my father); So I figure I’m doing pretty good for myself. It was really interesting for me to sit through this panel and get to see a group of my new coworkers and peers asked questions about how they bank, why they don’t know how to balance a checkbook, and if they know that they should start saving for retirement and not just their next trip to Cabo – because I could relate to every single one.Let’s get back to this blog post…Last month Weber Marketing Group taught the CUES School of Strategic Marketing for managers and executives from credit unions across the country to come and learn about best practices, hear stories from other Credit Union’s successes and leverage current trends in the financial industry. We wanted to kick off the courses for the week by bringing in a target audience that many credit unions struggle to find the right message to resonate with. We are talking about millennials, of course! We put some of our best and brightest millennials from Weber in the hot seat and asked the questions credit unions across the board have been dying to get answers to. The panel was asked a lot of questions about their knowledge of financials and, aside from working in the financial industry and being immersed in banking jargon on a daily basis, the reasoning behind why each individual banks the way they do was surprising to many of the attendees. continue reading »last_img read more

New Amazon facility to take over Central New York warehouse

first_imgAnand Mehta, regional director of Amazon operations, made the announcement with Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon at his daily briefing on the coronavirus. According to our sister station CNY Central it will be bringing at least 1,000 jobs to Clay. With no development, the golf course would pay about $800,000 dollars in taxes over the next 15 years, McMahon said. Even with the tax breaks, economic experts say the warehouse will generate 28% more than that. The fulfillment center will be the “first of its kind” in Upstate New York, McMahon and Mehta said. Employees will work alongside robotic technology to pick, pack and ship customer orders. It will be open by September 2021, in time for the holiday shopping season. CLAY, N.Y. (CNY CENTRAL/WBNG)- Amazon is now making its way to central New York. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, Clay Town Supervisor Damian Ulatowski and Rep. John Katko (R-NY24) joined McMahon at the news conference for the announcement. It’s a $350 million project, McMahon said, which would produce $28 million in tax revenue for local municipalities. The 3.7 million square foot warehouse will be built on the grounds of the Liverpool Public Golf & Country Club off Morgan Road. The warehouse is now being described as a logistics, robotic “state of the art” facility. McMahon was asked about recent protests by Amazon employees over how the company has treated them during the pandemic. McMahon said there are “two sides to every story,” and believes Amazon won’t just be a good neighbor, but “a great neighbor.” Onondaga County approved $71 million in tax breaks over 15 years for the Clay warehouse project. The company will receive $20,000,000 in sales tax breaks, more than $49,000,000 in property tax breaks and nearly $1.7 million in mortgage tax breaks over 15 years. Construction on the warehouse is underway.last_img read more

QR woos passengers with tilting trains

first_imgINTRO: Radical concepts in engineering and interior design are being applied to the tilting trains due to take over Brisbane – Rockhampton services next yearBYLINE: Don Heumiller and Jerry Jirasek*BYLINE: * Don Heumiller is an independent rolling stock design engineer advising Walkers Ltd. Jerry Jirasek is Senior Design Manager for Walkers Ltd.NEXT MONTH will see the roll-out of the first of two six-car tilting trains for Queensland Rail’s trunk passenger route. They mark the culmination of 10 years of upgrading on the 1067mm gauge coastal line from Brisbane to Rockhampton. Passenger traffic doubled in five years following electrification in the late 1980s, notably tourists heading for destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, and this prompted further investment.With tilt technology firmly established elsewhere, it was a natural choice for the picturesque but curvaceous line, which will be the first in Australia to see regular tilting trains. Designed for 180 km/h, the trains will run at 160 km/h. Journey times fell from 14h to 9h 30min with electrification, and the tilt trains will cut another 2 1??2h, bringing the 622 km trip down to just 7h.In October 1994, QR awarded a A$62·5m contract to a consortium of Evans Deakins Industries, Hitachi and Itochu. Design and construction is the responsibility of EDI’s Walkers subsidiary in Maryborough, with Hitachi supplying traction and tilt equipment.Active tiltJapanese suppliers have considerable experience of 1067mm gauge tilting trains using electric and diesel propulsion; since 1973 some 547 vehicles have been put into service (Table I). The QR tilt equipment is derived from JR-Shikoku’s Series 8000 EMUs.A roller support built into the bogie frame allows the body to tilt towards the centre of curvature. This simple concept was first used for passive tilting, but vehicles built since the late 1980s have been enhanced with active tilt, using servo-controlled pneumatic cylinders between bogie frame and tilt beam.A command unit in each cab is loaded with the track data for the whole route. By monitoring train speed and location data from the station protection AWS track magnets, the leading unit can instruct the tilt controllers on each vehicle. These directly control servo valves supplying air to the tilt cylinders on each bogie (Fig 1).Effective tilting still relies on a low centre of gravity, providing a challenge to the vehicle designers. It was important to limit body mass, so that the existing Japanese bogie design could be used – most suspension and tilting components are configured for this bogie. The low mass had to be achieved within QR’s 1800 kN buffing load limit, against a Japanese standard of 500 kN.Natural tilt also requires accurate lateral location of the centre of mass, so the vehicle sits level in normal running, and does not have a slight tilt either way. The final constraint is a 10% reduction in the width of the kinematic envelope, to avoid any interference with platforms or other fixed structures.One problem with electric tilting trains is keeping the pantograph in contact with the overhead wire. The first Japanese natural tilt vehicles had a fixed rooftop pantograph, and were limited to specific routes where the contact wire stagger was minimised using additional masts. The most common technique uses a support frame between the bogie and pantograph, but this takes up a large space within the body, losing up to eight seats per pantograph.To avoid the loss of space a patented pantograph control system has been developed. This converts the relative lateral motion between the bogie frame and bolster into a vertical shaft rotation, which is then converted back to a lateral movement between the roof and pantograph. On the QR units, the vertical shaft will be housed in the corner of a luggage rack on one car and next to a galley cupboard on the other, with no loss of seats.Body structuresThe trains will be formed of two half-sets, arranged MTM-MTM. Each vehicle will be different, with a range of equipment and facilities which combine to meet the overall requirement (RG 1.95 p41).The bodyshells are made from GradeS301 high-strength stainless steel, with a low carbon content to improve corrosion resistance. Ultimate tensile strength lies in the range of 860 to 1000MPa, and yield strength between 520 and 600MPa. Special attention was paid to the forming and welding of this steel because of the hardness. Roll forming of the main structural members and sheeting increased the material strength through work hardening. As far as possible, fabrication was done by resistance spot welding to avoid heat distortion and maintain steel strength. The underframe bolster and end unit are made from Grade350W/1 high-strength corrosion resistant carbon steel to reduce weight. Paints and sealants are used to avoid corrosion between the carbon and stainless steels.The aerodynamically-styled leading and trailing cars have GRP composite mouldings. There is a one-piece upper moulding, two components covering the ’bull bar’, and a hinged portion over the multifunction coupler. Because only four ends were needed, the normal process of creating wooden moulds was dropped in favour of a fully sculptured foam and resin plug.Considerable effort was required to meet the weight, centre of mass and balance limits. The low profile and low mass affected the bending stiffness, which was partly compensated by making some interior features load carrying. For example, the floor was made from corrugated stainless steel and aluminium, with flexible elements to provide a well damped vibration-isolated composite. To lower the centre of mass, the large extended-range air-conditioning units are squeezed into the underframe, rather than the more conventional rooftop location or a split system. The trailer cars also carry a heavy 25 kV transformer, which resulted in the first bend mode frequency at tare condition being lower than the 10Hz required. This was overcome by incorporating structural window glazing.The design load requirements included an 1800 kN end compressive force and anti-collision force of 1100 kN, combined with a seated passenger load, plus four standees per m2 and a 1·3 dynamic factor. Finite element analysis of a full length half model body structure was performed using Patran pre and post processor and Nastran Analysis Software. Verification on a test rig at Walkers showed good correlation with the FEA results. BogiesThe bogies are being built under licence from Hitachi. The bolsterless design uses self-steering primary suspensions of coil spring and conical rubber elements (Fig 2). Secondary suspension is a combined air spring in series with a rubber element, controlled by levelling valves with a built-in time delay to conserve air.A separate tilt beam sits on top of the bogie frame roller assembly. Besides the main vertical load rollers there are smaller rollers to constrain the beam longitudinally against traction and braking forces. The only other components associated with the tilting system are the air actuator cylinder, an extra lateral damper and a linear displacement transducer. Traction motors are bogie mounted, and drive the axle-mounted gearbox through a compact flexible blade coupling. To minimise noise, measures have been taken to reduce vibration at source. Damping material has been added to the flat areas of the gearbox outer plates, ring damped wheels are used, and the motor cooling fans are designed to avoid resonance.Space constraints on the motor bogies dictated use of wheel-mounted disc brakes with combined hydraulic brake actuator and callipers. These are powered by separate air-hydraulic boosters for each axle. The trailer bogies have conventional axle-mounted disc brakes, but with ’air-off’ spring-applied parking brakes. Where possible, compartments within the bogie frames are used for air reservoirs.Traction and auxiliariesEach motor car will have all four axles powered by 190 kW three-phase AC traction motors. One IGBT converter/inverter feeds each pair of motors, ensuring a high level of redundancy. The equipment is light and compact with low noise emission. As the IGBT requires no external insulation to the cooling units, large capacity de-ionised water heat pipes provide environmentally friendly cooling. No blowers or fans are needed, eliminating any maintenance of rotating parts.Microprocessor controls oversee the traction and braking functions, and record fault data for analysis by maintenance crews. To minimise effects of electromagnetic interference, most cables are enclosed in metallic conduits.To ensure on board services are not interrupted when passing through neutral sections, two auxiliary converters feed a common DC link through the train. For all cases of train speed and neutral section length, only one pantograph will be de-energised at a time. The DC link feeds compact inverters on each car. All large auxiliary motors have their own dedicated inverter with built in soft-start.The air-conditioning unit incorporates humidity control, and has been designed for quick changeover with few mounting points, automatic seals and plug-in electrical connections. Longitudinal ducts above the overhead baggage lockers distribute air to each window area, to ceiling registers and to the end vestibules and toilets.VHF and UHF radio communication will be provided for the train crews, as well as individuallycontrolled public address, intercom and pager systems. Public payphones will beprovided in cars 1 and 5. Interior design The interiors are based on airline concepts, including enclosed overhead lockers to supplement the baggage storage spaces at the end of the cars. GRP mouldings are used extensively, presenting an easily maintained and attractive finish. Aluminium trihydrate is added to achieve an acceptable fire rating. The moulds were treated to provide a surface texture effect.Interior partitions and doors are clad with melamine-faced aluminium. Seating and partitions are solidly fixed to the sub-structure, rather than to the flexibly-isolated lightweight low-noise floor. High quality aircraft seats are used, with the rotating and reclining first class seats incorporating armrest tables. An armrest on all seats has control for reading lights, music selection and plug for headsets, while first class seats also have attendant call buttons. Passengers in both classes will have access to hearing aid loops, phone and fax services, videos, music and radio programmes.Pneumatic sliding-plug external doors are coupled with pneumatically operated folding entrance steps to suit the various platform heights along the route. Inter-car gangways are 1m wide, and without doors. Sound transmission to the saloons is minimised by a double bellows and internal saloon doors. Interior sliding doors are fitted with infra-red sensors and manual push buttons. The sensors will assist with the meal trolley service provided from on-board snack bars in cars 2 and 5. These have aircraft style heating and cooling facilities for pre-prepared food, which is served at-seat in both first and economy class. Passengers will also have the option of purchasing food from a servery in car 5. On-board video monitors in each vehicle will show films, the forward view from a cab-mounted camera, or journey progress using a global positioning system. First class passengers will have 240V outlets for personal computers. Semlet vacuum toilets with a high-capacity waste retention tank are provided in both economy and first class cars. All are provided with electric hand dryers and baby changing tables, whilst the toilet in the leading first-class vehicle is designed for people with disabilities and wheelchair users. Fault management and reliabilityAs there are only two trains and no spare vehicles, reliability is of great importance. Part of the contract covers performance targets in three areas:last_img read more

New king: A surprise suburb has taken top spot for best rent returns in Cairns

first_img RENTAL YIELDS Grant Doolan and his partner Caitlin Dale outside their McManus St property in Whitfield that they have listed for sale. PICTURE: STEWART McLEAN“Holloways and even Yorkeys Knob are sitting just above 1 per cent vacancy,” she said. “Units are sometimes renting before they even go on the market.” For owner-occupiers, Earlville recorded the highest capital growth of suburbs that sold a minimum of 30 houses with a 27.7 per cent rise. Whitfield, a well sought-after suburb, experienced a -5.8 per cent median price change.But that hasn’t worried McManus Street residents Grant Doolan and Caitlin Dale, who bought their house three years ago in the $300,000 range and have confidently listed for offers in the $500,000s. Check out today’s real estate liftout Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenLocation, Location, Location: What Aussie renters want00:46CAIRNS’ central suburbs have been dethroned as the kings of rental returns with a northern beaches suburb yielding double figures, according to the latest realestate.com.au data. Units at Holloways Beach reported a 10.75 per cent yield in the past 12 months, collecting $310 rent on average. Usual frontrunners Woree and Manoora, which were among the nation’s best last year, were second and third in Cairns, returning at 9.86 and 9.54 per cent respectively.Ray White Cairns Beaches business development officer Nicole Barry said the leading suburb offered a beach lifestyle with city proximity, and fell in the Cairns State High School catchment zone. center_img More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoCairns always performed strongly in rental returns. This is how it compared to other cities in the past 12 months.Cairns…………………………..7.4%Townsville…………………7.09%Brisbane……………………..5.14%last_img read more

First U.S. Case Of Ebola Confirmed In Texas

first_imgDALLAS, TX – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Tuesday the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States.The unnamed man has recently traveled from Liberia and sought medical care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas September 26.Health officials say he did not have symptoms on the flight.After developing symptoms consistent with Ebola, he was admitted to the hospital September 28.“Ebola can be scary. But there’s all the difference in the world between the U.S. and parts of Africa where Ebola is spreading. The United States has a strong health care system and public health professionals who will make sure this case does not threaten our communities,” said CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.“While it is not impossible that there could be additional cases associated with this patient in the coming weeks, I have no doubt that we will contain this.”Since Ebola is contagious only if the person is experiencing active symptoms, health officials do not recommend people on the same commercial airline flights undergo monitoring.Anyone concerned about possible exposure may call CDC-Info at 800-CDC-INFO for more information.The CDC said in a release that medical and public health professionals across the nation have been preparing to respond. The agency has been anticipating a case of Ebola in the United States and prepare to stop further spread through “thorough case finding, isolation of ill people, contacting people exposed to the ill person, and further isolation of contacts if they develop symptoms.”Indiana native Dr. Kent Brantly contracted the virus while working in West Africa. He was eventually taken to the United States and was released from the hospital after doctors declared him cured.last_img read more

February 22, 2018 Police Blotter

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Electric Co-op Youth to visit D.C.

first_imgOsgood, IN—Indiana Youth Tour provides young Hoosiers the opportunity to visit the nation’s capital, experience American history, learn more about government, and gain a better understanding about their electric cooperative. “Southeastern Indiana REMC is pleased to provide this opportunity for our local youth,” Myers said. “It’s a great trip and a wonderful chance to see the sites, make new friends and learn how everyone, even young people, can make a difference in the political process.”The 2020 Indiana Youth Tour is June 18-25. Students participating in the trip will visit the Flight 93 Memorial, the Gettysburg Battlefield, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian museums, the National Mall memorials, and the National Museum of the Marine Corps; take a night cruise on the Potomac River; and much more.The Indiana Youth Tour students will also participate in a youth rally hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and spend a day on Capitol Hill, where they will have an opportunity to meet with Indiana’s congressional delegation to ask questions and share their thoughts on a variety of timely issues.For more information about the 2020 Indiana Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., contact B.J. Myers at 800-737-4111 ext. 236.last_img read more

FIFA medical chief will back Eva Carneiro in case against Chelsea

first_imgFormer Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro has been promised the full backing of FIFA’s medical chief in her legal case against the Premier League club. Carneiro is taking action against the club for constructive dismissal and an individual action against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for victimisation and discrimination. She was dropped from first-team duties after Mourinho criticised her for going onto the pitch to treat a player on the opening day of the season. FIFA’s medical committee chairman Michel D’Hooghe has now revealed he has been in touch with Carneiro to offer his support and that of the world governing body. He has backed Carneiro’s insistence that she was simply doing her job. D’Hooghe said: “Of course I support Eva Carneiro. She did her job, she did her duty – when somebody is medically in trouble she has to intervene. Of course she has my support and the whole medical committee’s. “I have had email contact with her and she is very happy with the global support of the medical world in football.” D’Hooghe said the fall-out from the case could mean that Carneiro may find it difficult to find a new job in football but that he would do what he could to help her. He added: “I can imagine that in the short term she might have some problems with that but with her personality and her competence she must certainly have a great future and if I can help her I will do it.” The controversy over Carneiro goes back to August 8, the opening day of the season, when Mourinho criticised her and head physio Jon Fearn for going on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard after being called on by referee Michael Oliver. The action meant that Chelsea were temporarily down to nine men against Swansea, and afterwards Mourinho called Carneiro and Fearn “impulsive and naive”. Carneiro did not appear on the bench again for first-team duties and has parted company with the club. Mourinho was cleared of using discriminatory language towards her following an investigation by the Football Association, but he is now the subject of a separate but connected claim. The cases are likely to be heard early in 2016 unless they are settled beforehand. In the wake of the controversy, FIFA’s medical committee is to draw up a new code of ethics for managers and team doctors. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more