New Mexico regulators approve 2,200MW wind project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):New Mexico utility regulators on Oct. 3 agreed to issue a permit for construction for Pattern Energy Group Inc.’s ambitious plan to install 2,200 MW of wind energy capacity across more than 300,000 acres in the east-central part of the state.The state Public Regulation Commission approved the Corona Wind Projects consisting of up to 950 wind turbines and about 80 miles of 345-kV transmission lines that Pattern Energy subsidiaries propose to install across three counties.The projects would tie-in to SunZia Transmission’s proposed 520-mile SunZia Southwest Transmission Project at the proposed SunZia East substation near Corona, N.M. The PRC denied approval of SunZia on Sept. 5, deciding it did not have enough information to approve the two 500-kV lines across 320 miles in New Mexico, although the Arizona Corporation Commission in early 2016 approved a permit for the 200-mile stretch that would cross the southeastern portion of that state. Pattern Energy Group LP, known as Pattern Development and a privately held affiliate of publicly traded Pattern Energy Group Inc., is the transmission project’s anchor tenant.However, the New Mexico regulators rejected the transmission line without prejudice, meaning SunZia can submit a new application, which the developer has said it plans to do. SouthWestern Power Group II LLC is the major partner in the project. MMR Group Inc. is SouthWestern’s parent company.The SunZia project would be the main path for transmission of energy from the Corona projects, with the aim of selling the power to Arizona, California and possibly Utah. PRC Hearing Examiner Anthony Medeiros on Sept. 26 told the commissioners in a recommended decision that the status of the SunZia project has no bearing legally on whether the commission should approve the wind projects because the developers do not have to show they have a means to deliver their power.Pattern Energy is developing the wind projects at its own risk, Medeiros said, and the permit to construct can be issued based entirely on whether environmental and land use requirements have been met and whether the plans for the project are of sufficient detail to meet state statutory requirements. Unlike the commission’s conclusion on the transmission project plans, Medeiros said the wind project plans meet the state requirements, and he recommended approval, subject to 26 conditions including compliance with air and water pollution controls and bird protection measures.More ($): New Mexico approves plans for 2,200 MW of wind capacity New Mexico regulators approve 2,200MW wind projectlast_img read more

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Three-level tree-house comes with a secret passageway to the rooftop

first_img56 Woodgee St, Currumbin.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours agoWith the help of architect Brian Kenny, the house was transformed into a tropical paradise. Mr Hicks said he combined his entertainment skills in mood lighting and sound to create an ambient house. “My favourite part about the house is that you can choose which room to be in depending on your mood,” he said. “I designed the house so it would offer an abundance of light, cool vibes, ventilated spaces and lots of unique areas to hang out in. 56 Woodgee St, Currumbin.“Every day is a holiday with the invigorating elements of the sun, surf and sand.” The design perched on a 405sq m block combines timber and stone and the quirkiest feature is the rooftop which is accessed by a ladder in the main bedroom. “It is engineered over three levels and was built to last,” Ms Canning said. 56 Woodgee St, Currumbin. 56 Woodgee St, Currumbin.“When it is really hot in summer there is still little to no need for airconditioning and the ensuite opens up to a timber deck so it feels like you’re showering outside.” High ceilings, a cellar and a rooftop barbecue are just some of the fancy features. 56 Woodgee St, Currumbin.WITH a tree-house design that’s a stone’s throw from the beach, it’s hard not to fall in love with the tropical feel of this house. Homeowner Graeme Hicks, who runs an entertainment business from home, bought the quirky property in 2001.“I was attracted to the address of the house,” Mr Hicks said. 56 Woodgee St, Currumbin.He said he spent $500,000 renovating the house shortly after he moved in.The three-bedroom, three-bathroom house is sprawled out over three levels making it the ultimate treetop hideaway. “From the front, the house has a very beach-house style and the backyard looks out on a dense rainforest setting,” Mr Hicks said. 56 Woodgee St, Currumbin.A wi-fi controlled garden irrigation with rainwater tanks is the standout. Mishy Canning and David Lonie from LJ Hooker said the lucky buyer would feel like they were on holiday everyday. “Leave the towel at home, take a morning surf or walk to Currumbin Alley or walk to the beach and take a dip in the crystal clear ocean,” Ms Canning said. last_img read more

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Investors call for action after Brazilian mining disaster

first_imgThe Church Commissioners for England and the Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB) have been joined by the Council on Ethics for Sweden’s AP1, AP2, AP3 and AP4 funds, Dutch pension giant APG, the UK’s LGPS Central and New Zealand Super, as well as several asset managers. The Church of England is leading calls from institutional investors for a global independent public classification system to monitor the safety risk of “tailings” dams linked to mines, after a collapse in Brazil killed 100 people.More than 200 people are missing following the collapse of the dam in Brumadinho in the south east of Brazil on 25 January.The dam was an embankment used to store by-products of iron ore mining operations, and its collapse resulted in mudslides that engulfed local communities. The human toll was accompanied by potential contamination from the red iron ore waste that swept across the countryside.The Mina Feijão operation in Brumadinho is owned by Brazil’s largest mining company, Vale. “We have lost confidence in the sector’s ability to regulate itself on this issue”John Howchin, AP funds’ Council on EthicsThe group has proposed that the new classification system for safety risk should be independent of mining companies and require annual audits of all tailings dams, as well as verification that the highest corresponding safety standards were being implemented. All reporting should be made public through a database accessible to communities, governments, civil society and investors. John Howchin, secretary general of the Council on Ethics, said: “We have lost confidence in the sector’s ability to regulate itself on this issue. The consequences when something goes wrong are clear. We will be working with other investors to insist the necessary steps are taken.”Adam Matthews, director of ethics and engagement for the CEPB, said: “These failures of tailings dams should not be happening. These are not black swan events.“An independent classification system will ensure that communities, workers and investors know the safety standards of tailings dams are in place and if they are being applied. This proposal will drive a new level of accountability and transparency within the mining sector.”The group is planning to convene a meeting of international industry experts and major investors in the sector. This will take place in London, chaired by David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham.All shares in Vale held within the Church Commissioners’ and CEPB’s portfolios – worth £10m (€11.4m) in total – were disposed of shortly after the disaster occurred.Institutional investors have previously called for change at mining corporations including Vale following a similar disaster in Brazil in 2015.The CEPB said it has engaged for some years in ongoing dialogue with mining company senior staff in relation to the companies’ role in society. It has also “heavily engaged” with commodities giant Glencore on climate, and health and safety.last_img read more

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Indoor Shot Put State Champion Lily Grimes

first_imgThe Hoosier State Relay Qualifiers from the Pirate Track and Field teams traveled to IU Bloomington Saturday afternoon to compete against the top 24 competitors from across the State of Indiana’s small schools (Football Class 1A-3A).Senior Lily Grimes was crowned the 2019 Indoor State Champion of Shot Put after she threw her career best of 42’7″, a new indoor SCHOOL RECORD. Grimes is no stranger to the podium at the Indoor State Meet. She has been a medalist in all 4 of her appearances at HSR finishing 5th or 6th in the past . Grimes was seeded 2nd this indoor season behind last year’s shot put champion. However, by throwing her best indoor series of her high school career, Grimes took the lead with her third throw of 42′.5″ in trials. After advancing to finals, Grimes continued to dominate and solidified her win as the State Champ with her toss of 42’7″. Grimes’ championship performance put the Lady Pirates on the score board finishing in 13th place out of 42 scoring teams.Other competitors for the Greensburg girls included 14th place Distance Medley Relay Team of Emily Mangels, Sophie Nobbe, Emma Hatton and Brenner Hanna, 16th place 3200 meter relay team of Mangels, Emma Wilmer, Hatton and Nobbe and 22nd place Hanna in the 3200. Mangels, Hatton and Nobbe all ran career best split relay times while Wilmer ran a season best split relay time.On the boys team, Daimon Austin qualified for HSR in long jump. He improved on his original seed by 2 spots and placed 17th overall with a leap of 19’9″.The Pirates Track and Field teams will be back in action when they start their outdoor season at home next Thursday against Batesville.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Katina Tekulve.last_img read more

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Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29.  Crimes against a personat 1:18 a.m. on March 29, a security guard reported that a student punched him in the chest after being denied entry to a party at the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity house and also struck him with a piece of lumber when he was pursued into a construction site. DPS officers located and detained the student and he was arrested and transferred to Metropolitan Detention Center for booking.Miscellaneous incidentsat 1:50 a.m. on  March 28, an undisclosed number of USC students were cited for possession of fake IDs at the 901 Bar & Grill.at 8:11 p.m. on March 28, a USC employee reported he found a clear plastic bag  outside the Elizabeth von Kleinsmid Memorial Residence Hall that appeared to contain marijuana. The bag was booked as evidence.at 1:40 a.m. on March 29, a student reported that another student spat on him and attempted to slap him several times during an argument on Adams Boulevard.at 4:05 p.m. on March 29, DPS officers confiscated a sword from a non-USC male at Cromwell Field. Upon doing so, the officers were contacted by a staff member who stated that the sword belonged to her and it was being used as a prop for an event. The officers advised the staff member that it was a violation of the law and university policy to bring the sword on campus, and she complied when they instructed her to place it in her vehicle for the duration of the event.last_img read more

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Bechem Owner donates house to National Best Teacher

first_imgKingsley Owusu-Achau, the owner and bankroller of Bechem United football club, has donated a 3-bedroom house to the winners of the 2012 and 2011 National Best Teacher award recipients.The gesture is a corporate social responsibility project under his real estates company, Top Kings Limited, aimed at constructing and celebrating teacher excellence.‘‘It wouldn’t be remissive of us not to acknowledge the sterling performance of our teachers, if even if we were not the corporate institution that we are today.We did not award teacher’s popularity; we awarded teaching excellence and the fact that teachers have made Ghana a better place. That demonstrates our contagious enthusiasm for teachers, teaching, learning and excellence.’’, a company statement explained.Owusu-Achau, a known philanthropist who recently donated cash in thousands to the national female teams, described the donation as ‘‘a mark of our respect and recognition of teacher’s invaluable contribution to the building of our nation.’’ He explained further, ‘‘having exceptionally instilled the love and values of learning to generations of students in the Ghanaian society in the post-independence era to shape careers and influence adult lives, every teacher – be it in counselling, administration or classroom – deserve recognition and respect.’’Asked what the foremost motivation was for becoming a keynote sponsor, Owusu-Achau said, ‘‘reminiscing long and hard about the plight of teachers, we felt it timely, appropriate and expedient to share a small piece of our success with the teaching community – a 3-Bedroom house to the National Best Teacher Award recipient. With our wealth of experience in the property business and the fact that we comprehend the gravity and magnitude of the accommodation challenges teachers face, we decided to come forth with this house donation.’’ Currently, the Bechem owner is continuing a long-standing scholarship effort for the unprivileged children in the Bechem area of the Brong Ahafo Region.The Top Kings Limited company currently sponsor 3 students through to Senior High School and beyond and 3 girls through nursing training school whilst making donations to charities on annual basis.last_img read more

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U20 World Cup: Satellites edge Argentina to put one foot in knockout phase

first_imgGhana edged Argentina 3-2 to grab a crucial victory and all three points in their second Group B game at the ongoing world U-20 championships in New Zealand.The Black Satellites shot to a 3-0 lead at the Wellington Regional Stadium but Argentina fought back strongly with two goals in the final ten minutes to force a nerve-wracking injury time.But Sellas Tetteh’s charges held on bravely to secure the 2009 winners’ first victory at the 2015 event and almost grab a qualification place for the second round.Spain based Clifford Aboagye who missed the first game due to late arrival in Oceania, returned as captain and he netted Ghana’s second goal in a great performance in midfield for the Satellites.Dreams FC striker, Benjamin Tetteh put Ghana ahead in the first half with a deflected effort in a dominant Ghanaian display in the first 45 minutes.The Satellites returned after the interval raring to go and Aboagye duly doubled the lead on 59 minutes before Yaw Yeboah converted from the spot on 69 minutes to further consolidate Ghana’s lead and seemingly seal victory. But record 6-time champions, Argentina who now need to beat Austria in thee final group game to stand a chance of progress, took advantage of Ghana goalkeeper Ati’s fumble in the 80th minute to pull one back before another strike by the South Americans in the last minute of regulation time ensured a nervy but grandstand finish.3-2 Ghana held on though to jump top of the group ahead of Austria on goals scored following the European side’s 2-1 win over Panama earlier.–last_img read more

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Basketball League: Coldstore takes down Police as Heat outlast Navy

first_imgDefending Tema Basketball League Champions Nungua Coldstore have registered another key win in its title defense beating Ghana Police 53-23 in the headline game of today’s round of games.The Tema Community 4 Court held the exciting round of games that had Don Bosco Giants fall 20-41 to the home side in the opening game before Teshie Rangers recorded a second straight win courtesy a 40-30 win over Community 5.Tema Heat beat Ghana Navy 39-32 in another top duel with the loss being Navy’s second in the league.For Police, losing to Coldstore is the side’s first of the season having won six games in the lead up to the crunch game.Nungua Shooting Guard Emmanuel Wolff got the reigning champions up and running with a pair of three point shots before adding an assist to his tally off a tailored bounce pass to Kwame Boamah Djan for a layup.Djan completed a three point play to give Nungua an 18-6 first quarter lead. Members of Coldstore’s deep roster took turns to take apart a visibly frustrated Police side who had very few answers as Jonathan Walker, Edwin Appiah and Enoch Borsah sank three point shots. Appiah caught the eye with nifty Eurosteps before Center/Forward Kofi Agyei put an exclamation point on Nungua’s win connecting on an alley hoop pass from Guard Nana Agyei Afriyie to slam the ball home two handed.last_img read more

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Stephen Strasburg rumors: Seven potential free-agent landing spots for 2019 World Series MVP

first_imgPhilliesWhy this makes sense: Maybe Strasburg just misses former teammate Bryce Harper, right? Really, though, the Phillies made a lot of moves last offseason but the rotation is still sorely lacking top-end quality behind No. 1 starter Aaron Nola. And it might be that they’d prefer to aim for one of the second-tier starters and save a few bucks, but considering that their stated goal was to win multiple World Series titles during Harper’s 13-year contract, bringing in a prime-of-his-career Strasburg probably helps get them to the first one quicker. DodgersWhy this makes sense: At the moment, the official Dodgers depth chart on MLB.com includes just two pitchers in the rotation: Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. And though those two guys are an incredible start to the rotation, and though the Dodgers do have several youngsters primed to step into the big-league rotation, the only goal right now for this franchise is to win a World Series title. And they remember how Strasburg helped keep them from that goal — he struck out 17 in 12 innings vs. L.A. in the NLDS — so maybe they spend the money to bring him back to California. White SoxWhy this makes sense: Like the Padres, the White Sox are a team that’s been stockpiling talented youngsters and is ready to take that step forward into contention. As a team in Chicago, the Sox don’t have the connection to Strasburg like San Diego does, of course, but the White Sox do have the need, and they do have the money. Pairing Strasburg atop the rotation with Lucas Giolito — a former Nationals prospect, btw — would give the Sox a one-two combo to compete with any team in baseball. MORE: Possible landing spots for Anthony RendonOn the other hand, it wasn’t a move without risk. He’s 31 years old, he was guaranteed $75 million in the final three years of his deal — that’s a ton of money — and the free-agent market hasn’t exactly been player-friendly the past few offseasons. Also, the team that signs him will forfeit a draft pick, which everyone is hesitant to do right now. Oh, and the free-agent market is flush with outstanding starting pitching, which means pitching-hungry teams can easily find cheaper options if they’re not looking strictly for an ace. Anyway, here are seven teams that certainly will be interested in Strasburg, either with their heartstrings or their checkbooks. NationalsWhy this makes sense: Strasburg’s connection with the Nationals runs deep, of course. They’d love to have him back, and Strasburg is reportedly open to that, too. But he’s coming off an incredible postseason run that ended with a World Series title and World Series MVP award, and his agent, Scott Boras, isn’t in the business of handing out “deep-connection” discounts. The Nationals have another postseason hero, third baseman Anthony Rendon, who also now is a free agent and will command a massive deal. It’s unlikely they’ll be able to bring back both, so it’s a question of priority (though that’s obviously not the only factor). YankeesWhy this makes sense: More than a decade has passed since the Yankees’ last trip to the World Series, and fans are getting restless. The offense is more than capable of winning a championship, and adding a star like Strasburg to the rotation gets the pitching staff closer to that goal. It’s been a while since the Yankees have participated in/won a bidding war for a free agent, but this is probably the time for them to wade back into those waters, with either Strasburg or Gerrit Cole. PadresWhy this makes sense: Strasburg’s connections with San Diego run even deeper. He was born and raised there, and even played college baseball for San Diego State (and head coach Tony Gwynn!). And the Padres, a franchise stocked with young talent on the verge of making a breakthrough back into playoff contention, could use a legit ace at the top of the rotation. But recent reports out of San Diego have put a damper on the hopes of Padres’ fans. One unnamed team official told the San Diego Union Tribune, when asked about the chances of the team handing out a massive contract to a guy like Strasburg or Cole (also a Southern California native), told the paper, “Not going to happen.” So there’s that. But this could be a long offseason, and stranger things have happened than a player returning to his hometown to fill the exact need his hometown team has on the field. AngelsWhy this makes sense: Superstar outfielder Mike Trout has won three AL MVP awards and played in exactly one playoff series in his career with the Angels. If the club is serious about ending that pattern — and they just brought in Joe Maddon as the manager, so it seems they are — the front office has to address the rotation. Strasburg would be an ideal addition, not just because of his dominance on the mound, but because of the work ethic and quiet leadership in the clubhouse, too. And if Strasburg does want to return to his SoCal roots, but the San Diego reunion isn’t happening, for reasons addressed above, the Angels wouldn’t be a bad choice.  Stephen Strasburg opted out of the final three years of his contract with the Washington Nationals, as you know. On one hand, that move seemed like a no-brainer. Strasburg led the NL in innings and wins, striking out 251 batters and fashioning a 3.32 ERA. And then, in October, he helped carry the Nationals from the NL wild card game — he threw three shutout innings out of the bullpen — and won the World Series MVP award as the Nationals claimed the franchise’s first-ever world championship. In 36 1/3 October innings, Strasburg owned a 1.98 ERA.last_img read more

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