Energy infrastructure preferences of New Englanders

first_imgSource: NEEA. A survey conducted by Opinion Dynamics for the New England Energy Alliance found New Englanders have solid support for electricity and energy infrastructure development in the region.  Wind farms are preferred by an overwhelming majority and construction of LNG terminals shows substantial support.  A narrow majority support transmission line construction as well as nuclear plant license renewal.  However, support for constructing new nuclear plants and clean coal generating facilities remains mixed. Support for new nuclear energy plants remains evenly splitNew England relies on nuclear energy plants to generate 27% of the region’s electricity — the second largest source of supply.  Supporters of nuclear energy point to the fact that this generating technology emits no greenhouse gases, has an excellent safety record, and eighteen plants with evolutionary designs offering significant safety enhancements have recently applied for construction licenses outside of New England.  Opponents say there is still no workable solution for disposing of nuclear waste, that the plants are very expensive to build, and that an accident cannot be ruled out.   Forty-eight percent (48%) of New Englanders surveyed said they at least somewhat favor the construction of new nuclear plants in the region.  Men were found to favor new nuclear plant construction more so than women — 59% versus 38%.  Republican respondents were more supportive — 61% compared to 50% of Independents and 39% of Democrats.  New Hampshire survey respondents were found to be the most supportive, where 60% of those surveyed were at least somewhat in favor of new nuclear plant construction.Comfortable majority support license renewal of existing nuclear plantsThe 40-year license term of nuclear plants was originally established to reflect the amortization period that was traditionally used by electric utility companies for large capital investment — and not on a facility’s anticipated operating life, which is longer.  The NRC formally reviews all license renewal applications in a stringent process that can last up to three years.  To date, the NRC has approved license renewal for dozens of plants including Millstone Units 2 and 3 in Connecticut.  License renewal applications of both Pilgrim in Massachusetts and Vermont Yankee are undergoing review as the operating licenses for those plants will expire in 2012.  License renewal supporters point to the fact that nuclear plants are operating better than ever, must meet rigorous regulatory inspection requirements to gain renewal, and they don’t contribute to global warming.  Opponents argue that nuclear technology is out-dated and older plants are too dangerous to continue operating. Fifty-five percent (55%) of New Englanders are at least somewhat in favor of renewing the licenses of existing nuclear plants in the region — with 28% strongly in support.  Again, men were found to be more in favor — with 65% compared to 47% of women.  Survey respondents in New Hampshire were the most supportive — with 62% in favor.  (Seabrook’s operating license does not expire until 2026.)About two-thirds favor building new LNG terminalsFor decades, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has been vital in maintaining a balance between the region’s natural gas supply and demand.  LNG is delivered by tanker from the Caribbean country of Trinidad and Tobago through Boston Harbor to the Distrigas terminal in Everett.  Offshore deepwater LNG ports in New England include the recently completed Northeast Gateway facility located off Cape Ann, Massachusetts and the Neptune LNG port, being built approximately 10 miles off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts.  Supporters of LNG terminals point to the fact that LNG currently supplies 30% of the region’s natural gas on a cold winter day, has a proven track record of safety all over the world, and that we need to expand supplies of natural gas.  Opponents point to safety concerns like vulnerability to a terrorist threat.  Sixty-five percent (65%) of New Englanders surveyed are in favor of building new LNG facilities in the region — with 35% strongly in favor.  Survey respondents in Rhode Island seemed to be the most supportive — with almost 70% at least somewhat in favor.Overwhelming majority favor building large wind farmsTechnology advancements along with federal and state subsidies have enabled wind generating facilities to produce electricity that is now cost competitive with other sources of generation.  Wind facilities have no fuel costs, but they do have maintenance and capital development costs that must be recovered over periods of intermittent operation (as electricity generation can be highly variable depending on wind speeds).  Wind generation currently comprises less than 1% of New England’s electricity supply.  Because the best locations for wind generation tend to be in scenic mountain and ocean-side areas, the siting of turbines has often proven to be controversial.  About two-thirds of New Englanders remain concerned that the Cape Wind project has been blocked by a “not in my backyard” attitude.  Supporters of large wind farms say that they don’t emit greenhouse gases, the wind is free and unlimited, and new advances in technology make this a more viable source of electricity supply.  Opponents point to the fact that wind farms are aesthetically unappealing, they are expensive — even with taxpayer subsidies — and that they only operate about 30% to 40% of the time.Eighty-four percent (84%) of survey respondents said they are in favor of constructing large wind farms.  Overall favorability remained the same as last year — but the “strongly favor” portion increased by 10 percentage points to 61%.  In terms of favorability, there seems to be no difference between the desirability of small land-based versus large off-shore wind farms.  The public simply seems to strongly like wind energy in general. Support of clean coal plants is evenly splitCoal plants currently generate about 11% of New England’s electricity.  Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in the region in emission control equipment, to significantly reduce the by-products of coal combustion including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate emissions.  Coal burning, however, does produce significant carbon dioxide emissions, a leading global warming gas.  Clean coal is chemically washed of impurities or gasified, burned and then treated with steam to remove sulfur dioxide and re-burned so as to make the carbon dioxide in the flue gas recoverable.  The Brayton Point Station located in Somerset, Massachusetts is hosting a pilot-scale clean coal gasification plant – to demonstrate the conversion of coal into natural gas.  The process prevents the release of carbon dioxide and captures other by-products.  Clean coal supporters point to the fact that clean coal plants reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 50% from existing technology, it is a low-cost domestic source of fuel, and the plants are easy to build and operate.  Opponents say clean coal plants still produce considerable amounts of greenhouse gases, and that mining coal damages the environment. Forty-nine (49%) of survey respondents said they favor building clean coal plants in New England – with 26% strongly in favor.  Republicans seem more inclined to support clean coal facilities — with 71% at least somewhat in favor of them, compared to only 40% of Democrats and 49% of Independents.  Survey respondents in Rhode Island were the most supportive — with 61% at least somewhat in favor.  60% support building new above-ground transmission linesThe region’s transmission system serves two vital roles:  to ensure reliable delivery of electricity from power plants to where it is needed, and to facilitate the trading and delivery of the commodity in the region’s wholesale market.  Without a reliable and efficient transmission system to move electricity as a tradable commodity, the ability to meet electricity demand reliably and economically is diminished.  Over the past few years, significant progress has been made to expand and upgrade the region’s transmission system.  But more is needed.  Supporters say congestion on existing transmission lines costs consumers hundreds of millions of dollars each year and jeopardizes reliability, and that new lines would solve this.  In addition, new lines could bring in electricity generated by renewable hydroelectric and wind facilities in Canada as well as from wind farms located in the Mid-West.  Opponents say transmission lines are aesthetically unappealing; require rights of way through many communities, pose health risks, and their expensive construction could be avoided if we simply reduce our use of electricity.Sixty percent (60%) of respondents said they at least somewhat favor the construction of new transmission lines in the region, with support strongest in Maine and Rhode Island –both at 67%. About New England Energy Alliance, Inc.The New England Energy Alliance is a coalition of energy providers and trade organizations concerned about future energy supplies.The annual telephone survey was conducted by Opinion Dynamics for the New England Energy Alliance in January of 600 registered voters (consumers) proportionately distributed throughout New England.  The margin of error is +/- 4%.  Click to View Complete Results of the 2009 New England  Consumer Energy Survey by Opinion Dynamics is external)last_img read more

6 Ways State Employees are Helping Gov. Wolf Save PA Money

first_img August 11, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: By: Sharon Ward, Director of the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) 6 Ways State Employees are Helping Gov. Wolf Save PA Money Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Government That Works,  Innovation,  The Blog State government doesn’t always operate as efficiently as it should, but Governor Wolf has set out to change that. Through GO-TIME, the Governor has challenged state agencies to transform the way they do business in order to serve the public better and more efficiently.We are beginning to meet that challenge. The governor announced last week that the goal he set a year ago, to save $150 million, has been achieved.Governor Wolf addresses the media in the Capitol Rotunda with executive staff and recognized state employees who helped find cost savings totaling over $156 million.Agency leaders and employees put their heads together to come up with more than 150 projects that save $156,222,567, and do so without sacrificing services to Pennsylvanians. The results are impressive:Through aggressive renegotiation of contracts and private sector tools, the Department of General Services was able to save more than $68 million for items like salt and snowplows, furniture and printer ink, janitorial and maintenance services. Contracts they negotiated this year will result in total savings of more than $300 million.The Department of Human Services cut the error rate in the SNAP program in half, saving more than $44 million dollars while taking steps to ensure that families and seniors don’t incorrectly lose benefits.PennDOT has given its construction inspectors tablets and mobile application to allow on-site data entry, keeping them in the field rather than in the office.The Commonwealth is transforming mail services, saving more than $1 million in postage and consolidating mail pickup and delivery.The Board of Probation and Parole and Department of Corrections are eliminating an inefficient paper process used to review parole cases, getting eligible individuals back into the community more quickly and saving up to $15,000 per month for each case.The Department of Labor and Industry is consolidating operations to eliminate unnecessary office space.Across the commonwealth, employees have come forward with ideas that have smaller dollar savings but make a big difference. An employee at the Department of Health built a new tool to allow his colleagues to access vital records information faster and save almost $100,000. An Information Technology employee found a way to use existing fiber optic cable for a new purpose, saving more than $200,000.State agencies are accountable for these results. Projects are evaluated and monitored and savings and expenses are rigorously tracked.Where are the savings? Agencies are investing them back into services, to make investments that save more time and money, or to provide health care coverage and substance abuse treatment to more Pennsylvanians. We are doing more with less. Our goal is to provide better service, shorter wait times and faster turnaround. And save money while doing it.The projects ultimately help Pennsylvanians. Our roads will continue to be salted and plowed for less; PennDOT workers will be out in the field more instead of tied to an office, enabling them to get road projects done faster; seniors and low-income citizens who need nutrition assistance will get it and parolees eligible for release will be able to spend time with their loved ones more quickly.The state employees responsible for helping find the cost savings for these projects are also more fulfilled knowing that their feedback is helping make government work smarter.After one year we are working smarter. We also know there’s more work to be done. We are using these first projects to build upon the cost savings and continuing to gather valuable feedback from state employees to eliminate waste and inefficiency and provide better service. All of these efforts are helping Governor Wolf transform government. It’s GO-TIME. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter   SHARE  TWEETlast_img read more

ECSA Concerned About Proposed US Steel and Aluminium Tariffs

first_imgEuropean shipowners disagree with the US President Trump’s decision to impose additional duties on imports of certain steel and aluminium products into the United States.“This protectionist decision of imposing 25% import duties on steel and 10% on aluminium will obviously have a negative impact on transatlantic relations and on global markets,” Martin Dorsman, European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) Secretary General, commented.“The European Shipping Community is concerned with this development and the potential of full-scale trade war. It is clear that the tariffs might leverage to other products as we have already heard from the EU leaders’ responses. A full scale trade war will benefit nobody,” he added.Shipping is the backbone of global trade, enabling the import and export of affordable goods on a scale that is not possible for any other transport mode. Shipping needs global trade to exist and global trade cannot exist without an efficient shipping industry. Around 90% of world trade in goods is carried by the international shipping industry and EU shipping companies are large players in this global industry, according to ECSA.European shipowners control 40% of the world’s merchant fleet and operate shipping services all over the world. This includes trade between non EU countries such as trade between the Far East and Latin America, so called “cross trades.” For many shipping companies, the majority of their trade activity actually happens outside of the EU.“European shipowners call US and the counterparts to respect the principles of free trade and prevent a full scale trade war,” Dorsman concluded.last_img read more

Ophir, Medco agree on financial terms of potential bid

first_imgLondon-based Ophir Energy on Wednesday said that following negotiations with Medco, the companies have reached an agreement on the terms of the potential takeover bid. Under the agreement, Medco Global, a unit of Medco Energy, will acquire the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Ophir, other than any ordinary shares held by Ophir in treasury, at a price of 55 pence in cash for each Ophir share for a total value of approximately £390.6 million ($511.4 million).Ophir added that the acquisition represents a premium of approximately 65.7 percent to the closing price of 33.20 pence per Ophir share on December 28, 2018, the last business day before the Medco’s possible offer for Ophir was unveiled.It also represents a 61.2 percent premium to the volume weighted average share price for the one-month period ended December 28, 2018, of 34.13 pence per Ophir share, as well as 43.3 percent premium to the volume weighted average share price for the three-month period ended December 28, 2018, of 38.38 pence per Ophir share.The cash consideration payable by Medco Global under the terms of the acquisition will be funded from existing cash resources of Medco and Medco Global and the proceeds of a credit agreement entered into between Medco Global and Standard Chartered Bank for the purposes of the acquisition.It is intended that the Acquisition will be implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement.In order to become effective, the scheme must be approved by a majority in number of the Ophir shareholders voting at the Court meeting, either in person or by proxy, representing at least 75 percent in value of the Ophir shares voted. In addition, a special resolution implementing the scheme must be passed by Ophir shareholders representing at least 75 percent of votes cast at the General Meeting.The acquisition is subject to certain conditions including the receipt of clearances from the relevant authorities in Tanzania, Ophir not losing all or substantially all of its Bualuang interests in Thailand, and no adverse regulatory action being taken in respect of such interests.The Ophir directors, who have been advised by Morgan Stanley and Lambert Energy Advisory on the financial terms of the acquisition, consider the terms fair and reasonable.Accordingly, the Ophir directors intend to recommend unanimously that Ophir shareholders vote in favour of the scheme at the Court meeting and the resolution(s) to be proposed at the general meeting,It is expected that the Scheme will become effective in the first half of 2019.Commenting on the acquisition, Bill Schrader, chairman of Ophir, said, “the Ophir board believes that the Medco offer reflects the future prospects of Ophir’s high-quality assets, as reflected in the premium of 65.7 percent to the closing price of 33.20 pence per Ophir share on December 28, 2018.”last_img read more

Jump-start aquaculture business with coaching from experts

first_imgFISH farms and hatcheries need propermanagement for these to prosper, so experts from the Southeast Asian FisheriesDevelopment Center Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD) are offeringaquaculture trainings with first-hand coaching to fish farmers, businessmen,and aquaculturists.  By Rossea H. Ledesma The aquaculture trainings havelectures, practical activities, and field trips with about 80 percent of thetraining sessions devoted to practical activities supervised by SEAFDEC/AQDscientists and experienced personnel. Some training activities are conductedin other stations such as the Binangonan Freshwater Station in Rizal, the DumangasBrackishwater Station in Iloilo, and Igang Marine Station in Guimaras. These training courses offered bySEAFDEC/AQD include hatchery, nursery, and grow-out culture of commodities suchas catfish, giant freshwater prawn, tilapia, sandfish, carp, abalone, seaweeds,marine fish species (grouper, milkfish, pompano, rabbitfish, sea bass, andsnapper), and mangrove crab. Site selection, design and construction of ahatchery and a pond are also among the special topics included in the trainingcourses. More information, including theschedule of SEAFDEC/AQD’s aquaculture training courses, can be accessed at SEAFDEC/AQD also has courses focusedon fish health diagnostics and feed formulation and preparation that areoffered upon the request. These topics are also covered by other aquaculture trainingcourses. “With the aim of boosting theaquaculture sector for food security, we always welcome those who want to trainwith us and we keep our lines open if they need further assistance after thetraining,” said Dan Baliao, chief of SEAFDEC/AQD.  “We translated our science-based aquaculturetechnologies into training packages for the adoption of aquaculturestakeholders and to uphold our mandate of developing and strengthening thecapacities of the aquaculture sector,” said Dr. Edgar Amar, head of the Trainingand Information Division. The training courses are based ondecades of scientific research and verification programs and are conducted at SEAFDEC/AQD’s main station in Tigbauan,Iloilo that is well-equipped with training facilities, research laboratories,and hatchery and broodstock facilities. Trainees study the anatomy and physiology of mangrove crab as one of the practical activities of the training course “Mangrove Crab (Mud Crab) Hatchery Operations” held at SEAFDEC/AQD’s Tigbauan Main Station on Aug. 12-Sept. 2, 2019. Photo by SEAFDEC/AQDlast_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse to fly by Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ David Wilson: Syracuse 77, Boston College 50Chestnuts roastingThe Orange moves to 4-0 in conference play with another convincing Atlantic Coast Conference win. Jerami Grant and Rakeem Christmas build off of standout performances against a more talented North Carolina team and C.J. Fair keeps doing what he does to help SU cruise past the Eagles in Chestnut Hill, Mass.Trevor Hass: Syracuse 73, Boston College 57B-Seeya!BC guard Olivier Hanlan has as good a shot of outplaying Tyler Ennis as any guard in the ACC, but I don’t see it happening. Ennis responds from his uncharacteristic four-turnover performance against UNC and helps Syracuse fly by an out-matched Eagles team.Stephen Bailey: Syracuse 70, Boston College 50Fly like an EagleFair said the Orange won’t lose unless it faces a well-rounded opponent and has an off-night. Boston College is lacking in the frontcourt. Don’t expect Syracuse to be rusty despite the two-day turnaround. Look for a big bounce-back game from Trevor Cooney and the potential return of DaJuan Coleman. The Orange improves to 4-0 in the ACC and strengthens its hold as the conference’s clear-cut power. Comments Published on January 13, 2014 at 5:07 amlast_img read more

Badgers reaching critical point in season against Eastern Illinois

first_imgCommanding performances this week resulted in a 1-1 draw to UW-Milwaukee and a 1-0 win over Big Ten rival Michigan State for the University of Wisconsin’s men’s soccer team. The results allowed the Badgers to get a bump in the polls, propelling them into the top 25 once again.After playing ranked teams back-to-back the Badgers will face a less recognized opponent Wednesday as they take on Eastern Illinois Oct. 30.Eastern Illinois has had a rough season so far. With only one senior on the squad the young team has struggled in many aspects. The Panthers are 1-11-2 on the season and a staggering 0-7-0 on the road and their lone win coming on Oct. 20 against Oral Roberts.In their seven road games this year the Panthers have lost by a combined score of 8-22, with half of their goals coming in one game, a 5-4 loss, to Indiana University-Evansville. After being shut out their last two games, Eastern Illinois will be looking to steal one against the 23rd-ranked Badgers.In contrast, the Badgers have been lights out at home. Wisconsin has won every game in the McClimon Complex dating back to last season, and their wins have come in every shape and form. The Badgers scored a last-second goal forced overtime against DePaul, they successfully rallied against Indiana and they fought off comebacks from Drake and Western Michigan. The Badgers home field has become a fortress for the 10-3-2 Badgers.The fortress has yielded wins against top-ranked opponent’s No.18 Marquette and No.22 Michigan State, as well as a statement win against last year’s defending national champions Indiana. The wins will surely look good when the selection committee meets to determine the at-large bids for the NCAA Tournament later this fall.The Wisconsin squad, led by its four senior captains, has been solid all season all over the field. As always, keep an eye on Tomislav Zadro, Drew Conner and Nick Janus on the offensive end of the field. The Badgers will be itching to get back to their goal-scoring ways after scoring just one goal in each of the last four games.If the game is going in favor of the Badgers, expect to see a lot of young players step up and sub in during the second half. Joe Naughton, Nick Jones and Anders Kristensen have all caught minutes this season, and it is likely head coach John Trask will reward them with a bit more playing time in an easier matchup.The game may also shed some light on the goalkeeper battle that has been brewing. After the loss to Michigan on Oct. 20, Casey Beyers has been pulled from the field in favor of senior Max Jentsch.According to Trask, the move was made to reward Jentsch for his hard work in practice. Since taking the job, he has allowed only one goal to UW-Milwaukee and was able to record a shutout against Michigan State on Sunday.For Wisconsin this is a must win game. Any result other than a win will hurt the Badgers chances of making an NCAA tournament run, while simultaneously ruining the magic of the McClimon Complex.last_img read more

Troost-Ekong: I Can’t Wait for My First World Cup

first_imgTurkey-based defender William Troost-Ekong has said he is looking forward to his first World Cup in Russia with a lot of excitement.No-nonsense Troost-Ekong has formed what is now famously referred to as the ‘Oyinbo Wall’ with fellow central defender Leon Balogun that he was an ever-present as Nigeria qualified for a sixth World Cup.He also featured at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where Nigeria finished third, after he opted to play for his father’s native country even though he was also eligible to play for the Netherlands, where his mother hails from. The focus now is Russia 2018 and he said it is a dream come true for him.“We worked very hard to get there,” he told SCORENigeria“It’s the dream of all players to be at the World Cup.“And now I can’t wait to get started.“Exciting stuff!’He was an ever-present as the Eagles booked their passage to Russia 2018 with a game to spare.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Bet365 becomes the latest to implement GiG Comply software

first_imgShare Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Submit Bet365 is set to be the latest operator to implement the marketing compliance screening tool, GiG Comply after inking a new deal with Gaming Innovation Group Inc (GiG). The compliance tool software is able to scan up to 30,000 web pages daily and will offer Bet365 a thorough list of locations where any of its brands are mentioned is compiled on a daily basis.Richard Brown, chief operations officer at GiG, commented on the new partnership: “We are very pleased to have signed bet365, one of the leaders in the gambling industry, to GiG’s compliance screening tool and to support them in their marketing compliance. “It’s great to know that we share the same aspirations for a safe and trusted environment. GiG Comply will support bet365 to keep compliance oversight and to be in control of affiliate activities, ensuring fair and fun iGaming for all.”By using the software, bet365 can check for the presence or lack of notable terms, images and promotional links and whether age-gated games or code red words are present next to a promotion. The new technology has been created to primarily ensure compliance in addition to offer a reduction in manual checking for operator sites. This will significantly support bet365’s strategy in maintaining marketing compliance in an ever-changing regulatory landscapelast_img read more

Delic and Brkic satisfied with the Victory

first_imgSelector of tennis team of BiH, Amer Delic, is  pleased with the play of Mirza Basic and Tomislav Brkic and victory in the doubles. The doubles brought the triumph of 3: 0 for BiH against Zimbabwe and allowed qualification to the second round of the Second group of Euro-African zone of the Davis CupTomislav Brkic played his first game in a match against Zimbabwe today.“It was a tough match, but we played well. We won 3: 0. I hope that I will play many matches and I assume that Nerman Fatić will play as well “said Brkic.On the last day of the competition the remaining two singles are scheduled, which will have a result-importance. The plan is for Damir Dzumhur to play against Garagange and Mirza Basic against Locke, but the selectors are likely to take advantage of the possibility of a change of players. (Source: novovrijeme)last_img read more