Hatchery Project receives first ever Envision rating

first_imgThe largest indoor sport fish hatchery in North America is the first ever recipient of the EnvisionTM Gold award for sustainable infrastructure. The award ceremony on July 24 that honored the William Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery of Anchorage Alaska was the culmination of 6 years of collaboration by the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the GSD with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure to create a rating system for infrastructure sustainability. It also marked the start of a new phase in implementing the Envision standards on a wide scale.The Zofnass Program, directed by Spiro Pollalis (professor of design technology and management), began in 2008 to do for infrastructure what LEED has done for building-scale sustainability: develop and promote tools that help quantify the sustainability of infrastructure, facilitate the adoption of sustainable solutions and expand the body of knowledge regarding sustainable infrastructure. Faculty and student research associates from across Harvard (including the College and Schools of Public Health, Business, Government and Law) worked with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and an impressive team of the largest and most knowledgeable architectural engineering firms to create and disseminate the Envision Rating System.Envision provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects. It gives recognition to initiatives that use transformational, collaborative approaches to integrate sustainability measures through the course of the project’s life cycle. Read Full Storylast_img read more

$1.5 million awarded for renewable energy program

first_img$1.5 MILLION AWARDED FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMMontpelier, Vermont – The Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) has awarded the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) a two-year contract to administer the Vermont Small-Scale Renewable Energy Program following a competitive bidding process, the Douglas administration announced.Governor Douglas said nearly $1.5 million will be available to Vermonters to support photovoltaic, solar hot water, wind installations and hydropower stations.”This important program is helping us to further diversify our energy portfolio and reduce the need for more expensive oil and other fossil fuels by helping individuals, businesses, farms, schools, and municipalities install solar, wind or hydropower systems,” Governor Douglas said. “And we’ve put an emphasis on helping schools, local governments and low-income multi-family housing buildings reduce their energy costs using these innovative renewable sources.”The Vermont Small-Scale Renewable Energy Program was signed into law by Governor Douglas in June 2003. Since then, more than 583 renewable energy systems have been built. The new incentive funding is expected to support the installation of approximately 250 more renewable energy systems throughout the state, which could generate an additional 540 MWh of electricity annually, the Governor added.The $1.5 million funding for the Program comes from the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF), which is funded through proceeds due to the state under the terms of two memoranda of understanding between the DPS and Entergy. The purpose of the CEDF is to promote the development and deployment of cost-effective and environmentally sustainable electric power resources for the long-term benefit of Vermont electric customers. In addition to the Vermont Small-Scale Renewable Energy Program, the CEDF awards grants and loans for renewable energy and combined heat and power projects.More information is available on the Vermont Small-Scale Renewable Energy Program at: www.rerc-vt.org/incentives(link is external) or by calling the toll-free hotline at: 1-877-888-7372.Additional information on the CEDF, including the grant and loan programs, is available on the DPS website at: http://publicservice.vermont.gov/energy/ee_cleanenergyfund.html(link is external).last_img read more

Green Mountain Power requests 3.1 percent rate hike

first_imgGreen Mountain Power today asked the Vermont Public Service Board to authorize a 3.1 percent rate adjustment to go into effect on October 1, 2010, as part of its alternative regulation plan. The increase is primarily due to factors that affect all utilities in the region, such as the costs of reliability upgrades to the New England transmission grid.”Our goal is to provide premier service to our customers while operating effectively to keep rates as low as possible,” said Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power President and Chief Executive Officer. “We have successfully controlled operating expenses under our direct control while significantly investing in projects to benefit customers in terms of reliability and generation without compromising our ability to provide services that our customers have come to expect. In fact, GMP operations and maintenance costs have remained about flat in two years while greatly expanding our system capabilities.”More than half of the increase is due to reliability investments in the New England and Vermont transmission systems, and the rest is due to increases in taxes, depreciation and infrastructure investments.Green Mountain Power already operates very efficiently, with the most customers served per employee of any utility in the state, and meets or exceeds very high customer service standards, such as how quickly customers’ calls are answered and the reliability of the electric service.To ensure system-wide reliability, every state pays a pro-rated share of all regional transmission reliability projects, based on its percentage of the total New England electric load. Vermont’s four percent cost share requirement for the significant investments in the transmission infrastructure New England has made to meet reliability requirements contributes to this rate request. Other states, in turn, invest proportionately in Vermont transmission reliability upgrades.Green Mountain Power’s overall average rates are the lowest of the large utilities in New England and Vermont’s five largest utilities, based on the most recent data available. The rate advantage is due in large part to long term contracts with Vermont Yankee and Hydro Quebec, which make up three-quarters of the Company’s power supply, and to the rest of New England’s heavy use of fossil fuels, which are more volatile in cost.”We will continue to focus our efforts on delivering the most cost effective power to our customers,” said Ms. Powell. “And as we work to replace expiring electric energy contracts, we are seeking the most cost competitive and reliable sources that are also low in carbon emissions and other air pollutants. This includes our preliminary agreement with Hydro Quebec, as well as our plans to purchase wind power from New Hampshire, to build a wind farm in Lowell, our investments in solar generation and upgrades to our hydro electric facilities.”Green Mountain Power has operated under an alternative regulation plan since January 2007, which streamlines regulation while retaining appropriate regulatory review. It has been effective in significantly reducing regulatory costs while offering positive risk assurances to credit rating agencies. An updated alternative regulation plan has been approved by the Vermont Public Service Board and will be in effect until September 30, 2013.If the full rate request is approved, the monthly bill for an average residential customer using 600 kilowatt-hours would increase by $2.91 from $93.62 to $96.53.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the State of Vermont. It serves more than 175,000 people and businesses.Source: GMP. COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – July 30, 2010) –last_img read more

France to build 1GW of new wind capacity off the Normandy coast

first_imgFrance to build 1GW of new wind capacity off the Normandy coast FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:France wants to construct a wind farm off the coast of Normandy as the nuclear-dependent nation moves to expand power generation from renewable sources, the energy ministry said on Monday.The planned 1-gigawatt (GW) wind farm could have up to 80 wind turbines of around 12 megawatts each, in an area where wind conditions and the seabed are very favorable for offshore wind power at a competitive price, the ministry said in statement.France is racing to boost the share of renewable generation capacity in its energy mix and reduce its dependence on nuclear energy. It plans to shut down old nuclear plants and will phase out coal-fired generation to curb greenhouse gas emissions.The ministry said it plans to boost the share of renewables in the French energy mix to around 40% by 2030. Nuclear power from its 58 reactors currently covers around 75% of French electricity needs.Although France has one of Europe’s biggest coastlines with good wind speeds for viable wind farm projects, it is lagging its European peers in developing offshore wind projects. The government announced in June that it will double its target for developing offshore wind projects to 1 GW per year from 500 MW. It currently has no offshore wind farm in operation.More: France plans new 1 GW offshore wind farm in Normandylast_img read more

Ecuador Sees Drug Seizures Rise as Traffickers Discover New Routes

first_img Cocaine confiscations up dramatically QUITO, Ecuador — In March 2008, Colombian forces bombed and raided a compound belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Ecuador’s northern region of Angostura. The attack eliminated FARC’s second-in-command and proved that traffickers had found a new area of operations in Ecuador — a country that historically has enjoyed one of the lowest rates of drug consumption in Latin America. “It was after the attacks at Angostura in 2008 that Ecuador realized the drug trade was, in fact, an imminent threat to national security,” said Bertha Garciá, director of the Observatorio de Seguridad, Defensa y Democracia, a think tank at Quito’s Universidad Central. García said that while Ecuador has never waged a “war on drugs” to the degree that Colombia or Mexico have, the country has become a victim of the “balloon effect” — a theory used to describe how the drug trade reacts to pressures. “Colombia and Peru have been able to conduct successful anti-drug campaigns and have made Ecuador an easier, more accessible habitat for the drug trade,” said Jaime Carrera, leader of the Quito economic research institution Observatorio de la Política Fiscal. Drug dealers favor Ecuador because it’s small and convenient Ecuador, which shares a border with Colombia, has been historically used by Colombian cocaine cartels as a transport point to the Pacific corridor. However, as Colombia’s three-decade long war on the FARC and cartels has begun to yield positive results, Ecuador has expanded “from being a mere trafficking route to also producing drugs and providing places for storage of illegal weapons and drugs,” García said. Fernando Carrión, an academic at the Quito headquarters of the Latin American School of Social Sciences (known by its Spanish acronym FLACSO), said this balloon effect struck Ecuador on three levels. “First it increased consumption within the country. Second, Ecuador has seen an increase in drug laboratories, and third, there’s increased use of the national territory,” he said, noting that since 2008, Mexican and Colombian cartels seem to have stepped up cooperation with their Ecuadorian counterparts. Earlier this year, a light aircraft with $1.3 million in cash aboard crashed in the northwestern Ecuadorian province of Manabí, killing its Mexican pilot and co-pilot. No official flight plan had been logged for the Mexican-registered plane, which was flying low, presumably to evade radar detection. A few days after that May 13 plane crash, troops found a drug-processing laboratory near the crash site, seized half a ton of cocaine paste and detained three people. Since coca is not cultivated in Ecuador, such labs are rare finds. In late September, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime — in its annual report on Peru — said that country had 62,500 hectares of coca under cultivation. This represented an increase of slightly more than 2 percent from the previous report and the sixth consecutive year the agency has detected an increase in coca crops. Peru remains the second largest producer of coca, following Colombia with 64,000 hectares. Bolivia has 27,200 hectares of coca. To Ecuador’s east is Brazil, from where drugs can filter into Africa and then Western Europe. To the west lies the Pacific Ocean, which offers a supply route to the United States, Eastern Europe and the new Asian markets. García said it’s clear to her that many regions within Ecuador are becoming involved in drug trafficking, “not just the traditional Putumayo region in the north.” Ecuador’s function as a regional drug hub has become even more attractive thanks to its use of the U.S. dollar as its national currency. “The drug trade carries more baggage than simply the narco-trafficking,” said Carrera. “It also brings with it money laundering” — creating a window of opportunity for money laundering operations to co-exist with drug sales, decreasing the risk and making it more convenient for drug cartels to operate within Ecuador. In addition, it seems far more dollars are circulating within Ecuador than the amount of currency which enters legally. This, said Carrera, “means there are extra dollars entering from somewhere other than through regular national income operations.” By Dialogo October 15, 2012center_img ATPDEA gives farmers an incentive not to grow coca Even so, in the last three years, the seizure of narcotics by Ecuadorian security forces has jumped significantly. The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) reports that in 2010, confiscations came to seven tons — but that by 2011, seizures had risen to 11 tons. Also last year, authorities shut down 13 drug processing labs throughout Ecuador. So far in 2012, Ecuador has already seized more than twice as much drugs as all of 2011, reported the Quito newspaper La Hora. In addition, seven clandestine drug labs have been shut down this year. Carrera said not a week goes by without a new seizure of a cocaine shipment or the discovery of new laboratories. In March, Ecuador’s top military strategists warned of the threat posed to their country by powerful groups like Colombia’s Rastrojos crime syndicate and Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel. The warnings were contained in a 225-page review leaked to local media. Yet experts still aren’t sure what accounts for the sudden explosion in trafficking. One possibility is the country’s geography. “Ecuador’s porous borders facilitate trafficking in all directions,” said Carrión. He pointed out that to the south lies Peru, one of the world’s largest suppliers of cocaine. Use of U.S. dollar makes Ecuador attractive to smugglers At the recent Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, the region’s leaders showed a “true desire to find another approach to the drug situation,” said Carrión.” Latin America’s presidents and parliamentarians must, he said, adopt “a well-rounded strategy which encompasses many remedies.” As such, Ecuador’s National Assembly is now debating a law that would allow drug users to be treated as patients, not criminals. This would let the state invest in rehabilitation clinics — similar to what the municipality of Bogotá is doing. The country is also considering the legalization of certain drugs for medical purposes, as Uruguay has done with marijuana. Dealing with the increasing presence of drug trafficking in Ecuador also requires international cooperation. One effective tool has been the country’s traditional cooperation with the United States, which in 2002 enacted the Andean Trade Preference Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) to benefit Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Under ATPDEA — which expires on July 31, 2013, unless the U.S. Congress renews it — tariffs on Ecuadorian products entering the U.S. market have been drastically reduced or eliminated. That has created an incentive for local farmers to grow legal exports such as coffee, cocoa or flowers instead of harvesting coca leaves for a much more lucrative, but ultimately riskier, business. Meanwhile, Ecuador’s national police force has boosted its level of internal monitoring while successfully combating drug rings within the country. The military has also increased patrols along its northern border with Colombia, where trafficking routes and drug labs are most common. However, “this is not going to be enough,” states Carrera. “The drug industry is already establishing roots in this country.” I liked it, but it could have been more specific about Ecuador and its relationship with drugs. For example, it could have reported what the Ecuadorian government’s official position is on the legalization of marijuana in Uruguay (a news report could be written about this, you know).Warm regards.last_img read more

Businesses get support through Paycheck Protection Program

first_img“I will continue to champion these vital programs for our small businesses and advocate for my legislation that will allow smaller businesses with 100 or fewer employees to apply for additional PPP funds,” Delgado said in an official press release. Congressman Anthony Delgado (NY-19) announced the news on Friday. Any business owners looking to apply for PPP funds are encouraged to submit an application before the August 8th deadline. The program provided has assistance to more than 9,100 small businesses in the area, helping those businesses retain around 73,000 jobs. (WBNG) — Small businesses across New York’s 19th district have been helped out by the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The act provides federal funding to small businesses to help cover six months of payments. The PPP loans were made available through the CARES Act, which included Delagdo’s Small Business Repayment Relief Act.last_img read more

Five destinations in the final selection for the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN)

first_imgThis year, the Croatian National Tourist Board is once again selecting the national winner for the “European Destination of Excellence (EDEN)” for 2016/2017. year on the topic of “Cultural Tourism”.The last round of judging, in which the national winner of this year’s election is chosen, will be held on July 19, 2017 (Wednesday) in Međimurje, more precisely in the Old Town of Zrinski in the center of Čakovec. According to the CNTB, although all candidate destinations have invested great effort in the quality presentation of the potential and products of their cultural and other tourist offer, after evaluating and visiting all candidate destinations by the Commission, the following destinations were selected from a shortlist of five finalists. : Zagorje – a fairy tale in the palm of your hand; Town of Đakovo – municipality of Gorjani; Vukovar – Vučedol – Ilok; Smiljan – Gospić and destination Rural Konavle.Representatives of each of the five finalist destinations will hold a final presentation, and after presenting the presentations, the Commission will decide on this year’s winner, taking into account all the elements set by the European Commission, as well as evaluations made during the tour and the quality of the presentation. The winning destination at the national level will be named the European Destination of Excellence and, in addition to the website of the Croatian National Tourist Board, will be promoted through the official website of the European Commission (www.edenineurope.eu). Also, all five finalist destinations will be presented as examples of good practice at European level and will be joined by a European network of destinations that promote sustainable forms of tourism.The EDEN project is implemented in cooperation with the European Commission, and European countries, which are part of the EDEN project, organize the election process at the national level. The aim of this selection is to reward and promote non-traditional tourist destinations that have developed their tourist offer based on tangible cultural heritage, thus contributing to the overall and sustainable development of the destination and increasing attendance throughout the year, especially in the off-season.last_img read more

Singapore coastline packed with ships full of oil no one wants

first_imgStorage options are dwindling globally as onshore tanks rapidly fill to capacity, prompting traders, refiners and infrastructure companies to seek alternatives such as pipelines and ships. Bloomberg earlier reported that those who managed to snag some highly-coveted tanks in Singapore were being charged much higher rates, even as the nation stopped leasing out space to new customers.“Major fuel-exporting countries are facing difficulties finding homes for their surplus barrels,” said Sri Paravaikkarasu, Asia oil head at industry consultant FGE. In Singapore, crude processing rates at refineries have probably dropped to around 60 percent of capacity, and may drop further to as low as 50 percent during the second quarter, she said.The onshore storage squeeze is being seen across the region. In India, tanks were 95 percent full as of last week as refiners scrambled to find space to hold their excess fuel, even turning to pump stations and depots. In Singapore, fuel stockpiles rose to a four-year high in mid-April.Utilizing tankers has become the next best option, with analytics firm Vortexa estimating floating crude oil storage in Asia at a four-year high. Taking into account the waters off Singapore as well as Malaysia, data intelligence firm Kpler saw a 45 perent month-on-month increase in the volume of clean fuels – comprising naphtha, gasoline, jet fuel and diesel – stored on ships to 6.64 million barrels as of April 23.Across the world, freight rates for both clean as well as dirty tankers have surged dramatically along with rising demand for floating storage. Also, shippers are using a strategy known as slow steaming, where they deliberately reduce the speed of tankers to increase the shipments’ transit time while awaiting the emergence of buying interest from customers, or save on fuel.Topics : A narrow waterway off Singapore has become even more congested as oil-laden tankers wait out a slump in global fuel consumption that’s crimped demand and boosted the use of ships to store cargoes.About 60 clean fuel tankers are currently anchored along the busy strait, up from the usual 30-40 ships, according to Rahul Kapoor, head of commodity analytics and research at IHS Markit. Some vessels are being used to hoard fuel at sea as onshore tanks fill up. Others are probably parked, waiting to be redirected to any willing buyer across Asia and the world as the coronavirus pummels economies worldwide.Ships filled with oil products including gasoline and jet fuel are moving from major refinery hubs such as South Korea and China due to a crash in domestic demand and swelling stockpiles. These tankers are finding their way to the Singapore Strait, where the glut is being compounded by offloading delays at the city state. Vessels currently have to wait about two weeks to discharge cargoes in Singapore, compared to the typical 4-5 days, according to shipbrokers and traders, leaving ships stranded in local waters.last_img read more

Quiet site, city lights on offer in Tarragindi

first_imgThe floorplan of 4 Tamarang St, Tarragindi. The view from 4 Tamarang St, Tarragindi.The two other upstairs bedrooms have built-in robes. The main bathroom has a shower over the bath and there is a separate toilet. “This is one of those homes where family and friends can come together beautifully in absolute comfort, but there are ample areas to retreat,” Mr Ramsay said.“We barbecue on the balcony most nights. Watching the city glistening in the late afternoon.”The property is being marketed by Michael Boor of Reg Strow Real Estate for offers over $1.299 million. The home at Tamarang St, Tarragindi.ENJOY a peaceful cul-de-sac location and city views from this north-facing home in Tarragindi. The property at 4 Tamarang St is a large, modern home with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and two carparks. Owners Sheryl and Ken Ramsay bought the property in 2001 and have loved calling it home. “The house has been wonderful for our family but our children are adults now and it’s time to down size,” Mr Ramsay said. The patio at 4 Tamarang St, Tarragindi.The third level is the hub of the home with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opening to the balcony with a built-in barbecue area and stunning city views. The updated kitchen has a stainless steel Miele dishwasher, Amana fridge, Miele oven and cooktop, and granite benchtops. The master bedroom has a walk-in robe, ensuite with twin basins, and access to the patio, with a pizza oven and bar fridge, looking out to the bushland. The kitchen at 4 Tamarang St, Tarragindi.The home is spread across three levels, sits on the high side of Tamarang St and backs on to Toohey Forest Park. On the ground floor there is a double lockup garage, terrace and granny flat with kitchenette, bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. On the second level there is a games room with kitchenette and a guest retreat with walk-in robe and ensuite. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Outside there is an in-ground, heated swimming pool and spa. last_img read more

Cranbrook properties held near and dear

first_img Idalia springs back to life with buyer demand This house is on the market at 11 Angela Court in Cranbrook for $275,000.CORELOGIC data has revealed rugby isn’t the only thing Townsville residents hold dear with properties in more than half of the city’s suburbs held onto for more than a decade.Cranbrook is the tightest held suburb in Townsville with units in the area off the market for 16.7 years — so if you’ve missed out on buying your dream house in the suburb you best move on. READ MORE Land sales heat up at Townsville’s Haven Estate This house is on the market at 11 Angela Court in Cranbrook for $275,000.Explore Property Townsville agent Jan Lee has been selling properties in Cranbrook for over four decades and said it had always been popular among buyers.“A lot of investors and first homeowners are interested in the suburb,” Ms Lee said. “I’ve been in real estate for over 42 years and I’ve never had an issue selling properties in that area. “I think the main attraction for people is that it’s very central and has a lot of good schools and shops close by.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Houses in Thuringowa Central are also well loved with buyers keeping them for an average of 15.8 years before reselling.Houses in Belgian Gardens, Heatley, Castle Hill and Pimlico were all also held by buyers for over fourteen years on average. The Townsville suburb with the highest turnover rate for properties was Cosgrove which is most likely the result of it being a newly established estate. Shaw had the second quickest turnover for houses, with Corelogic recording an average hold period of 3.7 years. center_img READ MORElast_img read more