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Arkansas co-op announces plan to cut rates because of savings from solar power projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Arkansas Business:The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association examined utility trends, heard from industry leaders and bestowed awards for energy efficiency and renewable innovations Tuesday in Little Rock. But the annual conference’s “mic-drop moment” came when an award winner announced that he’ll be seeking the state’s first utility-wide electricity rate decrease tied to savings from solar power.Mark Cayce, CEO of Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corp. of Camden, drew a standing ovation from the energy efficiency and solar crowd at Heifer International headquarters when he made the rate announcement after receiving the association’s initial Advanced Energy Pioneer Award.“I made some pretty bold statements in support of solar power when the Legislature was considering solar policy, predicting that solar could actually bring rates down,” Cayce told the gathered renewable energy entrepreneurs, contractors and utility representatives. “Today I can announce that after our most recent rate study, on Oct. 17 we’re going to be seeking a 4 and 1/2-percent rate decrease at Ouachita Electric Cooperative Corp.”OECC, which serves about 7,000 members in south Arkansas and north Louisiana, was an early solar adopter as a partner with Aerojet Rocketdyne Inc. in a 12-megawatt array to power defense plant operations in East Camden in 2016. At the time, the array was the state’s largest solar project. OECC later built its own community solar station outside its Camden headquarters, and partnered with Today’s Power Inc. on an array for Southern Arkansas University Tech in Camden.Cayce has said that solar power saves the cooperative’s members by significantly reducing the amount of power the utility has to buy at premium prices during peak summer usage.“That was the mic-drop moment,” said Josh Davenport, CEO of Seal Solar Solutions of North Little Rock, describing Cayce’s rate-cut announcement. “We hear about cost-shifting from solar, but this is savings-shifting,” he said, referring to the common utility argument that solar adoption shifts infrastructure costs to utility customers who don’t have solar power. “This is the opposite,” Davenport said.More: At advanced energy event, solar power fuels a surprise rate-cut plan Arkansas co-op announces plan to cut rates because of savings from solar power projectslast_img read more

UNODC: Central America’s Murder Rates Now Among World’s Highest

first_img Regional leaders meeting at a high-level international security forum in Mexico City said they’re dismayed with the findings of a recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, but are clearly unsurprised. The UNODC study said the murder rate in Central America is reaching crisis levels, with Latin America now more deadly than Afghanistan when it comes to homicide. Only Africa exceeds Latin America in the number of killings, concluded the report. Mexican President Felipe Calderón, speaking to forum delegates, said the turf war involving organized crime and drug cartels over territory and trafficking routes have turned Latin America into “the most violent region in the world.” He urged his regional counterparts to redouble their resolve to defeat the cartels. “It’s not an option, [but] an ethical obligation that the good fights against the evil,” said Calderón. Since 1995, said the UNODC study, the number of homicides has fallen in Asia, Europe and North America while increasing dramatically in Central America and the Caribbean. The report, noting that the bloodshed is “nearing the crisis point,” blamed organized crime for much of the violence, though it said other factors also account for increases in certain regions. Poorer countries are four times more likely to suffer violent crime than richer ones, it said. Income disparities and accessibility to weapons also come into play; guns were used in 75 percent of all homicides in Central America and the Caribbean. In addition, it said, the 2008 recession led to a rise in homicides. To help fight violence, said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov, “crime prevention policies should be combined with economic and social development, and democratic governance based on the rule of law.” Honduras, which had 6,200 killings in 2010 out of a population of 7.7 million people, and El Salvador, with 4,000 murders among its 6.1 million people, have the world’s highest homicide rates, said UNODC, followed by Panama, Mexico and Belize. Ramón Custodio, the Honduran human rights commissioner, said he feared that worse was to come and that next year’s homicide rates will be higher. “We Hondurans have lost the right to live without fear,” he said in a news statement. The 2011 Global Study on Homicide calculated a rate of 82.1 homicides per 100,000 people for Honduras and 66 per 100,000 people for El Salvador. One country that has received wide praise for its efforts to curb drugs is Colombia. On his first visit to the country, UNODC’s Fedotov said Colombia had demonstrated strong political will in its fight against organized crime. He pointed out that a decade ago Colombia was by far the world’s leading producer of cocaine; now its share in production had shrunk. “Colombia’s progress in drastically reducing drug production has had a positive global impact in terms of security and public health,” said Fedotov. The UNODC chief highlighted developments in Colombia’s department of Antioquía, where alternative development programs are helping wean farms off coca cultivation. More than 150,000 campesinos have switched from coca to other products such as coffee, cacao, honey and hearts of palm. UN and Colombian officials agree that the country has made four million hectares — an area the size of the Netherlands — drug-free. “Consumer countries must do their part too, and reduce the demand that drives the drug trade, trafficking and violent crime,” Fedotov said in a press statement. “This is a matter for all of us. I urge the international community to keep up support for Colombia, which has shouldered so much of the burden of drug-related crime and terrorism in the past.” As long as the countries that most use drugs don’t come up with a TRUE policy to cut down on drug use, the producers will not stop producing. If drug use is stopped there will be no demand. By the way, I ask the drug users: Aren’t you ashamed to smoke or “snort” the lives of so many people with each “toke”? Don’t you have a conscience? You are criminals just like the paid assassins of the drug trade. Wake up! By Dialogo October 24, 2011last_img read more

NCUA returns control of Keys Federal Credit Union to members

first_imgNCUA yesterday announced the return of control of Keys Federal Credit Union in Key West, Fla., to its members. The credit union had been in conservatorship since September 2009.“Although a long time in coming, the recovery of Keys Federal Credit Union is a great success story,” said NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz. “This remarkable recovery was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Keys’ management team and staff, its advisory board, NCUA staff, and the loyal members who stuck with their credit union through turbulent times.”Keys was chartered in 1940 and is the oldest financial institution in the Florida Keys. In its first year of conservatorship, Keys’ net worth ratio fell to 2.37 percent; however, since then, operating changes led to a recovery and reported net worth ratio of 5.75 percent as of June 2015. Keys’ posted income is more than $1.2 million in 2014. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

​Industriens reshapes largest bond mandate into €1.2bn ESG fund

first_imgDanish labour-market pension fund Industriens Pension has reworked its largest bond mandate, a DKK8.9bn (€1.2bn) global fixed income investment grade portfolio managed by PIMCO, turning it into a sustainable bond fund with more than a tenth of assets in green bonds.The DKK174bn pension fund said that after discussions with the US bonds giant about how the existing mandate could been given an ESG profile, the money is now being transferred into a new tailored global investment grade bond portfolio.The new investment mandate is built on bonds from companies that make a special contribution to one or more of the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals, the pension fund said.Anders Ellegaard, bond manager at Industriens Pension, said: “Sustainability and solid, long-term returns often go together very well if the investments are handled by a skilled manager.” Industriens Pension, which caters for Denmark’s industrial sector, said CO2 emissions related to the portfolio managed by Allianz subsidiary PIMCO would only be around 50% of those associated with the mandate’s benchmark, with around DKK1bn of the fund being earmarked for green bonds.PIMCO is to use a wide range of data from different sources to score investee companies’ environmental impact, social responsibility and governance culture, with only qualifying firms being selected for investment, the pension fund said.Industriens Pension also said it planned to continue increasing its green investments over the next few years, adding that it had invested over DKK10bn in green energy and firms with renewable energy at the centre of their business strategies by the end of last year.At the beginning of April, the pension fund announced it was blacklisting all firms whose business models centred around tar sands extraction, implementing a decision it originally made in December.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

MMT Begins Aquind Interconnector Survey

first_imgMMT has started an offshore geophysical survey for the Aquind Interconnector project. The works will involve a geophysical survey of the proposed cable corridor between the landfall areas near Portsmouth in England and near Dieppe in France.MMT will utilize two vessels, M/V Franklin for offshore works and M/V Seabeam for nearshore works.Aquind, MMT and their representatives maintain ongoing contact with UK and French fisheries, which may be affected by the survey, in order to mitigate any potential impact on their fishing activities, MMT explained.The survey results will inform Aquind’s final route selection and support planning applications to the UK and French authorities. Aquind and its advisors are liaising with relevant consent granting bodies in both countries to ensure that the survey scope complies with applicable standards.Stefan Eliasson, MMTs CEO, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to support the Aquind Interconnector project work and look forward working with the Aquind team to deliver a successful marine survey campaign along the proposed cable corridor.”Kirill Glukhovskoy, Aquind managing director added: “MMT is one of the leading specialists in the marine surveying solutions with extended experience in working in the English Channel. We are looking forward to fruitful cooperation on the Aquind cable survey in the coming months”last_img read more

Brgy. Sto. Niño Sur lockdown lifted

first_img* 48-year-old male (Patient No. 66) Mayor Jerry Treñas said the three-day period was enough to trace and test all the close contacts of the six barangay residents who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As of May 8, Iloilo City has 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19, data from the DOH Region 6 showed. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019./PN With the lockdown lifted, Barangay Sto. Niño Sur is back to its extended enhanced community quarantine status just like the rest of Iloilo City. The six confirmed COVID-19 cases in Barangay Sto. Niño Sur – all under quarantine – were the following: The mayor said he sent 10,000 pieces of facemasks to Barangay Sto. Niño for use of the people there. * 57-year-old female (Patient No. 79) * 48-year-old female (Patient No. 80) Residents may now be able to leave their homes but only for necessary undertakings such as buying food or medicines, or if there is a medical emergency – but they must show a quarantine pass, must wear facemask, and observe social distancing, stressed Treñas. During the lockdown, disinfection was also conducted in the barangay which has some 10,000 residents. Also, four have recovered while one died.center_img * 46-year-old male (region’s Patient No. 88) Of the 15, two are confined in hospitals while eight are under quarantine (either at home or at the city’s quarantine facility). Treñas decided not to extend the lockdown after a meeting with medical experts from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 on Thursday afternoon. * 55-year-old female (Patient No. 73) “Barangay residents with symptoms would immediately be tested, then moved to the city’s quarantine center if their test results turn out positive,” said Treñas. ILOILO City – The 72-hour “extreme enhanced community quarantine” imposed on Barangay Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo district beginning May 6 ended at 11:59 p.m. on May 8. But all the barangay residents’ health would be continuously monitored, stressed Treñas, for symptoms of COVID-12. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. * 43- year-old female (Patient No. 78) Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell.last_img read more

String Of Thefts Prompt Police To Warn Switzerland Co. Residents

first_imgSWITZERLAND COUNTY, Ind. – State Police are warning residents to keep their home and car doors locked after a recent series of thefts in the Five Points area of western Switzerland County.Deputies say a car and pickup truck was stolen from Little Doe Run on September 20. The car was driven into a fire pit and the truck was apparently taken for a joy ride and was left at the end of the driveway with front end damage.Later the same day, police say a suspect or suspects attempted to break into a home on Vineyard Road but was unsuccessful.On September 22, several items were stolen from a home on Little Doe Run.Police urge residents to keep their homes and vehicles secure and report any suspicious activity to the Indiana State Police or Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department.last_img read more

Arsenal camp in disarray after ‘player tested positive for coronavirus

first_img Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist According to The Athletic, two other people “came in close contact” to the infected individual. That meant, going by the government guidance, the player would have to self-isolate for seven days. But the two individuals who had been in contact with the player would have to quarantine for 14 days. The club reportedly held their own testing for the unnamed star and both came back negative, therefore believing the first test was a ‘false positive’. But “the in-house process is not approved by the Premier League” meaning that the Gunners had to wait for the next round of official testing. That came just two days before Arsenal’s game against Manchester City – and the player provided a negative test for infection.Advertisement Arsenal preparations for the resumption of the Premier League season were reportedly thrown into chaos when one player tested positive for coronavirus. The three players missed a total of four days training during the process, only returning for sessions the day before the City game. And it is being reported that the trio all featured in the 3-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s title-chasers. Boss Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus back in March following the postponement of the Manchester City game. That put the whole first-team squad, coaches and support staff into isolation. The 37-year-old revealed he started to feel unwell shortly after his side’s Europa League game with Olympiacos. The Greek club’s owner, Evangelos Marinakis, later tested positive for the killer bug – sparking a panic amongst a host of clubs, including Nottingham Forest. After that, Arteta revealed everything happened “very quickly” and it took a while for him to fully recover having tested positive for Covid-19. Arteta admitted to feeling “unwell for three or four days” and admitted it all “happened very fast”. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Engebregtsen tops Luxemburg SportMods

first_imgVince Engebregtsen was the Friday Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner at Luxemburg Speed­way. (www.danlewisphoto.net)By Scott OwenLUXEMBURG, Wis. (May 26) – Luxemburg Speedway saluted veterans on Friday night and Vince Engebregtsen rocketed to the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature win.Brandon Kaye led the opening five laps before Engebregtsen went to the high line to take the lead on lap six.  Fourteenth starting Randy LeMieux Jr. made a late race charge for the lead but Engebregtsen would not be denied victory.Troy DeGrave came home third after starting 12th.Shawn Kilgore and Rod Snellenberger won the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main events, respectively. Brody Rivest was the Mach-1 Sport Compact winner.last_img read more

Pasighat ready to host 18th State Level Tadar Tang Football Tournament

first_imgA CorrespondentItanagar: Preparations are nearing completion for conducting the 18th State Level Tadar Tang football tournament at Pasighat in East Siang district from December 28 next.The state’s top football tourney, which had been scheduled to be held from 15 to 23 December, had to be postponed in view of the protests in Assam over the amended Citizenship Act.Fourteen teams would vie for the top honour during the nine-day tournament, the final of which would be played on January 5 next year.East Siang District Football Association (DFA) is organizing the tournament under the aegis of the Arunachal Pradesh Football Association.The matches would be held at two grounds – the Pasighat indoor stadium and the College of Horticulture & Forestry ground informed DFA secretary Tayon Dai and coordinator Moken Loyi.Food, accommodation and security arrangement for the players have been made with the help of the district administration.“Besides the district administration and the sports department, three MLAs of the district are providing logistic support to us for smooth conduct of the tournament,” they said.The inaugural match would be played between East Siang and Lower Subansiri at the indoor stadium, the organizer informed.Also Read: All India Football Federation (AIFF) invites clubs for Futsal ChampionshipAlso Watch: Public meeting on Protection of the indigenous communities held in Tinsukialast_img read more

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