Stable water isotopes and accumulation rates in the Union Glacier region, Ellsworth Mountains, West Antarctica, over the last 35 years

first_imgntarctica is well known to be highly susceptible to atmospheric and oceanic warming. However, due to the lack of long-term and in situ meteorological observations, little is known about the magnitude of the warming and the meteorological conditions in the intersection region between the Antarctic Peninsula (AP), the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) and the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS). Here we present new stable water isotope data (δ18O, δD, d excess) and accumulation rates from firn cores in the Union Glacier (UG) region, located in the Ellsworth Mountains at the northern edge of the WAIS. The firn core stable oxygen isotopes and the d excess exhibit no statistically significant trend for the period 1980–2014, suggesting that regional changes in near-surface air temperature and moisture source variability have been small during the last 35 years. Backward trajectory modelling revealed the Weddell Sea sector, Coats Land and Dronning Maud Land (DML) to be the main moisture source regions for the study site throughout the year. We found that mean annual δ18O (δD) values in the UG region are negatively correlated with sea ice concentrations (SICs) in the northern Weddell Sea but not influenced by large-scale modes of climate variability such as the Southern Annular Mode (SAM) and the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Only mean annual d-excess values show a weak positive correlation with the SAM. On average annual snow accumulation in the UG region amounts to 0.245 m w.e. a−1 in 1980–2014 and has slightly decreased during this period. It is only weakly related to sea ice conditions in the Weddell Sea sector and not correlated with SAM and ENSO. We conclude that neither the rapid warming nor the large increases in snow accumulation observed on the AP and in West Antarctica during the last decades have extended inland to the Ellsworth Mountains. Hence, the UG region, although located at the northern edge of the WAIS and relatively close to the AP, exhibits rather stable climate characteristics similar to those observed in East Antarctica.last_img read more

US Navy censures officers involved in USS Fitzgerald crash

first_img Photo: USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrives at the port of Pascagoula, Miss., Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 aboard heavy lift transport vessel MV Transshelf. Photo: US Navy US Navy Secretary (SECNAV) Richard V. Spencer is to issue a secretarial letter of censure to former USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) commanding officer Cmdr. Bryce Benson and former crew member Lt. Natalie Combs, for their role in the deadly collision off Japan in June 2018.The destroyer collided with Filipino merchant vessel ACX Crystal on June 17, about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan. Seven sailors lost their lives in the incident.The public letter of censure that will be issued by SECNAV is used to publicly shame service members but has no legal implications. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson will also withdraw and dismiss charges in the general courts-martial against the two officers.“This decision is in the best interest of the Navy, the families of the Fitzgerald Sailors, and the procedural rights of the accused officers. Both officers were previously dismissed from their jobs and received non-judicial punishment,” a US Navy statement read.USS Fitzgerald was transported from Japan to Mississippi for repairs in January 2018. The total cost of returning the destroyer to operational status, including transport from Japan, is expected to reach close to $370 million dollars.US shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries is expected to complete works by January 2020. View post tag: USS Fitzgerald Share this article View post tag: US Navylast_img read more

Prince Albert urges Oxford students to ignore “alternative facts”

first_imgPrince Albert said: “Despite the bleak picture which I have just described, you have a unique opportunity to change the course of history. To achieve this, we have science, awareness, and power.”“We need to accept the unity of this globalised world, we need to accept that we are sharing this planet,” he added.As head of state of the principality of Monaco, he has continued Monaco’s policy of strengthening environmental awareness, being the only incumbent head of state to have visited both the North and South Poles.The Prince of Monaco has an estimated wealth of over one billion dollars. Albert II, Prince of Monaco, called on Oxford students to combat the “alternative facts” of climate change deniers, in a speech at the Union on Monday night.Taking about his environmental activism, Prince Albert said he had “faith” in Oxford students as the “global leaders of the future” to bring about a “a better and more sustainable world.”In what appeared to be a veiled attack on Donald Trump’s administration, Prince Albert warned about the dangers of “some vivid political dialogue, which is questioning scientific truths” in recent weeks.He said: “Despite the concern that they [climate change deniers] have generated, in particular over the past few weeks, I want to believe that reason will prevail.“Because scientific facts are increasingly hard to challenge. There are no alternative facts, other than futile denial schemes.”The new US president dismissed climate change as a Chinese hoax before the US election, and since then has appointed a string of people with links to the fossil fuel industry and a track record of global warming scepticism to senior positions in his administration.last_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” JULY 1, 2019

first_imghttps://www.seattletimes.com/sports/hockey/nhl-seattle-chooses-palm-springs-as-site-for-new-ahl-farm-team/?amp=1&fbclid=IwAR3J8s3yLgvn3UTS_BtgF8E0UnAr3_f-sM6LZbFtYGoqO2ylMsySkYzgH88IS IT TRUE over the last 15 plus years the CCO has published around 250 “IS IT TRUE” columns per year?  …each column had an average of seven (7) “IS IT TRUE” statements posted in it?  …our guesstimate is that the City-County Observer has written and posted around 26,250 “IS IT TRUE” statements over the last 15 plus years?IS IT TRUE that for more than 15 plus years this column has served the City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County as the place to go to learn things that are going on in local government that other media is reluctant to cover?…much good has come from things posted in “IS IT TRUE” and the comment section has for the most part made the City-County Observer the go-to place for open constructive dialog?IS IT TRUE that in recent history two posters going by the names of Joe Biden and Ronald Reagan have dominated the comment section to push their own private narratives about national politics?…this has diminished the dialog about local topics published in the CCO?…for that reason we decided to launch the “Left Jab And Right Jab” forum where these two and others can argue to their hearts desire about any national subject they like?…we have respectfully asked them to keep their big arguments on the other site?…they are both valued as readers and are welcome to opine on “IS IT TRUE” on the topics addressed in “IS IT TRUE”?IS IT TRUE that over the years the “IS IT TRUE” column has served the financial health of the taxpayers of Evansville well and we are proud to have done so?…as a reminder one of the earliest breaking stories that the CCO profiled was when a former Mayor and his associates conspired secretly to eliminate the Homestead Tax Credit?…the CCO was alerted to this by one of our most trusted “MOLES” and we exposed this “SNEGAL” (Sneaky but Legal) meeting and the amount of money that the taxpayers of Vanderburgh County were about to be fleeced out of?…that number was $5 million per year which by now has amounted to $50 million that the CCO’s exposure of this sneaky dirty trick saved the taxpayers of Evansville and Vanderburgh County?IS IT TRUE that once upon a time the recently acquired Vectren Corporation was poised to stick the ratepayers of Southwest Indiana with roughly $30 million for a dense pack upgrade?…between the CCO, Occupy Evansville, and the mobilization effort to bring a meeting of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to Evansville and when push came to shove, Vectren’s best-laid plans were thwarted and the dense pack technology was not passed on to the ratepayers?IS IT TRUE that from drug addict needles in public playgrounds to potholes and from decrepit sewers to antiquated water pipes, the CCO has been the watchdog for the people against ignorant and malignant local government actions?…the ballfields that should never have been built were cost reduced by roughly $4 million and the CCO lead the charge?…the $50 million mis-gilded “Smart Water Meter” project that were snuck through by the Weinzapfel Administration in its last weeks was opposed and exposed by the CCO and our willingness to do this saved everyone some money?…the CCO outed the Executive Inn debacle and the McCurdy funding nonsense?IS IT TRUE our finest hour was when we exposed the Earthcare Energy project as a scam and saved an oblivious city council from handing $4 million to a project team that didn’t even have a patent they claimed to have?…through all of this we taught Evansville the meaning of the term VETTING?…we hope this is a lesson that is never forgotten?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that the newly approved “Sports Book” betting in Indiana are going to hurt the Kentucky Casinos?We are pleased to provide obituaries from eight (8) area funeral homes at no costs.  Please scroll down our paper and you shall see a listing of them.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.”READERS FORUM”  We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.IS IT TRUE that the die is cast for the 2019 election for Mayor of Evansville and for the first time in most people’s lifetime there are not candidates from the two major parties?…Mayor Lloyd Winnecke for all practical purposes is running unopposed when it comes to campaign war chests?…there are two other candidates for Mayor and neither is going to have even 10% of the cash available to spend on campaign ads as Winnecke already has?…the reality is that one of the two third party candidates may well expose things that will not be flattering to Winnecke but it would take a very heinous discovery to keep him from being sworn in for his 3rd term?IS IT TRUE according to  WRDB TV in Louisville, Ky.slots gaming play is a $5.3 billion in wagers has produced about $80 million in taxes, of which about $51 million has gone to horse industry-related funds and programs, leaving a disappointing $29 million in general tax revenue for the State of Kentucky?IS IT TRUE according to WRDB TV, Louisville, the Kentucky Supreme Court will weigh in for the second time in a long-running case challenging the legality of the nearly 3,000 slot-like “Historical Horse Racing” machines that have been installed at racetrack-owned venues around the state since 2011.IS IT TRUE we hope that the new owners of Ellis Park will show their patrons how to use the additional option of betting on past horse races from tracks all over America? …we are told that this feature is available on every “Historical Horse Racing” machine in the State Of Kentucky but is rarely used?  …in fact this is seemly the best kept secret in Casino gaming in the State of Kentucky?…when you visit a Casino located in the State of Kentucky and play their “Historical Horse Racing” machines please ask their staff members to explain how can you bet on past horse races on their gaming machines? IS IT TRUE that Palm Springs, CA is about to get a new hockey rink and not one dime of taxpayer money will be spent on the construction?…the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians have announced a partnership with Live Nation to bring a 10,000 seat arena with an adjacent practice rink and entertainment area similar to Louisville’s 4th Street Live to downtown Palm Springs?…the arena is slated to open in the Fall of 2021 which will be a record time to compete a $250 million project?…the arena will be on the Agua Caliente reservation so there will be no State of California regulations, litanies of lawsuits, or insane local rules to hamper the construction?…as the reservation is a sovereign nation it is also not subject to the deal killing Davis Bacon laws that were passed in 1931?…if the arena is a big financial winner the Agua Caliente will reap the profits and if it is not they will absorb the losses?…this is how arena’s should be financed?IS IT TRUE that Palm Springs, California has been chosen by the Seattle National Hockey League franchise as the home of a newly created AHL farm team?…the deal for the team seems to have been sealed by the announcement by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians that they have entered a private partnership that will build a 10,000 seat sports arena on tribal land?…the entire financial package will be born by private investment and will not place the taxpayers at risk period?…this deal may become a model for other locations where politicians fantasize about impossible scenarios to justify building monuments to themselves with public dollars?IS IT TRUE the attached link provides you with information about the Palm Springs, California National Hockey League franchise as the home of a newly created AHL farm team?center_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.last_img read more

SPOTLIGHT: MEET HOME GROWN INVENTOR AND ENTREPRENEURS SCOTT MASSEY

first_imgScott Massey was born in Evansville, Indiana on March 20, 1995, to Thomas and Joanne Massey. After graduating from Memorial Catholic High School, Scott went on to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering technology with a certificate in entrepreneurship at Purdue University. During the summers of 2014-2015, Scott interned at Separation By Design in Evansville, Indiana,  designing fluid control equipment in the oil and natural gas industry, and made patent drawings for a local attorney.While a Junior at Purdue, a job opening was posted at the Purdue Horticultural College seeking an engineer familiar with fluid control systems to work on a hydroponic research study. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without dirt using nutrient-rich water recycled over the roots in a closed loop. Most hydroponic systems are indoors, meaning they can grow to produce year-round, using 95% less water, and can grow to produce three times faster without the use of pesticides. After being interviewed, Scott was selected to work as a student researcher on this project during the school year. This research study was funded by NASA to conduct controlled environment agriculture (CEA) growth trials in an International Space Station simulation that identified the ideal spectrum (color) of light using LEDs needed for plants to grow food in space. Plants only require a small portion of visible light (red, blue, and some white) to photosynthesize properly. Focusing only on the necessary colors of light needed to grow reduces lighting energy consumption, the most expensive operational cost for CEA. The study specifically used different combinations of red-blue-white LEDs to identify peak photosynthetic output by measuring the Carbon-dioxide input and Oxygen output. Scott worked alongside Ivan Ball who was studying electrical and computer engineering technology. Ivan was born on December 4, 1993, in Owensville, Indiana to Kenny and Karen Ball, and attended Gibson Southern High School before attending Purdue.Scott and Ivan learned about the amazing benefits of hydroponics that could be used to solve the inefficiencies in agriculture today.Scott then applied to several commercial, hydroponic farms for an internship for the summer of 2016. He was disappointed to learn that many of these farms (which have access to state-level agricultural energy pricing which can be as low as $.015 per KWH) still had very little revenue due to the operational costs of indoor growing, so they could not afford to hire a summer intern. Scott then went on to apply to other industries to find an internship outside of Evansville to build up his resume. That time came when a large construction company gave him an offer to work as a project engineer in Hawaii. After accepting his offer, Scott was unexpectedly reassigned to build section-8 government housing for low-income families in El Paso, Texas along the border of Juarez, Mexico. “The area of town I managed was originally named Angel’s triangle but was called the Devil’s triangle by the locals due to the crime in the area. I oversaw a Spanish speaking workforce which removed asbestos from the housing complexes and renovated it for new residents.” Scott witnessed his first major food desert first hand. A food desert is when a low income (often inner city area) is too far away from grocery stores with fresh produce, so the residents are forced to resort to fast food for most meals. “I learned how the food desert epidemic has become a perpetual cycle plaguing our inner cities. When the residents only eat fast food, they become obese and develop health complications that most of the residents can’t afford to seek treatment for which causes them to seek additional government assistance. I found it ironic that HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) allocated $1 Billion to El Paso which was being used to wheel in new appliances the front door, and wheel the used, but still functional appliances out the back door. Suddenly the idea of a hydroponic appliance that could grow fresh produce in a consumer’s home did not seem that crazy. I began making concept drawings and researching prior art patents to determine what this design might look like.” Scott finally came up with a design for the Heliponix™ GroPod. It was a dishwasher-sized aeroponic appliance that used a high-pressure spray nozzle to continuously water the plants. It could grow ahead of leafy greens in approximately 35 days. It could fit over 40 plants in the growing device that could fit under the counter. This accelerated growth rate staggered over the 40 planting ports could yield a full head of leafy greens on a daily basis.At the end of the 2016 summer, Scott returned to Purdue for his senior year with designs for the Heliponix™ GroPod in hand. Scott immediately reached out to Ivan for assistance in programming the software and designing the electrical hardware for the device that they built in Scott’s apartment kitchen. “This started as just a gardening hobby, but it was too expensive. I began working night shifts delivering newspapers for the Exponent to generate the funds needed to keep building prototypes. I quickly realized that this would not provide enough funding, so we entered into business plan competitions to try and win more capital.” Scott drafted a business plan for Heliponix™ (formerly Hydro Grow) which sold the appliance as an initial purchase and then sold a nonperishable, seed pod subscription as a recurring revenue stream similar to a Keurig K cup. “I think a good analogy for this would be the evolution of the ice industry. Ice was originally harvested only in the winter and delivered before it melted. Then refrigeration was invented which made ice available in any city through ice factories independent of the climate throughout the year. However, the market ultimately favored buying personal ice factories (refrigerators) over buying ice. I believe produce farming will follow the same pattern. Farming has been historically defined as harvesting one season a year and delivering it before it perished. Now hydroponic factory farms are profitable through more efficient LEDs (plus agricultural energy pricing) to make fresh produce available in any city independent of the climate throughout the year. I believe the final frontier of produce farming will be in-home aeroponic appliances from non-perishable seed pods!”Scott and Ivan unexpectedly won first place at their first pitch competition in Muncie, Indiana at the Innovation Connector Big Idea Pitch Competition. “After winning that first competition, I thought why stop? We applied to every university business plan competition that we could find.” Scott and Ivan eventually won just under $100K before their graduation. “Our gardening hobby quickly grew out of hand, so we spent the rest of 2017, after graduation, perfecting the design to be sold. It felt pretty good to start selling Heliponix™ GroPods in 2018 to our first customers. Most hydroponic systems can only yield 40-50 grams/kWhr. Only through the design, we filed our first provisional patent on, could we grow over 100 grams/kWhr. This revolutionary approach towards CEA has made it profitable for the consumer without government subsidies for the first time.” The company is currently assembling the GroPods literally in-house, in a garage in Southern Indiana where all of the main parts are sourced from Indiana suppliers or 3D printed on site.Scott and Ivan have secured their first government contracts, created several jobs for software engineers, and have seen a sharp increase in sales. “We can’t make these fast enough, so we are currently exploring opportunities to increase manufacturing productivity,” said Ivan. Scott has been selected by the Mandela Washington Fellowship to visit Togo, Africa on behalf of the U.S. Department of State to teach lectures about sustainable agriculture at the University of Lomé for April 2018. “What’s really interesting about our work in Africa is that it does not have a commercial agenda since the funding has already been provided. We are creating an open source, pictorial manual that shows even an illiterate person how to assemble their own low-cost hydroponic system that could feed a small family leafy greens. We only ask that they post about their builds on social media to track the impact of the project. The manual will be available across the continent for free. Our progress in Africa will not be tracked in dollars earned, but instead the number of mouths fed and lives saved from hunger. Most of the countries in Africa import over 80% of their food, so this isn’t just an issue of environmental sustainability. This is a national security threat for these countries if their food supplies are cut, so they need to become independent” said Scott. Scott is predicting that the world’s largest produce farming company will own no land within the next 30 years.According to the United Nations, we need to increase our global food output by 70% if we are going to avoid a global food crisis in 2050. However, this will be difficult, because agriculture already accounts for 80% of American freshwater consumption. More information can be found out about Heliponix™ at www.heliponix.com or emailing [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

A day at the marsh and more

first_imgNorthern shrike  in Wilton. All the small birds scattered when the predatory shrike arrived. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Song sparrow in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Fox sparrow in Wilton. (Photo by Tom Oliver)Dark-eyed junco in Wilton.  (Photo by Tom Oliver)Deer feeding at a farm in Stratton. They ring a bell about 3 p.m. every day and the deer come running to eat the corn. We saw about 50 deer eating corn that day. You have to stay in the car and there is a donation box to help pay for the corn they feed the deer. Hope you post this so other people can enjoy this feeding of the deer. (Photo by Jim Dwinal)Deer feeding in Stratton. (Photo by Jim Dwinal)Through the fog, a flock of Canada geese trying to keep it together as they come down after a long night’s flight.  (Photo by Pat Blanchard)Another cheerful sign.  (Photo by Pat Blanchard)A common redpoll braving Monday’s wind storm. (Photo by Laura Ganz)Tree topper for Easter. This “Treetop Cross” was noticed in my backyard a year ago and has withstood all the storms since. It has kept our hopes up during this pandemic. (Photo by Nick DeMillo)Two turkeys pushing each other back and forth. (Photo by Bernadette Harvell)A common goldeneye at Scarborough marsh. (Photo by Jim Knox )An American black duck flying over Scarborough marsh. (Photo by Jim Knox )A male red-breasted merganser at Scarborough marsh. (Photo by Jim Knox)A female red-breasted merganser. (Photo by Jim Knox)A blue bird with an attitude at Scarborough marsh. (Photo by Jim Knox )First spring crocus beauties snuggled up against a wall. (Photo by Jane Knox)last_img read more

Taking Simplicity to a New Level with Hybrid Cloud Platforms

first_imgAs this summer’s world-class Olympic athletes demonstrated, being successful in a fiercely competitive environment means constantly upping your game.  Success is about pushing the limits of what is expected while always remaining strategic. Similarly, we’re preparing our hybrid cloud customers to grasp and maintain their competitive advantage.The EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud was designed to increase agility for traditional applications, freeing up resources to invest in innovation. For customers looking to develop cloud-native applications and a DevOps strategy, EMC Native Hybrid Cloud provides the agility they need without risk. Customers can invest time in driving business value as EMC continues to develop and deliver innovations into our cloud platforms.Today, we are announcing several Enterprise Hybrid Cloud and Native Hybrid Cloud enhancements …Enterprise Hybrid Cloud has increased data center support by 2XPhysically distributed data centers can now be centrally managed using a single self-service catalog.  The ability to leverage up to 4 vCenters across 4 sites seamlessly brings increased responsiveness to the business.Optimize Data Protection on Enterprise Hybrid CloudJust like every Olympian needs a training strategy that is specific to their individual needs, not all applications have the same requirements.  Workloads evolve, and therefore, adjusting the level of protection should be simple.  For those using Avamar or Data Domain, backup service levels can be modified at any time throughout the workload lifecycle.  New support for anytime Virtual Machine Encryption with CloudLink and RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines provides granular data protection down to the individual workload or virtual machine. Services can be added, deleted or modified as-needed basis.Streamline the Delivery of Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Apps and Infrastructure ServicesFor new customers, the next version of the platform is targeted for later this year. These enhancements are planned to include new workflows that automate application to infrastructure provisioning to reduce the time and complexity of delivering new services.Start small and rapidly scale with Native Hybrid CloudAt the end of the third quarter of 2016, EMC plans to offer a new Native Hybrid Cloud option based on the VCE VxRail 200 and 200F models. This was designed for companies that want to get their feet wet with a DevOps strategy and expand as demand for new apps grow. Implementing a new cloud-native platform doesn’t mean organizations have to start from scratch. IT can leverage existing investments and knowledge of vSphere and vSAN technology to proceed with confidence and minimal risk.EMC Global Services deployment helps to eliminate risks and accelerates time to value through a comprehensive portfolio of services to help speed adoption including newly enhanced Implementation Services. Operating model services help customers define and build the roles and processes to evolve from a technology-siloed IT organization to a services-oriented operating model.Many Olympic athletes believe, “you can’t put a limit on anything.” At EMC, we’re removing those limitations.To see our platforms in action, visit either of our demo sites; ehcdemo.com or nhcdemo.com. Or, learn more on our webpage and follow @emccloud on Twitter.last_img read more

Utilities, governor hail PSB approval of Hydro-Québec agreement

first_imgVermont Governor Peter Shumlin and utility leaders today hailed the Public Service Board’s approval of a 26-year contract with Hydro-Québec, a key element of Vermont’s energy future.‘I am glad that the Public Service Board approved this agreement for clean, reliable, and favorably priced power for Vermonters,’ Gov. Shumlin said.  ‘Hydro-Québec has been an important partner in Vermont for many years, and will continue to be a key player in Vermont’s energy future.’ The PSB order, issued late Friday, is the culmination of a more than a year-long process that began with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE-CV), Green Mountain Power and Hydro-Québec in March 2010.  The MOU led to a contract last August, now approved by the PSB, which will benefit not only CVPS and GMP customers, but people across Vermont. ‘We are very pleased that the Public Service Board has validated our belief that this will be a very favorable contract for Vermont,’ CVPS President Larry Reilly and GMP President Mary Powell said in a joint statement.  ‘This approval ensures a large, clean, renewable baseload energy source in our portfolios that will be competitively priced and reliable.’ The PSB concurred.  ‘The proposed HQ (agreement) would provide a number of benefits to the Vermont utilities and their ratepayers,’ the board said.  ‘First, over the term of the contract the price of power is expected to be competitive with or favorable to market prices, and is less expensive than currently available sources of power with similar characteristics. Second, the price for this power is expected to be more stable than purely market-based purchases due to the formula for determining its future price. ‘This formula is based not only on market prices for power but also on inflation, and includes a buffering feature that limits year-to-year price fluctuations,’ the board said. ‘Third, the Vermont utilities will receive environmental attributes associated with the energy delivered by HQUS into the New England market in an amount matching the Vermont utilities’ purchases under the HQ PPA and reflecting at least 90 percent hydroelectricity, which Vermont law recognizes as renewable.’ Under the agreement, Vermont will purchase up to 225 megawatts of energy starting in November 2012 and ending in 2038. Hydro-Québec’s generating fleet is 98 percent hydroelectric. The agreement includes a price-smoothing mechanism that will shield customers from volatile market prices. The price will start at approximately 5.8 cents per kilowatt-hour.  Vermont has purchased energy from Quebec for decades. In the early 1980s, the first longer-term power deals were established.  The current Vermont-Hydro-Québec contract, which was signed on Dec. 4, 1987, phases out largely in 2016. The current contract has proven to be a sound agreement for Vermont, helping GMP and CVPS maintain clean portfolios and rates that are among the lowest in New England. The new energy contract was negotiated between CVPS, GMP and H.Q. Energy Services (U.S.) Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro-Québec. Other Vermont utilities that have confirmed their intent to purchase energy under this agreement are Vermont Public Power Supply Authority, Vermont Electric Cooperative Inc., Vermont Marble Power Division of Omya Industries Inc., the Town of Stowe Electric Department and the Burlington Electric Department.Soruce: CVPS, GMP. 4.18.2011last_img read more

Swedish virus deaths top 1,000, fueling criticism over strategy

first_imgSweden just passed a grim milestone, as Scandinavia’s biggest economy reported more than 1,000 deaths from Covid-19.The development adds to controversy surrounding Sweden’s decision to ignore the lockdowns being imposed elsewhere, and instead leave schools, bars, cafes and restaurants open to the public. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has said that stricter measures may be needed going forward.In all, 1,033 Swedes have died from Covid-19, official figures showed on Tuesday. Though still well below fatality rates in Italy and the U.K., it’s far worse than in any of the Nordic countries with which Sweden usually compares itself. The Swedish mortality rate is almost 10 times higher than in Finland, more than four times higher than in Norway, and twice Denmark’s. The academics writing in Dagens Nyheter urged the government to adopt a number of specific measures to save lives.“Close schools and restaurants in the same way that Finland has. All people working with elderly must wear adequate protective equipment. Start mass testing of all personnel that treat patients and test for antibodies so that those who have immunity can go back to work.” The latest development has prompted 22 academics to entreat the government to alter its course. “The approach must be changed radically and swiftly,” they wrote in an opinion piece published in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.Lofven’s hands-off model has drawn criticism from across the globe, including from U.S. President Donald Trump. But in Sweden, government agencies and policy makers say their approach is built on the idea that voluntary social distancing measures are most effective, rather than a total lockdown. They argue the Swedish model is more sustainable when it comes to fighting a lasting pandemic.Like elsewhere, most of Sweden’s Covid-19 deaths have hit the elderly–a demographic Lofven has admitted they should have done more to protect.“We have had an unfortunate development, especially compared to our neighboring countries, with an introduction of the virus at many elderly care homes,” Sweden’s top epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said at a press conference on Tuesday. “We have started working hard on this, in coordination with other government agencies.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Hatenboer-Water Installs Fresh Water System on German Offshore Platform

first_imgDutch water technology company Hatenboer-Water has completed delivery of a customised fresh water system for a recently installed unmanned offshore platform on one of the wind farms in the German North Sea.The project included the design and engineering work, construction, and installation of a complete water treatment package. With this commission, Hatenboer-Water installed its first water treatment system in the unmanned platforms market, the company said.Hatenboer-Waters’ fresh water system distributes water on site using a two-step disinfection process from its tank to end users or industrial application.The company’s sales engineer Bart Friso said: “It is an interesting project since the platform is unmanned and therefore our clients have specific requirements in terms of fresh water. We managed to complete this project within an impressive time frame. The system was engineered, constructed, supplied and made operational within an eight week period. This was all the more challenging considering its robust yet unusually compact frame.”Unmanned offshore platforms operate independently and require water supply for technical applications such as oil and water separation, deck cleaning and sanitary facilities including the required emergency shower, the company said.last_img read more