Spain’s Iberdrola targets Denmark’s Ørsted for top spot in U.S. offshore wind market

first_imgSpain’s Iberdrola targets Denmark’s Ørsted for top spot in U.S. offshore wind market FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Spanish utility group Iberdrola wants to be the biggest player in the U.S. offshore wind market, but it will need to go through early market front-runner Ørsted to get there.Iberdrola, among the world’s largest wind power generators, plans to steamroll its way through the coronavirus crisis, with CEO Ignacio Galán announcing plans this month to increase investment in renewables projects and continue adding jobs as soon as the public health crisis is over. Up to a quarter of the €10 billion ($11 billion) the company plans to invest this year will go toward offshore wind.Iberdrola has long been a major player in U.S. renewables and remains one of the country’s largest owners of onshore wind farms through its controlling stake in Avangrid, a utility and renewables developer. The U.S. — and Avangrid — is now a central plank of Iberdrola’s global offshore wind push, accounting for more than 60 percent of its 12-gigawatt global offshore pipeline.Avangrid is joint owner of Vineyard Wind, whose 800-megawatt project for Massachusetts is likely to become one of the first major U.S. offshore wind farms despite its ongoing permitting delay saga. Vineyard is now expected to be finished in 2023; Iberdrola confirms there has been no change in the project timeline despite the coronavirus shutdown.“We’re in a very good position to be the leading player [in the U.S.],”Jonathan Cole, managing director of Iberdrola’s offshore wind business, told GTM. “We’re going to be the first to build a large-scale offshore wind project in Vineyard I. That puts us in a strong position and allows us to just keep growing and growing beyond that.” Denmark’s Ørsted, which is the world’s leading offshore wind developer, holds a formidable position in the U.S., with interests in projects across five states totaling more than 8 gigawatts. By the middle of this decade, Ørsted could own more than 3 gigawatts of U.S. offshore wind, compared to 800 megawatts for Iberdrola if Vineyard successfully builds its first two projects in New England.[John Parnell]More: Iberdrola plans to take top spot in U.S. offshore wind (and keep it)last_img read more

Video: Virginia Mountain Bike Trail

first_imgThe 500-mile Virginia Mountain Bike Trail is poised to be the South’s sweetest stretch of singletrack. Check out the video below and read the full story here.The Virginia Mountain Bike Trail from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.last_img

Templeton to Senate Banking: NCUA wrong on RBC

first_imgNAFCU witness Ed Templeton told the Senate Banking Committee today that credit unions are straining under the growth in regulatory burden and told the committee’s chairman of the major disconnect between the views of regulators and the regulated on this score. Risk-based capital is a case in point.Templeton, testifying in the committee’s second hearing this week on regulatory relief, was asked by committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., whether NCUA had done sufficient analysis on the cost vs. benefit. Templeton said it did not.“The current proposal is a significant improvement,” Templeton said. However, he said if the current proposal were applied retrospectively to the financial downturn, he said 95 percent of the credit unions that would have been problematic came through the crisis soundly. “I think that’s a good indication that it’s not necessary.”Shelby, in this week’s hearings, has acknowledged the growing regulatory burden for credit unions and community banks, and he said he looks forward to working with committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, on legislation to ease that burden. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Inspire member loyalty with merchant-funded rewards

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For today’s consumer, nothing says thank you like a great rewards program. And while the rewards industry has traditionally been shaped by the interests of global financial institutions, new merchant-funded solutions are hitting the market, making it easier than ever for credit unions to inspire member loyalty and keep their payment cards top of wallet.“The demand for card-based rewards programs continues to grow throughout the financial industry,” said Andrew Gates, CEO for Azigo, Inc. and Member Rewards by CO-OP consultant for CO-OP Financial Services. “Within this space, merchant-funded rewards are by far the fastest growing segment, especially for credit unions. Today, even the smallest credit unions can offer members rewards from tens of thousands of top retailers, while also including exclusive offers from small, local merchants.”Leveraging Your Local CachetAccording to Gates, a merchant-funded rewards program founded on the trend of “local love” plays squarely into a credit union’s strengths. “As a credit union, you are universally viewed as community-based and community serving,” he said. “And local merchant-funded rewards bring together amazing synergies across your community. In addition to strengthening your ties to local members and merchants, these rewards help your partnering businesses showcase their products and services, all while rewarding members for something they are already doing: shopping Main Street.” continue reading »last_img read more

Interfaith coalition calls for end to racism, white privilege

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Religious leaders from across the Southern Tier gathered to send a message of tolerance to the entire community. To amplify their message, Rev. Tim Taugher of St. Francis of Assisi read a poem by Langston Hughes as an example of change needed in the community. Most of the goals the coalition called for are reviews of law enforcement policies by black community members, and the reintroduction of the Binghamton Citizen Review Board, but this time with subpoena powers. 46 local clergy representing about a dozen faith traditions signed a letter announcing their support for goals to improve the quality of black lives as outlined by the NAACP. “Oh let America be America again, the land it never has been yet and yet must be,” wrote Hughes, a black, lifelong New Yorker. “The land where every man is free. Oh yes, I say it plain, America never was America for me.” Those words were written back in 1935, an example the clergy said of how slow change comes in our country. An interfaith coalition met Wednesday morning at Confluence Park in Binghamton to rebuke racism and call for change in the wake of social protests across the country.last_img read more

ENROLLMENT DOWN: WV private schools take a beating

first_imgEnrollment for school year 2020-2021 started on June 1 and ended on July 15. DepEd-6, however, said schools would continue receiving late enrollees. Enrollment in private schools for the new school year reached 89,977 (Kindergarten, 4,789; Elementary, 18,612; JHS, 39,544; SHS, 27,032). Also, she said, it is ultimately up to the parents to decide if they want to enroll their children to school or not./PN For distance learning, DepEd-6 has three strategies. These are the following: DepEd, however, remains hopeful the enrollment will still “increase in the coming weeks.” * radio- or television-based instruction * modular – printed or electronic materials would be issued for students to study; this includes worksheets, too, that students must answer and other learning materials that teachers would deem necessary for the students DepEd-6 is exploring the possibility of combining the above-mentioned modalities for a “blended” learning experience of students, said Belleza. Of this number, 45,754 students were in kindergarten; 259, 182 in elementary; 454, 712 in JHS, 409, 150 in SHS and 1,178 are non-graded learners with disabilities. “Hindi ito nakapagtataka dahil ang natamaan nang husto ng dagok sa ating ekonomiya ay ang mga private schools, businesses at naaapektuhan ang kapasidad ng mga parents na magpadala ng kanilang mga anak sa private schools,” Briones said in an online press briefing. Education secretary Leonor Briones blamed the economic setback brought by the pandemic. The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines criticized DepEd for failing around seven million learners nationwide who have not enrolled for the coming school year and the 19.5 million whose education “is bound to suffer” due to the agency’s unprepared learning modalities under its “new normal.” As to the enrollment figures in tertiary schools in Region 6, only 1,196 learners have so far registered (Kindergarten, three; Elementary, 85; JHS, 805; and SHS, 303) – way below the 2019-2020 enrollment figure of 5,052. For the upcoming new school year, DepEd-6 is hoping to exceed the 2019-2020 enrollment of over two million learners despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In non-graded education both in public and private schools, DepEd-6 reported an enrollment of 4,002. Meanwhile, Dr. Lea Belleza, DepEd-6 regional information officer, said they already started preparing for various “learning delivery modalities”. These were face-to-face learning, distance learning, blended learning, and homeschooling. Belleza said face-to-face learning may be allowed in areas considered as “low-risk” for COVID-1 9 transmission but health safety measures would be strictly observed such as regular disinfection of schools, frequent hand-washing, wearing of facemask, observing physical distancing, and checking of body temperature. In the Alternative Learning System (ALS), on the other hand, the region’s enrollment is 22,488 – over 50 percent lower than 61,039 enrollees in school year 2019-2020. * online class – but only possible if students have the needed gadgets such as laptop or desktop computer, cellphone, and strong internet connection In the previous 2019-2020 school year, public school enrollment in Region 6 was 1,798,939. She also did not discount the possibility of homeschooling; the students just stay at home and their parents would teach them based on the curriculum and learning materials set by the school. * Elementary – 780, 836 * Kindergarten – 103,842 ILOILO City – Enrollees for school year 2020-2021 in Western Visayas reached 1,679,038, data from the Department of Education (DepEd) showed – down from the number of enrollees in the 2019-2020 school year. The sharpest drop is in private schools. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, parents and students were offered several options to enroll – via electronic mail, through social media applications such as Facebook and Viber among other internet-based communications applications, through phone calls, and short messaging system (text). Belleza said it is up to schools to determine which teaching strategies would be suitable for their students. Of the new enrollees, 1,561,375 registered in public schools. Here’s the breakdown: Nationwide, data from DepEd showed that as of July 17 there were only 1,169,976 students enrolled in private schools across 17 regions. DepEd also strictly maintained the “no collection policy” during the enrollment period. According to the DepEd, the number is only 27 percent of last year’s 4,304,676 – a sharp 73 percent drop, overall. * Junior High School (JHS) – 498,486 The plunge is deep. In school year 2019-2020, there were 236,298 enrollees in the region’s private schools. * Senior High School (SHS) – 178,211last_img read more

Lauren Hill will serve as honorary coach

first_imgHill will serve as an honorary coach for Mount. St. Joe’s (Image: Getty)LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – Lauren Hill has played her last basketball game for Mount St. Joseph’s University.The Lawrenceburg graduate will now serve as an honorary coach for the team, her coach Dan Benjamin told Cincinnati’s WCPO-TV Wednesday night.Hill is battling a form of brain cancer and her story has transcended beyond the college sports world.The freshman made a basket Tuesday at home against The College of Wooster marking her tenth collegiate point.Hill launched the #LayUp4Lauren campaign which raises money for research and a cure for brain cancer.last_img

ORVC Weekly Report Summary (October 29–November 3)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report Summary (October 29–November 3)Players of the Week.Girls Basketball: Elexah Roepke – South RipleyORVC Report(October 29-November 3)2018Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

Lady Chargers Blanked By Lady Tigers

first_imgNorth Decatur High School Girls Varsity Volleyball falls to Lawrenceburg High School 3-0. 25-11, 25-20, 25-16Chargers Scoring: Olivia Bohman 12 digs & 7 kills; Erika Kramer 9 digs & 4 kills; Madelyn Bohman 3 kills; Kara Muckerheide 19 assists.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.last_img

Frank Holman

first_imgFrank G. Holman, 49, of Vevay passed away at 10:10pm, Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at his home. He was born in Greensburg on May 15, 1970 and is survived by his father Harry (Bernadette) Holman of Versailles and his mother Nora Matky of Holton. Frank was married to Volina Stultz on July 27, 2013 and she also survives. Other survivors include two sons Frank T. (Cayla) Holman of Hanover and Jake G. Holman and his companion Nicole Fish of Columbus; one daughter Sydney Holman and her companion Trent Mason of Batesville; one step-son Josh (Thera) South, and one step-daughter Jenna South both of Vevay; 10 grandchildren; three brothers Vincent Holman of Milan, Harry Jr. (Michelle) Holman of New Marion, and Bryce (Samantha) Holman of Olean. He was preceded in death by his daughter Shelby. Frank was a 1988 graduate of South Ripley High School and he had been a heavy equipment operator for both Roy Holman and Mike Holman in Versailles. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was very proud to have owned and operated Big Al’s Septic Service in Vevay since 2011. He also enjoyed tending to his goats and his chickens, affectionately known as his “babies”. Funeral services for Frank will be held on Saturday, November 2nd at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to High Pointe Hospice or the New Marion Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more