Image: Sugar Creek Wind Farm to be constructed by IEA. Photo: courtesy of Free-Photos/Pixabay. Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA), an Indiana-based infrastructure construction company, has bagged a construction contract for the 202MW Sugar Creek Wind Farm in Illinois, US.The Sugar Creek Wind Farm, to be built in Logan County in central Illinois, is owned by Liberty Power, a subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities. The wind farm will be equipped with 17 V110-2.0MW turbines and 40 V150-4.2MW turbines to be delivered by Vestas.Sugar Creek Wind Farm ConstructionUnder its contract, Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives will be responsible for installation of the wind turbines, upgrades and maintenance of public roads, turbine access roads, the construction of a high-voltage project substation connecting the wind farm to the electrical grid, and also installation of the MV collection system.Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.IEA CEO JP Roehm said: “The Sugar Creek project is another important example of the strong demand for wind power that we are addressing in 2019.”Work on the Sugar Creek Wind Farm is expected to begin this month with a target to make it fully operational by the fourth quarter of next year.The wind farm was acquired by the Algonquin Power & Utilities’ subsidiary in December 2018 from Apex Clean Energy. Prior to the sale, Apex Clean Energy signed a long-term contract with the Illinois Power Agency to provide renewable energy certificates from the wind farm to utilities in the state.Sugar Creek Wind Farm’s construction contractor Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives claims to have assembled over 7,200 wind turbines in North America. The company is said to be among the three Tier 1 wind energy contractors in the US and has completed over 200 wind and solar projects in various parts of North America.In July 2019, the construction engineering company had secured contracts worth $150m (£137.2m) from EDF Renewables North America for two wind farms in Texas with a combined capacity of 514MW.EDF Renewables is the lead developer of the two projects, which includes the 272MW Las Majadas Wind Farm in Willacy County and the 242MW Coyote Wind Farm in Scurry County. To be built in Logan County in central Illinois, the Sugar Creek Wind will be equipped with 57 turbines to be supplied by Vestas
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SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Representative Mike O’Brien Flag Order, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex and throughout all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff to honor the passing of Pennsylvania State Representative Mike O’Brien.Representative Mike O’Brien, 64, represented the 175th Legislative District from 2006 to 2018 in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives where he served as Democratic Chairman of the House Urban Affairs Committee and on the House Appropriations Committee.“Representative Mike O’Brien’s caliber of character was unmatched,” said Governor Wolf. “Mike cared deeply for his community and demonstrated his commitment each day he went to work. He poured his energy into making Philadelphia and Pennsylvania better places for families to work, learn, and grow. He and his service will be remembered and deeply missed.”The Commonwealth flag, which is already at half-staff, shall remain at half-staff through sunset on the day of Representative O’Brien’s interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute. October 15, 2018 read more
Enes Kanter is not pleased with what is going on with the Knicks.After being told he would start in Wednesday’s game against the Rockets, Kanter didn’t play a single minute in the 114-110 loss at Madison Square Garden. James Harden matches another Wilt Chamberlain feat with 61-point night “I’m trying to be a good teammate here man,” Kanter told reporters after the game, via The Athletic.He continued: “I want to play basketball, we’re all competitive and I want to play basketball, so just, if you’re going to play me here, play me. If not then just get me out of here.” Related News Enes Kanter says he was told this morning by the Knicks he would start tonight vs the Rockets. He got a DNP instead.”What they’re doing to me is pretty messed up. I deserve better.”Kanter pretty much asks to be traded.”You either play me or let me play.” pic.twitter.com/EufOCAkidF— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) January 24, 2019By Thursday, Knicks coach David Fizdale, whose team fell to 10-36 with the Rockets loss, was able to offer a bit of humor about the situation, according to the New York Daily News.Asked if he’s worried Kanter would become a distraction, Fizdale cracked, “What are we going to do, lose more games?”Kanter is averaging 14.4 points and 10.8 rebounds this season but he has been inactive for four of the team’s last five games. One of those games was in London where Kanter elected not to go out of fears for his safety with the nation of Turkey having taken out an arrest warrant against him. There have been trade rumors circulating around Kanter in recent weeks including one which would send him to the Bulls in return for Jabari Parker.Kanter is a free agent after this season. He is due about half of the remaining $18.6 million left on the final year of the four-year, $70 million contract he signed with Oklahoma City in 2015.🤦🏻♂️— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) January 24, 2019He was traded to the Knicks in a deal for Carmelo Anthony last season. read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As if the hot, dry weather during pollination and compaction issues in Ohio fields weren’t enough to put pressure on this year’s corn crop, corn rootworm may be just one more issue farmers may be dealing with. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins caught up with Eric Anderson, a product development agronomist with Syngenta, to discuss corn rootworm evaluations and management.
Successful proposals that strengthen the codeThere were only a few successful proposals that will make homes and businesses more efficient in the 2018 code. On the residential side of the code, these will clarify how the Energy Rating Index (ERI) path of the code is calculated to ensure consistency for consumers, require a minimum level of efficiency for homes that meet the code with renewable energy, and mandate the installation of more efficient windows in most climate zones. Commercial buildings (including large multifamily buildings) will be required to have more efficient showerheads.Why were there so few efficiency gains? Well, the Residential Technical Advisory Committee, appointed by the International Code Council (ICC) to hear and make the initial recommendations for proposals, was downright hostile to code energy efficiency improvements this code development cycle.That matters because of the ICC voting rules: a recommendation by the committee to disapprove a proposal means that two-thirds of code officials would have to vote to overturn the committee decision. It was an uphill battle for anything efficiency-related, so we weren’t surprised that only a few proposals passed that actually strengthen the code. But the ones that did are still worth celebrating!RE166-16 — Reference to ANSI/ICC/RESNET 301 standard in the ERI path, and RE 173-16 — Modified ERI numbers an on-site generation backstopHere’s an example of where proposals that are “in the weeds” make a big difference in the real world. RE-166 links the Energy Rating Index (ERI) to the industry-standard ANSI/ICC/RESNET Standard 301, while RE173 adjusts the ERI compliance numbers and requires a minimum level of efficiency for homes using renewable energy.These two proposals were among the highest-profile issues decided during this code development cycle, and we’re happy to say that code officials agreed with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Leading Builders of America, the insulation industry, and other efficiency advocates who supported a broad compromise.By passing these two proposals together, there is increased certainty in the ERI path of the code that customers will receive a high-quality home. Furthermore, if builders use renewable energy to comply with the ERI path of the code, then they must first meet a more stringent thermal envelope backstop. This means that a home must be efficient and designed to use less energy first, before renewable energy is added, resulting in less energy use and less energy waste.It would be silly, for example, to allow a home to be built that doesn’t have much insulation, or has inefficient single paned windows just because it has solar panels on top — so these successful proposals prevent that from happening. These proposals promote both energy efficiency and renewable energy in homes, which are both key to a sustainable clean energy future.RE 31-16 — More efficient windows in homesWhile RE-19 (which NRDC supported) did not pass, a nearly identical proposal submitted by NAHB to make windows more efficient did pass. As a result, windows in climate zones 3-8 (everywhere but the most southern parts of states in the south and southwest) will need to be as good as — or better than, in some areas — the previous version of Energy Star.The next edition of the International Energy Conservation Code will be published later this year and available for adoption by state and local jurisdictions in 2018.There were a handful of other proposals that passed that will have a positive impact on the code, including proposals to insulate heated concrete slabs, adding a new type of fan to a mechanical ventilation system table, and a few small clarifying proposals.On the commercial side of the code, CE 175-16 Part 1 was successful. This sets the maximum flow rate of showerheads in commercial buildings at 2.0 gallons per minute, which is the level specified by the EPA Water Sense program since 2010. More efficient faucets not only save water (which has become increasingly important in California and many other drought-stricken areas of the country) but also cuts down on the energy used to heat and pump that water. By LAUREN URBANEKThe newest building energy code, which will govern how much energy and money is saved by new home and commercial building owners, was recently approved by code officials — and by and large, they voted to uphold the great efficiency gains made in past code cycles.The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is the model building energy code recognized by the Department of Energy (DOE) and cited in federal law. It is updated every three years through a stakeholder process involving code officials, builders, efficiency advocates, and other interested parties. The process for developing the newest code has been underway for more than a year: proposals for the 2018 IECC went through multiple rounds of hearings and public comments before building code officials from around the country got the final vote. Once the model code is developed, it’s then up to state and local jurisdictions to adopt and enforce the codes. The IECC is used by more than 40 states. Proposals that would have weakened the codeGiven the anti-efficiency positions of the Technical Advisory Committee, playing defense was the name of the game for the efficiency advocates during this code cycle. Thankfully, our efforts were largely successful!The most significant proposals that were defeated would have increased air leakage in homes and allowed for builders to take credit in the performance path for efficiency gains between the minimum federal standard HVAC equipment and the type of equipment they install, and instead install less insulation or less-efficient windows. The increased air leakage proposal was a clear rollback of the code, and the equipment trade-off proposals would have created a huge free-ridership loophole given that more than 90% of installed equipment is already more efficient than the minimum standard.A number of other proposals, including one that would have allowed efficient lighting to replace other longer-lived improvements in the performance path of the code, and administrative proposals that would have changed key definitions to weaken the intent of the code, were also defeated.These bad proposals would have raised consumer utility bills, in many cases without them knowing about it ahead of time, as most of the impacted systems are not visible to the occupant. Savings from Building Energy Codes Are a Big DealThe 2012 Code Encourages Risky Wall StrategiesCould a Bare-Bones Energy Code Work?States Are Amending Then Adopting, the 2015 IECCICC Approves Changes to Energy CodeThe 2015 IECC Recognizes Home Energy Ratings What are energy codes, anyway?Building energy codes set specific requirements for the energy use of a building at the time of construction or during a major renovation. Codes are important because it’s much easier and less expensive to make energy efficient improvements while a home is under construction. Once something like insulation or windows is installed in a home, it’s likely to be a decade or more before they are replaced, and codes help make sure that efficient choices are made from the start.Codes have proven to be an incredibly effective tool to reduce energy use in homes and businesses, saving Americans money and reducing harmful pollution. A home built to the 2012 code uses about half of the energy as a standard home constructed in 1975 — but there’s still room for improved efficiency. Americans spend more than $200 billion each year on their energy bills and a recent Department of Energy report found that a modest 4% to 5% increase in the stringency of the building energy code could cumulatively save consumers $126 billion on their energy bills from 2010 to 2040. Those are real savings for building owners and occupants and the reduced energy use from such improvements as more efficient windows or thicker insulation also helps avoid the pollution from fossil fuel-fired electricity generation that fuels climate change. RELATED ARTICLES Efforts to weaken the code mostly rejectedWe didn’t see much in the way of big efficiency gains during this code development cycle. But, code officials were able to hold the line for efficiency, and that’s a particularly big deal this time around. The building code was under attack at every step of this year-long process.There were many proposals that would have significantly weakened the code and allowed more opportunities for energy waste, but nearly all were defeated. This alone is cause for celebration given that many of these proposals only needed a simple majority to pass, which proves what we knew all along: code official understand the importance of energy efficiency. Proposals that weaken the codeThere were just a few proposals that passed that will have a negative impact on the efficiency of the code. One exempts log homes from the residential thermal envelope requirements, which means those homes will likely not be as well-insulated or sealed as their non-log-home counterparts. Another allows for certain types of small multifamily buildings to be tested for compliance with the code in batches, rather than testing each individual unit. The rationale was that these units should be built identically, but this opens up the possibility of not every unit complying with the code.Given the large number of proposals that could have dramatically weakened the code, the ones that passed should have a relatively minor negative impact in terms of decreasing energy efficiency requirements. Proposals that would have strengthened the codeThe vast majority of proposals were voted down by code officials. Unfortunately, that included many that would have increased the energy efficiency of the code, including proposals for more efficient water heaters, more efficient lavatory faucets in homes, stronger building envelope requirements, and proposals for both residential and commercial buildings that would have required a 5% improvement in efficiency through a choice of flexible upgrades. These were all good proposals that NRDC supported, and we’ll keep pushing for them in the future. Next upThe votes have to be certified and confirmed by the ICC Board of Directors, which will happen in the upcoming months. The final version of the 2018 IECC will be published sometime in mid-to-late 2017, after which the Department of Energy will analyze the energy savings of the new code. With each new edition of the IECC, DOE is required by statute to issue a determination as to whether the updated edition will improve energy efficiency. States will begin adopting the code when it goes into effect in early 2018.While efficiency advocates didn’t get everything we wanted during this code cycle, we made good progress on some important issues. There’s room in future codes for much more cost-effective energy efficiency, and in the meantime we’ll be working with states and local jurisdictions to find the best possible outcomes as they adopt new codes. Lauren Urbanek is senior energy policy advocate in the NRDC’s energy and transportation program. This post originally appeared at the NRDC Expert Blog website. read more
Janaka Gunaratne and Asanka Silva scalped three wickets each as Ruhunu Eleven defeated Leicestershire Foxes by four runs in a nail-biting finish to keep their hopes of qualifying for Champions League Twenty20 main round alive here on Wednesday. ScoreRiding on Dinesh Chandimal’s strokeful 51-ball 62, Ruhunu set a competitive total of 160 for six after being asked to bat and then restricted Leicestershire to 156 for eight at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.Veteran Pakistani Abdul Razzaq fought a lone battle for Leicestershire, hitting a superb 68 off 46 balls, studded with six fours and two sixes, even as wickets kept falling at regular intervals at the other end.Though Leicestershire batsmen managed to come near the target but the Ruhunu bowlers had the last laugh. Ruhunu had lost to Trinidad and Tobago in their first match on Monday.Chasing 161 for a victory, Leicestershire made a strong start and looked like getting there as they brought up 81 for two in nine overs. But some sensible bowling and quick wickets by Ruhunu bowlers ended the England outfit’s hopes.Openers — Joshua Cobbs (15) and Razzaq — gave the Foxes a flying start. The pair took the team to 31 in 2.2 overs before Janoda removed the former. But that did not stop the Foxes run-riot as Razzaq and captain Andrew McDonald continued sending the opponent bowlers on a leather hunt.McDonald hit three fours during his quickfire 24-run knock off 15 balls before Chandimal stumped him off the bowling of Silva.Silva went on to add another wicket to his kitty in his very next over by removing Will Jefferson (3) to give a ray of hope to Ruhunu.advertisementWhile Razzaq continued to hit the ball all around the park and brought up a quick half-century, wickets kept falling at the other end.After Razzaq got out, it became difficult for Leicestershire to accelerate but Jacques du Toit (13) and Claude Henderson (8 not out) gave a tough fight.Earlier, Ruhunu openers Sanath Jayasuriya (6) and skipper Mahela Udawatte (2) got off to a disastrous start as they lost the first two wickets for 17 runs in 3.1 overs as Harry Gurney sent both the batsmen back in his first two overs.Chandimal and Kushal Janith Parera, then joined hands to steady the boat. To begin with, Parera was the more dominant of the two as he managed to set the rhythm with a six and a four off one of Naik’s overs.But his brief cameo of 15-ball 19 came to an end when Jigar Naik caught him off the bowling off Abdul Razzaq. Razzaq struck once again in his next over as he sent the new batsman Janaka Gunaratne (1) packing as well.However Chandimal, who got a life at seven when Nixon missed a stumping chance off Naik’s bowling, held his ground and hit the loose balls that came his way.Mixing cautious with aggression, Chandimal in the able company of Siriwardana (17) added 44-odd runs to the total.After Siriwardana departed, Chandimal continued to frustrate the Leicestershire bowlers along with Karunanayake and brought up his half-century in 45 balls, setting the path for a good total.For Leicestershire, Harry Gurney (three for 33) was the pick of the bowlers while Abdul Razzaq (two for 30) and Claude Henderson (one for 29) also contributed to the team’s cause. read more
India are not in danger of losing the hosting rights of the 2021 Champions Trophy and 2023 World Cup despite tax exemption issues, the International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO David Richardson declared Thursday, ending speculation that has swirled around the two events.The Indian government refused to give tax exemptions to the ICC when the country hosted the 2016 World T20 following which the game’s governing body asked the BCCI to either pay USD 23 million (Rs 161 crore) as compensation or lose the 2023 World Cup rights.”Getting tax exemptions is very important for world cricket because every cent that is made by the ICC revenue wise is put back into the game. This helps countries like the West Indies who don’t generate as much revenue,” said Richardson at an event to announce a five-year partnership with Coco-Cola.”But having said that there are no plans of taking away the hosting (from India) and I’m sure we will get it (exemption) in the end, we’ve still got a lot of time,” he added.The schedule for the 2020 T20 World Cup was announced earlier this week and India and Pakistan won’t meet in the group stages for the first time since 2011.Richardson explained that the groups were decided on the basis of rankings and there was no credible way for the two neighbouring nations to meet before the semifinals.”We have arranged the groups in a way that has credibility and is based on the ranking system. The teams are placed according to their ranks. In this case, Pakistan were number one in the rankings in their group and India number two,” Richardson said.advertisement”…we found no credible way of putting them in the same group. Hopefully from a world perspective they will meet each other in the semifinals or final.”One of the serious problems the ICC is facing is the ever-increasing threat of corruption in the game, Richardson said the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) is pro-actively working to curb the menace.”It’s not just about anti-corruption but also about player conduct. In recent times, we have had several unruly incidents around the world and we have taken really firm steps there to make sure that everybody understands we need to protect the spirit of cricket.””We have taken a more proactive approach to disrupt the actions of certain frivolous individuals that wander around trying to fix cricket matches. We continuously are trying to disrupt them as much as possible and the players are doing the right thing by reporting any incident.”Richardson, who will step down after the World Cup in July, was asked about the highs and lows of his time in office, the South African said convincing India to use DRS was a memorable achievement for him.”Some things took a little longer than we’d like to implement. One of them was to convince India that DRS was a good thing. It probably took so long because in the first trial that we conducted, all the decisions seemed to go against India. So we had to convince Anil Kumble that it could work,” he said.Also Read | India to face New Zealand, Bangladesh in 2019 ICC World Cup warm-up matches read more
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (left) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with running back Jalin Marshall #7 (right) during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The war between Ohio State and Michigan continues. After OSU AD Gene Smith took somewhat of a shot at Michigan for holding its practice down in Florida this spring, Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh called him out on Twitter. Overnight, both Ezekiel Elliott and Mike Thomas got involved on Twitter – taking shots at Michigan.It doesn’t look like Elliott’s done, either.Wednesday morning, Elliott retweeted a few posts from Ohio State fans – including a meme and a video. One features both Harbaugh and a bunch of crying Michael Jordan heads chasing Elliott to the end zone. Check it out: Despite Ohio State’s recent dominance, it appears the rivalry is alive and well. read more
Two unions representing about 3,400 workers at Canadian Pacific Railway have formally served the company with notice of their intent to strike.Without a negotiated settlement, engineers, conductors, and signal and communications workers will walk out at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning.The notice comes at a difficult time for the railway, which is under pressure from shippers to move backed-up grain shipments and supply more locomotives to the pipeline-constrained oil industry in Western Canada.Alberta Wheat Council Chairman Kevin Bender said the backlog has been building since the middle of last year.“Even last fall, prior to winter, one of the two railways was only at about 60 per cent of their orders fulfilled and then as the winter went on that got worse and I think got to a low of 17 per cent for the one railway,” he explained.He said it’s disappointing to hear about the potential job action.“The fact that many farmers in the prairies are captive to only one railway, if they end up being on that one CP rail and they decide to strike, their grain doesn’t move and they don’t get paid,” explained Bender.That could be devastating with planting season on the way because a lot of those costs need to be paid up front, including land payments, fertilizer and other crop inputs.“My guess is that farmers would need to refinance, I just don’t even want to go there,” he said.Bender said the government needs to take immediate action to make sure a strike doesn’t happen.He’d also like to see long term legislation to make the railway an essential service. read more