National Grid Offers Ways To Reduce Electrical Use During Heat Streak

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Cropped Flickr / Mr.TinDC / CC BY-ND 2.0 JAMESTOWN — With temperatures pushing into the 90s, peak use of electrical power soars occurs, driving up bills and straining delivery systems.With that in mind, Ken Kujawa, regional director with National Grid, discussed usage and energy saving tips with WNYNewsNow.“As customers load onto the system, especially cooling load, which is running air conditioning  and running pool pumps, those two factors start to drive up demand on our delivery system,” he said.Increased use pushes load levels closer to peak capacity levels, straining the delivery system, he explained. Kujawa asked customers to curtail usage when ever possible. Two easy steps to take to reduce use, are really fairly simple, he said.“The easiest thing that you can do, and it’s not going to cost you anything or cause you  discomfort is draw your curtains and close your blinds during the middle part of the day,” he said. This keeps the sun’s mid-day heat from entering rooms and hallways.In addition, he said people can run their air conditioning in the early evening when outside temperatures begin to cool.While COVID-19 issues have lessened commercial and manufacturing demands, residential use remains high and, in part, is because people who work from home tend to use more electricity by running the air conditioner, loading the dishwasher or doing laundry, he said.What we’ve seen happening, we’re seeing more load on our distribution system, which serves our residential customers because people are working from home,” Kujawa said.He said people can raise their thermostat levels from 68 to 71 and “It still should be comfortable enough that you should be okay in your home.”Cooperation and common sense seem to be the hallmarks of beating the heat without crushing the delivery system or driving up current bills, he explained.“We appreciate any help they (customers) can provide us. Our customers are usually great when we put out these appeals,” Kujawa said, adding he can see usage rates decline in real time as customers respond.We just need to get through these next couple of days and if everyone is smart about their energy use we should get through this,” he said.last_img read more

New unemployment claims fall from previous week

first_imgWeek Ending April 25, 2009. There were 1,501 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 97 from the week before. Altogether 18,430 new and continuing claims were filed, 561 less than a week ago and 7,397 more than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,122 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 52 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 1,299 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program which is an increase of 39 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at:  http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external).last_img read more

Report: U.S. utilities are going ‘from zero to 100’ on solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:New numbers show the “beautiful friendship” between utilities and solar is growing and bringing the U.S. power system’s transition to higher renewables penetrations along.“Utilities of all kinds and in many places are accelerating from zero to 100 on solar in response to record-low prices,” Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) research manager and paper lead author Daisy Chung told Utility Dive.Contrary to the word from Washington, D.C., utility-scale renewables are not “badly behaved coal plants” that threaten grid reliability and national security, Seb Henbest, lead author of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance New Energy Outlook, wrote July 25. “By 2050, we’re painting a picture of an electricity system utterly reshaped around cheap wind, solar and batteries.”Wind and solar were 8.2% of U.S. generation in 2017, with wind at 6.3% and solar at 1.9%, and U.S. grids are integrating record levels of renewables without disruption. Wind was 54% of Texas generation on October 27, 2017, and wind and solar together provided 64.6% of California’s power on May 26, 2018.Investors say “phenomenally abundant” renewables could support a trillion-dollar U.S. market by 2030 and solar will play a key part, according to an April American Council on Renewable Energy survey.Utilities have long played a central role in U.S. wind growth, which has tripled since 2007 to reach almost 89 GW of cumulative installed capacity. In the same time period, utilities added 42 GW of solar to the grid, including 7.4 GW in 2017, SEPA reports.“Utilities of all kinds and in many places are accelerating from zero to 100 on solar in response to record low prices.”Solar prices have been slower to reach competitive levels than wind prices, but the SEPA report shows utilities responding to the new low prices quickly, Chung said.Out of the 7.4 GW total, investor-owned utilities added 5,825 MW of new solar capacity in 2017 and “remain the driving force of new solar installations across the country,” SEPA reports. In the Southeast, where solar growth has historically been slowest, “several large utilities have propelled rapid solar deployment.”Southern Company and its four subsidiaries are “bullish on solar,” VP for Energy Policy Bruce Edelston told Utility Dive. They added a cumulative 375 MW for four Southeastern states in 2017 and have a pipeline that will likely deliver around 200 MW annually for the foreseeable future, he said.“The price has come down substantially in the past couple of years and is now competitive with coal and gas,” he said. “We would not be buying so much now if it was not the cheapest option.”More: An offer utilities can’t refuse: The low cost of utility-scale solar Report: U.S. utilities are going ‘from zero to 100’ on solarlast_img read more

Wintergreen Lift Passes Week 4

first_imgWeek 3 is now over, which means here is week 4! For the next 5 weeks we will be giving away lift passes to Wintergreen Resort!Each week we will give away 2 weekday lift passes (valid Monday-Thursday) to one lucky individual, so 16 in total over 8 weeks.To sweeten the deal, we are also giving away a pair of Bolle Nova goggles (a $40 value) with the tickets!This giveaway is now closed but week 5 of Wintergreen Lift Passes just opened!Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning  date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 noon EST on February 1st, 2013. One entry per person. One winner per household.  Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United  States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older.  Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge  Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No  liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate,  non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled,  mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for  technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable  network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer  transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of  processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the  sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and Wintergreen Resort reserve  the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information  and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their  sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry  process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes.  Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating  sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies  shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from  acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash,  or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of  the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to  allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion.  Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater  value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply.  Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors  office on or before March 1st, 6:00 PM EST 2013. Winners will be contacted by  the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7  days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of  winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

Brazil Steps Up Security on Its Border with Colombia

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo April 19, 2017 Selva Guerreiros, Venho lhes Dizer que Somos Tantos Vulnerável, Nós necessitamos de Um Batalhão em Vilhena-RO para que Possamos, Manter a Soberania, Diante do Tráfico de Drogas e Armas que Existe na Fronteira de Pimenta Bueno e Região do Cone Sul de Rondônia. The monitoring and defense of more than 15,000 kilometers of Brazil’s border is an ongoing challenge for the Brazilian authorities. Its defense, which has been made a priority by the Brazilian Army (EB, per its Portuguese acronym), is met with the difficulties of the Amazon region’s natural landscape. But, it is on the 1,600-kilometer border strip with Colombia that the Brazilian government’s attention and concern are greatest. With the peace accord signed between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, per their Spanish acronym), the Brazilian authorities fear an increase in trafficking, especially in weapons and drugs, at the border. According to General Theophilo Gaspar de Oliveira, who leads the Army Logistics Command in Brasília, the transition period following pacification is quite sensitive. The general participated in a similar process in Nicaragua in the 1990s and pointed out that guerrillas generally do not hand in all their weapons as ordered. “Currently, the greatest risk is the entry of military-grade weapons such as the AR-15 and the AK-47, which arrive in Brazil and then go on to the capitals where they stoke urban crime,” he said. To the general, these weapons are worth more on the black market and are preferred by organized crime groups. To increase border monitoring, an operational agreement was put in place between the Brazilian and Colombian defense ministers to work jointly on security by stepping up operations in the region. “The goal is to foster an exchange of information on intelligence and on the process of surrendering weapons by FARC members. That way we can have greater control over where the arms are headed, and we can try to inhibit the entry of clandestine weapons,” explained Brazil’s Minister of Defense, Raul Jungmann, in an interview with Diálogo. According to Jungmann, this agreement also provides for joint operations to be conducted in the border region. “The idea is to work together with the neighboring country, and even take turns providing security if needed.” Operation Ágata, a joint operation with the Brazilian Armed Forces, is going to be augmented and redesigned to achieve more effective security. Operation Ágata is being carried out in coordination with other federal and state agencies in the Amazon border area for an indefinite period of time. According to the minister, the idea is to increase the number of operations throughout the year, discretely, to avoid predictability and ensure an efficient outcome. Military presence at the border Major General Antônio Manoel de Barros, chief of the Operations Center at the Amazon Military Command (CMA, per its Portuguese acronym), explained that for those on the front lines of defense, the period of pacification in a nation like Colombia will always create vulnerabilities for the neighboring country. “The FARC always used drug production as a revenue source. With their demobilization under the peace accord, they will be able to find other sources of money such as through the sale of the weapons used by their guerillas, or even by training other criminal groups,” Maj. Gen. Barros said. CMA maintains security in the region. It has 20,000 Army personnel divided into four brigades, of which 10,000 are devoted exclusively to border security through 24 special platoons. CMA even has an engineering regiment responsible for providing infrastructure in the Amazon region. According to Maj. Gen. Barros, this synergy ensures the success of their work in the Amazon. “We have to be here, operating in partnership with all other government agencies responsible for security, such as the Navy, the Air Force, the Federal Police, the Military Police, and the Brazilian Institute for the Environment. In addition, we maintain excellent relations with Colombia, since we both have the same objective, which is fighting border crime,” Maj. Gen. Barros emphasized. According to Maj. Gen. Barros, the greatest difficulties for ensuring vigilance in the region are the vast distances and weak infrastructure. “Getting to Tabatinga, a city on the border with Colombia, is possible only by air or sea. And the distance to Manaus, our main logistics center, is more than 1,000 kilometers away,” he said. He added that the agreement does not change what has been done; it merely boosts those operations. The general finds military operations such as Ágata to be quite effective. “During these operations, we are able to provide enforcement over a considerable area. For instance, in our last Ágata operation, all the land and air operations we performed totaled over 260,000 kilometers, which is more than circling six times around the Earth,” Maj. Gen. Barros recounted. Yet he stressed that despite the mission’s difficulties, he is proud to be able to work on protecting this region of Brazil. “It is our constitutional duty to protect the Amazon, and it is great to serve society and my country,” he emphasized. Technological investment Gen. Theophilo noted the need for investment in technology, as well as in equipping border battalions in order to increase operational effectiveness. Night vision goggles, drones, and land radars for tracking aircraft flying below the level protected by air space control are just some of the equipment that, according to the general, can optimize their work in the Amazon jungle. He also reported that weapons and equipment have been sent to CMA and that the Army has deployed additional battalions to reinforce the border contingent. “The Brazilian Navy has also stepped up its river monitoring, and while on patrol, they are on the lookout for guerrillas passing through,” he said. For the military, however, what will alleviate border crimes is the fixed and permanent presence of all institutions that provide border security. “All of the agencies associated with border security must keep permanent teams there, not just the armed forces,” he emphasized. Gen. Theophilo’s greatest concern is that conflict at the border stirs up urban strife. “As long as we lack the resources that enable us to upgrade our technology with large vessels and equipment, we will continue playing catch-up after the damage is done. There is no point in taking palliative measures. What’s necessary is to dry up the criminal organizations’ resources.” He believes that joint military operations are an effective tool in the fight against border trafficking, and has announced the AMAZONLOG 2017 exercise, sponsored by the Logistics Command to begin in November. The exercise is meant to be a reciprocal effort in providing humanitarian aid, focused on refugees. “Several nations have already confirmed their attendance, such as Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Canada, Colombia, and the United States,” he stated. Other agreements Security concerns over the border with Colombia are not unique to the Brazilian government. This year Ecuador also signed on to a plan to come up with joint defense and security strategies. According to reports by the EFE News Agency, the Annual Binational Operational Plan was drafted on the basis of the joint effort already being made by both countries, and it should provide for greater security, peace, and stability in the border regions.last_img read more

4 ways your leaders can build your brand

first_imgSpotting an exceptional brand is easy. (Think Apple, GE, Zappos and Nike.) But building an exceptional brand can be one of the most overwhelming and elusive challenges organizations face, according to author and consultant Denise Lee Yohn—who will keynote at CEO/Executive Team Network in October in Las Vegas. Successfully building a brand takes leadership from the top. Here are four key steps you and your leadership team can take: Understand the importance and impact of a brand. Make sure your team gets the idea that a strong and differentiating brand is a crucial element to organizational success.Know your target audience. Define who want to serve and what those members and potential members want and need. Communicate this information to your entire team.Believe in process-driven action. Good leaders for strengthening brands see road maps, strategic planning and data-based decision-making as the pathways to a strong credit union and brand. Have passion for what you do. Employees who want to live a company’s brand look to leaders for motivation and guidance in doing so. If top leadership doesn’t endorse the brand and live it every day, staff members will be hard pressed to deliver it to members.I have a lot of background with brands, having worked on Procter & Gamble’s Downy, Kraft’s Ritz and Kellogg’s Special K. As COO at CUES, a brand refresh was among my chief undertakings. Today, as CEO, I’m focused on living CUES’ brand of helping credit union leaders learn and grow so they reach their fullest potential.For me, living our brand includes continuous learning. Look for me in the audience at CEO/Executive Team Network in October, listening to Yohn present “Brand Leadership: How to Build a Rock Star Brand.” I’ll be saving you a seat. 80SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Detailslast_img read more

Cloud formation creates stunning visual images in the sky

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) – After Friday evening’s severe weather, Mother Nature treated us to a beautiful cloud formation as the storm rolled in to Broome County around 7:30 p.m. As the shelf cloud passed the area, it brought gusty winds, heavy rain and a drop in temperature. Take a look at these pictures showing a shelf cloud. A shelf cloud is formed from cold air coming down out of a thunderstorm and spreading out ahead it. The cold air then lifts the warm air ahead of the storm up and that’s how you get the layers of clouds forming.center_img Cloud formations like this are not rare and they don’t necessarily indicate severe weather on the way.last_img

Australia says cyber attacks rise, cites 4,500 hacking attempts in one day

first_imgCyber attacks against Australia have increased in frequency in recent months, Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said on Friday, as the country released its first cyber security threat report which cited 4,500 hacking attempts in one day.Australia said in June it would strengthen cyber defenses after a “sophisticated state-based actor” spent months trying to hack all levels of the government, political bodies, essential service providers and operators of critical infrastructure.Australia believes China is responsible for the attacks, sources told Reuters. Beijing denies it is behind the attempts. Canberra earlier this year issued a rare public cease and desist warning, seen by analysts as aimed at China.”I can assure you all today that threat has not diminished since then – in fact, it has increased,” Reynolds told reporters.Australia’s first ever cyber security threat report on Friday showed authorities responded to 2,266 incidents and received 59,806 cyber crime reports in the 12 months to June 30.The report noted two notable periods of attack. Topics :center_img In October 2019, malware called Emotet targeted sensitive personal and financial information. At its peak, Australia recorded 4,500 attempts in one day.The second spike was in April in what Australia’s cyber intelligence agency said were criminals taking advantage of COVID-19.The report does not include Australia’s most prominent cyber attack, an online assault on the country’s parliament and three largest political parties in February 2019.Reuters reported that Australia had quietly concluded China was responsible for that cyber-attack.Australia has never publicly identified the source of that attack, however, and China denied it was responsible.last_img read more

Bodies of 144 crash victims arrive in St Petersburg

first_imgThe bodies of 144 of those killed in Saturday’s air crash in Egypt have been flown back to the Russian city of St Petersburg.Trucks carrying the bodies were seen leaving St Petersburg airport earlier on Monday.Reports from the crash scene indicate that about 163 bodies of the 224 presumed dead in the crash had been retrieved.last_img

West Ham stay excites Odubeko

first_img “Obviously it’s a whole different city and a whole different set-up, but West Ham have made me feel at home. In training, spirits have always been high and everyone’s always pushing to get better. Read Also:Barcelona stars unconvinced by club’s first pay cut proposal “I’ve found the move easier than I thought I would, just because I was just straight back in, playing and scoring goals again, so I’ve been really happy here.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 17 year-old striker was snapped up during the season from Manchester United. “It’s been fantastic so far,” he told whufc.com. “Everyone’s been so welcoming and everyone’s looked after me.Advertisement Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Best Geek Movies Of All Time7 Mysterious Discoveries Archaeologists Still Can’t Explain10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be Awesome7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Loading… Ademipo Odubeko is delighted with the way he’s settled at West Ham United.last_img read more