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: is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: is external).last_img read more

Vineyard Wind Meetings to Proceed Despite Shutdown

first_imgThe 800MW Vineyard Wind is North America’s first large-scale offshore wind farm, scheduled to enter the construction phase this year and expected to be operational in 2021.The project is being developed by Vineyard Wind LLC, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will reschedule public meetings for the 800MW Vineyard Wind wind projects offshore Massachusetts ”very soon”, according to David Bernhardt, the Interior Department’s Acting Secretary.As previously reported, BOEM postponed public meetings scheduled for January due to the government shutdown.BOEM will use carryover funds which were previously appropriated by Congress to reschedule the public meetings, Bernhardt said.last_img

EURO2016: Slovakia v England: There’ll Be No Friends Today, Says Skrtel

first_imgAhead of today’s crucial clash between Slovakia and England at the ongoing Euro2016 Championship, Martin Skrtel has warned that there will be no friendship on the pitch between him and his Liverpool teammates appearing for the Three Lions.The combative Slovakia captain has been with Liverpool since 2008 and is something of an expert on his side’s final group opponents, given that he shares a dressing room with England squad members Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge.“It’s not a normal situation for me, but we’re professionals and it’s all part of the job,” said the centre-half. “Everyone will be giving their all for their team and doing their very best to win the game.”So will the man that Reds fans like to call “Terminator” be making his legendary physical presence felt against his club colleagues? “Always!” smiled the 6’3 (1.91m) stopper, who has just endured a frustrating club season marred by injuries and a lack of playing time.“We’ll see what happens. I know them and they know me, though there’s more to the match than just that. It’s a game between two nations, and England have got one of the best teams in the world. In a match like this there are no such things as friends. You can maybe be friends before or after the game, but not on the pitch,” observed the Slovakia skipper.Though an admirer of Sturridge, who secured England’s late win against Wales and is regarded by Skrtel as a “great player”, there is no question of the 31-year-old defender focusing solely on his club-mate or whoever else may form the opposition front line today. “There’s not just Sturridge, Jamie Vardy or Harry Kane. There are not just the strikers and the midfielders. There are 11 players we have to beat.”Skrtel is well aware that Slovakia would be ill-advised to focus their attention on the individual gifts of England’s stars. The eastern Europeans, who have nothing to lose on what is their first EURO appearance, will continue to bank on their strengths, as their skipper explained: “The smaller countries have probably got more team spirit, especially when they come up against the big countries.“The pressure will be on the English, though I think they have enough experience to be able to handle it,” said the four-time Slovakian player of the year. “It’s all going to come down to what happens on the pitch, and I think we can reproduce our performance against Russia. We showed heart, character and motivation.”Even in pointing to the qualities of Slovakia’s attacking linchpin Marek Hamsik, who came up with an assist and a goal against Russia, Skrtel nevertheless preferred to put the accent on the team cause. “He did more than just score. He worked for the team for 90 minutes. He played very well and he’s a very important figure for us.”While the England rearguard may be short of inside information on the elusive Hamsik, captain Skrtel knows everything he needs to know about the men he will be marking today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

18 Iowans on quarantined cruise ship in California returning home

first_imgDES MOINES — State records still show eight people have a presumptive positive test for the novel coronavirus, but Governor Kim Reynolds has revealed more details about two cruises involving a few dozen Iowans — including the group of seven in Johnson County who have the virus and are self-isolating at home.A total of 21 people from Johnson County went on a cruise to Egypt. A total of 22 Iowans were aboard the cruise boat that’s been off the California coast after some passengers tested positive. Eighteen of those Iowans, none of whom are showing Covid-19 symptoms, are coming home from California aboard a charter flight.“We are asking that they have an assessment done before they get on the charter plane to come back home. We’re asking that they do an assessment once they get here and I think the plan is to maybe have them to self-isolate for 14 days just to make sure we’re taking all precautions that we can,” Reynolds said late this morning during a statehouse news conference. “But we’re still working through some of those details, but they will be finalized before they come back home.”Officials are not revealing how the seven patients in Johnson County returned to Iowa or where they may have gone in the community before self-isolating at home.“Right now there’s no public notice that the public needs to be aware of,” said Dr. Caitlin Pedati, the state’s medical director.In addition to the seven presumptive positive tests in Johnson County residents, ten others on the Egyptian cruise have been tested for Covid-19, but those test results are still pending.last_img read more

Innodisk’s Fire Shield SSD withstanding over 800°C of direct flames

first_img Continue Reading Previous ADI: impedance & potentiostat AFE for biological and chemical sensingNext Lanner: wide temperature network solution comes with six antenna inputs Years of experimentation and innovative design has culminated in Innodisk’s newest “Black Box” data storage device for transportation and in-vehicle recording, the Fire Shield SSD. After many trials and a lengthy design process, the Fire Shield SSD has passed its baptism of fire. After having been bathed in direct flames at 800°C for more than 30 minutes, comparisons show 100% data accuracy before and after tests. The U.S. patent has already been granted USPTO.The Fire Shield SSD design borrows from the concept of black boxes. It is placed inside vehicles and public transportation for the purpose of facilitating accident investigation. Modern vehicles are designed with safety in mind. But no matter the safety measures, fire is always a risk. In the US alone, there are more than 400 fire-related vehicle accidents every year, and what is often forgotten is the importance of data after such an accident, as it might be the only clue to the underlying causes. This is why Innodisk has created the Fire Shield SSD.In order to simulate conditions of a high-temperature accident scenario and to test the robustness of the device, Innodisk’s Fire Shield SSD was bathed in the direct flame for 30 minutes at 800°C. The result amply demonstrated the robustness and data preservation of Innodisk’s newest innovation. The Fire Shield SSD consists of a triple layer of protection between the environment and the core components. The layers include flame-resistant copper alloy, drive-protecting connector design, and heat-isolating lining material. By combining more than 20 different heat-resistant materials with low heat-conducting properties, the SSD effectively shields the NAND flash from extreme heat.Innodisk’s Fire Shield SSD is available as a SATA 3.5” SSD form factor and will be displayed at Innodisk’s booth at this year’s Computex in Taipei.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Miffed weightlifters Jyotsna Mukherjee and Chay Adok to return Bangla Gaurav award

first_imgIndian veteran weightlifters Jyotsna Mukherjee and Chay Adok have decided to return their ‘Bangla Gaurav’ award, expressing discontent with the West Bengal government for allegedly giving secondary treatment to the sport in the state.Jyotsna, who received the honour in 2015, said on Saturday that there is not even a single weightlifting academy in the state which makes it difficult for budding weightlifters to train as they come from poor families.”How can I keep the award when my brothers and sisters are crying. See, weightlifting people come from poor families. There is no state academy that could provide training facilities to them. Usually, one needs to spend around Rs 2-3 lakhs on weightlifting training. Without the government’s help, we cannot do anything,” Jyotsna told ANI.The weightlifter said that they are trying since 2012 to get a state academy for weightlifters but no attention is being paid to their demand.She said that they took the matter to the sports minister as well, but even that did not yield any result.”We requested them for an academy. Youngsters are not able to train. They are from poor families. But the government did not pay heed to our requests. We are trying since 2012. With the sports minister, we conduct a meeting every month. But they will do what they think is right without considering our demand,” she said.Adok, who is also an Arjuna awardee, suggested a transformation in the state weightlifting association management.The weightlifter said that proper elections should be conducted to decide people for top managerial positions in the association.advertisementAlso Read | Returning from injury, Mirabai Chanu wins gold in first competitive meetAlso Read | Deepa Malik, other Haryana para-athletes seek job assurance from chief minister KhattarAlso Read | India clinch four medals in Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open table tennis tournamentlast_img read more