first_imgNew England municipal utilities see big benefits from battery storage projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:NEC Energy Solutions is building momentum with its grid battery offerings for municipal utilities in New England.Two years after a pathbreaking storage project with the Sterling Municipal Light Department in Massachusetts, NEC has added five more contracts in that state and one in Maine. The projects will add up to 20 megawatts of power capacity and more than 40 megawatt-hours of energy storage.The battery systems will help the municipal utilities reduce the consumption peaks that drive monthly transmission costs and an annual capacity charge. By predicting peaks and discharging at the right time, the storage plants save money for utility customers.The 2 megawatt/4 megawatt-hour system built in Sterling, Massachusetts, for a municipal utility with less than 4,000 customers, has already saved local ratepayers more than $1 million since December 2016, NEC said.With that project as a model, the storage manufacturer and integrator has succeeded in expanding its footprint in the growing New England storage market, where supportive state policies combine with access to wholesale market revenue to make project economics viable. “This activity is added proof of an inflection point in the adoption of energy storage in the market as municipal entities are now moving forward with projects without subsidies,” sales director Doug Alderton said via email Monday.NEC Energy Solutions, the storage unit of Japan’s NEC Corp., claims to have more than 750 megawatts of storage in place around the world.More: New England’s municipal utilities get a taste for battery storagelast_img read more

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Effective today, all 67 Pennsylvania counties are either in the yellow or green phase of reopening and Governor Tom Wolf announced that 12 additional counties will move to green at 12:01 a.m., June 12. Those counties include Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York.“As of one minute after midnight this morning, every county in Pennsylvania has moved out of the red phase,” Gov. Wolf said. “And, at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 12, 12 more counties will move from the yellow into the green phase.”The final 10 counties that moved out of red and into yellow today include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery and Philadelphia.There are 33 counties currently in yellow and 34 in green.Gov. Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania outlines any remaining restrictions for counties that are either yellow or green.Yellow PhaseAs of June 5, these 33 counties are in the yellow phase: Adams, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Franklin, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York.Outdoor dining begins in the yellow phase today. Guidance is available here.As regions or counties move into the yellow phase, some restrictions on work and social interaction ease while others, such as closures of schools, gyms, and other indoor recreation centers, hair and nail salons, as well as limitations around large gatherings, remain in place.The purpose of this phase is to begin to power back up the economy while keeping a close eye on the public health data to ensure the spread of disease remains contained to the greatest extent possible.Work and Congregate Setting RestrictionsTelework Must Continue Where Feasible.Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety Orders.Child Care May Open Complying with Guidance.Congregate Care and Prison Restrictions in Place.Schools may provide in-person instruction only in accordance with Department of Education guidance.Social RestrictionsStay-at-Home Order Lifted for Aggressive Mitigation.Large Gatherings of More than 25 Prohibited.In-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery Preferable.Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities and Personal Care Services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain Closed.Restaurants and Bars May Open Outdoor Dining, in Addition to Carry-Out and Delivery (effective 6/5/2020).Green PhaseAs of June 5, these 34 counties are in the green phase: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland.After a county transitions to the yellow phase, the state is closely monitoring for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for 14 days, the county will transition to the green phase.The green phase eases most restrictions by continuing the suspension of the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health.While this phase will facilitate a return to a “new normal,” it is equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum.Work and Congregate Settings RestrictionsContinued Telework Strongly Encouraged.Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety Requirements.All Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% Occupancy.Child Care May Open Complying with Guidance.Congregate Care Restrictions in Place.Prison and Hospital Restrictions Determined by Individual Facilities.Schools Subject to CDC and Commonwealth Guidance.Social RestrictionsLarge Gatherings of More Than 250 Prohibited.Restaurants and Bars Open at 50% Occupancy.Personal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment Only.Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly Encouraged.All Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% Occupancy.Construction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of Protocols.The state continues to use risk-based metrics from Carnegie Mellon University, with additional criteria including contact tracing and testing capability, a sustained reduction in COVID-19 hospitalizations, and infection rates, to make decisions on county moves.After a county transitions to the yellow phase, the commonwealth will closely monitor for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for fourteen days, we will transition the county to the green phase.The state continues to increase testing and ramp up contact-tracing efforts. Earlier this week, the Administration announced that the Department of Health has surpassed its testing goal for May, more drive-up and walk-up testing sites are opening, and the state now has nearly 400 people conducting contact tracing.As all counties are now in some stage of reopening, the governor today thanked Pennsylvanians for their hard work to get to sustained case reductions.“As we continue to bring down the number of new COVID-19 cases and increase our testing rate, our new plan of action is transitioning to identify, isolate, and eliminate,” Gov. Wolf said. “Thank you all for continuing to do your part.”Ver esta página en español. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 05, 2020center_img Gov. Wolf: 12 More Counties Going Green on June 12last_img read more

first_img“Think big” was a mantra Guggenheim Baseball Management deployed early and often after purchasing the Dodgers out of bankruptcy in 2012.Sometimes a buzzword is just a buzzword, of course, so the question needed to be asked: Would “think big” actually guide the Dodgers’ decision making, or would it merely look good on a billboard? The answer came quickly. Within a year, the club had spent more than $100 million by its own estimate to renovate Dodger Stadium. Within two years, the Dodgers’ payroll was the largest in baseball history. Within three years, the baseball operations department had been overhauled.On Thursday, team president Stan Kasten flew to the midwest for something relatively small by Guggenheim standards. The Dodgers’ new Triple-A affiliate was playing its first game as the rebranded Oklahoma City Dodgers. Co-owner Peter Guber and special advisor Tommy Lasorda were there, too. At the end of the day, it was only a minor-league baseball game. So what’s the big deal?For starters, only the Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals own their Triple-A affiliates. The advantage to all three teams, generally speaking, is control.“We have total input on the baseball side,” Kasten said Wednesday. “We have more input than we would usually have on the business side, A, because we own it. B, because our partner (in the Oklahoma City ownership group) is our partner here, Peter Guber. So we feel really comfortable with this partnership.”The Cardinals and Braves own their top four minor-league affiliates. Once common, this pattern has become the exception to the rule. In fact, no other big league club owns a Triple-A or Double-A team.A 2014 study comparing how many players drafted by the 30 major-league teams reached the majors ranked the Cardinals first and Braves tied for fifth. That’s probably a direct result of their acumen drafting and developing talented baseball players. Still, it’s interesting that these teams have chosen to control the business and baseball sides of so many of their affiliates — a model the Dodgers can now put into practice in Oklahoma City. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img There’s also the marketing aspect.“First of all, they’re called the Dodgers,” Kasten said. “They have a new logo and uniforms that have the ‘LA.’ It’s so cool that ‘OKLA’ stands for Oklahoma. It’s very much Dodger-y. They’ve tried to incorporate that. Their mascots — in the minor leagues, they have mascots — one is named Brooklyn. (The other is Brix.) It’s a lovely park, run by Mandalay, which runs the best minor-league franchise, so we’re fortunate.”Kasten said purchasing a Triple-A team was part of his vision for the franchise from the outset. It didn’t happen right away because of the logistics of baseball affiliation and the long list of competing priorities.In baseball, affiliation agreements last two or four years. Every even-numbered year, some minor-league franchises end their major-league affiliations and a “mating dance” ensues among potential major league teams looking to affiliate.Last year, Kasten said, it so happened the Oklahoma City RedHawks and Tulsa Drillers — a Double-A franchise located 100 miles northeast — were looking for new affiliates by year’s end. Franchises rarely come up for sale, and by summer Guber and Kasten began talks to purchase the RedHawks. The sale agreement was announced in September and formally approved earlier this year. When the Drillers and Colorado Rockies ended their affiliation in September, the Dodgers swooped in for the Oklahoma sweep.The proximity of the Oklahoma teams “was a very strong point for us,” Kasten said. “It made scouting, player movement, just working in general more convenient. Chattanooga is a great franchise and a great city, but being just 100 miles apart is a tremendous advantage.”Player contracts aside, it seems the biggest investments in the Dodgers franchise this year will be realized away from Chavez Ravine. Kasten said crews will break ground soon on a new training complex in the Dominican Republic. That project is expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete.“There hasn’t been a new building since it became the first one (of its kind in the Dominican Republic) almost 30 years ago,” Kasten said. “It wasn’t modern at all in terms of the weight room, no air conditioning, no Wi-Fi — it’s just stuff that you need. “All the new complexes have those things. We had fallen far behind and we’re moving ahead.”Architect Janet Marie Smith, who has overseen renovation projects at Dodger Stadium, Fenway Park and Turner Field and who once designed Camden Yards, is overseeing the project in the Dominican Republic. It’s a small part of the Guggenheim baseball empire, but the thinking is big.last_img read more