Court Stay a ‘Bump in the Road’ as States Continue With Clean-Utility Plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Analee Grant for SNL:Before the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan was put on hold by the Supreme Court, many states — even those requesting the stay — were on track to creating a workable plan in time for the September deadline for initial submissions.Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., along with a panel of experts at Brookings, thinks states will likely continue with some form of planning for decarbonization. Jonas Monast, director of the climate and energy program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, said states made certain decisions following the stay directly related to the Clean Power Plan, but that does not mean they will stop pursuing cleaner power resources.Ritter said one of the unintended consequences of the stay is that it took away the regulatory certainty the Clean Power Plan provided utilities when making resource planning decisions. “Utilities are very concerned that their business model is a 20th-century business model and actually does not fit with this 21st-century energy world … that we live in,” Ritter said.Utilities likely will continue to consider the Clean Power Plan in their resource planning for that reason, Ritter said, citing Xcel Energy Inc. as an example. The company confirmed that it had received at least one extension from Colorado officials for a planning document in anticipation of new information from the state’s Clean Power Plan stakeholder process. But Xcel Energy intends to continue with its “Our Energy Future” plan and to support the state’s efforts to create sound plans for a sustainable and affordable energy future. A renewable energy plan will be filed with Colorado regulators at the end of February. Neither the stay of the carbon rule nor the ultimate outcome of the litigation against it is expected to alter Xcel Energy’s planning schedule. Many utilities have echoed similar sentiments.Ritter called the Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan a dramatic event, but a “bump in the road” in the overall future of the Clean Power Plan.With carbon rule in limbo, experts urge states to move on with planning anyway Court Stay a ‘Bump in the Road’ as States Continue With Clean-Utility Planslast_img read more

‘Fastest-growing solar market in the U.S.,’ Texas signs $100 million deal with project developer

first_img‘Fastest-growing solar market in the U.S.,’ Texas signs $100 million deal with project developer FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Texas Public Radio:A deal announced Monday could mean a $100 million towards solar projects in Texas. Austin-based solar power company PowerFin Partners will develop and build the projects and Toronto-based real estate investors Fengate will finance the deals as part of today’s announced co-development deal.“Financing of solar projects is pretty difficult,” said Tuan Pham, president of PowerFin. “(The deal) allows Fengate to focus on the financing and us to focus on the operating, development, and construction.”PowerFin is best known for developing projects like CPS Energy’s residential solar program, Fengate director Greg Calhoun pointed to both projects as innovations in the solar market and part of the reason they decided to partner with PowerFin. Another big reason was accessing Texas’ solar market.“Texas is the fastest growing solar market in the U.S.,” Calhoun said. “There’s a great resource here. There’s population growth, so the macroeconomic story makes sense. The resource story makes sense.”It is the second $100 million solar development commitment that Fengate has announced in three months. Fengate will partner with Alberta, Canada-based Greengate Power Corporation.More: Texas Could See $100 Million In Solar Investmentslast_img read more

Momma on Board

first_imgMy mom is awesome.She’s definitely where I get my adventurous side. Growing up, my mom was the one who introduced me to the outdoors and instilled in me an insatiable curiosity for the world. We went for walks together, rode horses together, saved countless stray cats and dogs and hid them in abandoned barn stalls so my dad wouldn’t find out. She’s smart, funny, caring (almost to a fault), a total goob, and my best friend. She’s where I find the motivation to get up every day and make the most out of every moment, no matter the obstacles. She’s wise beyond her years yet still gets mistaken as my sister. She rocks tattoos on both of her forearms, has the best taste in music, and lets me push her off rocks (okay maybe not willingly).Circa 2011, New River Gorge, West VirginiaCirca 2011, New River Gorge, West VirginiaAs if all of those qualities weren’t good enough, my favorite part about my mom is that she’s willing to try just about anything. Starting tomorrow, my mom will be joining me on the road for the next two weeks. From the mountains of western North Carolina to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, this pretty lady is going to be my partner-in-crime, sidekick, copilot, cooking buddy, Go-mate. The best part? I couldn’t be more excited.Stay tuned for updates from our ramblings and we’ll see you on the road!last_img read more

Iloilo’s Fil-Chinese community breaking barriers, building bridges

first_imgILOILO City – The Filipino-Chinesecommunity here gave way to the recent Dinagyang Festival. A fireworks display caps the show. The Filipino-Chinese community’sChinese New Year celebration, now on its 17th year, has the backing of the citygovernment and Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. This year’s celebration isspearheaded by Hua Siong College of Iloilo. A lantern parade at dusk kicks off the weeklong Chinese New Year celebration in Iloilo City on Jan. 27. This afternoon, Jan. 29, there will be a grand parade downtown followed by a cultural show and fireworks display. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The metropolis is home to some 13,000Filipino-Chinese. As usual, everybody is invited to jointhe festivities downtown. It is the community’s way of “breaking barriers andbuilding bridges towards a united Iloilo”, their 2020 Chinese New Yearcelebration theme. According to Dr. Felipe Uygongco,chairperson of the Chinese New Year Task Force, today’s celebration starts witha grand parade at 3:30 p.m. from the Iloilo provincial capitol to the downtownarea. There are an estimated 3,000 paradeparticipants, mostly students from Chinese schools Hua Siong College of Iloilo,Ateneo de Iloilo, Sun Yat Sen, and Iloilo Scholastic Academy. Instead of celebrating the Chinese NewYear on Jan. 25, they rescheduled it to today.center_img A grand cultural show of dances andmusical performances follows the parade at the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Archon Plazoleta Gay, a busy intersection of three major downtown streets JM Basa,Iznart and Ledesma. Uygongco said balladeer Richard Poonis the special guest. Adding color to the Chinese New Yearcelebration is the three-day “Night Market and Food Festival” with concert(Jan. 27 to Jan. 29). On Monday, Jan. 27, celebrationskicked off at SM City Iloilo. There was a lantern parade. Mayor Jerry Treñas initiated theyearly Chinese New Year celebration in 2003 as a way of  recognizing the significant contributions ofthe Filipino-Chinese community to the city’s booming economy. There are a lot of activeFilipino-Chinese organizations in Iloilo. Among these are the Filipino-ChineseChamber of Commerce of Iloilo, Inc., the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamberof Commerce of Panay, Inc., and the Philippine-Chinese Chamber of Commerce andIndustry, Panay Chapter. “The Chinese New Year Festival is ourway of showcasing our culture to our Filipino brothers. Through the many eventswe want our Filipino brothers to learn and appreciate Chinese culture. We’vealready established a long-time friendship here in the city over the decades.With the annual celebration we seek even closer ties between the Ilonggos andthe Filipino-Chinese community,” said 2020 Chinese New Year Task Force memberIan Eric Pama./PNlast_img read more