Xcel Gets Texas OK For 1.2 GW Of New Wind Power

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Texas regulators on Friday approved Xcel Energy’s $1.6 billion, 1.2 GW wind expansion plan, about a month after New Mexico first gave its OK.Xcel will build and own two wind farms, one in each state, along with signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) with NextEra Energy Resources for 230 MW at the Bonita project in Texas. Xcel said customers will begin seeing fuel savings once the facilities are completed in 2021. The company expects average monthly fuel savings of about $2 for a typical residential customer.As coal-fired power in Texas struggles to compete against gas-fired and renewable power, the planned addition of nearly 4,000 MW of wind capacity means it could exceed coal in Texas as soon as this year.Xcel’s Hale project in Texas and Sagamore facility in New Mexico will combine to provide 1 GW and are expected online in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Energy for the Bonita PPA with NextEra will be generated at facilities in Cochran and Crosby counties in Texas.David Hudson, president of Xcel’s New Mexico and Texas operations, said in a statement that the “new wind farms will help power a growing regional economy with clean energy while providing the lowest-cost generating resource on our system. Not only will these wind farms save customers money, but they’ll also preserve precious water resources and spur regional economic activity.”Xcel said the project will save hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel costs over 30 years by offsetting generation from the region’s conventional power plants. The two facilities Xcel Energy will build also qualify for 100% of the federal production tax credit; those benefits will be passed on to customers, the company said.More: Texas Regulators Approve Xcel’s $1.6 Billion Wind Expansion Xcel Gets Texas OK For 1.2 GW Of New Wind Powerlast_img read more

Shooting might be tipping point on guns

first_img5) In contrast, the first President George Bush showed courage and patriotism.As a volunteer teenage combat pilot, he was shot down and rescued at sea.He resigned his NRA membership when its original mission of responsible gun ownership was replaced by fringe group agendas. President Bush also called for a kinder and gentler nation.It’s the antithesis of the fear-mongering NRA.Frank WicksSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash The slaughter of 17 in a Florida school may be a tipping point. Major companies are suddenly dropping National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsements.A new generation of politicians might find the following to be a winning combination.1) Declare the NRA to be a terrorist organization. It enables assault weapons for mass killings of increasing frequency. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img Meanwhile, repeated carnage in Australia has been stopped with buybacks.2) Claiming the Second Amendment allows assault weapons is ludicrous. A one-shot musket and bayonet were the weapons of our Founding Fathers.3) Debating age for ownership, banning bump stocks, background checks and arming teachers are red herrings.Responsible assault weapon ownership is an oxymoron.Anyone wanting one should be judged as too dangerous to have one.4) Samuel Johnson observed that patriotism is the refuge of scoundrels. Assault weapons are for cowards and fake patriots.The flag-waving NRA leader and the president of the United States both found ways to avoid military service.last_img read more

​Nordea Life & Pension Sweden makes €2.1bn sustainable investment shift

first_imgNordea Life & Pension Sweden announced it shifted SEK22bn (€2.1bn) of investments in the first six months of this year from traditional investments to sustainable investments with a low carbon footprint and strict sustainability criteria.The Nordea banking group unit said the move, which it described as its biggest investment change ever, followed a SEK7bn shift along the same lines in 2018.Peter Sandahl, head of sustainability at Nordea Life & Pension Sweden, said: “This is an important part of our climate strategy together with our continued active ownership and advocacy work.”Switching the SEK22bn of investments had reduced the portfolio’s carbon footprint by approximately 50%, the pension provider said. The work was part of a more comprehensive climate strategy, it said, aimed at ensuring that that its aggregated investments did not contribute to global warming exceeding 1.5 degrees Celcius above pre-industrial levels –  corresponding to the more ambitious Paris agreement target. Johan Nystedt, the company’s chief executive, said Nordea Life & Pension Sweden saw a clear increase in interest in sustainable savings, as well as a sharp increase in customer demand for  sustainable pension products.“We are also convinced that it is positive for the long-term return for our customers to integrate sustainability into our investment strategy,” he said.At the end of last year, Nordea Life & Pension Sweden managed SEK131bn of assets.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia bid $194m for Joshua-Fury clash

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Saudi may have enough uranium deposits to make nuclear fuel – Reports Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Saudi Arabia has reportedly made a £150 million ($194 million) bid to host a heavyweight world championship fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. The Sun newspaper in the UK cited comments from Joshua’s promotor Eddie Hearn as saying the Gulf kingdom would be prepared to spend big to host the boxing event as it continues to make its mark on the global sporting map. Despite the money, Joshua is understood to want the fight to take place in the UK if Fury snatches the WBC heavyweight title from US boxer Deontay Wilder on February 22. He was quoted as saying: “I think it has to be in the UK, to be fair, but I would never let a location get in the way of a mega fight. “The reason I always said I wanted Fury to win that fight is so we could put our fight on here but if he wants to do it in America then it makes sense for Wilder to win and then we do that fight there.” Joshua reclaimed his world heavyweight crown from Andy Ruiz in December, outclassing the Mexican-American to score a unanimous points victory in Saudi Arabia. Billed as the “Clash on the Dunes”, the eagerly anticipated rematch marked the first time a world heavyweight title fight had been staged in Saudi Arabia.Tags: Anthony JoshuaDeontay WilderSaudi ArabiaThe SunTyson Furylast_img read more

Time to submit 2019 ‘Citizen of the Year’ nominations

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – The Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Outstanding Citizen of the Year.One of Alpena’s highest honors traditionally recognizes the people who have positively influenced their communities. Nomination forms are available online and in-person at the chamber.Fill in as much information as possible on your nominee, including awards, charitable activities and  organizational involvement.The annual chamber dinner is set next year February 7. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Historic Bar and Grill Destroyed by Fire in HarrisvilleNext INSIGHTS: Young LGBTQ people in Alpenalast_img read more