Editorial: Illinois Utility Strives to Thwart Electricity-Generation Transition FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus (Moline):Barely eight months after Illinois’ landmark Future Energy Jobs Act became law, Ameren Illinois wants state regulators to rewrite the rules.Critics estimate that, if the Illinois Commerce Commission accepts the lower energy savings targets contained in the efficiency plan Ameren filed with the ICC, consumers could pay 30 percent more on their bills.Meanwhile, the downstate energy provider which serves thousands in our area, will reap millions in bonuses despite not meeting the original 16 percent waste reduction target originally required by the law to trigger them.A spokesman says the utility asked for the reduction because it prefers to spend its dollars helping low-income communities. Ameren hasn’t spelled out how higher monthly bills will help those already struggling to keep the lights on, or why such a corporate cost shift is necessary given the additional low-income assistance built into the act.For those reasons and more regulators should reject Ameren’s effort to slice by more than a quarter these critical goals for cutting energy waste. ICC commissioners should do so not only for customers, but for all energy consumers in the state, those who work in the industry and for the good of the environment.As readers know, the Future Energy Jobs Act has been lauded as trailblazing state energy policy that should serve as a model for the nation. To achieve it, negotiators brought to the table such unlikely allies as energy providers, conservationists and consumer advocates.The provision that preserved Illinois nuclear energy production including at Exelon in the Quad-Cities, captured most of the headlines. But, importantly, the act also increased the use of renewable energy, protected thousand of jobs and is expected to add thousands more while promoting energy efficiency, thus decreasing — not increasing — costs to consumers.Those energy saving rules are the ones which Ameren seeks to rewrite. It’s interesting to note that ComEd has not asked for a similar reduction, despite energy savings targets which were set higher than Ameren’s. If Ameren wins the day, will a request from ComEd follow? Will it embolden utilities to ask for other changes?More: Tell the ICC not to lower energy savings targets
ILOILO – Locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from other provinces and cities are temporarily banned from entering this province, according to Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. He clarified that only the return of LSIs from other provinces and cities was suspended. The return to Region 6 of stranded overseas workers would continue, he noted. “This has been confirmed by General Galvez of Inter Agency Task Force nga suspended gid man anay ang voyages sang aton LSIs. Supposed to be kahapon [nagsugod] but in so far as we are concerned, suspended na kay ti gintawgan naton kaina si Secretary Galvez [and] siling ‘ya consider it suspended,” Defensor explained. As of June 22, a total of 5,506 overseas workers have returned to Region, DOH data showed, and of these, 72 tested positive for COVID-19. He, however, said that there are two voyages carrying around 800 LSIs that left Metro Manila on Thursday, June 25 arrived in Region 6 on Friday. Friday last week, Defensor said he would ask the IATF-MEID to temporarily stop sending back to Iloilo the Ilonggos stranded in Cebu citing the rising number of COVID-19 infections there. The provincial government, according to Defensor, accepted this latest batch since their return was scheduled before the national government announced the suspension, which is part of the preparation to require all LSIs to undergo swab or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing. The suspension took effect on Friday, June 26 and will last for two weeks. The rest just needed to secure a medical clearance stating they weren’t confirmed, suspected, or probably coronavirus cases and had completed a 14-day quarantine. “Thereturn of all LSIs to Iloilo and also to other provinces and cities [gin] stopped anay,” said Defensor, citing the directive of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID). These past few weeks, LSIs returning to Iloilo from Cebu and other parts of the country were not required to pass RT-PCR tests. They were only asked to present a travel authority and certificate stating they completed 14 days of quarantine. Previously, RT-PCR tests were only required for stranded individuals recovering from COVID-19. Here’s the breakdown of repatriated overseas workers: * Iloilo province – 1,780* Bacolod City – 831* Capiz – 641* Iloilo City – 629* Aklan – 591* Negros Occidental – 489* Antique – 403* Guimaras – 142 On May 25 President Rodrigo Duterte ordered concerned government agencies to bring home all overseas Filipino workers and other people stuck in Metro Manila and elsewhere due to the quarantine./PN
Mumbai, India – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe World Land Trust, ethical colored gemstone mining company Gemfields, Jaguar Land Rover and the Gemological Institute of America in India have all teamed up with 10 of the country’s most influential jewelers for a truly exclusive “pop-up” jewelry collection.Following in the footsteps of the first Emeralds for Elephants project, which launched in London last summer, the collection will raise awareness and much-needed funds for the Wildlife Trust of India’s efforts to protect the endangered Asian elephant in India.Each piece incorporates ethically produced Zambian emeralds, including the collection’s pièce de résistance, a Ganesha sculpture by artist Arzan Khambatta that features a 638-carat stunner from Gemfields. Other notable jewelers include Bangalore’s Abaran Jewellers, Jaipur’s Gem Palace and Meena Jewellers in Hyderabad.The one-of-a-kind collection was first unveiled in July and began a nationwide tour—stopping at each of the designers’ boutiques—in August. The showcase will culminate in a grand auction, led by Sotheby’s, at Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace hotel on October 14th.“Gemfields have not only demonstrated their ethics, but are also committed to helping the natural environment of elephants, both in Africa where their emeralds are mined, but also in India where many of them are sold. In 2010 they were one of the major contributors to the programme managed by the Wildlife Trust of India and supported by the World Land Trust, creating corridors to allow elephants to move freely between protected areas,” said World Land Trust CEO John Burton.Visit www.gemfields.co.uk.