NextEra Energy to add 700MW of battery storage at existing California solar projects by end of 2022


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):NextEra Energy Resources LLC expects to place in service nearly 700 MW of fully contracted battery storage projects in California before the end of 2022, it said Aug. 31.The battery storage systems will be located at six of the company’s existing solar projects and will comprise 63 MW at the Blythe 110 solar project 115 MW at the Blythe II solar project 115 MW at the Blythe III solar project 230 MW at the McCoy Solar Energy Project 110 MW at the Arlington solar project and 65 MW at the Yellow Pine Solar project.The output of all but one of the projects is secured under long-term contracts, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. Contract counterparties include investor-owned utilities, a community choice aggregator and a corporate customer.The projects represent a capital investment of nearly $800 million. The NextEra Energy Inc. subsidiary recently secured approval for 523 MW of projects that needed state permitting.“Once these projects are operational by the end of 2022, Californians will benefit from more low-cost, emission-free solar energy during more hours of the day, as well as improved reliability across the regional electric grid,” NextEra Energy Resources President and CEO John Ketchum said in a news release.Aside from these projects, the company said it has nearly 2,000 MW of shovel-ready or near shovel-ready battery energy storage projects in California that it could deploy to meet state energy storage capacity requirements. NextEra Energy Resources is also developing a 1,300-MW pumped storage hydro facility in California that it said could help diversify the state’s storage resources.[Nephele Kirong]More ($): NextEra to commission nearly 700 MW of battery storage in California by 2022 NextEra Energy to add 700MW of battery storage at existing California solar projects by end of 2022last_img read more

Ritchie records first Shawano IMCA Modified win


first_imgBy Scott OwenSHAWANO, Wis. (Aug. 18) – Justin Ritchie has won a number of features at Shawano Speed­way, but the former late model track champion scored his first IMCA Modified feature Saturday night.Cautions plagued the start of the event, but once the race got going Tim Rothe took the lead. Ritchie pursued Rothe until lap three when he made an inside pass to take the lead.As Ritchie led, the action was hot and heavy behind him as Jason Czarapata, Lance Arneson and Wy­att Block all came from deep in the field to battle for second and third.  In the end it was Ritchie making his way to victory lane followed by Czarapata, Block, Arneson and Konnor Wilin­ski. Mitch Stankowski returned to victory lane after some time away from the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car divi­sion. Lucas Lamberies raced to his seventh local Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory of the year ahead of Tyler Sobiesczyk, who finished a career-best second.last_img read more

Mason City women charged with embezzling money from Burger King restaurants at Diamond Jo Casino


first_imgNORTHWOOD — Two Mason City women have been charged with embezzling money from a fast food restaurant in Worth County. The Worth County Sheriff’s Department says they took a call this week from the director of operations for Burger King who wanted to report two employees who had embezzled about $15,000 from the Burger King restaurant inside the Diamond Jo Casino as well as at the Burger King located in the convenience store complex near the casino. The Sheriff’s Department says a deputy interviewed both suspects, with both admitting to taking an undisclosed amount of money over a time frame of several months. 54-year-old Kristine Morrow was charged with first-degree theft while 41-year-old Angelina Hamilton was charged with second-degree theft. Both have made their initial appearance in court.last_img read more

Udacity Ignores Reality, Founds Open Education Alliance


first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… lauren orsini How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#education#MOOCs Massively Open Online Courses were upheld as the future of learning during a panel on new models in online education at the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference yesterday in San Francisco. But in reality, the program is getting low marks on its actual implementation in the state of California.The TechCrunch Disrupt 2013 panel discussion united Sebastian Thrun of Udacity, an online course provider, and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom to talk about Udacity’s radical partnership with California’s education system. This year saw the largest scale MOOC experiment in the country, as San Jose State University partnered with Udacity to offer five courses to 2,000 plus pioneering students.Thrun said MOOCs, or Massively Open Online Courses, are the inexpensive key to including more disenfranchised students in higher education. “He’s not talking about a lecture and putting it online. He’s talking about a whole new model of education that takes the latest in terms of how we learn and incorporates it into a new platform of engagement that arguably will make learning more interesting, meaningful and life long,” said Newsom of Udacity’s education model.It’s a nice sentiment, but according to the numbers, MOOCs aren’t there quite yet. The Udacity offerings were certainly affordable at $100 to $150 per course, but whether they worked for students is a different matter entirely. During the spring semester starting in January 2013, Udacity offered three online mathematics classes to 300 San Jose State students. But students flunked in large numbers, with no more than 51% of students passing any of the three courses. In a traditional setting, the average pass rate is closer to 74%. The experiment improved slightly during the summer semester, when Udacity offered two more mathematics courses. Eighty-three percent of students in elementary statistics earned a C or better, and 73% in algebra earned a passing grade. It would sound like a huge improvement from spring, except when you take in the fact that a whopping 40% of summer students opted to drop out (compared to 17% in spring).Udacity’s South By SouthWest panel pitch not only acknowledges the failings of MOOCs, but admits that some have up to 90% dropout rates (these courses do not necessarily reflect Udacity offerings). But during Thrun and Newsom’s chat, the cold facts were disregarded in favor of an optimistic future. “Look, this is not about replacing or changing campus education,” said Thrun, “but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stop innovating.” It’s no wonder that MOOCs have tenuous support among academics. But in Silicon Valley, Udacity is finding a lot of support for its innovation, despite reality’s buzzkill. During the talk, Thrun announced the Open Education Alliance. Udacity is being joined by companies like Google, Cloudera, Autodesk, and fellow education providers Khan Academy and Georgia Tech to “[assist] in the curation and development of a new 21st century curriculum.”It’s hard to get on board with this rosy view of the future when the present isn’t quite so bright. Watch TechCrunch’s video of the entire discussion here.last_img read more

Bureaucrat seeks Info Commissioner’s removal


first_imgThe Shahdol Commissioner has raked up grave charges against a serving State Information Commissioner, who during a past tenure had purportedly violated the revenue code to transfer a pond, meant for government ownership, to a private entity for a nominal fee “causing heavy loss” to the Madhya Pradesh government.Although the 12-hectare Mansarovar pond on unoccupied land in Gyaraspur of Vidisha district should have been vested in the government, wrote Shahdol Commissioner R.B. Prajapati to a State-level Principal Secretary, Rajkumar Mathur, the District Collector had parted away the State’s rights in 2005 in an “illegal and unauthorised way”.“Therefore, I request you to initiate the removal from the service of Mr. Mathur, now a State Information Commissioner,” wrote Mr. Prajapati, even though the district falls under the Bhopal division.‘Delay in inquiry’Due to the delay in an inquiry and the pendency of the case with the General Administration Department, he wrote, Mr. Mathur acquired the constitutional post for which he was “ineligible on moral and statutory grounds”.“If according to him,” wrote Mr. Prajapati, “the Mansarovar pond was a private land, it should have been vested in the State Government under Section 251 of the Madhya Pradesh Land Revenue Code, 1959. Instead, he gave it up for exchange.”According to the Section, all tanks situated on unoccupied land in the State on or before the date of coming into force of the Act should vest in the State government. The Act abolishes the rights of intermediaries in the area on a tank, which may be used by villages for irrigation.Moreover, although the pond didn’t fulfil the exchange parameters laid down under the revenue book circular, still it was given up under it in an illegal and unauthorised way, he alleged. “The Section is one of the most important ones enacted in public interest,” he wrote, “It has the same effect as the Madhya Pradesh Ceiling on Agricultural Holding Act, 1960, under which there is a provision to vest private land in the State government by declaring it surplus,” he said.‘In cold storage’Mr. Prajapati claimed he had brought the case to the attention of the GAD and other departments on July 14, 2008, as a consequence of which the Under Secretary to the Government of India (Ministry of Personnel and Training) had directed the State’s Chief Secretary to take action. “However, no serious inquiry was undertaken and the case was thrown into the cold storage,” wrote Mr. Prajapati.last_img read more

ESPN Releases New College Football Power Rankings After Week 5


first_imgESPN power rankings for teams ranked 2 through 4 for week 6 of the season.The Coaches Poll received a major shakeup, and the AP promises to do the same after a wild week five, but neither replaced the nation’s top team. ESPN’s College Football Power Rankings, however, did just that. After struggling at Indiana, Ohio State falls a few spots, replaced at the top by Utah, which continues to benefit from its dominant Oregon win. The Big 12 powers Baylor and TCU also look good, after both put up points in bunches on Saturday.Here are the full rankings: Utah New HelmetTwitter/@UtesEquipment1. Utah2. TCU3. Baylor4. Ohio State5. Clemson6. LSU7. Michigan State8. OklahomaT-9. Texas A&MT-9. Florida11. Alabama12. Northwestern13. Florida State14. Notre Dame15. Stanford16. Ole Miss17. MichiganT-18. UCLAT-18. USC20. Georgia21. Oklahoma State22. Iowa23. Cal24. Boise StateT-25. TempleT-25. HoustonHow did ESPN do this week, fans?last_img read more