Tax break drives US wind energy market

first_imgIn the past, however, inconsistent PTC policies discouraged investments in local manufacturing. The result has been a shortage of wind turbines and components, at a time when the market is exploding. The shortages have forced some developers to postpone and even to cancel projects. TAGSH-Quebec By chloecox – RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “Some wind IPPs have discovered that by taking the financial risk and locking in turbine supply early, even before projects in their own pipelines may be ready, they can leverage these turbines to participate in late stage projects from other developers,” says Chua. According to EER, new wind power plant installations in North America are expected to surpass 4000 MW in 2006, and may grow by nearly 6000 MW per year by 2010 if the US government continues with favourable regulatory policies. Within the US today, over half of wind power capacity is found in the three states of California, Texas, and Minnesota. Moving forward, these states are expected to continue to play a significant role in the industry. Texas, having doubled its RPS, will overtake California to become the most active state market in the US. Despite record installations in the US in 2005, and huge growth in 2006, the nearly $4bn market has been constrained by turbine and component supplies. While the growth is unprecedented, wind turbine shortages have forced many wind IPPs and developers to table projects. Others have taken advantage. In 2006, new installations in North America will grow by over 50 per cent, according to a new study by Emerging Energy Research (EER), a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based research and advisory company. No posts to display Twitter For wind turbine suppliers, control of the supply chain is becoming especially critical, according to the study. Turbine shortages result from pinch points in the supply chain, including gearboxes, castings, and blades. Close relationships with key suppliers in these areas are important for ensuring that a wind turbine vendor is able to maximize production. “2004 was a brutal year for US wind power, but with a more stable policy finally in place, a wind turbine supply shortage has limited growth and has inevitably brought higher prices,” says EER Research Director Godfrey Chua. “The US market faces significant risk of a slowdown again in 2008, as the current PTC is effective only until the end of 2007.” Linkedin In Canada, provincial level renewable energy RFPs have emerged as the key drivers behind the growth of the wind power industry, according to EER’s study. Between 2004 and 2006, provincial governments and utilities will have issued RFPs for 6000 MW of renewable energy, with the lion’s share expected to be awarded to wind projects. According to EER’s study, all wind turbine vendors active in North America sold out available capacity in 2005. “With few exceptions, traditional US turbine vendors are no longer able to guarantee delivery before the end of 2007,” says Chua. “The door is wide open for new entrants willing to take the risk.” Gamesa, Suzlon, and Clipper are all building manufacturing facilities in the US, according to the study. Linkedin Twitter Wind power capacity in the US has the potential to grow from just 6700 MW in 2004 to over 28 000 MW by 2010, according to EER’s study. In Canada, wind power capacity is expected to grow from nearly 450 MW in 2004 to over 6200 MW by 2010. “The North American wind power market is operating at an entirely new level,” says Chua. Both the US and Canada experienced record installations of wind power plant in 2005, but an even bigger boost is expected in 2006. In the US the growth has been spurred on by the extension of the production tax credit (PTC). The fastest growth rates, however, will occur in new states implementing an RPS, such as New York and Colorado, as well as those learning to exploit tremendous untapped wind resources, such as the Dakotas, Illinois, and other Midwest, and Pacific Northwest states. These regions will see their share of total US wind power capacity increase over the forecast period. A sharp increase in US wind power installations follows the extension of the PTC, first at the end of 2004 and further extended to 2007 through the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This three-year horizon is breaking the boom and bust cycle that has plagued the US wind industry. Fuelling wind power demand have been state renewable energy initiatives as well as the spiking costs of natural gas, a power generation mainstay. These and other findings are found in EER’s just-released study, US/Canada Wind Power Markets and Strategies 2005-2010. Among the most significant efforts to date in Canada are two RFPs from Hydro-Québec totalling 3000 MW of wind power, to be delivered between December 2006 and December 2013. In addition, Ontario has launched three renewable energy RFPs, totalling 1500 MW, with over 1300 MW of wind power contracts awarded to date. The Canadian national government has extended the wind power production incentive (WPPI) programme to April 2010, resulting in some 3000 MW of projects that are now planned for construction. “Turbine supply leverage will further define the North American wind industry for years to come,” says Chua. “In the near term, it is less about who will sell more, and more about who will sell out first. This is exacerbated by the PTC, since projects must be built by the end of 2007 or, otherwise, face losing the all-important tax credit.” Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables Tax break drives US wind energy market 1.12.2006 Previous articleE.ON Rhurgas details launch of world’s first commercial satellite positioning systemNext articleAEP starts process to construct second IGCC plant chloecox CoalGasRenewablesWind Facebook Venture Global LNG adds Zachry to EPC team for Gulf export terminal construction Mississippi Power cutting stakes in coal-fired, gas-fired stations to reduce excess MW, emissions Facebooklast_img read more

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Energy Storage Applications Set for Explosive, Disruptive Growth

first_imgEnergy Storage No posts to display More information is available in the report, which examines the major market issues driving investment in energy storage around the world and the adaptations various stakeholders make in response.  Twitter 9.30.2016 A new study from Navigant Research indicates the energy storage will experience explosive growth over the next three to five years that will mirror the current growth of solar. Previous articleDresser-Rand Completes Offshore Combined-Cycle Equipment for Shell AppomattoxNext articleSmall Module Nuclear Reactors Could Power the UK by 2030 chloecox “New players will be able to offer a suite of solutions that promote connected homes and robust energy options,” says Anissa Dehamna, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “Evolving business models call for utilities to become more agile and not only address the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity, but also focus more on grid services and develop customer-friendly solutions.” Linkedin The paper noted distributed energy resources companies will create new opportunities for energy storage-enabled applications for utilities and customers alike. IT, telecommunications and consumer product companies are focusing on energy and smart grid applications, and will present a disruptive threat to utilities due to their ability to create value from data and customer relationships. Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas Utility contracting 12 MWh in mobile battery capacity from startup developer Facebook By chloecox – By Editors of Power Engineering Twitter TAGSPPL Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The study, Five Trends for Energy Storage in 2016 and Beyond, indicated incremental improvements in energy storage technologies, developments in regional regulatory and market drivers and emerging business models will make energy storage a growing and viable part of the power grid. Highview hires MAN Energy for UK cryogenic energy storage project Facebook Energy Storage Applications Set for Explosive, Disruptive Growthlast_img read more

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Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2014/2015 Preview

first_imgThe lure of the bright lights of Las Vegas adds an extra incentive as the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League series gets underway in Oslo, Norway next weekend. There’s nothing quite like the prospect of making it to the entertainment capital of the world and performing in front of a sold-out stadium to seal the fate of one of the world’s most coveted trophies. It’s where every rider will want to be when the curtain goes up at the Thomas & Mack Centre on 15 April 2015.This will be the sixth time for the event to visit the American venue and the ninth occasion for the Final to take place in the USA. Leagues all around the globe will be played out before we know who is in contention for the crown of indoor Jumping which has been a career-defining achievement for every winning horse-and-rider combination since the series first began back in 1978. A total of 15 leagues will take place across five continents during this 36th season which promises more excitement than ever.Some riders have come out on top more than once, and four riders are tied on a hat-trick of successes with the most notable being Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa who was champion three years in a row between 1998 and 2000 and, even more remarkably, each time partnering the same horse, the brilliant stallion Baloubet du Rouet.Defending championThe defending champion is Germany’s Daniel Deusser who galloped to victory with Cornet D’Amour at the 2013/2014 Final in Lyon, France earlier this year. The result came as no surprise as Germany’s record in this series is exceptional, with 10 wins to date. However American riders are hot on their heels having secured the trophy seven times over the first nine years and then suddenly bouncing back with two more wins posted by Rich Fellers and Beezie Madden in 2012 and 2013. There will be extra satisfaction for the host nation if US riders can bring them onto level-pegging with their German counterparts at the end of this season.Ludger Beerbaum was the very first German rider to take the title back in 1993 with the great mare Ratina Z, and such is the multi-medalled rider’s pure consistency that, having been on the podium many more times in the intervening period, he was only just pipped for the top step of the podium again earlier this year. Longevity is one of the stand-out features of many winners of the FEI World Cup™ Jumping title. It is more than extraordinary that three-time champion, Austria’s Hugo Simon who won at the inaugural series Final with Gladstone in 1979 before recording a double with ET FRH in 1996 and 1997, is still taking on the best of them across the international circuit. At the age of 72 he recently won the Grand Prix at Wiener Neustadt in fine style.The return of the Final to the North American continent is likely to attract additional interest from the riders of that region, and one man everyone will be watching is 10-time Olympian Ian Millar who steered the legendary Big Ben to a double of victories in 1988 and 1989. Widely-known as Captain Canada for his rock-solid under-pinning of so many Canadian successes, he has shown tremendous form again this season with a horse that is closely-related to his former champion ride. And if he maintains form, Millar could, at the age of 68, become the fifth triple-champion in the history of a series that has consistently set the best apart from the rest.Big gunsThere will be a lot of Western European riders trying to stand in his way however, and as the first of the 12 legs of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League begins next Sunday in Oslo, many of the big guns are coming out to try to snatch some early qualifying points. Each rider’s six best scores will count throughout the qualifying rounds, and the start-list looks like the “who’s who” of the sport right now, headed up by the man who has topped the Longines world rankings for the last 11 months, Great Britain’s Scott Brash.Add to that the defending series champion Daniel Deusser, three-time champion Marcus Ehning and 2011 champion Christian Ahlmann who will also fly the German flag, Olympic champion Steve Guerdat from Switzerland and the world’s leading lady rider Penelope Leprevost from France along with two members of last Saturday night’s winning team at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2014 Final – The Netherlands‘ Maikel van der Vleuten and Jur Vrieling – and it is clearly going to be an exceptional season-opener.The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2014/2015 Western European League looks set to get off to a cracking start when the first rider enters the Telenor Arena at 13.00 local time next Sunday afternoon.Don’t miss a hoofbeat! Watch it all LIVE on www.feitv.org Tags: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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Community on edge as manhunt intensifies for Tennessee double murder suspect

first_imgTennessee Bureau of Investigation(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — A rural Tennessee community is on edge as the manhunt intensifies for a double murder suspect who is on the run after a string of violent crimes, authorities said.Though the search is intensifying for Kirby Gene Wallace in an area north of Nashville, “everybody’s looking after each other, making sure everybody’s safe,” Montgomery County resident Aaron Bird told ABC News.But Bird isn’t taking any chances, and said he would shoot the murder suspect with his own gun if he saw him.“There ain’t no telling what he’s gonna do,” Bird said.Wallace was potentially spotted early Wednesday — a homeowner called 911 to report that he had heard his dogs barking and saw a man trying to get into his porch, authorities said.The man, who appeared to be carrying a gun, then fled into the woods, authorities said.Investigators are trying to confirm if Wallace, 53, was the man trying to enter the porch, authorities said.Another 911 call also came in overnight reporting possible suspicious activity, and since then authorities have deployed more resources and established a second search perimeter, they said.Anyone with relatives or friends in the area is asked to reach out to them and make sure they are OK, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Nilan said Wednesday.Wallace is suspected of killing a 63-year-old woman after she and her husband came home from church on Sept. 23, Stewart County Sheriff Frankie Gray said, according to The Tennessean newspaper. The couple was bound and their house was set on fire, Gray said, according to the newspaper. The husband survived.Wallace is also suspected of shooting and killing a man and stealing his truck on Monday in Montgomery County, The Tennessean reported.Days earlier, a woman in her 80s was returning home from church when Wallace allegedly stopped her at her car and forced her into her home at knife-point, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said.Inside the home Wallace allegedly showed the woman a loaded rifle, threatened her and took apart her phone to keep her from calling for help, the sheriff’s office said. Wallace allegedly tied her to her bed before fleeing in her car, officials said.As the manhunt continues, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office urged residents to stay inside, keep their doors and windows locked and report any suspicious activity.Authorities on Tuesday said they can’t rule out if Wallace is getting outside help and vowed to find him “one way or another.”A $7,500 reward is available for information leading to his capture, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.Wallace is described as having gray hair, hazel eyes and possible facial hair. He stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 157 pounds, authorities said.Wallace is wanted on charges including first-degree murder, felony murder, attempted murder, aggravated arson and especially aggravated kidnapping, authorities said.Anyone with information about his location is asked to call 911.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Grace Potter Announces Debut Solo Album, Listen To Lead Single ‘Alive Tonight’

first_imgGrace Potter, frontwoman extraordinaire, has announced the release of her first-ever solo album. Titled Midnight, the album will be released during the summer, but Potter has shared audio for a leading single, “Alive Tonight.” This will be Potter’s first studio work since Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ released The Lion The Beast The Beat in 2012.Speaking about the album, Potter said, “Everything about this record has been a wild, wonderful odyssey… I explore new sounds with each album I write and this time around I learned to be patient and really allow each song boil down to it’s most universal form. Eric Valentine’s studio has a creative atmosphere that allows an artist to chase down every crazy idea while producing some of the most exciting, high quality sounds I’ve ever heard. It’s been a life-changing experience and I can’t wait to take my live show even deeper and dive into old and new songs!”Listen to “Alive Tonight” below:last_img read more

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A.R.T. announces ‘Family Friday’ for ‘No Child …’ premiere

first_imgThe American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is offering a special discounted ticket price for its Nov. 23 premiere of “No Child … ” — the Obie Award-winning one-woman show by Nilaja Sun. Tickets for the “Family Friday” performance are $25 for each member of a family with a young adult under 21 years of age. (“No Child …” contains strong language and is suitable for children 15 and up.)Created and performed by Sun, “No Child …” is based on her experiences as a teaching artist at some of New York City’s toughest schools. The performance chronicles her trials and triumphs teaching drama to a class of academically and emotionally challenged students in the Bronx. Sun takes on the roles of more than a dozen characters in the play, including herself, students, parents, teachers, and an all-knowing janitor. “No Child …” is directed by Hal Brooks and will run through Dec. 23 at the A.R.T.’s Loeb Stage.The play received the 2007 Obie Award for Distinguished Performances, the 2007 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Production, and the 2007 Outer Critics Circle Winner for Best New American Play and Outstanding Solo Performance, among other accolades.After “Family Friday,” single ticket prices will range from $39 to $79 ($25 for students). Senior and group discounts are also available.last_img read more

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Watch Ghost Light Summon A Pool Deck Downpour On Jam Cruise 18 [Pro-Shot]

first_imgGhost Light, the relatively new band comprised of guitarists/vocalists Tom Hamilton and Raina Mullen, keyboardist Holly Bowling, drummer Scotty Zwang, and bassist Dan Africano, has made massive strides since forming in early 2018. From raging, Grateful Dead-like jams that highlight Hamilton’s untouchable guitar chops to thoughtful indie rock compositions to soothing, airy instrumental vamps, Ghost Light masterfully traverses a wide array of sounds within the space of a live set.It’s been exciting to watch this group of familiar, talented players blossom into a true band to be reckoned with over the last two years. That learning curve seemed to reach its apex back in January when Ghost Light threw down what was easily one of the most thrilling sets of Jam Crusie 18. In addition to some guest brass courtesy of the Turkuaz horns, the Ghost Light Pool Deck set was highlighted by its final number, when the band’s searing jams seemed to summon the rain that had been looming overhead all evening. Those who stayed got wet, but we’d wager that none of them minded too much. This show was that good. Watch the end of the Ghost Light Jam Cruise 18 Pool Deck set below:Ghost Light – “Diamond Eyes” > “Old Time Religion” > “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” > “Best Kept Secret” [Pro-Shot] – Jam Cruise 18 – 1/9/20Relive Jam Cruise 18 with our high seas coverage of all five days of the 2020 event below:6 Of The Best Things We Saw On Jam Cruise 18: Day 18 Of The Best Things We Saw On Jam Cruise 18: Day 28 Of The Best Things We Saw On Jam Cruise 18: Day 38 Of The Best Things We Saw On Jam Cruise 18: Day 46 Of The Best Things We Saw On Jam Cruise 18: Day 5, The Final Daylast_img read more

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Ida Mae Gordon

first_imgIda Mae Gordon departed this earthly home, June 1, 2016 at Mid-Jefferson Extended Care surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by her parents Robert and Julia Linton Lonson, sons, Darrell Jacobs and Craig Shields, brother Herbert Lonson and sister, Stella Williams. Ida Mae was born in Port Arthur, TX and retired from the Port Arthur Community Home after 37 years of dedicated service.Ida Mae is survived by her children: Ulysses Jacobs, Jr. of Houston, TX, Robert (Linda) Jacobs of Corona, CA, Kenneth Johnson and Michael Jackson (Bernadette) of Port Arthur, TX, Trela Jacobs Brown of Nederland, TX and Deborah Ann Jacobs of Port Arthur, TX; sister, JoAnn Adams (Herbert) of Houston, TX, brother Phillip  Williams (Rosemary) of Port Arthur, TX; daughter-in-law, Brenda Jacobs; sisters-in law, Joan Anderson Lonson of Port Arthur, TX, Norma Lee Navy of Beaumont, TX, and Virdell Dozier of San Francisco, CA; step-children, Sharon Gordon, Harvey Gordon, and Donald Gordon, 18 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.  Ida Mae and her beautiful smile will truly be missed.Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. June 11, 2016 at Sacred Heart-St. Mary Catholic Church with a visitation from 8 a.m. until service time with Father Sampson Etim, MSP officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Gabriel Funeral Home.last_img read more

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KATHIE’S KORNER — Peace, Peace, Wonderful Peace was given for us all

first_imgThe definition of Peace: Freedom from disturbance, tranquility, harmony, calm and well-being.I know everyone desires those definitions of peace, as I do, and thank God for leaving me His peace before He went to be with the Father.John 14:27 says “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you. I do not give you like the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Wow, the first time I read that, I marveled, knowing He gave it to me, and, no man or thing can ever take it away.We, Believers, must stay “stubborn” about this and let that peace from above that He gave us,  guard our hearts and minds!This is a perfect, positive, way to direct your problem with being stubborn… “You will keep us in perfect peace, those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, Himself is the Rock eternal.” Isaiah 26:3In this day, age and, time of “seeming” trouble, it would be a great idea to pray before you start your day for the refreshing, reminder of your peace, He gave you.It changes daily progress in our homes, jobs, church, errands and communication by social media, and cell phones. There are also some humorous, common ways we use peace:It’s used as an informal, friendly greeting, some along with 2 fingers up, indicating Peacecenter_img An order or suggestion to remain silent – “Peace be still.” Sometimes I take authority (given by God) to calm a destructive storm: hail, hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding, always ending the order with, In Jesus Name.Leaving family or friends – “Peace out.”There are so many times we can, as Believers, speak peace instead of fear or anger, and God will honor our “meddling in the spirit” so to speak.When loved ones are grieving, sirens passing us by on the highways, hospital visits, strife in workplaces or homes, and on and on. I think you can and have your own areas of contact to bless with peace.Come visit or go online to be a part of a peaceful, loving church, G.T.C.O.T.R. on Highway 69 and Twin City Highway, right now, just Sundays, 10:30 a.m. (after requesting a visit), or online at 11 a.m.You can always e-mail me at [email protected] for prayer, a Bible or a Scripture you need.Peace Out!Kathie Deasy writes about religion for Port Arthur Newsmedia. She can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

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Harry Vaughn

first_img He returned to Port Arthur and took a job with Sears.He re-organized his orchestra and after interviewing with Texaco, got on as a Union Clerk.At age 28, Harry Vaughn’s Orchestra also played at the Pleasure Island Ballroom starting in 1955.He appeared in the Annual CavOilCade Parade and played for CavOilCade Coronation ceremonies for several years starting in 1966. While in high school he formed his first band, “The Masters of Rhythm”, (age 15) and played at The Black Cat Club on Saturday nights.He was a member of The Fighting Texas A&M Marching Band and tried out for the Aggieland Orchestra as a sophomore and made it.He played with the Dance Orchestra for 3 years. Harry Vaughn, age 93, passed away peacefully at a private residence in Marble Falls, TX in the morning of December 30, 2020.He was a native of Port Arthur, Texas born on December 7, 1927, to Claiborne and Regina Vaughn.He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and from Texas A&M University, (‘50).center_img He also played for a Hughen School charity show with entertainer, Bob Hope in 1975.For 35 years he was the leader and director of the Harry Vaughn Orchestra.On December 31, 1979, Harry announced he was playing his last dance.In 1980, he transferred to Texaco’s regional operations in Bellaire, TX serving in personnel services and benefits.Harry was promoted to a Senior Staff position in 1982 allowing him to return to Port Arthur.The last six years of his career he served as Assistant to the Area Manager at the Texaco plant in Port Arthur.In 1988 he retired from Texaco.Harry was preceded in death by his wife and first love, Dorothy Vaughn, his parents, two brothers and two sisters.He is survived by two sons, Charles Harry Jr., and Darrell, two daughters-in-law, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.last_img read more

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