Westar gets Kansas OK to sell green energy direct to businesses

first_imgWestar gets Kansas OK to sell green energy direct to businesses FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Topeka Capital-Journal:Westar Energy launched a new program this week that its leader called “a powerful economic development tool” that will allow businesses access to wind energy.On Tuesday, the Kansas Corporation Commission gave its stamp of approval to the Direct Renewable Participation Service. That opened the way for Westar to announce Wednesday that it had reached a 20-year agreement with an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources LLC to purchase energy from a new 300 megawatt wind farm that is being developed in Nemaha County.“The KCC unlocked a powerful economic development tool. Many large companies want affordable green energy when they choose sites for expansion or new facilities,” said Terry Bassham, president and CEO of Evergy, which operates as Westar Energy and KCP&L. “We are harnessing Kansas wind to attract and grow Kansas businesses. Wind energy boosts our local economies starting with the new wind farm jobs and the lease payments to landowners hosting the wind farm all the way to the communities that grow as businesses choose Kansas.”The program offers businesses a way to meet their sustainability goals by tapping into Kansas wind energy, said Westar spokeswoman Gina Penzig. “There are a lot of large companies that when looking either expanding their facilities or looking at new facilities, they’re really interested in affordable, renewable energy,” she said, adding that having a direct connection to a Kansas wind farm offers a tangible opportunity for those companies.Businesses that participate will be able to claim a portion of the energy generated by the wind farm, to be called the Soldier Creek Wind Energy Center, as their own. The new program is aimed at large commercial customers, she said.“It provides a direct access,” Penzig said. “First of all, the pricing is based on the price agreed to with the wind farm developer. So they’re getting to see some of the great prices available from Kansas renewables today. In addition, they are able to tell their stakeholders that they have a direct piece of Soldier Creek Wind Farm in Kansas. They don’t have an ownership share, but there’s a portion of the wind energy produced at that wind farm that is dedicated to them and is going to their operations.”More: In the wind: Westar launches push to meet business green energy needslast_img read more

Agent wants Barca to move for Lautaro

first_img Loading… Agent Lorenzo De Santis expects Barcelona to move for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez. “He has great room for improvement, he’s having a season of the highest level, the numbers show it. Given his age and performance the €111 million clause is attracting the attention of clubs like Barça. Read Also:Video:Braithwaite mocks shameful moment during Barca unveiling “Then it’s no mystery that Messi has a special feeling with him and hasn’t made it a mystery that he enjoys playing with him. It’s a negotiation that we will certainly find ourselves in the next market window.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img De Santis acknowledges Lautaro’s buyout clause makes him attractive to the Catalans. He told PassioneInter.com: “Lautaro is an extraordinary striker, still very young.Advertisementlast_img read more

John Gillon has an opportunity to end Syracuse’s point guard discussion

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ On Syracuse’s two most pivotal possessions against Wake Forest on Tuesday night, John Gillon generated the offense.With a minute and a half remaining, he drove the lane to suck in the defense. Then he kicked the ball out to Tyler Lydon at the top of the key, who passed it to Tyus Battle, who passed it to Andrew White, who hit a 3 to give SU the lead for good.The next possession, Gillon dribbled at the top of the key and drew two Demon Deacons. Then he passed to Lydon on the left wing for another 3-pointer. Gillon ran the point the way he’s shown potential to throughout the season. But Tuesday night was the first time he helped lead Syracuse to a single-digit victory.“The point guard is the guy who has the ball the most,” Lydon said, “so he needs to lead the team.”Gillon’s struggles have been magnified by the Orange’s (12-9, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) up-and-down season. While he’s played more of late, SU still hasn’t found consistency at the point guard spot. His play against Wake Forest showed another glimpse, one that Syracuse will likely need in order to upend No. 6 Florida State (18-3, 6-2) on Saturday at noon in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the Orange’s 17-point loss at No. 9 North Carolina, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “What’s the difference?” when asked about playing Gillon over fellow point guard Frank Howard. Five days after that, Gillon played just 10 minutes compared to Howard’s 29 in an 18-point loss at then-No. 15 Notre Dame.Ally Moreo | Photo EditorWhen Gillon subbed in with 10 and a half minutes remaining against Wake Forest, Syracuse trailed by six. The next time he subbed out for Howard was with nine seconds left and the Orange held a three-point lead. Finally, after three games of lackluster offense, one of Boeheim’s point guards made something happen.“I think John made some good plays at the end,” Boeheim said. “We’re just not getting enough out of those guys.”Time and again this season, Gillon’s performance hasn’t been good enough to take down the upper-echelon opponents on SU’s schedule. South Carolina shut off passing lanes to the perimeter. Wisconsin limited Syracuse’s ball movement. Virginia Tech eliminated the pick-and-roll, and afterward Boeheim said his point guards stooped to a season-worst. Gillon said he didn’t know how the floor spacing could be fixed after the 10-point loss in Blacksburg, Virginia.Florida State ranks 25th in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency, per Kenpom.com. Gillon will have to step up to prevent the Orange from suffering a similar fate against another top defense. In 12 wins, Gillon has gone 42-of-89 from the field with 6.3 assists per game. In losses, Gillon is 14-of-59 from the field with 3.1 assists per game.What gives Syracuse hope is what Gillon did against Wake Forest with the game on the line. In the last 10 minutes, he recorded four assists, four points and just one turnover.“I didn’t really think too much,” Gillon said. “I just knew I had to make plays.”Gillon said he told his teammates to give him the ball down the stretch. He told them not to worry. He pledged to do his job as the floor general.Boeheim said Gillon needs to “mix it up,” between scoring and passing when he drives to the basket. Figuring out when to do which has been one of Gillon’s biggest challenges all season.Some games, Gillon’s been effective. Others, he hasn’t. And just like Syracuse all season, there’s no telling what’s to come.“That’s all I can promise you,” Gillon said. “I’m gonna go hard.” Comments Published on January 26, 2017 at 10:42 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

Safety and Fair Play at Issue with Uber Legislation

first_imgTechnology has outpaced legislation when it comes to companies like Uber but Trenton has taken notice and is acting—whether Uber or its likeminded competition like it or not.Both the state Assembly and Senate are considering almost matching bills that would establish criteria for doing business for what are referred to as transportation network companies (TNCs), such as Uber, probably the most identifiable in the public’s eye right now, but also Lyft, Sidecar and Wings. Uber has expressed opposition to the bills for going too far and a representative from the state limousine association objects for not going far enough.These technology companies have established smartphone and tablet apps to connect paying riders with drivers and their usually privately owned vehicles.But those in the traditional livery transportation industry have objected that these companies are not as regulated and have an unfair advantage.“It’s now, it’s sexy and it’s in vogue,” maintained Jeff Shanker, president of the Limousine Association of New Jersey. “But in reality they’re doing the same thing as a limousine does, the same thing a taxi does—transportation from point A to point B. The only difference is they’re taking out the middle person, the dispatcher.”He stressed they should have to play by the same rules about property liability coverage and background checks for drivers.Lawmakers have acknowledged the disparity.“With the TNCs the market is basically unregulated,” noted Assemblyman Joseph Lagana, a Democrat representing the 38th District, taking in parts of Bergen and Passaic counties.The major issue for Lagana is “at the end of the day we have to protect the public.”To that end Lagana has sponsored Bill 3765 that would enact a series of regulations covering this relatively new way of operating a transportation service.The bill has been in the Assembly chamber’s Transportation Committee but added a number of amendments and is scheduled to return to the committee on March 19 for further consideration, according to Lagana.“This is an emerging technology. It’s not like a limousine service, it’s not like a taxi service. But it is,” said Lagana, who hopes to establish ground rules without unduly burdening this developing business model.“We’re not trying to over-regulate anybody,” Lagana said. “Essentially what we’re trying to do is put basic protections in place while at the same time ensuring the established livery service are not cast out as second class citizens.”Lagana is a lawyer who specializes in automobile and auto insurance-related matters. His sponsored bill would require these companies to register with the state; to have sufficient insurance acquired by the company, on a level required of limousine companies (which is higher than required of taxis), and on the drivers—even though they are driving their personal vehicles; and to have hired drivers get criminal background checks, register with the state Division of Motor Vehicles and receive a designated DMV identification.Uber’s Mohrer said last week his company already does background checks and provides insurance coverage for drivers, passengers and cars.Lagana said he has yet to see the insurance coverage Uber provides. As for the other provisions, the assemblyman said good for them but it should be required for all.As for possible regulations, Mohrer said last week the company is working with lawmakers to draft legislation “that makes sense.”Lagana said in his dealings with TNCs, “In my opinion, they’re not really in favor of any regulation.“But, obviously,” he continued, “That’s not acceptable.”Matthew Wing, a spokesman for Uber, said in an email on Wednesday, “This bill was written to protect the status quo and drive Uber out of New Jersey.”If this bill becomes law “it will take economic opportunities away from 5,000 New Jersey Uber-driver partners and prevent over 100,000 New Jersey residents from getting a safe, convenient ride, whenever they want, wherever they want, wherever they are,” Wing said.“We still have grave concerns,” Shanker said of this legislation, believing “public safety is still at risk” even with the provisions outlined in the bill.By John Burtonlast_img read more

Marsh rink makes most of second chance to capture Kootenay Dominion Curling Club Championship

first_imgBarry Marsh is not known for taking the easy route to glory.No this Nelson skip always likes to have the plot thicken before tasting victory as he did Sunday at the Heritage City Curling Club.Marsh, third John Rampone, second Cameron Shaw and lead Al May needed an extra game before capturing the Kootenay Dominion Curling Club Championship with an 11-3 victory over Ivor Larsen of Kimberley.The Nelson rink now advances to represent the Kootenay Zone at the Dominion Curling Club Championship next month in Richmond. After dominating the A event, winning the title in easy fashion, Marsh hit a bump in the road when Larsen put together a big end en route to a 10-4 win in the B Final.Having another chance at the Bavarian City rink, Marsh made the most of it as he blasted Larsen in six ends.The Dominion Curling Club Championship is designed to provide club curlers with the opportunity of a lifetime. Teams from both the East and West Kootenays flocked to Nelson to compete in the two-day event.The road to a Canadian Championship started at the beginning of the curling season at the club level.The Kootenay Championship is the next step before the respective winners advance to the provincial tournament April 17-21 in Richmond.On the women’s side of the draw, Desiree Schmidt of Fruitvale won the right to represent the Kootenays in Richmond.last_img read more