Westar 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 needs
Update (11:40 a.m. on April 9, 2014)Officials have released the identity of twin 2-year-old girls that died after being found in a neighbor’s pool Tuesday night.Dearborn County Deputies and Aurora Fire and EMS responded to the 5400 block of Dutch Hollow Rd. in reference to the two missing girls at 6:49 p.m.The toddlers were located two doors down in a neighbor’s pool on Elm Circle.Emergency personnel immediately began CPR and the children were transported to the Dearborn County Emergency Room, where they were later pronounced dead.The 2-year-old twins have been identified as Shaylyn and Jocelyn Spurlock, both of Aurora.Update (8:30 a.m. on April 9, 2014)Twin 2-year-old girls died after being found in a neighbor’s pool in Aurora. Dearborn County authorities received a report of the missing toddlers Tuesday night.The girls were found in the pool on Dutch Hollow Road around 8:15 p.m. and were transported to the Dearborn County Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.The case is under investigation by the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office and more information will likely follow.Officials have not released the identity of the victims or the circumstances surrounding the deaths.First Report (11:30 p.m. on April 8, 2014)Dearborn County dispatchers said late Tuesday night that twin 2-year-old girls from Aurora have been transported to the hospital after being found in a pool.Officers responded to the location on Dutch Hollow Road.The case is being investigated by the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office and more information may follow.Stay tuned to Country 103.9 WRBI and wrbiradio.com for continuing coverage in this developing story.
Press Association Sherwood’s mixed emotions towards the 19-year-old academy product stem from the fact that he has been making back-page and front-page headlines in recent months. Grealish shone at Wembley in April as he helped Villa defeat Liverpool to reach their first FA Cup final in 15 years. But just a few days afterwards he was photographed inhaling the popular legal high nitrous oxide on a night out. Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has revealed his love-hate relationship with teenage winger Jack Grealish. He was on the wrong side of his manager again during the summer when more pictures emerged of him face down in the street while on holiday in Tenerife. Grealish is in contention to make his first appearance of the season against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday after missing the start of the campaign with a hamstring injury. And Sherwood insists he will welcome the youngster back with open arms because he is a rare talent. “I will back him 100 per cent, he is such a talented boy,” said Sherwood. “I love him to death and I hate him at the same time! I want to nurture him to fulfil his full potential. “He did annoy me in the summer, but he annoyed himself. Hopefully the penny has dropped with him. “Young kids make mistakes. But they come through it. He is a one-off – and he is a one-off on the pitch. He has come through it and we need to move on now.” Grealish made a goalscoring return from his injury for the under-21 team this week and is likely to go straight into the starting line-up against Palace. Carles Gil also played in that game against Derby on Monday and he too comes into the reckoning after an ankle problem. Villa have beaten Bournemouth and lost to Manchester United so far this season in the Barclays Premier League and Sherwood believes the return of Grealish and Gil could provide the creative spark that has been missing. “That is what we need, we need Jack and Carles,” said Sherwood. “It is unfortunate that two of the most creative players in the side have been injured at the same time. Now they are getting back to fitness, it will change us going forward. “I think they could play together. If anyone watched them play for the under-21s, you can see they suit each other’s game. They pass the ball to each other and they enjoy each other’s company. “They are very offensive players with a good technical ability so they can take us forward.” Sherwood admits his young side will face a tough test at Selhurst Park against a vastly more experienced Palace team. He said: “They have got some very good players and Alan (Pardew) is a very good manager. “They are a side full of men. “They have pace on the counter-attack and we have to be ready for that. They bring teams on to them and spring on you with the pace of Zaha, Bolasie, Puncheon. “But we have to be ready for that and I want to show far more attacking threat than we did against Manchester United.” Although Grealish and Gil return to the reckoning, Jores Okore remains out with a knee injury and Jose Angel Crespo is still working his way back from a groin problem. New winger Adama Traore, who arrived last week in a £7million deal from Barcelona, could be included in the travelling party.
A 5-year-old boy who loves the movie “Up” partook in an “Up”-themed birthday photoshoot with his 90-year-old great-grandparents, Richard and Caroline Bain.Now, his mom’s uplifting photos are going viral!In the photos taken by Rachel Perman, her son Elijah dressed up as Russell while his great-grandparents dressed as Carl and Ellie Fredricksen.Perman said that her son had been obsessed with “Up” for years, adding, that Elijah only draws and colors the house with balloons featured in the movie, the only books he wants to get at the library, and it was the only toy he wanted when the family was in Disney World last year.She organized the photoshoot as a surprise and said his grandparents were “thrilled” to participate.