New transmission line could boost solar in Florida

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A $400 million, 176-mile transmission line that will connect Gulf Power Co.’s service territory in the Florida panhandle to Florida Power & Light Co. customers in the state’s northeast could boost the value of solar generation for both utilities thanks to their time zone difference.Optimizing solar is one of several potential benefits likely to factor into any decision by NextEra Energy Inc. to merge its two regulated subsidiaries into one utility, along with other corporate and regulatory obligations it could streamline through a merger.During NextEra Energy’s investor conference June 20, Gulf Power President Marlene Santos said management is assessing the impacts of merging flagship utility FPL and Gulf Power, which NextEra purchased from Southern Co. in 2018. As of June 26, NextEra Energy said it is still reviewing all options on what combining the two companies would mean for customers currently served by FPL and Gulf Power.FPL serves nearly 5 million customers in southern Florida as well as the state’s northeast, while Gulf Power has about 460,000 customers in the Florida panhandle. Since the panhandle is in the Central Time Zone, while the rest of Florida is in Eastern Time Zone, Gulf Power’s North Florida Resiliency Connection transmission project could help with electricity demand and solar generation.“Once the line is built, it’s very possible that solar in Gulf’s territory monitors very valuable because it is time shifted from where most of the load is,” NextEra Chairman, President and CEO Jim Robo said during the investor presentation. “You will be able to deliver solar at that last hour when the sun is setting, but it hasn’t set yet where Gulf is.”Michael Goggin, vice president of consulting firm Grid Strategies LLC, said having larger grid operating areas connected by transmission allows utilities to better adjust to variance in weather and climate across different regions. In the case of FPL and Gulf Power, their time zone difference shifts supply and demand peaks for electricity and could help mitigate sudden demand surges, such as when people come home in the evenings or ramp up air conditioning during hot summer days.More ($): Solar could serve both utilities if NextEra combines FPL, Gulf Power New transmission line could boost solar in Floridalast_img read more

Scientists in China believe new drug can stop pandemic ‘without vaccine’

first_imgPrevention and cure Using antibodies in drug treatments is not a new approach, and it has been successful in treating several other viruses such as HIV, Ebola and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Xie said his researchers had “an early start” since the outbreak started in China before spreading to other countries.Ebola drug Remdesivir was considered a hopeful early treatment for COVID-19 — clinical trials in the US showed it shortened the recovery time in some patients by a third — but the difference in mortality rate was not significant.The new drug could even offer short-term protection against the virus.The study showed that if the neutralizing antibody was injected before the mice were infected with the virus, the mice stayed free of infection and no virus was detected.This may offer temporary protection for medical workers for a few weeks, which Xie said they are hoping to “extend to a few months”.More than 100 vaccines for COVID-19 are in the works globally, but as the process of vaccine development is more demanding, Xie is hoping that the new drug could be a faster and more efficient way to stop the global march of the coronavirus.”We would be able to stop the pandemic with an effective drug, even without a vaccine,” he said. A study on the team’s research, published Sunday in the scientific journal Cell, suggests that using the antibodies provides a potential “cure” for the disease and shortens recovery time.Xie said his team had been working “day and night” searching for the antibody.”Our expertise is single-cell genomics rather than immunology or virology. When we realized that the single-cell genomic approach can effectively find the neutralizing antibody we were thrilled.”He added that the drug should be ready for use later this year and in time for any potential winter outbreak of the virus, which has infected 4.8 million people around the world and killed more than 315,000.”Planning for the clinical trial is underway,” said Xie, adding it will be carried out in Australia and other countries since cases have dwindled in China, offering fewer human guinea pigs for testing.”The hope is these neutralized antibodies can become a specialized drug that would stop the pandemic,” he said.China already has five potential coronavirus vaccines at the human trial stage, a health official said last week.But the World Health Organization has warned that developing a vaccine could take 12 to 18 months.Scientists have also pointed to the potential benefits of plasma — a blood fluid — from recovered individuals who have developed antibodies to the virus enabling the body’s defenses to attack it.More than 700 patients have received plasma therapy in China, a process which authorities said showed “very good therapeutic effects”.”However, it [plasma] is limited in supply,” Xie said, noting that the 14 neutralizing antibodies used in their drug could be put into mass production quickly. Sunney Xie, director of the university’s Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Genomics, told AFP that the drug has been successful at the animal testing stage.”When we injected neutralizing antibodies into infected mice, after five days the viral load was reduced by a factor of 2,500,” said Xie.”That means this potential drug has [a] therapeutic effect.”The drug uses neutralizing antibodies — produced by the human immune system to prevent the virus infecting cells — which Xie’s team isolated from the blood of 60 recovered patients.  A Chinese laboratory has been developing a drug it believes has the power to bring the coronavirus pandemic to a halt.The outbreak first emerged in China late last year before spreading across the world, prompting an international race to find treatments and vaccines.A drug being tested by scientists at China’s prestigious Peking University could not only shorten the recovery time for those infected, but even offer short-term immunity from the virus, researchers say.  Topics :last_img read more

Kurt Okraku distances himself from Nyantakyi comparison

first_imgPresident of the Ghana football Association Kurt Okraku has shot down attempts to compare his leadership style and progress to that of his predecessor.Kurt Okraku took over as President in October 2019 from the Normalisation Committee and has since set out to revive sections of the country’s football including the Ghana Premier League,Division One League and the National Women’s League.However, it has not been smooth sailing in his first year which has been riddled with numerous challenges including repairing the image of the federation as well as dealing with the consequences of calling off the football season due to Covid – 19.His predecessor Kwesi Nyantakyi led the Association from 2005 until 2018 when he was forced to resign after he was caught on tape in the Anas documentary on corruption in football in the country.Before then his administration led Ghana made to three editions of the FIFA world cup.He is currently serving an infinite ban from all football activities placed on him by FIFA.When asked to compare and contrast his short tenure with that of his predecessor Okraku chose to stay neutral on the matter.“I am not one who is interested in comparisons.Kwesi Nyantakyi served for a long time and did his part and so did Dr Kofi Amoah and the Normalisation Committee.“There is a lot of work ahead of us to be done.“We hope that by God’s grace we will have the strength to achieve our targets,” he disclosed on the sidelines of the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Youth Employment Agency and the National Sports Authority.Following the cancellation of the football season,the GFA’s Executive Council is expected to meet soon to decide on what steps to take next regarding the future of football in the country.last_img read more

Once a One-Man Mission, Barn for the Poor Now Feeds Thousands

first_imgSt. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Keansburg feeds 120 to 130 people each week, Gerry Duffy said. “Many of them can’t do much for themselves. These people really need the food.” As it says in the New Testament, faith can move mountains. Similar little miracles continued to happen. Although it is a spiritually grounded mission, the Barn gives and receives support from many churches and other organizations that serve the poor. It was the first of many visits he would pay to the South Bronx convent and he never arrived empty-handed. Now the Barn has more than 150 volunteers. Nearly every day of the week volunteers collect, sort and package donated products for delivery to 44 locations in New Jersey and New York. Together the volunteers collect and distribute some 8 tons of surplus food each year. There are no paid employees. “It’s not just Catholic,” Gerry Duffy stressed. “We support the Methodists, Presbyterians, Long Branch Schools, Lunch Break, St. Anthony’s, St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, the Salvation Army.” Tucked away in a corner of a parking lot on Kanes Lane in Middletown, the Barn is actually a warehouse where a well-organized army of volunteers sort and pack surplus food they have collected from area supermarkets, farms and bakeries for daily delivery to food pantries, homeless shelters, religious institutions and other charities that serve the poor. Founded in 1981 by Barney Welch, who was then a caretaker for the Haskell estate in Middletown, the goal of the Barn is as simple as it gets: Feed the hungry. It can also move mountains of food. Rather than consigning it to the dumpster, several local markets began setting aside usable food for Welch to pick up. Meanwhile, other charitable organizations serving the poor heard about what he was doing for the Missionary sisters and asked him for help. With the need expanding, Welch began looking for a few like-minded volunteers. When he offered them the fish, the sister who answered the door responded, “Thank God you’re here. We’ve been praying for food all day.” By Eileen Moon Today, after more than three decades of volunteering for the Barn, Gerald Duffy, a retired accountant, is now the executive director of the organization, a role he accepted after Welch’s death in 2010.center_img Welch strongly believed in the concept of “Divine Providence,” the Duffys said. He had a favorite saying he credited to Mother Teresa that he liked to use to explain his philosophy: “If you are worrying, stop praying. If you are praying, stop worrying.” Through their involvement with the Barn, they were introduced to Mother Teresa during one of her visits to the convent in the South Bronx. When the nun learned that Karin Duffy was a convert to Catholicism, she presented her with a set of rosary beads and gave her a blessing. In 1987, Karin Duffy saw a notice about the Barn in her church bulletin, St. Mary’s in New Monmouth. It proved to be a life-altering step for each of them. He began salvaging discarded but still edible food from grocery store dumpsters, a practice that supermarket managers were understandably less than happy about. One day, while rummaging in a dumpster, Welch was approached by a man who asked what he was doing. When he explained, the man identified himself as a salesman for Arnold’s Bakery in Lakewood. Soon, Welch was receiving regular donations of baked goods from Arnold’s. “People are in it for the right reasons,” said Gerry Duffy. “Just to give time and service.” And in 2016, when Mother Teresa was elevated to sainthood by the Roman Catholic Church, the Duffys were invited to Rome for her canonization. Feeling uncomfortable about going alone, Karin asked her husband to come along. Recently a local Girl Scout troop approached the Barn with the idea of planting a vegetable garden to provide fresh produce for the Barn. Just ask Gerald and Karin Duffy, veteran volunteers at the Barn for the Poorest of the Poor, a quietly powerful nonprofit organization that has been delivering food to people in need since 1987. When Karin inquired, she was invited to visit Welch in his living quarters above the barn. The garden they planted behind the warehouse will be dedicated Sunday, July 14 during a celebration scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. At the time, Welch had a small side business selling fish that his brother-in-law caught to buyers in New York City. One day, when he’d finished his work, Welch decided to stop by the Missionaries of Charity, a religious order established by Mother Teresa that a niece of his had joined. He had some fish remaining from the day’s sales and thought he’d see if they would like it. To donate or inquire about volunteering at the Barn, call 732-671-4163 or email barnforthepoor@gmail.com. Learn more about the organization online at barnforthepoor.org.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Bombers Sr. Girls Basketball

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers take flight this weekend to Invermere to participate in the David Thompson Lakers Invitational Girl’s Basketball Tournament. This is the first taste of East Kootenay opposition for LVR, which has attended two tournaments this season in Vernon. Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to give the girl’s grand send off with Team of the Week honours. The team includes, back row, L-R, coach Val Gibson, Erica Augsten, Brittany Wheeler, Melinda Halstead, Jayden Roch and Rachel McKenzie. Front, Samantha Einarson, Devyn Parker, Kiandra McLaren, Taryn Scarff and Kylie Mirva. Missing assistant coach Sarah Fuhr.last_img read more