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

Milner – We can retain the title

first_img Mark Schwarzer produced several fine saves to prevent further damage but Milner came off the bench to make the result certain in the closing moments. The result was an important statement by Pellegrini, who had dropped out-of-form captain Vincent Kompany and playmaker Samir Nasri among five changes. Goalkeeper Joe Hart said: “We’ve had criticism off people who don’t particularly matter to us. What matters is what our manager thinks, and what we think as players. We showed where our heads are at with this result. “We’ll keep trying to win every game we’ve got, same as we have done for the past couple of years, when we’ve been chasing titles and cups.” The outcome could have been different for City had Leicester won any of three penalty appeals. One early one, for a challenge on Jeff Schlupp by Wilfried Bony, was particularly strong while a later foul on Riyad Mahrez by Fernando awarded just outside the box appeared to have been inside it. Mahrez also shot against the post as the relegation strugglers pushed the hosts hard. With the Foxes seven points from safety, albiet with a game in hand, veteran defender Matthew Upson hopes that luck turns soon. The 35-year-old said: “It is tough to take. We can take a lot of positives from the performance – the attitude and commitment the players show – but sooner or later those things are going to have to go your way. “The manager says we need to stay together, regardless of what the decisions are and how things pan out. I don’t think we have failed him on that so far this season and that is a testament to him and the group. “There is time, there are points available. Another round of Premier League games has gone by but we are not in too different a position to where we were before. “So, there is plenty of hope, effort, good attitude and excitement about the next few games.” Upson was making just his fourth appearance of the season after suffering an ankle injury soon after joining the club on a free transfer from Brighton last summer. He said: “I am really pleased. It was only my third or fourth 90-minutes after eight months out and at my age to come back and feel how I feel, I am really pleased and pleasantly surprised.” Chelsea remain five points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand but, after the late charges that won titles in 2012 and 2014, Milner is not giving up hope. The England international, who scored City’s second goal against the Foxes in the 89th minute, said: “I think we have played better but it is pleasing to get a result. “It was important to bounce back after the disappointment of the weekend. “Now it is about recovering from this period and getting back to 100 per cent, then working on things that we have been struggling on and getting back to the form we know we can hit and have shown in games, for periods of maybe 10, 15 or 20 minutes at a time. “We have got a bit sloppy. It is important we step that up and do it for the 95 minutes of a game and not just in periods. That is what you need to do to be successful. “We know what is in front of us now. The remaining games, we have to win, and we are more than capable of doing that. We have done it before. “It is important we build on this win and take that forward.” City were not fluent but still created numerous chances and seized the initiative when David Silva struck from close range in first-half stoppage time. City and their manager Manuel Pellegrini suffered a barrage of criticism last week after defeats to Barcelona and Liverpool damaged their European and domestic title hopes. They at least got back to winning ways on the home front in midweek as they edged to a disjointed 2-0 victory over bottom side Leicester at the Etihad Stadium. Press Association Manchester City midfielder James Milner claims the champions can win their remaining 10 games and retain their Barclays Premier League crown.last_img read more

Chidi Okenwa for Burial Today

first_imgFamily members have confirmed that the body of Okenwa, who was also Chairman of the Nigeria National League and Chairman of the Enugu State Football Association before his death, would be taken to Saint Stephen’s Methodist Church before final internment.The Nigerian Football family continues to mourn a diligent, industrious and cerebral administrator, who exemplified simplicity and humanity in everything he did, and approached tasks and projects with gusto, humility and the adorable spirit of a team player.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The remains of the Member of NFF Executive Committee, Hon. Chidi Ofo Okenwa, who died on Tuesday, 5th May 2020 after a brief illness, will be interred at his country home, Obinagu Uno Akpugo in the Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State today.A wake held at his family compound in Obinagu Uno Akpugo yesterday, preparatory to be final burial of one of the most charismatic and eloquent football administrators Nigeria has ever produced.Football administrators, government functionaries, stakeholders, friends and family members were on hand Tuesday, as a service of songs was held in his honour at his Akutu Crescent, Independence Layout, Enugu residence.last_img read more

Herbert Addo content with Accra derby stalemate

first_imgHearts of Oak coach Herbert Addo says he can only be content with getting a point from the derby against city rivals Great Olympics.The fiercely contested Accra derby failed to produce a goal but had many talking points at the Accra Stadium on Sunday.The Phobians from the start bossed around in a confident mood amidst missed chances but their dominance was later evened by their hosts who looked more defensively organized and tactical.“I’m happy with the point as far as the game went but I wanted a win because the position we are now, we have to win, win, and win [sic],” Addo told after the game.“We knew they were going to be difficult and defensively organized. Their coach Yaw Acheampong was a defender.“We looked a bit over-confident. We were holding the ball well, keeping possession and they were getting the time to organize. Coach Addo observed the need to get his forwards sharper than they were in the game.“Our strikers were a bit sluggish. If we were a bit fast in moving their defenders out of position, I think things would have been better. We have to work on that aspect. Even if it’s a German defence, we have to find a way to penetrate it,” he said.“We have to move on and look forward to the next game on Wednesday.”Hearts travel to face league leaders AshantiGold who lost 0-1 away to All Stars in a match day 15 fixture at the Len Clay Stadium on April 29.–last_img read more

Should Texans fire Bill O’Brien? Houston coach defends himself after disastrous playoff loss

first_imgGiven the state of the franchise, with the Texans proceeding without a general manager and allowing Bill O’Brien to serve as part of a council that determines the team’s roster construction, the head coach is unlikely to be fired after Houston’s divisional playoff collapse in Kansas City on Sunday. That doesn’t mean O’Brien is off the hook for what happened against the Chiefs.O’Brien, 50, has three years remaining on his contract. In his six seasons with Houston, the team has suffered its share of frustrating postseason defeats, with this year’s arguably hurting most considering the Texans would have hosted the AFC title game with a win, and because they blew a 24-0 lead against the Chiefs to lose 51-31. Then the better team got it together, and before the Texans could blink, the Chiefs had scored 41 unanswered points before Houston found the end zone again late in the third.Simply put: O’Brien’s team was heavily outmatched in Kansas City. This shouldn’t be considered a collapse; just a blowout loss to a team that features the defending NFL MVP.That won’t matter to O’Brien’s critics, who understandably want more. The Texans, after all, have a pretty damn good QB themselves. MORE: Ridiculous stats from Chiefs’ win over TexansThe underwhelming results, especially with a quarterback like Deshaun Watson who proved in the wild-card round he is capable of lifting the team to playoff wins, are leading Texans fans to wonder whether the team has already reached its ceiling with O’Brien. Why should Houston fans believe it’s going to get better?The coach faced that exact question during his media conference after the Chiefs game.”I feel like we’re moving in the right direction,” O’Brien answered. “I think we did a lot of good things this year. Not enough, obviously. Feel good about where we’re headed.”To O’Brien’s credit, the Texans have won the AFC South in four of his six seasons on the job, including this year’s division title that earned them the No. 4 seed in the playoffs. He has just one losing season on his resume, a 4-12 slide in 2017 when Watson’s rookie year was cut short due to a knee injury.Deshaun Watson said he has “no doubt” Bill O’Brien is right coach for Texans.Watson: “As long as I’m at quarterback, he’s cool with me. He’s got my heart. He’s going to get all 110% every time I step on the field.”— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) January 13, 2020Houston did lose one more game in 2019 than it did the year prior, but it advanced a round deeper in the playoffs.Question: What’s holding your team back right now?“I don’t know. We’ve got to look at everything.” – Bill O’Brien— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 12, 2020O’Brien took heat Sunday for a couple play calls, one his decision to kick a field goal on a fourth-and-1 while up 21-0 early in the second quarter, and the other a failed fake punt on the next drive that allowed the Chiefs to keep closing the gap on the scoreboard.He defended those calls in the same, matter-of-fact tone in which he defended his own job.On the field goal: “I was thinking about challenging the spot, because I felt like I had a first down. By the time I got to fourth down, I just decided to kick the field goal.”O’Brien said he & Texans went into game believing they needed 50 points to leave KC with a win today. Said he kicked a FG earlier bc they didn’t have a play there that he liked.. #HOUvsKC— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) January 12, 2020On the fake punt: “We felt like we had a look, and it just didn’t work.”Added Chiefs coach Andy Reid on that call, via Pro Football Talk: “I thought Bill did a nice job with that. That was an opportune time to call that. People are going to be upset, but from a coaching standpoint, it was an inch away. That wasn’t a bad call at all there.”MORE: Complete NFL playoff schedule, resultsOf course, the Texans were only able to build such a massive early lead Sunday because of the avalanche of mistakes that plagued the Chiefs. A blown coverage allowed Houston’s first touchdown. A blocked punt led to the next. Tyreek Hill muffed a punt. Kansas City receivers dropped four Patrick Mahomes passes in the first quarter alone.last_img read more

Florida Lawmaker Wants Earlier Start to Hurricane Season

first_imgNOAA has received the congresswoman’s letter and the agency looks forward to discussing the topic with her, according to spokesman Christopher Vaccaro.Although several tropical storms have formed in the Atlantic Ocean before June 1 in recent years, most of them have been considered “marginal in their structure,” says Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist at Colorado State University.In addition, improved satellite monitoring has likely led to an increase in short-lived, weak storms being named by the National Hurricane Center during recent years.The only named hurricane before June since the satellites started being used in 1966 was Hurricane Alma, which occurred in 1970.“I don’t think there is any reason to lengthen the hurricane season, since we haven’t had a hurricane in May in 50 years,” Klotzbach said in an email. A Central Florida lawmaker is trying to convince the federal government to start the hurricane season earlier beginning next year.U.S. Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy, of Orlando, sent a letter this week to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, requesting that hurricane season officially begin in mid-May. The current season runs from June 1 through November 30.However, Murphy says there has been at least one named storm before June 1 during each of the past six years.She adds that were three tropical storms — Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal — formed in mid-May and the beginning of June this year alone.“This presents a practical problem, because government officials and residents in hurricane-prone states use this season to inform their funding choices, public awareness campaigns, and preparation decisions,” Murphy’s letter explains.It goes on to say, “Accordingly, an official season that does not accurately predict major storm activity could result in readiness being compromised and people and property being harmed.”last_img read more

100 Million Mask Challenge

first_imgFacebook243Tweet0Pin0Submitted by ProvidenceUPDATE: Thanks to an overwhelming response from our community, many individuals have volunteered to sew surgical masks for us. However, we’re pleased to report that local manufacturing companies have stepped up to rapidly produce masks and face shields for us on a large scale. As a result we do not need volunteers to sew masks for our caregivers, and we will not mail or distribute sewing kits. We are truly grateful for your willingness to help. As we assess the situation in the coming weeks, we will let you know if we need your assistance.Providence St. Peter and Providence Centralia hospitals, along with others throughout our state have been overwhelmed by the generous offers pouring in to help create masks.We appreciate the donations of unopened boxes of surgical and N-95 masks.So that we at the local level can continue our work of focusing on our patients during the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, our larger Providence System team is partnering with another organization to implement the 100 million mask challenge across the country.We will update our website with information as progress is made with our new partner on the 100 Million Mask Challenge.Information about our efforts to raise funds and awareness to address this health crisis can be found at read more