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

John the Baptist: Advent figure

first_img Share Share 49 Views   no discussions Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews John the Baptist: Advent figure by: – December 5, 2011center_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Photo credit: pravmir.comJohn the Baptist has always seemed a figure tailor-made for Lent. He lives in the wilderness on a austere diet, dresses in equally austere fashion, and preaches a message of penance and conversion. You couldn’t ask for a more perfect Lenten symbolization than that. Yet the Church reads John as an Advent figure. Of the four Gospel passages in Advent, John is center stage in two. Contrary to appearances, John is not there to remind us about penance, except in the obvious sense that we always need the reminder. He is there for other reasons. Every liturgical season has its own character, and John is central to advent to underline the fact that witnessing to God’s presence in the world requires facilitation and vision.The word we associate most with John is “forerunner.” He announced the imminent coming of Jesus and “prepared the way.” Jesus, of course, did not appear because John prepared the way. John prepared the way, and He came. The coming was exclusively God’s doing.One of the mistakes we’re prone to make in our ministry is to assume that in the things of God we can do things for people. There’s often an imperceptible movement from helping someone with advice or in some other beneficial way, and ‘giving’ them God. Sometimes in our minds the two things occupy the same space.This is a mistake, because in the things of God all that anyone can do is facilitate. We cannot make anything happen. When God is born in anyone’s life, it is always a virgin birth. It’s a birth “not from human stock, or human desire, or human will, but from God himself.” Every minister, ordained or non-ordained, is a type of John the Baptist. We do not cause the birth of God. That happens when it happens. All we can do is facilitate.Perhaps the most intriguing thing about John was his public identification of Jesus as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” How do we explain the apparent ignorance of the public? At this time Jesus was almost thirty years old. We must assume that he hadn’t lived like a recluse. He was always in full view. And yet it took John, it seems, to make the explicit identification.How was John able to do this? There’s a connection between John’s manner of life and his ability to see, between lifestyle, in other words, and insight, or lifestyle and vision. John lived a life of communion with God, with discipline and simplicity, and that was the foundation of his special ability.Vision entails more than having one’s eyes open. Scripture intimates in several places that our normal consciousness is slumber, that is, we sleep with our eyes open. John shows that the roots of seeing truly lie in our manner of living. Without communion, simplicity and discipline, much of life’s deeper mysteries, not to mention much of the mystery of God, will remain hidden.Advent is a season where we are reminded in the person of John the Baptist that we are to announce that the Lord is always near, and to remember that that out witness amounts only to announcing. It is also time to recommit ourselves to simplicity and discipline, if we wish to grasp the mysteries of life — and the hidden dimensions of God.By: Father Henry Charles PhDlast_img read more