Mandating Commercial Solar?

first_imgThe Molloy College Sustainability Institute’s executive director, Neal Lewis, presented a proposal to mandate the use of solar power for new commercial buildings to the Southampton Town Board on January 24.Lewis, along with research director Andrew Manitt, said the town should require that any new non-residential construction of more than 10,000 square feet be equipped with enough solar panels to provide a kilowatt of power for each square foot of the building as part of the renewable resource mission of the Long Island Clean Energy Leadership Task Force. The recommendation was discussed at two task force meetings before being presented to the town.The Molloy representatives looked at building codes in other parts of the country, California in particular, because that state has changed its building code to require solar on residential properties. Several cities in the state, such as Culver City, Santa Monica, and Sebastopol, have adopted some form of non-residential solar requirement.“Our goal was to find a model, and we think the kilowatt-per-square-foot formula based on the footprint seems practical,” Lewis said. “We think we’re injecting and motivating the marketplace so that a bunch of considerations play into new building construction. It’s still surprising that right now a vast majority of new builds don’t have solar or renewables.”Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said there’s obviously a big difference going from a voluntary program to a requirement, and added he would be hesitant to raise the cost of construction when businesses are already struggling.Councilwoman Christine Preston Scalera expressed concern with the mandate versus incentive issue, a battle Lewis said is a constant. Councilman John Bouvier said he likes the idea and concept, pointing to the incentive being lower energy costs. He said if the town employs Community Choice Aggregation, a program that allows local governments to procure power on behalf of their residents, businesses, and municipal accounts from an alternative supplier, it could potentially create a better market for solar. Manitt said he thinks the demand would lead to competitive bids and creative solutions.“Our thought is that once you require solar, it’s up to the architect or the builder to figure out the best way to maximize what they’re going to get out of it,” Manitt said.The pair also said they understand, given some town code requirements for new construction, that there’s a visual impact the solar panels could have. To answer those concerns, they said the town could also use a model called community-shared solar, in which there is one host for a solar installation that others invest in.Lewis and Manitt said their past experience of looking at codes and making recommendations have helped them become leading policy makers on the topic. Years back, the task force recommended municipalities use HERS ratings in building codes to obtain greater energy efficiency in home construction, and 10 towns, including Southampton, are now using that system. “You took the green initiative and went further with it and adopted what I think is perhaps one of the best building codes for new home construction from an energy efficiency and renewable perspective in the country,” Lewis said. “In terms of the requirement standard going up in terms of performance as buildings get bigger, I’ve not seen any in the country that has better standards than what this town has. We’re hoping we can once again lead the way here.” Sharelast_img read more

Praxair expands Gulf Coast hydrogen

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Santos GLNG nears first LNG

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Evanko: LNG by rail creates opportunities for Chart

first_imgSource: Chart IndustriesThe DOT-113C120W from Chart carries ~30,000 gallonsUS-based cryogenic gas equipment manufacturer Chart Industries makes cryogenic railcars at its New Prague, Minnesota plant that can each haul 30,000 gallons of LNG, and CEO Jill Evanko says the company will expand its railcar business as a result of the rule change.“Not only will the LNG by rail order expand direct railcar business for Chart, it will further support our small-scale LNG efforts,” Evanko told gasworld.“We also believe the railcars will create demand for pump based loading and unloading skids and stationary storage tanks at delivery points. We have equipment immediately available for this application which would be sold under our trademarked ‘GBR® (Gas By Rail)’ brand. Our New Prague, Minnesota facility has capacity and is an AAR QA (M-1003) and Tank Car Committee (M-1002) approved facility.”Evanko continued, “We currently have one order we are working on and another active proposal for liquid ethylene railcars. Related to our $21m order for a customer in Mexico for LNG by rail which was booked December 31, 2019, this order has been described by our customer as ‘Phase I’. Phases II and III could involve a total of 300 locomotives and 150 tenders. The product is Chart’s 12K LNG Fuel Tender which stores ~11,200 gallons of LNG on board the tender, and delivers gaseous natural gas (GNG) to one or two locomotives on demand at various flow rates.“Since the announcement of the Executive Order in early 2019, there has been increased interest in our LNG tank cars for transporting LNG by rail as freight – for both domestic consumption and for export.”LNG, natural gas that has been refrigerated to -260°F (-162°C), is used to generate electricity in remote areas off the traditional power grid and also provides critical services like residential and industrial heating and cooking.Evanko believes LNG by rail could work across North America:US to Mexico: “Displace some truck volumes currently moving from Texas to Mexico; lower cost and safer transport”Within US to New England and New York State, and to West Coast and Pacific North West: “Rail has right-of-ways in place that pipelines don’t have”US to Canada: “Canada approved LNG by rail in 2014; but now with US approval, the market is much larger”Railcars can lower the cost and environmental footprint required to move the LNG, according to Evanko. Compared to traditional heavy fuel oils and coal, LNG provides significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The rule – issued last week by the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), in consultation with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) – allows the use of cryogenic railcars to ship LNG from production plants to destinations across the US from late July. Source: Chart IndustriesJill EvankoEvanko said, “Rail typically has a fee per trip per car; highway is a cost per mile. Long highway runs often require a sleeper cab and two drivers. So, in general our, team’s opinion is that LNG by rail is competitive with and more cost effective than highway on longer distances. In the US, the rail tank car will carry ~30,000 gallons, versus ~10,000 gallons in a highway trailer – 1/3 the units to move X gallons, and 1/3 the loadings and unloadings to make.”There are also claims that LNG by rail is safer. According to the Association of American Railroads, “railroads have approximately 10% of the hazmat accidents trucks have despite roughly equal hazmat tonne-mileage”.The new rule authorises the transportation of LNG by rail in DOT-113C120W specification rail tank cars with enhanced outer tank requirements that is thicker and made of steel with a greater puncture resistance to provide an added measure of safety and crashworthiness.There will also “be operational controls in the form of enhanced braking requirements, remote monitoring, and route analysis, which are intended to exceed current safety requirements for other flammable cryogenic materials,” according to a government document.The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration made the rule change “because we have determined that bulk rail transport is a safe alternative for this energy product”. It had previously been prohibited, except for with a special permit, transport LNG by rail.last_img read more

Linde reports Q2 2020 results

first_img“Despite volume reductions from the pandemic, EPS excluding currency increased 8%, operating margin expanded 230 basis points and operating cash flow grew 76% from prior-year levels,” Angel commented as Linde published the results this morning.Linde reported Q2 2020 income from continuing operations of $458m. Excluding Linde AG purchase accounting impacts and other charges, adjusted income from continuing operations was just over $1bn, up 1% versus prior year and flat sequentially.Linde’s sales for the second quarter were $6.38bn, 5% below prior year excluding negative currency translation, cost pass-through and divestitures.Price improved 2% and was attained across all geographic segments. Volume decreased 7% as growth from project start-ups and engineering was more than offset by the global macroeconomic slowdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Linde said.Q2 operating profit was $591m. Adjusted operating profit of $1.32bn was flat versus prior year, or 4% higher, when excluding unfavourable currency translation effects, Linde reported.Linde said adjusted operating margin of 20.7% expanded 230 basis points versus prior year primarily due to price and cost actions underpinned by stable fixed payment revenues.Q2 operating cash flow of $1.76bn increased $759m, or 76%, over prior year, which Linde said was primarily driven by higher cash earnings, lower merger-related cost and improved working capital.During the quarter, the company invested $783m in capital expenditures and returned $506m to shareholders through dividends.SegmentsAmericas sales of $2.42bn were 13% below prior-year quarter as 2% higher pricing was more than offset by 9% volume decline led mainly by manufacturing and metals end markets.Operating profit of $622m was 25.7% of sales, up 250 basis points versus prior year.APAC (Asia Pacific) sales of $1.3bn were 13% below prior year. Price increased 1% versus prior year but was more than offset by negative 9% volumes driven by lower demand in the manufacturing end market and a prior-year sale of equipment.Operating profit of $294m was 22.7% of sales, up 230 basis points versus prior year.EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) sales of $1.45bn were down 13% versus prior year as 1% higher pricing was more than offset by negative 7% volumes primarily due to lower demand in the manufacturing and metals end market.Operating profit of $303m was 20.9% of sales, up 110 basis points versus prior year.Linde Engineering sales were $810m and operating profit was $138m or 17% of sales. Operating profit grew 39% versus prior year due primarily to strong project execution and productivity initiatives.Future“Looking ahead, the full effects of Covid-19 and the rate of recovery are uncertain,” Angel said. “However, the growth opportunities for Linde remain strong from our high-quality project backlog, defensive end markets and leading infrastructure and technology in support of the secular trend in clean energy.”“Our resilient business model combined with our ability to continuously optimize business performance, while capitalising on short and long-term growth opportunities, gives me the confidence that Linde can grow earnings in any environment.”Linde said full-year capital expenditures are expected to between $3bn to $3.4bn to support maintenance and growth requirements including the $3.6bn contractual sale of gas project backlog.last_img read more

Collett moves ahead with M4 project

first_imgCollett’s project scope started in October 2019. Over the course of 10 months, the company transported girders to 12 bridge replacement sites, including the Monkey Island Bridge in Berkshire, as HLPFI reported here. The bridge girders, which varied in length from 5.8 m to 44 m, were loaded at the factory in Darlington. The heaviest unit weighed 92 tonnes. Collett utilised its fleet of triple-extendable flatrack trailers, double bogey trailers, step trailers and low loaders to facilitate the moves. It also liaised with Durham Police to establish an escort service and limit traffic disruption. Richard Neath, senior project manager at Cleveland Bridge, added: “Many of the deliveries were made at night to keep disruption to the travelling public to a minimum and ensure steelwork was on site for the following day for assembly and installation.” The bridge replacements form part of the M4 J3 to J12 smart motorway upgrade, which was set up by Highways England and aims to reduce congestion by adding an additional lane of traffic. read more

Nassief reelected DHTA president

first_img Share 823 Views   no discussions LocalNews Nassief reelected DHTA president by: – November 14, 2014 Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Gregor Nassief (file photo)Businessman Gregor Nassief has been re-elected president of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association.Nassief, along with eight other members of the Board of Directors who will manage the affairs of the Association for the next twelve (12) months, were elected during the Association’s 45th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 6 November, 2014 at the Fort Young Hotel.According to a press release from the DHTA, the new Board of Directors include:Vice President – Mr. Simon Walsh,Director of Finance and Funding – Mr. Sheldon Bruno,Director of Membership – Ms. Vanessa Prevost,Director of Accommodations – Mrs. Marvlyn Alexander-James,Director of Tourism Services – Ms. Arienne Perryman,Director of Related Services – Ms. Jacqueline Dupigny,Immediate Past President – Ms. Renée Whitchurch Aird-Douglass andDirector – Mr. Colin Piper.The meeting ended with a vote of thanks by Ms. Arienne Perryman, Outgoing Board Secretary, who expressed heartfelt thanks to the Honorable Prime Minister, Minister of Tourism, Chairman and CEO of Discover Dominica Authority, Director of Invest Dominica Authority, other invited guests, Digicel Dominica Ltd, the DHTA’S 2015 – 16 Corporate Partners, Past and Current Board of Directors, Members, Staff, the Media and other guests for their support over the past years and making a special effort to attend the 45th Annual General Meeting of the DHTA.last_img read more

NCAA Sweet Sixteen Is Set

first_imgWest#1 Gonzaga vs #4 West Virginia#2 Arizona vs #11 Xavier Vince McKee South#1 North Carolina vs #4 Butler#3 UCLA vs #2 Kentucky Midwest#1 Kansas vs #4 Purdue# 3 Oregon vs #7 Michigan Related TopicsNCAANCAA March MadnessSweet SixteenTournament Pick Em After a pretty calm first two days of the tournament, the last two nights provided a load of upsets and saw several heavy favorites fall.  Here below are the final 16 teams that will resume play Thursday and Friday. East#3 Baylor vs #7 South Carolina#8 Wisconsin vs #4 Floridalast_img read more

Borough Voters To Decide Increase in Sales, Property Taxes

first_imgIf the measure is passed by voters on October 4th, the Borough will also exempt residential rents from all Borough sales tax. KPB Mayor Navarre: “Some of them were administrative changes that just cleared up or clarified some things in the code. Some of them exempted small scale sales under $2,500 a year, so if you have a farmer’s market or something like that, we don’t have through the trouble of trying to collect sales tax from them and they don’t have to go to the trouble for a couple of week period or couple of month period trying to collect sales tax on those sales, so we exempted some of those smaller ones that had a relatively small impact, but a relatively big administrative burden.” Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre explains… FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Borough voters decide next month if sales and senior property taxes should be increased, but this week the Borough Assembly made other changes to the tax code… Frequent commenter George Pierce said during the Tuesday meeting that he wants to see an end to Borough donations to non-profits before he pays more in taxes.last_img read more

Bristol Flyers 79 – 65 USA Select

first_imgThe Flyers got off to the perfect start as Alif Bland calmly drained the first two free throws of the evening before showing off his power, jumping highest to grab a rebound from a Roy Owen 3-point shot and finishing emphatically under the post.USA Select offered very little at the start of the first-quarter, as Leon Martin and Mike Harper were both guilty for missing easy looks from the free throw line before Danish import Mathias Seilund drove home another unopposed two points extending the Flyers’ lead to 6-0.Sean Kilmartin, head coach of USA Select opted to change the five players that were on the floor in an attempt to slow the Flyers’ charge. However, the changes seemed in vain as Bland, up close, and Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye’s effort from range racked up a quick-fire five points for the Bristol Sport team.Keith Winn Jr wriggled his way through the steely Flyers defence to score USA’s first two points from open play before Flyers captain Greg Streete floated in the final points of the quarter leaving the score at 27-8.The Flyers started the second quarter at a frantic pace with Tamas Okros and Doug Mclaughlin-Williams scoring either side of a pair of Leon Martin free throws.Team USA Select began to grow into the game during the second period and a huge dunk from Jerel Kwasikpul prompted Flyers coach Andreas Kapoulas to call a time-out with the score at 33-18.The evening’s visitors to SGS College’s WISE Arena reduced the Flyers lead to 11 just before the halfway point with a long-range effort from Dustin Baxter just a minute from half-time.Both sides exchanged free throws in an outstanding 60-second period but it was the USA that won the second quarter by eight points and went into half-time trailing 39-28.Jamaal Trice came out firing on all cylinders for the USA Select at the beginning of the third, sinking a three-point shot from deep in the corner closely followed up by a breakaway slam to bring the visitors within two points.The Flyers had to stop the American dominance and so in stepped Jordan Ranklin. Ranklin got the Flyers’ first points of the quarter by backing in and finished superbly at the post.Bristol regained the form that gave them such a commanding lead at the end of the first quarter as Ranklin scored under the basket whilst absorbing heavy pressure.At the other end of the court Mclaughlin-Williams and Lautier-Ogunleye weighed in with crowd-pleasing blocks from Jerel Kwasikpul and Trice respectively.Streete continued to drive his team with a speedy break away double either side of some fantastic perimeter shooting from Mathias Seilund.Another three-point bucket from Seilund wrapped up the quarter as the Flyers headed into the final ten minutes leading 65-48.Seilund started the fourth quarter just as he ended the third with excellent perimeter shooting and pushed the Flyers into a 23-point lead. Marcus Graham twice had the opportunity to reduce the deficit from the line, but couldn’t make any of his efforts stick.Mclaughlin-Williams also chipped in from distance to make it a streak of nine unanswered points for the Flyers before Keith Winn Jr’s rapid cross over found him the space to convert Team USA Select’s first points of the final period.USA Selects main scoring outlet was Trice but he was unable to stop the Flyers pulling further ahead after slick spells of passing involving all five men on the courtA final flurry of points from both sides kept the gap at 14 points for a majority of the period and ensured a 79-65 victory for the Bristol Sport outfit as their continue preparations before the opening game of the BBL season at home to Plymouth Raiders on Saturday, September 27th.last_img read more

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