Carbon Free Power Project Advances To Next Phase

first_imgAn image describes how the carbon free power project would operate. Courtesy imageBy KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily [email protected] Alamos County’s Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) will advance into the next phase.The motion to approve continuing the project passed 5-2 during Tuesday night’s County Council meeting. Councilors Randall Ryti and Antonio Maggiore opposed the motion.With this approval, the project’s next phase includes a financial commitment from the County totaling $1,046,849 to prepare the Combined Operating License Application (COLA), according to a County press release. The COLA is planned to be submitted in May 2023.The CFPP is being pursued by the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), which Los Alamos DPU is a member. It entails constructing a nuclear generating station at Idaho National Laboratory. The nuclear station generation capacity is planned for 720 megawatts using 12 small modular reactors. The County has subscribed for 11.186 megawatts at a target price of $55 per megawatt hour.This has been a project under serious consideration since the 2017 Integrated Resource Plan was adopted to explore how the County could meet its goal to be a carbon neutral electrical energy provider by 2040.Even though the County is moving into the next phase, the project’s future is not a sure thing.For the project to be successful, all parties involved need to financially contribute the agreed upon cost sharing, Department of Public Utilities Manager Philo Shelton said. This includes participating UAMPS members, DOE and NuScale, the developer of the small modular reactor technology.To execute this project over the next three years Shelton added that there is approximately a $20 million commitment from UAMPS participants for the completion of the COLA. He said that the DOE Multi-Year Grant Award needs to be secured prior to spending any money on the completion of the COLA.DOE is proposing it will contribute 80 percent of the funding for this next phase with 5 percent coming from NuScale and 15 percent from UAMPS’ members that are participating in the CFPP.If this does not happen the County will have two more opportunities to leave the project. The objective is to construct the nuclear generating station starting in December 2025 and have it operational in 2030.Although both Ryti and Maggiore supported the technology, utilizing nuclear power to meet electrical demands, they opposed moving forward with the project due to the belief that the County should not be investing in a first-of-a-kind technology.Ryti said he wished the nuclear power station were built in New Mexico so that the state and the County’s regional partners could reap the benefits that the station would offer.“I would like it, if we could have a project in New Mexico where we could generate this kind of revenue for our neighbors,” he said.Maggiore said he was skeptical DOE would follow through on its commitment to fund the project.“I think this is a wonderful project,” he said. “Is this a project I think Los Alamos County should be underwriting? Absolutely not … to underwrite this project requires a degree of faith in the (DOE) and that is a department that especially as of late has let us down; whether it be how well they clean up land or whether it be bold face, disingenuous offers of land. I am not willing to risk our rate payers’ money on the potential that (DOE) will do the right thing.”Ryti and Maggiore were not the only skeptics. Los Alamos resident George Chandler also encouraged abandoning the project.“We should take the off-ramp,” Chandler said. “I refer to the lagging subscription rate, the ever-sliding schedule, the failure of the plan for a factory-built module shipped to site, the absence of any prototype using nuclear fuel, and the changing design of the fuel … I am mostly concerned that we are not being fully informed by NuScale about the scale of the technical effort that is required. Our utilities department does not seem interested in challenging the assertions that are made by NuScale and has never engaged relevant technical expertise to get an independent evaluation of the project.”The project does have supporters.“Nuclear power needs to be the way to go,” council candidate Aaron Walker said. “It is really the only pathway forward for renewables until the technology for solar and wind catch up … the benefit outweighs the risk.”Several councilors agreed.Councilor David Izraelevitz said while theproject poses questions and risk, he felt an approximate $1 million investment from the County, which equals about $60-$70 per rate payer over the three year period, is a fairly minimal financial risk. Plus, it allows the County to stay in the game for new energy technology.“It’s a prudent investment to stay in the game,” he said.However, Izraelevitz said a competitive analysis is a good idea and the subscriptions to the project need to grow.Councilor Katrina Martin said she felt it was important to act to achieve the County’s carbon neutral goal.“I do agree in lieu of a better option … we have to do something,” she said.More information on the CFPP is available on the County website at https://ladpu.com/CFPP. Additionally, the recorded BPU and Council meetings are also available on the county website. View the BPU meeting held Aug. 19: http://losalamos.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=2035 and the County Council meeting held Aug. 25: http://losalamos.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=2040last_img read more

Time for Dominica’s 1st Olympic gold medal

first_imgLocalNewsSports Time for Dominica’s 1st Olympic gold medal by: – December 12, 2012 Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Mr. Norris Prevost (file photo)The time has come for Dominica to capture its first Olympic gold medal, a Member of Parliament has said.Parliamentary representative for the Roseau Central constituency, Norris Prevost told athletes that capturing an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 games would make citizens extremely proud.“As the Dominica flag was raised at the 2012 Olympics in London, I recalled the pride which swelled the hearts of all Dominicans, when under the leadership of the United Workers Party government in 1996, Dominica participated in its first Olympic Games,” Mr. Prevost said at the Dominica Amateur Athletic Association’s (DAAA) award ceremony at the weekend.Mr. Prevost recalled making that similar call four years ago to athletes, teachers, coaches and other sports partners, “to share with the United Workers Party, that common Olympic vision”.That vision he explained is for the island to win its first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 games, which has been scheduled for Brazil.He believes that Dominica winning an Olympic goal medal should be a matter of national pride.“I wish to call on government to make sports one of Dominica’s top National priorities, and to invest the necessary resources in our athletes, coaches and athletic facilities”. Mr. Prevost also called on the government to “invest heavily in supporting and training” local athletes in the same fashion that Jamaica does.He further called on “government, coaches and our athletes, to borrow a page from the Jamaica model. Let’s make sports a matter of national pride; Grenada won its 1st Gold in 2012 Olympics, Dominica, let’s do it in 2016. I believe we can,” he noted.Dominica Vibes News 17 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Columbus Catholic baseball blasts Gilman

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGILMAN – Marshfield Columbus Catholic scored 13 runs in the first two innings and went on to crush Gilman 16-1 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division baseball game Friday at Gilman High School.The Dons scored five times in the first inning and added eight more in the second to roll to their second-straight win and improve to 2-1 overall and in the Cloverbelt East.Billy Young went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, and Tyler Fuerlinger and Charles Payant each had two hits for Columbus Catholic.Jeremy Binder threw three shutout innings to earn the victory for the Dons.Columbus Catholic’s next game is Thursday at Neillsville.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 16, Pirates 1Columbus Catholic 580 21 – 16 14 0Gilman 000 10 – 1 4 5WP: Jeremy Binder. LP: James Copenhaver.SO: Binder (3 inn.) 5, Billy Young (2 inn.) 3; Copenhaver 5. BB: Binder 1, Young 0; Copenhaver 6.Top hitters: CC, Matthias Gouin 3B; Tyler Fuerlinger 2×3, 2B; Young 3×3, 4 RBIs; Charles Payant 2×2. G, Chase Rosemeyer 2B; Logan Anderson 2B.Records: Columbus Catholic 2-1 overall and Cloverbelt East; Gilman 0-2 overall and Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

MTN-Qhubeka invited to Tour du Suisse

first_img11 March 2014 Further evidence of Team MTN-Qhubeka’s growing status was provided on Monday when the South African UCI Professional Continental cycling team was given a wild card invitation to be part of the 78th Tour de Suisse, a World Tour stage race taking place from 14 to 22 June. The World Tour includes cycling’s Grand Tours, the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana. MTN-Qhubeka’s goal is to earn invitations to the three events. Hard work paying off “Our World Tour programme keeps growing and shows the hard work the team put in last year is paying off,” Team Principal Douglas Ryder said in a statement. “We have had some fantastic results recently in stage races with our African and South African riders and to be able to race in a World Tour stage race as iconic as the Tour de Suisse is huge. “Many teams use the Tour de Suisse as a final preparation race for the Tour de France, and so for Africa to be a part of this race is just a massive opportunity,” Ryder said. “Linus Gerdemann will lead the team in this event, a race he has participated in six times previously and where he won his first race as a professional cyclist.”‘My most favourite race’ Gerdemann is excited to see his new team in his favourite race. “The Tour de Suisse is my most favourite race of all races,” he said. “It is incredibly well organised and races on the most beautiful terrain. It is also where I won my first professional race so it will always be a special race for me. “Our team is very well suited for this race and we will work hard to do a good result there.”2013 victories Last year, Team MTN-Qhubeka recorded the second most wins among Pro Continental teams, with 16 victories. The most high profile of those was Gerald Ciolek’s stunning win in the Milan-San Remo. They will be joined at the Tour de Suisse by two other wild card teams, the Swiss Professional Continental Team IAM Cycling and the Polish team CCC Polsat Polkowice. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Feed.Informer Relaunches Its All-in-one RSS Toolbox

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There is an infinite variety of things you can do with RSS feeds and a substantial number of those things can be done with Feed.Informer, which was formerly known as Feed Digest and just relaunched today. This super useful service was acquired in a small, unreported deal earlier this year and today comes out of a dormant period when new account creation was limited.What can you do with Feed.Informer? You can splice feeds together, filter them for keywords and most importantly – display them dynamically on a web page with just a little bit of code. There are other services that do all of these things, but Feed.Informer is so quick and easy to use that a free account is worth checking out and a premium account may be worth paying for.We Love Feed.InformerFeed.Informer is a service I’ve used regularly for years and happily pay for every chance I get. It is the fastest, easiest and most user-centric way to publish items in a feed dynamically on a page. We’ve used it here on RWW in a number of posts, the best to see how it works is Ten Sites to For Finding Wonderful Things. marshall kirkpatrick Why Use This Tool Instead of Others?Much of Feed.Informer’s functionality can be performed better by Yahoo! Pipes but many people find Pipes intimidating and it gives users no control over the styling of RSS output on a page. It doesn’t offer PHP code like Feed.Informer does, so there’s no SEO benefit to using the Pipes “badge” for feed display.SImplePie is a powerful way to parse and display RSS feeds and is probably what you want to use in a production environment, but it requires hosting on your own server and is beyond the technical capabilities of many new publishers.Feed.Informer is simple, fast and powerful. Unfortunately, that’s why a fair number of spam bloggers probably use it. Automated website content by feed? Only recently have reputable publishers discovered good use cases for such technology. Our favorite? Displaying the feed for a user’s tag in Del.icio.us on a web page.There’s a lot of things you can do with this handy little tool. It often throws up errors in the admin section of the site and it’s not as pretty as it could be – it’s not perfect, but day in and day out if comes through for us in powerful ways. Check it out and let us know what you think of the new Feed.Informer. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

Doctor In Your Pocket, WebMD Comes to Android

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#health#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Mobile applications are not all just about games and news. There are tangible real world benefits that can be derived from apps. There are apps for banking and budgets, calendars and scheduling and keeping yourself healthy.WebMD, one of the leading Internet health sites, has released a mobile application for Android. The app has been available on the iPhone since Oct., 2008 and the iPad since March, 2010 so it is about time that an Android version has finally come to the table. The app has a variety of features to keep users informed (and their health data safe) wherever they may be. WebMD for Android is simple and intuitive. It has a symptom checker, condition look up, drugs and treatment search, first aid information and the ability to look up local health listings. There is a fun human body chart where you can tap the place that hurts and it will give you a list of possible ailments.One of the biggest concerns people have when using the Web or mobile applications is the ability for people to somehow find out about their potentially embarrassing conditions. The terms of use and privacy policy for WebMD are very long and comprehensive. For the most part, the app will track non-personally identifiable information like cookies, search terms, application activity and generic personal stats like age and gender. Upon download the application creates a random application number that cannot be tracked to the user. WebMD is certified with a TRUSTe Privacy Seal.The mobile industry and the health industries are on a collision course. Healthcare in its various vertical integrations (big pharma, insurance, hospitals, physicians etc.) is the biggest single sector of the economy in the United States. Mobile is one of the fastest growing sectors and is a driver of innovation. Doctors are using mobile devices to help them understand data, perform new techniques and look up prescription information on the fly. Consumers benefit from the array of health data that has become available in the Internet Age, anywhere they go. In the middle of the tropics and think you may have Brazilian Trypanosomiasis? There is an app for that.WebMD for Android joins its sister application, Medscape (also available for iOS), designed for professional drug research and information created by WebMD. Other Android health applications include iTriage Mobile Health and the Essential First Aid Guide, among many others. Do a search for “health” or “medicine” on the Android Market and take a look around.The iOS versions of WebMD have been downloaded five million times. It is currently not available for BlackBerry or Windows Phone except through the mobile browser.center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts dan rowinskilast_img read more

Tapjoy Grabs Former Sony SVP As Its Chief Marketing Officer

first_imgTags:#mobile#Mobile Ads#news Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Mobile advertising and marketing company Tapjoy has added a big chip to its company. The company announced today that it has hired former Sony senior vice president of marketing and PlayStation Network development Peter Dillie to be its chief marketing officer. Grabbing an executive of Dillie’s stature is a big win for Tapjoy and a sign of the company’s maturation. Tapjoy’s network spans over 10,000 mobile applications that has around 250 million users on iOS, Android and other mobile operating systems. As Tapjoy looks to expand to Europe and Asia, Dillie will be instrumental in helping the company acquire more users, more developers and advertisers.“This is just a red hot market,” Dillie told ReadWriteMobile. “I think as far as size, it is a small company where I can really step in and make an impact.”Dillie left Sony in March, well before the hacking scandal where the PlayStation Network exposed the personal information of 70 million users to malicious hackers. He took the summer to spend time with his family including taking his son on tours of colleges. “Once you take a step back you can assess what kind of company you want to work for,” Dillie said. “There is a real close parallel (between Sony and Tapjoy) from a CRM and ARPU perspective.”Tapjoy plans on enhancing its product line to further help developers monetize their apps. That will include a video product that he describes, “will be on everyone’s go-to list when bringing and app to market.”“Peter has proven operating chops in the interactive entertainment industry and we are absolutely thrilled to bring Peter’s depth of experience to the Tapjoy team as we continue our rapid expansion,” said Mihir Shah, president and CEO of Tapjoy.Dillie’s hiring shows that Tapjoy, which has had a couple run-ins with Apple over the course of its short history over app store regulations, has turned a corner to become a mature startup. Its revenue is healthy and it has made developer partnerships in the last several months that should ensure its viability as a marketing platform. Related Posts dan rowinskilast_img read more