first_imgFacebook Advertisement WhatsApp Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories TAGSeducationEducation Minister Jan O’SullivanEnergy conservationlimerickLimerick and Clare Education and Training BoardLimerick College of Further Education Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Pictured (L-R) George O’Callaghan, chief executive of the Limerick and Clare Educational Training Board (LCETB); Zarpana Signor, from the European Energy Efficiency Fund (eeef); Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan and David Collins, head of energy services, Aramark Irelandby Kathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A NEW €16 million energy conservation programme – the first of its kind in the country – was launched by the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) at the Limerick College of Further Education this week.Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan launched the energy initiative ‘Let’s Conserve Energy Together Better’, which is expected to receive a total investment in excess of €16.4 million.The initiative will be implemented across all LCETB schools, further education centres and administrative offices throughout Limerick and Clare, with the primary objective of reducing overall electricity and thermal energy usage by more than 50 per cent per annum.“I warmly welcome the fact that Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is the first Irish public sector participant in the EU’s EEEF programme.“Education has a pivotal role to play in meeting the Government’s 2020 energy reduction targets and I would hope that LCETB’s example will lead the way for other education bodies to follow suit,” said Minister O’Sullivan.The LCETB is the first Education and Training Board in the country to undertake such an energy initiative, which was developed in collaberation with the European Commission’s Technical Assistance Facility.LCETB will receive funds from the European Energy Efficiency Fund (eeef) to enable it to pursue the project.Also present at the launch were student representatives from schools across Limerick and Clare from the LCETB schools’ green committees, as well as students who displayed their successful entries in the recent Young Scientist exhibitionGeorge O’Callaghan, Chief Executive of LCETB said” “We’re proud to be the first Education and Training Board in Ireland to take on this challenge and we hope that our commitment and efforts will ensure that the Irish education sector plays a pivotal role in contributing to Ireland’s 2020 energy reduction targets.“Our goal is to enhance the learning environment for students and instructors, by carrying out energy efficiency deep retrofit projects and installing renewable energy systems at appropriate sites. This initiative will benefit and empower local communities, create employment and promote a culture of awareness, efficiency and best practice for all LCETB stakeholders.” Email Printcenter_img Previous articleLimerick Council pledges support for industrial action at hospitalNext articleThrills of The King’s Singers John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLimerick to pilot €16 million energy conservation projectBy John Keogh – January 30, 2015 1678 last_img read more

first_imgU.S. Coal Bailout Plant Would Benefit a Select Few: Murray Energy, FirstEnergy, NRG FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Politico: “Customers get less than nothing while a few companies and their investors get a whole lot of something,” Nora Mead Brownell, a Republican former electricity regulator, said of Perry’s plan, noting the high cost estimates. “Money that gets spent there doesn’t get invested in doing what you really need to do, which is upgrading the grid.”Meanwhile, Bob Murray’s company has publicly acknowledged that its future depends on whether Perry’s plan flies.At those meetings in the summer, Murray urged Trump to declare a power grid emergency and force coal-fired power plants owned by one financially troubled company, FirstEnergy Solutions, to stay open even if the company sank into bankruptcy. Those plants bought about two-thirds of their coal from Murray in 2015, according to POLITICO’s analysis of U.S. Energy Information Administration data.At DOE’s urging, the White House ultimately declined to declare the emergency. But Perry’s new proposed rule would accomplish the same result by requiring the power markets to cover the costs to run the economically ailing plants, enabling them to keep producing power.Ohio-based Murray Energy, the No. 5 U.S. coal producer, is the largest supplier to the dwindling number of coal-fired power plants in one stretch of the Rust Belt and Appalachia, overseen by an electricity market called the PJM Interconnection. The power plants in PJM account for roughly 44 percent of Murray’s sales, according to POLITICO’s analysis.Murray’s nearest competitor, industry leader Peabody Energy Corp., sold about 9 percent of its coal in that market. In total, Murray sold 24 million tons of coal to PJM merchant coal plants in 2015, far more than Peabody’s 15 million tons.“Murray is by far the largest player in the Northern Appalachian basin and de facto one of the biggest gainers if FERC acts on the DOE [proposal],” said Joe Aldina, director of coal research for the analytics and data company S&P Global.The DOE proposal calls for power market operators to guarantee payments to power plants that keep 90 days of fuel on site. That requirement would be virtually impossible for natural gas-fired power plants to meet — they get their fuel via pipelines — and would totally exclude wind or solar plants.By requiring 90 days of on-site fuel, the measure would create incentives for most coal-fired power plants to increase their fuel supplies, providing a quick boost for miners.One recent analysis by consulting firm ICF said the proposal could cost nearly $4 billion a year, while another study by Energy Innovation, a nonprofit firm that analyzes climate and energy policies, said the figure could be as high as $10.6 billion annually. Perry has dismissed concerns over the costs, asking “What’s the cost of freedom?” when pressed by lawmakers.“It’s about the coal producers, frankly,” said Kit Konolige, a senior utilities analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence. The rule might affect individual power producers differently, he added, but “you can certainly say it would definitely be a plus for coal miners.”Players in the power business say the rule appears to focus on the PJM market, because it would only apply to electricity generators in certain types of regional power markets. It would exclude those in regions where state regulators oversee the economics of power companies.The rule was “certainly targeted at the PJM region,” said Andy Ott, CEO of PJM, which oversees all or parts of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.Among the nation’s roughly 280,000 megawatts of coal-fired power, Perry’s rule is tightly written to affect only about 40,000 megawatts, according to POLITICO’s analysis. Power capacity from plants owned by the companies FirstEnergy and NRG account for nearly 40 percent of that slice, according to EIA data for 2015, the most recent year for which the information is complete. Murray provided two-thirds of the coal FirstEnergy bought for its competitive plants, and only 2 percent of NRG’s.Among those plants that would benefit from the plan are four coal power generating units at FirstEnergy’s Murray-supplied Sammis plant in Ohio that are set to retire within the next three years. FirstEnergy, the parent of the troubled FirstEnergy Solutions subsidiary, could see its plants sell an additional $500 million in electricity a year if Perry’s plan is enacted.DOE’s proposal has attracted vociferous opposition from power producers and trade groups representing wind, solar and natural gas energy, and has been criticized by five former FERC chairs from both parties. Dynegy and NRG Energy, two of the power companies likely to see the biggest benefits from the plan — and which have big investments in PJM competitive coal plants — also oppose the proposal as too expensive and a distortion of the market.DOE’s plan would also provide a lifeline to money-losing nuclear plants owned by Exelon Corp., NextEra Energy and FirstEnergy. But the coal industry says its situation is the more dire.More: Trump coal backer wins big under Perry’s power planlast_img read more

first_imgItaly Chief coach,  Roberto Mancini wants to see the Azzurri ‘pick up where we left off’ and highlighted the need to do well in the UEFA Nations League ‘to avoid complications’ in the World Cup qualifiers. The Italian side have impressed since Mancini took over at Coverciano and went through the Euro 2020 qualifiers with a perfect run of 10 wins out of 10. Mancini wants to see his side continue the progress, but insists Italy are ‘working every day to develop’. “We hope to start where we left off 10 months ago and hope people continue to follow us,” Mancini said, according to news agency ANSA. “So far, our national team have done well. “But we still have room for improvements on every aspect, technical and tactical. We work every day to develop.”Advertisement Italy face Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Artemio Franchi tomorrow night and Mancini wants to reach the latter stages of the UEFA Nations League. read also:Mancini: ‘Italy want Nations League final’ “It’s a competition we care a lot about,” he added. “Since we took over, we have recovered 12 places and must remain among the top 10, avoiding to risk complications in the World Cup qualifiers. “But Nations League is also important because the Finals will be played in Italy.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Pennylast_img read more