Vermont Yankee Study Identifies Major Environmental and Economic Benefits

first_imgVermont Yankee Study Identifies MajorEnvironmental and Economic BenefitsVermont Energy Partnership Urges Policy Makers andthe Public to Review Independent Expert’s FindingsMontpelier, VT/November 17, 2008 – An independent assessment of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant finds that the facility provides major economic and environmental benefits to Vermont and that the consequences of closing it would be significant. In addition, the only potential solution to replace all or the vast majority of its power near term is to construct a combined cycle natural gas plant.The effects of such a plant and the loss of Vermont Yankee include:* Statewide average retail electric prices are estimated to increase by 19 to 39 percent.* Without Vermont Yankee’s power, carbon dioxide emissions, from all sources statewide, would likely increase by two million tons annually, a 100 fold or 10,000 percent increase.* Emissions of nitric oxide, a toxic substance which causes the weakening of the earth’s ozone layer, would increase by 550 tons, a twofold increase from current levels.* The potential costs to Vermonters stemming from the need for pollution allowances could exceed $60 million annually for carbon dioxide and $3 million for nitric oxide. These costs would be in addition to the retail price increases.* The loss of Vermont Yankee would deprive the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund $4-$7 million per year.The study’s author is Dr. Howard Axelrod, president and founder of Energy Strategies, Inc. of Albany, New York. Dr. Axelrod has been a management consultant for over 25 years and has been engaged by a wide range of energy clients, state and federal regulatory agencies, and large industrial users of energy.Dr. Axelrod evaluated various alternatives to Vermont Yankee and the feasibility of having these power sources online by March 2012, when Vermont Yankee’s current license expires.With respect to renewable resources, Dr. Axelrod found, “There is no question that wind energy and other renewable resources will play a vital role in meeting Vermont’s growing energy needs. However, it is highly unrealistic to assume that between the end of 2009 when the NRC [U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission] is expected to rule on the Vermont Yankee relicensing application, and 2012, when the original operating license expires, Vermont could add the necessary magnitude of renewable generation.”In fact, there are formidable challenges to bringing large amounts of renewable power online, especially near term. Dr. Axelrod’s study found the following.* Wind power. “To replace Vermont Yankee …. with an equivalent number of wind-derived electricity would require the installation of more than 1,500 wind generators. Given that the largest wind farms install only a few hundred generators, the addition of 1,500 generations with the associated transmission lines needed to connect to the Vermont network, 2012 is an unrealistic completion date.”* Solar. “The equivalent number of solar collectors (to replace Vermont Yankee) would require over 2,000 acres of dedicated space just for the solar collectors. To maximize exposure to the sun, an untold amount of land will have to be cleared in order to capture as much sun energy as possible.”* Wood. “The amount of wood and waste wood materials needed to produce the same amounts of electricity as from Vermont Yankee would exceed two million tons of bond-dry wood per year … a Vermont Yankee biofuel replacement would require over 200,000 acres of woodlands to be cultivated each year, which represents nearly five percent of Vermont total geographic space.”Dr. Axelrod does find, “There is one alternative to Vermont Yankee that might meet the tight time schedule, namely the installation of 620 MW (megawatts) of combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT).”He adds, “Unfortunately, CCGTs require large volumes of natural gas and will produce significantly more nitric oxide and carbon dioxide, the latter a major source of global warming. From a cost perspective, a new CCGT will be twice as expensive and significantly more uncertain as the price of natural gas represents more than 70 percent of a CCGT’s operating costs.”Dr. Axelrod emphasized, “It should not be misconstrued, solar, wind and biofuels can and should all contribute to Vermont’s portfolio of energy resources, but to assume that 620 MW of Vermont Yankee power can be replaced by 2013 is unrealistic.”In fact, the expanded use of renewable electricity power sources longer term will help reduce Vermont’s carbon footprint further. Currently, automobiles account for 46 percent of the state’s carbon footprint, almost twice the national average of 25 percent. With the electrification of automobiles expected to become more popular in the near future, there will be even more need for clean sources of electricity.Commenting on the study, Brad Ferland, President of the Vermont Energy Partnership said, “There are many intriguing findings in this study that should be part of the discussion not only about Vermont Yankee but of Vermont’s overall energy future. At a time when it is critical to keep and expand clean sources of power, Vermont Yankee has a paramount role to play in Vermont’s energy and economic infrastructure. We look forward to discussing the findings and ramifications with policy makers.”Jennifer Clancy, an environmentalist and board member of the Vermont Energy Partnership said, “While there is no silver bullet to Vermont’s vast and growing energy challenges, a combination of Vermont Yankee and expanded use of renewable sources are central to the state’s energy future. This report shows the respective roles, and time frame, that these sources can and should play in the coming years.”To view a full copy of the study, “An Independent Assessment of the Environmental and Economic Impacts Associated with the Closing of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant,” visit www.vtep.org(link is external). For more information on Energy Strategies, Inc. visit www.energystrategiesinc.com(link is external) .The Vermont Energy Partnership (www.vtep.org(link is external)) is a diverse group of more than 95 business, labor, and community leaders committed to finding clean, affordable and reliable electricity solutions. Its mission is to educate policy makers, the media, businesses, and the general public about why electricity is imperative for prosperity, and about the optimal solutions to preserve and expand our electricity network. Entergy, owner of Vermont Yankee, is a member of the Vermont Energy Partnership.last_img read more

6 ways to motivate your team

first_img 93SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Create a pleasant work environmentThere’s a good chance you spend roughly a third of your day at the office, so make it a place your employees want to be. Everything from temperature to lighting to furniture can be a factor, so keep that in mind. Have a relaxing break room where your team can unwind during lunch and recharge.Set the toneIf your work ethic and excitement is top notch, this will rub off on your employees. Over time, this will do wonders for your work culture. Try and keep your office energized by being full of positive energy that your staff can feed off of.Communicate wellBeing open and honest with your employees helps them to be open and honest with you and this can be great for motivation. Listening is magical. Employees love when they feel like they have a voice and feel valued. And remember to always give positive feedback. When someone is doing something well, let them know it. Don’t underestimate the power of communication.Be socialGet to know the personalities of your employees and find out what gets them going every day. Find time weekly to get casual with your staff and create a strong relationship. Be friendly and open but make sure it doesn’t get too personal. Providing ways for you to bond with your staff and for them to bond with each other will make them more excited to come to work every day.Recognize and reward your employeesAny time your team does well on a task or project you should let them know. Positive recognition will make your employees feel appreciated and valued and motivate them to have repeated success. Give your employees incentive to succeed by offering bonuses or other rewards that will give them the desire to go above and beyond.Provide opportunities for advancementIf an employee doesn’t feel like they have a future with your company, they will eventually lose any motivation that they have. Help your employees learn and grow and let them be excited about future possibilities.last_img read more

McIlroy seeks Woods’ advice

first_img “I put it together at Greenbrier and hit it really good. [Instructor] Chris [Como] told me it was the first time I led the field in proximity to the hole with my iron game.” Woods admitted he would never risk playing tennis or a proper game of basketball during the week of a tournament, but would practise his shooting. ” You can’t live in a box,” he added in USA Today. “I’ve skied a lot. I like adrenaline. I like feeling that rush. That’s why I love spear fishing, free diving. It’s so peaceful down there. But there is inherent risk in all of that. But you can’t live in a box.” McIlroy suffered a ruptured ankle ligament while playing football with friends last Saturday and told Woods about it the same day, although the world number one waited until Monday to release the news on Instagram. “He sent me a photo the day he did it,” Woods told ESPN.com after practising at the Old Course on Saturday. ” We talked about it for a little bit. He said, ‘You’ve been through a lot of injuries over the years.’ So he picked my brain a little bit. We had a good talk. “He’s doing the right thing, taking care of his body first before he gets back out here. No doubt he’s frustrated that he’s not going to be able to play in the Open Championship, especially here at St Andrews, a nd how well he’s been playing of late, and this golf course really does set up well for him, too. “That’s the way it goes. We all get injured at one point in time. Sometimes it’s through the sport or sometimes it’s through fun activities. You just never know.” Woods arrived in Scotland on Saturday morning and admitted he was surprised by the condition of the course where he won the 2000 Open by eight shots and the 2005 Open by five. “I was shocked,” Woods added. “I had seen photos of it a month ago. It was bone dry. It looked like it was going to be one of those dust bowls again; hard, fast, like the years I’ve played St Andrews. It’s changed. They got big rain and a lot of sun. It’s totally changed. “We made ball marks on the greens. I don’t ever remember making ball marks around this place.” Former world number one Woods is currently ranked 226th after a nightmare season which has featured career-worst scores on the PGA Tour and in the US Open and a best finish of tied 17th in the Masters. However, the 14-time major winner did card three sub-par rounds to finish joint 32nd in the Greenbrier Classic in his last start, including a bogey-free closing 67. “I feel good,” the 39-year-old added: “Sunday at Greenbrier is probably the best I hit it in two years. That was fun. It sounds crazy when I told everyone at Greenbrier that I felt close, after the scores I shot at the Memorial (85) and the US Open (80). Press Association Rory McIlroy has “picked the brains” of Tiger Woods over the ankle injury which has prevented him defending his Open Championship title.last_img read more

CWI investing heavily in grassroots cricket – Skerrit, Shallow

first_imgCRICKET West Indies (CWI) president, Ricky Skerritt and Vice-president, Dr Kishore Shallow, have disclosed that ‘An unprecedented, but workable proposal has been laid out and delivered to Ministers of Sport across the region. The proposal, they said, “is designed to incentivize local Governments to take joint ownership in a system for increased investment in grassroots cricket, with a focus on schools cricket and youth representative teams.According to the top CWI executives, “the implementation of this proposal will be pursued vigorously in the second half of this term.” The proposal is contained in their one-year review which was recently released.Boasting of their achievements in the review, the duo pointed out that the ‘Future Stars’ Programme was created to clearly communicate and position different stages of the player development pathway and it has been well received by players, parents and sponsors. They also pointed to the proposed Under-19 female tournament planned for this year.Speaking specifically of what players do with their down time between tours, the President and Vice-president said, “this has been one of the major setbacks for player performances over the years as contracted professional players under-utilize the opportunity between tours and competitions to do structured work geared towards improving deficiencies in skills, fitness and mental toughness.“A player should not enter a pre-tour camp in worse shape than when he or she last exited the squad. An optimized franchise system in each territory would sufficiently address this short-coming at all levels.Skerrit and Shallow pointed out that the following have been achieved in the first year of the two-year term:(a) Established minimum professional standards for medical management inputs re health andfitness leadership at the franchise level.(b) Standardized type and timings for fitness testing across the region for all franchise players,with more vigorous and disciplined implementation.(c) Significantly improved the live radio and video coverage of Super 50 and Championshipmatches, through streaming.(d) Will set up a task force to comprehensively review the effectiveness of the current franchisesystem structure that was first introduced six years ago.Touching on the Modernization of Coaching through Education and Professional Collaboration, the CWI executives said the body hired a development coaching specialist in Chris Brabazon, the first ever CWI coaching education manager. This, it said, resulted in improved coaching standards by delivering home- made certification training, and bringing coaches together for consultations both at the local and regional levels.Among the other benefits, the report pointed out, it successfully delivered coaching certification by outsourcing to the UWI Faculty of Sport and also achieved a record number of coaching certificates (272) delivered – to regional coaches at Foundation Level (112), Level 1 (79), and Level 2 (61), in eight different countries. (Frederick Halley)last_img read more