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Large Corporations Leading the Way in Purchasing Wind Power in the U.S.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享By Matthew Bandyk for SNL: Direct purchases of wind energy by corporate buyers rose significantly in 2015, potentially signaling a new trend in renewable energy, according to data released April 7 by the American Wind Energy Association.While 2014 saw companies announcing deals for wind to supply their energy needs at levels unheard of in previous years, wind power purchase agreements from nonutility customers in 2015 were more than double the 2014 level as a share of the market, the lobbying group for the wind industry announced. Nonutility purchases made up 52% of all wind power contracted through agreements last year. That 52% adds up to 2,074 MW. In 2014, nonutility purchases were at 23% of the market, or around 1,500 MW, and just 5%, or about 500 MW, in 2013, according to AWEA data.Some of the biggest purchases of wind last year were made by Amazon.com Inc.‘s cloud computing company,Amazon Web Services Inc.; Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; General Motors Co.; and Dow Chemical Co.The trend is driven by companies trying to meet internal goals of promoting sustainability, according to AWEA Research Analyst Hannah Hunt. In addition, corporate buyers are seeking stable sources of energy that are not tied to variable fuel costs, such as energy generated by natural gas. “In recent years, what’s bolstered this trend is that these companies are interested in low-cost, fixed-price energy,” Hunt said. Out of 8,598 MW of wind capacity added in 2015 in total, more than 800 MW were from long-term contracts.Full article:  Corporate wind purchases soared in 2016 $American Wind Energy Association press release Large Corporations Leading the Way in Purchasing Wind Power in the U.S.last_img read more

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Sustainable travel will be a topic that will become increasingly important

first_imgAccording to pet owners, the top 5 contents for an unforgettable vacation include: As we enter 2020, sustainable travel will be a topic that is gaining in importance, and sustainable travel is becoming more the norm than just a choice. According to a survey by Booking.com, travelers will think more than ever about traveling sustainably in the coming year. BOOKING.COM FORECASTS TRENDS IN THE WORLD OF TRAVEL FOR 2020 A recent Booking.com survey found that seven out of ten (72%) pet owners worldwide (66% of pet owners from Croatia) consider their pets to be full members of the family, and more than half (51%) admit that even more enjoyed when they could take their pet. The same is claimed by 45% of passengers from Croatia.  Photo / Source: Booking.com According to the researcher, half (50%) of pet owners around the world currently believe that there is a lack of clear and quality information related to travel with pets, which is what 41% of pet owners from Croatia think. Environmentally friendly accommodation is still an important part of sustainable travel, with more than half (56%) of global travelers and as many as 54% of travelers from Croatia considering it important to consider sustainable accommodation options when traveling. As Booking.com points out in 2020, pet owners around the world can be expected to strive to put them first and take them on a journey as family members. Slightly less than half (42%) of pet owners around the world, and 34% of pet owners from Croatia, admit that they would choose a travel destination in the coming year based on whether they can take their pet with them. In the new decade, demand for sustainable travel is projected to rise, according to research data from Booking.com. A place where pets can run and play – 39% of global passengers, 45% of passengers from CroatiaAvailability of veterinary support – 31% of global passengers, 43% of passengers from CroatiaPleasant and warm ambience – 26% of global passengers, 42% of passengers from CroatiaPet-friendly activities – 21% of global travelers, 42% of travelers from CroatiaPet keeping or walking service – 19% of global travelers, 19% of passengers from Croatiacenter_img According to travelers, some of the ways to reduce the negative impact on the environment include: Travelers will participate in re-establishing tourism, even if it means they will have to make fewer sacrifices. Almost half (48%) of passengers (46% of passengers from Croatia) say they would be willing to accept certain shortcomings such as longer travel times or the closure of tourist attractions, if that would help redevelopment efforts, according to Booking.com -And. Pet friendly accommodation and destination focus RELATED NEWS: More than one third (36%) of travelers worldwide, the same goes for 30% of travelers from Croatia, next year plans to choose a destination where they not only have the opportunity to visit a beautiful location, but their visit will help the local community and the economy. is still recovering from serious consequences so it will visit destinations previously affected by the natural disaster.  In order to meet the expectations of travelers looking for the perfect accommodation for themselves and their pet, it is increasingly important for owners of accommodation facilities where four-legged escorts are allowed to offer the most pleasant ambience possible.  Creating a schedule that avoids the biggest tourist traps – 62% of global travelers, 56% of travelers from CroatiaKnowing the best places to look for accommodation outside the city center – 60% of global travelers, 60% of travelers from CroatiaLooking for lesser known attractions to avoid the crowds – 59% of global travelers, 61% of travelers from CroatiaReplacement of the original destination for a lesser known alternative in the same country – 51% of global passengers, 48% of passengers from Croatia Find out more about trends in the world of travel for 2020 in the attachment.last_img read more

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Indonesia records another record-high daily virus count: 3,861 cases

first_imgHowever, experts have pointed out that many cases in Indonesia remain undiscovered because of the country’s relatively low number of tests.Read also: Not enough for Jakarta alone to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions: EpidemiologistsAs the initial epicenter of the outbreak, the capital city of Jakarta recorded again the highest number of new confirmed cases with 1,274, followed by East Java with 381, Central Java with 375, West Java with 335 and Riau with 194 cases.West Java reported the highest number of new deaths with 42, trailed by Central Java with 18, Jakarta with 17, Bali with 9 and South Kalimantan 6.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan decided on Wednesday to “pull the emergency brake” and announced that the capital would reinforce a partial lockdown, or large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), after the rules had been eased in early June to gradually reopen the economy.The decision to reinstate the PSBB was made after the capital saw coronavirus case spike, repeatedly recording record-high daily increases in August, with the isolation bed occupancy rate reaching 77 percent as of September.Topics : Indonesia has recorded another record daily case number as the national task force confirmed 3,861 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, bringing the national total to 207,203.The task force also announced 120 deaths due to the illness and 2,310 recovered patients, making for a cumulative 8,456 fatalities and 147,510 recoveries from COVID-19 so far.Based on the official figures, Indonesia is the country with the second-highest COVID-19 case number in Southeast Asia, just below the Philippines, which reported a total of 248,947 cases on Thursday, according to the worldometer.info website. Indonesia ranks 23rd in the world.last_img read more

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Sold On Gold Coast: The priciest central suburbs

first_imgMedian house price: $1.375 millionMedian house rent: $695/weekMedian unit price: $445,000Median unit rent: $470/weekAverage days on market: 41.5 days Average hold period: 11 yearsPopulation: 6533Average weekly household income: $1463Median age: 35 Median house price: $1.265 million Median house rent: $698/weekMedian unit price: $370,000Median unit rent: $400/weekAverage days on market: 81.5 days Average hold period: 9.5 yearsPopulation: 23,689Average weekly household income: $1136Median age: 37 Its waterfront location makes Clear Island Waters one of the most in-demand suburbs and also one of the priciest.Clear Island Waters has emerged as one of the most in-demand Gold Coast waterfront suburbs.Oresti Astras, principal of Astras Prestige Property, has sold properties in the suburb for 25 years, many of them on multiple occasions. “It is a relaxed waterfront lifestyle that has some of the widest waterways on the Gold Coast,” Mr Astras said.“The suburb is close to all facilities such as some of the Gold Coast’s finest schools, All Saints Anglican College, Somerset College, St Vincent’s Primary School, Fuji International Kindergarten and Kool Kids,” he said. CoreLogic figures reveal Clear Island Waters has a median house price of $1.125 million and a median unit price of $425,000. The suburb is close to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and the Robina Town Centre and is next to the Q Super Centre.Mr Astras said buyer confidence had increased since the federal election.“The value has always been there. However, there was a period of indecision. People are now starting to make more positive buying decisions with recent sales of properties that were sitting on the market now sold.” Recent sales activity has been both at the $1 million to $1.2 million mark and also at the $2 million price point in Isles of Istana. “For $1 million to $1.2 million buyers are effectively getting the waterfront house for nothing as waterfront land alone sells at the same price point,” Mr Astras said. “As for the $2 million-plus market, a five-bedroom-plus-study waterfront home in Clear Island Waters is plain good value especially to our southern visitors, evidenced by an increase in interstate sales to Baby Boomers planning to retire.” Mr Astras said the biggest demand was for entry-level or lower-priced waterfront property The most expensive suburbs on the central Gold Coast may not surprise you.THEY are home to the affluent and full of homes many can only dream of.Mermaid Beach, Surfers Paradise and Clear Island Waters were the three priciest areas for the central GC as featured in the Bulletin’s Sold On Gold Coast — the Glitter Strip’s ultimate property guide.Find out what makes these suburbs so popular and why it’s so expensive to buy a house there. MORE NEWS: Live your most glamorous life Mermaid Beach is not only the priciest central suburb, but the Gold Coast’s overall most expensive place to buy a house.Mermaid Beach is considered the Gold Coast’s ultimate lifestyle destination.It is central and beachside yet has a more laid-back vibe than its bustling neighbour Broadbeach.It has an eclectic blend of cafes, restaurants and shops and is adored by locals because of its low-density zoning. Ron London Estate Agents principal Ron London said it catered to all demographics.“Mermaid is a central location, and a diverse mix of people and property styles make it a suburb for everyone,” he said.“(It) is the most eclectic, diverse suburb on the Coast with its mix of entry-level units and multimillion-dollar homes. “(It) continues to evolve as the most desirable residential beachside suburb.”Albatross and Hedges avenues front the beach and run the entire length of the suburb.Hedges Ave is one of the Gold Coast’s most renowned streets.Known as Millionaires’ Row, it is home to some of the city’s most impressive mega-mansions.Traditional shacks in Mermaid Beach are more often selling for premium prices then being bulldozed to make way for million-dollar homes, but bargain buys can still be found. However, Mr London expected it to get harder to buy property in the suburb.“It’s likely the suburb will be in higher demand as I feel that people are making more of a focus on an ‘at fingers tip’ lifestyle,” he said. Mermaid Beach’s popular minigolf course is also a family favourite while Bam Bam Bakehouse is often frequented by celebrities. Source: CoreLogic data to April 2019 Surfers Paradise is a world-famous destination.It is known as the tourism and party capital of the Gold Coast.With world-class night venues, a pumping atmosphere and international events, it is no wonder people descend on Surfers Paradise when they visit the city. Harcourts Coastal agent Tolemy Stevens best described it as “Australia’s holiday playground”. “Spectacular beaches, exciting family holiday environments, world-class retail and restaurants and of course, the night-life make it a truly unique destination,” he said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“It’s a wonderful place to live, a pumping tourist destination and a home away from home for anyone seeking the quintessential Australian beach lifestyle.” While tourism and entertainment are big parts of the suburb’s appeal, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.Mr Stevens said the population included transient tourists and locals who wanted to make the most of its enviable lifestyle.There are generally two types of buyers in the area — those looking for apartments and those who prefer houses in established areas, including Paradise Waters, Chevron Island, Cronin Island and the Isle of Capri. “From your one-bedroom studio apartment to your ultimate grand palatial beachfront properties, Surfers Paradise has enormous diversity that allows anyone in any price range to enjoy everything it has to offer.” He said the area was evolving off the back of the region’s growth.“We are now entering an exciting new phase with more major high-rise developments and cranes in the sky adding to the iconic skyline, as well as a rejuvenation of the mall with outstanding, well-established retail and restaurant tenancies — the future looks bright.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy moving to a ‘sister suburb’ can save you money00:37 MORE NEWS: The beach house with a twist Median house price: $1.125 million Median house rent: $850/weekMedian unit price: $425,000Median unit rent: $480/weekAverage days on market: 53 daysAverage hold period: 12 yearsPopulation: 4120Average weekly household income: $1373Median age: 50 1. Mermaid Beach 2. Surfers Paradise 3. Clear Island Waters last_img read more

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Teen Pleads Guilty To Robbery In Hershman Case

first_imgA teen associated with the murder of Milan resident Nancy Hershman pleaded guilty Tuesday.A 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday for his role in the murder of Milan resident Nancy Hershman.Sean David Nichols, of Colerain Township, Ohio, admitted to Burglary of a Dwelling Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, a class A felony. Other charges against the teen were dropped as part of the plea agreement.Although Nichols was 15 years of age when the crime occurred, he was waived to adult court last March.On Tuesday, Nichols was sentenced to 50 years in prison with 20 years suspended, by Ripley County Judge Carl Taul. With good behavior while incarcerated, Nichols could be eligible for parole in fifteen years.As part of his plea deal, the teen will have to testify against two other defendants that have alleged involvement in the case.Authorities arrested Nichols, 23-year-old Allison Moore, and 17-year-old Daniel Hodge last January for the death of Hershman. The Milan woman was gunned down in an apparent robbery in late December 2012.According to testimony, Nichols indicated that Moore shot Hershman.The two defendants are currently in custody and are awaiting their trials, which Moore’s is scheduled for March 31 and Hodge is set to appear in court on July 7.The death of Hershman sent shockwaves through the community and beyond. The 68-year-old had been a school bus driver, worked with special needs students, served as an emergency medical technician and was active in church.last_img read more

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North Decatur Varsity Volleyball Scores

first_imgNorth Decatur Volleyball Update from Coach Mark Burry.North Decatur Varsity VB Season ScoresWe play Southwestern (Hanover) Thursday night at 6 PM. We have not played them this year, so I am a little concerned about the girls taking them lightly or even being overly nervous due to the pressure to repeat last year’s championship.With that being said, I am excited about the way the Lady Chargers are playing right now. We are blocking well and forcing even the best teams, like Lawrenceburg, to hit around the block. As our defense and serve receive improve, we are in system more often. Thus, we are improving offensively as well. Kaitlin Herbert and Sarah Bohman are hitting the ball harder with more accuracy than they were earlier in the season. Samantha Krieger, Olivia Siefert, Anna Schwering, and Chelsi Schubert have all improved their blocking and hitting accuracy so that our team stats in blocks and kills have increased.This is all a direct result of our defensive improvement. Mary Hughes is the key to the team. She has grown into the libero role and is taking charge of defensive coverage, free balls, and serve receive. Switching Mary to libero from being the starting setter on last year’s sectional championship team may have seemed risky, but having her on the court all the time has been the difference in our growth this year. Baili Ewing and Kaitlin Herbert are also keys to our defensive improvement. Another key has been the growth in the defensive play of our setters, Laura Haunert and Kiley Stier. Samantha Krieger’s secondary setting in those situations has also improved greatly.The sectional team is rounded out by Allie Louder and Morgan McKinney, who have come in the front row rotation to hit and block well. Morgan Nobbe and Meredith Fogle also have contributed to our back row rotations as well as serving as our back up setters.All of the Lady Chargers have been serving well with a team serve percentage of nearly 94%. Anna Schwering and Mary Hughes have been leading in points won while Mary and Kaitlin Herbert are leading in Aces.The winner of the North Decatur vs. Southwestern (Hanover) match plays the winner of the other Thursday night match of South Ripley vs. Switzerland County. That semi-final match will be on Saturday morning at 11 AM.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Mark Burry.last_img read more

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Report ranks voter influence by state as election approaches

first_imgBatesville, In. — A report from WalletHub says Ohio voters are the 10th most important in determining the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives.The report says West Virginia voters are the most important for the U. S. House of Representatives and North Dakota has the most influencial voters in U.S. Senate races.A link to complete report is here.last_img

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Calling all Ripley County photographers!

first_imgRipley County, In. — Ripley County photographers are invited to participate in a photography show, Focus on Ripley County Photographers, March 1-10, 2019 at the Central House in Napoleon. “There are so many fabulous photographers in the county, it’s time to highlight them and let everyone enjoy their work,” noted Katherine Taul, who is organizing the show, along with Central House member Victor Sarringhaus.“We look forward to filling The Central House with beautiful photographs by area artists, celebrating their work,” Sarringhaus said. Due to space limitations each photographer may submit five ready to hang photographs presented in any way they wish-framed, canvas, on wood, metal, glass, etc… by Sunday, February 24.Local photographers interested in participating please contact Taul at kptaul@gmail.com or 812-756-2800 or Sarringhaus at vsarringhaus@gmail.com or 812-621-7826 for more details about participating in the show.On the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the Central House is a historic Federal-style home, built in the late 1836. It served as a drover’s inn for many years, giving travelers a place to stay.Focus on Ripley County Photographers is sponsored by the Central House and Carl and Katherine Taul.last_img read more

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AC Milan great Paolo Maldini, son test positive

first_imgMilan: AC Milan and Italy legend Paolo Maldini and his son Daniel, who currently plays for the club, have both been tested positive for coronavirus, the Serie A club said in a statement.“AC Milan confirms that Paolo Maldini, the club’s Technical Director, became aware of contact with a person who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus and began to display symptoms of the virus himself,” said Milan on Saturday.“He was administered with a swab test yesterday, the result of which was positive. His son Daniel, a forward in AC Milan’s youth team who had previously been training with the First Team, also tested positive.”The club further said that both are well and have already completed two weeks at home without contact with others. They will remain in qurantine until “clinically recovered.” IANSAlso Read: Cristiano Ronaldo injury-time penalty helps Juventus draw semi against AC MilanAlso Watch: Coronavirus update: Buddhist Monastery in Naharkatika take extra prevention measureslast_img read more

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Might have to consider retiring if pools remain shut: Virdhawal Khade

first_imgNEW DELHI: Asian Games bronze medallist Virdhawal Khade said he may have to consider retirement if swimming facilities in the country continue to remain shut. While a number of sports facilities have opened up their training facilities for top athletes, swimming pools continue to remain shut with no indication from the governing hierarchy of when they may be opened for athletes.In a two-tweet thread, Khade asked for clarity on the situation of swimming pools. “Might have to consider retiring from swimming . No news or communication of any sorts for being able to start swimming again . Wish swimming was treated the same as other sports in India,” he said in his first tweet and tagged Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and the Swimming Federation of India among others. “Almost 3 months since the swimmers in India entered the pool . If other competitive athletes can follow social distancing while training , competitive swimmers can do the same as well. I hope other Olympic swimming prospects don’t consider retiring because of this,” he said in his second tweet. Several countries including Thailand, parts of Australia and the UK have opened swimming pools, allowing athletes to return to training. However, even as the Ministry of Home Affairs announced guidelines to ease restrictions, opening markets and shopping malls, swimming pools in India remain out of bound amidst rapidly-rising coronavirus cases. IANSAlso watch: Protests in City Demanding Justice for Rituparnalast_img read more

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