Equinor, Orsted submit bids for New York’s 2.5GW offshore wind solicitation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Newsday:Norwegian energy conglomerate Equinor has bid to create another 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind power for New York state and Long Island with two projects. One, which would connect to the local electric grid in Nassau County, would more than double the number of turbines off Long Island to some 200. A second would be built around 50 miles from Montauk Point and connect to the state grid in Queens. The plan would also include conducting assembly work in Brooklyn.In disclosures Tuesday in response to a state request for proposals, Equinor said it would bolster its already state-awarded, 819-megawatt Empire Wind project off Long Island’s South Shore with another called Empire Wind 2 that will add 1,260 megawatts. Turbines of at least 10 megawatts each would mean that the prior project’s 80 or so turbines could be joined by another 120. Equinor’s federally approved lease area off Long Island encompasses some 80,000 acres, starting 15 miles due south of Long Beach and extending east and south.Equinor on Tuesday also submitted plans to offer a second project called Beacon Wind that would be built 50 miles from Montauk Point, off the coast of Massachusetts. It would be 1,230 megawatts and connect through Long Island Sound to Queens.The new proposals came in response to a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority bid request. In a statement, Siri Espedal Kindem, president of Equinor Wind U.S., said the company’s plans would include “significant new benefits for New York — from workforce training, economic development, and community benefits — alongside a tremendous amount of homegrown, renewable energy.”Meanwhile, Denmark-based Orsted, working with New England power company Eversource, has also submitted plans for a new offshore wind project called Sunrise Wind 2, a proposal that includes “multiple bids” that would create “hundreds of new jobs, and infrastructure investment,” according to a company statement. Con Edison Transmission will also work to develop transmission facilities for that project, the companies said.Orsted and Eversource already have contracts to develop a 130-megawatt wind farm for LIPA to serve the South Fork, and an 880-megawatt wind farm for the state. All of its hundreds of turbines would be based in a lease area off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.[Mark Harrington]More: Scores more wind turbines proposed for Long Island’s South Shore
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4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Shawn Kisana Mr. Kisana is responsible for MBL’s accounting, human resources and other administrative functions of MBL. He is responsible for developing and implementing the accounting policies and procedures that govern … Web: www.mblllc.com Details For credit unions that operate a member business lending program, getting to know the details of a member’s needs is key to establishing a long-term and successful relationship.As member service continues to evolve, this typically involves developing and implementing vibrant member engagement programs. Far beyond the typical sales and service culture, member engagement both encourages and requires credit union staff to drill deeply into the minutia of the personal and business needs of members.This is especially true when it comes to seasonal business lending requirements. Credit unions that know their members well will also recognize that not every business is run and operated the same way. Seasonal businesses require understanding of a different nature when it comes to cash flow requirements.Examples of seasonal businesses include any business related to a holiday (Halloween, Christmas, etc.), businesses tied to specific weather (summer camps, ski lodges, etc.), and other cyclical events (such as tax preparers in the first quarter, gym owners in January and lawn care specialists in the spring and summer).How can your credit union help seasonal business lending members? Following are a few ideas.Offer short-term loans and lines of credit. These can be invaluable lifelines to seasonal business lending members. This extra cash flow can also help with potential “tight spots” on a member’s calendar. Other options include business credit cards and revolving lines of credit. Another positive to this is that credit unions can help keep their seasonal business members out of the clutches of high-rate lenders.Assist in seasonal member business planning. Discuss their unique and individual needs with every business member. By taking a look at the calendar and anticipated cash flow challenges ahead of time, your credit union cannot only help the seasonal business number keeps his or her head above water, it can also deepen and develop the relationship.Offer flexible terms. Seasonal businesses are particularly afflicted by the highs and lows of cash flows. To the extent possible, be understanding of this and work with your seasonal business lending members to accommodate flexible payment terms, rates and dates.Credit unions that work hard now to understand, anticipate and appreciate the business needs of their members, particularly seasonal business lending members, stand a better chance of developing successful long-term relationships. By taking a few steps to help ensure such healthy relationships, credit unions also position themselves as the lending and business services provider of choice for countless potential business lending members.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound told Reuters on Wednesday that organisers would “reluctantly” have to cancel the Games if the coronavirus developed into a serious pandemic.Thorpe said athlete safety should come above all else.”I would most definitely be concerned,” the five-times Olympic champion told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.”What we need to know is to use some of the best expert disease specialists to find out what is the risk to the team. What is the risk to the other nations and how can we have an Olympic Games, one that is safe, that doesn’t put athletes at risk?”I think the decision should come down to each individual athlete. But whether or not they want to compete, that they should take their health into consideration first.”Australia’s Olympic team chef de mission Ian Chesterman said on Wednesday the coronavirus was a serious concern but athletes were being instructed to prepare as if they were going to Tokyo as scheduled.Topics : Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe says athletes should not put their Olympic dreams before their health in deciding whether to compete at the Tokyo Games as global health authorities battle to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.The flu-like virus is believed to have originated in a market selling wildlife in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year and has infected about 80,000 people and killed more than 2,700, the vast majority in China.A number of international sports events have been hit by the coronavirus, with some competitions being postponed and others cancelled outright, and there are concerns that the outbreak might scupper the Tokyo Olympics.
Cleveland Browns defensive back Royce Adams (40) walks off the field with Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown after practice at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Muhammad Ali is honoring another iconic athlete who became a forceful voice for civil rights — Jim Brown.The NFL Hall of Fame running back will receive a lifetime humanitarian achievement award bearing the boxing great’s name, the Muhammad Ali Center announced Thursday. Brown headlines this year’s lineup of Ali Humanitarian Award winners that include actress Susan Sarandon.The awards, which debuted last year, promote achievements for social justice.Like Ali, Brown, who was at the top of his sport in the 1960s, became an outspoken civil-rights advocate.Brown, an actor whose credits include his role in “The Dirty Dozen,” started the Amer-I-Can program, which teaches life management and self-improvement skills to help uplift neighborhoods and communities.“He’s been a great supporter in his community and the community at large in stemming gang violence and teaching young men what it means … to be good citizens,” Ali Center President and CEO Donald Lassere said of Brown.Decades ago, Brown spoke out in support of Ali’s refusal to enter the military during the Vietnam War as a conscientious objector.Ali’s decision resulted in a draft-evasion conviction and he was stripped of his heavyweight boxing crown. Ali’s legal fight ended in 1971, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor.The Ali Awards ceremony is set for Sept. 27 in Louisville, Ali’s hometown. The three-time heavyweight boxing champion, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, plans to attend the ceremony, as well as a Sept. 20 benefit concert in Louisville featuring Grammy-winning singer Bruno Mars.Actress Susan Sarandon, right, and Hope North founder Okello Sam attend Variety’s “Power of Women: New York” luncheon at Cipriani Midtown on Friday, April 25, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)Sarandon, an Academy Award winner, will receive the Ali Humanitarian Award for Global Citizenship, the Ali Center said. Sarandon will be recognized for her role as an ambassador for UNICEF and her efforts in support of Haiti and the Amazon.Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Common was named winner of the Ali Humanitarian Award for Education. He launched a philanthropic effort that seeks to empower urban youth by mentoring them in character development, creative expression and healthy living. Entrepreneur Mick Ebeling was chosen as the Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award winner for his efforts to provide prosthetic limbs for war victims in Sudan.Other award winners include a half-dozen young adults from around the world being honored for their humanitarian roles. One recipient, 29-year-old Kennedy Odede of Kenya, is being recognized for his efforts in support of education, health care, economic development and clean water.Former President Jimmy Carter was the inaugural winner of the lifetime humanitarian achievement award last year.The awards event last year raised about $300,000 for the Ali Center to help cover costs for programs and operations, center officials said Thursday.They hope to raise more this year from the Bruno Mars concert and awards ceremony. The Ali Center, which has a yearly budget of about $4 million, is stepping up its educational outreach and programs aimed at such topics as gender equality and global citizenship.