AllEarth Renewables, Inc.,Just four miles from where they were designed and manufactured, 382 solar trackers composed of more than 9,000 individual panels make up Vermont’s largest solar installation — which will be commissioned tomorrow, July 27 with the touch of an iPhone. The project is the largest solar farm of its kind in all of North America.Joined by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Lt. Governor Phil Scott, and House Speaker Shap Smith, the Williston-based AllEarth Renewables will host the businesses and partners that had a hand in building the 2.2 MW solar farm. The project, part of the state’s innovative Standard Offer program, uses the Vermont-made AllSun Tracker ‘ pole-mounted solar energy systems that use GPS and wireless technology to orient with the sun throughout the day to produce more energy than fixed solar.Featured guests include more than 75 suppliers, electricians, engineers, contractors and other workers that helped make the project happen.What: Commissioning of Vermont’s largest solar installation, a 2.2 MW solar tracker farmWhen: TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 27 at 2pmWhere: 350 Dubois Lane, South Burlington (just off of Route 116)
Banks at Risk in Loans to Coal Companies FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Michael Slezak for The Guardian:An announcement today that ANZ is absorbing a bigger than expected loss as a result of lending to the mining industry is likely to be the tip of the iceberg as coal and other fossil fuels go into structural decline, according to some financial analysts.Related: Australian coalmines are one of riskiest investments in the world – reportANZ announced to the Australian stock exchange on Thursday that over the past month, conditions have changed such that expected costs associated with lending to the mining and resources sector would increase from a projected $800m to more than $900m .The bank said the change was caused by the “evolving position with a small number of Australian and multi-national resources-related exposures”.“While the overall credit environment remains broadly stable, we are continuing to see pockets of weakness associated with low commodity prices in the resources sector and in related industries,” said ANZ’s acting chief financial officer, Graham Hodges .The bank did not disclose which companies or loans caused the writedown, but Tim Buckley , a former Citibank analyst who is now with the anti-fossil fuel Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis , said there were two new developments that could be linked to the move.The first was the warning by coal giant Peabody Energy that it was on the brink of bankruptcy after finding itself unable to pay an interest payment of US$70m .Buckley said if ANZ had lent to Peabody – which would not be known unless the company filed for bankruptcy – that would have put a dent the bank’s balance sheet.And on Wednesday the Australian Financial Review reported the owners of a coal export facility in Queensland, WICET, was struggling with its loans because of falling coal prices, and may be seeking a debt-for-equity swap, where the company exchanges debt for a pre-determined amount of equity or stock. A report in the AFR said ANZ was set to lose money on a loan associated with WICET’s coal export facility.Full article: ANZ’s bad loans to miners are just ‘tip of the iceberg’, analysts say
Related News NFL Draft 2019: Opening odds favor Dolphins taking Kyler Murray Murray announced Monday on social media, four days before he was scheduled to report to spring training with the Athletics, that he’s fully committed to become an NFL quarterback and he has started an extensive program to prepare himself for upcoming NFL workouts and interviews.Murray, who was the Athletics’ first-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, is projected to be one of the top quarterback prospects of the 2019 draft. He completed 260 of 377 passes for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns with only seven interceptions and rushed 140 times for another 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns in his lone season as Oklahoma’s full-time starter. Murray will get the chance to show his skills at the NFL combine Feb.26-March 4 in Indianapolis. He will have additional opportunities to work out for NFL talent evaluators before the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25-27 in Nashville. “I think he got to the point where he knew he had a good situation either way, and I think in the end he just had a love of football that he just couldn’t get past,” Riley told ESPN Radio (via ESPN.com). “I think the idea of being an NFL quarterback is what appealed to him the most.”It also made sense as far as the way he’s played and the way he’s viewed in that league and, you know, where he’s most likely getting ready to get drafted. So I think it just came together.” Kyler Murray’s decision to pursue an NFL career over one in professional baseball didn’t come as much of a surprise to Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley. Riley says it “made sense” for the former Sooners quarterback to focus on becoming an NFL quarterback because of his love for the sport.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” During the early morning hours on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, Wellington city police officers were called to a residence in the 800 Block of South â€œGâ€ St., regarding a shooting, according to a police report.Â Upon arrival, officers discovered a 28-year-old Wellington female who had sustained a single gunshot wound.The female was transported from the scene by Wellington EMS to Sumner Regional Medical Center.A 19-year-old Wellington female, who was booked into Sumner County Jail, was charged with one count of aggravated battery.Â Her bond has been set at $100,000 and is awaiting formal charges.Â Wellington City Police Chief Tracy Heath said the name of the alleged shooter and victim are not being released at this time until formal charges are filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.He said the motive for the shooting has yet to be established.No further information is available at this time; the case is still under investigation, Heath said.
KEOKUK — Surrounded by cameras, reporters and curious Iowans, former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke launched his campaign for the White House in some crowded southeast Iowa venues Thursday.Joe Fierce of Keokuk wasn’t sure how to pronounce the candidate’s first name.“All I really know about him is he was running against Ted Cruz and, for me, that’s a ‘gold seal’ right there,” Fierce told Radio Iowa.Beto O’Rourke drew national attention as he finished two-and-a-half points short of defeating the Republican Senator from Texas in 2018. Fierce was up early today to listen to O’Rourke, but he’s hoping former Vice President Joe Biden runs.“I might be kind of counter the trend on this because I know there’s a ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’ vibe now, throw the bums out now. All of ’em,” Fierce said. “I think, however, that we need someone who knows how it works.”Bonnie Peevler of Keokuk said O’Rourke is “of course” on her radar as she reviews her 2020 presidential choices.“I think the character of the person matters more than the experience,” Peevler said, describing O’Rourke as “intelligent and thoughtful.”Austin Bayliss, a Trump voter in 2016, drove nearly 100 miles from Wellman to Keokuk to see O’Rourke.“It’s too early tell as far as who I’m going to caucus for,” Bayliss said, adding he intends to see every presidential candidate in person.Heather Morgan of Keokuk said O’Rourke has everything she’s looking for in a candidate.“He’s very conservative for a Democrat and I think if anybody can steal Republican votes, it’s probably going to be him,” Morgan told Radio Iowa.O’Rourke shook her hand and many others in the Lost Canvass Coffee Shop in Keokuk before climbing on a chair and promising to campaign for the vote of “every single American.”“I could care less your party persuasion, your religion, anything other than the fact that right now we are all Americans and we are all human beings and we would do anything in our power for one another, for this great country and for every generation that follows,” O’Rourke said near the end of his opening statement in Keokuk. “This is democracy.”O’Rourke also made stops in Fort Madison, Burlington and Muscatine Thursday.