The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) has approved petitions filed by Vineyard Wind for construction and operation of electric transmission facilities within the Commonwealth that will deliver electricity generated at the 800MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm to the regional power grid.Approval of the project’s transmission cables and interconnection substation by the EFSB, which is administered by Department of Public Utilities (DPU) staff and chaired by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, represents another significant milestone in the development of the United States’ first commercial-scale offshore wind generation facility, Vineyard Wind Said.The project continues to move ahead with public and regulatory review through more than 25 federal, state, and local approval processes. It remains on schedule to begin onshore construction in 2019 and become operational by 2021.“Today’s decision is another critical step forward as Vineyard Wind moves toward beginning on-shore construction later this year,” said Laura Beane, President and CEO of Avangrid Renewables, a partner in the Vineyard Wind joint venture. “The future of the American offshore wind energy industry is rising in Massachusetts thanks to the commitment of many stakeholders to deliver competitive solutions to climate change, and we remain committed to delivering environmental benefits and economic opportunity through our investment.”In April, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approved long-term power purchase contracts between Vineyard Wind and Massachusetts’ electric distribution companies (EDCs) for the delivery of electricity generated at the wind farm.Vineyard Wind LLC, the owner and developer of the project, is a joint venture partnership between Avangrid Renewables and the Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Franklin County Community School bus drivers are asking for your help to “Stuff the Bus” this holiday season.Franklin County bus drivers drive over 2,700 hundred miles of roads every day, and see the needs of many Franklin County children.Bus drivers will have large bags to collect items in need such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, laundry care, and toilet paper.When your kid is picked up now through the beginning of Christmas Break you can put your donated items in the bag on the bus.Last year several thousand dollars worth of toys, cleaning supplies, laundry supplies, and personal care items were collected.
On Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) will look to snap a two-game skid when it hosts unranked Pittsburgh (2-3, 0-1) in the Carrier Dome. The Orange lost to No. 24 North Carolina State, 33-25, last week in Raleigh, while Pitt blew out Rice following three straight defeats. Kickoff between the Panthers and Orange is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Here’s what you need to to know ahead of the game. How can you watch the contest? It will air on the YES Network for Syracuse-area viewers and the ACC’s Regional Sports Network for select markets outside of central New York. What’s to know about the Panthers? For one, Pitt isn’t the same team that hung 76 points on SU last year. Second, Pitt really struggles to defend the pass, a Syracuse stronghold. Read up on the Panthers, including a player to watch and possible way Syracuse could win. Who’s the man behind the check? Cliff Ensley, who helped finance the Ensley Athletic Center in which SU football practices, is a former SU walk-on and the school’s last three-sport letterman. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat’s SU’s injury status? Wide receiver Jamal Custis is probable after not playing since Week 2. Defensive linemen Josh Black and Kendall Coleman, as well as linebacker Shyheim Cullen, are listed as doubtful. View the full injury report.Who will win? Our beat writers are forecasting a narrow Syracuse win.Who’s SU’s secret weapon? Redshirt sophomore punter Sterling Hofrichter, who possesses one of the most lethal foots in the nation.What is one expert saying about the Panthers? We spoke with Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Brian Batko, who covers Pitt, for insight headed into Saturday’s game. What’s behind SU’s dynamic one-two punch? Before becoming the nation’s best receiving duo, Steve Ishmael and Irvin Philips became best friends. What’s up with Ishmael’s outbreak? On Wednesday, head coach Dino Babers said the senior receiver “totally bought into” the system, and now he’s taken off. If Syracuse loses to Pittsburgh, are its bowl chances gone? In our first beat writer roundtable of the season, we discuss this and more, including SU’s anemic run game.Students, want an Apple Watch? Fill out a form at Gate E and stay at least three quarters to be eligible to win. It’s part of Syracuse’s effort to boost student attendance and engagement. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 7, 2017 at 9:50 am Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21
Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Sam NnajiIt is hard to imagine what winning a league title was like three decades ago. Were medals doled out to the winners? Was there a guard of honour? A parade down the streets throughout the city? Perhaps they partied all night and maybe they got a grand reception from the state’s chief executive? Maybe. But evidently those glory days were characterized by battle chants and victory choruses, new fans were converted on a daily basis and the match venues of the league winners were packed full long before kickoff.Between 1974 and 1984, Rangers International had won six league titles, five FA Cups, an African Cup Winners Cup (now CAF Confederation Cup) title in 1977 amidst regular appearances on the continent. Undoubtedly one of the two biggest teams in the country, they regularly supplied playing personnel for the national teams. The Enugu club had built for themselves a very strong side with a fine rich tradition. That was in the days when some of today’s league heavyweights were still teething, trying to feed on the whatever crumbs the then big boys had leftover, some others had not even been formed.Strangely, Rangers shockingly went limp in the years that followed and a steady decline set in. The giant was unable to reproduce the performances that characterized the fruitful years. The momentum moved to the likes of Iwuanyanwu Nationale (now Heartland), Julius Berger and more recently Enyimba and Kano Pillars and the only positive was that somehow they ensured that year after year, a Premier League status was ensured. The younger generation most of whom either never witnessed those conquests or were too young to understand were left to make do with tales and pictures whenever memories were brought to the fore.But the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu refreshed memories of what those glory days were like when it hosted over 20,000 fans in Rangers 2-1 win over Nasarawa United in the ground’s first Friday night game. Friday night games have become very popular in the league in recent times but this most recent edition was unprecedented, a perfect setting in all ramifications. The blazing floodlights announced to fans within its reach that indeed Ogui Road was the ‘happening place’ that moment. The fans heeded the invitation and into the grounds they throng to thousands of others watching, eagerly awaiting kickoff. It seemed everyone in the city was there; fathers, mothers, children, old faces and young ones. The bright neon lights from the new electronic scoreboard adding to the lovely spectacle.Beyond just a nice Friday evening gathering, this team had wooed Enugu fans with their breathtaking displays since the start of the season. Imama Amapakabo’s boys play what probably is the most scintillating football in the championship. The deadly quartet of Bobby Clement, Godwin Aguda, Obinna Nwobodo and Chisom Egbuchulam (acronym CANE from their last names) have terrorized defences to calamitous effect so far this season; their movement off and on the ball, the flash of their attacks and their potency in front of goal when it required.It was not surprising hence when that crowd held its breath in hope and anticipation when Chisom Egbuchulam set out with a trademark run in the third minute toward the Nasarawa goal. Expectedly so from a player who has six goals so far this term. They collectively heaved disappointingly when his strike flew over the target. Unlucky not to be on the scoresheet but his assist handed Rangers the opener. A blur of explosive bursts, he was at the heart of almost everything Rangers created on the night. Beyond a doubt, he looks to have come of age this season, symbolic of his team that had disappointed in the recent past but looks like it means business this time round.Beyond just watching the action unfold on the pitch, the fans were having themselves a great time. One group situated around the halfway line and facing the VIP gallery were partying all through. Clad in various attires and with diverse musical instruments, they were playing their drums, lighting up flames, waving the club’s flags while a few others jangled bells. The rest who ‘unprepared’ for the ensuing carnival quickly joined the party when the opportunity called for it. First was in the 23rd minute when Clement’s firm header from Egbuchulam’s corner-kick broke Nasarawa United’s resistance. ‘Holy, holy holy, holy Enugu Rangers is another champion!’ echoed round the stadium, some were standing, others clinched fists in solidarity.It was not a select few singing, both old and young were as one, loud in their voices. Next was the circle after circle of Mexican waves that swept through and through the galleries in the second half. The joyous expression as each section roared and lifted their arms in unison as it went by meant they were having a time of their life. This was different, this was unique, this was fever pitch excitement, beyond what is common in these regions.Friday night’s experience epitomizes more than just the goings on at Rangers right now it symbolizes a rejuvenated league itself to a greater extent. Beautiful eye-catching football is back, more and more fans are joining the party, surely the glory days look on its way back.For Rangers, what had been a whisper is getting louder by the day and although only the bravest of their fans can afford making the assertions at the moment with confidence, the rest of the Premier League pack are taking notice; Rangers look the real deal this season, a 32-year title wait could be over by October.