OPA release draft version of FIT 3 Program Rules

first_imgOPA release draft version of FIT 3 Program RulesOntario Power Authority (OPA) publishes FIT 3 draft of proposed update to FIT 2.1 Program Rules, intended to reflect the policy decisions of the Minister of Energy in time for the next FIT application period. September 6, 2013 Ian Clover Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share In preparation for the forthcoming FIT application period, OPA in Canada has made available the draft version of its FIT 3 Program Rules for comment and consultation. The draft is an update on the previous FIT 2.1 Program Rules, with all amendments and changes made to reflect the policy decisions indicated by Canada’s Minister of Energy in June and August. Chief among the proposed program changes is a tailored provision for applicants who wish to participate in the Unconstructed Rooftop Solar Pilot (URSP) program – a provision that was omitted from FIT 2.1. ??These new rules establish a 15 MW procurement target for the URSP, stipulating “URSP Projects must be located on an unconstructed building,” defining a site as somewhere that encompasses both the land and building itself. URSP applications must also be signed off in the Prescribed Form by a professional engineer or architect who can attest that the building can support the project, the rules add, and URSP applicants must have 100% economic interest from a prioritized group (Aboriginal community, community investment member, municipality or public sector entity) in order to receive project type priority points. Further proposed changes in FIT 3 include the permittance of both microFIT and FIT projects on the same Deemed Single Property provided that “the microFIT Project is in commercial operation at the time the FIT application is submitted.” Additionally, it is proposed that the aggregate capacity permitted on a Deemed Single Property per Renewable Fuel is reduced from 10 MW to 2 MW. Municipalities and public sector entities would also be eligible to receive project type priority points under the new FIT 3 Program Rules, which also propose lowering the Minimum Required Domestic Content Level (MRDCL) from 60% for all solar PV facilities to 22% for solar PV utilizing crystalline silicon technology; 28% for solar PV utilizing thin-film technology, and 19% for solar PV utilizing concentrated PV technology. Another proposed change is intended to reflect the removal of large FIT projects from the FIT program – a stipulation that small FIT projects must only connect to a distribution system feeder, rather than directly to a transmission system like before. Small FIT projects will also no longer be required to submit application security to the OPA. Meanwhile, all references to large FIT projects have been removed from the FIT contract. 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May’s Macron opening forged in battle

first_imgOne senior U.K. government official close to May said the military alliance forged between May and Macron at January’s Sandhurst summit has been transformed in the heat of battle over the past two weeks.The return of good France-U.K. defense relations was welcomed across the Channel.“One of the things Macron has always been very keen on since they had their first meeting was to focus the relationship on security and defense,” the senior official said. “Salisbury and Syria have given more substance to that — he has made it play out in practice.”May’s closest aides believe this also bodes well for Brexit. “It shows Europe, and France in particular, what a good security relationship with Britain looks like,” the official said.May and Macron spoke twice in the week running up to the airstrikes and once again in the hours after they had taken place. Officials in Paris and London also spoke “multiple times a day,” ferrying top-secret documents too sensitive to brief over the phone to each other’s embassies, according to diplomatic officials.A joint position between Paris and London was established early on, while the U.S. administration was split between the ultra-hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, and the more cautious Defense Secretary James Mattis over how extensive the strikes should be, diplomats said. Some ministers close to May were more caustic. Speaking on condition of anonymity, one said: “Trade deals are no substitute for a vision.”Jonathan Eyal from the London-based foreign policy think tank RUSI said it is okay in the short term for May to “bump along” reacting to world events, but eventually she will need to set out her vision if she wants to be treated as a reliable partner.“It cannot just be small steps,” he said. “It still requires the big speech, the big vision. She will need to answer the question: ‘What is Britain’s role?’ She cannot escape this question.” Also On POLITICO The world learns to ignore Trump By Ben White and Megan Cassella Macron’s eurozone reforms meet German ‘duvet diplomacy’ By Pierre Briançon LONDON — The Franco-British military alliance is back.Ever since the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron have emphasized the continued importance of strong defense and security relationships after Brexit.Six weeks after the EU and the U.S. expelled more than 100 Russian diplomats in response to the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy on British soil, and following the first military action of both May and Macron’s premierships, May has evidence to support the Frenchman’s reassuring rhetoric. Internationally, May also risks becoming the third leg in the transatlantic alliance, as the budding bromance between U.S. President Donald Trump and Macron continues apace. Those involved in crafting May’s Syria policy said hers is essentially a “reactive, not proactive approach.”Macron was quick to claim credit for convincing Trump to act in Syria, in an interview with French TV the following day. Next week, Trump will host the French president for a state visit, an honor not yet granted to the British prime minister.The U.K.’s continuing travails extricating itself from the European Union continue to cause alarm on the Continent. French officials said Brexit appears to be sucking up much of London’s time and energy and would continue to do so for the foreseeable future as talks grind to a near-halt over the Irish border.Domestically, however, U.K. government ministers say May’s understated approach to the Salisbury spy poisoning and Syrian gas attack has played well with the British public, which is tired of alpha-male foreign policy.“Macron’s playing the Gaullist and that’s all right — that’s what French presidents do,” said one minister who is close to May. “The PM is using the fact that there are these two big egos to her advantage. She’s undemonstrative, steady as you go. The fact that she’s not a Blair or a Cameron helps.”center_img The French and British jointly pushed for “limited” strikes aimed exclusively at degrading the Assad regime’s chemical weapons capability — and won.Macron and May, during a bilateral meeting at San Domenico Palace Hotel in Taormina, Italy | Dan Kitwood-Pool/Getty ImagesPeter Ricketts, a former British ambassador to France, said: “The French and the British united around Mattis, who has been the central pillar of U.S. foreign policy on this. The prime minister found the center of gravity. That’s where the British machine was pushing and that’s where the government got to.”Macron-Trump bromanceThe return of good France-U.K. defense relations was welcomed across the Channel.It also comes just as French frustration at Germany’s lukewarm adoption of Macron’s EU reform proposals — as well as Berlin’s inability to step up on the world stage — is beginning to mount.“In the area of defense, relations between Paris and London are naturally fluid while they are restricted and unsatisfactory with Berlin,” one French diplomat told Le Figaro. However, officials in Paris said the U.K.’s involvement in Syria was “a nice-to-have, not a need-to-have.” Global Britain?The biggest risk for the British prime minister, according to her ministers and advisers, is that she fails to capitalize on the two crises because she is unable to formulate a long-term foreign policy strategy that sets out how Britain sees its role in the world after Brexit.Those closest to May also insist it is unfair to say her approach to foreign policy is purely ad-hoc, pointing to the prime minister’s speech to the Republican Party conference in Philadelphia in January 2017 as the intellectual ballast holding her strategy together.In the speech, May said the days of Britain and the U.S. “intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image” were over and that military action should be reserved to defend the international order.Trump steps off Air Force One | Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty ImagesYet those involved in crafting May’s Syria policy said hers is essentially a “reactive, not proactive approach,” which means acting only when international law is broken and not for any other wider objectives.May is fond of telling aides that she has little time for grand visions or strategies, one former adviser said. “She often says she just gets on with the job, putting one foot in front of the other.”“There are costs to her approach as well as some benefits,” one of her closest allies said. “Governing does require an overarching narrative and it is actually quite difficult to maintain one at the best of times.”last_img read more

Twelfth Night and Richard III, Starring Tony Winner Mark Rylance, Open on Broadway

first_img Richard III is the story of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who is determined that he should wear the crown of England. He has already dispatched one king and that king’s son; now all that stand in his way are two credulous brothers and two helpless nephews—the Princes in the Tower. And woe betide those—the women he wrongs, the henchmen he betrays—who dare to raise a voice against him. In addition to Rylance, cast members include Stephen Fry, Samuel Barnett, Liam Brennan, Paul Chahidi, John Paul Connolly, Peter Hamilton Dyer, Colin Hurley, Jethro Skinner, Angus Wright, Terry McGinity, Kurt Egyiawan, Matt Harrington, Matthew Schechter Hayden Signoretti and Joseph Timms. Twelfth Night The productions feature live music played on traditional Elizabethan instruments with the stage lit almost exclusively by the glow of 100 candles. Audiences will witness the pre-show ritual of actors dressing and preparing their makeup on stage. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 16, 2014 The Broadway debut of Shakespeare’s Globe productions, Twelfth Night tells the tale of Olivia’s household, where two campaigns are being quietly waged—one by the lovesick lord Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the high-handedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows. View Comments The all-male productions of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Richard III, which are being performed in repertory at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre, both open November 10. Directed by Tim Carroll, two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance stars as Olivia in Twelfth Night and the title role in Richard III. Related Showslast_img read more

Summer Cycles’ Gaulzetti Pavaix smooths cobbles w/ Kevlar & Boron

first_imgThe Gaulzetti Pavaix is the latest bike from Gaulzetti Cicli and their retail operation, Summer Cycles. Set as a no-compromise bike for cobbled courses like Paris-Roubaix, the frame uses oversize carbon tubing blended with Boron and Kevlar, said to maximize torsional rigidity while keeping the ride quality smooth – without relying on elastomers or suspension.All images courtesy Gaulzetti.Summer Cycles Gaulzetti Pavaix all-road & cobblestone endurance road bikeGaulzetti Cicli is the bike brand of Craig Gaulzetti, selling through an exclusive shop in Del Mar, CA – Summer Cycles. Their latest creation is the Pavaix, a bike said to be designed specifically for competing in the Paris-Roubaix Elite Cycling Race.While many cobblestone or gravel bikes are turning to suspension systems and elastomers for comfort, the Pavaix opts for a strategic carbon lay-up that incorporates Kevlar and Boron for specific ride characteristics. Frame weights come in at 1,000 – 1,600 grams depending on size and desired ride quality.Here’s the backstory from Mr. Gaulzetti himself:“Almost since its inception, bicycle companies have used success or even participation in Paris-Roubaix in order to sell bicycles. In recent years, the industry has used associations with this race to market things like taller headtubes, more upright riding positions, suspension and elastomers, disc brakes, larger and more flat resistant clincher tires, more compliant frames, slower and more stable handling, and lots of other features that have made road biking more accessible an less intimidating for many people. Our experience shows that not many, if any, of these ‘features’ are of benefit to anyone actually racing Paris-Roubaix- and we’d dare say they’re of questionable benefit to anyone who wants to enjoy spirited road riding. So we turned the equation on its head. What would a bicycle designed with the sole focus to win Paris-Roubaix look like? If we approached this project without any desire to commodify the sporting good, what do we end up with?”The Pavaix has options for either rim or disc brakes. Rim brakes limit tire size to 30mm, while discs increase the room a bit to accommodate 32mm rubber.The Gaulzetti Pavaix is available in custom geometry or 14 stock sizes from 44cm to 66cm (no geometry chart available at this time). All bikes made-to-order with a 6-12 week lead time. Framesets are available for $5,500, with complete bikes from $7,700 and up.SummerCycles.comlast_img read more

PC Construction wins $215 million joint venture project to help DC Water with Clean Rivers Project

first_imgPC Construction,The PC/CDM Joint Venture, which brings together the industry-leading expertise in water treatment facility design and construction of PC Construction and CDM Smith, has been awarded the approximately $215 million Tunnel Dewatering Pump Station & Enhanced Clarification Facility project for DC Water.The design-build project will be constructed at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, DC. The tunnel dewatering pump station (TDPS) and the enhanced clarification facility (ECF) are part of the larger DC Clean Rivers Project, mandated under a Federal Consent Decree between the United States, the District Government and DC Water, to build tunnels to temporarily store combined sewer (sanitary and storm) overflows until they can be pumped to the treatment facility. Currently, rainwater from DC Water’s 725-square-mile service area can overwhelm the system and treatment facilities with a diluted mix of rainwater and sewage, resulting in potential overflow into the Anacostia and Potomac rivers as well as Rock Creek.Major project components include the construction of a 250 million gallons per day (mgd) TDPS which will pump a diluted mix of rainwater and sewage to the ECF. The new, 250 mgd ECF will utilize a ballasted high-rate clarification process. Treated water will be disinfected before discharge to the Potomac River. The TDPS and ECF will be expandable to 500 mgd in the future.The design phase of this project will begin in August, with construction following shortly thereafter. The overall tunnel project for DC Water is expected to be completed by March 2018.Since 2010, PC Construction has worked on four other projects for DC Water with a total estimated value of $375 million.‘We are pleased to work with the PC/CDM Joint Venture on this important component of our wet weather plan,’ said DC Water General Manager George Hawkins. ‘The projects that make up the wet weather plan achieve both nitrogen reduction and CSO abatement, improving the health of our waterways and saving hundreds of millions of dollars.’‘This massive project was awarded to the PC/CDM Joint Venture because of our successful performance on multiple projects with DC Water, and because we go above and beyond on every job,’said Kevin McCarthy, president of PC Construction. ‘This was an ‘all-in’effort throughout the procurement process with PC Construction’s operations, business development, estimating andscheduling groups ‘and our partners at CDM Smith ‘working night and day to meet the needs of DC Water and the residents, businesses and organizations in our nation’s capitol.’‘CDM Smith partnered with PC Construction based on a long history of successful projects and shared values between the firms,’said David Schwartz, vice president with CDM Smith. ‘We have also developed excellent working relationships among our local staff through over $300M of design-build work delivered or under contract in the DC Metropolitan area, including DC Water’s Biosolids Main Process Train, one of the greenest projects in the region.’About PC ConstructionPC Construction offers general contracting, construction management and design-build services to private companies and public entities of all sizes. The company manages projects up and down the East Coast and in the southeastern United States from its corporate headquarters in South Burlington, Vermont and regional offices in Portland, Maine and North Carolina. A construction industry leader for more than 50 years, PC Construction (formerly Pizzagalli Construction) is guided to success by its more than 900 dedicated employee-owners.About CDM SmithCDM Smith provides lasting and integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities to public and private clients worldwide. As a full-service consulting, engineering, construction and operations firm, we deliver exceptional client service, quality results and enduring value across the entire project life cycle.last_img read more

Berger: Data security should be Congress’ top priority

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger noted the “chilling effect” of continued retailer data breaches on consumer confidence and said Congress must act on a national data security standard for retailers when it resumes work next week. New reports said a suspected Home Depot breach could be widespread.Berger, in a statement, said Wednesday that the lack of a national data security standard creates an open invitation for cyber thieves. He added if the Home Depot data breach is confirmed at all 2,200 of its stores in the U.S., (as an updated KrebsonSecurity report suggests) the fallout could prove equal to the Target data breach late last year.“These continued data breaches will have a chilling effect on our consumer confidence and our economy at large unless Congress holds retailers to the same strict standards of data security and breach notification that financial institutions must adhere to,” said Berger. “Congress must make passing a national data security standard for retailers a top priority when it returns next week.”Berger, citing a report from Intel Security and the Center for Strategic and International Studies, noted costs of cybercrime to the global economy of $575 billion annually; of that, $100 billion is in the U.S. He also noted a recent Ponemon Institute survey, which estimated 47 percent of all American adults have been affected by data breaches over the last year, with an estimated 432 million online accounts being affected. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The mobile mindset

first_imgby. Michael OgdenHow important is offering mobile access to customers to the financial industry today? New smartphone lending data from CUNA Mutual Group answers that question:63% of adult smartphone owners use phones to go online.34% of those do online searches on their phones rather than a computer.More to the point, mobile website optimization for smartphones/tablets are key business practices to ensure financial institutions don’t miss any demographic segment (boomers, millennials, everyone).  For instance, the “Consumers Want Better Mobile Banking” study discovered this stat:1 in 6 millennials say poor mobile experience will cause them to find a new financial provider.Here’s the thing: mobile-optimized sites allow smartphone/tablet users to show and compare products easily, whenever and wherever they want. Major purchases, such as buying a new car, are happening on mobile devices. I give you this stat from “Mobile Device Use at the Dealership:”63% of auto shoppers researched & shopped on their mobile device while at the dealership.Even inside our own building, we are watching dramatic increases in mobile lending trends. Just look at the graphic below! continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Psychology of Oversharing Facebook Couples

first_imgThe Atlantic: Okay, so maybe you don’t want to know the nickname that girl from your high school has given her new paramour, just like you don’t particularly want to know the color of the daisies he bought her last week, or what they ate on their anniversary date, or the fact that he is, hands down, the best boyfriend ever. Surely, there are other, more valuable things that could be taking up the space in your brain currently occupied by the knowledge that she’s the luckiest girl in the world.But chances are you know these things anyway, because Facebook knows them, too.…Logically, it makes sense that relationship-contingent self-esteem, or RCSE, which has previously been linked to lower overall self-esteem and higher social anxiety, could lead someone to seek validation by systematically “liking” each of their partner’s status updates or insisting on making things Facebook official: “There is positive correlation between your self-esteem being contingent on relationships and it being contingent on other things external to you (e.g., others’ approval),” lead study author Gwendolyn Seidman told me in an email. “Those high in RCSE feel the need to show others, their partners and perhaps themselves that their relationship is ‘OK,’ and thus, they are OK.”Read the whole story: The Atlantic More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Starbucks’ Cardiff drive-through pilot

first_imgThe group, which operates about 500 shops in Britain, has secured a site on one of Cardiff’s main arterial roads in the Cardiff Bay area.Starbucks has about 2,000 drive-through outlets in North America and the stores account for about half of all new stores in its domestic market.The group has exchanged contracts for the site, but the scheme is yet to receive planning permission.last_img

New development director for Heron as prelet secured at The Peak

first_imgEvans joins from residential developer First Base where he was a development director. He has also previously worked at Australian developer Lend Lease and has carried out a range of property developments across Asia. Peak performanceHe will be responsible for Heron’s developments including Stone House, part of the Heron Plaza development in the City of London, and The Peak in Victoria. Gerald Ronson, chief executive at Heron International, said: ‘Steven brings a wealth of experience and will play a key role in the development of Stone House, a major component in the overall Heron Plaza project, and The Peak, in a prime central London location.’Heron and joint venture development partner Co-operative Insurance Society also announced today they had secured a prelet to Halifax, part of HBOS at its118,000 sq ft The Peak scheme in Victoria. Halifax has taken the ground floor and the basement, totalling 18,840 sq ft, immediately opposite Victoria Station and Cardinal Place. Halifax has agreed a 15-year lease at the scheme which is being jointly marketed by CB Richard Ellis and DTZ. It is due to complete next spring.last_img read more