Clean Power Plan Presents New Opportunities for Pennsylvania Energy

first_imgClean Power Plan Presents New Opportunities for Pennsylvania Energy August 03, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Economy,  Energy,  Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA –The Environmental Protection Agency today released the Clean Power Plan.  Pennsylvania will use this as an opportunity to write a plan that could improve public health, address climate change, and improve our economy and power system.  Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection will give all stakeholders every opportunity to provide input into drafting a Clean Power Plan that is tailored to fit Pennsylvania’s economy.“My administration is committed to making the Clean Power Plan work for Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “Working with the legislature, industry leaders and citizens we will create a plan to ensure these new rules are applied fairly, allow for adjustments, and that they create economic opportunities for the commonwealth’s energy economy. Today’s plan sets ambitious but achievable goals for reducing carbon emissions statewide and addressing climate change in fair and smart ways that takes into account legitimate concerns of all parties.”“Pennsylvania is a leader in energy, and we need to do everything in our power to advance the next generation of energy production while protecting jobs in Pennsylvania,” continued Governor Wolf. “Clean coal is a part of our energy portfolio, as is natural gas, solar, wind, and other sources of power, and all of this has to be part of a comprehensive strategy. My administration looks forward to working with industry leaders and legislators as well as citizens to find the right balance and develop and effective and responsible state plan.”Pennsylvanians will have multiple options for input as the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) formulates a state-specific plan to comply with the EPA rule. A public comment period on the EPA rule will begin in early September, with additional comment periods over the next three years as the Pennsylvania plan is drafted and finalized.“We will make certain that we craft a Pennsylvania solution that protects the state’s vital role as a net electricity exporter,” said DEP Secretary John Quigley. “Our strategy must ensure we are protecting our diverse resources and creating economic opportunities. We’ll explore different methods of reaching the required reductions, options of partnering with fellow states, and other considerations.”DEP staff have already begun assessing the implications of the Clean Power Plan through the  National Governors Association Policy Academy, which is developing detailed economic modeling to find solutions that meet Pennsylvania’s needs. These modeling exercises will continue now that the details of the plan have been released.“Cutting pollution from power plants, utilizing natural gas, supporting nuclear power plants,  increasing the amount of renewable energy in Pennsylvania, and improving energy efficiency statewide all can fight climate change and be an economic driver,” said Sec. Quigley. “When our businesses upgrade power plants, install solar panels or improve energy efficiency, that’s a win for the environment and a win for Pennsylvania’s economy.”The Clean Power Plan sets a nationwide goal of cutting carbon emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030, with progress towards those reductions by 2022.“Pennsylvania is committed to achieving our target emission reductions, and we will develop the right tools and smart policies to do so,” said Quigley.The final EPA rule will be published in the Federal Register on September 4, 2015, and public comment will be available for the following 60 days. Public hearings will also be held across the state, with details to be released.last_img read more

South Africa’s business tourism boom

first_img15 April 2008An estimated 6-7% of all foreign tourist arrivals to South Africa in 2007 were made up of business tourists, translating to about 550 000 business tourists compared to 470 000 in 2006, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said recently.Speaking at the Meetings Africa Business Tourism Conference in Johannesburg last month, Van Schalkwyk said this figure was sure to grow even more in the lead-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and that the industry’s vision of doubling this figure in the next three years was “not overly ambitious”.The estimates are that year-on-year growth in business tourist “bed nights” was around 19% in 2007, following 18% growth in 2006, the minister said.Business travel – ranging from small meetings and leadership breakaways to major conferences and exhibitions – is a lucrative sector of the market. Business travellers spend on average three times more than leisure travellers, and up to 40% of business travellers return to a destination within five years.There is also a significant crossover from business into leisure travel. About 18% percent of business travellers go on tours prior to their business activities, while about 22% do so afterwards.Total foreign direct spend business tourists in South Africa amounted to R2.4-billion in 2006, up from approximately R2.1-billion in 2005.SuccessesSouth Africa’s conference industry moved up to 31st place in the International Congress and Convention Association’s lastest top-40 list of leading destinations in the world, released in May 2007.And in the 2007 M&IT Trends & Spends Survey of readers of the influential Meetings and Incentive Travel (M&IT) magazine – circulated to event organisers throughout the UK – Cape Town topped the list of favourite long-haul destination cities, while South Africa was voted the second favourite long-haul destination country.The Western Cape’s business tourism calendar for 2010 and beyond is already starting to fill up, with 10 major conferences and conventions so far secured for 2010. According to the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, these conferences alone are expected to draw 16 300 business tourists and have an economic impact of approximately R166.3-million in the province.Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre, meanwhile, recently won the right to host the 57th Session of the International Statistical Institute in 2009, which will bring in 2 500 delegates. It will also host the International Committee on Non-Destructive Testing in 2012, which will attract 1 500 delegates.New and future developmentsVan Schalkwyk said public and private sector investments in South Africa’s infrastructure would enhance the country’s position in the global business tourism industry, with recent developments and future initiatives including: Airports Company South Africa has injected R5.2-billion into extensions and refurbishments currently under way at South Africa’s three main airports, OR Tambo, Cape Town and Durban International.  A new R2-billion airport, King Shaka International, is under construction at La Mercy north of Durban.  Polokwane International Airport in Limpopo province will boast a new R45-million terminal by the end of February. The new terminal will be able to accommodate 200 000 passengers a year compared to the current 50 000 a year.  A state-of-the art R460-million indoor arena, capable of accommodating audiences of up to 10 000, has opened its doors at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre.  The Cape Town International Convention Centre plans to double its size by expanding across the adjacent freeway to the site of Customs House. The plans involve the establishment of a mirror image of the existing centre next to the harbour.  Port Elizabeth is to get its own convention centre, the Nelson Mandela Bay International Convention Centre. This will include a 1 000-seater convention and conference centre with a range of add-on facilities. The Mandela Bay Development Agency is inspecting sites on which to construct the centre.  The Bloemfontein International Convention Centre, with a main arena capable of accommodating up to 5 000 delegates, opened in the Free State capital in November. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Kobe Paras stars for PH in Day 2 of Fiba 3×3 World Cup

first_imgParas, along with teammates Kiefer Ravena, JR Quiñahan and Jeron Teng hope to bounce back against No. 2 Slovenia early Wednesday morning.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Paras flashed a complete offensive game and had several highlights as well, including a pair of nifty behind the back moves on his way to the bucket.The versatile forward, however, was slowed down by France in the second game where he only scored three points. The Philippines lost, 22-11.READ: Host France whips Philippines in Fiba 3×3 World CupADVERTISEMENT View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Kobe Paras put on a show in his first two games for the Philippines in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celiz, Mangahas lead Zark’s to its 1st win in PBA D-Leaguecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 19-year-old Paras, one of the youngest players in the tournament, but showed he can hang with the big boys.The 6-foot-6 Paras led the 18th seed Philippines to a 21-15 upset of No. 7 Romania in the opening game with 12 points, most of which came during a 9-2 run inside the last two minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Paras, Ravena lead PH over Romania in Fiba 3×3 World Cup opener Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH What ‘missteps’?last_img read more