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

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first_imgThanks for your support during this difficult period, and we especially appreciate you listening to News Talk 850 WFTL  This survey will take 12-15 minutes of your time, and please know your opinions and identity will be kept completely confidential. Please note our survey will only be open through 11:59pm (ET) Thursday, May 14th, so please do take it soon. It is input from listeners like you that help us better understand how you’re feeling and how we can better serve you. Brennan ForsythAssistant Program Director We hope this message finds you and your family doing well. News Talk 850 WFTL is conducting a brief survey about how our audience is doing during the COVID-19 outbreak.center_img You may have taken a COVID-19 survey from us last month, and this new survey is a follow-up designed to see how you’re doing now. There are also some interesting new questions. We appreciate your participation and would love for you to take this survey, too. CLICK HERE If you’re new to these COVID-19 surveys, we invite you to weigh in with your opinions and thank you in advance.last_img read more

How Joe Burrow’s Heisman speech raised thousands for Ohio charity

first_imgThat led to an incredible outpouring of charitable donations. According to a report from the Times Recorder (Zanesville, Ohio), Burrow’s speech prompted Athens High School and Ohio University alum Will Drabold to start a fundraiser on Facebook for the Athens County Food Pantry.According to the Times Recorder, the goal of that fundraiser was $1,000. It has now exceeded more than $500,000 in charitable donations since Burrow’s Heisman speech. That has led to an outpouring of support for Burrow and LSU from the state of Ohio, even before No. 2 Ohio State was bounced from the College Football Playoff by No. 3 Clemson.And that in itself is a form of immortality. To date this season, Burrow has completed 371 of 478 passes (77.6 percent) for 5,208 passing yards, 55 touchdowns to six interceptions and a 204.6 quarterback rating. He also added 311 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to those already-impressive totals, earning him the Heisman Trophy by an incredible margin.MORE: Why did Joe Burrow transfer from Ohio State?And even if Burrow can’t lead LSU to a win in Monday’s game, no one can take away the good Burrow did with his Heisman stage.When Burrow was awarded the Heisman on Dec. 14 in New York, he gave an emotional, heartfelt speech that brought national attention to the poverty in Athens and Athens County in Ohio, where Burrow grew up from the age of 9. He also won Mr. Football in the state of Ohio in 2014 at Athens (Ohio) High School.”Coming from southeast Ohio, the poverty rate is almost twice the national average,” Burrow said. “There are so many people there who don’t have a lot, and I’m up here for all those kids in Athens and Athens County who go home to not a lot of food on the table, hungry after school. You guys can be up here, too.”Joe Burrow’s Heisman speech Quarterback Joe Burrow is on the precipice of college football immortality.The second-year LSU signal-caller is one game away from leading LSU to just the second 15-0 season in modern college football history. And it’s not unfair to say the biggest reason the Tigers are here is because of the incredible season Burrow has had.last_img read more

Suspects remain in custody as police continue probe

first_imgCuyuni River camp invasionDetectives attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters in Georgetown continue to question several suspects who have been arrested over the robbery/murder which resulted in the death of a Dominican Republic citizen at a mining camp in the Cuyuni region.Crime Chief Paul Williams told Guyana Times on Sunday that the suspects remain in custody and are still being interrogated as investigations are ongoing. The Police had obtained a 72-hour extension from the courts to hold some of the men who have been in custody since last Sunday.Fifty- five-year-old Pedro Pablo Rosario, a night supervisor at the mining camp located at Black Water Backdam, Cuyuni River, was shot and killed after three armed and masked bandits invaded the camp at sometime around 02:00h.It was reported that Rosario was relaxing in a hammock while four other workers were on duty some distance away when the bandits confronted the supervisor and fatally wounded him.The three suspects then went to the dredge area, where they held the other workers at gunpoint and relieved the sluice box of two gold mats containing 100 ounces of gold, before making good their escape.Ranks of the Major Crimes Unit in Georgetown had flown to the area to assist officers on the ground with investigations. This led to the arrest of seven suspects on Sunday last. They were brought out to the city the following day.The Police have arrested another three suspects, who were brought to Georgetown on Thursday.last_img read more