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

Whittingham keeps the faith

first_imgPeter Whittingham believes Cardiff have given themselves a “fighting chance” of staving off relegation with their victory at Southampton. “It would be nice to follow this up with another win on Saturday, back-to-back wins would be huge. It is about how we prepare again this week.” Victory against Mark Hughes’ side will be vital to any hopes they have of beating the drop and would be just the fourth in the league during Solskjaer’s reign. Arriving as Malky Mackay’s replacement in January, the Norwegian has so far struggled at the Cardiff City Stadium even though his approach has impressed the players. “He has brought an air of calmness, to be honest,” Whittingham added. “He wants us to play the right way, wants us to play football, but it is how we fight as well. “We did that and it is a great result for him and, of course, the fans.” In truth, the deciding factor at St Mary’s was the grit and determination Cardiff showed after Cala found the net. Southampton bossed the encounter but they failed to turn their dominance into goals, with manager Mauricio Pochettino bemoaning a lack of cutting edge afterwards. Saints midfielder Steven Davis echoed those sentiments and vowed to kick on when they travel to face his former club Aston Villa next weekend. “I think we played generally quite well, moved the ball well and had a lot of possession, created a lot of chances, but we didn’t do enough in front of goal before they got the first one,” he told Saints Player. “We’ll go away from it feeling disappointed and frustrated because we always look to win our home games and unfortunately we couldn’t do that. “It’s just a frustrating day more than anything because of the way that we’ve played. “There are positives to take but it didn’t drop for us in front of goal and we couldn’t get the three points so we have to look forward now to our four remaining games and try to pick up as many points as possible. “I think in the way we’ve shown in every game this season, the demands we’ve placed on each other to drive this club forward, and to try and drive each other on as much as possible, and there’s still four games with a lot to play for in our minds, so we need to play and train in that way.” Juan Cala was the hero at St Mary’s, with the centre-back’s wondrous 20-yard strike securing the Premier League’s worst travellers a vital 1-0 win. Few had expected Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to return from the south coast with a point never mind all three and that result has seen them claw back some of their relegation rivals. The Bluebirds remain 19th in the standings but have halved the gap to safety to three points as the season enters the final four matches. “It is huge,” midfielder Whittingham said. “It was a must-win for us and to get three points drags a lot of teams into it and gives us a fighting chance. “I said before it was a must-win. We felt like if we didn’t get three points then it would probably leave us a little bit out in the cold. “But it was a good result for us against a good Southampton team, so to get three points was unbelievable. “The last 10 minutes they had so much of the ball and putting it in our box, so it was about how we defended. “The boys defended really well and we’re really happy to get three points.” Next up for Cardiff is another must-win clash against Stoke, who head to south Wales buoyed by four wins from their past five matches. “It is going to take a lot of fight,” Whittingham said. “There are no easy wins in the Premier League. Press Associationlast_img read more

Promises of Great Experience at the Cathedral

first_imgAssuredly, the best of Nigerian football artistry will be on display at “The Cathedral”, the famous home ground of reigning NPFL Champions, Rangers International. Quite befitting that the tournament holds at the end of what has been a historic year for the city of Enugu and lovers of the Flying Antelopes who ended a 32-year wait for a league crown in exquisite fashion back in early October.The nation’s best four teams and continental representatives in next year’s CAF competitions (Rangers, Rivers United, Wikki Tourists and FC Ifeanyiubah) are using the tournament to kick-start their preparations for the new season and the commencement of a new league season.Two of the four teams that will be on parade in Enugu have had managerial changes ahead of the new season – Wikki Tourists and FC Ifeanyiubah are now handled by Mohammed Baba Ganaru and Japanese Takeshi Nakamura – while last season’s top two sides Rangers and Rivers United have stuck with their Rivers State-born tacticians Imama Amapakabo and Stanley Eguma respectively.The average Nigerian football fan can expect nothing but the best of football contest during this five-day competition which features four teams that have evolved with some of the best playing philosophies in the NPFL.Rangers’ high octane passing and off-the-ball movement confounded their opponents as they steamrolled into the championship last term while Rivers United had an impeccable home run which was characterized by some of the best footballing stuffs that Port Harcourt used to be known for.Wikki Tourists might have lost their erstwhile coach, Abdu Maikaba to Akwa United but Maikaba’s former boss, Baba Ganaru is more than capable to step up from where his predecessor stopped.For Federation Cup champions, FC Ifeanyiubah, their array of foreign imports often treated league fans to some scintillating stuffs last season and the Super Four should avail new coach, Kenichi Yatsuhashi the chance to show all what his own philosophy is all about.This year’s Super4 is expected to be a departure from what we have had in recent years in the sense that participating teams who hitherto always use the tournament as their first phase of preparation, have been engaged in different tournaments in different stages of their pre-season thus far.Ranging from the Gold Cup in Ogun State, South West, North East Cup in Gombe State, North East, to Shehu Dikko Cup in Kaduna State, Northwest, NPFL teams have engaged themselves in very competitive pre-season tournaments.Three of the Super4 campaigners (Rangers, Rivers United and Wikki Tourists) have featured in one or more of the aforementioned competitions and so are expected to be in a top shape physically and mentally. The tournament comes at a stage where the coaches already have a definite way of how their teams will look like in the next season which will make for an informed viewing.It has been announced that all games in this edition of Super Four will be played under floodlights in the hours of 1700 and 1900, West African time. This should continue the renewed tradition of giving families, civil servants and artisans a chance of being part of the beautiful game in wonderful atmospheres.It has been wondered why a lot has been said about the electric European nights at Anfield, Old Trafford and some other European cities until fans began to witness the difference between afternoon football and night football in Enugu during the last league season.It is not just the colour nor the fireworks and flames from the fans that make night football (especially in Enugu) special, but there is something extraordinary about the all round mood of the players, coaches, spectators and even the TV broadcasters. A great experience awaits.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Fisayo DairoThe best four teams in the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season will converge on the ancient city of Enugu, starting today December 7 through Sunday, December 11 for the 2016/17 pre-season tournament tagged the NPFL Super4.Last season, the tournament held over the two legs in Kaduna and Uyo with Akwa United emerging the champions.last_img read more