Tono Solar project taking shape at closed TransAlta coal mine in Washington

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:The TransAlta power plant’s three tall stacks still generate electricity from coal. But coal-fired energy will only be a memory at TransAlta by 2025—with a first burner to cease operation sooner, in 2020. It’s all part of Washington state’s larger plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels in less than 2 years from now. Yes, the power plant, located in Centralia, contributes 10% of the state’s total greenhouse gases — as much as the emissions from 1.75 million cars. But what will happen when the power plant’s smokestacks shut down forever? How will the state offset the loss of 1,340 megawatts of energy?Once a terraced, open-to-the-sky strip mine—the state’s largest coal pit—TransAlta is in the process of repurposing 1,000 acres of the former mine site to a solar farm.The Tono Solar project involves the construction of a 180 MW solar power plant on 405 hectares of land. It includes the construction of a substation and related infrastructure, the installation of solar panels and transformers, and the laying of transmission lines.Tono Solar, which is expected to start producing clean energy as soon as late 2020, won’t fully make up for the power generated by the Centralia coal-fired plant—it’s expected to provide 180 megawatts of electricity. Utilities and corporate buyers are willing to buy electricity from local providers like Tono Solar.In 2006, the TransAlta coal mine was the last in Washington state to be closed. The coal mining terraforming was so severe that the former town site is currently dominated by two massive ponds.TransAlta says that it plans to completely eliminate coal from its portfolio by 2030. More: Washington state coal-fired plant converts barren landscape into solar farm Tono Solar project taking shape at closed TransAlta coal mine in Washingtonlast_img read more

Pinnick Hails Zenith Bank for AFCON 2019 Ticket

first_imgAmaju Pinnick The NFF President, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, has hailed Zenith Bank Plc. for its support towards the qualification of the Super Eagles for the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) slated for Cameroon.Pinnick made the remarks at the weekend when he visited the Head Office of the bank.While presenting an autographed jersey of the Super Eagles to the Group Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Peter Amangbo, as a thank you gesture from all the players for the bank’s support towards the team’s qualification for the 2019 AFCON, Pinnick thanked the bank for its continuous support towards the development of football and sports in general in the country.He noted that the story may have been different if not for the bank’s contributions and support, which was no doubt very vital to the recent qualification of the Super Eagles for the 2019 AFCON Championship.While responding, Amangbo reaffirmed the commitment of the bank towards supporting all the national football teams, and promised to continue to fulfill its part of the partnership with a view to ensuring that Nigerian national football teams take their pride of place in global football.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

LIVE: Gov. Ron DeSantis gives coronavirus update

first_imgFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives an update live from Tallahassee about the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img

Elizabeth Browndorf and Christopher Toolan

first_imgJoel and Mara Browndorf, Red Bank, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Stowe, to Christopher O’Connor Toolan, son of Carol Toolan, Rumson and the late John Edward Toolan, Jr.Elizabeth is a graduate of Arizona State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies. She is currently employed by Tri-Coastal Design as the executive assistant to the divisional manager.Christopher is a graduate of Georgetown University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance. He is currently managing director in equities trading at Barclays.A June 2013 wedding is planned in Rumson.last_img read more

Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge Replacement Info Sessions Scheduled

first_imgThe Rumson – Sea Bright BridgeBy Liz SheehanMonmouth County has announced it will hold public meetings in Sea Bright and Rumson on Wednesday, June 8, to inform the local community of the plans for the proposed bridge which will replace the one built in 1950 that crosses the Shrewsbury River and connects Rumson and Sea Bright. There will be a question and answer portion of the meeting with officials.The bridge will be moved slightly to the south from its present location, and its relocation will result in some changes to the area.In Rumson, the meeting will be from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Rumson-Fair Haven High School cafeteria, 74 Ridge Avenue. A brief presentation will be held at 7 p.m.In Sea Bright, the meeting will be held at the Municipal Building public meeting room, 1167 Ocean Avenue, from 2 – 4 p.m., with a brief presentation at 2:30 pm.At the public meeting on April 5 about the plans for the bridge, concerns were raised about the proposal to make Old Rumson Road, in Rumson, into a two-way street, according to summary of the meeting posted the county’s website.The response from the county representative on April 5, according the county’s report, was that at a previous meeting there was overwhelming public comment against the proposed cul-de-sac at the intersection of Rumson Road, Ward Avenue and Old Rumson Road.The project team, based on input from a stakeholders meeting and a follow-up focus group meeting regarding the intersection, had redesigned the intersection and presented it to local officials attending the April 5 meeting, the report said.At a June 2015 focus group meeting on the bridge plans, Rumson Police Chief Scott Patterson said, according to the county report on the meeting, that as a lifelong resident of the borough, he was of the opinion that the proposed cul-de-sac would create more problems rather than improve the functionality of the intersection.On Tuesday, Patterson said, concerning the bridge project, “Obviously I want the whole plan to be transparent, since it affects a lot of people.”Another question asked at the April 5 meeting was if a traffic signal could be placedat Ward Avenue and Rumson Road. The answer from the county representative was this had been evaluated, but because of the bridge openings and the traffic signal on the Sea Bright side of the bridge it “was not considered a viable improvement option.”In Sea Bright, the county representative at the April meeting, said the county is proposing to purchase the current Sunoco property to provide access to the Nautilus Condominium complex and compensate for loss of parking for Dunkin Donuts and Oar Fitness property. Dunkin Donuts and Oar Fitness will have access from Old Rumson Road, which will have a right turn in and a right out onto Ocean Avenue southbound.The shifting of the bridge to the south and the relocation of the signalized Route 36 intersection to the south would allow for longer storage length for the Route 36 southbound right turn lane. However, Route 36 northbound’s left storage length is reduced from present conditions, the meeting report said.The proposals to improve this situation include realigning the Sea Bright Beach Club south driveway as a part of the signalized intersection and relocating the driveway of the Chapel Beach Club to the southern side of the property.On Wednesday, Laura Kilpatrick, director of Public Information and Tourism said that “some things may change,” from the plans that were presented to the public at the April 8 meeting.She said that work on the bridge is planned to start in 2020 with completion at the end of 2021.The county said that those unable to attend the the meeting or to make comments at them can submit written comments through July 8, sent to engineer@co.monmouth nj.us, by fax to 732-431-7765 or Inkyung Englehart, Project Coordinator, Monmouth County Department of Public Works , Division of Engineering, Hall of Records Anne, 1 East Main St., 3rd Floor, Freehold, NJ,07728.last_img read more

Red Bank Wins $1M Grant To Improve Shrewsbury Ave.

first_img“This particular grant can help grow the sense of a singular identity in Red Bank and will go a long way toward making the Shrewsbury Avenue corridor safer and more accessible, as well as add aesthetic value,” Porter said. By Chris Rotolo The borough’s Pilgrim Baptist Church was organized in 1896 and purchased its present home at 172 Shrewsbury Ave. in 1955. The church’s pastor, Terrence K. Porter, was installed in 2003, when he began working closely with former Mayor Ed McKenna and Red Bank’s sitting Mayor Pasquale Menna to create a more unified municipality. “This all started two years ago. So it’s been a long time coming,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna who credited the Shrewsbury Avenue Citizens Development Committee for helping develop a strategic vision. “This is where Red Bank started. People think our town was founded on Broad Street, but Shrewsbury Avenue is where everything began. It was a commercial center and it will be again. Development projects will happen and they’ll be done in a way that is respectful to the neighborhood. Shrewsbury Avenue should evolve as its own destination and it will,” Menna said. “We have a large audience that comes from the West Side of the borough. We have students that come to us for a multitude of classes and patrons who come to see the performances we have. As an organization we strive to offer diverse programming, something for everyone. And safer roadways will just make it that much easier for residents to reach us,” Philipson said. One the borough’s largest development projects is the reimagining of the Count Basie Center for the Arts, an expansion effort that will connect new bars and eateries, a second music venue and music education spaces to the historic theater, growing the venue’s footprint to an entire city block on Monmouth Street. Despite the outreach initiatives that stretch beyond Red Bank’s borders, Porter recognizes the disparity between the east and west sides of the borough and said a grant of this magnitude and the scope of the work will only strengthen the community as a whole. The grant is less than the $1.2 million proposal submitted by Millennium Strategies of Morristown on Red Bank’s behalf. But it will still fund new ADA compliant curb ramps for special needs accessibility, as well as new sidewalks, crosswalks and curb bumpouts that will extend pedestrian sidewalks and are expected to calm the flow of traffic in the congested corridor. The developed roadway that would become Shrewsbury Avenue predates 1850, a historical perspective that is not lost on Menna. In addition to public safety improvements, the grant funding will allow officials to create a more aesthetically pleasing environment along Shrewsbury Avenue with the installation of a brick paver strip, trees and decorative poles, benches and receptacles similar to what pedestrians see spanning Broad Street. Basie CEO Adam Philipson said improvements to Shrewsbury Avenue, which intersects with Monmouth Street, is an improvement to the entire Red Bank community and one he hopes will create easier access for West Side residents to the Basie’s expanding educational curriculum and entertainment options. Pilgrim Baptist is not merely a house of worship, Porter said, but strives to be a community resource. The church serves as a report site for Monmouth County’s annual Project Homeless Connect event and, in winter 2018, opened a warming center to provide overnight shelter during frigid conditions. The warming center is also located on Shrewsbury Avenue just steps away from the church. Earlier this month the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced Red Bank won a $1 million grant for an improvement project to beautify its Shrewsbury Avenue corridor and update it for safety and ADA accessibility. Red Bank won one of 27 federal grants totaling $20 million under the Safe Routes to School and Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside program. “We’re excited about the possibilities of what can be done because, as a community, you really don’t want people driving down Broad Street to see one Red Bank and those driving down Shrewsbury Avenue to see another version.” THE SCOPE OF WORK RED BANK – Shrewsbury Avenue, the borough’s original thoroughfare, is about to get a million dollar makeover. The plans also call for the installation of rain gardens and tree pits where the curb bumpouts are situated, a method to help improve drainage and mitigate any negative impacts of stormwater runoff. COMMUNITY CONNECTION ADDED PERSPECTIVE These annual federal grants are awarded to nontraditional, community-based efforts that aim to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation’s intermodal system, like the main artery that comes off the Route 35 bridge, extends along Red Bank’s West Side and up through the borough of Shrewsbury, before reconnecting with Route 35 near the entrance to Fort Monmouth. last_img read more

UPDATED: Ramblers hand Bombers 52-35 setback at Triple-A Hoop Provincials

first_imgTupper scores 30 from downtown to dump LVR 59-37 at Triple-A Hoop ChampionshipsProvincial jitters proved costly to the L.V. Rogers Bombers at the B.C. High School Boy’s AAA Basketball Championships in Langley.Sir Charles Tupper turned costly turnovers into easy baskets en route to a 59-37 victory over the Bombers on Day one of the 16-team tournament Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre.”We had a good first quarter . . . we were only down 15-12 and 27-16 at the half when (Sir Charles Tupper) just started hitting three’s and we shot ourselves in the foot with too many turnovers,” Bomber head coach Jeremy Phelan said from Langley.Phelan said the Bombers, entering the tournament ranked 15th after disposing of J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in the Kootenay Final, missed many easy shots around the basket that could have helped slow the Tupper momentum.Tupper also was unstoppable from beyond the three-point arc, scoring 30 points from downtown.Ethan Perkins led the Bombers scoring with 11 points while Bjorn Morris had seven.Leo Zhou checked in with six points, Sida Wang five and Isaiah Kingdon had four.LVR drops to the consolation round to meet the loser of the Isfeld/Maple Ridge contest Thursday at 11:30 a.m. For the second straight game the L.V. Rogers Bombers struggled to find points at the offensive end.Maple Ridge Ramblers out scored LVR 20-10 in the second quarter to score a 52-35 win at the B.C. High School Boy’s AAA Basketball Championships Thursday in Langley.Trailing 10-9 after one period, the Rambers took advantage of LVR turnovers to go on the run.”Another grinder game,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.”We played mostly well on defence but had a tough time on offence.”Isaiah Kingdom led the Bombers in scoring with 12 points while Tobin Eberle added six and Bjorn Morris five.LVR now meets McMath of Richmond in consolation action at 10 a.m. Friday.last_img read more