Idaho Company Seeks Federal Intervention in State’s Refusal to Give Battery-Storage Project 20-Year Contract

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:An Idaho-based energy development company is asking federal authorities to declare state regulators in violation of a law intended to promote alternative energy in a case that could have far-reaching ramifications for emerging battery-storage technologies.Franklin Energy is seeking to build a $200 million lithium-ion battery storage facility in Twin Falls County. It contends the project, under federal law, qualifies for a 20-year contract with Idaho Power, which has more than 500,000 customers in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. But Idaho regulators twice rejected the company’s request, saying the project is allowed only a two-year contract because the batteries would be charged with solar power.Franklin Energy says the shorter contract doesn’t offer the stability needed to make the proposed project — which includes four 25 megawatt battery storage facilities — financially viable. The company took its case to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last month after the Idaho Public Utilities Commission sided with the state-regulated Idaho Power Co.The disagreement involves the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, or PURPA. Created in 1978, it’s intended to promote alternative resources. It requires power companies to buy electricity at a state commission-approved rate from qualifying small power-production facilities.Franklin Energy argues Idaho’s Public Utilities Commission isn’t abiding by that law. It also contends that, rather than protecting customers from Idaho Power’s leverage as a state-regulated monopoly, the commission is protecting the utility at customers’ expense.Battery storage on a commercial scale is so new that the 1978 PURPA law doesn’t address it. In September, Idaho Public Utilities Commission member Kristine Raper told a U.S. House energy subcommittee that needs to be examined. “Serious consideration should be given to whether battery storage qualifies as a renewable resource under the provisions of PURPA,” she testified.More: Company, Idaho regulators at odds over battery storage plan Idaho Company Seeks Federal Intervention in State’s Refusal to Give Battery-Storage Project 20-Year Contractlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, April 2, 2014:•2:54 a.m. Officers investigated minor in consumption of Alcohol and suicidal subject in the 700 block S. Washington, Wellington.•8:25 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 600 block N. A, Wellington.•10:58 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 800 block N. Jefferson, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Stuart N. Shinliver, 38, Wellington and a fixed object/gas meter owned by Kansas Gas, Arkansas City, Ks.•1:16 p.m. Officers took a report of lost property in the 22 Crestway, Wellington.•8:38 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic dispute between known subject(s) in the 500 block E. 16th, Wellington.•9:31 p.m. Officers took a report of a child custody dispute in the 800 block N. B, Wellington.last_img read more

Mason City council approves professional services contracts for skywalk, pavilion parts of downtown project

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved two professional services contracts for the skywalk between the hotel and Music Man Square, as well as for the design of the Performing Arts Pavilion as part of the River City Renaissance project.The council approved a contract with WHKS for engineering services regarding the skywalk design not to exceed $23,200. One resident questioned why the contract needed to be approved so quickly. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says the skywalk is one of the more critical things to figure out for the entire downtown project, making sure a letting on the skywalk construction can be done in a good time frame. “There is a lot of review that will happen with the DOT. We have to submit multiple times to the DOT to make the skywalk a reality. Additionally, it is a structural item, so we have to deal with two different buildings that are being tied into, and then anytime you involve a state bureaucratic entity, I think there’s always some challenges there.”Burnett says there are some pluses with the new alignment between the hotel in the eastern part of the main Southbridge Mall parking lot and Music Man Square. “We’ll able to be slightly higher, so that gets rid of some issues, but there’s also on the flip side, there’s more complications with the way that you tie into the hotel. The hotel is right next to the highway, and so the pretty tight space in there, which is good for I think the flow of the conference center to have a compact footprint so that you can utilize all the amenities in that area, but it also creates its own challenges.”The council unanimously approved the skywalk contract with WHKS as well as a contract estimated at $134,480 with Accord Architects to design the Performing Arts Pavilion on the north side of the Southbridge Mall property.last_img read more

DONEGAL WOMAN WHO KILLED HUSBAND IS JAILED AGAIN AFTER KNIFE INCIDENT

first_imgA Co Donegal woman who killed her Gaoth Dobhair husband has been jailed again after trying to get into a nightclub with a knife in her bra.Madge Gillespie, 65, who is from Annagry, complained to Scottish police when she was turned away from The Shed nightclub in Glasgow.However, she was arrested when the blade was 
spotted under her clothes. Gillespie, a former primary school teacher, pleaded guilty to having the knife on January 12 this year.Her lawyer Garvey McArdle told Glasgow Sheriff Court that earlier that night she had visited a friend, who is a recovering alcoholic.She took the knife from him after he had threatened to stab someone if they came to his door.The court was told she was on her way to get a taxi when she decided to try to get into the club but was refused entry because she was too drunk.Sheriff Andrew Normand jailed her for eight months.Ms Gillespie was jailed for four years in 2005 for killing her construction worker husband Thomas Boyle, who she claims was violent to her, at their Giffnock home.But her jail term was later cut by a year after an appeal.She was initially charged with murdering Thomas – who bled to death after she stabbed him in the arm, severing an artery.But she was convicted of culpable homicide when the court accepted she was 
suffering from a depressive illness.She was initially held at the State Hospital at Carstairs while her psychiatric condition was assessed.In September, Gillespie was jailed for six months for driving the wrong way down the M8. She was also over the drink-drive limit.DONEGAL WOMAN WHO KILLED HUSBAND IS JAILED AGAIN AFTER KNIFE INCIDENT was last modified: November 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AnnagrydonegalGlasgowknifeMadge GillespieScotlandThomas Boylelast_img read more

“THE CITY OF BONES” – DERRY CITY COUNCIL LAUNCH HALLOWE’EN CARNIVAL OF EVENTS

first_imgIt’s October and for the good citizens of Derry that can only mean one thing – Hallowe’en is coming!And this year the city will transform into the ultimate deadly destination for a haunting Hallowe’en to remember – the City of Bones! Over the past four decades Derry has established itself as the Hallowe’en capital of Europe.With thousands of revellers flocking to the city annually for the Hallowe’en party to end all parties, and the packed programme for 2014’s Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival features some exciting new events that will have you quaking in your boots.Forget Amityville – enter the spooktacular Chateau Le Fear which will take over Ebrington Square from October 17 – November 2, bringing all your worst nightmares to life.Enjoy the fun at the Freaky Funfair which will also take up residence in the Square from October 22 – November 2, with its own gruesome Hallowe’en ghost train. Mayor of Derry Councillor Brenda Stevenson said the programme featured fun for all the family.She told Donegal Daily, “Hallowe’en is Derry’s annual highlight event and there’s definitely no better time to visit the city.“The festival atmosphere is incredible and there are activities for all age groups, making it the ultimate family friendly destination.“As the Festival takes place on Friday this year, the fun spills over right into the weekend, making it ideal for anyone planning a mid-term family break.“So why not join us in the City of Bones for a fright night celebration to remember?The programme is full of ghostly goings on taking place at venues right across the city. You can even play your part in the fun and festivities by answering the Call to the Dance and joining the hundreds of local groups taking part in the main Halloween Carnival event, which takes place at 7pm on Hallowe’en night.The main Carnival parade will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the Banks of the River Foyle at 8pm.If you want to find out more about the spectres that stir in the City of Bones then hop on the ghastly ghost bus for a terrifying tour of Derry, or enjoy some fearsome family fun in St Columb’s Hall.Walk the city’s historic ramparts if you dare during the Awakening of the Walls, with thrills and spills aplenty in store for your tiny ghosts and ghouls from October 30 – November 1. And if you survive the spine-chilling surprises then why not sample some of the impressive fayre at the immense Tower Grill, which will be cooking up some devilicious delights in the Guildhall Square.Throughout the city enjoy spooky story-telling, bat-watching, creepy crafts, scary shows and fiendish fun aplenty. Some fantastic mid-term value breaks are available in the city with full details at the web address below. So jump on the nearest ghost train and enter the City of Bones if you dare!For a full programme of all the events taking place over the week go to www.derrycity.gov.uk/halloweenThe Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival is organised by Derry City Council with support from the NITB Events Fund, Derry City Councils Legacy programme, and Ilex“THE CITY OF BONES” – DERRY CITY COUNCIL LAUNCH HALLOWE’EN CARNIVAL OF EVENTS was last modified: October 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more