A Neighborhood Microgrid Takes Shape in Brooklyn

first_imgStill grid-connected in BrooklynIn New York, energy providers are being pushed to become more flexible under a program called Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). Small groups of consumers who also produce electricity would be part of a reshaped electric grid, making the flow of energy more responsive to consumer needs. In the event of a crippling storm such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012, microgrids would offer its members a way of keeping the power on even when the grid failed.In Brooklyn, there are more regulatory hurdles to clear before energy can actually be bought and sold, but L03 tested the idea with the sale of renewable-energy credits last year. The Times reported that the Brooklyn Microgrid is designed to stay connected to the conventional electric grid; even when energy sales are allowed to move forward, participants would continue to pay Con Edison service fees designed to cover the cost of maintaining poles, wires, and other parts of the distribution system.Those who sign up for the microgrid, however, would have a great deal of flexibility on where their power comes from and be able to use a smartphone app to control purchases.According to an article at Utility Dive, transactions on L03’s TransActive Grid peer-to-peer trading platform are tamper-proof. Blockchain technology has potential uses across many industries, not just energy. In an article last year, Fast Company said there were three big advantages to microgrids based on blockchain technology: energy could be transported over shorter distances, minimizing losses; payments received for energy sales stay in the community, rather than “padding some dividend check”; and communities become more resilient because they can be disconnected from the grid during destructive storms.“In the world of finance, blockchain technology is rapidly advancing across many sectors, but in the energy market, things are comparatively different,” Orsini said in a statement at Business Wire. “With our microgrid solution in Brooklyn, we’ll demonstrate just the beginning of what blockchain can do in the transactive energy world.” “Peer-to-peer is slowly but surely becoming a reality,” Olaf Lohr, head of U.S. business development for Germany’s Sonnen, told the newspaper. “This really is a very disruptive technology. The customers are also the owners — they are the producers of the energy. There is no centralized feed-in from one big power plant.” A network of small photovoltaic (PV) arrays linked together in a Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood will soon allow homeowners and small businesses to buy and sell energy from each other directly, and potentially provide energy to connected members should the grid fail in a catastrophic storm.The project, called the Brooklyn Microgrid, is the work of L03 Energy, a New York startup, along with the German technology giant Siemens and a Siemens financial subsidiary. So far, some 50 participants are connected through blockchain cryptographic software that allows direct energy sales, according to an article posted by Siemens.Neighbors with and without photovoltaic systems can participate using the blockchain platform, which securely documents each transaction as it occurs. It’s the same type of software powering Bitcoin currency transactions. (The New York Times explains the web-based technology in this story.)Developers see the fledgling Brooklyn Microgrid as a way for both residential and business members who have solar arrays to sell excess power directly to their neighbors without the intervention of a conventional electricity supplier. People without PV arrays of their own will be able to buy energy, much as they can purchase “green” power now from their utility. Developers are signing up both homeowners and business owners in an affluent part of the borough called Gowanus and Park Slope, The Times reported. Vermont Utility to Develop New Grid TechnologyGet Ready for Smart AppliancesBatteries for Off-Grid HomesSolar Energy Can Make the Grid More ResilientNew York Proposes New Rates for Distributed EnergyRethinking the Grid RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

18 days agoReal Madrid ace Eden Hazard: I’ve heard the chatter

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid ace Eden Hazard: I’ve heard the chatterby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEden Hazard hopes he’s gone some way to silencing his critics after his first goal for Real Madrid.Hazard struck in victory over Granada on Saturday.And he said, “The first goal is always complicated, but then you play with more confidence. I hope to score many more for this great club. It is important to score. “People are talking and I have heard many things.”That is why it is important to score goals for me.” last_img read more

Football Big shoes to fill for incoming commits like Trevon Grimes

Ohio State commit Trevon Grimes attends the Buckeyes’ game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State had a good football season, with some real NFL talent shining through. Unfortunately for Buckeye fans, a majority of that talent is leaving for the 2017 NFL Draft.Most of the impact will be felt on the defensive side of the ball, as long-time OSU cornerback Gareon Conley and stud safety Malik Hooker both decided to chase the dream of playing on Sundays. With half of the secondary gone, and Buckeyes across the country waiting patiently to hear what upcoming redshirt junior cornerback Marshon Lattimore decides, the Scarlet and Gray have more than one incoming option who can step up in a big way on defense.On offense, OSU will be without its best playmaker on offense with the loss of Curtis Samuel. On top of that, Noah Brown surprised some with his decision to leave early after essentially just one year of play.OSU has more than enough incoming talent to help fill roles, but the expectations on the freshman are going to be steep.On the top of OSU’s 2017 recruiting haul are cornerbacks Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade. Respectively, the duo is the No. 1 and No. 4 cornerbacks in the nation according to 247Sports.com.Barring Lattimore’s decision, either one or both of the young cornerbacks could be thrust into a contributing or starting role. Okudah has one interception and one fumble recovery in his career, but has the size and talent to step up at the next level.Wade, on the other hand, who has been committed to OSU for nearly two years, is a bit undersized compared to Conley and Lattimore. He has the speed to stay with nearly any receiver, but will need an increase in his physicality in order to play at a level comparative to his veteran counterparts.Raekwon McMillan has been making plays since his first year with the Buckeyes, but there is still real promise in the linebacker unit even with his departure. Although now redshirt senior Chris Worley and now junior Jerome Baker had stellar years, the name Baron Browning might be the next big name in the middle for OSU.Browning, the No. 9 prospect according to 247Sports.com, recording 189 tackles, four sacks and eight forced fumbles during his time in high school. Standing at 6-foot-2 and 229 pounds, he is a near carbon-copy size wise of McMillan.Size aside, Browning will potentially be replacing a linebacker who had over 200 tackles in his time in Columbus, and was a field general pre-snap for OSU. Although he has the resume behind him, it’ll take big time play to fill the shoes of McMillan if Browning gets the chance.Offensively, OSU has a potential replacement at H-back for Samuel in now sophomore Demario McCall. As for the loss of Brown, the Buckeyes have a plethora of receivers, but a potential replacement in either freshman Trevon Grimes or Tyjon Lindsey.Grimes and Lindsey are the No. 5 and No. 6 wide receivers in the nation according to 247Sports.com. Although both sustained season-ending injuries, each can make an impact in their own way.Grimes has a size similar to Brown, while Lindsey has speed similar to Dontre Wilson. Even though there are more experienced options, the group brings in a combined 2,780 yards and 40 receiving touchdowns.Although each position could see an upperclassmen take over, there are more than a few freshmen who could steal the spotlight. read more

Football Ohio State finds depth at safety with White and Wade

Ohio State freshman cornerback Shaun Wade (24) runs downfield towards Indiana senior wide receiver J-Shun Harris II during the first quarter of the game on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State safeties coach Alex Grinch did not know what would happen with Jordan Fuller on Saturday. But he did have a backup plan. With lack of depth coming into the Nebraska game at the safety position, and sophomore Isaiah Pryor out with a shoulder impingement, Grinch said he knew Thursday that sophomore Brendon White would be the next guy in. That he had earned the right to be the next player up if the secondary needed it. And the Ohio State secondary did need it: Fuller was ejected from the game in the second quarter after being called for targeting. White entered without much in-game defensive experience. But, like many other members of the secondary before him, he earned his spot with playing time on punt and kickoff returns. This was how White earned the trust of his position coach, enough trust to be placed in the spot he was in against the Cornhuskers. That being said, Grinch said many safeties have had similar opportunities this season, especially with no real secure hold on the other safety position. “It’s one thing to get the opportunity. It’s a whole other thing to take advantage of the opportunity,” Grinch said. “That has been a little of the frustration is several guys have had some opportunities and maybe haven’t risen to the occasion as much as we’d have liked them to.” White rose to the occasion, recording 13 tackles and two tackles for loss in Saturday’s 36-31 win over Nebraska on Saturday.  Now, with the majority of the secondary healthy, White has still vaulted himself into the conversation as the starting safety next to Fuller against Michigan State. But not with Pryor, with redshirt freshman Shaun Wade. This has been a transition season for Wade, moving from corner to nickel to a hybrid position in which he played a lot of safety. Grinch said it’s been a process trying to find the best fit for the redshirt freshman at this point in his career, and said, for now, it’s in the safety room. In Ohio State’s five-point win over the Cornhuskers, Wade recorded four tackles. For the safeties coach, it’s not deciding whether White or Wade will start and the other will never see the field. “We are certainly not opposed to playing more than just one or the other,” Grinch said. “That’s the message to them, keep competing and the more guys that play, the better.” Even with the pressure of a starting job resting on his performance in practice heading into the game against the Spartans, White said he’s not really looking to change much. “I’m going to keep doing what I have been doing, and that’s going hard every day, having that eager to want to be great and wanting my teammates great,” White said. In Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference, head coach Urban Meyer said Pryor will be fighting for playing time as well, saying that he is healthy to play. Instead of talking about the safety position opposite Fuller like it is a weak spot in the secondary, the place for opposing offenses to attack, players and coaches alike are praising its depth. Despite no starter at the position at this point, the players know the team has the talent to find production no matter if its Wade or White. “When you got a lot of guys that can play, I know it’s hard for the coaches just deciding who is going to play, but like they said, they are just going to be battling it out,” redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette said. “We all know both of those guys are ballers and whatever decision they decide to make, it’s going to help us regardless.”  That’s the mindset White has moving forward. He’s going to continue to do what he always does: fight for the team’s success as a whole. “At the end of the day, whoever gets the starting job, the coaches made the right decision and I’m going to be there for it if it’s me or if it’s not me,” White said. “At the end of the day, I want the team to win. read more

Rep Cole Liable commercial carriers not taxpayers should pay for bridge repairs

first_img Committee unanimously approves measure to help repair infrastructureThe House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to allow the state to recover up to $5 million if a commercial carrier strikes and damages a road or bridge.Under current law the state can only recover up to $1 million in property liability insurance if a commercial carrier damages a bridge or road.“There have been a number of crashes with significant damages to bridges in Michigan and taxpayers should not be the ones to cover the costs,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “This plan allows the state to recover up to $5 million in damages.”The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires commercial freight carriers to maintain $750,000 to $5 million in property liability insurance.House Bill 6484 now moves to the full House for consideration.#### Categories: Cole News,News 27Nov Rep. Cole: Liable commercial carriers, not taxpayers, should pay for bridge repairslast_img read more

A unanimous decision the City Of Northports 2018

first_imgA unanimous decision, the City Of Northport’s 2018 Budget approved.It includes the General Found and the Water And Sewer Fund and about $435,000 in outside Agency Funding.The budget also includes a 2% pay increase for Municipal Employees.This Budget is an abbreviated 9 Month Budget, totaling just under $34 Million.Back in November, the Council voted to return to a Fiscal Year format beginning in October.The 2018 Budget will only cover January through September instead of the entire Year.“2017 ended up being a good year for the City Of Northport. Revenue came in as projected if not a little higher so, as we’re moving into the 2018 Budget, we were looking to start at a good point” says Bruce Higginbotham, Northport City Administrator.The Council will approve a Capital Budget at the end of January 2018.The Council also approved Annexing 39 acres of land next to Lowe’s on Highway 82 in Northport.This will also rezone the property to Commercial.The Annexation will give the City the opportunity to work closer with the Development Group to bring in more retail.“The budget is good, the City if growing. I think you will see us in the future start look at more of an aggressive Annexation process to facilitate more retail for our local development community” says District 2, Northport City Councilman Jay Logan.last_img read more