Opponents to New York natural gas pipeline push energy efficiency, renewable options

first_imgOpponents to New York natural gas pipeline push energy efficiency, renewable options FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Crain’s New York Business:New York is a city of canyons. But for Ashley Fallon, a child of Breezy Point who now lives in Rockaway Beach, her portion of Queens can seem closer to California than Manhattan. The view from her surfboard might include any of three species of whales, two kinds of dolphins and baby seals. Walking on the beach, she sometimes spots the rare snowy owl.Fallon knows the beach was not always this clean or the water this full of life. That is one reason she has joined a coalition of local civic and environmental groups fighting the proposed Williams Transco natural gas pipeline. The groups, including Surfriders Foundation, 350.org and the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, insist the pipeline could inflict lasting environmental damage on the area.The 24-mile expansion of existing pipeline infrastructure would run 17 miles underwater, from New Jersey’s Raritan Bay across lower New York Bay to a Transco pipeline already in place three miles offshore from the Rockaway Peninsula. The projects supporters are no less passionate than Fallon. They say the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, or NESE, will address a looming natural gas shortage in Brooklyn and Queens and on Long Island that could inflict lasting damage on the region’s economy.The battle is playing out amid another gas shortage that has raised alarms across the region’s business community: Con Edison has declared a moratorium on natural-gas hookups in southern Westchester. As of March 15, the utility said, it will not be able to guarantee service for new projects, effectively stifling developments. National Grid, Williams’ partner in the NESE project, is warning of a similar moratorium in Brooklyn and Queens and on Long Island should New York not approve the billion-dollar pipeline by May 15. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, which is weighing public comments, could block the pipeline if it found the project does not comply with the state’s water quality standards.But the project’s critics maintain the energy sector is at a tipping point, with new technology making strides in efficiency, and renewables having more potential. They cite gains from new boilers, building retrofits, eco-friendly building codes and more efficient electric heating and cooling systems.“You have to consider the alternatives now more than ever,” said Tom Sanzillo, a former New York state deputy comptroller who is director of finance for the pro-renewables Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “And the reason you have to do that is because conditions in the industry are changing so fast and there are more and more alternatives and innovations.”More: Business groups say natural-gas delivery has reached a crisis point. Environmentalists agreelast_img read more

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Women’s hockey: Wisconsin ends season on high note with playoffs looming

first_imgThe game was already 4-0 in favor of Wisconsin and just over eight minutes remained in the third period. Emily Clark, having received the puck along the far-side boards, slid her way past two defenders, deking her way to a spot just before the right-side faceoff circle.It was in this moment that the Badgers solidified their dominating performance over visiting St. Cloud State.From almost 20 feet out, Clark ripped a wrist shot over Huskies’ goaltender Katie Fitzgerald’s glove hand and placed the puck top shelf to bring Wisconsin’s tally to five goals.An all-around showing by Wisconsin, the win added much needed momentum for a team which has recently experienced some slip-ups. Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Huskies and last week’s Sunday loss to Ohio State gave the Badgers their first losing streak since the fourth weekend of the season in mid-October.However, the uneasy feelings about the recent rough patch can be subsided for now after the 5-0 win Sunday afternoon in front of a packed house at LaBahn Arena, a game in which Ann-Renee Desbiens recorded her 13th shutout of the season, one shy of the UW record.Wisconsin is not finished with St. Cloud State though. The Huskies will be back to pay one last visit to Madison next weekend when the WCHA playoffs commence and Wisconsin begins its postseason campaign.Having locked down the number two seed for the tournament, head coach Mark Johnson and his players will have the advantage of hosting their first round matchup here in Madison before potentially heading to Grand Forks, North Dakota for the WCHA Final Five.When the Huskies look for redemption next weekend, it will come having seen Wisconsin’s style of play and the Badgers’ ins-and-outs the week prior.Trying to keep St. Cloud State on its toes and jump start a sluggish offense, Johnson made a few line-changes for the Badgers. Brittany Ammerman dropped to the second line from her usual pairing with freshman-duo Emily Clark and Annie Pankowski and Karley Sylvester dropped to the third line away from Blayre Turnbull and Katy Josephs.“I usually play with Annie and Brittany,” Emily Clark said. “We’ve developed quite a bit of chemistry this year. But coach has been trying to get us going and trying to see what clicks. Whatever he puts together, we’re just trying to work with it and find some success.”The strategy was unsuccessful though as the Badgers fell in the contest by a score of 2-1. Searching for a win Sunday afternoon, the Badgers came out with their usual lines and delivered a dominating performance.“Today was about playing the full 60 minutes,” assistant coach Jackie Friesen. “We focused a lot on 50-50 battles, the girls did a great job with that. We were making sure we kept somebody high in the zone to get past their defense because they’re solid in their zone and pack people in front. We’re making sure we create scoring chances through that traffic.”Heading into next weekend, not only do the Huskies know how Wisconsin plays, but the Badgers know St. Cloud State’s system as well.The Huskies style of play, as broken down by Friesen, involves staying compact in front of the net to block the onslaught of shots the Badgers deliver. Wisconsin piled on 44 total shots during Sunday’s win, a mammoth amount compared to St. Cloud State’s 10. The Huskies did not tally a single shot in the third period, the 27th time in UW history that it has held an opponent without a shot in a period.When they weren’t deep in their own zone, the Huskies would break out on a few very sparse rushes down the ice that didn’t result in many quality scores chances.But come next weekend, both team’s seasons will be hanging in the balance and there should be a new level of intensity. Despite the increasing pressure inside the locker room, the Badgers know they can’t come out flat as they did in Friday’s game and last week against Ohio State.The determination is still present and the Badgers do not want to drop a game that they shouldn’t against the second-to-last place team in the WCHA.“They don’t let up,” captain Blayre Turnbull said. “They have great goaltending and if we want to get the puck in the net we need to get bodies there as well. I think we’re going to score on our second and third opportunities, it’s not going to be the first shot that necessarily goes in. We need to be aware of that.”Having finished off the regular season on a high note and having gotten a grace-period of feeling out their opponent before elimination games, the Badgers are where they aimed to be during this crucial period of time.“The second season begins now,” Turnbull said.last_img read more

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Sportech revises 2018 earnings following ‘US strategic shrink’

first_img Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020 Share UK Tote gains international ‘commingling pool ecosystem’ with Sportech April 17, 2020 Andrew Gaughan – SportechHaving undertaken a group restructure to focus its future operations on US long-term growth opportunities, London-listed wagering and racing systems supplier Sportech Plc has moved to adjust its full-year 2018 forecasts.Updating the market, Sportech governance anticipates that group full-year 2018 EBITDA will be between 5-10% lower than its previous market expectation of £8.5 million.Sportech governance details that corporate adjustments focusing on US growth prospects have led to a ‘reduction in group size’. Furthermore, the company details that certain anticipated sales contracts will not be materialised in 2018.Outlining future prospects, Sportech details strong progress on its US agenda, with Connecticut State renewing its existing pari-mutuel contract to conduct sports betting as a licensed “direct to consumer” operator.Commenting on the update, Andrew Gaughan, Chief Executive Officer of Sportech, said: “Whilst we are disappointed not to have secured some international sales contracts by the year-end, we continue to focus on signing these contracts.“We are working proactively with Connecticut and other states in the US to secure the rights to conduct sports betting as a licensed operator and we expect that sports betting revenues will commence in the second half of 2019.”Sportech governance will publish its Q3 trading update on Friday 9 November.last_img read more

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first_imgKeith Cowan has agreed to re-join Finn Harps.Finn Harps fans will be delighted to learn that their defensive lynchpin from last season Keith Cowan has agreed to sign on for the forthcoming 2016 Premier Division campaign.Cowan has been a mainstay in the Harps defence over the last number of seasons – and played a pivotal role in helping the club secure a return to the top-flight.He had been in negotiations with manager Ollie Horgan prior to Christmas but the pair initially failed to come to an agreement. However, that has now been resolved and Keith is expected to be unveiled as Harps latest signing.The announcement is expected to made at the club’s main sponsors McGettigan’s Bar later this evening.Horgan has admitted he has found it difficult to attract new players to the club thus far, but is hopeful of adding TWO new players who have not previously played with the club before.JOY FOR HARPS FANS AS KEY DEFENDER AGREES TO SIGN ON FOR NEW SEASON was last modified: January 10th, 2016 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)last_img read more