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Hybrid wind-solar project in Minnesota may be perfect option for co-ops, municipalities

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:A trailblazing wind-solar hybrid project in western Minnesota could be a preview of what’s to come as renewable developers look for new ways to bolster projects.The project, developed and owned by Juhl Energy, is among the first of its kind in the country to pair wind and solar on the same site. A 2-megawatt turbine and 500-kilowatt solar installation share an inverter and grid connection, reducing equipment costs compared to two separate projects.The pairing is expected to start producing power this month. Lake Region Electric Cooperative in Pelican Rapids, about 30 miles north of Fergus Falls, will buy the power for its approximately 27,000 members.Juhl managing director Clay D. Norrbom said the plug-and-play nature of the system has attracted at least five other customers, including an industrial company in Iowa. Other customer prospects include cooperatives and municipally owned power providers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. He predicts Juhl will build at least three this year.“It opens another market that quite frankly five, 10 or 15 years ago was not there,” Norrbom said. “You couldn’t supply to a municipal co-op. The scale and efficiency weren’t good enough to do that. Now you can go and supply at that distribution voltage something that’s price competitive to the end customers.”The hybrid offers an opportunity to increase capacity. Wind turbines operate at a 50 to 55 percent capacity, Norrbom said, while solar in the Midwest sits at 15 percent. By combining power from both sources, the hybrid reaches a capacity factor of 65 to 70 percent, Norrbom said, at a cost substantially less than what Lake Region pays for electricity from its transmission and generation provider Great River Energy. Juhl decided against adding storage due to cost and regulatory issues, both challenges he predicts will dissipate in the future.More: Wind-solar pairing cuts equipment costs while ramping up output Hybrid wind-solar project in Minnesota may be perfect option for co-ops, municipalitieslast_img read more

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Proposed workers’ comp rules reworked

first_img Proposed workers’ comp rules reworked Senior EditorProposed procedural rules for workers’ compensation cases — which caused substantial concern for the Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section — have been substantially revised from the initial draft and have been posted on the Internet.Scott Stephens, deputy chief judge of compensation claims for the Division of Administrative Hearings, said one more public hearing also is likely early next year on the rules. He also said although the Bar section is upset that DOAH is working on the procedural rules revisions instead of the Supreme Court, that the state law clearly gives the agency the rule-making responsibility and authority.The section has filed a motion with the Supreme Court asking it to intervene and block the administrative agency from making procedural rule changes. The Attorney General’s Office, on behalf of DOAH, has filed a response defending the agency’s actions.But Stephens said while that legal issue is pending before the Supreme Court, he’s continuing with the nearly completed work of redrafting the procedural rules. And he said while some section criticisms of the initial draft, contained in a December 1 story in the Bar News, were reasonable, the latest version is substantially different.That new edition reflects suggestions made by workers’ comp lawyers and others from three public hearings, plus the input from each of the state’s 31 judges of compensation claims, Stephens said.“I am committed to trying to keep the procedure as close as possible to the current procedures because I want to minimize disruption,” he said. “There are some important changes in my view that ought to be made.”One of those seeks “to get the judge less involved in the attorney-client relationship. When the rules are being promulgated by an administrative body instead of the court, that’s inappropriate [for a judge to be as involved as an Article V judge],” he said.The concern is that administrative judges, who in this case are members of the executive branch, should not interfere in the judicial branch function of overseeing the legal profession, Stephens said.“Another example is we’re going to increase the flexibility of the judges to decide motions without having to hold a hearing if the judge doesn’t want to hold one,” he added.Overall, “The rules that we have will be shorter; they won’t be repeating the language of the statute as much as the existing rules do,” Stephens said. “In terms of changing the substantive rights of the parties, there’s no intent to do that.”He disagrees with the criticism the proposed rules are excessively couched in legalese, forcing parties to use attorneys. “There’s a conscious effort to make it as plain as possible,” he said. “Given that it’s workers’ compensation and we’re interpreting a very complex statute, that’s very hard to do.”Under state procedures, there will be one more public hearing on his latest draft if anyone requests it, which Stephens anticipates. After any further revisions, the rules will become effective unless there is a legal challenge, which is also a possibility.Stephens praised the work of administrative law Judges Linda Rigot and Kent Wetherell, who he said did most of the drafting of the new rules. And he said DOAH Chief Judge Sharyn Smith has closely monitored the process.“While Judge Smith has designated me to be the primary policy maker on the rules, it has been very much a collaborative effort with DOAH, as well as including the JCCs and Bar comments,” he said.A 1993 law gave the judges of compensation claims authority and responsibility to do their own procedural rules, but it was never done and the Supreme Court continued to do the rules as it does for criminal, civil, and other courts. But Stephens said when he was hired in 2001 to oversee the compensation judges, there was no doubt left that was to change.“The Governor’s office, when I first spoke to them after taking office, made it clear they expected the rules to be promulgated,” Stephens said, adding he also heard from legislators on the issue.And while the section is challenging the effort as undermining the Supreme Court’s authority, Stephens said he disagrees with that analysis. Judges of compensation claims, he argued, are not mentioned in Article V as constitutional judges. They are created in Chapter 440 and the Supreme Court has held they are part of the executive branch, not the judiciary.And the 1993 revision to F.S. § 440.45 made it clear that “the office of the chief judge not just has the authority but the responsibility to make procedural rules applicable to workers’ compensation,” Stephens said.He also noted that while the Workers’ Compensation Section may have had questions about early drafts of the rules, the challenge to the court is a legal issue that has nothing to do with the rules’ content.Stephens hopes to have the rules posted on the Internet early this month, athttp://www.jcc.state.fl.us. January 1, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Proposed workers’ comp rules reworkedlast_img read more

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Coronavirus: Richarlison imitates Ronaldo’s haircut during self-isolation

first_img Alongside his controversial cut, Richarlison wrote: “In quarantine, we are like….”Advertisement Ronaldo, now 43, had the last laugh on his crop critics back in 2002 as he and Brazil lifted the World Cup for the second time in eight years. And Richarlison tagged the ex-Real Madrid and Barcelona icon in his post. And if his career proves as half as successful as his fellow countryman then he will surely become an all-time Everton great – or command a huge transfer fee. Ex-Watford striker Richarlison has found a novel way to entertain himself while in self-isolation, by mimicking his hero Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledge He already has six goals in 19 internationals, whereas Ronaldo finished with 62 in 98. And aside from spells with Spain’s biggest two clubs, Ronaldo also shone for PSV, Inter and AC Milan. Richarlison looks as if he’s cut out to be a hairo, too… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The World Richarlison must be top of the flop crops – after copying Ronaldo’s infamous 2002 World Cup haircut. The comb-alone striker and team-mates are self-isolating after Everton locked down to combat coronavirus fears. Everton striker Richarlison shows off his tribute to Brazii legend Ronaldo (right) But Richarlison offered some light relief to the more serious matters to worry about by being up front about his admiration for Brazil legend Ronaldo. The 22-year-old showed off his new “style” in an Instagram story – with the back half of his hair shaved off. And although Richarlison was wearing a LeBron James LA Lakers vest, he was sporting a hoop-less hair-do… judging by the reaction Ronaldo got to the same snip 18 years ago. Loading… last_img read more

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