Expanding the global reach of its permanent magnet direct drive (PM/DD) technology, Northern Power Systems (www.northernpower.com(link is external)) announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with WEG Equipamentos ElÃ©tricos S.A., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electronic equipment. WEG and Northern Power are cooperating to bring proven, next-generation wind turbine technology to the South American wind market. This partnership combines WEG’s extensive production capabilities and market knowledge with Northern Power’s PM/DD technology and wind industry experience to deliver value-enhanced wind energy products for customers of WEG.Through this strategic partnership, WEG is offering a utility-scale technology platform that will include wind turbines rated between 2.1 and 2.3MW and rotors sized from 93m to 110m to meet customer requirements in a range of a wind classes. WEG has already secured commitments for initial orders and will be scaling production operations throughout 2013 and 2014. “We believe that Northern Power’s PM/DD technology offers a significant performance advantage to a vast array of customers in South America,” explained Mr. JoÃ£o Paulo Gualberto da Silva, WEG’s Head of Wind Energy Generation Business. “The South American wind market, particularly Brazil, is growing at an incredible rate, and the initial market response to WEG’s turbine offerings has been very positive. Having a partner like Northern Power with proven technology which is capable of providing solutions for both current and evolving wind market demands, positions WEG to be a leader in this expanding space no w and in the future.”Turbines leveraging PM/DD technology typically demonstrate higher availability and lower maintenance and repair costs than traditional gear-based turbines, offering higher energy production over the turbine’s lifetime, and providing enhanced economic returns to owners. The wind turbines initially will be manufactured at WEG’s manufacturing facilities in Jaragua do Sul, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil.”WEG has tremendous capabilities to supply all aspects of wind power plants integrated with a strong understanding of the needs of the South American wind market, and Northern Power has the experience and technology necessary to provide the right solutions for this market,” said Troy C. Patton, Chief Executive Officer of Northern Power Systems. “We look forward to powering WEG’s capabilities through our technology offerings.”About WEGFounded in 1961, WEG operates mainly in the sector of capital goods and is one of the largest world manufacturers of electrical equipment, having five main businesses: Motors, Energy, Transmission and Distribution, Automation and Coatings. With over 25 thousand employees, it had a net revenue of R$ 6.1 billion in 2012.In Brazil, the group has its headquarters and main industrial plants in JaraguÃ¡ do Sul/SC. The other plants are spread over Rio Grande do Sul (GravataÃ), Santa Catarina (Blumenau, Guaramirim, ItajaÃ and JoaÃ§aba), SÃ£o Paulo (SÃ£o Paulo, SÃ£o Bernardo do Campo and Monte Alto), Amazonas (Manaus), EspÃrito Santo (Linhares). Overseas, WEG has manufacturing units in Argentina, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, China, India, Austria and USA, besides distribution and trading centers in the USA, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Germany, England, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Japan, Singapore, India, Russia and United Arab Emirates.About Northern Power SystemsNorthern Power Systems licenses and develops wind technology on a global basis, and provides engineering and development services for a wide variety of energy applications, including microgrids, power conversion systems, and wind and marine turbine solutions. With over 30 years of experience in developing advanced, innovative wind turbines, Northern Power also offers direct turbine sales of its NPS 60 kW, NPS 100 kW and utility-scale products. The Company’s proven, next generation permanent magnet direct drive (PM/DD) wind turbine technology is based on a vastly simplified architecture that utilizes a unique combination of a permanent magnet generator and direct-drive design. This revolutionary approach uses fewer moving parts, delivers higher energy capture, and provides increased reliability due to reduced maintenance and downtime costs. More information is available at www.northernpower.com(link is external).BARRE, VT–(Marketwired – August 14, 2013) – Northern Power Systems
Vermont Business Magazine Today the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) announced it has entered into a settlement agreement(link is external) with LPL Financial LLC (LPL) that requires the firm to pay the State of Vermont $499,000 and to repurchase certain securities sold to Vermonters dating back to October 2006. A $400,000 civil penalty will be deposited into the state’s General Fund with the remaining $99,000 being deposited into the department’s Investor Education Fund.Michael Pieciak, DFR Commissioner, applauded the efforts and coordination of his fellow state regulators.“This settlement demonstrates that state regulators can work together effectively to police our financial markets and protect our citizens,” Pieciak said in a press release. “The settlement’s civil penalties send a strong message of deterrence to other companies and the contribution to the Investor Education Fund will strengthen our department’s efforts to improve Vermonters’ financial literacy as they plan for major life events.”The settlement stems from a multi-state investigation regarding LPL’s failure to establish and maintain reasonable policies and procedures to prevent the sale of unregistered, non-exempt securities to its customers.The settlement finds LPL failed to maintain adequate systems to reasonably supervise agents, staff, and employees to prevent unregistered sales. The settlement also provides the firm failed to maintain books and records necessary to ensure full and proper compliance with state securities laws and failed to conduct appropriate and necessary due diligence regarding the retention, use, and subsequent cancelation of certain third-party services critical for compliance with state securities laws.In total, LPL will pay $26 million in civil penalties to the 52 jurisdictions participating in the multi-state settlement. In addition, any Vermont LPL clients holding securities determined to have been unregistered, non-exempt equity, or fixed-income securities sold since October 1, 2006 will receive an offer to repurchase the securities at the original purchase price plus three percent interest per year.As part of the settlement, LPL also agreed to a “top-to-bottom” review of the integration of new securities products to assess the firm’s ability to comply with all state securities registration requirements and to adhere to all operations and procedures in connection with state registration requirements, that apply to the offer and sale of that product. The firm also agreed to a similar review of its vendor-service protocols to ensure processes are in place to identify and manage critical services used to ensure compliance with state securities laws.Source: Montpelier, VT – 11.26.2018. Vermont Department of Financial Regulation website(link is external).
The new defensive coordinator — Robb Smith — comes from Arkansas, where he held the same position for the Razorbacks for the last three seasons. The team ranked No. 94 in rush defense and No. 65 in defensive passing efficiency last season.Maurice Linguist, Bryce Paup and Rob Wenger round out Smith’s defensive coaching corps. Gerrit Chernoff, Dan Nichol, Marcus Hendrickson and Matt Childers were also added to the staff by Fleck, they will hold the positions of general manager, head strength and conditioning coach, director of player personnel and director of video, respectively. The staff hires will undergo standard University procedures before appointments are made official. Head coach P.J. Fleck adds 13 new members to football staffNine of Fleck’s picks previously worked with him at Western Michigan.Carter Jones, Daily File PhotoNewly appointed Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck speaks during a press conference on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium. Jack WhiteJanuary 19, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintNewly-appointed Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck added nine assistant coaches and four staff members to his team Tuesday.“I am proud to announce these additions to the Minnesota staff,” Fleck said in a press release. “I have worked with the majority of these elite men and am confident they will help take Gopher football to the next level.”Nine of the 13 new members of the Gophers coaching staff worked with Fleck at Western Michigan, including the new offensive coordinator, Kirk Ciarrocca; one of the staff members formerly worked with Fleck at Rutgers.The Broncos were ranked ninth in the country for points scored in Ciarrocca’s final season with the Western Michigan team. Kenni Burns, Matt Simon Brian Callahan, and Ed Warinner are also on the offensive coaching staff.
“Native American Connections and Phoenix Indian Center are great partners to have in this project,” said Councilwoman Laura Pastor, whose district includes the site. “They will be able to tell the story of the buildings while creating a renewed space for our community to gather.”Initial funding for this project came from LISC Phoenix as well as a matching grant of $250,000 from The Caterpillar Foundation for the commercial kitchen equipment. JP Morgan Chase Bank also provided early funding for the preliminary design by ART, the Architectural Resource Team.Construction is expected to take eight to ten months with the center opening Spring of 2017. “Phoenix Indian School played an important role in the history of our city, our state and our nation, so we must do all we can to preserve that legacy,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “Restoring the music building will ensure that the story of Phoenix Indian School and its students will continue to resonate with new generations while providing a valuable community asset at one of our busiest city parks.”Prior to becoming Steele Indian School Park, the land was the home to the Phoenix Indian School which was established in 1891. For nearly 100 years the government run boarding school housed and educated thousands of Native American children. The U.S. government operated dozens of these types of schools across the country. When Phoenix Indian School closed in 1990, the majority of the land was transferred to the COP. Three buildings were saved and placed on the National Register of Historic Places, the music building is one of them.“This is a one of a kind project in the county,” says Diana Yazzie Devine, CEO of Native American Connections. “By restoring the elementary school we are going to be able to bring the public back into the space and educate and enlighten the community about the Native American boarding school experience and how it impacted Phoenix, as well as the state of Arizona.”The building is approximately 6,000 sq. ft. and was built in 1931.Architectural plans include a gallery to share the history of the Phoenix Indian School, a conference room which will seat 120 people and a commercial kitchen and classroom to be used for indigenous foods preparation as well as health and nutrition courses. A board room and a business center are also included in the plans. Construction to restore the former elementary school and music building at Steele Indian School Park, on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Indian School Road, is set to begin immediately. The City of Phoenix (COP), which owns the building, is funding the project and has a signed Letter of Understanding with the partners, Native American Connections (NAC) and the Phoenix Indian Center (PIC) who led this effort and will operate the new site.
The Huffington Post:In a recent episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (titled “Palestinian Chicken”), Larry makes a deal with his friend: Larry won’t have to pay for the damage he made to his friend’s car as long as he tells his friend’s critical, nagging wife how annoying it is when she says “LOL.” Why the deal? Larry’s friend is scared to death of his wife and thinks Larry is the man for the job. He admires Larry’s willingness to always say the first thing on his mind and speak up for himself.In the parlance of psychological science, Larry is off-the-charts blirtatious and his friend is off-the-charts not. High “blirters” express themselves easily in social situations, have little difficulty responding to others and do so quickly. Low blirters, on the other hand, are more reflective, cautious when expressing themselves emotionally and are constantly fearful of saying the wrong thing. In recent years, psychologist William Swann and his colleagues have studied this trait, and their findings are fascinating.Read the whole story: The Huffington Post More of our Members in the Media >
A San Joaquin Valley case study suggests that our knowledge of methane inventories is vastly underestimated. Without an ongoing comprehensive methane monitoring program, California will not meet its statewide air regulation requirements. Increasing the confidence in satellite, airborne, and ground-based sensors will help move the needle toward a more accurate local, regional, and international understanding of methane emission sources and rates. A practical and tiered remote sensing approach using satellite, airborne, and ground-based sensors will improve local, regional, and international understanding of methane emission sources and rates. Download paper here. Courtesy photo
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UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has issued a contract notice for a project of up to GBP 10 million in an effort to form an energy technical specialist framework.DECC plans to appoint suppliers for technical support for determination, evaluation and delivering the UK energy and climate change policies and programmes as part of the Energy Technical Specialist Framework.The framework will consist of 22 lots with each having up to 6 suppliers.Focusing on offshore wind and hydroelectric and marine technologies, including wave and tidal, are lots 2 and 8. Total value of these lots ranges from GBP 100,000 to GBP 450,000.In the document, a brief description of the likely subject areas for offshore wind includes:Cost structure of off-shore wind projects (both CAPEX and OPEX or equivalent),In assessing the viability of new technologies and their deployment potential,Planning and consenting issues (such as radar, acoustics, etc.)As for the marine technologies lot the likely subject areas include:Cost structures and technology development in the marine environment,Deployment, maintenance, foundations, marine growth/fowling on equipment and cables and survivability in storms.The deadline for submission of tenders is December 22, 2014.Offshore WIND Staff; Image: flickr/Steph Gray
RWE Innogy UK has started the next round of the North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm Community Fund, awarding nine local groups and charities with grants totalling over GBP 20,000.The North Hoyle Community Fund will invest over GBP 1.5 million into local community activities and projects over the lifetime of the wind farm. The fund benefits the communities of Rhyl, Prestatyn & Meliden.This recent round of funding include the charity Contact the Elderly who have been awarded GBP 2,000 to fund various activities aimed at combating social isolation. Friends of Prestatyn Railway Station have received a grant of GBP 3,000 which will be used to install gates and provide disabled access to the station. Sports groups have also benefited with Prestatyn Community Table Tennis Club and Meliden Football Club receiving GBP 1,500 and GBP 1,000 respectively.Katy Woodington, RWE Innogy UK’s Senior Community Investment Officer, said: “It’s exciting to see these awards come through and especially rewarding to see the wind farm support so many varied groups within the local community. The North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm Community Fund is a fantastic opportunity for organisations at the heart of the local community to develop tailor-made projects. I encourage any groups interested in applying to the scheme, to find out more.”North Hoyle is located 4-5 miles off the North Wales coast between Rhyl and Prestatyn and comprises 30 wind turbines, each rated at 2 megawatts. The wind farm was built in 2003 and declared fully operational in July 2004.