Colorado City Contemplates Closing Coal-Fired Plant a Decade Ahead of Schedule

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Denver Post:One of the nation’s last coal-fired power plants in the middle of a city may shut down a decade sooner than planned as Colorado Springs leaders contemplate climate action and urban revitalization along a creek.This is happening as residents of Colorado Springs (pop. 465,000) increasingly raise concerns about sulfur dioxide (SO2) and other pollution. On Thursday, residents pressed state health officials to reject a proposal to declare the 80-year-old Martin Drake Power Plant “in attainment” of federal air quality standards for SO2, a toxic gas that mixes with other pollutants and hangs over the city against mountains, with the potential to cause asthma, heart disease and other lung problems after even brief exposure. Colorado Springs Utilities plant operators this year deployed “scrubbers” to clean emissions, and federal Environmental Protection Agency overseers this week said average monthly SO2 emissions decreased to 31 tons a month, down from 330 tons a month in 2015.But Colorado air quality control commissioners voted 8-1 against re-designating the 80-year-old Martin Drake Plant as a facility in compliance with federal air quality requirements, acknowledging public health concerns and calls for cleaner air.The air concerns coincide with brainstorming by the Colorado Springs council members and developers about using the site of the Drake plant, downtown along Fountain Creek, for green space and a museum celebrating the Olympics. For years, Colorado Springs has served as the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee and a training center for athletes.City council members have directed the municipal utility to analyze possibilities for ramping up the 2035 date for closing the plant to 2025, council president Richard Skorman told The Denver Post. And council members are mulling possibilities for shutting one of the two remaining generators in the plant sooner, by 2023, Skorman said.“Some of us would like to move it just because it is a huge blight on the downtown environment,” he said. “We have the ability to create a great green-way connection down there. … If we could move it out of downtown, we could use that site for urban redevelopment.”More: Colorado Springs still rolls coal in heart of city, but may shut Drake plant by 2025 as residents fume Colorado City Contemplates Closing Coal-Fired Plant a Decade Ahead of Schedulelast_img read more

Charles Elliott: Dedicated to credit union survival

first_imgMississippi CU Association CEO’s passion for CUs remains strong.Charles Elliott joined the Mississippi Credit Union Association right after college and became its youngest president/CEO at age 31. Thirty-five years later, his passion for credit unions and people remains strong.“He embodies the credit union philosophy, putting others’ needs above his own,” says Sarah Dale Harmon, assistant vice president of marketing for $87 million asset Members Exchange Credit Union in Ridgeland, Miss.His caring and compassion were in full gear after Hurricane Katrina, recalls Cheryl Oggs, vice president of the Mississippi Credit Union Association. After Oggs’ family lost its home, Elliott called regularly.“I didn’t even work for him at the time, but he cared enough to check on our well-being,” she says. “He did that for everyone he knew who was displaced by the hurricane.” continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

BRI, Gojek to provide soft loans for pandemic-hit drivers, merchants

first_img“We understand that the income of Gojek partners has been affected by the work-from-home and physical-distancing policy. We hope the soft loan facility can support the livelihood of the drivers and small merchants,” BRI consumer director Handayani said on Thursday in a press release.The partners, however, will still have to meet the minimum requirements for their average earning and the length of partnership with Gojek to access the loan.Gojek drivers’ income averages Rp 4.9 million per month, according to a survey conducted by the Demographic Institute of the University of Indonesia’s Economic and Business School in 2018.However, the government’s large-scale social distancing (PSBB) policy has kept most of the public at home, drastically decreasing the income of drivers and merchant partners. Meanwhile, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) saw a 30 to 35 percent sales decline across Indonesia between February to March 9 alone, according to Indonesian MSME Association chairman Ikhsan Ingratubun.The initial phase for the program has commenced in Greater Jakarta but BRI also aims to reach more drivers and merchant partners in other regions.Gojek currently has more than 1.7 million drivers in 167 cities and districts across the archipelago.Gojek CEO Andre Soelistyo said the company’s drivers and merchant partners were part of a huge population of informal workers that is crucial in maintaining the economic engine.“The soft loan facility will help ease the financial burden of our partners in these trying times. We really appreciate and are thankful for the support of BRI to facilitate this loan program,” he said. State-owned lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), in cooperation with ride-hailing giant Gojek, launched a low-interest loan facility for the latter’s driver and merchant partners, whose income had been hit by the current health crisis.Gojek’s drivers are eligible for a low-interest loan worth up to Rp 5 million (US$336), while its food merchant partners can borrow a maximum of Rp 20 million for a 24-month tenure.Furthermore, BRI is also giving leeway to drivers working under the company’s GoRide and GoCar services by freeing them from payment obligations for the first three months.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Wolf Administration Teams Up to Support Families in Need this Holiday Season

first_img Holidays,  Human Services,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined state officials, government employees, and members of the National Guard for the 26th annual Holiday Wish Program gift drive in Harrisburg, which provides donated gifts to about 200 families and 100 seniors across Pennsylvania.“The holiday season can be a financially difficult time for many Pennsylvania families,” said Governor Wolf. “I am honored to join in this annual tradition with the members of my cabinet and the hundreds of state workers who participated in this generous drive.”“Commonwealth employees come together every year to make the holidays a little brighter for hundreds of Pennsylvania families,” Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas said. “Many Pennsylvania families work hard to make ends meet, and may still be struggling. The Holiday Wish program shows the true spirit of the holiday season, not only in the faces of the families who are receiving gifts, but those who are giving them.”Cabinet members and executives from the departments of Human Services, Aging, General Services, Health, Transportation, and Labor and Industry joined the National Guard to celebrate, while children from local child care providers were visited by Santa Claus.Volunteer state employees and the Pennsylvania National Guard loaded wrapped gifts into military vehicles and delivered them to participating county assistance offices for distribution to the families and individuals.The families and older adults sponsored for the event were identified through case workers at county assistance offices, a senior citizen complex serving older adults in need, and a community action agency. They list a few gifts they would like to receive, and state employees then choose to sponsor a family or individual.“We hope that these gifts bring a little bit of relief to seniors and a whole lot of joy to the children of hundreds of Pennsylvania families,” said Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne. “We are so proud of and grateful for the generosity of the commonwealth employees who donated their time and demonstrated their care and concern for others”The Holiday Wish program was started in 1989 by a small group of employees from DHS, formerly known as the Department of Public Welfare. Over the years, it has grown to include hundreds of employees in several departments.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Wolf Administration Teams Up to Support Families in Need this Holiday Season December 09, 2015center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

New York Jets trade star disgruntled safety Jamal Adams to Seattle Seahawks

first_img Associated Press July 25, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — New York Jets trade star disgruntled safety Jamal Adams to Seattle Seahawks.center_img New York Jets trade star disgruntled safety Jamal Adams to Seattle Seahawkslast_img