Minnesota’s burgeoning wind industry is paying millions in dividends to county governments

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:Minnesota’s wind energy tax is helping rural counties hold the line on levy increases and pay for road repairs and other infrastructure projects.Revenue from the state’s wind energy tax has increased more than fivefold over the past decade to $12.7 million in 2018, according to Minnesota Department of Commerce. Wind farms larger than 12 MW pay $1.20 per MWh, while smaller farms pay just 36 cents per MWh.“Wind revenue is now a key source of income for many counties, relieving the property tax burden on homeowners and businesses,” said Commerce Commissioner Jessica Looman.The revenue is especially important because wind developments tend to be sited in counties with lower than average income. The five leading Minnesota counties for wind revenue have median family incomes more than $10,000 below the state average of $57,000.“In some of these rural counties, wind revenues represent 20 percent of their annual operating budgets,” said Isak Kvam, a communications and policy associate with the pro-wind advocacy group Wind on the Wires. “It’s not often that these communities have a multi-million business knocking on their doors.”The boon is hardly confined to Minnesota or the Midwest. A Moody’s Investment Service report released earlier this year found 400 counties around the country receive tax revenues.  More: Windfall: Minnesota counties use wind tax money for roads, tax relief Minnesota’s burgeoning wind industry is paying millions in dividends to county governmentslast_img read more

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Norwegian oil fund cuts 10 more companies over coal activities

first_imgThe latest companies to be excluded by NBIM are:CEZ (Czech Republic)Eneva (Brazil)Great River Energy (US)Otter Tail Corp (US)HK Electric Investments & HK Electric Investments (Hong Kong)Huadian Energy Co (China)SDIC Power Holdings Co (China)PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna (Poland)Korea Electric Power Corp (Korea)Malakoff Corp (Malaysia)The two companies put on observation are both US-based: NorthWestern Corp and Portland General Electric Company.The SWF said it divested from 23 companies on the basis of ESG assessments in 2016, and that it had sold off a total of 210 companies over the last five years on such grounds.Separately, NBIM said it questioned firms about environmental, social or governance (ESG) issues in more than 1,500 company meetings last year.Publishing its 2016 report on responsible investment, NBIM said good corporate governance and sustainable business practices were in the GPFG’s long-term interest. In a recent interview with IPE, NBIM’s chief executive Yngve Slyngstad said that in 2017 the investment manager expected to have nearly 4,000 meetings with companies. It held 3,790 meetings with 1,589 companies last year.“In nearly half of those meetings, we raise issues on governance, environmental, and social issues,” he said.Chairman of the NBIM executive board Øystein Olsen, who is also governor of the central bank Norges Bank, added: “That does not mean that regularly we go public with any of these issues, but we do actually discuss them with the companies.”NBIM said it aimed to vote at all general meetings, and that during 2016 it had voted at 11,294 shareholder meetings around the world.“We are a large global investor with minority ownership in almost 9,000 companies,” Slyngstad said, adding that insight was a prerequisite for responsible management. “Good corporate governance and sustainable business practices will contribute to higher long-term returns”, he said. Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), the manager of Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund, has excluded 10 more companies from its portfolio because of their involvement in coal business, and put another two under observation.The latest exclusions bring the total number of companies outlawed by the NOK7.6trn (€850bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) because of coal to 69, with a further 13 firms placed under observation.The move came as a result of the manager’s third round of analysis of businesses that may be affected by its coal criterion, NBIM said. All of the latest companies to be excluded are unlisted subsidiaries that issue bonds.Green bonds were excepted from the analysis, NBIM said, as well as subsidiaries deemed to have significant renewable energy activity.last_img read more

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Dillsboro man injured in hunting accident

first_imgSwitzerland County, In. — Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a hunting accident which a hunter in Switzerland County accidentally shot himself on Nov. 18, near Dillsboro.James Sweetman, 45, Dillsboro, sustained a gunshot injury to his left heel while heading to his stand to hunt deer.Sweetman was reportedly walking downhill when he stepped on a slick log that caused him to slip. Sweetman’s firearm was slung over his shoulder, with the barrel facing down, when the firearm accidentally discharged as he fell.Sweetman made contact with his father and son who contacted 9-1-1 at about 6:15 a.m. He was then airlifted by U.C. Air to the University of Cincinnati to receive medical treatment.Indiana Conservation Officers, UC Air, East Enterprise Fire Department, and Switzerland County Emergency Response were all on the scene to assist.An investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

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Former Syracuse football All-American wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo invited to NFL Draft Combine

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Former Syracuse wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo, SU’s first All-American since 2001, was invited Wednesday to the NFL Draft Combine.In his only season with SU, Etta-Tawo finished first in program history with 94 receptions, 1,482 yards and 14 touchdowns (tied first). Against then-No. 3 Clemson on Nov. 5, he broke Marvin Harrison’s single-season receiving yards record with three games on the schedule.Despite having played only 12 games, Etta-Tawo ranked fourth in the nation in receiving yards and seventh in touchdown catches. The graduate transfer from Maryland was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team.Etta-Tawo was also a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s top wide receiver. The 6-foot-2, 202-pounder is projected to be a fifth or sixth round 2017 NFL draft pick, per CBS Sports.“While he’s obviously still raw, the tape shows an improving talent with an ability to challenge over the top and uncover underneath,” reads his NFL.com profile. “Unfortunately for Etta-Tawo, he was wildly inconsistent and his hands were exposed as a flawed part of his game once again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s a vertical receiver who has the potential to become more than that with additional work, but he looks like a developmental backup at this point.”The combine is March 3-6 and will air on NFL Network. The NFL Draft is April 27-29 in Philadelphia. Comments Published on February 15, 2017 at 12:49 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

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Barca president admits to meeting Griezmann reps

first_img“We had conversations with his representative, as we have with other representatives,” Bartomeu told Catalan radio Rac1 on Monday.“This was last October, a meeting, nothing more. It should not give rise to speculation.”Griezmann has scored 30 goals in 51 games this season and can end the campaign by winning the Europa League, with Atletico up against Marseille in the final later this month.Any deal with Barcelona would place in further doubt the future of Ousmane Dembele, who has endured a difficult first season at the Camp Nou.Dembele joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund for 147 million euros last year and Bartomeu insists the 20-year-old will not be leaving this summer.“It’s not on the table,” Bartomeu said. “Dembele is one for the future and we expect a lot from him in the next few seasons.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted he met with representatives of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann in October © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSBARCELONA, Spain, May 7 – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted he met with representatives of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann in October.Griezmann has indicated he wants his future decided before this summer’s World Cup after Barca were forced to deny in January they had already agreed a deal to sign the Frenchman.last_img read more

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10 More Questions

first_imgAs a follow-up to Jonathan Wells’ popular (or notorious, depending on your point of view) 10 Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher About Evolution, William Dembski has come up with 10 Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher About Design.    Dembski has also recently published a new book, The Design Revolution, “Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design” (InterVarsity, 2004).Whatever is good, whatever is true, think on these things.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

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Disclosure, use and sale limitations with Big Data

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Have you ever wondered why your recent web searches for items or information show up on other websites you visit? Frequently, these recent searches appear in the form of advertisements along an edge of another webpage you are viewing. These advertisements are typically provided by third party data aggregators. These third party data aggregators play a crucial role in target advertising if a “data” company does not already have in-house capabilities to capture this type of data.Third party data aggregation is specifically addressed in “The Privacy and Security Principles for Farm Data” published by the America Farm Bureau Federation with their policy about Disclosure, Use and Sale Limitation:“An (Agriculture Technology Provider) ATP will not sell and/or disclose non-aggregated farm data to a third party without first securing a legally binding commitment to be bound by the same terms and conditions as the ATP has with the farmer. Farmers must be notified if such a sale is going to take place and have the option to opt out or have their data removed prior to that sale. An ATP will not share or disclose original farm data with a third party in any manner that is inconsistent with the contract with the farmer. If the agreement with the third party is not the same as the agreement with the ATP, farmers must be presented with the third party’s terms for agreement or rejection.”The key points of this principle regarding data disclosure, use and sale limitations include making sure growers understand the terms outlined in their contract as well as how any data is being shared or possibly sold to a third party. This principle draws on the need to be transparent around who has access to farm data and if data will be supplied to a third party or business affiliate. Further, it is important to have legal contracts relating to not only the ATP data relationship but contracts with other entities that provide data services (or access) as well. This need of full disclosure and the ability to understand contracts has been reported by recent Big Data surveys of farmers as being a matter of primary concern.An ATP will not sell or distribute any non-aggregated farm data to third party without consent from the grower. Additionally, if a sale of data is to be conducted on behalf of the grower by the ATP, the grower must be notified. If the grower agrees, the contract with the third party aggregator must either be the same, or a new contract should be provided for the grower to review.While some growers are comfortable with their farm data being aggregated and used as a marketing tool, others are not. Big data companies will have the ability to provide targeted marketing with information based on data collected similar to those seen online when searching for goods.Growers should be given the protection and choice about how their data is being used and sold to third party data aggregators. By specifically reviewing the disclosure, use and sale limitations within an ATP contract, growers have the ability to make an informed decision about how their data will be used, on their own terms.last_img read more

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The 15 Best Video Production Blogs

first_imgStay up to date on all the latest gear, editing software, and industry news with these helpful video production blogs.Top image via ShutterstockBlogs are a fantastic resource when searching for filmmaking and video production advice. The web is loaded with video pros and industry experts who weigh in daily with equipment reviews, software tips, and stylistic techniques you can put to good use. Let’s take a look at a few of the best filmmaking and video production blogs available to readers today.1. The Blast from RocketStockSpecializing in After Effects tutorials and VFX inspiration, RocketStock is the go-to resource for anybody looking to breakthrough in the fields of motion graphics and post-production wizardry. In addition to great information and technical advice, RocketStock also offers a ton of free motion design assets.2. ShutterstockShutterstock’s blog is all over the place in the best way, covering topics like photography, video editing, animation, and corporate video. The blog’s Footage section is especially valuable to videographers looking for next-level tips, techniques, and tricks of the trade.3. No Film SchoolNo Film School prides itself on fostering a community of filmmakers and video creatives dedicated to expanding the talents of their peers. Boasting an impressive array of educational and industry-related content, No Film School has something for anyone looking to grow as an artist — podcasts, gear articles, video essays, and more.4. Cinema5DCinema5D’s content focuses heavily on the newest gear and emerging video technologies. If you’re into the technical side of the video craft and find yourself constantly hunting for the latest rumors, reviews, and rundowns, Cinema5D is a must-read.5. ProVideo CoalitionOne of ProVideo Coalition’s greatest strengths is the company’s connection to real-deal Hollywood pros. Their expert contributors have experience with everything from indie shoots to major studio productions. The site’s gear roundups and breakdowns of popular commercials make them a vital visit in your daily media consumption journey.6. Jonny ElwynExuding an obvious passion for helping aspiring filmmakers, Jonny Elwyn’s blog offers informative posts on the hows and whys of filmmaking, video editing, color grading, and tech. He’s also been known to write for PremiumBeat every once in a while.7. Noam KrollAnother occasional PremiumBeat contributor, Noam Kroll’s name is synonymous with top-notch film and video know-how. His blog provides in-depth camera reviews as well as video tutorials covering cinematography, directing, and editing. Kroll’s industry experience makes him a fantastic resource for videographers of every skill level.8. Philip BloomGlobetrotting cinematographer Phillip Bloom’s website is your go-to spot for inspiration and real-world industry information. After you explore his blog, be sure to check out his stellar YouTube channel.9. RedShark NewsConsistently staying on top of the news is hard, but RedShark excels at keeping the latest information flowing. In addition to industry news and production advice, RedShark features sections devoted entirely to post-production and VFX-related articles.10. planet5DWhile their earliest work focused mainly on DSLRs, planet5D has branched out to cover every area of digital photography, filmmaking, and video production. With content exploring the ins and outs of everything from smart phones to cinema cameras, planet5D’s got something for everyone.11. Cinematography DatabaseThis blog is perfect for aspiring cinematographers. Interviews with working professionals and coverage of essential camera news make this website a must for anybody looking to hone their skills behind the camera. Above is a video released by Cinematography Database discussing how to get work as a director of photography.12. Filmmaker MagazineFilmmaker Magazine’s coverage reaches across the entirety of the film and video spectrum, all of it keenly aware of the ever-changing nature of the industry. From DIY hacks to film festival reviews and cinema camera news, Filmmaker Magazine is an excellent resource for those trying to stay in the know.13. FilmmakerIQFilmmakerIQ is going through some changes right now, with a new layout and focus on the way. Nonetheless, the content currently on the long-running website — film essays, video breakdowns, and more — is absolutely worth digging through.14. WipsterWipster is an excellent resource for anybody currently in the freelance game. With articles on how to hire people to help with your project and how to pitch a video, Wipster is a big step in the right direction of your video production career. Read Wipster regularly and you’ll be pro before you know it.15. The Beat from PremiumBeatWell, we had to include ourselves, right? PremiumBeat is proud and pleased to offer insight into the worlds of cinematography, video editing, motion design, color grading, and everything pre to post-production. We strive to help the community because we are a part of the community. And just like the blogs listed above, we realize we’re all in this together.Did we leave off your favorite film and video production blog? Let us know what we missed in the comments below.last_img read more

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City staff help rescue ducklings caught down storm drain

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Staff from the City of Fort St. John’s Bylaw Enforcement and Public Works department stepped out of their usual duties this week to help the North Peace SPCA rescue a brood of ducklings that had gotten stuck down a storm drain.North Peace SPCA branch manager Candace Buchamer said the SPCA got a report at around noon on Wednesday of a number of ducklings that had fallen down a storm drain near the Fort St. John Hospital. Buchamer said that with the SPCA being short-staffed that day, one of the city’s bylaw officers responded to the situation, and managed to rescue all but one of what was believe to be a group of five baby ducks.The fifth was reportedly too scared of the officer and managed to scurry out of reach, and the SPCA resolved to get the duckling rescued the next day.On Thursday, staff with the City’s Public Works Department went back out to the storm drain and were able to rescue not one, but two more ducklings from the drain. Sadly, though the area is known as prime duck territory, a search was unable to find the mother duck and her remaining brood. Buchamer said that though the ducklings fell directly onto the cement at the bottom of the storm drain, the ducklings are all in excellent health. She said that the group of infants have left the SPCA, having been sent to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Smithers to give them a chance at being released into the wild.last_img read more

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