Energy Efficiency and Economic Benefits Emphasized in DEP’s 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update

first_img Efficiency,  Energy,  Government Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today accepted the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update that details how increasing energy efficiency in all sectors and at all levels will play a key role in reducing Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas emissions by target year 2030.The Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008 mandated the Climate Change Action Plan in 2009 as well as updates every three years. The 2015 update presents data from the EPA State Inventory Tool for 2000 through 2012 (the most recent data available), showing an overall decrease of 15.93 percent in net emissions, reflecting a shift by some power plants from coal to natural gas, as well as the success of Pennsylvania’s energy efficiency programs. Overall, Pennsylvania’s total greenhouse emissions are projected to be lower in 2030 than in 2000, with reductions in the residential, commercial, transportation, agriculture and waste sectors.“Addressing climate change and the real impact on the health of our citizens, the costs of our businesses and the environment must be a priority for not just the commonwealth, but all sectors,” Governor Wolf said.The update presents 13 work plans to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. An economic analysis of the work plans included in the Plan shows that the majority have the potential to generate not only greenhouse gas emissions reductions but also significant improvements in total employment, total income and real disposable personal income.With Pennsylvania being the third largest emitter of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the country, additional reductions are needed. Pennsylvania will be 3°C (5.4°F) warmer by 2050 than it was in 2000, according to the 2015 Climate Impacts Assessment Report by the Penn State University Environment and Natural Resources Institute. The result will be dangerously high summer temperatures and more severe storms, increased threat of certain insect-borne diseases, and drastic changes to agriculture and water quality.“The consequences of inaction on climate change will be felt by all Pennsylvanians,” said DEP Acting Secretary McDonnell, “It will affect the food we grow, the energy we use, our recreation, and even our health.”The majority of work plans in the 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update focus on energy efficiency measures. The greatest emissions reductions would be achieved by holding new buildings to an emissions performance standard 60 percent lower than the regional average. Sizable emissions reduction would also be attained by continuing Act 129 of 2008, which requires utilities to come up with plans to encourage energy efficiency among their customers, through 2031.Other work plans address coal mine methane recovery, the latest building energy codes, heating oil conservation and fuel switching, combined heat and power systems, ground source heat pumps, energy technical assistance for manufacturers, tree-planting programs, energy efficiency financing for homeowners, semi-truck adaptations, and anaerobic manure digesters.The plans were created in partnership with the Climate Change Advisory Committee, whose members include the secretaries of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Department of Community and Economic Development; the chair of the Public Utilities Commission; and Governor’s Office and legislative appointees. All plans were voted on, with most approved unanimously.The Center for Climate Strategies conducted macroeconomic analyses to determine the potential costs, benefits, and job impacts of the work plans. In addition to environmental benefits, the analysis shows economic benefits, including increased jobs.Highlighting the important role that all Pennsylvanians play in helping to lower emissions, the update includes 25 actions individuals can take, including lowering their energy use, finding energy efficiency financing, reducing food waste, and planting trees to absorb carbon.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Energy Efficiency and Economic Benefits Emphasized in DEP’s 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update August 22, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Applauds Passage of Clean Slate Legislation

first_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement on the passage of House Bill 1419, the “Clean Slate” bill: “The Clean Slate bill helps us accomplish something I have worked hard to do since I took office, make our criminal justice system fairer, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation,” Governor Wolf said. “Passage of the Clean Slate law allows for many people to move on with their lives with greater chances for success. This means better career, housing and education options. “I thank the General Assembly for its bi-partisan efforts to pass this important piece of legislation that will help Pennsylvanians. It’s another step in the right direction to reform the state’s criminal justice system and allow people the opportunity to succeed. I look forward to signing this bill into law.” HB1419 provides those with low-level, non-violent criminal records a mechanism to have their record sealed from public view.Nearly 3 million Pennsylvanians of working age are estimated to have criminal records with many that are only minor. The legislation proposes the following structure for sealing records: Nonviolent Misdemeanor Convictions – Sealing would occur after an individual has remained crime-free for 10 years.Non-Conviction Records – Sealing would be done as a matter of course, given that the presumption of innocence is one of the bedrocks of the American criminal justice system. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 22, 2018center_img Governor Wolf Applauds Passage of Clean Slate Legislationlast_img read more

Former “Bachelorette” Contestant Tyler Gwozdz Dies After Overdose in Boca Apartment

first_imgTyler Gwozdz, a Palm Beach County resident who appeared briefly on Season 15 of the ABC television show “The Bachelorette,” died on Wednesday, following an apparent overdose that happened last week at an apartment in Boca Raton.Authorities have confirmed to The Palm Beach Post that they are conducting a criminal investigation into the 29-year-old’s death.The Medical Examiner’s Office says all reports in Gwozdz’s death are pending.The investigation began shortly around 10:30 a.m. on January 13, when a woman called 911 and told the dispatcher that Gwozdz had locked himself in a bathroom in her home and was possibly overdosing on heroin.In the five-minute call, the woman, who described herself as a Gwozdz’s friend, can be heard pleading for Gwozdz to wake up. She breaks into the bathroom during the call and finds Gwozdz unresponsive and lying on his side.He was taken to a hospital, where he remained until his death.Gwozdz appeared on the show last May, but left after just one episode, for unknown reasons. He was a psychology graduate student, according to ABC’s profile of Gwozdz, who used the name “Tyler G” on the show.During the show, Gwozdz earned a one-on-one date with the female star, Hannah Brown.The only mention of him after his departure was on the following episode, when Brown said that Gwozdz “had to leave” during her group date, and that she had been looking forward to getting to know him.Producers of “The Bachelor” said in a statement to “Bachelor Nation,” “We are heartbroken to hear the tragic news of Tyler’s passing today. Our thoughts are with the Gwozdz family and his friends.”last_img read more

Onyekuru, Ezenwa First Eagles to Arrive in Seychelles

first_imgTurkey-based forward Henry Onyekuru will be the first player to arrive at the Super Eagles’ Savoy Hotel Resort and Spa, Victoria this morning as Nigeria opens camp for Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Pirates of Seychelles.The Galatasaray SK marksman is scheduled to land in Victoria on the island of Mahe at 11am this morning to be followed two-and-half hours later by Nigeria-based goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who will arrive with members of the technical crew and backroom staff from Abuja. All the other players on Coach Gernot Rohr’s 24-man roster will arrive at the team hotel on Tuesday, with one group to come in before breakfast and another group expected at lunchtime.  Rohr has included three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and seven forwards in his list for the crucial match, with four other players on standby.The Super Eagles and the Pirates clash at the 10,000-capacity Stade Linite in a Group E, Match-day 2 encounter on Saturday, starting from 4.30pm Seychelles time (1.30pm Nigeria time), with both teams in need of the three points after losing their respective openers to the campaign 15 months ago.Libya tops Group E following a 5-1 whiplash of Seychelles (who have installed a new coach in Gavin Jeanne), with South Africa second after beating the Super Eagles 2-0 in Uyo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

TV payment firm PayWizard has partnered with conte

first_imgTV payment firm PayWizard has partnered with content security specialist Conax to provide to provide a system for pay TV operators to monetise multiscreen content.The firms said that together they will allow operators and content owners to securely deliver multiscreen content, manage subscribers and offer payment services across a range of devices and platforms in different territories.“Integrating PayWizard’s award-winning subscriber management platform with Conax’s flexible multiscreen security solution enables operators to easily register and manage subscriber accounts and process payment seamlessly, across all devices,” the firms said.PayWizard’s software combines subscriber management, multi-device customer relationship management and an a range of payment services, while Conax offers total service protection for digital TV services over broadcast, broadband and connected devices.PayWizard partner manager Ryan Welmans said: “By partnering with leading technology providers like Conax, PayWizard’s rich interoperability can reduce lead times and deployment costs for those involved. This partnership in particular shows how we are responding to the needs of today’s pay-TV operators and broadcasters, and providing the additional power and flexibility to enhance the TV experience whilst driving business performance.”last_img read more

Sky entertainment channel Sky 1HD has signed a new

first_imgSky entertainment channel Sky 1HD has signed a new partnership with second screen technology firm Monterosa for the next series of dance competition show Got To Dance.Sky will use Monterosa’s LViS platform to power the show’s voting app, which is part of number of new social features Sky is promising viewers for the fifth season of the show, which is due to start broadcasting in August.Other new features include exclusive videos, live infographics, dynamic sharable Twitter cards and Facebook images with performance stats on each contestant.last_img

Samsung takes aim at Japanese rivals like Canon Sony Panasonic Nikon with

first_imgAdvertisement Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Camera is displayed during its launch event at the company’s headquarters in Seoul November 29, 2012.South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co is taking aim at its Japanese rivals with an Android-powered digital camera that allows users to swiftly and wirelessly upload pictures to social networking sites.The Galaxy camera lets users connect to a mobile network or Wi-Fi to share photographs and video without having to hook up the camera to a computer.While it’s not the first to the market, Samsung’sfinancial and marketing clout suggest it could be the biggest threat to Japanese domination of a digital camera industry which research firm Lucintel sees growing to $46 billion by 2017 and where big brands include Canon Inc, Sony, Panasonic, Nikon and Olympus. – Advertisement – “Samsung has a tough row to hoe against the likes of Canon and Nikon in the camera brand equity landscape,” said Liz Cutting, senior imaging analyst at research firm NPD Group. “Yet as a brand known more in the connected electronic device arena, Samsung has a unique opportunity to transfer strength from adjacent categories into the dedicated camera world.”The Korean group, battling for mobile gadget supremacy against Apple Inc, is already a global market leader in televisions, smartphones and memory chips.Samsung last year brought its camera and digital imaging business – one of its smallest – under the supervision of JK Shin, who heads a mobile business that generated 70 percent of Samsung’s $7.4 billion third-quarter profit.“Our camera business is quickly evolving … and I think it will be able to set a new landmark for Samsung,” Shin said on Thursday at a launch event in Seoul. “The product will open a new chapter in communications – visual communications,” he said, noting good reviews for the Samsung Galaxy camera which went on sale in Europe and the United States earlier this month.AIMING AT ‘PRO-SUMERS’The Galaxy camera, which sells in the United States for $499.99 through AT&T with various monthly data plans, features a 4.8-inch (12.2 cm) LCD touchscreen and a 21x optical zoom lens. Users can send photos instantly to other mobile devices via a 4G network, access the Internet, email and social network sites, edit photos and play games.The easy-to-use camera, and the quality of the pictures, is aimed at mid-market ‘pro-sumers’ – not quite professional photographers but those who don’t mind paying a premium for user options not yet unavailable on a smartphone – such as an optical, rather than digital, zoom, better flash, and image stabilisation.Credit: EconomicTimesIndialast_img read more