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

This home on two waterfront blocks with unimpeded views across Moreton Bay hits market for first time in 40 years

first_img132 Prince Edward Pde, Scarborough.“It has got views that are better than downstairs, it is spectacular. “I had ideas of using that as a home office, but that didn’t eventuate because the kids commandeered it and took it (as their bedroom).’’Just a few steps from the house is the sandy beach.There is a central kitchen inside the house which sits next to a dining and entertainment area.This leads to a deck which has expansive water views. The floor plan of 132 Prince Edward Pde, Scarborough. Picture: DiakritMr Cassimatis said without his wife, and with his three children now out of home, a six bedroom house was far too big for him, so he has listed it for sale.It isn’t just the house he loves, but the amazing views he has while sitting on his front veranda, from Bribie Island to the Port of Brisbane. “It has 180 degree views,’’ he said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 132 Prince Edward Pde, Scarborough.Mr Cassimatis said 40 years ago when they bought the property he loved the area and the position, and he had loved living there ever since.There is also a special room he included in the design just for himself – although it didn’t work out that way.“There is a special room built upstairs, it is like an attic room, but it is an actual large bedroom,” he said. 132 Prince Edward Pde, Scarborough.In a street known as the “millionaires row” in Scarborough, this impressive home spans two absolute beachfront lots.It sits on 1131sq m of land and has been designed to make the most of the water views.Owner Jim Cassimatis and his late wife Barbara bought the property just after they married.At the time it was just an old house but they had dreams of building something really special there.“When we bought it, there was an old house – about 100 years old,’’ Mr Cassimatis said.“We bought it just after we got married in 1977 and lived there for a few years and planned the construction of the existing house and then went ahead with that and it was built and finished probably in the late eighties. “We’ve lived there ever since.” center_img 132 Prince Edward Pde, Scarborough.The main bedroom has a large, walk-in robe, and access to a veranda which also has views.All remaining bedrooms share two bathrooms, one of which has a bathtub.There are high cathedral ceilings throughout and parquetry flooring. Within the large block is an inground swimming pool and a garage for three cars plus storage space.The home at 132 Prince Edward Parade, Scarborough, will be taken to auction on December 9 at 3pm, through Dwight Ferguson and Alexander Shean of Ray White Ascot.last_img read more

The Latest: 1 positive out of 1,400 tennis virus tests in NY

first_imgUnion says “a preventative test for all spectators is intended to replace the currently valid social distancing rules.”German soccer clubs previously outlined plans to resume games with some socially distanced fans attending in seated areas. Union’s Stadion An der Alten Försterei has mostly standing terraces so it could have far fewer fans attending than its competitors.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: 1 positive out of 1,400 tennis virus tests in NY August 18, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___One person who isn’t a player returned a positive result for COVID-19 out of 1,400 tests administered in the controlled environment set up for the U.S. Open and another tennis tournament preceding it at the same site in New York. South Africa has withdrawn from a planned women’s cricket tour of England because of coronavirus-related restrictions.The England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa say “this decision was taken due to the current international travel regulations in place for South African national teams.”South Africa had been scheduled to travel next month and play using the same bubble-style protocol used for men’s tours of England by West Indies, Ireland and Pakistan.The announcement leaves the England women’s team without any confirmed matches for the rest of the year after a planned tour by India was called off last month. The England women’s team has not had a game since the T20 World Cup in Australia in February and March.The ECB says it is in “multiple discussions” to host international women’s cricket tours. The U.S. Tennis Association said Tuesday that the person is asymptomatic and must isolate for at least 10 days.Contact tracing has started to see who might have been exposed to that person and should quarantine for two weeks.The Western & Southern Open, moved this year from Cincinnati to New York because of the coronavirus pandemic, begins Saturday. The U.S. Open starts Aug. 31.Testing began last Thursday.___ It’s the third women’s series to be canceled this year for South Africa following a planned series against Australia in South Africa and a tour of the West Indies.___Two players from Roma’s youth team have tested positive for the coronavirus.The Italian soccer club has not named the players but says they are asymptomatic and have begun self-isolating.Roma says “those who have come into contact with the two individuals have been traced and notified” and adds that “a deep clean and disinfection of the club’s training facilities has also already begun.” The two players, their teammates and the youth team staff will undergo further tests.The team’s training activities have been suspended until at least Aug. 24.___German soccer club Union Berlin wants to hold a pre-season friendly match with 3,000 spectators and is hoping that “preventative” coronavirus tests for fans will allow it to happen.The Bundesliga club says it has applied to the local Treptow-Köpenick health authorities for permission to hold the game with an altered hygiene plan on Sept. 5.last_img read more

As rains continue, prevented planting decisions loom large

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Eric Richer, Chris Bruynis, and Sam Custer, Ohio State University ExtensionCertainly, the Prevented Planting (PP) crop insurance tool has become a hot topic this year. Many of you have had the chance to attend PP meetings or speak with your crop insurance agent. If not, we will try to briefly summarize your options and strongly suggest you talk to your agent or utilize one of the calculators to determine which option best suits your farm operation.Your first option is to plant the corn crop by June 5, the final plant date for corn (or June 20 for soybeans). Up until the final plant date, you are eligible for your full guarantee at the level you have selected. For example, 80% coverage x 170 bushels per acre APH x $4.00 = $544 per acre. If you elect to plant corn after June 5, you will incur a 1% reduction in your guarantee up through June 25, at which time your corn will crop will become uninsurable. For example, if you plant corn on June 8, the guarantee formula (170 APH, 80% coverage) would be: 80% x 170 bushels per acre x $4.00 x 97% = $528 per acre. Planting dates need to be recorded, as these rules apply on field-by-field and acre-by-acre basis.Secondly, you can elect to switch your intended corn acres to soybean acres. You will not have the option to file a PP claim (unless you arrive at June 20 unable to plant soybeans). You will be charged for the soybean insurance premium, not the corn premium. The decision tool referenced earlier will be helpful here as this is not an easy decision. June weather (local and regional), supply/demand economics, trade policy and input options increase the complexity.Your last option is to file for PP, assuming you did not get corn planted by June 5. The mechanics of PP deserve a review to ensure understanding. PP covers Yield Protection (YP), Revenue Protection (RP) and Revenue Protection with Harvest Price Option policies and references the February new crop corn pricing period (aka projected price). The projected price for 2019 corn is $4.00 per bushel and $9.54 per bushel for soybeans. A corn policy has a 55% PP guarantee (buy-up available to 60%) and soybeans a 60% guarantee (with buy-up available to 65%). In order to further be eligible for PP, at least 20 acres or 20% of that unit must not get planted (the lesser of the two). PP does not affect your yield history as long as you do not plant a second crop. So a quick example (80% coverage, 170 bushels per APH) for prevented plant corn would be: 80% x 170 bushels per acre x $4.00 x 55% = $299 per acre.To be sure, there are costs besides the premium that are associated with PP. Are there “restocking fees” associated with returned seed or other inputs? What are the year-long weed control costs? If utilizing cover crops, what will their cost be? What are my land costs or how do I address my land costs? Do I need to pay labor and management costs even though the land wasn’t farmed? And finally, are their opportunity costs (marketing) missed because of taking PP?The reporting of PP acres — should you elect that option — is quite simple. First, the total acres of PP corn that you can file in 2019 can be no greater that the greatest number of acres of corn you reported in any of the previous four years (2015-2018). To report Prevent Plant acres, you would first need to turn in a notice (starting June 6) to your insurance agent. Then report your PP to USDA Farm Service Agency to get it on your acreage report. Then you will need to work with your adjuster to finalize the claim, which will generally be paid within 30 days.Prevented planting insurance payments can qualify for a 1-year deferral for inclusion in income tax. You can qualify if you meet the following criteria:You use the cash method of accounting.You receive the crop insurance proceeds in the same tax year the crops are damaged.You can show that under your normal business practice you would have included income from the damaged crops in any tax year following the year the damage occurred.The third criteria is the sometimes the problem. Most can meet the criteria, although if you want reasonable audit protection, you should have records showing the normal practice of deferring sales of grain produced and harvested in year 1 subsequently stored and sold in the following year.We have reviewed two prevented planting decision tools that can serve as a resource in your decision making process with your crop insurance agent. Both tools also provide resources for determining replant decisions.The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently highlighted their farmdoc decision tool. The farmdoc tool can be used to make calculations for expected returns from three options: 1. Take a prevented planting payment and not plant a crop to be harvested or grazed. 2. Plant corn. 3. Plant another crop.The farmdoc Prevented Planting Module is used to aid in making calculations for each alternative. The Prevented Planting Module is part of the Planting Decision Model, a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet within the FAST series available for download on farmdoc (here). The specific spreadsheet is available (here). The farmdoc model contains Ohio data but also allows you to use your specific numbers.Iowa State also has an article and tool that can be found at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/crops/html/a1-57.html. The Iowa State model can be used to determine three options also: 1. Go ahead and plant the original crop. 2. Plant an alternative crop 3. Abandon the acres, and plant a cover crop.The Iowa State model is designed specifically for Iowa but allows you to use your numbers.last_img read more