Winter garden nap

first_imgBy Terry KelleyUniversity of GeorgiaYou’ve harvested the last of the summer veggies, and you’re ready to hang up your hoe and spade until spring.But don’t abandon the garden spot before the job is finished. Gardens need to be put to bed for the winter. Some fall maintenance will help you avoid several problems next year.The end of the season is the best time to note the varieties that performed particularly well or not so well. Make a map of garden areas that had problem weeds or that stayed wet or didn’t produce well. Identify the weeds if you can.This is an ideal time to take a sample for nematodes, too. The highest populations are while the weather is still hot and plants are still growing. Mark your calendar to take a soil test within the next two months so you’ll have time to apply any needed lime well before spring planting.Remove any trellises you’ve put up. Store them in a dry place. This will help to preserve the life of the trellis materials. Remove any string or plant debris and knock off any excess soil.If you have an irrigation system in the garden, get it ready for winter, too. Remove hoses, sprinklers, drip tape, etc. Store these out of the elements for the winter, after you remove any excess soil or plant debris. Be sure to repair, sharpen and lightly oil garden tools before storage as well.Once all the obstacles are out of the garden, run a rotary mower across it to chop up any plant debris that remains. This allows this debris to dry down faster and keeps weeds from going to seed before frost. Applying a burn-down herbicide after mowing is even better.During the fall, add organic matter such as composted grass clippings, manure and leaves to the garden. Bury the organic matter and debris by turning the land. Then plant a cover crop for the winter. This will help to prevent any soil erosion and can build up the soil when you turn the cover crop under in the spring. A grain such as rye or wheat works well for this.Finally, don’t forget to order your seed catalogs by the end of the year and begin planning next year’s garden. Ordering your seed early in the year will better your chances of getting the varieties you want.Do these things and your garden will have a cozy winter nap. And don’t fret. Spring will be here before you know it. Your garden will awaken refreshed and ready for those summer veggies once again.last_img read more

Hypothermia risk

first_imgWhen temperatures dip into the teens, weather can be more than cold – it can be deadly. The threat of death from hypothermia is greatest for the elderly population. “The really old — people in their 80s and older — are most at risk,” said Connie Crawley, a nutrition and health specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. “It’s important for neighbors and family to check on them in bad weather.” Older people, Crawley said, account for about half of all victims of hypothermia, a harmfully low body temperature — usually 95 degrees or lower. Hypothermia can be fatal if not detected and treated in time. High home heating bills can result in poor elderly being the most susceptible to hypothermia. But many older people who can afford to adequately heat their homes still may not keep themselves warm enough. “The elderly often have poor circulation,” Crawley said. “Many are just not sensitive to body changes. They don’t realize how cold they are. That makes them more at risk.” Older people’s body tissues are more delicate, too, she said. That raises the danger of tissue damage, especially if they have poor circulation. Prevention is by far the best treatment. If you can, keep the room temperature at 70 degrees, and no lower than 65 degrees. Other simple, low-cost things like dressing warmly can help guard against hypothermia, Crawley said. “Dress in layers,” she said. “That’s important, because the air trapped between the layers of clothing acts as insulation.” Long underwear, gloves, socks and sweaters are important winter wear. Take special care to protect hands and feet, where circulation is often poor. A warm hat will help retain a lot of body heat.Wool is warmest, she said. If you’re sensitive to wool, wear a layer of synthetic material or cotton underneath.Flannel sheets, a thermal blanket and a comforter can keep a bed toasty. Wearing socks to bed, and even gloves and a hat, can help, too. The worst thing you could do to warm up is to drink an alcoholic beverage. “Alcohol gives you the illusion of warmth,” Crawley said. “Actually, it will make you less alert, less aware of your body condition. You’ll be more likely to fall asleep and fail to take appropriate action to protect yourself from hypothermia.” Eating warm, nutritious foods also helps. So does moderate exercise, within reason. “Exercise indoors when the weather is cold,” she said. “It helps keep the circulation up. A good option is riding an exercise bike, walking on a treadmill or doing chair aerobics.” If you suspect someone has hypothermia, call a doctor. Signs of hypothermia include pale, waxy skin, slow breathing and a slowed, irregular heartbeat. Sufferers may also be dizzy and drowsy. Other signs are trembling on one side of the body or in one arm or leg, slurred speech, low blood pressure, momentary blackouts and fleeting memory. If the symptoms are severe, get emergency medical help. And while you wait for help, begin the rewarming process. Put the person into a warm bed to rewarm him or her gradually. Don’t use hot water bottles and heating pads because they can get too hot and damage the skin. Also don’t rub the person’s hands or feet, she said. Instead of improving circulation, this can injure tender tissues. Just cover the person with warm materials and get medical help. “The best thing to use is warm towels out of the dryer,” Crawley said. A warm drink of water or milk can help, too, as can raising the feet to force blood to the head. Following these recommendations and checking on the elderly could do more than warm a heart this winter – it could also save a life.last_img read more

Cotton Equipment Donation

first_imgA south Georgia cotton gin is helping the University of Georgia’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park (SIRP) harvest cotton more efficiently thanks to their donation of a cotton module builder and cotton boll buggy.Funston Gin, in Funston, Georgia, donated the two pieces of equipment, valued at $25,000, last harvest season to help the park harvest its cotton plots in the fall. SIRP Superintendent Calvin Perry said the module builder and boll buggy are welcome additions to the park’s inventory, especially given the amount of cotton research conducted at SIRP every year.“When you deal with plots like we do, you may pick some for Dr. (John) Snider today and, in two days, you may pick some for Dr. (Wes) Porter. We just needed a way to better handle cotton between researchers,” Perry said.SIRP enables the study of irrigation effects on various crops, including cotton, peanuts and corn. Perry said that last year, the park devoted 25 acres to cotton research. Those 25 acres were divided into hundreds of different plots that contained the research of different scientists within UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.In previous years, the park used trailers to handle the harvested cotton. Perry said that most current cotton gins are not set up to handle trailers; this led to the need to switch to more modern cotton-handling equipment. Funston Gin has been ginning the park’s cotton for many years. Owner Tom Stallings was eager to aid UGA in cotton research.“It’s a great pleasure to be able to help them. I fully intend to solicit my other cotton partners in the ginning industry and production industry to see if we can’t get more money into researching cotton,” Stallings said.The cotton picker dumps the cotton into the boll buggy trailer after moving through the field. The picked cotton is then transferred into the module builder, a big, rectangular mechanism that presses the picked cotton into big bundles. This allows gin truckers to haul the harvested crop easily from the field.“If we’re waiting a couple of days for a scientist’s plots to be ready, we can let the cotton sit in that boll buggy for a few days under a shelter without having to put it into a module builder and run the risk of having rain get on it. It gives us some handling flexibility that’s very useful,” Perry said. “It definitely serves our needs quite well.”last_img read more

Radon Poster Contest

first_imgStudents should first research the dangers of radon on the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences Extension website at ugaradon.org. The trick is raising people’s awareness of this potential hazard in their homes, said Gabrielle Dean, a radon educator with the UGA Extension Radon Education Program. Household radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, but the hazards of this dangerous gas are still relatively unknown to many Georgia families. Radon is a gas released by the natural decay of uranium deposits contained in Georgia’s granite bedrock. It seeps up through foundations and accumulates in homes. Radon can be a problem anywhere in the state, but higher levels are typically seen in the upper third of Georgia due to the soil conditions and granite bedrock. To help get the word out, the UGA Radon Education Program asks 9- to 14-year-olds across the state each year to design a poster to help alert the general public about the dangers of radon and how they can keep their families safe. The top three winners will receive prizes and be entered into the national contest and their art may be used in future public awareness campaigns. That’s why the University of Georgia Radon Education Program is asking students to get the message out: Testing for radon is easy and could save someone’s life.center_img The deadline for entries is September 29, 2017. They can then create a poster on one of five themes:What is radon?Where does radon come from?How does radon get into our home?Radon can cause lung cancer.Test your home for radon.Winners will be notified in November and may have the chance to meet Gov. Nathan Deal during Radon Awareness Month in January. The good news is that radon problems can be fixed and that testing for radon couldn’t be easier because test kits are available throughout the state at UGA Cooperative Extension offices and online at ugaradon.org. For more information and contest promotional materials, email ugaradon@uga.edu or call 706-583-0602.last_img read more

CVPS nears end of storm restoration and cleanup, Bennington County hit hardest

first_imgCVPS crews restored power to about 14,000 customers after strong winds coupled with heavy rains pushed through the state. Restoration efforts in the Bennington County area from Sunday night’s strong winds were pretty much complete at 5 am Tuesday morning. CVPS reported that it is wrapping up some end-of-the-storm clean-up, and a few individual customer services. Crews also restored power to customers in Rutland and Addison counties and to an additional 900 customers in Windsor County, who lost power due to continued strong winds Monday.The wind damage in Bennington County was extensive. Transmission lines in Arlington were brought down by trees, breaking crossarms and insulators and causing two substations to lock out through the night, and crews spent much of Moday working to repair those lines in off-road locations. CVPS is continuing to patrol its transmission lines in that area as well.‘There are a lot of tree limbs on lines, broken wire, and a lot of scattered tree damage, where each repair is only bringing back a handful of customers,’ said Storm Manager Geno Balestra.Up-to-date outage numbers (by town) can be found at: http://www.cvps.com/CustomerService/outages/default.aspx(link is external)Source: CVPS. 8.24.2010last_img read more

Vermont tax revenues slip below targets for January

first_imgSecretary of Administration Jeb Spaulding released the January 2011 General Fund Revenueresults today. January is the seventh month of fiscal year (FY) 2011. General Fund revenuestotaled $137.78 million for January 2011, and were -$1.61 million or -1.16% below the $139.39million consensus revenue forecast for the month. Year to date, January revenues were $687.16million or -0.23% below target. On a year-over-year basis, January 2011 GF results are 9.3%ahead of the same period for the prior year (January 2010), but, are -2.26% below the FY 2008results through January 2008.‘While it is of note that revenues are ahead of where they were a year ago pretty much across theboard, the fact that January revenues in some key areas such as personal income, sales & use,and rooms & meals were below forecast for the month is good reason for caution goingforward,’ Spaulding stated in characterizing the January results.Revenue targets reflect the revised Fiscal Year 2011 Consensus Revenue Forecast approved bythe Emergency Board at their January 14, 2011 meeting. Statutorily, the State is required torevise the Consensus Revenue Forecast two times per year, in January and July; the EmergencyBoard may schedule interim revisions if deemed necessary.Personal Income Tax (PI) receipts are the largest single state revenue source, and are reported Net-of-Personal Income Tax refunds. Net Personal Income Tax is comprised of PI Withholding Tax, PIEstimated Payments, PI Refunds Paid, and PI Other. Net Personal Income Tax receipts for Januarywere recorded at $73.61 million, or -$1.52 million or -2.02% below the recently revised monthly targetof $75.12 million.Corporate Income Taxes for January are also reported net-of refunds. The January receipts wererecorded at $3.31 million, or +$0.82 million or +32.88% above the monthly target of $2.49 million.The consumption taxes were below target for January: Sales & Use Tax receipts of $25.30million fell short of the monthly target by -$1.45 million (-5.41%); Rooms & Meals Tax receiptsof $10.54 million fell short of target by -$0.72 million (-6.39%).Secretary Spaulding noted that, ‘Although Corporate Tax receipts were ahead of target, the remainingthree of the four major revenue categories fell noticeably below target for January. Of particularconcern was the below target PI withholding tax sub-category which saw -$3.7 million less than therecently revised target; these categories will be closely monitored throughout the spring tax filingseason.’ The Secretary continued by saying, ‘In addition, the below target results in both consumptiontax categories (Sales & Use, and Rooms & Meals) will be watched closely for the remainder of thewinter tourism season.’The year to date results for the four major General Fund categories are as follows: PersonalIncome Tax, $341.13 million (-0.44%); Sales & Use Tax, $132.53 million (-1.08%); Meals &Rooms Tax, $73.77 million (-0.97%); and Corporate, $47.94 million (+1.74%).The remaining tax components include Insurance, Inheritance & Estate Tax, Real PropertyTransfer Tax, and ‘Other’ (which includes: Bank Franchise Tax, Telephone Tax, Liquor Tax,Beverage Tax, Fees, and Other Taxes). The results for the month of January were as follows:Insurance Tax, $0.44 million (-44.71%); Estate Tax, $13.54 million (+11.79%); PropertyTransfer Tax, $1.08 million (+60.65%); and ‘Other’, $9.96 million (-2.22%). Year to dateresults for these categories were: Insurance Tax, $17.89 million (-1.96%); Estate Tax, $19.22million (+8.02%); Property Transfer Tax, $5.21 million (+8.50%); and ‘Other’, $47.18 million(-5.08%). Transportation FundSecretary Spaulding also reported on the results for the non-dedicated Transportation FundRevenue for January. Total non-dedicated Transportation Fund receipts of $16.60 million for themonth were above target by +$0.76 million (+4.83%), against the monthly target of $15.83million. The year to date non-dedicated Transportation revenue was $121.21 million versus thetarget of $120.45 million (+$0.76 million, +0.63%).Individual Transportation Fund revenue receipts components for January were: Gasoline Tax,$5.15 million or -0.66% behind target; Diesel Tax, $1.62 million or +20.08% ahead of target;Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $3.54 million or +10.68% above target; Motor VehicleFees, $4.70 million or +0.71% above target; and Other Fees, $1.58 million or +10.72% in excessof the monthly target. The January year to date Transportation Fund revenue results were:Gasoline Tax, $36.77 million or -0.09% short of target, Diesel Tax, $8.99 million or +3.11%above target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $27.92 million or +1.24% ahead of target;Motor Vehicle Fees, $37.91 million or +0.09% above target; and Other Fees, $9.62 million or+1.62% above target.Secretary Spaulding also reported on the results for the Transportation Infrastructure Bond Fund(’TIB’). TIB Fund Gas receipts for January were $1.32 million or -5.50% below target; year todate receipts of $9.63 million were -0.79% short of target. TIB Fund Diesel receipts were $0.21million or +22.28% above the target for the month; year to date TIB Diesel receipts were $1.08million or 3.62% ahead of the target. TIB Fund receipts are noted below the following table: ConclusionSecretary Spaulding concluded, ‘The national economy continues to improve slowly, whileVermont’s economic picture is mixed, particularly as it relates to slow job growth. The currentmonth’s GF results mean that we will continue to be cautious and closely monitor the upcomingtax filing results; the next eight weeks will be pivotal if the GF revenue is to achieve target in thesecond half of FY 2011.’Source: Spaulding’s office. 2.16.2011 Education FundThe ‘non-Property Tax’ Education Fund revenues (which constitute approximately 11.9% of thetotal Education Fund sources) were released today by Secretary Spaulding. The non-PropertyTax Education Fund receipts for January totaled $15.84 million, or -$1.07 million (-6.34%) shortof the $16.92 million target for the month. Year to date Education Fund revenues were $90.81million or -1.07% behind the year to date target of $91.89 million.The individual Education Fund revenue component results for January were: Sales & Use Tax, $12.65million, or -5.41% below target; Motor Vehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $1.77 million or +10.68%; LotteryTransfer, $1.42 million or -26.22%; and Education Fund Interest, under $0.01 million against a target of$0.02 million (-76.20%). Year-to-date results were: Sales & Use Tax, $66.26 million or -1.08%; MotorVehicle Purchase & Use Tax, $13.96 million or +1.24%; Lottery Transfer, $10.56 million or -4.55%;and Education Fund Interest, $0.03 against a target of $0.05 million (-35.47%).last_img read more

Disaster Recovery Center opens in Newport

first_imgA mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Newport to assist individuals, households and businesses with disaster-related damage caused by late spring storms and flooding in Vermont.  The DRC is staffed with disaster recovery specialists from various federal, state and local agencies and organizations who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related assistance. The mobile unit is located at: Newport City Hall Gymnasium222 Main StreetNewport, VT 05855 The center will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Disaster officials ask that before visiting any DRC, people first register by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov(link is external) or via a web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.  Multilingual registration assistance and help is available. Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; or call 1-800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS).Once someone is registered, staff at a center can quickly review and update applicant information and provide specific answers to individual questions and concerns. Center specialists can also identify possible help from voluntary agencies or provide disaster-related information to reduce future damage risks.Other DRC locations: Mallett’s Bay Fire Station                                                  Barre Municipal Auditorium844 Church Road                                                               16 Auditorium HillColchester, VT 05446                                                        Barre, VT 05641 Swanton Industrial Park10 Precision LaneSwanton, VT 05488 FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.  If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call  1-800-621-3362 FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. SBA disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov(link sends e-mail). Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external) or completed on-line at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).last_img read more

Burlington, VT-based Fuse ranked 26th Best Place to Work in the US

first_imgFuse LLC,Vermont’s Fuse, LLC, a marketing agency that helps brands target teens and young adults, today was named to Outside magazine’s fourth annual ‘Best Places to Work’ list. Fuse was ranked number 26 out of 50 selected companies. The full list and related story will be published in the September issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands August 16, 2011. Outside’s ‘Best Places to Work’ issue celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The year-long selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in the United States. Participating companies were then sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. Fuse fosters a creative environment that encourages people to share insights and inspiration, for continuous learning, and encourages employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance through various perks and policies. Full-time employees receive a ski/snowboard pass to a Vermont resort of their choice and an annual fitness reimbursement that covers fitness, recreational and wellness products/services. Staff are encouraged to use flex time, including half-day Fridays in the summer and comp days for weekend work, and are able to bring dogs to the office.  In addition, Fuse provides periodic employee gifts that help recognize individuals for their dedication and contributions to the agency. ‘It is gratifying for Fuse to be named to one of the Best Places to Work by Outside, as we strive to provide a fun, hard-working atmosphere and encourage our employees to take time to be active both outdoors, socially and on a community level,’ said Bill Carter, Partner at Fuse. ‘This recognition is especially exciting for our team here. We have a great group working together and I am thankful for all of their hard work.’  All of the results were analyzed by Best Companies Group experts, who selected the 50 companies that strive to enhance their employees’ enjoyment of active endeavors, and environmental and social involvement. ‘These 50 companies are successful precisely because they support a proper work-life balance,’ says Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of Outside. ‘Happy workers that feel part of an active community are guaranteed to be more engaged and productive. And the companies on our list are offering amazing benefits: organic cafeterias, on-site fitness classes, reimbursements for gym memberships and ski passes, opportunities for on-the-clock community service, and much more.’About FuseFuse is a youth culture marketing agency founded in 1995, and based in Burlington, VT and New York, NY. The agency connects brands with teens and young adults through sports, music, fashion, video gaming and other relevant cultural interests. Fuse’s services include brand strategy, public relations, event marketing, design, social media and digital services. The Fuse staff, led by Partners Brett Smith, Bill Carter and Issa Sawabini, is comprised of marketing professionals and cultural experts who have worked for some of the most prominent brands and agencies in the country. For more info, visit: FuseMarketing.com About Outside MagazineOutside is America’s leading active lifestyle magazine, with over two million readers a month. For more than 30 years, the magazine has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world outside. Along with receiving many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Visit the magazine online at www.outsideonline.com(link is external).  About The Best Companies GroupBest Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country to establish and manage ‘Best Places to Work,’ ‘Best Companies,’ and ‘Best Employers’ programs on a national, statewide, and regional basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.  About The Outdoor Industry AssociationFounded in 1989, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. Outdoor Industry Association seeks to ensure a healthy and diverse specialty retail and supply chain based on quality, innovation and service. To this end, OIA works diligently to raise the standards of the industry; increase participation in outdoor recreation to strengthen business markets; provide support services to improve member profitability; represent member interests in the legislative/regulatory process; promote professional training and education; support innovation; and offer cost-saving member benefits. Search for outdoor-industry jobs is at OIA’s career center: www.outdoorindustry.org(link is external). BURLINGTON, VT, AUGUST 4, 2011 ‘ Fuse, LLClast_img read more

On the Blogs: Houston-Based Kinder Morgan Gets a Canadian Bailout

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Sightline Institute:In his continuing bid to earn his country the title of most corrupt petro-state, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau just committed his government—or, rather, all of the country’s citizens—to a Can$4.5 billion bailout for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.Trudeau’s government has agreed to buy the existing Trans Mountain Pipeline, along with associated assets, from the current owner, a subsidiary of Houston-based Kinder Morgan, Inc. And despite fierce opposition from the provincial government of British Columbia, First Nations groups, local municipalities, environmental activists, government watchdogs, and any sensible person concerned about the integrity of the Salish Sea, Trudeau plans to move forward with building a second pipeline that would nearly triple flows of heavy tar sands oil to the BC coast.The big winner in all this is Houston’s richest billionaire, Richard Kinder—the executive chairman of Kinder Morgan, a multinational pipeline giant that rose from the ashes of Enron and succeeded in playing the Canadian government like a fiddle throughout the years-long Trans Mountain saga.The losers? Well, just about everyone else, especially the First Nations whose homelands and waters will be threatened by an unwanted pipeline.Financially, the Trans Mountain expansion was always a high-risk endeavor that struggled to attract investors. In the fall of 2016, Kinder Morgan, Inc. signaled that it was looking for joint-venture partners to share costs and risks, and the company continued to look for joint-venture partners through the following spring. Finding no takers, the company announced that it would raise equity through an Initial Public Offering (IPO) by bundling its Canadian assets, along with the Puget Sound Pipeline in Washington, into a shell company.More: Canadian Government Bails Out Houston Billionaire On the Blogs: Houston-Based Kinder Morgan Gets a Canadian Bailoutlast_img read more

Los Angeles utility, developer sign record-low contract for solar-plus-storage project

first_imgLos Angeles utility, developer sign record-low contract for solar-plus-storage project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:When Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced his city’s Green New Deal in April — a plan that will accelerate its zero emissions and renewable energy goals — his words were welcomed by the Sierra Club and other climate activists. Now the city’s Department of Water and Power has presented a proposal that will help turn those words into reality.If approved, the city will enter into a 25-year power purchase agreement for 400 MW AC/530 MW DC of solar electricity at a price of 1.997 cents per kWh — the lowest price yet for solar power in the US. Adding a 100 MW/200 MWh battery will cost an additional 1.3 cents per kWh. The project includes the option to add 50 MW/200 MWh of energy storage for 0.665 cents per kWh more.The project, known as the Eland Solar & Storage Center, will be built in two 200 MW AC phases in Kern County north of the city and proud home of beautiful downtown Bakersfield. In the second phase, the size of the battery storage component may double. In an e-mail to PV Magazine, 8minute Solar says there is no price escalator clause that applies to the second phase of the project.The battery storage can be used to meet the late afternoon, early evening surge in energy demand that occurs on a daily basis. There is a possibility it may also be used to meet some of the early morning increase in demand. Using stored electricity means there is no need to ramp up gas fired peaker plants, which is good news for the environment.Representatives of LA Water and Power say they are drawing up plans for 7 other solar power plants to help meet the city’s needs for electricity in coming years. Construction of the first phase of the project is expected to begin in 2022 with a completion date set for the last day of 2023. When it is brought online, it is expected to supply 5% of the city’s renewable energy needs. More: Los Angeles & 8minute Solar announce 25-year PPA at under 2 cents per kWh!last_img read more