‘If You Build It, They Will Nest’ Fun Birdhouse Competition for All Ages Mixes Architecture with Art

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Design ‘If You Build It, They Will Nest’ Fun Birdhouse Competition for All Ages Mixes Architecture with Art Pasadena & Foothill AIA Chapter Partners with Pasadena Community Garden to Find Avian Creativity in Seven Categories. Winners to Be Announced at Garden Party on October 4, 2014 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, August 15, 2014 | 12:10 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Have a birdhouse idea that needs to take wing? Want to give your feathered friends a little leisure lair?The AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter of the AIA (PF-AIA), in partnership with the Pasadena Community Garden (PCG), is accepting entries for a birdhouse competition to be judged on October 4, 2014 at Pasadena Community Garden.The fun design-and-build contest is open to area residents of all ages, regardless of skill level, with winners named in seven categories, including:• Children (up to age 12)• Family• Architect• Adult• Adult team (of two or more)• Sustainable (using 100 percent recycled materials)• Senior (age 65 or older)The deadline for contest entries is October 1, 2014. To enter, amateur and professional avian visionaries can register to build a birdhouse at the PF-AIA website (aiapf.org). The entry fee is $25, and proceeds from the birdhouse competition will go toward the PF-AIA’s young-architect education scholarship and PCG’s education and beautification programs.“The Pasadena & Foothill Chapter of the AIA is excited to partner with the Pasadena Community Garden for our first-ever Birdhouse Competition. Everyone is invited to build a birdhouse and come out to join in the fun of this great family event,” said Mitch Sawasy, chapter president. “It’s a great way for everyone to design and build afunctional piece of art.”“This is the second time we’ve partnered with the local chapter of the AIA,” said Pasadena Community Garden Board President Ron Garretson. “Initially, AIA architects helped us design our garden, which now enables our more than 100 members to grow healthy, pesticide-free vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers. This second collaboration — `Tweet Treats … and All That Jazz’ — will help us expand our community education programs, intended to promote health and well-being, and continue developing the garden by planting water-wise and drought-resistant California natives and succulents.”The final judging takes place at the Pasadena Community Garden, 721 S. Pasadena Ave, Pasadena, from 11:00 a.m. ­ 3:00 p.m. on October 4. The event will feature music, food and other garden entertainment. Awards will be given out in all seven categories, and builders have the option to donate their birdhouses to a silent auction, which will benefit both organizations’ causes.For more information, visit aiapf.org.center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Subscribe Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Herbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Normal To Date Your BFF’s Ex?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeauty 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newslast_img

Armed raiders told woman they would shoot her daughter

first_imgTwitter Man arrested after suspected gun and ammunition found following pursuit of car in Limerick Sunville House in County LimerickA LIMERICK mother, who was recovering from breast cancer surgery, was having a bath when a gang of armed raiders burst in to her home.Ann Garvey, of Sunville House, Pallasgreen told Judge John Hannan at Limerick Circuit Court last week that the men, who were armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a baseball bat and a sledgehammer, said her daughter would be shot if she didn’t give them the key to the safe.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ms Garvey was giving her evidence in the trial of Patrick Roche, (52), of Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin, Dublin; his son Philip Roche (24) of the same address and Alan Freeman (37) of Pearse Park, Tipperary Town who all pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated burglary at the Garvey home on April 16, 2012.Both Patrick and Philip Roche have also pleaded not guilty to an aggravated burglary at the home of William, Nora and Christina Creed at Ballyluddy, Pallasgreen, on May 31, 2012.Ms Garvey told the court that she had undergone a mastectomy and was taking a bath when the men broke in to her home. The mother-of-four said that her husband, Gerard was handcuffed in the sitting room and had a sawn-off shotgun pressed to his forehead.One of their daughters was bound with cable ties and her twin brother was punched in the face and threatened with a baseball bat.Gerard Garvey said that when he went to investigate a loud bang in the living room, he was confronted by a gang who had smashed the patio door. He said there were three or four figures dressed in black and wearing balaclavas.He was looking down the barrel of a sawn-off shotgun as they forced him and his daughter to the ground.The man with the gun said: “we’ll blow your head off and we will take your kids away and you’ll never see them again”.They demanded the key of the safe which contained $3,000 and £5,000 but they wanted more.Sgt Helen Holden told Judge Hannan that when she arrived to Sunville House, she found a scene of “panic, pandemonium, and trauma”.Det Garda Niamh Brosnan, who was accompanied by Det Garda Senan O’Sullivan said that the family were extremely upset and shocked at what had happened and that Gerry Garvey was still in handcuffs and had to be freed with bolt cutters.The trial is expected to last another four weeks. Advertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet Man charged with assault causing harm to shop worker after arrest on suspicion of coughing on victim NewsArmed raiders told woman they would shoot her daughterBy Staff Reporter – June 21, 2017 1362 TAGSAnn GarveyCourtfeaturedGerard Garveysunville house Linkedin Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Print Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous article#WATCH Statue of Anthony Foley unveiled on Clancy’s StrandNext articleNew O’Connell Street will put pedestrians first Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email 27 month delay in justice at Limerick courts Sunville House in County Limerick Rape Crisis welcomes publication of O’Malley report last_img read more

Obama Administration Releases February Housing Scorecard

first_img Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, Market Studies, News, REO Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the February edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard on Friday. The report found that new home sales rose, foreclosure completion were down, and home prices remained stable.New home purchases rose to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 468,000, a 9.6 percent increase for the month of January. This increase was the highest since mid-2008, and 2.2 percent above January, 2013 sales.The government’s loss mitigation programs appear to working. The Making Home Affordable program (MHA) has executed over 1.9 million homeowner assistance actions, while the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) “has offered nearly 2.2 million loss mitigation and early delinquency interventions through January,” according to the report.”The standards set by the Making Home Affordable program and our quarterly servicer assessments have positively impacted the mortgage servicing industry,” said Treasury Acting Assistant Secretary Tim Bowler. “While the housing market as a whole has made significant progress, servicers still have room for improvement and Treasury will continue to press the industry to improve servicer performance.”The report comments, “The Administration’s programs continue to encourage improved standards and processes in the industry, with HOPE Now lenders offering families and individuals nearly 4.0 million proprietary modifications through December (data are reported with a two month lag).”In total, 8.1 million mortgage modifications and other mortgage assistance arrangements were completed between April, 2009 and the end of January, 2014.On a more local level, HUD’s neighborhood stabilization program, which helps communities address foreclosed or abandoned homes, has completed or rehabilitated 32,000 units while providing direct assistance to 10,800 homeowners.The Home Affordable Mortgage Program (HAMP) has saved an estimated $25.5 billion to date in monthly mortgage payments.Mortgage rates were a reported 4.37 percent, and 30,226 U.S. properties were repossessed by lenders in January, down 40 percent from one year ago—to their lowest level since July 2007. Completed foreclosures were 4 percent below their December level.Mortgage delinquency rates for prime mortgages fell slightly from 3.2 to 3.1, and for subprime borrowers delinquencies showed a similar fall, from 32.1 percent to 32 percent.Homeowners’ equity jumped over $400 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, reaching over $10 trillion for the first time since 2007. Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / Obama Administration Releases February Housing Scorecard Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Housing Scorecard HUD Treasury 2014-03-10 Colin Robinscenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Obama Administration Releases February Housing Scorecard Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Colin Robins is the online editor for DSNews.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Housing Scorecard HUD Treasury Previous: DS News Webcast: Monday 3/10/2014 Next: Florida’s Statute of Limitations: All is Not Lost After Five Years About Author: Colin Robins March 10, 2014 800 Views Subscribelast_img read more

Gardai warn Donegal business owners over email scam

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai are warning businesses in Donegal about an email scam that has been targeting people across the country.An email is sent from an apparent senior member of staff and appears to be genuine due to the address in the “From” box reflecting the genuine email address of the senior member of staff.The content of the email is a request of immediate payment outside normal protocol due to unforeseen circumstances.Gardai are urging Businesses to have a specific documented internal process for the arrangement and authorisation of payments.Crime Prevention Officer, Sgt Paul Wallace is asking any requests made outside of that procedure, should be regarded as suspicious and reported to the Gardai immediately:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/paul1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter By admin – November 6, 2015 Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+center_img Pinterest Previous articleMcIlroy not happy with second round in ChinaNext articleMan held at knifepoint in armed robbery in Derry admin Gardai warn Donegal business owners over email scam RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Homepage BannerNews Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Fission-track evidence for the thermotectonic evolution of a Mesozoic-Cenozoic fore-arc, Antarctica

first_imgZircon and apatite fission-track data from the LeMay Group accretionary complex and Fossil Bluff Group fore-arc basin sequence on Alexander Island (Antarctica) record a common regional Cretaceous and Cenozoic thermal and denudational history. With the exception of zircon data from samples closest to the trench, the apatite and zircon central ages are substantially less than known and, inferred stratigraphic ages. Thermal modelling of the data indicate cooling from maximum palaeotemperatures in the range 180–350°C at c. 100 Ma. A younger period of accelerated cooling occurred between 40 and 35 Ma with final cooling to surface temperatures taking place at reduced rates through the Tertiary. The start of cooling was close in time to the end of deposition within the fore-arc basin and is consistent with structural evidence for Cretaceous deformation in a strike-slip setting. The accelerated, Early Tertiary cooling episode was broadly coeval with, and may have been caused by ridge–trench collisions and cessation of subduction off-shore Alexander Island. Zircon and apatite age data, from magmatic rocks emplaced in the fore-arc region in Late Cretaceous and Tertiary times, are close to their age of crystallization. This indicates rapid cooling of both fission-track systems from temperatures >350°C to read more

High-temperature tolerance in anhydrobiotic tardigrades is limited by glass transition

Survival in microhabitats that experience extreme fluctuations in water availability and temperature requires special adaptations. To withstand such environmental conditions, tardigrades, as well as some nematodes and rotifers, enter a completely desiccated state known as anhydrobiosis. We examined the effects of high temperatures on fully desiccated (anhydrobiotic) tardigrades. Nine species from the classes Heterotardigrada and Eutardigrada were exposed to temperatures of up to 110 degrees C for 1 h. Exposure to temperatures of up to 80 degrees C resulted in a moderate decrease in survival. Exposure to temperatures above this resulted in a sharp decrease in survival, with no animals of the families Macrobiotidae and Echiniscidae surviving 100 degrees C. However, Milnesium tardigradum (Milnesidae) showed survival of >90% after exposure to 100 degrees C; temperatures above this resulted in a steep decrease in survival. Vitrification is assumed to play a major role in the survival of anhydrobiotic organisms during exposure to extreme temperatures, and consequently, the glass-transition temperature (T-g) is critical to high-temperature tolerance. In this study, we provide the first evidence of the presence of a glass transition during heating in an anhydrobiotic tardigrade through the use of differential scanning calorimetry. read more

Scoreboard roundup — 8/19/19

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLAMERICAN LEAGUEKansas City 5, Baltimore 4Seattle 9, Tampa Bay 3Houston 5, Detroit 4Chi White Sox 6, Minnesota 4Texas 8, LA Angels 7NATIONAL LEAGUESan Diego 3, Cincinnati 2Washington 13, Pittsburgh 0St. Louis 3, Milwaukee 0Arizona 5, Colorado 2NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASONSan Francisco 24, Denver 15Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. August 20, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 8/19/19 Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

The Magic Beans Announce Surprise, Intimate Concert In Denver Just Before Thanksgiving

first_imgThe Magic Beans have already long established themselves as Colorado’s premier jam act, and they’ve decided to show thanks to the state by announcing a very intimate, last minute show in downtown Denver, on the day before Thanksgiving. This very special night of music will take place at the one of Denver’s hippest new upscale clubs and premier restaurant, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. The venue holds 400 people at peak capacity, and even with the surprise announcement coming two weeks out, the event is set for a sell-out. They’ll be joined by Skydyed, a live-tronica project from Fort Collins that has been making big waves in the scene.The Beans have promised new original debuts, a slew of musical friends joining in, and an unforgettable night of music. The band is fresh off a performance at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium wtih the Funky Meters and Infamous Sringdusters, as well as a sold out HallowBean run. If you’re in Colorado for the holidays, this is must hit show.Here is a video of the last time Magic Beans took over Denver at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom:For tickets, follow this link. If you’re heading to Phish come New Year’s time, don’t miss The Magic Beans and Spafford getting things done, late night style. Both bands will be on hand at American Beauty, just a few blocks away from MSG, on December 30th and 31st. Late night raging commence! Details here.[Photo via Dylan Langille, OntheDL Photography]last_img read more

Text of Governor Douglas’ letter on veto of Vermont Yankee decommissioning bill

first_imgMay 7, 2008The Honorable David A. GibsonSecretary of the SenateState House115 State Street, Drawer 33Montpelier, VT 05633Dear Mr. Secretary: Pursuant to Chapter II, Section 11 of the Vermont Constitution, I am returning S.373, An Act Relating to Full Funding of Decommissioning Costs of a Nuclear Plant without my signature because of my objections described herein. The safety, reliability and affordability of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station (the Yankee Station) are the most important issues related to its continued operation. I remain unwavering in my commitment to ensuring Vermont’s best interests are represented and that in every discussion of our energy future the safety and reliability of this facility come first. That is why I called for an independent safety assessment and look forward to signing legislation supporting a comprehensive audit of the Yankee Station. Vermonters need affordably priced power to grow the economy and create more and better paying jobs. As Vermont’s employers have made abundantly clear, they oppose this legislation because it would unnecessarily and substantially increase the future cost of electricity on both businesses and families. I agree. There is no doubt that increases in electricity costs slow economic growth and impair job creation, but rising electricity bills also impair the ability of working families to make ends meet. Achieving prosperity through affordability will remain a core focus of my administration. At a time when growing the economy must be state government’s top priority, I will not allow this legislation-or any other irresponsible legislation-to become law that would slow economic growth, or make our families less prosperous. I fully support ensuring that there is adequate funding for the total decommissioning of the Yankee Station by Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee (VY) whenever that should occur. There are, however, existing procedures to accomplish this goal, and many of my additional objections to S.373 are directed at the intrusion of the General Assembly in a matter better left to the expertise and procedures of the regulatory system and to the quasi-judicial Public Service Board (PSB). Indeed, S.373 can be characterized as legislative activity that risks blurring the lines of Government at the state and federal level, resulting ultimately in an unnecessary duplication of time and resources. Vermonters should know that VY is currently operating under a PSB order issued in 2002 that holds it responsible for the complete decommissioning of the Yankee Station. The anticipated cost of decommissioning is currently estimated to be $893 million. Today, approximately $425 million of that amount is in an established decommissioning trust fund. Because the PSB anticipated that the decommissioning fund might not be fully funded at the time the Yankee Station ceased operation, the PSB authorized VY in that 2002 order to use a decommissioning method, referred to as SAFSTOR, in which the nuclear facility is placed and maintained in a safe storage condition while the decommissioning fund grows and the facility is decontaminated. SAFSTOR is a decommissioning method approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Entergy Corporation, VY’s parent corporation, is also obligated by that same PSB order to guarantee $60 million of operating costs after the Yankee Station’s removal from commercial operation. This guarantee is Entergy’s only responsibility for decommissioning type activities under the PSB order currently in effect. S.373 purports to legislatively after the fact change the nature of this PSB order and to direct the outcome of a pending PSB docket, opened in January 2008, in which Entergy is seeking PSB approval to transfer the Yankee Station to another corporation, NewCo. The PSB’s responsibility is to determine whether this proposed transfer is in the public good. The PSB is required by law to review several factors, including the financial stability and soundness, technical knowledge and competence, and generally the effect on Vermont if the transaction were to be approved. The PSB has the authority and responsibility to impose conditions if the transfer is ultimately approved to ensure the public is protected. S.373, however, requires that the PSB determine, without the benefit of evidentiary hearings, “that the nuclear plant’s decommissioning fund and other funds and financial guarantees available solely for the purpose of decommissioning are adequate to pay for complete and immediate decommissioning at the time of the acquisition…” In other words, S.373 sets out to ultimately change the balance of public good in the pending PSB docket by demanding a payment in excess of $450 million, or its financial equivalent, if the transfer is approved. The General Assembly has substituted its judgment for that of the PSB and the NRC — the two regulatory bodies that have the ultimate authority regarding these matters and who have not deemed it to be in the public’s interest to order these payments to date. The consequences of such a mandate are many. First and foremost, S.373 is built upon several false premises. Key among them is that S.373 is merely cementing in statute an obligation already owed by Entergy Corporation. This is simply not accurate. As noted above, the current PSB orders hold VY, not Entergy, fully responsible for the Yankee Station’s decommissioning while Entergy is only responsible for a $60 million guarantee of funds to be committed to this process. In fact, if the NewCo transfer is approved by the PSB, responsibilities for decommissioning will remain with VY and Entergy’s $60 million guarantee will be converted to letters of credit from an investment grade banking institution. In addition, when the PSB allowed the sale of the facility in 2002, its order recognized that a great financial risk was being transferred away from Vermont ratepayers onto VY. The PSB stated:In today’s Order, we approve the sale of VermontYankee and the associated commitment for the presentowners to purchase 510 MW of power from the stationuntil 2012. We do so for two primary reasons. First,we conclude that ENVY and ENO will be likely tooperate the plant as well as, or better than, the current owners.Second, we find that, under most reasonably foreseeablescenarios, the transactions are highly likely to producean economic benefit for Vermont ratepayers. Together,these findings lead us to conclude that the sale will promotethe general good. . . In addition, the sale has the advantageof transferring to ENVY significant financial risks associatedwith continued ownership of Vermont Yankee. If the costs ofoperation increase (due to equipment failures, increased securityor other reasons), ENVY will bear the additional expenses;Green Mountain, Central Vermont, and Vermont ratepayerswill be shielded. Similarly, increases in the contributionsneeded to ensure decommissioning upon shutdown will not bepassed on to Vermont consumers.- Docket 6545, Order of 6/13/2002 at 3-4. In exchange for the transfer of risk to VY and the ability for it to use the SAFSTOR method to ensure funds are available for full decommissioning, Vermont ratepayers benefited by a $180 million sale price and a favorable Power Purchase Agreement between VY and Green Mountain Power Corporation and Central Vermont Public Service Company. The Power Purchase Agreement has, and will, save Vermonters approximately $743 million from 2003-2012 based on past market prices and future market forecasts. It is reasonable to conclude that had Vermont regulators required Entergy Corporation to make contributions to the fund at the time of the sale instead of transferring the risk to VY, the terms of the Power Purchase Agreement would have been far less favorable to Vermonters. S.373 also prematurely characterizes the decommissioning fund as “underfunded.” Just last year, the Legislature mandated several studies in Act 160 that are currently being undertaken by the Department of Public Service. The studies will analyze the decommissioning fund to determine if there are any material weaknesses in the fund prior to the State’s negotiations with VY when and if the Yankee Station is relicensed. These studies will be completed by year’s end, and then we will have a factual basis for understanding the status of the decommissioning fund and acting in an informed fashion. The Department has retained an independent financial expert who will study the many aspects of the financial obligations and capacity of VY to meet their commitments. The conclusions and recommendations from the responsible due diligence required by these studies is unknown because they are not yet complete. Instead of allowing the studies to conclude, the General Assembly chose to short-circuit a careful determination of the facts that may prove detrimental to Vermonters in the end. Whether it is prudent to require VY to make additional payments than those currently anticipated is a determination that I agree must be made–but not until all the facts are available on safety, reliability, and decommissioning. Another reason that I will not approve S.373 is because of the General Assembly’s unprecedented attempt to enact a new law that in fact would apply to an ongoing case before the PSB. Although it is not unusual for the General Assembly to share their concerns and opinions on matters pending before the Board through letters and public statements, I believe the General Assembly should not have attempted to go so far as to actually change the law, and hence the rules of the game, in the middle of an open docket. Finally, the PSB was created by the Legislature to delve into highly technical matters and the intricacies of transactions like NewCo to determine whether they servethe public good. It is through the evidentiary process, the written and oral testimony by experts in the field, and the crucible of cross-examination that the PSB makes its determinations. S.373 removes an important quasi-judicial decision from the body with the expertise, resources and authority to make it and instead allows legislative action to determine the outcome. After careful consideration of the facts, I am returning S.373. Sincerely, James H. Douglas GovernorJHD/pbblast_img read more

Strata Solar’s new battery storage project in California will replace planned gas peaker plant

first_imgStrata Solar’s new battery storage project in California will replace planned gas peaker plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Another of the world’s largest battery projects is moving forward with construction in Southern California amid the coronavirus slowdown.Strata Solar will begin construction in July on its 100-megawatt/400-megawatt-hour battery plant in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles along the coast. County authorities signed off on the final approvals over Zoom, allowing the project to keep on schedule, Strata SVP of Energy Storage Joshua Rogol told Greentech Media. It should be operational by early 2021.That’s a welcome development for a project that serves as a test case for replacing new natural-gas plants with non-emitting battery storage. Strata’s Ventura Energy Storage project is the largest of a portfolio of batteries that utility Southern California Edison procured in place of a new NRG gas plant on the beach in Oxnard, California.Strata Solar has installed a few batteries already, but the Ventura project vaults the company into the big leagues. Only a handful of companies have attempted building a battery at the 100-megawatt scale, starting with Tesla in South Australia. But the ranks are swelling constantly; SCE alone signed deals for four more earlier this month.Per the contract with SCE, the Ventura system will deliver resource adequacy by bidding into the day-ahead CAISO markets. The utility can also make a handful of emergency calls per year in the event of wildfires or other grid constraints. As long as it fulfills those obligations, the battery is free to maximize revenue elsewhere in the energy and ancillary services markets.“Generally speaking, we’re going to be charging the battery during peak solar hours, when energy prices are low or negative, and potentially discharging during peak demand hours, when folks are coming home, trying to smooth out that duck curve,” Rogol said.[Julian Spector]More: Strata blazes ahead with California gas peaker replacement battery, taps Teslalast_img read more