Environmental, solar groups protest SDG&E’s attempts to change net metering 2.0

first_imgEnvironmental, solar groups protest SDG&E’s attempts to change net metering 2.0Three environmental groups and an elected official joined the solar industry in a rally against the San Diego utility’s attempts to change the details of the successor program to net metering. March 17, 2016 pv magazine Legal Markets Markets & Policy Share Yesterday the local solar industry and environmentalists took the fight over net metering to the offices of San Diego Gas & Electric Company’s (SDG&E) offices, in a rally which called for California regulators to hold their ground against utility attempts to change the January net metering 2.0 decision. On March 8, SDG&E and Southern California Edison (SCE) filed a request asking for a re-hearing from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), proposing specific modifications to the details of the program. Additionally, utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) called for the CPUC to void the decision and start over.Net metering 2.0 will replace the state’s existing net metering program in July 2017 or when utility-specific program caps are met, which is expected to happen this summer in San Diego. The original process to develop net metering 2.0 took 22 months, and resulted in a 3-2 decision which the solar industry has claimed as a victory. However, SDG&E wants a number of changes, including making net metering customers pay for transmission in “non-bypassable charges”.The protest was organized by the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CalSEIA), the local chapter of the Sierra Club, San Diego 350.org and the Climate Action Campaign. Additionally, San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob spoke at the rally against SDG&E’s proposal. One of the primary concerns is that SDG&E is using funds from its captive ratepayers to fund this legal battle, and by extension to defend its monopoly from competition. “State regulators need to stand firm and not cave into pressure from SDG&E and other giant utilities to gut our booming rooftop solar industry,” said Jacob. “SDG&E and its fat-cat executives don’t like competition, but San Diego ratepayers deserve real energy options.”In response, SDG&E sent out a press release citing its support from the Urban League. “We urged the CPUC to correct the unfairness of the net energy metering rules that are forcing the low-income and working poor residents that we serve to pay for the solar of much wealthier people,” said Urban League of San Diego County President and CEO Ray King in the release. “We were ignored in the final decision, but now the commission can take the opportunity to correct the social injustice.” But while SDG&E alleges impact to low-income customers, California’s Office of Ratepayer Advocates backed the final net metering 2.0 decision instead of siding with the utilities.SDG&E and its opponents in the solar and renewable energy community agree on little here, including the size of the protest. A press release from CalSEIA claims that over 150 persons attended the protest, whereas SDG&E’s estimate was 30. A panoramic photo supplied by CalSEIA shows around 70 protestors, however the organization notes that attendees came and went and that not all the protestors could be seen in any one photo.This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact: [email protected] content ITRPV: Large formats are here to stay Mark Hutchins 29 April 2021 pv-magazine.com The 2021 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics (ITRPV) was published today by German engineering association VDMA. The re… Submarine cable to connect 10.5 GW wind-solar complex in Morocco to the UK grid Emiliano Bellini 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com UK-based Xlinks is planning to build 10.5 GW of wind and solar in Morocco and sell the power generated by the huge plant in the UK. 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Global solar PV capacity set to soar – Goldman Sachs

first_imgFor 2021 and 2022 the bank expected capacity to reach 129GW and 135GW. “We anticipate some of the strongest growth to materialise in key regions such as the US, Europe, and the Middle East while we see some potential upside emerging in China where demand appears to have stabilised in recent months following a collapse through the latter part of 2018,” it added. “We expect the combination of lower costs for solar and favourable policy support providing a multi-year runway for utility-scale to drive meaningful upside to the market,” the US investment bank said in a research note. Generation AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA US bank Goldman Sachs has reported that global utility-scale solar power capacity is expected to grow by double digits in 2019 and 2020, driven by growth in the US, Middle East, and China markets.center_img Reuters reported that according to Goldman Sachs, it expected global utility-scale solar installations to reach 108GW in 2019, up 12% on the previous year, and grow by a further 10% in 2020 to 119GW. TAGSsolar PVutility-scale solar Previous articleUN calls for urgent intervention as natural resource use escalatesNext articleUganda: $27m approved for Kikagati hydropower plant ESI Africa RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Finance and Policy BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

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3 ways India could solve its migrant crisis amidst a pandemic

first_imgIt’s painful for any human to see a fellow being eat a dead animal for want of food, to see him walk thousands of kilometres in scorching heat for want of shelter, to see fellow beings get overrun by trains and trucks as they walk hundreds of kilometres to their homes, even as government’s own transport infrastructure stagnates in its coach yards.A colossal mismanagement in the movement of migrant labourers across India caused by a sudden lockdown has created the largest humanitarian crisis, dwarfing the pandemic in India.India’s internal migrants account for 37% of its population or about 450 million migrants, as per Census 2011. However, inter-state migrants account for 12% or just about 54 million.The ones who are severely impacted by the sudden lockdown are our taxi drivers, rickshaw pullers, house-maids, construction workers, factory labourers working across India’s urban centres.Caused by an overnight loss of wages, jobs and subsequently food and shelter, the workers started walking towards home, sometimes covering distances of over 1,000 kilometres.An overnight lockdown on their jobs has created one of the biggest migrant movements, the world has ever seen since after Syrian refugee crisis of 2015, which displaced about 5 million.It is unlikely that hungry men would fear jail for flouting a lockdown. If only they would be thankful that the state arrest and provid them shelter and food.However, even as the current man-made crisis unfolds amidst a natural pandemic, there are lessons to be learnt, in how to deal with the situation going forward.Here are three ways India could have avoided a mass migration of workers:1. Give ample notice to any economic lockdown: If India would have given even a 5-7 day notice to a lockdown just like other countries such as Singapore, UK and NZ, migrant workers would have made some arrangements to reach homes, like they do on major festivals every year. Factories would have prepared for a temporary closure for a few weeks, keeping minimal staff to maintain hazardous equipment or chemicals.Now, when these workers are already on roads in other states trying to reach their homes, it will be difficult for factories to start mass manufacturing.2. Announce wage support for the vulnerable: Like other countries, if India announces a minimum guarantee of even Rs 5000-Rs 6000 per month in Jan Dhan accounts, most workers would still avoid migration. They would have some money to keep a roof on their heads, till the curve flattens.While some nations have done it through employers, others have resorted to direct benefit transfers, sponsoring majority of the wages of the employees, and making any retrenchment illegal. Such models have worked in Germany, US, UK, Canada, Australia, in ensuring lockdown.Even if the government decided to deposit Rs 5,000 each month till three months in all 318 million Jan Dhan accounts, the total money needed would be Rs 4.77 lakh crores, much lesser than the Rs 20 lakh crore announced by the Union government.Deposit Rs 15,000 in just one person’s account in a household, and the figure could fall to less than Rs 1.2 lakh crore.In fact, Aadhaar was conceptualised for this very reason of easing Direct Benefit Transfers.Another model is paying through MNREGA. Since 2014-15 there has been a 25% increase in youth registered under MNREGA, due to rising unemployment in India.The decision to use MNREGA than JanDhan accounts as the only means of direct benefit transfer could increase migration. Most work under the MNREGA scheme is available in rural areas where the youth can at least get 100 days of guaranteed unskilled work.While this will declutter cities in the long term, in the short term it could mean more migration, amidst a pandemic.While the virus cannot be eliminated from the face of earth, lockdowns do buy time to rapidly scale up healthcare infrastructure.3. Arrange transport for the stranded migrants: Indian Railways, is world’s fourth largest railway network. spread over 95,000 kilometres.India has about 13,523 trains, as per 2018-19 data. The entire network transports over 23 million people daily.The country has over 1.6 million registered buses in India and there are over 10 million trucks in India. While there are no estimates for the current migrant crisis, even if all the 54 million migrants decided to go home tomorrow, Indian railways has the capacity to transport them all within days.Going by last year’s figures, it already transports the entire inter-state migrant worker population of India of over 54 million from point A to B, every two days.A minimum support given by the government earlier would have meant that the workers could have paid for their own fare.States could ask for district wise trains from where state buses and trucks would ply these migrants back to their villages.NGOs could have helped IRCTC in providing the migrants a satisfying meal a day, on trains.As the world knows it now, infection caused due to a coronavirus is not a dangerous disease if managed well.There was a fear that these migrants could carry the virus with them to hinterlands. But that is manageable through screening, social distancing, running partly empty trains and buses.Even if a fraction of the migrant workers currently on roads are infected with the disease, perils of the arduous journey could mean higher fatalities.A study sample of 835 migrants shows that one in four labourers were tested positive upon their return to Bihar from Delhi, this month.State machinery can inform via SMSes those migrants who are already in the midst of their journey of trains being arranged for them at the next district station.Screening and quarantine facilities just outside railway stations could be needed at district levels.All these steps, could alleviate a crisis, which could be emerge even bigger than the pandemic, the world is facing.last_img read more

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At least three dead as Zeta slams the South: Latest

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — At least three people are dead after Hurricane Zeta slammed into the South. The storm is now racing to the Northeast.One person died in New Orleans and another in Biloxi, Mississippi.In Acworth, Georgia, a man was killed when a large oak tree uprooted and fell through the corner of a mobile home, authorities said.More than two million customers are without power Thursday morning across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.Zeta made landfall Wednesday as a Category 2 storm in Cocodrie, Louisiana, just south of New Orleans. Zeta marked the strongest storm to hit the U.S. this late in the season since 1899.Louisiana has been especially hit hard this hurricane season. Zeta was the fifth storm to hit the state.Zeta has now moved into northern Alabama and Georgia Thursday morning.Some of the heavy rain and gusty winds from Zeta will move into the Northeast Thursday afternoon and evening, with flooding possible from Washington, D.C., to southern New England.Some of the worst flooding will be from D.C. to central New Jersey.The rain will begin to change to snow once Zeta reaches northern New York and New England Thursday evening.By Friday morning, the heaviest rain will be done, but whatever rain is left will be changing to snow very quickly from Pennsylvania into most of New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut.Snowfall totals could reach up to 4 inches from upstate New York into Vermont, New Hampshire and higher elevations of western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Assistant Professor of Art Education, Fine & Performing Arts

first_imgDATE AVAILABLE:  August 9, 2021 Founded in 1905, Northwest places a high emphasis onprofession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart ontheir careers. Students have opportunities to build their résuméswith experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, includingthe Horace MannLaboratory School, National Public Radio affiliateKXCV, the R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo OutdoorEducation Recreation Area or Knacktive, astudent-driven integrated digital marketing communicationsagency. DEPARTMENT:  The Department of Fine andPerforming Arts is home to three academic disciplines – Art (150majors), Music (100 undergraduate majors, NASM accredited), andTheatre (60 majors).  The Department focuses primarily onteaching, providing a high degree of interaction between facultyand students, as well as serving as a cultural hub for the region.The Art discipline includes study in ceramics, sculpture, drawing,graphic design, digital media, painting, fibers, photography,printmaking, art history, and teaching (K-12). For more informationvisit our website at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/finearts/index.htm. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:Teach 23-26 credit hours per academic year including allcourses in Art Education (including Principles of Art Education,Visual Art Concepts, Art Education Senior Seminar, Methods ofSecondary School Art, Methods of Elementary Art Education, Art inthe Elementary School)Coordinate all aspects of the Art Education program, includingserving as art faculty team representative to the Teacher Educationunit, observing student field work (i.e. student teaching),monitoring the progress of art education majors throughout theirprograms, and keeping the art education curriculum current withstandards for continued accreditation and state certificationTeach courses in Fibers, operate relevant technologies, andmanage class-related materials inventory related to the fibersstudio areaTeach other courses according to department needs including acollaborative art education course with the School ofEducationMaintain a sustained record of scholarship/creativeactivityAdvise students and supervise Art Education studentorganizationSupervise student employees, assist with or supervise potentialinternships, and mentor students’ creative activitiesParticipate in University service including committee work anddepartmental service and recruitment projectsOperate web-based and other relevant technologies, including inadvisement and teaching duties. APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Review ofapplications will begin immediately. The position will remain openuntil filled. WORKING CONDITIONS:  The department ishighly collegial and supportive across all disciplines (art, music,and theatre). Each faculty member is provided with an up-to-datenotebook computer and an individual office. Some night and weekendhours may be required. UNIVERSITY: With an enrollment of more than7,200 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residentialfour-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate andselected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well asits Northwest-KansasCity location at the Northland Innovation Center andthrough NorthwestOnline. SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervise student employees; Assist with or supervisepotential internships (including education practica/studentteaching) and mentor students’ creative activities; Potentialopportunities for future administrative duties also may beavailable.EQUIPMENT/MATERIALS USED:  Standard officeequipment, University issued laptop computer, and classrooms aretechnology-enhancedTYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Ability tocomplete essential classroom functions and the ability to lift upto 20 pounds  Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offersmore than 150 student organizations, and textbooksand a laptop are included in tuition, whichis amongthe lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $7,200over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employmentpositions, allowing students to build professional skills throughits internationally benchmarked student employment program.Designated the Missouri Arboretum, the Northwest campus was namedone of the “50Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in theU.S.” REQUIREMENTS:      Education:Terminal degree in art required with at least one degree in arteducation PRIMARY DUTY:  A nine-month, tenure trackposition responsible for providing undergraduate instruction in allintroductory and upper division art education courses in theDepartment of Fine and Performing Arts, and leading all aspects ofthe K-12 art education program. INQUIRIES ABOUT THIS POSITION CAN BE MADE TO:       Dr. Joe Kreizinger      Associate Chair of Art andTheatre      Department of Fine and PerformingArts      Northwest Missouri StateUniversity      Maryville, MO 64468-6001      Email: [email protected] TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwestapplication online by clicking http://agency.governmentjobs.com/nwmissouri/default.cfm toreach our employment opportunities listing. You will also need tosubmit the application materials listed below in order for them tobe complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at660-562-1127 or email [email protected] formore information.APPLICATION MATERIALS:  Letter ofapplication, vita, record of academic coursework (unofficialtranscripts acceptable prior to contract), email addresses andtelephone numbers of three professional references, evidence ofteaching effectiveness if available. Perform other duties as assigned For more information about Northwest and its performance,visit www.nwmissouri.edu. COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State Universityis located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with adiverse economy and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri, and 90 miles north ofKansas City, Missouri. For more information visit the city’swebsite at www.maryville.org. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:      Certification/License/Experience:Prior or current certification and/or teaching experience in K-12education highly preferred; Experience in teaching inpost-secondary arts education preferred. Experience: Web-based orweb-enhanced instructional delivery modes      Skills: Development oftechnological applications and other innovative approaches toinstruction      Other: We seek energeticindividuals committed to the shared vision of a multi-disciplinarydepartment who will make a significant and ongoing contribution toour dynamic and progressive programs The University is a national model for student success andcareer placement. In addition, 96 percent of Northwest bachelor’sdegree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secureemployment or continue their education within six months ofgraduation, according to the most recent data. Zippia, acareer website, names Northwest the best college in Missouri forgetting a job.last_img read more

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Adjunct-Multi-Skilled Health

first_imgRequisition ID: req3141Job Title: Adjunct-Multi-Skilled HealthDepartment: Allied HealthLocation: Columbus CampusEmployment Type: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorEmployment Status: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorBargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining UnitFLSA Status: ExemptCompensation Type: ContractCompensation: $52.88 per contact hourSchedule: Hours vary depending on course assignment; day,evening, or weekend hoursThe CollegeCommunity colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to workforceneeds and make higher education an affordable reality. There hasnever been a better time to join a two-year college, and there’s nobetter place to do it than at Columbus State. A laser focus onstudent success and a partnership mindset have established ColumbusState as a key talent provider in a thriving regional economy, anda premier community college that is changing the nation’s educationand workforce landscapes.With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, severalregional learning centers and online, Columbus State is thenation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream(ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and aparticipant in The Right Signals Initiative through the LuminaFoundation. The College is also a proud partner to over 40 highschools in the Central Ohio area to create pathways from highschool to college that encourage qualified young people to earndual credit – high school and college credit – while they are stillin high school.Columbus State employees benefit from an engaging, collaborative,and supportive culture that rewards innovation and vision. Ouradjunct faculty enjoy competitive compensation and professionaldevelopment opportunities. We are dedicated to ensuring that thediversity of Columbus State faculty and staff reflects that of ourstudents and region. We are proud to be a central part of acommunity that embraces differences and celebrates the manycultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that define Central Ohio.The CityColumbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State University and morethan 30 other colleges and universities as well as the headquartersof multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one of America’sfastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of cultural experiences,dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, and more. That’s whyCentral Ohio residents find living here so fulfilling, bothprofessionally and personally.Position SummaryThe Adjunct – Multi-Skilled Health position provides qualityinstruction and maintains a positive learning environment in theclassroom, with major emphasis placed on teaching, supporting andevaluating students. The Adjunct role provides instruction andmonitors teaching/learning effectiveness in courses assigned by theDepartment Chair, or other leadership members. The incumbent mustexhibit strong organizational skills and the ability to multitaskwhile engaging large groups of people with complicatedmaterial.ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONSINSTRUCTION AND STUDENT LEARNINGTeaches assigned courses as scheduled and assumes primaryresponsibility for and exercises oversight of the curriculum inconjunction with the Department’s policies, ensuring both the rigorof programs and the quality of instruction. Designs curriculumembracing diversity, in all forms, to foster talent in studentswhile modeling inclusive teaching strategies, with an understandingof the socio-cultural issues of traditionally underrepresentedgroups. Considers individual differences of students in order todesign and support a range of appropriate learning activities.Participates in the identification of students with academic orother needs and responds by utilizing an appropriate resource. Usestechnology in a manner appropriate to the nature and objectives ofcourses and programs and communicates clearly to students theexpectations concerning the use of such technology. Keeps accurateand appropriate records in accordance with departmentalpolicies.Maintains attendance records, determines and submits grades timely,and in accordance with established policies and procedures of theCollege, and communicates progress feedback as well as otherrelevant information to students throughout the semester.Distributes and maintain accurate syllabi that incorporatesdepartmental, college, cross-college, and instructor requirements.Conducts classes punctually and in accordance with the prescribedmeeting schedule. Employs appropriate assessment techniques tomeasure students’ performance in achieving course goals andobjectives. Engages in periodic meetings with the department, LeadInstructor, and Chairperson relative to teaching duties andprofessional development.STUDENT ENGAGEMENT & ADVISEMENTCreates a positive classroom atmosphere that encourages active andcollaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, studentand faculty interaction, and support for learners. Maintains postedoffice hours in accordance with departmental and policies of theCollege. Uses technology to assist in communication with students.Encourages a sense of community among students for learning bothinside and outside the classroom.Advises potential or current students within the discipline aboutthe program, career, or transfer options available to assist withdegree completion. Refers students to appropriate student andacademic support services available at the College or in thecommunity.DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSIONHelps to ensure the College meets its responsibilities inidentifying areas of opportunity and systemic concerns whilereporting complaints alleging discrimination.Creates a welcoming, inclusive, equitable and productive work andlearning environment where all students, faculty members, andcollege employees feel valued and are able to contribute to theirfull potential, regardless of their differences. Ensures accessibleand inclusive curriculum design and teaching strategies, andspecifically promotes, advises, and supports curriculum developmentaimed at creating a diverse and equitable learningenvironment.Fosters and maintains a safe environment of respect and inclusionfor faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.Core Competencies RequiredProfessionalism, Quality Focus, Managing Work, Communication,Continuous Improvement, Guiding Interactions,Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Positive Approach, Collaboration,Planning & OrganizingOther Duties and ResponsibilitiesAttend/complete all required trainings by the college and/ordepartment. Other duties as required. Regular, predictable, andpunctual attendance is required.Physical RequirementsReasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals withdisabilities to perform the essential job functions described inthis position description. While performing duties of this job, theemployee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering datainto computer. The employee frequently sits for periods of time,stands, and walks. Employee converses verbally or manually withothers in person as well as by telephone. Vision demands includeclose, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computerscreen. Employee occasionally lifts up to 10 pounds.Working ConditionsTypical classroom; laboratory; healthcare clinical sites such ashospitals and clinics. Exposure to close social contacts,communicable diseases, medications, solutions, blood and other bodyfluids, injury, physical and psychological demands, and stressfulsituations.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Knowledge of: online instruction techniques and methods;Microsoft Office; Blackboard; internet research; onlinecommunication and record-keeping.Skill in: providing quality instruction; learningtechnologies and the use multi-media technology to enhance studentlearning; instructional planning and presentation; incorporatingcritical thinking, effective communication and other generaleducation outcomes in course content; effective time management;proficiency with online communication record-keeping.Ability to : effectively communicate and use interpersonalskills; create engaging learning environments that respect a widevariety of viewpoints; be sensitive to the needs and concerns of adiverse student population, socio-economic, cultural and ethnicbackgrounds and students with disabilities; work independentlywithout ongoing direct supervision; meet deadlines; perform studentlearning outcomes; maintain confidential and sensitive information,including FERPA.Minimum Qualifications:High school diploma or GED. Certification in phlebotomy, completionof a phlebotomy program, or a minimum of three (3) years ofexperience in the field of phlebotomy or health sciences. StateMotor Vehicle Operator’s License or demonstrable ability to gainaccess to work site(s).Preferred Qualifications: CPR certified instructor.Associate’s degree or higher in Health Sciences or a related field.last_img read more

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“I feel like I’m inside an acid trip”: Inside a broker’s virtual open house

first_imgBrokers are still navigating a new real estate world amid the coronavirus pandemic (Credit: iStock, Pixabay)In late April, about 60 agents got together in a virtual conference room for a virtual open house. Their experiences with the new process were varied.“I feel like I’m inside an acid trip,” one agent wrote in a private text, according to the New York Times.Developers and potential buyers are still trying to navigate a new and strange housing market in the wake of New York’s stay-at-home order. Prices are down about 20 percent from their 2016 peak, and sales and listings have been disappearing during what is normally prime buying season.A recent report saw just one luxury property go into contract in Manhattan in a week, a nosedive not seen since the last financial crisis.And between March 22 and April 29, there were just 643 contracts signed in Manhattan, fewer than half of the amount signed during the same time period a year ago, according to numbers from GS Data Services.For the week ending April 26, there were only 59 new listings posted in Manhattan, an 88 percent drop year over year, according to UrbanDigs.Gerald Germany, a Douglas Elliman agent who organized the virtual open house, said the event was the best way for agents to have their listings reach a wide audience while in-person showings are still not allowed. But even he has just one signed contract since the beginning of the lockdown, and the buyer visited that apartment right before restrictions started.“We’re going to have to wait until these people can get in and see the units,” he told the Times. [NYT] — Eddie Small This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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City planning through a pandemic

first_img270 Park Avenue (Google Maps; iStock)Floor by floor, construction workers are dismantling JPMorgan’s 52-story office tower at 270 Park Avenue. And while their work represents the largest intentional demolition in New York City’s history, it has come to signify much more than that.City officials have hailed the replacement of the more than 60-year-old tower with a new glass and steel headquarters for the banking giant as the culmination of years-long planning. And preservationists have condemned it as the wasteful destruction of a recently renovated building.Now, in the wake of a devastating pandemic, the former Union Carbide building is also a symbol of mounting uncertainty.“Way back when, I thought Midtown East was a great model. [Now] I think of 270 Park, and JPMorgan Chase tearing down that building for something even larger, when a lot of their people are going to be working from home.”Peg Breen, Landmarks ConservancyThe spread of coronavirus has pushed companies, including Twitter and Facebook, to rethink their physical office footprints and consider letting employees work remotely long-term. JPMorgan has even floated having employees rotate working from home after the pandemic subsides.At the same time, the bank is moving forward with its plans to build a new 2.5 million- square-foot headquarters on Park Avenue, which is more than 1 million square feet larger than its existing tower and is intended to accommodate up to 15,000 employees.And the massive project is part of an even larger goal: The surrounding neighborhood was rezoned in 2017 with the explicit aim to create 6.5 million square feet of new class A office space over the next two decades.“Way back when, I thought Midtown East was a great model,” said Peg Breen, president of the Landmarks Conservancy. “[Now] I think of 270 Park, and JPMorgan Chase tearing down that building for something even larger, when a lot of their people are going to be working from home.”Several monumental events of the past three months — from the global health crisis and strict shutdown orders to forecasts of a long-term economic fallout — have raised questions about the future of office markets across the country. Of course, landlords, developers and their brokers remain optimistic that tenants’ retreat from physical office space will be short-lived, that the lure of company culture and visible brand identity will ultimately win out.But the pandemic, which underscores the innate risk in relying on specific asset classes and tenant types to transform a neighborhood, could reshape how cities work to encourage new development in the future.“This is a situation where we can’t afford the regulations to lag behind the market,” said Mitch Korbey, who chairs the law firm Herrick Feinstein’s land use and zoning group.“We need to be sure that as we come out of this crisis, we’re aggressive and creative.”Density dilemmas?On paper, the rezoning of Midtown East could be seen as disastrous — if read solely in the context of the pandemic. The zoning change banked on demand for massive new office towers, with proximity to Grand Central Terminal serving as a main selling point.But some believe the ongoing spread of coronavirus, which has started to subside in recent weeks, will have few long-term impacts on development in the district.“The goals of the rezoning are still spot on,” said Dan Garodnick, the former New York City Council member who shepherded the district’s rezoning through the land use review process.“People are social animals, and I expect there will still be demand for commercial space. But perhaps with slightly different design parameters to accommodate the moment.”The rezoning incentivized tearing down the neighborhood’s aging office stock, while also requiring improvements to nearby infrastructure and the creation of more public space. The city projected that the creation of 6.5 million square feet of new office stock would take two decades to come to fruition.That timeline could play in the neighborhood’s favor.Former Department of City Planning chief Carl Weisbrod said New York’s office market may be in a fluid state for the next year to year-and-a-half. “In the short run, there’s going to be a hiccup for sure,” he said.But Weisbrod, who’s now a senior advisor at the real estate and economic development consulting firm HR&A, added that the city has historically recovered from crises “surprisingly well and in new directions that we haven’t anticipated.”He said he also thinks Midtown East is especially well positioned. Within less than a year of the rezoning, JPMorgan announced that it would tear down its headquarters. The bank received approval in late May to demolish down to the 41st floor of the building, according to the DOB.At least three other massive office projects, including developer Harry Macklowe’s planned 1,556-foot-tall skyscraper at 5 East 51st Street, have been announced since. Macklowe didn’t return requests for comment on the project.RXR Realty, which is planning a $3 billion office tower near Grand Central with TF Cornerstone and MSD Capital, has continued discussions that started before the pandemic with tenants in the technology and finance sectors who are interested in anchoring the property, CEO Scott Rechler said. The project isn’t expected to be delivered until 2026.Still, until there’s a vaccine for Covid-19, many employees will continue to avoid mass transit and employers may not be eager to upgrade to larger spaces when they can only operate at 50 percent capacity.In the short term, as construction sites begin to reopen, owners of projects that haven’t started or were early stages of development will have to carefully consider if and when they can restart work, said Linda Foggie, senior vice president and head of Turner & Townsends’ New York office.But longer-term, the crisis could change how developers and planners think about density. Tenants will likely need more office space per employee, reversing the trend of cramming workers per every 125 square foot, Rechler said. For larger, well-funded companies that could mean a bigger footprint, with some employees working remotely. For less-established businesses, it could translate to a smaller workforce.More than ever, planners should be thinking about how to build out other regions with access to mass transit, Rechler said.“We need to densify where density belongs,” he said. “Sprawling is not the outcome you want to have.”By design“I feel even more strongly that that is a flaw in the Midtown East rezoning, and it’s one we should revisit. Midtown East should adopt the goal of creating a truly mixed-use neighborhood.”Mary Ann Tighe, CBRELong Island City and Downtown Brooklyn were rezoned to spur commercial development, but instead resulted in condo towers that far outnumbered new office space. Midtown East already has the built-in infrastructure and surrounding residential communities to accommodate office growth, Weisbrod noted.“Could growth be delayed somewhat because of what has happened over the past three months? Yes, I think that’s a real possibility,” he said. “But I think the fundamentals are very strong.”Mary Ann Tighe, CEO of CBRE’s New York tri-state region, said she doesn’t believe there’s any danger of office development in Midtown East outpacing demand. She argued that tenants will likely favor new office buildings post-Covid due, in part, to large open floor-plates and better air quality.But the pandemic highlights the rezoning’s singular focus on office use. Tighe said air rights in the district should be made available for some residential space.“I feel even more strongly that that is a flaw in the Midtown East rezoning, and it’s one we should revisit,” she said. “Midtown East should adopt the goal of creating a truly mixed-use neighborhood.”Outside Manhattan, Korbey said, the pandemic has emphasized the need for more mixed-use development, specifically more flexibility in zoning regulations in residential districts in the outer boroughs to allow for other uses.Former Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen argued a similar point and said the city needs to focus more on building out a five-borough economy, through actions like the rezoning of Gowanus in Brooklyn. “These are long-term plans that require consistent political leadership and being responsive to what’s happening on the ground,” Glen said during a recent video panel hosted by The Real Deal.“Stopping spending on housing or schools or not moving forward with things like Sunnyside Yards would be incredibly irresponsible in respect to a long-term plan for recovery,” she added.Breen said she’d like to see some of the existing, older office buildings in Midtown East repurposed for housing and other uses.“I know they wanted it to be a business district, but look at Lower Manhattan,” Breen said. “There’s plenty of business, but there’s also plenty of residential. Nobody could’ve seen that happening.”Forever bullishPlans to transform a neighborhood often hinge on the arrival of powerful brands.Amazon’s planned headquarters in Long Island City, though ultimately abandoned, set off a year’s worth of speculation over how a single company could dramatically alter housing, transportation and demand for commercial space.Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco attracted other tech companies and inspired residential development in an otherwise vacant and blighted area. Condé Nast’s move to One World Trade Center in 2011 is considered the catalyst for a wave of so-called TAMI (technology, advertising, media and information) tenants migrating to Lower Manhattan — previously considered the exclusive domain of financial firms.So, when Big Tech companies announce dramatic changes in their office plans, it sends shockwaves through the commercial real estate industry. Though commercial landlords and brokers have dismissed the idea that such announcements pose an existential threat to physical office space, many acknowledge that more businesses are warming up to allowing their employees to work from home part-time.“I think people will work differently,” Rechler said. “This becomes more likely a scenario where people know that they can use technology.”Ultimately, though, he and others believe most professionals will still want some face time in the office, giving companies a reason to keep their space. Recent leasing activity also shows promise for the office market once the pandemic subsides.Late last month, TikTok committed to taking more than 230,000 square feet in the Durst Organization’s One Five One tower in Times Square. Facebook also still seems poised to lease 740,000 square feet at the renovated Farley Post Office. Downtown Alliance President Jessica Lappin said she was encouraged by the news that Uber affirmed last month that it still planned to move into 3 World Trade Center, despite company layoffs and office closures throughout the country.“I don’t think people will want to work permanently from home,” she said. “Setting aside productivity, it’s hard to build culture, it’s hard to build teams if no one meets in person.”Downtown Brooklyn could see an uptick in interest, as company’s look to shorten commutes for their employees, said Ted Koltis, president of Colliers International’s eastern region. But he views the push to work from home a temporary feature of the city’s office market.“Companies chose to be there because the brand of the company is tied so strongly to where they are,” he said. “If they don’t have a physical office footprint, there is something lost.”Ariel Property Advisors’ Howard Raber said an important thing to watch will be rent rates: If office rents drop in Manhattan, that could negatively impact demand in the outboroughs. Lower rents in Brooklyn and other areas outside have been a major draw for businesses opting out of Manhattan.Investment in housing and economic development over the next fews years will be crucial, Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk Labs, told TRD this month.“I’m pretty optimistic, assuming we don’t blow it over the next several years, and do not make these investments, watch people leave because the quality of life declines, and we don’t give people confidence in the future, and then we’re in bad shape,” he said.“The risk is over the next several years where we’ve got to inspire confidence in the future of this city, and we’ve got to retain people to the extent that we can,” Doctoroff added.Write to Kathryn Brenzel at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Daimler reveals details of Citaro hybrid package

first_imgIt’s back to basics for the Mercedes-Benz Citaro as its fuel efficiency is improved thanks to a simple yet robust hybrid kit. Not only is it uncomplicated, but there are no training requirements, says DaimlerSimplicity is the name of the game with the Citaro hybrid, says DaimlerA simple, cost-effective and maintenance-free way to reduce fuel consumption by up to 8.5% is how Daimler describes the mild hybrid package that will be available across almost all of the Mercedes-Benz Citaro range from 2018.Although referred to as a hybrid by Daimler, It’s actually a straightforward kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) that has a reasonable payback period.At its heart is a motor-generator mounted between the engine and the gearbox that is connected to a pair of 24v supercapacitors that act as electrical energy storage.When the bus brakes, the supercapacitors are charged. Slowing from around 30mph to stationary is enough to fill them. The stored energy is subsequently returned to the driveline, but in an intelligent manner. There is a also further string to the hybrid system’s bow.Daimler points out that an engine is at its most inefficient when idling. To mitigate that, the motor applies a small torque at tickover, removing from the engine some of the load created by internal resistance and electric auxiliaries. That contributes to a further fuel saving.Despite the differences between the Citaro’s hybrid package and those already in the market with other manufacturers, Daimler has named it correctly. As it points out, the definition of a hybrid in a vehicle sense is one that utilises more than a single power source.Integral to the overall fuel saving are a high-efficiency ZF rear axle and electro-hydraulic steering. Either can be specified individually on non-hybrid Citaros, but they cannot be deleted from examples with the kinetic energy recovery pack.As would be expected from a Mercedes-Benz product, the KERS system is mature and well packaged. The supercapacitors are out of harm’s way on the roof, and there is no impact on space within the cabin. The front-mounted steering motor can be heard at lower road speeds, but that’s it.EvoBus (UK) has confirmed that it expects around 50% of the Citaros that it supplies to be equipped with the hybrid package once production is in full swing. While the 8.5% fuel saving is its headline figure, the manufacturer says that it also results in a 2.5% cut in the total cost of Citaro ownership.The 14kW, 220Nm motor-generator goes between engine and gearboxDial S for SimpleThe motor’s purpose is to support, and not replace, the standard six-cylinder OM 936 engine, although it’s also available in conjunction with the M 936 G gas-fuelled unit.“The support element is an important detail,” says Daimler Buses Technical Explainer Frank Mandel, who adds that there is neither ‘engine off’ capability nor stop-start functionality on the Citaro hybrid.“Support from the motor comes not just when the bus is accelerating. It is delivered to the crankshaft when the engine is idling, because there is still an electrical load at that time.”Peak torque output of the 14kW motor is 220Nm. The OM 936 delivers a maximum of 1,200Nm, but a control unit ‘blends’ the two sources, meaning that no additional get-up-and-go is available on the hybrid compared to a standard diesel Citaro.“This is not an AMG package for buses,” says Mr Mandel. “The torque delivered by the motor substitutes for what would otherwise have come from the engine, and that generates the fuel saving.”To accommodate the motor-generator, the engine and gearbox are split slightly. The KERS package adds 156kg to the unladen weight, but Mr Mandel adds that as all of its components are within the rear overhang, it actually reduces the imposed mass on the front axle.The only alteration within the saloon is a slight extension to a raised area at the rear to accommodate the gearbox access hatch. When production of hybrid examples begins next year, all Citaros – regardless of whether they have the fuel saver fitted – will come with the extended pedestal. That will allow a retrofit of the KERS package to those buses that lack it.Doing so would come at a higher cost than specifying it from new, and no detailed sums have been done in that regard. But if external money became available later in a bus’ life, it may be viable.Frank Mandel: ‘Not an AMG system for buses. It’s about engine support’No training neededAnother of the Citaro hybrid’s plus points concerns the low voltage of its KERS. At 48v it means that no high-voltage training is required for technicians, although the unit is free from a routine maintenance requirement apart from annual visual inspection.The supercapacitor used is not new to the Citaro. Daimler quietly introduced it at Euro 6 as part of its smart alternator package, and a supercapacitor is below the cab floor, where it powers auxiliary items within the bus.The smart alternator set-up contributed to an initial fuel saving at Euro 6, but Daimler has gathered consumption and emissions data from test Citaro hybrids for comparison with both non-hybrid Euro 6 buses and those from the previous emission level.While the hybrid’s principle boast is of an 8.5% fuel efficiency gain over a conventional Euro 6, when combined with the earlier developments there is an even more significant improvement over Euro 5 EEV. In that case, fuel use has been reduced by 18%, while NOx emissions are cut by 83% and particulate matter by 98%.As a result, Mr Mandel describes the hybrid as “nearly emission free.” But significantly, Daimler is clear that it does not represent a transitional step to zero emissions. A battery-powered Citaro is coming next year and a hydrogen fuel cell model will follow it, but diesel forms part of the long-term strategy.On the roadLast week Daimler invited the press to Mannheim to drive two pre-production examples of the Citaro hybrid. Apart from the KERS package, they are standard left-hand drive specification buses. Power in both is from the OM 936 engine rated at 295bhp coupled to ZF EcoLife gearboxes, although the hybrid pack is also compatible with a Voith transmission.In the cab, there are no differences to a conventional diesel: No additional controls and no lights on the dash that illuminate when the hybrid package engages. That’s for a reason, and it means that drivers already familiar with the Citaro require no additional type training on the hybrid. Although the motor’s output replaces a proportion of the engine torque when accelerating from a stop, there is no perception of it doing so.Citaro hybrid has an identical driving experience to conventional busesThe test buses’ gearboxes were set to an economy mode and so progress is made at a more sedate pace than some Citaros in the UK with a more aggressive shifting strategy, but there is no aural evidence of the motor’s support.What is evident is a change in the steering feel. The electro-hydraulic pump works only when required, and at higher road speeds the wheel is very firm.The only point at which the KERS equipment makes itself known is when slowing. Mr Mandel explains that when the accelerator is released, the motor-generator applies a small negative torque of around 20Nm before more resistance is felt as the brakes are applied.A lot of work went into validating the optimum level of energy recuperation when coasting, he adds. “The braking torque is low because we want the bus to drive like a diesel. It is key that the driver does not notice the hybrid package’s presence.”The prospects are…In left-hand drive markets, Daimler expects that most Citaros built will be equipped with the hybrid package once production is established. The economics of bus operation there are generally much different to those in the UK, but other manufacturers have shown that with the right payback period, buyers can justify the additional cost of a fuel-saving system, and early indications seen by EvoBus (UK) are that take-up will be respectable here.The product is well packaged, and while its fuel saving potential is not on a par with some full hybrid systems, Daimler promises that the maintenance requirement will be minimal. That will be welcomed by those who have found the opposite to be true with some conventional hybrids.Daimler has no plans to expand the mild hybrid package to other members of its PCV range. It relies on a modern electrical infrastructure such as that introduced on the Citaro at Euro 6 – and that no doubt leaves the door open to further developments on the best-selling citybus.bit.ly/2AJTl4lrouteone commentThe bus industry outside London has increasingly moved away from full hybrid power as external financial support focuses more on carbon-reducing technologies that can be pump-primed to become commercially viable.Daimler says that one of the Citaro hybrid’s strengths is that it stands on its own two feet already.The exact payback period depends on the application, but with up to an 8.5% fuel efficiency gain from a simple system made up of existing automotive components, it’s likely to rival that of the smart-charging systems that are now industry standard.The market for full-sized single-deckers has contracted in recent years, but in that which remains the Citaro has become increasingly popular. 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Thousands of Students Are Cheered By These Photos of an Optimistic Cloud Formation

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhether it was divine intervention or just a serendipitous signal from the sky, an anxious Chinese college student was given the perfect sign of encouragement earlier this month.The student had been studying for her exams in Shaoguan, Guangdong when she saw a cloud that was shaped like a thumbs up.“I had been feeling very low, and after I saw the cloud I became much happier,” the student told Chinese video platform Pear. “I was so excited.” Since the unidentified student shared the photo to social media, it has been shared thousands of times.LOOK: Passengers Surprised With Train Full of Flowers – and Their Reactions Are Bloomin’ BeautifulThe cloud’s similarity to a social media “Like” button prompted one user to say: “You photographed the ‘Like’ cloud, so it means you will do well on your exam!”Another enthusiastic commenter said: “Even the universe is encouraging you!”A third Weibo user, who is also a university candidate, said: “I feel confident about my exam too after seeing the pictures.”Perhaps the cloud’s formation was just a sweet coincidence, but it has apparently done a fine job of encouraging internet users to do their best.Encourage Your Friends By Sharing The ‘Like’ Cloud To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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