Governor Wolf Announces Millions of Dollars in Funding for 12 Projects in 8 Counties

first_img Economy,  Energy,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of 12 projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) that will provide millions of dollars in funding to utilize, develop, and construct alternative energy projects in eight counties.“These programs are an essential tool in helping communities transition their schools and workplaces into more energy efficient operations, helping to save money, reduce their carbon footprint, and support better public health,” said Gov. Wolf. “These projects will have a years-long impact on the commonwealth and will provide access to cleaner, more efficient energy for thousands of Pennsylvanians.”Eleven clean energy projects in seven counties were approved through the Alternative and Clean Energy Program (ACE), which helps fund activities to promote the utilization, development, and construction of alternative and clean energy projects, infrastructure associated with compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas fueling stations, plus energy efficiency and energy conservation projects in the state. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), under the direction of the CFA.The approved ACE projects are as follows:Clearfield CountyNOVO Health Services, LLC was approved for a $43,000 grant for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system at its Paris Healthcare Linen Services facility located in the City of DuBois.Montgomery CountyScale Microgrid Solutions LLC was approved for a $464,000 grant for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system at Arkema, Inc.’s headquarters in King of Prussia.Northampton CountyEaston Area Joint Sewer Authority was approved for a $1.737 million grant for the construction of a biogas cogeneration system at its wastewater treatment plant located in the City of Easton, Northampton County.Perry CountyPerry County Economic Development Corporation was approved for a $1.78 million loan for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system at Perry County Innovation Park located in Penn Township.The approved ACE High Performance Building projects are as follows:Bucks CountyCouncil Rock School District was approved for an $820,958 grant to renovate 59,860 square feet and construct 3,650 square feet of additions to Hillcrest Elementary School, achieving USGBC LEED Gold certification. The planned energy saving features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water fixtures, occupancy-based temperature and lighting, an 85 kW solar PV array, and an improved thermal envelope. The project is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by an estimated 1,251 MMBtu annually, a 24 percent savings. The solar array will generate an additional 110,000 kWh for the elementary school and low-flow water fixtures will reduce water consumption by 30 percent annually.Council Rock School District was approved for an $820,958 grant to renovate 59,860 square feet and construct 3,650 square feet of additions to Richboro Elementary School, achieving USGBC LEED Gold certification. The planned energy saving features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water fixtures, occupancy-based temperature and lighting, an 85 kW solar PV array, and an improved thermal envelope. The project is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by an estimated 1,003 MMBtu annually, a 20 percent savings. The solar array will generate an additional 110,000 kWh for the elementary school and low-flow water fixtures will reduce water consumption by 30 percent annually.Lehigh CountyLehigh Northampton Airport Authority was approved for an $820,958 grant to move its TSA checkpoint to a new location between two existing airport buildings to create a more efficient passenger flow. The authority will renovate the subterranean connector corridor and construct a new elevated passenger circulation bridge to connect with the ticketing building. The project includes the installation of high efficiency LED lighting, a variable refrigerant flow cooling system, and energy efficient heating boilers. Window glazing will also be installed for better insulation and solar heat rejection. The 37,456-square-foot building will reduce the airport’s electricity usage by 96,935 kWh annually, a savings of 17 percent. The building will also reduce annual natural gas consumption by 886 MMBtu, a 60 percent reduction. The installation of a 168kW solar array will generate an additional 90,000 kWh, and water saving fixtures will reduce water usage by 38 percent. The project will achieve USGBC LEED Gold certification.Philadelphia CountyThe School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $651,868 grant to construct a two-story, 16,813-square-foot LEED Gold certified addition to its existing 48,300-square-foot Richmond Elementary School. The project includes LED lighting fixtures and controls upgrades, and the purchase and installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, sound attenuation materials, water and energy meters, CO2 sensors, and water-bottle filling stations. The energy saving measures are anticipated to save the school district 19,579 kWh annually, a 50 percent savings, and the water and plumbing fixture upgrades will reduce water usage by 35 percent.The School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $898,076 grant to construct a four-story 28,794-square-foot LEED Gold certified addition its existing 77,000-square-foot Ethan Allen Elementary School. The project includes LED lighting fixtures and controls upgrades, and the purchase and installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, sound attenuation materials, water and energy meters, CO2 sensors, and water-bottle filling stations. The energy saving measures are anticipated to save the school district 39,805 kWh annually, a savings of 59 percent, and the water and plumbing fixture upgrades will reduce water usage by 35 percent.The School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $800,154 grant to construct a two-story 24,584-square-foot LEED Gold certified addition to its existing 103,799-square-foot Anne Frank Elementary School. The project includes LED lighting fixtures and controls upgrades, and the purchase and installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, sound attenuation materials, water and energy meters, CO2 sensors, and water-bottle filling stations. The energy saving measures are anticipated to save the school district 26,487 kWh annually, a savings of 49 percent, and the water and plumbing fixture upgrades will reduce water usage by 35 percent.The School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $2 million grant to renovate its existing 58,0000-square-foot Rhawnhurst Elementary School, achieving USGBC LEED Gold certification. The project involves demolishing 8,100-square-feet, renovating 50,000-square-feet, and constructing a 38,459-square-foot addition, with the final building totaling 88,411-square-feet. The planned energy saving features include a new high-efficiency HVAC system with radiant heat, LED energy efficient lighting, a thermal envelope that exceeds code requirements, and daylight sensors. The energy measures are anticipated to save the school district 255,228 kWh annually. Additionally, low-flow plumbing fixtures and equipment are designed into the building, reducing water usage by 41 percent and saving 353,584 gallons of water annually. The building will also eliminate its use of oil for energy production and will be solely reliant upon natural gas and electricity.Additionally, a project was approved under the High Performance Building Program, which provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to underwrite the cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of high performance buildings in the state:Lawrence CountyNew Castle Real Estate, LLC, was approved for a $102,456 grant to develop long-term senior housing facility, New Castle Wellness Center, in New Castle City. New Castle Real Estate, LLC, will renovate several buildings to be the future site of the New Castle Wellness Center, a long-term senior housing facility with ancillary services including up to 400 beds. The site consists of three multi-storied buildings and a fourth single story building that total 188,870 sq. ft. The entire former nursing school campus will be converted to LEED Gold certified buildings. Renovations will include replacing old and inefficient windows, installing an ethylene propylene diene terpolymer roof, efficient dual flush toilets, motion-censored facets, and changing lights to modern, energy-efficient LED’s. Asbestos remediation and selective demolition will be performed as well.More information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority can be found on the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website. To stay up-to-date on all Pennsylvania economic development news, follow DCED on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and be sure to sign up for the department’s monthly e-newsletter.Ver esta página en español. 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TTYPE wins partial EC funding for European pension-tracking service

first_imgThe business plan also proposed including Lithuania, which does not currently have an NTS but would be included at this stage due to the small number of local pension providers in need of connection.“Connecting Austria (which has an NTS) and its direct neighbours (which do not have an NTS but have a small number of data providers) will expand the nucleus that started by connecting Poland in Step A,” the business plan adds.“Similarly, connecting the NTS of France will increase the area that started with the [national tracking services] of Belgium and the Netherlands.”Eventually, the remaining European Economic Area countries would also be connected to the ETS.ETS costIn line with the draft business plan published earlier this year, the per-member cost of the ETS was estimated at €0.03, which the consortium estimated would produce revenue to finance the not-for-profit managing entity, STEP, of no more than 10% of that produced by existing NTS.“If all estimated 280m Europeans (within the age range of 25-65) are connected, this should generate enough revenue (and, in time, a lower fee),” the business plan adds, without estimating the likelihood of such a high uptake.It also called on the European Commission to support the project financially.In a letter sent to Marianne Thyssen, commissioner for social affairs, to coincide with the report’s publication, Peter Melchior, chairman of the TTYPE steering committee of Denmark’s PKA, calls for Commission funding.“We calculated that, after the deduction of membership fees [of €3m], approximately €17m is needed in the first five years to cover the costs of developing, connecting and running the ETS,” Melchior writes.“We therefore strongly recommend the European Commission grant substantial financial support.”Melchoir also urges various stakeholders to build on the goodwill built up since the TTYPE Consortium first gathered and push ahead with the launch of the ETS.“Among parties in Europe, there needs to be enough willingness and executing power to step in and do this,” he writes.“The risk here is losing time and momentum. Political and financial support from the EC for future years is a prerequisite. Without sufficient EC support, STEP will not be able to realise its goals.”Speaking at the TTYPE launch event, Thyssen said the Commission was politically committed to the project and would aim to supply funding for the first step of the ETS connecting the Netherlands and Belgium – estimated in the business plan to cost €3.3m.She added that the Commission would later this year also tender for a provider to launch the ETS. The TTYPE consortium – comprising Danish pension provider PKA, Dutch providers PGGM, APG, MN and Syntrus Achmea and the UK and German construction-sector funds B&CE and SOKA-Bau – has been working on the plan since March 2015. A pan-European pension tracking service will take six years to break even and initially be reliant on grants from the European Commission, the venture’s final business plan shows.Unveiling its last business plan after more than a year of intensive work, the TTYPE Consortium – short for Track and Trace Your Pension in Europe – said it envisaged the staged rollout of a European tracking service (ETS), beginning in countries with existing national tracking services (NTS) and significant cross-border worker flow, with initial costs of €13.3m across the three-stage launch.The first step of the process would be for a proof-of-concept to be trialled in the Netherlands and Belgium, eventually being deployed across the Scandinavian countries and Poland.The second step would see the ETS rolled out across countries neighbouring the seven initial participating member states already in possession of an NTS, such as Latvia and Estonia.last_img read more

Alli explains how he destroyed Chelsea and Jorginho

first_img“One thing we need to realise is with the right attitude we can compete on this level,” he said.“We need to realise, with the right attitude, we can compete. But when we struggle to show the quality, we show a lack of aggression, will and attitude.“And that’s when it’s difficult to perform like we did today.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Most Popular Football News RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Dele Alli helped keep Jorginho quiet in Spurs’ 3-1 win No better feeling!! 💪🏽 #COYS pic.twitter.com/t987I3RgId— Dele (@dele_official) November 24, 2018The result was in no way a reflection on the actual battering handed out by Spurs, with Alli, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son all missing good opportunities.“On another day, we could have scored a lot more. But in the end, it was a top performance from us,” Alli, who has scored more goals against Chelsea than he has against any other side, added.Tottenham play Inter in the Champions League next followed by a north London derby against Arsenal and Pochettino wants the win against the Blues to set the tone for the season even though he doesn’t believe it was the club’s best performance of the season. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 1 no dice Alli scored first, but was also crucial in giving Chelsea pass master Jorginho little room to breathe.“The manager makes it very clear what you have to do. So going into the game, you know your role and what you have to do,” he said.“You don’t have to worry about anything else, your football is natural, it’s what you’ve been doing for a long time.“So as long as we’re clear on our roles and responsibilities, we can enjoy playing.“We knew Jorginho is a big part of them playing out from the back and dominating possession. He’s obviously a very good player and likes getting on the ball.“We thought that if we could stop that —  and we wanted to win the ball up high —  so I wanted to be as close to him as possible to make sure that we did win the ball up high, break early and create the chances  we did.” REVEALED Dele Alli’s excellent display against Chelsea was all down to Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs outclassed their London rivals to win 3-1, meaning they have their first consecutive wins in this bitter fixture since 1987. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED REPLY shining huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more