The Hurricane Case for Microgrids

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Public Radio International:More than half of Florida’s population is estimated to have lost power because of Hurricane Irma. Many of the nearly 7 million Floridians who remained without power Tuesday will likely have to wait weeks before it’s restored.“What we think we’ll see on the west coast [of the state] is a wholesale rebuild of our electric grid,” said Robert Gould, vice president of communications for Florida Power and Light, during an interview with ABC on Sunday.What can the state do to avoid mass blackouts in the future?Build microgrids, says Francis O’Sullivan, director of research for the MIT Energy Initiative.“These microgrids … take a different approach. What you’re doing … is you’re bringing some of the generation and storage to local areas and you’re servicing — in a radial sense — that local area from one central region,” O’Sullivan said.“And what … will happen in an instance like a hurricane is that one region might get damaged, so the generation might be knocked out. That system is going to be able to break away from the others. And those other local systems are going to be able to continue to deliver service to their customers.”How to avoid blackouts in hurricanes? Model power grids after the internet, says one expert. The Hurricane Case for Microgridslast_img read more

NHV Group picks new chief executive officer

first_imgThe NHV Group, a helicopter services provider, has named a new chief executive officer of the company.NHV’s AS-365N-2 Dauphin 2 helicopter; Image by: Booris~enwiki; Source: WIkimedia – under the CC BY-SA 3.0 licenseNHV Group said on Thursday that Steffen Bay was named as the new company’s chief executive officer (CEO).Steffen Bay previously served as the company’s chief commercial officer. He will replace former CEO and co-founder Eric Van Hal.Yves-Louis Darricarrère, president of NHV’s board of directors, said: “Steffen brings a wealth of commercial and corporate experience to the role of CEO from his successful 20-year career across all aspects of the helicopter services value chain.“His expertise and decisiveness, combined with an unwavering commitment to safety, and relentless focus on competitiveness make him a great fit for NHV and uniquely qualified to move the company forward.”Steffen Bay recently joined NHV Group after having held several leadership positions at Waypoint Leasing, ERA Helicopters, and Airbus Helicopters.Regarding his appointment, Bay said: “I am excited and honored to be the new CEO of the NHV Group. I look forward to serving NHV’s loyal clients and business partners and to working with NHV’s skilled and committed teams to continue to deliver outstanding and safe operations.”last_img read more

Five Cueball thoughts for May 12, 2013

first_img4. All time hits…It was a good week for Sumner Newscow. We broke the all-time weekly visit count and the all-time hit count. We broke the 50,000 hit weekly barrier in one week for the first time – smashed it actually with 51,109 hits. It’s been a milestone, we have been flirting with for several months now but hadn’t quite pushed ourselves over the top until this week.Of course, the site was driven this week by some incredible stories – heroin, really? I knew it was going to be a busy news week when we had a graduation party to host today. 2. Inside vs. Outside…Graduation weekend could not be more perfect weather wise. It is one of those days when you wished the Commencement Exercises could be held at Sellers Park.Now it is held in the gymnasium.I have mixed feelings. The fact that graduation was held on the Sellers Park football field made it unique. Now that it is in the gymnasium it feels too much like Class Night. We’ve been through the marching before.But, on the other hand, the ceremony in the gymnasium allows people to actually see the graduate, hear the speakers, not worry about the wind blowing the stage away, take better pictures, not get a rip-roaring sunburn (if its sunny) and makes it more personal.I could go either way on where to hold Commencement exercises. But there is one thing I will take a stand on. White cake is better than chocolate cake at the graduation parties. Just saying… Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for May 12, 2013… 3. Tom Cruise…Unfortunately, I missed the latest movie “Oblivion” at The Regent due to graduation weekend. I was speaking to someone at another movie while filing out of the Regent and we were pondering why anyone would go to Wichita to watch the same movie unless you get your panties in a wad and have to see it right the instant it comes out, or you simply need to get out of Wellington. The price is cheaper at the Regent, and the picture is better.Anyway, I missed Top Cruise in action. I’m sure he was looking “earnest and intense.” And he’s very serious about whatever he is doing to save us. It’s always the same look, the same expression, the same thought process whether the movie is “Top Gun”, “Mission Impossible” or “Rock of Ages.”Hey, I’m not a Cruise hater. I like the guy and I think he takes way too much crap by the media hordes. He has had the ability of placing himself in some of the best movies out there. So I see an awfully lot of the guy. But make no mistake: while the movie, scene and character may be different than the next, if the lead character is being played by Cruise, he’s the same guy. 1. Graduation…I’m not going to crank out a Pulitizer Prize column here. It’s graduation Sunday at the McCue household.My oldest, Devin, is graduating from high school. You know the oldest and most overused cliche in the history of mankind is “where did the years go?” But is there any term more applicable?My son has grown up on me. He’s graduating with honors from Wellington High School and will be attending Texas Christian University in Fort Worth in the fall.I could not have been more lucky to have him as a son. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (13) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 378 weeks ago Cue, you have to rent Cruise’s movie called Jack Reacher…its a good movie also. I wish the Regent could have kept Oblivion around a little longer due to graduation/mothers day weekend activities. Good Luck to the Class of 2013 you all have something to be proud of. Great Group of Kids. Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 378 weeks ago I would like them to hold graduation at sellers park again. How many years was it held at the park and didn’t have to worry about seating. What about those that have split famlies and have to worry about priority seating? Hmmm…didn’t have to worry about who was going to get tickets before unless weather as a problem. How often has weather been a problem. Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down birdfan · 378 weeks ago I quit going to see cruise movies, to much the same and the last two actually walked out before the movie ended, I would have left another one but was in the middle and it wasn’t worth interrupting someone who may have enjoyed it ( from the look on their faces when the lights went on I shouldn’t have worried. Having given him a few shots I think I’m done with him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 378 weeks ago Tracy, I saw the Tom Cruise movie, Oblivion, while I was in Montreal for work a few weeks ago. My opinion is it was Ok but could care less if I saw it again. You didn’t miss much. Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Crusader Mom · 378 weeks ago Graduation should be at Sellers Park again. A lot of people don’t go now due to lack of seating that would have gone if it was held outside. The board needs to pole the public and/or parents and you would be surprised with the outcome. Don’t let the actions of a few change graduations for the rest. Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Troy McCue · 378 weeks ago Tracy, your brother Troy from Colorado here….myself and the family don’t get to Wellington often, but made the whirlwind trip to see our nephew, Devin, graduate. We attended a nice family get-together at the McCue’s Saturday evening, then attended the graduation on Sunday. Where us cool Coloradoans generally complain about the heat in Wellington, we couldn’t believe how beautiful and seasonally cool the weather was both Saturday and Sunday! The graduation was well-executed, and we felt that our nephew didn’t get lost in a class of over 100. Thanks for the hospitality, and congrats to all the graduates. May your futures be bright and full of opportunity! Report Reply 1 reply · active 378 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Observant · 378 weeks ago There was no lack of seating in the gymnasium – clearly there was still room for 200-300 more folks – not a good excuse for not going – just sayin! There was a poll taken after the first one was in the gym a few years ago and nearly 90% gave a thumbs up! 🙂 Report Reply 3 replies · active 378 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down unknown · 378 weeks ago I vote outside graduation. Now its like every other graduation. I HATE it. I had to split my tickets with my family and my uncle who came from the west coast stayed at home so another family member could go. Also there are ways to make the outside graduation better and it is fun to have something different and better since that is what wellington seems to always want. Always finds a way to stand out and be different good or bad. Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down A Grandma · 377 weeks ago I vote for inside graduation! A couple years ago outdoors – the wind was so bad no one could hear the speakers, the hats and papers went flying and you are further away from the grads there. In the gym, there is plenty of seating – we had a large family contigent and all had good seats – so I don’t see the problem with seating. also – if someone had difficulty climbing steps, there is plenty of seating on the floor. And we could all hear the speakers!! Stay indoors – still have a couple grads to go!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 377 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 5. Shout out of the week… This week goes to the Class of 2013 – the 102 seniors at Wellington and those around the county.last_img read more