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first_imgVermont-based Northern Power Systems, Inc., announced today that it has been commissioned to deliver an energy efficient, on-site power system to the One Market Street office complex in downtown San Francisco, owned by Equity Office Properties Trust (NYSE: EOP).Equity Office is the nation’s largest publicly held office building owner and manager with a portfolio of 767 buildings comprising 127.4 million square feet in 21 states and the District of Columbia. With 1.5 million square feet of commercial space occupying an entire city block, One Market is one of the premier office buildings in San Francisco’s financial district.When the 1.5 megawatt system is completed early next year, it will become what is believed to be the first commercial on-site electric power system to be fully interconnected with Pacific Gas & Electric’s downtown San Francisco electricity grid.The advanced cogeneration system consists of three natural gas-fired generators and a sophisticated heat recovery process, which converts waste heat from the generators and their exhausts into steam. The steam will be used to heat the building. Northern is providing overall system design, engineering and commissioning. Northern is also supplying the generators and an automated control system designed to maximize system efficiency.Northern believes that this will be the first cogeneration system to be interconnected to the downtown San Francisco utility grid in full compliance with the Pacific Gas & Electric’s Rule 21 Interconnection Standards. Running in parallel with the utility grid allows the system to meet as much of the building’s electricity demand as possible, while the utility meets any needs in excess of the system’s capacity. By running near full capacity, the system delivers maximum electrical efficiency. Northern’s integrated control system also maximizes utilization of the waste heat from the generators, further increasing overall system efficiency.The cogeneration system, scheduled for installation in February 2003, can deliver up to 30% of One Market’s electricity and 85% of its steam needs for its space heating system.Northern’s power system is also considered a “green” system. In recovering waste heat, the system’s overall fuel efficiency rises to approximately 60%, compared to typical efficiencies of 30% from utility-produced power. Doubling fuel efficiency can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40%. These higher fuel efficiencies also qualify Equity Office’s new system for an incentive rebate from the Self-Generation Incentive Program of the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC). This program was established in 2001 to encourage on-site generation to reduce peak demand and avoid rolling blackouts such as those recently experienced by the state.”Equity Office is leading the commercial real estate market in actively implementing power solutions that make sense from a power security and from an environmental standpoint,” said Thomas Smith, Vice President of Energy Operations at Equity Office. “Teaming with Northern Power Systems to create this innovative approach to energy supply is fully consistent with our commitment to maintaining superior quality of service to our tenants, improving the efficiency of our systems, and lessening the impact of our operations on the environment.”Jito Coleman, president and CEO of Northern, stated, “We are fortunate to work with a company whose people recognize that power security and environmental benefit are not mutually exclusive. All of us at Northern are happy to help Equity Office reach its goals through the design and installation of this innovative and highly efficient cogeneration system.”last_img read more

first_imgInglis was stripped of the Australian captaincy on Tuesday after he was charged the previous day with drink-driving and speeding offences.Meninga said Inglis was “bitterly disappointed in himself more so than anything else”.”He stuffed up. He has made a poor error of judgement and he has paid the price for it,” he said.”I want to see Greg have a strong off-season and start the season well for the Rabbitohs. He will lead Queensland again next year.”Meninga added he would then wait and see when the national team plays next whether Inglis would become captain.”He was really disappointed in himself but in the true character of him he has taken it on the chin,” he said.”The ultimate lesson in all this is you don’t get behind the wheel of a car under the influence of alcohol.”Meninga flies out of Brisbane on Thursday with the Prime Minister’s XIII squad to prepare for Saturday’s clash with Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.last_img read more

first_imgThe sudden popularity of a restaurant sprawling with cottages on stilts where you could go fishing for milkfish and order fresh oysters farmed right there has triggered a bandwagon of similar businesses.MORE STORIESnewsinfoBulacan airport work to begin before 2019 ends – DOTrnewsinfoBhutan to host world’s toughest ultra-marathon to raise climate change awarenessnewsinfoEU envoy rallies to reduce carbon footprint through bikingMORE STORIESnewsinfoBulacan airport work to begin before 2019 ends – DOTrnewsinfoBhutan to host world’s toughest ultra-marathon to raise climate change awarenessnewsinfoEU envoy rallies to reduce carbon footprint through bikingThe one near the bridge has recently added cottages. There’s also one right beside our subdivision, hidden under the shade of tall mangroves.I predict that in the next few years, more seafood restaurants will be built in this mangrove area. More and more buildings will also rise, such as the police training facility that recently opened on reclaimed portions of the delta. The billboard announcing approval by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources still stands beside the freshly white-washed walls of the boot camp.I fear that this will further constrict the natural passageways of water pouring from rivers out to the sea, increasing the risk of flooding. The day before Yolanda came to Cebu, a vehicle with a public address system roamed around our place urging people living near the river and along the coastlines to evacuate. One of them is our garbage collector, an old man who said that he couldn’t leave his house and that it was all up to God.Our place is elevated by about a story high, so we were not that worried either. Still, I put all my valuables in big plastic boxes or wrapped them in garbage bags just in case water would rise to  our first floor or if winds would blow away our roof. One could never be too sure with a supertyphoon, I thought at that time as I stocked up on food and water and covered our windows with plywood.ADVERTISEMENT The bay can get  really dark at night. It’s hard to imagine a place like this still exists just a  hundred meters  from a big shopping mall that opened last year. In the morning, it is refreshing to bike or jog to the bridge over the delta just to listen to the murmur of the current and to take snapshots of egrets flying over bamboo fish pens that look like outdoor installation art.The serenity belies the anxiety of  people living near the bay, particularly those on the banks of the adjacent river,  whenever there is a typhoon or even if it just rains hard for an hour or so.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeThe flooding has gotten worse over the years, according to the habal-habal driver I talked to on my way home right after the last big flood that submerged the unpaved road in knee-high water. He blamed the recent housing projects that cleared the hills of forest cover and the lack of a drainage system.But the boom in real estate “development,” triggered by the new shopping mall, is beginning to encroach on the bay, reclaiming hectares of mangroves that should have been public domain and part of a protected area. PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy MOST READ Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding LATEST STORIEScenter_img I was glad that my  worst  expectations  did not happen. But learning about how the storm surge in Leyte reached as high as three floors, I now fear that it might actually still happen to us if another supertyphoon hits Cebu, which, in this age of climate change, is not unlikely.On the other hand, I find a little reassurance that we are surrounded by mangroves that, as proven in Northern Samar during Yolanda, may actually serve as the best buffer against storm surges and a tsunami. These natural wave breakers will soften the impact of big waves as they approach land.Efforts of residents in Northern Samar to restore and expand mangrove forests have paid off. In contrast, the lack of mangroves along the coastline of Tacloban City has made the city vulnerable to tidal waves triggered by the cyclone.The view from our window provides a different sense of comfort. But I fear it might not last long. Unless those of us in Consolacion do something.Read Next An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary The absence of trust SMC bags Bulacan airport project Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR View comments We live next to mangrove forests along Cansaga Bay in Consolacion town.  Looking at the wide expanse of greenery from our window, there is little hint that it’s actually the sea out there. The view is always breathtaking especially at dusk when the sky turns red as the sun dips into  distant hills that start to twinkle with electric lights.A year ago, when we moved here there were fewer homes in our subdivision. We always found fireflies straying into the  house at night. They came from the mangroves. One time, when I was about to turn on the lights in the bedroom, I caught one blinking like a tiny fallen star on my pillow.ADVERTISEMENT Sen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performancelast_img read more