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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_img(Letter to the Sports Editor) I TAKE this opportunity to offer sincere congratulations to the Guyana Jaguars cricket team and the coach for their recent success at winning the Regional 4- Day cricket tournament for the third year in succession.The players have performed exceptionally well despite all odds and they must be recognised for this unprecedented achievement.Kudos must also be given to the Berbice Cricket Board, especially the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, led by Hilbert Foster, the Georgetown Cricket Association, led by Roger Harper and the East Coast Cricket Board, led by Bissoondyal Singh and their respective committee members.These gentlemen and their Association/Boards fought steadfastly over the last seven years to organise and develop cricket within their respective areas despite continuous interference and destabilisation efforts, perpetrated by the illegal regime calling itself the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB).Apart from the now regular and infamous impositions of court injunctions within these areas, the self-servicing GCB made regular disruptive incursions into the three areas with the intention of destroying the structure of the very game of cricket that they were supposed to be overseeing.These three Association/Boards have not for over seven years received a blind cent as cricket subsidy from the GCB, which in turn receives over $70M from the WICB for cricket development and administration in Guyana.It is these very three areas that have produced all the cricketers for the various Guyana teams. Yet the GCB wants recognition for the success of the Guyana Jaguars.The GCB does not have a cricket development plan of its own and has brazenly piggy-backed on the tremendous cricket development and the talented players from Berbice, Georgetown and East Coast while ensuring that those areas do not have any say in the administration of Guyana Cricket.What is even more disturbing is that the current Government, through its Ministry of Sport and the National Sports Commission continue to reward this illegal regime for the efforts of others.I do not know if it is due to ignorance, myopia or downright cronyism but the illegal GCB seems to be finding special favours even within their illegal operations.A little over a year ago it was reported that the Minister of Sport admitted that she was unaware that there was a Cricket Administration Act and that she was not prepared to take the blame for not naming the stands at the Guyana National Stadium. Since then, instead of consolidating efforts to remove the frivolous challenges to the Act, the Minister and the Director of Sport seem to have formed a relationship with the illegal and incompetent GCB by:1. Rewarding that illegal GCB and its controversial secretary with sports awards for 2016 at the ceremony held in January 2017, attended surprisingly by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Minister of Sport made some misleading pronouncements on the contributions of the President and Secretary of the GCB with regard to the development of youth cricketers.3. Allocating $1.5?M in balls for school cricket to the illegal GCB. The tournament was disappointingly scheduled to be played during the rainy season and exam term. It would be extremely useful to analyse the programme/plan that influenced this donation since from all appearances there was no proper ground preparation, no proper coaching programme, no proper cricket gear distribution and no proper zoning or coordination of the schedule of matches.The tournament was akin to our youngsters playing cricket in the jungle!There has been no organised ladies cricket since this regime hijacked the GCB in 2011, and they have been selecting female national players from the softball cricket instead. Yet this group has been able to bluff and hoodwink the present sports administration into giving them awards they never deserved.Guyana has got the talent to produce world-class cricketers but the current environment of illegality, amateurism, deceit, favouritism and incompetent cannot help our players. We are winning the war but losing the battle. Why? With Guyana winning regional tournaments and the West Indies Team at its lowest in 20 years, we cannot contribute much to the WI teams.Why are the likes of Roger Harper, Mark Harper, Neil Barry, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Monty Lynch, Albert Smith, Rabindranauth Seeram, Reon King, Clyde Butts, Rodrick Lovell and Hubern Evans not working with our youngsters within a structured programme that is carefully worked out and properly implemented?The time is long overdue to implement the Guyana Cricket Act. If the Minister is unaware of the process she could seek guidance from her Senior Minister of Education, her Director of Sport, her Attorney General, her Minister of State or even the Minster of Public Security all of whom sat at 22 meetings of the Parliamentary Select Committee that crafted and passed the Cricket Bill into Law.The frivolous challenge to the Act that is preventing the holding of free and fair elections of the GCB was instituted by Anand Sanasie et al. It is self-serving and ensures that the illegal GCB does not hold any elections while they fondly embrace the government officials. Is this right in our democratic society?W. G. Bostonlast_img read more