Pennsylvania Tops EPA List of State Government Entities Using Green Power, Ranks 26th Overall Among All Green Power Users

first_img Energy,  Environment,  Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the highest-ranking state government user of green power on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Top 100 list of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership.   The state ranks 26th overall among all users of green power.Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps build demand for the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints.“To be recognized by the EPA for our commitment to using green power shows how dedicated we are to creating a “Government that works” for its citizens through finding ways to improve the economy, while at the same promoting environmental sustainability,” Governor Wolf said. “In addition to reducing our carbon footprint, we were able to increase our bottom line by saving $2 million through the competitive bidding of the commonwealth’s electricity.”In December of 2015 and February 2016, the commonwealth competitively bid and awarded the supply of 243,985 megawatt hours (MWh) of Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) to be provided annually for calendar years 2016 and 2017. The quantities of RECs represent roughly 30% of the annual electricity usage for commonwealth’s owned building inventory.The funds dedicated to this purchase were made possible by more than $2 million in annual cost reductions achieved for calendar years 2016 to 2019 through Pennsylvania’s Department of General Services’ efforts to competitively procure electricity for commonwealth agencies in several bid events conducted during the fall of 2015.“We have a responsibility to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania to ensure that we are being proper stewards of state funds,” Governor Wolf noted. “We also have a responsibility to our children and future generations to properly use and preserve our planet’s resources. By committing to – and using – green power, we are able to accomplish both of those responsibilities.”The nearly 244 million kilowatt-hours of RECs is the equivalent to the annual power usage of 22,000 average American homes.The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has nearly 1,400 Partner organizations voluntarily using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Pennsylvania Tops EPA List of State Government Entities Using Green Power, Ranks 26th Overall Among All Green Power Userscenter_img April 25, 2016last_img read more

I’ll give local players a chance if they deserve it – Black Stars boss C. K Akonnor

first_imgHead coach of the Black Stars of Ghana, Charles Kwablan Akonnor has shared his thoughts on how the local-based players can get into his team.In an interview shared by the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the first-team coach said  “it is up to the local players” to distinguish themselves to earn a call-up to represent the country.“It is up to the locals. We will give them the chance, and we will encourage them. I had planned before we assembled the team and there is a team psychologist to talk to them before they even join the camp”.C. K Akonnor added that a lot has changed since his playing days and urged the denizen players to change the narrative as there is a disparity between themselves and the foreign-based players.“The challenge is up to them, I would like to give more chances to the local-based players. When I started playing, the likes of Frimpong-Manso, Armah Senegal, Mayanga, Salifu Ansah, the goalkeeper, they were all senior first-team players. And we had a majority of local players in the team.  I even started playing for the Black Stars as a local player before traveling abroad.Things have changed now, and it is up to us to improve that area because there is a big gap. And when you see the local-based players with the big players, there is a huge difference and that is up to them to change the narrative”.The 46-year-old encouraged the local-based players to see themselves equals to those that play in Europe and fight to be in the starting XI, rather than see themselves as fit for only the bench.For me, once I see a player doing well, it’ll give him the chance to be a part of my team. The player should also believe that when they get the chance, they are coming to play rather than be on the bench and if you are a player and have that belief, it shows, even in the way you train and these are things they have to do for themselves.We will see them, invite them into the team and I am not going to close my eyes on them, once they are there and they are training well, they will surely play.The ex-Black Stars midfielder lavished praises on Kotoko’s Justice Blay despite not calling him to feature in Ghana’s double-header against Sudan in the African Cup of Nations qualifier which was scheduled for March and April.Take into consideration Justice Blay, he looks active and hungry, I like players like that. He wants to be successful and he has been showing it all season and not in a game or two.Akonnor concluded that the local-based players have not been consistent and that accounts for them not calling a call-up to the national team.My research tells me, no player in the Ghana Premier League has been able to play three or four matches at the top, the players can come out and challenge if they doubt me. They need to be consistent, they play the first game with great intensity, then the tempo keeps dropping, they need to stay up there and then they can get into the team.The COVID-19 pandemic has halted major sporting activities across the globe and that includes the AFCON 2021 Qualifiers. The Black Stars of Ghana were scheduled to play against Sudan in a double-header.Ghana leads its group with two wins out of two after victories over São Tomé and Príncipe and South Africa.Watch the interview here:Enjoy excerpts of our interview with Black Stars head coach CK Akonnor#BringBackTheLove#PrideAndPatriotism #StayAtHome #LetsFightCoronaTogether pic.twitter.com/bjkcPChxTl— Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) April 1, 2020last_img read more

Tenth Futsal World Cup of BiH Diaspora in Sweden

first_imgTenth Futsal World Cup of BiH Diaspora in organisation of World Association of BiH Diaspora will be held in Swedish town of Västerås from 3- 5 May 2013.After Linz, who organised this event three times, then Antwerp, Munich, Birmingham, Luxembourg, Velika Kladuša, Bielle, this year Federation of BiH Associations of Sweden will host this year’s event.Västerås is a city located 100 kilometres northwest of Stockholm, and 60 kilometres southwest of Uppsala.There are five BiH associations in Västerås, which has the population of 140 000 people, and it is the sixth largest town in Sweden..last_img read more