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FPL Energy’s High Winds Energy Center will be capable of generating enough electricity to power nearly 75,000 homes. Construction of the initial 81 wind turbines at the wind farm, each more than 198 feet tall to the center of the blade hub, began late in 2002. The initial 81 turbines began commercial operation in September 2003. The company expects to complete a previously announced expansion of the facility by the end of the year. The 162-megawatt facility is owned and operated by FPL Energy. PPM Energy purchases all of the output from the facility under a long-term contract and markets the output to wholesale customers including the cities of Sacramento, Pasadena, Anaheim, Glendale, Azusa, Colton and others. No posts to display RIO VISTA, Calif., Sept. 18, 2003 — FPL Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Group, and PPM Energy, Inc. (PPM), ScottishPower’s competitive US energy business, has joined about 150 guests near Rio Vista to dedicate FPL Energy’s High Winds Energy Center located along the Montezuma Hills in Solano County, California. “California transmission and market rules give wind energy the opportunity to compete on a fair basis with other resources and PPM would like to see other regions adopt similar transmission rules that help us bring cost-competitive, reliable, clean wind power to the market,” said Hudgens. “California customers have responded well and PPM plans to continue to grow its renewable presence in California.” Linkedin O’Sullivan remarked: “The High Winds Energy Center is much more than just one of the largest wind farm in California. It’s a demonstration of how, when people bring their skills, knowledge and commitment together, something good can happen. A lot of people worked on this project and the result is a facility of which we can all be proud.” Twitter EmissionsRenewablesWind By chloecox – “California is committed to 20 percent of its electricity being generated from renewable energy by 2010,” said Therkelsen. “We have installed more than 1,800 megawatts from wind power and by adding improved technology at wind farms like this one, we will easily meet our goal.” PPM Energy is part of the ScottishPower (NYSE:SPI – News) group of companies. With a portfolio of more than 700 megawatts of wind power currently in operation or under construction, PPM has a goal of bringing 2,000 megawatts of new wind power to market by 2010. PPM balances its supply portfolio with sales to wholesale customers, placing almost all of its output in long-term contracts. Major customers include the cities of Seattle, Sacramento, Pasadena, Anaheim as well as investor-owned utilities such as Alliant Energy and Xcel Energy and the federal Bonneville Power Administration. PPM also has about 800 megawatts of clean gas resources under its control to give customers a wide range of options for adding environmentally responsible energy to their portfolios. The American Wind Energy Association honored PPM with its “Market Maker of the Year” award for aggressively finding markets for wind power. For more information, please visit http://www.ppmenergy.com. New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants Twitter Also at the dedication, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) presented state Sen. Byron Sher with the American Wind Energy Association Special Achievement Award, “for providing the legislative leadership that will result in substantial amounts of new clean energy serving the state of California.” Passage of a significant Renewables Portfolio Standard for the state is an enormous accomplishment that would never have become a reality without Sen. Sher’s leadership, according to the association. FPL Energy is a leading unregulated wholesale generator of clean energy, including natural gas, wind, solar, hydroelectric and nuclear. It is the nation’s leader in wind energy with 31 wind facilities in operation in 10 states. FPL Energy has a generating portfolio of nearly 9,900 net megawatts in operation with more than 1,900 megawatts coming from clean and renewable wind energy. It is a subsidiary of FPL Group (NYSE:FPL – News), one of the nation’s largest providers of electricity-related services with annual revenues of more than $8 billion. FPL Group’s principal subsidiary is Florida Power & Light Company, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving more than 4 million customer accounts in Florida. Additional information is available on the Internet at http://www.FPLEnergy.com, http://www.FPLGroup.com and http://www.FPL.com. Facebook TAGSFPL Facebook Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables Voith Hydro supplying pumped storage equipment to pair with Idaho combined solar-wind project Previous articleAquila plans Green Tags renewable energy programmeNext articleKvaerner and Hitachi to co-operate on US Council Bluffs chloecox 9.18.2003 State Sen. Byron Sher, California Energy Commission Executive Director Robert Therkelsen and California ISO Vice President Randy Abernathy joined FPL Energy’s Senior Vice President of Development Michael O’Sullivan and PPM Energy Chief Executive Officer Terry Hudgens and more than 150 local and regional guests to celebrate the commercial operation of the High Winds Energy Center and the organizations that helped bring the facility to California. Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FPL Energy and PPM Energy dedicate High Winds Energy Center
Adam Neumann and a WeWork location in Detroit (Credit: Getty Images)With a blockbuster regulatory filing this month, WeWork raised more questions about its impending IPO than it answered. Perhaps no stakeholders read the filing more closely than its own landlords.“There were certain things in that report I would rather have not seen,” Rory Greenberg, a Miami landlord who owns a building entirely occupied by WeWork, said of certain expenditures and loans detailed in the filing, though he would not specify. “Obviously, I’m sure a lot of it can be explained.”The debate over WeWork’s financial viability has reached a fever pitch, and few have more at stake than the landlords of its 200-plus locations in the U.S. The company received wide criticism for some of its business practices, the scale of its outstanding lease commitments and lack of corporate governance, which led to eye-popping loans to its CEO Adam Neumann and other executives. After the regulatory filing dropped, one Manhattan landlord even sued the company to get out of its lease.ADVERTISEMENTAccording to its most recent U.S Securities and Exchange Commission filing, known as an S-1, WeWork has committed $47 billion to U.S. landlords over the next 15 years, and plans to raise as much as $6 billion in debt when its IPO launches. (It currently has $2.5 billion in cash, and has acknowledged that it sees no pathway to profitability in the foreseeable future.) WeWork declined to comment for this story.The Real Deal spoke to multiple landlords across the country to hear first-hand what they think about the S-1.One institutional landlord, who owns a Manhattan building partially occupied by WeWork, said they are unconcerned by the risk factor attached to the startup, because they took added precautions when signing the lease. One measure involved reducing its tenant improvements — an investment by the landlord to build out a rental space, which is often repaid by rent — and instead asked WeWork to build out its own space.“They were risky as a startup, and now they’re risky as they chase their IPO,” said the landlord, who requested anonymity because WeWork is a tenant.The landlord bristled at WeWork’s push to attract enterprise companies, which now make up 40 percent of its members. “They have this enterprise division, and you’ll be chasing a 60,000-square-foot tenant or bigger, [against] WeWork,” the landlord said. “That’s the big difference now.”But some building owners see considerable upside to WeWork’s IPO. Another New York-based institutional landlord, who is currently negotiating a lease with WeWork in Manhattan and did not wish to be identified, said that an IPO could prove a better deal for landlords because it will provide “better collateral from WeWork than the current state that they are in.”A Los Angeles landlord, who has multiple WeWork locations, said “there are definitely aspects of WeWork’s business that concerns me.” For example, the landlord said, in a downturn buildings that are underperforming will be more likely to close. About 30 percent of WeWork’s locations are mature, which means occupied for longer than 24 months, according to its S-1 filing.The LA-based landlord, who has kept WeWork occupancy low, said those with high occupancy rates in their buildings should be more concerned in the event WeWork would downsize.“I would be concerned for sure if you had a WeWork location that is doing so-so,” the landlord said. “Those are the ones that in a downturn they are going to close.”A prior analysis by TRD, which focused on WeWork’s New York locations, found that the co-working startup wholly occupies five buildings in the city, and at least 18 buildings have more than 50 percent occupancy.Major lenders, for their part, are tied to more properties than any one landlord. Bank of America currently has debt tied up in 16 buildings, according to an analysis by real estate data company Reonomy and TRD. It is followed closely by MetLife, Wells Fargo and Citibank.Wells Fargo, which has provided loans to 12 buildings, said that as a general rule, it will not provide loans to a building that is more than 20 percent occupied by co-working companies.“We have tried to limit our exposure to co-working and non-credit tenants,” said Mark Myers, Wells Fargo’s head of commercial real estate.Greenberg, the Miami landlord who is a part-owner of the Security Building, a 96,000-square-foot building where WeWork is the sole tenant, said that he was comfortable signing the lease because WeWork agreed to make its own tenant improvements. He added: “I love the business model.”He is in discussions with WeWork to lease another building, but said he would not consider the company to entirely fill a location again. Instead, he said he would consider the company as an anchor tenant.“Not to say anything about the tenant,” he said. “I think it’s just my personal tolerance for risk.” This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Philpott Motors in Nederland and Gift of Life are “taking out cancer” by hosting a special drive-thru luncheon for breast cancer survivors from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 29) at Philpott Toyota, 2229 U.S. 69. A “pink cheering squad” will provide each guest with a box lunch, T-shirt and gift. Philpott and Gift of Life’s “Get in the Pink” Celebration honors breast cancer survivors and raises awareness of the importance of early breast cancer screenings.“Gift of Life is fortunate to have the support of Philpott Motors, a compassionate company that deeply cares about giving back to the community and coming to the aid of neighbors in need,” a news release reads.
Nothing good comes easy,” said Randy Conquest gazing at his wife Jo Ann with a smile. “I remember the first time I saw her walking down the street. I was with my brother-in-law and we were driving in his car. I yelled at him to pull over. I told him ‘If you don’t pull over I’m going to jump out!’ He had no choice but to stop and I walked over to Jo Ann and said, ‘One day I’m going to marry you.’ I don’t know what came over me, but when I saw her walking down the street I had a vision, I saw children and a family and I was happy. I knew she was the one,” said Conquest. They started dating and were married in 1963, and have three children, Dean, Randi, and Kandi.With roots in England, Randy’s father, David Wesley Conquest, was born in 1895, and his mother, Minnie, in 1898. Randy was born into the Conquest family in 1937 and grew up on Gallo Duck Farm in East Patchogue, after the family moved from Virginia. The 45-acre farm was home to thousands of ducks, which were raised annually. As a child he recalls chasing the ducks to get them back in their pens before nightfall and admits that he’s not very fond of them after having lived among them for so many years. With a shake of his head, Conquest pondered why he has two statues of ducks adorning his beautifully manicured front lawn.After graduating Patchogue High School in 1956, Conquest attended the Tyler Barber School in New York City and obtained his state license. During his nine-month course, Conquest recalled one of the other students in his class. “Bootsie really wanted to be a barber, but he was too heavy-handed. He didn’t have the gift,” he said. “I call it a gift because it’s not the type of thing that can really be taught. You just have to have the feel for it; it’s really an art. You either have it or you don’t. I felt sad for Bootsie because he really wanted to be a barber.”With his license in hand, Conquest worked in many different shops from the Bronx to Long Island and was also on staff at the Central Islip Psychiatric Center as a barber providing haircuts and shaves to patients. In 1969, Conquest had the opportunity to open a shop in Southampton on Maple Avenue near the railroad station. Randy’s Barbershop became the first African American barber shop in the community. The shop became a social meeting place as customers enjoyed its friendly, comfortable, and welcoming atmosphere.“We had a lot of hangers-on,” Conquest said. “They’d come in and get a haircut and share funny stories. One day, ‘Bub’ Seymour told us about the time Sugar Ray Robinson’s training guy couldn’t make it to the workout. They told Bub to get in the ring with Ray and Ray hit him so hard that he thought he’d never get up! We were never short of good stories.”After 10 years, Conquest purchased the building on North Sea Road, which had housed Emanuel Seymour’s barbershop and which included a beauty salon. Over the course of his more than 50 years as a barber, Conquest has sponsored many apprentices, happily giving others the opportunity to learn the trade. “There was a young man, Clyde Hallman, whose hair I cut for 35 years. One day when he came in for a haircut he told me he liked to cut hair. I took him on as an apprentice. He had the gift, he was a natural,” Conquest said with a smile. “Charlie Green, Augustus (Gus) Stewart, Joey McCoy, and Artie Williams were also apprentices of mine,” he added.When Conquest retired in 2006, Gus Stewart, who was working with him at the time, continued to run the shop. Shortly after, Gus moved to Atlanta and the shop closed permanently and Randy placed it on the market.To many, however, the building held too many memories because it had served as a popular social gathering spot unlike any other in Southampton Town. A member of the community, Gloria Cannon, proposed that the building, which was built in 1950, should receive historical status and be made into an African American museum. Gloria’s daughter, Bonnie Cannon, and Brenda Simmons, whose aunt, Evelyn Baxter, ran the adjoining beauty salon with her partner, Katherine Spellman, went to work to achieve their goal. “When I was approached with the idea,” Conquest said, “I thought it was a great idea, but I had no idea how to make it happen. Bonnie and Brenda worked really hard to make it a reality.”In October 2006, Conquest’s building was purchased with money from the Community Preservation Fund. “It took four years before the building received its historic status and another eight years after that before construction actually began to preserve and restore it,” he said. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 7, 2018 for the African American Museum of the East End.Designed by Southampton architect Siamak Samii, the restoration work has just begun with hopes that the museum will be completed and ready to open in the spring of 2019. “The building needs a lot of work. The structure and foundation are not sound,” said William Proefriedt, the president of WGP Contracting Inc., as workers were preparing to move the building off its foundation on October 3.Proud of the efforts of the many members of the community who came forward to preserve the legacy of the building that holds his memories, hardly a day goes by that Conquest is not seen stopping by the job site to watch the progress. “It took a long time to get going, but like I already said,” he added with a smile, “nothing good comes easy.” [email protected] Share
20th Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) — Deadpool 2 ended Avengers: Infinity War‘s three-week reign at the box office, nabbing an estimated $125 million in its opening weekend. However, it failed to deliver the record opening for an R-rated film, as many predicted, falling short of the $132.4 million debut of the original Deadpool.The film, starring Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin, did manage to set a record for 20th Century Fox, posting the studio’s best overseas debut with an estimated $176.3 million, topping the $174 million for 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. In total, Deadpool 2‘s worldwide take stands at $301.3 million.Dropping to second place is Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, with an estimated $28.7 million, bringing its totals stateside to over $595 million and making it the eighth largest domestic release of all-time. It also tacked on an estimated $84 million overseas, and it now ranks as the third largest worldwide release with roughly $1.81 billion. Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC.Book Club — starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen — bows in third place with an estimated $12.5 million, ahead of Life of the Party, which drops from second to fourth place with an estimated $7.7 million.Rounding out the top five is Breaking In, collecting an estimated $6.47 million in its second week of release.Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:1. Deadpool 2, $125 million2. Avengers: Infinity War, $28.7 million3. Book Club, $12.5 million4. Life of the Party, $7.7 million5. Breaking In, $6.47 million6. Show Dogs, $6 million7. Overboard, $4.7 million8. A Quiet Place, $4 million9. Rampage, $1.5 million10. I Feel Pretty, $1.28 millionCopyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Categories: Howrylak News 29Mar Rep. Howrylak introduces Fourth Amendment protection bill Rep. Martin Howrylak introduced House Bill 4430, which will help safeguard the Fourth Amendment rights of Michigan residents. The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects against unreasonable search and seizure, recognizing the fundamental right to property and privacy.“If the federal government continues its mass warrantless surveillance programs, it should get no help carrying them out from the State of Michigan,” said Rep. Howrylak of Troy. “My bill will certify that the State of Michigan will not assist the federal government in any data collection unless it is 100 percent consistent with the U.S. Constitution.”Under HB 4430, state and local governments would be prohibited from assisting, participating with, or providing support to the federal government in the collection of data unless there is a search warrant or the approval of the targeted party.“In 1975, Sen. Frank Church warned us about the surveillance state, saying it created the potential for ‘total tyranny,’” said Mike Maharrey from the Tenth Amendment Center. “That was before widespread public access to the Internet, before cellphones and before the proliferation of email. Today, the technological capacity of the NSA and other federal agencies exceeds anything Church imagined. And yet 40 years later, Congress hasn’t done anything to rein in the surveillance. It never will. That’s why it’s up to states to take action. There is no reason for Michigan to support unconstitutional spying on its own people.”Similar legislation has been introduced in other states in the last few years. HB 4430 was referred to the House Judiciary Committee for review.###