St. Louis, Home of Peabody and Arch Coal, Votes to Move to Renewables

first_imgSt. Louis, Home of Peabody and Arch Coal, Votes to Move to Renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享NBC News:St. Louis became the 47th American city to set a goal of getting all of its electricity from clean, noncarbon sources with a vote by local lawmakers Friday — a significant watershed given its long-standing ties to the fossil fuel industry.The unanimous vote by the Board of Aldermen commits the city to transition to solar, wind and other renewable energy sources by 2035. The city will assemble a group — made up of workers, environmentalists, business people, utility representatives and others — to draw up a plan by December 2018 for reaching the benchmark.The 100 percent clean energy goal has been set by many cities that have already made substantial progress in obtaining power from sources other than coal and natural gas. The challenge is steeper for St. Louis, a city that still gets about 95 percent of its power from utilities that burn fossil fuels and from nuclear power. The latter represents about 20% of the local utility’s energy portfolio.The move is also striking because St. Louis has long been the corporate home of many of the nation’s largest coal companies, including the industry’s two giants, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal. Both of those companies did not immediately respond to a request from NBC News for comment.Lewis E. Reed, president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, said he hopes the city can now push ahead with initiatives like shifting its vehicle fleet to electric power instead of gas. The lawmaker said the city’s action also will create momentum for others to push for wind and solar and for the state’s biggest utility, Ameren Missouri, to move more quickly to clean power.The utility introduced a plan last month to spend more than $1 billion on renewable energy generation. It plans to add 700 megawatts of wind generation by 2020, to bring that source to 10 percent of the utility’s total. And it plans a modest increase in solar generation, adding 100 megawatts over the next decade.Ameren Missouri’s president, Michael Moehn, said in a statement before the vote that the utility “fully supports” moves by governments and other customers to push for more renewable energy.More: St. Louis, Long a Coal Capital, Votes to Get All of Its Power From Clean Sourceslast_img read more

Diversity Insight: A profile of Veridian CU’s community inclusion team

first_img continue reading » As we start a new decade, business leaders in every industry—including the credit union movement—are realizing the importance of creating diverse and inclusive workplaces. While promoting the necessity of diversity and inclusion will always be a part of the puzzle, many of us have shifted to focus on exploring and implementing best practices.I’m often asked about my position as the community inclusion manager at Veridian Credit Union. My colleagues at other credit unions are interested in how my position came to be, the structure of our team, our duties and our measurements. This isn’t because I have all the answers or because Veridian CU is some perfect, aspirational model. It’s because we’re all becoming more intentional about fostering diversity and inclusion in our memberships, staff, boards and communities. We’re exploring together and learning from each other.To help fuel that growth, I’ll use this column to share my answers to the questions I receive most frequently. Then I’d love to hear yours. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Brantley Gilbert concert postponed

first_imgCincinnati, OH—If you had plans to see Brantley Gilbert at Riverbend Music Center tonight, it is canceled due to an unprecedented amount of rainfall over the past few days and the rise of the Ohio River according to the RMC website.A rescheduled date has not been announced. Concertgoers should hold onto their original tickets, as they will be valid for the new date.Brantley Gilbert states on his Facebook page, “#BGNation…. I regret to inform y’all that we have to postpone our show this coming Thursday at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati OH…. I hate seeing the flooding that is goin on in the area and want to be sure y’all are stayin safe out there…. I don’t like postponing shows…. But we can’t risk the safety of our band, our crew and our fans…. We’ll announce the rescheduled date soon…. Your ticket will be valid for the new date…. I love y’all and can’t wait to see y’all here soon…”Though Ohio River waters are not at flood stage yet, they have approached the action stage.last_img read more

Women’s hockey to face Wayne State at Kohl Center

first_imgFor the first time in school history, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team will play on a Thursday night. For the fourth time this season, they will hope to rebound from a series split.Following last week’s disappointing 1-1 home split against Robert Morris, the Badgers will look to stop the trend against Wayne State.Much like the Colonials last weekend, the Detroit-based Warriors come into the series with three wins against a much bigger and faster Wisconsin team. Unfortunately for the Badgers, they have played at the level of their opponent each weekend — a trend forward Brooke Ammerman says the team needs to end soon.“We played maybe some weaker teams that have been surprising us a little bit,” Ammerman said. “We need to come out ready to play. Hopefully, we’ve learned our lesson.”Although Wisconsin will outmatch almost any team they play in terms of talent, three of their four losses this season have come against teams with losing records. According to Ammerman, the disappointment following last year’s national championship team has added motivation for the team.“These four losses are kind of a surprise for the people who have been here a little bit longer,” Ammerman said. “So I think we just have to come out hard Thursday night and expect to win.”Wayne State also has a losing record, but three of its losses have come against ranked teams. The Warriors will use the same style of play Robert Morris and Bemidji State perfected when they upset the Badgers. To counter Wisconsin’s speed, both teams often put five people in front of their net and dumped the puck and chased it on offense. It is a method that will give UW plenty of scoring opportunities, but the shots on goal may be not be quality chances.According to forward Kyla Sanders, Wisconsin’s inability to respond to the different style is due to the way they approach the games.“We’re not ready mentally,” Sanders said. “Every team is coming after us with nothing to lose, so we just got to come out confident, knowing we can beat them.”With less preparation time than normal this week, the Badgers took practice to the next level to make sure they are ready when the puck drops Thursday night. According to interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser, the intense practices and short rest have taken a toll on the squad.“We’re trying to cover a lot in a little span of time,” DeKeyser said. “It’s difficult with young payers to have a fine balance between teaching conditioning and recovery.”In their previous meetings, Wisconsin has posted a 5-0-0 record against the Warriors, but the last time the two teams met was in 2006. According to Sanders, the team is looking forward to playing a new opponent.“We’ve never played Wayne State since I’ve been here,” Sanders said. “It gives us a chance to work on new things as a team.”The team has been in flux since freshman Brianna Decker went down in her second career game against North Dakota. Without the highly-touted recruit in the lineup, the Badgers have changed the lines almost every game.“You can’t overlook the scoring power or potential that she has,” DeKeyser said of Decker. “She’s a gritty, hardworking player that obviously would have a great impact right away.”In order to avoid another letdown, the team needs to get off to a quick start, something the team has struggled to do this year. Even though the team has won six games on the year, it has trailed early in the majority of its games this year. The Badgers’ first step to a quick start will be stopping Wayne State’s Katrina Protopapas, who has six goals this year and scored against No. 1 Mercyhurst.Until tonight, Wisconsin will still be wondering if they need to change their preparation for opponents.“I’m not sure if it’s a question of motivation or a question of not understanding our opponents completely,” DeKeyser said.last_img read more