Rhode Island offshore wind project to cost less than 10 cents per kilowatt-hour

first_imgRhode Island offshore wind project to cost less than 10 cents per kilowatt-hour FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Providence Journal:When critics assailed the high price awarded to Deepwater Wind nearly a decade ago for power from what would be the first offshore wind farm in the nation, the Providence company and its supporters in Rhode Island state government vowed that savings would come with future projects down the line.With a proposed agreement announced Thursday, they would fulfill that promise.Under the contract filed with the Public Utilities Commission, National Grid would pay Deepwater, now part of Danish-owned Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind, a flat rate over 20 years of 9.8 cents per kilowatt hour for power from its Revolution Wind Farm, a 400-megawatt project proposed in Rhode Island Sound.And critically, the deal is projected to save Rhode Island about $90 million in energy costs over the life of the contract, or about 50 cents per month for the typical electric customer in the state.The power purchase agreement proves that Rhode Island can develop renewable energy at an affordable cost, state energy commissioner Carol Grant said in an interview. “It’s not either/or. It’s not clean or affordable. It’s both,” she said.More: National Grid contract with Orsted would save customers $90 million over 20 yearslast_img read more

Can Robert Upshaw make LA Lakers’ 15-man roster?

first_imgHe spoke in an excited tone, Robert Upshaw experiencing the initial wave of euphoria surrounding his first NBA exhibition appearance.The Lakers’ reserve center had just posted six points on 3-of-4 shooting, with three rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one turnover in 25 minutes in the team’s 105-97 preseason loss to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday at Citizens Business Bank Arena.“It was really good,” Upshaw said. “I finally got to get my feet wet, go out there and play some good basketball.”Outside the locker room, Lakers coach Byron Scott spoke in a more solemn tone about Upshaw’s performance. “He was OK,” Scott said. “He made a ton of mistakes on both ends of the floor. That’s probably to be expected in his first game.”Upshaw did not play in the Lakers’ first two preseason contests. But Scott had stressed “it’s not something he’s not doing.”Instead, Scott referenced the Lakers’ 19-player training camp roster. Yet, the Lakers have maintained a wait-and-see approach with Upshaw before deciding if he is worth a spot on the team’s maximum 15-player roster for the 2015-16 season.Fresno State (2012-13) and the University of Washington (2014-15) dismissed Upshaw amid unspecified violations of team rules, causing the projected first-round pick to go undrafted.Still, the Lakers have become intrigued with the 7-foot-2, 264-pound Upshaw after he averaged 10.9 points, a team-leading 8.2 rebounds and set the Huskies’ season shot-blocking record (85). The Lakers signed him to the summer league roster before eventually agreeing to a multi-year contract that is mostly nonguaranteed. “We feel comfortable after looking into and talking to people associated with both programs, we feel we know what the issues are,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “It clearly comes down to what he can show us in training camp. It’s all up to him. But he’s young and does have gifts a lot of players don’t have. Whether or not we can develop that or help him develop, that remains to be seen.”Upshaw went through some more hiccups in summer league, averaging only 1.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11.5 minutes a game, and admittedly remained out of shape.Since then, Upshaw said he has lost 25 pounds and improved his diet.“I was really heavy. It was kind of frustrating,” Upshaw said. “I feel like my summer league could’ve been a lot more than what it was.”Upshaw made some amends Thursday against Toronto. He was chosen over backup reserves Robert Sacre and Tarik Black, both of whom are also competing for minutes at the backup center spot behind Roy Hibbert. Upshaw quickly converted on a dunk shortly after entering the game midway through the first quarter. He also made a 16-foot fadeaway jumper.But Upshaw admitted he still needs to “clean some things up” like his timing, offensive rebounding and screen setting. Upshaw also committed a turnover, was called for goaltending, missed a dunk and clanked two foul shots.“I don’t see myself as a right-away player,” Upshaw said. “I’m still transitioning myself with the college game and off-the-court issues.”Injury updateThe Lakers have listed D’Angelo Russell (bruised glute), Brandon Bass (bruised left knee) and Marcelo Huertas (strained right hamstring) as doubtful for Sunday’s game against Maccabi Haifa at Staples Center. Bass received treatment on his left knee during the team’s day off on Friday. Huertas, a Brazilian native, is expected to practice on Saturday after spending the past week in Vancouver to finalize immigration documents.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more