Utility shuts down Presque Isle coal plant in Michigan

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WLUC:It’s the beginning of the end for the Presque Isle Power Plant, as it’s powered down for the final time Sunday. At 9 am, they started shutting off different levels of the power plant.WEC Energy Group’s subsidiary, Upper Michigan Energy Resources (UMERC), began commercial operation of the A.J. Mihm Generating Station in Baraga County and the F.D. Kuester Generating Station in Negaunee Township on March 31. These new natural gas-powered generating stations replace the energy from the company’s coal-fueled Presque Isle Power Plant retired the same day.“The new generating stations are good for our customers, good for business and good for electric reliability throughout the U.P.,” said Kevin Fletcher, President and Chief Executive officer of WEC Energy Group. “Closure of the Presque Isle Power Plant also helps achieve our goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent, well ahead of our 2030 target.”Plans for this transition date back to 2015 when Michigan Governor Rick Snyder issued a call to action to solve the Upper Peninsula’s energy crisis. WEC Energy Group says they answered that call and developed a reliable, affordable and clean energy solution.WEC Energy Group funded the $275 million investment. Half of the investment will be recovered through a 20-year agreement with Cliffs Natural Resources. The other half will be recovered in retail electric rates.The state-of-the-art generating stations are expected to save UMERC customers nearly $600 million over the next 30 years. The new stations will eliminate the need for additional transmission capacity as well as upgrades that would have been needed at the aged Presque Isle Power Plant if it had continued to operate.More: Presque Isle power plant shuts down for final time Utility shuts down Presque Isle coal plant in Michiganlast_img read more

Lawyer Referral Service goes online

first_imgLawyer Referral Service goes online August 15, 2003 Daniel Staesser Assistant Editor Regular News Lawyer Referral Service goes online Assistant EditorIf you are one of the 1,200 or so lawyers who are members of The Florida Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service, you may have gained a client while you were sleeping. The Florida Bar has developed a new online component for its Lawyer Referral Service, making it readily available 24 hours-a-day.“It is just another vehicle to access the referral service,” said Karen Kelly, director of The Florida Bar’s Public Service Programs. “It also might get more lawyers interested in joining the service.”The new online service is accessible through a link provided from The Florida Bar Web site at www.flabar.org. Designed to be quick and convenient, the site contains drop-down menus that will ask the user in which county they need a lawyer and the area of law for which they need services. If they are unsure of the appropriate area of law, the Web site contains definitions of all of the areas of law available on the service. Users also will have the option of selecting a lawyer who speaks a foreign language.Once the information is submitted and the referral has been processed, the prospective client will receive a confirmation listing the name, address, and telephone number of the lawyer to whom they have been referred.Kelly said in 2002, the service made more than 135,000 referrals, and LRS lawyers earned $5.7 million in fees from those cases.“The online service will not only increase accessibility to the LRS, but it is expected to increase the number of cases referred,” Kelly said.The number of referrals a participating lawyer receives depends on his or her area of practice and geographic location, Kelly said. Any member in good standing with no pending probable cause complaints who maintains an office in geographical areas not covered by a local bar referral service is eligible to join the panel by completing an application. The participating lawyers must also carry at least $100,000 in professional liability insurance.The LRS encourages lawyers to recognize their obligation to provide services to the public and advises people of the value of lawyer consultations, Kelly said. Those who participate in the service range from new lawyers trying to build a practice to more established attorneys who use it to supplement their client base, she added.Lawyers interested in joining the LRS can download a membership application from the Bar’s Web site, or they can contact Kelly via email at [email protected] or by phone at (800) 342-8060, ext. 5810.If your office is in Baker, Broward, Clay, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Nassau, Okaloosa, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, or West Pasco counties, contact your local bar association lawyer referral service for information.Consumers without Internet access can continue to utilize the toll-free service — which is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. — by calling (800) 342-8011.last_img read more

Challenge for Children is making connections

first_imgMark D. Killian Managing EditorSo far, 58 volunteer lawyers and 43 nonprofit organizations needing legal services for children have taken advantage of the Bar’s Challenge for Children Web page to find each other, according to Bar President Miles McGrane.The way the program works is the organizations needing service for children register their needs and lawyers register their willingness to serve. Then Florida Legal Services and the Florida Pro Bono Coordinators Association matches the volunteer lawyers to the nonprofit groups.“The pro bono coordinators are making the matches or recruiting other attorneys in the area to fulfill the needs of the qualified organizations,” McGrane said.“If a ‘match’ for any attorney who volunteers does not currently exist, they are offered opportunities to volunteer with guardian ad litem, team child, teen court, or for a juvenile dependency or delinquency case.”Barbara O’Stean of Florida Legal Services said the number of organizations signing up for legal help underscores “the unmet needs we knew were there all along.”“Our pro bono coordinators are trying to crank out as many matches as we can,” O’Stean said, noting at times it takes some work to match a particular lawyer’s skills with the specific needs of an organization. O’Stean encouraged more lawyers to volunteer.McGrane also said 2,895 lawyers have contributed $128,060 for the Challenge for Children fund through their Bar fee statements, and another $29,760 has been contributed directly to The Florida Bar Foundation for the children’s effort. Coupled with other donations, including $25,000 from the Young Lawyers Division, the fund total now stands at approximately $160,000. The money will be used by the Foundation to fund programs that help children with legal needs.“It is $100,000 short of the goal I set, but I’ve been told by everyone that is still a good number,” McGrane said.“While I am disappointed, it is a lot more money that we had before we started.”As an example of how the project is working, Erin M. Flemister of the Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society, Inc., said volunteer attorney Elizabeth Franks indicated she wanted to volunteer her services in a case involving children. Franks works for LexisNexis, and, due to her schedule, wanted to provide legal research help.“We e-mailed Ms. Franks the specifics of a case involving a child that needed research on a particular issue,” Flemister said. “Ms. Franks researched the issue and e-mailed us her findings. Her legal services and expertise greatly assisted us in resolving an extremely difficult case involving several children. We were very fortunate to receive her assistance.”Karen Ladis, coordinator of the Dade County’s Put Something Back Pro Bono Project, said her organization also has been in contact with six organizations in need of pro bono assistance, including:• Artspring, which was assigned a pro bono attorney to serve of counsel.• Kristie House, which was assigned a pro bono attorney to serve of counsel.• Foster Care Review, where volunteer lawyers will serve on panels to conduct citizen review hearings of dependent children.• Lawyers for Children America, where volunteers are being trained to represent abused and neglected children.• Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, where Put Something Back has contacted the Dade chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers to co-sponsor a seminar for undocumented immigrant children/unaccompanied minors.“These are the types of things that we want to do, and we need to get the word out to lawyers that this is a good way to get involved,” McGrane said.The Web site where lawyers can volunteer to help nonprofit and civic organizations that assist children may be accessed by visiting www.flabar.org. Once there, click on the “For the Children” button at the top of the page and it will take you to a page where you can sign up to be matched with a children’s group. Challenge for Children is making connections October 1, 2003 Managing Editor Regular Newscenter_img Challenge for Children is making connectionslast_img read more

The Operational Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism in Kvarner was signed

first_imgAfter the presentation of the Operational Plan, the signing of the Agreement on Cooperation in the Implementation of the Operational Plan for the Development of Cycling Tourism in PGC with the standards took place. Two days ago, the 4th meeting of prefects with mayors and municipal mayors from the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (PGŽ) was held in Rab, at which the Operational Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism in Kvarner was signed. The Operational Plan is based on the Action Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism of the Republic of Croatia from 2015, the Strategic Plan for the Development of Tourism in Kvarner and the Strategic and Operational Marketing Plan for the period 2016-2020. as well as all other national and county strategic documents (EuroVelo and regulations of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure) that in their segments recognize cycling tourism that has potential for development in the Republic of Croatia, said Melita Raukar, head of the Board for Tourism, Entrepreneurship and Rural Development. “The operational plan aims to achieve the recognition of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County as a cycling tourist destination and to contribute to the branding of Kvarner as a desirable destination for active holidays. The development of cycling tourism contributes to a higher content of the County’s tourist product, prolongation of the tourist season, increase of tourist arrivals / overnight stays and contribution to branding Kvarner as a desirable destination for active vacation “, said Raukar. Attachment: Operational plan for the development of cycling tourism in PGC Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, as the client of the Operational Program, aims to achieve the recognition of PGC as a cycling tourist destination, contribute to branding Kvarner as a desirable destination for active vacation, increase the content of the County’s tourist product, extend the tourist season, increase tourist arrivals / nights, add value to mountain and rural areas Counties, and connect cycling tourism with the rest of Kvarner’s offer. Home Photography: TZ Kvarner The agreement was signed by the prefect Zlatko Komadina, the head of the PGŽ Tomislav Dizdar, representatives of the local self-government from the County, the director of the WUC Georg Žeželić, Silvana Sorić from Hrvatske Cesta and Vedran Kružić, the director of the county regional development agency. Operational plan for the development of cycling tourism in PGC, more in the attachment The agreement creates conditions for the implementation of the objectives defined by the Operational Plan for Cyclotourism Development, in order to have a positive impact on rural areas and create and improve new tourist products, increase the overall tourist offer and increase consumption in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. RELATED NEWS: GRANTS AWARDED FOR THE CYCLOTURISM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ON THE CONTINENT IN 2019last_img read more