Shelburne, VT-August 21, 2008- Kilawatt Technologies is pleased to announce that the company has joined the U.S. Green Building Council. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is an international non-profit organization working to advance buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. USGBCs vision is to promote the Triple Bottom Line and pursues solutions that strengthen a healthy and dynamic balance between environmental, social and economic prosperity.Over the past few years, Kilawatt Technologies has seen a dramatic increase in the number of companies and organizations wanting their existing buildings to achieve certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED certification applies to both new and existing buildings and focusing on the greening of existing commercial buildings would have a dramatic impact in cutting energy consumption and reducing harmful greenhouse gases. Currently, there are over 4.5 million commercial buildings in the United States, accounting for more than 60 percent of the nation’s electricity consumption.Kilawatt Technologies has developed a series of innovative conservation information products based on the company’s EnerSuite software that support organizations interested in achieving LEED certification. The company helps businesses conserve energy, lower costs and reduce greenhouse gases in large commercial and industrial buildings. For more information about Kilawatt Technologies, please call 802.985.2285 or visit www.kilawatt.com(link is external).####
The vast majority of ships in the German fleet will run on the new low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) from January 1, a new survey found.This is one of the findings of the survey conducted by the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) among its member companies.As explained, although the data obtained through the survey does not represent the German shipping industry as a whole, it includes shipping companies from every sector of the country’s shipping industry.The survey was conducted against the backdrop of one of the biggest changes occurring in the shipping sector – the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 sulphur cap. There are essentially three options available to shipping companies during the changeover.According to the survey, 81 percent of the companies surveyed will be using LSFO with a sulphur content of 0.5 percent in the future.On the other hand, 11 percent will continue to use heavy fuel oil (HFO). This is permitted under the IMO rules, provided that scrubbers are installed on vessels.Additionally, 6 percent of respondents indicated that they will be using other fuels, such as those prescribed already since 2015 for Emission Control Areas in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea – fuels with an even lower sulphur content of 0.1 percent.What is more, 2 percent of ships in the German fleet will be powered by LNG after 2020, according to the survey.“Germany’s maritime industry has carefully prepared for this enormous change. It ushers in a new era in maritime shipping, signalling the end of heavy fuel oil. We support this change and are implementing it – and in doing so, we are making an impressive contribution to long-term environmental protection,” Ralf Nagel, CEO of the VDR, commented.Specifically, the greatest challenge looming as part of the changeover according to the companies surveyed will be technical problems encountered during operations in the future, as well as the cost of the new fuel, and the issue of cost compensation by third parties, in particular customers. German shipping companies are also concerned about the question of availability.“There are many who fear that the new fuels could cause technical problems during operation – problems that could also have financial consequences,” Nagel added. “We, therefore, call on all stakeholders to be as committed and flexible as possible in preparing for the changeover, to ensure that it will become a success story.”According to the survey, the one-off investment expenditure for companies in the lead-up to the changeover averaged EUR 7.5 million (USD 8.3 million) per shipping company.“Considering that more than two thirds of the shipping companies in Germany are medium-sized and operate fewer than ten ships, we realise just how great the financial effort was that the individual companies had to make in preparing for the changeover,” he explained.Moreover, the additional annual costs now facing companies would make IMO2020 probably the most elaborate regulatory measure ever implemented by the shipping industry.“Companies are particularly concerned about the fact that they will have to bear considerable additional costs in their ongoing operations in the future, and that possible compensation for these added costs by third parties, in particular customers, may not work as envisaged.”“Of enormous importance for us is the fact that this is a worldwide regulation … This demonstrates that the IMO is a body that is capable of taking effective action to regulate shipping worldwide. The IMO should therefore play the key role when it comes to climate protection as well. In contrast, separate regional solutions, for example in the EU, should be avoided. Their effect would be to distort competition, and ultimately they would not have a sustainable impact on the climate,” VDR CEO further said.With regard to the new sulphur regulation, the VDR called for effective controls by the respective port states.“We will be relying on worldwide controls to monitor the implementation of the new regulation, so that no one can gain a prohibited competitive advantage. At the same time, however, we are confident that the flag states and also the customers of the shipping companies have a great interest in ensuring that the new rules are actually complied with,” Nagel concluded.
National Under-20 coach and former Reggae Boy, Altimont ‘Freddie’ Butler will tomorrow be honoured by the San Jose Earthquakes as one of the Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise’s original roster members when the league kicked off 20 years ago. Butler, the first Jamaican to play in the MLS, was drafted by the San Jose Clash (later renamed Earthquakes) in February 1996 in the second round (eighteenth overall) of 250 players in the league’s Inaugural Player Draft. He was also on the team’s roster for the first ever MLS game to be played which was against DC United. Tomorrow the San Jose Earthquakes will hold a 20th Anniversary Celebration when D.C. United visits to Avaya Stadium in a recreation of MLS’ inaugural match in San Jose on April 6, 1996, just four days shy of the exact day 20 years ago. As part of the affair all the former San Jose Clash players, staff and MLS representatives that made the inaugural season possible will be honoured at half-time. “It is always a great feeling to be part of history especially being the first Jamaican to be drafted for and to play in the MLS. Being recognised as one of the pioneers is a special feeling,” said Butler who departed the island yesterday for California. Among the former players who will be honoured alongside Butler are current Chelsea technical director and former Nigeria international Michael Emenalo, US Internationals Eric Wynalda, Eddie Lewis, Paul Bravo and John Doyle. Others include Mexican international Eduardo Missael Espinoza, Jorge Rodas (Guatemala) and Ben Iroha (Nigeria). Having been there at the start Butler now looks on with pride. “It has grown a lot. Right now it is a real big league compared to what it was then and all the signs show that it will grow even more. What I am most proud about is that it has opened the doors for a lot of Jamaicans and the performance of most of them means that we can become a major supplier of talent for the League,” said Butler, who was drafted out of the University of Southern New Hampshire. Even with that success though, the Port Royal native who distinguished himself as a schoolboy at Dunoon Technical High and at Harbour View before venturing overseas, said there is still more for Jamaicans to do in the MLS. “We have to change our outlook, training attitudes and approach. We are too laid back and that is one of the reasons for the most part why some of us do not stay too long there. Our thinking has to get to the level where we treat the sport as a job. We have to prepare our youngsters to know that this (football) is a job just like those you get dressed up in your suits for,” the man, who shares coaching responsibility for the country under-20 Boyz with his former Reggae Boy teammate Ricardo Gardner, said.
DAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Day one of the Miami Dolphins cheerleading auditions kicked off on Saturday.Hundreds of women showed off their best moves at the football team’s training camp in Davie.The women who make the first cut will move on to interviews on Sunday, then put on another performance at another audition the following Sunday.The final phase of the auditions will take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. It will be open to the public.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.