FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ReNews.biz:US company Clearway Energy Group has brought online the 419MW Mesquite Star wind farm in Texas.The project is located in Fisher County and has long-term power purchase agreements with several corporate and institutional customers, including Ecolab, Lowe’s, Intuit and Brown University.Clearway Energy Group chief executive Craig Cornelius said: “We’re proud of the team that came together to bring this project to life. Successfully launching a project like this, at a time like this, demonstrates the durability of this industry even under the most difficult circumstances. Mesquite Star will provide clean, affordable wind power in the Lone Star State for decades to come while supporting our customers in meeting their sustainability and clean energy goals.”Ecolab senior vice president and chief sustainability officer said: “Projects like the Mesquite Star wind farm are a crucial part of creating a resilient future for all of us. Our virtual power purchase agreement with Clearway will cover 100% of our electricity use in the US and also represents an important step in Ecolab’s journey to halve its carbon emissions by 2030.”Lowe’s director of corporate sustainability Chris Cassell said: “Lowe’s is committed to reducing our carbon emissions footprint, and our agreement with Clearway Energy will help us to achieve our 2030 goal of reducing emissions by 40%. The 100MW agreement will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of all 143 Lowe’s stores in Texas.”Brown assistant provost for sustainability Stephen Porder said: “This partnership is a key part of Brown University’s goal of getting to net zero carbon emissions by 2040. Power we purchase from Mesquite Star will offset about 30% of our campus electricity and will cut our net campus emissions by 15%.”More: 419MW Mesquite Star shines in Texas Clearway Energy completes work on 419MW Mesquite Star wind farm in Texas
Brad McMillan hadn’t ever seriously considered running Alabama’s Desoto Falls on the West Fork of the Little River. But with storms in early April blowing up the rivers in the Southeast, the North Carolina local knew the time and flows were right. On Tuesday, April 8, McMillan canoed the 70-foot waterfall, claiming the record for the highest waterfall run in an open canoe. McMillan is a Class V open boater who regularly runs the Southeast’s stoutest whitewater rivers, including North Carolina’s infamous Green Narrows. “I have been paddling for 20 years and I feel like every stroke along the way helped to prepare me for this drop,” he said.“When I first saw it my heart rate spiked,” McMillan said. “It was at a perfect level for a canoe and I knew that I was going to do it.” Desoto Falls was first run by Asheville paddler Chris Gragtmans after a huge storm soaked the Southeast in 2008. Since then Desoto Falls has been run somewhat regularly, but only in kayaks.Then in 2013, a friend of McMillan’s ran the falls in a C-1, which got McMillan thinking.“My friend said the hit at the bottom was incredibly soft for being such a tall drop,” McMillan says. “So for the past few months I had been thinking about this drop and waiting for the rain to bring it to a runnable level.”While McMillan waited for his chance to run Desoto Falls, Canadian canoeist Jim Coffey ran Mexico’s 60-foot Truchas Falls last February — breaking the previous record of 55 feet on Elk River’s Big Falls (a.k.a Compression Falls) in Tennessee. Steve Frazier had run that drop back in 1994.McMillan watched as a few kayakers ran Desoto successfully. A safety crew was then set, and McMillan got into his boat and paddled. He lined toward the lip of the drop, getting one quick view down before tucking and whiting out in the veil.“It is big.” McMillan said. And just like his C-1 friend said, McMillan was surprised by how soft the landing was at the bottom. “It felt like landing in a cloud with unicorns and butterflies prancing about,” McMillan joked. “Not really.”McMillan landed upright, staying in his boat and bagging both the first canoe descent of Desoto Falls and the highest waterfall canoe record.Video by Hunt Jennings.
Both the Port St. Lucie police and St. Lucie Sheriff’s deputies are at the scene.This is a developing story. Multiple agencies are currently on the scene of an active shooter situation at a home in Port St. Lucie.The incident is near Morningside Elementary school on SE Morningside Blvd.Authorities say the suspect is in a two-story home .Not much is known about the incident at this time but authorities say this will give an update on the situation once one is available.UPDATE: Media stage at the corner of 2400 block of SE Morningside Boulevard and 1700 block of SE Greendon Avenue by the Morningside Library.@WPTV @CBS12 @WPBF25News @TCPalm https://t.co/KYlejVCuWx— Port St. Lucie PD (@PSLPolice) July 6, 2020