Op-Ed: Wind Industry Lifts South Dakota

first_imgOp-Ed: Wind Industry Lifts South Dakota FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Watertown Public Opinion:There are few greater economic development opportunities in rural America right now than wind power. Across the country, wind farms are providing a stable source of new revenue for farmers and ranchers, without disturbing their existing operations. These projects inject private capital into rural communities and produce new, family-supporting jobs where they are needed most.This growth occurring in South Dakota is because our region’s electricity providers recognize the benefits that wind energy can have for their customers. Not only is wind a low-cost, reliable source of electricity, it provides a hedge against the volatility of other fuel costs, such as natural gas or coal. Local landowners are also benefiting. Existing S.D. wind projects pay millions annually in land lease payments to rural landowners and millions more to locals, which helps fund vital services, support road improvements, and keep a lid on property taxes. Best of all, as wind energy grows in the state, so too will the money flowing to rural communities. Nationwide, rural landowners receive over $245 million annually from existing wind farms.The benefits of South Dakota’s wind boom don’t end at the project site. The wind industry relies on domestic manufacturing and over 25,000 Americans work to manufacture components for wind turbines. The added income, additional revenue, and new jobs are not coming at the expense of taxpayers, as Johnson asserts. While all forms of domestic energy production receive some form of government incentive, the wind industry has historically received far less than other sources. In fact, less than 3 percent of all federal energy incentives from 1947 to 2015 have gone to wind energy. It’s also important to understand that the primary federal incentive for wind development, the Production Tax Credit, only pays for power produced and is working as intended by helping spur wind development and lower energy costs. Indeed, the value of this tax credit flows directly through to ratepayers. Moreover, the credit has succeeded in driving the innovation and growth needed to push the cost of wind power down 66 percent since 2009. As a result, the wind industry agreed to support a phasedown of the incentive at the end of 2015 and the PTC is now set to completely phase out by the end of 2019. More: Wind energy good for the state and the nationlast_img read more

O’Brien could face Saxons

first_img O’Brien has not featured for Ireland since damaging his shoulder in the 24-22 autumn Test defeat to New Zealand in November 2013. The 27-year-old was closing in on a playing return after surgery when an infection forced a second operation on the same shoulder. “Eoin’s knee injury is not as bad as first feared, in the last 24 hours he’s seen a massive improvement. “We are hoping that both of those guys will be ready for next week and if they’re not it opens up an opportunity for Isaac Boss and Kieron Marmion to come in. “Cian (Healy is a little further behind Sean (O’Brien), but is doing pretty well.” Murphy revealed Ireland expect Lions fly-half Johnny Sexton to be available for the second round of Six Nations action against France in Dublin on February 14. Sexton is forced to sit out the Italy clash while he completes a 12-week stand-down period enforced by club Racing Metro after four concussions in 12 months. Sexton’s absence leaves Leinster’s Ian Madigan and Munster’s Ian Keatley vying for the starting berth in Rome, with Paddy Jackson also sidelined after elbow surgery. Murphy hinted that Madigan may be handed the fly-half reins for Friday’s Wolfhounds match, having featured mainly at centre for Leinster this term. “He is very nearly ready to go,” said Murphy of Sexton. “Obviously he picked up that injury in France so his club looked after that. “He’s not taking contacts, he can’t take contact until the three months is up and that would be the week of the French match. “Until that time it looks like he is going to be out, but he trained today, did all the handling stuff, all the non-contact training and all the fitness work, so he’s looking very fit and very fresh. “You’d fancy that because he’s been doing all the handling, all the kicking, all that kind of stuff, the contact stuff will fall into place that week.” Murphy admitted Madigan not featuring regularly at fly-half is “definitely an issue” for Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. The 25-year-old may now start at 10 against the Saxons to ease him through to the Six Nations opener in Rome. “It’s definitely an issue,” said Murphy of Madigan’s limited club time at fly-half. “When he has played there this year he has been pretty good. “Joe (Schmidt) will have to make a decision on that later in the week. “The Saxons match might be an opportunity for Ian Madigan to get a little bit of game time at 10. “Ian Keatley has played loads of rugby at 10; we kind of know where he is.” O’Brien could yet face the Saxons in Cork on Friday night, while Ireland remain confident both Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan will be fit to open the Six Nations in Italy on February 7. “Sean trained fully today (Tuesday), trained last week in Leinster and has taken part in all the sessions,” said Irish Wolfhounds coach Richie Murphy. “There is a possibility that he will be available this week.” While flanker O’Brien could still feature in Cork, his Leinster team-mate Cian Healy’s chances now appear remote. The destructive loosehead prop has battled hamstring problems since September, but like O’Brien, is targeting a Test return during the Six Nations. British and Irish Lions scrum-half Murray continues to battle disc problems in his neck, but Ireland’s skills coach Murphy still tipped him to feature at the Stadio Flaminio on Saturday week. Leinster half-back Reddan damaged knee ligaments in Saturday’s 20-20 Champions Cup draw at Wasps, but Ireland bosses now believe his injury is not as severe as anticipated. “Both guys look like they’ll be fit,” said Murphy of Murray and Reddan’s chances of facing Italy. Sean O’Brien remains in contention to end an injury-plagued 14 months by making a comeback for the Irish Wolfhounds against England Saxons. Press Associationlast_img read more

Jake Marisnick gets hit, and A.J. Hinch takes a swing at MLB in response

first_imgThe Angels defended the honor of an injured teammate Tuesday night by plunking — intentionally or not — the guy who caused the injury. Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick got his for smashing — unintentionally or not — Jonathan Lucroy’s face in the previous series between the teams.In most years, this would have been an unremarkable transaction. In 2019, it was the source of rancor and confusion. The benches and bullpens cleared after Angels first baseman Albert Pujols stepped toward Astros players who were woofing in the Houston dugout. Marisnick was trying to be a peacemaker.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN Astros manager A.J. Hinch lays the blame for the incident at the Angels, yes, but also at MLB for its inconsistent policing of the game.Jake Marisnick was philosophical about tonight’s harsh return to So Cal (and responded with a guffaw when I said, “Some homecoming, huh?”)Astros manager A.J. Hinch, on the other hand, was ticked. A sample: pic.twitter.com/Sg5XTOdNiE— Jim Alexander (@Jim_Alexander) July 17, 2019MLB suspended Marisnick two games for running into Lucroy at home plate on July 7. Marisnick, who has appealed the ban, maintains that he was trying to avoid Lucroy and didn’t expect the catcher to drift into his path. Lucroy suffered a broken nose and a concussion and will miss several weeks. It looked as though the Angels felt the need to retaliate, even though Ramirez and Angels manager Brad Ausmus issued the standard postgame denials and evasions. Ramirez hit Marisnick with a fastball after throwing two breaking balls, another thing that aggravated Hinch.”The first pitch was a strike,” Ausmus told reporters, per the Orange County Register. “If he swings at it and hits it, we’re not even talking about it. It’s tough to go to a 1-and-1 count with any intent. Noé is a right-handed pitcher who comes down from the side and sometimes people get hit.”Ramirez had hit two batters this season prior to Tuesday.last_img read more