Oregon utility PGE, NextEra complete wind component of hybrid Wheatridge renewable complex

first_imgOregon utility PGE, NextEra complete wind component of hybrid Wheatridge renewable complex FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Portland General Electric Company, or PGE, and NextEra Energy Resources LLC have brought online a 300-MW wind farm that will be part of a larger hybrid power complex in Oregon.Dubbed the Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility, the complex is being built near Lexington, Morrow County, and will incorporate wind, solar and energy storage technologies. After switching on the wind component, the partners will put on stream a 50-MW photovoltaic (PV) park and a 30-MW battery storage system by the end of next year, PGE said on Tuesday.The Wheatridge wind farm is equipped with 120 General Electric turbines with capacities of 2.3 MW and 2.5 MW. Early development works for the project were carried out by Swaggart Wind Power LLC, an affiliate of MAP Energy.NextEra purchased the development rights for the wind project in 2017 and later expanded it to include solar and battery storage after PGE joined. The partners have agreed for PGE to own 100 MW of the wind farm, while a unit of NextEra Energy Resources will own the rest and sell the output to PGE under 30-year power purchase agreements (PPAs).The NextEra Energy Resources’ subsidiary will take care of building and operating the combined facility. The duo is yet to make its final choice on equipment for the PV and battery storage installations. PGE estimates that its ownership in the scheme will cost it some USD 155 million (EUR 127.8m).[Veselina Petrova]More: PGE, NextEra power up 300-MW wind farm in Oregonlast_img read more

Dustin May ready for his audition as Dodgers sort through their options

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — As a starting pitcher in the minor leagues, Dustin May has had a lot of downtime – between starts, on road trips – and he has filled a large chunk of it by binge-watching the TV series “Dexter.”Five times.So May already knows how things ended for the lead character, a blood-splatter analyst for the Miami Police Department (who also dabbled in serial killing). How things end for May this season is very much still a mystery.The Dodgers’ much-coveted top pitching prospect will make his major-league debut Friday night, starting against the San Diego Padres, and will “probably” make more starts for the Dodgers after that, according to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. May and/or Gonsolin could “possibly” be part of a postseason bullpen, Friedman said. In order for the Dodgers to evaluate their suitability for a relief role “of course” they will pitch out of the bullpen down the stretch.Gonsolin got one of those opportunities on Tuesday, pitching the final four innings of the Dodgers’ win at Coors Field.Friedman has done this before with top pitching prospects. In 2008, David Price made his major-league debut in September for the Tampa Bay Rays and then went to the bullpen during their run to the World Series. Over 5-2/3 innings in the ALCS and World Series, Price allowed just one earned run on two hits while striking out eight.In 2017, the Dodgers tried it with Walker Buehler. Buehler did not pitch well in a relief role (a 7.71 ERA in eight September appearances) and was not on the postseason roster.“Our thing is there’s no downside,” Friedman said. “I think Walker’s experience in 2017 helped him in 2018. So there’s either near-term value and long-term value or just long-term value. Either way, we see it as a win.”May and Gonsolin will be auditioning for a postseason bullpen that could also include Julio Urias or Rich Hill.No decision has been made yet on Urias’ role going forward, Roberts said. He started Tuesday in Colorado and will return to a relief role Sunday. But Roberts acknowledged conversations are ongoing about where Urias will be used over the next two months and in the postseason.Hill’s return from a flexor tendon injury is another unknown. He has started a throwing program but is not expected to pitch again until some time in September, potentially not giving him enough time to build up for a starter’s role in the postseason.“We expect Rich back. To what extent, that remains to be seen,” Roberts said. “If we can build him up as a starter that’s great. We can look at him as a starter going forward. If time runs out and he’s healthy but it’s on a shorter stint, then obviously we’ve got to look at another role.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “That’s all stuff that we can’t make that decision right now. Most importantly, we want Rich healthy and as we get into the middle of September we’ll have more clarity about what role we can use him in.”If Hill is not ready to start in the postseason, the Dodgers could then have a potential opening for a fourth starter in a playoff series – an opening that could be filled by Urias, May or Gonsolin.After two years of trade rumors and speculation, the hard-throwing May, who is 6-5 with a 3.37 ERA combined at Double-A and Triple-A this season, is just happy to be in the mix. The fact that the Dodgers refused to include him in last year’s trade for Manny Machado or a deal this year for a reliever (like Pittsburgh’s Felipe Vazquez) was a confidence boost, May said.“Yeah, I feel like it was definitely a more pushed-on thing last year, the Manny Machado stuff,” said May, who was selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2016 draft. “Last year, it was kind of overwhelming to be honest. I had to pitch the day after. I ended up just turning my phone off. If it happens, it happens and I’ll make a phone call back to somebody.“It didn’t happen. I was very blessed.”center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How many starts the 21-year-old, 6-foot-6 right-hander will make for the Dodgers, when or if he will return to Triple-A this season and what role he might have in the Dodgers’ postseason plans – those questions, Friedman said, he can’t even answer yet.“When Strip left the game last week, we started talking about him taking Strip’s spot,” Friedman said, referring to the injury that landed Ross Stripling on the Injured List. “The fact that it lined up to be in Colorado we didn’t think would be the kindest way to introduce a guy to the big leagues … although if anyone could handle it, he could. Beyond the talent on the mound, which is obvious, the makeup, the way the mind works, the way he competes, the singular focus on being great at this is something that stood out since the day he stepped into our system.“So we’re not thinking beyond tomorrow right now and just giving him an opportunity – meaning that we don’t have everything mapped out. We don’t need to right now.”Along with Stripling’s injury, the fact that the trade deadline passed Wednesday with the Dodgers only adding lefty Adam Kolarek to the bullpen also opened a window of opportunity for May and fellow pitching prospect Tony Gonsolin.“I think the important part is – and it’s why we focused on the very top end of the market and weren’t as focused on the middle part of the market – that we had some very talented arms both in the big leagues and in Triple-A that we felt were ready to get a shot and an opportunity,” Friedman said. “So our approach over these next two months is to put our guys in the best positions to succeed and evaluate and get at what we think is the best pitching staff at that point we can put together.” Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more