Pasadena School Board to Hear Plans for ‘Controversial’ Solar Power Plan

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Plans for a “controversial” District-wide PUSD solar power project will be heard by the Board of Education Thursday.According to a PUSD agenda report, the project envisions district power expenditure savings of up to $17 million over the length of the 25-year contract.“It’s such a long-term commitment,” said Board member Scott Phelps Wednesday. “It’s such an unknown, I guess that’s why it’s controversial. We don’t know what the power rate will be. We’re doing it because there’s an estimate that they will increase, and so we locked in lower rates.”PUSD signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with PFMG Solar in 2018 for construction and operation of the PUSD solar project. PFMG has since been sold to Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon, which owns six utility companies across the US.Under the PPA, PUSD will not spend any funds from project inception to completion; additionally, there will be no maintenance costs for the next 25 years.The school district shall pay a reduced rate of energy costs, approximately $.05 or less per kilowatt-hour. Over 60 percent of PUSD’s electricity requirements can be supplied by solar power, resulting in large power savings, the PUSD said.According to spokesperson Dave Snyder of Constellation, the rate is 5 cents per kW/h less than they would otherwise pay if they were purchasing energy from the utility.Phelps added, “We just don’t know what will happen over 25 years. Long-term power contracts remind me too much of what happened to the State of California during the games Enron and others were playing.”According to a January 2020 U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) report, “The EIA expects that wholesale electricity prices in many areas of the country in 2020 will be lower than last year, reflecting the lower costs for natural gas as a fuel for power generation.”The report also forecast that wholesale prices in the Southwest will rise 5% in 2020, as a result of the recent retirement of some coal-fired generating units. In 2021, EIA expects that “wholesale power prices will increase in most areas, as a result of an expected 9% increase in the cost of natural gas.”EIA also forecast that the U.S. retail price for the residential sector will average 1 cents/KWhh (kilowatt hours) in 2020, which is 1.2% higher than the average retail price in 2019. Forecast residential prices will increase by an additional 1.2% in 2021, said the report.Phelps said he didn’t know whether or not the agreement was a “bad idea.”“I just don’t like a lack of flexibility,” he said, adding, “Then again, we have to pay whatever we are charged now by Pasadena Department of Water and Power and Edison so maybe it’s not any worse.”According to Phelps, a number of Southern California school districts have solar panels in parking lots. Those districts may have purchased the equipment with school bonds, he said.According to the District agenda report, construction of the solar panels under Phase 1 is slated to begin this month, at no cost to PUSD nor to the City of Pasadena. The first phase will include installation at Coombs Elementary School, John Muir HS, Cleveland ES, Don Benito FS, Hamilton ES, and McKinley, with completion expected by the end of June.The second phase of the project, will begin construction in February, with completion expected around July or August. Phase 2 will include installation work at Rose City High School, Field ES, Longfellow ES, Madison ES, Sierra Madre MS, Washington STEAM, and Blair HS. Completion of Phase 2 is expected in July or August.Phase 3 and Phase 4 of the project begin construction later, with the latest completion date around December 2020. In all, 28 PUSD campuses will have solar power plants, upon the completion of the project.The Board of Education meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. at PUSD Headquarters, at 351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena. 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Indonesia sets sights on artificial intelligence in new national strategy

first_imgCoordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto also said at the time that the government would employ the online single submission (OSS) system and the Single Map policy as part of its drive to use AI in government-related work.Read also: ‘Faster with AI’: Indonesia to replace ministerial aides with machinesA number of state projects already employ AI technology, including one to anticipate forest fires, while some government agencies are promoting AI development and technology-based solutions at schools and teaching faculties.However, the guidelines note that, while Indonesia’s demographic dividend and its “unique” datasets are among its strengths in developing AI, the country has neither the provisions to regulate nor an official agency to oversee AI development, among other things.The national strategy also sees as hurdles to AI development the dominance of imported technology in the Indonesian market, disruptions to the workforce and data misuse.As a possible solution, the guidebook advises the country to focus on infrastructure and data, research and industrial innovation, ethics and policies, and talent development.It also suggests forming a data ethics board to oversee its development as well as create regulations and setting national standards for AI innovation.AI providers and experts have lauded the move to establish a foundation for AI development. However, they urged the government and other stakeholders to improve on the strategy, anticipate risks and fix current flaws.Read also: AI opportunities: Made in Indonesia by Indonesians for IndonesiansAI and robotics professor Wisnu Jatmiko of the University of Indonesia sees the initiative as a statement of “good faith” but insists that the country needs to fix its internet connection issues, nurture high-quality talent and provide various types of infrastructure to bolster development.He also advised the country to have its own cloud computing system to prevent any leak of confidential information.“AI is an extraordinary challenge. It’s a race; it’s like a [sports] match, if we are not prepared for it, we will only be spectators,” said Wisnu, who is involved with the UI Computer Science Faculty’s AI Center and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).Meanwhile, Big Data and AI Association (ABDI) chairman Rudi Rusdiah said the government should prioritize trade and industrial affairs in AI development to reap the economic benefits, with a 2018 International Data Corporation (IDC) survey noting that Indonesian companies had the highest rates of AI adoption in Southeast Asia.He also called for reforms of higher education based on AI and urged the government to put in place regulations that prevent AI algorithm errors that may harm humankind.“AI has to be controlled, so that it will not replace humans and human work; AI is only meant to augment [human work],” he said.Similarly, Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) researcher Alia Yofira Karunian said the national strategy should be centered around human needs and uphold principles of fairness, accountability and transparency as pillars in AI implementation.Absence of such principles would be detrimental to human rights, she said, citing the example of the Compass project in the United States.Compass was found to have a racial bias in predicting the likelihood of recidivism, ProPublica reported, while the company remains tight-lipped about the details of the algorithm, according to the New York Times.Weighing such risks, the government had to protect personal data, Alia said. It also needed to ensure that people have the right to not be subjected to automated AI decisions and intervene whenever there are biases in AI machine learning.“We are in the beginning phase, so we must learn from the [mistakes] of other countries that have started it,” she said.Topics : The government has introduced a national strategy for developing artificial intelligence, but experts are calling for assurances that progress in this high-tech field is safe and beneficial for all.Jakarta published a blueprint that will guide Indonesia in developing artificial intelligence (AI) between 2020 and 2045, at a time when governments and businesses around the world are increasingly turning to the field for solutions in law enforcement, financing and health care, among others.Research and Technology Minister and National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) head Bambang Brodjonegoro said the country would focus its AI projects on education and research, health services, bureaucratic reform and food security as well as mobility and smart cities. “We are all determined to create an independent, advanced and prosperous Indonesia. Let us successfully reform Indonesia from being a natural resource-based country to an innovation-based country,” Bambang said during the launch earlier this week.The launch of the national guidelines, published as an e-book, marks a step forward in embracing AI technology and follows in the footsteps of many others who have already set up their own AI strategies, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) data.The development of AI is one of five sectors in the ministry’s focus, apart from the development of the internet of things, advanced robotics, augmented reality and 3D printing.In November last year, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the government was looking to replace a number of civil service positions with AI to create a leaner bureaucracy.last_img read more

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Illegal Occupants of National Stadium in Lagos, Abuja Get Quit Order

first_img*Ministerial Task Force to begin work today in Sports-cityBy Olawale AjimotokanAfter several years of Illegal occupants and structures within the National Stadium in Lagos, the Ministerial Task Force set up by Youth and Sports Development Minister, Mr. Sunday Dare, will begin work today to identify those to flush out of the facility. Similarly, all illegal occupants at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja have been given a 25-day ultimatum to quit the place to enable rehabilitation work commence.The National Stadium in Lagos became haven to illegal squatters and miscreants over the years as a result of lack of attention from previous administrations.But Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, who is determined to leave a lasting legacy in Nigerian sports set up a ministerial task force recently to source for how to renovate and put sports facilities in the country back to maximum use.According to the Special Adviser on Media to the Minister, John Joshua Akanji, the task force will begin work today with the verification of occupants and identification of illegal structures at the complex.The committee headed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Gabriel Aduda, is mandated to restore sanity to the complex ahead of the planned concession.Already, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning, Dr. Jide Salako, has been co-opted into the committee as a member.While inaugurating the committee, Mr. Dare charged the committee to bring back the lost glory of the edifice.“The National Stadium, Lagos holds alot of fond memories for our sportsmen and other Nigerians. We shall no longer allow our infrastructures to lie waste. “All our national stadiums shall be put to best use. Abuja and Kaduna are at advanced stages of regaining their prestige.“Lagos has approval from the Federal Government for concession. Before the process is complete, we need to restore sanity to the place. So the work of the task force is cut out. In the past, we had interlopers. Not anymore more. The stadium is now going to be fixed to serve our teeming youth. The task force will carry out its assignment according to the law of the land,” the minister had laid out as part of the brief of the task force.The terms of reference of the commitee include; carry out audit of approved tenants; verify details of tenancy agreement; come up with list of all approved and unapproved physical structures and approved construction; list of all squatters and their business; investigate staff of the Ministry who allow the presence of the squatters; carry out a detailed analysis of all revenue generated at the stadium and take inventory of all shops and businesses within the stadium premises.The commitee headed by Mr. Aduda has members drawn from the Sports Ministry, Lagos State and the organized private sector.Other members of the committee include Dr. Paul Ohido, Director, Sports Medicine, Mr. Mohammed Danjuma, Director, Legal, Mr. Olajide Ajayi TA. To PS, Mr Sola Aiyepeku, Executive Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr Peter Nelson Director, PMI, Mr. Alanamu Abolore , Director FM/FASD, Okedairo,DD , SFDA, Alhaji Bode Durotoye, DD/ LO, Lagos, Mr. Abiodun Owoborode, Executive Assitant to HM, Benjamin Ukwuoma, CTO, FASD, Mr.Adeolu Fasanya, SAO,/ FASD, Mr Kehinde Owopetu, CSW/SM, Lagos.Others are Idris Oloruninbe, and Abdulgafar Idris representing the organized private sector.The committee has 21 days to complete its assignment.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes on Thursday, November 20, 2014:•2:25 a.m. Shannon Norris, 45, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective brake light.•Jacquelyn A. Hutchins, 23, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large – occurred on November 19, 2014 at 4:40 p.m.•2:52 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery by known suspect(s) in the 100 block E. 19th, Wellington.•3:27 p.m. Damon A. Dobkins, 36, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery.•3:28 p.m. Alyssa D. Tucker, 23, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery.last_img read more

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