first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享MiBiz:DTE Energy plans to significantly expand its solar energy portfolio in the next two years to support growing corporate demand for renewable energy contracts.The Detroit-based utility announced Tuesday that it expects to bring online an additional 420 megawatts of solar power by 2022 as part of its MIGreenPower program, a voluntary renewable energy purchasing program available to all customers. The company would add another 377 MW through 2025, according to a filing with state regulators.The two-year buildout — subject to Michigan Public Service Commission approval — would expand the utility’s solar capacity nearly 10-fold.DTE and Michigan’s other large investor-owned utility, Jackson-based Consumers Energy, have proposed voluntary renewable energy program expansions pending at the MPSC. In recent years, the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council — along with its corporate members — have raised concerns about program prices and the way proposed contracts are structured.MEIBC President Laura Sherman said the group is reviewing DTE’s latest proposal, but said it suggests growing interest in renewable energy contracts.“DTE’s proposal to expand its MIGreenPower program is additional proof that renewable energy is the cheapest form of new energy,” Sherman said. “It’s also continuing evidence that corporations, universities, communities, and individuals want to purchase renewable energy. We look forward to reviewing the proposal to ensure that it represents the most reasonable path forward and that best practices for competition are followed.”[Andy Balaskovitz]More: DTE Energy plans major two-year solar energy buildout to meet corporate demand Michigan utility DTE Energy to add 420MW of solar in next two yearslast_img read more

first_imgLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday identified the right investment in sports as the necessary impetus that can bring about good performance of Nigerian athletes in sporting competitions, saying that it was time for the country to focus in such direction.Governor Ambode, who made the remarks while speaking to journalists at the end of the Seamaster ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open held at the Molade Okoya Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, tagged Lagos 2017, said government and all the necessary stakeholders must now invest more in sports to take the country to its rightful place in the world of sports.He expressed excitement at the successful hosting of the tournament which attracted table tennis stars from 22 countries, saying that the development was gratifying and in line with his vision to use sports as a catalyst for growth and development of the economy. He said: “We are very happy to have hosted this competition. This is the fourth edition and you can see that this year’s competition has actually attracted more people and then more countries. The idea is to use sports as a catalyst for the growth and development of the economy.“It is also a catalyst for tourism and it is my strong believe that we must continue to support sports as a means of allowing us to develop the mental capabilities of younger ones and Lagos State is ready to do that.”When asked whether he was disappointed that no Nigerian qualified for the finals of the competition, Governor Ambode said on the contrary, he was not disappointed but that the development called for greater investment in sports in the country.“I am not disappointed at all about that. It’s called Nigerian open and so it’s open to everybody and again we had Nigerians in the semifinal. So, we need to do more work and then more coaching and also develop sports. Government has to support sports thoroughly if you want to see Nigerians in the finals.“I mean you can see the level of skill-set that the Egyptians displayed here and if we say we are giant of Africa, we have to prove it in all ramifications. So, my believe is that government has to spend more time and money in developing sports in this country,” Governor Ambode said.Speaking on plans for the competition next year, the Governor promised to increase the price money and also the number of participating countries, saying that as the destination for sports in Africa, Lagos must lead the way in promoting sporting tournaments.“For me, I am going to scale up the price money to attract more people to come for this competition. So next year, you will see more price money and then more countries participating in the competition. Lagos is the destination for sports in Africa and that is the only way we have to go,” the Governor said.The overall winner of the competition, Assar Omar from Egypt, went home with $5,000, while the first runner up, Gandhi Sarthak from India went home with $2,300.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 6, 2014 at 12:10 am There have been false alarms for Syracuse this season. But none like this. None this loud.In the Orange’s 28-6 loss to Louisville on Friday night, the Carrier Dome touchdown horn sounded off twice in three plays. The Orange didn’t score on either of them.The first was a pass from running back Prince-Tyson Gulley to wide receiver Ben Lewis, which Lewis caught in the end zone and celebrated before right tackle Omari Palmer was flagged as an illegal man downfield. The second was an end-around wide receiver pass from Jarrod West to a wide-open Lewis, which Lewis missed before staring at the ground in disbelief.Each horn added a punctuation mark to an unfinished sentence — two reminders that Syracuse’s offense, at present, can’t even hang in games.“It’s like working all week and not getting your paycheck,” SU offensive coordinator George McDonald said of those missed opportunities. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) didn’t earn a payday, but there were factors aside from miscommunication and lack of execution that led to the 22-point loss.First, H-back Brisly Estime, top target Ashton Broyld and right tackle Ivan Foy all sat with injuries. Louisville’s run defense came in as the best in the country and held the Orange to a season-low 59 yards on the ground. Finally, Terrel Hunt didn’t look 100 percent after being banged up against Notre Dame then having to leave the game after he was injured on a hit in the fourth.But the loss still looked something like this: SU’s offense scored six points on two field goals and gave up four points on two safeties — the first of which came on a shotgun toss to Adonis Ameen-Moore that sent him into the end zone. The Carrier Dome was essentially empty when the game clock finally ran out.The offense didn’t execute, the defense bent then finally broke and nothing in Syracuse’s play or postgame assessment of it showed that the execution problems are going to subside. If anything is certain after five games, it’s that Syracuse isn’t ready to compete for wins in the ACC this year.“I think there’s a huge misconception of what toughness is. Toughness isn’t just the physicality of it,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said after the loss. “Toughness is the ability to get your mind in a very nice place where you can execute better and find that balance. That’s toughness.“Being soft is not having the fortitude to be able to say to yourself, ‘I’ve got to stop thinking about the negatives.’”The injuries and the opponents that Syracuse could hardly control were only compounded by the mistakes it could have.“If they score six points, we have to hold the other team to five,” junior cornerback Julian Whigham said when asked if the lack of finishing frustrated the defense. It’s almost an impossible reality to win in, much like eliminating enough of these errors before No. 1 Florida State visits the Dome on Saturday is a tall, tall order. Some mistakes can be fixed in preparation. Like running on third-and-10 only to lose 2 yards, checking to a toss on your own goal line only to give up a safety and telegraphing an interception a play after the defense got you the ball.Then there’s not knowing how many timeouts are left at the end of the first half, moving backward instead of forward in the red zone and otherwise playing with an offense that nearly outscored itself in 60 minutes of play. No amount of defense, toughness or time in the film room can heal those kinds of wounds.“It’s tough because when you’re not finishing, it’s not necessarily a function of the scheme. We got to continue to look at it,” McDonald said.And while Syracuse looks at that, it’s hard not to look at the coming weeks and see a season that is all too close to being defined. The Seminoles are next, then Wake Forest and Clemson on the road.Add in Hunt’s uncertain status. Add doubts about Broyld, Estime, Foy and third cornerback Wayne Morgan’s health, too. Then add fake touchdown horns and it all really starts to sting. Commentslast_img read more

first_imgAt 5 years old, Quentin Jerome Hillsman profiled as a tenacious sideline-to-sideline defender and a smooth, yet electric, point guard in his recreational basketball league.In his first game in a league of 5- to 7-year-olds, Hillsman intercepted a pass and ran down the right side of the court for a wide-open layup — a not-so-easy shot for the young lefty. The shot fell, and the first two points in Hillsman’s lifelong journey in basketball were recorded.“It was probably the most uncontested shot I’ve ever taken,” Hillsman joked.Now in his ninth season as the Syracuse women’s head coach, Hillsman has implemented lessons from his playing days to become the most successful coach, in terms of win percentage, in program history. Hillman’s teams have reached seven consecutive postseasons playing a style his 5-year-old self would have thrived in — an up-tempo offense and frequent press defense.“Being a former player, it makes him a lot more credible because he can relate,” SU point guard Alexis Peterson said. “In my position, you can’t ask for something better than to have someone who can relate. He’s been at every level, so he brings that experience and knowledge.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHillsman first clung to basketball because of its quickness and because his friends played. The flashiness of Earvin “Magic” Johnson and the high socks of Michael Cooper attracted him to the Los Angeles Lakers, who he still points to as his favorite team.On the court, Hillsman emulated Detroit Piston Isiah Thomas and the Utah Jazz’s John Stockton. More so Thomas than Stockton, as Hillsman admitted trash talking was a major part of his game — even in St. Mary’s (Maryland) alumni games, fellow former Seahawk Ivan Lanier said.“He always used to say, ‘I don’t care if my opponent is 2 years old, I’m taking it to them,’” said Nicole Michael, who played for the Orange from 2006–10, in an email.Hillsman’s first coaches in youth ball, Emmitt Clark and Doe Cunningham, taught him the game’s fundamentals, as well as the importance of conditioning. Aaron Holder at Forestville (Maryland) High School taught him how to be a teacher, a disciplinarian and how to follow a game plan.Hillsman graduated Forestville and attended Johnson C. Smith Community College, a Division II school in Charlotte, North Carolina, before transferring to Division III St. Mary’s for his sophomore season.“When I saw him play, I realized he may not be, because of his size, recruited heavily by Division I coaches,” said Jay Gardiner, who coached at St. Mary’s from 1984–91. “But he turned out to be a great small college player. He had great leadership, had tremendous quickness and had tremendous court sense.”In Hillsman’s junior season, St. Mary’s and York College of Pennsylvania were tied in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinal game with less than 10 seconds to go. He was double- or triple-teamed, backing away 7 or 8 feet and falling out of bounds, when he threw up a 3-pointer that miraculously fell through and gave the Seahawks a victory.“(It) may be the greatest 3-point shot I’ve ever been around as a coach,” Gardiner said.In the tournament championship against Marymount (Maryland), St. Mary’s trailed by 10 points with seven minutes to go in regulation, but, led by Hillsman and teammate Jason Slaughter, the Seahawks came back for a runaway victory.“He was a little, quick guard,” Slaughter said. “… But he could score if he had to. There was no doubt about that.”Hillsman finished his college career ranked third (330) in assists and eighth (130) in steals at St. Mary’s, and also set the school’s single-game and season assist record. More importantly, he also left with knowledge of how to run Gardiner’s motion offense and methods of how to space the floor — which he now does at SU with four-guard lineups and a quicker tempo.After college, Hillsman played on U.S. traveling teams to Ireland and Iceland, where he learned more about spacing. But an injured back ended his career, and so began a career in coaching.As an assistant for Gina Castelli at Siena (New York), Hillsman worked with the team’s guards on individual skill development and oversaw the team’s camps. But the years that Hillsman was at Siena, the team had numerous injuries, often leaving the team with eight or nine players for practice.“He had a lot of good input in terms of strategy, of what worked and what didn’t,” Castelli said. “We joked with Q because, I felt like every time I came to him about doing something different, he said, ‘Yeah, we did that.’“He had a background in everything.”At Syracuse, Hillsman has occasionally run with the team in five-on-five drills and often challenges his players to shooting competitions.“I won more times, although I’m sure he is going to disagree with that,” Michael said.At a recent Syracuse practice, Hillsman stopped a drill, took the ball from Peterson and demonstrated how he wanted her to communicate a specific set.“You’re a point guard. Let her know you’re there,” Hillsman told Peterson, referring to an SU teammate.It’s an underlying idea that has gotten Hillsman to where he is today. As a player and point guard, Hillsman’s job was to support his teammates and make those around him look better.Hillsman continues to have those values, just in a different position on the floor.“When you make the transition from high school to college, playing at a high level, you take all that experience with you into coaching,” Hillsman said. “I’ve taken a little bit from every coach I played for.” Comments Published on January 22, 2015 at 12:25 am Contact Josh: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more