Outdoor Updates: Dominion Energy strikes deal to turn cow manure into energy

first_imgDominion Energy strikes deal to turn cow manure into energy Goldman Sachs says it will not finance new oil projects in the Arctic The WSJ reports that the gas extracted from cow manure, called biogas, is in high demand among consumers, businesses, and local governments that want to lower their emissions. Although producing biogas is more expensive than producing natural gas from shale, it can generate carbon offset credits for buyers, making biogas profitable for energy companies.  Dominion Energy has entered into a $200 million pact with a renewable energy producer and the Dairy Farmers of American Inc. to extract natural gas from cow manure, the Wall Street Journal reports. The utility will fund construction of organic-waste processing facilities, connect the facilities to natural gas distribution pipelines, and sell the gas.center_img This week, Goldman Sachs announced it would not finance new oil drilling or exploration projects in the Arctic, the Sierra Club announced. It’s the first time a US bank has made such a commitment. The move comes after the bank revised their environmental policy. The commitment also includes a ban on financing for new thermal coalmines around the world. The bank made the shift citing “potential impacts to critical natural habitats for endangered species” as well as the negative effects drilling can have on Indigenous communities. Previous to Goldman Sachs announcement, US banks have been some of the top financiers of fossil fuel projects.last_img read more

Promoter’s post is latest Benton County Speedway first for Dripps

first_img“We went home that night excited about a lot of things. That race gave us a great head start going into this year and things couldn’t have worked out better for us,” said Dripps, a long-time IMCA Modified driver. “Benton County Speedway is the first track I ever watched a race at. It’s the first track I ever raced at (in a pro stock, in 1992) and it’s the first track where I won a race. It’s always been special to me.”  They’d promoted a single event, the season-ending Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour show, at Vinton, the traditional home track of the IMCA Modified division, last September. Dripps and his father Rick, partners in Specialty Racing Promotions Inc., will be in charge for their first full season at Benton County Speedway. “We’ve been talking with a lot of drivers,” he continued. “We’re excited about the season and the specials we have coming up.” Site of the first-ever IMCA Modified event in 1979, Benton County Speedway has now sanctioned the Modifieds and Stock Cars since 2001, Hobby Stocks since 2002, Northern SportMods since 2005 and Late Models since 2017. Nicknamed The Bullring, the quarter-mile dirt oval hosts the April 2 Frostbuster special before the first regular Sunday night show on April 19.  Special events for each IMCA division are scheduled throughout the season. The Dirt Knights Tour returns on Memorial Day, Kids With Cancer Night on May 31 and the Urbana 5 Memorial on July 2. In addition to the Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods run weekly through IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season championship night on Aug. 23. “I’ve done a lot of different racing and IMCA has the best rules package for competitiveness and cost effectiveness,” Dripps said. “Beyond a doubt, IMCA is the best sanction for weekly racing.”  VINTON, Iowa – The track where Corey Dripps started his racing career nearly 30 years ago is the same track he’ll promote in 2020.  “This is an action track. We want to give drivers the best surface to race on and we’ve invested in the best equipment to do that,” said Dripps. “We built a new backstretch road, we’re buying a new PA system for the pits and installing a new scoring loop system.”last_img read more

SPO-MUMBAI-SAMANT

first_imgWill focus on building right attitude in players: SamantMumbai, Jul 13 (PTI) Newly appointed coach of seniorMumbai cricket team Vinayak Samant is keen to develop theright attitude in players who will, in turn, decide on hissuccess as a coach.The 46-year-old former Mumbai wicket-keeper-batsmanVinayak Samant pipped ex-India off-spinner Ramesh Powar andformer Rajasthan cricketer Pradeep Sundaram, who were in therace, for the post.”It is a tough responsibility. Sometimes the approachof our players is wrong and as a coach my focus will be toensure that the approach or attitude is not wrong,” Samanttold PTI today.Mumbai have won the Ranji Trophy for a record 41times, the last being in 2016.Samant, a First Class veteran, represented Mumbai andTripura during his cricketing career.”Obviously, a coach alone can’t do anything andplayers contribute to it. My success is in their (players)hands and it is important for me to co-ordinate with them.”It is important to be in their comfort zone and thatplayers have faith in me. Many players know me, so it will beeasy for me. But still it is challenging,” he said.”For two years we (Mumbai) have not been able to win(the Ranji Trophy), so this year there will be a little bitextra pressure on me (to win),” added Samant.According to Samant, the process is important and ifthat goes well, the outcome will also be good.Under Samant’s coaching, Mumbai U-23 had won the CKNayudu Trophy.advertisementAsked how will that stint be helpful, Samant said itwas all about confidence.”In cricket or in any sports it is all aboutconfidence. If you are confident, then all roads open.”For gaining confidence, it is important to practise.And the confidence which the players will gain from practiseis important.” PTI NRB SSRRSY RSY RSYlast_img read more