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Ohio’s Lake Erie windmills

An environmental riddle is brewing off the shores of Lake Erie, and its answer is blowing in the wind.

The planned launch of a wind turbine demonstration project seven miles off of Cleveland’s lakeshore in Ohio – the first of its kind on the Great Lakes – has politicians, developers and labor there on board.

That’s a totally different vibe from what took place in Buffalo Niagara in 2009 and 2010, when the New York Power Authority gauged interest in a similar project in lakes Erie and Ontario. Local governments here quickly scuttled the idea after intense political pressure from a well-organized group of local lakeshore residents.

The environmentalist community, meanwhile, still searches for a Solomonic solution to the question of harnessing wind on the Great Lakes.

Can support for coveted renewable energy that reduces reliance on fossil fuels outweigh potential collateral damage to birds, bats and fish – not to mention aesthetic and noise considerations, as well as possible water pollution?

It’s a tough one, but Lynda Schneekloth of the Sierra Club’s Niagara Group thinks so.

“If we don’t switch from fossil fuels, all the fish in the lake are going to die anyway,” Schneekloth said. “Anything that gets us off of fossil fuels should be tried now.”

Citing a climate change “emergency,” Schneekloth says projects like wind farms in the lakes should be fast-tracked without having them mired down in years of public debate.

Others disagree.

“It could be a disaster,” said Sharen Trembath, a Southtowns resident who leads the area’s annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep and helped spearhead efforts to quash the Power Authority’s plans to install turbines in Lake Erie a couple years ago. “It’s giving up one natural resource for another.”

Added Tom Marks, a local charter boat captain who also opposed the former Power Authority plan: “There are environmental hazards with locating the turbines in the lake.”

Offshore hazards

Here are some of the concerns about offshore wind development, according to Marks, Trembath and the 2010 and 2011 resolutions put forth by Niagara, Erie and Chautauqua county legislatures as well as several lakeshore towns opposing them:

Disruption of the flight patterns of some migrating birds and some of recently resurgent species, such as bald eagles.Interference with boating and fishing.Stirring up “a 40-year cap” on toxic sediment in the lake bed left behind from the region’s industrial heyday.Potential for damage to the turbines and the lakeshore from fire, electrical shock or other problems from large power cables stretched along the lake bed, and leakage from an oil cartridge that Trembath calls “the size of a bus.”

What’s more, dissenters say, windmills are just not that efficient, don’t create jobs, can only operate when winds reach specific speeds and can be expensive.

And, they add, they’re eye pollution.

“I’ve spent my life taking care of the lake’s environment,” Trembath said. “I don’t want it filled with turbines.”

In Ohio, however, many don’t see it that way.

The Cleveland-based Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. has received support in Northeast Ohio for its “Icebreaker” project, which it says “is a blueprint to position Ohio as the leader in the region.”

The demonstration project calls for six 3-megawatt, American-made wind turbines to be placed offshore of downtown Cleveland, with full operation beginning in 2017. In contrast, Lackawanna’s on-shore “Steel Winds” consists of more than a dozen 2.5-megawatt turbines.

Bolstered with $4 million in startup money from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Cleveland company Thursday launched its “POWER Pledge program” to continue building “local stakeholder support” for the wind farm. About 5,000 supporters in Northeast Ohio have already pledged to buy electricity, at higher prices, from Icebreaker’s offshore farm, said Lorry Wagner, president of the Lake Erie energy company.

“Community engagement and support are critical to our success,” said Wagner, “and the support we have received for the POWER Pledge is very encouraging for the future of offshore wind in the Great Lakes.”

Three of seven wind demonstration projects nationwide – of which Cleveland is one – are scheduled for selection by the DOE next year for an additional $46.7 million award to build out the balance of the offshore project. Either way, however, Wagner said his company has invested time and resources in the belief that offshore wind will happen near Cleveland with or without the extra federal money.

By 2030, Wagner expects that his company could be managing “a few hundred” offshore wind turbines in Lake Erie.

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Jamieson Laser’s current product

With high precision and quicker production time, laser machines and systems have turned into an industrial manufacturing equipment staple and now have a greater presence in small business and personal applications. Throughout the field of laser systems, Jamieson Laser has become synonymous with high quality and low prices and now offers the latest laser cutters, engravers, and markers. The Litchfield, Conn.-based company began carrying such systems in 1988 and, for 2013, has been celebrating its 25th year as a seller of laser machines.

Jamieson Laser’s history of offering these systems dates back to when a customer requested the company add a laser to one of its multi-station, high-precision machines. Since that point, two-axis laser cutting machines followed and eventually led up to the company’s existing extensive line.

Jamieson Laser’s current product line covers small- and large-format machines designed for cutting, marking, and engraving. Lasers are constructed in China through the country’s most innovative, high-quality producers out of key components made in Germany and Japan. Without additional costs, each system includes all the essentials, such as a cutting bed, red dot pointer, air assist compressor, exhaust fan, and water cooler, as well as training and operating software.

Several sizes and types of machines and systems compose Jamieson Laser’s product line. Table top systems offer a size well-suited to small companies or businesses with limited production, while LG machines handle unlimited length materials. Other systems include large-format laser machines, the CMA model for sheet work, and CMA-F for roll materials. The newer YAG laser systems, or Direct Metal Marking Machines, provide the strength for low and high production amounts of metal and plastics.

The company aims to match businesses of all kinds with laser systems suited to their specific needs. This ranges from large-scale engraving to marking trophies to cutting fabric, metal, wood, or plastic. When aligning a business with the right machine, Jamieson Laser takes into account the company’s nature or objective, materials, and workload.

Throughout its history as a laser machine provider, Jamieson Laser has become known for competitive pricing. Two-year parts and one-year laser tube and optics warranties support all products, and pricing begins under $7,000. Customers further have the option of free training for all machines. Without a limit on the number of classes, this feature allows owners and operators to feel comfortable with and to understand how to operate and maintain Jamieson Laser’s products.

Along with competitive prices and quality products, Jamieson Laser strives to offer every customer personal yet still professional service, and provides monthly specials and leasing options. Press release services and search engine optimization provided by Keyword Performance.

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Environmental Tribunal discusses acceptable kill rates

Dr. Robert Barclay presented evidence about bats via a video conference from Calgary on Thursday, in the continuation of the Ostrander Point Environmental Tribunal appeal of the Ministry of Environment’s approval of Gilead Power’s turbine project on the south shore of Prince Edward County.

Myrna Wood, of the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists, (PECFN) listened in on the teleconference. Her report follows:
“Dr. Barclay started his testimony with a clear and simple statement. Sarah Kromkamp, lawyer for the MOE, asked him questions about his various studies which did not seem to lead anywhere at all. Gilead’s lawyer (It was hard on the telephone to be sure whether it was Mr. Hamilton or Mr. Grey) tried to muddy the waters by raising questions about which bat species actually migrated.  This was in response to Dr. Barclay quoting Stantec’s figures on “unidentified” species.  Grey attempted to make him agree that many of those were really Brown Bats. The lawyer pointed out that the map Barclay had seen did not include the placement of the turbines.  Barclay replied that if they are on the shoreline it would be the most dangerous for the bats.  His studies show the bats follow the shoreline to avoid flying over the lake. Three of Gilead’s turbines are proposed along the shoreline.

“Grey attempted to introduce a new document by email to Dr. Barclay in Calgary.  The document did not arrive and Mr. Gillespie, PECFN’s lawyer, stepped in to argue against introducing evidence in this fashion. Mr. Gillespie then asked Dr. Barclay several simple, direct questions giving him the opportunity to clear up whether the types of species would have changed his conclusions.

“Tribunal co-chair Heather Gibbs asked perceptive questions:  First she quoted Stantec’s report that there are no bat species at risk.  Dr. Barclay answered that was true when the report was written, but since then the emergence of white nose syndrome had caused the decline of two bat species resulting in an emergency posting as ‘Endangered’, by the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO).  One of the bats listed, the Little Brown Bat, is one of the most common bats. To have it designated as Endangered is astonishing.

“Second question: Dr Barclay had mentioned to the MOE lawyer he did not agree with Ontario Bat Guidelines for Industrial Wind Turbine projects (which they cut off immediately) so Ms. Gibbs asked him why?  He answered that the allowable threshold of killing seven bats per year per turbine was inadequate.  With the numbers of turbines growing exponentially in North America, the cumulative effects of such a high fatality rate, on top of the effects of white nose syndrome, will cause harm to the species at the population level.  He also mentioned that with all the projects planned for the eastern end of Lake Ontario and the South Shore of Prince Edward County that the cumulative kill rate would be unacceptable.  He used the analogy of hunting regulations where a hunter is allowed a set number of ducks, but the number of hunters is also controlled.

“Tribunal co-chair Robert Wright followed up on the cumulative effects and asked about acceptable kill rates in other jurisdictions.  Dr. Barclay said that the BC threshold is seven bats per turbine per year.  In Hawaii it is one and in West Virginia it is three bats per turbine per year.  In many US states, the threshold numbers are vague, or there are no numbers.”

The Walkie-Talkie: battle of the bulge on Fenchurch Street

“Big thinkers,” declares the billboard at the foot of 20 Fenchurch Street, “need big floors.” Looming over this declaration, swelling upwards and outwards over its neighbours, stands Rafael Vinoly’s latest skycraper, a bulging new addition to the City of London. Nicknamed the Walkie-Talkie, the self-styled “building with more up top” is proof that form follows finance: 20 Fenchurch is practically a diagram of the forces that created it.

Soaring over the skyline like a broad-shouldered banker, the building flares outwards so that its biggest floors can be sited at the priciest upper levels: a monument to the logic of the office rental market and the peculiar whims of the City planning authority. Although it won’t be fully completed until April 2014, 20 Fenchurch topped out this week; with its structural frame now complete, and half-dressed in a pinstriped suit of glazing and louvers, its hulking presence is already being felt.

“Every building is an occupation of the skyline,” says Vinoly, speaking on the phone from New York, where he is based. “But most don’t give anything back.” The architect, who has spent his career trying to marry public amenity and commercial reality, is referring, in part, to the fact that the summit of his 160m colossus will boast a three-level “skygarden” that’s open to everyone – for free. Comparing this to the 25-a-ticket viewing gallery of the Shard, just across the river, Vinoly says: “You have to ask what the public gets by accepting a further intrusion on the city. The possibility of offering an urban experience at a height is pretty remarkable.”

The Walkie-Talkie, which in fact looks more like a brimming pint glass, is the most incongruous thing to have appeared on the London horizon for some time – quite an achievement in a city that has recently seen the erection of the Strata, a three-eyed Mordor tower at Elephant and Castle with its trinity of rooftop turbines; and a giant shard of glass at London Bridge. Meanwhile, coming soon are the Leadenhall Building (AKA the Cheesegrater) in the City, and a rolled-up napkin at Bishopsgate (if the stalled Pinnacle build ever restarts).

But while these buildings are the product of a vague planning concept, which promotes building tall over transport hubs and at the central City cluster, the Walkie-Talkie is a bizarre anomaly that has shouldered its way into being. First proposed in 2004, the design was criticised by both English Heritage and Unesco. The former declared it an “oppressive and overwhelming form” and a “brutally dominant expression of commercial floor space”; the latter threatened to add the Tower of London to the World Heritage in Danger list, because of the detrimental impact the skyscraper would have on its setting.

It was bitterly contested by its neighbours over their right to light, and subjected to a public inquiry over heritage concerns. Yet, ever in thrall to the intoxicating cocktail of big business, star architects and a quirky nickname, the planners cheerfully beckoned the scheme through.

“Our first reaction was that it’s not an appropriate place for a tall building,” says Peter Rees, chief planner of the City, who has presided over its bold, vertical evolution since 1985. His mind was changed by the idea of a skygarden – and the views it would provide over the huddle of towers that have sprung up during his reign. “We came to think of it as the figurehead at the prow of our ship,” he says. “A viewing platform where you could look back to the vibrancy of the City’s engine room behind you.”

Her Crafty Hobby Is Saving Lives and Making Millions

It wasn’t long before they had come up with a leather watchband bracelet, replacing the actual watch with a medical insignia that matched the band. Kristen chose two colors — neon green and pink. And it was at that point that Shelly thought, if Kristen was willing to wear a bracelet like this, maybe other kids would too. So once the mold was made, she ordered 400 more and posted them on a website a friend’s son created for her.

“We thought if we could just make back the money we invested and make a difference in even one person’s life, we were doing a good thing. Lisa and I were doing it from our basements and maybe selling ten a week. If we sold more than one in a day, we were doing a happy dance around the table!”

But soon they started getting more than just orders. They were getting requests for bracelets that would alert others to penicillin and peanut allergies. And the crafty pair quickly realized that they could help even more people, if they could figure out a way to customize the bracelets.

“And then I walked by a kiosk at the mall,” Shelly recalled, “where a young person was using an engraving machine and I thought, ‘How hard could it be?’ So we ordered one. Let’s just say the lesson that was supposed to take five hours, took nine hours with us. We weren’t as bright as we thought!”

But they were bright enough to get the attention of a sales rep that thought he could help even more. He felt certain that he could get their unique medical alert bracelets on pharmacy shelves. So he wrote his name and number on the corner of a piece of yellow paper, ripped from a legal pad. And Shelly tacked it up on a bulletin board — and left it there for two years.

“This was just a hobby for us,” Shelly said. “Lisa really didn’t want anything more from it and I was raising three children. I knew it was a big leap and the time just wasn’t right — so with the engraving, maybe we were selling 30 bracelets a week and we thought that was great!

“But then one day it occurred to me that I no longer had to feel guilty about working between three and six o’clock, since the kids were all involved in after school sports — and that’s when I took the piece of paper off the board and called him.”

Shelly and the insightful sales rep took the concept of a fashionable medical alert bracelet that both teenagers and adults could wear to a pharmacy trade show. And when buyers began asking for samples with very specific custom engraving — clearly for themselves or someone close to them — they knew they were on to something.

And apparently so did the media. “Just as things were taking off, I got a call early one morning from someone in our office. He said, ‘Did you know we’re in the Wall Street Journal?’ And I laughed. I thought he was kidding. But we were on the front page! A reporter had discovered our bracelets on the internet, ordered four styles and featured them in an article called The Jewelry Prescription. That was my real ‘aha’ moment, when I realized we could change the way people looked at medical alert bracelets.”