‘Plug and Play’ Solar Finds Markets in Nebraska and Ohio FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Midwest Energy News:Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid.ConnectDER, as it’s known, generally eliminates the need to enter a home and it greatly reduces the amount of electrical work required.“It allows you to inject the solar on the customer side of the meter prior to getting into the home,” said Michael Shonka, a solar installer who has put the new equipment in a half-dozen homes in the Omaha area. “This means we can cut out $1,000 to $2,000 worth of cost in the system because you don’t need electricians to go through foundations trying to get to the service panel, and you don’t need to rearrange the panel.”Some people know it as “plug and play” solar.The ConnectDER “collar” plugs into the meter socket, typically on the outside of the house, and then the meter plugs into the ConnectDER, meaning that the solar panels’ inverter connects directly with the meter without having to go through the household service panel.In Nebraska, the Omaha Public Power District approved the equipment this past summer, and the Lincoln Electric System is now evaluating it. In Ohio, utilities in Tipp City, Yellow Springs and Westerville permit the new technology, as do about a dozen other utilities from Vermont to California and Hawaii.Shonka said he is “always looking for innovations in the industry,” and heard about ConnectDER at an industry meeting.“I recognized this as being a problem because every time I went to do an installation, I ran into issues with how to make the electrical connection.” The last few feet of wiring, he said, “are very expensive. You have to get through foundations, run wire in conduit through the inside of the house, rearrange the circuit-breaker box.”Marketing the product is time-consuming, said ConnectDER’s product manager, Jon Knauer, because, “Each new market that we want to sell it into requires utility approval. Over time that gets easier, because once we have a couple utilities sign off, the others tend to follow along. We’re still in the phase of opening up new markets.”He’s hopeful that in the Midwest, with its numerous municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives, the technology may spread more rapidly than in other regions.Smaller non-profit utilities “make decisions fairly quickly. The (Omaha Public Power District) approved it in a month or two, which isn’t very long. And there are a lot of statewide municipal or co-op associations that you can take the product to and say, ‘This group of utilities similar to you are doing this, and maybe you should think about doing the same.’”More: New connection technology is cutting cost of solar installation
Stanley Cup 2019: Blues’ Ivan Barbashev suspended one game for high hit on Bruins’ Marcus Johansson While the Bruins’ second line is struggling to score, they are finding ways to contribute.Down 1-0 in the closing seconds of the second period, forward David Krejci made an unbelievable block on an open net to keep the deficit at one going into the second intermission. The Blues defenseman then put a shot on net, but Krejci came out of nowhere to deflect the puck away.Had that shot gone in, the Blues would have taken a 2-0 lead into the third period and had even more momentum. Tuukka Rask over committed on the pass and found himself facedown on the ice out of his box leaving a seemingly open net for Pietrangelo. David Krejci with a huge save to close out the second period pic.twitter.com/UmojaFpJAY— Brandon Murphy (@2Murphy8) June 7, 2019On the play in question, defenseman Torey Krug tried to clear the puck but whiffed on a pass and got tangled up with a Blues player in his own zone.Pat Maroon then corralled the puck and put a pass in front of the net to Alex Pietrangelo. Related News
After former captain of the BiH national football team Emir Spahić retired from the team, coach Safet Sušić decided to pass the captain armband to the first forward of the team Edin Džeko. Sušić told BiH media there was no dilemma who would succeed Spahić. ”We have new challenges and victories ahead of us, and I believe our supporters will support us on our path of success as they have been doing so far”, concluded the new captain of “The Dragons” and he thanked Sušić for his faith in him. ”Džeko is the favorite among the players and this is a logical decision. I said a long time ago that Džeko will succeed Spahić. Players respect him, he has been in the team for a long time and has given a lot to it. He is a player without competition and apart from him only Asmir Begović, Miralem Pjanić and Muhamed Bešić have that status”, said Sušić. (Source: Fena) ”I take position of a captain as a great honor. Playing in the national team for me is the highlight of my career and everyone knows how much it means to me. I will try and prove I earned to be the captain”, said Džeko. Edin Džeko also commented on the decision. Forward of Manchester City emphasized he wants to play for the national team for a long time, firstly at the European Championship in France.
Van Hemmen cited a wide variety of factors which have played a par t in the blue claw crab boom. He said because of this past winter’s mild temperature, the crabs didn’t have to bury into the mud to stay warm. With colder winters comes higher crab mortality.He also noted favorable tides and winds as a secondary reason for the spike.“If a larger number of larvae make their way back into the rivers and the bays,” Van Hemmen said, “you’re going to have more baby crabs.”And just like that, riverside towns like Red Bank have become an epicenter for crabbers to descend upon with their drop lines and long-handled nets.Remaley, the marina owner, said some of the best crabbing in the Navesink hap- pens just past his docks – located along the West Front Street Bridge.The area between that bridge, the NJ Transit train bridge into Red Bank, and the Coopers bridge spanning Middletown and Red Bank, has become the perfect spot for crabs to hide out from the busier waters just up the river, he said.“In this spot, there’s not a lot of boat traffic. It’s smaller boats because the big ones can’t get underneath the bridges,” he said. “The water is not stirred up or murky.”The same can be said for Red Bank’s other premiere crabbing location: Marine Park. Tucked behind River view Medical Center, the public park offers a small fishing pier and spots along the bulkhead to drop lines into the no-wake zone waters.Aberdeen residents Tommy Becker and his dad, Frank, drove down to Marine Park on Friday morning in hopes of catching dinner for that evening. Inside their cooler were about 30 to 35 full size blue claws, which they snagged earlier in the day.The pair of crabbers were using a combination of raw chicken and bunker, two of the most popular crab baits.“It doesn’t matter what you drop,” Tommy Becker said, “they’re going to eat it.”A few hundred feet away, dropping in lines from the fishing pier, was Diana Tauriello, alongside family and friends. Inside their bushel bucket were another 50 or so crabs, set to be cooked in a garlic sauce for a Friday night meal.“Early bird catches the worm,” Tauriello said, with a smirk. “We’re the ones that hit them all because we were out here first.”Both Van Hemmen and Remaley noted that crabbers should be mindful of not over- crabbing. Stay away from undersized crabs, as they could be keepers in less than a month. Also, refrain from taking females, marked by their bright red claws, as it could hurt next year’s crop.With such a bountiful amount this season, “there’s no reason you shouldn’t be catching them,” Remaley said. By Jay Cook |RED BANK – When Keith and Jennifer Kimkowski go on their annual crabbing excursion for Jennifer’s August birthday, the couple packs up three kids and a cooler of food, and ventures to Red Bank, their favorite spot in the state.The Kimkowski family isn’t just driving down Ocean Avenue or coming into town from the Coopers Bridge. They embark on a two-hour drive south to Red Bank Marina from their home in Vernon Township, right at the border of New Jersey and New York.Samantha, Nathaniel and Julia Kimkowski show off their full bushel of crabs after a day spent on the Navesink River.But this year’s trip was different from years past. After docking their rented boat for an afternoon on the Navesink River, they wheeled back an over flowing wooden bushel basket packed with blue claw crabs, claws and legs rustling beneath the wooden cover.“We always come to this spot because we always catch crabs,” said Jennifer, who noted the family caught nearly 50 keepers. “We’ve been coming since (the kids) were little.”This large harvest is far from an anomaly, said Red Bank Marina owner Steve Remaley. In fact, it’s become more of the norm for a season that he dubbed as “the best year of crabbing since Super Storm Sandy.”“I’ve been hearing from the customers that they haven’t caught this much in a short period of time, just as they did many, many years ago,” he said.Known for their sky blue tinted claws and delicate white meat, blue claw crabs have been a regular resident of the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers.According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), crabbing is one of the most popular marine activities in state waters. The agency believes approximately 30 percent of all marine fishing comes from crabbing.Per state regulations, all hard-shell keepers must measure 4.5 inches horizontally from tip to tip. There’s no set-in-stone number for catch limits – crabbers are allowed to keep a bushel’s worth.Soft shell crabs, otherwise known as “softies” to seasoned recreational crabbers, must measure 3.5 inches. Softies are commonly found after a full moon once they molt their exoskeletons.Crabbers pull droplines out of the Navesink River, with the West Front Street bridge in the background.The crabbing season, regulated by the state Division of Fish & Wildlife, is open from March 15 through Nov. 30.In the Two River area, the number of blue claw crabs has peaked this season, says Pim Van Hemmen, assistant director of the American Littoral Society, a local marine environmentalist group headquartered on Sandy Hook.“Crabs come in waves – it’s like a roller coaster,” Van Hemmen said. “This year is a bumper crop.” This article was first published in the Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.