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Diversity in the Workplace

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendor of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

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Plan Your Business

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendor of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

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Travel and Work During Spring

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendor of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

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Develop Your Startup Idea

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendor of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

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Rest During Working Hours

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendor of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

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Marketing Ideas

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendor of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapor around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

UK Government ‘to finance’ Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant

It has been reported that the UK Government is to offer £13.3bn in financial support for Hitachi to build the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station.

The report from Japanese news agency Kyodo cites sources saying it was aimed at easing concerns about the project costs, which have risen from the initial £10bn estimate.

Hitachi’s Horizon Nuclear Power hopes to start building on Anglesey in 2020.

But UK government officials said they “don’t recognise” the reported claims.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said discussions were “commercially sensitive and ongoing”.

The Horizon spokesman said: “Given the size of the investment involved and the nature of the project, these discussions are complex and detailed.

“While we understand the strong interest in progress, we will not be commenting until they have reached a conclusion.”

Kyodo reports that costs have risen to about £20bn and the UK Government support would cover a large proportion.

The reports also suggested UK taxpayers could own a 33% share of the project.

But a BEIS official added on Thursday: “We don’t recognise these reports. Nuclear power remains a crucial part of the UK’s energy future but we have always been clear that this must be delivered at the right price for consumers and taxpayers.”

Horizon also still has to clear the main hurdle of submitting its planning application – and have all its investment in place.

If all goes to plan, Wylfa Newydd – replacing the old station – would start generating power by 2025. The plant would have a 60-year operational life.

There has been concern among industry watchers that the project might not even go ahead and also reports that Hitachi may walk away if it was not given UK Government support.

Hitachi’s Horizon Nuclear Power proposes a plant with a capacity of generating 2,700 megawatts of electricity, enough power for about five million homes.

Horizon bought the Wyfla Newydd site in 2009.

UK ministers have insisted the plant must be cheaper than Hinkley Point in Somerset, which given the go-ahead last year.

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EPA’s Updated Annual Oil And Gas Methane Inventory Doesn’t Convey Entire Picture

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual update to the 2016 U.S. Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGI) yesterday, showing a slight decrease in total greenhouse gas emissions from 2015 to 2016.

Methane, a potent greenhouse gas and the main constituent of natural gas, is responsible for roughly a quarter of global warming we see today. The GHGI estimates that 2016 methane emissions from the oil and gas industry were 8.37 million metric tons, down just over one percent from 2015 levels.

This decrease is misleading – it’s too slight a dip to indicate that industry is getting a better handle on methane. Studies also suggest that the inventory misses vast amounts of emissions from abnormal process conditions, or super-emitters.

 

EPA updates are positive but incremental

EPA finally included methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells. Emissions were estimated from measurement data collected by recent studies. Critically, EPA recognized that the activity data for this category is incomplete, since many abandoned wells predate recordkeeping requirements. In addition to the two million known wells, EPA estimated emissions from approximately 1.2 million more abandoned wells without records.

Proper plugging of abandoned wells can minimize methane emissions in additional to protecting groundwater resources. EPA’s estimate of abandoned well emissions is only about three to four percent of their total estimate of oil and gas emissions, but it’s still a substantial amount – equivalent to the annual natural gas consumption of about 200,000 homes.

Overall, EPA has made progress with this year’s GHGI, continuing their incorporation of recent data sources such as the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) and peer-reviewed science. At the source-level, though there still are some categories that should be updated.

For example, EPA has updated their methods for pneumatic controllers to estimate the number of devices from GHGRP data, but continue to use the 1990s emission factors (EFs) to estimate their emissions. Measurements indicate that these EFs are inaccurate, overestimating the emissions from some types of controllers, but failing to account for high-emitting malfunctioning controllers. If EPA updated their pneumatic controller calculation methodology to distinguish emissions from operational and malfunctioning devices, then they could more accurately estimate emissions and facilitate more effective mitigation.

EPA methodology should be updated with top-down data

As part of the country’s obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, EPA releases a report every April that estimates greenhouse gas emissions from anthropogenic sources.

Emissions are estimated using a bottom-up, or component-level, approach, which multiplies activity data (e.g., number of wells) by emission factors (e.g., average emissions per well). The GHGI does not use a top-down approach, which estimates total emissions from an area based on measured increases in atmospheric methane concentrations and modeling.

The top-down approach tends to provide a more complete picture since the measurements are inclusive of all emissions; in contrast, the bottom-up approach can miss individual sources. Numerous studies have shown that basin- and site-level top-down estimates are higher than traditional, bottom-up inventories.  For example, our research in the Barnett Shale found that site-level well pad estimates were 50 percent higher than component-level estimates.

NAS recommendations for greenhouse gas inventories

Although EPA’s updates this year are valuable and based on scientifically-rigorous data, the GHGI continues to underestimate total oil and gas industry emissions due to fundamental issues with the methodology.

Recently, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS), a group of the nation’s most distinguished scientists, released their report on greenhouse gas emissions, including anthropogenic methane emissions. NAS made four recommendations for agency collaboration to improve the accuracy of emission estimates for oil and gas and other methane sources. Here, we discuss the implications of the NAS recommendations for EPA’s inventory.

NAS Recommendation #1: NOAA and NASA should continue and enhance current atmospheric methane observations and advance models and assimilation techniques used by top-down approaches.

NAS recommends expanded efforts to measure emissions with top-down approaches. EPA should coordinate with NOAA, NASA, and other groups to facilitate data collection in priority areas such as oil and gas basins. EDF continues to encourage the development of aerial and other top-down measurement technologies through initiatives such as the Mobile Monitoring Challenge, and recently announced plans for MethaneSAT, which would provide new insights for basin-level methane measurements.

NAS Recommendation #2: The EPA in collaboration with the scientific research community, the DOE, NOAA, USDA, and NASA should establish and maintain a spatially and temporally explicit (e.g. gridded) inventory of U.S. anthropogenic methane emissions.

NAS’s primary message is that emission inventories should be verifiable. Since the GHGI reports national emissions, it is difficult to use top-down data, which comes from smaller areas like basins or sites, to assess its accuracy. The solution is for EPA to develop a gridded inventory that accounts for variation in emissions across space and time. This allows a direct comparison of bottom-up and top-down emission estimates, like EDF performed previously in the Barnett Shale. EPA has already made progress on this front by partnering with Harvard University to grid the 2016 GHGI. EPA should prioritize routinely updating the gridded inventory.

NAS Recommendation #3: The EPA, DOE, NOAA, and USDA should promote a sustainable process for incorporating the latest science into the GHGI and regularly review U.S. methane inventory methodologies.

NAS recommends a formal process for updating the GHGI methods, such as a scientific advisory panel. Typically, EPA has convened workshops, published memos, and solicited comments on proposed updates to the GHGI. Overall, this process has been transparent and effective for implementing incremental changes, but it is not well-suited for making fundamental revisions to the methodology. We suggest that EPA convenes a series of workshops and/or solicits comments related to the use of top-down data and a gridded inventory to update the GHGI. A scientific advisory panel could also be valuable, as long as the panel is balanced by including representatives from academia and public institutions, and not just industry representatives.

NAS Recommendation #4: The United States should establish and maintain a nationwide research effort to improve accuracy, reliability, and applicability of anthropogenic methane emissions estimates at scales ranging from individual facilities to gridded regional/national estimates.

EDF realized the urgency of the oil and gas methane issue when we launched our series of research studies in 2012.  We continue to study methane both in the U.S. and internationally, such as end use emissions from U.S. power plants and fugitive emissions from Alberta well pads. There still are many questions about oil and gas methane emissions that needed to be addressed, such as the most common cause of super-emitters. Further research of U.S. methane emissions will not only lead to a more accurate inventory but also facilitate more effective mitigation to reduce the climate impacts of oil and gas.

£7.3m project to improve electricity supplies between Fernhurst and Plaistow is now under way

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has commenced work on its £7.3m project to install over 20km of new underground electricity cables between Fernhurst and Plaistow which, when complete, will make supplies to 6,800 customers more robust, resilient and minimise the risk of power cuts.

The cable route, which begins at SSEN’s main substation at Fernhurst and ends at Plaistow, takes in a combination of public roads and private land. With narrow, tree-lined roads an integral part of the local area’s traditional appeal, working to install over 20km of new cable has required months of detailed planning in conjunction with the Highways Department at Hampshire Highways to ensure that there is minimum disruption to the local community.

The first phase of the project, which starts midway along  Vann Road and heads towards Fernhurst Crossroads, is currently progressing well, and is due to be completed mid-April. For the safety of road-users and staff working on site, Vann Road is closed to all non-essential traffic and all HGVs, with only residents’ access available.

Teams are working five days a week and in areas with higher traffic volumes, weekend working will be in operation from 7am to 5pm.

SSEN’s Project Manager, James Rooney said: “We want to do everything we can to make sure our customers get the best possible service at all times, and this £7.3m project will make the local network more robust and resilient and reduce the risk of power cuts. Also, as we are replacing the existing overhead lines with new underground cables, we are removing the risk of trees coming into contact with our network, which has been the major cause of power cuts in recent years.

“We realise that these essential road closures and diversion routes will have an impact on some people’s working day commutes, and we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and offer our assurances that we will do everything we can to complete the work as safely and as quickly as possible.”

SSEN is hosting a Public Information Session at Fernhurst Village Hall, Glebe Road, Fernhurst GU27 3EH on Thursday 15 March, between 3pm-7:30pm, where members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions that the local community may have about this essential work, and explain more about the benefits the 12-month project will bring. Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

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Record number of UK energy customers switched supplier in February

LONDON (Reuters) – A record number of British energy customers switched supplier in February, data from industry group Energy UK showed on Monday.

* 668,000 customers switched during the month, the highest monthly switching figure recorded, despite February being the shortest month of the year.

* The data comes as Britain’s energy firms are under pressure to reduce bills and as regulator Ofgem prepares to issue a price cap on the most widely used tariffs.

*It also continues last year’s trend when a record 5.5 million customers switched in 2017 up from 4.8 million in 2016, Energy UK said.

*The data does not show exactly which companies gained or lost customers but shows almost half the switches were between large suppliers, while almost a quarter of switches were from larger firms to smaller suppliers.*There are now over 60 energy suppliers in Britain.

*Britain’s big six energy suppliers, controlling around 80 percent of the market are Centrica’s (CNA.L) British Gas, SSE (SSE.L), E.ON (EONGn.DE), EDF Energy (EDF.PA), Innogy’s (IGY.DE) Npower and Iberdrola’s (IBE.MC) Scottish Power.