Last August about 100 residents of an island off Maine gathered at their pristine little port to watch the arrival of three giants.From shore, the islanders could see their enormous white arms, resembling a surfaced submarine or the bony remnants of a prehistoric beast, lying on the deck of an approaching barge.The onlookers on Vinalhaven were welcoming the massive blades of three wind turbines, part of a community-based power project guided by Harvard Business School Professor George Baker as part of an effort to slash the islanders’ high electricity costs.“The islands pay about three times the national average for electricity, and the wind blows all the time,” said Baker, Herman C. Krannert Professor of Business Administration, who is on leave from Harvard Business School to help complete the project. “The question was, ‘Can’t we generate electricity with wind?’”The answer has been a resounding “yes.”For the past three years, Baker has split his time between his home in Newton, Mass., and a house on Frenchboro, a small island east of Vinalhaven, to work on the effort. He jokes that his wife would like to know exactly where he lives. He makes the four-hour trip to Maine weekly.The HBS professor, an authority on organizational economics, enjoys a personal challenge. Fifteen years ago he designed and built his home on Frenchboro, a remote fishing outpost with a year-round population of 43. He embraced the wind-power effort after volunteering with a local electric cooperative.“Partly because I was an HBS professor and partly because I was … wanting to be a helpful member of the community, I served as a volunteer member of the board of trustees of the Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative,” said Baker of his work with a consumer-owned electric cooperative serving nearby Swan’s Island as well as Frenchboro.Building on that experience, he has used his time away from Harvard to explore the economic and financial feasibility of wind-power generation on Maine’s islands, ultimately heading the effort to create the largest community wind-power facility on the East Coast, known as the Fox Islands Wind Project.The complicated process included permitting, detailed environmental impact and engineering studies, and a complex financing structure for the turbines that involved federal tax credits and the creation of a limited-liability company. There were also community meetings, where Baker was frank with the facts.“I told the residents, ‘Here’s what it would look like. Here’s how it would work. It’s absolutely not without risk, but there is real benefit,’” he said.The islanders ultimately backed the plan, 284 to 5.What makes the current project free from much of the “not in my back yard” squabbling that can plague wind projects is its immediate and direct benefit to the community, said Baker.“It’s a community-owned project where the community gets all the benefit,” he said. “There is no developer that owns the turbines and takes all of the power. The power is used locally by the community.”Now residents can harvest their own electricity with the help of Mother Nature, instead of relying on the noisy diesel generator downtown or purchasing power from a nuclear plant down the coast or the oil-fired plant on another island, in the process paying exorbitant costs to access electricity through underwater cables.Enlisting the support of the giant General Electric Co., Baker, who is vice president of Community Wind at the Island Institute, a nonprofit based in Rockland, Maine, was able to secure three turbines, each about 400 feet tall. The turbines were installed last summer and started turning in December. They are expected to generate 11,605 megawatt hours of electricity each year and cover all of the island’s annual energy needs.Currently at work on several other wind projects along Maine’s coast, Baker called the Vinalhaven experience “incredibly satisfying and fulfilling.” He said he hopes someday to be able to harvest the vast opportunity presented by “the much bigger and richer wind resources” available farther offshore.“For the last 100 years, we have ignored wind as an energy source because we invented diesel engines,” he said. “We should be using that resource. We should be using it as effectively as we possibly can.”
New Delhi: International cricket is returning to Pakistan after a long time. Following the terror attacks on the Sri Lanka cricket team in 2009, many international teams refused to tour the country. Zimbabwe were the first to break the isolation in 2015 while tours by the ICC World XI, West Indies and even Sri Lanka in 2017 signalled that international cricket could return soon. Sri Lanka will play three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals in Karachi and Lahore but there was plenty of controversy before the tour even took place. 10 Sri Lankan players withdrew over security concerns and the tour was in a limbo after the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry were examining reports of a possible terror attack on the cricket team. After a lengthy investigation, Sri Lanka’s Defence Ministry gave the go-ahead for the tour which will start from September 27 with ODIs in Karachi. However, many Pakistan fans and former players are upset that the 10 Sri Lankan players withdrew from the tour. Former Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal and batsman Faisal Iqbal has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to take a strong stance on players and teams for refusing to come to Pakistan for an official tour.Also Read | ‘No Truth That India Influenced Players To Not Tour Pakistan’ – Sri Lanka Sports Minister Rubbishes Fawad Hussain Chaudhry’s Statement”I was very hurt when these Sri Lankan players backed out of the tour because the security situation in our country has improved a lot… Our board or government would never ask anyone to play in Pakistan unless they were not sure they could provide the best security environment. I think those Sri Lankan players or foreigners who can come for the PSL matches should also tour with their national teams. And if anyone refuses to come with their teams they should not be included in the PSL draft,” Ajmal said. Also Read | Now, Fawad Hussain Chaudhry Blames India For Sri Lankan Cricketers’ Pakistan Tour BoycottThe pull-out of the 10 Sri Lankan players, which included the likes of Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews prompted a controversial tweet from the Pakistan Science and Technology Minister Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry who said the Sri Lankan players were coerced to abandon the tour due to pressure from India. Sri Lanka’s sports minister had denied that India was involved in the whole incident. Even Iqbal, who was in the Pakistan team when the 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team took place in Lahore, said the situation had changed dramatically in 10 years. “I was in the Pakistan team when the attack took place but since than things have changed, many international players have come and played in Pakistan. Sri Lankan players have come and played in the PSL. So there was no reason for these 10 Sri Lankan players to back out of the tour. I don’t think so the Indians are involved but my point is if it is safe for anyone to play PSL matches in Pakistan than they should also tour with their teams,” Iqbal said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Follow Chelsea on Twitter @chels_stone Freshman defender Mandy Freeman was named to the 2013 All Pac-12 First Team, becoming the first player since 2009 to earn a spot on the all-conference first team.History · Freshman defender Mandy Freeman’s selection to the first team All-Pac-12 marks the first time a USC player has made the team since 2009. – Jasmine Rolle | Daily Trojan The Royal Palm Beach, Fla. native started in all 20 games of her first season with the Women of Troy and had one assist in the season opener. Freeman is also the first freshman to be named to an all-conference team since Amy Rodriguez in 2005.In addition to this recent accolade, Freeman was named to the Minnesota Gold Classic All-Tournament Team and was chosen as CS360 National Freshman of the Week on Oct. 15.Freshman forward/midfielder Kayla Mills joins Freeman on the 2013 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team while sophomore midfielder Jamie Fink earned All Pac-12 Honorable Mention.Mills was also an honoree on the Minnesota Gold Classic All-Tournament Team this season. In her first season as a Trojan, she scored four goals and provided eight assists, good for sixth-most assists in a single season in program history.Fink, who made the All-Freshman Team last year, finished the season with a pair assists and five goals, two of which were game-winners against Florida Atlantic and Oregon State. Earlier this season, Fink was named to the USD All-Tournament Team.