The cold weather from this winter was greeted warmly by officials at IBM in Essex, which has started using frigid winter air to help produce the chilled water it needs to operate the plant s high-tech manufacturing facilities.The new system, called Free Cooling, integrates cold air into the plant s large climate control system to produce 50% of its winter-cooling needs. By taking advantage of the plentiful wintry air, IBM can shut down some of its large chillers, resulting in a projected savings of $400,000 per year in electric costs. Semiconductor clean rooms require that a precise temperature and humidity be maintained around the clock, so until now we have had to run many chillers even in the winter. Our engineering team worked to improve this process and they developed an innovative solution that reduces our energy footprint and cuts power costs by $2,000 to $3,000 a day, said Tim Baechle, Facilities Operations Manager at IBM.The Free Cooling system was paid for in part out of GMP s Energy Efficiency Fund, which was started in 2007 to maximize for its customers the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficiency. IBM received approximately $1.5 million from the fund to help support the costs of the project.Green Mountain Power President and Chief Executive Officer Mary Powell said, We are pleased to partner with our largest customer to cut costs and help the environment. It is one more way we are pursuing our vision of low cost, low emission, highly reliable power. Demand reduction is a key part of our efforts to operate an efficient, environmentally friendly electric system.David O Brien, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service agreed that this project shows how businesses in Vermont can be creative in finding ways to reduce energy use. We are very pleased to see IBM and Green Mountain Power work together to take advantage of one of Vermont s natural resources cold air to save energy. The Energy Efficiency Fund is a smart investment that benefits all Green Mountain Power customers through lowering energy use and reducing the need for us to make expensive investments in power generation and transmission, said Ms. Powell.GMP plans to invest $8 million in the Fund by end of 2012, generating approximately $23 million in benefits to the company s customers over time. IBM has had a long term commitment to energy efficiency; we have been able to achieve sustained success because of the creativity and technical depth of our on-site engineering team. The GMP Energy Efficiency Fund created a unique opportunity for us to complete a very large project. It helped us fund an innovative idea that led to reduced costs on one of our largest energy using systems, said Janette Bombardier, Manager of Site Operations at the IBM location.The Free Cooling system has the ability to circulate up to 12,000 gallons of cold water each minute and can create the cooling equivalent of 2,500 window air conditioners. The system started running in December of 2008 and will be used from November through April as weather permits.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont s population. It serves more than 200,000 people and businesses.
Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho says it is vital that UEFA clamps down on Financial Fair Play infringements to level the playing field and enable Manchester United to become serious Premier League title contenders again.Mourinho’s comments appear to be aimed at Manchester City, who are the subject of an ongoing investigation by European football’s governing body into alleged FFP breaches.In November, German magazine Der Spiegel said the Premier League champions had broken rules that dictate how much money owners can put into a club, having purportedly obtained documents from the whistleblowing outlet Football Leaks.City have dismissed those reports as an “organised and clear” attempt to damage their reputation, while UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Tuesday UEFA’s investigation would be concluded shortly.UEFA could ban City from next season’s Champions League in the event of discovering breaches it believes to be serious enough.Mourinho did not mention City directly but made clear he believes that United are not currently competing on even terms at the top end of the Premier League.United have not won the league since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and Mourinho acknowledged that he did not know how long it would be before they became champions again.“I don’t know. It depends on our evolution but also the evolution of others,” he said, speaking ahead of Saturday’s home match against bottom club Fulham.“If the ones above us keep going in same direction and if their ambition and investment is continuous, that’s one thing. Another thing is if they stop, or if the Financial Fair Play makes them stop and then we can close the gap a little bit better.”Calculations made from publicly available figures suggest that since the summer of 2016, City have spent around £527 million ($671 million) on players, while United’s outlay has been about £379 million.Asked for his thoughts on the likelihood of City being penalised by UEFA for over-spending, Mourinho said: “The world is full of suggestions and I never know if they are true or not true, and that’s not my job to analyse that.” – Lack of firepower –The United manager has acknowledged that improving on their current league position of eighth is going to be difficult because he is short of natural goalscorers.Romelu Lukaku has scored just once for United since September 15, and was left out of the starting line-up for Wednesday’s 2-2 Premier League draw at home to Arsenal, as Mourinho went with a front three of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.Mourinho was impressed with the work ethic of all three players but suggested that none can be relied on as a regular source of goals.“They work very hard but it’s not about work,” he said. “It’s about natural qualities.“We need to score more goals. I think one thing is team dynamics, with routines adapted to the qualities of the players.“But in the end the most important thing is putting the ball in the net, and goals, points and victories.”Mourinho was reluctant to discuss publicly the reasons for Lukaku’s loss of form but said he is in regular dialogue with the striker as to how to get him back to his best.“That is something I feel comfortable to discuss with him, which I do,” he said. “I am not so comfortable to discuss with you.“I think it is quite an easy job for you to analyse a player and performances, you have knowledge, experience, eyes and data. If you mix all this information, I think you can analyse it.Share on: WhatsApp