Governor says first RGGI auction date is set for Sept. 25CO2 allowance auctions will help drive innovation, produce cleaner energyMONTPELIER – Governor Jim Douglas has announced that Vermont and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have released preliminary guidelines for the nation’s first-ever carbon credit auction on Sept. 25.The guidelines outline requirements and preparations bidders must follow to be ready to purchase their share of nearly 12.5 million carbon emission allowances at the first auction.”The stage is set for Vermont and nine other states to take unprecedented action and lead the nation on a path of economic and environmental security through reduced use of fossil fuels like oil,” Douglas said. “This is an important milestone as Vermonters struggle under the burden of the federal government’s failure to lead on fundamental energy and environmental issues.”The Sept. 25 auction is expected to include allowances from Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland and Rhode Island. Other RGGI states will offer allowances for sale in future auctions as they complete their necessary rule-making procedures.RGGI is the first program in the country to cap and then reduce CO2 emissions from power plants. Participating states have agreed to stabilize CO2 emissions from 2009 to 2014, and then gradually reduce emissions beginning in 2015. Emissions from the power sector for RGGI states totals about 7 percent of the U.S. power sector emissions, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency.The market-based mandatory program will cost-effectively reduce the pollution that is causing global warming while investing in efficient technology, Douglas said. “The result for Vermonters is the potential for new green jobs and cleaner energy.”The materials released today, online at www.rggi.org(link is external), provide a preview of auction applications and procedures for bidders participating in the first of two early auctions to be held this year.###
New Delhi: The Centurion Test was a memorable affair for South Africa and a not-so-memorable match for Pakistan. On a tough pitch, the Proteas held their nerve and secured a tense five-wicket win on the third day of the match to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. However, there was one common factor in the match. Both Sarfraz Ahmed and Faf du Plessis endured torrid times as captain. Sarfraz was dismissed for 0 in both innings while Du Plessis also suffered the same fate. This resulted in an unwanted record for both individuals and it was a historic moment but for all the wrong reasons.Sarfraz and Du Plessis became the first captains in history to be dismissed for a pair in the same Test match. In the first innings, Sarfraz edged a good length ball back onto the stumps bowled by Duanne Olivier to fall for a four-ball blob. In the second innings, Sarfraz chased a wide ball from Kagiso Rabada but he edged it du Plessis at slip who took a smart catch with one hand at slip.Read More | Mickey Arthur, Pakistan cricket coach, gets sanctioned by ICCOn the other hand, even du Plessis was not so lucky. The Proteas skipper departed first ball to Shaheen Afridi as he looked to flick a ball on leg stump to midwicket but instead got a leading edge to gully. In the second innings, du Plessis survived the King Pair but on the fifth ball he swung a short ball again from Afridi straight to Hasan Ali at long leg. Read More | Arise, Sir Alastair Cook: Former England skipper gets special honourSarfraz became the fourth Pakistan skipper to be dismissed for a pair in Tests. The first one to achieve this unwanted record was Imtiaz Ahmed against England in the Dhaka Test of 1962. Rashid Latif was the next to fall for a pair during the Port Elizabeth Test against South Africa while Waqar Younis suffered the fate against Australia in Sharjah in 2002.Du Plessis is the third South Africa skipper to be dismissed for a pair, with the first one being Louis Tancred in 1912 against England at The Oval. The next South Africa captain to be dismissed for a pair came 104 years later and it was in Centurion, with AB de Villiers falling for a pair against England. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
A win for Leinster over Wasps this weekend means they would play Toulon in Nice or Clermont in Lyon.