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Hurricanes and Coverage for Grey Oaks, Fairways, Greens and Trees

August 12, 2019 00:00
by J. Wylie Donald
Hurricanes wreck things. All are familiar with the multi-billion dollar costs associated with major hurricanes like Katrina and Andrew; smaller storms may not wreak as much havoc but to those in harm’s way, they can have just as much impact. Owners of buildings buy insurance for such eventualities. Things away from buildings – like trees - may have less protection.

Florida | Insurance

Offshore Wind = Onshore Jobs

July 25, 2019 23:04
by J. Wylie Donald
Offshore wind. It’s a renewable energy revolution blowing through the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic states. A facility is operating off Block Island. The first facility in federal waters (a small demonstration project) is scheduled for operation next year off of Virginia. energy/renewable-generation/wind/coastal-virginia-offshore-wind The Business Network for Offshore Wind (BNOW) continued its conference series yesterday in Washington; this time the subject was: Offshore Wind = Onshore Jobs.

Renewable Energy | Wind Energy | Sustainability

Experts and Baseball-Sized Hail Insurance Claims – a View from the Plains

May 29, 2019 23:50
by J. Wylie Donald
There were severe storms across the plains recently. “Residents of Wellington, Texas are sharing pictures of extremely large, baseball-sized hail on social media.” For those of us in the East, we are skeptical of such claims. If a baseball falls out of the sky and hits you, it can kill you. Exactly. Photographic evidence lays the skeptic to rest.

Insurance | Weather

Loss from a ruptured water pipe - noscitur a sociis rescues coverage

March 28, 2019 07:24
by J. Wylie Donald
A homeowner in Kentucky – even if he doesn’t read Latin – is thankful that someone does. Noscitur a sociis - a word is known by the company it keeps - is a hoary phrase, tracing its roots at least to the 17th Century and the decisions of Lord Hale. See State v. Murzda, 183 A. 305, 308 (N.J. 1936). It has a deep history too in this country. In Insurance Company v. Boon, 95 U.S. 117, 24 L.Ed. 395 (1877), the Supreme Court was called to determine whether a loss by fire accidentally spreading from a fire set by lawful military authority fell within an exclusion for “any loss or damage by fire which may happen or take place by means of any invasion, insurrection, riot, or civil commotion, or of any military or usurped power.” The Court ruled for the policyholder and held that “military power” in an exclusion capturing riots and insurrections meant only unlawful military power, which was not the cause of the fire; “[t]he maxim noscitur a sociis furnishes, in this case, the true rule of interpretation.”

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Some Real Numbers About Transitioning a Coal Plant to a Solar Farm

October 11, 2016 19:43
by J. Wylie Donald
Power density will be on display this morning in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Virtually anyway. There is a groundbreaking for a 5.8 MW solar farm beginning at 10:30. This is wonderful news. The old, inefficient, environmentally challenged, coal-fired Mt. Tom Power Station ceased operation in 2014. The community wondered whether it would be a long-lived eyesore (like the long-closed English Station in New Haven, Connecticut) or would something new come along to take its place (like the remodeling of Chester Station in Pennsylvania into Class A office space with a soccer stadium to go with it? Or would it remain true to its existential essence and continue to deliver electricity, albeit from a different source?

Renewable Energy | Solar Energy | Sustainability | Utilities

"I believe in science." And then what?

July 29, 2016 11:39
by J. Wylie Donald
I am sure you heard Hillary explain last night why she is going to take action on climate change. "I believe in science." We weren’t so articulate when we counseled last week to “Go to the Data,” but she figured it out. No plagiarism issues either.

Climate Change Effects | Florida | Legislation | Regulation | Rising Sea Levels | Weather

Zika Transmission in New York, and Now in Florida - Some Legal Thoughts

July 19, 2016 22:30
by J. Wylie Donald
In eight years of climate change blogging we think we have uniformly been able to steer clear of the prurient and the provocative, the lewd and the lascivious. But then came word last Friday from New York that the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene had confirmed the zika virus – now endemic in Central and South America and the Caribbean and blamed for birth defects including microcephaly -- had been transmitted from a female to her male sexual partner. I checked with my censors. No, I couldn't go there (the CDC does). But not for the reasons you think.

Climate Change Effects | Florida

Climate Change Opinions Don't Help Business; Data Do

July 15, 2016 07:04
by J. Wylie Donald
We try to stay away from politics on the blog, so we were reluctant to take up the Sierra Club’s recent report concluding that if Donald Trump became president he would be unique among world leaders in his refusal to acknowledge climate change. Business Insider went one better back in January when it republished numerous tweets by Mr. Trump captioning climate change as a hoax, bull***, mythical and non-existent.

Climate Change Effects | Florida | Rising Sea Levels | Utilities

A Coal Plant Shutdown and the Undoing of a Wind Energy Bottleneck

July 14, 2016 11:21
by J. Wylie Donald
Everyone knows the transmission bottleneck is the boot on the neck of wind energy. The Plains States have megawatts of wind energy. Getting it to the places with megawatts of demand, like Oregon and Washington, aye, there’s the rub. If only an operating plant would expire and shuffle off its transmission lines to a wind farm.

Renewable Energy | Wind Energy | Utilities

What is President H.R. Clinton’s Energy Policy?

April 7, 2016 23:04
Even as the number of 2016 presidential candidates in both parties has dwindled, the media -- particularly television news -- has yet to focus on an in-depth discussion of the candidates’ policy proposals. While it was difficult to discern the energy policies that a President Trump would implement, candidate Hillary Clinton has made quite clear the energy goals that a President H.R. Clinton would set. Including her “Clean Energy Challenge,” issued last summer, and the proposal to increase energy efficiency standards that she announced in February 2016, Clinton has made very specific and far-reaching plans that would continue and expand on the Obama Administration’s policies. The focus of her energy policy is twofold – address climate change and use the clean energy industry to grow the economy and create jobs. It seems safe to say the phrase “all of the above” will not apply to the Clinton administration energy policy.

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