Monday, August 31, 2015

In the News: Franklin candidates, NE power sources

One new candidate took out papers recently to run for local office, and two have returned their nomination forms with the needed signatures. 
Franklin School Committee member John Jewell sought papers to retain his seat on Aug. 21, the most recent candidate to have done so. 
Town Council candidate Judith Pond Pfeffer and Board of Health candidate Donald Ranieri Jr., both incumbents, returned papers over the last week. Ranieri's signatures have been certified, and he will be on the ballot.
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From 2000 to 2014, Bloomberg said the system’s power has shifted from being generated by coal, nuclear and oil, to natural gas. 
In 2000, nuclear energy made up 18 percent of the system’s capacity, or maximum power that can be generated with existing resources. That figure is now down to 15 percent. 
Oil made up 34 percent of the system’s capacity, but dropped to 21 percent in 2014. 
Coal, the dirtiest fuel in terms of air pollution, dropped from 12 percent to 7 percent capacity, while natural gas, which emits less carbon emissions than any other fossil fuel, increased from 18 percent to 43 percent. 
Power from hydro-electric dams and other renewables, including wind and solar, decreased from 11 percent to 9 percent capacity, but Bloomberg said that is mainly due to several hydro plants being shut down.
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