Clinical Assistant Professor – General Pediatrics – Pediatric Psychologist (45071)

first_imgExperience with interdisciplinary case collaboration with otherprofessionals treating child with autism spectrum disorder, such asdevelopmental pediatricians, child psychiatrists, speechtherapists, and occupational therapists.Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised Doctoral Degree in Psychology (PhD or PsyD)Completed an APA Accredited Internship and Post-DoctoralResidencyActive/Unrestricted License in the State of Florida or licenseeligible in the State of Florida.Training in an autism-focused track or track that had asignificant component of time spent in assessment/treatment ofautism and other developmental disabilities.Experience providing evidenced based treatment for childrenwith Autism Spectrum Disorder.Experience with clinical interviewing and a variety ofpsychological testing instruments for children toddler-age throughadolescence in the following domains (Intelligence, Achievement,Language, Attention, Executive Functioning,Social/Behavioral/Emotional Functioning).Specific knowledge/training for the following assessments:Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2)– Toddler module and Modules 1-4Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals, Fifth Edition(CELF-5) or other comprehensive language measuresLeiter International Performance Scale, Third Edition(Leiter-3)Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, Third Edition (WIAT-III)or Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement, Fourth Edition(WJ-Ach-IV)Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, Third Edition (ABAS-3) orVineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third EditionSocial Communication Questionnaire (SCQ)Social Responsiveness Scale, Second Edition (SRS-2) Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, andcontact information for three references.Review of applications will begin immediately and will continueuntil the position is filled.The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.Selected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institutionoutside of the United States are required to be evaluated by aprofessional credentialing service provider approval by NationalAssociation of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can befound at .If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.This requisition has been reposted. Previous applicants are stillunder consideration and need not apply.#medicine=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining. The University of Florida Department of Pediatrics is pleased toannounce a faculty position opening for a full-time pediatricpsychologist in the Section of Behavior and DevelopmentalPediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics. This position will benon-tenure track at the rank of Assistant Professor.The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary behavioralhealth team that is co-located and integrated into a large,multi-site general pediatrics practice within an academic medicalcenter. Patients are referred to the team by general pediatricproviders and pediatric subspecialty providers within and withoutUF Health.The psychologist will provide a broad range of outpatientbehavioral health services to children, adolescents, and theirfamilies, including triage, consultation, care coordination, DSM 5diagnostic assessments, psychological testing, problem-focused,evidence-based interventions, and referrals to other behavioralhealth and general pediatrics providers at UF Health and in thecommunity as needed. Assignment will be comprised of clinicalassessment and evaluation, psychosocial therapies, research,teaching and administrative activitiesRequired Preferredlast_img read more

How to Find Online Casinos That Really Pay?

first_imgDigital gambling is a gigantic industry. Countless websites offer hundreds of games, but is it really possible to collect any winnings? Scepticism is understandable: there are plenty of unscrupulous providers. However, you can still find a decent game collection with smooth withdrawals. Here are five key criteria to look out for.1.   The Reputation of the SiteAn eye-catching website may be created in a week, but reputation must be earned. Top platforms have been operating for many years — some are over a decade old. For example, Zodiac Casino reviewed here has been in business since 2001, which makes it a real veteran. This site is a well-established provider of Microgaming hits.Check expert reviews and customer feedback. Today, this information is a click away. Sadly, some players create accounts without research. Laziness often results in lost money.2.   Check the RNGRNG is what determines the outcome of any game, every time. Online casinos do not have human croupiers (with the exception of the Live Dealer mode), so they rely on powerful engines. A random number generator does exactly what the term suggests. It guarantees that all players have equal chances of winning.This system must be audited by monitoring organizations. For example, certification from eCogra proves that the site is not rigged. Reputable casinos have nothing to hide, so you can find descriptions of their Fair Play practices in a special website section.3.   Game ProvidersFind out what development brand provides the games. Look for trusted names like Microgaming or Net Ent. The biggest studios ensure smooth gameplay and impeccable graphics. Some of them are also famous for their payouts. For example, progressive Microgaming slots like Mega Vault Millionaire have a gigantic prize fund, so any player can win millions of dollars with one spin.4.   Learn about WithdrawalsPopular casinos have flexible payment systems. They accept various methods, from Visa to e-wallets to vouchers. Withdrawal conditions are unique, so check them before making your first deposit. Read the terms and conditions and visit the FAQ section. Will you be able to collect your winnings conveniently?As a rule, casinos have a mandatory pending period (e.g., 48 hours) before a player’s request is processed. This gives them time to cancel the transaction if they decide to use the winnings for more games. Of course, any website is interested in having you play longer. There is nothing devious about the pending window, but it must be clearly specified.Extra Tip: Be Careful with BonusesToday, any casino offers some kind of an incentive or reward to gain new members. You may be offered a spectacular amount from the get-go. Check the wagering requirements for every bonus — withdrawing it may be next to impossible. The multiplier (e.g., x60) tells you how many times the amount must be wagered. It is more important than the size of the bonus.last_img read more

Speech: Minister for Equalities Baroness Williams speech at Galop’s national LGBT+ domestic abuse conference

first_img 14% reported that they’d been a victim of verbal harassment, insults or other hurtful comments 14% reported that someone had disclosed they were LGBT without their consent And 9% reported coercive or controlling behaviour I am most grateful to Galop for inviting me here today to address you on what I think is a really important topic, and actually one that has been on my mind for some time now.And as I was thinking about what I might say to you one word keeps coming to mind, and that’s courage.The courage it must take to hold your same-sex partner’s hand in public.The courage that’s needed to go out into the world and be yourself as an LGBT person.And the courage that you need to speak out when a place that you should feel safest — your home — isn’t safe for you any more.I am in a very fortunate position because I’m the Home Office Minister and an Equalities Minister, and I see first hand the impact domestic violence and abuse can have; and the courage that survivors have.I am fortunate because, as a minister for both these departments, I get to see the brilliant work that organisations like Galop and those represented here today carry out to support victims of domestic violence and abuse. And I also get to do something to help.In July 2018, the Government Equalities Office published the results of the LGBT Survey.More than 108,000 people responded to that survey, making it the largest domestic survey of its kind anywhere in the world.It revealed some of the experiences that LGBT people had in a wide range of areas; some of the most shocking were about things that had happened in their own homes.The survey asked whether respondents had experienced any negative incidents due to being LGBT, or being thought to be LGBT, involving someone that they lived with in the 12 months preceding the survey.Around 3 in 10 respondents had experienced some kind of negative incident involving someone that they lived with.The experiences they reported do not make for comfortable reading: Around 4 in 10 of those who reported a negative incident said that their own parents and guardians had been the perpetrators. Around 2 in 10 said it was either a partner or an ex-partner.These are people that they were meant to be able to trust; but they let them down.Greater Manchester Police are one of the first police forces in the country to record LGBT cases of domestic abuse separately — similar to how all police forces record hate crime.In 2017/18, the force recorded a total of 775 cases of domestic abuse amongst LGBT people. And of course that’s the reported ones.In isolation, these statistics are shocking enough; but they are not the end of the story.In March, I visited Independent Choices — it’s a domestic abuse service that’s based in Manchester — and I got to speak to one of their independent domestic violence advisors who works directly with LGBT victims. Seeing how that service runs; how it recognises and responds to the distinct needs of LGBT victims and survivors really helped to put the numbers from the LGBT survey into perspective.That visit really brought me back to that word courage — and that you really shouldn’t need courage to walk through your own front door, especially when as an LGBT person, you already needed so much courage to walk out of it.The statistics. The stories. They motivate us, both at the Home Office and at the Government Equalities Office, to act so that everyone, no matter who you are or where you come from, can feel safe both inside your home and outside of it.As a Government we are completely committed to transforming the response to domestic abuse. And that’s why we’re introducing the Domestic Abuse Bill and a wider action plan to tackle it.The draft Domestic Abuse Bill and wider activities set out in our recent consultation response on this issue will help to ensure that victims have the confidence to come forward and report their experience, safe in the knowledge that the justice system and other agencies will do everything that they can to protect and support them and their children, and also to pursue their abuser.The Bill will introduce a statutory definition of domestic abuse for the first time. The statutory definition will ensure that all forms of domestic abuse are properly understood, considered unacceptable and actively challenged across statutory agencies and in public attitudes.We will also be introducing statutory guidance to support the definition. This guidance will provide more detail on the features of domestic abuse, including gender and sexual orientation, and the types of abuse which may be experienced by specific groups.We have also committed to create a new role of Domestic Abuse Commissioner. The Commissioner will adopt a specific focus on the needs of victims and survivors of domestic abuse from minority or marginalised groups with particular needs, including LGBT victims and survivors.These are just some of the changes we are making in law to ensure victims and survivors of domestic know that they will be supported and protected, that is the most important thing.As with any issue though, changing the law will only go so far. We recognise the distinct needs that LGBT victims and survivors of domestic abuse have, separate from their non-LGBT counterparts.Evidence from the National LGBT Survey showed us the value that LGBT victims and survivors place on dedicated and tailored support services that are designed to meet obviously their unique needs. That is why we provided Galop with £500,000 to build that capacity and deliver support to LGBT victims of domestic abuse. I’m sorry that you had to do it in such a hurry, such is sometimes the way with government.But what you’re doing is providing a targeted approach that will deliver a national casework and inter-agency support service. It will ensure that more LGBT victims and survivors have access to the appropriate support and the services that they need.The project will facilitate a national step change in knowledge and understanding on LGBT domestic violence through the development and use of technology. Galop will deliver a campaign to raise awareness within LGBT communities and increase the number of LGBT people actually reporting domestic violence and seeking out the help that they need.The project will also provide training and consultancy to deliver the knowledge and understanding of the needs and experiences of LGBT victims of domestic violence and abuse in statutory, voluntary and LGBT organisations that work with victims of domestic abuse.It’s a very good programme of activity, and we are delighted to be working with you on this issue.As I draw my remarks to a close, I want to return to the findings from the National LGBT Survey.At the end of the survey, we gave people the chance to tell us anything they wanted, and they had 500 words to do it.Some people chose to tell us about their experience of domestic abuse.One person — a lesbian lady from Devon — shared their story: and it demonstrates powerfully why we at the Home Office and at the Government Equalities Office care so much about this issue.She said:“We do not report it as we are so used to homophobic behaviour that we keep our mouths shut.“We are afraid of the police laughing at us.“We are afraid of the humiliation of having to say we were raped by another woman.“We are afraid that no-one will take us seriously.”That’s is the tragedy and the reality of domestic abuse. It’s a tragedy that people are stripped of their courage to speak out.94% of respondents to the National LGBT Survey who had experienced a negative incident said that the most serious incident they had experienced had not been reported, either by themselves or by someone else.I’m going to say that again, because it is so shocking: more than 9 in 10 of the most serious incidents experienced were not reported.And why? Because people thought it was too minor, not serious enough and that it happens all the time. Because they were too scared to speak out. That has to end.I hope that you get the most out of today’s conference and I thank you for listening to me and I look forward to working with you all in what is I think a massive challenge – driving out domestic violence, within the non-LGBT community and with the additional challenges within the LGBT community as well.Thank you very much for listening.last_img read more

Watch Marco Benevento’s Trippy New Music Video For “Live A Certain Life”

first_imgIn addition to high-profile gigs as part of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, keyboard soundscape master Marco Benevento has been hard at work touring behind his latest solo album The Story Of Fred Short, released this past April on the Royal Potato Family imprint.Just last Friday, Benevento released a new music for “Live A Certain Life” that perfectly captures his whimsical nature. Check it out below:You can catch Marco on the road throughout this month, including five shows with Eric Krasno and a set at Suwannee Hulaween on October 27th. After a stretch of various Almost Dead shows at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017, Benevento’s tour will resume at the end of January for a nine-show northeast leg. You can see all of Marco’s upcoming tour dates below:October 18 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry **October 19 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre **October 20 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West **October 21 – Asheville, NC – New Mountain **October 22 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House **October 27 – Live Oak, FL – HulaweenJan. 31 – Buffalo, NY – Iron WorksFeb. 1 – Ithaca, NY – The RongoFeb 2 – Brooklyn NY – Brooklyn BowlFeb 3 – Albany NY – The HollowFeb 4 – Burlington VT – Higher GroundFeb 7 – Hamden, CT – The Ballroom at The Outer SpaceFeb 8 – Holyoke, MA – Gateway ArtsFeb 9 – Boston MA – The SinclairFeb 10 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall** w/ Eric KrasnoTickets for all shows are available via his website.last_img read more

Helping Chinese with depression

first_imgA treatment model designed to accommodate the beliefs and concerns of Chinese immigrants appears to significantly improve the recognition and treatment of major depression in this typically underserved group.In a report in the December American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team describes how their model for screening and assessing patients for depression in a primary care setting increased the percentage of depressed patients entering treatment nearly sevenfold.“Ours is the first study to incorporate a culturally sensitive interview into a collaborative care model in order to address disparities in mental illness treatment among ethnic minorities in primary care,” says the report’s lead author Albert Yeung of the MGH Department of Psychiatry and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “The model appears to be a promising way to treat this population, which highly underutilizes mental health services.”Yeung and his co-authors note that, while major depression is just as common among Asian Americans as in the overall U.S. population, a lack of familiarity with mental illness and a cultural stigma against psychiatric disorders lead to most cases of depression among Asian Americans going unrecognized and untreated.  Language barriers, a tendency to seek medical care for physical symptoms only, and lack of cultural sensitivity among health care providers can further exacerbate the disparity.To overcome these barriers, the MGH team devised a culturally sensitive collaborative treatment model that incorporates systematic depression screening at all primary care visits, contacting those who screened positive for depression to recommend assessment, and designed an assessment protocol designed to explore patients’ cultural beliefs. Patients who chose to enter treatment received either usual care or care management, which included regular telephone contact with a care manager along with depression treatment by a primary care physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist.The study tested this model among patients of the South Cove Community Health Center in Boston’s Chinatown, where Yeung is on staff.  Completion of a bilingual health questionnaire has been part of routine primary care at the health center for more than a decade, and the research team reviewed screening results for 4,228 adult Chinese immigrants who came to South Cove for primary care visits between late 2004 and early 2007.  The almost 300 patients who screened positive for depression were contacted within two weeks of their screening by investigators, who informed patients of their results, told them about the study and recommended more focused psychiatric assessment.While more than half the contacted patients declined further treatment, 122 came in for the assessment.  In addition to a standard survey of depression symptoms, the assessment asked participants how they would describe their symptoms, what they believed caused them, how symptoms affected their daily lives, and what they hoped that treatment would accomplish.  Based on participants’ answers, the assessing clinicians were able to communicate information about depression in more comprehensible ways, using the participants’ language and illness beliefs.  Of the 104 participants whose depression diagnosis was confirmed in the assessment, 100 agreed to enter treatment — 96 percent of those with a confirmed diagnosis and 43 percent of those who had screened positive on the original questionnaire.  Prior to this study, only 6.5 percent of South Cove patients with a positive depression screening result entered treatment.Participants — who could choose to receive treatment from their primary care physician or from a psychiatrist or other therapist at the health center — were randomized to receive either usual depression care or care management. At the end of the 24-week study period, more than half the participants in both treatment groups had symptom improvement rates as good as or better than those reported by several large-scale depression treatment studies.  While there were no significant differences in response between the usual and managed care groups, the authors believe that could be explained by the high percentages of both groups who chose to receive care from South Cove-based psychiatrists.“Our model appears to be very promising, but it needs to be tested at other centers,” says Yeung. “Similar models could be designed and tested to help other minority populations who have cultural barriers that prevent receiving mental health services.”  Additional co-authors of the AJPH report are Irene Shyu, Lauren Fisher, Shirley Wu, Huaiyu Yang, and senior author Maurizio Fava all of MGH Psychiatry.  The study was supported by a grant from the National Institute for Mental Health.last_img read more

SGA candidates present platforms

first_imgThe three tickets running for Saint Mary’s student body president and vice president presented their platforms in the dining hall Wednesday night.Juniors Nicole O’Toole and Marissa Pie’, who are running for president and vice president, respectively, shared a platform based on increasing communication and voicing students’ concerns.O’Toole, who is currently the junior class president, said she was inspired to run in the election after she heard the quote “honor tradition and pioneer change.” She said her ticket seeks to serve as a liaison between the students and College administration. “I firmly believe that my experience has prepared me to take on this role,” O’Toole said. “We will work hard to improve communication. We promise [that] students’ voices are heard.”Pie’ currently serves as market research and media committee co-chair for the Student Government Association (SGA). She said placing a suggestion box in the dining hall could benefit communication between SGA and students.Juniors McKenna Schuster and Sam Moorhead, who are running for president and vice president, also spoke about their platform. Schuster, currently the vice president of internal affairs for SGA, said she aims to emphasize the College’s mission statement.Moorhead, currently the Social Concerns Committee chair for SGA, said her ticket also plans to explore administrative transparency, an increased role for Senate, improved communication and the use of Dalloway’s Coffeehouse as a study space or café. She said Senate meetings enable students to provide input on major decisions. “Our priority is to promote meetings and ensure students have a way to make their voices heard,” she said.Moorhead said she and Schuster also want to enhance the Saint Mary’s community by increasing attendance at sporting events.“It’s important to support each other in endeavors outside of the classroom,” she said.Junior presidential and vice presidential candidates Anna Ulliman and Elizabeth Kenney presented a platform focused on the legacy of each Belle. They have no prior SGA experience, but they said one of their goals is to foster a more connected community.Ulliman said her ticket plans to implement Belle Legacy Days for students to engage in service one day per semester. Ulliman and Kenney said they also plan to host a dinner symposium during the school year that includes a weekend of alumnae visits as a networking experience for current and past Belles.Kenney said another of her ticket’s priorities is placing a physical calendar of campus events in the lobby of each residence hall.Ulliman said each student should be able to make the College her home.“We hope we can make [Saint Mary’s] a place that is great for the next four years, but also far into the future,” she said.Voting opens Monday morning and ends at 11:45 p.m. Students can submit their vote on Belle Tower through OrgSync.Tags: Student Government Associationlast_img read more

Olean Man Arrested For DWI Following Hit-And-Run Crash

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: PexelsOLEAN – A man was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated following a hit-and-run crash on Delevan Avenue in Olean Monday.New York State Police say Richard Kehler, 43, of Olean, fled the scene prior to trooper’s arrival.Police report Kehler was later located at his residence where he allegedly refused a standardized field sobriety test.Kehler was then arrested and transported to the State Police Barracks in Olean, where troopers say he refused to submit to a chemical breath test. Police say he was released with appearance tickets for Olean City Court, where he is due to appear later this month.last_img

Mushroom control

first_imgRecent rainfall has led to an explosion of mushrooms in lawns and mulched areas. Most of these fungi are completely harmless, though some consider them annoying. Mushrooms are plantsMushrooms do not contain chlorophyll, but they are considered plants. They are the fruiting bodies of fungi that live below the soil surface. Fungi are a vital part of a healthy soil ecosystem. It’s a misconception that mushrooms are a sign of soil problems; they help break down dead plants and other organic matter in the soil and provide nutrients for other plants. Mushrooms usually emerge when rain follows extended dry periods. Dry weather stresses the fungi, and when water becomes available, it triggers the reproductive mechanism and mushrooms pop up. Several types of fungi can show up in the landscape.Nuisance fungi are most common on hardwood bark mulches and wood chips as well as in lawns where trees have been removed. When trees are removed, much of their root system is left behind to decay. This provides an ample source of nutrition for mushrooms. Dog vomit and stinkhornsOne of the most eye-catching, mulch inhabiting fungi is a type of slime mold commonly referred to as dog vomit. Fuligo septica, the scientific name for this slime mold, typically occurs on mulch. This bright yellow or orange growth usually begins as small areas a few inches across but can rapidly grow up to several feet in diameter. As it dries it fades to brown and tan. Slime molds do not harm plants and usually dry up within a few days of forming. One of their more curious characteristics is that they are actually able to move two or three feet a day. If their appearance is offensive, scoop them up and add them to the compost pile or throw them away. Another interesting fungus family is the Phallaceae which includes the mushrooms known as stinkhorns. Most people smell stinkhorns before they see them. While their smell or appearance may be undesirable, stinkhorns are beneficial to the landscape by helping to break down decaying plant material. Stinkhorns do not harm landscape plants or grasses. If the smell is unbearable, remove the mushroom and place in into a sealable plastic container. The octopus stinkhorn is one of the most common and most putrid. The name octopus stinkhorn is fitting for this mushroom that looks like an orange octopus popping out of mulch. It emits a very foul odor.Stinkhorns grow from egg-like sacks that can be found in the mulch they inhabit. The stinkhorn and egg-like sack are the reproductive parts of a larger body mass made up of white, thin threads known as hyphae. Like all mushrooms, removing just the visible growth does not get rid of the fungus because the majority of its body is left behind. Fairy rings are hard to controlCircles or partial circles of mushrooms, called fairy rings, mark where a colony of fungi is hard at work decaying organic material. The fingers of the fungi extend radially from the colony, and mushrooms grow where the fingers emerge from the soil. Fairy rings are the hardest mushrooms to deal with. They are hard to control and produce toxins that can kill grass. When you remove the mushrooms, you could still be left with a dead patch of grass. Another interesting specimen is the Bolete, easily identified by its pores. Boletes form a mutually-beneficial relationship, called mycorrhizal association, with the roots of trees and other plants. As the fungus invades the roots it frees minerals from the soil and allows the host tree to absorb them. In return, the fungus obtains vitamins and other organic materials from its host. If these mushrooms are unsightly, remove them by hand-picking. center_img Keep kids and pets awayThe main reasons to remove mushrooms are to keep children and pets from eating them and to improve a lawn’s appearance. Never eat an unidentified mushroom, as some mushrooms are poisonous to humans and animals. The best way to keep mushrooms out of your landscape is to irrigate before the lawn gets too dry. If it stays somewhat moist, the fungus will stay underground and will not produce mushrooms. The lawns that tend to be covered with the most mushrooms are those that never get watered during droughts.To rid your lawn of mushrooms, pull them up, kick them over or run over them with the lawn mower. This will keep them from releasing the spores that spread the fungi. Aerate your lawn to prevent further damage to your turfgrass. After aerating the soil, water the area to dilute any toxins and wash them through the soil profile. If a patch of grass is dead, re-establish that area next spring, and keep it moist to prevent new mushroom growth.last_img read more

AHS to launch major agency reorganization

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas, Human Services Secretary Charles Smith, and consumer and peer advocates recently kicked-off one of the most significant reorganization of government services in more than two decades.A year ago, the Agency of Human Services embarked on an intensive effort to transform the way it delivers services. After months of meetings, focus groups and surveys, a plan for reorganization was presented to the legislature and approved in the waning days of the session.Beginning July 1st, the Agency began a major transition toward a service delivery system that is simpler, easier to access and centered on the strengths of individuals and families. The transformation is expected to take at least three years.last_img

Ohio: ‘Worst energy bill of the 21st century’

first_imgOhio: ‘Worst energy bill of the 21st century’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Vox:The bill, just signed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, is called HB 6. Though the story behind it is complex and sordid, the bill itself is pretty simple. It would do four things:Bail out two nuclear plants: From 2021 until 2027, Ohio ratepayers will pay a new monthly surcharge on their electricity bills, from 85 cents for residential customers up to $2,400 for big industrial customers. The surcharge will produce about $170 million a year; $150 million of that will be used by the utility FirstEnergy Solutions to subsidize its two big nuclear power plants — Davis-Besse, outside of Toledo, and Perry, northeast of Cleveland — which it claims are losing money and will be closed in the next couple of years without bailouts. The remaining $20 million will be divided among six existing solar projects in rural areas of the state. (Note: As we’ll discuss below, nuclear power plants generate low-carbon energy and are worth saving. But not like this.)Bail out two coal plants: FirstEnergy customers across Ohio will pay an additional monthly surcharge ($1.50 for residential customers; up to $1,500 for big industrials) to help bail out two old, hyper-polluting coal plants owned by the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (a collective owned by several large utilities), one in Ohio, one in Indiana.Gut renewable energy standards: Ohio has one of the oldest renewable portfolio standards in the country, requiring its utilities to get 12.5 percent of their power from renewables by 2027. The bill reduces the target to 8.5 percent by 2026, exempts large industrial customers, and kills the standard after 2026, effectively nullifying any incentive for new renewable energy development in the state.Gut energy efficiency standards: Ohio utilities are required to reduce customers’ energy use 22 percent from 2008 levels by 2027 through energy efficiency programs (which were set to save Ohio ratepayers $4 billion over the next 10 years). HB 6 allows utilities to abandon those programs entirely once they hit 17.5 percent, a level most have almost reached already.More: Ohio just passed the worst energy bill of the 21st centurylast_img read more