Wood Mackenzie: Global battery storage installations to hit 15GW annually by 2024

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The global energy storage market quadrupled last year to 4 gigawatts of new installations and will surge to a 15-gigawatt annual market in 2024, even as system price declines slow down, according to Wood Mackenzie.The energy storage industry begins the new decade in the midst of a rapid transformation from a niche market to one at the center of the global energy transition. Most grid-scale projects built over the past decade were limited to shorter-duration applications, such as ancillary services for the grid, the “lowest-hanging fruit of the storage tree,” a new WoodMac research note says.But the market has seen a rash of major project announcements recently, driven in particular by the U.S., where developers are increasingly pairing large-scale solar arrays with batteries. NextEra Energy, North America’s leading renewables developer, is adding substantial storage capacity through both its regulated Florida utility and its independent generation arm.Meanwhile, Google’s blockbuster solar-plus-storage deal last month with NV Energy could blaze a trail for other companies looking to meet their real-time energy needs with renewables. Shortly afterward, Daimler announced a deal with Norwegian power firm Statkraft to cover its 24/7 electricity demand in Germany with renewables. “If this catches on among other climate-forward corporations, the upside could be huge [for storage],” said Daniel Finn-Foley, WoodMac’s head of energy storage, of the Google deal.Storage developers still face challenges in getting paid for all the various services a battery can offer the grid. But the industry is in the “enviable position of juggling growth game-changers from multiple directions,” Finn-Foley observed.[Karl-Erik Stromsta]More: WoodMac: Global energy storage installations to hit 15GW by 2024 Wood Mackenzie: Global battery storage installations to hit 15GW annually by 2024last_img read more

AEP CEO: Ratepayers will save $3 billion from utility’s investment in new Oklahoma wind projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):American Electric Power Co. Inc. (AEP) said May 27 it will proceed with a $2 billion investment in 1,485 MW of wind energy resources to be built in Oklahoma following state approval.Also on May 27, the Louisiana Public Service Commission has approved a proposal from AEP subsidiary Southwestern Electric Power Co. to acquire 810 MW from the wind resources, known as the North Central Energy Facilities. The utility, known as SWEPCO, in March reached a settlement with the Louisiana PSC over its plan to acquire a portion of the wind resources.AEP announced in July 2019 a plan for SWEPCO and its sister utility Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, or PSO, to purchase the three wind farms: the 999-MW Traverse Wind Energy Center, the 288-MW Maverick Wind Project and the 199-MW Sundance Wind Project – Invenergy. Invenergy LLC will build the facilities, and then sell them to AEP once they are complete. One of the facilities should be completed this year, and the other two in 2021.“Today’s decision by the Louisiana Public Service Commission enables us to move forward with the North Central wind projects at full scale and invest in low-cost wind energy to benefit our customers in Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma,” AEP Chairman, President and CEO Nicholas Akins said in a news release.“As AEP continues to add new clean energy to our generation portfolio, this investment is expected to save our customers approximately $3 billion over the next 30 years while supporting economic development in our communities,” Akins said. “We will continue to seek approval to provide a share of this renewable energy to our SWEPCO customers in Texas, as we believe the projects offer significant benefits to customers across our SWEPCO footprint.”Under the terms of the settlement agreement approved in Louisiana, the PSC approved an option that could increase the state’s allocation to an estimated 464 MW from an original 268 MW if Texas regulators do not approve SWEPCO’s proposal there. Meanwhile, the Arkansas Public Service Commission has also signed off on an option to increase its allocation, SWEPCO noted in its own news release. Also as part of the Louisiana settlement agreement, SWEPCO said it plans to procure up to 200 MW of solar resources in the company’s service territory, with construction beginning in the next three years.[Zack Hale]More ($): AEP commits to $2B wind investment following settlement approval AEP CEO: Ratepayers will save $3 billion from utility’s investment in new Oklahoma wind projectslast_img read more

Win Tickets to see World TeamTennis at the Greenbrier Resort!

first_imgWorld TeamTennis will host all 63 regular season matches over 19 days from July 12 – 30 and the WTT Playoffs on Aug. 1 (semifinals) and Aug. 2 (finals).  The event is being held in accordance with state health guidelines. Only 500 fans (20% capacity) will be allowed in the 2,500 seat outdoor stadium. If the matches are moved indoors as a result of weather on any given day, only 250 people will be allowed in the indoor facility. All Lower Bowl, Front Row and Package ticket holders will be guaranteed seats to the indoor facility. 5 lucky BRO winners get a pair of ticket vouchers! Comment on our Facebook or Instagram post to be entered to win.center_img Don’t miss your chance to see live sports this summer when World TeamTennis comes to The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia! See Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens, the Bryan brothers and other tennis superstars in live in action from July 12th through August 2nd. Join us for the 45th season of World TeamTennis at The Greenbrier. last_img read more

NCUA’s treatment of ALLL in Risk-Based Capital Proposal differs from bank standards

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Keith LeggettIn its risk-based capital proposal, the National Credit Union Administration is proposing to remove the 1.25 percent of risk asset limit on the amount of the allowance for loam and lease losses (ALLL) that can be included in the risk-based capital ratio numerator.However, this position differs from the stance taken by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (the Committee).In a 1991 amendment to the Basel Capital Accord, the Committee noted:“General provisions or general loan-loss reserves are created against the possibility of losses not yet identified. Where they do not reflect a known deterioration in the valuation of particular assets, these reserves qualify for inclusion in tier 2 capital. Where, however, provisions or reserves have been created against identified losses or in respect of an identified deterioration in the value of any asset or group of subsets of assets, they are not freely available to meet unidentified losses which may subsequently arise elsewhere in the portfolio and do not possess an essential characteristic of capital. Such provisions or reserves should therefore not be included in the capital base.” continue reading »last_img read more

Broome County reports 5, previously unknown COVID-19 deaths

first_imgOn Tuesday, the county reported 27 residents and 17 staff members tested positive for the virus. To see where cases are located in the county, click here. (WBNG) — On Wednesday, Broome County Executive Jason Garnar reported five more people have died from the coronavirus than what was previously reported. Additionally, Garnar reports there are 145 active cases of the coronavirus and 341 people have recovered. Broome County May 27 coronavirus update Masks will be handed out from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for persons 70 years of age or older. Willow Point He says previous updates did not include these numbers due to communications issues from the New York State Department of Health to the county health office. Coronavirus numbers and discrepancies: Mask distributioncenter_img Garnar says he is unsure how many staff members have tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, but says he “thinks” at least one person has recovered. The unreported deceased were four females and one male. All were at least 70-years-old. County officials say they are “doing their best” to ensure the information they have aligns with information from the state. Garnar announced 38 Willow Point Nursing Home residents tested positive for COVID-19, Wednesday. There are about 250 residents at Willow Point nursing home. Thursday is the last day masks will be handed out at the Broome County Senior Center at 2801 Wayne St. in Endicott. Including the previously unreported dead, the total number of deaths in the county is 41. Anyone who needs a mask after Thursday may contact the Senior Center for assistance.last_img read more

Praise for Gov. Wolf’s Action to Combat Climate Crisis

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 07, 2019 Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Advocacy groups, leaders and neighboring states praised Governor Tom Wolf for signing an executive order Thursday that begins the steps necessary for Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a regional cap-and-trade program that limits carbon dioxide emissions.“Pennsylvania innovation powered the industrial revolution, and now we will be a leader in powering a cleaner Earth,” said Gov. Wolf. “I’m proud to be joining our neighbors in reducing carbon dioxide emissions in our region while continuing to build a robust energy sector.”Groups and individuals that have praised Gov. Wolf’s executive order include:New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy“Thrilled to welcome @PennsylvaniaGov to RGGI! In the face of federal inaction, it’s more important than ever for states to tackle climate change and build clean energy economies together. Thank you, @GovernorTomWolf, for joining this fight for a more sustainable future.”New York Governor Andrew Cuomo“We are in a race to save the planet. It’s great to have @governortomwolf and our PA neighbors join us in one of the most effective efforts to transition to the clean energy economy.”Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg“Great to see @GovernorTomWolf and PA take a major step on climate pollution. While the Trump Administration tries to drag us backwards, states and cities are pressing ahead.”National Wildlife Federation President Collin O’Mara“Incredible climate leadership displayed by @GovernorTomWolf directing @PennsylvaniaDEP to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative! This is a common-sense, economically-sound approach that will both reduce carbon pollution & create well-paying jobs.”Sierra Club“Big news out of Pennsylvania this morning! We applaud @GovernorTomWolf for signing an executive order that will kick-start the process of Pennsylvania joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.”Penn Future“PennFuture was proud to stand with Gov. Wolf as he signed an executive order to bring Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.”Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa“Today’s executive order is a strong display of leadership from the Governor on one of the most serious issues facing Pennsylvania, this nation, and the world. Leadership from the federal government is not coming on climate change, and we can’t afford to wait.“I introduced Senate Bill 15 as a legislative option for Pennsylvania to join RGGI, and I’ll continue to push for that. I stand with Governor Wolf and all champions for clean air as we work together to find creative, forward-thinking solutions for Pennsylvania.”Sen. John Yudichak“I applaud Governor Wolf for initiating the important conversation about Pennsylvania’s entry into RGGI which will put Pennsylvania at the forefront of addressing climate change. Climate change is a real, priority level one threat to our environment that deserves the full attention of the legislature that this executive action will require. As DEP begins their outreach, it will be vitally important for them to have an open dialogue with the legislature and I look forward to participating in discussions to effectively and swiftly deal with climate change.”Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney“Our state will be a leader in addressing this climate emergency—one of the most critical issues in the world today.“Thank you to @GovernorTomWolf for taking this bold and necessary step.”Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto“By creating a market-based approach for investment in building energy efficiency, locally-sourced clean and renewable power generation and emissions reduction, Governor Wolf is helping to further innovation, create green jobs and respond strongly to the challenge of climate change.“Locally, Pennsylvania’s inclusion in RGGI will provide Pittsburgh a great resource to help advance the City’s 2030 climate targets of 50 percent emissions reduction and 100 percent renewable energy.”Clean Air Council Executive Director and Chief Counsel Joseph Otis Minott Esq.“Clean Air Council strongly supports Governor Wolf’s Executive Order on RGGI announced this morning, and we thank him for showing leadership on this critical issue. The administration has considerable and flexible legal authority under the Air Pollution Control Act to take this step, and we applaud the governor for doing so. Climate change is an existential threat to us all, and we are already seeing the devastating impacts play out across Pennsylvania each and every day. With one of the dirtiest electric power sectors in the country, Pennsylvania starting down the path of joining RGGI represents real progress in our efforts to achieve Governor Wolf’s emissions reduction goals.“Our power sector is responsible for over one-third of Pennsylvania’s net greenhouse gas emissions and, for deep decarbonization efforts to work, the electric sector is absolutely key to the process. We have also seen other RGGI states make critical investments in solar, wind, and energy efficiency, while achieving broad-based benefits for their residents. We look forward to working with the Wolf administration and all stakeholders as this important rulemaking process moves ahead, achieving similar successes that benefit all Pennsylvanians, especially low-income ratepayers.”Natural Resources Defense Council“Great news out of PA! Turning away from its fossil fuel past, the Keystone State is preparing to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative—a significant win for our climate and public health.”Nuclear Powers Pennsylvania Member and Senior Vice President of Framatome Inc. Tony Robinson“Members of our statewide coalition thank Gov. Wolf for his leadership on this critical issue. Pennsylvania is the fourth-largest producer of carbon dioxide emissions in the nation, so joining RGGI is a logical and commendable step for Pennsylvania. We further believe this has great potential to properly value the carbon-free benefits of nuclear energy in the Commonwealth and could perhaps be part of the solution that would prevent the premature closure of the Beaver Valley Power Station now scheduled for 2021.”Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) Executive Director Matt Elliott“KEEA applauds Governor Wolf for taking this bold step for Pennsylvania’s energy future. As a trade association representing nearly 70 companies engaged in the energy efficiency industry, KEEA member businesses stand ready to help meet the goals of the climate policy by helping Pennsylvania businesses and households save on their energy bills with more efficient appliances, buildings, lighting, and more.“By not participating in RGGI, Pennsylvania has been leaving money on the table and forgoing economic development opportunities for years. But we have to get this right: investing RGGI revenue back into energy efficiency programs for businesses and residents is the only way to save consumers money and grow the economy while maximizing reductions to carbon pollution. We look forward to working with Governor Wolf and the Legislature to seize this opportunity and make an historic investment into energy efficiency in Pennsylvania.”Clean Power PA Coalition“Today’s announcement is one we had been hoping was the next step in Governor Wolf’s plan to make Pennsylvania a leader on climate solutions, following an Executive Order setting carbon emissions reduction goals for the first time as well as a commitment to participation in the U.S. Climate Alliance. We look forward to working with Governor Wolf to ensure the success of RGGI in Pennsylvania and a brighter future for all its residents.”Pennsylvania Environmental Council“Governor Wolf’s proposal to bring Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Initiative (RGGI), announced today, is the first concrete and meaningful step that the Commonwealth has taken to directly address its role in exacerbating climate change. For that, the Governor is to be congratulated.”PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center Executive Director David Masur“We applaud Gov. Wolf for this important act. RGGI is a valuable program that offers key mechanisms for reducing pollution and fighting climate change. Joining our neighboring states to the north, east and south in this alliance can create a healthier, more vibrant region with clean air that transcends borders.“After the climate strikes and U.N. Climate Summit in recent weeks, many Pennsylvanians wondered what could be done right here in our state. Gov. Wolf is providing a bold answer. Given a choice between living in the past with dirty fuels or being on the right side of history, Pennsylvania’s leaders are showing they’re ready to do what’s right and protect our communities and future generations across the state.”Environment America Research & Policy Center Senior Director for Global Warming Solutions Campaign Andrea McGimsey“The expected announcement by Gov. Wolf marks a key milestone for Pennsylvania. RGGI has proven to be a crucial tool in reducing pollution from fossil fuel power plants, and it is a critical and significant response to global warming.“Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and we need to fight it with every tool at our disposal. The expansion of RGGI is a big step forward, but we can’t stop there. We call on Pennsylvania’s leaders to build on this momentum and take the next logical steps, including a stronger commitment to renewable energy and climate-friendly transportation. With those efforts, the commonwealth can solidify its position as a national leader on this vital issue.”Conservation Voters of PA Executive Director Josh McNeil“For centuries, Pennsylvania has been among the world’s worst carbon polluters, but today Governor Wolf took a vital step towards a better future. Joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will make our Commonwealth cleaner and more prosperous, while offering hope to our kids and grandkids. There is still tremendous work to do to implement this plan and miles to go to stave off climate change, but when future generations look back and judge our actions, today will be a day we can all be proud of.”Ceres Senior Manager of State Policy Alli Gold Roberts“While joining RGGI is an important first step, we know that it is not enough to mitigate the impacts of climate change and transition to a thriving clean energy economy. We urge state lawmakers to expand complementary policies that ensure clean energy investments happen in Pennsylvania and provide a just transition for communities and industries. With forward-thinking policies in place, the Commonwealth will be well positioned to capture the economic benefits of the clean energy and clean transportation future. Ceres looks forward to working with state leaders on both sides of the aisle to implement RGGI while growing local jobs and investments in clean energy, in a way that works for Pennsylvania’s residents and businesses alike.”New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos“Congratulations to Pennsylvania @GovernorTomWolf for joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. #RGGI has been a powerful tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; now stronger with PA’s involvment. Kudos @PennsylvaniaDEP. @NYGovCuomo @NYSDEC @NYSERDA @abartontweets”New York State Energy Research and Development Authority“Welcome @GovernorTomWolf and @PennsylvaniaDEP to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). We look forward to working together in lowering greenhouse gas emissions and fighting climate change.”Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp“Decisive, concrete action from @GovernorTomWolf. Excellent. Development of regs will lead to tangible reductions in Pennsylvania’s climate pollution. We need less rhetoric, more action like this.”Professor and Director of the Penn State Penn State Earth System Science Center Michael E. Mann“Kudos to @GovernorTomWolf for signing an executive order this morning instructing the Pennsylvania DEP to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)!”Evangelical Environmental Network President the Rev. Mitch Hescox“We are grateful for Governor Wolf’s leadership and hope the General Assembly will join him in support of RGGI. With the General Assembly working with the Governor, the estimated $350 million in RGGI receipts could be used to support Pennsylvania’s nuclear fleet, energy efficiency, and to help clean up Pennsylvania’s dirty air to benefit our children’s health and improve their quality of life. RGGI is a market-based plan that all conservatives should embrace for a thriving, clean, and healthy future that includes the protection of low-income families.”To see the steps being taken, view the full Executive Order.center_img Praise for Gov. Wolf’s Action to Combat Climate Crisislast_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgJupiter Asset Management, Unigestion, BNP Paribas, Hermes Fund ManagersJupiter Asset Management – Kathryn Langridge has been appointed co-manager of the company’s Emerging European Opportunities and New Europe Funds, following the announcement that current co-manager Elena Shaftan is to retire in the near future. Langridge has been with Jupiter since 2010 and previously worked at Lloyd George Management and INVESCO Perpetual.Unigestion – The asset manager is expanding into Canada, opening an office in Toronto to be manned by former Mercer partner Heather Cooke, appointed director of institutional clients. Cooke was previously leader of implemented consulting and dynamic de-risking at Mercer, and has worked at Diversified Fund Management, Northern Trust Global Advisors and Rogerscasey.BNP Paribas Securities Services – Sid Newby joins as head of pension fund sales and Aïda Molineux as head of client service. Newby joins from BNY Mellon, while Molineux joins from Ernst & Young and has previously worked at Northern Trust, Morgan Stanley Trust and Barclays. Hermes Fund Managers – Jakob Nilsson has been named director of business development for Asia. Nilsson was previously the firm’s head of Nordic business development, and will move to Singapore for his new role. He joined the company in late 2012, having worked at Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.last_img read more

Di Maria sent for foot x-ray

first_img Martino revealed that Di Maria had gone for scans but he also allayed any fears the injury might be a serious one. He said: “We don’t think it is anything serious. It was quite a tough blow that he took. “It was a tough knock. It cut the skin a little bit. But we have had a look at it and we are evaluating the situation. “We are having a look at some X-rays, some images that have been taken but in spite of that we don’t think it is too serious.” The contest was billed pre-match as a must-see showdown between Ballon d’Or rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the Argentina and Portugal captains respectively. There was also hype around the fact ex-Manchester United man Ronaldo was making his return to his old ground, while there were plenty of other Barclays Premier League stars of the past and present on display as well to add to the interest. In the end, though, the entire spectacle was something of a disappointment, with the Messi-Ronaldo aspect only lasting until half time, when both players were taken off, and the game overall being a stalemate of few chances until Portugal substitute Raphael Guerreiro snatched victory for his side with a header in the dying seconds. While Ronaldo struggled to make much of an impression, Messi did show plenty of endeavour while on the pitch and hit the post with a shot early on. Manchester United winger Angel di Maria was sent for x-rays after suffering a foot injury during Argentina’s 1-0 friendly defeat to Portugal, but La Albiceleste boss Gerardo Martino said the problem was “nothing serious”. Di Maria was caught on the top of his right foot by a challenge from Portugal counterpart Nani – who is on loan from United at Sporting Lisbon – during the first half of Tuesday’s match at Old Trafford. The £59.7million summer signing from Real Madrid required treatment but was able to continue before being replaced around the hour-mark. Argentina were certainly the better side over the 90 minutes, and asked if he thought the result had been fair, Martino said: “If I’m being honest, I would say no. “I think over both halves we ran the game, had a lot of possession, created the most chances and I think we were only under threat on two occasions. “We lost the game and sometimes the result can change your morale and state of mind afterwards. But you can’t take away from the fact that, in spite of the scoreline, we put in a good performance.” Then asked if it had been pre-arranged that Messi and Ronaldo would exit at the interval, Martino said: “I wouldn’t have the slightest idea about Ronaldo, but certainly we had planned to take off Lionel at half-time – he played the full 90 minutes against Croatia (in a friendly last week), so we decided he would only play 45 here.” Meanwhile, Nani has left the door open for a United comeback. The 28-year-old, who joined the Red Devils in 2007 and has scored five goals for Sporting since joining them on loan for a season over the summer, said of his time at the Portuguese outfit: “It’s great. I’m doing well. “I’m trying to do my best. Things are going well and I hope it continues like that.” Then asked if he thought he would return to United, Nani said: “Why not? I went out to play more and get to my best, and it is an opportunity. We will see.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Army chief General Bipin Rawat approves MS Dhoni’s request to train with his battalion

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi : Indian wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s request to train with the Indian Army has been approved by General Bipin Rawat, ANI news agency said on Sunday, citing sources. After General Rawat’s nod, Dhoni will now train with the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Army and some part of the training is also expected to take place in Jammu and Kashmir. He, however, will not be allowed to take part in any active military operation.Dhoni, who was conferred with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Army in 2011, has skipped India tour of West Indies, for which a squad was announced earlier in the day.BCCI Chief Selector MSK Prasad on Sunday announced Indian squad for West Indies tour and as per speculations one name was missing from the team – MS Dhoni. Speaking about Dhoni’s absence from the squad, Prasad said that the wicket-keeper batsman was unavailable for the selection. However, the chief selector also dropped a major hint for Dhoni amid the intense speculations about his retirement. Prasad said that the team management has a plan for the next year’s T-20 International World Cup and more opportunities will be given to Rishabh Pant, also a wicket-keeper batsman.“He’s unavailable for this series but we had certain roadmaps and plans till WC. Subsequently, we’ve laid down few more plans and thought of giving as many opportunities to Pant and to see he is groomed. This is our plan right now,” Prasad told reporters during a press conference. last_img read more

USC to host interfaith memorial

first_imgMembers of the USC community will gather at Bovard Auditorium on Sunday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 and to kick off a yearlong community service initiative.Reflecting · Ifrah Sheikh, a sophomore majoring in fine arts, paints a representation of chapter nine, verse 11 of various religious texts for the “9:11” art display opening Sunday. – Jen Schultz | Daily TrojanLos Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni and Undergraduate Student Government President Monish Tyagi will be among the speakers at the service, which begins at noon in Bovard. The ceremony will remember those who died and be a time for reflection on the decade that has passed.“This is an opportunity for us — members of the Trojan Family — to show our unity,” Nikias said in an email to students, faculty and staff.Sunday’s service also marks the official start of USC’s involvement in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.The challenge, announced by President Barack Obama in March, aims to bridge religious divides and build understanding while giving students a chance to contribute to their communities. The initiative asks colleges to provide plans to get students of all religions — or no religion — involved in community service for a year. USC is one of more than 300 colleges participating in the campus challenge.“There’s a national consciousness around interfaith community services on college campuses and especially amongst your generation of college students,” Soni said.The idea of “interfaith” is to bring together people of any and all religious backgrounds. Though the campus service challenge is being put on with the help of the Office of Religious Life, students need not be religious to participate.“It’s about building relationships among students with different faith backgrounds, learning about each other’s traditions, respecting them and doing that through working together,” said the Rev. Jim Burklo, the associate dean of religious life.After the service Sunday, the Office of Religious Life and the student-run Interfaith Council will pass out cards for students to write down what positive action they intend to take this year in memory of 9/11. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in interfaith dialogue and service.Students and others are invited to visit the University Religious Center after the remembrance service for the opening of an art exhibit done by Ifrah Sheikh, a sophomore majoring in fine arts. Sheihk has painted seven pieces, all capturing chapter nine, verse 11 of various religious texts.“There are a wide variety of ways people respond to 9/11 — hope, beauty, fear, repulsion — but I wanted to show this in the most beautiful way possible,” Sheikh said.Sheikh, a Muslim, said 9/11 led to many false perceptions about her religion, and she hopes her exhibit promotes religious tolerance and understanding.“All religion is holy in some way,” she said.Sheikh and other members of the Interfaith Council believe the display will be a good way to open a dialogue about interfaith principles.“Students will have lunch as they hear about the display on 9/11 scriptures, then we will have small group conversations among students of different religious backgrounds about what motivates them to serve in their different religious traditions,” Burklo said. “It’s a way of learning about faith.”Students will embark on an interfaith service project, the first of the campus service challenge. Sunday, student volunteers will be packing food for A Community Place, which distributes lunches to the poor and homeless.So far, five service events are planned for the fall and five for the spring, and the Interfaith Council has planned an ongoing effort to teach local high school students about religion. All students are invited to participate in any of the service opportunities, regardless of religious affiliations or opinions.“USC is one of the most diverse campuses, and with that comes plenty of different religions and traditions,” said Jem Jebbia, a senior majoring in business administration, religion and Japanese and the president of the Interfaith Council. “We need to find shared values.”The memorial service is free and open to the public, though attendees are asked to RSVP online through the USC website. Doors open at 11:15 a.m.Sheikh’s art show, Chapter 9, Verse 11, will remain open and on display weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 30.last_img read more