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Cheri Bustos, who leads House Democrats’ campaign arm, says she won’t seek another term as chairwoman.

Cheri Bustos, who leads House Democrats’ campaign arm, says she won’t seek another term as chairwoman.

first_imgThe outcome was a painful and embarrassing turn for Ms. Bustos, 59, who was considered a rising star in the party who was particularly adept at devising strategies for Democrats running in conservative-leaning districts.Her departure will clear the way for others competing for the campaign committee position. Already some Democrats are pitching Representative Tony Cárdenas of California for the post. Mr. Cárdenas, who represents the Los Angeles area, could potentially help the party reorient after losing significant ground to Republicans among Latino voters in Florida, Texas and some other states.Representative Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, who is expected to win his district in the heart of Hudson Valley though it has not yet been called, formally announced his candidacy for the position, according to a letter obtained by The New York Times. – Advertisement – Ms. Bustos will remain in her position in the coming weeks, as Democrats continue to battle for a dozen or so seats where vote-counting continues. But she said she would not seek any other leadership post days after Democrats from the party’s moderate and progressive wings traded blame over the losses on a caucus conference call.“Instead, I will focus my efforts legislatively to help President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as we build back better for the people,” Ms. Bustos said. Representative Cheri Bustos of Illinois, the leader of the House Democrats’ campaign arm, told colleagues on Monday that she would not seek another term as chairwoman after she led her party to unexpected losses last week and only narrowly won her own re-election race.In a letter to colleagues, Ms. Bustos conceded she had “hoped for better results” and was “gutted at the losses we sustained” even as she noted that she had delivered on “job No. 1,” maintaining the majority.- Advertisement – Democrats had entered the election on the offensive, predicting they would grow their majority and protect all but a handful of incumbents in red-leaning districts. Instead, Democrats are on track to lose six to 10 seats and failed to capture almost every pickup opportunity.- Advertisement – “My experience will allow me to better support our vulnerable members — especially our historically diverse group of frontline members — without sacrificing our shared principles,” Mr. Maloney wrote, citing his fund-raising, professional background and the makeup of his district as part of his pitch. Ms. Bustos was still expected to convene a briefing for Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday to discuss the election results. In her letter, she said the campaign committee would conduct a review “to better understand why the national polling and modeling environment failed to materialize.”In a statement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised Ms. Bustos as “a leader of great integrity and inspiration” and thanked her for her service. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Developers scale down Philippines tidal project

Developers scale down Philippines tidal project

first_imgThe multi-megawatt tidal energy project planned for San Bernardino Strait in the Philippines has been scaled down to 1.5MW to fit the local consumption.The project, being developed by two Philippines-based companies PNOC RC and H&WB Asia Pacific, together with French tidal energy player Sabella, will now feature three tidal turbines with 500kW rated capacity each, Jean-Christophe Allo, Project Manager at Sabella, confirmed.Originally planned as a 5MW tidal energy power plant, the project has been adapted to better suit the local consumption of Capul Island that will be benefiting from the energy produced by tides.The project will also incorporate an onshore storage facility to ensure that tidal turbines provide continuous 24/7 power supply, Allo noted.Jean-Christophe Allo said: “Right now, Capul has only 8 to 16 hours of energy per day, with several blackouts, and with an electrification rate around 60%. Our turbines coupled with onshore storage aim to provide a 24/7 reliable and renewable electricity. When the local consumption increases, we will be able to change the rated power of the turbine to follow it.”Earlier this week, Sabella was on site at Capul Island to identify the landing area and all the grid characteristics to support the engineering for the project.“We are moving forward with the detailed engineering of the tidal turbine plant, and H&WB is running the environmental impacts assessment (EIA) and permitting. We will then look to close the financing in early 2018,” added Allo.To remind, Sabella and H&WB Asia Pacific teamed up in 2015 for the Philippines project.The fully-owned subsidiary of the state-owned Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC), PNOC RC, joined the project early in 2017.last_img read more