Alright I have a project for you guys. I need some insight from any antique experts out there. I found this beautiful antique dresser on craigslist for a fire sale at $150. Thankfully I was the first to respond and now it’s mine, all mine. What originally caught my eye about this dresser was the fact that the top is detachable and I am currently on the hunt for a free standing mirror for my white dresser. But then as I thought about it more, I was noticing that this dresser is in pretty dang good shape and seems like a legit refinshed antique or at least a really nice reproduction. I am not a fan of painting antiques that are in good shape, for obvious reasons… it diminishes their value and ruins some beautiful wood grain. I don’t know if this piece is an original or reproduction but the drawers do have dovetail joints, but they look machine-made, not hand-made due to their preciseness and symmetry. Also, it has wood inlays or veneers on all the drawers. It has brass pieces topping the mirror section which are in the shape of vases/urns. Based on these observations and the tapered legs, I’m thinking it’s style is from the georgian hepplewhite furniture era or the federal erae.
The Western Governor’s Association met yesterday in Park City, Utah to discuss a new renewable energy generation and distribution plan. On hand were key cabinet leaders from the Obama administration, including Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The three vowed strong federal support for renewable energy development in the region, including plans to map new transmission corridors.
The meeting focused on a report on Western Renewable Energy Zones (WREZ) that was developed by the Association and the Department of Energy that was released to the public yesterday. This Phase 1 Report centers on mapping high-quality resources to meet demands in the region, including the Black & Veatch-developed map that is pictured above.
The WREZ uses a hub-based approach to determine areas of high potential for renewable resources with low environmental impact. This first of four reports maps out the zones using a detailed methodology that balance benefits with the need to protect wildlife habitat. The report evaluates various transmission strategies, including the development of a sophisticated modeling tool to assess economic costs of transmission from specific zones to specific populations. It also summarizes the overall renewable energy supply in the region from various renewable energy sources.
The four-part series of reports are being developed along with multiple stakeholders, including Canadian provinces, tribal interests, utility planners, environmental groups, renewable energy developers and government policy makers. Phase 2 of the WREZ initiative will work to finalize the modeling tool that estimates the economic benefits of developing specific zones for specific populations. As part of this plan, transmission right-of-way corridor siting will take place, including “coarse-level” environmental screening to recommend the preferred locations for corridors and rights-of-way. Phase 3 will focus on coordinating the development of commercial renewable power generation with cooperative region-wide planning. Phase 4 will work to foster interstate cooperation to address the political and regulatory obstacles to the permitting and construction of cross-jurisdictional transmission lines and renewable energy projects.