U.S. utility-scale solar purchases rising sharply—SEIA

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Procurement of solar energy by U.S. utilities “exploded” in the first half of 2018, prompting a prominent research group to boost its five-year installation forecast on Thursday despite the Trump administration’s steep tariffs on imported panels.A record 8.5 gigawatts (GW) of utility solar projects were procured in the first six months of this year after President Donald Trump in January announced a 30 percent tariff on panels produced overseas, according to the report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and industry trade group the Solar Energy Industries Association.As a result, the research firm raised its utility-scale solar forecast for 2018 through 2023 by 1.9 GW. The forecast is still 8 percent lower than before the tariffs were announced. A gigawatt of solar energy can power about 164,000 homes.In every segment of the market except residential, system pricing is at its lowest level ever, the report said. Utility projects make up more than half the solar market.Utilities are eager to get projects going because of a federal solar tax credit that will begin phasing out in 2020. Next year will be the most impacted by the tariffs, Wood Mackenzie said. Developers will begin projects next year to claim the highest level of tax credit but delay buying modules until 2020 because the tariff drops by 5 percent each year.In the first half of the year, the U.S. installed 4.7 GW of solar, accounting for nearly a third of new electricity generating capacity additions. In the second quarter, residential installations were roughly flat with last year at 577 MW, while commercial and industrial installations slid 8 percent to 453 MW.More: U.S. utility solar contracts ‘exploded’ in 2018 despite tariffs: report U.S. utility-scale solar purchases rising sharply—SEIAlast_img read more

Johnson to guard judicial independence

first_imgJohnson to guard judicial independence July 15, 2004 Associate Editor Regular News Johnson to guard judicial independence Jan Pudlow Associate Editor “Expect a lot of straight talk and truth-telling” from The Florida Bar’s new president, longtime friend and colleague Mary Sweet told the audience at the swearing-in ceremony at Annual Meeting.Those expectations were soon realized when 46-year-old Kelly Overstreet Johnson, the Bar’s 56th president and leader of the state’s 74,000 lawyers, addressed the General Assembly in Boca Raton June 25.“Several years ago, the legislature provided the governor with the power to make all of the appointments to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commissions. This change has resulted in a strain on judicial independence and the perception of an increase in politically based appointments — from the commissioners to the judges themselves,” Johnson said in her inaugural speech.“We must work to return balanced, nonpartisan voices to our Judicial Nominating Commissions and preserve the independence of our judiciary, the most important component of our system of justice. Judges must be selected based on what they know — not who they know or their particular political views.”As for Revision 7 to Art. V, the constitutional amendment that shifted funding of the court system from the counties to the state July 1, Johnson called it well-intended, “but it has not worked as envisioned.. . . Not a single new judgeship was funded, despite a certification by the Supreme Court for the last two years of a need for many new judges around the state. This is not acceptable.”Sweet also described her friend Johnson — with a long list of professional activities and varied legal career including government lawyer and solo practitioner before becoming a partner at Broad and Cassel in Tallahassee — as possessing “the ability to listen with educated ears.”“This year, she is going to be committed to listening to lawyers.. . and being part of the solution for them,” Sweet said.Among Johnson’s commitments as Bar president are to: • Review lawyer advertising rules and revise them as necessary.“I am committed, as Bar president, to maintaining and protecting what I think is the proper balance between a lawyer’s right to inform the consuming public, and the Bar’s duty to help ensure a fair, dignified, and impartial legal system.” • Work to increase funding for legal assistance for children.Praising past President Miles McGrane for his accomplishments during the “Year of the Children,” Johnson said she “would like to continue the strides he has made in bringing greater access to the courts for Florida’s lower-income, disabled, abused, and neglected children.”She encouraged everyone to purchase the Bar’s new specialty license tag, “Kids Deserve Justice,” that will provide a constant source of funding for children’s legal aid, to be administered by The Florida Bar Foundation. • Encourage diverse members of the legal profession to get more involved in Bar activities.“It wasn’t too long ago that women presidents of The Florida Bar were still an unheard of phenomenon, and we have yet to have our first president of color. Nevertheless, I stand before you as evidence of a profession that can and continues to embrace inclusiveness,” said Johnson, the Bar’s third woman president (after Pat Seitz, 1993, and Edith Osman, 1999).“Our courts, law schools, and law offices must continue to strive to find ways to include instead of exclude each other in our legal and professional activities. Won’t it be nice when we no longer notice or comment upon a ‘first,’ ‘second,’ or ‘third’?” Johnson asked.“I urge each of you to reach out to someone who is not like you and begin a dialogue with him or her about improving Florida’s legal profession and making our system more open for all attorneys.”With that goal in mind, Johnson appointed President-elect Alan Bookman to chair a membership outreach initiative.“In this great melting pot we call home, it is imperative that the legal profession serve as the bridge linking all members of society to the protections afforded by the rule of law. Let’s open our horizons and broaden our outlook. Let’s be stewards of a more inclusive society and a more inclusive Bar.”With rows and rows of family, friends, colleagues, past Bar presidents, judges, and Supreme Court justices witnessing the event, Johnson was joined at the podium by her husband, Hal Johnson, general counsel of the Florida Police Benevolent Association. Placing her hand on a thick Bible, she solemnly repeated the oath of office administered by Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead.The Johnsons’ 3-year-old twin daughters, Alex and Haley, watched from the front row, squirming in Sunday-best white dresses and matching hair bows. And Tallahassee Bar President Nina Ashenafi rushed up to present a tropical bouquet of flowers to the hometown gal made good.There was a moment to acknowledge that Johnson’s hero, her father Tom Overstreet who died almost two years ago of cancer, was certainly present in spirit on this joyous occasion.With a ceremonial banging of the gavel, Johnson declared the General Assembly adjourned. As she stepped down to the floor, well-wishers swarmed around Johnson with hugs and kisses and flashing cameras, as she hoisted a twin to her hip.Paraphrasing Betty Davis in “All About Eve,” Sweet told those gathered: “Let’s fasten our seatbelts. It’s going to be an exciting year!”last_img read more

Making the millennial connection starts by listening

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s taken some time, but Mountain America Credit Union thinks they have finally figured out the Millennial puzzle.In 2010, with Millennials representing less than 30% of it membership, the $6 billion credit union based in West Jordan, Utah began a more focused strategic push to reach the critical demographic.Today, Millennials account for 41% of MACU’s 600,000 members. In 2016, Millennials represented half of the credit union’s total member growth. Millennials now also make up about 70% of MACU’s workforce, with 45% of its workforce falling between the ages of 18 to 29.It’s a constant work in progress says Jeremy Nelson, VP of direct marketing at MACU. He says the credit union’s success with Millennials isn’t the result of one decision or initiative, but rather it came from a series of various strategic moves made throughout the organization over time.MACU first started by investing in research. But rather than just rely on standard surveys and typical focus groups, the credit union established advisory councils at local high schools. These young ambassadors would meet monthly to discuss banking’s pain points and how they’d like to engage with their financial institution. The credit union would also proactively seek their input on design concepts or a rewards program for Millennials. continue reading »last_img read more

Pru backs Disney distribution centre

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Solstad Gets More Time with Creditors

first_imgNorwegian vessels owner and operator Solstad Offshore said it has secured extension with a number of its key creditors for the suspension and deferral of payments.In December 2018 and April 2019, a number of the companies in the SOFF group entered into agreements for the suspension and deferral of payments until June 20, 2019.According to Solstad, the company creditors have now agreed to an extension of the suspension until the expiry of October 31, 2019.Albeit the negotiations for the restructuring of the SOFF group are progressing, more time is required to find a sustainable solution to the financial situation of the SOFF group, the company noted.SOFF said it is experiencing continued support from its creditors and stakeholders in this process which is conducted in a co-operative manner with a view to find a consensus based overall solution.It is acknowledged by all involved parties that securing contracts and operating the business in its ordinary course is a key priority, and the parties are acting accordingly.Alongside the agreed Suspension extension, Solstad Invest 3 AS upholds its unilateral suspension of debt servicing towards its one creditor that did not agree to the initial Suspension.last_img read more

Babies, Kids and More at The Gift Gallery

first_imgSubmitted By Kaylene Fischer for The Gift Gallery, LLCTutus from Rhea Rhea’s BowtiqueDid you know that The Gift Gallery carries children’s items? People may often think of our store as only for certain occasions or ages. But did you know that we carry everyday items, as well as seasonal? So whether you’re in need of a gift for a special occasion, or just browsing for something you may like for yourself, The Gift Gallery is the place to find it.We have two new vendors that we are really excited to tell you about. We welcome Denise Beechler with her baby blankets, sock monkeys, bears and horses. These stuffed animals you won’t want to miss out on.We also welcome Ashley Taylor with her Rhea Rhea’s Bowtique. She makes tutu dresses, tutus, bows and headbands for girls ages Newborn to 5 years old. Her tutus and bows are the cutest around! If you are a Seahawks fan, you’ll love the Seahawk tutu dress with headband. Your little girls are sure to love everything in her booth!There are also a few other vendors that have been with us for awhile that carry children’s items.  The Sewster Sisters make beautiful, soft baby quilts. These quilts are colorful, two-sided and made for boy, girl or either.Stinger Stitches makes the best quality burp cloths with a unique design that you won’t find in any local store. They are so reasonably priced, you won’t believe it. There are bibs and receiving blankets to match.We have Crochet by Erica G. with her cute and colorful crocheted baby items. She has booties, mittens, animals and more. We also have Joan Cross who knits baby sweater-sets that come with hats and booties.Denise Beechler creates baby blankets, sock monkeys, bears, horses and more.Theresa Chace embroiders a variety of items and she features the grandfather pillow. If you have a flannel or dress shirt that you would like made into a pillow as a keepsake, she will personalize it for you with a really neat poem.The Krafty Krew can knit and crochet just about anything you want, but they specialize in their cloth diaper covers. These are such a neat idea! They come in different colors and sizes, they even include the cloth diaper. There are even all-in-one pants that you just throw right in the wash. Tired of spending hundreds of dollars on disposable diapers? You can’t beat these ladies prices!The Gift Gallery itself features a wonderful line of CuddleBarn. These are animated stuffed animals that dance and sing. We also have teddy bears that change color and Mother Goose that tells 5 different nursery rhymes. Our antique and collectibles section carries children’s items as well. They have dolls, books and more.Come see us today, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what treasure you may find!You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and our website. Facebook41Tweet0Pin0last_img read more