NextEra says tax credit phase-outs won’t slow solar, wind, storage adoption in the U.S. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:NextEra Energy, the largest U.S. wind and solar developer, sees little threat to the renewables market from the fading federal tax credits, executives said Wednesday.With the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind already phasing down, and the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar set to begin declining next year for new projects, individual companies and their broader industries are grappling with how — or whether — to push for an additional extension.NextEra, for its part, is focused on its gargantuan development pipeline, and believes wind and solar will remain highly competitive without federal subsidies, CFO Rebecca Kujawa said on an analyst call Wednesday discussing the company’s financial results. “With continued cost and efficiency improvements, we expect new near-firm wind and solar to be cheaper than the operating costs of coal, nuclear and less-efficient oil- and gas-fired generation units, even after the tax credits phase down early in the next decade,” Kujawa said. “The combination of low-cost renewables plus storage is expected to be increasingly disruptive to the nation’s generation fleet, providing significant growth opportunities well into the next decade.”Pressed Wednesday on the renewed efforts to extend the solar ITC, Kujawa said: “We’ve benefited over the last couple of years from some of the most significant visibility for long-term incentives the industry has ever had.” While another extension could create a stronger tailwind for the renewables market, NextEra is “excited about our development program” with or without subsidies, she said.NextEra on Wednesday revealed that its renewables backlog — or projects to be built over the next few years — has grown to a record 11.7 gigawatts.More: NextEra sees little threat to wind and solar from fading tax credits
Do you know how much returned mail is costing your credit union? It’s probably more than you think. Every piece of undeliverable mail — whether it be an important financial notice or monthly statement — causes financial strains on your company, can impact your relationship with members, and ultimately affect your bottom line.Four point two percent of first class mail is returnedWhen we consider that 4.2 percent of all first class mail is returned, the effects can be a financial burden on your company in many ways. Returned mail reduces cash flow that is essential to maintaining an efficient billing process and streamlined member communication. Many credit unions resend information to a single undeliverable address multiple times until it catches the attention of someone in the mailing department. Repeating this costly cycle ultimately leads to a reduction in profit.Internal labor Returned mail impacts more than just external cash flow. Consider the internal labor costs associated with opening, processing, and disposing of each piece of returned mail. If your staff is spending valuable time handling returned mail, causing other important tasks to be neglected, returned mailed is ultimately draining your most needed resources. There are also material and mailing costs to consider — including paper, envelopes and perhaps the costliest expense: postage.Lost business relationshipsMember satisfaction and a professional reputation are core principals of success within the credit union industry. If statements and important financial notices are being returned as undeliverable, it means these documents are never reaching the intended recipient. Members who incur late fees due to incorrect addresses may abandon their relationship with the credit union. People move at the rate of 12 to 17 percent per year and only 60 percent of them update their new address with the United States Postal Service in a timely manner, creating the opportunity for future error.So how can you prevent these issues and ensure you don’t lose money, time and relationships because of returned mail? The best strategy is to track the number of undeliverable items, discover which members are receiving multiple undeliverable pieces and take action. Maintaining a high quality mailing list by removing bad addresses is essential to ensuring future mail is sent to the correct address. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,David Smith David M. Smith is the Director of Statement Services for OSG Statement Services, specializing in statement print, mail and electronic presentment. He brings thirty plus years of experience in the … Web: www.osgbilling.com Details
continue reading » Understanding and managing the risks associated with the changing world of data security, and being prepared for breaches and how to respond, have become business necessities. This three-part series, based in part on a presentation given by Michele L. Cohen, a principal with the law firm Miles & Stockbridge P.C. at Trellance’s immersion 2018 conference, outlines the balancing act between convenience and data, and provides a framework for preparing for breaches and what actions to take in response. Part 1 focused on what is at risk; what causes breaches, and the fact that breaches are inevitable. Part 2 focused on planning and preparing documentation for the inevitable. This Part 3, will explore three areas that require special attention: the legal considerations regarding breach notification; the contracts an organization has with vendors who have access to data; and having the right insurance coverage.The popular ride-sharing app Uber disclosed in November 2017 that hackers had stolen 57 million driver and rider accounts. What was more disconcerting was that the company had kept the data breach secret for more than a year after paying a $100,000 ransom. According to Stateline magazine:The state of Pennsylvania sued Uber for waiting more than a year to alert drivers and customers that their personal information had been hacked; the state’s attorney general argued that the ride-hailing company had violated a state law mandating that companies notify people affected by a data breach ‘without unreasonable delay’. Suits were also filed against Uber by Los Angeles and Chicago for violating their laws that defines how quickly consumers must be notified once a data breach is discovered. Pennsylvania’s phrase “without unreasonable delay” is typical of many states, as is “in the most expedient time possible”. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
A report of a suspicious vehicle leads police to stopping a potential meth operation.After receiving a report of suspicious activity on Wednesday evening, deputies with the Ripley County Sheriffs Office arrived to the scene on County Road 425N in Osgood and located several people.As the investigation continued, police say they located, what they believed to be, a meth manufacturing operation inside a vehicle that the people were in.Giana Getz, 26, and Travis Manlief, 27, both of Greensburg were arrested along with 54-year-old Allen Herbert of Millhousen.All three were arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine.Sheriff Tom Grills says, “The investigation to this point has been forwarded to the Ripley County Prosecutor Office for formal charging.”The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Osgood Police Department, and the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Suppression Team.
Press Association The Reds moved within four points of the Barclays Premier League top four after goals from Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen saw off the struggling Magpies at Anfield. With fading champions Manchester City now looking vulnerable in fourth, Liverpool’s hopes – which took a hefty blow in back-to-back losses to Manchester United and Arsenal – could have been reignited. Their misery was compounded when Moussa Sissoko was sent off for what was deemed a second yellow card offence, when he caught Lucas Leiva on the ankle. Manager John Carver admitted Sissoko could easily have been shown a straight red, however. He said: “The sending off, it could have been a straight red, I will be honest. I have said that to Moussa, I am quite straight and I won’t defend anyone if it is indefensible.” Asked if Sissoko could be fined, Carver said: “I am sure there will be some kind of disciplinary procedure. I said before the game we needed to keep 11 players.” While Carver did not complain about that decision, he was angry that Ayoze Perez did not earn a penalty after apparently being felled by Dejan Lovren. He said: “The game hinged on a huge decision. I don’t want to be seen to be a moaner but it is fact we don’t get big decisions for whatever reasons, it could be me. I have spoken to the referee, but it doesn’t help me.” Carver did see reason for some optimism, feeling that his side’s performance was much improved from their derby loss to Sunderland last time out. He said: “I thought the first nine minutes we were very tentative, nervous after our performance against Sunderland. It was a bad goal to concede. “After that we grew into the game. It is easy to crumble at Anfield but we didn’t. One or two guys rolled their sleeves up. “I think we got a response. We didn’t get a result but I saw enough. “There are lot of positives to take from the game. A lot of people expected us to get a hiding and I think we held our own for the majority of the game.” Rodgers said: “The players and myself are very motivated to do the best we can. We have shown we can put results together consistently. We have important players coming back which is good news. “But we are looking for other teams to slip up and we have to continue winning. “There are teams above us but, as we have seen last year, there can be changes and points dropped and I think there will be changes.” Liverpool, inspired by Philippe Coutinho, started superbly with Sterling scoring after nine minutes and several other chances being created. Newcastle rallied before the break and had a strong penalty appeal turned down but Allen made the game safe in the second half. Rodgers said: “It was a good performance. I thought that our attacking play was very bright, we looked exciting going forward, we worked hard in the midfield. “At times our possession could have been better but we had a real attacking intent and created chances and could have scored more goals.” The defeat was Newcastle’s fifth in succession and left them with work still to do to ensure they do not get pulled into the relegation battle. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers vowed not to give up on Champions League qualification after a convincing 2-0 win over Newcastle.
Press Association Sport understands the transfer is worth up to £8million should all the clauses in the deal be triggered while Chester is an Albion player. West Brom have also dismissed speculation linking Saido Berahino with a move to Tottenham. Reports claimed Spurs were lining up a bid for the England Under-21 international but West Brom insisted they have received no offer. The club tweeted: “Ok, this is getting silly now. So let us make it clear. There has been NO bid for Saido. That’s it. Carry on everyone.” West Brom want to tie Berahino, who scored 20 goals last season, down to a new contract with Pulis focused on bringing players in rather than selling. Chester will be the latest arrival, with the former Manchester United defender out of contract at the KC Stadium next year and the Tigers cashing in following relegation from the Barclays Premier League. He made 171 appearances for Hull – scoring eight goals – after signing from Old Trafford in 2011 and is set to become part of Pulis’ revolution at West Brom. Pulis has already signed Wigan winger James McClean and remains keen on Nottingham Forest’s Michail Antonio, despite having a £5million bid turned down, QPR’s Matt Phillips and Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry. The club have held talks with Bakary Sako after the former Wolves winger lowered his wage demands having failed to find a club since leaving Molineux at the end of last season. The 26-year-old is due at the club for a medical on Tuesday afternoon with terms agreed to move to The Hawthorns. He is expected to tie up the switch within the next 24 hours after leaving Hull’s training camp in Austria as Tony Pulis’ recruitment drive gathers pace. But Abou Diaby has rejected a move to the Baggies and is set to join Marseille on a free transfer. The former Arsenal midfielder had a medical at The Hawthorns ahead of a proposed move but while Albion are believed to have offered him a more attractive package he has opted to return to France. Marseille announced on Tuesday evening that they had agreed a deal in principle with 29-year-old Diaby, who was released by the Gunners when his contract expired this summer. West Brom have agreed a deal worth up to £8million for Hull defender James Chester. Press Association
ICC Test rankingsDubai: Cheteshwar Pujara, whose knocks of 123 and 71 were the cornerstone of India’s victory against Australia in the first Test, moved ahead of Joe Root and David Warner to take the fourth position while pacer Jasprit Bumrah achieved a career-high ranking of 33rd, after his three for 47 and three for 68, in the latest ICC rankings.Pujara helped India out of a hole in the first innings with a brilliantly crafted hundred and then in the second innings played a vital role in helping the tourists set the Aussies a target of 323.Bumrah, meanwhile, restricted the hosts to 235 by taking the wickets of Peter Handscomb, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. In the second essay too, he accounted for the dangerous Shaun Marsh, skipper Tim Paine and Cummins.Kane Williamson also became the first New Zealand batsman and 32nd overall to break the 900-point barrier in the ICC player rankings for Test batsmen following a stellar performance in the third Test against Pakistan, which helped his side win their first away series against the Asian side in 49 years.Williamson scored 89 and 139 in Abu Dhabi last week, which set up New Zealand’s convincing 123-run victory over Pakistan.This performance not only helped Williamson win the Player of the Match award, but also earn 37 points in the latest player rankings, which, in turn, has allowed him to leapfrog Australia’s Steve Smith into second position on a career-high 913 points.Richard Hadlee, ICC’s Cricket Hall of Famer, is the only other New Zealand player – with bat or ball – to reach the 900-point mark in the ICC Test rankings.While Williamson shone with the bat in Abu Dhabi and was richly rewarded, number-one ranked Virat Kohli managed only three and 34 in his side’s impressive 31-run victory over Australia at the picturesque Adelaide Oval.As a result, Kohli has conceded 15 points to slip to 920 points, just seven points ahead of Williamson.With Williamson breathing down Kohli’s neck, the India captain will be under pressure to perform strongly with the bat in the second Test starting in Perth on Friday otherwise he will potentially lose his number-one ranking he has been holding since the Edgbaston Test against England in August.The other two notable movers from the Adelaide Test are Ajinkya Rahane in 17th (up by two places) and Mitchell Starc in 16th (up by two places).Amongst the newcomers, Australia’s Marcus Harris has reached the 116th batting position, while amongst the bowlers, off-spinner William Somerville of New Zealand has emerged in 63rd spot and Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has popped up in 111th place. IANS Also Read: Sports News
The USC baseball team dropped two out of three games against No. 2 Oregon State this past weekend. Entering the series on Friday with a 24-23 overall record, the Trojans looked to maintain a positive record against, perhaps, the toughest adversary they have faced this season. Sophomore catcher Blake Sabol (far left) celebrates a home run with his teammates. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanGoing into the series, the Beavers touted an impressive 40-8-1 record. That record includes a series win over No. 3 Stanford, who handed USC a series sweep with a total score of 34-2. Everything on paper set this three-game matchup to be a rout in favor of the Beavers. USC’s failure to muster a run in the first game and a rough 7-run loss in game two proved Oregon State’s dominance, but the series was not a blowout.Game one on Friday night was a battle of starting pitchers. Senior lefty Luke Heimlich commanded the hill for the Beavers, holding a no hit bid until the sixth inning and preventing a Trojans’ score for 8.1 innings before he was relieved. Heimlich earned his 13th win of the season (13-1) and improved his season ERA to 2.69. On the other side of the diamond, freshman right-hander Kyle Hurt manned the mound. Though he allowed 4 runs, Hurt’s start was not a bad outing. Pitching 7.0 innings, he recorded five strikeouts, walked just two batters and stranded six baserunners. Hurt has struggled with walks in his rookie season, but he located pitches and was able to work out of some sticky situations. The Men of Troy were unable to recover from the four-run deficit, as they could only put four runners on base — none of which were converted. The final score showed 4-0 in favor of OSU.Game two clinched a series win for the Beavers. After allowing 2 runs in the top of the first, the Trojans responded with a run of their own. Sophomore left fielder Blake Sabol led off with a single to center field. He would then be driven in on a RBI single from redshirt junior designated hitter Stephen Dubb. Through the remaining eight innings USC was unable to plate another run. Meanwhile, Oregon State had no problem crossing home as it scored 6 more runs to mount a final score of 8-1. With just 10 hits and 1 run over the first two games, viewers felt as if game three was set to see the same fate. However, a solid pitching and hitting performance led the Trojans to close the series with a notable 8-0 win over their second-ranked opponent. Junior right-hander Solomon Bates started on the hill. In a 7.0 inning shutout affair, he set up the Trojan lineup for success. Bates allowed just four hits and four walks while recording eight K’s before he was relieved. Sophomore Connor Lunn continued Bates’ solid performance allowing one walk and one hit — neither of which scored. The game marked Oregon State’s first shutout loss since April 30, 2016 against Stanford.“I’m proud of [Bates] for what he’s accomplished, how much he’s grown as a pitcher over the last year,” heach coach Dan Hubbs said. “This was just another really good outing that he’s given us … He’s been Mr. Consistent.”The stellar pitching performance allowed the batting order to shine. As a whole, the Men of Troy recorded nine hits and drew four walks. The team’s hitting performance was headlined by Sabol, who exhibited his all-star mentality. In his 5 at-bats, he recorded a single, two home runs and five RBIs. Junior center fielder Lars Nootbaar also drove in two runs. “I think [winning game three] is a big deal for us, especially getting into next season,” Sabol said to the Pac-12 Network. “We still have a young group of guys and we’ve proven again and again that we can beat anyone anywhere.”Consistency has been a problem for this young team, especially at the plate. However, when pitching and hitting come together for the Trojans, they are a force to be reckoned with. If USC can find that consistency toward the end of this season or over the off-season, it will be a dangerous ball team in 2019. The Trojans will now prepare to welcome Cal State Northridge to Dedeaux Field for its final series of the regular season, a matchup that should favor USC.
The Italian Serie A 2016/2017 League season will be rounded off this weekend with about 10 matches in various centres, though the league winner has already emerged.To celebrate these final rounds, Pay TV, StarTimes, is set to bring live actions of these matches starting with the Juventus away clash with Bologna at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, Bologna on Saturday while Cagliari hosts Milan on Sunday. Already, Juventus, having won the Scudeto with 88 points from 37 games, clinched a record sixth straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over Crotone penultimate Sunday.Juventus moved four points clear of second-placed Roma, which last Sunday also handed the Bianconeri their first Serie A loss since January.In the last 10 away league matches Juventus has a record of five wins, three draws and two losses. The Old Lady won 18 points out of possible 30.The home team is currently in the 15th position of the league, with 41 points, after 11 wins, 8 draws and 18 losses.In the penultimate match, they won a home game against Pescara 3â€‘1. Bologna may not have much to prove except that playing at home to the sixth consecutive Scudeto champions, they would want to roughen feathers by upsetting Juve.In the last 10 home league matches, Bologna has a record of four wins, one draw and five losses, so they have won 13 points out of 30 possible.Since 1929 when the Serie A was founded, no club had previously won more than five straight titles. Torino won five consecutive titles from 1943-49 (including a season that was canceled due to World War II), Inter Milan took five straight from 2006-10 and Juventus claimed a handful from 1931-35.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, who is touted to follow Conte to the English Premier League, has yet to confirm that he’ll remain with Juventus after this weekend games.On Sunday, Cagliari will host Milan at Stadio Sant’Elia, in another Serie A concluding matches. After 13 wins, five draws and 19 losses, the home team is in the 13th position, having won 44 points so far.Other matches in the Serie A for Saturday include Atalanta is at home to Chievo Verona, while Sampdoria hosts Napoli in Stadio Luigi Ferraris.Other Sunday matches will feature Roma and Genoa; Palermo versus Empoli; Inter will host Udinese and Florentine will trade tackles with Pescara. On that same day, Crotone will slug it out with Lazio while Torino tackles Sassuolo in Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin.Football viewers can enjoy the best of Bologna versus Juventus and Cagliari versus Milan on StarTimes World Football Channels 244 and 254 on Saturday and Sunday at 5:00PM and 2:00pm respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Michigan did not provide any more information or clarity behind the senior’s status due to privacy laws, and it’s not clear when or if he will be allowed to return to the team.Evans explained Tuesday on Twitter that he is dealing with academic issues and he does not intend to leave the university. Texas governor trying to resurrect Texas-Texas A&M rivalry Alabama linebacker Eyabi Anoma withdraws name from transfer portal, reports say Related News Michigan’s Chris Evans, who would have been the Wolverines’ top returning rusher in 2019, is no longer part of the team, the school confirmed Tuesday. “Evans is not a member of the football team at this time,” Michigan spokesman Dave Ablauf said in a statement obtained by Detroit Free Press. “I am going through some academic issues right now. I’m working through it now. I will still continue my career at the University of Michigan ! #GoBlue,” Evans wrote.I am going through some academic issues right now. I’m working through it now. I will still continue my career at the University of Michigan ! #GoBlue— Chris Evans (@Kidnplay_abc123) February 5, 2019Evans rushed for 423 yards and four touchdowns last season, becoming the team’s second-leading rusher in 2018 behind Karan Higdon. The Wolverines were already down a few running backs after Higdon declared to enter the NFL draft this spring after graduating. Michigan also lost freshman Kurt Taylor (transfer) and O’Maury Samuels (dismissed after police charged him with misdemeanor domestic assault).