BNEF: Unsubsidized wind now competitive with gas in Minnesota

first_imgBNEF: Unsubsidized wind now competitive with gas in Minnesota FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Minneapolis Star-Tribune:The cost of deploying wind and solar energy continued to decline significantly in Minnesota last year, and wind — even without federal tax subsidies — may be the state’s cheapest source of new electricity.Those conclusions were included in a report released Monday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which annually surveys the U.S. power generation sector for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, an industry-led group.The cost of new wind and solar power facilities in Minnesota fell by 16 percent and 23 percent respectively in 2018 over the previous year, the report found.The “levelized cost” of new, unsubsidized wind energy came in at $38 per megawatt hour (MWh), which takes into account the cost to build a power plant and its total power output, according to the Bloomberg analysis. Bloomberg didn’t have a state-by-state breakout of the levelized cost of natural gas. But wind in Minnesota is particularly cheap.“Minnesota has access to some of the best wind resources in the U.S.,” the Bloomberg report said. “As a result … new wind build in the state is likely already at parity with new combined-cycle natural gas plants even without incentives.”More: Cost of adding new wind, solar energy continues to fall in Minnesota, report sayslast_img read more

Don’t just install tech, integrate it

first_img 48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tim Klatt As the Director of Retail Strategies for La Macchia Group, Tim Klatt brings over 15 years of experience in geographical market analysis, strategy development and large scale retail deployments for … Web: www.lamacchiagroup.com Details Credit unions are rooted in community and thrive on highly personal, relationship-driven service. These attributes are – and should remain – the core of a credit union’s mission. That increasingly means enabling technology with a purpose: creating high-touch, personalized relationships through smart technology integrations.According to Deloitte, today’s consumers expect their financial institutions to act and interact more like top technology brands. In an age where credit unions need to do all they can to avoid being “Rocket Mortgaged,” and consumers seek a fast, frictionless financial experience across various mediums, technology integration must be a top priority for credit unions of all sizes.If you’re not thinking about technology, you’re in the minority. In 2018, 78% of financial executives believed their work was going to change in the next five years because of new digital business trends. But investing in technology for your credit union is about more than “keeping up with the Joneses.” It is not simply installing screens blandly showcasing your most recent auto loan rate, or CD or using ITMs in your branches. To achieve the maximum return on investment, technology must serve a purpose. It must be integrated into your member’s journey, identifying, addressing and easing friction points for your members and acting as a seamless expression of your brand.So, what is the right kind of technology to focus on? There is no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approach to technology integration for credit unions. It’s important to leverage community and demographic insights to determine what your members care about and use available technology to help you connect with them. How do you know when it’s time to consider an update? If you’ve found yourself or your team saying any of the following, it’s time:“My branch feels out-of-date and out-of-touch.”Technology integration enables you to create a customized, personalized environment that is adaptable, modern and experiential. It is not about digital display, it’s about digital engagement. Taking your brand digital means you can quickly and creatively deploy custom content that instantly rejuvenates your brand and your message. Where in the past, you invested in static signage and it was “one and done,” a one-time investment in technology integration unlocks a plethora of opportunities to engage with members through meaningful, timely and relevant content.“I don’t know what my members want and need.”No one expects you to be a mind-reader. A critical first step of technology integration is to conduct demographic and member research to discover what, if any, points of friction currently exist within a member’s user financial experience. We then determine how best to leverage technology to address those issues. This is not a guessing game; it’s rooted in data and actionable insights and should clearly demonstrate a return on investment.“I need to do more with less.”How members use branches is changing. As branches become a key place for conversation and consultation, technology can supplement existing staff to ensure that while your employees are guiding individuals and families through some of life’s bigger moments like mortgages and loans, your members can still quickly and efficiently carry out their day-to-day transactional needs in a way that provides a user-focused, individualized experience.The topic of technology is hot right now – in just about every industry. But it must be more than a “hot topic” – it must be an intentional, purpose-driven business investment. The ROI is clear. True technology integration will drive business growth, profitability and member engagement, and set your credit union up to evolve alongside its members.last_img read more

Wallabies great Stephen Moore is building his Brisbane dream home

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoAn artist’s impression of the house Graya Construction is building for former Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore. Pic supplied.He’ll have more time on his hands after retiring from rugby in October last year after playing in the Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium.Records show Moore bought the original, two-bedroom house on the site in 2009 for $1.4 million. NEW YORK CHEAPER THAN BRISBANE IS THIS QUEENSLAND’S MOST EXPENSIVE KITCHEN? AUSSIE HOME BUYERS LURED OVERSEAS The original house that Wallabies’ veteran Stephen Moore bought in Brisbane has been demolished to make way for his dream home. Pic supplied.Located on the high side of Howard Street — next door to former Bronco Darren Lockyer’s old house — the property offers panoramic views of Brisbane city and surrounds.The new house has been designed by Tim Stewart Architects and will include five bedrooms over three levels, all boasting views of the city. An artist’s impression of the house Graya Construction is building for Wallabies’ veteran Stephen Moore. Pic supplied. Stephen Moore farewells fans after playing his last match for the Wallabies after the Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Photo: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images.FORMER Wallabies hooker and captain Stephen Moore is busy building his dream home in one of Brisbane’s most sought-after suburbs. The brothers behind Graya Construction have been busy tearing down a rundown, character house on a high block in arguably Paddington’s best street — Howard Street — to make way for a modern masterpiece for Moore and his young family. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE center_img Work has started on Wallabies’ veteran Stephen Moore’s dream home in Brisbane. Pic supplied. Stephen Moore and Rob Gray of Graya Construction on the site of Moore’s new home. Pic supplied.Features will include a wine cellar, PGH brickwork, concrete Caesarstone benchtops, Wolf appliances and a Sub-Zero refrigerator.Moore owns a number of other properties in Brisbane, including a house in Red Hill and units in South Brisbane and Alderley.last_img read more

Axis Scoops Two UK Clean Tech Awards

first_imgAberdeen’s Axis Energy Projects has won two national awards for its innovative Tension Leg Buoy technology that is being developed for deployment in the floating offshore wind sector.The Axis TLB is a substructure and mooring system that provides controlled stability, roll and pitch for wind turbines. It comprises a subsurface buoy that supports the wind turbine. The buoy is fixed, by tensioned tethers, to a modular gravity base anchor / foundation on the seabed.The TLB additional benefits are its off-site pre-cast fabrication, a relatively small seabed footprint, no need for piling or jack-up vessels and a simple decommissioning process. It also offers the potential for wave power.The two awards (wind and natural energy categories) were made at the Rushlight Show in London on January 30. Rushlight brought together cleantech developers with the investment community and businesses looking to source suppliers and partners.John Baross, founder and managing director of Axis, said: “It’s fantastic news that our technology has been recognised by an independent panel of experts at the Rushlight Show. It’s a great boost for the Axis team as we take forward our technology for commercial deployment in UK and overseas waters. We have used our experience and technical knowledge of working in the offshore oil and gas sector for 20 years to design the TLB™ for use in the floating offshore wind sector.”A 2018 study by Strathclyde University’s Department of Naval Architecture concluded that Axis’s Tension Leg Buoy technology, compared with other Floating Offshore wind concepts, “demonstrates better stability performance, flexibility in installation and transportation, reduced requirement for water depth, lowered tether/tendon tension fluctuation with free flooded central column and possibility of integrating a wave energy device to form a multi-energy complimentary system.”last_img read more

Tottenham chase Emre Can

first_imgJose Mourinho is keen on signing another midfielder this month and, according to TuttoJuve, Spurs have emerged as contenders for Emre Can. Loading… Read Also:I’m now 100% Tottenham, says Jose Mourinho PSG are also reportedly interested in Can. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Of The Best Top Models From IndiaA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Best Cars Of All Time6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way The German appears to have fallen out of favour at Juventus and the report states that Tottenham could offer £26m for him.Advertisementlast_img read more

Updated: I-74 exit ramp closure now in effect

first_imgBatesville, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor for the $61 million pavement replacement project on Interstate 74 between Exit 143 at New Point and Exit 156 at State Road 101 will delay scheduled ramp closures at Batesville one week because of weather delays impacting paving operations.  The eastbound I-74 off- and on-ramp closures at Exit 149 accessing S.R. 229 are now slated to begin at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, October 7.This closure is expected to be in effect for 15 days.  Eastbound motorists should use S.R. 46 as an alternate route—accessing I-74 via open ramps at New Point and S.R. 101.During the closures at Batesville, Milestone crews will remove existing asphalt pavement at the ramp area, pour new concrete lanes and place asphalt wedges to compensate for grade differences where new pavement connects with temporary median crossover lanes.Eastbound I-74 thru-traffic has been routed to a single lane on the north side of the interstate while the I-74’s south side is rebuilt during this year’s construction season.  In 2019, all traffic—both eastbound and westbound—will be routed to south-side lanes while crews remove and replace I-74 pavement on the north side.All I-74 lanes will be open during this winter’s hiatus.last_img read more

Cleverley keen to silence doubters

first_imgAston Villa newcomer Tom Cleverley wants to “prove a few people wrong” as he begins a new chapter of his career following a sad exit from Manchester United. Cleverley has clear objectives in his mind, which he hopes to achieve by securing regular football under Villa boss Paul Lambert. “Firstly, I’ve got to get into the team,” he said. “Secondly, I’ve got to play well. “Thirdly, I want to help get Aston Villa back up in the top half of the table where they belong. “Then hopefully as a product of those three things I can get back into the England squad. That’s exactly what Fabian Delph has done, so I want to follow in his footsteps.” Cleverley could make his debut in the claret and blue colours when Villa travel to Anfield to face Liverpool on Saturday. “I’m motivated to prove a few people wrong,” said the 25-year-old. “Hopefully that will also increase my performance levels too. First of all I’ve got to get into the team and hopefully play some part in a successful day at Liverpool on Saturday.” Cleverley has taken some stick on social media networks in recent weeks, not least during a Premier League question and answer session on Twitter. But the former Bradford trainee is happy to shrug off such abuse. I’m sure one season doesn’t turn you into a bad player,” he said. “That’s football for you. The year before last I won the Barclays Premier League title and played 20-odd games, so it’s swings and roundabouts. “I probably wasn’t the only player to get it last year and for as long as Manchester United aren’t winning trophies, players will get criticised. “I’ve still got a league title and 13 England caps. You don’t turn into a bad player just because somebody says so on Twitter.” Press Association Midfielder Cleverley joined Villa in a last-minute deadline day loan transfer just over a week ago following a difficult year at Old Trafford last season. His departure was welcomed quite vocally by some United fans, but the some-time England midfielder is eager to silence his critics and eventually return to international football by impressing at Villa Park. last_img read more

Vardy has Van Nistelrooy’s killer instinct, claims Van Gaal

first_img Vardy will break Van Nistelrooy’s 12-year Premier League record on Saturday if he scores in his 11th consecutive match when the Foxes face Manchester United. When Vardy was playing non-league football three-and-a-half years ago, few would have predicted he would have been likened to one of the greatest strikers seen on these shores in recent times. Van Nistelrooy is the 11th highest scorer in United’s 137-year history, netting 150 goals in 219 matches for the club. The Dutchman won league titles in England, Spain and Holland, while Vardy’s biggest achievement to date is helping Leicester get promoted to the Premier League in the summer of 2014. But there is no sense of snobbery from Van Gaal when it comes to Vardy’s recent scoring run. “More or less, Van Nistelrooy is like Vardy,” the United manager said. “He is highly concentrated to make goals and is always running in behind, so you can compare them.” Van Gaal knows how hard it is to maintain such a prolific scoring run. Dennis Bergkamp is the only man to have scored in 10 consecutive league games under the Dutchman – and his run came more than 20 years ago with Ajax. He also knows first hand how deadly Vardy can be in front of goal. The 28-year-old scored one and had a hand in the other four goals in Leicester’s 5-3 win over United last season. Van Gaal regards Vardy as a “nasty” threat, but one he feels his new and improved defence can cope with. ”He was last season a very nasty player for us,” Van Gaal said. ”He scored, won a penalty, and now he is scoring 10 games in a row, then you are a great player. ”I only know Dennis Bergkamp as a player who did the same with Ajax. It’s not so easy to do that. “He is a player who is difficult to defend. “It shall be difficult I think, but we can do that because we have a lot of clean sheets already.” Unlike Vardy, Wayne Rooney has struggled in front of goal so far this season. During United’s pre-season tour, the 30-year-old spoke of his determination to score more than 25 goals this season, but he has so far found the net on just two occasions in the league. Van Gaal said earlier this season that Rooney’s place in the starting XI was guaranteed because he is captain. Even if he was not wearing the skipper’s armband, Rooney would still be in the team, according to his manager. Van Gaal said: “Yes, of course (that is the case). Otherwise he is out of the team. “Wayne is doing a lot, has a very great contribution in the team. I am very satisfied with him.” Rooney started behind Anthony Martial in the number 10 position in the goalless draw against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but the captain has been told his days leading the line are not numbered yet. “At this moment, he doesn’t play in the striker’s position, Martial is playing there,” Van Gaal said. “But it is possible he shall play other matches there. It is dependent not always on the quality and shape of the player at the moment, but also the game plan. And we have to decide that every week.” Despite being second in the table after 13 matches, some United fans are unhappy with the style of football being played under Van Gaal. Dissenting voices were heard again on Wednesday when United played out their fourth 0-0 draw in seven matches. When asked whether he was worried about criticism from supporters, Van Gaal said: ”Of course, because the fans have to be happy, you are playing for the fans so you cannot deny that.” Van Gaal will be without Ander Herrera, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia for Saturday’s game. Louis van Gaal believes there are similarities between Jamie Vardy and Ruud van Nistelrooy – the man whose record the Leicester striker is attempting to break this weekend. Press Associationlast_img read more

UW looks to make Penn State-ment

first_imgThree years and three days — that’s how long it’s been since the last time Wisconsin volleyball beat Penn State.So long, in fact, senior floor captain and outside-hitter Maria Carlini could barely even recall the match.Carlini and fellow seniors Amy Bladow and Katie Lorenzen are the only team members to have experienced a victory against the Nittany Lions, coming in their first match ever against Penn State their freshman year. Since then, however, Wisconsin has not won a single match versus the national powerhouse, dropping the last six matches against Penn State.Now, in what is likely their last matchup with the Nittany Lions, the seniors would like nothing more than to upset the No. 2 team in the country Friday in front of the Field House crowd.”For the past few years, we’ve been unsuccessful in beating [Penn State],” Carlini said. “So to go out and finally beat them again, especially in front of our home crowd, would be awesome.”For Carlini, the match will be even a little more special. In Wisconsin’s last meeting with Penn State, Carlini sat out with a foot injury and the Badgers were swept 30-24, 30-22 and 30-27. Healthy and ready to go this time around, Carlini can’t wait for her chance to go up against one of the best teams in the nation.”I’m so hungry,” she said. “It’s hard to sit out your senior year, you don’t ever want to come out, but I’m just really excited to play Penn State because I didn’t get to last time.”Even though Carlini is back out on the court, head coach Pete Waite says she is far from 100 percent. Waite has been trying to give Carlini some rest with her sore foot, but has had troubles juggling her time off along with practice.”It might be for the rest of the season she’s dealing with it,” Waite said of Carlini’s injury at his press conference Monday. “We were hoping this stretch right here, that she’ll get some rest … but then there’s that factor if you haven’t been practicing, you’re not with the team, the chemistry’s not the same, so it is a challenge for Maria and the team.”With or without Carlini, Penn State is still one of the best teams Wisconsin has played over the past couple of years.Traditionally, the Nittany Lions have been atop the national rankings and dominated whatever conference they’ve been in — first the Big East and more recently the Big Ten.Penn State head coach Russ Rose is a prominent figure in college volleyball, currently in his 29th season in Happy Valley, and has always assembled strong teams.This year is no different, and it appears as though Rose and the Lions will be good for a while with a bevy of underclassmen leading the way.”This is the No. 2 team in the country and they are undefeated,” Waite said of Penn State. “They’re 21-0 and they’ve got that record for a reason. They’ve been physically overpowering a lot of teams, and they’re hitting balls from different angles than people are used to.”Going against the two most accurate attackers in the Big Ten in middle blockers Christa Harmotto (.420) and Melissa Walbridge (.379), the key for Wisconsin will be controlling the net.”We’re going to have to serve awfully tough, number one,” Waite said. “We’ve got to serve tough. Once we do that, we’ll keep them off the net a little bit.””Our block is going to be vital,” Bladow added. “I think it’s going to be a battle up at the net for both teams and blocking can very well make the difference in the match.”While much of Wisconsin’s focus is on Penn State at the moment, the team can’t overlook No. 24 Ohio State Sunday.After winning the first two games and dropping the next three to lose in the previous match against the Buckeyes, Carlini and the Badgers now know what they must do to secure a win.”We definitely have to serve a lot tougher and pass better,” Carlini said. “If we just do all the little things, we have such a balanced attack that it will be so hard for opposing team blockers to track our hitters.”While the UW volleyball team members won’t be able to fully enjoy Madison’s Halloween festivities Saturday, they are hoping it will be a big distraction for Ohio State.”This is a very big weekend, so we can’t lose sight of what we need to do just because it’s Halloween,” Bladow said. “But on the other hand, Ohio State has to be here Saturday for all the madness and everything, and hopefully that will affect them a little bit being on the road.”last_img read more

Attorney Gloria Allred criticizes report on 2005 investigation

first_imgUPDATED: June 9, 2012, 10:50 p.m. ESTAttorney Gloria Allred issued a statement Monday afternoon criticizing the report published by Syracuse University’s Board of Trustees regarding SU’s 2005 investigation into allegations against former associate men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine.Her nine-page account touches on 13 distinct criticisms of the report, produced by a special committee of the Board of Trustees, and asserts that overall it “is a complete whitewash” and “raises more questions than it answers.”Allred represents Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, former ball boys for the men’s basketball team, who allege they were sexually abused by Fine.Fine, who was fired by SU on Nov. 27, has denied all wrongdoing and has not been charged.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSome of Allred’s criticisms include SU’s decision to approach the allegations as a human resources issue and the choice to have its regular counsel –– the law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King –– conduct an unbiased investigation into the allegations in 2005.She is also critical of the report’s statement that there was no effort to cover up the allegations, because it acknowledges that the Board of Trustees and law enforcement should have been contacted.“This conclusion does not pass ‘the laugh test’ and appears to us to be preposterous on its face,” Allred wrote in the statement.At several points, the attorney’s statement questions why Davis’ allegation that Fine’s wife, Laurie, had sex with players on the SU basketball team was never explored further in the report.But most of all, she said, the report suffers from the same deficiencies as SU’s 2005 investigation: It is not completely transparent and does not contain critical analysis.Said Allred: “Syracuse University should be fully transparent and address these issues honestly even though it may be embarrassed to do so, rather than attempting to create a new paper trail in hopes of protecting itself against future lawsuits and public criticism by the Syracuse community.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm Contact Dylan: dmsegelb@syr.edu | @dylan_segelbaumlast_img read more