Rocky Mountain Power, Sonnen team up on major solar-plus-storage project in Utah FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:German home energy storage company sonnen fulfilled a long-time dream for its U.S. operation: It will supply battery systems to an entire new residential community, with a contract in place to deliver grid services to the local utility.Sonnen will install more than 600 ecoLinx batteries in developer Wasatch Group’s Soleil Lofts apartments in Herriman, Utah, a rapidly growing region south of Salt Lake City. The fleet of batteries will total 5 megawatts/12.6 megawatt-hours of storage paired with onsite solar generation. The deal brings to life the company’s long-avowed wish to harness residential clean energy investments to help the broader grid run more efficiently.Sonnen, which was acquired by Shell in February, previously struck deals to supply new eco-conscious developments in Arizona, Florida and Illinois. But this is the first time the company has contracted with a utility — in this case, Rocky Mountain Power — to put its devices to work for the grid.“This is transformative,” said Blake Richetta, chairman and CEO of sonnen’s U.S. business. “This is what we’ve been working on for years.”The network of batteries, dubbed a virtual power plant in industry parlance, will shift the community’s solar production to serve the evening peak, incrementally reducing the utility’s need to run fossil-fueled plants during the hours of highest electricity demand. The batteries will also deliver demand response for the utility and provide backup power to the residents in case of grid outage.Rocky Mountain Power sees it as a trial run for a statewide push to tap distributed energy tools for the broader grid. Even more surprising, this deal is not pegged for future delivery after 2022, like the capacity market contract Sunrun won for its own network of home batteries earlier this year. Sonnen installations started last week, and customers will move into their battery-equipped rental apartments later this year.More: ‘Transformative’: Sonnen to deliver community battery network with grid services contract
People are scared of identity theft, and for good reason. If a bad guy gets his hands on your credit card information or Social Security number, he can set up accounts in your name, launder thousands of dollars and ruin your credit. It can take years – and countless amounts of time and energy – to clean up the mess.A survey of 1,000 adults by MasterCard released in July found that 77 percent of Americans feel anxious about having their financial information stolen, which is a greater percentage than those who fear their home being robbed (59 percent). Still, many respondents reported engaging in behavior that increases their risks of being a victim of identity theft or fraud, including rarely changing passwords for online financial accounts (46 percent) or using the same password for multiple accounts (44 percent). “The average person should be very concerned,” says Charlie Price, managing director in MorganFranklin Consulting’s corporate investigations and dispute solutions practice and a former FBI agent. “Every time you click on a link, you’re essentially opening up your front door to let a con man in,” he says.The risks that come with identity theft can be even higher than losing the money that’s in your bank account. ”Attackers aren’t going for the $5,000 or $20,000 you have in savings. They’re going for something far more valuable: your identity,” says Chris Hadnagy, CEO of Social-Engineer, a consulting company that helps organizations protect themselves, and an expert on financial fraud. The attacker can then use your identity to create credit accounts and steal far more money than you have in your bank account. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Be up-to-dateIndustries change, so you need to be ready and able to adapt. The people around you will change, the work environment may change, and trends within the industry will change as well. Always keep learning more about your work and take advantage of any free training or higher education opportunities. The more you know, the higher your value will be to the company.Focus and prioritize tasksYou gotta get things done. If you’re working on too many tasks at once, you’ll be tied up for a long time and won’t get anything accomplished. Focus on the most important things and put those at the top of your to-do list.Be an innovative thinkerYou may not come up with a new and exciting way of doing things on a daily basis, but if you train yourself to think outside the box, it will lead to innovation. Hopefully this way of thinking rubs off on the team, which can lead to more success in your office.Be positiveYou’ll never reach any goals or be as successful as you want to be if you don’t visualize how you’re going to get there. Keep pushing ahead when obstacles arise and find a way to succeed. Don’t give up when failures happen. Learn from those mistakes and let them make you a better employee.Seek out a mentorIf you’re new to an industry, you’ve probably got a lot to learn. Find a more experienced employee who can give you advice and help guide you down the right path. Make sure it’s someone who is respected in the office and someone who won’t lead you astray. 131SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
Whether you’ve recently welcomed a new addition to your family and your parental leave is ending, or you’ve stayed home to raise your kids and are returning to the workforce, getting back out there can be quite challenging. You may be resuming a position at the same organization or starting a new role at a completely different company. Either way, here are three tips for getting back into a groove and finding your place in the working world.Be realisticYou may be coming back from a twelve-week leave, or a twelve-year hiatus, but regardless of the time frame, things will have undoubtedly changed. Don’t expect to jump right back into things because while you were away, other employees were still going about their normal routine. Be patient with others and with yourself. If you’re returning to the same organization, personnel and organizational changes may have been made that will take some getting used to. If you’re starting somewhere new, look at it as a new adventure and although it may be scary at first, things will fall into place.Maintain your composureMost likely when you start back at work, other employees will know your situation. Therefore, it’s fine to briefly catch up with them about your home life, but don’t dwell on personal matters. Sometimes returning to work can be emotional, so it’s important that you don’t let yourself get too hung up on either your baby in childcare or your older children in school. Keep yourself focused on your job responsibilities and others will see that you’re dedicated despite going through a transitional time.Let go of the guiltMany new parents return to work out of necessity and others do because of their dedication to their career. Whatever the reason, going from being with children and family to being with coworkers in the workplace can be a disorienting change. Many who are in this position feel a sense of guilt for making the decision to return to work. The most important thing you can do for yourself and your family is to let go of your guilt and be proud of your decision. Trust in yourself and have the strength to move forward. 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Going back more than four decades, PSCU was established for collaboration and scale on behalf of credit unions and their members. Our commitment to the “people helping people” values of the credit union movement is strengthened by ensuring our PSCU staff understand the history and philosophy of the movement, as well as the current issues impacting credit unions and their members.We are proudly growing the number of PSCU Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) on staff, each who have studied the development issues that affect our communities. Our CUDE graduates emerge thoroughly motivated to see where they can make an impact. PSCU also actively and enthusiastically supports and endorses CUDE projects – it is part of who we are.Fostering Development EducationPartnering with the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation), we developed “The Credit Union Difference: CU Principles & Philosophies” training course for our staff. To date, more than half of PSCU’s 2,200 employees have completed the course.
Schools, places of worship, shopping malls, cinemas and gyms must remain closed, the ministry said, and bans on large gatherings for religious and sporting events will be extended.City metro train services and domestic and international air travel will remain suspended, it said. A night curfew restricting public movement, except for essential services, will be kept in place between 7:00 pm and 7:00 am. Restaurants however will now be allowed to operate their kitchens for takeaway services. Sports complexes and stadiums are permitted to host events — but without spectators.Inter-state and intra-state buses and passenger vehicles were authorized to operate, but with the discretion of states and territories. ‘Growth prospects remain weak’ The dire economic situation has sparked a migrant worker crisis, as many businesses shut down when the lockdown was imposed.Jobless and hungry, many migrants fled the cities, some walking hundreds of kilometers. Dozens have lost their lives to accidents or exhaustion.Some of those stranded in urban areas have also clashed with police in a recent spate of protests as they clamored to be allowed to return home to their villages.On Sunday, five policeman and a journalist were injured in Rajkot city of western Gujarat state after up to 3,000 migrant workers clashed with officers when a special train to bring them home was cancelled. Twenty-nine people were arrested.Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman this week announced several stimulus measures, although analysts said they focused on easing the supply side of the economy.”Near to medium-term growth prospects remain weak in the absence of demand boosts,” Kotak Mahindra Bank senior economist Upasna Bhardwaj said in a note. Cases on the rise The third extension to the lockdown came as India recorded its biggest single-day jump in cases with 4,987 new infections in the last 24 hours.It took the total number of cases to 90,927 with 2,872 deaths.Health experts say infections may only peak in June or July, and have called for more testing to determine the spread of the disease.Earlier Sunday, India’s worst-affected coronavirus state Maharashtra, home to the financial capital Mumbai, extended its lockdown to end-May ahead of the national announcement.Maharashtra, with a population of 112 million, has reported 30,706 cases including 1,135 deaths.Mumbai — India’s worst-hit city — has 18,555 infections, and the pandemic has pushed its hospitals to breaking point.A city authority spokesman said Mumbai was considering turning Wankhede Stadium — the site of India’s cricket World Cup final triumph in 2011 — into a virus treatment facility.The conversion could happen if other facilities get overwhelmed with the onset of the monsoon, which usually starts around mid-June — and monsoon-related illnesses, although “nothing has been decided yet”, the spokesman said.There were some nationwide relaxations for industry and agriculture last month, while offices last week were allowed to operate with one-third capacity.Limited service resumed Tuesday on the country’s massive rail network. The National Disaster Management Authority said the restrictions would be updated “as necessary, keeping in view the need to open up economic activities” in Asia’s third-biggest economy while containing the virus.”India will not see the worst of COVID-19, like in other countries,” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan tweeted, adding that state governments had the flexibility to implement locally tailored measures. India extended its coronavirus lockdown until the end of May on Sunday as it reported its biggest single-day jump in cases, but said some sectors would be permitted to open up to ease the economic pain.The lockdown affecting 1.3 billion people — the world’s largest — has been in force since late March and has been devastating for India’s poor, with millions of migrant workers losing their jobs.”Lockdown measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 will continue” until at least May 31,” the home affairs ministry said in a statement. Topics :
BLOG: Celebrating Black History Month in Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Obie Kernodle, Deputy Chief of Staff February 03, 2016 Equality, The Blog February marks the nationwide celebration of Black History Month in the United States. The national theme for this year’s observance of Black History Month is “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.”The origins of Black History Month began in 1926, when Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History established “Negro History Week.”We have much to celebrate in African American history in the ninety years that have passed since that inaugural year.The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is home to nearly 1.5 million African Americans currently and, throughout history, many have played significant roles in Pennsylvania’s economic, cultural, spiritual, and political development.For example, did you know that Bayard Rustin, a national civil rights advocate and associate of Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Pennsylvania native? As was Richard Allen, the founder of the first national black church in the United States (who is being honored on a postage stamp, unveiled yesterday), and Guion Bluford, an astronaut who in 1983 became the first African American who visited outer space.Pennsylvania was home to some of the best baseball players and teams prior to integration including the Hilldale Club, Homestead Grays, Pittsburgh Crawfords, Harrisburg Giants, and Philadelphia Pythians – one of the earliest baseball clubs in the country.Other acclaimed Pennsylvanians include athletes like Wilt Chamberlain, Joe Frazier, Reggie Jackson, Tony Dorsett, Lenny Moore, and Ernie Davis; entertainers like Kevin Hart, The Roots, Will Smith, and Patti LaBelle; and Oscar-winning director Lee Daniels.These men and women have shaped the history of our state and our nation, and they join the other millions of African American Pennsylvanians who have worked tirelessly to maintain and promote their culture and history.Many African American historical firsts happened in Pennsylvania. In 1787, prominent religious leaders Richard Allen and Absalom Jones organized the Free African Society, one of the first black mutual aid societies anywhere, the Philadelphia Colored Female Free Produce Society boycotted products produced by slave labor and exerted economic pressure on slave states, and, in 1838, William Whipper founded The National Reformer, the first black newspaper in the state.African Americans in Pennsylvania have served as conductors on the Underground Railroad, fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and worked in the shipyards in Philadelphia, the coal and steel industries in Steelton and Pittsburgh, and the railroad industry in Erie and Harrisburg.The Commonwealth is proud to honor the history and contributions of African Americans in our state and throughout the nation.The Wolf Administration is encouraging all Pennsylvanians to celebrate this important observance and to continue to work toward the goal of liberty and justice for all.
The Swedish Port of Norrkoping said in its latest release that the Environmental Court has given its necessary approval for the port expansion program, aimed to boost the region’s business and improve the possibilities for efficient and sustainable transport.The project now enters next phase, with the aim of beginning dredging work in 2019, the port stated.Commenting the news, Henrik Åkerstom, the port’s CEO, said: “We now have the environmental ruling we need to expand the ports capacity. We can now start with the expansion which is needed to cope with increased freight volumes, larger vessels and more efficient production at the port.”“I am glad we have got a good start to start such a big and important venture for Norrkoping and the region. The port is of great importance for our businesses and the upcoming expansion strengthens Norrkoping as one of the country’s leading logistics areas,” added Pontus Lindblom, Business director, Municipality of Norrkoping.On behalf of the municipality, Port of Norrkoping operates the expansion of Pampushamnen at Handelo. It is a part of the transformation of the inner harbor to the residential and inner city area.
“I don’t believe he’ll be able to develop (power), no matter what trainer he brings in,” Wilder said. “You just don’t develop power in a couple of weeks… it’s impossible.” Fury, who is arguably the most skillful defensive boxer in the heavyweight division and outfoxed Wilder for long periods in the first fight, says he plans a more aggressive approach in the rematch. But Wilder is skeptical that the self-styled “Gypsy King” plans to go on the attack, and believes that he has already planted doubt in Fury’s mind after sending him to the canvas with a crushing combination in the 12th round last time. Fury miraculously recovered his senses after that knockdown and somehow managed to hang on for the draw. Wilder, however, believes he has inflicted lasting damage on the Briton. “If he brings the fight to me it’s going to make the fight that much more interesting,” Wilder said. Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney PrincessesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Read Also: Tyson Fury denies he’s nervous ahead Wilder rematch “Deep down in his heart, I really feel that he’s nervous from the first time. When you knock a person out and get a concussion, you never forget that. “You never forget who did it to you. And when you’re going back in the ring with that person a second time it has to be stressful. He knows what the truth was. “He can say he beat me by a wide margin but he honestly don’t believe that. If he believed he beat me, he wouldn’t have changed up so much.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… World heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder ridiculed Tyson Fury’s punching power on Tuesday as the two unbeaten fighters prepare for their eagerly anticipated rematch in Las Vegas. Wilder, the reigning WBC champion, climbs back into the ring with British star Fury on February 22, 14 months after the two men battled to a thrilling draw in Los Angeles in December 2018. World champion Deontay Wilder (L) doubts Tyson Fury (R) possesses the punching power to knock him out in their February 22 rematch Fury, who was knocked down twice by Wilder in the first fight, insists he plans to chase a knockout in the rematch, believing he has little chance of winning a decision in front of Las Vegas judges. However, Wilder on Tuesday poured scorn on Fury’s threats of knockout – dismissing his opponent as having “pillows” for fists. Wilder, 42-0 with one drawn and 41 knockouts, cited his experience from the first Fury fight, revealing he had felt no soreness after the 12-round scrap. “I can’t tell you any rounds where I felt like I was threatened by his power,” Wilder said on a conference call. “He has pillows as fists. That’s how soft they were. Maybe my adrenaline was too high to feel anything. Sometimes after a fight you feel sore. But even after the fight I didn’t feel anything. “I took all his punches, the ones he landed, and I walked right through them. So I don’t respect none of his power. “He’s just a tall big man that can move around the ring. And that’s about it. As far as power, there’s none there.” – Power outage – Fury has switched trainers for next week’s rematch, bringing in Javan “Sugarhill” Steward in a move he hopes will boost his knockout power. Wilder, however, is unimpressed by the changes in Fury’s corner.