Corporate buyers a major force behind renewable energy surge

first_imgCorporate buyers a major force behind renewable energy surge FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Dozens of wind turbines each standing 260 feet tall spin in the breeze on the plains of Oklahoma, feeding electricity for a Google data center about 180 miles away.Worldwide, data centers like the Mayes County site outside Tulsa handle almost 32 quintillion bytes of information each day, according to Cisco Global Cloud Index. That’s the equivalent of streaming 32 billion hours of Netflix, and it makes big tech companies some of the fastest growing energy consumers.It’s also posing a dilemma for companies like Facebook Inc. and Google’s owner Alphabet Inc., whose data hordes are making them more prominent energy consumers at the same moment investors are increasing their scrutiny of their stewardship of the environment. The answer for them is increasingly to line up long-term contracts for green electricity, adding momentum to the shift away from fossil fuels.“We spend a lot of time chasing renewable energy to match our consumption,” said Neha Palmer, head of energy strategy at Google, which is owned by Alphabet. “We have 15 data centers that are live, and we’re building out more.”Rising power use is a reputational risk for the tech industry, since rising coal use to feed its server farms clashes with many company’s green ambitions. The incoming wave of data will only increase their energy use, and whatever powers those machines will have an impact on greenhouse-gas pollution.Google and its competitors are alive to that issue. At the Mayes County data center in Pryor, about 45 miles east of Tulsa, halls are lined with blinking servers behind glass doors. They’re transmitting and storing trillions of bytes of information every day from applications supporting Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc. Those include Gmail and G-chat messages to photos and videos saved in Google Drive. The power comes from wind farms built by NextEra Energy Inc. and Chermac Energy Corp.More: From Google to Facebook, big data is driving green energy shiftlast_img read more

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Florida lawyers are federalized

first_imgFlorida lawyers are federalized May 15, 2006 Regular News Florida lawyers are federalized Four sections sponsor CLE event in Washington, D.C. Greeted by blooming flowers and sunshine, four Florida Bar groups hosted The Federal Seminar 2006 in Washington, D.C., in April.The three-day program, jointly sponsored by the Government Lawyer, Environmental and Land Use Law, Appellate Practice sections and the Out-of-State Practitioners Division provided opportunities for 25 Florida lawyers to explore topics of federal law in some of the nation’s most prestigious buildings.“Through this program, Florida’s lawyers gain access and experiences that they probably could not otherwise obtain,” said Keith Rizzardi, co-chair of seminar. “organizing this program on behalf of so many groups in The Florida Bar, and by arranging for such unique locations, we’ve also been able to obtain first-rate speakers for the events.”Registrants for the program attended oral arguments and a swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court, followed by a continuing legal education program, held in the Court’s West Conference Room, with Deputy Solicitor General Thomas Hungar and environmental law casebook author Robert Percival. Three past presidents of the Federal Circuit Bar led a discussion at the Florida House on federal circuit practice. The White House Council on Environmental Quality hosted a “Conversation with CEQ” and wine and cheese reception at the Old Executive Office Building’s Indian Treaty Room, next to the White House. And agency officials, lobbyists, and nonprofit advocacy groups led panel discussions related to APA litigation and ethical lobbying at the U.S. Department of Interior.The Federal Seminar 2006 also had a unique social component.“When will any of us get another chance to lunch with the clerk of the Supreme Court, take a private tour of the Interior Building, raid the White House Airlift Operations gift shop, and pose for photos in front of the West Wing?” asked Ward Griffin, the other seminar co-chair.The Government Lawyer Section initially began this program with The Federal Seminar 2004, held at the Supreme Court, Justice Department, National Archives, and Library of Congress. The program leaders expect The Federal Seminar to continue to grow and evolve.“We hope that this program will become an essential CLE for people seeking state and federal government and administrative practice certification,” said Rizzardi, referring to the proposed certification program currently awaiting final approval by the Florida Supreme Court.“Ideally, we’ll host the Washington, D.C., program every even-numbered year,” Griffin said. “The challenge will be keeping the group sizes manageable, and getting all the needed security clearances. But I know we’re gaining momentum, because I’m already getting inquiries about when we plan to host this program again.”last_img read more

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NAFCU continues fight for military CUs in NDAA

first_img continue reading » NAFCU, along with the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) and CUNA, again voiced opposition against the inclusion of a provision regarding bank leases in the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The provision – if included in the final version of the bill – could disadvantage credit unions as it would treat all banks, including large ones like Wells Fargo, the same as local, not-for-profit credit unions when it comes to nominal leases on military bases.NAFCU consistently advocates against this bank-sought provision in the NDAA and successfully kept it from being included in a final version of the bill last year, despite it being included in the initial Senate-version of the measure. Earlier this month, NAFCU, DCUC and CUNA wrote to the House Armed Services Committee to speak out against the provision’s inclusion.In the letter, sent yesterday, the associations touted the value that credit unions bring to servicemembers and their families, and the efforts taken to bring affordable financial products and services to them while protecting them from predatory institutions.“Our organizations recognize the important role both credit unions and banks can play for our men and women in the military in the provision of traditional financial services and in protecting our troops from predatory lenders,” urged the organizations. “However, we remain concerned that this effort in the FY2021 NDAA to tie the fate of banks on the lease issue to credit unions could ultimately disadvantage credit unions and the men and women of our nation’s armed services that they serve.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Ditching average Dutch premium selfish and short sighted, says legal expert

first_imgYounger workers who favour abolishing the current Dutch system of average premiums for pension funds as it does not favour them are elitist and selfish, a professor of pensions law at Amsterdam’s Free University (VU) has argued.Erik Lutjens said during a debate on solidarity last week that those advocating for the abolition of the current premium rate would only see it benefit their own age group, without taking the interest of others into account.“They only focus on the disavantages of the average contribution approach, while they ignore its positive points. Moreover, they don’t look at the disavantages of ditching the average premium,” he said.Younger employees have become increasingly vocal in opposing the current contribution, a fixed percentage of workers’ salary. They argue that they are paying proportionally more for pensions accrual than older colleagues, while they are less likely to benefit at older age, because of increased labour mobility.Many advocating for a change would prefer a ‘degressive’ approach, which would allow them to accrue proportionally more pension rights at a younger age.Earlier, the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) concluded that while the introduction of such new premium principles would be feasible, it may come at a costs of no less than €100bn.Lutjens pointed out that a degressive accrual would come at the expense of other groups, such as women who enter the labour market after their children have grown up, or people who have been tied up in long-term care and rejoin the work force later in life.“Would these groups then suddenly accrue a proportionally smaller pension,” he asked.“Insisting on a more direct link between the amount paid in and accrued, would also mean a bomb under the mandatory participation, and would push the system in the direction of individual DC,” the professor warned.However, in the opinion of Sandra Oostvriesland from law firm Baker McKenzie and also affiliated with PensioenLab, a think tank of young workers, it is the “unfair” subsidy from young to old, which threatens the system.She called for a hasty end to the average contribution.Martin de Gelder, head of pensions policy and actuarial business at pensions provider AGH, advocated a compromise, through investing the employers’ part of the contribution in the current system of collectivity and solidarity, while investing the workers’ part in an individual DC system.“The latter is approximately one-third of the total contribution, exactly the proportion that young workers pay too much through the subsidy they may recoup when they are older,” he explained.That said, De Gelder acknowledged that, under the current tax regime, his proposed solution is not possible.last_img read more

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IPE Awards: How should activist hedge funds behave? (video)

first_imgCraig Stevenson, senior investment consultant at Towers Watson, discusses where allocations to activist hedge funds should sit in pension fund portolioslast_img

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Marijuana has ‘potentially devastating effects on young people’ – Bennett

first_imgRadio NZ News 23 January 2019Family First Comment: “She said the government’s smokefree goals clashed with its plans to hold the referendum and was contributing to its “ad hoc” and “confused” approach to drug reform.” #SayNopeToDope www.VoteNo.nzNational’s new spokesperson on drug reform says she has a raft of unanswered questions about next year’s referendum on legalising cannabis.A binding referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use will be held at the 2020 general election.Today National Party leader Simon Bridges announced that as part of a minor reshuffle, a new shadow portfolio on drug reform would be led by deputy leader Mrs Bennett.Mrs Bennett told 5 o’clock Report that while she was still weighing up whether she supported the referendum, her main concern was the impact of legalisation on young people.“I honestly worry about our young people and the evidence we’ve seen is that more of them access cannabis when their brains are still developing and it has the potential to have very devastating effects on them and I want to know the answers.”She said the government’s smokefree goals clashed with its plans to hold the referendum and was contributing to its “ad hoc” and “confused” approach to drug reform.She said other uncertainties included the wording of the question in the referendum, what would the administration regime look like, would THC levels be monitored, what would happen to illicit drug use, and the legal age for purchase of marijuana.READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/top/380681/marijuana-has-potentially-devastating-effects-on-young-people-bennettKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Nash Mitchel and Lindon Marie granted bail with strict conditions

first_img Share Commonwealth of Dominica passport. Photo credit: thedominican.netNash Mitchel and Lindon Marie who were charged and remanded at the Stock Farm Prison last month for their alleged involvement in a passport scam were each granted bail in the sum of $75,000 each today with two sureties.Defense Council Heather Felix Evans says bail was granted with strict conditions.Click here to listen to Mrs. Evans: They accused are to report to the Police Headquarters in Roseau three days a week between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm,and are to surrender their travel documents to the police.Dominica Vibes News Share 32 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Nash Mitchel and Lindon Marie granted bail with strict conditions by: – June 22, 2011last_img read more

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Mullen flexes muscles at Outagamie

first_imgBy Edward AnschutzSEYMOUR, Wis. (July 15) – Brian Mullen made his move to the front on the final circuit in win­ning Sunday’s IMCA Modified main event at Outagamie Speedway.An opening lap wreck in the open wheel headliner sent point leader Mike Mullen down pit lane with damage and he did not return. J.J. Andersen then led from the drop of the green until lap six when Konnor Wilinski took away the top spot.Wilinski paced the field, running up top as Mullen worked through the pack. Mullen began to close with five to go. Mullen made his move as the white flag flew, diving under Wilinski for the lead, the win and top spot in the point standings.Kyle Frederick collected the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers and Cody Schroeder raced past Cole Mangin with four laps remaining to win the IMCA Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.Michael Brehmer came out on top in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main.last_img read more

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AIFF Technical Committee Clears Igor Stimac As Next India Coach

first_imgNew Delhi: The technical committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Thursday picked up Igor Stimac as India’s new national team manager and has recommended his name to executive committee for the necessary approval.”We have forwarded Stimac’s name as the new coach. It is now up to the executive committee to take a final call,” a senior member of the technical committee told IANS.Stimac’s name was finalised after a marathon meeting at the AIFF headquarters in New Delhi that lasted nearly four hours. Stimac, who appeared for the interview in person, is expected to take over immediately as the camp for the King’s Cup will begin on May 20. Three others appeared for interview through Skype. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img— The White Sox acquired speedy outfielder Jarrod Dyson from Pittsburgh and reinstated Nick Madrigal from the 10-day injured list. Dyson is batting just .157 this season, but he swiped 30 bags last year. The White Sox sent international signing bonus pool money to the last-place Pirates for the 36-year-old Dyson. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSAP Source: Big Ten working on multiple options for footballUNDATED (AP) — Big Ten coaches, athletic directors and medical personnel are working on multiple plans for staging a football season, including one that would have the league kicking off as soon as Thanksgiving weekend.A person with direct knowledge of the conference’s discussions told The Associated Press the conference is in the early stages of a complicated process that also involves broadcast partners and possible neutral site venues. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditRACIAL INJUSTICE-NBANBA prepares to restart after protest pauseLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoffs are set to resume Saturday, after the league and the National Basketball Players Association detailed the commitments that made players comfortable continuing the postseason. Any plan will need the approval of university presidents and chancellors. The person told the AP that the Big Ten will only play if certain benchmarks related to the coronavirus — such as transmission rates, testing capacity and availability, and testing accuracy — are met in each of the 11 states that are home to the league’s 14 schools.The Big Ten announced on Aug. 11 it was postponing its fall football season because of concerns about playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pac-12 and some smaller conferences soon followed suit.The Big Ten and first-year commissioner Kevin Warren have faced pushback and criticism ever since, including a lawsuit filed by eight Nebraska players who want the decision overturned.In other pandemic-related college sports news:— Seven members of the Kansas State football team have tested positive for COVID-19 in the first outbreak since the Wildcats convened for summer workouts in June. The Wildcats will continue to practice for the season-opener Sept. 12 against Arkansas State. In a joint statement released Friday, the sides say they will immediately establish a social justice coalition, made up of players, coaches and owners, that would focus on issues such as voting access and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform. Play stopped Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks didn’t take the court for their playoff game against Orlando to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin and acts of racial injustice. There have been no games since, while players met among themselves and with coaches and owners before an agreement to resume was reached. All 13 teams remaining in the postseason scheduled practice Friday.Players are calling on people to vote, hopefully in their home arenas. Many within the league of primarily Black players have focused on the importance of voting and the need for places in inner cities where minorities can do so safely. Madison Square Garden is one of eight arenas ready to open its doors on Election Day. Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rovers said Miami is working hard to make its facility available. Thunder guard Chris Paul pointed out that practice facilities would be helpful if arenas can’t be secured.The players and the league will also immediately establish a social justice coalition, made up of players, coaches and owners. The coalition will focus on issues such as voting access and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform. NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka overcame a faulty first serve and reached the finals of the Western & Southern Open following a one-day break in the tournament prompted by her call for racial justice. Osaka sparked the break by announcing she would drop out of the tournament rather than play a semifinal match Thursday against Elise Mertens. The 2018 U.S. Open champ pulled out a 6-2, 7-6 victory over Mertens on Friday.Osaka will face resurgent Victoria Azarenka, who beat Johanna Konta 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to reach the Western & Southern final for the first time since 2013, when she beat Serena Williams.In the men’s bracket, top-ranked Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) overcame more neck problems and advanced to the finals with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 win over Roberto Bautista Agut (ah-GOOO’). Milos Raonic (MEE’-lohsh ROW’-nihch) beat fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6, 6-3 to reach a final for the first time in 26 months. Three-way tie at LPGA eventROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Jackie Stoelting returned from a 14-month maternity break to take a share of the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.The 34-year-old played her first nine holes in 5-under 30 and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 64 to join Anna Nordqvist and rookie Esther Lee atop the leaderboard.TENNIS-WESTERN & SOUTHERNOsaka to face Azarenka, Djokovic vs. Raonic Update on the latest sports CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR drivers don’t plan to skip Saturday’s race at Daytona International Speedway to raise awareness of social and racial injustices. But Bubba Wallace says that decision should not be interpreted as “turning away from the dark and evil acts that have taken over our nation.” The 26-year-old Wallace is the only fulltime Black driver in the Cup series and has been a leader in pushing NASCAR for more diversity and its recent ban on the Confederate flag at racetracks. He was the first driver to address any action potentially planned at Daytona as other sports leagues have reacted to the police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin. MLB-SCHEDULESmith homers in first game since boycottUNDATED (AP) — Dom Smith was tearful on Wednesday, grateful on Thursday and gleeful on Friday. Smith belted a tiebreaking solo homer while the New York Mets scored five times in the sixth inning to beat the Yankees, 6-4 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The homer came two days after he made an impassioned statement about racial injustice in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Mets responded by rallying around Smith on Thursday, staging an on-field demonstration with the Miami Marlins before the two teams boycotted their game.The Yankees led 4-1 until the Mets homered three times in the sixth. Pete Alonso tied it with a three-run blast and Jake Marisnick gave the Mets breathing room with a solo shot.Clint Frazier belted a two-run homer and had three RBIs for the Yankees, who have dropped six straight since a six-game winning streak.It was the first game on Jackie Robinson Day. Robinson signed his first Dodgers contract on Aug. 28, 1945, and the 1963 March on Washington was held on the same day. Jackie Robinson Day is usually April 15, the day of his first major league game. The date was moved when the major league season had to be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Also on the major league schedule: August 28, 2020 And the NBA and players will work with TV networks to create advertising spots during the remainder of the postseason to promote greater engagement in the election process and their communities.NBA-MAVERICKS-PORZINGISPorzingis to miss rest of Mavs-Clippers seriesLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) will miss the rest of the Dallas Mavericks’ series against the Los Angeles Clippers because of a torn ligament in his right knee. The team said it is looking into treatment options but added that Porzingis wouldn’t be medically cleared the rest of the series. Porzingis averaged 23.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in the first three games of the series.NHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE CHANGES — Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt canceled Friday’s practice after what he called “a few more positive tests.” Pruitt had adjusted the schedule for Saturday to allow his players to take part in an on-campus march against racism. — A person with knowledge of the situation says Auburn’s football team has canceled its last two practices because of issues related to COVID-19 after positive tests this week. It wasn’t clear how many players, coaches or others tested positive. — North Carolina State has allowed 12 programs to resume workouts after the school paused all athletics activities earlier this week, but football remains on hold for now. In a statement Friday, athletics director Boo Corrigan said the school plans for another round of testing for the football program and will make a decision on next steps.— North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham says the school will begin football and other fall sports without fans at home because of the pandemic. Cunningham says the restriction will last through September for football, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, volleyball and cross country. In addition, tailgating won’t be allowed on campus. NFL-SAINTS OWNER-VIRUS — The Tigers-Twins doubleheader in Detroit has been postponed because of bad weather. One game will be made up as part of doubleheaders on Saturday, and Sept. 4.MLB-NEWSJudge on IL againUNDATED (AP) — The Yankees have placed right fielder Aaron Judge on the 10-day injured list again with a strained left calf just days after the star slugger returned. Judge was activated Wednesday but aggravated the injury in a game at Atlanta and was removed in the sixth inning. In other major league news: McIlroy, Cantlay share BMW leadOLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay share the lead as the only players under par through two rounds of the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields. Cantlay fired a 2-under 68 and McIlroy shot a 69, leaving them 1 under at the midway point. Cantlay holed a 50-foot chip for birdie and holed out a 50-yard wedge for eagle.Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson are one shot back, while Tiger Woods could be two rounds away from ending his season. Woods had to make a 35-foot par putt on his final hole to shoot 75, leaving him nine shots behind.LPGA-WALMART NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP Saints, Pelicans owner Benson tests positive for coronavirusNEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says Gayle Benson hasn’t been hospitalized and has continued to work from home. A spokesperson says the 73-year-old Benson hasn’t missed a daily work call with Saints and Pelicans staff and hasn’t missed an NBA or NFL owner call in recent days.Benson has been sole owner of both New Orleans franchises since her husband, Tom Benson, died in March of 2018.PGA-BMW CHAMPIONSHIP Associated Press NHL playoffs to resume this weekendUNDATED (AP) — The NHL’s second-round playoff series will resume this weekend with three games each on Saturday and Sunday after players prompted the league to postpone two days of action to protest racial injustice.The postponements of four games to be played Thursday and Friday have led the NHL to push back the potential completion of the second-round schedule by as many as two days should three of the series require a Game 7. RACIAL INJUSTICE-MOTORSPORTSNASCAR plans to race, Wallace says fight for racial equality goes onlast_img read more

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