On the Blogs: Solar Battery Systems Gain Traction in New U.S. Markets

first_imgOn the Blogs: Solar Battery Systems Gain Traction in New U.S. Markets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The first quarter of 2016 saw 18.3 megawatts of grid-interactive energy storage installed in the U.S., up 127 percent year-over-year and marking the largest first quarter in the history of the nation’s energy storage market, according to GTM Research’s Q2 2016 U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report. Historically, California has dominated residential energy storage deployments in the U.S. In Q1 2016, however, GTM Research observed growing deployments in a number of emerging state markets across the U.S., including Kentucky, Nevada, Utah and Vermont. While these individual markets are still quite small, collectively they accounted for the largest share of residential energy storage deployments in Q1 2016, surpassing even California and Hawaii. Energy storage system vendors are beginning to expand into “nontraditional” markets where few, if any, deployments have occurred before. Activities in these new markets speak both to customer interest and improving economic cases for storage. It’s unlikely that any of these state markets will come close to rivaling states like California or Hawaii in the near future, but nevertheless we’re witnessing an expansion of energy storage influenced by factors including new business cases for behind-the-meter storage.In particular, interest in aggregation of behind-the-meter assets is growing. Several U.S. utilities have already partnered with energy storage system vendors to pursue business models that offer the opportunity to leverage a fleet of residential energy storage systems to provide grid services. Green Mountain Power in Vermont begun shipping Tesla Powerwalls early in 2016, offering the option for customers to allow utility access to the systems in exchange for electricity bill credit; Green Mountain Power plans to utilize these storage systems to reduce capacity and transmission costs, as well as to provide energy arbitrage. Additionally, Sunverge has partnered with Glasgow Electric Plant Board in Kentucky to explore opportunities to leverage residential storage to provide services to the grid. Sunverge and SunPower are also working with Con Edison in New York to deploy residential storage as part of a virtual power plant trial project within the New York Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) program with the goal of exploring a new business model for utilities.Full item: The Growing Opportunity for Residential Energy Storage in the USlast_img read more

Agencies issue statement on BSA due diligence requirements for PEPs

first_imgNCUA, along with the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued a joint statement clarifying that Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) due diligence requirements for customers who may be considered “politically exposed persons” (PEPs) should be commensurate with the risks posed by the PEP relationship.The term PEP is commonly used to refer to foreign individuals who are or have been entrusted with a prominent public function, as well as their immediate family members and close associates. By virtue of this public position or relationship, these individuals may present a higher risk that their funds may be the proceeds of corruption or other illicit activity.CUNA’s CompBlog provides analysis on the statement, which clarifies:Like other credit union accounts, accounts held by PEPs are subject to BSA/AML regulatory requirements, including suspicious activity reporting, “customer identification program” (CIP), “customer due diligence” (CDD) and beneficial ownership, as applicable. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Pandemic spells death sentence for India’s non-virus patients

first_imgMany of them had travelled from other cities for now-cancelled appointments and can’t go back due to transport restrictions under the nationwide lockdown that began on March 25.Outpatient departments at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) closed, forcing cancer patients and others with deadly ailments to take shelter in a grimy pedestrian subway and under canvas.Though aid groups have provided some food and medicines, it had been 12 hours since Saryu Das had eaten when AFP met him.His son, who had mouth cancer, lay on a thin mattress with his face covered by a scarf. Flies hovered around him. Four days later, he died.Waste littered the subway floor that is now home to more than 10 families unable to get back to their hometowns, with the mattresses so close that social distancing was impossible.The AIIMS did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the death and the patients outside. But hospitals across the vast country of 1.3 billion people have been put on alert and its virus death toll is now above 280.When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the lockdown, he gave millions of Indians taking life-saving drugs only four hours’ notice.Amulya Nidhi, a health activist based in Madhya Pradesh state, told AFP the government knew that vulnerable patients -– including those with silicosis and tuberculosis, which kills tens of thousands each year in India, as well as pregnant women — were at risk.”I’m getting distress calls from across India over access to basic medicines and treatment,” said Nidhi.”It is important to expand healthcare facilities to fight COVID-19. At the same time, hospitals and ambulances have to be available for patients with other problems,” he said.In February, 39-year-old Maitri Lakra was found to be in the initial stages of tongue cancer. Being HIV-positive only added to her woes.Doctors at AIIMS referred her to their campus in Haryana state for pre-surgery tests, which started mid-March. But 10 days later, she was told that all radiology appointments were postponed.As her condition deteriorated -– bleeding from the tongue and in unbearable pain -– she filed a petition with the Delhi High Court and has finally been admitted to AIIMS.”Her cancer is at stage three now. Had she received treatment on time, this would not have happened,” her son Debashish Dag said.Vinay Shetty, from the Mumbai-based Think Foundation that works with people with the blood disease thalassaemia and organises blood donation camps, said those needing transfusions are among the most vulnerable.”Those needing drugs may not have a problem, but anybody needing blood will,” Shetty said, adding the government had to encourage blood donors.Public health expert Anant Bhan said India’s focus on COVID-19 could lead to other diseases such as tuberculosis spreading.”Family members in lockdown with tuberculosis patients are at risk. After the lockdown is removed and people start social interactions, it could spread the infection the same way COVID-19 patients could spread infection,” Bhan said.”Deaths because of COVID-19 and not directly of it is something that we need to worry about. We need to ensure those who need essential services have it,” he said.And time is already running out for Shahjahan’s fellow patients in the subway and tents outside AIIMS.”The doctors told me they could not do my chemotherapy session now and that they’ll call me when the lockdown is lifted. That call may take weeks,” said 25-year old Rampur resident Mohammed Shan-e-Alam.”Now I can’t go home and I can’t go to the hospital.”Topics : “The authorities just left her to die. Even when they referred us to another hospital, they refused to give us an ambulance,” said Mohammad Khalid, a relative of Shahjahan.The capacity of medical facilities around the world has been stretched by the surge of COVID-19 patients as outbreaks worsen in many countries.It can cause people with other life-threatening diseases to miss out on vital care — especially in places like India, where healthcare systems are shakier.Dozens of people with serious medical conditions are camped outside India’s national medical institute in tents set up by the Delhi government. Liver patient Shahjahan’s family feared the worst when a New Delhi public hospital told her to leave because her bed was needed in a coronavirus unit.The 40-year-old mother had been on a ventilator with an acute infection for almost two weeks when she left Lok Nayak hospital on Tuesday night.She died at her family home in Delhi the next morning. Other hospitals had turned her away because of the pandemic.last_img read more

Professional footballers to boycott social media for 24 hours today

first_imgPROFESSIONAL footballers in England and Wales are to boycott social media for 24 hours today, to protest against the way social networks and football authorities respond to racism.It follows a number of high-profile incidents in domestic and international matches this season.Earlier this week, Manchester United captain Ashley Young was racially abused on Twitter. And Watford captain Troy Deeney said “enough is enough”.“On Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players – or anyone else – whether from the crowd or online, that we won’t tolerate it within football,” said Deeney, who disabled comments on his Instagram after abuse earlier this month.“The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism.”HOW IS FOOTBALL TACKLING RACISM ON SOCIAL MEDIA?Racist chanting was directed at several England players including Danny Rose during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro last month – the Spurs defender later said he “can’t wait to see the back of football”.“I don’t want any future players to go through what I’ve been through in my career,” said Rose. “Collectively, we are simply not willing to stand by while too little is done by football authorities and social media companies to protect players from this disgusting abuse.”The #Enough campaign, organised by the Professional Footballers’ Association, starts at 09:00hrs BST today and runs until 09:00hrs BST tomorrow. Players have been encouraged to post a #Enough graphic on their social media platforms before the boycott.Manchester United defender Chris Smalling added: “The time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income.”The PFA said the boycott was the “first step in a longer campaign to tackle racism in football”.“The boycott acts as a show of unity by the players, and a call for stronger action to be taken by social networks and footballing authorities in response to racist abuse both on and off the pitch,” the PFA said in a statement.Young was abused after United’s Champions League exit to Barcelona on Tuesday. Accounts identified in this case as violating Twitter’s abusive behaviour policy have been prevented from posting again until the offending tweets have been removed.INCIDENTS OF RACIST ABUSE IN 2018-19December: Banana skin thrown on to the pitch during the north London derby at Emirates Stadium, after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for ArsenalDecember: Raheem Sterling suffers alleged racial abuse during Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea. Sterling later says newspapers are helping to “fuel racism” by the ways in which they portray young black footballersMarch: Chelsea lodge a complaint with UEFA over racist abuse aimed at Callum Hudson-Odoi during the second leg of their Europa League win at Dynamo KievMarch: England report racist abuse of players during their 5-1 win over Montenegro in PodgoricaApril: Juventus’ 19-year-old Italian forward Moise Kean suffers racist abuse from the stands during a match at Cagliari – with team-mate Leonardo Bonucci’s suggestion that Kean was partly to blame called laughable by Raheem SterlingApril: Derby winger Duane Holmes and Wigan defender Nathan Byrne are targeted by the alleged racist abuse in the ChampionshipApril: Deeney and Watford team-mates Adrian Mariappa and Christian Kabasele receive racist abuse on social mediaApril: Young targeted on Twitter. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Doc Rivers says he’s uncertain about his coaching future with Clippers

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates In the end, the Clippers finished with a winning record, but they failed to win 50 games and advance to the playoffs for the first time in Rivers’ five seasons as their coach. Rivers couldn’t coax enough wins out of his patchwork lineups in order to grab a postseason berth.It wasn’t for a lack of trying, however.Rivers used 37 different starting lineups this season, the most in the NBA. He mixed and matched players without being able to count on a starting five night after night. His rotation was constantly changing because of the Clippers’ many injuries.By season’s end, the Clippers played only six quarters with their lineup as planned coming out of training camp. Milos Teodosic suffered a plantar fascia injury in the first half of their second game, the first in a string of debilitating injuries that short-circuited their playoff chances.The season was not a total loss, though. LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers has one season remaining on his contract to coach the Clippers, but he couldn’t say Wednesday with any degree of certainty whether he would return to the team in 2018-19 or whether he would sign a contract extension to keep him on the job beyond next season.“I love what I do, but that doesn’t mean that you keep doing it every year, do you know what I mean?” Rivers said before the team’s season finale against the Lakers at Staples Center. “I can’t even answer the question. I love where we’re at as a franchise. I will say that. I would honestly say that a year ago I don’t know if I would have had that same feeling.“So, we’ll see.”Early in the season, when the Clippers were mired in a nine-game losing streak and they were crippled by injuries, there was chatter that the team might fire Rivers. Later, when they rallied into playoff contention after trading Blake Griffin, there was talk that he was an NBA Coach of the Year candidate. Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “There’s two ways to look at it,” Rivers said. “The positive way, for me, is due to the injuries and really the injuries only, we had a really successful season. … I would challenge any other team to have not have three or four starters every night and come up with the record we had. …“The negative side of it is we had all these injuries and we weren’t allowed to be who we think we could have been. For me, I’m very proud of the group and I’m very disappointed because of the injuries. It’s my first time in 10 years not making the playoffs. It’s not something I want to get used to.“I don’t even know what to do tomorrow.”The finality of missing the playoffs hit Rivers earlier this week, when coaches around the league began calling to ask for scouting reports on potential playoff opponents. He was only too happy to offer his advice on attacking and defending other teams, but it soured him.“That’s not a good feeling, honestly, and I don’t want to get used to that,” he said.C.J. WILLIAMS HONOREDClippers guard C.J. Williams won the G League’s Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award, given to the developmental league player who “best represents the ideals of character and conduct on and off the court.” Williams split his season between the Clippers and their Ontario-based G League team. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Drew Lock injury update: Broncos QB to ‘miss some time’ with thumb sprain, report says

first_imgDrew Lock appears like he’ll be sidelined for at least the next few weeks. The rookie quarterback badly sprained his thumb in the Broncos’ preseason loss to the 49ers on Monday, according to a report from NFL Network, which cites unidentified league sources. Lock will not need surgery but is expected to miss some time, the report says.  An injury to the right thumb of a righty-throwing QB is not good. But the team does have depth in the QB room. https://t.co/6gjxmdQ0s9— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 20, 2019Lock, 22, suffered the injury when he was sacked in the second quarter. He remained in the game for one more play, throwing an incomplete pass, and was removed before the next series. “The last throw I was like, ‘I’m going to muscle through this. If we get the first down, I’m going to muscle through this drive. But I’m going to get through this one play,’” Lock told reporters after the game (via the team’s official website). “And, shoot, the ball came out of my hand pretty nice after that. That’s a good sign to me: being able to throw right after that. It hurt a little bit, but once I got over (to the bench) it kind of stiffened up a little bit.” Related News Theo Riddick injury update: Broncos running back out 6-8 weeks with shoulder fracture, report says Jimmy Garoppolo ‘obviously a little frustrated’ with lackluster preseason debut The Missouri product slipped to the second round of the 2019 draft, where the Broncos selected him with the No. 42 overall pick. He has completed 31 of his 51 passes for 254 yards with a touchdown and an interception in three preseason appearances. Lock was listed as Denver’s third-string quarterback behind Joe Flacco and Kevin Hogan on the team’s latest depth chart.  Mike Shanahan reveals he almost returned to Broncos “I’m just trying to learn as much as I can, work, be a good teammate, all of those things you need to do as a (quarterback),” Lock said last week, via ESPN. “I’ve said this is a prime spot to be in, and it is. … I have to concentrate on getting better.”The Broncos have two preseason games remaining before they face the Raiders in Oakland in Week 1 action Sept. 9.last_img read more

Northern Health considers switch from fresh to pre-prepared foods

first_imgAccording to Hoefer, there are already five facilities that use pre-prepared food products, but the new meals being tested are of an even higher quality.A decision on the switch is not expected to be made until the fall. A food switch might be coming for residents of Heritage Manor in Fort St. John.The seniors’ residence is currently one of four facilities across the northeast being considered to undergo a change from freshly prepared to pre-packaged meals.- Advertisement -The regional director of support services is currently taste testing and trialing pre-prepared foods at the four facilities under the Northern Health’s jurisdiction, says Mike Hoefer, executive director of capital planning and support services with the health authority.Hoefer says the idea behind the switch comes down to both a personnel issue and knowing that the right products and recipes are being used in those meals. He says if a cook can’t work one day, there may be problems in preparing meals. He also says that, in scratch cooking, there can be difficulties in knowing exactly what products are being used and whether they meet Canada’s Food Guide.Another factor being considered in the switch is the hiring and retention of qualified staff, especially in certain areas in the north. Although Hoefner says it would be only slightly less expensive to purchase pre-prepared meals, the decision isn’t being based solely on costs.He says there is more of a selection available for residents if pre-packaged meals are used and information is more readily available about what ingredients are in those meals. However, he says the taste testing and trials are being done to ensure the pre-packaged dinners meet Northern Health’s core menu and nutritional standards.Advertisementlast_img read more