Macquarie, Siemens form energy-as-a-service unit targeting U.S. corporate renewable market

first_imgMacquarie, Siemens form energy-as-a-service unit targeting U.S. corporate renewable market FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Units of Macquarie Group and Siemens AG are forming a venture named Calibrant Energy, that will invest in the emerging energy-as-a-service (EaaS) sector in the United States, according to a joint statement on Monday.Electricity generation is forecast to increasingly move away from traditional structures involving large fossil fuel-burning power plants, towards localized systems using renewable energy and battery storage, known as distributed energy.For entities embracing this model, they can choose to ‘outsource’ their power systems to a specialist entity, in the same way firms hire technology platforms rather than develop their own systems – so-called software-as-a-service (SaaS).Set up by Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, and Siemens’ Smart Infrastructure and Financial Services units, Calibrant Energy will build the energy infrastructure at no up-front cost and then manage it for customers including companies, municipalities and hospitals, the statement said.Calibrant aims to utilize Macquarie’s capital and Siemens’ technology, as it competes to grow in the space. According to a June forecast from consultancy Wood Mackenzie, around $110 billion of investment could be made in distributed energy in the period 2020-2025.Other professional investment firms are also seeking to tap into distributed energy. Last month, Blackstone Group launched its own platform. Carlyle Group and BlackRock Inc have such joint ventures with Schneider Electric and General Electric, respectively.[David French]More: Macquarie, Siemens units create U.S. distributed energy joint venturelast_img read more

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Ecuador Weighs Fighter Purchase

first_imgBy Dialogo June 01, 2010 The Ecuadorean armed forces are weighing the purchase of supersonic fighter planes, the head of the Air Force, Gen. Leonardo Barreiro, confirmed in statements to the local press. The general argued that there is a need for “the recovery of supersonic aviation” in Ecuador, which he views as “of the greatest importance for the defense of our national territory.” In any event, General Barreiro did not offer details on the origin and characteristics of the planes to be acquired. In order to finance the purchase, the Ecuadorean government is considering reducing a part of its order for “the twenty-four Super Tucano planes from Brazil” that it has already agreed to purchase. “The ideal would have been to buy the twenty-four Super Tucano planes; nevertheless, with at least eighteen planes we could operate normally,” the head of the Ecuadorean Air Force added. In May 2008 Ecuador awarded a contract to the Brazilian firm Embraer for a total of 270 million dollars for the purchase of twenty-four Super Tucano planes. The contract “has been signed, and since we are respectful of contracts, we have to handle this subject with a great deal of prudence in order not to cause any problems for the country,” the deputy defense minister, Rosa Pérez, said in reference to the intention to reduce the order for the Brazilian planes. Ecuador’s announced intention adds to what is already described as an arms race in the region, where the majority of countries are investing millions in military equipment, a development that has been questioned even by the Organization of American States (OAS) and to which Peru has responded by proposing regional disarmament.last_img read more

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Want to grab your member’s attention? Try video

first_imgVying for the consumer’s attention is a very real struggle. The engagement war is being waged on many fronts as companies strive to influence their target audience and engage them at every turn. The landscape is riddled with competing messages rivaling for your members’ attention from multiple sources. Creative, attention grabbing messages have only seconds to inspire an extended look, or the intended audience has moved on. According to Advertising Age, people receive messages on average of 10,000 per day. This means the vast majority of messages become irrelevant within seconds. Companies need to develop long-term relationships going beyond just engagement and clicks as the goal.Enter video. Companies small and large are using this medium to tell their story to reach customers. Statistics support this trend, a study by ACMA, a content marketing association, found videos help viewers retain 80% of the information presented, versus retention rates of only 20% for information presented in text articles. Videos linked to an email will boost open rates by 19%, increase click-through rates upwards of 65% and a video reduces the dreaded unsubscribes by 26%. There are many uses for video, making it a reliable tool to reach the masses.Speaking from experience, GrooveCar introduced video marketing in 2015. We added staff and expertise to the marketing department with the goal of producing two videos, of varying lengths, a month. Meanwhile, we also utilize an outside production company for our longer corporate videos, which take considerably more time and have a greater shelf life. For telling a story on a specific topic, used to assist in a sales presentation or deliver a short sales message, our in-house video production now performs most messaging we do.Video scores high on delivering information and increasing the dialogue. As an inbound marketing strategy, it touches on all the main communications points: marketing messages, sales messages and brand communications. Video is also preferred by Millennials who like a casual message with lots of visuals and prefer to receive information in a video format. Younger audiences enjoy the real-time, in the moment experience. Video also offers a multitude of uses on social media, email marketing, sales presentations and for use in trade show displays. As an attention getter, it works.The average age of a credit union member is 47 years and getting older. The truth is, in order to compete and grow; credit unions need to embrace how the next buying power, the Millennial, is messaged to. Every credit union on our program understands this. Video has been hailed as the next big thing in digital marketing according to ACMA, however costs associated with the medium still keep potential users at bay. There are other hurdles to mention; excessive creative hours, at times, needed to produce a video message that is both engaging and doesn’t stray from intended topic. Putting production hurdles aside, producing a finished video is very rewarding. When it does its job in reaching its audience, the results are gratifying. It’s addictive as well, once one is done, there are suddenly many more to do.What video essentially does is it goes beyond mere engagement to forge an enduring bond with customers. The term Entangled Marketing is being used to describe marketing communications that moves beyond the reliance on clicks and builds ongoing relationships. We want the member to be entangled with what we are offering and inspire them to seek out the brand. To accomplish this requires consistent, creative messaging that educates and builds loyalty.Video should be on your radar as part of the way your credit union communicates with members and part of the overall strategy to provide relevant and engaging content. The challenge will always remain getting viewers aware of your message without selling to them. By the way, you don’t really have more than .07 second to grab them, so use that time wisely! 51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Karen Johnson Karen Duane Johnson is Vice President of Marketing for GrooveCar Inc., a national online automotive buying platform for credit unions and their members. She has provided guidance to companies and … Web: www.groovecar.com Detailslast_img read more

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Election outcomes, what they mean, what comes next

first_imgMarkos and Weigel also touched on the “defund the police” messaging and if it helped or harmed. Dave thinks it harmed more than it helped in certain areas, like Iowa.You can watch the full segment here: Kerry added an insight: “You build your strategy around your candidate.” For instance, she noted that Biden was always going to be the Rust Belt candidate because he could appeal to the groups there, whereas Bernie Sanders, for example, would’ve had a different coalition because he did better with the Latinx community and non-college educated white men. Overall, though, she said, “Joe Biden and his team did an amazing job with the candidate they had … improving their margins where they could.”Dave Weigel joined for the second half of the show to talk about what he’s learned about 2020 voters while traveling across the country to cover the election for the Washington Post over the course of the cycle, the lawsuits, and lessons from Georgia. While he says Republicans are good at turning voters out, he believes that it’s specifically Trump who is turning out all these Republicans who normally don’t vote. Markos agreed and noted that, because Trump seems to cause increased turnout, turnout among the Republican base is lower when he isn’t on the top of the ballot.Georgia, in particular, provided interesting lessons for both parties. As Weigel explained,The whole discussion about whether we can trust polls or shy voters [is interesting] … because that honestly didn’t work in this election. In Georgia, this is a state where Biden is up 2-3%. [Republicans’] gamble on being as Trump-y as possible is super interesting … it’s a hell of a gamble.- Advertisement – Any postmortem of this election sensibly starts with the Democrats’ choice of candidate—Joe Biden—and Markos, Kerry, and Carolyn discussed how it might have gone differently with, say, Elizabeth Warren or Cory Booker as the contender against Donald Trump. With record turnout for this election, courting diverse sets of key voting groups like white moderates and Black and Latinx communities was key to clinching a win.Carolyn believes the safe and steady image portrayed by Biden helped, and that he became the candidate of choice across various groups not only because he was a foil to Trump’s irrational and unpredictable behavior, but because peoples’ thinking was influenced by the pandemic itself. As she said,I think there was a lot of comfort for a lot of people in having a boring old white guy at the top of the ticket—I mean, Joe Biden doesn’t tweet—and also as a known commodity; he’s been in politics for a long time, he was vice president. I think that had a lot of cache that a lot of Democratic primary voters didn’t quite expect to have at the beginning of this cycle, because pre-COVID, the world felt like a different place. And then COVID set in, and then suddenly everything unfamiliar started feeling extra scary, because we were in uncharted waters compared to everything else. So that might be an element in his success—but, again, it’s hard to know.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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The making of Bucks

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Amazon tribe releases hostages after body of leader returned

first_imgInterior Minister Maria Paula Romo said on Twitter that the “liberated citizens” had undergone medical examinations after their ordeal in Pastaza province in the Amazon jungle in southeast Ecuador.”The crowd of those who were holding the kidnapped was approximately 600 people,” Romo said, adding the negotiations to free the captives were led by police commander General Patricio Carrillo.Police said on Twitter that a special team on Saturday carried out an “exhumation and identification process” of the body of the leader, which was transported by authorities to Kumay.Ecuador is one of the Latin American countries hardest-hit by the pandemic with over 61,000 cases, including around 4,800 deaths.Topics : Amazonian tribe members in Ecuador released six people they had kidnapped to demand the release of the body of a leader killed by the coronavirus, the government said on Saturday.Two police officers, two soldiers and two civilians were taken captive by the indigenous people on Thursday in the village of Kumay near the Peruvian border.Their tribal leader who died from COVID-19 was buried according to health guidelines but the body was later exhumed and returned to the people.last_img read more

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Deutsche Asset Management head Price takes medical leave

first_imgQuintin Price, head of Deutsche Asset Management, is to take medical leave from the company after only a few months in his role.Price, previously head of alpha strategies at BlackRock, where he was also a member of the global executive committee, only joined Deutsche Bank’s asset manager in January after a management reorganisation that saw the company drop its previous name, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM).In a note circulated to staff, co-chief executive John Cryan said Price had informed the company last week that he required a period of medical leave.Cryan said the unspecified treatment would “necessitate [Price’s] full-time focus for the foreseeable future”. “Quintin has built a strong executive committee composed of colleagues with many years of experience in serving clients and operating our asset management business,” Cryan added.He said that, in Price’s absence, global COO and regional head for Asia-Pacific at Deutsche Asset Management Jon Eilbeck would take over his managerial responsibilities and sit on the bank’s management board representing the asset management business.Price was hired in September to replace Michele Faissola, DAWM’s inaugural and only head, after the German bank decided to abandon its use of the DAWM “super-brand” to hold the asset management business entities it was unable to sell.DeAWM declined to comment.last_img read more

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GE Global Research to Develop Controls for 12MW Floating Wind Turbine

first_imgGE Global Research has been awarded USD 2.8 million through the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which will go towards design and development of optimized controls for a lightweight 12MW floating offshore wind turbine.ARPA-E funding was provided by their newest program, Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS).This program seeks to develop floating offshore wind turbines through new designs, technology innovations, and experiments. The ATLANTIS program has awarded USD 26 million to thirteen programs throughout the country.GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York, will use the funds to design and develop optimized controls for the 12MW floating offshore wind turbine.The team will use advanced control algorithms that operate the turbine and are designed concurrently with the integrated structure of the floating turbine.The proposed turbine designs and co-designed controls have the potential to reduce the mass by more than 35% compared with installed floating turbine designs, ARPA-E said.GE Global Research is the research and development division of General Electric. GE Renewable Energy is currently developing the Haliade-X 12MW, the world’s biggest offshore wind turbine.last_img read more

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Two injured in Ohio County hunting accident

first_imgOhio County, In. —Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a hunting accident that seriously injured a hunter and slightly injured a second. At approximately 09:00 a.m. Saturday morning, Officers were contacted about a waterfowl hunter that was shot while in the field near Aurora.Adam Daugherty, 30, of Lawrenceburg, sustained a gunshot injury to his left ankle while waterfowl hunting.Jeremy Legge, 37, of Petersburg, Kentucky sustained a gunshot injury to his right ankle.Adam and Jeremy had concluded their hunt with two others and were standing outside the hunting blind when the firearm involved discharged injuring both of them.Adam’s firearm had been propped vertical inside the hunting blind when a dog reentered the blind, knocked the firearm over, causing the firearm to fall over and discharge.Adam was taken to HighPoint Health to receive medical treatment. He was later transported to University of Cincinnati for further treatment.Jeremy transported himself to a doctor for medical treatment.The firearm involved was a 12 gauge Browning Maxus that did not have the safety engaged.Indiana Conservation Officers, Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and Dearborn County EMS were on scene.The investigation is still ongoing at this point.last_img read more

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Ex-F1 driver Zanardi ‘in extremely serious condition’ after bike crash

first_imgAlex Zanardi competing in the Rome Marathon in April 2017. “Although the situation was really bad at the time, I set myself the goal of leading a normal life again at some time in the future,” Zanardi said at the time. “Today, I can walk, I swim, I go skiing.” In addition to his Paralympic medals, Zanardi also competed in the gruelling Ironman triathlon in Hawaii in October 2014. He had been due to compete in the Paralympics in Tokyo this summer before they were cancelled until next year. His most recent feat was last September when he achieved a new Paralympic triathlon world record time at the Ironman of Cervia, Italy of 8 hours, 25 minutes and 30 seconds. It was a record which he achieved a few days after the conquest of two gold and a silver medal at the world championships in London. “Alex is one of life’s truly inspirational people and as we all know, a fighter through and through. Stay strong and Forza Alex,” his former Williams team wrote on Twitter. “Alex has already had his share of bad luck, which he transcended with a mighty determination and spirit to win again,” said former F1 driver Martin Brundle. “Let’s hope he’s fine and this is nowhere near as serious as it sounds from reports.” Zanardi raced for Jordan, Minardi and Lotus in Formula 1 in the early 1990s before switching to the CART championship in the United States where he was series champion in 1997 and 1998. Read Also: Video: Crazy Sevilla defending from Lionel Messi free kick He returned to F1 with Williams in 1999 before heading back to the CART series. Zanardi’s passion remained motor racing and he had just announced he would drive a specially-adapted BMW in the final endurance round of this year’s Italian GT Championship at Monza in November. “I can’t wait to get back in a car,” he said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ex-Formula One driver Alex Zanardi, who had both legs amputated in a motor racing accident almost 20 years ago before going on to become a Paralympic champion, was in an “extremely serious condition” in hospital on Friday after crashing into a truck while competing in a handbike race in Italy. Seriously injured: Alex Zanardi Zanardi was participating in one of the stages of the ‘Obiettivo tricolore’ relay race in Tuscany when he lost control of his bike on a hairpin bend and crossed into the path of an oncoming truck near Montalcino. The 53-year-old was airlifted to hospital in nearby Siena where he underwent emergency surgery for serious head and facial injuries before being transferred to intensive care. “Due to the serious head injury, the neurosurgery and maxillofacial intervention began shortly after 7 pm and ended shortly before 10 pm,” the hospital said in a statement. “The patient was then transferred to intensive care. His condition is very serious.” Mario Valentini, coach of the Italian Paracycling national team, told Corriere Della Sera newspaper: “Alex lost control of the handbike, rolled over twice and collided with a trailer truck. The collision was terrible.” Italy’s Zanardi was a former Grand Prix driver who twice won the CART championship in the United States before having both his legs amputated following an accident on the Lausitzring track in Germany in 2001. He went on to win four gold medals on his handbike in the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, and two silver medals, and ten world championship titles. “I am so anxious and frightened about Alex Zanardi that I’m holding my breath. I am his fan. I am his friend,” tweeted former world Formula One champion Mario Andretti. “Please do what I’m doing and pray pray for this wonderful man.” – ‘Truly inspirational’ – Zanardi’s life changed forever on September 15, 2001 when he crashed at 320kmh at Lausitzring while taking part in a CART race. But what could have been the end of the sports career for the former Lotus and Williams Formula One driver from Bologna proved to be the start of another. Zanardi adapted to his prosthetic legs and was back competing in the final race of the European Touring Car Championship at Monza in 2003 driving for BMW. Loading…last_img read more

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