New Zealand grid operator sees big potential for rooftop solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Transpower, New Zealand’s state-owned transmission grid operator, says falling solar and storage costs have sparked interest in PV for a market already well served by wind and hydro power.The nation already uses renewable energy for almost 90% of its electricity demand, according to live transmission data on Transpower’s website, but PV is not even listed among the clean energy technologies in operation.According to the grid operator, there are bigger investment opportunities ahead as New Zealand’s electricity demand is set to rise, due to increasing electrification industrial processes and mobility, in line with the country’s Paris Agreement obligations. In its new Te Mauri Hiko Energy Futures report, the grid operator forecasts electricity generation will almost double between now and 2050.New Zealand has installed 85 MW of solar to date, nearly half of which has been added in the last two years in more densely populated areas, such as Auckland and Canterbury.The report stresses the potential for residential solar – being adopted at a rapid rate in neighboring Australia – is huge. With 1.8 million residential households and 300,000 businesses, the authors claim 11 GW of new PV could be installed. That number would only grow over time, as there is a need for new homes in New Zealand, and solar equipment is making efficiency advances. By 2050, the report’s authors say, the potential for rooftop PV could be around 27 GW.More: New Zealand identifies 11 GW solar potential New Zealand grid operator sees big potential for rooftop solarlast_img read more

Financial literacy needs a shot in the arm

first_imgAccording to a recent study by the Council for Economic Education, the number of states that require high school students to complete any coursework in economics, has dropped over the last two years. Only 20 states currently mandate that high school students take economics — two fewer than in 2014. Just 17 states require high school students take a course in personal finance. That number has not improved in recent years.A few years back, 30,000 teenagers from 18 countries were surveyed and it was found that more than 1 in 6 students in the U.S. failed to reach the baseline level of proficiency in financial literacy. Students in the United States spend about 1,000 hours in school each year, and yet very few, if any, of that time is dedicated to learning about personal finance. The result? American students fall in the middle of the financial literacy pack globally, performing on average behind Latvia and just ahead of Russia. That should concern us all.So what are we going to do? Are credit unions making a difference? I took a look at a WalletHub study that was recently done. They analyzed financial education programs and consumer habits in each of the 50 states and the findings are rather interesting. Wisconsin, which I have viewed as the mothership of credit union land, was ranked 13th in “financial knowledge and education”  and 17th in financial planning a “daily financial habits.” The full report is here.Now, I’m not blaming the credit union movement, because there are no doubt many factors at play. But I think we all can agree, we have a problem and an opportunity. Our associations, our leagues and our centers of influence need to push the financial literacy agenda. At the same time, credit union leadership and boards need to assure they are doing their part to execute aggressive financial literacy programs. Let’s be very honest; we have a vested interest in seeing Americans improve their financial situation. 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryan Clagett Bryan is on the executive team and singularly focused on driving revenue growth through a variety of new initiatives that help financial services and fintech become ever more relevant to … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Two remanded for trafficking Venezuelan women

first_imgGuyanese nationals Rodwell Dawson and Fiona Hopkinson were on Friday remanded to prison when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer trafficking in persons’ (TIP) charges.They denied that between September and December 2017, at Club Diamond andFiona Hopkinson, hiding her face as she was leaving courtGuinness Bar on Princess Street, they trafficked five Venezuelan women ranging in age from 18 years to 22 years.They are being represented by Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes.Both defendants were arrested on January 5 when ranks from the Guyana Police Force (GPF) swooped down on the nightclub and detained 41 foreign nationals. At the time, Police had said that some of the persons were suspected to be in Guyana illegally, and they might be victims of human trafficking.Narcotics were also found, and persons are also shortly expected to be charged with trafficking in narcotics.last_img read more