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Mitsubishi unit sees potential in offshore wind projects in U.S. Great Lakes region

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp. continues to explore the possibility of building an offshore wind project in Lake Erie to deliver power for New York state, as development zones off the Atlantic Coast remain in limited supply.Diamond Offshore Wind, a unit of Mitsubishi Corp., stirred up local opposition last year after submitting an interconnection request with New York’s grid operator for potential capacity in eastern Lake Erie. The developer still believes offshore wind turbines are a good solution for the Great Lakes region as states seek more renewable power and clean energy jobs, CEO Chris Wissemann told GTM.Diamond Offshore Wind was encouraged by a white paper from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority released this summer, looking at the state’s options for meeting its 70 percent renewable energy target for 2030. In the white paper, NYSERDA called for a feasibility study to “explore and confirm” the potential benefits of offshore wind in the Great Lakes.At this stage, Diamond still does not have a specific project under development in Lake Erie. “We’re watching earnestly to see if New York, through this feasibility study, concludes that projects are worthwhile in the Great Lakes,” Wissemann said. “If so, and if that ultimately turns into a solicitation in the next year or two, we’d be keenly interested in participating.”Offshore wind development has moved at a snail’s pace in the Great Lakes, despite longstanding interest and big potential. Much of the focus to date has been on the Icebreaker project offshore Cleveland, backed by the nonprofit Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.Wissemann said future Great Lakes projects will look more like those shaping up along the Atlantic Coast: larger and more competitive on cost. Winter ice endemic to the Great Lakes is not an engineering challenge for turbines affixed to the seabed, and there’s no need to demonstrate any particular technology for freshwater projects to advance, he said. “I think you can go bigger, faster in the Great Lakes.”[Karl-Erik Stromsta]More: Mitsubishi eyes Great Lakes for offshore wind development Mitsubishi unit sees potential in offshore wind projects in U.S. Great Lakes regionlast_img read more

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Social media is great, except for…everything about it

first_imgLet me be clear about this. I am not saying I dislike social media, I am saying I dislike the conversation that goes on and on endlessly ABOUT social media. As though social media in-and-of-itself is something useful, interesting, innovative, popular—something that connects, unites, rallies, organizes, spreads, inspires, shares and helps make a better world. But it’s not, and it doesn’t. Social media is conceited and needs to get over itself.Now, you might be thinking that I clearly must not understand social media because of course it does all those things—it has changed the world as we know it. But here’s the thing–social media is merely a means to an end. It would be completely useless and irrelevant if it weren’t for the content delivered through it–the messages, ideas, pictures, videos, stories and information transmitted from me to you and you and you. The messages are what inspire, move, teach, and motivate us to do something.What isn’t helping with social media’s ego problem is those who gather at events and conferences to obsess over the latest update and newest features in these channels. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always fun to geek out a bit with others about the environment that social media professionals swim in every day, and it’s imperative to stay knowledgeable on how to best use these channels to deliver our messages. But let’s not let the conversation put the spotlight on the delivery channels as the end. We need to stop boosting social media’s insatiable ego!Rather than seeing the social media channel itself as the main focus and purpose when discussions in the sales, marketing, product and branding areas veer toward creating a social media strategy, try putting the focus back on the message you’re trying to convey, and think about how social channels could best be leveraged to support that message in different ways.The very best execution of social media makes the channel become almost invisible, taking a back seat to your story. It’s a delivery mechanism and nothing more. If the right social channel is used in the right way, your audience walks away with your message in their head and no other distraction about the channel. If they walk away remembering they were on Facebook, reading a blog, checking their twitter feed, snapchatting…but they can’t recall what you said or why you were even there talking to them, the social media tool has cannibalized your message and failed to serve its purpose.And with such competition for attention span today, our delivery channels can’t be hogging the spotlight from our messages. Think about if social media were like email. We hardly ever think about an email itself rather than the messages that are delivered within the email. That’s why email works so well to deliver your message—and has hung around even after the popularity of social media. Thinking of social media as just the next ‘email’ is also a good way to dampen fears about it being overly complicated, or not worth delving into, or something to avoid–showing those who were not indoctrinated with it since birth that it’s not that different than the message delivery channels they have always used.My job and my passion involves creatively using innovative technologies and social media channels to help the organizations I believe in deliver their messages in a better, more effective and convenient way. It’s because of this that I take issue with social media’s tendency to hijack the message, steal the attention and redirect it on itself–the channel– as the important factor, when in fact our messages, our points, our stories should have the full spotlight. It’s the stories about people that step up their humanism to help others, the credit union that gives a member a loan for her dog’s life-saving surgery, the company that shuts down profitable operations when it conflicts with their ethical values–the messages–that make us inspired to share a million times over and give social media its power. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Fearing Holly lives and breathes social media; if you can’t find her IRL, try reaching out on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram, and you’ll likely get her right away. … Web: www.filene.org Detailslast_img read more

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Establishing a growth mindset during economic decline

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sam Brownell Sam has worked in the credit union industry for over ten years. He thinks every American should be a member of a credit union. In 2014, he founded CUCollaborate with … Web: https://www.cucollaborate.com Details Credit unions have historically seen growth during declining economic times, such as the Great Recession. While everything going on in today’s world due to COVID-19 may seem frightening, there is also a significant opportunity for credit unions to acquire new members! The graph below shows the growth of credit unions compared to banks based on total number of assets during and after the recession.Here are some ways to make sure your credit union is ready for growth during and after a recession.Field of MembershipYou will want to make sure that your field of membership can withhold a recession. This strategy will include diversifying the members you serve. If you are a credit union that serves organizations such as the airlines industry, you may want to look at adding other SEGs or census tracts to counteract any adverse changes to that industry.Membership EligibilityNow is a time the consumers will look to leave their banks and switch to credit unions for more financial support. Is your credit union prepared? You will want to make sure potential members can determine if they can join your credit union easily. Field of membership rules are often seen as a barrier to entry for some potential members. It is crucial that you have an eligibility tool in place so both your staff and potential members know who they can join and why.Low-Income DesignationThere are a variety of benefits to becoming a low-income designated credit union. You can receive nonmember deposits enabling you to build assets with funds from sources outside your limited field of membership. You can take on secondary capital, which counts towards statutory requirements and can be used to support growth. Lastly, organizations that earn the low-income credit union designation are exempted from a loan cap, granting you the unrestricted ability to offer commercial loans, as long as they comply with all other aspects of NCUA’s member business loan rules.Whatever your strategy is to combat the upcoming recession, now is the time to act on it. The COVID-19 pandemic will start to flatten, and business will begin to return to normal. These next few weeks working remote are the perfect time to dedicate more hours to focusing on your credit union’s growth and executing on a plan to make your credit union recession-proof.last_img read more

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Louise Galveston to hold book launch party for ‘In Todd We Trust’

first_img“Louise Galveston” not to be confused with you-know-who.Submitted to Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Public Library is hosting a book launch party for local author, Louise Galveston’s latest release “In Todd We Trust,” on March 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Louise will be signing books and there will be book-themed games and refreshments as well as lots of giveaways.The book, for 8-12 year-olds, is the sequel to “By the Grace of Todd,”  a 2015-2016 Young Hoosier Award Nominee. The hilarious misadventures of super messy Todd and his race of tiny humanoids continue as the Toddlians set out Noah’s ark style to find a more responsible god.It’s up to Todd to save them and prove that he is worthy of their trust and devotion. www.bythegraceoftodd.comPlease contact Louise, who is said to be closely related to Michelle Brown, at [email protected] for interviews or more information.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down Proud Of Our Town · 281 weeks ago Glad to see the local library and local authors teaming up! We have a great community with so many talented people. Let’s go show our support. Thanks for sharing! Report Reply 0 replies · active 281 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Video: Kerr praises Looney and touches on technical foul issue

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/19/bang_282a4afa-07c4-4b7d-b60b-fdd55feb1798″]After the dust settled on a blowout win, coach Steve Kerr talked about players not named Kevin Durant who had an impact on the team’s win.At a briefing after practice, he said he was impressed with the play of big man Kevon Looney and even lobbied for the front office to keep him after the season is over. Looney showed off his developing jump shot, scoring 10 points on 5 of 7 shooting from the field. Meanwhile, …last_img

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How to Make Your Opportunity Your Client’s Priority

first_imgI had an interesting conversation with Hank Barnes last week. We were discussing competitive displacements, a euphemism for stealing clients from your competitors, and the conversation turned to client priorities. Part of displacing your competitor may also include displacing other priorities. Your client may want to change, need to change, and have every intention of eventually doing so, but yet they push that initiative into the future.Make It Strategic: There is a reason that you should start at Level 4, strategic outcomes in client conversations. The more strategic the outcome, the more important it is. The more important an initiative is to producing the strategic outcomes your client’s need, the more it is imperative that they take action. To make your opportunity more compelling, you need to tie it tightly to what is already compelling. How does what you are proposing to help your client with even greater outcomes?Increase the Delta: The larger the difference between the client’s current results and the results they need, the more likely it gets done. But looking at cost savings is only one measure of value, and perhaps not the most interesting. How the savings can be used to invest in their other priorities may make the delta more compelling. More still, if your client’s results are poor in one area, the time and energy being exerted to work around issues should be being put towards the more strategic outcomes.Critical Path: If there is a way you can make your opportunity part of the critical path to results, you can increase the probability of crowding out other initiatives that aren’t tied to the client’s most important projects and initiatives. If you can show how their results would be diminished by moving forward before making the changes you are recommending, you can increase the need to move your opportunity forward.None of this is easy. It likely means you need to have big conversations with your client’s leadership team to discuss priorities. You also must be able to position your opportunity as something strategic, something essential to their future success. It is, however, necessary and important to create a compelling reason to displace your competitor—and to displace other priorities. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Algonquins of Ontario push ahead with vote on controversial modernday treaty

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Ontario Algonquin organization says it is pushing ahead with ratification votes for its agreement-in-principle for what it hopes will lead to a “modern-day treaty” that is facing opposition from Quebec Algonquin First NationsThe Algonquins of Ontario announced Wednesday the ratification votes would be held between Feb. 29 and March 7.The group is made up of 10 Algonquin communities, but only one, Pikwakanagan, is a First Nation with reserve lands. The nine other communities were given legitimacy by Queen’s Park and Ottawa within the framework of the proposed modern-day treaty talks.The Algonquins of Ontario (AOO) face stiff opposition to completing the proposed modern-day treaty from three Algonquin First Nations in Quebec.The First Nations, Wolf Lake, Eagle Village and Timiskaming alleged the AOO claim threatens to extinguish their rights and title to about 855,271 acres of their claimed territory in Ontario.The three First Nations are contemplating legal action to stop the AOO’s process. The communities also allege that some of the members who have signed up as part of the AOO are not real Indigenous people.Wolf Lake Chief Harry St. Denis has called the AOO a “policy fiction” that lacks the legitimacy of a real Algonquin nation.The agreement-in-principle proses to transfer $300 million in capital funding and 117,500 acres of Ontario Crown lands into the hands of AOO. The $300 million will likely not be distributed in lump sums among the signatories.A final agreement may still be years away from completion.Negotiations around the AOO’s claim began in earnest in about 2004 when the 10 Algonquin communities in Ontario signed a protocol to pursue the claim together.“The choice is now in the hands of Algonquin voters,” said Pikwakanagan First Nation Chief Kirby Whiteduck in a statement.In addition to Pikwakanagan, the AOO is comprised of the Antoine, Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini, Bonnechere, Greater Golden Lake, Mattawa-North Bay, Ottawa, Shabot Obaadjiwan, Snimikobi and Whitney communities.The AOO, Queen’s Park and Ottawa initialed the agreement-in-principle on June 12, [email protected]@APTNNewslast_img read more

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