Court Stay a ‘Bump in the Road’ as States Continue With Clean-Utility Plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Analee Grant for SNL:Before the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan was put on hold by the Supreme Court, many states — even those requesting the stay — were on track to creating a workable plan in time for the September deadline for initial submissions.Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., along with a panel of experts at Brookings, thinks states will likely continue with some form of planning for decarbonization. Jonas Monast, director of the climate and energy program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, said states made certain decisions following the stay directly related to the Clean Power Plan, but that does not mean they will stop pursuing cleaner power resources.Ritter said one of the unintended consequences of the stay is that it took away the regulatory certainty the Clean Power Plan provided utilities when making resource planning decisions. “Utilities are very concerned that their business model is a 20th-century business model and actually does not fit with this 21st-century energy world … that we live in,” Ritter said.Utilities likely will continue to consider the Clean Power Plan in their resource planning for that reason, Ritter said, citing Xcel Energy Inc. as an example. The company confirmed that it had received at least one extension from Colorado officials for a planning document in anticipation of new information from the state’s Clean Power Plan stakeholder process. But Xcel Energy intends to continue with its “Our Energy Future” plan and to support the state’s efforts to create sound plans for a sustainable and affordable energy future. A renewable energy plan will be filed with Colorado regulators at the end of February. Neither the stay of the carbon rule nor the ultimate outcome of the litigation against it is expected to alter Xcel Energy’s planning schedule. Many utilities have echoed similar sentiments.Ritter called the Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan a dramatic event, but a “bump in the road” in the overall future of the Clean Power Plan.With carbon rule in limbo, experts urge states to move on with planning anyway Court Stay a ‘Bump in the Road’ as States Continue With Clean-Utility Planslast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Naked Man Spotted on Hiking Trail + Mom Fights off Cougar

first_imgAfter wrestling with the cougar, it released its grip on the child and ran away. The British Columbia Conservation Officer Service responded, finding two juvenile male cougars about 20 yards away from the family’s home. They were reportedly hungry and looking for food. The cougars were captured and both were euthanized. The boy escaped the incident with a gash on his head and minor cuts to his arms and neck. He is expected to make a full recovery. Runners and hikers in Greensboro, NC are being warned to stay alert after a nearly naked man was spotted on a popular trail Tuesday morning. A woman running near the entrances of the Nat Green and Palmetto trails near Old Battleground Road encountered a man wearing a “black jacket and sneakers but nothing else.” The man was described as a thin, 6-foot-tall white man with brown hair and a bit of facial hair. The woman who saw the naked man called the police. Officers responded to the call and searched the area but were unable to locate the man. Raleigh, NC Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department has been working with stakeholder groups to plan the Neuse River Blueway, a comprehensive effort lead by the city to improve awareness of, and public access to, the Neuse River. Inspired by the great success of the Neuse River Greenway Trail, the city intends to promote the Neuse River as a “Blueway Trail.” The Blueway Plan is an important step toward a comprehensive update to the Neuse River Regional Park Master Plan, which has guided greenway development along the river for the past 20 years. The City of Raleigh is asking the public to weigh in on the plan by taking a simple survey found here: https://publicinput.com/bluewayplan. A Canadian woman credits her “mom instinct” for helping her fight off a cougar that attacked her 7-year-old in their backyard last week. Chelsea Lockhart was inside doing housework when she heard her son, Zachery, fighting with something in their backyard on Vancouver Island. She ran outside to find a cougar perched on top of Zachery, the boy’s arm between its jaws. That’s when Lockhart says her mom instinct took over and she jumped on top of the animal, attempting to pry its mouth off of her son. Woman fights off cougar attacking her 7-year-old Greensboro, NC woman encounters nearly naked man on hiking trail The City of Raleigh, NC seeks public input in their Neuse River Blueway Planlast_img read more

Why digital referrals should fit into a digital marketing strategy

first_imgThe Broken Referral ProcessMost banks’ and credit unions’ perspective of referrals is a bit paradoxical.Even while they can comprehend the positive impact friends, family, and co-workers have on the acquisition of new account holders, many are missing an opportunity to increase their growth rate by implementing a sustainable referral program.In fact, in the CU Grow 2015 State of Digital Marketing survey, we found just 9% of banks and credit unions surveyed incorporated digital referrals as part of their on-boarding strategy.Five Common Referral TrendsThrough our assessments of both bank and credit union digital marketing initiatives, we have identified five common trends when financial institutions look to tap into the power of referrals.1. The Printable Coupon ProcessStill a popular tactic for bank and credit union marketers, this friction-filled process begins with having the member actually find a working printer to print a referral coupon. Next, this individual must then successfully pass said coupon to a friend, family member, or general victim of this horrendous scheme. Finally, the recipient of the coupon must take great care of this document and make their way to the nearest physical branch to redeem the reward of this epic quest.2. Complicated Product Adoption QuotaApparently, some financial institutions have not considered this overcomplicated the referral process for prospective members. From the perspective of the bank or credit union, opening both a savings and checking account while enrolling in three additional products and services seems relatively harmless. But from the viewpoint of the consumer, the amount of work, whether real or imagined, is too much to overcome, and the referral process is aborted. As one individual noted in a user testing session, “That’s a lot of work.” continue reading » 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more