On the Blogs: Where Apple Energy Is Going Others Will Follow

first_imgOn the Blogs: Where Apple Energy Is Going Others Will Follow FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Tim Healy for Forbes.com:Apple has quietly dropped a bombshell in the energy industry, launching an entirely new subsidiary called Apple Energy that will manage the complexities of its renewable energy efforts.The only information available on Apple Energy is in the company’s filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but what can be gleaned from that illustrates a foundational shift underway in the energy world.Essentially, Apple is seeking the ability to sell the renewable energy it generates to other businesses and consumers at retail prices. Without FERC’s approval, Apple will only be able to sell its energy to energy providers and utilities at wholesale prices. Apple Energy would more or less act as an energy provider itself, enabling the company to leverage its investments in renewable energy like wind and solar to generate new revenue from an entirely new market.Apple’s decision to go this route might be unique, but a close look at the path it took to get here reveals a broader shift in the way businesses think about energy. And whether you’re a bleeding-edge company with substantial financial resources like Apple, or a smaller-scale enterprise that’s just starting to dip your toes in the water, there are a few lessons to learn from Apple’s energy evolution.Apple was one of the early names to sign onto RE100, a group of the world’s biggest companies committed to 100% renewable power. In its 2016 Environmental Responsibility Report, Apple said it’s already well on its way, claiming 93% of its worldwide energy usage comes from renewables. Like most big companies that have made aggressive public commitments to renewables in the past decade, Apple has pursued these goals through a combination of strategies, including the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs).If a company is drawing any power from the grid, the original source of power is indistinguishable, a mix of coal, natural gas, nuclear, or renewable. By purchasing RECs, businesses essentially pay a premium to ensure that for every megawatt of energy they consume from the grid, the energy supplier is procuring at least the equivalent amount from renewable resources.While RECs have become an increasingly popular way for companies to hit their renewable targets, some have claimed businesses that use them are misleading consumers. Critics argue that a company cannot claim to be 100% renewable while relying entirely on grid power.But Apple critics—and critics of RECs at large—are missing a few key points: 1) RECs are more than an expensive way of buying positive PR—they play an important role in the economics of renewable energy development, which accelerates the integration of these resources into our nation’s resource mix; and 2) Apple’s claims are based on more than just purchasing RECs as financial instruments on the open market. Like other firms in the RE100, Apple has influenced the transformation of the electricity grid by agreeing to purchase renewable energy on a large scale.Full post: Why Apple Energy Is A Wake-Up Call For Businesseslast_img read more

Men’s volleyball faces crosstown rivals

first_imgFor the men’s volleyball team, winning has not been an easy task, as USC fell to 1-2 in conference play after a tough loss to UCSB in five sets on Wednesday. Friday’s game against UCLA will be seemingly more difficult, not only because it will be a rivalry game but also because the Bruins are currently ranked No. 2 with the highest hitting percentage in the league. “If how we came in against Long Beach was any sign, I expect us to come in completely engaged and ready to fight, and then it is going to be a good match for us,” head coach Jeff Nygaard said.Of the members on the team, senior outside hitter Lucas Yoder is at the forefront of that offensive attack. He has maintained above a .300 total attacking percentage and is leading his team in both points and kills. While he has continued playing at this level, there is always the question of whether he can keep it going for the rest of the season. “It is going to get tougher and tougher to do it,” Nygaard said. “Once teams scout and make a game plan against him, it just ramps up the pressure of blocks and assignments and decisions. I still think he can hold himself to a high level.”Yoder will be put to the test against the Bruins, who are also ranked fourth in average blocks per set. UCLA’s rankings and high statistics could be intimidating, but Nygaard’s philosophy has not wavered.“I said this at the beginning of the year that if you take care of your side of the net, the other side isn’t nearly as important,” Nygaard said. “We have to make sure that our side of the net is operating at a high level. We’ve shown that we are capable of it.”Even with the Crosstown Cup points on the line, Nygaard uses his experience as a player both on the collegiate and Olympic level to coach his players on losing the crowd and the rivalries and just focus on volleyball.“Every team deserves the same attention, every team deserves the same respect, every team deserves the exact same amount of effort and preparation and physical preparation,” Nygaard said. “There is no easy team for us to beat. The one constant in the whole thing is that there is a rectangle on the ground and there is a ball and there is a net. Nothing else matters.”last_img read more

UEFA Champions League: Player Of The Year Award Shortlist Announced

first_imgThe winner will be announced next week Thursday, 24th August 2017.Real Madrid won the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League, defeating Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff last June.RelatedUEFA Champions League – Best Player Award Shortlist AnnouncedAugust 4, 2017In “Europe”FIFA Announce 2017 World Best Player Award ShortlistAugust 17, 2017In “Africa”UEFA Player Award: Ronaldo, Modric & Salah Make Three-Man ShortlistAugust 20, 2018In “England” The three-man shortlist for the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League player of the year award have been announced.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who was knocked out in the semi final by Juventus last season, made the cut alongside finalists, Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon and Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo.last_img read more

School District 60 holds yearly speech contest

first_img33 elementary students from 11 schools in School District 60 were at the North Peace Cultural Centre Thursday morning as they were competing in the district’s speech contest. To qualify the students had to be nominated from their respective schools to take part in the event.C.M. Finch principal and event emcee Helen Gilbert said public speaking ties in with the oral aspects of the language arts curriculum, and it provides students with a chance to express their ideas.“If you look at our language arts curriculum there are three strands that we report on,” she said. “We report on reading, writing, and oral language. One of the things with public speaking is it really is an opportunity to showcase the oral language component of our curriculum. Some of these students are getting up and sharing ideas and sharing them confidently.”- Advertisement -One of the adjudicators on hand evaluating the speeches was School District 60 assistant superintendent Stephen Petrucci. He said the event is of particular importance given how common it is to be fearful of public speaking, and how it’s needed in future years.“I think it’s really clear that public speaking is probably still the number one public fear,” he said. “Any practice that our students get in public speaking is going to serve them very well. There’s always an opportunity and a necessity for speaking in front of people.”He also noted in his comments the hard work and dedication that went into the speeches, and how the judges were paying particular attention to the introductions, delivery, the overall material, and the conclusion.Advertisementlast_img read more