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

Istria got its Michelin guide

first_imgMichelin guide The Michelin guide was founded as early as 1900, and began to be published by a well-known car tire factory, at the time with the aim of promoting motoring. Still, over time it becomes the alpha and omega of all gourmands by awarding the famous Michelin stars. This way of evaluating a restaurant began in 1926, where one star indicates a very good restaurant, two a restaurant with excellent cooking, while three stars speak of exceptional cuisine, worth a special trip.Until 2005, the guide was focused on Europe, especially France, and only then did it begin to expand beyond those borders. The criteria of the Michelin inspection are very strict and strict, it is not announced or presented, and during the visit it evaluates the quality of ingredients, food preparation skills and combination of spices, creativity, consistency of quality and quality-price ratio.The story of Michelin, at least as far as Istria is concerned, has been going on for almost ten years, and before that date, Istria worked for almost a decade on organized, dedicated and extremely high quality to raise the overall gourmet scene with the basic goal of gaining the dignity and reputation , but this had to be confirmed in real life and in the market. Thus, in the company of about two thousand elite restaurants around the world, the so-called. golden selection, in 2017, with one Michelin star first entered the Rovinj restaurant Monte. The famous Michelin publishing house has for the first time published a special edition of the red guide, which it has dedicated entirely to Istria.It is a publication that Michelin publishes for important gourmet destinations such as Paris, Barcelona, ​​Trentino Alto Adige, etc., which are included in national editions, but due to their specificity and importance of territory and gourmet offer, they are especially presented in such editions.Considering that according to the criteria of Michelin Istria is defined as a small destination with a limited number of recommended addresses (the whole of Croatia has 34 addresses, and Istria 13), in this Istrian edition is added the tourist part, the so-called. Green Michelin, which completes the tourist offer of Istria. With this, Istria has managed to make a step forward and open the way for concrete cooperation with Michelin, which is an additional quality promotion tool that puts a special focus on our territory or destination.Istria has been present in almost all relevant European gastronomic guides for many years, but the most important one, the red Michelin guide, was missing, and today we can finally say that this goal has been achieved.The effects for the next perspective of the region are especially important. Namely, the edition for 2018 is already being prepared and, according to the first and initial negotiations, the possibility will be opened to include a larger number of recommended addresses or those with asterisks, but it depends on the caterers, their performance and how they will be evaluated by by the inspector. What is crucial is the fact that Istria has an open space and the opportunity for its caterers to show themselves and prove that Istria can and must do much better. In addition to the above, another element is very important in the whole story of the new edition for 2018, and that is to propose a new concept that would include a significant inclusion of the best hotels in Istria, as well as the best winemakers and mills, which would contribute to better a more complete presentation of the gourmet story of Istria.Guide Michelin – Istria Croatia It is available in English-German, and is printed in 15 copies, which are distributed free of charge and, in addition to the listed restaurants, will be located in the most frequent key places in Istria.Red guide Michelin Istra Croatia – special edition   Under the title “Unforgettable tastes, smells and memories” Michelin describes Istria as a unique country in the Mediterranean and, for the heart-shaped peninsula, immersed in the crystal blue of the Adriatic Sea, points out that it is a hidden natural garden that slowly reveals its secret beauties. He gives special emphasis to Istrian truffles, extra virgin olive oil and wine, and then presents restaurants in alphabetical order in a way that he dedicates his space to everyone with the most important information.Alla Beccaccia, ValbandonBatelina, BanjoleDamir & Ornella, Novigrad-CittanovaTavern Čok, Novigrad-CittanovaTavern Morgan, Bracanija, Buje-Buiemarina, Novigrad-CittanovaMeneghetti, Bale-ValleMonte *, Rovinj-RovignoPergola, Zambratija-ZambrattiaSan Rocco, Brtonigla-VerteneglioSv. Nikola, Poreč-ParenzoWine Vault, Rovinj-RovignoZigante, Livade-LevadeGreen guide Michelin Istria Croatia – special edition   For the green part of the guide, Michelin has selected the most important locations in Istria, which, in addition to three unsigned locations, are classified with three, two and one star. Thus, among the selected places that guests must not miss when visiting Istria were the extraordinary frescoes of the church of Sv. Marija on Škriljine in Berm with the highest number of points (3 *), and classified as the highest recommendation. They are followed by Motovun, Grožnjan, Poreč and Rovinj with two stars, which are classified as recommended places to visit, then Pula, Vodnjan, Bale, Labin, Plomin, Svetvinčenat, Sv. Lovreč Pazenatički, Draguć, Hum and Vrsar with one star, ie interesting places, and at the end of the list there are also Novigrad, Oprtalj and Umag. In addition to the choice of place, within the destination it provides information on natural, cultural and historical attractions such as the Euphrasian Basilica, the Lim Bay, the Brijuni Islands, the Arena, Aleja Glagoljaša and others.Beram (frescoes) ***Motovun-Montona **Grožnjan_Grisignana **Porec-Parenzo **Rovinj-Rovigno **Vodnjan – Dignano *Bale -Valle *Labin *Plomin *Svetvincenat *Sv. Lovreč *Draguć *Hum *Vrsar – Orsera *Novigrad – CittanovaOprtalj – Portole Umag – Umago last_img read more

Asmir Begovic in Bournemouth soon?

first_imgIt is almost certain that Asmir Begovic will transfer from Chelsea to Bournemouth in June. Namely, Chelsea is already looking for his replacement and in January, and their goal was Craig Gordon. However, Celtic did not agree to sell him because of which neither Begović’s transfer was realized.This time Chelsea is interested in David Stockdale, who is a 31-year-old goalkeeper among the best in the Championship and currently from Brighton.(Source:fokus)last_img

‘Looks like Barkley has played his last game for us then’ – Everton fan reaction

first_img//storify.com/talksport/looks-like-barkley-has-played-his-last-game-for-us.js?border=false[View the story “‘Looks like Barkley has played his last game for us then’” on Storify] Ross Barkley’s exit from Goodison Park is getting closer and closer.The Everton midfielder has been named amongst the substitutes for his side’s final day clash against Arsenal.And with the contract rebel heavily linked a summer departure – Barkley might not even take to the pitch in what could be his final game for his boyhood club.Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has taken a hardnosed approach with the 23-year-old in light of his refusal to sign a new deal.Everton fans seem resigned to losing one of their brightest talents for a reduced fee to one of the Premier League’s leading lights.talkSPORT takes a look at the best reactions from fans online… 1center_img The contract rebel has been heavily linked a summer departure last_img read more