California tops 2020 goal of 33% renewable energy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:California has passed its 33% renewable energy target two years before the 2020 deadline. The state’s next renewable milestone is at 44% by 2024, a 33% growth in just over five full years.The California Energy Commission estimates that 34% of the state’s retail electricity sales in 2018 were provided by renewable energy sources eligible for its renewable portfolio standard (RPS). This definition notably excludes the state’s large hydroelectric plants.The report notes that in 2018, solar represented the largest portion of renewable generation serving California’s electricity load, at almost 12% of all electricity. Broadly, in the past five years large-scale solar generation has increased nearly five-fold, while behind-the-meter solar resources increased approximately 310%. As well, the state expects it will soon achieve the goal of 1 million solar roofs, with an estimated 958,000 solar systems installed.A total of 19 GWac of solar power has been installed in the state, including behind the meter capacity. In total, the state had installed 30.8 GW of renewable capacity by December 31, 2018.Of interest, large hydroelectric facilities, generally defined as 30 MW or larger, with some exceptions, are not eligible for the RPS in California, therefore generation from large hydroelectric facilities is not included in this calculation. The report notes that in 2017, large hydroelectric represented nearly 15% of California’s electricity generation.More: The Golden State is officially a third renewable, and it’s not stopping there California tops 2020 goal of 33% renewable energylast_img read more

Financial literacy vs financial wellness – a consumer’s view

first_imgby: Rich JonesCredit unions and banks across the country have financial literacy on their to-do list, but what consumers really need/want is a road map to financial wellness, not just financial literacy. Well, what’s the difference?Financial literacy is about understanding money basics. Typically the curriculum includes topics like “how to balance your checkbook”, “what is a savings account”, “what is a money market account and a certificate of deposit” and what are the different loan products with possibly information on how to apply and how to qualify for a loan. Sometimes the topics include information on the credit report, what is a good credit score, maybe strategies on how to improve credit scores.Financial wellness curriculum is hands-on, real life, real experience training. It teaches consumers how to use money, credit and debt appropriately to improve their life. It deals with the strategies and tactics on how to save, how to borrow, when is it appropriate to borrow, how to spend and most importantly how to financially thrive versus just survive. This curriculum is not about learning what a credit card is but learning how to use credit wisely, not about what a savings account is but how to create a savings discipline and how to find money in your cash flow to save. Its not what money is but how to manage the in-flow and out-flow of money to manage your cash flow. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

House condemns King’s quote, with King’s ‘yes’ vote

first_imgWASHINGTON — Facing calls for his resignation and a 2020 primary challenge from his fellow Republicans, Iowa Congressman Steve King has voted for a resolution condemning white supremacy and white nationalism — a resolution “of disapproval” drafted in response to comments from King that were published in The New York Times.“I understand and recognize the gravity of this issue that’s before us,” King said during remarks on the House floor Tuesday afternoon.King again disputed the way his recent comments have been characterized.“Representative Steve King was quoted as asking: ‘White nationalist, white supremacist, western civilization?’ — There’s a dash in there, a pause — ‘How did that language become offensive?’ I understand how you interpreted my words when you read them this way…but I can tell you this: that ideology never shows up in my head,” King said. “I don’t know how it could possibly come out of my mouth.”Congressman James Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, led the bipartisan charge to condemn King’s remarks. Clyburn said racial divisiveness is ripping the country apart.“This body must speak out against this evil,” Clyburn said on the House floor.The resolution denouncing white nationalism and white supremacy as “hateful” passed on a vote of 424 to one. The one “no” vote came from a congressman who said he would only support a resolution that directly censures King.On Monday night, the Republican leader in the House said King’s New York Timesquote was “not the first time” King used such language and GOP leaders stripped King of his committee assignments. King Monday night called that an unprecedented assault on his freedom of speech.“It’s 13 words, ironically, that’s caused this firestorm,” King said Tuesday. “And, again, I regret that we are in this place.”During his House floor speech, King told his colleagues he “came from a family of abolitionists” who had served in the Union army during the Civil War.“They paid a price with their lives to make sure all men and now all women are created equal and we’re endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights and those rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” King said. “…I absolutely believe in that and it’s in my heart and it’s in my works.”Randy Feenstra, the state senator poised to run against King in a Republican primary in 2020, issued a written statement this afternoon, saying since King lost his seat on the House Agriculture Committee, “Iowa farmers are left without a vote on the important committee for the first time in 120 years.”last_img read more