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Developer GlidePath begins building standalone battery storage project in Texas

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first_imgDeveloper GlidePath begins building standalone battery storage project in Texas FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Renewables developer GlidePath has begun construction on a rare standalone storage project in the tricky Texas market.The 10-megawatt/10-megawatt-hour Prospect Storage plant will bid into the ERCOT markets for energy and ancillary services. Though small by the standards of today’s utility-scale market, the project, located 50 miles south of Houston, is notable for making the economics work in an inhospitable market for storage.Texas law forbids distribution utilities from owning storage for any number of useful purposes, because this technology, which does not generate electricity, is deemed “generation.” Without utility contracts to guarantee revenue, storage must compete with conventional gas generators in the wide-open wholesale markets, a challenge that has scared off even the most bullish storage boosters.ERCOT’s reserve margins have dipped to historic lows, though, and the peaks are getting peakier, meaning a highly flexible, fast-acting asset could scoop up enough revenue to eke by, maybe even prosper. That assumes a developer can convince financiers to trust a merchant play, another rarity in current U.S. storage development. All of which makes GlidePath’s achievement worth scrutinizing. It’s a pure merchant play in a market with no playbook for storage to succeed.“The reserve margins are the thinnest they’ve been in as long as I can remember, and that puts the grid dangerously close to having issues,” GlidePath COO Chris McKissack said of the ERCOT market. “It’s our view that battery storage can play a role in relieving the grid of these issues and adding to reserve capacity.”In an operational sense, the Prospect plant will be up and running in time for the worst of the hot summer price spikes, when just a few minutes of energy delivery during moments of scarcity can reap a windfall. The company touted going “from greenfield development to commercial operation in less than nine months” to hit that deadline. The system will connect to the distribution grid across the street from a utility substation. That allowed for faster and easier siting than a transmission-connected system, McKissack said, and it puts the asset closer to load.More: GlidePath builds merchant battery plant in ERCOT, bucking industry wisdomlast_img read more

Mobile banking has become the most common way to pay bills, it is time to digitize our tourism

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first_imgMost mobile payment services are used by an average of 4 to 6% more users than last year. The only exception is payment via SMS, which is used by 4% fewer users compared to the last survey.  Opportunity for tourism? Yes, absolutely. What are we waiting for? We are still struggling with a good part of restaurants on the Adriatic that only accept cash, let alone have implemented mobile payments. And it is not only restaurants, but also cafes, bakeries, deck chairs for rent, etc.… and all other basic and additional services in the destination. How important and what digitalization means in the tourism sector is also shown by yesterday’s news, how Spanish destinations are introducing the reservation of a place on the beach via a mobile application. A significant majority of respondents (90%) use cards at least occasionally when shopping online, which is the same as in November 2019. However, the frequency of using cards when shopping online decreased by 7% on a monthly basis. In addition, the share of those who use cards when buying online only once or twice in three months (7%) also increased slightly. Debit cards (32%) proved to be the most common method of payment, followed by credit cards (34%) and PayPal (21%).  We are satisfied with the level of digitalization in Croatia The results showed that almost three-quarters (71%) of cardholders check their account balance and card charges via mobile phone. Almost the same number (67%) use SMS payments, while 59% use mobile banking. To a lesser extent, card users use payment through the services of teleoperators (26%) and m-wallet (9%).  “For many years, the MasterIndex research has provided us with the opportunity to get to know the habits of card users better, and it certainly has added value in this period, which deviates from our usual everyday life and in which we regularly seek answers to many questions. In Croatia, almost all of us still use cards, but although the share of credit card users is growing somewhat, debit cards are still used significantly more. We are also glad to see that the number of users who pay contactlessly is growing, because this is the safest way to pay and our recommendation during the corona crisis, but also after”, Pointed out Helena Šekerija from Mastercard.  Furthermore, approximately 70% of respondents have an interest in using online mobile payments, which is practically at the same level as in the previous wave of research from November 2019. Furthermore, most banking users are interested in certain mobile payment methods – 59% for payment by connecting the mobile phone to the POS terminal, and 63% for online card payment via the mobile application.  Contactless payment is becoming more and more popular, so as many as nine out of ten of us have and use a contactless card, while a year ago that ratio was eight out of ten. In addition, as many as 60% of cardholders pay contactlessly at least three to five times a week, an increase of 5% over last year. The number of those who pay contactlessly every day is also slightly increasing (+ 2%) and now their share is 23%. Contactless is mostly paid in supermarkets and shopping malls (71%), followed by local shops (17%). Although more and more people pay non-contact, respondents would like such payment to be enabled to an even greater extent, primarily in supermarkets and shops (36%), restaurants and cafes (16%) and public transport (14%).  Most of us are satisfied with the level of digitalization in the country, almost all of us use smartphones and cards, and we are more and more inclined to new payment methods such as mobile and contactless, the results of regular MasterIndex research which was conducted for Mastercard by the Improve agency.  In addition to the aforementioned data, it is interesting that all types of cards are used on average slightly more among respondents older than 40 years (99%), those with a monthly income of more than HRK 5.500 and among the male population. The results also showed that users have an average of three (2,8) cards, which is the same as last year.  Cover photo: Pixabay.com The MasterIndex online survey on the habits of using financial services in Croatia and attitudes towards payment cards was conducted in April 2020 for Mastercard by the market research agency Improve, on a sample of 1.046 users of banking services in Croatia aged 18 to 55.  Furthermore, the digital devices most respondents use are smartphones (95%), laptops (83%), personal computers (55%) and smart TVs (54%). Apart from the fact that the largest number of respondents own it and spend an average of five (4,8) hours a day on it, a mobile phone is also a means that respondents would use for payment cards to the greatest extent (71%). To a much lesser extent, they emphasize ID cards or passports (17%) and biometrics (14%) and smart watches (14%). PIN is still the preferred (50%) method of payment authorization, and finger scanning (34%) is also highly preferred. The research also confirmed that the coronavirus pandemic has reduced the number of those planning a holiday in Croatia, but also the more frequent online purchase of food, software and gaming products and the preference for contactless payment as the healthiest. We use mobile payment services more than last year The above-average share of card users is in Zagreb and its surroundings (98%), and the lowest in Lika and in Kordun and Banovina (91%).  But now is the opportunity to accelerate development and catch up with all digital trends, in fact, to set global trends ourselves. But in order to be able to plan, we need to know what the current situation is, what are the habits and expectations of consumers in Croatia, when we talk about digital payment. Almost all of us use payment cards Cards are used for various purposes. Almost half (48%) of cardholders withdraw cash from ATMs once or twice a month, over a third (35%) the same number of times a week, while only a few do so more often. On the other hand, cards are used much more regularly to pay at points of sale. Over a quarter (27%) of users use them for this purpose every day. More than a third (35%) do this three to five times a week, and about a quarter (22%) once to twice a week. Research has shown another interesting fact, and that is that internet banking is no longer the most common way to pay bills – it is now mobile banking with 51% of users compared to 42% of e-banking users.  Growth of mobile banking The crisis caused by the epidemic, among other things, has shown that it is high time for digitalization, and in the recovery period the smart state will embrace digitalization in the true sense. Also, digitalization will be a term that will be most often used in the tourism sector, and in Croatia, in my personal opinion, we are lagging behind digital trends. Contactless payment is viewed more and more positively – as many as 82% of card users consider it really fast and easy, and 61% definitely intend to use it more often in the future. In addition, this method of payment is considered the safest when it comes to health and hygiene. As many as 71% of cardholders firmly believe that contactless payment is the healthiest, and another 20% have a similar opinion. In a period when great attention is paid to the cleanliness of sales areas and hand hygiene, such a dominant attitude on this issue may not be a big surprise, but it is certainly a clear indicator of consumer preferences. As many as 85% of respondents are satisfied with the level of digitalization in the country, which is an increase of 3% compared to November 2019 and the continuation of this positive trend. However, a significant number of respondents still want to see more innovation and digital services in health (70%), public administration (54%), education (50%) and the judiciary (27%). When it comes to personal use of digital services, in the first place is the mobile phone with the Internet and online chat (89%), followed by online shopping (81%), e-mail (80%) and social networks (79%) and Internet search engines (77 %). These services are also most used on a daily basis, with the exception of online shopping which most respondents make on a monthly basis.  But someone has to lead the development strategy of digitalization of our tourism, both from the national narrative and from the destination. And that is where we unfortunately fall. 9 out of 10 pay us contactless, we are increasingly using mobile payment The increase in the use of mobile banking for this purpose is as much as 12% compared to last year, and the share (16%) of those who pay their bills exclusively in physical branches is still not negligible. The main obstacle to paying bills online is the habit of paying in cash (50%). Most of us use online shopping cards and m-banking to pay bills As many as 9 out of 10 pay us contactlesslylast_img read more

Toffees edge past Fulham

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first_imgEverton’s bid for European football received a timely boost thanks to a 1-0 win over a submissive Fulham side and rivals Tottenham being held to a draw at Wigan. Steven Pienaar scored the only goal early in a first half notable only for the lack of effort put in by the visitors, who with mid-table safety assured rarely looked interested. The match struggled to rise above mediocrity for long periods but that will not have bothered Toffees boss David Moyes who, after last week’s loss at Sunderland, will be urging on his squad for one final push. Everton began the day six points off fourth-placed Chelsea and although they closed that to three the Stamford Bridge side have a match in hand. Significantly, however, fifth-placed Spurs drew at Wigan meaning their cushion over the Merseysiders is now only three points. Marouane Fellaini’s early header was saved by goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer before they took a 16th-minute lead, having assumed control of the game without so much as a word of objection from the visitors. The Toffees had enjoyed plenty of penetration down the right and it was no surprise when Kevin Mirallas and Leon Osman combined to play in Seamus Coleman close to the byline for him to cut the ball back to the penalty spot where Pienaar ran in unchallenged to side-foot home. Victor Anichebe then looped a long-range header wide. Fellaini had Everton’s two best chances before half-time, curling one effort wide after neat interplay by Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic, before team-mate Anichebe blocked his goalbound effort. Fulham’s first chance came just before the break when Kieran Richardson’s cross rolled just out of the reach of early substitute Mladen Petric at the far post. They improved in the second half, although it would have been a surprise if they had not, but Urby Emanuelson should have hit the target from Alex Kacaniklic’s cross 10 minutes after the interval. Mirallas’ tumble in the area had the Belgium international appealing for a penalty but despite contact from Stanislav Manolev the Everton forward was already falling over. The Belgian’s next intervention was brilliant, however, flicking it over Manolev before hitting a volley which Schwarzer palmed away. Anichebe then looped a header just wide of the far post as Everton finally regained the dominance they had enjoyed in the first half. Fellaini would have wrapped up victory five minutes from time but somehow bundled over Leighton Baines’ cross from close range while substitute Ross Barkley forced a good save from Schwarzer when put clean through in added time. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more