If Solar Prices Go Much Lower, It’s Going To Wreak Havoc On The Grid

If Solar Prices Go Much Lower, It’s Going To Wreak Havoc On The Grid

At the moment, we’re in a happy place. Solar technology is getting cheaper and becoming more accessible to those with high disposal incomes to spend on solar roof installations. Great. But there’s a problem: all those people switching to solar power are affecting those who still rely on the grid.

The Problem For Traditional Power Companies

The underlying problem goes something like this: as people switch from grid power to independent electricity generation, there are fewer people left over to pay for all the fixed costs of the regular coal- and gas-powered electricity supply. And when fewer people are paying, each person has to pay more.

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You can quickly imagine the problems that this situation might create in the future for grid power if the economics change. Not only will cheaper solar be more enticing to people on middle and low incomes, but grid power will become less attractive, forcing many to switch. We could end up with a runaway situation as grid power prices rise as each person abandons it for solar power generation.

Load management software will, of course, take care of part of the problem, namely the constant fluctuations in energy demand. But there will be times when the sun doesn’t shine, and the wind doesn’t blow, and people will need to rely on grid power to some degree.

Knowing exactly how this whole thing will play out is difficult. The runaway scenarios outlined above is a possibility, but it is limited by the ability of solar power companies to supply new units to homeowners and businesses. If the price of grid power starts rising because people leave it en masse in favor of solar panels, the solar panel industry may not be able to keep pace. If that happens, then the total cost of solar installation will rise, making grid power attractive once more – at least in the short term.

A Way Out For Traditional Power Companies

Traditional power companies love to spend lots of money on big infrastructure projects, believing that is the way to get the cost per unit of electricity down to competitive levels. But if solar continues to fall in price, the industry may have to change its tactics and instead opt for smaller, more distributed networks of solar power generation.

To be fair, we already see this. Many of the regional monopolies in the US are announcing plans to expand their renewable fleets while committing not to build new fossil-fuel-fired power stations in the future. But they need to come up with a way of making the grid pay, even if they do end up switching to renewables wholesale, as many analysts predict. The only way to do that is to use economies of scale, deploy solar in large installations, and undercut electricity prices offered by solar roofs.

The grid may also try to sell itself as offering support during peak demand or when people run out of their own electricity. But with things like home batteries, that doesn’t look viable long term.

Reasons To Be Thankful For Our Veterans

Reasons To Be Thankful For Our Veterans

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While it’s great that we have a Veteran’s Day to honour our veterans, why is it just the one day? What about the other 364 days of the year? Are they not veterans then? Should we not honour them and be thankful for them every day?

Veterans are expected to go back to civilian life dealing with the mental and physical disabilities they got from their time in the service. There are a lot of people who do try to help them by making care packages for soldiers overseas and helping the veterans in their community. It is because of veterans that we can sit here today with no restrictions on what we can write or say.

Of the 21.4 million Veterans in the USA, still, six-per cent remain unemployed after they leave the service. 3.2 million soldiers have had to leave because of a service-connected disability and a quarter of million veterans enter the civilian world each year. They can fill in a VA form 21-4142 and hopefully get some disability benefits, but is that enough? We all know what happens to a football or basketball star after a career-ending injury, but do we know what happens to our heroes? It is our responsibility as a country to make a gesture of thanks, to remember those who served for us and asked nothing in return. Living under a flag that represents the freedoms so many others across the world are forsaken would be impossible without them.

Thanks to veterans, we are able to fight for the rights of waiters and bar staff and whether they deserve $15 an hour or not and how that will affect our economy.

Because of veterans, our children are able to play outside, and all they have to worry about is whether they can stay up late or have ice cream for dinner.

Sometimes our veterans have no one. We need to support them as far too often they are alone and find it too tough to get through the hard times. Too many good lives are lost because of this.

We need to look out for our veterans because far too many of them are sleeping on the streets while we sleep in our warm beds. They are not seen for the true heroes they are, and our children don’t realise that these people on the streets are the ones they should be looking up to and not down on.

Without support, society will continue to sweep veterans under the carpet as it is easier to hide them than to actually do something to help them, so we must support our veterans.

Most importantly, we need to look out for our veterans because they have been looking out for us our entire lives, and it is the least we can do.

Why Politicians Have Suddenly Changed Their Stance On Cannabis

Why Politicians Have Suddenly Changed Their Stance On Cannabis

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Only a few years ago, politicians called marijuana a scourge on society and something that had to be wiped out. But in the recent past, the conversation suddenly seems to have changed. All of a sudden states across the country are moving towards legalization and cannabis dispensaries are popping up all over the place. What’s going on? Why the sudden change of heart?

Why Legalize Now?

What is so horrible about all this is the lives that have already been ruined by drug crime conviction. Millions of people have been filtered through the justice system for possession and trafficking of cannabis, a drug that is on the cusp of becoming legal in many places in the country. Whereas just a few years ago, being caught using or selling the drug could result in a lengthy prison sentence and the end of one’s career, now it’s a perfectly acceptable part of life and something that people have a right to enjoy.

According to legalization advocates and experts, there isn’t just one thing that has led states to embrace cannabis. It’s come down to several factors. Perhaps the most important is President Trump’s reversal of many of the Obama-era federal laws which threatened to prosecute states if they dared to try to enact their own drug laws. But part of the story also has to do with shifting public opinion. Because so many people have now experimented with the drug, there is a mass-scale change in attitudes with many more people advocating the medical benefits of the cannabis plant.

New Cannabis Products Eliminate The “High”

Those medical benefits aren’t without justification. Cannabis contains a chemical called CBD. The exciting thing about CBD is that it doesn’t produce any psychotropic effects. You can’t get high on CBD. Instead, it binds to cannabinoid receptor sites in people’s brains and appears to have semi-miraculous effects, such as reducing chronic pain and anxiety and producing feelings of wellbeing. What’s more, you can grow cannabis plants that do not contain any psychoactive compounds at all, so the notion that you must get high if you take cannabis is painfully outdated.

Among Democrats, support for the legalization of marijuana is currently running at 72 percent, according to a Gallup poll reported by the Washington Post. Among Republicans, it’s 51 percent, implying overall support for legalization among all Americans at 64 percent. That’s a dramatic change from just a few years ago, with even the majority of Republicans now embracing the legalization trend.

Opposition To Legalization

There is still lobbying opposition to these legalization efforts. Many advocacy groups dislike marijuana because they see it as a primary cause of the nation’s opioid crisis. People begin by using cannabis, they argue, and then get involved in social circles where it is all too easy to move onto different types of drugs. The new laws, however, should make it easier for people to obtain pure cannabis products from legitimate sources, negating the need to interact with questionable characters who want to upsell people on harder drugs.

Whatever happens, things are moving at a fast pace, with many of the states that Trump won leading the charge.

Organizing a Worthwhile Networking Event

Organizing a Worthwhile Networking Event

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Networking is a crucial part of business. Whether you started your company a long time ago, or you are just starting out, networking can be a powerful tool when it comes to learning, growing and setting up plans for the future. It’s a great way to meet new clients and suppliers, as well as people that could become a support network and boost your business in other ways. It’s a great chance to learn more about emerging and existing methods and tools and to learn from other people in your industry. If nothing else, it’s an excellent chance to make new friends and to speak to people who truly understand what you do.

Planned networking events are the ideal places to make these connections. But, they aren’t all equal. Sometimes, we come home from supposed networking events feeling as though we’ve wasted a day, we’ve lost money, we’ve learned nothing and met no-one that will have any impact on our businesses or our lives. These events can make you wonder if it’s worth attending in the future. Sometimes, the best way to ensure an event is worthwhile is to organize it yourself. Here are some tips to help you to make sure any event that you plan is worthwhile and helpful to everyone that attends.

Find the Right Venue

The venue can make or break an event. Do you want dinner? Drinks? A conference type feel? Will it be a formal sit down event, or do you want people to mingle as much as possible? The venue needs to be right to meet your requirements. But, it also needs to be in an easy to access location, and have parking and facilities. When you’ve found your venue, register for online event registration to make everything easier for you and your guests.

Invite the Right People

Remember, the whole purpose of a networking event is meeting new people. So, don’t make the mistake of only inviting people that you know, or that you have worked with in the past. LinkedIn connections are a great way to move outside of your direct circle. Or, ask your invitees to bring someone that will be interested along with them.

State the Events Purpose

The very best networking events, the ones that you come out of with new connections, new knowledge and new ideas, that leave you feeling excited and eager to get back to work, are the ones with purpose. They aren’t just general business dinners or meetings. They are events with a focus, where the guests share what they want to get out of the experience. Or, they fit a tight niche. Everyone attending is involved in a specific field or area. Think about what you want from the event, and make sure you advertise the purpose when you invite people.

Get Introducing

There’s nothing worse than an event where no one talks. Where everyone sits or stands nursing a drink, making small talk with people that they already know. As the host, it’s your job to introduce people. Even those you don’t know. You invited them. You need to make the first move and facilitate introductions between guests.

Taking Charge When The Police Won’t Take Action

Taking Charge When The Police Won’t Take Action

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Throughout a large portion of the world, crime rates have stayed largely the same over the last couple of decades. While the types of offences people commit will evolve and adapt over time, there will always be those who want to go down this path, even if they have to give up an awful lot along the way. When you’re a victim of a crime, taking action can often be a challenge, especially if you can’t get the police to listen to you. To help you through a struggle like this, this post will be exploring the action which you can take when the police won’t take it for you.

Collecting Some Evidence

The very first stage in this journey will involve collecting some evidence of the crime which has been committed against you. What you’re able to get for this will vary depending on the crime in question, with something like an assault being much easier to prove than a robbery during the night. CCTV footage, photographs, and eye witnesses are some of the best evidence you can have, and most courts will accept these resource when you present them. It’s important to do this nice and quickly, as evidence could easily disappear if you leave it for too long.

Along with collecting some evidence for the crime which has been committed, it could also be worth collecting some to highlight the lack of support you’ve had from your local law enforcement. While they may simply not have time to help you, this is never fair, and it shows that there is an issue with the force as a group, not just amongst individuals. Having a way to prove that this has happened will go along way to giving you the chance to get something back for all of the effort you’ll have to put in.

Meet Some Professionals

Once you have some evidence in your hands, you will be ready to talk to some professionals about it, and this will mean booking some meetings. You should never choose a lawyer without trying them and their competitors, first. This sort of service is very expensive, and you’ll want to make the most of it, while the quality of the support you receive will strictly depend on the skills of the people to go with. You’ll find it hard to find a professional like this who won’t be happy to give you a consultation for free.

When you meet with a lawyer for the first time, it will be important to establish whether or not they are confident in your case. With their experience, they should be able to give you an idea of how likely you are to come out on top, and this can save a lot of money. Along with this, you also need to make sure that they have the right kind of skills to handle the case you have on your plate. For example, if you are making a wrongful death claim, you will need a team which has enough experience working with accidental death cases to easily overcome the other side.

Finding Some Suspects

With a legal professional behind you, it will be time to start finding some suspects. Of course, you can’t arrest people or lock them up, instead simply collecting their names and passing your lawyer’s details onto them. This works best if you already have a good idea of who may have committed the crime. If you don’t know who did it, though, you will have to rely on some other tools to help you to find them. Having CCTV where the incident took place can be very helpful, as this can offer videos of people’s faces. With this in your hands, Google’s image recognition should be able to match up with faces on Facebook.

Taking Legal Action

Having evidence, a lawyer, and a suspect or two is all you need to be able to start court proceedings. Taking legal action for yourself will always cost some money in the beginning, eventually being paid off by the compensation you receive, but this will all be worth it. The police often won’t handle cases because they simply don’t have the resources to do it. In this case, criminals can get away with committing crimes, and this isn’t fair. Instead, by taking this into your own hands, you will be helping to do your part to take someone bad from the streets, ensuring that they don’t commit another crime for a long time.

Winning something like this will take more than simply having all of the right elements, though. Along with this, you also need to be able to fight your corner, working hard to tell the truth at each stage, and avoiding the trap of getting emotional. A lot of people struggle to go through something liKe this without getting angry. Outbursts in court will always hurt a case, though, the way that you represent yourself will determine how the jury make their decision in the end. When your case is a fair one, you should win if you’re on the right side.

Why Bother?

When you’re looking at all of the work which has to go into something like this, it can be easy to find yourself asking why you’d want to bother with it. In reality, though, this sort of action will always be worth it, even if you don’t win. Having a crime committed against you will almost always leave some bitterness behind, and this can play on your mind for many years to come. Along with this, the person who you are getting in trouble could be in line to do something a lot worse. This means that you would be saving others from their work, all while maintaining safety in your community.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of handling a crime which has been committed against you. It’s shame when the police can’t help someone, especially when something very bad has happened. While this is often as the result of poor resourcing, it is always worth complaining in the hopes that it might make a difference.

The Pen The Sword And Responsibility

The Pen The Sword And Responsibility

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Publicity is a double-edged sword. The notoriety and recognition can be leveraged to improve credibility and marketability from the smallest fish in the sea to A-list celebrities. However, that same fame can bring shame, make people targets of smears and cause people to live without privacy.

Take for example Alex Shivraj. His name has appeared in divergent reporting over the last decade. In 2010, Alex was credited with assisting s man in becoming a successful entrepreneur even before either student had graduated. This publicity came as he, Alex Shivraj, was thanked within the body of an article by at The Medium. His reputation seemed to be on the rise and the notoriety was welcome.

Fast forward five years, however, and the same individual, Alex Shivraj of Mississauga, was the target of a prank that brought him shame and a false reputation. The Toronto Star published a false report by an intern that suggested that Alex was involved in a car-sex scandal.  This was not true and the paper later retracted the story and apologized.

“A Sept. 19 article about using social media to find locations for car sex in Toronto attributed statements about finding places for car sex and other activities during his high school years to a source who identified himself to the Star through email as Alex Shivraj, 28, a Mississauga resident.
“This was a mistake. None of the statements attributed to Alex Shivraj were made by Alex Shivraj and should not have been attributed to him. Alex Shivraj did not communicate with the Star. Furthermore, at no time did the Star reach out to Alex Shivraj for comment on the article in question.
“The Star apologizes to Alex Shivraj for these errors.”

This story was poorly sourced and usual journalistic methods were ignored. The intern suggested that she learned from her mistakes, but that’s little consolation when a person’s reputation has been dragged through the mud. It is hard to get the genie back in the bottle, which tells us all how important it is to get our facts right when we are pursuing stories in the media.

The pen is mightier than that sword, but just like the sword, the pen can be useful or destructive. When we use the pen, we must use it responsibly, otherwise, the might that comes with the pen can cause unwarranted damage and cost us our credibility.

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