PacifiCorp gets final approvals for $3 billion wind power expansion

first_imgPacifiCorp gets final approvals for $3 billion wind power expansion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge News:PacifiCorp will proceed with a $3bn wind and related transmission expansion plan after it received two final state approvals needed to advance the Energy Vision 2020 initiative, said officials at the utility holding company.Plans call for adding three new wind projects totaling 1.15 GW of power generation capacity and a new 140-mile (225 km) transmission line in Wyoming, and repowering 900 MW of existing facilities in Washington state and Wyoming.The new wind projects will increase the amount of owned and contracted wind capacity on PacifiCorp’s system by more than 60% and will add enough new wind energy to power more than 400,000 average homes by 2020, according to the utility.PacifiCorp, which is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, says that repowering older wind farms will boost electricity output by more than 25% and extend the life of wind turbines.The final regulatory approvals were from the Utah Public Service Commission on 22 June and Idaho Public Utilities Commission last Friday.PacifiCorp owns two utilities: Pacific Power, whose service territory includes northern California, Oregon and southeastern Washington; and Rocky Mountain Power, covering eastern Idaho, and much of Utah and Wyoming. PacifiCorp now estimates its total investment for the Energy Vision 2020 projects will be “just over” $3bn, a reduction from the initial $3.5bn cost projection estimate when they were first announced in April 2017.More: Buffett utility gets final approvals for $3bn wind expansionlast_img read more

Tomislav Maglić, private landlord: “Self-registration of guests is the future of renting private accommodation”

first_imgIt is stated that a personalized digital guide is available. What exactly is it about? How is it personalized? You can check the website of the Digital Welcome Book made by Tomislav Maglić HERE. But can the amount of work be reduced? Is there any way in which part of the work, such as welcoming and saying goodbye to guests, could be done without the presence of the host? Zagreb landlord Tomislav Maglić has the answers to these questions. In his cozy apartment with the symbolic name Tom’s Cozy, which is located in Zagreb’s Trešnjevka, check in and check out are a thing of the past. Namely, Tomislav created his own website in which the whole process is explained, and at the same time it serves as a digital city guide. Not available to everyone. You get a reservation and send a Welcome Book, in which you have the category Self Check In. And there it is nicely written that only after sending the ID the guest gets the entry codes. Or note whatever you want, the Welcome Book is personalized so you can customize it however you want. The answer is yes, it is a safe method. Plus you have apartment insurance (most renters pay for it anyway) and a lot of different protections, if you really want to go deeper. Excellent. In my opinion, there are several types of renters. Those who have more apartments or dozens of apartments and for whom it is exclusively a job they are engaged in to make money. They can’t clone and welcome guests to multiple locations at once and then mostly have Self Check In or pay someone for that service. The second type of landlord is the one who lives in the same building where their apartments are (most often in Dalmatia), so it is not such a problem for them to welcome a guest because they are mostly at home. Although they are also slaves to their apartments because they cannot afford a vacation or a variant that they are not present in the facility in the heart of the season. There is also a third type of landlord who, as they say for themselves, loves that eye-to-eye contact. My opinion even experience says that this is the type of renters who want to feel good after tourists have praised them for being great and simply enjoy that feeling, although they would get the same effect if they allowed the guest independent entry and a Welcome Book to list all your recommendations, information, ie everything that the guest needs for a better stay. Only they would not experience it at that moment but through evaluating the overall impression (reviews). In that case, a physical host is needed only in cases of some urgency. Floods, damage to buildings, etc., which is a rare case in practice. I have not yet experienced criticism, either oral or through reviews, from any tourist in this way of doing business. My rating is still as high as when I personally greeted them and wasted time and nerves on welcoming and explaining where to eat, drink, where the nearest store is, etc. That is why the combination of self-entry and a well-informed guest via a guide or digital Welcome Book- and a solution. Never. Although I note again, the insurance of the apartment in the amount of 1.000 kn / year covers everything and I doubt that there are renters who are not insured. It’s just a loan for a completely carefree dream, even though I haven’t had any major problems that would have “knocked” money out of my pocket. It is personalized because it is done for each accommodation unit individually. Every host has their suggestions for their guests, not every neighborhood is the same, and they expect recommendations from their host. Why shouldn’t these recommendations be in one place, on one web link that can be easily shared via any form of communication – WhatsApp, Viber, SMS, e-mail, booking messenger, Airbnb messenger… I personally have it saved in automated messages and after each booking I send that message. And it looks like the picture below. Do you think this method is safe for you and your visitors since the key password is available to everyone online? What are your experiences with this type of rental? Would you recommend it to others? The occupancy is excellent. If it is great for me, it means that it is great at sea because they are the same tourists. The problem happened with the price. You can’t keep the price as high as the last two years because a lot of new accommodation units in the city are open and that has reduced the price of the daily rent and the number of arrivals is the same or slightly higher. There is more supply than demand so there is a struggle for the guest through price and reviews. You in the Welcome Book give a reception from 0-24 for all questions, and each host knows very well what those questions are, ie what answers should be given. I have when the market is “cleansed” with low prices, it will soon not be possible to pay the owner of the apartment a certain amount of money and make extra profit for yourself according to the current price list of overnight stays in the city. Many will drop out. How did you come up with the idea of ​​the Self Check In method? Is there any specific reason? Do you think Self Check In is the future of renting? What are the reactions of visitors to this approach to renting? A Digital Welcome Book, digital welcome book or digital guide is becoming standard in this business. Every guest wants to know what awaits him in the neighborhood where he is staying. These are their most common questions, and you need to have ready and detailed answers. Where is the nearest shop, laundry, market, restaurant nearby, coffee bar, pharmacy, ATM, exchange office, as well as basic instructions needed by each guest: codes for independent entrance, parking options, house rules, WI-FI codes, unique emergency numbers, energy saving warnings, tap water, garbage disposal in front of the accommodation unit, transport options from / to the airport. Just put yourself in the passenger position, or if you have travel experience, so remember all the information you need? I was recently a guest of an apartment in Sarajevo. On the way out, I didn’t know where the street trash cans were. It is assumed that they are in front of the building, but they were not there. I circled around the building for about 10 minutes until I found where the garbage was dumped because it was so organized, and I couldn’t reach the host because I didn’t have enough kuna on my cell phone to call, and I could wait for the answer of the message I sent him. . Here is a banal example of why the Welcome Book is useful. Do you plan to open more apartments or rooms? If so, will these apartments also be Self Check In? It is important to send the Welcome Book to the guest immediately after booking because in that case he has time to prepare for the trip and knows what to expect, not to mention the importance of the first impression to which you are entitled only once. There is a proverb I personally invented: “There is no demanding guest, only an unprepared host.” Photo: Tom’s Cozy apartment Have you noticed the thefts or devastation of the apartment given that communication with guests is not face to face? Of course. I have been renting for 3 years and since Zagreb is a transit city, the change of tourists is daily. From day to day. You are lucky if someone stays 2-3 nights in a row. These are mostly tourists who return from the coast or go towards it and stop in Zagreb along the way. For two years, I personally welcomed guests, and if I did not have time for that, then I paid an average of 30-50 kuna per reception (without cleaning). I lived near the apartment so I could do it even though I was constantly in anticipation because the guests are not accurate, i.e. they say they will come at 14pm and come at 17pm or who knows when. The third year disrupted my life, ie I had to change my place of residence and went to a small town 15 km away from Zagreb. I knew that this would be a problem for me in the future when I was waiting and I decided to try Self Check In. To note, my ratings before Self Check In on Booking were 9.8 (out of 10) and on Airbnb 5 (out of 5). I installed a digital lock on the entrance of the building and a key box in front of the door of the apartment. I sent the code for entering the building to my guests via the Welcome Book as well as the code for the key box. With the Self Check In approach you can combine. It can be all digital via code (the most expensive variant) or a combination of a digital lock at the entrance of the building (so that someone doesn’t tear off the key box that would actually be on the road) and a key box at the entrance to the apartment. How is your apartment full? Do you feel a weaker tourist season this year? Combined with Self Check In, Welcome Book and a good cleaner, I would. Of course if other conditions are met you can be competitive with the price. I would rather tell them to wait a year or two until the market price improves. Anyone who rents out private accommodation is aware that this business is not as fabulous as it seems. Especially in destinations where guests do not stay longer than a day or two. Duty from 0 to 24, check in, check out, cleaning and the like, there is a lot of demanding work. Especially nowadays when the hosts depend on online reviews and, in order to be competitive, they have to do their best to make the guest feel at home. How he came up with the idea, whether he thinks Self Check In is the future of renting private accommodation, whether there are problems with theft and devastation of apartments and many other things he revealed to us in an interview. I believe that all technologically high-quality and reasonable novelties are the future. First, you have guests who come from such an environment that they are more computer-savvy. You have a bunch of young people who have grown up with technology and just expect such an approach. Your benefits as a single renter are huge. You save time, you have a life, you earn, and you are not a slave to work, you have raised your business to a higher level, you have better grades because your guests are the ones to whom it is the standard. I could count until tomorrow… Welcome Book websitelast_img read more

Jeremie Aliadiere unconvinced by Arsenal’s pursuit of Gremio star Everton Soares

first_imgEverton was one of the stars of Brazil’s Copa America campaign (Picture: Getty)Aliadiere, though, isn’t sure that Everton is physically cut out for English football and believes that Arsenal’s priority in the transfer window should be strengthening their defence.AdvertisementAdvertisementAliadiere speaking exclusively to 888sport said: ‘I really like Everton Soares. I saw him play at the Copa America and he was terrific.‘He was quick and sharp and skilful but he wasn’t very strong and in the Premier League you need to be. I am not so sure that a winger is an area where Arsenal need to buy at the moment.‘If you can bring in a top player on the cheap then great, that should be done. But at the moment when I’m seeing the kids in pre-season and I think they deserve a chance.‘We then also have Mkhitaryan, Ozil and Maitland-Niles – these are top players who need to play. With the budget that we have I’d rather we spent all of that on defenders and a central midfielder than Everton Soares.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal have had a quiet summer so far with 18-year-old Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli the club’s only addition with just over two weeks to go until the transfer window shuts.They are expected to secure deals for Real Madrid playmaker Dani Ceballos and Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba soon, though, although the latter will return to his current club on loan.Everton, meanwhile, helped deputise for the injured Neymar during the Copa America and he impressed, scoring three goals for his country including in their 3-1 win over Peru in the final.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Jeremie Aliadiere unconvinced by Arsenal’s pursuit of Gremio star Everton Soares Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jul 2019 5:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Everton Soares is on Arsenal’s transfer radar this summer (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere has hailed the club’s reported transfer target Everton Soares but is not convinced that he is what they need this summer.The 23-year-old Gremio winger is believed to be on Arsenal’s transfer shortlist after playing an important role in Brazil’s Copa America win earlier this month.Unai Emery is eager to add a wide player to his squad this summer and Everton would represent a far cheaper alternative to Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.It has been reported that Everton would cost around £36m compared to £80m for Zaha and with Arsenal’s budget stretched he could be the more viable option.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more