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Utilities Rush to Complete Turbines as Wind Energy Tax Incentive Expires at Midnight

December 31st, 2012

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United States energy companies are clamoring to install last minute wind turbines before the federal tax credit incentive expires at the stroke of midnight tonight. The government incentive subsidy awards roughly 2.2 cents for every kilowatt hour produced over the next ten years, and it has spurred the construction of new wind power plants across the states.

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Thanks to the federal tax credit incentive, wind power has grown exponentially in 2012- from just 1.5 gigawatts of power across the country to an impressive 13.5 gigawatts by the end of this year. With 12 gigawatts of wind power sources installed this year, the renewable energy source skyrocketed past natural gas.

With the incentive, each large turbine is awarded around $1 million in government subsidy money over ten years. But the incentive is set to expires at midnight tonight, to the chagrin of renewable energy supporters. Without the subsidy, green energy enthusiasts fear that the rate of wind power construction will plummet next year, causing a rise in the use of traditional fossil fuels.

Although it is still unclear whether the incentive will be extended into 2012, The American Wind Energy Association is hopeful for a short extension to finish projects that are in the works. With that extension, the rise of wind power could be sustained in 2013, ensuring the rise of renewable energy for another year.

Via BBC

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Competitive carriers warn FCC to learn from auction mistakes

September 28th, 2012
Wireless operators that compete with AT&T and Verizon Wireless say that the FCC needs to make sure its rules for its upcoming incentive auction are fair to everyone. [Read more]



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Microsoft Dynamics CRM Gets Game with Cole’s Spark Add-On

September 26th, 2012
Now that social networking has thoroughly inhabited customer relationship management systems, a related innovation is beginning to take hold -- gamification. This month, Microsoft Partner Cole Systems became the latest to join that bandwagon, with the launch of an employee incentive add-on to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011.

Called Spark, the add-on offers a new way to distribute internal rewards among employees by allowing users to earn badges, acquire points, and receive their rewards on the basis of what they've earned. Cole is a New York City-based business consulting and technology solutions firm, specializing in the implementation and enhancement of Microsoft Dynamics.

'A No Brainer'

CEO Dave Weiner said in a statement that "the gamification of CRM seemed like a no brainer." Since CRM tracks the results of employees in sales, marketing and customer service, he said, linking those results to rewards "was an obvious combination."

With Spark, badges are rewarded for meeting certain goals, such as closing a given number of sales opportunities, obtaining a certain number of leads, or successfully resolving a customer issue. Employers set the types of rewards that can be obtained by earning badges. Badges are worth points, which can used to get gift certificates.

Badges help users to track their own progress, as well as provide competitive motivation by allowing employees to compare themselves to others. Cole said it can configure Spark to offer an incentive program that is specific to a company's needs or goals, or is aligned to existing incentive programs.

Cole's senior CRM consultant, Jen Mroczek, told news media that employees enjoy Spark "because it's fun and exciting to earn badges and watch points rack-up." This provides an incentive, Mroczek said, not only because of the rewards but because "their hard work will be on display for all to see."

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