Fitch: U.S. to add 17,000MW of renewable capacity annually through 2022

first_imgFitch: U.S. to add 17,000MW of renewable capacity annually through 2022 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Growth in the U.S. renewable energy market will average more than 6% annually over the next decade as falling technology costs and support from states and the private sector help offset the loss of federal tax credits and a regulatory rollback by the Trump administration, Fitch Solutions Macro Research said June 4.New renewable generation installations are projected to average nearly 17,000 MW of capacity annually between 2019 and 2022, the research firm said, although that figure is expected to fall to 11,000 MW during the next six years following cuts to the investment and production tax credits. By 2028, renewable resources, excluding hydroelectric power, are expected to account for 16% of the country’s electricity mix, Fitch Solutions said, up from 11% in 2018.Despite increased risks from import tariffs and a potential reduction in tax-equity financing, “the project pipeline across most segments remains robust and the U.S. renewables market continues to attract major domestic and international investment,” Fitch Solutions said. The firm is an affiliate of Fitch Ratings Inc.Still, renewables will not overtake fossil fuels any time soon. The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecast generation from natural gas to increase from 34% of U.S. electricity in 2018 to 40% by 2032 and remain at that level through 2050.New York utility Consolidated Edison Inc., which invested more than $2 billion in wind and solar assets in 2018, plans to spend another $1 billion on renewables over the next three years, Chairman, President and CEO John McAvoy said May 21 at a natural gas conference.Demand for renewable energy is also coming from outside of the power sector. General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Mary Barra told shareholders June 4 that the automaker is working toward a goal of using renewable energy to meet all of its operational electricity needs, up from 20% now.More ($): U.S. renewable energy market projected to grow despite headwindslast_img read more

Credit union card success in a post-pandemic world

first_imgGoing into 2020, a fairly promising economic outlook was in play, driven by two important indicators: The U.S. GDP growth rate was holding steady and the unemployment rate was trending favorably at a 50-year low. At the same time, there was a slight softening in card spend and a slow, steady rise in credit card charge-offs at credit unions, according to The Nilson Reportand National Credit Union Administration, respectively.Then March 2020 hit, along with COVID-19, marking a turning point for the U.S. economy. Before COVID-19, weekly unemployment filings were in the low 200,000 range for a long period. During the five weeks from mid-March through late April, stay-at-home orders and non-essential business closures caused more than 26.7 million Americans to file an initial unemployment claim. This spurred a shift in the way in which consumers spend their money and transact. Overall, credit card spend volume was down by almost 33% year over year in March and April, while debit was down by almost 20% year over year.Both credit and debit have been improving as of June, with this trajectory projected to continue into the second half of 2020. Debit spend volume has resumed positive year-over-year growth and has benefitted from stimulus payments, while credit spend volume growth continues to be negative, but with marginal improvements in late May and June.Given the current economic and social landscapes, what should credit unions do now to ensure future success? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more