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Constellation Energy
26 марта, 09:00

Как ограбили Нью-Йорк

Ньюйоркцы были ограблены электрической компанией Constellation Energy на миллионы,  но компенсация каждому из пострадавших жителей штата составит примерно четыре доллара. Представители Федерального агентства по регулированию энергетики (FERC) заявили, что Constellation Energy не признает своей вины в мошенничестве, но выплатит 78 миллионов долларов в фонд компенсации клиентам, с которых взыскали за электричество сверх нормы в 2007 […]

14 июня 2016, 15:00

It’s Time for Companies to Be Strategic About Energy

Last year, networking giant Cisco Systems worked with one of its contract manufacturers in Malaysia to deploy 1,500 energy and temperature sensors on its manufacturing equipment. These more “intelligent assets” read performance data, giving Cisco a detailed view of energy consumption — one that had not been available before. Last week, at an internal Cisco meeting, the company’s VP of Supply Chain, John Kern, proudly reported that the project had identified ways to cut energy use by approximately 30%, which will likely save $1 million per year. (Disclosure: I was at the meeting as a paid speaker on sustainability strategy.) When Cisco rolls out the sensors globally, these savings will add up. But to me, the most fascinating thing about the whole initiative is the organizational mindset shift it’s creating: a realization about the value of getting smarter about how — and where — operations use energy. As Kern put it, “We always manage costs so closely, but we weren’t really measuring energy — we didn’t know how much we spent! Through digitization initiatives such as this, we now have a way to measure, monitor, and manage energy…this is huge since energy is typically a factory’s largest variable cost.” In many of the most sophisticated companies with top tier operational practices, energy has mostly been treated as a cost line item, watched only by mid-level managers or execs, if at all. This black box approach can’t last. It’s time to move energy into the C-suite so executives can manage this critical component of operational performance in a more strategic way. In addition, with the global climate accords signed now by 175 countries, the world is clearly turning attention to carbon emissions. How a company manages its carbon footprint and approach to energy in general is becoming a top-tier operational issue — and a big deal to regulators, customers, employees, and investors. Insight Center Operations in a Connected World Sponsored by Accenture The technologies and processes that are transforming companies. Some sectors have woken up already. In the tech world, for example, energy is now the largest component of variable costs for running a datacenter. Logically then, many of the companies investing most heavily in renewables are tech giants like Google, Apple, and Facebook. Heavy industry is also diving in, and companies like 3M and Dow have bought many megawatts of renewable energy and found billions of dollars in energy savings. In agriculture, carbon emissions and energy use throughout the value chain are increasingly a core operational issue as well. Every sector should be taking energy this seriously. Even if it’s not a large cost or risk issue in direct operations, it certainly is somewhere else in the value chain. The importance of energy to the global economy, to geopolitics, and to corporate bottom lines — plus the pressing need to tackle carbon emissions to ensure a stable planet and global wellbeing — all combine to make a powerful case for managing energy much more strategically at all levels, from facilities to total operations to strategy. This basic argument, and its repercussions, are laid out in a new strategy guide that I co-authored with PwC’s George Favaloro and Tim Healy, the CEO of EnerNOC, a leader in energy intelligence software. For our paper, Energy Strategy for the C-Suite, we analyzed research and data on energy use at hundreds of companies, and included perspectives from an advisory council that included corporate energy executives and government and academic thought leaders (I also sit on that advisory group). Aside from describing the mega-trends coming to bear on companies — such as climate change; new expectations of increased transparency about business operations; tech breakthroughs like big data and the internet of things; and dramatic shifts in how energy markets work and how to source energy — we identified 15 emerging best practices that can help companies create more value. Here are a few examples of what we recommend in this new framework: Develop a global energy strategy with C-suite and cross-functional accountability. We believe energy could be viewed in many organizations as a “keystone metric” — i.e., a primary indicator that aligns the whole organization around the pursuit of operational excellence. Optimizing energy and slashing carbon can drive overall operational improvements. Set ambitious, science-based goals for energy and carbon. Dozens of leaders, from many sectors have set goals to cut carbon 40 to 100% in line with climate science (Cisco, Disney, Alcoa, Sony, J&J, EMC, and many more). Track energy data at all levels, from the enterprise down to the product, using new tools to understand better how energy connects to overall business performance and metrics (like cost of goods sold). For example, Saint Gobain’s Ohio factory produces 30,000 different products, each with its own energy demands. Much finer energy intelligence data has helped the company understand its true cost per product line. It has adjusted its product prices accordingly, improving margins or just finding a more competitive price point in the marketplace Use advanced financing mechanisms to expand energy project options. In addition to power purchasing agreements (PPAs) for corporate renewables, companies are increasingly able to buy energy as a service, not a product. Consider McCormick & Co, a Fortune 1000 spice manufacturer. When the company needed to replace old air conditioning units, it contracted with Constellation Energy Group to build a brand new chiller plant. Constellation owns the chiller and charges McCormick for cold air, freeing up McCormick’s capital to invest in other operational improvements and the business itself, not in energy infrastructure. In total, energy is one of the largest components of company cost structure, and it’s a complicated operational issue. But it’s rarely seen as something that can provide deeper strategic insight. With new tools in a much more connected world, executive can better manage this most basic of inputs into the economy. Energy is just too important to be managed as a line item.

18 марта 2016, 15:01

Congestion reverses power price trends in New York ISO

New York ISO Zone A West day-ahead wholesale power prices have bounced around this March as maintenance and generation outages have increased congestion in the region. This price volatility appears to have spilled onto the prompt-month forward power contract as the spread between West and other New York zones has widened. NYISO Zone A day-ahead prices […] The post Congestion reverses power price trends in New York ISO appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

18 декабря 2015, 14:00

US nuclear power trade group head to retire in 2016

A new leader will head the US nuclear power industry’s powerful trade group when Marvin Fertel, president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute since 2008, retires at the end of 2016. The nuclear industry, facing escalating economic challenges and rising operating costs, could tap an executive with Exelon, the largest merchant nuclear plant operator, […]

16 июля 2015, 13:18

Trailblazing Women: Lisa Lambert VP, Managing Director, Diversity Fund at Intel Capital

This interview is part of a series on Trailblazing Women role models (Entrepreneurs and Leaders) from around the world and first appeared on Global Invest Her. You have to see what you can be. "Find your passion. School and education is about discovering who you are and what your strengths are. It takes a lifetime of learning to know who you really are and what motivates and inspires you. You have to be able to overcome opposition, both inside and outside your company. Keep learning, find the thing you were made to do and pursue it with all your ability". Lisa Lambert is a vice president of Intel Capital and the managing director of the Software and Services Sector. She also runs Intel Capital's Diversity Fund, with a focus on investing in companies with diverse leadership such as women and underrepresented minorities. This supports Intel's initiative to fund $300 million in programs supporting diversity announced by Intel's CEO at CES in January 2015. Lisa is a voting member of Intel Capital's investment committee. Lisa joined Intel Capital in 1999. Prior to that, she held a Product Marketing Management position with Intel's Desktop Products Group with responsibility for the Pentium II, III processor family. Prior to joining Intel, Lisa worked as a software developer (1989-1992) and in strategic planning, product marketing, and sales (1992-1995) at Owens-Corning. Lisa is on the board of directors (observer) Zend Technologies, Urban Airship, Kaltura, and Fonality and is a director at Brit+Co, Silkroad, and is Founder and Chairman of UPWARD. Lisa has invested in and managed exits from VMware (IPO), Financial Engines (IPO), Kingsoft (IPO), Enjoyor (IPO), Tobesoft (IPO), MySQL (acquired by Sun), DATAllegro (acquired by Microsoft), JBoss (acquired by Red Hat), Accertify (acquired by AMEX), OpenFeint (acquired by Gree), Jajah (acquired by Telefonica), and CPower (acquired by Constellation Energy), among others. Lisa has a MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS/MIS from Pennsylvania State University. Learn more about the Intel Capital Diversity Fund http://www.intelcapital.com and the UPWARD network at http://www.upwardwomen.org and follow Lisa on Twitter @intelcapital and @UPWARDwoman Who is your role model as a leader? I don't have a single role model as a leader. Carol Bartz is a great leader. I admire how she leads, her genuineness about saying what she believes, and her ability to get things done. Sheryl Sandberg is another great role model. She is helping to advance women with her Lean-In Foundation and is leading Facebook's operations as its COO. Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are great examples of professionals that strive for excellence and execute with good character. They are all examples of successful leaders who are living proof that results really matter. What is your greatest achievement to date? "From a professional point of view, I am very proud of the larger exit deals I was involved in, particularly investing in VMware prior to its IPO. It was a very comprehensive, visible and important deal." I am also proud of my work on diversity at Intel Capital and in the non-profit I founded, UPWARD. At UPWARD we grew from 30-40 initial members to nearly 2000 senior women leaders through word of mouth. We attracted 18 inbound sponsors and have great members on an international level. "My vision is to grow UPWARD into a global network where senior professional women can get resources and advice to help them get to the next level in their careers." We have launched chapters in San Franciso, Israel, and London and are launching new chapters in Austin, Seattle, and Portland this year and by 2016 we want to double the number of chapters each year moving forward by automating the process (i.e., chapter in a box) and building our team to support our expansion. UPWARD specifically targets women at Director level and above, as it can get harder to advance if you don't network with people at senior levels who can sponsor you, give you advice and leads to help you get to the next level. What has been your biggest challenge as a woman leader? Unconscious bias. For example, the idea that as a woman you are wired a certain way that suggests you can't be a leader or you are put in a certain functional area because people don't think you can handle greater responsibilities. "As a woman leader, you often get 'discounted' before you even start, and the perception is that you don't qualify, that you are sub-par. The way to overcome that is to do an excellent job and be visible at the same time. Men, on the other hand, automatically come in as equals or with a positive impression before they even start." I find the idea that women are not 'good enough' to be senior leaders has been something that has persisted throughout my career and something I have constantly had to overcome. It is a constant battle, and it takes courage. You have to fight your own inclination to give up and not push forward, overcome your own fears and doubts! You also have to do a great job and outperform your peers. You need to believe in yourself and persevere to get what you want. How do you grow people in your organization? I like to give people challenging assignments to stretch them and always set a goal beyond where they are to see what they can do. Do they have the will and energy to put in the effort to excel? Will they raise the bar of their performance or revert to their comfort zone? Everybody has something they can do. You have to find your fit/passion and where you can advance. You can only succeed in a place where you really enjoy what you do, where you have the will to keep pursuing your goals. I also give my team regular feedback, usually immediately, so that they can improve. If you could do 1 thing differently, what would it be? I would have started UPWARD sooner, in my 30's. "As a young woman, I came into my career heads down and was so focused on doing my job. Today, I would advise college graduates to start building their community of colleagues inside and outside their industry from day 1. The latter can help remove barriers for you in the future." There is no longer such a thing as a lifelong employment so you have to build relationships inside and outside of your company, industry and geography from the beginning of your career. There will come a time when you want to move on to a better place. You will hit a ceiling either having to go around certain individuals in your company or go outside your company. Over your career you are developing knowledge on what are your passions and skills and when you have the insight to build your networks early on, it opens up so many chances to do new things or make things easier in your current job. What differences do you notice between men and women's leadership styles? "I don't like to make generalizations, but I notice that women tend to be more participative, engaging, and prudent decision-makers who make resources last longer." They may not be as optimistic or aggressive as men at the beginning, but they do express those traits at the appropriate time. Women also tend to have a more balanced approach, it's in our nature. It's not better, it's just how we are wired. We tend to lead by engaging our teams and with a clear goal in mind. Men tend to be more aggressive leaders and can reap rewards for it. However, that approach can be risky and that's why you need diversity, to help bring different perspectives to the table, and make key decisions to get the best outcome. How would you describe your leadership style? I am a strong, collaborative leader who sets a course, vision and plan to execute it. I like to consider myself a player/coach. I set expectations for my team on how we can achieve that goal and hold everyone (including myself) accountable. I am very structured person. I give specific performance criteria and reward people when they produce great results. I am willing to listen, respond and adapt the plan through inputs from my team. I find you get the best outcomes when the team feels part of the mission and has a voice on how they will execute it. What advice would you give to your younger self? I would tell my younger self freshly graduated from college " expand your network, don't just do your job". I was always a great student, and I would have told myself to have more fun! "I was very work/results oriented even then, so I would tell myself 'relax, enjoy yourself - it's a journey. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Make time for the things you enjoy and the people you love'." What would you like to achieve in the next 5 years? "I would like to have success with the Diversity Fund and have a number of great investments and exits. I would like to see the companies themselves invest in diverse teams and see more inclusion so that we no longer need a diversity fund. Now that many people are investing in diversity, everybody has an opportunity to be successful." On a personal level, I want to see my children grow up, have a great education, play, relax and build great relationships. I would like to see my marriage grow, thrive and mature. I want to continue to contribute to society and see more women in leadership in all fields. It's not 'us' against 'them'. Approximately 30% of the United States is hispanic and black . When they feel embraced and have the opportunities to succeed and achieve their best, the pie gets bigger and we can all have more success. 3 key words to describe yourself? determined focused disciplined For other interviews with Trailblazing Women leaders on Huffington Post Read More Here Follow Anne Ravanona at @anneravanona, and check out other interviews in the Trailblazing women series on Global Invest Her blog Learn more about Global Invest Her www.globalinvesther.com -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

10 июля 2015, 18:00

Exelon's 1000-MW Natural Gas Plant in Texas Gets Underway - Analyst Blog

Exelon Corporation (EXC) continues to invest in renewables and natural gas infrastructure

30 июня 2015, 20:10

Exelon's Maryland Natural Gas Plant Becomes Operational - Analyst Blog

Exelon Corporation (EXC) continues to invest in renewables and natural gas infrastructure.

29 июня 2015, 19:20

Exelon Unit Constellation to Supply Electricity to Cleveland - Analyst Blog

Exelon Corporation (EXC) invests substantially in infrastructure projects, besides expanding its renewable and fossil fuel generating capacity

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17 июня 2015, 15:05

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Ex-Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck pleads guilty to rape. “Sh…

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Ex-Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck pleads guilty to rape. “Shattuck, 48, the former wife of former Constellation Energy CEO Mayo A. Shattuck, was accused in November of sexually abusing one of her son’s classmates, including performing oral sex on him in a rented vacation house in Bethany Beach.”

04 марта 2015, 03:12

Exelon/PsomasFMG Solar Project for California School District - Analyst Blog

Exelon Corporation's (EXC) unit, Constellation together with PsomasFMG, completed a 6.76 megawatt DC solar generation project for Chaffey Joint Union High School District.

24 января 2015, 03:00

Exelon Unit Inks Energy Efficiency Deal with Port Authority - Analyst Blog

Exelon Corporation (EXC) inked the phase 2 of an energy efficiency agreement with The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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22 января 2015, 01:17

Exelon Unit to Acquire 7 Fuelling Stations from CNG Fuel - Analyst Blog

Exelon Corporation's (EXC) subsidiary Constellation Energy Resources, LLC. signed an agreement to acquire seven fueling stations from CNG Fuel, Inc.

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06 сентября 2013, 20:11

Constellation Energy warns legal costs may affect distributions

Constellation Energy Partners (CEP -15.9%) plunges after warning that legal costs related to its defense against litigation by PostRock Energy (PSTR -2.4%) may have a material effect on available cash, which could impact its ability to make distributions. CEP says the allegations contained in PSTR's lawsuit are without merit, and it will vigorously defend itself against the claims raised. 1 comment!

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26 августа 2013, 08:34

Constellation Energy Partners: New Ownership Is Transformational

ByClayton Rulli: Backround: Constellation Energy Partners LLC. (CEP) is a speculative upstream oil and gas MLP which was first IPO'd in 2006 for about $26/share. Following the IPO, shares reached as high as $50, but have since tanked as low as $1.15/share. Needless to say, the company has been a major disappointment. The company is considered an MLP which is suprising since it hasn't paid a distribution since June of 2009, and up until recently has had no firm source of drop downs, which are critical for small upstream E&P MLPs like CEP. Since 2009, the company has been struggling to find its way, let alone reinstating distributions for unit holders, as high debt and lack of support from a parent has left the company in shambles. Today, the company stands at just $2.00/share with a market cap of $48.6M, and is still jousting debt concerns and a tapering of production dueComplete Story »

15 августа 2013, 15:48

Frontrunning: August 15

This won't end well: Islamists call Cairo protest march as Egypt death toll mounts (Reuters) JPMorgan Said to Expect Multiple Fines for Whale Loss (BBG) Ex-bosses at JPMorgan unlikely to face charges in 'Whale' scandal (Reuters) China could target oil firms, telecoms, banks in price probes (Reuters) For once, it's not the weather's fault: U.K. Retail Sales Increase More Than Forecast on Heatwave (BBG) Japanese visits to shrine on war anniversary anger China (Reuters) India Fighting Worst Crisis Since ’91 Seeks to Buoy Rupee (BBG) Japan Signals Corporate Tax Cut a Long Shot as Deflation Eases (Reuters) Indonesia Tackles Graft in Energy Sector (Reuters) Merkel Touts Strength of German Economy (WSJ) and... British stuntman who parachuted into London Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond dies in fall (AP)   Overnight Media Digest WSJ * Lawyers for American Airlines and US Airways Group Inc spelled out the arguments they would use to defend their proposed merger, one day after the Justice Department sued to block the deal. The suit ignored several benefits the merger would offer, including more flights to more destinations, reduced airlines' costs, lower fares and better service, they said. * Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc on Wednesday said it would cut 4,000 jobs, or 5 percent of its workforce, despite reporting an 18 percent jump in profit in the fourth quarter. Chief Executive John Chambers said the job cuts were due to a disappointing economic recovery that is affecting particular countries and product lines in different ways. * Many of the new health insurance marketplaces will include relatively few choices of doctors and hospitals. The big reason behind these limited plans: Cost. Insurers are betting that consumers will be willing to trade some choice and flexibility in order to get cheaper premiums. * The television industry is anticipating an advertising bonanza related to the rollout of the federal health overhaul, with as much as $1 billion expected to be spent on ads by insurers alone, according to TV executives and a broadcasters' trade group. * Activist investor Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management LP has taken a $1.3 billion stake in DuPont Co, said people familiar with the New York investment firm, and will push the venerable chemical maker to improve its long term growth prospects. * A United Parcel Service Inc plane approaching the Birmingham, Alabama, airport crashed about a mile short of the runway early Wednesday, killing the pilot and co-pilot. * Activist hedge fund manager William Ackman exited his stake in snack maker Mondelez International Inc in the second quarter and reduced his position in Matson Inc. Ackman has been under pressure recently, with his Herbalife Ltd and JC Penney bets working against him. * Samsung Electronics Co is facing a lawsuit that alleges dangerous work conditions at its factory in Brazil. Federal prosecutors said that the company is subjecting employees to the risk of disease by repetitive activity and intense pace of work on the assembly line at its Manaus plant, which employs 6,000 workers producing electronics for Latin American markets.   FT Two former JPMorgan Chase traders face criminal charges for allegedly falsifying the bank's books to hide its multibillion dollar "London whale" trading losses. A German court has blocked Liberty Global's completed 3 billion euro ($4 billion) purchase of KabelBW, putting in doubt latest attempts to consolidate the country's cable industry. Chinese authorities announced on Wednesday they would widen their investigation into drug pricing and corruption in the healthcare sector in the country. An independent foundation that can block a takeover of Dutch telecoms group KPN wants Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim to set out his strategy for KPN or risk a poison pill defence of his 7.2 billion euro bid. International Airlines Group announced an order with Airbus for 62 narrow-body passenger jets as it embarks on an aggressive expansion plan for Vueling, its new budget airline. Spain's Telefonica SA emerged as the preferred bidder for two smart metering contracts in the United Kingdom.   NYT * After a decade of rapid consolidation in the U.S. airline industry, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to block the proposed merger between American Airlines parent AMR Corp and US Airways Group Inc, which would create the world's largest airline. It underscores a newly aggressive approach by the Justice Department's antitrust division, which has been more closely scrutinizing proposed mergers as the economy recovers. * Hedge fund titan William Ackman resigned this week from the board of J.C. Penney Co Inc, just days after he began a public rebellion against his fellow directors over the future of the company. At the same time, he has made a very public bet against Herbalife Ltd, the nutritional supplements company, that has not gone his way over the last several months. By some counts, Ackman has lost about $1 billion on both companies. * Private equity firm Kohlberg & Co, which offered last month to buy Steinway Musical Instruments Inc, said on Tuesday that it would not seek to raise its bid in the face of a rival offer. That puts Steinway in a position to complete a buyout deal with the rival bidder, which offered this week to buy the company for $38 a share, or about $475 million. The rival bidder, which has not been publicly identified, is the hedge fund Paulson & Co, according to a person briefed on the matter. The Senate's committee on homeland security sent a letter this week to the major financial regulators and law enforcement agencies asking about the threats and risks related to virtual currency like bitcoin. These currencies, whose popularity has grown in recent years, are often used in online transactions that are not monitored by traditional financial institutions. * The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board is proposing a major overhaul of how company audits are reported to the public, a move that could provide investors with deeper insights into the health of corporations. * On Wall Street, strange financial products sometimes exist not because they are good for investors or companies, but because they offer their promoters a way to profit. Silver Eagle is a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, which raises money through an IPO and then casts a wide net in search of a private company to buy. Silver Eagle's IPO is the largest in the past seven years for a SPAC and sure to earn its promoters millions, but the outcome is not so clear for its investors or even the company itself. * Private equity firm Advent International agreed on Tuesday to sell Domestic and General, an extended warranty company, to CVC Capital Partners for about $1.2 billion, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.   Canada THE GLOBE AND MAIL * Two Canadian Conservative MPs who hosted fundraising events featuring Senator Pamela Wallin say they didn't know she had billed taxpayers for travel costs. Wallin attended events for Harold Albrecht and Kellie Leitch that were flagged by auditors in a report released this week. All told, the report found Wallin claimed C$121,000 ($117,200) in improper expenses, some of it for partisan work. * Canada has so weakened its environmental laws that it is "in violation" of its obligations under the North American free trade agreement, the West Coast Environmental Law association says. The non-profit legal foundation asked the Commission for Environmental Cooperation to take a hard look at Canada's actions, saying the government has exposed the environment to undue risk to give Canadian industry an edge over the U.S. and Mexico. Reports in the business section: * Verizon Communications Inc is putting off the potential acquisition of two small wireless companies, Wind Mobile SA and Mobilicity, a shift that may signal the U.S. carrier is cooling on the idea of entering Canada despite moves by Ottawa to entice foreign players into the market. * The deadly oil-by-rail disaster in Quebec has done little to quell plans to move more crude on trains in Canada, with the third announcement of a new loading terminal unveiled in as many weeks. Proposals to ratchet up capacity to move oil to market on rails, the latest being a C$100 million terminal planned for Saskatchewan, are coming as major pipeline projects, including TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL conduit to Texas refineries from Alberta. NATIONAL POST * Ongoing hostilities are likely to flare up as new defense minister Rob Nicholson is forced to make some unpalatable decisions on resource allocation, including the possibility of reducing the size of Canada's 68,000 regular forces by chopping one or more of its nine infantry battalions. * Concerns are rising about several government proposals for flood recovery, chief among them, a plan to brand homes that take disaster recovery program money from the government. Homeowners who take the cash and fail to adhere to the government's pricey flood mitigation standards will have it noted on their property titles. Those properties will never again be allowed to access disaster recovery funds. The regulatory changes could affect hundreds of Calgary homes on flood fringes. FINANCIAL POST * Canadian home prices rose in July from June to an all-time high, but the modest monthly gain suggests the robust housing market may be cooling again, according to data from the Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price Index on Wednesday. The report echoes data on both sales activity and prices that suggest Canada's housing market has recovered well after the government tightened mortgage rules in July 2012, causing a sharp slowdown in demand in the second half of 2012. * Toronto's thunderstorm last month set a record for the most expensive natural disaster in Ontario's history, with insured property damage estimated at more than C$850 million, in what has been one of the worst summers for insurers in recent memory, according to the Insurance Bureau of Ontario   China CHINA SECURITIES JOURNAL - China's use of electricity in July increased by 8.8 percent year-on-year, according to data released by the National Energy Administration. - China's micro-stimulus policies, such as railway and airport construction, are important for local economies, but must be dealt with caution in order to control risks inherent in local financing platforms, the paper said in a front-page editorial. CHINA DAILY - Chinese millionaires' confidence in the country's economy in the next two years has fallen for a second year in a row, according to a report released by the GroupM Knowledge and Hurun Wealth Report on Wednesday. PEOPLE'S DAILY - China plans to increase the value of information technology consumption to above 3.2 trillion yuan ($522.91 billion) by 2015, which would mean a yearly increase of over 20 percent, according to an opinion adopted by the State Council at an executive meeting on Wednesday.   Fly On The Wall 7:00 AM Market Snapshot ANALYST RESEARCH Upgrades BRF Brasil Foods (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/MerrillBaker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC CapitalCarnival (CCL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at GoldmanCisco (CSCO) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI GroupITC Holdings (ITC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI GroupIntegra LifeSciences (IART) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper JaffrayJinkoSolar (JKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth CapitalM.D.C. Holdings (MDC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne AgeeMartin Midstream Partners (MMLP) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond JamesNational Oilwell (NOV) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC CapitalNexstar (NXST) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at EvercoreSunTrust (STI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel HamiltonThe Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill Downgrades Anixter (AXE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William BlairAvago (AVGO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean CapitalGreen Dot (GDOT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass PointHSBC (HBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MizuhoHelmerich & Payne (HP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC CapitalHouston Wire & Cable (HWCC) downgraded to Market Perform at William BlairOceaneering (OII) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC CapitalPulteGroup (PHM) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC CapitalSmith & Wesson (SWHC) downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBancSynovus (SNV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton Initiations ArcelorMittal (MT) initiated with an Underweight at BarclaysBazaarvoice (BV) initiated with a Buy at B. RileyCole Real Estate Investments (COLE) initiated with an Outperform at JMP SecuritiesQuantum (QTWW) initiated with a Strong Buy at AscendiantWestport Innovations (WPRT) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital HOT STOCKS American Safety Insurance (ASI) holder Catalina offers $30.75 per shareCorpBanca (BCA) acquired control of Helm Bank through subsidiary CorpBanca ColumbiaCisco (CSCO) announced workforce reduction of about 4,000 employeesSaid comfortable with 5% to 7% revenue growth “over the long run”Cisco (CSCO) CEO Chambers: "My confidence in our ability to be the number one IT company is increasing.”Dean Foods (DF) announced 1-for-2 reverse stock splitIBM (IBM) acquired Trusteer, terms not disclosedPlains All American (PAA) discontinued joint pursuit with KeyeraPrecision Castparts (PCP) announced additional $750M share repurchase plan EARNINGSCompanies that beat consensus earnings expectations last night and today include:Constellation Energy (CEP), NetEase.com (NTES), Vertex Energy (VTNR), WidePoint (WYY), Dillard's (DDS), Agilent (A), Cisco (CSCO), Vermillion (VRML), NetApp (NTAP) Companies that missed consensus earnings expectations include:Alexco Resource (AXU), Silver Wheaton (SLW),  Bluebird Bio (BLUE), Hyperion Therapeutics (HPTX), Vipshop (VIPS), Summer Infant (SUMR), Atossa Genetics  (ATOS) Companies that matched consensus earnings expectations include:CUI Global (CUI) NEWSPAPERS/WEBSITES As details emerge about the coverage available through the new consumer marketplaces created by the federal health law, many of the plans (WLP, UNH) will include relatively few choices of doctors and hospitals. In some cases, plans will layer on other limits, such as requirements that patients get referrals to see specialists, or obtain insurer authorization before pricey procedures, the Wall Street Journal reports Billionaire investor John Paulson, who has been one of the most bullish investors in gold, cut his hedge-fund firm's exposure to the precious metal by more than half in Q2, according to a securities filing, the Wall Street Journal reports Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) are among the suitors advancing to the next round of bidding for Newfield Exploration’s (NFX) Malaysian and Chinese oil and gas fields valued at about $1.2B, sources say, Reuters reports China Mobile (CHL) Chairman Xi Guohua said talks with Apple (AAPL) have been progressing smoothly and both sides are positive about reaching a possible agreement, Reuters reports BP (BP) asked a federal judge in Houston to deny U.S. investors the right to pursue a class action, or group, lawsuit claiming the company misled them before and after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Bloomberg reports Lenovo Group (LNVGY) CEO Yang Yuanqing said the company is looking for acquisitions in PCs and smartphones as expanding share for those products boosted quarterly profit 23%, Bloomberg reports SYNDICATE Diamondback Energy (FANG) 4M share Secondary priced at $40.25Hyperion Therapeutics (HPTX) files to sell 8.73M shares of common stockMedical Properties Trust (MPW) to sell 10M shares of stockThird Point Reinsurance (TPRE) 22.222M share IPO priced at $12.50ZELTIQ Aesthetics (ZLTQ) files to sell 12.5M shares of common stock    

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15 августа 2013, 10:57

Constellation Energy beats by $0.09, beats on revenues

Constellation Energy (CEP): Q2 EPS of $0.05 beats by $0.09.Revenue of $15.4M beats by $1.87M. (PR) Post your comment!

15 июня 2013, 07:11

The Battle For Your Energy Bill

One of the most commonly cited barriers to investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy in the built environment is that the payback is too long. Private‐sector capital commonly chases investments with paybacks between three and five years in the commercial property space and financing terms rarely exceed 10 years. Building owners on average prefer a 3.4-year payback time on energy efficiency investments when investing their own capital, according to Johnson Controls. On-bill financing and property assessed clean energy (PACE) are two prevalent program strategies for expanding access to long-term financing for clean energy investments in the built environment. The secret sauce for both strategies is the collection mechanism. In both cases, the strategies strike to "de-risk" the investment by recovering the capital on bills customers almost always pay: utility bills and property tax bills. An emerging battle in the energy efficiency space is about which bill is "better." On‐bill financing allows customers to pay back the capital costs of an energy efficiency retrofit as part of their monthly electric bill. Utilities have offered customers on-bill financing programs for various energy efficiency retrofits for years. The utilities use their capital to cover the upfront costs of projects. Customers then pay back the cost of these projects over time through a charge on their utility bills. More recently, the on-bill financing vehicle has migrated from traditional utilities to third party capital providers. For example, in January, Constellation Energy rolled out the so-called "In-Electric Rate Funding" program, which bakes the cost of energy efficiency investments into a power contract. Like on-bill financing, PACE programs recover the capital investment in energy efficiency as part of an existing payment stream. Rather than the utility bill, PACE programs rely on the property tax bills as the principal collection mechanism. One of the advantages of PACE financing is that it is not treated as a loan. If the property is sold or transferred, the tax payment obligation may be transferred with the property to the new owner. The first PACE programs were established in 2008 in Berkeley and Palm Desert, CA and focused primarily on the residential sector. In 2010, the collapse of the housing market and concerns about the PACE lien seniority over mortgages brought residential PACE programs to an abrupt halt. During the same time that residential PACE stalled, commercial PACE programs did the opposite. As of February 2013, 16 commercial PACE programs in seven states are accepting applications to finance building efficiency projects. Ygrene Energy Fund, the Santa Rosa, CA-based pioneer of privately-funded PACE programs, provides low-risk capital for commercial and residential property owners to upgrade their facilities without high upfront costs. The capital investment in these energy efficiency retrofits are repaid through annual property assessments over a period as long as 20 years. Ygrene recently launched Florida's the first PACE program in Florida and is actively pursuing similar programs for property owners in California and Georgia.

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31 мая 2013, 19:36

Constellation Energy ([[CEP]] +11.7%) shares surge after the company announces it has refinanced its reserve-based credit facility and expanded its borrowing capacity.

Constellation Energy (CEP +11.7%) shares surge after the company announces it has refinanced its reserve-based credit facility and expanded its borrowing capacity. Post your comment!

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16 мая 2013, 00:37

Constellation Energy (CEP): Q1 EPS of -$0.55. Revenue of $5.1M. (PR)

Constellation Energy (CEP): Q1 EPS of -$0.55. Revenue of $5.1M. (PR) 1 comment!

17 марта 2013, 21:54

The Mother of All Conspiracies (Pt. 7)

Dave HodgesActivist Post I bring this information to the public with a very heavy heart. Some journalists revel in being able to expose the type of dramatic conspiracy contained in this article. I take no such pleasure in bringing this to your attention. I will receive no awards or accolades, nor do I seek any. I am setting myself up to be criticized as “one of those conspiracy theorists” with too much time on his hands who has nothing better to do with my time than to invent wild tales of corruption in an attempt to draw attention to myself. I will not be invited on Coast to Coast AM, to reveal my findings to an audience of 12 million people. Perhaps, 10-20 thousand people will actually take the time to read the stunning facts contained in the following paragraphs. What I am trying to accomplish is to start a chain reaction that will culminate in waking up a majority of the public in order to rise up against the abject evil that runs our country. This article is controversial, and I might not actually believe it myself except that every fact in this article is true. This article is structured in such a way that if the reader takes the time to follow the evidence trail, there can only be one conclusion that makes any sense.Specifically, this article will detail the following:The globalists through their government minions are in the process of destroying massive bodies of water including, but not limited to Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. The destruction is not because of neglect, it is willful destruction with very ulterior motives in mind. The globalists are using nitrates from fertilizer and Corexit to accomplish their desire to create a dead zone in the aforementioned bodies of water. google_ad_client = "pub-1897954795849722"; /* 468x60, created 6/30/10 */ google_ad_slot = "8230781418"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; The globalists are creating water dead zones which will allow the proliferation of algae growth and the oil companies have initially led the charge to convert our energy usage from oil to algae. Prominent globalists are involved in this conspiracy and have contributed massive resources to this endeavor. Prominent globalists are attempting to buy up as much water as possible to exacerbate the destruction of water resources in the aforementioned areas. In other words, Americans are looking at extreme water scarcity from which the globalists can wage wars and force submission to their will, while at the same time carry out their stated depopulation agenda. My instincts tell me that this conspiracy has more breadth and depth than what is revealed here and it is my sincere hope that my fellow researchers will afford some much needed attention to these issues, because I strongly believe there is more to learn and we do not have much time because humanity’s fate hangs in the balance. How many times in the history of the insurance industry, have individuals or businesses been caught setting fire to their homes and businesses in order to receive a lucrative payout of insurance money? This is exactly what BP and Exxon are doing. They are intentionally burning down their own home (oil) in order to construct a behemoth palace (bio-fuels). From Parts Five and Six of this series, it was conclusively proven that BP, Goldman Sachs, Transocean and Halliburton prepositioned (e.g. BP stock dumping) themselves to make money from the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. However, there is a lot more going on in the Gulf than a handful of corporations each making hundreds of millions of dollars from their contrived role in the oil spill. The motive to destroy the Gulf holds the promise of making certain entities and individuals multi-trillions of dollars. The Obama administration and many others (individual billionaires, select politicians, BP, Exxon, Nalco, GM, GE, Goldman Sachs, University of Chicago, and many others including the Department of Defense) are all deeply invested in bio-fuels. These billionaire psychopaths will willingly sacrifice the Gulf and all of its residents for this multi Trillion Dollar industry representing a new era of energy applications.Algae Will Replace Oil As the Nation’s Energy Source Nitrogen fertilizers and Corexit are being used to systematically create dead zones in large bodies of water in the United States. The use of nitrogen fertilizers and Corexit are accomplishing the same result. This is no coincidence, as the tragedy in the Gulf was perpetrated to accomplish this end. Farmers apply nitrogen fertilizer to crops to increase yield. Farmers are compensated by the government for crop yield. Therefore, farmers overload the soil. Plants absorb only 30 to 50% of the nitrogen, so as much as 70%, or 87 pounds per acre will end up running off into the nearest body of water. The only thing that grows in this environment is algae. Therefore, nitrogen has a decided evil side as it is creating huge problems with major bodies of water that we are only now beginning to understand. The EPA is aware of the problem, yet remains silent on the issue.Chesapeake Bay is polluted beyond repair in which massive fish kills, general habitat degradation and bacteria proliferation threatens the health of humans.  The damage is rampant. This massive pollution, resulting from the nitrogen runoffs resulting from agricultural endeavors, fills the Chesapeake Bay and, again, the only substance which flourishes in the bay is algae. Each and every spring, excess fertilizer is deposited into the Mississippi River which eventually ends up in the Gulf of Mexico, thus causing a massive algae bloom that leads to a giant oxygen-deprived “dead zone” where fish can’t survive. And the same thing is going on in the Great Lakes in places like Lake Erie. Following the Gulf oil spill, and against all common sense, the most lethal form of dispersant, Corexit, was used to treat the oil spill. Instead, what happened is that the spill has resulted in the creation of the second largest dead zone body of water in the world; second only to the Baltic Sea. And, as the reader will discover later in this article, the new energy craze among the so-called environmentalists is algae. In isolation, we seem to only be looking at a pollution problem that the EPA should deal with. Simply put, the use of nitrogen fertilizer and Corexit should be banned. However, when we look at the totality of the Corexit/nitrogen problem being used to destroy our water supplies, one should immediately sit up and take notice.Once one understands that Algae proliferates in an otherwise dead zone of water, then one will understand why Corexit was used in the Gulf. And when one understands that fact, one can only conclude that Gulf oil spill was not an accident as it marks the ushering in of a new era in which the bio-fuel, algae, will replace oil. And, amazingly, the oil companies are among those who are behind this plot to destroy major bodies of water in order to allow for the propagation of algae. President Obama is also participating in this conspiracy against humanity. On March 15, 2013, President Obama announced that it is his intention to move American vehicles away from oil to bio-fuels. Obama, amazingly in this period of Sequestration, has asked Congress for two billion dollars to expand research in this area. And isn’t it an interesting coincidence that the President’s science advisor, John Holdren, in 2009, advocated for “fertilizing” the oceans? I remember that most people thought Holdren had lost his mind when he proposed this as a solution for global warming. However, in the context of creating dead zones through the use of Corexit and nitrogen fertilizers, his suggestion makes a great deal of sense in light of today’s heightened interest in bio-fuels. This cannot be described as anything but psychopathic thinking in that the EPA would allow nitrogen fertilizers to destroy major bodies of water in which only algae can grow. And that this administration would even entertain the idea of creating oceanic dead zones through fertilizing these bodies of water is nothing but pure insanity. It is dangerous to the entire well-being of the planet. But of course, we are dealing with psychopaths. How many brush fires equals an all-out forest fire? How many coincidences does it take to make a conspiracy? For those who think that there are some interesting thoughts presented here, but the conspiracy angle of destroying major bodies of water to foster the growth of algae needs more proof, let’s take a look at a variable which will connect all the dots. Amazingly, the oil companies are attempting to lead the way in the process of converting our energy sources from oil to bio-fuels such as algae.Burning Down Their Own Houses I began to realize that many of our major bodies of water were being destroyed and all that was necessary to reverse the destruction was to halt the use of nitrogen fertilizers. Then I discovered that Corexit creates the same kind of dead zones just like nitrogen which also was unnecessary in its use because a less virulent dispersant could have been used in the Gulf. Did you know that Corexit is banned in 19 countries? It was at that moment that the light went on for me as I realized that we were witnessing the systematic destruction of major bodies of water on a grand scale. This was coupled with my discovery that the oil companies appear to be preparing to transition from oil to algae. In August of 2009, BP entered into a partnership with Martek Biosciences to study the use of algae to convert sugar into biodiesel. Eight months later, BP’s and Transocean’s “negligence” led to the oil spill which gravely impacted the food chain, poisoned all life forms in the Gulf and dealt an eventual death blow to the Gulf by creating a massive series of dead zones where nothing will grow, except for algae, for generations to come.BP is not alone with regard to a major oil company’s foray into the algae business. ExxonMobil entered into a partnership with Synthetic Genomics in order to develop energy’s next king, bio-fuels from algae. From this work, it was discovered that Corexit increases the bioaccumulation of petroleum hydrocarbons into golden-brown algae. For oil companies to be involved in algae conversion is the metaphorical equivalent of burning down your own house in order to collect the insurance money, and this is precisely what they did to the Gulf. These facts certainly beg the question as to why BP and Exxon Mobil would be investing in a technology which would threaten their only viable product, namely oil?Why Algae? Algae has the potential to avoid most of the problems of conventional bio-fuels production, such as competition with food crops, and in principle can have dramatic effects on carbon dioxide emissions, even consuming emissions from sources such as coal-fired power plants. The major problem with using algae as the next bio-fuel is that the fuel yields from algae are still too low for it to be a break-even proposition. However, if that problem were to be solved, algae would be king because it is such a low-maintenance substance. In a related and stunning development, Exxon has partnered with Craig Venter, the pioneer of DNA research. Venter has a stellar record of achievement in his work on the human genome. If anyone can solve the algae yield problem, Venter would the guy. However, if Venter cannot solve the problem of algae yield, OriginOil, Inc. is developing a novel technology which will transform algae into a source of renewable oil. Below is a depiction of the process. It Is Not a Conspiracy Until You Follow the Money Readers need to keep in mind, that Exxon and BP began moving into the algae business several months prior to the Gulf oil spill and BP and its partners have been caught pre-positioning their stock moves to maximize profits and minimize losses IN ADVANCE of the oil spill event. And now they are leading the way to convert the nation from oil to algae energy use. These twin giant oil companies have had a lot of help in making this massive conversion a reality. George Soros is involved in “clean energy conversion” away from oil. Readers may recall from Part Six of this series proved that Soros financial interests were among the top five of financial institution which dumped BP stock a few short weeks before the oil spill, thus, making him a co-conspirator. And now Soros is heavily invested in Gulf algae farms as he has invested $1 billion dollars in the endeavor. The US military invested $35 million dollars in algae jet fuel. Blackstone Group consulted with the Chesapeake Bay region energy provider Constellation Energy to sell company to Warren Buffet and his company Berkshire Hathaway. Buffet is majorly involved in bio-fuels and the algae laden Chesapeake Bay is prime hunting ground for this globalist. Al Gore is also involved in various algae projects as well. The same cast of characters keep rearing their ugly faces in their attempt to subjugate humanity while at the same time make a King’s ransom in the process. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-1897954795849722"; /* 468x60, created 7/28/12 */ google_ad_slot = "9833874419"; google_ad_width = 468; google_ad_height = 60; Conclusion T. Boone Pickens is well on his way to controlling the vast Ogallala Aquifer. Pat Stryker and Koch brothers are involved in garnering Colorado’s water resources in the beta test battleground for Agenda 21. Did you know that that it is illegal in Colorado to reuse irrigation water and to catch rain water? We should be asking ourselves why. Additionally, the Bush family controls the biggest water aquifer in South America. Meanwhile, the globalists are destroying vast amounts water resources in the United States. It seems that the globalists are hell-bent on creating water scarcity. I do not believe that the globalists only motive is to destroy the Gulf and fresh water supplies so that their new biofuel craze can take hold. I think this is a byproduct to what the central planners are truly after, control over all water which will result in control over who lives and dies. This and more will be covered in the next installment of the Great Gulf Coast Holocaust.Dave is an award winning psychology, statistics and research professor, a college basketball coach, a mental health counselor, a political activist and writer who has published dozens of editorials and articles in several publications such as Freedoms Phoenix, News With Views and The Arizona Republic.The Common Sense Show features a wide variety of important topics that range from the loss of constitutional liberties, to the subsequent implementation of a police state under world governance, to exploring the limits of human potential. 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