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News Article | April 28, 2017
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MÜNCHEN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nachdem TOMTEC im Februar bereits als einer der besten Arbeitgeber Deutschlands und in der ITK durch die Institution Great Place to Work ausgezeichnet worden war, überzeugte das Medizintechnik-Unternehmen auch im bayrischen Vergleich: In der Kategorie 50-250 Mitarbeiter sicherte das positive Feedback der Mitarbeiter ihrem Arbeitgeber den 4. Platz. Bereits zum sechsten Mal stellte sich TOMTEC dem Vergleich hervorragender Arbeitgeber. Auch 2017 haben die Mitarbeiter in der anonym und unabhängig durchgeführten Studie festgestellt: “TOMTEC ist ein „Great Place to Work“. Bayern gehört deutschlandweit zu den attrakivsten Wirtschaftsstandorten, daher ist die Auszeichnung, zu den besten Arbeitgebern in dieser Region zu gehören, ein „extra Schmankerl“. Die Geschäftsführer Johannes Waldinger und Ulrich Haupt resümieren: „Diese erneute Auszeichnung in Bayern ist eine gute Gelegenheit, uns zum wiederholten Male mit anderen Unternehmen vergleichen zu können. Zahlreiche Arbeitgeber werben am Standort München um Talente, denn in der IT-Branche ist der Fachkräftemarkt besonders hart umkämpft. Durch die erfolgreiche Teilnahme werden wir als attraktiver Arbeitgeber wahrgenommen und dies eröffnet TOMTEC die Möglichkeit, sich auch von den „Großen“ der Branche abzuheben. Unter den Top Ten platziert zu sein ist eine Bestätigung dafür, dass unsere im Alltag gelebte Unternehmenskultur wirklich außergewöhnlich ist - für unsere Zielgruppe hat das einen sehr hohen Stellenwert. Wir freuen uns auf unsere zukünftigen Bewerber.“


(PRLEAP.COM) May 1, 2017 - IntrapriseTechKnowlogies and the Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants announced a QuickBooks workshop, Modernizing Accounting Services , to be held. The hands-on workshop will offer 7 CPE credits and is designed for CPAs that provide client accounting services, small business owners, office managers, and bookkeepers.Accounting technology thought leader and revered instructor, Donny Shimamoto, will demonstrate how to streamline accounting services by leveraging automation solutions. Attendees will learn about the future direction of QuickBooks both desktop and online versions, as well as receive demonstrations of new product features just for accountants.This unique workshop will feature accounts payable solutions by Bill.com,expense reporting by Expensify, and time & attendance best practices by TSheets. Registration is now open and an early bird discount of $50 off per attendee ends on May 10th.Mr. Shimamoto commented on the rare Hawaii learning opportunity, "I'm excited to partner with the HSCPA to bring such a powerful educational experience to the accounting community of Hawaii. As a local, I know it is not often that we have these types of sessions available on the islands." He continued, "This training event is not merely a session of listening to instructors and watching presentations. This will be a deep dive into solutions that will modernize accounting services. The hands-on experience will provide action items that attendees can go back and make a real difference in their business with." Donny has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People by Accounting Today in 2013 and 2014, a Top Thought Leader in Public Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor from 2012 to 2017, he received the 2009-2010 President's Award from the Hawaii Society of CPAs, was named to CPA Technology Advisor's 40 Under 40 list in 2007, 2009 and 2014, a Hawaii Top High Tech Leader in 2004, and was recently awarded the AICPA Standing Ovation Award.Incorporated in 1932, the Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants (HSCPA) has a diverse membership in public practice, business and industry, government and academia. The HSCPA is the only professional organization in Hawaii dedicated to CPAs with its purpose to promote high standards of integrity and competence within the accounting profession and to enhance the value of a CPA.IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC (ITK) is an advisory-focused CPA firm, focused on organizational development and business process transformation for accounting firms, nonprofits, and other businesses that are innovative and think BIG. ITK formulated the Intraprise Architecture model and consulting methodology that optimizes an IT strategy to support an organization's business strategy. ITK is a combined management consulting firm and systems integrator which results in expertise to right-size enterprise processes and leverage cost-effective technologies that enable organizations to gain a competitive advantage. ITK is focused on providing executive-level technology management, enterprise architecture, business performance management, information architecture and management, technology risk management, and operations optimization consulting services. Visit http://www.intraprisetechknowlogies.com/ for more information. ###


Dublin, Feb. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Frontier Pharma: Versatile Innovation in Immunology - Large Therapy Area Pipeline with a High Degree of Repositioning Potential" drug pipelines to their offering. Immunology is a large therapy area characterized by disorders of the immune system - specifically an aberrant immune response against healthy tissues present in the body, leading to chronic or acute inflammation. Depending on the specific site affected, this can lead to various types of chronic pain and loss of mobility, and have a negative impact on quality of life. This disease area has a total of 2,145 products in active development, trailing only oncology, infectious diseases and central nervous system disorders in terms of pipeline size. There are a total of 529 immunology pipeline products that act on first-in-class molecular targets, representing approximately 40% of the total immunology pipeline for which the molecular target was disclosed. Due to a degree of crossover between immunology indications in terms of their underlying pathophysiology, it is not uncommon for products being developed for this therapy area to have developmental programs testing them across multiple indications. Approximately one-fifth of first-in-class pipeline products are in development for two or more indications within the therapy area. This presents an opportunity for companies to develop innovative products across multiple immune disorders, and therefore reach a larger pool of patients than products developed for single indications. Key Topics Covered: 1 Table of Contents 2 Executive Summary 2.1 Large Therapy Area Characterized by a High Degree of Pathophysiological Crossover 2.2 Strong Pipeline Shows High Level of Versatile Innovation 2.3 Substantial Deal Making Activity Observed over the Past Decade 3 The Case for Innovation in the Immunology Market 3.1 Growing Opportunities for Biologic Products 3.2 Diversification of Molecular Targets 3.3 Innovative First-in-Class Product Developments Remain Attractive 3.4 Regulatory and Reimbursement Policy Shifts Favor First-in-Class Product Innovation 3.5 Sustained Innovation 4 Introduction 4.1 Therapy Area Introduction 4.2 Symptoms 4.3 Etiology and Pathophysiology 4.3.1 Innate Immunity 4.3.2 Adaptive Immunity 4.3.3 The Role of Cytokines 4.3.4 Autoimmunity 4.3.5 Etiologic Factors for Autoimmunity and Allergies 4.3.6 Conclusion 4.4 Co-morbidities and Complications 4.5 Epidemiology 4.6 Treatment 4.6.1 Non-Biologic Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs 4.6.2 Glucocorticoids 4.6.3 Biologics and Targeted Therapies 5 Pipeline Landscape Assessment 5.1 Overview 5.2 Pipeline Development Landscape 5.3 Molecular Targets in the Pipeline 5.4 Comparative Distribution of Programs between the Oncology Market and Pipeline by Therapeutic Target Family 5.5 First-in-Class and Versatile Pipeline Programs 5.6 First-in-Class Immunology Products by Phase, Molecule Type and Molecular Target 5.7 Versatility of First-in-Class Pipeline Products 6 Immunology Signaling Network, Disease Causation and Innovation Alignment 6.1 Complexity of Signaling Networks 6.2 Signaling Pathways and First-in-Class Molecular Target Integration 6.3 First-in-Class Matrix Assessment 7 First-in-Class Target and Pipeline Program Evaluation 7.1 Pipeline Programs Targeting Toll-Like Receptors 3, 6 and 8 7.2 Pipeline Programs Targeting Spleen Tyrosine Kinase 7.3 Pipeline Programs Targeting IL-7R 7.4 Pipeline Programs Targeting C-C Chemokine Receptor Type 6 7.5 Pipeline Programs Targeting P2RX7 7.6 Pipeline Programs Targeting ITK 7.7 Pipeline Programs Targeting IRAK4 7.8 Pipeline Programs Targeting Orai1 7.9 Pipeline Programs Targeting Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor Superfamily Member 5 7.10 Conclusion 8 Strategic Consolidations 8.1 Industry-Wide First-in-Class Deals 8.2 Licensing Deals 8.2.1 Deals by Region, Year and Value 8.2.2 Deals by Stage of Development and Value 8.2.3 Deals by Molecule Type and Value 8.2.4 Deals by Molecular Target and Value 8.3 Co-development Deals 8.3.1 Deals by Region, Year and Value 8.3.2 Deals by Stage of Development and Value 8.3.3 Deals by Molecule Type and Value 8.3.4 Deals by Molecular Target and Value 8.4 List of First-in-Class Pipeline Products with and Without Prior Deal Involvement 9 Appendix 9.1 Abbreviations 9.2 References 9.3 Research Methodology 9.3.1 Data integrity 9.3.2 Innovative and meaningful analytical techniques and frameworks 9.3.3 Evidence based analysis and insight 9.4 Secondary Research 9.4.1 Market Analysis 9.4.2 Pipeline Analysis 9.4.3 Licensing and Co-development Deals For more information about this drug pipelines report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/tx78kt/frontier_pharma


(San Diego, December 6, 2016) - A late-breaking abstract being presented today during the 58th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego shows patients who experience graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after stem cell transplantation that is not resolved by corticosteroid treatment may benefit from the use of ibrutinib, an anti-cancer drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating certain blood cancers. Sixty-seven percent of the trial's 42 participants who experienced GVHD responded to ibrutinib, and 71 percent showed sustained improvements with ibrutinib over a five-month period, results that are encouraging for a subset of patients with limited treatment options beyond corticosteroids, according to the researchers. "This is a very high response rate," said lead study author David Miklos, MD, of Stanford University. "These data are remarkable, and ibrutinib appears to exceed the therapeutic benefits of other agents. I think clinicians will find these data support the use of ibrutinib in patients with steroid refractory chronic GVHD (cGVHD), who currently suffer a range of symptoms that can be chronic and debilitating." Ibrutinib is designed to kill certain types of cancer cells by inhibiting the enzyme Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK). The new trial and pre-clinical laboratory studies suggest the drug's BTK inhibition activity and its inhibition of interleukin-2-inducible T-cell kinase (ITK) also make it a potent weapon against two types of immune cells -- T-cells and B-cells -- that are involved in GVHD. The researchers enrolled 42 patients who had undergone allogeneic stem cell transplantation, a procedure in which blood-forming stem cells are taken from a donor and injected into a patient to help replace blood cells that have been lost due to cancer or cancer treatments. About 10,000 people receive allogeneic stem cell transplants in the United States each year. Of these, about 4,000 subsequently experience GVHD, in which the transplanted stem cells attack the patient's body, causing symptoms such as rashes, mouth ulcers, dry eyes, gastrointestinal problems, shortness of breath, and decreased mobility in the joints and limbs. Immune-suppressing corticosteroid medications are the standard treatment for GVHD, but they do not benefit all patients. The patients in this trial showed sustained GVHD symptoms despite corticosteroid treatment. Five months after initiating treatment with ibrutinib, 71 percent experienced meaningful clinical improvements as indicated by decreases in clinician and patient assessments of symptom severity, a reduction in the number of organs affected, and analysis of biomarkers associated with GVHD. A substantial proportion of participants -- 45 percent -- experienced serious adverse events such as pneumonia, septic shock, or severe fever. Additional adverse events included fatigue, diarrhea, muscle spasms, nausea, and bruising. The researchers said these findings are in line with what had been reported in prior studies and underscore the importance of actively monitoring and managing any adverse events when prescribing ibrutinib. Overall, the researchers said ibrutinib represents a promising potential new therapy for GVHD. "By targeting allogeneic B-cells and TH2 lymphocytes, ibrutinib is targeting a pathogenic mechanism that we believe causes GVHD while leaving protective and anti-tumor cytotoxic T-cells intact," said Miklos. "This is a targeted therapy that does not just bluntly suppress the immune system; it leaves patients better able to fight their cancer as well as viral infections." The researchers and their collaborators are currently recruiting participants for several additional trials to further investigate the use of ibrutinib in preventing or treating GVHD and compare it to other agents. The study was funded by Pharmacyclics, LLC, an AbbVie Company, which makes ibrutinib. David Miklos, MD, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif., will present this study, titled "Multicenter Open-Label Phase 2 Study of Ibrutinib in Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease (cGVHD) after Failure of Corticosteroids,"(LBA-3) during the late-breaking abstracts session on Tuesday, December 6 at 7:30 a.m. PST in Hall AB. For the complete annual meeting program and abstracts, visit http://www. . Follow @ASH_hematology and #ASH16 on Twitter and like ASH on Facebook for the most up-to-date information about the 2016 ASH Annual Meeting. The American Society of Hematology (ASH) (http://www. ) is the world's largest professional society of hematologists dedicated to furthering the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood. For more than 50 years, the Society has led the development of hematology as a discipline by promoting research, patient care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. The Society publishes Blood (http://www. ), the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, as well as the newly launched, online, open-access journal, Blood Advances (http://www. ).


News Article | February 15, 2017
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(PRLEAP.COM) February 13, 2017 - Donny Shimamoto was announced as the featured educator for a SageWorks webinar,. The session will help attendees understand how better information results in more informed decision making and ultimately gives the organization a competitive advantage. Donny is the immediate past chairman of the AICPA's Information Management & Technology Assurance Executive Committee, and former member of its Governing Council and Assurance Services Executive Committee, and an honoree of multiple industry awards. He has worked on several international collaborations between the AICPA and CIMA related to business intelligence and is also a frequent speaker on how management accountants can help add-value to their organizations via CGMA webcasts.Donny will explore how benchmarking can be added to a CPA practice to increase the value provided to clients and provide two case studies of leading firms who have incorporated benchmarking for success.Donny has been recognized as a Top Thought Leader in Public Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor from 2012 to 2017, and one of the Top 100 Most Influential People by Accounting Today in 2013 and 2014. He received the 2009-2010 President's Award from the Hawaii Society of CPAs; was named to CPA Technology Advisor's 40 Under 40 list in 2007, 2009 and 2014; was named a Hawaii Top High Tech Leader in 2004; and was recently awarded an AICPA Standing Ovation Award in Information Management and Technology Assurance.Donny C. Shimamoto, CPA.CITP, CGMA, is the founder and managing director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC, an advisory-focused CPA firm specializing in organizational development and technology management for small businesses, middle market organizations, and nonprofits. Donny (@DonnyITK) is a recognized thought leader and educator in the fields of accounting technology, IT risk management, organizational development, and performance management fields; his dedication to helping accountants and organizations strategically innovate while proactively managing their business and technical risk is paramount. He is the recipient of numerous industry awards and can be seen across the U.S. educating audiences year after year. For more information, visit http://www.donnyitk.com/ where you can find Donny inspiring the next generation of business professionals in his personal blog on leadership, business, IT and his life as a CPA.IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC (ITK) is an advisory-focused CPA firm, focused on organizational development and business process transformation for accounting firms, nonprofits, and other businesses that are innovative and think BIG. ITK formulated the Intraprise Architecture model and consulting methodology that optimizes an IT strategy to support an organization's business strategy. ITK is a combined management consulting firm and systems integrator which results in expertise to right-size enterprise processes and leverage cost-effective technologies that enable small and mid-sized organizations to gain a competitive advantage. ITK provides executive-level technology management, enterprise architecture, business performance management, information architecture and management, technology risk management, and operations optimization consulting services. Visit http://www.intraprisetechknowlogies.com/ for more information. ###


(PRLEAP.COM) November 1, 2016 - Donny Shimamoto will be presenting two courses at the 2016 AICPA Controllers Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. His first session,, will teach attendees how to create a project charter to increase the success rates for projects and to help organizations increase the value they obtain from projects. The second course,, evaluates through an interactive format how organizations have integrated ethics into their business practices. It will highlight the important role that accountants play in helping their organizations to improve performance while maintaining a high standard of conduct that keeps them out of the news for bad behavior.Shimamoto continued, Donny is the immediate past chairman of the AICPA's Information Management & Technology Assurance Executive Committee, and former member of its Governing Council and Assurance Services Executive Committee, and an honoree of multiple industry awards. He has worked on several international collaborations between the AICPA and CIMA related to business intelligence and is also a frequent speaker on how management accountants can help add-value to their organizations Donny has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People by Accounting Today in 2013 and 2014, a Top Thought Leader in Public Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor from 2012 to 2016, he received the 2009-2010 President's Award from the Hawaii Society of CPAs, was named to CPA Technology Advisor's 40 Under 40 list in 2007, 2009 and 2014, a Hawaii Top High Tech Leader in 2004, and was recently awarded the AICPA Standing Ovation Award.The 2016 AICPA Controllers Conference was developed for controllers and will provide the tools needed to successfully negotiate current and future demands. Led by successful experts in the field, the conference provides best practices from personal experience and is interactive to give attendees solutions that can be applied immediately. It offers onsite as well as online attendance. The conference will be held at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 10 – 11, 2016.Donny C. Shimamoto, CPA.CITP, CGMA, is the founder and managing director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC, a specialized CPA firm dedicated to helping small businesses and middle market organizations leverage strategic technologies, proactively manage their business and technical risks, and enable balanced organizational growth and development. Donny (@DonnyITK) is a recognized thought leader in the Accounting Technology performance management fields. He is dedicated to helping accountants and small businesses become more efficient using the most innovative tools and systems available to generate higher profits. For more information, visit http://www.donnyitk.com/ where you can find Donny inspiring the next generation of business professionals in his personal blog on leadership, business, IT and his life as a technical CPA.IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC (ITK) is an advisory-focused CPA firm specializing in organizational development and business process outsourcing for small businesses, middle market organizations, and nonprofits. With expertise in right-sizing enterprise processes and leveraging cost-effective enterprise technologies that enables small and mid-sized organizations to gain a competitive advantage. ITK is focused on providing executive-level technology management, enterprise architecture, business performance management, information architecture and management, technology risk management, and knowledge management consulting services. Visit http://www.intraprisetechknowlogies.com/ for more information. ###


News Article | February 15, 2017
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(PRLEAP.COM) January 18, 2017 - Donny Shimamoto was announced as the featured presenter for a CGMA webinar, How to Turn a Tech Team Into a Strategic Partner . The session will discuss how non-IT executives can evaluate the effectiveness of their IT departments and IT leader to ensure that they are obtaining the most return on investment from their IT department. The webinar will be held on January 18th at 11am Eastern time. Donny is the immediate past chairman of the AICPA's Information Management & Technology Assurance Executive Committee, and former member of its Governing Council and Assurance Services Executive Committee, and an honoree of multiple industry awards. He has worked on several international collaborations between the AICPA and CIMA related to business intelligence and is also a frequent speaker on how management accountants can help add-value to their organizations.The webinar will provide attendees with questions for the CIO or IT service provider that will help IT take a broader role in the business including compliance and leadership. Suggestions for corrective actions will be provided for those times when business owners and managing partners do not feel they are getting the answers they need.Attendees will learn how to evaluate the IT function's alignment with the overall business strategy. Shimamoto will demonstrate how the IT budget reflects the role of IT in an organization, and strategies will be given to balance the internal versus outsourced IT model.Donny has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People by Accounting Today in 2013 and 2014, a Top Thought Leader in Public Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor from 2012 to 2016, he received the 2009-2010 President's Award from the Hawaii Society of CPAs, was named to CPA Technology Advisor's 40 Under 40 list in 2007, 2009 and 2014, a Hawaii Top High Tech Leader in 2004, and was recently awarded the AICPA Standing Ovation Award.Donny C. Shimamoto, CPA.CITP, CGMA, is the founder and managing director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC, an advisory-focused CPA firm specializing in organizational development and business process outsourcing for small businesses, middle market organizations, and nonprofits. Donny (@DonnyITK) is a recognized thought leader and educator in the Accounting Technology, IT Risk Management, and Performance Management fields; his dedication to helping accountants and organizations leverage strategic technologies while proactively managing their business and technical risk is paramount. He is the recipient of numerous industry awards and can be seen across the U.S. educating audiences year after year. For more information, visit http://www.donnyitk.com/ where you can find Donny inspiring the next generation of business professionals in his personal blog on leadership, business, IT and his life as a CPA.IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC (ITK) is an advisory-focused CPA firm, focused on organizational development and business process transformation for accounting firms, nonprofits, and other businesses that are innovative and think BIG. ITK formulated the Intraprise Architecture model and consulting methodology that optimizes an IT strategy to support an organization's business strategy. ITK is a combined management consulting firm and systems integrator which results in expertise to right-size enterprise processes and leverage cost-effective technologies that enable organizations to gain a competitive advantage. ITK is focused on providing. Visit http://www.intraprisetechknowlogies.com/ for more information.


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News Article | February 17, 2017
Site: cleantechnica.com

Oh, the irony. NSW is one of the most coal-dependent states in Australia, with renewable energy contributing less than 10 per cent to its electricity mix on average. Over the weekend, however, wind and solar may just have helped keep the lights on. It is now clear that solar (rooftop and large scale) was contributing more than 1GW to the grid during much of the day, and around 500MW in the late afternoon on Friday when the Australian Energy Market Operator had flagged the possibility of rolling blackouts. The strong performance of wind and solar came despite the loss of more than 1GW of capacity of coal fired power and the sudden withdrawal of two of the biggest gas fired generators on Friday afternoon – at the height of the heatwave and supply-demand crisis. NSW energy minister Don Harwin praised all fuels for their efforts, but singled out wind and solar.  “It’s the biggest day ever for solar,” he said in a statement, and added there was “plenty of wind power generation coming in from the wind turbines along the great dividing range. That turned out to be useful, even crucial for consumers at risk of blackouts. Two 500MW units of one of the state’s biggest coal generators – Liddell in the Hunter Valley – had gone out of service earlier in the week due to problems with the boiler tube leaks.. That likely contributed to the decision by AGL Energy to cut power to the state’s biggest consumer of electricity, the Tomago aluminium smelter in the Hunter Valley on Friday. The AGL supply contract allows it to do that, That “load shedding” removed more than 300MW of demand, and with the contribution of solar probably saved consumers from the type of rolling blackouts that afflicted South Australia last week when the country’s most efficient gas-generator sat idle. It was a bad week for AGL and fossil fuel generators in general. Not only did Liddell lose half its production, with one unit returning on Saturday after the crisis had passed, a unit of its Torrens Island gas generator in South Australia also failed early last week – on the same day as Liddell. The 120MW capacity from that Torrens Island unit may have helped South Australian consumers, many of them clients of AGL, from losing power last Wednesday in the rolling blackouts or load shedding. Of course, many consumers – particularly those of Simply Energy, may be asking why the Pelican Point gas fired generator – touted as the most efficient in the country, and owned by the same company, Engie, chose to stand idle while they lost power. Or why the Australian Market Operator chose not to instruct it to fire up. But more questions are emerging about the role of gas fired generators in NSW at the height of the supply crunch. Two of them, Colongra and Tallawarra, stopped generating in the afternoon peak on Friday, as these graphs provided by Dylan McConnell, from the Climate and Energy College in Melbourne, illustrate. The 435MW Tallawarra gas station is owned by Energy Australia, owner of the Mt Piper coal plant, which (like all other generators) would have benefited from the $14,000/MWh power prices that occurred after Tallawarra stopped generating. It appears that Tallawarra had a fault that caused it to trip and damage some valves. The 667MW Colongra power station is owned by Snowy Hydro. See our story last week – High power prices? Blame fossil fuel generators, not renewables” of how Snowy Hydro and Origin Energy acted to push up prices in NSW late last year. This is what happened when the two power stations stopped generating. Remember, this is when NSW was facing a supposed critical shortfall, and when the Tomago smelter had been forced to shut its pot lines, risking catastrophic damage and safety issues, according to its CEO. Interestingly, AEMO issued a “non conformance” notice to Tallawarra on Friday evening, apparently because it did not follow instructions. Asked for further details, a spokesman said: “AEMO does not comment on reasoning behind the generator non-conforming with their dispatch instruction as that is an issue for the generator.” Meanwhile, the supply/demand issue remained critical in Queensland on Monday, which was expecting record power demand and potential shortfalls in supply. Rooftop solar also played a critical role in that state over the weekend, when the state hit extraordinarily high levels of demand for a Sunday. Solar vastly reducing the peaks on grid use, as the AEMO warned of supply shortfalls. This graph from Global Roam, providers of our excellent and popular NEM Watch widget, illustrates. The fact that rooftop solar was delivering so much power during the day would have limited the number of price spikes in the state. Notice how the price did not spike until demand fell, and rooftop solar was on a downward trajectory. As we reported exclusively last Wednesday, Queensland prices have spiked more than 40 times more often in South Australia this year and have averaged more than $240/MWh. As ITK analyst David Leitch pointed out earlier last week, the afternoon prices have averaged more than $1,000/MWh. In the last week it averaged more than $450/MWh and over the last 24 hours averaged more than $800/MWh, according to McConnell. The Australian Energy regulator said on Monday that it would investigate eight different spikes above $5,000MWh in NSW and Queensland over the last three days, as it is required to do. Back to NSW, energy minister Harwin said that renewable energy was providing 25 per cent of power needs during some of the daylight hours – when solar was strong and wind also blew, and Paul McArdle notes that it provided around 16 per cent of total production during the 24 hours on Friday. Wind and solar provided more than 7 per cent but could, of course, have provided more but NSW has been deemed the worst place for large scale solar investment. The AEMO provided this data for NSW at peak demand, but note that this is peak grid demand, not total demand, which is disguised from the grid operator because much of the rooftop solar is consumed within the households. (We are seeking comment from AEMO, EnergyAustralia and Snowy Hydro). Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store!   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.


News Article | March 3, 2017
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FORT WORTH, TX, March 03, 2017-- ECi Software Solutions ( www.ECiSolutions.com ), a leader in industry specific information technology solutions, today announced that it has acquired American Management Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Mark Systems of Mt. Holly, New Jersey. Mark Systems is a recognized leader in software solutions for the residential home construction industry. They offer a suite of products that service every aspect of the residential home building process: Integrated Homebuilder Management System (IHMS), Internet ToolKit (ITK) and LotVue. Scott Duman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mark Systems, has been named President of ECi's Residential Construction Group under its Building & Construction Division. With the addition of Mark Systems, ECi now serves more than 3,200 customers in the lumber, building and construction, and hardware industries."After getting to know ECi, it quickly became evident that their values aligned with ours; their standard of excellence is what we want to achieve," said Duman. "They focus on delivering innovative products and maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction. We believe joining ECi will give us the ability to leverage our strengths to bring even more value to residential homebuilders.""The residential homebuilder market has been growing steadily since the late 2000s and housing starts continue to project positively," said Ron Books, Chief Executive Officer of ECi. "We have lumber and building materials software platforms (Spruce and Advantage software) that serve the supply side of the construction market, and have explored the demand side for some time. The addition of Mark Systems makes ECi a leader in the residential home construction sector and enables us to investigate innovative ways to connect homebuilders with their LBM suppliers. Mark Systems is a very well run company and we are honored to have them as part of the ECi family."ECi provides business management software for dealers in lumber and building materials, retail hardware, home centers and other related enterprises. To learn more about ECi's solutions for the lumber, building materials and hardware industry, please visit the website ECi Software Solutions provides industry specific business software solutions and services, focusing on cloud based technologies. For 30+ years, ECi has served small to medium sized manufacturing, wholesale/retail distribution, building and construction, and field and IT services organizations. Privately held, ECi is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, with offices throughout the U.S., England, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand.For information, email info@ecisolutions.com , visit www.ECiSolutions.com , or call (800) 959-3367.All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.CONTACT: Traci Johnson, SVP Global Corporate Marketing800-959-3367 x23276 | tjohnson@ecisolutions.com

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