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lol. shunk is a comedian at heart. lol. I would guess I am partial to Eaton� Products but I have no idea why

No, I was dead serious. I feel the Pushmatic was the best resi panel ever made. Just hard for older folks to push in and out.

Lacking that option now, I’m an Eaton man too. (Cutler-Hammer). Specificaly, the CH series. They plug on tighter than any residential panel on the market. They had a little manufacturing boo-boo for 6 months or so, but things are back in line again. Good thing. They’re my main panel.

I would add that I don’t think there’s anything on the market right now that’s absolute junk. You’ll get pretty good service, no matter what you pick. My least favorite is probably GE, but I can’t really put my finger on why. Lots of little things, but not enough for me to not put one in if a customer specifically asked for one.

One reason not to give DIY advice:
Catch a man a fish and you can sell it to him.
Teach a man to fish and you�ve ruined a good business opportunity.

Pushmatic is in my opinion one of the best, with the excepton of the 2-poles which if I rememeber were complicated.

I wouldn’t say that they were so much complicated as they were just weird. You had to bring one leg down the left side of the panel and the other leg down the right side of the panel. The 2 poles spanned side to side, as opposed to over/under like everything else.

One reason not to give DIY advice:
Catch a man a fish and you can sell it to him.
Teach a man to fish and you�ve ruined a good business opportunity.

My first pick is always Square D QO – however a little pricey, Then Murray, and then CH. Homeline seems a little ‘cheap’ and I agree with everyone about GE – Just dont like em.

I can get the panels crazy cheap now, so I only install QO. here are some panels I upgraded recently.


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G.E. Makes It Official: NBC Will Go to Comcast

The Comcast Center, second from left, in Philadelphia on Thursday. Credit Matt Rourke/Associated Press

After nearly nine months of negotiations, Comcast. the nation’s largest cable operator, announced an agreement on Thursday to acquire NBC Universal from the General Electric Company .

The deal valued NBC Universal at about $30 billion.

The agreement will create a joint venture, with Comcast owning 51 percent and G.E. owning 49 percent. Comcast will contribute to the joint venture its stable of cable channels, which includes Versus, the Golf Channel and E Entertainment, worth about $7.25 billion, and will pay G.E. about $6.5 billion in cash, for a total of $13.75 billion. For now, the network will remain NBC Universal, but ultimately Comcast could decide to change the name.

Almost immediately, the transaction reshapes the nation’s entertainment industry, giving a cable provider a huge portfolio of new content, even as it raises the sector’s anxieties about the future.

In a joint statement announcing the agreement. Brian L. Roberts, the chief executive of Comcast, said the deal was “a perfect fit for Comcast and will allow us to become a leader in the development and distribution of multiplatform ‘anytime, anywhere’ media that American consumers are demanding.” The deal’s genesis lies in frequent flirtations over the last several years between Comcast and General Electric, although serious talks began in March. For Comcast, the purchase is the realization of its long-held ambition to be a major producer of television shows and movies.

News of the negotiations broke in late September, and in the ensuing weeks G.E. worked to resolve details with Comcast, while simultaneously negotiating to buy out a 20 percent stake in NBC Universal held by Vivendi, the French telecommunications conglomerate. It was this last part that proved difficult. G.E. and Comcast’s part of the transaction has essentially been complete for weeks, but the final step was held up by the negotiations between G.E. and Vivendi. Vivendi will receive about $5.8 billion for its stake.

Jeff Zucker, the current head of NBC Universal, will stay on as chief executive and report to the chief operating officer of Comcast, Steve Burke. In a statement released by the companies Thursday morning, Mr. Zucker called the deal the “start of a new era” for NBC .

The deal could take up to 18 months to pass regulatory muster. Although Comcast is based in Philadelphia, NBC’s headquarters will remain in New York, the joint release said.

Most of NBC’s value is in its lucrative cable channels — USA, Bravo, SyFy, CNBC and MSNBC. These networks, along with the channels that Comcast will contribute to the joint venture, will compose 82 percent of the company’s cash flow. The NBC network and Universal Studios will account for only a small portion of the joint venture’s cash flow.

In some respects, G.E.’s decision to sell reflects a desire to exit a business that never quite meshed with its industrial side. “It’s something I always thought about,” said Jeffrey R. Immelt, G.E.’s chief executive, in an interview. “In some ways my thinking gets shaped by the totality of G.E.”

He said that the economic recession also affected his thinking, adding, “you never have an epiphany.”

NBC’s headquarters will remain in New York, the companies said. Credit Mark Lennihan/Associated Press

NBC has been mired in fourth place among the major broadcast networks, and the economics of the broadcast television business has deteriorated in recent years amid declining overall ratings and a decline in advertising. By contrast, cable channels have continued to thrive because they rely on a steady stream of subscriber fees from cable companies like Comcast.

Mr. Roberts, the Comcast chief executive, failed in 2004 with a hostile takeover bid for the Walt Disney Company. Since then, the company has taken a less ambitious approach to content, buying a stake in MGM and building up smaller cable channels and regional sports networks. On Thursday, Mr. Roberts said, “I believe our company is strategically complete.”

Shortly after news of the deal leaked in September, G.E. and Comcast signed a standstill agreement, which effectively blocked other bidders from entering the fray. Previously, G.E. had sought to entice Time Warner. More recently Rupert Murdoch, who controls the News Corporation, considered making an offer for NBC Universal.

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On Capitol Hill, a number of lawmakers said they would hold hearings to examine the deal in detail. Herb Kohl, Democrat of Wisconsin and the chairman of the Senate Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee, said he would convene a hearing about the deal “so that consumers can get a better sense of how this deal could affect their access to diverse programming and information, especially as they more often look to the Internet for such services.”

Michael J. Copps, a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission who regularly opposes media consolidation, said in a statement that “every citizen has a stake here,” given the size of the combined entity. “The lodestar for this review must be the public interest,” he said.

Foreseeing a long regulatory fight, Comcast published a letter on Thursday that outlined commitments to enrich and extend programming for children and minority groups. It also said policies would remain in place to ensure independence for NBC’s news division.

Asked about the NBC broadcast network and its affiliate structure, Mr. Roberts said in an interview, “We’re committed to free, over-the-air broadcast television continuing.” But he and other Comcast executives acknowledged that broadcasters faced continuing threats to their business model.

Mr. Zucker reassured employees of NBC Universal that given the regulatory hurdles ahead, “for now, it remains business as usual.”

Mr. Immelt said G.E. may consult its future partners on occasion over certain deals. G.E. will still be managing the company when certain significant television rights deals come open for bid within the next year. Under G.E. NBC has become the exclusive rights holder to every summer Olympics since 1988 and every winter Olympics since 2002.

Referring to the coming games in Vancouver and London, which NBC already owns the rights to, Mr. Zucker said, “We’re excited for next year and 2012,” and stressed the company would remain in the bidding for the games in 2014 and 2016.

Mindful of past deals that failed on their promise of synergies, Comcast made sure to point out that the financial projections underlying the deal took no account of any potential cost savings from combining the various assets.

For the thousands of employees of both companies, that is good news. Comcast has about 100,000 employees, while NBC Universal employs about 30,000. Mr. Burke, the Comcast executive who will oversee the joint venture, said, “99.9 percent of those employees are in businesses that don’t overlap.”

Bill Carter and Brian Stelter contributed reporting.

A version of this article appears in print on December 4, 2009, on Page B3 of the New York edition with the headline: G.E. Makes It Official: NBC Will Go to Comcast. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe


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Best corporate bonds to build investment ladder

What is a corporate bond?

A corporate bond is a form of debt security essentially an IOU issued by public and private companies to investors. The money raised may be used to pay for acquisitions, debt refinancing, capital improvements and more. Unlike stocks, bonds do not offer investors any stake in the company. Corporate bonds are essentially loans repaid at a set interest rate and on a set schedule.

If you want to improve on certificate of deposit returns without taking on significant risk, consider investing in a laddered portfolio of high-quality corporate bonds.

The world of corporate bonds can be a bit intimidating to smaller do-it-yourself investors. If you re not well-versed in areas such as primary issues, the secondary market, credit quality risk, and buying at par, discount or premium, you may be tempted to stick with more plain vanilla investment options.

But there is a way to buy corporate bonds that makes bond selection and purchase much easier. It also enables you to simply create a diversified ladder that employs a variety of criteria. It s called InterNotes.

Do-it-yourself corporate bonds

InterNotes are primary issue, investment -grade corporate bonds made available only to individual investors. Each bond sells at par, $1,000, which is the minimum investment, and they can be purchased in increments of $1,000. The bonds are issued weekly and are typically available for purchase for 5 business days. You can buy them through most brokerages.

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Unlike bonds on the open market, which often have far higher purchase minimums and yields that fluctuate constantly, you don t have to make a quick decision about whether to buy corporate bonds through InterNotes.

Prior to InterNotes, it was very difficult for individual investors to buy individual corporate bonds, says Tom Ricketts, chairman of Chicago-based Incapital, the co-agent for InterNotes.

This simplifies and slows down the whole process for individual investors. They can understand what they re buying and have time to make an informed decision because the issuers accommodate the individual investor by holding the rate firm from Monday through the following Monday.

A recent offering of investment grade bonds on InterNotes included a Discover Financial Services bond with a yield of 3.85% and a Prospect Capital Corporation bond yielding 5.5%.

Other companies offering securities through InterNotes include Goldman Sachs, Ford Motor Credit Co. and Deutsche Bank.

Spreading the risk

When laddering investment-grade bonds, you can diversify and spread your risk by buying bonds in different industries with differing maturities, yields and credit ratings. However, some corporate bonds are callable, meaning the issuer could decide to take back the bond and pay you off before the maturity date.

Investing in callable bonds therefore requires some caution because the best-laid plans can be derailed if a bond is called.

For example, if you buy a bond with a 5% yield and a year from now similar bonds are yielding 4%, the issuer may decide to call your bond so it can reissue the bond on the secondary market at 4%, reducing your earnings and requiring a new investment or laddering strategy. In a rising rate environment, bonds are less likely to be called because the issuer would have to pay a higher yield.

Ricketts says about 50% of InterNotes bonds are callable.

The advantage is that you re paid a higher yield for taking on the risk of a callable bond. If that higher yield is appealing to you, sprinkle your ladder with a few callable bonds, but keep the majority noncallable to offset the risk.

Laddering corporate bonds to maximize returns

Typically, you build a ladder using corporate bonds that mature every couple of years, stretching out, perhaps, to 10 years. When the 2-year bond matures, the 10-year bond is then due in 8 years, so you buy a new 10-year bond with the proceeds from the matured 2-year bond. You re always buying the longest bond and reaping the rewards of the higher yield.

You won t pay an obvious fee for buying or selling one of these bonds if you hold them until maturity, but there is an embedded sales charge that s already been taken out of the interest rate.

This is one reason you should plan to hold these bonds until maturity. Further, while a broker may be able to sell your bond on the secondary market, there is limited liquidity, according to Ricketts.

It s not liquid like the Treasury market. There s not the huge liquidity that you find on a very large corporate issue or government issues. These aren t trading vehicles.

Because of the way InterNotes are sold, it can be difficult to tell if you re getting the best deal. You could see what other Deutsche Bank bonds, for instance, are selling for and at what yield.

If you were buying on the secondary market, you might have to pay a premium if the bond s yield were higher than the current yield. Similarly, you could be missing out on buying a bond at a discount if the bond s yield were lower than prevailing yields. You could also find yourself liable for paying accrued interest to the seller.

If you had a good broker, you might be able to do better, Ricketts says. But if you re buying just $10,000, nobody gives you a good price. The process is not built for the individual.

Before buying these corporate bonds, you might want to check to see what Treasuries with similar maturities are yielding. You ll want to make sure you get a higher yield to account for the added risk of a possible default by a corporation.

Buying individual bonds in this fashion can beat the return you ll get with a bond fund. You sacrifice the bond fund s liquidity, but avoid the load and ongoing fees bond funds often carry. If you hold the individual bond until maturity, you ll also avoid the potential risk of loss of principal that comes with bond funds.

An interesting feature of InterNotes is the survivor benefit, which allows your heirs to return the bonds to the issuer without waiting for them to mature.

Unlike CDs, corporate bonds are not FDIC-insured.


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July 24, 2017 – NYPA power line project to boost reliability, facilitate renewables

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on July 21 unveiled plans under which the New York Power Authority will rebuild 78 miles of power transmission infrastructure in the North Country part of the state, which will further bolster the reliability of the state’s electric power grid and enable more upstate renewable energy to connect to the power system throughout the state.

July 24, 2017 – Palo Alto Utilities thermal microgrid project funded through DEED grant

California’s Palo Alto Utilities has been awarded a grant from the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments, or DEED, program to help fund a project aimed at providing information and tools to support public power utilities in evaluating the feasibility of deploying thermal microgrids.

July 21, 2017 – House passes pipeline review, electric transmission bills

The House on July 19 approved a bill, H.R. 2910, which would reaffirm the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s role as the lead federal agency on environmental reviews of interstate gas pipelines and improve interagency coordination. The American Public Power Association supports the measure.

July 21, 2017 – Report catalogues state net metering, DG actions in the second quarter

In the second quarter, 39 states plus Washington, D.C. took a total of 140 actions related to distributed solar policy and rate design, according to a new study issued by North Carolina State University’s NC Clean Energy Technology Center.

July 20, 2017 – Lawmakers hear about capacity market flaws, rising grid costs

A House hearing on July 18 examined a wide range of issues related to the state of the power industry including possible reform of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978, flaws in regional transmission organization-operated capacity markets, rising transmission costs and baseload generation closures.


July 27, 2017 – Maintaining or Improving Your Utility’s Bond Rating

July 27, 2017 – DEED Webinar: Tips to Apply for a DEED Grant

August 15, 2017 – The Future of Rate Design

August 24, 2017 – DEED Webinar: Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Project

September 7, 2017 – Community Solar Success Stories

September 17, 2017 – Business and Financial Conference

October 8, 2017 – Legal and Regulatory Conference

November 5, 2017 – Customer Connections Conference

February 11, 2018 – CEO Roundtable

February 26, 2018 – Legislative Rally


The threat of cyber attacks on critical infrastructure is a hot topic in the news right now, but cybersecurity has been on the radar of the American Public Power Association for several years. We recently conducted a series of table top  exercises with public power utilities across the country to jump start discussions among members on cybersecurity issues. The consistent feedback we heard from these workshops is the need for more guidance, more training, and for additional resources to help address the evolving threats. Continue Reading

Sue Kelly s speech at the 2017 National Conference in Orlando lays out the important work ahead for public power utilities in advocating for key issues, providing innovative services to keep up with customer expectations, and building relationships within their communities. Continue Reading

Learn how the Omaha Public Power District implements employee groups to advance the company s most valuable asset, its people, which in turn helps them be a stronger resource for the company, the community, and fellow employees. Continue Reading

Andrew Wills, director of government relations and counsel at the American Public Power Association, summarizes the latest activity regarding a petition to the FCC that could impact regulations on utility pole attachments. In particular, he notes how comments on the petition reflect different concerns from state and local governments, electric utilities, and telecommunications companies. Continue Reading

About Public Power

Public power is a collection of more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, serving more than 48 million people or about 14 percent of the nation’s electricity consumers.

Public power utilities are operated by local governments to provide communities with reliable, responsive, not-for-profit electric service. Public power utilities are directly accountable to the people they serve through local elected or appointed officials.

About the Association

The American Public Power Association was created in 1940 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization to advance the public policy interests of its members and their consumers, and provide member services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price with the proper protection of the environment.

Policy positions emphasize the importance of hometown decision making that puts customers first and ensures a stable supply of electricity while protecting the environment. Since two-thirds of public power systems do not generate their own electricity and instead buy it on the wholesale market for distribution to customers, securing competitively priced and reliable wholesale power is a priority.

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How to Find Out What the Electricity Bill is for a


How to Find Out What the Electricity Bill is for a Certain Address

Whether you ve lost your current bill or you re considering purchasing a particular property and want to know utility costs before you commit, you ll need a way of finding out what the electric bills cost. If it s your current bill, you ll probably want to know the exact amount for the month. If you re thinking about buying the house on the other hand, it s more helpful to find out the 12 month high and low bills and the 12 month occupied average. Those numbers will help give you a good feel for what it will cost each month for electricity.

Find out how much you’d pay for electricity.

Step 1

Find the name of the electric utility provider for the area. You can look in the Yellow Pages or check online by searching for the name of the city and utilities. Browse the links to pick out the electric providers. Most areas have one or two major servicers. If there are multiples, call each one until you reach the company that services that particular address.

Step 2

Call each electric provider starting with the first listed, using the number published online or in the Yellow Pages until you find the one that services the address you re wondering about.

Step 3

Answer any electronic prompts until you get to a person. Let the representative know the address of the property and the information you re looking for — the current month s bill, the 12 month high and lows or a 12 month occupied average. If the representative says her company doesn t service that address, call the next company.


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Roller garage doors DIY roller shutter garage doors prices electric roller


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Our manual or electric roller shutter garage doors and sectional garage doors not only provide secure protection but save space inside the garage and more space when fully open. You can park inches from the door yet still allow it to be opened safely. Our roller garage doors are CE marked for safety and backed by a comprehensive 7 year guarantee and highly competitive prices. You can view our great garage doors prices here online, just select your door type from above.

Either as DIY garage doors you can fit yourself or have them fitted by our professional door installation teams. we supply industry leading Seceuroglide products at great garage doors prices. All our roller garage doors are made to fit to your measurements with slats that are insulated against the weather as standard. Our automatic electric roller garage doors come with two remote controls using rolling code technology, and an internal manual override in the case of a power failure as standard.

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Protecting your facility has grown increasingly more challenging during the last few years. The new breed of security threats is more immediate than ever before, increasing the risk of a serious security breach and exposing your institution to dangerous liability problems. Chances are unauthorized duplicate keys are infiltrating your security system, despite your efforts to control them.

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