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Obama-era solar power program reaches goal early

Obama-era solar power program reaches goal early

Business
Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. solar power initiative enacted by former President Barack Obama reached a goal for cost competitiveness three years early, the government said.The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory said in a report that the cost to install solar power during the first quarter of the year reached a record low because of higher efficiencies, lower labor costs and the decline in the price for photovoltaic components.For utility-scale projects, those supplying energy to the nation's grid, the costs are down about 30 percent when compared with first quarter 2016."These results suggest that the DOE's SunShot Initiative, which was launched in 2011 to make solar cost-competitive with other forms of energy, has met its 2020 cost target for utility-scale solar sys...
USS John C. Stennis departs for sea trials early after overhaul

USS John C. Stennis departs for sea trials early after overhaul

Business
Aug. 14 (UPI) -- The USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier is underway for sea trials sooner than expected following a 6-month overhaul and upgrade at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash.The ship has departed three days ahead of schedule despite the Stennis having a much larger overhaul then is normal for a carrier refit."Overall, the work package was 140 percent above the normal amount for a CVN-class carrier availability," Cmdr. Ken Holland, John C. Stennis' chief engineer and availability coordinator, said in a press release."But with shipyard and ship's force coming together, we were able to overcome obstacles as a team and work together every day to complete the task we needed to, becoming more efficient and ultimately resulting in us arriving at this point ahead of schedule....
Three retirement savings strategies to use if you plan to retire early

Three retirement savings strategies to use if you plan to retire early

Finance
If you're lucky to have saved enough money to leave the rat race early, you still need to a retirement strategy that minimizes taxes and penalties.Retirement account rules are stacked against early retirees. People may face a 10 percent early withdrawal penalty if they take money out of their traditional IRAs before age 59½ and before age 55 with traditional 401(k) plans and other workplace retirement plans.Here are some strategies early retirees can use to maximize their retirement savings:There is an exception to the early withdrawal penalty for IRAs. The IRS allows you to take "substantially equal periodic payments" under Rule 72(t).To avoid the 10 percent penalty once you begin distributions, you must continue to take the required distribution for the longer of five years, or until you
Age, cost of treatment among top reasons patients leave hospital early

Age, cost of treatment among top reasons patients leave hospital early

Health
MONDAY, June 19, 2017 -- It's a not uncommon occurrence: Patients discharge themselves from the hospital against their doctor's best advice.Now, new research on over 29 million hospital stays sheds light on which types of patients are most prone to this behavior -- and why.Using 2013 U.S. hospital data, researchers found that younger patients are much more likely than older patients to leave the hospital against the advice of their doctor.In fact, patients aged 65 and older were four times less likely to leave the hospital against medical advice than were adults under 65, according to a team led by Dr. Jashvant Poeran, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.Other factors played a role as well. Regardless of their age, men were more likely to leave the hospital agai...
How to Determine If You Can Really Retire Early

How to Determine If You Can Really Retire Early

Finance
Shutterstock photoBy Justin Goodbread, CFP®In my business, I work with all different types of people. They run the gamut. Some are employers, while others are the employees. Some tell me they want to retire early. To that, I then ask them what retiring early means to them. Are we talking late 50s, early 60s, perhaps even early 40s? The key to helping them reach that goal is to know the age that goal needs to be achieved by.Retiring early constitutes walking away from making income, living solely off our assets and whatever income they produce. For our example, let’s say the person wanting to retire early is looking to do so between 55 and 60. (For more, see: The Pros and (Mostly) Cons of Early Retirement.)The very first thing to consider is how much this person is going to live off of at e