Trump Knew of Whistle-Blower Complaint When He Released Aid to UkraineEbony Lopez’s electric company in Napa wine country used to get a handful of inquiries a week from people asking about generators. After PG&E shut power to millions of Californians last month, it’s more like 10 to 15 calls a day.“It’s been nonstop,” Lopez said. “People are definitely being reactive.”As Californians face years of intentional blackouts -- a strategy by the state’s utilities to prevent wildfires -- homeowners are rushing to find alternative sources of power to keep the lights on. Last month’s outages, in particular, swept across affluent areas just outside of San Francisco, hitting people who have the means to pay up for pricey equipment.The trend isn’t unique to California. With climate change colliding with an aging grid, residents of areas from snowy New England to the hurricane-threatened South face more disruptions to power. But with costs for whole-house generators or solar and battery packages running tens of thousands of dollars, the demand for backup systems underscores a stark reality: Wealthy people will be able to endure outages while the poor are left in the dark.“Like a lot of things that we’re talking about in society today and the inequality that exists, that gap in inequality could show up in even how you get your power,” said Aaron Jagdfeld, chief executive officer of Generac Holdings Inc., the country’s biggest standby generator company. Its shares have almost doubled this year on the prospect of rising demand.
Willie Taggart will receive buyout from Florida State despite contract issueWillie Taggart was fired by Florida State earlier this month in the middle of only his second season with the team. When a big program parts ways with a coach that quickly, that typically means a large buyout is forthcoming. After some questions arose regarding his contract situation, it appears that it will still be the case for Taggart.A report from Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times on Monday said Taggart never finalized a formal contract with Florida State when he was first hired less than two years ago. The report said he signed what is called a binding document, which is only meant to be a placeholder until the formal paperwork is signed by all parties.Taggart is owed nearly $18 million from Florida State, so it would be concerning if there was a question over whether or not his contract was actually signed. However, Darren Rovell of Action Network clarified that Taggart signed the deal and the school did not, so he will still be getting his money.A similar situation arose back in 2009 when Kentucky fired former basketball coach Billy Gillispie after two seasons. Kentucky argued that they did not have to pay Gillispie his buyout because he never signed a formal contract, and the coach sued the school. Kentucky filed a countersuit, and eventually, Gillispie received a $3 million settlement, which was about half of the buyout he was supposed to get.If Florida State tried to pull something similar to Taggart, he could likely argue that he executed his end of the deal by signing the contract even if the school didn’t. The Seminoles would probably love to save the $18 million with some of the big names they have been pursuing to fill their head coaching vacancy, but Taggart appears to be safe.