When it comes to tipping, Uber has pretty much been the lone wolf, refusing to let users to do justice to its drivers. And for better or worse, this might soon change.
The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is considering bringing out a rule that would require companies such as Uber to find a way to incorporate a tipping method. And considering Uber prides itself for offering a cashless experience, it will need to integrate this feature within the app itself. And if New York decides to make this change, it is likely that other cities in the U.S. will follow suit. So for Uber, it makes sense to design and develop a standardized method for in-app tipping rather than waste time and resource is making different versions for different cities.
Better Late than Never?
Last year this month, Uber apparently did have the chance to do what’s right for its drivers and include an option to tip them. As part of a massive US$100 mn settlement, Uber was, for a brief time, required to inform its riders that the fare did not include tips. But after a judge rejected the settlement, Uber stuck to its guns and refused to reverse its stand on tipping. This brought on the company an onslaught of sore drivers. NYC general manager for Uber, Josh Mohrer clarified that the car services company stood by its mantra of not tipping because it was a point of dissatisfaction for consumers, aka the riders. The policy forces costumers to make the decision on what is the appropriate amount to tip.
Many others, however, feel like this is the least the firm could do for its drivers.
Renewable energy production surged to over 41% of the country’s power supply in March, 2017, with the production touching a record figure of 19.5 TWh. The last month has been spectacular in terms of renewable energy production for Germany with a soaring monthly generation of electricity from wind and solar energy.
Power Production from Renewable Indicate Encouraging Trends
Last month, the nuclear power production touched the nadir since the 1970s. With the marked phase out of nuclear reactors continuing since 2000, the country has planned to shut down all nuclear plants by 2022. Last month also registered a record reduction in nuclear energy for France. On March 18, Germany registered another wind power record in production and reached a figure of 38.5 GW. In March, the combined electricity production from wind and solar energy in Germany totaled 12.5 TWh. Power production from biomass also witnessed a robust growth at 4.5 TWh.
Wide Scale Disclosure of Nuclear Power Plants in Germany and France
These developments were significant in the backdrop of rapidly declining nuclear power production in Germany. Reduction in nuclear energy production in the nation can be partly attributed to the phase out of the reactors since they were built in the mid-1970s and 1980s; the reason being eight reactors of the 19 continue to be in service. However, currently almost half of them are down having gone for an overhaul of some kind and are expected to resume operation soon. Neckarwestheim II, Grohnde, and Brokdorf are the reactors that have gone offline in the recent months. While all of the reactors are scheduled to be shut down tentatively by 2022, Gundremmingen B, will be the first to be closed down. The reactor was reportedly affected with a computer virus and was supposed to go offline in 2016.
A lot of reactors are also poised to go offline in France with the official closure declared for the Fessenheim Nuclear Power Plant. The country has aimed to reduce its reliance on nuclear power generation from 75% of its demand to a remarkable 50% by the end of 2025.
Post its exit from the European Union, Britain is planning to scrap EU’s ambitious green energy targets the Union had set to be fulfilled individually by member countries by 2020. The most common target set by the Union for all of its member countries was to source at least 20% of their overall energy needs from renewables by the said year.
The EU renewables directive requires that all countries in the Union must ensure that at least 10% of the fuel used for transportation comes from renewable sources by the end of this decade. The individual targets in countries from around 10% in Malta, which is the lowest, to around 49% in Sweden. This target is of 15% for Britain, including three sub targets of 10% for transportation, 12% in heat, and 30% in electricity.
Ministers against the Targets?
Reports from government sources suggest that Britain is preparing to scrap the renewables targets after Brexit. Only last year, ministers on the Energy and Climate Change Committee, which is now defunct, had warned that if the UK continued to follow its current growth dynamics, it will fail to achieve its renewables targets set for 2020.
Some MPs in the country believe that the whole focus on renewables in the past few years has distorted the entire energy market. It is a way of transferring money from poor constituencies to wealthier ones who are establishing heavily subsidized and pointless wind turbines. So while the country moves ahead to establish some new laws and directives post its exit from the Union, ministers and future governments could seek to bin individual legislations if desired, of which the renewables pact could be one.