Retail Net Metering Will End in Nevada

first_imgUtility regulators in Nevada have approved a new net-metering plan for their solar customers that will increase the fixed service charge and gradually lower reimbursements for electricity sent from a homeowner’s photovoltaic (PV) array to the grid from the retail to the wholesale rate.The unanimous vote by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission took place on December 22. The next day, SolarCity announced that it would suspend operations in the state and accused regulators of damaging the state’s economy and jeopardizing thousands of jobs.“The PUC has protected NV Energy’s monopoly and everyone else will lose,” SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive said in a statement reported by Greentech Media. “We have no alternative but to cease Nevada sales and installations, but we will fight this flawed decision on behalf of our Nevada customers and employees.”Changes go into effect on January 1. SolarCity, the nation’s largest installer of residential PV systems, said that the commission’s decision to apply the rates to existing as well as new customers amounted to “sabotage” of customer investments.“Most disturbing is the Commission’s decision to retroactively sabotage existing solar customer’s investments by not grandfathering them onto current rates,” Rive said. “The Nevada government encouraged these people to go solar, and now the government is putting them at great financial risk.”Vivint Solar, the second largest residential installer after SolarCity, also said that it would halt operations in Nevada if the plan won approval, Greentech Media said. New training center will closeThere’s some painful irony in SolarCity’s decision to stop Nevada installations: SolarCity opened a 13,000-square-foot regional training center in Las Vegas less than a month before the PUC’s vote.The opening of the West Las Vegas facility, which had been expected to train as many as 4,000 workers per year, was lauded by Governor Brian Sandoval and Senator Harry Reid, among others. SolarCity Public Affairs Manager Amanda Myers said the center will close.“There are no more jobs to train people for,” she said in an email.The company said in a news release that it employs more than 2,000 Nevada residents, and that the state is the top solar job creator in the county on a per capita basis. It’s wasn’t immediately clear what would happen to SolarCity’s employees in Nevada.“We will try to minimize the impact as much as we can with transfers and relocations, but we still expect several hundred Nevada-based employees may be affected by the PUC decision,” Myers’ email said. “The specific impacts will be determined in the coming days and weeks.”She added that the PUC is considering motions from both the Nevada Bureau of Consumer Protection and The Alliance for Solar Choice to delay the new rate plan. “Both grounds have also suggested they will file a petition for reconsideration of the PUC’s decision,” Myers said. Compensation gradually declines The Associated Press said that the exact amounts of the changes have not yet been determined, but base service charges were expected to double or triple over five years while the reimbursement rate for excess electricity would decline by 75%.Regulators said that the current net-metering plan, which pays the state’s 17,000 solar customers the retail rate for excess electricity, shifted costs of maintaining the grid to customers who didn’t own any PV panels, the AP reported. This is the same argument that utilities around the country have been making in other net-metering disputes.The Nevada PUC, however, did reject a proposed “demand charge” because it might confuse customers at a time when other rate changes were going into effect. Demand charges, more common for large commercial customers, bases rates on highest use and can penalize even thrifty customers who experience a spike in electricity consumption at certain times of the billing cycle.The PUC said in a statement prior to the vote that the changes would “eliminate unreasonable cost shifts between ratepayers without resulting in any additional profits to NV Energy.” NV Energy is a holding company whose two main subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, have 1.3 million customers in the state.“The draft order finds that current rates enable net metering customers to avoid paying for some of the fixed costs associated with the sale of electric service by NV Energy to net metering customers,” the PUC said. “For example, NV Energy incurs significant costs investing in the infrastructure necessary to ensure that it can meet net metering customers’ full electricity demands when the customers’ solar energy systems are not generating electricity.”It said that paying the full retail rate for electricity “unreasonably increases the costs that are ultimately borne by other ratepayers.” Lowering the rate to the “avoided cost,” what NV Energy would pay to generate or buy the power, would reflect its “true value.”The order, however, allows customers with PV systems to take advantage of time-of-use and time-of-production rates.“Time-of-use pricing will enable net metering customers to respond to price signals for both the excess generation produced by their net metering systems and the electricity delivered by NV Energy, while position them to benefit from future advancements in technologies such as storage,” the PUC said.last_img read more

Stones, bricks pelted at Nitish’s convoy in Buxar

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s cavalcade was pelted with bricks and stones on Friday when he was on his way to Nandan village in Buxar district as part of his ‘Vikas Samiksha Yatra’. Mr. Kumar was not harmed but some security personnel sustained injuries.Kicking off the fourth leg of his month-long tour of the State’s 38 districts, Mr. Kumar reached Buxar and was on his way to Nandan. When his convoy did not stop at a Dalit hamlet, some villagers pelted bricks and stones at it. The windows of some vehicles were damaged and two security personnel sustained injuries. The villagers also raised anti-government slogans. Policemen chased the protesters and resorted to a lathi charge, injuring some of them.“We wanted the CM to see that none of his development work under the Saat Nischay (seven resolutions) programme had reached that part of the village — all development work has been done just to one side of the village, but policemen started chasing us away,” a villager told mediapersons. Later, Mr. Kumar said at a public meeting, “People should not get perturbed over such minor happenings. Some people get disturbed over my commitment to progress of the State. My purpose is not to run the government from the State capital but to assess ground realities and the progress of development schemes.” Earlier in the yatra, when some protesters waved black flags at Sulindabad village in Saharsa, Mr. Kumar had said wryly, “What is wrong with black colour? It is a fine shade. Dissent lends beauty to democracy.”last_img read more

Wall, Beal star as Wizards beat Lakers; Ball’s shooting woes continue

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “They had an off-shooting night,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said, “but we participated in that.”READ: Lonzo Ball says ongoing shooting issues ‘just in my head’ FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBall, who had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, finished the night shooting 29.2 percent so far in the pros. That’s the second-worst through a player’s first 12 games in the shot-clock era, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Asked about people constantly analyzing his unusual shooting motion — it looks something like a right-handed shot put released from the left side of his head — the No. 2 overall draft pick said: “I really don’t even care, to be honest. I know I’ve got to just keep shooting and just improve it every game.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, dribbles against Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball’s cold-shooting start to his NBA career just keeps getting worse. For a change, the Washington Wizards managed to play the sort of defense that contributes to limiting an opponent’s scoring.John Wall and the Wizards managed to make a double-digit edge hold up against the Lakers this time, with the All-Star point guard scoring 23 points and Bradley Beal adding 22 while Washington held Ball to 3 for 12 on field-goal tries in a 111-95 victory over L.A. on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Lakers win gives Ball last word on Wizards’ Wall When these teams played each other in Los Angeles last month in the fourth game of the season for each, the Wizards led by 10 points entering the fourth quarter before the Lakers wound up winning 102-99 in overtime.This time, L.A. pulled to 93-84 on Julius Randle’s two-handed slam with about 8 minutes left. But a 3 by Beal soon built the hosts’ advantage back to 15.Defense has seemed to optional at times for the Wizards this season. But they held the Lakers to 36 percent Thursday.“That’s been one of our downfalls — ball-watching too much and trying to steal it in the backcourt and leaving our transition at risk of getting scored on,” Beal said. “It was definitely a demand of Coach’s: Get back in transition. Make sure we’re defending our guy. Take pride in it.”TIP-INSLakers: Seven players scored at least 10 points apiece, including Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and Brook Lopez. … Came in averaging an NBA-high 56 points in the paint and 16 of their first 20 points came that way Thursday. L.A. finished with 48.Wizards: Centers Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi combined for 10 points and 11 personal fouls in 44 minutes.REMATCHThere was plenty of Wall vs. Ball hype leading into that one — initially fueled, not surprisingly, by Ball’s father, LaVar — although their matchup never become the game’s focus.WALL DOES ALLWall’s night included a resounding lefty dunk over Lopez that Wall said showed his recently sprained left shoulder — which had strips of black tape on it — is doing OK. “That was my testimony to say it’s cool,” Wall said. At the defensive end, he had a couple of his trademark chase-down blocks, including one on Ingram that drew a roar from the sellout crowd of 20,356. “He might be the best ever at doing that,” Brooks said. View comments Lakers coach Luke Walton’s take?READ: Lakers win gives Ball last word on Wizards’ Wall “He’s an incredible player. He’s 20 years old. He almost had a triple-double tonight. But any time you turn on any sports show, all they talk about is his shot,” Walton said. “Is it extra pressure? One hundred percent. He’s a rook who … gets dissected by everybody.”Washington’s Otto Porter Jr. finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Markieff Morris scored 16 points, including a pair of 3s to open the third quarter.Coming off a home loss in which they never held a lead against the NBA-worst Dallas Mavericks, the Wizards went up by as many as 21 against the Lakers, at 91-70 on Porter’s turnaround fadeaway jumper with about 75 seconds remaining in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BIG MOMorris was playing in only his fourth game of the season because of offseason surgery and a suspension and left after 3½ minutes because his knee tightened up. But after riding a stationary bike, he returned, finishing 6 for 7 on field-goal attempts. “It’s good to see him back to somewhat of his old self,” Brooks said. “It’s only going to get better from here.”UP NEXT:Lakers: At Milwaukee on Saturday night.Wizards: Host Atlanta on Saturday night.last_img read more

India need 340 runs to win in Cape Town

first_imgSouth Africa were relying on Jacques Kallis to bail them out of tough situations and he didn’t disappoint them either.It was his exploits with the bat in the second innings that helped them put 341 all out on board against India on Day 4 of the third and final Test in Cape Town on Wednesday.Jacques Kallis raises his bat after his century. APHe stood up when the chips were down, braved the pain but batted on. Batted on for his teammates and in the process scored his second century in the match remaining unbeaten on 109.He was hit on the chest by S Sreesanth in the first innings. The blow left a contusion on his right rib and a muscle strain, but it didn’t stop his charge. He scored an impressive 161 on Day 2.The pain forced him to sit out during fielding, but it couldn’t stop him from wielding the willow on again today.A Harbhajan Singh delivery climbed on to him forcing him to arch back aggravating his injury. He fell to the ground in pain, but stood up again and continued.Taking cue, Mark Boucher, who has been out of form throughout the series, got his confidence back and helped Kallis in his endeavour. The two put on 103 for the seventh wicket before Sachin Tendulkar decided to break their stand. Boucher fell for 55, but the Kallis remained.Often he would sit leaning against his bat, wincing in pain, but his focus didn’t wane.In came Dale Steyn, more famous for his exploits with the ball. But on Wednesday, he showed how gutsy he can be a batsman. He stayed for an hour at the crease putting on 54 runs for the eighth wicket with Kallis.advertisementHarbhajan Singh celebrates the wicket of Hashim Amla. AP PhotoFinally, Harbhajan Singh, who was getting good bounce from the wicket accounted for Steyn’s wicket on 32 to complete a five-wicket haul in the innings. But by then the game had drifted away from India’s grip with a sizable 285 runs lead in the Protea bag.Kallis stayed on to complete his ton and score an unbeaten 109 even as Harbhajan Singh wiped off the tail finishing with figures of 38-1-120-7. Hopefully India’s batting superpower Sachin Tendulkar has an answer to Kallis’s exploits on the final day of the Test on Thursday. India need 340 runs to win – a mammoth task.last_img read more

Video: Draymond Green Drops Surprise Visit On Michigan State During Film Room

first_imgDraymond Green visits Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.drayond green visits michigan stateThursday, Michigan State basketball opens up The Wooden Legacy tournament, played in Anaheim, with a contest against Boston College. Wednesday night, the team had a surprise visit from a former player who now plays for the best team in the state of California. Draymond Green, who stars for the Golden State Warriors but played his college ball at MSU, stopped by during film session to see his former teammates – and, of course, head coach Tom Izzo. Check it out:Green has the Warriors off to a 16-0 start. Perhaps his influence will help the Spartans do the same.last_img read more

Video: Clemson’s Shaq Lawson Held Back From OU’s Charles Tapper Before Kickoff

first_imgShaq Lawson gets held back from Charles Tapper during pregame.Clemson and Oklahoma are just under one hour from kickoff, but it looks like both teams are ready to start hitting each other. Just minutes after OU quarterback Baker Mayfield got into it with a Tigers player, Clemson’s Shaq Lawson had to be held back from going after Sooners star Charles Tapper on the field during pre-game warmups.David Hood of Tigernet.com and Campus Insiders both captured video. The incident comes a day after Lawson reportedly boarded Oklahoma’s bus to talk trash after a team luncheon.Jacoby Ford pulls Shaq Lawson away from Tapper in pregame pic.twitter.com/yHWG7rWW8j— David Hood (@MDavidHood) December 31, 2015WOW!!! Clemson’s Shaq Lawson running real hot in pre-game… Lot of trash talk down here. Wow!!! #OrangeBowl pic.twitter.com/K5CcJ4IWXc— Campus Insiders (@CampusInsiders) December 31, 2015Let’s hope the game is as entertaining as the build-up.last_img read more

Stars Attend 2017 World of Children Hero Awards

first_imgLast week, World of Children, a global recognition and funding organization for individuals exclusively serving the needs of vulnerable children, held the 2017 World of Children Hero Awards at Montage Beverly Hills.Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski at 2017 World of Children Hero AwardsCredit/Copyright: Randy Shropshire, Getty Images for World of ChildrenHosted by {celebrity:Brooke Burke-Charvet, the evening recognized four extraordinary individuals for their work with children in various parts of the world. Funds raised at the event will benefit the World of Children Honorees to continue their outstanding work with children.Brooke Burke-Charvet at 2017 World of Children Hero AwardsCredit/Copyright: Randy Shropshire, Getty Images for World of ChildrenAttendees at the event included Amanda Seyfried (The Last Word) and husband Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces), Award Presenter Lily Aldridge Followill (World of Children Ambassador, Honorary Chair), Emcee Brooke Burke-Charvet (Actress, TV Personality, and CEO of ModernMom) with husband David Charvet and their daughter Rain Charvet and son Shaya Charvet, Award Presenter Alyssa Milano(Actress, Producer, Entertainer, Philanthropist) with husband Dave Bugliari, Rachel Roy (Fashion Designer, Honorary Chair) with her daughters Ava Dash and Tallulah Dash, Honorary Speaker Caryl M. Stern (President and CEO – U.S. Fund for UNICEF), Kay Isaacson Leibowitz and Harry Leibowitz (World of Children Co-Founders, Event Co-Chairs), Award Presenter Cade Hudson (CAA Agent, Honorary Chair), David Salzman (Producer, Honorary Chair), Heidi Nahser-Fink (James Banks Design Co-Founder & Designer), Veronica Grazer (Honorary Chair, Board Member), and more.Alyssa Milano at 2017 World of Children Hero AwardsCredit/Copyright: Randy Shropshire, Getty Images for World of Childrenlast_img read more

Mens basketball Gene Smith voices support for Thad Matta

OSU coach Thad Matta signals to the official that a foul should have been called in a game against Purdue on Jan. 5 at the Schottenstein Center. Courtesy of Tino BovenziThe speculation on Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta’s job safety has been rampant for much of the past two seasons, only amplified with this season’s 17-14 record and 11th-place finish in the Big Ten.The Department of Athletics has offered no clarity amid the speculation, until Wednesday.Ohio State Athletics Director and Senior Vice President Gene Smith cleared the air in an official statement, voicing his confidence in Matta’s ability to return the program to national prominence.“While we are not currently where we aspire to be with our performance on the court, Thad understands better than anyone that component has to improve,” Smith said in a statement. “I am confident in his leadership to return the program to the winning ways that we have all enjoyed during his 13-year tenure.”Smith’s statement comes after Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports reported Monday night that Matta would return to the program despite concerns about the coach’s health. Matta fielded questions on Tuesday about the report, his general well-being and the university’s lack of public support for him.Matta said that he didn’t care whether the athletic department publically supported him or not, but affirmed that his health would not affect him enough to step down from his his post.In the statement, Smith said that he and Matta had a discussion about the future of the program, and Smith mentioned Matta’s 337-122 all-time record, five Big Ten titles and nine NCAA Tournament appearances as reasons to retain Matta as head coach.Earlier this season, Matta said that his travel for recruiting is indicative of his commitment to the future of the program. The Buckeyes currently have two players signed for the 2017 recruiting class, and three verbally committed in the 2018 class.Matta’s current contract runs through the 2018-19 season. read more

Bahamas presents national report during the Universal Periodic Review of the UN

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 22, 2018 – Nassau – The Bahamas underwent its Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the 29th Session today, Wednesday January 17, 2018, at the Human Rights Council(HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland.  The delegation was led by Senator, the Honorable Carl Wilshire Bethel, Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), “The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States.  The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed.  The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur. Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists.”Release: BISPhoto caption: Ms. DeAndra Cartwright, Foreign Service Officer within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Frank Davis, Minister Counsellor/Deputy Permanent Representative & Charge d’affaires; Ms. Bernadette Butler, Minister Counsellor; Senator, The Honourable Carl Wilshire Bethel, Attorney-General; Ms. Jewel Major, Chief Counsel within the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Legal Affairs; and Ms. Alicia Gibson, Assistant Counsel in the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Legal Affairs. Related Items:last_img read more

West Ham considering move for Jonjo Shelvey

first_imgWest Ham United are reportedly considering a move for Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, according to Sports Mole.The former Liverpool midfielder is currently nursing a thigh injury and has featured only 10 times for the Magpies this season.Despite the lack of match opportunities at the St James’ Park this season, reports in the English press claims that the 26-year-old has attracted interest from Premier League rivals West Ham.Manuel Pellegrini is believed to be a keen admirer of Shelvey and would relish the opportunity to bring the England international to the London Stadium this month.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.However, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez will not sanction Shelvey’s sale unless a suitable replacement is acquired by the club.West Ham have already completed the signing of free agent Samir Nasri on a short-term deal, with the former Manchester City playmaker impressing during an hour display against Birmingham City in the FA Cup last season.last_img read more