IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: Utility Companies Are Fighting Tooth and Nail Against Rooftop Solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Panelists at Energy Finance 2016 this afternoon described how utility companies are battling frantically to stop the spread of rooftop solar.George Cavros of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy said solar proponents nonetheless have attracted a broad coalition of supporters that cross traditional political lines.Cavros said a ballot initiative in Florida to protect rooftop net-metering—which allows homeowners and businesses to be less reliant on the electricity grid—includes large retailers, environmentalists, Christian groups and Tea Party activists.“The media was entranced by the fact that conservatives were supporting solar power … but conservatives come at it from the position that no one can tell me what I can do on my roof. It’s very much an anti-monopoly movement. It’s a pretty formidable coalition.”Karl Rabago, director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center, said utility companies are arguing for never-ending commitments by ratepayers that leave them as captive customers.“They’re saying I installed a pole for you and you can’t stop using it.”Panelists said utility companies have responded to net metering with ballot initiatives of their own and with tainted public policy research and think-tank studies meant to spread disinformation.Thad Culler, an energy-industry lawyer with Keys Fox & Wiedman, said “this messaging has worked for regulators, but customers want something different.”He said substantial rooftop solar rights movements have taken root in 40 states since 2013, and the issue, once regional, has become national.Rabago said rooftop solar rights resonate in the “sharing economy,” in which business models like Uber, Zipcar, and AirBnB have gained huge traction.The issue, he said, “is in vital need of common-sense communication.” IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: Utility Companies Are Fighting Tooth and Nail Against Rooftop Solarlast_img read more

Suarez undergoes surgery, but has not been ruled out of World Cup

first_img The South American’s first match is against Costa Rica on June 15 before they face England in Sao Paolo on June 19. “Yesterday, Wednesday 21st of May, Luis Suarez suffered an intense pain in his left knee after an undergoing a normal warm up,” said a statement from the Uruguay Football Association (AUF). “He had an MRI scan which confirmed a partial lesion of the external meniscus of his left knee. “On Thursday morning, he underwent an arthroscopic partial resection of his meniscus in the Medica Uruguaya hospital (Montevideo). “There was no evidence of any further damage to the knee. “His participation to the World Cup in Brazil has not been ruled out.” Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has undergone minor knee surgery and has not been ruled out of the World Cup, the Uruguay Football Association announced today. Press Associationcenter_img The 27-year-old injured the meniscus in his left knee while training with the national side and after an MRI scan it was decided to send the player for a minor operation. Suarez’s arthroscopic surgery lasted about 30 minutes and he is likely to be sidelined for at least a couple of weeks but Uruguay officials remain confident he will be fit for the World Cup. last_img read more

With sights set on Tokyo 2020, PH skateboarding holds regional qualifiers

first_imgMOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:30Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gold medallist Margielyn Didal. AFP FILE PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines isn’t just looking at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which the country will host, it’s setting its sights on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines Inc., and Go for Gold have partnered up to find the best skateboarders that will represent the Philippines in the 2019 SEA Games and, if possible, in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES PBA: Pogoy, TNT remain in sharp form, crush Alaska Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Monty Mendigora, the president of the Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines, announced on Wednesday that the start of the regional championships would start with the Luzon leg on March 23-24 at Robinsons Mall in Novaliches.Skateboarding chief Monty Mendigoria (right) presents a limited edition skateboard to sports patron and Go For Gold Philippines head Jeremy Go. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO“We will look for the best skaters in the regionals,” said Mendigora. “The top three participants from the regionals will get a chance to prove their worth in the national SEA Games qualifying championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Visayas leg would be held in Cebu on April 6-7 while the Mindanao leg is set in General Santos on May 25-26.The top three skaters from the three regional legs will then compete in the National SEA Games qualifier in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on Aug. 24-25. The Visayas leg, though, is the highlight of the qualifiers with 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal expected to appear on the competition.“We feel that Margie and the skateboarding team will become our bright lights in the 2020 Olympics, and hopefully they can bring home our first Olympic gold medal,” said Go for Gold godfather Jeremy Go.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more