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

Premier League season suspended indefinitely after crisis talks

first_img Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Some Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Premier League chiefs have pledged to restart the season – but only when it is safe to do so. It comes after the 20 Premier League clubs took part in a video conference call to try and plan a way forward as to when to start and how the season should be played out. The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution. With this, there is a combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition. However, any return to play will only be with the full support of Government and when medical guidance allows. The sporting and financial implications for Premier League clubs as well as for The FA, EFL and National League were considered at today’s meeting. Loading… This guidance will be kept under constant review as circumstances change. The League will be in regular contact with the PFA and the union will join a meeting which will be held tomorrow between the League, players and club representatives. Discussions also took place regarding financial relief for clubs in the short term and while there is no single solution, measures are to be put in place to immediately deal with the impact of falling cash flow. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is leading the Premier League players’ fund to donate to NHS Critically, the League unanimously voted to advance funds of £125 million to the EFL and National League as it is aware of the severe difficulties clubs throughout the football pyramid are suffering at this time. Further to that assistance, the League remains committed to supporting the National Health Service, its staff and helping people in communities, not least those who are most vulnerable. The League, clubs, players and managers express huge appreciation for the heroic efforts of NHS staff and all other key workers who are carrying out critical jobs in such difficult circumstances. Matt Hancock had criticised clubs In consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Premier League is immediately committing £20 million to support the NHS, communities, families and vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a direct financial contribution to the NHS and funds to enable clubs to refocus their efforts and develop significant outreach programmes to help communities, including those most in need. This funding will enable both immediate and longer-term support during the crisis. In response to COVID-19, Premier League clubs have been supporting tens of thousands of people in their communities each and every day through targeted activity including donations to foodbanks, telephone calls to the elderly, food parcels delivered to the vulnerable and a wide range of free resources to support wellbeing and education. Players will be asked to take a 30 per cent wage cut Read Also: Man United keen on signing Atletico Madrid star Many Premier League clubs are also working closely with their local NHS Trusts to provide valuable support through the provision of resources, volunteers and facilities. Now, more than ever, clubs are playing a vital role to support the wellbeing of those in their communities and alleviate pressure on critical health services. Working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England and the NHS, the wide reach and appeal of the Premier League and our clubs will continue to be used to promote important public health messaging throughout this crisis. The Premier League would like to reiterate that the thoughts of all our clubs are with all those directly affected by COVID-19 . FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 In the face of substantial and continuing losses for the 2019/20 season since the suspension of matches began, and to protect employment throughout the professional game, Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to consult their players regarding a combination of conditional reductions and deferrals amounting to 30 per cent of total annual remuneration. And clubs will now consult players about taking a 30 per cent wage deferral. They are still fully committed to see out the season, especially with £750m worth of TV cash at stake because the clubs will have to pay back the broadcast money if they do not complete the games. Premier League Statement At a meeting of Premier League Shareholders today, clubs discussed in detail how to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic. First and foremost, it was reaffirmed that the overriding priority is to aid the health and wellbeing of the nation and our communities, including players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters. It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so. The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.last_img read more