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

I didn’t have time to show my worth at Man Utd – Sanchez

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Chile striker, Alexis Sanchez, on Tuesday said he was not given a proper chance to succeed at Manchester United. The 30-year-old played only 31 of 77 possible games in his 19 months at Old Trafford and signed a season-long loan deal with Inter Milan. Sanchez said: “I was happy at Manchester United but I’ve always said to my friends I want to play. “If they would let me play, I’ll do my best. “Sometimes I’d play 60 minutes then I wouldn’t play the next game, and I didn’t know why.’’ He was one of the biggest stars at Arsenal, where he scored 80 goals in 166 matches. A big-money move to United seemed a step up and Sanchez said he did not regret the decision, even if Jose Mourinho, in particular, did not seem to rate him quite so highly as others. He said: “I’m very happy I went to Manchester United. “I’ve always said that it’s the club that’s won the most in England. “When I went to Arsenal it was fantastic. “I was happy there, but United were growing at the time, they were buying players to win something. “I wanted to join them and win everything. “I did not regret going there.’’Tags: Alexis SanchezChileInter MilanManchester Unitedlast_img read more

UNESCO to Declare Providence Island ‘World Culture Center’

first_imgThe Officer-in-Charge of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Liberia, Stevenson Seidi, has disclosed a plan by which Providence Island will be declared a ‘World Culture Center’, but only if the Government of Liberia can ratify the Hague Convention. Providence Island is the place the first group of former slaves landed in 1822, from United States of America. Signed in 1954, the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Properties is to protect cultural sites in the event of armed conflicts and the notion of military necessity.Mr. Seidi said that there are numerous benefits Liberia stands to gain for the protection and promotion of its cultural heritage as long as the convention is ratified by the government.He added that once the convention is signed, Liberia will benefit from six important opportunities, including the approval and preservation of cultural sites, which will in turn be of chief scientific value and a wealth of knowledge to the public.“The ratification ensures social and cultural continuality between past, present and future generations. It also encourages and provides resources for employment,” he explained. The program, held at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, on Capitol Hill, Monrovia on Wednesday, May 27, is the beginning of a two-day workshop under the theme: “Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict”.Rev. Emmanuel Bowier, a former Minister at MICAT, said that it is essential that the public begins consultation with members of the Legislature and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in order to ensure that Liberia is a signatory to the convention.He added that it is about time that Liberians from all walks of life helped in protecting their culture and concentrating on teaching cultural values to their children, adding that Liberia can reclaim its cultural heritage through education across the country.Rev. Bowier disclosed that the reason Liberia is not a signatory to UNESCO conventions is because in 1908 the government at the time had a problem with tribal people. “When the government gave a directive,” Bowier narrated, “the native people would go and ask their elders what to do, which would result, in most cases, in the opposite of the government’s directive. Therefore, the government put a halt to the Poror and Sande societies during that period, deploying the Liberia Frontier Force (now Army) inland from the border, where they they were previously assigned. “The struggle with the tribes made us lose most of the cultural materials. But today some are in museums in the United States as well as in Europe, due to our recent political struggle,” he said.Senator Conmany Wesseh said the senate remains committed in approving the UNESCO convention, but the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism should be able to justify the reason for the ratification. He said the Legislature would also like to know why has Liberia not signed this and other importnat conventions up to now. “We need to train our children in the nation’s culture practices so that it becomes a daily priority in the lives of our younger generation,” Sen. Wesseh said.He added that when a nation values its culture then the people of that nation becomes unified.The Director for costum and culture at the Ministry of internal Affairs, William Jallah said that “Culture is the only property that our grandparents left behind and there is a need to have it protected.”He added that it is their continued responsibility to teach Liberia’s culture, especially so to the younger generation, encouraging them to pursue their ancestral identity.“We hope that the initiative will be extended to all the 15 sub divisions of Liberia, sparking a culture revolution among our people.”He said that sadly parents are to blame for not being able to teach their children the value of their culture, which could give them an identity as a people. “Our forefathers in their days were obligated to teach us the beauty of this nation’s culture. But nowadays parents are slow in teaching Liberia’s culture to their children.”He stressed that the Ministry of Education needs to work with relevant authorities, including traditional stakeholders, to develop a culture program for school-going children. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more