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

Dinah Foster Woelfel, 57, Bright

first_imgDinah Foster Woelfel, age 57, of Bright, Indiana and formerly of Brookville, Indiana died Sunday, December 23, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.Born June 11, 1961 in New Castle, Indiana she was one of four children born to Leslie Dale & Dixie (Baldock) Foster. Dinah graduated in 1979 from the former Brookville High School, and went on to attend Indiana Central University in Indianapolis, where she graduated in 1983 with a degree in Art. On December 22, 1984 she was united in marriage to James D. Woelfel, and he survives.Dinah worked as an artist and graphic designer for many years. Dinah along with her father designed the current logo of the Franklin County Wildcats. She spent 5 years at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, worked at Larry Wyatt Design in Cincinnati and Jack Rouse Associates in Cincinnati. Dinah was also co-owner, with her sister, of the Jolly Moon Gift Shop in Harrison, Ohio. She was a member of the St. Peters United Church of Christ in Klemmes Corner, Indiana. In her leisure time she enjoyed painting, gardening, and reading, but most of all she cherished the time spent with her grandsons.Besides James, her loving husband of 34 years, survivors include her parents, Dale & Dixie Foster of Guilford, Indiana; two daughters, Leslie (Adam) Tharp of Leesburg, Indiana and Lindsey (Skip) Jenkins of Bright, Indiana, four grandsons, Asher Tharp, Emmett Tharp, Colton Jenkins and Carter Jenkins; a sister, Deborah (Mark) McCool of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, two brothers, Doug Foster of Brookville, Indiana and David (Michelle) Foster of Cedar Grove, Indiana.Family & friends may visit from 1 until 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Memorial Services will be conducted at 4:00 P.M. Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Klemmes Corner United Church of Christ, 11001 Bossert Road, Brookville, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Klemmes Corner United Church of Christ, the Grain of Rice Project, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Woelfel family, to sign the online guest book or send a personal condolence to the family please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Villa closing in on Holt deal

first_img Maynard’s deal is also likely to be a loan, and Rosler added: “We are planning a medical on him. We worked hard on this one but it’s not over the line. “He’s at the stage of his career where he wants to play regular football again after his injury. He wants to prove a point to himself and also to the people. “That’s a perfect scenario for us; it matches our ambitions. We want to prove a point, we want to go up, we want to go into the play-offs and I think we can give him the platform to perform again. “I will be patient with him because he has not played in a while. But, he’s fit, he’s ready to go.” Press Association Wigan striker Grant Holt is undergoing a medical at Aston Villa ahead of a possible loan move, the Sky Bet Championship club have confirmed. However, he has not found the net since August and current manager Uwe Rosler recently stated he was keen to move some of his higher earners off the wage bill. Speaking on a potential move for Holt on Monday night after the 2-1 loss to Arsenal, Lambert was coy on a possible recruitment of Holt but also praised the forward. He said: “Holty was fantastic for me at Norwich. He is a proper guy. “I have just heard the rumours are everywhere but until something is concrete then I won’t say.” Rosler stressed the move was an excellent chance for Holt to re-establish himself in the top flight, a division in which he scored eight times last season. Speaking to Sky Sports News Radio, Rosler said: “This was a great opportunity for him to work under his previous manager when he got the best of out him. Both parties have worked very well and successfully together. “It was too good an opportunity for Grant to turn down and we wish him all the best. He’s our player and we will see how we’ll do and we will see where we are in the summer.” Holt’s departure would leave Latics looking light up top but Rosler is hopeful Nicky Maynard can be brought in from Cardiff to fill the void. The 32-year-old is in the midlands to discuss potentially reuniting with his former Norwich boss Paul Lambert at Villa Park. Holt joined Latics from the Canaries in the summer and scored in the club’s first Championship game of the season, when they routed Barnsley 4-0. last_img read more