SolarCity: Rooftop solar generates net benefit for all Nevada utility customersRooftop solar generation can provide up to $14 million in annual benefits for the residents of the U.S. state of Nevada, according to a new study by SolarCity and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). May 25, 2016 Edgar Meza Finance Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share SolarCity and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are making the case for rooftop solar in the U.S. state of Nevada, saying it provides wide-ranging benefits to all residents. According to a new study by SolarCity and the NRDC, rooftop solar generation provides 1.6 cents of benefit per kilowatt-hour of energy generated, producing $7 million in benefits annually for all Nevada utility customers. If environmental and health externalities are included, the benefits of rooftop solar increase to 3.4 cents per kilowatt-hour, and $14 million annually. The paper — Distributed Energy Resources in Nevada — recommends policymakers and regulators develop advanced grid planning procedures that incorporate these benefits into the utility ratemaking process, which would enable Nevadans to see the benefits on their electricity bills and ensure that the state transitions to a cleaner, more affordable, and resilient grid. SolarCity says the peer-reviewed paper is the first such work to quantify all the rooftop solar cost and benefit variables identified by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada. “This study confirms what Nevadans already intuitively know: the thousands of rooftop solar systems across the state benefit all Nevadans, and the state should have policies which encourage the deployment of more distributed energy,” said Jon Wellinghoff, SolarCitys chief policy officer. Wellinghoff, the former chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), encouraged Nevada policymakers to consider the potential of distributed energy resources to build a smarter, more resilient grid to power our economy with affordable clean energy.” Noah Long, director of the NRDCs Western Energy Project, said that a close examination of the costs and benefits of rooftop solar generation in Nevada confirmed that a continued partnership between customers and their utility to promote investment in clean energy benefits everyone. “It will help avoid building unnecessary utility infrastructure that can increase all customers’ bills, and helps cut the carbon pollution that harms our health and fuels dangerous climate change,” Long added. SolarCity notes that the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada last year identified 11 variables that must be quantified to determine the costs and benefits of rooftop solar in Nevada. The company points out that while the analysis is vital in setting sound energy policies, such as how PV system owners are compensated for their excess solar energy through net metering, the Commission determined it had “insufficient time or data” to quantify nine of the variables. The SolarCity/NRDC paper examines the benefit variables left unassessed in the Commission’s 2015 analysis with the aim of providing useful input into future Nevada policy discussions on the benefits of distributed solar generation. Variables include rooftop solar’s potential to reduce:Popular content Submarine cable to connect 10.5 GW wind-solar complex in Morocco to the UK grid Emiliano Bellini 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com UK-based Xlinks is planning to build 10.5 GW of wind and solar in Morocco and sell the power generated by the huge plant in the UK. 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The newly developed, self-steering trailer is available with either four or five axles.The rear dolly has a legal axle load of 12 tonnes per line, while the front dolly has a 10-tonne per line limit. Together, the trailer combination has a payload of more than 100 tonnes.The hydraulic suspension on the dolly trailer has a positive effect on road handling, according to Faymonvillie. As an alternative to the 19.5” (49.5 cm) tyres, the self-steering trailer can also be supplied with 17.5” tyres (44.5 cm). The axle distance is 1.5 m and the basic width of the vehicle is 2.54 m.Universal Transport has ordered five FlexMAX units in a 4+5 configuration. The company said the trailers are well-suited for the movement of heavy concrete beams.www.universal-transport.euwww.faymonville.com
’CURRENT market prices are not compatible with an economically sound roll-out.’ Not only that, but they are ’much too high to encourage a rapid migration’. Taken from a UIC-CER-EIM declaration, these phrases leave little doubt over the scale of the problem facing Europe’s railways and their suppliers as they grapple with the implementation of ERTMS.The declaration was submitted to the European Parliament on January 24 following a meeting at the UIC headquarters on January 17 attended by senior railway executives, ERA Executive Director Marcel Verslype and European Union Co-ordinator for ERTMS Karel Vinck. While affirming the railways’ commitment to introduce ERTMS, the document makes it abundantly clear that progress depends on finding ways to cut equipment and installation costs. Only then will the long-sought virtuous circle of lower prices leading to more applications and hence still lower costs be triggered.For the moment ’migration towards ETCS is not economically possible for the railway operators’ without additional funding. The EU has already paid out €300m for ERTMS over the last decade, during which time the ’railway sector’ is estimated to have spent between €2bn and €3bn. With the cost of retrofitting onboard equipment peaking at €320000 per trainset (p140), no wonder that the UIC and its partners are calling for the transition process ’to be financially supported by the European Union and the respective Member States’. Quite how much more the EU is willing to give the railways is far from clear – there were ominous signs at the EuroRail conference in Brussels on January 31 that leading European policy-makers are losing patience with the national railways and their reluctance to embrace change.The declaration calls for the EU and ERA to take full responsibility in the regulatory field ’by guaranteeing the availability of stable ERTMS specifications’. This fundamental issue has still not been resolved – a visit to the Dutch HSL-Zuid on February 2 elucidated that superstructure contractor Infraspeed had installed Version 2.2.2, but that discussions were already taking place about upgrading to Version 2.3.0 – which is being installed in Belgium (p142). And in case anyone has forgotten, because of delays in specifying the ETCS equipment, purpose-built rolling stock for HSL-Zuid is not now expected to be available before late 2008 – although the southern section is practically complete, with a Thalys test train expected to reach the 300 km/h line speed last month. If that is not enough, the start date for the interim loco-hauled service has apparently slipped to September 2007.In Italy there are signs of more positive progress with Level 2 controlling trains on two lines at 300 km/h. Fare-paying passengers have been riding ETR500 trainsets between Roma and Napoli since January 23, although there are only two trains a day each way – one problem is that Trenitalia still has only eight ETR500 sets equipped for Level 2, although all 27 in the second series are due to be fitted. Services on the Torino – Novara high speed line began on February 7 with four trains a day running through to and from Milano. Contrary to earlier expectations (RG 2.06 p71), these trains do not serve Malpensa airport – Olympic visitors arriving by air and opting for the dash by train to Torino would have found that the first part of the journey as far as Novara was by bus.In Switzerland, there are hints that opening the L
(USA TODAY Sports Images)In the immediate aftermath of the crazy UCLA-SMU finish, no one knew what to think about the goaltending call that put UCLA in the lead, for good, with 10.7 seconds remaining. Yanick Moreira, the player who was called for goaltending, essentially admitted that he committed the violation, cried and blamed himself for the loss. The television announcers and analysts were as clueless as the audience. On CBS, John Adams, the NCAA national coordinator of men’s basketball officiating, spoke in circles and did absolutely nothing to clarify the situation.On FTW, I initially wrote that I thought the refs got the call right, or that theoretically going to replay (if it was allowed) would have been inconclusive. But as the hours passed and CBS, TNT, TBS and TruTV kept showing the replays more and more, the answer became clearer and clear.This wasn’t goaltending.This wasn’t close to goaltending. UCLA shouldn’t have been awarded three points, and SMU should have had the ball with a two-point lead and 10.7 seconds left. A few free throws and the Mustangs would have had their first NCAA win since 1988.https://vine.co/v/OYz6FvUz2QjIt should have been that way. The major fallacy held by most people is that interfering with a ball that will hit the rim is automatically goaltending. But that’s not true. Here is the definition of goaltending, as written in the official 2014 & 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules.“Violations- Goaltending. (Rule 9-17.5). When the ball contacts the backboard and any part of the ball is above the rim on a field goal attempt, it is considered to be on its downward flight. In such case, it is goaltending when the ball is touched by a player as long as it has a possibility of entering the basket.”Those last 11 words are key: “as long as it has a possibility of entering the basket.” By that phrasing, a ball that is clearly short, long or wide, but might hit the rim anyway, is not eligible for goaltending. Just, for example, think of a baseline three that’s woefully short. The top half of the ball would thud against the rim and either fall straight down or bounce back toward the shooter. In that case, if an opposing player grabbed the ball on the way down, but before it grazed the rim, that would not be a goaltend, by rule.Let’s apply that to the shot from UCLA-SMU. Clearly this ball is long. It looks like it will make contact with the rim but, at best, it would graze it and slide off. But there is no chance of this ball going in. None at all. Even the craziest carom couldn’t get that ball through that hoop. It’s going long no matter what.The refs didn’t see it that way. Ordinarily, you couldn’t rip them for that. This play was almost impossible to call in realtime and it’s a crime that the NCAA seems to allow video review for almost everything else except goaltending. But then, after a few dozen views, you’ll notice the ref who made the call.It would have been hard for any of the three officials to blow the whistle, but especially for the one farthest from the basket. The official on the baseline made no such ruling and he was standing right under the basket. The ref on the near sideline is only signaling that it’s a three-pointer. So a 50/50 call in realtime that ended up not being goaltending was only made because a ref 28 feet away decided that he could tell a ball on its way down “had the possibility of entering the basket.”But, again, the real problem isn’t with the call, it’s with the inability to review it. With no recourse for the wrong call, the most storied college basketball program of all time stole a win from a school that was playing in only its second tournament in a quarter-century.You got jobbed, SMU. Be angry. Be very, very angry.(USA TODAY Sports Images)
WLAF’s Charlie Hutson slips down memory lane this morning with a cold, snowy photo of Freeman Park on January 3, 2014. It was 14-degrees in La Follette that morning. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/03/2019-6AM)Share this:FacebookTwitter
Also on the Monday card are Outlaw Sprint Cars. The 24th annual Sage Fruit $20,000 to win Front Row Challenge is presented by Musco Lighting. Heat race winners and the ‘B’ feature winner(s) all receive product prizes. There is no entry fee; pit passes are $40 and drivers must compete with a Schoenfeld/Knoxville muffler. A minimum of $100 will be paid to start and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and E3 Spark Plugs Iowa State points will be awarded for the Badger Steel-sponsored event. OSKALOOSA, Iowa – IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars return to Southern Iowa Speedway and the Front Row Challenge special on Monday, Aug. 5, running for $1,000 to win. Tickets and/or more information are available by calling 515 957-0020. Admission is $30 for adults and $15 for ages 12 and under. Infield party passes are $25 for adults and $5 for kids; discount infield tickets are available at Oskaloosa Tru-Value, at 202 1st Avenue East.
Ringleader of store theft crew sentenced to 16 years in prisonThe ringleader of a criminal crew that stole more than $35,000 of goods from Denver-area home improvement stores was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison. Christopher Rodriguez, 31, pleaded guilty in May to violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, according to the Denver district attorney’s office. He also was ordered to pay $39,392 restitution.A Denver grand jury in October indicted Rodriguez and 24 co-defendants on various additional charges, including money laundering, theft and violations of bail conditions. From December 2015 through December 2016, Rodriguez and others at his direction stole goods from various Home Depot and Lowe’s stores, according to the indictment. Stolen items were returned to the store in exchange for merchandise credit cards, which were then sold for cash and drugs.Rodriguez provided room and board in Denver for some crew members, the release said. He also bailed some members out of jail, putting them back to “work” until they could repay the bail fee. Fraudulently obtained merchandise cards were typically sold for about 70 percent of the card’s value. At the time of the thefts, Rodriguez had been released on bail in a pending criminal case and was under supervision, which included electronic monitoring. The monitoring device placed him at the scene of one or more store thefts for which he was charged, prosecutors said. [Source: The Denver Post]- Sponsor – Police seek shoplifting suspects who cut LP associatePolice in Douglasville, Georgia, are asking the public to be on the lookout for two shoplifting suspects who cut a Walmart employee who tried to stop one of them from getting away. The suspects, including a man and woman, reportedly tried to shoplift about $2,000 worth of items from the Walmart store on Concourse Parkway. “A Walmart LP associate attempted to stop the male and in the process (the suspect) used an X-Acto knife to cut the associate’s hand,” the department stated on its Facebook page. The suspects left the scene in a late model, white Kia Sorrento with drive-out tags. Those with information were urged to call Detective Jetmore at 678.293.1725 or email. [Source: West Georgia Neighbor]Seven people arrested in shoplifting stingIn Kentucky, a shoplifting sting from Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and the St. Matthews Police Department led to several arrests. On Thursday and Friday, teams of officers focused on local malls and areas with a high concentration of retail stores. LMPD had more than 25 officers stationed at Oxmoor Center along with other stores like Kroger and Kohl’s. A total of 24 retailers participated in the operation.Terry Young with Kroger loss prevention said several people were caught stealing from the Kroger stores snatching all sorts of items like pizza, cake and party supplies. LMPD held another sting in December, and Maj. Jamey Schwab said both were timed when retail theft also sees an increase. “Obviously, we do see a spike in the number of juveniles, especially in the malls when school gets out,” Schwab said. Officers arrested seven people and wrote nine citations. Four people were taken in on unrelated warrants. The sting recovered more than $2,400 in merchandise over two days.Plain-clothed officers were stationed inside and outside the store communicating through an app on their phones. “As soon as they identify someone that they suspect of shoplifting, and this will be from actually observing the person concealing merchandise or trying to leave with merchandise from the store without paying, they then get on the app,” Schwab said. St. Matthews Police also had officers at Mall St. Mathews and stores along Shelbyville Road. [Source: WDRB News]Wig-wearing women steal $35K in DVDsTwo San Antonio women are behind bars Thursday, accused of stealing more than $35,000 worth of DVD’s from Barnes & Noble. Investigators believe Kristina Rost, 32, and Theresa Tagtmeir, 25, have stolen at least 917 DVD’s totaling $35,118.83 over the past several months. In order to pull off the thefts, officials said that the pair would change into different wigs and outfits. They are accused of committing at least 15 to 20 thefts between three different San Antonio Barnes & Noble locations.Loss prevention professionals were alerted to the thefts and were able to arrest Tagtmeir Wednesday at the Bandera location after witnessing her stuff a stack of DVD’s into her a bag she was carrying. Officials said at the time of the arrest, she was wearing a wig. Once in custody, Tagtmeir identified Rost as her accomplice in the crimes. She told investigators the pair was from Florida and had been selling the stolen DVD’s to CD Exchanges around the city. Both women have been charged with felony theft. [Source: KENS5 News]Amazon fraudsters sentenced to almost six years in jailThree people who stole $1.2 million in consumer electronics from Amazon via an elaborate returns scheme have received hefty prison sentences. Husband and wife, Erin Finan and Leah Finan, pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud and money laundering charges, and were sentenced to 71 months and 68 months in prison respectively. Danijel Glumac pleaded guilty to money laundering and to fencing the items the Finans stole and got 24 months in jail.Between 2014 and 2016, the Finans and Glumac stole and sold over 2,700 consumer electronics items such as GoPro digital cameras, Microsoft Xboxes, Samsung smartwatches, Microsoft Surface tablets and Apple Macbooks. They exploited Amazon’s customer service policy by repeatedly falsely claiming that the electronics they ordered were damaged or not working, and then requesting and receiving replacements from the e-commerce giant at no charge. They created hundreds of false identities, retrieving their stolen goods from retail shipping stores all over Indiana, and selling them to Glumac, on a near-daily basis. In just over two years, they made roughly $750,000 from their scheme.On top of that, they bounced checks, rented cars but didn’t paid for them and rented houses but, ah, you can guess the rest. They also committed another online fraud involving stealing high-end rental softball equipment and selling it on Facebook groups. “Consumer fraud not only unjustly enriches the perpetrator, it causes all of us to pay higher retail prices,” said United States Attorney Josh Minkler. “To those who seek to exploit the convenience of online shopping through fraud, remember this case. You will be caught. You will be prosecuted. And you will go to federal prison for a long time.” [Source: Retail Tech Innovation Hub]Pulse nightclub security guard, once hailed a hero, is being sued by victimsAs the first officer to exchange gunfire with the mass shooter who terrorized Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on the morning of June 12, 2016, Adam Gruler was quickly hailed a hero. For his actions, the Orlando Police Department honored him with a “Pulse Valor Award,” and Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) invited him to be her guest at Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. But nearly two years later, some of the victims and the families of those who died are telling a different story.In a federal lawsuit filed in Orlando on Thursday, the victims and families claim that Gruler, who was working an extra job as Pulse’s security guard that night, remained outside “to ensure his own safety” while the gunman shot and killed 49 people and injured 68 others inside Pulse. Gruler is one of 31 Orlando police officers being sued but the only one of them identified by name. The plaintiffs contend that Gruler and the other Orlando police officers acted too slowly and failed to protect the nightclub’s patrons as the gunman, Omar Mateen, opened fire on the club and then held hostages for more than three hours inside a bathroom before he was shot and killed by police. At a news conference Thursday, family members of those who died, as well as those who were at the club that night, said they thought police could have saved more lives had they acted quicker.In a joint statement released to various news outlets, the Orlando Police Department and City of Orlando, also a defendant, said they had not been served with the lawsuit and could not comment on the substance of the litigation. “Nearly two years after the horrific act of hate inside the Pulse nightclub, our community continues to mourn the 49 lives taken and provide support for all those impacted,” the statement said. “On the morning of June 12, 2016, federal, state and local law enforcement officers and first responders put themselves in harm’s way to save as many lives as possible.” The lawsuit accuses Gruler of being the first to fail the victims. The plaintiffs claim Gruler “abandoned his post” inside the club, making it easier for the shooter to enter without being stopped at the door. But in his account given to the Orlando Sentinel in the days after the shooting, Gruler said he left the club because he was searching for a teenager who had gotten in with a fake ID. Gruler couldn’t find him inside, he said, so he headed out to the parking lot to take a look — and that’s when he heard the shots ring out.Dash cam footage captured Gruler firing at Mateen from the parking lot at 2:02 a.m., but, realizing he was outgunned, Gruler said he called for backup and remained outside. “Not only did the officer allow this to take place by apparently abandoning his post,” attorney Solomon Radner said at the Thursday news conference, “but also instead of immediately going in and neutralizing the shooter, he appeared to be primarily concerned about his own safety. He stayed outside where it was safe and allowed dozens of people to be massacred, knowing that was taking place, knowing that he was the only armed person there who could stop this. That was his job. 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