Solar Energy Progress in Nevada May Be a Harbinger for Other States

first_imgSolar Energy Progress in Nevada May Be a Harbinger for Other States FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享High Country News: Near the end of 2005, Louise Helton had one of those life-changing moments that usually only happen in Hollywood movies. Friends had invited her to join Nevada movers and shakers in an ostentatiously decorated Las Vegas casino ballroom to hear former President Bill Clinton speak. He challenged the audience to diversify the state’s economy, and to do so in a very specific way. Adopting a Southern drawl, Helton recalls the words that inspired her: “And he said, ‘If I were y’all, y’all would be the Saudi Arabia of solar.’ ” Clinton’s pitch made sense to the 51-year-old Helton. With its abundant sunshine, Nevada was well positioned to become a clean energy leader. Besides, the state lacks its own coal or natural gas reserves, so it has to import those conventional fuels, thus benefiting other states’ economies instead of its own. “There is no better or cheaper resource than the sun that is shining down on the sunniest place in the West,” Helton says.Clinton’s words percolated away inside Helton for a few years. Then, in 2008, she took the leap. Using savings from the two decades she spent working with at-risk kids, she opened her own company, 1 Sun Solar Electric. She kept costs down by melding it with her life partner’s successful tile and stone company, and in 2009, they started attaching solar panels to roofs in Las Vegas. Her timing was unfortunate; the recession hit Las Vegas especially hard and the impacts lingered, but Helton was able to keep her small crew working and her business in the black. By the time Nevada’s economy bounced back in 2014, the cost of solar panels had plummeted. Helton’s company was ready to ride the wave. “We were making a very good living and supporting a crew of folks who were able to support their families,” she recalls.Her business relied on a state law that required the monopoly electricity provider, NV Energy, to pay customers for power generated by their solar panels. For each unit of energy provided to the grid, NV Energy would give them a free unit. This one-to-one swap, called net metering, kept solar customers’ bills low and reduced the time it took to recoup their upfront investments.Big companies that lease solar panels, such as SolarCity and Sunrun, swooped into Nevada, hiring hundreds of people. In 2015, a record 24,564 people applied to be solar customers with NV Energy, according to the company. But near the end of that year, the Public Utility Commission of Nevada, the state’s utility regulators, crushed the nascent solar boom by increasing fees for solar customers and slashing reimbursements for the power they feed into the grid. That fundamentally altered the economics of rooftop solar. “It was stunning,” Helton recalls. “That’s how we found ourselves upside-down and backwards and almost out of business.”The Nevada regulators’ order was the most extreme example of a nationwide effort by corporate utilities — panicked about losing market share and profits — to roll back net-metering policies. It’s backed by the deep pockets of fossil fuel industrialists like the Koch brothers, conservative lobbying groups like ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and the electricity industry’s own trade group, the Edison Electric Institute. But the Nevada regulators unexpectedly sparked a fierce resistance movement, comprised not only of environmentalists and clean-energy advocates, but also libertarians, small-business owners like Helton, and ordinary citizens who have installed rooftop panels or thought about doing so. It’s not just a battle between dirty and clean energy; it involves corporate profits, individual freedom and the appropriate role of government in incentivizing market shifts. And if the ultimate outcome in Nevada is any indication, the utilities have a tough fight ahead of them.Full article: Big Utilities Meet Their Match in Solar Scufflelast_img read more

Women of Troy look to keep momentum going

first_imgAfter escaping Oregon with two close victories, the Women of Troy ride a three-game winning streak back to the Galen Center to wrap up their final homestand of the regular season against the Arizona schools.Improve · Sophomore forward Briana Gilbreath struggled against Oregon State in USC’s 53-50 win and looks to improve this weekend. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan “We’re definitely focused now, and these next two games are must-wins,” senior guard Hailey Dunham said. “But we’re just focused on Arizona now, and we’re just taking it one game at a time.”With the Pac-10 tournament about a week away, the Women of Troy (16-11, 10-6) are currently fourth in the conference standings but can still capture third place with a good showing in the next two games.All they need to do is take care of what they can control.“Our goal is in our own hands and our destiny is where we want it to be at this particular time,” USC coach Michael Cooper said. “For us to be right where we talked about since day one is very [good].”Standing in their way will be the Arizona Wildcats (13-14, 6-10), who managed to erase a 20-point deficit in the first meeting and force overtime.Fortunately, the Women of Troy were able to escape Tempe, Ariz., with a narrow 81-78 victory.This time around they know they will need to do a better job especially on the defensive glass.Wildcats forward Ify Ibekwe leads the conference in rebounding, and keeping her off the glass will be a challenge for the Women of Troy.“We gotta rebound,” Cooper said. “It’s been our Achilles’ heel all season long, but, if we’re going to get to where we want to go, eventually we’re going to have to be a good rebounding team.”Not only will they have their hands full rebounding the ball, but the Wildcats also have three scorers averaging double figures in points. Slowing them down offensively will be no easy task.“Our defense has been pretty consistent throughout the year,” Cooper said. “If we can [contain] those three scorers, we’ll be successful.”For the Women of Troy, four seniors will be playing their final regular season home games at the Galen Center.Dunham, along with senior guard/forward Aarika Hughes and senior guards Heather Oliver and Daniela Roark will be honored in a ceremony at Saturday’s game against Arizona State.But to end their Women of Troy careers, they want nothing more than to finish the season strong and have a chance at playing in March. “We know if we want to get to the NCAA tournament, we’re going to have to get these next two games,” Oliver said. “Not only are we emphasizing winning, but we have to come out with a passion and be confident in the way we play.”Thursday’s tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.last_img read more

Today’s MLB Picks: Betting odds, Vegas totals, expert gambling advice for Friday, June 7

first_imgFriday’s MLB slate is one of the most loaded that we have seen this season in terms of value, as the the BetQL models are listing five games with three-star value bets on the money line and another four games as at least 2.5-star run line bets.We have swung and missed on the Twins twice already this week, but we will be targeting them one more as road favorites against the Tigers. Minnesota has been the most profitable team to bet on in all of baseball this season, and it is yet again undervalued. The other game that we are going to target is the Yankees against the run line as they travel to Cleveland to kick off a weekend series with the Indians, who finally look to be turning things around after a slow start. German leads the AL in wins along with Justin Verlander and has a decent ERA of 3.66. The Yankees have been great on the road this season, including a record of 8-4 over their past 12 games away from home. You can certainly look to take the Yankees on the money line at -130, but the BetQL models see more value taking them -1.5 at +130.BetQL Pick: New York Yankees Run Line (+130)Check out BetQL Mobile App’s Trending Picks and Public Betting tool before making all your bets, and follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy and sports betting content. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNBefore we get into Friday’s picks, remember that plenty of strategy goes into putting together a winning ticket, and the best place to start is the BetQL Mobile App. Our Trending Picks and Public Betting tools are a massive advantage when you’re making bets, regardless of bankroll size. For more gambling and MLB DFS advice, follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj).MORE ROTOQL: DFS Lineup BuilderMLB Picks: Odds, betting trends for Friday, June 7** All lines are subject to change. The best way to stay up to date on the current lines is to become a BetQL subscriber.Minnesota Twins at Detroit TigersStarting Pitchers: TBA vs. Matthew BoydMoney Line: MIN -140, DET +120Run Line: MIN -1.5 (+115),  DET +1.5 (-135)Total: O/U 8.5 RunsBy now, you know how much I love betting on the Twins, and despite dropping two of three in their last series to the Indians, they still remain the most profitable team on which to bet. Minnesota will head on the road to face the Tigers tonight as -140 favorites. Going on the road hasn’t been a hindrance to Minnesota at all this season, as it leads the league in road wins with 21 and has the second-highest road winning percentage at 65 percent, trailing only the Rays.The Twins have not announced a starting pitcher for tonight and there is a good chance that they use tonight as a bullpen day with no pitcher throwing more than a few innings. Detroit will likely have the advantage either way with Matthew Boyd on the mound, but this Twins team is substantially better in all other facets of the game. The BetQL models have handicapped this game at MIN -205, and it listed as the joint-highest rated value bet of the slate.BetQL Picks: Minnesota Twins Money Line (-140)MORE FRIDAY MLB: DFS picks | SP rankingsNew York Yankees at Cleveland IndiansStarting Pitchers: Domingo German vs. Zach PlesacMoney Line: NYY -130, CLE +110Run Line: NYY -1.5 (+130), CLE +1.5 (-150)Total: O/U 9 RunsThe Indians have to be one of the most disappointing teams in the league this season, as their record is only a mediocre 31-31 through 62 games. Their offense got off to an abysmal start, but it has started to turn it around over the past few weeks mostly due to the hot bat of Francisco Lindor. With that being said, they are at a mismatch tonight in a matchup with the Yankees, who will be starting Domingo German.last_img read more

Impressive Lyon plunge Henry’s Monaco deeper into crisis

first_imgMonaco, the only team in the bottom half of the French league table to play this weekend, meekly wasted a chance to gain ground on their rivals.“We have to look at the first goal we conceded and especially the second goal which summed up this game,” Henry said. “Winning without desire is hard.“We have to try to put this game behind us, we have a big game against Guingamp next week.”Earlier, in-form striker Nicolas Pepe scored what proved to be the winner as 10-man Lille won at Nimes.“What a match, I’m really proud of my players,” said Lille coach Christophe Galtier. “We must not forget that we played for more than an hour and 20 minutes with 10 men.“With the added time, it was a very long and hard match physically.”Portuguese teenager Rafael Leao headed Lille into a fourth-minute lead, but Galtier’s men suffered a setback when former Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte was sent off in the 16th minute.Jonathan Bamba’s deflected effort doubled the advantage shortly before the interval, though, and Pepe appeared to have made the points safe midway through the second half with his 12th goal of the campaign.“After the PSG strikers, Pepe and Bamba are the best,” said Nimes coach Bernard Blaquart.The 10 men finally started to tire late on, but Lille held on for victory despite Nimes goals from Rachid Alioui and Clement Depres.Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Lyon dominated struggling Monaco from beginning to end on Sunday to climb back into the Ligue 1 top three and bury Thierry Henry’s side deeper in the relegation zone.Lyon kept pace with Lille, who won 3-2 at Nimes earlier despite playing much of the match with 10 men.Lille are three points ahead of Lyon, who have a game in hand, and five ahead of Montpellier, who did not play for a second consecutive week, and have played two fewer matches.The French title race is all but over with reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain 10 points clear, but a young Lille side are eyeing a return to the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2012, while Lyon, who squeaked into the last 16 in Europe in midweek, are seeking to ensure they will be back next year.“This match was one of our most dominant performances in the league,” said Lyon coach Bruno Genesio. “Even with superiority, we continued to play simply, to work for each other.”Lyon took the lead in only the sixth minute with a goal by Houssem Aouar, his sixth of the season.Nabil Fekir added the second in the 34th minute. Kenny Tete shrugged off a timid challenge to pull back a low cross which Fekir attacked while Monaco’s Jemerson hesitated.Monaco managed only one shot all game. They played almost the whole second half with 10 men after Aleksandr Golovin raked his studs down the back of Fekir’s calf in the 47th minute and was sent off.– ‘Childish attitudes’ –Ferland Mendy added a deserved third for Lyon just before the hour mark.“The match in Kiev on Wednesday made us realise that we had a strong group,” said Genesio. “And that we had to stop the childish attitudes that we have seen on some matches.”last_img read more

2 Chinese men plead guilty to photographing US Navy base Posted

first_imgAccording to court records, two Chinese men have pleaded guilty to illegally taking photographs at a Florida Navy base.24-year-old Jielun Zhang and Yuhao Wang, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Key West federal court.Zhang, and Wang were charged with illegally photographing a U.S. defense installation, and they each face a year in prison plus a $100,00 fine.Since 2018, four Chinese nationals have been caught taking pictures of Key West military bases.last_img