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

DDA’s news update for the week ending Friday August 12th 2011

first_img Share 102 Views   one comment Discover Dominica Authority collababorated with Diasporas in CanadaThe Discover Dominica Authority has collaborated with the Diaspora in the Canadian market in representing Dominica at the Caribbean Tourism Organization Caribbean Food and Travel Fair in Toronto.  The show displayed the colors, culture and exquisite cuisine of Dominica. Dominicans adorned the national wear and served creole cuisine to visitors to the event. Reports reaching the DDA indicated that the event was a success and visitors to the Dominica booth were exceedingly impressed by the Dominican delegation and presentation.Discover Dominica Authority presented Customer Serrvice homestay program for the Waitikubuli National Trail.The Discover Dominica Authority presented sessions on Customer Service and guidelines for the homestay programme for the Waitikubuli National Trail.  These sessions form part of the collaboration between the Waitikubuli National Trail and the DDA.  The sessions were conducted in Marigot as part of an Agro-Tourism training programme targeting farmers, landowners and other persons and interest groups along and within the vicinity of segment seven of the Waitikubuli National Trail.  Other presentations included agro-tourism opportunities, public relations and communication, practical sessions on bird watching, visits to farms, product development, marketing and trail heritage education.Nature Island Literary FestivalThe Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair 2011 was held over the weekend at the UWI Open Campus.  The festival which is on its 4th year displayed the works of local and regional authors.  Workshops on travel writing and play writing were held, along with poetry sessions.  The Discover Dominica Authority continued to assist in the marketing and promotion of the literary festival as it has from inception, and from all accounts the event was successful, with large numbers of persons participating in the workshops and the book fair.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority Sharing is caring! LocalNews DDA’s news update for the week ending Friday August 12th 2011 by: – August 12, 2011center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Twisters Baseball Team Gets ‘W’ Over Cardinals

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Twisters held off The Seton Catholic Cardinals 4-3 in Varsity Baseball play to improve to 6-10 for the season.OA Batting.  Nick Bischoff 2-4, run, double; Chase Hogg 2-3, run, bb; Sam Gast  0-1, hbp, bb, sac fly, rbi; Tanner Alley 3-4, run, rbi; Aaron Huber 2-4, run, 2 rbi; Tyler Hesselbrock 1-3; Zach Pottschmidt 1-3; Bryce Ahaus 0-2, run, sb; and Glenn Geraci 0-0, bb.OA Pitching.  Nick Bischoff 6.2 IP, 4 earned runs, 6 hits, 6 k, 4 bb.    Win.Chase Hogg   .1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 bb, 0 k.   Save.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img read more

Libonati: Blown chances in Wake Forest loss shatter Syracuse football’s bowl chances

first_imgThe Wake Forest snap flew over punter Dom Maggio’s head. It bounced toward the end zone as Maggio got to the ball. He started to curve away from the end zone as Parris Bennett reached around him and popped the ball loose. Then the cascade of Syracuse players, including Zaire Franklin, Ted Taylor and Eric Anthony, rumbled toward the end zone. Anthony was the farthest away from the ball, but none came up with it.Instead, Wake Forest’s Charles Argenzio landed on top of it. SU lost its opportunity for five more points, which would have been useful when it was down 14-9 and looking for any positives it could glean.“Just a bad play by me,” Franklin said. “That’s all, I’d say. Bad play by me and Ted. I don’t, I don’t know. Just a bad play. That’s all I can say.”But it was just one of the bad plays. And that’s the problem. The bad plays stacked up, outweighed the good ones and put Syracuse’s (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) chances at bowl eligibility in jeopardy. That’s not to say SU was expected to make a bowl game because it wasn’t. But SU was expected to put on a better showing than it did in the 19-point loss to a team it has beaten every year since the Orange entered the ACC.SU allowed the big plays that have buried the Orange all season, including a 37-yard touchdown run by Wake Forest (5-1, 2-1) quarterback John Wolford and WFU safety Cameron Glenn’s 83-yard fumble recovery touchdown. Those compounded the smaller errors, like not maximizing a scoring opportunity the Demon Deacons gifted the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMORE COVERAGE:Syracuse loses for third time in last four games, falling to 2-4 on the seasonCheck out the best stats from Syracuse-Wake ForestStorify: How did Syracuse fans react to the Orange’s 19-point loss to UND Published on October 9, 2016 at 1:48 am “We thought we had an opportunity to win to the very end,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said, “and we had some costly turnovers and some three and outs in some bad situations that really forced us to do some things down the stretch to kind of put it back into their favor.”Immediately after Syracuse dropped its fourth game of the season to Wake Forest, the hallway outside of its locker room filled up. Senior deputy director of athletics Herman Frazier stood in one spot, jostling his tie back and forth to loosen it. Cordell Hudson emerged from the locker room with a Syracuse hat wrapped around his head, the hood of his jacket up and lips pursed. Franklin stared past reporters, searching for answers good enough to satisfy questions about what went wrong against WFU.Because if there’s one understanding, it’s that this was a game Syracuse needed to win to keep its bowl chances realistic. Getting to six wins was going to be tough no matter what. SU likely had to beat Colgate, Connecticut, Wake Forest and Boston College, while scraping two wins out of games against South Florida, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh.The loss to Wake Forest is the first game of the initial four the Orange has lost so far, but Pittsburgh looks as good as advertised and Virginia Tech has moved into the Top 25. The Hokies went on the road to beat North Carolina, another ranked team, 34-3, on Saturday. SU also dropped its matchup with South Florida.That leaves North Carolina State and Boston College as the most winnable games left on its schedule. The other four games are much tougher and will likely be considered major upsets if SU wins them.Ally Moreo | Asst. Photo EditorBabers began the week reiterating to fans that the “cake” he’s been baking was only in the batter stage, just being beaten together. So far, that’s been true. Most of what’s happened this season has been a product of problems other than coaching. He even let fans know that he was going to need time at the beginning of the season.Just like that first scoring play, SU has missed its chances all year, losing a first-quarter lead against South Florida, not keeping up with Notre Dame and blowing a winnable road game against Wake Forest.And because of that, they’ve continued proving Babers’ initial assessment right.Chris Libonati is an Asst. Sports Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or @chrislibonati. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more