Gilas taps Austin, Akhuetie for Fiba Asia Champions Cup

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next MOST READ Break new ground READ: Gilas Pilipinas joins Fiba Asia Champions Cup in ChinaThe 7-foot-1 Austin, 23, is an alumnus of Baylor University, but went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft after being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogApart from Austin, another import in Bright Akhuetie, who is currently serving his residency after transferring from University of Perpertual Help to University of the Philippines, will also beef up the team.FILE PHOTO – Bright Akhuetie goes for a dunk. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAkhuetie averaged 17.6 and 12.1 rebounds in his last season for the Altas in the NCAA. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Winning start Austin, who arrives in Manila on Tuesday, is currently signed with Guangxi Rhinos in China’s second division National Basketball League after suiting up for KK FMP Beograd in Serbia last season, where he averaged 8.4 points and 3.6 rebounds.Gilas is slotted in Group A with ONGC of India, Mono Vampire of Thailand, Petrochimi of Iran, and Sarreyet Ramallah of Palestine in the group stages.READ: Gilas, Blatche’s China club set for collision course in Champions CupIf the Philippine team progresses past the preliminary round, it is set for a collision course against naturalized center Andray Blatche and his mother ball club Xinjiang Flying Tigers.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled LATEST STORIES Blackwater set to acquire Maliksi from Star in 4-player trade View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Isaiah Austin. AP PhotoSeeking to boost its roster for the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is set to tap Isaiah Austin as a potential candidate for naturalization.Sources close to the situation bared that the SBP is also bringing in Austin to backstop Chooks-to-Go Gilas Pilipinas in the eight-team club tournament from Sept. 22-30 in Chenzhou, China.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’last_img read more

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Young stage hands

first_imgHis students took to the stage Tuesday to perform their original play, “No Turning Back,” which they wrote and produced. Even the smallest details of the production were handled by the drama students – right down to escorting teachers and students to their seats. In the play, the fictional student Roger does not take seriously state testing, then finds out he can’t go out for the school football team because his test scores were too low. Advanced students in Villegas’ 225-student drama program penned the play in a few weeks. • Photo Gallery: No Turning Back • Video: No Turning BackMONTEBELLO – When it comes to performances, La Merced Intermediate School drama teacher David Villegas takes a strict hands-off approach. But it’s not because he doesn’t care; rather, Villegas is supremely confident his students can put together a stage production all on their own. “I don’t have to lift a finger. They’re in charge of everything – from lights to sound to props,” he said. “They run their own show.” More than three decades after it was launched by former teacher John Montgomery, the intermediate school’s drama program is still going strong. Villegas teaches six full-time classes. His advanced drama class puts on three major student-written productions each year. By the time the drama students enter their senior year, they can write plays, act and direct their own productions, Villegas said. “I think it’s a pretty cool class. I’ve learned a lot, especially in writing,” said eighth-grader Patrick Orozco, 14. “When I’m writing an essay for another class, I think that I’m putting my thoughts down just like I would do in drama.” Advanced students also help recruit sixth-graders to the program and help train them. “I find it funny that in years past, some districts have been cutting their drama programs, but we’re using ours to enhance our test scores,” Villegas said. “Students don’t have to read or write in this class. They want to read and write in this class.” The program has helped eighth-grader Robert Estrada, 13, figure out what he’d like to do when he gets older. “Acting – I’ve been wanting to do that all my life,” Estrada said. “I love to write. Making up small plays and making people laugh has been the best part of this program for me so far.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Boost for Everton as Mirallas set to play part in festive period

first_img Kevin Mirallas 1 Everton boss Roberto Martinez has received a boost with the news Kevin Mirallas has not sustained significant damage to his right ankle.Martinez feared Mirallas could be out for a lengthy period after the Belgian forward was carried off on a stretcher following a challenge by Jordon Mutch during the 3-1 win over QPR on Monday.However, Everton’s worst fears have been allayed after scans revealed minor ligament damage which should mean the 27-year-old is available for at least part of the festive period.“We have great news as we were very worried after the game because it was an action where you feel the ankle is definitely damaged,” said Martinez.“The damage is the least it could be. It is an external ligament in his ankle and the way he is as a quick healer I don’t expect him to be out for too long.“I wouldn’t rule him out for any of the fixtures over the Christmas period.”There was more good news on midfielder Leon Osman as Martinez revealed he will not require an operation on an ankle problem which has sidelined him since early December.“I don’t expect Leon to be out for too long,” added the Toffees boss.“When we started to assess the problem, that was the worst-case scenario to go through an operation but he has reacted well enough to the treatment and we are very hopeful he will be okay without an operation.“Darron Gibson (knee) will be joining the group today and we will assess him after that and James McCarthy (hamstring) is making good progress and both will be assessed before the Southampton game. It is a 50-50 situation for both for Saturday.”last_img read more

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Cardiff striker Guerra completes loan move to Malaga

first_img Javi Guerra in action for Cardiff 1 Cardiff striker Javi Guerra has completed a loan move to Malaga until the end of the season.talkSPORT told you earlier in the week that Spanish forward was travelling to the south coast of Spain to undergo a medical after failing to make any impact with the Welsh club.Guerra has played only 41 minutes in the Championship and was keen to get his career back on track.The 32-year-old forward has already joined up with his new team-mates and could make his debut for Malaga against Sevilla on Sunday.last_img

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Ukrainian partisans celebrate nationalist past

first_imgKIEV, Ukraine – For the first time since World War II, Ukrainian partisans celebrated their nationalist army’s creation Sunday with the full approval of the Ukrainian government, despite efforts by angry socialists and communists to break up their gathering. The Ukrainian Insurgent Army, or UPA, battled both Soviet and Nazi forces during the war, and for several years after the war continued to carry out raids against the Soviets and to disrupt efforts to collectivize farms. Since the 1991 Soviet collapse, the former partisans have sought financial and moral recognition similar to what Red Army veterans have long enjoyed. “We needed our government to recognize us and nothing else,” said UPA veteran Stepan Babii, 83, who came to commemorate the anniversary of the army’s creation in 1942. The crowd of several thousand included uniformed veterans, their relatives and many young Ukrainians. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Hostility toward the partisans runs deep in Ukraine because they initially sought support from the Nazis, believing the Germans would grant Ukraine independence. The country was overrun by Nazis before the Soviets drove them out in 1944. An estimated 7 million Ukrainians died in the fighting, and 2.4 million people were sent to Nazi concentration camps. During Soviet times, schoolchildren were taught that members of the insurgent army were enemies of the people and that they committed atrocities alongside Nazi troops. Western-leaning Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko signed a decree Thursday on celebrating the 65th anniversary and ordered the government to improve medical care and other social benefits for the former partisans. The president – whose father was a Red Army soldier who spent four years in a Nazi camp – called for further study of the historical role played by the 100,000 partisans. Yushchenko has long been trying to win recognition for the partisans, but his efforts have met resistance from communists and Red Army veterans. The question of how to treat the nationalists in Ukrainian history – as freedom fighters or traitors – has polarized Ukraine. The west of the country supports them, while in the Russian-speaking east, support for the Soviet fighters is stronger. Members of the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine tried Sunday to prevent the former partisans and their supporters from reaching the central square, and a few were detained while trying to push through police barriers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Rice visits Iraq as Turkish offensives raise tensions

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTurkey’s recent moves against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq have placed the United States in a delicate position between a NATO ally and the Iraqi government it backs. But Rice sidestepped a query on the Turkish strike at a news conference in Baghdad, saying the United States, Iraq and Turkey had a “common interest” in stopping attacks by the Kurdistan Workers Party, known by its Kurdish initials, PKK. Still, she reiterated words of caution for Turkey, which says that it has the right to strike at the PKK in Iraq because the group’s presence there threatens Turkey’s sovereignty. “No one should do anything that threatens to destabilize the north,” Rice said. The PKK has bases in Turkey as well as Iraq, and the United States considers it a terrorist organization. The group, which wants an autonomous Kurdish region in eastern Turkey, has fought the Turkish military for decades. The cross-border operation came two days after Turkey carried out broad airstrikes in northern Iraq against the group. The United States provided intelligence and opened Iraqi airspace for the airstrikes, according to Turkey’s top military commander. Iraqi officials angrily protested the strikes, saying they had killed four people and displaced 286 families. While Pentagon officials said after Sunday’s airstrikes that the United States had “deconflicted” the airspace over northern Iraq for Turkey, The Associated Press quoted unnamed U.S. military and diplomatic officials Tuesday as saying they did not know Turkey was sending warplanes until they had already crossed the border to bomb. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, speaking in the capital, Ankara, used careful diplomatic language to describe Turkey’s military efforts but avoided speaking directly of the Tuesday strike. “At the moment, our army is doing whatever is necessary,” he said, according to the official Anatolian News Agency. “From now on, our security forces will continue to do whatever is necessary.” Rice did not detail the reason for Tuesday’s trip, her eighth to Iraq, though in visiting Kirkuk she highlighted the city’s pivotal role in determining the Iraqi geopolitical landscape.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Tuesday, visiting the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and then Baghdad, as tensions mounted along the country’s mountainous border with Turkey. Shortly before the visit, Turkish troops staged a brief cross-border attack into northern Iraq to strike at a group of Kurdish militants there. The Turkish military, in a statement on its Web site, said that troops had inflicted heavy losses on the fighters after spotting them trying to cross into Turkey on Monday night. U.S. military officers in Washington and overseas said the Turkish ground force sent across the border numbered only in the hundreds and that it moved fewer than two miles into Iraqi territory. Turkey said only that it was a “small-scale operation,” and the nation indicated that troops quickly returned to Turkey. “Nothing the Turks have done to date should be considered a surprise,” said a U.S. military officer, who asked not to be identified because he was discussing actions of a sovereign ally. “We’ve shared information as we said we would do. The decision to pursue military options is theirs.” U.S. officials said the Turkish operation appeared to be over. last_img read more

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DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

first_imgANNE GLENNThe death has taken place at her residence of Anne Margaret Gretta Glenn, Moyle, Newtowncunningham. Funeral from her residence tomorrow, Wednesday, at 2pm for service in Newtowncunningham Presbyterian Church. Burial afterwards in the family plot.   Family time from 11pm to 10am. Family flowers only donations if desired to Barnes View Ward, St Joseph’s Hospital, c/o Gibson Funeral Directors or any family member.EAMONN MCGEE The death has taken place in Sligo Hospice of Eamon Mc Gee, Chapel Road, Dunfanaghy.   Removal from Eternal Light Chapel of Rest, Mountain Top, Letterkenny today at 3pm going to his late residence. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11am in Holy Cross Church, Dunfanaghy with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.  Family time please from 11pm to 10am.JOSEPH MARLEYThe death has taken place of Joseph Marley, Carricknamana, Killygordon. His remains will repose at his home from 3pm today. Funeral from there on Thursday  at 1.30pm for Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Crossroads at 2pm. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu if desired to Patients Comfort Fund, St Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar – c/o any family member. Family time from 11pm to 11am.CARMEL MEEHAN The death has taken place at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin of Carmel Meehan 561 Ard Mc Cool, Stranorlar. Her remains are reposing at her late home. Funeral from there on Thursday at 10.30AM for 11AM Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Stanorlar, followed by interment in Drumboe cemetery. Donations if desired to the Oncology Unit, Letterkenny General Hospital, c/o any family member. Family time from 11pm until 10am, and on the morning of the funeral.MAY MULLINThe death has taken place of May Mullin, 273 Ard Mc Carron, Ballybofey. Her remains are reposing at her home. Funeral from there tomorrow, Wednesday, at 10.30am for 11am Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Stranorlar. Interment afterwards in Stranorlar cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Barnes View Ward, St Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar c/o any family member. Family time please from 11pm until 10am.PATRICK MCDAIDThe death has taken place at Letterkenny general hospital of Patrick McDaid, the Common, Lifford, formerly of Glentown, St. Johnston. His remains are reposing at his home. Funeral leaving from there tomorrow, Wednesday, at 10.15am for Requiem Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Murlog, Lifford at 11.00am. Internment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers please to the Friends of Lifford Hospital c/o Quigley Funeral Directors, 1A Newton Place, Strabane. House is private from 11.00pm to 11.00am. FRANCES ROGERSThe death has taken place of Frances Rogers, Ranafast. Removal from her home tomorrow, Wednesday, at 10.30am going to the Star of the Sea Church, Annagry for 11am Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House is private from 11pm-9am.ROSIE BRADLEYThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice in Letterkenny of Rosie Bradley, Kill, Glen, Carrigart. Her remains are reposing at her late residence. Funeral tomorrow, Wednesday, for Requiem Mass in the Church of St John the Baptist, Carrigart at 12noon, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012 was last modified: May 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR TUESDAYMAY 29last_img read more

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Young South Africans urged to learn fundamentals of NDP

first_img23 September 2015Speaking to Tshwane University of Technology students at the Ga-Rankuwa campus, Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams reiterated the importance of the youth understanding that skills in addition to a qualification was key to finding employment in the South African job market.She was addressing young women and men at a university gala dinner, on 19 September, with the theme “Empowering young women and men to lead changes and social justice”.“You must be a different generation of cadres,” Ndabeni-Abrahams said, “cadres that understand what the market requires, cadres that understand that we have passed the revolutionary stage (now that we are in government).”The minister also said that acquiring an education was not only about getting employed but also about creating employment, stipulating: “We educate you so that you can gain knowledge, so that you can use to it to. contribute to the economic growth of the country.”Ndabeni-Abrahams urged students to be a forward-thinking generation, and use the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030 as a guide to making their success in the world a success for all the people of South Africa.While acknowledging that there were challenges at higher learning institutions, including access to education, the minister discouraged students from cheating the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Cheating the system, she said, was depriving other young people of access to education. It was important for the beneficiaries of the NSFAS to pay off their loans when they were employed so that the budget for financial aid could be increased.“It is very important that, like the generations that came before us, we also make our own mark looking into the interests of the next generation,” Ndabeni- Abrahams said.Thabang Mashilo, the creative director of Young Minds Consultants, which specialises in training and preparing young people for the realities of the world around them, delivered the motivational address at the event. Mashilo echoed the deputy minister in stressing the importance of using the tools available to young people, such as education and skills development, to embrace their purpose and respect the gift of learning.“If you do not locate your gift,” Mashilo said, “if you don’t locate your talent, you will forever be faceless and when you are faceless, you don’t have foresight, when you are faceless you operate with intelligence and not wisdom.”Mashilo encouraged students to work hard towards achieving their dreams, adding “you need to control your expectations. Sometimes we expect 90% in greatness but we are not willing to work for it.”Education, as the most vital, overriding philosophy of the National Development Plan, together with job creation, is the key to finding successful national growth. And at the heart of creating that culture of growth and development, is the need for young people to understand the importance of the NDP.Source: SANews.govlast_img read more

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Commercial-Scale Wind Power

first_imgWhy commercial-scale wind power is the only wind power that makes senseAs I explained last week, there is a tremendous economy-of-scale with wind power. Since the early 1970s, when the modern wind power era emerged following the 1973 oil embargo, wind turbines have gotten larger and larger — from a few kilowatts (peak output) then to a few megawatts today. This is because doubling the output of a wind turbine doesn’t come close to doubling the cost. Larger wind turbines produce far more cost-effective electricity than smaller wind turbines.By combining multiple wind turbines into larger wind-power developments (wind farms), the necessary maintenance needs can be aggregated. Wind turbines have moving parts and require regular servicing. From a business standpoint, it’s hard to justify sending out a repair technician to service just one machine; servicing a few dozen turbines makes much better business sense. RELATED ARTICLES Where commercial wind power makes senseCommercial-scale wind power, in my opinion, makes sense where three conditions apply: where there is lots of wind; where we can use large wind turbines (from several hundred thousand kilowatts to several megawatts in peak output); and where there is enough space to aggregate multiple large wind turbines into wind farms.Finding windy enough locations in states like Vermont usually means ridgetop locations. In the Upper Midwest it means agricultural land — where it can significantly boost a farmer’s per-acre revenue while having relatively little impact on crops or grazing. In Texas, which now produces more wind power than any other state, it means broad expanses of open grassland.One of the very best places to put wind developments is offshore, where winds are steady and there are no hills or trees to produce turbulence. I am very excited about offshore wind farms that are proposed for Nantucket Sound, Maine, New Jersey, and Delaware — and frustrated at how long projects have been held up for aesthetic reasons. Large turbines are safer for birdsLarge, megawatt-scale wind turbines are also safer when it comes to birds. As a long-time birder, the safety of our avian friends is a high priority of mine. There were horror stories in the 1980s when the thousands of wind turbines in California’s Altamont Pass and Tehachapi Pass caused large numbers of bird fatalities. These 1980s-era wind turbines were very small by today’s standards — most were rated at 25-35 kilowatts — and in a reasonable breeze the blades would spin so fast as to become essentially invisible to birds.Today’s very large turbines have massive blades that rotate relatively slowly. Birds can see these blades, and fatalities are far lower.Yes, there still will be some bird fatalities from modern, large wind turbines, just as birds will collide with radio towers on a foggy night. This saddens me, but ultimately the impacts on birds and other species in our ecosystems will be far greater as a result of global warming if we don’t come up with alternatives to fossil fuel combustion — and do so very quickly. (Those with concerns about birds should put their energy into preventing the carnage from house cats.) Utility-Scale Wind TurbinesVermont’s Largest Wind Farm Officially Goes OnlineWind Power: Why it Doesn’t Make Sense EverywhereBackyard Wind TurbinesResisting the Allure of Small Wind Turbinescenter_img Last week I wrote about the challenges of small wind turbines and the difficulty of successfully integrating wind power into buildings. This week, I’ll look at larger-scale commercial wind power developments.Though I have long been willing to point out situations in which wind power is not practical, I am a strong supporter of wind power where it makes economic and environmental sense. It is a critical component of what will have to be a multi-faceted effort to come to grips with our greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. A fierce debate is raging about the merits and aesthetics of commercial wind developments in Vermont and elsewhere. Ironically, here in Vermont, a state known for progressive thinking and environmental awareness, our legislature is considering a three-year moratorium on wind power development. How is it that many Vermonters are so willing to fight against a clean, safe technology that offers one of the solutions we so desperately need to solve our climate change conundrum? Moving forward with wind power in VermontComing back to Vermont, the bottom line is that if we want a robust renewable energy policy that includes wind power for the state — and I do — we will have to find large tracts of land that include ridgelines. I don’t know the Meadowsend Timberlands site in Windham and Grafton (the potential wind development that is being so heatedly debated today), but the 5,000-acre tract is large enough for there to be an adequate acoustic buffer from adjoining properties, and it must include some ridges where winds are predicted to be suitable for cost-effective wind power generation.What I think surprises me most about the opposition to wind power around here is the fact that towns where wind farms would be located can realize significant tax benefits. In the little town of Sheffield, Vermont (population 700) between St. Johnsbury and the Canadian border, for example, where a 40-megawatt wind farm went into operation in 2011 after a long battle with opponents, that wind project is projected to provide $520,000 per year in tax revenue to the town for the next 20 years, plus another $230,000 per year going into the Vermont Education Fund, according to Iberdola Renewables.Of the $532,000 tax payment received by the town in 2012, according to Sheffield selectman Max Aldrich, 50% was put into a long-term capital reserve fund that is expected to grow significantly over the years (as long as Sheffield voters continue to support the current reserve formula).With town budgets inexorably going up, I find it remarkable that towns like Windham and Grafton — where Meadowsend Timberlands wants to asses the viability of a commercial wind power facility — aren’t embracing wind power with open arms. Perhaps these towns are a lot wealthier than my own town of Dummerston, but as a taxpayer in Dummerston, I would be jumping up and down if there were a 5,000-acre property owner in town who wanted to develop a wind farm that would lower my property taxes and help our town become carbon-neutral. And I find it ridiculous that many in our legislature want to impose a statewide moratorium on projects like this.For many, it is an issue of aesthetics. Unlike a lot of people, apparently, I actually find wind turbines attractive. I’d much rather look at the slowly spinning wind turbines on a ridge across the valley than not be able to see that ridge due to smog. Knowing that those turbines are generating power without releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere or accumulating nuclear waste makes them all the more beautiful in my eyes.I suspect that some of the Sheffield residents who had previously opposed the wind farm are coming to think of wind turbines as a little more attractive after seeing the impact on their property taxes and realizing all the benefit that capital reserve fund will bring to their town. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

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Maine Completes Value of Solar Study

first_imgThe report has been praised, but also called incompleteThe study’s conclusions were welcomed by the NRCM, solar installer Revision Energy, and the American Lung Association of the Northeast.“Many other states have reached the same conclusion about the high value of solar and in response, they have implemented strong solar policy initiatives to encourage public and private solar investments,” Revision Energy co-owner Phil Coupe said in a statement released through the NRCM. “We hope this study lays the foundation for Maine to adopt policies similar to those in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and elsewhere, that rapidly increase access to solar by addressing barriers and doing more to spur the solar market.”NRCM clean energy director Dylan Voorhees said in the group’s written statement that the study confirmed the “enormous value” of solar energy to the state. But the environmental lobbying group also said that the study undervalued solar energy by not accounting for any reduced costs of the distribution grid, which can be smaller in scale and complexity than the larger utility grid that serves the region.“Utility data has shown that this benefit is tangible, but the value has been disputed,” the NRCM statement said. “When a value is ultimately included for this, it would increase the benefit of solar further.”The group also said the study didn’t account for the jobs that solar energy creates because that was beyond the PUC’s ability to analyze. “However,” it said, “other studies have found that every megawatt of solar power installed creates one or two direct jobs.” One of many similar studies around the countryThe study in Maine is one of many that have been undertaken in recent years as the number of residential PV systems rises and utilities begin to worry about the long-term implications of net-metering policies.Many utilities have complained that residential solar customers are getting what amounts to a subsidy from non-solar customers because net metering reduces the amount of money they contribute to grid maintenance. Some have successfully sought user fees and other charges to help offset those costs.Solar advocates, on the other hand, argue that solar energy produced by small-scale projects is often under-valued, and that it helps utilities avoid a variety of distribution and generation costs, especially when power is produced at times of peak loads, and ultimately benefits all customers. This report is likely to add weight to that point of view.In a report published two years ago, the Rocky Mountain Institute examined 16 cost/benefit studies by utilities, national labs, and others that had been conducted between 2005 and 2013, but didn’t find much common ground between them. In fact, RMI said, there is a “significant range of estimated value across studies, driven primarily by differences in local context, input assumptions and methodological approaches.”“Today, the increasingly rapid adoption of distributed solar photovoltaics (DPV) in particular is driving a heated debate about whether DPV creates benefits or imposes costs to stakeholders within the electricity system,” the RMI report said. “But the wide variation in analysis approaches and quantitative tools used by different parties in different jurisdictions is inconsistent, confusing and frequently lacks transparency.” A study conducted for the Maine Public Utilities Commission says that the real value of electricity generated by photovoltaic (PV) panels is more than twice what solar customers currently get under net-metering rules.The study, Maine Distributed Solar Valuation Study, was the result of legislation passed last year directing the PUC to calculate the value of “distributed solar generation” in the state. The report was turned over to a legislative committee on March 1, 2015.The authors conclude the long-term value of solar electricity is about 33 cents per kilowatt hour. Under current net-metering arrangements, solar customers now get about 13 cents per kWh when they sell excess power to the grid, the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) said in a news release.The study weighed a number of “avoided market costs” that solar electricity would save, plus several social benefits, including the social cost of carbon and air pollutants. In all, the study said the long-term value of solar electricity amounted to 13.8 cents per kWh in avoided market costs and another 19.9 cents per kWh in societal benefits, for a total of 33.7 cents per kWh.center_img Practical effects in Maine are not clearIt wasn’t clear what practical effects the Maine findings would have in the near term.Solar customers of Central Maine Power, the state’s largest electric utility, are already getting the retail rate for excess electricity, so an adjustment of the net-metering rate doesn’t seem likely. But the report could provide a tailwind for legislation aimed at expanding solar energy in the state, and ultimately lead to more compensation to owners of renewable energy systems, Voorhees said by telephone.Voorhees said he found the report’s conclusion on the long-term value of solar energy “a little bit surprising” and on the high side of value studies elsewhere. But, he added, “it provides pretty strong evidence that a lot of value is being left on the table.”Central Maine Power didn’t respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

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