Arizona votes on monthly fee for solar installations

first_imgArizona votes on monthly fee for solar installationsRegulators on Thursday voted 3-2 in favour of a $0.70 kW surcharge on all new solar customers from January 1, 2014, adding approximately $5 per month to their bills. November 15, 2013 Ian Clover Legal Markets Markets & Policy Share After a two-day hearing that prompted a 1,000-strong pro-solar rally and followed a multimillion dollar propaganda campaign from Arizona Public Service (APS), regulators from the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted in favour of imposing a monthly fee on residential solar customers. The decision is being claimed as a victory of sorts for solar, with the approximate $5 per month surcharge some way short of the $50-$100 the APS had lobbied for. However, the president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Asssociation (SEIA), Rhone Resch, said he was ‘deeply troubled’ by the decision, claiming that it sets a precedent that could seriously jeopardize future solar growth and job creation in Arizona and beyond. The result of the hearing had been anticipated far and wide throughout the U.S. As solar’s ‘second state’ after California, the decisions of Arizona’s energy regulators could have far-reaching consequences for the industry across the country. Utilities in California and Colorado have been pushing for similar rate increases on solar customers, fuelling SEIA’s fears that Arizona’s decision may trigger similar hearings elsewhere. But the president of The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), Bryan Miller, expressed relief at the comparatively low surcharge of 70 cents per kilowatt for homeowners who benefit from net metering. “APS launched an unprecedented campaign spending millions of dollars to destroy the rooftop solar industry and they failed,“ he said. “This decision will allow our market to continue to grow.” A solar compromiseThe 3-2 vote by the ACC was intended to serve as an initial compromise between the demands of APS – who claim that solar power customers who sell power to the grid via net metering do not pay enough for its upkeep – and the needs of the state’s solar industry, which is growing at a rate of 500 new customers a month. The 70 cent per kilowatt fee equates to approximately $5 per month for an average Arizonan solar customer, and will only apply to new customers who install solar panels on their residential rooftops after January 1, 2014. The estimated 20,000 existing residential solar customers in the state will be exempt from the surcharge for 20 years. Jim McDonald, spokesman for APS, remarked that the utility company was pleased that some recognition that solar customers should pay more had been made, but that it believes the amount is not enough to cover mounting costs. “It will be exponentially millions of dollars more expensive later than it is now,” he said. “And that will fall on the shoulders of our non-rooftop solar customers.” Passions stirredDuring the course of the two-day hearing, an estimated 1,000 Arizonans gathered in front of the ACC building bearing placards protesting their support for solar. Inside, pro-solar passions also ran high. Vote Solar Initiative’s Director of Communications, Rosalind Jackson, told pv magazine that 100 solar supporters participated in the hearing. “There was a steady stream of solar workers, solar customers, non-solar customers, environmental advocates, retirees, veterans – and even one passionate 11-year-old girl – participating inside the hearing, urging the Commissioners to reject the fee,” Jackson said. “It was an impressive public support for rooftop solar following a contentious few months of public campaigning, during which APS spent millions of dollars on anti-solar ads.” A recent Arizona state poll found that 81% rejected APS’s solar tax proposal, with 77% stating that they would be “less likely to vote for a Commissioner who ends solar savings,” added Jackson. APS’s anti-solar ad campaigns also came in for criticism from the SEIA. “We are very troubled by the public campaign of misinformation, manipulation and distortion engineered by APS,” read a press statement from Resch. “This has never been a ‘subsidy’ problem as claimed by APS. Unfortunately, the utility exploited this debate and then used it as an opportunity to stymie competition, ‘stick it’ to consumers and bolster its bottom line. No one should be surprised. This is what monopolies do.” Pinnacle West, the parent company of APS, admitted earlier this month that it had spent a total of nearly $9 million on advertising and lobbying efforts to put an end to net metering in Arizona and to kill opposition to deregulation of the state’s utility industry. The ACC rejected APS’s proposal to impose a larger fee on solar customers, with the compromise pleasing a number of the solar industry representatives who attended the hearing. However, the SEIA stated that it would still seek to ‘educate’ the ACC on the true market value of solar. “Despite having some of the best solar resources in the nation, Arizona now has one of the shakiest policies for encouraging its development,” said Resch. “Hopefully, we can reverse this course in the future by working closely together. 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Code and Rules Of Evidence Committee Three-Year Cycle Amendments

first_imgRULE/FORMVOTEEXPLANATION Amendments in chapter 2013-107, Laws of Florida, to sections 90.702 and 90.704, Florida Statutes16-14-0Chapter 2013-107, Laws of Florida, amended sections 90.702 and 90.704, Florida Statutes by making them conform to cases and rules following U.S. Supreme Court cases on expert witnesses. Chapter 2013-107 also overrules Marsh v. Valyou, 977 So. 2d 543 (Fla. 2007). CREC intends to recommend to the Florida Supreme Court that it not adopt chapter 2013-107 as a rule of evidence, to the extent it is procedural. Amendments in chapter 2013-108, Laws of Florida, to section 766.102, Florida Statutes24-0-1Chapter 2013-108, Laws of Florida, amended section 766.102, Florida Statutes, to restrict the kinds of expert witnesses that may testify in a medical-malpractice case about standards of care. Chapter 2013-108 also deleted language preserving a trial court’s power otherwise to qualify or disqualify an expert witness. CREC intends to recommend that the Florida Supreme Court not adopt chapter 2013-108 as a rule of evidence, to the extent it is procedural. Code and Rules Of Evidence Committee Three-Year Cycle AmendmentsThe Code and Rules of Evidence Committee (CREC) invites comment on proposed three-year cycle amendments to the Florida Rules of Evidence shown below. The full text of the sections addressed can be found on The Florida Bar’s website at www.floridabar.org. Interested persons have until August 15, 2015, to submit commentselectronically to the committee chair, Peter A. Sartes, II, at [email protected] and to the Bar staff liaison, Greg Zhelesnik, at [email protected] July 15, 2015 Regular News Code and Rules Of Evidence Committee Three-Year Cycle Amendments Amendments in chapter 2014-35, Laws of Florida, to section 90.204(4), Florida Statutes.24-1-0Chapter 2014-35, Laws of Florida, amended section 90.204(4), Florida Statutes, to enable a Family court to take judicial notice of certain facts under particular circumstances. CREC intends to recommend to the Florida Supreme Court that it adopt chapter 2014-35 as a rule of evidence, to the extent it is procedural.last_img read more

News Scan for Sep 24, 2018

first_imgNigeria reports suspected monkeypox cases tied to UK illnessThe Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said today that six suspected monkeypox cases are associated with one of the recent monkeypox illnesses in England, in a report that noted two new confirmed cases in the same Nigerian state as the suspected cases.”A cluster of six suspected cases with epidemiological linkages to one of the cases in the UK has been identified in Rivers State and is being investigated in collaboration with the State team,” the NCDC said in an update posted Sep 21. “In addition, two new confirmed cases have been recorded in Rivers that are not linked to the cluster described above.”Public Health England confirmed the UK’s first monkeypox case on Sep 7, and a second, unrelated case on Sep 11. Both cases involved men who had been in Nigeria. The NCDC did not specify which UK case might be linked to the six-case Nigerian cluster.With the 2 new confirmed cases, Nigeria has now confirmed 115 monkeypox cases and listed 4 additional illnesses as probable cases since September 2017. Seventeen states have now confirmed cases, with Rivers (34 cases), Bayelsa (20), and Cross River (9) reporting the most. Seven of the infections have proved fatal.So far in 2018 the NCDC has confirmed 37 cases (2 deaths) and listed 1 as probable, in 15 states. The vast majority (79%) of case-patients have been male, and adults aged 21 to 40 have been most affected.Sep 21 NCDC update Sep 20 CIDRAP News story “UK monkeypox case exposed health workers, officials say” Saudi Arabia announces new case of MERSThe Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed one new case of MERS in an epidemiologic report for week 39—this week.A 50-year-old Saudi man from Afif was diagnosed as having MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) and is currently hospitalized, the MOH said. The man’s illness is listed as “primary,” meaning it is unlikely he contracted the virus from another person. The MOH also said he had no contact with camels, a known risk factor for MERS.The new cases appear to have lifted the global MERS-CoV total to 2,255 cases since 2012, at least 798 of them fatal. Sep 24 Saudi MOH report Illinois records first case of Heartland virusThe Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the state’s first case of the tick-borne Heartland virus on Sep 21.IDPH identified the patient as a resident of Kankakee County but gave no other information regarding the patient’s prognosis. Kankakee is approximately 60 miles south of Chicago.Heartland virus, which is spread by the lone star tick, has been reported in more than 30 Americans in the Midwest and southern United States since it was first identified in 2009 in two Missouri farmers. Heartland presents like other tick-borne diseases and can include fever, rash, chills, and fatigue.”We’ve been seeing much warmer weather than usual for this time of the year, which people have taken advantage of by spending time outside,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD.  “While the weather is still warm, continue to take steps to protect yourself from tick bites.”Most people recover fully from Heartland virus, although there have been cases that resulted in hospitalization and death. There is no cure or vaccine for the virus. Sep 21 IDPH press release PAHO reports more than 6,000 measles cases in AmericasSince the first of the year, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has recorded 6,629 measles cases, including 72 deaths, in 11 countries in North, Central, and South America.  The strong majority of cases (4,605, 62 deaths) are from Venezuela, which has been battling a resurgence of the virus since last year. According to PAHO, the national incidence rate is 14.5 per 100,000 population, and the states with the highest incidence rates are Delta Amacuro (208.8 per 100,000 population), the Capital District (125.0), and Amazonas (77.3).Brazil has recorded 1,735 cases, including 10 deaths, in an outbreak that’s spilled over from Venezuela. Strains of measles in that country are identical to those circulating in Venezuela, PAHO said.PAHO said the Brazilian outbreak is ongoing, but cases have decreased recently in Roraima state, one of the epicenters of the outbreak. Children under the age of 4 are the most likely to be infected in this outbreak, PAHO said.The United States has recorded 124 cases this year, and Colombia has confirmed 85.  PAHO said all member states should emphasize measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination campaigns to achieve 95% coverage rates, especially among infants. Sep 21 PAHO reportlast_img read more

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Budget 2020: ‘No end to austerity’ responds Chancery Lane

first_imgSolicitors today described as ‘a drop in the ocean’ the boost for criminal justice promised in Rishi Sunak’s first budget today – and expressed concern at several of the chancellor’s other announcements. ‘Austerity is not ending in the justice sector,’ Law Society president Simon Davis warned, ‘and while £23m has been made available for the “wider justice system” including a £5m trial of specialist courts for domestic abuse cases, £15m to improve the government’s offer to victims and £3m for the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice process, it is a drop in the ocean and does not come close to the hundreds of millions cut from legal aid.’On the economic crime levy to be introduced following a consultation this spring, Davis said: ‘Solicitors play an important role in the battle against money laundering and the Law Society – as the named supervisory body – shares the government’s objectives in having a robust regime in place. Our sector already devotes substantial resources to fighting financial crime. Now plans for a levy, to be paid by firms subject to the Money Laundering Regulations, have been announced I would urge ministers to ensure that any plans are evidence based, and do not inadvertently distract resources from the fight against economic crime.’Specialist solicitors warned that the levy, proposed for organisations falling under current money laundering regulations, could amount to a new burden on the profession.Christopher David, counsel in international firm WilmerHale’s UK white collar defence and investigations practice, said: ‘The UK regulated sector already faces one of the most onerous anti-money laundering regimes in the world and this additional levy will undoubtedly be a further burden. The government must be careful to ensure that this is not just another tax on the financial services sector and law firms, the proceeds of which are distributed in an opaque and unfocused manner.’Alan Milford, criminal litigation partner at London firm Kingsley Napley, said: ‘The government will shortly consult on a levy to invest in the fight against money laundering and economic crime. Earlier reports suggested the aim is to boost funding of technology and investigators which is all very well, but if correct, addresses only one piece of the puzzle. The government needs also to ensure investment in extra prosecutors and a proper functioning court service to deal with money laundering and fraud cases effectively. Only with investment across the system will the authorities really be able to boast about a significant ramping up of the war on dirty money and financial crime.’last_img read more

Benton rallies late to defeat Green Oaks

first_imgThe Benton Tigers started strong, sagged in the middle and then came up big at the end in a season-opening 41-30 victory over the Green Oaks Giants Friday night in Benton.The Tigers scored two quick touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead. But Green Oaks rallied and led 30-21 in the third quarter.Benton regained the lead on touchdown runs of 10 yards by Jermaine Newton and 1 by Chauncey Taylor. Jordan Myles sealed the victory with an interception return for a touchdown.“That win’s a big one, especially when you have to fight for it,” Benton coach Reynolds Moore said. “The thing I like about is we played ahead early, so we can go back and say, ‘Hey guys, you were ahead and backed off for whatever reason and let them back in it and we can’t do that. When you jump out to a big lead you’ve got to build on it.“ ‘Then you play two scores behind when you’re down 30-21. You know you have to come back from two and you don’t panic. You keep playing and trust what you do, get better as the game goes on.’ Our guys showed a lot of the potential we have.”Moore said the Tigers simply wore the Giants down at the end. He praised both teams’ efforts.“We started running the ball; our numbers played a big factor in that,” he said. “Both teams played their stinking guts out. It was a fun game for the fans to watch and I’m sure both coaching staffs are proud of the efforts their kids gave.“It was almost one of those deals where, man I’m sad somebody had to lose this, but it was that type of feeling. Their kids left it all on the field. They were cramping up left and right. They would cramp up, sit out a couple of plays and come back. They would’n’t go away. We were able to kind of bash on them and lean on them at the end and take the life out of them there.”Benton sophomore quarterback Garrett Hable threw for 244 yards and a touchdown to John Westmoreland. Newton, also just a sophomore, scored two touchdowns.Benton spread the ball out to his receivers. Clayton Festavan caught six passes for 109 yards, Sam Simmons five for 50, Westmoreland four for 34 and Ian McEntee two for 33. Newton carried times times for 89 yards and caught four passes for 17 more.Taylor made some big plays on both sides of the ball. He ran 50 yards up the middle on fourth-and-3 and later scored on a 4-yard run. He also had another short run for a TD and ran for a first down with Benton facing a fourth-down situation late in the game.A big concern for Moore was turnovers. The Tigers lost the ball on two interceptions, including one for a TD, and two fumbles.“Green Oaks played their stinkin’ tails off, but we shot ourselves in the foot a lot, too,” Moore said. “It’s just stuff we have to clean up.”— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWork From Home | Search AdsInternational Work From Home Jobs in USAWork From Home | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoOceandrawThe One And Only WD40 Trick Everyone Should KnowOceandraw|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more