Criticism in New Mexico of Utility’s Solar Market Control

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Santa Fe New Mexican:Last week, the state Public Regulation Commission voted 3-2 to approve the utility company’s renewable energy portfolio plan, which include procuring solar, wind and geothermal power. The plan is aimed at meeting the goal of relying on renewable energy for 20 percent of the total energy mix in New Mexico.The solar and geothermal power purchases were contested by some, and a hearing examiner for the commission said the utility should not be allowed to move forward with the investments because it had failed to show they were the most cost-effective options. PNM’s costs ultimately show up in customers’ bills.New Energy Economy, a longtime opponent of PNM, filed a motion asking the commission to “rehear and reverse the findings and conclusions” associated with PNM’s solar plan, which outlines investing in a 50-megawatt facility built by Affordable Solar.Mariel Nanasi, director of the group, wrote the commission had ignored and distorted evidence and applicable law when it decided to allow PNM to move forward with the plan.She said Affordable Solar received a significantly better deal to build a solar-powered center for Facebook last year from PNM. Solar prices have declined, she said, yet the renewable portfolio plan will cost ratepayers in New Mexico a higher fee per megawatt hour than Facebook.This is “not the most cost effective among feasible alternatives,” Nanasi said.PNM has said the plan will provide crucial energy benefits to New Mexico. Earlier this week, Moody’s Investor Service released a statement finding that the plan’s approval is “credit positive.”“The New Mexico regulatory environment historically has been inconsistent and unpredictable,” Moody’s wrote. “And the possibility of litigating the case remains.”More: Environmentalists ask PRC to reverse approval of PNM’s solar plan Criticism in New Mexico of Utility’s Solar Market Controllast_img read more

Irish looking for more Cheltenham winners

first_imgThe J-L-T Novices’ Chase gets the day’s action underway at 1.30. Meanwhile, there are a couple of St Patrick’s Day meetings here at home this afternoon. The first of seven races at Wexford is off at 2.20. They get underway half an hour earlier at Down Royal. Ruby will be on board odds-on favourite Vautour in the Ryanair Chase. The Colin Tizzard-trained ‘Thistlecrack’ heads the betting for the World Hurdle this afternoon. The 8-year old won over the same distance at Prestbury Park at the end of January. last_img

Lobi Stars Need Miracle against Wydad in Casablanca Tonight

first_imgCAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUELobi will be seeking redemption when they file out against Wydad Casablanca in the 2018/19 CAF Champions League Group A match at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Morocco tonight.After registering their second defeat in the group stage at home in Nigeria, the Makurdi team needs a miracle to survive the Moroccans. That defeat in Enugu a fortnight ago left the Nigerian representatives floundering in the fourth place on the table – three points behind second-placed Wydad with three games left.However, Lobi Coach, Solomon Ogbeide, remains hopeful that his side can secure a win in Morocco, which would boost their chances of reaching the knockout stages.“We are disappointed in the result, but this does not mean we are out of the competition,” Ogbeide remarked.“We still have three more games in the group stage, though we will be going to play away in two of those, but we are confident we can get results away from home despite how difficult people may think it is.”The Moroccan side recorded their second win in Group A when they overcame Lobi 1-0 away in Enugu earlier this month.As a result, Wydad is second on the group standings and they are only behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on goal-difference.Wydad Captain Brahim Nekkach is happy with how the team performed during their 1-0 win over Olympic Safi in the Moroccan Botola League match last week.“First of all, I would like to thank my teammates for their great fighting spirit against a Safi team which is known for its defensive efficiency,” Nekkach said on Le Matin.“Now we have to focus on our next match in the Champions League against Lobi Stars.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

BYU’s top scorer Yoeli Childs suspended 9 games over improper NBA draft paperwork

first_imgChilds said he knew there was a chance he would face a suspension, but decided to return to BYU anyway.“Nine games wasn’t a number any of us were expecting, but that’s life,” Childs said. “I am not going to say this hasn’t been an extremely emotional process, because it has been. For the past day or so I have wrestled between being so mad and being accepting of what is happening.”Childs was BYU’s leading scorer last season with 21.2 points per game and led the team with 9.7 rebounds. Auburn put men’s basketball program on double secret probation, report says Arizona guard Brandon Williams to miss 2019-20 season after knee surgery BYU appealed the suspension, but it was upheld by the NCAA.  “Amid the confusion of the NCAA allowing student athletes to sign with agents and still return to school, Yoeli was caught in the transition of a changing landscape,” BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a statement.Childs ultimately decided to return to BYU for his senior season in May after discussing it with newly hired head coach Mark Pope, but there was a period of time where he was weighing his options with the NBA draft while the Cougars were searching for a new coach after Dave Rose retired. “The program was without a head coach for a while and at the same time, Yoeli’s making these huge, life-changing decisions with brand-new rules. All those things come together,” Pope said. “There was some real confusion. What was so impressive to me with Yoeli was, Yoeli was forthcoming with everything.” “There was some confusion with this new process, and I made decisions that have caused an outcome that none of us like,” Childs said at a news conference Friday. “I just want everyone to know that my intent was never to do something wrong.”The new rule regulates how athletes can sign with an agent, and keep their eligibility if they returned before the May 29 deadline. In years past, college basketball players would lose their eligibility if they hired an agent. Related News Texas’ Andrew Jones aims for old form after ‘not rushing back’ from leukemia treatment The NCAA has suspended BYU star forward Yoeli Childs for the first nine games of the 2019-20 season after there was confusion with a new NBA draft rule. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, it was determined Childs hired an agent before filing the proper paperwork with the NCAA, and he received impermissible expenses. The way Childs went about hiring an agent wasn’t in compliance with the new rule that was put into place last season.last_img read more