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

MED5 FCU kick-starts community mask initiative

first_img continue reading » A South Dakota credit union CEO has leveraged a single donation into a community effort to provide supplies for frontline workers battling the coronavirus (COVID-19).Pam Brown-Graff was watching the local evening news April 5 when she saw a segment highlighting the need for protective medical masks to protect workers at facilities including Monument Health, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Rapid City, S.D.That evening, Brown-Graff, CEO of $79 million asset MED5 Federal Credit Union in Rapid City, pledged $2,000 on behalf of the credit union to support crafters who were making masks for the local community.“Before we became a community charter, we were a medical credit union, so it really hit home with me,” Brown-Graff says. CUNA photocenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Madigan steers Leinster to victory

first_img Press Association The Ireland international, playing at inside centre this week after starting at full-back against Wasps last weekend, kicked all the Guinness PRO12 side’s points as they came from behind at Stade Pierre Antoine to win 21-16 and maintain their perfect start to the European rugby season. The win also ensured that Madigan’s midfield partner Gordon D’Arcy could celebrate a successful 100th European game. Herrera, who had just returned to the side after playing for Argentina in the Rugby Championship, left the pitch to a standing ovation. But the intensity could not last. As players tired and the game slowed down, both sides began making mistakes. And it was Leinster and Madigan who benefited most. With five minutes remaining, the home side were a single point ahead, and seemed to have the measure of Leinster. But they conceded two late penalties, which the ice-cool Madigan, with jeers and boos ringing around the stadium, converted. Ian Madigan kicked Leinster to victory in a tense Champions Cup match at Castres. Madigan ensured Leinster went into the dressing room at half-time 9-7 up, as the Irish side enjoyed the better of a fast and furious opening period. Castres opened the scoring with a classic catch-and-drive move as they threatened a repeat of last season’s fast European getaway against the same opponents. Last January’s encounter in the old Heineken Cup saw Castres race into a 14-0 lead inside the opening quarter. On Sunday, the 2013 Top 14 champions were 7-0 ahead after six minutes, as first the pack grunted and forced their way through a splintered Leinster defence to the line, then Geoffrey Palis – as injured scrum-half Rory Kockott watched on from the stands – sent the home fans wild. From then, though, the first half belonged to the visitors as they hammered at Castres’ defence, in much the same way as Harlequins had at the Stoop a week earlier. The difference this week, however, was in the pack. Returning prop Ramiro Herrera brought extra scrummaging might, and where Castres had struggled against Quins in their opening game, here they were in the ascendancy. The home side’s pack were in charge of just about every scrum; they were in control at the line-outs and they were brutal at the breakdown. And when Leinster’s backs did get ball in hand, the Castres’ defence held them at arm’s length. For all their first-half pressure, Leinster only had three Madigan penalties to their name when the referee signalled the end of the first period. It could have been four, but the inside centre fired one last effort wide after the hooter had sounded. The second half opened in the same guts-and-glory style as the first. Palis kicked two early penalties, as Castres overturned their first-half deficit. He extended their lead after 56 minutes with a third second-half penalty to take the score to 16-9. last_img read more

Hopkins Finishes Regular Season Undefeated After Win Over McDaniel

first_imgWESTMINSTER, MD – The 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins football team withstood its biggest challenge of the season on Saturday as the Blue Jays came from behind three times to knock off rival McDaniel, 28-24, at Bair Stadium. The win secures the first undefeated regular season in school history for the Blue Jays, who improve to 10-0 overall and 9-0 in the Centennial Conference with their 15th consecutive victory. The hard-luck Terror finish the season at 2-8 with six of the eight losses by eight points or less.Johns Hopkins, which had already secured the outright Centennial Conference title and the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Playoffs, will find out on Sunday night who it plays in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays will be making their third trip to the NCAAs under head coach Jim Margraff, who improved to 147-78-3 in 22 years at Johns Hopkins.The Blue Jays trailed 21-14 late in the second quarter after a four-yard touchdown run by McDaniel quarterback Nick Valori. Working the two-minute offense to perfection, the Blue Jays needed just five plays and 39 seconds to go 70 yards with senior Hewitt Tomlin capping the drive with a 28-yard scoring strike to fellow senior Sam Wernick to account for a 21-21 halftime tie. Tomlin was 5-of-5 and passed for all 70 yards on the drive.The Blue Jays took the lead for good – and their first lead of the game – midway through the third-quarter when they went quick-strike again, this time covering 89 yards in just four plays and less than 90 seconds. After a pair of runs netted nine yards and a 16-yard pass from Tomlin to sophomore Dan Wodicka gave the Blue Jays a first down at their own 34, Tomlin connected with freshman Matt Berry on a 66-yard touchdown pass to make it 28-21.As if a rivalry game that dates back to 1894 didn’t have enough emotion, the game’s intensity jumped dramatically after the touchdown and a series of physical plays that ended in front of each team’s bench took emotions to a level not seen during Johns Hopkins’ current 11-game winning streak over the Green Terror.A 30-yard field goal by Jake Nichols late in the third quarter drew the Terror to within 28-24, but that would be the final scoring in the game.Johns Hopkins had two golden opportunities to extend the lead, but a pair of turnovers near the end zone ended both threats. Tomlin had a pass intercepted in the end zone by Tim McLister on the next-to-last play of the third quarter to end a 10-play, 59-yard drive that ate more than four minutes off the clock. The Blue Jays later moved the ball from their own nine-yard line to the McDaniel 35 before Tomlin hit Wernick on the outside and he raced towards the end zone before Sam Cox caught him from behind and forced a fumble that went through the end zone for a touchback with just over five minutes remaining.The Blue Jay defense forced a quick three-and-out on McDaniel’s ensuing possession and the Blue Jays were able to run out the final 4:23 of the game to seal the win and secure the undefeated regular season.McDaniel, playing with nothing to lose, capitalized on the first of six Johns Hopkins turnovers early in the game as the Terror recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and sophomore Joe Rollins scored on a one-yard run six plays later to stake McDaniel to an early 7-0 lead.The Blue Jays answered late in the first quarter when junior Jonathan Rigaud swept around right end and raced 28 yards to the end zone to make 7-7.That score lasted for less than three minutes as the Terror punched one in on the defensive side a short time later. After JHU forced a quick punt after Rigaud’s touchdown, the Blue Jays took over at their own nine-yard line. On the first play after the punt, Tomlin was hit as he threw and Sean Lajoie caught the fluttering ball at the JHU 12 and raced into the end zone to give the Terror a 14-7 lead.Hopkins answered right back with a solid 12-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by a 19-yard touchdown run by senior Nick Fazio. The Blue Jays converted three third-down opportunities on the drive, which took nearly four minutes.Valori’s touchdown run came eight minutes later and was answered by the Wernick’s touchdown reception just before halftime.Tomlin was 35-of-47 for 484 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The 484 yards are the second-highest total of his career and the second highest in school history. In the process, he became the first player in school and Centennial Conference history to top 10,000 career passing yards as he now has 10,257.Wodicka and Wernick both topped 100-yards receiving as Wodicka had 13 receptions for 159 yards, while Wernick had eight catches for 110 yards and the one score and became just the second receiver in school history to top 3,000 career receiving yards as he now has 3,023.The Blue Jay defense held McDaniel to just 286 yards and was led by junior Taylor Maciow and senior Michael Milano, who both posted nine tackles on the day.Rollins rushed 27 times for 136 yards and the one score, while Valori was 9-of-19 for 107 yards and added the rushing touchdown before being knocked from the game in the third quarter.last_img read more