Maine Utility Drops Bid for Solar Charges

first_imgEnvironmental group objects to planOne group that did not sign proposed settlement, which is called a “stipulation,” was Environment Northeast. It said the settlement would unfairly penalize customers who have taken steps to decrease their use of electricity.In a letter to the PUC, Environment Northeast Senior Attorney Beth Nagusky said the group was “very pleased” with the stipulation’s attempt to “decouple” utility profits from electricity sales.“However,” Nagusky added, “we have serious concerns with some of the rate design changes adopted in the Stipulation, particularly the increase in the fixed customer charge (and the concomitant reduction in the volumetric per kWh charge) for the residential customer class.”While increasing the fixed customer charge, the settlement also reduces the amount of electricity included with the minimum charge, from 100 kWh to 50 kWh per month.“The proposed rate design changes will result in the most dramatic bill increases (13% to 25%) for the below average users, which includes those who have taken action in their homes to reduce electric demand by conserving and purchasing more efficient lights and appliances,” the letter said. “The changes will also disadvantage customers who have installed distributed generation to reduce their demand on the grid, including at system peaks. These customers will pay higher bills regardless of their decrease in consumption of kWhs from the grid.”By shifting more revenue to fixed charges, as opposed to volumetric charges, the agreement “sends the wrong price signal to ratepayers,” Nagusky said, and reduces the incentive to conserve. She said that if the PUC decides to accept the stipulation, it should at least make the amount of power included with the minimum charge 100 kWh.Agnes Gormley, senior counsel in the Maine public advocate’s office, said the $3 increase is based on an average Maine customer who uses 525 kWh of electricity per month. Maine’s largest electric utility has agreed to a new rate plan that would add $3 to an average residential power bill while dropping a controversial proposal to charge homeowners with photovoltaic (PV) arrays a monthly “standby rate.”Maine is one of many states wrestling with the impact of rooftop PV and small-scale wind projects — what’s called “distributed generation” — on utility earnings. Central Maine Power, with more than 500,000 residential customers, had sought approval for a new rate plan that would have added about $13 to the monthly bill of a residential customer with a grid-tied solar array.The utility, a U.S. subsidiary of a Spanish holding company, had argued the standby rate would help spread the costs of maintaining the grid evenly among its customers. Solar advocates protested.But as reported by The Portland Press Herald, a rate settlement agreement filed with the Public Utilities Commission in early July scraps the standby rate.The PUC must still vote to accept the plan.Major parties to the rate case, including both business and environmental interests, have agreed to the plan, the newspaper said, as has the state’s public advocate office. The settlement agreement caps months of private talks in the 14-month-old rate case.last_img read more

Pumaren downplays heated commotion with Pringle

first_imgMOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The two eventually made amends before the start of the second half, but that couldn’t stop GlobalPort from suffering a blowout, 124-108.Pumaren, a fierce competitor back in his playing days, couldn’t help but see a little of himself in Pringle.“It’s just like me when I was playing. I used to argue with my coaches, too.”Pumaren said he holds no ill will toward Pringle, noting that he understands where his player is coming from during their verbal spat.“For me, it’s my style. Even in college, if you have something to say, it’s no problem. For me, we just have to do what we’re supposed to be doing. It’s nothing to me. We’re all professionals here. That’s no biggie for me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Reyes issues ultimatum on absent Abueva Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pringle opted to stay mum on the issue as he quietly made his way out of the Smart Araneta Coliseum.As frustrating as the night was for GlobalPort, Pumaren said that the beatdown shouls serve as a lesson going forward.“Let’s put it this way,  they played great and we played bad. We didn’t get any help from the bench, not like the previous games,” he said.GlobalPort takes a 20-day respite before playing against Kia on Aug. 20 at the Big Dome.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren downplayed his fierce exchange with star guard Stanley Pringle during the Batang Pier’s loss to Barangay Ginebra Sunday night.“It’s no biggie. It’s normal for coaches during the heat of the game. You cannot mellow or what,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pumaren and Pringle had a heated commotion when the outspoken mentor called the flashy playmaker out during a timeout with 4:35 remaining in the second quarter for his apparent lack of effort on defense.The 2014 Rookie of the Year tried to explain his side but went on to throw a towel which hit Sean Anthony that irked Pumaren.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“He was being lazy,” Pumaren said in a report during the game.Team manager Bonnie Tan and the rest of the Batang Pier played the role of peacemakers as they quickly tempered the situation, restraining Pringle away from the huddle. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

Nuggets clinch Northwest with win over Trail Blazers

first_imgMichigan State, Texas Tech get ready for a Final Four grind Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting After four years of building the team, Malone and Connelly could finally celebrate a division title for the Nuggets.Nikola Jokic scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, Paul Millsap finished with 25 points, and Denver clinched the Northwest Division title with a 119-110 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJokic added 13 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Nuggets to their first division title in six years. Jamal Murray scored 23 points and Torrey Craig had 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench for Denver.“That is a great achievement for us,” Malone said of clinching the division. “More important, we’re not satisfied. We’ve got three more games to go and the playoffs.” Craig’s teammates were quick to praise him after his performance, but when Murray was asked how tough Craig was to play against in practice, he couldn’t resist getting a jab in.“He don’t guard me,” Murray said. “He can’t guard me.”HEAVEN HELP USDenver was 2 of 10 from long range in the first half and finished the game hitting 25.9 percent from 3-point range.“We just can’t make shots right now,” Jokic said. “Twenty percent. We need help, maybe God. At least 30 percent.”UP NEXTThe teams meet again in Portland on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris, center, goes for a shot after running into Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, as forward Maurice Harkless watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Denver. Harris was called for charging. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Michael Malone stopped when he saw Tim Connelly standing nearby and gave his boss a bear hug. Connelly returned the hug and congratulated his head coach.“That was awesome,” the Nuggets’ president of basketball operations said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Nuggets are assured of at least the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and can clinch the second seed with two more wins. They lead Houston by 1½ games and have played one fewer game than the Rockets.Denver clinched its first Northwest Division title since 2012-13, when it won 40 of its final 50 games to finish 57-25. The Nuggets were upset by Golden State in the first round and parted ways with coach George Karl.Denver missed out on the playoffs by a game the last two seasons and now have a chance to secure the No. 2 seed for the first time since 2008-09. The Nuggets would need to win their last three games and have Golden State lose its final three to be the No. 1 seed.The players and coaches weren’t worried about catching the Warriors. They were enjoying the win and the climb from playoff purgatory to a budding title contender.“We know what we’re capable of,” Murray said. “We have a lot of learning to do, but we’re on a great path. It’s the first time in the playoffs, but we’ve got a lot more of these coming.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Trail Blazers lost to Denver for the third time after faltering in the fourth quarter. Portland scored 37 points in the third, but managed just 23 in the fourth.Enes Kanter had 24 points and Rodney Hood 17 for the Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard scored 12 of his 14 points after halftime.“The first three quarters, we played pretty good. The last quarter, they got it going a little bit,” Kanter said. “We just need to learn to finish that fourth quarter.“I believe in this team. I think this team is a championship team. … I think this team has enough talent to beat any team on any floor. We just need to stay together and go from here.”Portland led by three entering the fourth quarter, but Jokic set the tone in the fourth with seven quick points and fed Craig for a layup during an 18-6 run that gave Denver the lead for good. The Trail Blazers got within three on Kanter’s short jumper, but Murray hit a runner and Craig scored off of an offensive rebound to make it 114-107 with 1:12 left.“It was time for our best player to carry us,” Malone said. “Nikola is a big-game player and when we needed him most he came through.”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: G Seth Curry was ruled out before the game with left leg soreness. … Portland is 8-2 without CJ McCollum and 4-2 without Jusuf Nurkic. … Jake Layman’s three 3-pointers were two short of his career best. … Lillard’s first points came on a layup with 0.8 seconds left in the first half.Nuggets: The 33 home wins are the most since 2012-13 when they set a franchise record with 38. … Jokic now has 55 double-doubles this season. He has 12 triple-doubles, second to Russell Westbrook with 31.NOT SO FASTlast_img read more