Murray beats Djokovic, ends year on top

first_imgLONDON (AP): Without a doubt, Andy Murray will be the No. 1 player in the world for the rest of the year. The Wimbledon champion needed to win the final match of the season to ensure his place at the top. And he did it, rather easily. Murray beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 yesterday to earn his first title at the ATP finals, and make sure he remained No. 1 until next season. “I would like to try and stay there, obviously. It’s taken a huge effort the last five, six months to get there,” said Murray, who took over the top ranking two weeks ago and has now won 24 straight matches. “I’m aware that’s going to be extremely difficult because I had a great year this year. I only managed to do it by one match.” Murray replaced Djokovic as the top-ranked player in Paris, but the second-ranked Serb could have regained the No. 1 position by winning yesterday at the O2 Arena. And Murray seemed vulnerable heading into the final, especially after playing three sets against Milos Raonic in Saturday’s semi-finals. He started against Djokovic with a pair of double-faults in the opening game, but it was soon his opponent that was struggling with his serve as the unforced errors piled up. “There was no serious chance for me to win today’s match,” Djokovic said. “From the very beginning, we could see that. He was just a better player all in all.” Normally so steady with his groundstrokes, Djokovic found himself missing easy shots time after time, finishing the match with a whopping 30 unforced errors and only 13 winners. Murray had 15 unforced errors and 13 winners. In the first set, Djokovic had a routine smash that he whacked wide. And in the second, he netted a basic forehand volley. It never got much better for the 12-time Grand Slam champion, who was trying to win a record-tying sixth title at the season-ending tournament and finish the year as the top-ranked player for the fifth time. TOP SPOT Murray is the first man other than Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal to finish the year as the No. 1-ranked player since Andy Roddick in 2003. He took over the top spot on November 7 after winning his eighth title of the season at the Paris Masters. He also reached the Australian Open and French Open finals, losing to Djokovic on both occasions, but won his second straight Olympic gold medal in singles at the Rio de Janeiro Games after claiming his second Wimbledon title. Yesterday, he capped a long stretch of playing some of the best tennis of his life, and the best tennis in the world.last_img read more

High Court releases businessman on bail

first_imgAttempted murderAfter spending more than four weeks in prison on an attempted murder charge, businessman Abdul Imran Khan was granted bail in the High Court.Khan is accused of attempting to kill Romario Baljeet, also called “Short Boss”, outside a popular Main Street, Georgetown nightclub.Khan’s lawyer, Glen Hanoman filed the bail application before High Court Judge Sandil Kissoon after his client was remanded on several occasions in the Magistrates’ Courts.He was released on $700,000 bail and warned by Justice Kissoon to stay away from the Virtual Complainant (VC).During Khan’s last court appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, relatives of Baljeet had claimed that they were contacted by relatives of the businessman who asked them to “drop the matter”.Attorney-at-Law Latchmi Rahamat, who has been assigned as the Special Prosecutor in the matter, had stated that a male relative of the accused visited Baljeet’s residence to settle the matter.Meanwhile, the court also heard that the matter was still be investigated by Police.The 37-year-old man was arrested after he was reportedly seen on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage beating Baljeet on October 28, 2018 outside the Main Street, Georgetown club.Khan’s Attorney, on his first court appearance, questioned the charge that was instituted against his client. “This was a fight, not attempted murder,” the lawyer had told the court in a bail application.The week prior to his appearance, Khan’s brother, 37-year-old Safraz Khan was brought before the said court on gun-related charges. He was, however, granted $50,000 bail.last_img read more

More on the Blizzard’s Aftermath

first_imgHowever, the RCMP did release an overnight travel advisory for the region and, motorists should anticipate city streets, and particularly rural roads, to be in poor travel condition this morning.We are expecting skies to clear this afternoon but, not before we receive another 2 to 4 centimeters.So motorists are also advised, the longer they can wait for plowing and sanding crews to address the situation, the better the chances of uninterrupted travel. Photo:  Just one of the many snow drifts around Fort St. John – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caThis could be another very difficult travel morning in the Fort St. John area.- Advertisement -According to Environment Canada, airport readings show, in the twelve hour period beginning at five o’clock yesterday afternoon, we received 8 centimeters of snow.In addition, Northwest wind gusts early this morning, have been clocked as high, as 60 kilometers per hour, resulting in blowing and drifting snow and, poor visibility.The overnight snowfall has pushed the monthly total past 40 centimeters and, it is now more than 15 centimeters higher, than the local area monthly norm, for March.We know of no road closures and, to date there have been no reports of any serious traffic accidents.  The only incident we have heard about is on the Cecil Lake road and the Bridge in that area.  A Chip truck broke down sometime over night and is blocking larger traffic.  Smaller vehicles can pass this broken down truck, but larger vehicles like transport trucks can not cross the bridge because of the vehicle.Advertisementlast_img read more

Done deal! QPR goalkeeper Green signs new contract

first_imgQueens Park Rangers goalkeeper Rob Green has signed a new two-year deal at Loftus Road.The 34-year-old helped the Hoops earn promotion back to the Premier League last season and has now put pen to paper on a new contract until the summer of 2016.Green, who was voted man of the match in QPR’s Championship play-off final victory against Derby County in late May, told the club’s official website: “I’m really pleased to have signed the contract.“The first thing on my mind, after relaxing and enjoying winning promotion, was to get my future sorted, so I’m delighted we’ve managed to get everything done ahead of pre-season.”He added: “I had a nice break after the long season. I feel refreshed and recharged and I’m looking forward to the season ahead.”Green, who has 12 England caps, has endured a mixed time since moving to the Hoops in 2012 from West Ham but having made the number one jersey his own last season, he is relishing a return to the Premier League.“At the start of last season all I was focused on was playing football – thankfully that happened and we got promoted at the end of it all.“This season is very much the same. I want to play week in, week out. We want to aim high, but we won’t get carried away. We learnt a lot of lessons last time, so we will keep our targets in-house and be fully focused on the season ahead.“We can’t underestimate the difficulties of the Premier League.” 1 QPR goalkeeper Rob Green last_img read more

Yet another twist in Ferrari crash case

first_imgCALABASAS – The only-in-Los Angeles saga that began last week with the high-speed Malibu crash of a $1 million Enzo Ferrari owned by a Swedish playboy is racing toward absurdity. Sheriff’s investigators now say that a mysterious German named Dietrich never existed, but an American named Trevor has materialized, along with two intriguing figures who conned deputies at the crash site while claiming to be homeland security officials. “It’s just spiraling out of control,” Sgt. Philip Brooks of the Malibu-Lost Hills sheriff’s station told reporters Thursday. “It’s simply amazing.” Sheriff’s detectives continued to question Stefan Eriksson about the Feb. 21 crash on Pacific Coast Highway. Eriksson’s top-of-the-line Ferrari split in two after its driver – who may or may not have been the Swede – lost control of the vehicle. The red sports car smashed against a utility poll. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Eriksson, who was at the scene nursing a bloody lip, told deputies he was just the passenger in his red Ferrari as it raced 162 mph against a Mercedes SLR. He claimed a German named Dietrich was driving the car and fled on foot after the smashup. Eriksson said the driver of the Mercedes sped away, but a man who authorities only identified as Trevor was at the crash site and told deputies he was the passenger of the Mercedes. Trevor gave his address as a yacht slip in Marina del Rey. The $14 million yacht usually docked there is gone. Investigators say Trevor waved down a passing motorist after the crash, asked to borrow a cell phone, and slipped a fully loaded magazine clip underneath the driver’s seat of the good Samaritan’s car. No weapon has been found. After all the twists and turns, investigators now believe there was no race, and no Mercedes, only the Enzo and Eriksson and probably Trevor riding shotgun. They also are checking reports from Scotland about a missing Mercedes SLR, purchased through a fraudulent company, linked to a possible associate of Eriksson. Eriksson was convicted of fraud and counterfeiting in Sweden in 1993 and 1994, and has been linked to a group known as the Uppsala Mafia, according to sheriff’s deputies. Along with Trevor, investigators said Thursday they are seeking two men who appeared at the scene of the crash. The men claimed to be “homeland security officials” with the Azuza-based San Gabriel Valley Transit Authority, waved badges at deputies and were allowed into the crash scene. Authorities believe they had ties to Eriksson, who is an honorary deputy police commissioner of the same transit authority. Eriksson, who does not have a California driver’s license, handed deputies a business card with the honorary title as a form of identification the morning of the crash. Ashley Posner, Eriksson’s civil attorney and member of the authority, said his client was named an honorary member because of his “expertise on video compression technology.” “Mr. Eriksson is a guy that has developed some technology that can be used in transit systems to assist police agencies to respond to emergencies that involve transit buses,” Posner said. Posner said the transit authority offers free van service to disabled residents. Throughout it all, deputies say Eriksson has been cooperative. On Wednesday, he appeared at the sheriff’s station to submit to DNA testing. A sheriff’s lab will analyze the swab of saliva taken from Eriksson’s mouth to see if it matches blood found on the driver’s side air bag. As for the car, Brooks said Ferrari has said it could repair the vehicle for $300,000. Only 399 Enzos were manufactured between 2002 and 2004, with one more made for Pope John Paul II in 2005. The Catholic Church auctioned that car off for $1.275 million to benefit charity. The original sticker price was $643,330, but the Enzo usually resells for about $1 million. Brooks said Eriksson owns two of the cars, and that he slipped into the United States in September. If arrested, Eriksson could be charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and providing false information to authorities and will face deportation, Brooks said. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 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

Stunning line-up for gypsy jazz festival in Ramelton

first_imgALL ROADS lead to Ramelton this weekend for a feast of brilliant music at the Django Sur Lennon Gypsy Jazz Festival.One of the styles of jazz performed is what has today become known as “gypsy jazz” or gypsy swing.This style of jazz is most often attributed to gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grapelli who founded the all strings jazz ensemble, The Quintet du Hot Club de France, in the 1930s in Paris, France. This style is at times also referred to as “jazz manouche”, from the French term meaning “gypsy”. The style’s creation often being attributed to Django, the musical characteristics and the blending of gypsy musical elements with jazz and the fact that it has largely been fellow gypsies (until recently) who have carried and preserved the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt since his death in 1953, makes the term “jazz manouche” one that is quite fitting in describing this genre.With this in mind, a wonderful celebration of this music genre comes to the heritage town of Ramelton this weekend.For more check out Django Sur Lennon on Facebook.Here’s a line-up of what’s ahead: Friday 28th Oct  8pm – 10pm Town HallRomane and guestsSat 29th 11am – 1pm.Gypsy Jazz guitar workshop hosted by Romane.Sat 29th 2 – 4pm Kourosh Kanini and guests… Mystery venue! Bus from Gamble’s square at 1.45pm. Limited to 50 people. Weekend ticket holders get first shout. Advertisement  Sat 29th  5.30 – 7.30pmIrene Ypenburg with The Manouche BandSat 29th 9pm – 11pm Town HallDario Napoli TrioSun 30th 11am – 1pm Town HallGypsy Jazz guitar workshop with Dario NapoliSun 30th 2.30 – 4.30 Advertisement Festival closing gigThere will of course be informal Jazz sessions and performances in various venues around town over the festival weekend! Stunning line-up for gypsy jazz festival in Ramelton was last modified: October 27th, 2016 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

St Michael’s GAA club extend congratulations to player Ciaran Gallagher as he ties the knot!

first_imgSt. Michael’s Notes: CongratulationsCongratulations to our club player Ciaran Gallagher and his wife Sharon who were married in Moville on Saturday last and extend them best wishes for their future together. St. Michael’s Mini LottoThere was no Jackpot winner in the St. Michael’s Mini Lotto on Sunday night last.  The numbers drawn were 2,3,4,6,11,20.  The Match 5 winner was Brid McElhinney Shroughan Falcarragh. This weeks Jackpot be €2150.The Club would like to thank Brian and Margaret Anne Dolan, Molly’s Bar Dunfanaghy, Seamus Sweeney Kildarragh Construction Philadelphia, Shaun Langan Creeslough Pallets and Michael McColgan Dunfanaghy for their continuing sponsorship of the lotto jackpot, it is very much appreciated.Tickets are on sale in local businesses in Dunfanaghy and Creeslough and at the Bingo Session in Massinass Community Centre Creeslough on Sunday evenings, tickets for the St. Michaels Mini Lotto can now also be purchased on line anywhere at at onlinelotto on facebook . St. Michael’s Bingo SessionThe €75 on the 5th Game at the Bingo Session in Dunfanaghy on Sunday night last was won by Helen Air Creeslough; €75 on the 10th Game was won by Eddie Flood Creeslough.  The €100 on the Snowball game was shared by Evelyn Toye Grogagh and Eileen Boyle Falcarragh. Please note that there is a new format at the Bingo Session in Creeslough now.  All lines €30, 2 Houses at €75, All other Houses at €50, Sheet: €30 Line, €100 House, The Snowball is now €1,000 on 45 Numbers or less.The single book is €8, Double, Double Book €12, Sheet €2. Bingo continues every Sunday evening at 8pm in the Massinass Community Centre.National Club DrawSt. Michael’s Club officials will be selling the annual National Draw tickets door to door in the Dunfanaghy and Creeslough areas over the next few weeks.  All support would be greatly appreciated for this important fundraising event for the club.  Tickets are priced at €10 and included in this is a local, County and National Draw. 2017 Season Tickets& Club + CardsSales & Renewals will commence on Monday 10th October.Adult Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €99All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified& you have at least 60% attendance at games.U16 Season Ticket BenefitsCosts only €20All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified& you have at least 60% attendance at games.Adult Club + Card Benefits for MembersCosts only €200All Adult Club Games within the control of Donegal GAA (Not eligible for games at U18 Grade & Lower)All National League Games for your County.1st Round of the Ulster ChampionshipOption to purchase tickets for the Championship as your county progresses.Option to purchase All Ireland Final Ticket should your county have qualified No Attendance Record Required. Pitch GatesAll Managers and everyone else who uses the Club Naomh Micheál Pitch at The Bridge in are asked to please close the Gate as they leave.SOS for Photographs!Nicola is currently gathering photographs for the clubhouse. If anyone has ANY team photographs from winning senior, reserve, u21 or any underage teams in league/championship/Gaeltacht she would really appreciate if you let her know. All hard copies of the photos will be returned to you safely once we make a copy of them or likewise photos can be emailed to secretary.stmichaels.donegal@gaa.iePlease spread the word as the team photos required date back to 1967!!All help with this little project would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone.Club GearMichael Murphy Sports & Leisure is now stocking St Michaels club gear in children and adult sizes.Initials can be embroidered on tops if requested in the shop.St. Michael’s Minor BoardSt. Michael’s Minor Board AGMThe  Minor Board AGM takes place in Creeslough Day Centre on Tuesday 22nd November at 8pm .Registration  for the new year will take place on the same night from 7-8pm and afterwards the AGM .Numbers are very big this year so we need more people involved – all help welcome and no experience is necessary . We need a parent to be present for each child registered, Due to changes in the Registration process. All children need to be registered at the AGM, So one parent to attend. Looking forward to seeing you on the night.AcademyA new 8 week football academy starting this Sunday October 30th at St Michael ‘s Clubhouse, for 4 – 6 year olds from 11 – 12noon and for 7 – 10 year olds from 12 – 1pm .Everyone welcome. Look forward to seeing  you there.Clothes BankA clothes bank is now situated on High St, Creeslough ie around the corner from McNultys Bar in aid of St. Michael’s Minor Board.  If anyone is clearing out presses etc. all donations of clothes, shoes, bags, curtains etc would be much appreciated.U8s&U 10sU8s and U10s training is finished for the season now. Big thanks to everyone who helped out with  both teams over the year and a special word of thanks to all the players who turned out every week at the Bridge.Parish League BookletAnyone who wishes to receive a Parish League Booklet can contact Margaret Ann on 0876207919.Also some league champions 2015 booklets still available.St Michael’s GAA club extend congratulations to player Ciaran Gallagher as he ties the knot! was last modified: October 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportSt Michaelslast_img read more

Lockyer slaps Sempra with gouging lawsuit

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Denying allegations that his office is trying to influence the ongoing trial of a class-action suit against Sempra Energy, Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed a massive lawsuit Wednesday against a subsidiary of the company, claiming it gouged California consumers by hundreds of millions of dollars. But Sempra Energy officials stood by their claims, reported in the Daily News on Wednesday, that Lockyer’s office had tried to intimidate the company into settling a $23 billion class-action lawsuit, filed by private attorneys, with a threat to sue on behalf of the state even while a jury trial is under way in San Diego in the class action in which Continental Forge is among the plaintiffs. “Executives from Sempra Energy were present at meetings or participated in conversations where high-ranking officials in the Attorney General’s Office threatened to file lawsuits against Sempra Energy and its companies if our company did not agree to the state’s terms in a comprehensive settlement involving the Continental Forge litigation,” W. Davis Smith, Sempra Energy vice president and associate general counsel, said Wednesday. In filing the new lawsuit Wednesday, Lockyer flatly rejected what he called unethical allegations by Sempra Energy that his office has used the threat of a lawsuit to pressure the energy giant, parent of The Gas Co., into a settlement in the case that would benefit a close political ally of Lockyer’s. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week One of the lead attorneys in the San Diego trial is Tom Girardi, who personally and through his firm has given more than $260,000 in campaign contributions and gifts to Lockyer in recent years. Girardi and other attorneys stand to make $100 million or more in legal fees if the suit is settled in their favor. “It’s like the bank robber claiming the arresting officer was the bad guy,” Lockyer said. “Yes, we’re filing a lawsuit on behalf of California consumers who were ripped off by Sempra. And they (Sempra officials) want to cloud the issue. But the issue is: How much did they steal from California ratepayers and can we get it back?” Girardi did not return a call for comment Wednesday. Lockyer said his office has had no involvement in the San Diego trial and has not made any attempt to influence it. He said he called Sempra Energy’s president and chief operating officer, Donald E. Felsinger, on Wednesday to “make note of my objection to their unethical comments to the press.” In a printed statement Wednesday, Sempra Energy’s Smith said Lockyer’s charges against subsidiary Sempra Commodities “have no merit whatsoever.” “In recent days, officials in the Attorney General’s Office repeatedly have threatened that if our company did not agree to the state’s terms, the attorney general would file lawsuits against us and today delivered on these threats, filing a meritless lawsuit against our Sempra Commodities unit. The timing of this action is highly inappropriate given the trial under way in San Diego.” Smith said the case Lockyer’s suit refers to already has been addressed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He said Sempra Commodities did not engage in any improper market activities and abided by the law, regulations and market rules in existence. Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, said the allegations, including potential conflict of interest against Lockyer, “are very serious and warrant investigation by an independent federal agency.” Richman could end up running against Lockyer for state treasurer next year, as both are seeking their party nominations in the June 2006 primary. “The appearance of the problem – if the allegations are found to be true, the use of the Attorney General’s Office to benefit campaign contributors and gift givers who stand to make more than $100 million (in legal fees) – is appalling and potentially criminal,” Richman said. San Diego-based law professor Robert Fellmeth said it would be improper for a public case to be used to leverage a private one. But he remains skeptical that Lockyer was pursuing any such course. “You can’t use one case to leverage another; the threat of a public case to leverage a private case is improper,” said Fellmeth, a professor of public interest law at the University of San Diego Law School. “I’d be surprised if that is what happened. “Sempra is going to whine because they don’t want a credible public agency to come in and act,” he added. By filing the suit, he said, Lockyer gets to take credit for going after Sempra and returning money to the public himself, rather than just having private attorneys do it. Lockyer said his office has filed almost 100 lawsuits against various energy companies since the crisis and has reached settlements or judgments that could return up to $5.3 billion to California businesses and consumers – though $1.5 billion of that is in doubt because it is owed by bankrupt Enron. The suit Lockyer’s office filed Wednesday in Sacramento County Superior Court alleges that Sempra Energy Trading Corp., now Sempra Commodities, manipulated the energy market during the 2000-01 power crisis to drive up prices and shrink supplies. The company engaged in more than 5,000 transactions that gamed the market, he alleges, using schemes with nicknames such as “Fat Boy,” “Ricochet,” “Death Star” and “Get Shorty.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger supported Lockyer’s lawsuit, saying his administration has been working to obtain refunds for California consumers. “For months, my administration has been involved in intensive negotiations with Sempra Energy and other parties in an effort to lower costs, compensate ratepayers and resolve ongoing disputes,” Schwarzenegger, who is currently on a trade mission to China, said in a written statement. “My position has always been that the Attorney General’s Office has legitimate claims to pursue in this case and that if a comprehensive settlement could not be reached, the state of California would take its case to court on behalf of the ratepayers.” Harrison Sheppard reported this story from Sacramento. Beth Barrett reported from Los Angeles. Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 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


first_imgBallylast National School will be building up their courage (and their heads for heights!) over the next few days.Take your parachute and jump…!They begin their preparations to take a huge breath and a huge jump of courage and parachute their way into raising funds for their School and also for Donegal Hospice.Parents, relatives and people with a connection to the School will all be taking part in the Tandem Parachute jump. A Tandem Parachute jump is a fast falling freefall where the person will be securely connected to a highly qualified instructor who will safely control their descent. All the same this should not take away from the bravery these participants will be portraying on the day and the length they will be going to raise funds.These 15 brave people are Shauna Gallagher, Carmel Mc Cullagh, Larry Griffin, Stephen Mc Cullagh, Louise Grieve Doherty, Trevor Clarke, Joe Mc Gonagle, Andrew Neason, Andrew Tinney, Martin O Donnell, Martin Gallen, Paul Mc Nulty, Mike Byrne, Dessie Mc Laughlin and Joe Mc Nulty.The event will be taking place in Derry on Sunday 8th September 2013All proceeds will be split evenly between Donegal Hospice and Ballylast NS. The Donegal Hospice provides care when someone is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness they provide hospice/palliative care services in Donegal.Ballylast National School is a small three teacher school with 61 pupils outside Castlefin.Ballylast National School would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in advance for their kind donations and generosity.If anyone would like to make a donation please do not hesitate to contact Stephen Mc Cullagh on 0872629444 or Louise Grieve Doherty on 0872317728 for more information. THEY’RE ALL ‘PLANE’ MAD DOWN AT BALLYLAST NATIONAL SCHOOL! was last modified: August 31st, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Ballylast National Schooldonegal hospiceparachute jumplast_img read more

Arizona Solar Installations Slow

first_imgUtility and regulators discuss renewable requirementsIn Arizona, a complicating issue is how Arizona Public Service will meet state requirements that a certain percentage of its electricity come from renewable sources. For this year, that’s set at 4.5%, 1.4 % of which must come from rooftop solar or other “distributed” sources, The Republic reported. The renewable requirement rises to 15% by 2025.The utility has enough solar customers now to meet requirements through 2016.The rub is a requirement in the 2006 law requiring Arizona Public Service to get renewable-energy credits (RECs) from rooftop solar in order to comply. The utility initially paid rebates to customers who installed solar and in the process acquired the RECs for their solar panels. But rebates are no longer offered, and as a result Arizona Public Service no longer gets the RECs.The utility and state regulators are currently discussing how the requirement will be met in the future. Spain struggles with the same issueThe debate over net-metering and the impact of residential PV installations isn’t limited to the U.S. In Spain, the government is cutting compensation for solar installations. Large photovoltaic plants will see the biggest reductions, up to 45% of current payments, according to the website Solar Server.A group called the National Association of Photovoltaic Energy Producers says the new policy will affect 55,000 Spanish families who invested in solar and could force some of them into bankruptcy because they borrowed heavily to make the installations.One of them, whose story appeared in The New York Times last month, mortgaged his house, his father’s house, and his workshop in order to install a PV system. He based the investment on government promises of generous rates for the energy he produced.The government about-face will cost the Spanish investor everything he has.Spain is proposing other measures, including a fee on electricity that solar producers generate and use themselves, which opponents call the “sun tax.” The number of new rooftop photovoltaic (PV) installations in the area covered by the Arizona Public Service Company is dropping, and the vice president of a California company that finances solar leases says a new monthly fee for photovoltaic systems is the culprit.According to a report in The Republic, the number of rooftop installations fell from 583 in January of last year to 280 last month.Bryan Miller, vice president for public policy and power markets for Sunrun, blamed the drop on the fee that was adopted last November and went into effect at the start of the year.“You have an industry that is in grave pain in Arizona,” he told The Republic. “It is in stark contrast with what is going on in the rest of the solar industry.”Arizona Public Service, like several other electric utilities around the country, have voiced concerns that the growing number of residential photovoltaic installations is unfairly shifting the cost of maintaining the grid to non-solar customers. Its arguments last year before state regulators that customers with PV systems weren’t paying their fair share led to the new fee.According to the website Utility Dive, state regulators agreed to impose the fee of 70 cents per kilowatt, or roughly $5 per month for an average installation, on customers who install PV systems beginning this year. But it did not affect the 20,000 customers who already had them.The fee voted in by the Arizona Corporation Commission was the first of its kind in the U.S., but the utility said it “fell well short” of what it needed, Utility Dive reported.Net-metering rules, by which utility customers sell excess power produced by their PV systems, were left unchanged. According to information posted at DSIRE, an online data base, owners of PV systems get paid the retail rate for excess electricity.last_img read more