A’s Matt Chapman exits game vs. Seattle Mariners

first_imgOAKLAND — A’s third baseman Matt Chapman left Wednesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners after two innings with what was described by the team as left ankle soreness.Chapman batted in the first inning and appeared to be walking a bit gingerly after he fouled off a pair of pitches from Mariners right-hander Erik Swanson. He remained in the game and played third base in the top of the second.After Chapman was lifted, Robbie Grossman entered the game and took over left field from Chad Pinder, …last_img

Looking for Common Ground in the Solar Debate

first_imgIt’s all a lot more complicated than it seemsThe two groups call on regulators to allow utilities to collect “reasonable” fees for grid services while ensuring that homeowners are compensated “fairly” for the power they sell. But as Ethan Howland writes in his post at Utility Dive, “Do you think defining ‘reasonable’ and ‘fairly’ is going to be easy?”Further, Howland points out that some of EEI’s members have sought limits on net metering, regardless of the support it gets in the EEI/NRDC statement.Hearings before Arizona regulators have brought these issues into sharp focus. Last year, the Arizona Corporation Commission okayed a new fee on solar customers beginning this year, although it wasn’t nearly as much as the utility had requested. The commission continues to study the cost and benefits of distributed generation, so the fight there is hardly over.In a February 14 filing related to that inquiry, EEI said that distributed generation will play a bigger role in the nation’s overall power mix, and added, “current policies that create cross-subsidies among customers are neither equitable nor sustainable.”EEI said incentives such as net metering have served their purpose and are no longer needed, adding that advocates of rooftop solar are pursing a double standard. “Essentially, they argue that the benefits of DG should be priced on the basis of value, while benefits of electricity service as well as other generation resources, should be priced based on their cost,” the EEI filing said. “This approach is fundamentally unfair, unduly discriminatory and inconsistent with the traditional approach to regulation.”In other words, finding a middle ground that both electric utilities and advocates of rooftop solar can live with isn’t right around the corner — joint statement or not. It’s ‘no longer about selling more electricity’“If properly done, utilities can adapt to the changing needs of customers, modern electricity systems, and technologies, while continuing to deliver safe and reliable service, maintain financial integrity by allowing costs of service fairly among customers, and continuously improve environmental performance,” the statements says.“But utility regulatory and business model changes are necessary to accelerate progress and ensure transparent and equitable attainment of these objectives.”The groups made a number of recommendations, among them:Electrical distribution shouldn’t be viewed as a “commodity business” in which utilities stay afloat financially by selling more power. Instead, the business model should be to “focus on meeting customers’ energy service needs.” Rate structures should allow utilities to maintain and improve the grid.Owners and operators of on-site renewable energy “must provide reasonable cost-based compensation for the utility services they use, while also being compensated fairly for the services they provide.”Utilities should be able to recoup non-fuel costs despite fluctuations in the use of electricity. At the same time, “customers deserve assurances that costs will not be shifted unreasonably to them from other customers.”Regulators should be open to opportunities to support utility investments in smart meters and a smart grid, which will improve energy efficiency. In a blog explaining the announcement, Ralph Cavanagh, NRDC’s energy program co-director, said the point is “that the electric utility business can no longer be about selling more electricity.”“Instead,” he writes, “it needs to be about ensuring that people have reliable and steadily improving electricity services (starting with heating, lighting and cooling) and better environmental quality. That, in turn will require getting more work out of less electricity through energy efficiency and also creating diversified clean energy resource portfolios — such as wind, solar and geothermal — that are second to none in overall reliability.”The most recent statement amends two earlier versions issued in 2003 and 2008. Cavanagh says those joint declarations were aimed at improving energy efficiency and clean energy investments. Two groups seemingly on opposite sites of the renewable energy divide have called on state utility regulators to adopt rate plans that encourage more renewable energy while protecting the financial interests of the companies that buy and distribute it.In a joint statement, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) said the future of the country’s electricity industry would remain promising “as long as regulatory policies are fair and forward looking.”EEI represents the country’s investor-owned electric utilities, which together supply electricity to 220 million people in all 50 states. The NRDC is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members.In a number of states, dealings between major utilities and backers of residential photovoltaic (PV) systems have been anything but warm and fuzzy. Utilities complain that as residential solar installations increase, there’s less money coming in to maintain the grid, and that non-solar customers have to pick up a bigger share of the load. For their part, homeowners and PV installers have resisted utility efforts to make them pay more for utility connections or accept less for excess power they produce.The debate over what’s called “distributed generation” (DG) has played out in Arizona, North Carolina, Hawaii, California, and elsewhere. According to a post at UtilityDive.com, it’s one of the most challenging issues regulators face.The statement, issued on February 12 at meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in Washington, D.C., looks for common ground in what’s shaping up to be a bitter struggle.last_img read more

India-Lanka T20 game in Ranchi breaks 5-year viewership record

first_imgMumbai, Feb 19 (PTI) The second game of the just concluded three-match T20 series between India and Sri Lanka was the most viewed T20 encounter in the past five years. The match on February 12 at Ranchi was rated 256 TVM (Television Viewership in Millions) on Star Sports network, according to BARC Panel CS4+ Urban calculations, surpassing by a huge margin the 112 TVM mark set by the India-Pakistan T20 game of December 25, 2012 in Bengaluru.India won the match played in skipper Mahendra Singh Dhonis hometown by 69 runs.”This is a fantastic start to the T20 season of cricket entertainment that will be available on Star Sports up ahead. We have got the Asia Cup (Feb 24-Mar 6) being played in the T20 format for the very first time, followed by India playing host to the ICC World T20 (Mar 8-Apr 3).”All the action from these tournaments will be broadcast live on Star Sports,” Star India Chief Operating Officer Sanjay Gupta said in a statement. PTI DS RSY AH AHlast_img read more

Meeting my 5-month-old son was like winning 2nd gold, says Asian Games hero Manjit Singh

first_imgSport is replete with stories of personal sacrifices in quest for being world beaters. Athletes who choose to isolate themselves from the outside world for that piece of Gold, knowing well enough that finishing on top is not guaranteed.India’s middle distance runner Manjeet Singh had gotten used to making such sacrifices despite big wins alluding him. We now know he ran the race of his life, winning the 800 meters Gold at Jakarta Asian Games.Running without medals and with no job in hand and age graph closing in on 30, Manjeet knew Asian games could be his last big crack at making sense of his career choice. He had sought permission from his family to allow himself to be shut away; even from his new born son.Asian Games 2018: Jinson Johnson not surprised with Manjit Singh’s 800m goldThe first time Manjeet saw his five-month-old son was at the Delhi international airport when he returned from Jakarta. “That was like my second gold. The first one I got in Jakarta. I was so happy,” he told India Today on the sidelines of a Skechers event.”You think about your child all the time. Every time I spoke to my family I would ask them not to make video calls otherwise I would develop a heavy heart. So I would insist on regular talk, no video calls and not too many photos,” he went on.”Family is important but when you have set out to achieve something big and you are working hard towards it and it’s right in front of you, you can’t loosen up. I had told myself the focus is Asian Games for which I had been working for three years,” he said.advertisementIn the now famous race, Manjeet made a breathtaking acceleration in the last 90 meters to go past the Qatari and Bahraini race leaders as well as compatriot Jinson Johnson, who finished second. “People still come up to me and say we can’t help seeing your race again and again. We seen it on repeat mode. My fellow athletes say they have seen it 20 times, 50 times. It feels good when people say they still watch it. It’s been two months now. It works as a great motivator,” he said.As for himself, he prefers watching and learning from the 1500 meters; one in which he finished fourth. “I watch the 1500 meters race many times where I finished fourth. To try and understand where I went wrong so that it’s not repeated. The one I won, I know went well so haven’t seen to too many times,” the 29-year-old said. Manjit Singh (middle) is now busy preparing for Asian Championships and World Championships in 2019 (Reuters Photo)Belated career success could have been because of lack of scientific training methods in early years, thinks Manjeet. “I had no knowledge about high altitude training. There was no one to guide me either. I would train in Patiala. For the Asian games I trained in Bhutan, Asia’s highest altitude area. If I had begun better training earlier, I could perhaps have got results earlier,” he said.With Asian Championships and World Championships lined up next year and 2020 being an Olympic year, Manjeet is set to embark on another training in isolation routine. “Now that I have overcome the struggle phase, my next target is the Olympics,” he said.He is willing to put in the hard yards. But knows it won’t come without personal sacrifices. “My kid knows me somewhat now. But I will only return after another five or six months. I don’t know if he will remember me or not,” he wondered.last_img read more