Messi, Argentina come alive, beat Nigeria 2-1 at World Cup

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Without that late goal from Rojo, the 31-year-old Messi might have retired from international soccer for a second time — and for good this time.Instead, it was Messi who was at the center of the celebrations. His teammates formed a circle around him while striker Gonzalo Higuain cried nearby. Messi then clenched his fist as he turned toward the Argentina fans.“He’s above everybody else,” Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said. “The most important thing for Leo is his human side. He cries. He suffers. He’s happy when Argentina wins. I know him.“Many people say Leo does not enjoy playing for Argentina, but I do not agree. He enjoys and suffers like all the other players and that makes him even bigger.”Before Rojo’s goal, Nigeria had been only a few minutes from qualifying for the last 16 for the fourth time.Javier Mascherano gave away a penalty with a pull on Leon Balogun at a 49th-minute corner. Victor Moses converted — and marked the goal with a somersault — to put Nigeria back in control of the race for second place in the group.Argentina was facing finishing a World Cup without a win for the first time since 1934, but instead the team is headed to the knockout stage.“This is Messi,” Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said with a shrug.GROUP DYNAMICSMinutes away from advancing to the knockout stage, Nigeria ended up third in the group — ahead of Iceland but a point behind Argentina. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town From a long pass over the defense by Ever Banega, Messi caressed the ball with his left thigh, took another touch with his left foot, and then delivered a smooth right-footed finish into the corner.Messi fell to his knees and pointed his fingers upward in celebration. At the same time, Maradona crossed his arms with his hands on his shoulders and looked to the sky.“I knew that God is with us,” Messi said, “and he wouldn’t let us get eliminated.”Messi, who later hit the post off a free kick, and Banega controlled the game in the first half. Rojo finished it off in the second by cushioning a volley with his right foot into the bottom corner and ensuring Messi’s quest for a first World Cup title continued.Argentina will play France in the last 16 in Kazan on Saturday. If Argentines win and Portugal beats Uruguay on Saturday, Messi would face Cristiano Ronaldo in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Argentina has four days to prepare for its last 16 match against France. It is the first game of the knockout stage.KEY TO SUCCESSMessi delivered his best performance of the tournament, with his goal allowing Argentina to take early control of the game.Yet the standout player might have been Banega, who was recalled to midfield after being on the bench for the first two games and impressed with his work rate and range of passing.SERIOUS STATSMessi joined Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta as the only Argentina players to have scored in three different World Cups. He has also now scored as a teenager, in his 20s and in his 30s at a World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Denmark advances at World Cup in drab 0-0 draw with France Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Argentina staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory over Nigeria on Tuesday, getting a late goal from Marcos Rojo. Maradona showed both middle fingers to the crowd after the 86th-minute winner.A short time later, videos posted on social media showed Maradona needing help out of the stands and into an adjoining luxury box at the stadium. He appeared to have his eyes closed and a later photo showed a pair of paramedics attending to him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThere was no immediate information on his health, but about two hours later he was photographed smiling at an airport. Another photo posted on Twitter appeared to show him sitting on a plane.Messi’s goal — his 65th for Argentina — was surely enough to impress even Maradona. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Argentina’s Lionel Messi, center, kicks the ball during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — From his thigh to his foot to the back of the net, Lionel Messi finally scored a goal at this year’s World Cup.The exquisite strike from the Argentina great sparked the first of several celebrations from an animated Diego Maradona, who screamed, shouted and made obscene gestures — and raised concerns for his health.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

Public Officials Should Stop Undermining Our Hard-Earned Peace

first_imgThe return of peace to Liberia is appreciated by all Liberians who felt and experienced the agonies and horrors of the civil war directly, indirectly or vicariously.There are thousands of victims of rape and torture, and survivors of massacres still lingering in despair without justice and reparation. Millions who could not accomplish their plans for life are still struggling to go through, while the retrogressive state of the country remains an embarrassment to us all except for a few elites who appear poised to tear it apart.The conflict exacted a high toll in lives, time and money, to bring this peace that exists in the country today. The history is clear that the West African group, ECOWAS, used their resources as well as those provided by others, to intervene here by deploying troops under the umbrella of ECOMOG.In the course of the seven years those soldiers stayed in Liberia, many of them lost their lives in the line of duty and, today, their wives remain widows while their children are fatherless.The United Nations, following the resumption of another war after the 1997 presidential and legislative elections that brought Charles Taylor to power, mobilized manpower and millions of dollars to facilitate the restoration of peace in this country.The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) spent 13 years in this country building and protecting peace.Before UNMIL came to Liberia, women of Christian and Muslim backgrounds had prayed earnestly, forsaking food until the good Lord answered their prayers to bring the war to an end.These instances tell how Liberians and foreigners alike paid a price for peace in this country and why they should nurture it.The anarchy that faced this country is rooted in factors that many Liberians, if not all, should know.  Among the key factors are CORRUPTION, DENIAL, INJUSTICE and DISCRIMINATION.Corruption, discrimination and denial were factors that the People’s Redemption Council (PRC) dwelt on to execute several people here upon taking over in the bloody coup of 1980.The coup leader, Samuel Doe, having executed people for corruption and other vices, virtually repeated same and even went beyond by an ethnicization of the military, Balkanizing the country along ethnic lines and indulging in extrajudicial killings.This resulted into the 14-year war that destroyed the fabric of this country in totality.But Liberians, especially politicians, seem not to be learning from their past.  Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, first female President of this country and Africa at large, who it was believed would have transformed this war-ravished country, was given massive international support; but her regime, like those of the past, repeated almost all those ills and vices that led the nation down the path to war.George Weah, the one whom the downtrodden masses love so much and refer to as the “Country Giant,” took over from Sirleaf, with promises of lifting the people out of poverty.It did not take quite three months after assuming the presidency when news and reports surfaced on social media of his erection and building of structures that he did not build during his lofty football career or even in his ambitious foray into Liberian politics.Some of his officials, Nathaniel McGill and Jefferson Koijee, have reportedly bought properties that critics say they could not have bought throughout their sojourn in the ranks of the opposition.President Weah has said that his leadership will not be worse than previous leaderships in the history of Liberia, but just nine months into his leadership, billions in Liberian dollar banknotes remain unaccounted for as Liberians continue to experience the effects of a harsh economic crisis.As Liberians, by virtue of their right under the Constitution, seek clarity and understanding from the government on this money issue, senior government officials continue to give conflicting accounts that confuse rather than enlighten the public.The patience Liberians have exercised to maintain the peace does not negate the fact that they do not feel the humiliation perpetuated by those now in leadership who violated their rights in the past.This paper, the Daily Observer, fears that in such a situation where the people continue to encounter psychosocial pains from such leaders, there is a likelihood that they will one day express their anger as it happened in North Africa.People in Tunisia were paying taxes to their government without much benefit to them as corruption engulfed the entire economy.  At the same time, police were troubling street vendors as we frequently witness here.An impoverished street vendor, Mohammed Bouazizi, set himself ablaze when the police arbitrarily seized his apple stand.  This led Tunisians to rise up in protest against the government of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and he had to escape the country to seek refuge elsewhere.The rest of the stories are there and still unfolding, while our own history is here to remind us.Liberians and their international friends cherish this peace that has been restored here; let not voracious politicians undermine it by their corrupt and evil deeds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CPR Day November 21st

first_imgA life-saving course is being offered next week, and it won’t cost the public a dime. The local St. John Ambulance is holding their 4th Annual Community CPR Day on November 21st. Those who pre-register get free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, which originally costs $75.00.Branch Manager Tina Westergaard says the session ensures that more residents are trained to save lives.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=2109|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=061718f2316ffb530d8ac11d80ad8596-Tina Westergaard 1_1_Pub.mp3] Upon completion of the four-hour course, participants will get a certificate, a St. John Ambulance CPR book and grab bag containing a wallet first aid kit. The Fort St. John branch will offer two courses, a CPR-A, (resusitating adults), and CPR-B, (for saving adults, children and infants) Advertisement Westergaard says the training will also include YOYO-72, or You’re On Your Own for 72 hours. [asset|aid=2110|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=061718f2316ffb530d8ac11d80ad8596-Tina Westergaard 2_1_Pub.mp3] Anyone who is interested in the free training, must pre-register before the date, by calling the local branch at 250-785-7233.last_img read more

Former Arsenal defender bidding to win deal with Glasgow Rangers

first_img Philippe Senderos in action for Switzerland 1 Former Arsenal, Aston Villa and Fulham defender Philippe Senderos has joined Rangers on trial.The 31-year-old is without a club after leaving Grasshoppers back in his native Switzerland earlier this year.He could now be handed a crack at the Scottish Premier League by Rangers, where he has kicked off a short trial.Senderos has a wealth of experience in British football having racked up a total of 131 Premier League appearances for Arsenal, Villa and Fulham – as well as a short spell at Everton.And now the former AC Milan and Valencia man could earn a chance north of the border with Rangers.last_img read more

Simpler sells with cells

first_imgOVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) Nathan Bales represents a troubling trend for cellular phone carriers. The Kansas City-area countertop installer recently traded in a number of feature-laden phones for a stripped-down model. He said he didn’t like using them to surf the Internet, rarely took pictures with them and couldn’t stand scrolling through seemingly endless menus to get the functions to work. “I want a phone that is tough and easy to use,” said Bales, 30. “I don’t want to listen to music with it. I’m not a cyber-savvy guy.” But the wireless industry needs him to be comfortable with advanced features and actively use them. As the universe of people who want a cell phone and don’t already have one gets smaller, wireless carriers are counting on advanced services to generate the bulk of new revenue in coming years. Consumers last year paid $8.6 billion for so-called data applications on their phones, up 86 percent from the year before, according to wireless trade group CTIA. But they’ve also shown a growing frustration with how confusing those added features can be. A J.D. Power & Associates survey last year found consumer satisfaction with their mobile devices has declined since 2003, with some of the largest drops linked to user interface for Internet and e-mail services. That has providers working hard to make their devices easier to use fewer steps, brighter and less cluttered screens, different pricing strategies so consumers will not only use data functions more often but also be encouraged to buy additional ones. For Sprint Nextel Corp., the process begins in a suite of small rooms on its operations campus in suburban Kansas City. On one recent day, a trio of researchers watched through one-way glass and overhead cameras as a volunteer navigated her way through a prototype program that lets parents set limits on their children’s phone use. The observers monitored how many steps it took for the woman to make the program work, how easily she made mistakes and how quickly she could get herself out of trouble. The results could be used to further tweak the program, said Robert Moritz, director of device development. “If you bring somebody in and they have problems, it’s not because they’re dumb, but we were dumb with the design,” Moritz said, adding that the lab typically tests devices and programs with up to 50 users over three to nine months. The company also uses focus groups to determine what people want from their phones and what they say needs fixing. The results of those studies can sometimes push back the release of a product. For example, Michael Coffey, vice president of Sprint’s user-experience design, said the company delayed releasing its walkie-talkie Ready Link service for about a year after testers said they didn’t like the short delay between when the user pushes the button and the recipient answers. Coffey said the testing is worth it because ease-of-use can be a competitive edge. “IPod was not the first MP3 player on the market, but once they figured it out (the user interface), they became the predominant one overnight,” he said. “Whether you make it a marketing message or not, the public will discover that usability and choose your product over a competitor’s.” So far, Sprint Nextel is doing something right as its subscribers spend the highest average amount for data services in the industry. “We believe there’s a strong correlation between our standard of success and how usable the products are,” he said. The other major wireless providers use similar techniques to improve their devices and programs. Cingular Wireless, the nation’s largest wireless provider, developed MEdia Net, which allows users to personalize their phones for using the Internet, downloading ringtones or getting e-mail. Verizon Wireless has V-Cast, a service that makes it easier to download music and video. The company has also pushed designs that allow users to accomplish many things with one button press. “It’s not fun to download a ringtone and have to figure out how to get that on your phone,” said Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Ramey. “We do not shy away from testing. If the device or service doesn’t work, it’s a reflection on our network.” T-Mobile also has focused on a few key areas, introducing T-Zone to help customers find ringtones and screen wallpaper by subject and decreasing the number of steps to take and send photos, for example. “Communication and personalization will continue to be the driver for phone use,” said Michael Gallelli, director of product marketing at T-Mobile. Industry experts say the companies understand the stakes involved in making sure their designs attract customers and keep them loyal. “Five years ago, I wouldn’t have seen a commercial from Cingular that you can customize your layout,” said David Chamberlain, principal wireless analyst for research firm In-Stat. “To think that they’re putting this kind of effort into the interface is welcome news.” How well they’re doing is a different matter. Some analysts pointed to phones from niche providers, such as youth-oriented Amp’d Mobile and sports-centric ESPN Mobile, as good examples of intuitive design, marrying easy-to-understand menus with pared-down lists of content aimed at their particular markets. But Roger Entner of the market research firm Ovum said none of the major carriers impresses him. He says most of them are trying to replicate how people use personal computers instead of coming up with a new approach. “What do (customers) do best on the phone? They talk. What do they do worst? Type. Why is every user interface based on typing?” Entner said. “Right now, the software developers take advantage of every weakness a device has and none of the strengths.” Some wireless carriers and third-party companies are experimenting with voice-recognition technology. Kirkland, Wash.-based VoiceBox Technologies, for instance, plans to release a product later this year that recognizes words and context in a customer’s speech to immediately bring them content on their phones. Charles Golvin of Forrester Research said a recent survey indicated few cellular customers choose a phone based on its usability, typically because they either don’t think there’s anything better or, like Bales in Kansas City, don’t think they need those services. But Golvin said for the market to truly grow, the programs and phones themselves are going to have to become more graceful and not just the purview of tech-junkies. “Early adopters are less retarded by the user interface,” he said. “As we’re moving from the early adopters to the more mainstream customers, it will make a huge difference.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want 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_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club Notes:It is great to see the fairways back to good conditions after all the rain we have had of late. The weather forecast is good for the week ahead so everyone will get the chance to get much needed practise.This weekend the six nation’s rugby begins. There was a great atmosphere in the clubhouse for the six nations last year. Let’s hope it continues this year. The first game is on Friday night with England v Wales. Remember there are free bites on a Friday evening, so come along and enjoy the atmosphere. Remember it is the time of the year for annual subscriptions to be paid. Please contact the club as soon as possible to make payment.Results;Spring Cup 1st February 20151st Andy Murray 65 2nd Michael Kelly 66 BOTGross Cathal Mc Monagle 783rd Dean Mc Colgan 66CSS N/QWinter Open January Qualifiers 1st Michael Kelly & Martin Brogan2nd Leslie Sterritt & Patrick McMullan3rd Dean Gallagher & Chris Mc Callion4th Andy Murray & Paul Smyth There are a number of competitions next week –• Wednesday 4th of February 2015 – Open Singles Stableford (soup and sandwiches)• Saturday 7th of February 2015 – Open 4BBB Stableford• Sunday 8th of February 2015 – Gents Stableford competitionN.B. Remember we are dropping off the fairways from the 1st of January to give the fairways a well-deserved rest.4 BBB Winter Open Competition:We are coming to the end of another month and there has been good numbers participating in this competition in January. I know everyone will want to play in the Grand Final in June. So don’t leave it too late to try and qualify. You are able to play in this completion on any day of the week and with who ever you wish to play with, so long as they have a GUI or ILGU handicap. Best of luck to everyone in February. Remember the best club team outside of 1st,2nd and 3rd qualifies for the final each month.Function Room for Private parties:We have hosted a number of private functions in the clubhouse recently and these have proved to be a great success. If you, or someone you know, is organising a private function please be aware that the clubhouse is available free of charge, with exclusive use for the occasion. So far, the feedback that we have been getting is that the golf club is the ideal venue for parties of up to one hundred people. Please make contact with Sarah if you are interested in holding a function at the clubhouse (074 91 36335)New Members alert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!If anyone interested in joining the golf club, we have special offers in place at the moment. All details can be viewed on our website or contacting the clubhouse and speaking to Mary or Ruth.GOLF NEWS: ANDY MURRAY TAKES THE SPRING CUP AT DUNFANAGHY was last modified: February 3rd, 2015 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)last_img read more


first_imgDonegal athlete Garret Doherty has broken his own world record – for running backwards.The Inishowen man defended his record in Manchester at the weekend and once again came home last – but err first because he was running backwards!Garret, 33, has been running backwards for three years since he turned around to stop the glare from the sun one day. Garret can run a mile backwards in less than 7 minutes and says people use three times as much energy by running backwards.Now his goal is to convince Olympic bosses to include it as an event for future games.“When I approach these guys in their office and see how passionate I am then they will change their minds,” he said.   GARRET’S RUNNING CAREER GOES BACKWARDS BUT HE’S STILL A CHAMP! was last modified: May 29th, 2012 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:Garret DohertyInishowenrunning backwardslast_img read more


first_imgThree men arrested in connection with the robbery of two buses in Inishowen have now been released from custody.Two men in their 20s were arrested yesterday afternoon and another was arrested last night.It is understood all three men were from the Carndonagh area. The men were quizzed by Gardai about the thefts and were released a short time ago.A file is being prepared on the incident and will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider.The arrests follow the theft of two buses in Moville and Carndonagh at 3am on Wednesday.The buses were driven to Malin where a number of ‘doughnuts’ were performed on the town’s green area. It comes at a time when Malin is due to be visited by judges from the Tidy Towns contest.People expressed their horror yesterday at the crime.Garda Supt Kevin English said they were also investigating a possible link between the latest thefts and the robbery of a bus in April which was later found burned out in Culdaff.  THREE MEN ARRESTED AFTER BUS THEFTS RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE was last modified: June 16th, 2012 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:busesInishowenthree men arrestedlast_img read more


first_imgJason BlackAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Jason Black has been tested for the first time in his quest to climb K2. The mountaineer suffered some altitude sickness as he claimed to 6,000 metres to Camp 1 during acclimatisation runs. Hear how he got on in his own words by simply clicking the arrow in his epochal audio dispatch for Donegal Daily.K2 LIVE AUDIO BLOG: FIRST REAL TEST FOR JASON BLACK AS HE REACHES 6,000 METRES was last modified: July 14th, 2015 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)last_img read more

New York Proposes New Rates for Distributed Energy

first_imgBy MILES FARMER and MARK LEBELThe New York Department of Public Service has proposed changes to the way distributed energy resources (like community solar and small wind projects) are rewarded for the benefits they provide to the electricity system. The Department released a landmark report in its “Value of Distributed Energy Resources” proceeding, recommending a methodology by which these resources can receive credits that align more closely with their true value to the electricity system.Acadia Center and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have been involved in the collaborative process around the report’s creation, and here we examine what these proposed reforms hope to accomplish, give initial feedback, and look toward next steps.This report marks the latest step in the state’s ambitious Reforming the Energy Vision (“REV”) initiative. REV aims to create a more consumer-centric, efficient, resilient, and cleaner energy system. Setting values is a complex processWhen creating a value-based crediting system like the department’s proposal, the most difficult task is to develop a method for calculating the value of each of the benefits that distributed energy resources can provide. These benefits include energy, capacity (the availability of the system to provide electricity at times of peak demand), transmission and distribution value (because distributed energy resources like rooftop solar reduce the need for infrastructure to send electricity to customers), environmental and public health value, and other values that are more difficult to quantify.In practice, there are many ways to define and calculate the value of each of these components. However, the precise methods chosen have significant consequences for what investments will be made and how resources will be operated. Certain methods offer different tradeoffs. For example, using dynamic credit values may allow a resource to respond in real-time to system needs, but they set less predictable values that might prevent investors from putting capital into beneficial resources.The staff report effectively balances these goals in a manner that should facilitate continued growth of the solar industry in New York. It provides a good framework for further refinement and we look forward to working with the department and other parties to evaluate it further and carry out additional improvements.The report also reflects the inclusive approach taken by the New York Department of Public Service. The department facilitated a collaborative process to allow utilities, solar developers, customer representatives, environmental groups, and others to work together and provide input on a variety of issues including how the values of these different components should be calculated. Department staff has listened carefully to the concerns of all parties, including a range of detailed suggestions by Acadia Center and NRDC.New York’s approach to valuing distributed energy resources is new and innovative, and regulators in states across the country will be examining it closely. We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively on these important issues as New York refines its proposal and builds upon it in future years. New York Utility Finds Big Payoff in New IdeasMaine Completes Value of Solar StudyWhy a Vermont Utility Welcomes SolarRethinking the GridSolar Picture Is Brighter Than It Appears RELATED ARTICLES center_img Reforms to net energy meteringThe department’s report focuses on reforming an electricity rate structure known as “net energy metering,” where credit for clean energy generation is set equal to the retail rate. Reforms to net energy metering have been a controversial topic across the country for the last several years. Some states have proposed successful new approaches. California, for example, is phasing in time-of-use rates for most customers that recognize when electricity generation is most valuable.From the outset, New York’s Value of Distributed Energy Resources proceeding has sought to better align credits for community solar and other distributed generation resources with their value to the system. New York’s current net energy metering policies are simple, easy for customers to understand, and have proved to be effective incentives for investments in clean energy, so revising methods for net metering presents risks.A new value-based crediting system is more complex by its very nature. But if done correctly, aligning credits more closely with benefits created by distributed generation has the potential to prompt more efficient investments in the electric system. Acadia Center discusses value-based crediting here.The staff report is a good start to a long-term iterative process. Throughout this process, Acadia Center and NRDC will be closely analyzing the report and offering recommendations for improvement. On first review, Acadia Center and NRDC find that the report recommends many approaches to important issues that are worthy of support:It protects existing projects from unexpected changes and allows mass market development of small rooftop projects to continue under traditional net energy metering, providing continuity.It provides credit to projects for their environmental value, with a floor at the social cost of carbon, pursuant to the New York Public Service Commission’s previous Benefit-Cost Framework Order.It provides for a “market transition credit” that incorporates some values that cannot be accurately calculated at this time, recognizing limits in current techniques to estimate the value of benefits provided by distributed energy resources.It adopts monetary crediting, where each kilowatt-hour generated is translated into a monetary amount based on the value it provides. This approach is more flexible and allows for smarter pricing than traditional volumetric crediting (which tracks only the amount of electricity generated and cannot accommodate details like the time at which the electricity was generated). Miles Farmer works on several energy-related projects for the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is based in New York City. Mark LeBel is a staff attorney at Acadia Center. This post originally appeared at the website of the NRDC.last_img read more