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Japan edges closer to solar auction introduction

first_imgJapan edges closer to solar auction introductionCommittee of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) concludes meeting discussing the introduction of an auction process for large-scale solar projects. System likely to begin in FY 2017. December 16, 2015 Ian Clover Installations Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has concluded another round of talks regarding the future of the nation’s solar sector, with the likelihood now growing that auctions for large-scale solar projects will be introduced by fiscal year (FY) 2017. A subcommittee of METI gathered in October to first discuss changes to Japan’s renewable incentives. This discussion focused on four key issues, most notably a revision of the current feed-in tariff (FIT) and the introduction of an auction tender process. A key concern for METI is to rein-in expenditure on the Japanese FIT, which has been wildly successful since its introduction in 2012. “The FIT program led to a rapid expansion of commercial solar and there has been a need for balance between different renewable sources,” read a draft proposal outlined by METI. The new proposal on the table outlines a procedure whereby solar power producers that can operate at the lowest cost will be selected to develop new large-scale solar project in Japan. Effectively, this means an auction tender process will be introduced, replacing the current regressive FIT and cherry-picking those clean energy developers who are able to secure grid connections. Japan’s grid has experienced a series of bottlenecks this year as a result of a sustained PV push in many regions. This new mechanism could help taper off the huge pipeline of currently approved projects in Japan, but may be unlikely to deliver an initial boost to installation rates, believes Izumi Kaizuka of RTS Corporation. “If the current pipeline of approved utility-scale projects is not canceled under the new auction approval scheme that METI is planning, then extra bidding would be unlikely to boost installations,” Kaizuka told pv magazine. A scheduled reduction of the FIT for the residential sector is also likely, Kaizuka added, rather than a complete cancellation of the mechanism. “To introduce a bidding process, METI first has to revise the FIT law,” she said. “METI will submit its proposal to the Diet in 2016 in order for the new auction system to begin in FY 2017. 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John Popper Tried To Steal Phish’s 1997 MSG New Year’s Booking Using Strippers

first_imgToday, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper turns 53 years old. In honor of the harmonica master’s birthday, we’re taking a look back at one of our favorite Popper stories from his decades-long career, as told in his 2016 autobiography Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell, written with Dean Budnick.The book touches on a number of amusing anecdotes, including a near-threesome with porn star Ron Jeremy and the time he congratulated Trey Anastasio on the birth of his first child with a literal truckload of diapers. The histories of Blues Traveler and Vermont jam titans Phish are certainly intertwined. The two bands and their various members have worked together on numerous occasions, most notably during the inaugural H.O.R.D.E. (Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere) tour in 1992, which many people now view as the catalyst for the modern jam band scene. Their connections would extend beyond H.O.R.D.E. as well, with Popper joining Phish onstage a number of times in the early- to mid-90’s.While Popper and Blues Traveler admired Phish (Popper refers to Anastasio as “our Mozart”), the fact remained that the two bands were, in many ways, in competition for bookings. That friendly competition gave way to one of our favorite Popper/Phish stories. In 1997, Phish had a hold on Madison Square Garden for New Year’s Eve, but Popper wanted Blues Traveler to have the spot.As Popper writes,[Phish] had what’s known as a ‘first hold,’ and we had decided to challenge them for it… We put up half the money — it was over a half-million bucks — and they had 48 hours to respond, when they had to put all their money down.”Popper also timed the challenge to coincide with Phish’s trip to Europe, and the band and a majority of their representatives were in Scotland for the 48-hour window. The band’s accountant, however, was in town holding down the fort. Naturally, to distract him, Popper “sent a stripper every 15 minutes for eight hours to his office to read from Sammy Davis Jr.’s ‘Yes I Can’.”Through some frantic work, Phish’s accountant was able to muster up the $600,000 to reserve the gig with only two hours to spare. According to Popper, he never told the band who kept sending their accountant all the strippers, so they found out the news along with the rest of the memoir’s readers in 2016.You can grab a copy of Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell today to hear more fantastic stories from John Popper’s career. Below, you can watch Popper sit in with Phish in St. Louis, MO in 1996:Phish w/ John Popper – “Funky Bitch” – 11/15/96[Video: tdunski][Originally published 3/29/18]last_img read more

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Murder trial of Lesotho PM’s wife to start on February 18

first_imgLesotho PM’s wife Maesaiah Thabane faces murder charge Maesaiah Thabane, wife of Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, appears in court charged with murdering his previous wife two days before he took office in 2017, in Maseru, Lesotho, February 5, 2020. REUTERS/Marafeale MohloboliThe wife of Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, Maesaiah, is set to go on trial on February 18 after she was charged with the murder of the Prime Minister’s former wife, Lipolelo, a magistrate said on Wednesday.The killing occurred two days before the Prime Minister’s inauguration for a second term, and two years after a court ruled that the deceased, Lipolelo, was the lawful first lady and entitled to benefits.Maesaiah was also charged for the attempted murder of Thato Sibolla, a friend of Lipolelo who was wounded at the scene.Maesaiah arrived in court amidst heavy security and faced the magistrate before being taken into custody, according to an account by a Reuters reporter. The Prime Minister did not attend the hearing.Maesaiah was subsequently released on a 1,000 maloti ($67) bail.According to the charge sheet, Maesaiah “did unlawfully and with intent to kill fire a gunshot at one Thabane Lipolelo and inflicted on her gunshot wounds”.A warrant of arrest was issued against Maesaiah on January 10 after she did not present herself for questioning in connection with the murder and fled to neighbouring South Africa. She returned to the country on Tuesday afternoon and surrendered to the police in the capital Maseru.Thabane and Maesaiah got married two months after Lipolelo was shot dead by an unknown assailant near her home in Maseru two days before he was due to be sworn in. Thabane and Lipolelo were in the middle of a bitter divorce and her killing was suspected to be a political assassination.Thabane also announced last month that he planned to step down after senior members of the ruling party accused him of frustrating investigations into the murder. He, however, did not specify when he would resign.Two weeks ago police questioned Thabane over the alleged use of his mobile phone to communicate with whoever was at the scene of the killing.Related Oscar Pistorius Murder Trialcenter_img Dewani Trial: British Businessman Denies Plot to Murder Wife Annlast_img read more