Hawaii’s Solar Battle

first_imgRooftop power is ‘inconsistent’On Oahu, the new rule has cut business in half for many solar installers. Permits for rooftop installations also have been trimmed by about half. Previously, solar installations had doubled every year since 2010, Reuters says.Part of the trouble on Oahu is that Hawaiian Electric is running a small, independent power grid. The utility says rooftop installations there generate electricity inconsistently and make the power grid less safe and less reliable.“It’s almost like you have a 200 MW power plant … and you don’t know what it’s going to do,” a Hawaiian Electric vice president told Reuters. “This is not about the electric company trying to put barriers in front of people.”Hawaii has very high electric rates and, as a result, lots of homeowners have solar panels. Roughly 10% of Hawaiian Electric customers generate their own electricity, Reuters says, compared with 1.4% in California. Hawaii has set a goal of generating 40% of its power from renewable sources by the year 2030, the report said. Hawaii is the latest arena where homeowners are going head-to-head with their electric utility over residential solar installations.According to a Reuters’ report, homeowners on the island of Oahu must now seek the permission of the Hawaiian Electric Co., and possibly pay for upgrades to nearby electrical circuits, before they can install solar panels on their own roofs.The new rule went into effect in September. Reuters says the same rule has been in place on the other Hawaiian islands for some time, but it hasn’t caused the same kind of uproar as it has on Oahu, home to about three-quarters of the state’s population.Hawaii is one of several states where utilities are seeking to change the rules for residential solar systems. Elsewhere, utility executives have complained that customers with solar installations aren’t paying their fair share for grid maintenance and put an unfair burden on non-solar customers.Arizona Public Service now charges a fee for solar installations; in other states, utilities have sought to lower the amount they pay homeowners for the power they generate.last_img read more

The Cavs Might Actually Be In Trouble

*The amount of points a team outscores its opponent by over a span of 100 playsSource: NBA.com 2015-16Cleveland5.85.9 SEASONTEAMFULL SEASONAFTER ALL-STAR BREAK Love’s defense has also regressed. It had improved a bit during the first half of the season, but now looks problematic again since he returned from an injury. The Cavs, who were 4.5 points better than normal when Love and James shared the court before Love got injured, have been 24 points worse per 100 plays when that duo plays together since Love came back. And much of that decline is on the defensive end; particularly when offenses find ways to pull Tristan Thompson out of the paint in hopes of punishing Love in the middle of the floor, with no one to guard the basket.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/backdoorplay.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/cavsmiscommunication1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Defensive rebounding is the other area that’s marked a clear difference from last year. Cleveland ranked fifth in defensive-rebounding percentage last year but now is tied for 24th; a decrease due in part to Thompson’s full-time shift to the center position, where he’s been tasked with increased rim-protection responsibility as opposed to just gobbling up misses.5Advanced tracking statistics suggest that Thompson has held his own defensively at the rim this season. The 26-year-old has held foes to 52 percent from close range, 9 points beneath their average marks, good for seventh best in the NBA among players who’ve had to defend at least four shots per game from within six feet.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/thompsonrebound.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.As such, the Cavaliers aren’t the stingy team they once were. Last season, they allowed the third-fewest second-chance points; now they’re the NBA’s sixth-weakest team in that regard. The Cavaliers have enough problems when they limit opponents to one shot, let alone two or three.But how much of the Cavs’ defensive struggles will matter come June? Knowing what we know about LeBron’s ability to flip the switch, analyzing the Cavs’ late-season struggles this closely may prove to be silly. But if the Cavs do indeed fail to reach the finals, there will have been at least some writing on the wall from earlier in the season. 2011-12Miami7.23.0 After making six straight NBA Finals, LeBron James and his teams have earned the benefit of the doubt when they hit a rough patch. His Heat and Cavaliers teams have shown they can turn things around in a hurry, almost as if all they needed to do is flip a switch to revert to their dominant selves.But, my, what a rough patch they’re in. The club, which entered Thursday in a virtual tie with Boston for first place in the East, has dropped 10 of its last 17 games. Six of those defeats have been by double digits, including each of their last four1The team’s Big Three missed two of those five shellackings, while only Kyrie Irving played in a blowout loss against the Bulls back on Feb. 25.. Perhaps most troubling: The team’s defense has been the NBA’s worst throughout the month of March, which is saying a lot, given how many teams aren’t really trying to win anymore.It’s becoming harder and harder to ignore what Cleveland’s play might mean for the Cavs’ chances of repeating as champs. This may be the weakest LeBron team we’ve seen this late in a season since his finals streak began in 2011. Our NBA win prediction model gives Cleveland a 2 percent chance of winning it all, less than teams such as Boston, Washington and Toronto.2This is noteworthy since the Celtics are virtually tied for first with the Cavs, while the Wizards and Raptors are currently behind Cleveland in the standings. And while that seems surprising, it shouldn’t be: Cleveland’s recent struggles are testing the limits of how strong a team’s defense needs to be to win a championship.At the moment, the Cavaliers are tied for 22nd in defensive efficiency, a mark that would rank as the worst among any team that’s reached the finals in modern history.3The Cavs managed to reach the finals two seasons ago with the 20th-ranked defense. But they improved considerably at that end of the floor after making midseason trades for wing stopper Iman Shumpert and center Timofey Mozgov.There are several reasons the Cavs aren’t good defenders. Unlike much of the Big Three era in Miami, where players had the athleticism and smarts to fly around and cause havoc on defense, Cleveland is slow footed. Some of that is a function of the Cavs’ roster being long in the tooth; six members of the rotation are at least 31 years old. Other times, it looks as if players aren’t hustling, which partly explains why the club ranks dead last in transition defense, according to Synergy Sports. The Cavs also really struggle to keep the ball in front of them, and are tied for worst in the league at containing pick-and-roll ballhandlers.As the Cavs seek to work out their kinks, opponents have found that they can often generate fantastic looks against Cleveland with minimal effort and ball movement. Last year the club was pretty solid — 12th best in the NBA — at forcing foes to use nearly all of the shot clock. This season, Cleveland is tied for last in the NBA in terms of how often it forces clubs to use the final four seconds of the shot clock. (That lack of pressure also speaks to how seldom the Cavs force their opponents into turnovers compared with the rest of the league.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/loveinbetween.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/lackofattntodetail.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Still, context for the Cavs’ struggles is important. Yes, the team looks mediocre and is in real jeopardy of finishing with the No. 2 seed, or worse, in the East. But James hasn’t really needed the top seed to make the finals over these past six years; in four of those seasons, his team finished in second place before going on to win the East anyway.4Looking at this season’s contenders in the East, these teams don’t really stand out as extraordinary compared with what James has seen in the past; at least not when gauging their point-differential strength against teams the four-time MVP has faced in the playoffs before.“It matters more that we’re playing better basketball than where we’re at,” James told reporters after a 29-point loss in San Antonio this week. “If that results in us having the No. 1 seed, the No. 2 seed, 3 or whatever the hell it is, we need to play better basketball. That’s what it comes down to.”Most clubs would gladly take Cleveland’s problems, given that the Cavs — for all their struggles — have continued to boast a top-flight offense, scoring 110 points per 100 plays (eighth best) over this 17-game span. Coach Tyronn Lue, in a somewhat odd comment, said he has a potential antidote for the team’s defensive woes but that he doesn’t want to unveil it until the postseason begins. (Making the comment even odder: Lue also said he’s not necessarily confident the fix will work.)Yet there are a couple of warning signals worth noting as the Cavs hit the homestretch that simply weren’t there in years past. No James-led team the past six seasons has finished the second half of the season with a negative point differential per 100 possessions, but this one is on the cusp of doing so. Cleveland, with nine games left in its season, is getting outscored by 2.8 points per 100 plays since the All-Star break. 2016-17Cleveland2.8-2.8 2013-14Miami6.15.8 Is it time for LeBron and the Cavaliers to hit the panic button? 2010-11Miami8.57.3 2012-13Miami9.911.9 2014-15Cleveland3.76.9 POINT DIFFERENTIAL PER 100 POSSESSIONS read more

Another facet of living heritage

first_imgOn the occasion of the International Museum Day, the book titled, Long Exposure – The Camera at Udaipur, 1857-1957, will be formally released at the Visual Arts Gallery of India Habitat Centre by the guest of honour Venu Vasudevan, Director-General of National Museum, New Delhi in the presence of Arvind Singh, Mewar of Udaipur, Chairman and Managing Trustee of the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur.The book is published by the Maharana Mewar Historical Publications Trust, under the aegis of Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation in Udaipur. It marks an important milestone in the ongoing revitalization and modernization of the City Palace Museum in Udaipur. It complements the Bhagwat Prakash Gallery of the City Palace Museum, dedicated to the display and exhibition of photographic material from the Pictorial Archives of the Maharanas of Mewar (PAMM). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘With the Long Exposure – The Camera at Udaipur, 1857-1957 we are witness to the unfolding of another facet of Living Heritage’, said Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, adding, ‘Materials preserved in our Pictorial Archives are now being shared with Indian and global audiences. It is an ongoing process of channelizing the power of our heritage and making it relevant, meaningful to contemporary times. This, in essence, is what exemplifies living heritage and I am proud, that on the International Museum Day, we are formally releasing this publication’.      Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPainstakingly documented over several years, the photographic collections of the pictorial archives of Mewar’s Maharanas constitute one of the most significant collections of early photography in India. The collection’s importance lies in its wide range – the images are not only a record of the evolution of photographic technology as it was practiced at Udaipur but also reflect the changing tastes of patrons an practitioners, and the society in which they lived and worked thus also providing important insights into the life and times of the past century. The book came about while extensive work was being done to digitize, study and preserve the existing pictorial archives. Arvind Singh Mewar wanted the collection to reach research scholars, academicians, institutions and showcase it to the public across the globe.The Long Exposure – The Camera at Udaipur, 1857-1957 is the first comprehensive introduction to this rich collection. While recalling the story of the Royal collectors and their engagement with photography, photographers and the printed image, it also traces the archiving process and subsequent study of the collection. A technical note demystifies early photographic processes and new research on the archive is presented. The documenting and digitizing of this visual material has meant that an increased access to the collections is now possible for the scholar community, students and the larger public. The book has more than 235 select photographs from the archives of tens and thousands, which is a visual and a cerebral delight to the reader.Pramod KG and Mrinalini who were documenting the collection for MMCF said ‘this book is a natural compilation which followed the curatorial work at the pictorial archives, we are grateful to MMCF and its Managing Trustee Arvind Singh Mewar without whose kind support and guidance this book would not have seen the light of day’. The team also had Girikumar as conservator providing technical inputs to PAMMS and has elaborated upon the conservation process of archiving these photographs in his chapter in the book.Where:  Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre When: 18 May Timing:  6.30pmlast_img read more