GMP Seeks 25% Reduction in Renewable Energy Rate for Customers

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Green Mountain Power has filed a request with the Public Service Board to lower the premium its customers can choose to pay to support the development of renewable energy in Vermont. Currently, under the GreenerGMP program, customers can opt to pay four cents per kilowatt hour more than their normal rate to help GMP support renewable energy projects. The company is requesting the fee be lowered to three cents per kWh. GreenerGMP gives our customers a way to act on their own commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By making it less expensive for them to participate, we hope more customers will join us in supporting new renewable projects right here in Vermont, said GMP president and chief executive officer Mary Powell.Green Mountain Power supports renewable projects by purchasing the power and the Renewable Energy Credits they generate. Because the cost to buy RECs has dropped, we want our GreenerGMP rate to reflect that, Ms. Powell said.Funds generated by GreenerGMP are used to support the methane gas project at the Moretown Landfill and biomass at the McNeil plant. In addition, beginning this spring, funds will support a farm-based methane digester in Westminster, Vermont.Under the GreenerGMP program, the Company purchases certified renewable Vermont resources equal to 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of a customer s electricity use as directed by the customer. Under the requested renewable energy rate of three cents per kWh, a residential customer with a $75 monthly bill would pay an additional $7.38 per month to have half his or her usage come from renewable energy.The Public Service Board is expected to make a decision on the request this spring.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont s population. It serves more than 200,000 people and businesses.last_img read more

Vermont receives $756K in carbon credits, governor announces $188,000 in Climate Change Grants

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced Vermont has received $756,000 in the latest round of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative auctions and that 17 energy efficiency projects across the state have received $188,000 in the first round of funding from the Vermont Community Climate Change Grant Program.Vermont is one of 10 states in the Northeast to participate in the auction process. Power producers must buy the credits to offset their CO2 production. Vermont has been allocated 1.2 million credits a year. A Vermont Public Service Board panel will determine how the money is spent for energy efficiency programs. Vermont can be proud of its leadership role on the issue of climate change, the Governor said. All told, the emissions savings from these projects is the equivalent of not burning 25,000 gallons of heating oil or not driving 500,000 miles a year. The funding for this initiative comes from the first installment of Vermont s $1.8 million, five-year settlement payout against American Electric Power Corp., the nation s largest operator of coal-fired power plants. The grant program will fund another round of projects in late spring. The deadline to apply is May 1.center_img From Brattleboro to Wells River and from Burlington to Poultney, the renewable energy and efficiency projects announced by the governor on Friday will reduce a combined 270 tons of carbon emissions annually, while boosting Vermont s local economy with investments and lower fuel costs. The projects include:Rumney School in Middlesex: $12,000 to seal and insulate the school. Annual emissions reduction 22 tons.Town of Waterbury: $12,000 to replace boilers at the town offices, town library and wastewater treatment facility. Annual emissions reduction 12 tons.CarShare Vermont, Burlington: $12,000 toward the purchase of a hybrid automobile. Annual emissions reduction 24 tons.Town of Williston: $12,000 to insulate, weatherize and replace lighting and sensor controls. Annual emissions reduction 14 tons.Enosburg Elementary School: $12,000 to replace all light fixtures in the school. Annual emissions reduction 24 tons.Town of Westford: $5,580 for weatherization and upgrades to lighting and HVAC. Annual emissions reduction 3 tons.Ascension Lutheran Church, South Burlington: $11,108 to replace the boiler. Annual emissions reduction 8 tons.SERG (Sustainable Energy Resource Group), ThetfordCenter: $12,000 for weatherization and training. Annual emissions reduction 2 tons.Randolph Area Community Development Corp.: $12,000 for efficient lighting, solar hot water and new windows at Joslyn House, affordable shared senior housing, and Ayers Brook Center preschool.Community Climate Action: $12,000 for Mow Down Pollution mower exchange program in Brattleboro and Upper Valley communities. Annual emissions reduction 12 tons.Calais Elementary School: $12,000 to replace inefficient lighting. Annual emissions reduction 25 tons.Poultney Village: $12,000 to replace the water pump in its village water system. Annual emissions reduction 9 tons.Bristol Elementary School: $12,000 to replace lighting in 30 classrooms, three hallways and two offices. Annual emissions reduction 24 tons.Blue Mountain Supervisory Union, WellsRiver: $12,000 for a photovoltaic system. Annual emissions reduction 1 ton.HartlandElementary School: $12,000 to replace lighting. Annual emissions reduction 31 tons.Brattleboro Union High School: $12,000 to replace lighting. Annual emissions reduction 24.5 tons.Town of Dorset: $3,960 for weatherization of the town offices. Annual emissions reduction 1 ton.last_img read more

Federal and state energy regulators to meet in Vermont July 14

first_imgThe National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR www.napsr.org(link is external) ), a non-profit organization that serves to promote natural gas and propane safety, will hold its Eastern Regional Meeting in Essex Junction on July 14, 2010.  State and federal regulators will be joined by Vermont energy executives to discuss a variety of emerging issues, according to Hans Mertens, Director of Engineering Services at the Vermont Department of Public Service and current NAPSR Chairman.The keynote address will be delivered by Vermont Public Service Board Commissioner David Coen, who serves as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC www.naruc.org(link is external) ). NARUC represents the State public service commissioners that regulate essential utility services, such as electricity, telecommunications, gas, water, and transportation. Coen will focus on NARUC and the industry, with an emphasis on the state-federal partnership.Coen said, “With Congress and the Administration debating profound changes to our utility landscape, our role as State regulators will be critical to ensuring consumer protection and reliable service. We as a nation are facing changing times, and regulators must remain focused on the public interest.”Coen’s service to the utility industry and to Vermont was recognized with a special presentation made on behalf of Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch. Coen is an active NARUC member, as demonstrated through his participation on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and his service as a Vice Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee, Chairman of the National Regulatory Research Institute’s Board of Directors, and a member of NARUC’s Electricity, Gas, and Finance and Technology committees. President Coen also serves on the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues – Waste Disposal and the Task Force on Climate Policy. Coen has served as a PSB commissioner since 1995.Also speaking on the 14th is the Chair of the Connecticut Public Utility Commission, Kevin Del Gobbo. He will present an analysis of the February 2010 Kleen Energy Generation Plant explosion.  This incident has had a profound impact on the industry. Six people were killed and more than 30 were injured as a result of a natural gas explosion that severely damaged a nearly completed $1 billion facility.Source: Vermont DPS. 7.12.2010last_img read more

CUNA for hearing record: Breach debate must be all about protecting consumers

first_imgCUNA submitted a strong statement, both solo and jointly with its coalition partners, this week to the U.S. House Financial Services Committee on the issue of data security. The committee held its first hearing on data security topic since the massive Target data breach in late 2013, and CUNA’s letters were sent for the hearing’s record.“We encourage you to ignore the excuses, attempts to pass blame and efforts to make this a fight between business sectors,” CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote. “The debate on data security should be about protecting sensitive financial information, ensuring consumers feel confident that their data is secure, whether it’s where they shop, or at their financial institution.”Nussle added that credit union responses to protect members in the wake of a breach, such as reissuing cards and notification, do not come without costs and can make a significant difference in the bottom line of not-for-profit institutions. This could interfere with the ability to offer services to members.Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), chair of the committee, said it is time for Congress to step up and make progress when it comes to protecting consumers. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Without passion, is your credit union just a bank?

first_img 49SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Kassing Jay Kassing is President of MARQUIS, a Texas based provider of marketing analytics solutions including MCIF/CRM software, MCIF services, profitability, compliance, consulting and direct mail creative/fulfillment. Jay has … Web: www.gomarquis.com Details Are you passionate about your Credit Union? “Yes” you say? Would the people you work with agree with you? Can you think of 3-4 ways that your passion comes through? If you are uniquely wired and passionate about the credit union movement as a whole, this should be easy!But in the end, does “passion” really matter? Is this one of those feel-good words that motivational speakers like to cram down our throats to make us feel good? Yuck. Of all things, I don’t want to have feelings or opinions … and definitely not strong ones. It is better to keep your head down and do as you are told, right? Many feel this way.I say passion matters! It is everything! It is extremely difficult (sometimes impossible) to lead people if you don’t have a clear impassioned feeling about your mission, your work and the future. I submit to you that a passionless credit union is like a sleepwalker, able to do the job, but without any sense of a higher call, purpose or emotion. Handling tasks and transactions are done almost robotically.Sounds like a bank…It is said that the secret to success in sales is the ability to transfer your own strongly held beliefs to the person you are selling to. How does this happen? First you have to truly believe that what you are providing is special and of great and unique value. Then you must bring your passion to the party so that your excitement is felt by the person you are talking to. There is almost an arc of electric current that moves from one person to the other when passion is involved. In real life, so few people speak with passion that when you find one who is – then you, me and everyone else – is drawn to them. Whether you sell a product to a member, or an idea to management or your staff, if you don’t believe it in your gut, you can’t bring the passion. Conversely, if you know you are right and believe it to your core, let your passion do the talking for you.Personally, I am passionate about helping couples who seek domestic and/or international adoption. I work tirelessly in my off-hours helping as I can to assist them. It comes easy to me. You see, I am an adoptive parent. I have a passion for it. As a company, MARQUIS is just as passionate about delivering provable marketing results. When you believe something in your heart with such urgency, it is easy to find the passion. When you deliver provable marketing results to your management, you will feel the pride and excitement and it will carry the day. Results matter!But passion only comes from a deeply held personal belief in something special, something extremely rare and unique. What makes your credit union different enough that you see it, feel it, and believe it to your core? Without this, it is impossible to manufacture passion. That said, you can be passionate about doing a good job and others will know this about you. But this doesn’t enable you to lead the charge – it only means that you can be counted on to complete a task.Why are you passionate about your credit union? The answer to this question is the key to your success and the success of your credit union in 2016 and beyond.Without passion, is your credit union just a bank?last_img read more

PREMIUMUnions, groups brave COVID-19, police threat to protest Job Creation Law

first_imgFacebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Topics : Log in with your social account COVID-19 worker-unions labor-union said-iqbal KSPI nining-elitos omnibus-law omnibus-bill-on-job-creation RUU-cilaka RUU-cipta-kerja Google The passage of the controversial omnibus bill on job creation on Monday in a House of Representatives plenary session has been met with widespread opposition from labor groups and civil society organizations, despite the risk of coronavirus transmission and the threat of a crackdown from the National Police.The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) had said that around 2 million workers representing 32 labor unions would take part in mass rallies to express their opposition to the passage of the omnibus bill across Indonesia.“As of today, we ask the permission [of the authorities and factory owners] for these three days to use our constitutional right [to express] our strong rejection of the passage of the job creation bill,” KSPI president Said Iqbal told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.He said the nationwide strike was largely concentrated in the industria… Linkedinlast_img read more

Jamestown announces IMCA Modified sanction for 2016

first_imgJAMESTOWN, N.D. (Dec. 24) – Christmas came a day early for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers in North Dakota. Jamestown Speedway owner Keith Veil announced the division would headline regular Saturday race programs at the ¼-mile high-banked clay oval beginning next season.Opening night for the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season is scheduled for May 14. Jamestown will be part of IMCA’s Belleville Motorsports North Central Region.Jamestown had sanctioned the division with WISSOTA since 1988. Veil told the Jamestown Sun that the move to IMCA had been in the works for at least the last four years, citing the growing number of sanctioned tracks in western North Dakota and neighboring Minnesota. Red River Valley Speedway at West Fargo announced earlier in the week it would re-open with sanctioned Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks on weekly cards. Both affordability of the IMCA class and the ease drivers had in moving up to the class were also factors.“As a race track promoter, we’re a marketing agency and we sell to a certain group of people. The fact is we currently have a driver cry for IMCA A-mods,” Veil told the Sun. “Secondly, there’s the market area, and with Fargo re-opening as an IMCA track, it places us right in the middle of IMCA racing territory.” “One of the greatest fears we have is to be on an island,” he added.Track officials met with Modified drivers earlier this month to further discuss the switch and Veil believes most of the drivers who’d raced with WISSOTA would compete under the IMCA banner in 2016. IMCA sanctioned four weekly shows at Jamestown this season, including the 44th annual Stampede special in September. Veteran Marlyn Seidler earned the first-ever IMCA championship awarded there. “Jamestown is going to be a perfect fit with the area tracks that are already sanctioned,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard said. “Any time we can sanction a track with a rich history and tradition like Jamestown, it’s good for IMCA and it’s good for our drivers.”last_img read more

Big events, series, fresh faces featured in IMCA.TV ‘Where America Comes to Watch Races’ schedule

first_imgSILVER BAY, Minn. (March 9) – The second year of IMCA.TV, the Official Network of IMCA Racing, kicks it up a notch with an impressive schedule of 50-plus races from all over the United States and Canada with a number available included in monthly and yearly subscriptions.A refresh of the service is set for May 23. The primary focus of the service will be hardcore IMCA racing coverage including full shows and feature races. In an effort to make live streaming more affordable to fans, a number of races will be included in the standard monthly and yearly subscription rates. Current subscribers will be locked in at the lower 2015 rate until cancel.The IMCA.TV coverage schedule includes a combination of all the big events, historic racing series, new shows, and weekly racing tracks that dot the racing landscape.Fans will be able to catch the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, the Duel in the Desert, Nights of 1,000, 10,000 and All-Stars, Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour, Harris Clash, Cheesehead Triple Crown, Frostbusters, the national banquet and much more.“We are ecstatic that fans of IMCA will have one home to watch our events in 2016,” stated IMCA President Brett Root. “After a year of learning and understanding the desire of our viewing audience the service has been revised to include a wide selection of IMCA events, a focus on racing footage and much more complete resource promoting the IMCA tracks, racers, series, and sanctioning body in one spot.”All the events on IMCA.TV will be showcased with stunning TV-style production including multiple cameras, interviews, segments and instant replay.Select events will be available in Standard Definition, High Quality or High Definition (HD) streaming. Events will be available with a Monthly or Yearly Subscription or Premium Pay Per View.In addition, all IMCA.TV scheduled events will be highlighted exclusively on IMCA Official Social Media Channels for fans to enjoy. To get connected Follow/Like/Subscribe to @RACEIMCA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.To get more information on IMCA.TV visit www.imca.tv.com.last_img read more

Leeds United back in EPL after 16-year absence

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Leeds United returned to the Premier League after a 16-year absence on Friday as West Bromwich Albion’s loss at Huddersfield Town guaranteed them a top-two finish in the Championship.A huge favour from Leeds’ Yorkshire neighbours, who won 2-1, meant the celebrations could start in earnest at Elland Road. The club’s Italian owner Andrea Radrizzani will also be toasting promotion which is worth an estimated 170 million pounds.Leeds have 87 points with two games remaining, five more than second-placed West Brom who slumped to defeat at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday with one game left.Leeds are six points ahead of third-placed Brentford, who have also played 44, and a point from their last two matches will ensure Marcelo Bielsa’s team rejoin the elite as champions.They could even claim the second-tier title on Saturday if Brentford fail to win at Stoke City.The success will be doubly sweet for Leeds who missed out on promotion last season in the playoffs despite looking favourites for automatic promotion for much of the campaign. It also comes less than a week after the death of one of the club’s greatest players — England World Cup-winning centre-half Jack Charlton.Three times English champions, Leeds were relegated from the Premier League in 2004 after hitting financial trouble and being forced to sell a host of big-name players such as Robbie Keane, Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer.The problems were only just starting though and after three years in the Championship they slipped to the third tier and into administration with the future of the club in doubt.While they eventually regained their place in the Championship in 2010 they never really challenged for promotion until the enigmatic Bielsa took charge in 2018.They have been transformed under the former Argentina coach and can now look forward to renewing old rivalries with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Leeds UnitedLiverpoolManchester UnitedWest Bromlast_img read more

FB : 5 things to look for at Syracuse’s Spring Game

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 18, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Sales returns to the Carrier Dome turfAfter a brilliant three-touchdown, 172-yard performance in the 2010 Pinstripe Bowl, Marcus Sales was supposed to be Syracuse’s top receiver in 2011. But Sales missed the entire season after he was suspended indefinitely following his arrest in July on felony drug charges. The charges were dropped in October, and Sales was reinstated to the program for spring practice. SU returns its leading receiver from a year ago in Alec Lemon, but must replace Nick Provo, Van Chew and Dorian Graham as threats in the passing game.Changes in play-callingAt Syracuse’s lone open spring practice in Rochester on April 7, Doug Marrone said the team plans to utilize the quarterback position in its rushing attack this season. Ryan Nassib took all but three snaps under center for the Orange in 2011, but rarely displayed an ability to make plays with his feet. He finished the season with just 39 yards rushing on 65 attempts. Charley Loeb, John Kinder and Ashton Broyld all played at quarterback in Rochester, with the dual-threat freshman Broyld also taking reps at running back. Broyld, the 2010 New York State Class AA player of the year, spent last season at Milford Academy, where he threw for 427 yards and six touchdowns to go with 259 yards and six scores on the ground.Smith and Gulley take over in the backfieldAdvertisementThis is placeholder textAntwon Bailey replaced Delone Carter as the starting running back last season and turned in a solid campaign, rushing for 1,051 yards on 240 carries. This season, Syracuse must fill the starting spot again. Prince-Tyson Gulley and Jerome Smith combined for 55 carries in 2011 behind Bailey. Gulley had a promising start to the season, rushing for 89 yards in four games before seeing his season cut short after suffering a broken collarbone. Smith played in all 12 games, giving Bailey a breather throughout the season. His most impressive performance came in the regular-season finale against Pittsburgh when he broke through for 56 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.The performance of the secondaryThe Syracuse secondary was exposed by elite wide receivers Chris Givens, Robert Woods and Eric Page early last year. The Orange has to replace its top playmaker from that unit in Phillip Thomas. The safety led the team with 82 tackles and six interceptions before he was suspended and ultimately left the program. SU also lost Kevyn Scott to graduation. Scott played in all 12 games and registered four pass breakups and two interceptions. Shamarko Thomas will serve as the veteran of the unit this year, but young players like Durell Eskridge and Shu Mungwa could shine in the Spring Game.The growth of the defensive lineDefensive ends Chandler Jones and Mikhail Marinovich formed a formidable pass rush last season. Marinovich finished with two sacks and three tackles for loss in 11 games his senior year. Jones decided to give up his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft, and he is currently projected to go in the first round later this month. Deon Goggins returns on the line and will play both defensive end and defensive tackle. The 6-foot-1, 272-pound lineman started all 12 games last season at tackle. He made 7.5 tackles for loss and recorded 1.5 sacks, emerging as a force at times for Syracuse. Jay Bromley will provide experience alongside Goggins at tackle, where he also played in every game. Bromley finished with 5.5 stops for loss to go with 1.5 sacks.-Compiled by Ryne Gery, asst. sports editor, rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more