35 Vermont businesses to receive $2.4 million in REAP energy efficiency funds

first_imgWilliam Maclay Architects WaitsfieldPaul SachsBradfordE&E Hospitality LimitedArlingtonWest Mountain Inn ArlingtonWind: Recipient Project LocationReverse Osmosis or High Efficiency Arch systems: USDA Rural Development has selected 35 Vermont businesses to receive $2,364,617 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) energy efficiency and energy improvement grants and loan guarantees.  Twenty-two businesses were announced today, by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and are the final selections for the REAP funds this fiscal year. USDA Rural Development recognizes the importance of renewable energy and energy efficiency. said Rhonda Shippee, Acting State Director. We look forward to continued success in funding similar projects– helping finance projects that are good for the economy and good for the bottom line of the participating Vermont businesses.Recipients will use their awards for a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy purposes. These awards will additional small wind, solar electric generation and lighting improvement projects to USDA Rural Developments energy program portfolio.As part of the selections, USDA Rural Development s REAP funds continue to be sought after by Vermont s agriculture producers.  Dubois Energy LLC will partner their loan guarantee and grant with State,  local, and private financing to purchase and install an anaerobic digester system to generate electricity and produce on farm bedding for their operation in Vergennes.  Monument Farms Three Gen, LLC in Weybridge, are also receiving a grant and loan guarantee to purchase and install an anaerobic digester system to produce electricity which they will sale to the local utility, and produce energy to heat hot water for the milk house.Twenty-seven awards, totaling $427,626, will be used by maple producers throughout the state for the purchase and installation of reverse osmosis equipment or a new high efficiency arch systems. These systems will reduce energy consumption and increase net farm income.REAP loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies and energy audits. These funds are not part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information on the REAP program, which is authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill, please visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/farmbill/index.html(link is external).See below for a list of all projects receiving awards under this program.USDA Rural Development s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on our programs is available by contacting us at (802)828-6031 or by visiting USDA Rural Development s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/vt(link is external).Fiscal Year 2009 USDA Rural Development s Rural Energy for America Program selections: Damian BranonFairfieldRidgeview Farm, IncFairfieldCarlton Bertrand, Jr.SwantonScott BoyceRichfordWayne FifieldThetford CenterRodney & Glenda ParadeeSwantonJoseph A. JordanEssex Jct.Charles M. Cooley, Jr.MorrisvilleNorman Fecteau & David L. SteinhourRichfordMorse Farm Inc.MontpelierGary CoreyFairfieldClifford LaPointCraftsburyDouglas RoseLudlowDavid & Sharon DolloffLyndonvillePaul A. LaharAlbanyGabriel GervaisEast FairfieldRobert Lemire SrEssex Jct.Tator’s Sugar ShackSt. AlbansButternut Mountain FarmMorrisvilleFranklin YatesFairfieldPaul PalmerJeffersonvilleDaniel & Rose RoyerNewport CenterKenneth SaundersRupertFernand & Patricia GagneSwantonHoward & Carolyn CollinsNewport CenterRandi & Louise CalderwoodCraftsburyPriscilla WhiteFairfieldWalter Gladstone lighting improvementsBradfordPhoto Voltaic: Harvey McDonald small windDerby LineAnaerobic Digester Systems: Dubois Energy, LLCVergennesMonument Farms Three Gen, LLCWeybridge Source: Montpelier, VT, September 24, 2009 USDA Rural Development.last_img read more

Experts to provide information, answers at Thursday’s wind and energy forum

first_imgResponding to requests from citizens for information and answers about the impacts of industrial wind projects, Vermonters for a Clean Environment (VCE) has organized a forum on wind and energy issues faced by communities in Rutland County and around Vermont. The Forum will take place Thursday evening, Oct. 22, at the West Rutland Town Hall, starting at 7 pm.”VCE is committed to providing information about issues of concern to Vermonters who are facing big wind turbine projects,” said Annette Smith, Executive Director of VCE.  “We are looking forward to a lively discussion about Vermont’s energy future, as well as learning from qualified experts about noise and health problems associated with living near big wind turbines.”Presentation topics will include Siting Wind Turbines to Prevent Health Risks from Sound, Can Industrial Wind Turbines Affect Your Health?, and Can Vermont Meet Renewable Energy and Climate Change Goals Without Ridge Top Wind?   The topics address some of the key issues that have been raised by industrial wind developments recently proposed for Rutland, Chittenden, Franklin, Caledonia, Lamoille, and Orleans counties.The event will include both technical presentations and opportunities for residents to question the presenters. “I am looking forward to learning more about what these experts have to say, not only about noise and health problems from big wind turbines, but about how wind developers behave in other places,” said Middletown Springs resident David Wright.The experts giving the presentations have worked extensively in the fields of noise, medicine, and energy markets.  Please see attached speaker biographies for more information.A social hour, with light refreshments, will begin at 6 p.m.”In my talk on renewable energy and climate change, I will be discussing how Vermont can meet our environmental goals, and what are our alternatives to 400 foot wind turbines on Vermont ridge tops, if they are found to be problematic for the local community,” said Kevin Jones, who lives in Chittenden and has worked for 20 years on energy market issues in the Northeast.www.vce.org(link is external).last_img read more

2 Boaters Rescued in Great South Bay

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers rescued two boaters in the Great South Bay Friday afternoon after their boat lost power less than a mile north of Fire Island Pines, Suffolk County police said.The boaters—a 37-year-old Captain from Wantagh and his crew member—were a half-mile from the pines when they called 911 at 1:17 p.m. requesting help because their 38-foot lobster-style boat had last engine power and was getting tossed around by gale force winds and five-foot waves, police said.Officers found the boat and attached a tow line to the vessel and towed it three miles to Brown’s River, police said. The boat is typically used to transfer workers to and from Fire Island Pines.The captain and his crew member were not injured.last_img read more

12 ways you’re sabotaging your career

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jacquelyn SmithWe all have bad habits. Sometimes we we’re not even aware of them, or the effect they have on our lives or careers.“In fact, many of us have habits that sabotage our relationships, work flow, productivity, and bottom line results,” says Sylvia Hepler, a career development specialist and author of “Learning Leadership Through Loss.” “They can also sabotage our professional future.”Here are 12 common bad habits and behaviors that can seriously hurt your career:1. Criticizing your boss. Whispering behind his back, carping to her face, or making your supervisor out to be wrong, pathetic, or inept puts you in the danger zone, Hepler says. “If you’re doing this, don’t expect to land a promotion or last there.” continue reading »last_img read more

Lift-off for new Airbus DC scheme in Germany

first_imgThere will be no shift in allocation based on members’ age, as Airbus found that many so-called ‘lifecycle’ models had returned less than the projected returns from the company’s new pension plan.How it worksTo give members some certainty and an idea of what to expect as a pension payout to its staff, the company intends to grant a target return determined each year. Of this, around 70% will be paid monthly into each employee’s individual account.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The German entities of international engineering firm Airbus have revamped their company pension plan to lower the risk for the employer and increase potential returns for employees. The new plan was set up at the end of last year, and 20,000 people have already joined since the start of January. “This is about half our staff,” confirmed Markus Wilhelm, head of pensions at Airbus Germany, speaking at the Zukunftsmarkt Altersvorsorge conference in Berlin last month.Airbus has allocated 70% of the new plan to equities and 30% bonds. Lift-off for new pension plan: 20,000 employees have already signed up for Airbus’ new arrangementsAny excess return above this level will be paid into a buffer pool capped for tax reasons. According to Wilhelm, German authorities “had assumed we wanted to shift profits into this pool”.Once the pool is full, the remaining funds will be divided up among the members’ individual accounts.In years of lower than expected returns or negative performance, the buffer fund will be used to compensate shortfalls. Payments to individual accounts will only be reduced if the buffer fund is insufficient. People closer to retirement will not get any money from the buffer fund, but also will not have to pay into it in times of shortfalls.The idea of granting a target rate of return – known in Germany as Zielrente, or ‘defined ambition’ – is similar to one of the measures brought in by Germany’s Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz (BRSG) reform, although no industry-wide non-guaranteed pension plans have yet been introduced.Maintaining controlWilhelm said Airbus chose to keep the pension arrangements in house via a Direktzusage arrangement, essentially paying benefits direct from the company balance sheet.“We talked about a Pensionsfonds or other outsourcing but we wanted to keep control,” he said.Wilhelm explained that any external vehicle might be exposed to changes in the legal framework and the company “does not want to be forced to make changes we do not like”.Under the old pension plan – which is now closed to new entries – Airbus offered a 5% guaranteed return on accrued assets. This had become too expensive and liabilities had been too volatile, differing by up to €3bn per year, Wilhelm said.At the end of 2017, Airbus’ defined benefit obligations for Germany amounted to €9.8bn, and it had put aside €4bn in plan assets.For employees the old plan seemed very attractive, but Wilhelm said its Achilles’ heel was that inflation was not covered.“Back-testing showed returns from the plan with fixed guarantees were not always positive for the members in real terms,” Wilhelm said.Convincing the employees of the new pension plan’s benefits was a long-term effort involving “a lot of detailed information sessions with the employee representatives”, he said.He added that the new pension plan made it easier for Airbus to grant a conditional target return.“For the real tail risks we still have the company as financial back up, as it wanted to reduce its pension risk but not get rid of it completely,” the pension chief said.last_img read more

WTA Classic: Serena glad to be back in New Zealand

first_imgSerena Williams returns to the Auckland WTA Classic on Monday for the first time since her “miserable” debut appearance three years ago, determined to put the record straight. “I’m in a really different frame of mind,” she said ahead of her opening match on day one – a marquee doubles appearance partnering Caroline Wozniacki – with her first round singles against long-time rival Svetlana Kuznetsova expected on Tuesday. Despite her quick exit in 2017, Williams went on to win the Australian Open for her 23rd major title, but has not won a tournament since. Williams, who has a 10-3 record against Kuznetsova in a 16-year rivalry, said she was pleased to be playing her “really good friend” first up. “I like to play really tough opponents in the first round, and there’s no better way to start than to start serious. I really love her and adore her, and I wish it could’ve been a little bit later, for both of us,” she said. She was also looking forward to playing with former world number one Wozniacki in the doubles, calling the Dane “one of my best friends”. The 38-year-old Williams is banking on Auckland setting her up for an unprecedented 24th major title at the Australian Open later in the month. Williams was way below par when she played in Auckland in 2017, complaining about the windy conditions, being abrupt in interviews and could not wait to get out of the country as soon as she lost in the second round to Madison Brengle. But she says the anger she felt then has gone. “I’m not pregnant, as a start, so that works, so I can only do good now,” the tournament top seed and world number 10 joked with journalists as she reflected on how she was unaware at the time that she was six weeks pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia. “I just remember it was windy and being angry, hating my now husband (Alexis Ohanian). I was like ‘I can’t stand you and I don’t know why,’” she said. “Obviously at the time I didn’t know why either … I was six weeks pregnant and I had no idea. So looking back it’s so surreal and crazy and now that I’m here, I have all of these funny memories of being miserable. “I always knew that I would have to come back, for sure. I didn’t even realize what was happening, and now I’m here with my daughter. “This is kind of where it all began. It’s amazing. It’s so exciting to be here with her, and to know that this is literally where it started.” Loading… Read Also:Nadal gets 2020 season underway with a win Meanwhile, the Auckland tournament has been hit with the late withdrawal of seventh seed Jelena Ostapenko who pulled out for “personal reasons”. The 22-year-old Latvian, who won the French Open in 2017, is the second high-profile withdrawal with Canadian Bianca Andreescu pulling out last month due to her ongoing knee problems. Andreescu defeated Williams to claim the US Open title in September last year. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Riedner races to $1,099 checkers at Luxemburg’s Soukup Memorial

first_imgBy Greg AregoniLUXEMBURG, Wis. (June 17) – Brandon Riedner loved his trip to Luxemburg Speedway.  He loved the trip so much he went home $1,099 richer courtesy of his 30-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod John Soukup Memorial feature win.Todd Wiese came into night as the defending race winner defending the home turf. Riedner came in as the visitor trying to steal the show and did just that.Wiese led from the drop of the green flag and through a series of early cautions which allowed Riedner to join the race for the win.Riedner showed his racer on lap 20 and made what proved to be winning move on lap 23.  Riedner flew past down low and into the lead. Wiese gave chase up on top and actually gained on the leader only to bobble with a couple laps remaining.Wiese finished second, Lucas Lamberies finished third after starting 16th, point leader Chris Budzban finished fourth after starting 18th and Kyle Raddant was fifth.Other winners included Lance Arneson in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and Evan Madden in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.last_img read more

Fairfield Causeway Road to open today

first_imgBrookville, IN—Fairfield Causeway Road over Brookville Lake in Franklin County is scheduled to reopen today following a $2 million bridge rehabilitation project that began this past spring. The project included waterline maintenance, roadway resurfacing, and bridge painting.last_img

Brilliant Mo Farah wins 5,000m to achieve ‘double-double’

first_imgGREAT Britain’s Mo Farah won his fourth Olympic gold medal as he became only the second man in history to retain the 5,000m and 10,000m titles.The 33-year-old won yesterday’s 5,000m final in Rio to extend his tally as Britain’s most successful Olympic track and field athlete of all time.Farah won in 13 minutes 3.30 seconds as Scot Andrew Butchart finished fourth.“It shows I didn’t just fluke it in London. To do it again is incredible. I can’t believe it,” said Farah.Farah’s was GB’s 27th gold in Rio and their 65th medal, matching the haul at London 2012.They surpassed that tally when the women’s 4x400m relay team won bronze shortly after.Ethiopians Dejen Gebremeske and Hagos Gebrhiwet took turns to set a quick pace in the first half of the race.Farah moved to the front shortly after the 3,000m mark, taking control of the pace before accelerating to hold on in the final straight.“I was surprised by the first lap; I thought it was going to be a slow race,” said Farah.“They had a plan – they wanted to take the sting out of me. But when I hit the front, I wasn’t letting anyone past me.”Farah finished 0.6secs clear of American Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo, who was disqualified along with fourth-placed Muktar Edris of Ethiopia and Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed in fifth.Gebrhiwet, who crossed the line in third, won silver, and Bernard Lagat of the United States was promoted from sixth place to bronze.The disqualifications pushed Butchart, who ran a personal best of 13:08.61, up to fourth.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Brathwaite becomes fifth Windies batsman to carry his bat through a Test innings

first_imgBy Bharath Seervi5 Number of West Indies batsmen who have carried their bat through a Test innings. Kraigg Brathwaite became the fifth.The only other West Indies batsman to carry his bat in the last 20 years was Chris Gayle, against Australia at Adelaide Oval in 2009-10. The three instances prior to Gayle were all by Desmond Haynes, between 1986 and 1993. Frank Worrell (1957) and Conrad Hunte (165) were the other two to achieve this feat.9 Instances of batsmen carrying their bat against Pakistan – the second-most against any side. Three of the last four instances against Pakistan, before Brathwaite, were by Zimbabwe players.There were five instances of batsmen doing this against Pakistan in 1990s but Brathwaite is only the second since 2000. The team against which this has happened the most is England (13 times), and the least is against Sri Lanka (twice).1 Only one of the previous six instances of West Indies batsmen carrying their bat have resulted in wins – Haynes (143*) against Pakistan in Port of Spain in 1992-93. Overall, only 13 of the previous 50 instances have resulted in wins.3 Batsmen who have carried their bat in the last 14 months. Dean Elgar and Cheteshwar Pujara did this last year. There were no such instances for about three-and-a-half years between January 2011 and August 2015.13 Before this match, West Indies had failed to take a lead in 13 consecutive Tests when batting second. In those matches, they conceded an average lead of 204. In away matches, when batting second, in matches excluding Bangladesh, the last time West Indies took a lead was way back in 2006 in Multan.3 Number of top-order batsman (Nos. 1 to 6) to bag two pairs in a year – Asad Shafiq became the third. The previous two were: Mohinder Amarnath in 1983 and Mark Waugh in 1992. Both Amarnath and Waugh had got those pairs in the same series, unlike Shafiq. Shafiq is only the second Pakistan player from any batting position to get two pairs in a year after Shabbir Ahmed in 2005.2 Instances of Pakistan’s top-four batsmen aggregating four ducks in a Test. The only previous instance was also in Sharjah, in 2002-03, against Australia. In this match, Shafiq got a pair, Azhar Ali scored zero in the first innings and Younis Khan in the second. This was Younis’ fourth duck in the UAE, and his third in Sharjah.2 Pakistan’s 281 in this Test was the second smallest total in a completed Test innings to include four individual fifty-plus scores. New Zealand had scored only 275 in an innings inclusive of four fifties against Pakistan in Hamilton in 2010-11.2 Five-wicket hauls for Wahab Riaz. This is his 20th Test. His first five-for was against England at The Oval in 2010 on his debut, and the second came in this match after a gap of six years.1 Number of three-wicket hauls for Jason Holder in Tests prior to this series, in 17 matches. In this series he has had two such hauls, including the one in the second innings of this Test. This is only his second series, out of eight, in which he has taken more than five wickets. In the four matches of the home series against India recently, he had taken only one wicket. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more