WHERE: Waterfront Park, BurlingtonIn downtown Burlington, follow Main Street to the corner of Main and Battery. Turn right on Lake Street. Look for the tents at the end of Lake Street.Parking is available at College and Lake Streets, and in lots and garages throughout downtown Burlington. WHEN: Wednesday, June 7, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. SBA Vermont Small Business Person of the Year and Champion Award CelebrationNEWS EVENT: The 2006 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year and Champion Award recipients will be honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) at a ceremony presented by Vermont Business Magazine at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. Gov. James Douglas will present the Small Business Person of the Year award to John Wall, Wall/Goldfinger, Inc., Northfield, Vermont, with additional remarks by Mayor Bob Kiss, City of Burlington, SBA Regional Administrator Charlie Summers, and others. Champion awards will be presented to the following individuals:Janet Bullard, Vermont Commission on Women, Montpelier;James Keyes, Citizens Bank, Burlington;Mark Johnson, WDEV Radio, Waterbury;Robert Johnson, Omega Optical, Brattleboro;Laurie Hammond, Triple Loop Skate & Dance, Colchester;John Durfee & Lang Durfee, Bethel Mills, Inc., Bethel Mills;Stephen Brochu, Vermont Department of Labor, St. Johnsbury; andMargaret Ferguson, Micro Business Development Program, Barre.
A WEEKEND OF RECORD BREAKERS FOR OKEMOLUDLOW, Vt. For the second year running, the Sunday of Presidents’ Day Weekend was a record-breaker for Okemo Mountain Resort. Skier and snowboarder visits were up three percent for the day, compared to last years historic milestone, and up more than five percent compared to the previous best day in February 2005.Skier visits for the two-day period including Sat., Feb. 16 and Sun., Feb. 17 placed the weekend as the second-best two-day period over the past five years and the resort posted record revenues for the weekend. As of Feb. 17, skier visits for the season were 38 percent ahead of last year.A number of departments across the resort reported increases and set new records. Resort lodging saw a 22 percent increase in Presidents Day Weekend room nights compared to last year. On Sunday, Okemo’s Cutting Edge Learning Center hit a new high in the number of private lessons taught in a single day, and equipment rentals were up 8 percent in quantity and 13 percent in revenue over last year. Okemo Valley Nordic Center reported one of their strongest days in recent history. Record numbers of skiers and riders visited resort restaurants as well. Feb. 17 witnessed a record-breaking three-percent increase in the number of lunches served at Coleman Brook Tavern. The Roundhouse and Epic beat their previous bests by nine percent. Siena, Okemo’s Italian bistro saw a 27 percent increase over its previous best day.Okemo started the 2007-2008 ski and snowboard season with great optimism. Season pass sales were up 30 percent this year and college season-pass sales were up nearly 300 percent.Resort officials attribute the record-breaking day and year-to-date increases to favorable weather patterns and Okemos positive reputation for snowmaking, grooming and customer service.
Sugarbush Resort Plans to Open for the 2008-09 Winter Season this WeekendWarren, VT (November 18, 2008)- It’s time to get the gear out; winter is here. Sugarbush Resort will open for the 2008-09 winter season this Saturday, November 22nd when the Super Bravo and Heaven’s Gate chairs begin spinning at 9 A.M.”Our snowmaking crews have put down a great base from the top (of Lincoln Peak) to the bottom of the Heavens Gate lift,” said Resort president Win Smith. “Mother Nature has lent us a helping hand over the last 10 days dumping about a foot up top and temperatures this week are allowing us to make every effort to have top-to-bottom skiing and riding come Saturday. We just ask that guests check the website for the latest info before coming up to the hill Saturday morning.”Sugarbush commenced snowmaking operations earlier this month and has been making snow at every opportunity. Several lake-effect squalls that began arriving in October have also helped to turn the resort’s trails white. The Gate House Lodge’s food court and Allyns Lodge will be open as will Timbers restaurant this weekend. The Castlerock Pub, however, will be closed as it is in the final stage of a $1 million renovation. Construction began earlier this fall to double the size of the popular après spot and add a deck on top of it. Sugarbush also added more seating and bag storage capacity to the second floor of the lodge. The new additions are scheduled to make their debut the week after the resort’s 50th Birthday Bash, which is being held December 12-14. Après-ski festivities this weekend will be held in Timbers.Lift tickets this weekend will be $49 for everyone (seniors, juniors, adults, and Sugarcard holders.) The Super Bravo and Heaven’s Gate chairs are scheduled to run from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.Visit sugarbush.com for the most up-to-date information on conditions and to book your stay for the 50th Birthday Bash.-30-
Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (BISHCA) Commissioner Steve Kimbell today announced the appointment of Georgia John Maheras as Deputy Commissioner of Health Care Administration. The Health Care Administration is responsible for oversight of health insurance companies in Vermont, the Hospital budget review process and hospital capital expenditures through the Certificate of Need (CON) process.Maheras will assume the position effective August 29. Maheras brings to BISHCA a diverse background in health care, having worked both for a major managed care company in Massachusetts and a variety of policy and advocacy organizations. An attorney, she has served as a health care advocate for Boston-based organizations including Health Care for All and Health Law Advocates, where she engaged in litigation, policy development and legislative advocacy.Maheras served as a Consumer Representative Appointee to the National Association of insurance Commissioners.‘Georgia is a great addition to BISHCA and to the Shumlin administration’s health care reform team,’ said Kimbell. ‘Her experience will be extremely helpful as we move forward with implementation of Act 48, the health care reform legislation signed by the Governor on May 26th.’BISHCA 7.8.2011 # # #
Four St Johnsbury non-profits’Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury Academy and Catamount Arts’will jointly promote the combined arts-and-culture resources that exist within their organizations and develop new opportunities for collaboration to enhance St. Johnsbury’s cultural climate and creative economy. The group is recognizing their proximate area in St Johnsbury as the Arts & Culture Campus.‘Along Main Street from the Fairbanks Museum to the corner of Eastern Avenue at the Athenaeum, down to Catamount Arts and back over to St. Johnsbury Academy, we see a geographic link amid our shared traditions of arts programming and community outreach,’ said Jody Fried, executive director of Catamount Arts. ‘We view this area, which we’re calling the Arts & Culture Campus, as a jumping off point for arts programming in our town, inclusive of all of greater St. Johnsbury. People can come to town and easily circulate through this area to enjoy a concentration of fun happenings.’The shared histories (largely descending from the vision and beneficence of the Fairbanks family) and strengths in the arts of the four local organizations will place a sharp focus on the rich cultural programs that St. Johnsbury offers to the public.The alliance has created a logo and theme through which to advance the public’s thinking about what the town as to offer: ‘Get Inspired’St. Johnsbury’s Arts & Culture Campus.’ The logo will be used with advertising and marketing materials to position St. Johnsbury as a dynamic center for the arts, statewide and regionally.‘Our efforts will be on coordinating events to give area residents and visitors a range of arts, culture and educational activities, so once they’re in town they have a range of fun opportunities throughout a day or a weekend,’ said Anna Rubin, director of external relations for the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium. ‘With the local non-profits working in collaboration, we see this an exponential promotion of the arts in St. Johnsbury.’ The organizations in the coalition share:Rich cultural resources for visual and performing artsFull calendars of learning programs for all agesAuthentic connections to the local heritage of the areaSupport for vibrant, dynamic and evolving new voices and expressionsAccess to artistic inspiration from around the worldEasy access on Main Street/Eastern Avenue campus. The group will be co-planning and promoting arts events beginning in 2012, kicking off with First Night St. Johnsbury 2012. They intend to coordinate their efforts with other area arts organizations, businesses, and chambers of commerce. ‘The St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce looks forward to fully supporting the efforts of this wonderful coalition of creative and cultural institutions here in St J We’re excited by this new opportunity to help bring more attention to the creative economy in and around town,’ said Jeff Moore, president, St. Johnsbury Chamber of Commerce. CUTLINE:(L-R) Matthew Powers and Mary Ellen Reis of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Anna Rubin of the FairbanksMuseum & Planetarium, Joe Healy of St. Johnsbury Academy, and Jody Fried of Catamount Arts, gathered on the steps of the South Congregational Church onMain Street in St. Johnsbury. ST. JOHNSBURY, VT (December 28, 2011)’
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Liesl Eichler Clark for the Lansing (Mich.) Journal:When we think of American manufacturing, the first place that should come to mind is Michigan. This is a state that knows how to get things done; Detroit helped create America as we know it by ushering the era of the automobile, and Michiganders know how to build the goods the rest of the country needs.That still holds true for the products of the 21st century. Today, Michigan is a leader in building the parts needed for America’s fastest growing electricity source: wind energy. In 2015, wind was the largest source of new electric generating capacity in the U.S. and the cheapest, cheaper than natural gas and coal.With 32 factories in the state that build wind-related parts, among the most in the country, Michigan is once again playing a big role in America’s move toward a better future.In turn, this is helping people across the state. Wind energy supports up to 2,000 well-paying jobs in Michigan, and it has driven $3 billion of capital investments into the economy.Wind power is also strengthening communities. Up to $5 million in lease payments are paid every year to landowners who host wind turbines on their property.Wind farms also grow the tax base where they’re located, providing new revenue for schools, roads, public safety, libraries and services for seniors and veterans. By 2020, this revenue could surpass $11.6 million every year.Wind power provides these benefits while keeping more money in the pockets of Michigan’s families and businesses. Through 2050, it could save almost $3.6 billion on electricity bills, on top of $10.9 billion in savings from protection against conventional fuel price spikes.A specific policy helped create a lot of this good news.In 2008, Michigan lawmakers passed a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) calling for 10 percent of retail electricity sales to come from renewable energy sources by 2015. Not only did the state achieve this target, it did so at considerably lower costs than projected. Because the law required a 50/50 split of projects—half to be built by utilities and half in a competitive market by independent power producers – prices were driven down even more.Now, Michigan’s lawmakers once again have the opportunity to create more good jobs and savings for the state’s residents.They can amend legislation currently under consideration to increase the state renewable requirements while maintaining the 50/50 project split.State renewable requirements are smart policy with long track records of success. The Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found renewable energy projects developed to meet state RPSs created $7.5 billion in annual environmental benefits from reduced air emissions, $1.3 billion to $4.9 billion in reduced consumer energy prices and 200,000 American jobs through 2013.Millions in consumer savings, thousands of good jobs and new resources for communities across the state- passing new legislation to further grow these benefits should be a slam dunk.Full item: Strengthen future with renewable energy standards Op-Ed: One Way to Harness Michigan’s Industrial Might? Wind-Turbine Manufacturing
Western Australian government backs ongoing transition from coal to renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Western Australia’s Labor government says it is drawing up plans to facilitate the shift from coal to a grid dominated by renewables, and will develop a “whole of system” plan as well as a strategy to cope with the dramatic uptake of rooftop solar and battery storage. The plan was unveiled on Wednesday by energy minister Bill Johnston, who said technological change in the energy sector is happening at a rapid pace.“In Western Australia, we’re blessed with world-class solar and wind resources, abundant gas supply, a wealth of battery metals, and a highly skilled workforce,” he said in a speech to the Institute of Energy. “We have a genuine opportunity to lead the way in establishing a cleaner, brighter and more resilient energy supply for decades to come. It’s clear that the generation mix will continue to change, so it’s important we have a whole of system approach to plan for the future. Put simply, advancement in technology means we can have reliable, affordable power, with lower emissions.”The progress of renewable energy in W.A. has been hampered in recent years – first by the former Coalition government that engineered an investment drought, then also by restrictive grid access rules – but is showing signs of rapid growth now.Three new solar farms have been added to the grid in the past year, and what will be the state’s two biggest wind farms, Warradarge and Yandin – both with capacity factors of 50 per cent or more – are now under construction.More significantly, the uptake of rooftop solar continues to grow as consumers, both household and business, react to the unwinding of the huge state subsidies that hid the true cost of what was then an almost completely fossil-fuel powered grid. Rooftop solar now totals some 1,100MW, making it the state’s biggest generator. In a relatively small isolated grid, this is starting to pose challenges to the grid operator.More: WA prepares shift from coal to renewables, and distributed energy
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Chinese wind turbine maker Ming Yang Smart Energy (MYSE) has signed an agreement with local government to build a 1.3GW renewable-battery hybrid plant near the city of Tong Liao in China’s Inner Mongolia province, local newspaper Tong Liao Daily said.The project targets to eventually build up to 1000MW in wind power and 300MW solar, linked to a 320MW lithium-ion battery storage system, for which the company has pledged to invest ¥9Bn ($1.29bn).Construction of the project is scheduled to kick off in August 2020, with a plan to grid connect 300MW-500MW in four months and complete the full project by the end of 2021, deputy general manager of MYSE International Zhang Jian said on LinkedIn.The hybrid plan is the most recent of mega wind projects announced in the northern province of China, where local government in 2019 was allowed to approve large wind power projects again after a temporary ban on them by the central government in Beijing. Including Ming Yang’s hybrid plan, at least 11 other mega renewable projects with a combined wind capacity of 21.4GW (plus 1.5GW in solar capacity) have secured approval this year, Recharge understands from various project announcements.Ten of these projects are planned to be larger than 1GW each. Among them is a wind complex with 6GW of capacity being developed by State Power Investment Corp (SPIC), which will be the largest onshore wind farm in the world.Inner Mongolia is China’s largest wind power producing region, with 28.99GW in completed installations by the end of September that account for 15% of China’s total wind capacity.[Yuki Yu]More: Ming Yang unveils 1.3GW wind-solar-battery hybrid plan China developer planning 1.3GW wind, solar, battery storage hybrid plant
Court decision likely to prompt additional delays for Atlantic Coast, Mountain Valley pipeline projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The two biggest U.S. natural gas pipelines under construction are likely facing more delays after an appeals court ruling against the Army Corps of Engineers, energy analysts said.The Trump administration has pressed ahead with new pipeline construction, but several projects have been stalled by successful legal challenges saying the administration is not applying careful regulatory scrutiny.Last month, a Montana judge ruled the Army Corps authorized permits to cross streams without properly consulting other federal agencies on endangered species. Rather than limit its ruling to the Keystone XL crude pipeline case before the court, the judge questioned the Army Corps’ method of authorizing stream crossing under the entire National Permit 12 program.The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday left that ruling in place, which will likely prevent Keystone and other pipelines from using Army Corps’ stream crossing permits until the appeals court decides in early 2021, the analysts said.It means the two biggest gas pipes under construction – Dominion Energy Inc’s Atlantic Coast and EQM Midstream Partners LP’s Mountain Valley – are likely to be delayed by several more months.[Scott DiSavino]More: Court ruling in Keystone XL case another blow to big U.S. pipelines, say energy analysts
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Korea Economic Daily:South Korea’s parliament looks set to pass new legislation to ban financing on foreign coal power projects, putting all overseas coal-fired plant deals under way at risk of being scrapped.Late last month, four lawmakers from the ruling Democratic Party proposed a set of bills, aimed at prohibiting utility Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO), two state-run Korean banks and the state trade insurance provider from financing foreign coal projects.The draft bills concerning KEPCO, Korea Development Bank, Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea EXIM) and Korea Trade Insurance Corp. are very likely to pass at the ruling party-controlled National Assembly next month.Under the proposed bills, the four state-run entities will be prohibited from participating in the construction and operation of coal-fired power plants abroad, as well as extending the life of existing plants. After passing through the National Assembly’s regular session, the bills will take effect immediately.South Korea is the world’s No. 2 coal power plant exporter in terms of orders received, winning $5.8 billion worth of orders between January 2013 and July 2020, according to EndCoal. China is the biggest coal power plant exporter for orders of $50 billion, nearly 10 times more than South Korea.But the new legislation may herald the collapse of the relevant industry in Korea. In particular, Doosan Heavy would be hard hit by a ban on the country’s financing of overseas coal plants, as this accounts for half of its overseas business. The company has already suffered from the South Korean government’s policy to phase out nuclear power.[Kyung-min Kang]More: South Korea moves in on overseas coal project financing ban Pending South Korea legislation could force halt to country’s coal plant export deals