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Criterion Relocates

first_imgCriterion, LLC2456 Christian StreetWhite River Junction, Vermont 05001RELEASE: June 7, 2004Contact: Dianne Kenney 802-280-3061Criterion RelocatesWhite River Junction, VT. Criterion, LLC is pleased to announce their relocation to 2456 Christian Street, White River Junction, Vermont.Criterion, LLC was originally established in 2000 as Green Mountain HR, with a focus on Human Resources consulting. In response to clients mounting requests, we have expanded our core services to include executive coaching, management education and meeting facilitation, said Dianne Kenney, owner.The increased space accommodates the continued growth of the company due to expanded service offerings, including in-house seminars.For more information about the Criterion, please email info@criterion.biz(link sends e-mail) or phone us at 802-280-3061.last_img read more

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IBEW Local 300 Votes In New Leadership Slate

first_imgOn July 1, Jeffrey Wimette started a three-year term as the union’s business manager and financial secretary. Wimette, who holds a degree in architectural engineering from Vermont Technical College, previously served as assistant business manager. He has been a licensed Local 300 electrician since 1999 and has an extensive military history with the United States Army Reserves. Wimette currently resides in Bristol withhis wife and three children.I am honored that our membership placed its confidence in my leadership capabilities and pledge to further cultivate this organization with thefull cooperation of our signatory employers and existing members, Wimette said. In today’s economic climate, unions will certainly ensure that working Vermonters are employed by socially responsible businesses that pay a living wage, healthcare and retirement benefits.Local 300 constituents also elected George Clain as president, Maureen Bothfeld as secretary and Marcel Cote as treasurer. Jim Cushing, Louis LaCroix, Jim Genovisi, Angela Perron, Kevin Stevens, Ed Provost and Michelle Stines all earned seats on the local union’s executive board. Wimette will oversee an appointed four-person staff that includes Clain,Jean Watkins, Matt Lash and Holli Vidal.ABOUT IBEW LOCAL 300Based in South Burlington, IBEW Local 300 serves 1,200-plus working Vermonters at some of the state’s most successful businesses, including American Electric, Ben and Jerry’s, Brown Electric, Burlington ElectricDepartment, Central Vermont Public Service, Century Electric, Entergy-Vermont Yankee, E.S. Boulos, Green Mountain Power, Peck Electric, Sherwin Electric, Vermont Gas, Washington Electric Cooperative and several municipalities. Local 300 members earn a living wage, healthcare coverage and best-in-class retirement benefits. The organization is part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and representsapproximately 750,000 laborers in utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads, governmentand more. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among AFL-CIO unions because of its size and highly skilled constituency.For more information, contact Marketing and Business DevelopmentDirector Matt Lash at (802) 864-5864, MLash@ibewlocal300.org(link sends e-mail) or www.ibewlocal300.org(link is external).last_img read more

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Governor Douglas named one of 20 people who made health care better in 2010

first_imgHealth Leaders Media released its annual HealthLeaders 20 list of individuals who make health care better and Governor Jim Douglas was among those recognized for his positive efforts to improve the American health care system.Health Leaders Media credited Douglas’ ability to bridge the partisan divide in health care, whether in Washington or in Montpelier, citing his work as chairman of the National Governors Association, the Vermont Blueprint for Health and Vermont’s 2006 Health Reform bill as examples of his leadership. The article notes that ‘In striking contrast to Congress, Vermont provides a great example of what Republicans and Democrats can achieve in healthcare when they agree upon a common goal. And perhaps no one better embodies that bipartisan spirit in the Green Mountain State than long-serving Republican Gov. Jim Douglas.’‘I am very proud of the efforts we’ve undertaken over the past eight years to improve the health and well-being of Vermonters,’ Governor Douglas said. ‘Our leadership has been recognized by many from the federal government, most recently with the recent announcement of the Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration project, to publications like HealthLeaders Media.’In addition to being ranked the healthiest state in the nation two years in a row by the United Health Foundation, Vermont has received recognition by the National Committee for Health Quality (NCQA) for improving the quality of health care, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention for promoting wellness and prevention, and Surescripts for being the most improved state for e-prescribing in 2009.HealthLeaders Media is a division of HCPro, a leading multi-platform media company dedicated to meeting the business information needs of health care executives and professionals. It consists of the following entities: HealthLeaders magazine, HealthLeaders Media Online, HealthLeaders Media Rounds, HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs, the HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Unit, and California HealthFax. All are available on the Web at www.healthleadersmedia.com(link is external).To read the article on Governor Douglas visit: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/content/HEP-259182/Jim-Douglas-More-Th…(link is external) Source: Governor’s office. 12.6.2010last_img read more

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Puerto Rico Odds for Grid Modernization: ‘A Fair Chance We Can Pull This Off’

first_imgPuerto Rico Odds for Grid Modernization: ‘A Fair Chance We Can Pull This Off’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:A Puerto Rican official who has been in talks with Tesla Inc. said the island is serious about transforming its energy infrastructure after it was leveled by Category 4 Hurricane Maria, despite questions about how such an overhaul would be funded.Speaking in a telephone interview Sunday, Department of Economic Development and Commerce Secretary Manuel Laboy said Puerto Rico’s government understands its skeptics: The island’s finances are shot and its electricity system is in tatters. But he said the U.S. territory has a historic opportunity to use federal funds to modernize an aging and weak power grid.At the core of the argument is the government’s belief that funding related to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, can be used to build a new system, not just repair the old one, so that it won’t be susceptible to collapse when the next storm hits. Laboy said Governor Ricardo Rossello’s government is prepared to make its case.“There is a fair chance that we can pull this off,” he said by phone from Ponce, Puerto Rico.Even before the storm, Puerto Rico’s decades-old energy system was known to be dirty, inefficient and vulnerable, with most of the production in the south and the demand in the northern part of the island. It also saddled consumers with above-average energy bills. When the hurricane barreled through a month ago, most of Puerto Rico was left in the dark. The blackout has brought the already struggling economy to a near-standstill.Laboy said the government is considering a series of micro-grids and regional grids that use solar and battery technology, along with other renewable sources. He said he’s been in talks with Tesla Inc. since Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk exchanged messages with Rossello on Twitter. Tesla, a maker of electric cars, also sells batteries to consumers to combine with rooftop solar systems.The island is considering options with other companies including Sonnen GmbH, Arensis Corp. and Sunnova Energy Corp., Laboy said. It’s “highly probable” that the government would hold a competitive bidding process.In one scenario, a private company or companies could run power generation while the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority manages transmission, he said. Operators have approached Puerto Rico already, he said, declining to disclose their names.The island is also working with renewable-energy companies on near-term projects to ensure power to hospitals and schools, he said.More:  Puerto Rico Lays Out Energy Future With Tesla, Privatizationlast_img read more

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Jordanian Firm Plans One of Region’s First Solar-Plus-Storage Projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy-Storage News:Philadelphia Solar, a vertically integrated PV company headquartered in Jordan, said this morning it has reached financial close on a project to bring battery storage to a large-scale solar farm in the Middle East kingdom. Philadelphia Solar emailed Energy-Storage News today to say that it had struck a deal with private trade financial institution Capital Bank of Jordan (Capital Bank) for project financing.It could be the largest energy storage project in the region, with completion and the start of commercial operation expected in the fourth quarter of this year. Back in August 2017, Energy-Storage News reported that Al Badiya Power Generation, a special purpose company set up by Philadelphia Solar, had signed a 20-year PPA with electric power distribution company Irbid District Electricity Company.Philadelphia Solar makes PV panels and mounting structures, in addition to developing and carrying out project work. The company set up Al Badiya Power Generation back in 2013, using start-up capital of around US$25 million. The subsidiary company developed a 12 MW PV plant in the Jordanian city of Al Mafraq and commissioned it in October 2015.The latest project will be an 11 MW extension to Al Badiya’s solar farm. Around 34,350 polycrystalline 320 W PV panels will be added, along with single-axis tracking and 12 MWh of lithium-ion battery based energy storage.More recently Jordan, one of the Middle Eastern countries not blessed with large oil reserves, issued a request for parties interested in delivering a 30 MW energy storage system in the Kingdom to come up with technical and financial offers. Interested parties have six months to respond to that call, which was put out in February.More: Jordan’s Solar-Plus-Storage ‘Expansion Project’ Reaches Financial Close Jordanian Firm Plans One of Region’s First Solar-Plus-Storage Projectslast_img read more

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Scotland Drafts Plan for Carbon Phase-Out

first_imgScotland Drafts Plan for Carbon Phase-Out FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:New targets will set Scotland on course to become one of the first countries in the world to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, the Scottish government has claimed, although it has stopped short of committing to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.The draft climate change bill, published on Thursday morning, sets a target of a 90% reduction by 2050–which the UK Committee on Climate Change states is currently “at the limit of feasibility”–with the aim of achieving 100% reduction, or “net-zero,” as soon as possible.Announcing the targets, Holyrood’s climate change secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, said: “Our 90% target will be tougher even than the 100% goal set by a handful of other countries, because our legislation will set more demanding, legally binding, annual targets covering every sector of our economy. By 2030, we will cut emissions by two-thirds and, unlike other nations, we will not use carbon offsetting, where other countries are paid to cut emissions for us, to achieve our goal.”But Tom Ballantine, chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, described the targets as hugely disappointing. “By failing to ally with the global momentum towards zero emissions, led by countries like France, Sweden and New Zealand, Scotland is missing a huge opportunity to end its contribution to climate change in a generation, attract clean investment and retain its position as a leader on the global stage,” he said. Ballantine called on MSPs from all parties to push for net-zero by 2050 at the latest, to keep Scotland in line with the 2016 Paris agreement.Earlier this month, transport minister Humza Yousaf admitted that the Scottish government did not have to the powers to ban the sale of diesel cars, despite pledging to phase them out across the country by 2032, eight years ahead of the UK government’s target.More: Scotland Draft Climate Change Bill sets 90%-by-2050 Emission Reduction Targetlast_img read more

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Native American tribes turning to solar for sustainable economic development

first_imgNative American tribes turning to solar for sustainable economic development FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Dozens of new solar and wind projects are sprouting up on tribal lands across the U.S. as Native Americans seek new ways to boost their economies beyond casinos and untaxed cigarettes.In the fall, Wirsol Solar AG expects to start building a 110-megawatt solar project on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. And last month, the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Nevada was announced as the site for two solar arrays expected to produce 500 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 180,000 homes. They already have a prominent customer: NV Energy Inc., the utility owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.The efforts are the latest in a burgeoning trend. In 2018, the U.S. handed out $6.5 million in grants to 11 tribal communities seeking to develop solar or wind power in eight states. It might be considered a return to nature. That’s certainly the view of Henry Red Cloud, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation.“The native’s way of life, in ceremony, song, dance and language, are all based around the sun,” Red Cloud said in an interview. “We’re taking our old ways and becoming sustainable.” Solar, he added, “is our new casinos.” Red Cloud runs a business called Lakota Solar Enterprises that provides technical training to tribe members seeking to work on the projects. His goal: Stimulating the tribe’s economy with a “green path” the community can be proud of.The Moapa Reservation projects, planned by 8minute Solar Energy and EDF Renewables, a unit of Electricite de France SA, are part of one of the biggest expansions of solar and storage ever proposed in the U.S., along with a nearby solar farm located on federal land.It’s a win-win-win situation for the tribes, said Peter Meisen, founder of the Global Energy Network Institute, an industry research firm. There’s a “bandwagon effect” going on among Native American communities because “there’s so much to gain,” Meisen said by telephone. He listed the potential for added employment, low-cost electricity on-site and revenue from contracts to supply power throughout a region.More: From gambling to solar, U.S. tribes bet on new revenue streamlast_img read more

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Oil prices fall after China releases weak industrial data

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Oil prices eased on Monday after four days of gains as worries about weak Chinese industrial data offset hopes oil demand will rise as talks progress on a Sino-American trade deal.Brent futures were down 32 cents, or 0.5%, at $61.70 a barrel by 11:39 a.m. EDT (1539 GMT), while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) fell 57 cents, or 1.0%, to $56.09.Earlier in the session, Brent and WTI rose to their highest levels in a month, hitting $62.34 and $56.92 per barrel, respectively. WTI fell after failing to break above its 200-day moving average.Profits at Chinese industrial companies fell for the second straight month in September as producer prices continued to slide, highlighting the impact of a slowing economy and protracted U.S. trade war on corporate balance sheets.The news comes as a relief to investors who have been grappling with the fallout from the trade war and its impact on the global economy. Analysts say an agreement would provide a boost to global oil demand.Russia’s energy ministry said that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its oil-exporting allies, known as OPEC+, would factor in any slowdown of U.S. oil output growth when they meet to discuss their output agreement in December.U.S. crude output has surged to records above 12 million barrels per day this year thanks to gains from the Permian basin, that have made the United States the world’s largest producer ahead of Saudi Arabia and Russia.The rate of growth has, however, been tempered as U.S. energy companies reduced the number of oil rigs in October for a record 11 months, under pressure from investors to cut spending on new drilling.More: Oil falls as weak Chinese data offsets hope on U.S.-China trade talks Oil prices fall after China releases weak industrial datalast_img read more

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IFC study sees significant opportunity for distributed solar in Myanmar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mizzima:A new IFC study shows there is significant potential for distributed solar solutions in the commercial and industrial sectors in Myanmar, presenting businesses an opportunity to bring down their power costs, as well as their climate impacts, according to a press release.The Myanmar Distributed Generation Scoping Study estimates there are more than 700 megawatts worth of potential commercial and industrial solar projects in the country, equivalent to around 10 percent of the existing electric power generating capacity in the country. And it says solar is now cost competitive with other sources of electricity for many commercial and industrial businesses, providing a viable addition to help diversify Myanmar’s sustainable energy mix.Myanmar needs to provide electricity to more than half of its population who are not connected to the national electricity grid and lack reliable electricity. Power outages are still common. Access to reliable electricity is a key challenge for businesses which are forced to rely on expensive costly, polluting backup diesel generators. The study found that businesses were getting an average of around 10 percent of their power from diesel due to frequent power cuts.“Clearly with Myanmar’s crucial energy needs, the country’s commercial and industrial businesses are looking for near-term solutions to their electricity challenges,” says Isabel Chatterton, IFC’s Asia Pacific Regional Industry Director for Infrastructure and Natural Resources.“ It is clear from our study that there is a big opportunity for businesses to look to solar to help provide sustainable power to meet their needs. Several commercial and industrial businesses are in a good position to take advantage of the fast-growing distributed solar generation sector through private sector-led solutions and financing. “Based on a survey of more than 50 factories, shopping centers and other sites throughout Myanmar, almost all consumers experienced grid interruptions, on average one to three times a day. The worst week in the year saw power blackouts of six to 10 hours. The study lays out the opportunity for the development of distributed solar projects, involving private solar solution providers and financiers.More: IFC study highlights potential for solar to help power businesses in Myanmar IFC study sees significant opportunity for distributed solar in Myanmarlast_img read more

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Royal Bank of Scotland tightens rules for coal lending

first_imgRoyal Bank of Scotland tightens rules for coal lending FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Market Watch:The Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC said Friday that it would end financing for coal by 2030 and place stricter rules on oil-and-gas majors, joining other banks that have made similar sustainability moves as investors and the public demand action on climate change.“Today marks a new era,” said Alison Rose, chief executive of RBS, who took the helm in November.RBS said it would end coal financing by 2030 and stop lending and underwriting companies with more than 15% of their activities related to coal by the end of 2021, unless they have a transition plan in line with the Paris Agreement. It also pledged to halt lending and underwriting major oil-and-gas producers without a transition plan by 2021.The bank, which is set to rebrand as Natwest Group PLC later this year, said it would halve the climate impact of all financing by 2030 and double funding for climate and sustainable finance to 20 billion pounds ($26 billion) by 2022.RBS’s move comes as the British government–and the European Union–aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and is set to host the next global climate change conference, COP26, in Glasgow this year. The European Commission has estimated that, including the U.K. which has exited the EU, it could cost up to 575 billion euros ($624.4 billion) a year for the bloc’s 28 member states to hit the climate ambition, or around $18.7 trillion over the next 30 years.[Dieter Holger]More: RBS pledges to end coal financing and put stricter rules on oil companieslast_img read more

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