Laryn D. Runco named admission director at Champlain College

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College has appointed Laryn D. Runco, JD, as the Colleges new admission director. Runco comes to Champlain with 13 years of experience directing admission and enrollment at John Carroll University in Ohio. She also has a background in marketing, human resources and business development.At John Carroll University, Runco led admission efforts to increase quality and diversity in enrollment. While directing a successful enrollment management operation, she formulated strategic plans, managed a staff of 11 and oversaw a budget in excess of $1 million. She earned a bachelors degree in Spanish and minor in economics from John Carroll University, and she earned a law degree from the University of Akron.In July, Runco takes on her new role at Champlain College, a private, baccalaureate college that offers professionally focused programs balanced by a liberal arts foundation. The College is known for its innovative, rigorous programs and distinctive campus in the historic Hill Section of Burlington.# # #last_img read more

TD Banknorth Donates $48,000 to Vermont Charities

first_imgTD Banknorth Donates $48,000 to Vermont CharitiesBurlington, VT – TD Banknorth, through the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation, recently donated a total of $48,000 to several charitable organizations across Vermont. The funding will help strengthen Vermont communities through the support of the cultural arts, youth development programs and literacy initiatives.”At TD Banknorth, we believe it’s important to invest wisely with organizations that keep our communities strong and vital.” stated Philip R. Daniels, President of TD Banknorth in Vermont. “But our commitment is more than just a financial investment. Our employees are committed to making a difference by volunteering their time to mentor a child, teach financial literacy or offer their business expertise to local non-profits. We’re very proud of our employees and their commitment to the communities where they live and work.”TD Banknorth awarded grants to the following organizations:* Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Burlington* Everybody Wins!, Montpelier* Nordic Spirit Soccer Club Inc, Essex *unction* Recycle North YouthBuild, Burlington* Shelburne Museum, Shelburne* Vermont Adult Learning, Montpelier* Vermont Campus Compact, Middlebury* Vermont Small Business Development Center, Randolph Center* Windham Child Care Association Inc, BrattleboroTD Banknorth Vermont is proud to support the Vermont Campus Compact, lead agency for Vermont’s 1st Annual National and Global Youth Service Day (GYSD). Scheduled for April 25th-27th, the 2008 Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world. Across Vermont, it will feature multiple and varied youth-led service projects focused on literacy, the environment, healthcare, hunger, elder services and more. Through a generous gift from the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation, participating youth project leaders may apply for funding to put their “Ideas into Action” by creating and implementing projects for the 1st Annual National and Global Youth Service Day For more information about the 2008 Global Youth Service Day is available at www.vtcampuscompact.org(link is external).About the TD Banknorth Charitable FoundationThe TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Banknorth Inc., a leading banking and financial services company headquartered in Portland, Maine. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Banknorth operates, having made over $22 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The efforts of the Foundation are coordinated locally through TD Banknorth’s community development department and are focused on the areas of economic empowerment, youth development and community support. More information on the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation including an online grant application is available at www.TDBanknorth.com(link is external).About TD Banknorth Inc.TD Banknorth Inc. is a leading banking and financial services company headquartered in Portland, Maine, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of TD Bank Financial Group headquartered in Toronto, Canada. TD Banknorth is one of the 25 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States, with over $58 billion in assets. TD Banknorth’s banking subsidiaries include TD Banknorth, N.A., which operates banking divisions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, and TD Bank USA, N.A. TD Banknorth and TD Banknorth, N.A. also operate subsidiaries and divisions in insurance, wealth management, merchant services, mortgage banking, government banking, private label credit cards, insurance premium financing and other financial services and offers investment products in association with PrimeVest Financial Services, Inc. For more information, visit http://www.TDBanknorth.com(link is external).###last_img read more

Efficiency Vermont honors the ‘Best Of The Best’ in energy-efficient building

first_imgAlmost everyone says that they believe in energy efficiency, but nationally-known researcher (and keynote speaker) Suzanne Shelton has found that this belief doesn’t always convert to energy action.  What can we do to change that, and what are the latest residential and building trends to make it even easier?Shelton, president and CEO of The Shelton Group, a Knoxville, TN-based firm that tracks consumer attitudes about sustainability, living green and choosing energy efficiency, will be giving the keynote speech at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10.  Other hot topics at the conference include:Financing Energy Efficiency. Nationally, conversation about a new form of energy finance, known as property-assessed clean-energy programs or “PACE is growing. Vermont Energy Investment Corporation s Peter Adamczyk will delve into PACE programs and more.Net-Zero and Passive Buildings. National experts from the US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Passive House Institute, and Efficiency Vermont, as well as representatives of local firms will explain how these types of structures contribute to dramatic energy savings.The New Frontier of Lighting. A smarter approach to efficient lighting comprehensive lighting design will be introduced alongside new efficiency lighting design incentives available through Efficiency Vermont.  NEW CONSTRUCTION, LARGE BUILDINGS (>=20,000 sq. ft.)Honor AwardProject: Courtyard at Given, University of Vermont College of Medicine (Burlington, VT)Firm: Black River Design (Montpelier, VT)Merit AwardProject: Heritage Aviation (South Burlington, VT)Firm: TruexCullins (Burlington, VT)MAJOR RENOVATION (GUT REHAB)Honor AwardProject: Aiken Hall, Champlain College (Burlington, VT)Firm: Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz Architects (Burlington, VT) Commercial Building Design & Construction:Projects for the University of Vermont s College of Medicine, Champlain College and the Putney School took top honors. Projects for the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park and Heritage Aviation received merit awards.The new interior courtyard at the UVM College of Medicine s Given Building, created by Black River Design using the existing building infrastructure, is pending LEED Gold certification. An element of the design is an energy recovery ventilation unit, which reduces energy usage by minimizing the energy required to condition outside air. It does so by reclaiming energy from the building s return air and introduces this energy into the outdoor air before it is delivered into the building supply air. The approximate recovery efficiency of the unit is 80 percent. Energy-efficient lighting design reduces the building s lighting power density by 60 percent via occupancy sensors and daylighting controls.Maclay Architects designed an innovative Net-Zero energy field house for the Putney School, reducing its carbon footprint by an estimated 100 percent. A number of energy efficiency measures, from a super-insulated building envelope to efficient new light fixtures, bring the building s energy use down by 55 percent from that allowed by the Vermont Energy Code. The building generates all of its annual energy needs through the on-site solar photovoltaic tracker array. The field house is on track for a LEED platinum certification.Vermont ENERGY STAR® Homes Residential New Construction:Kingdom Construction, Black River Design and developer Jack Dator took top honors for the Bear Path Townhomes in East Burke. Energy recovery ventilation is incorporated and each home is outfitted with ENERGY STAR appliances, including refrigerators, dishwashers and efficient light fixtures. Homes in Brattleboro, Hinesburg and Norwich also received top honors.Homes Performance with ENERGY STAR Residential Energy Efficiency Renovation:William Morrissey of Weatherization Works of Dorset won the grand prize for work completed for under $5,000. The winning home, located in Bennington, was built in 1950 with little insulation. Energy efficiency was improved through extensive insulation and air sealing; a programmable thermostat and CFLs also contribute additional energy savings. Now, the house is air-tight with annual savings of more than 1,000kWh. Renovations by Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractors in Barre City, Fairfax, Shelburne, Warren and Dummerston were also honored.The complete list of award winners is as follows: Energy-smart building is on the rise in Vermont. This year, Efficiency Vermont experienced a notable increase in entries to its Best of the Best Awards, honoring the best in energy-efficient commercial and residential design and construction in Vermont. Award recipients will be recognized at Efficiency Vermont s 2010 Better Buildings by Design Conference, taking place on Wednesday and Thursday February 10 and 11, 2010, in Burlington. The conference focuses on energy-efficient building design, construction and renovation and is attended by more than 1,000+ people. Vermont builders and contractors entered their work in three areas of energy efficiency: commercial new construction and major renovation, residential new construction and residential renovation. In just the commercial category, Efficiency Vermont saw a 50 percent increase in entries. SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED HOMES Winning HomeBuilder: Chuck Reiss, Reiss Building & Renovation (Hinesburg, VT)Home Location: Hinesburg, VT SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED HOMES 2,000 to 3,000 sq. ft.Winning HomeBuilder: Steve Davis, Steve Davis Construction (Hartford, VT)Home Location: Norwich, VTSINGLE FAMILY DETACHED HOMES > 3,000 sq. ft.Winning HomeBuilder: Denny Frehsee, Williams & Frehsee, Inc. (Brattleboro, VT)Home Location: Brattleboro, VTSINGLE FAMILY ATTACHED HOMESWinning ProjectProject: Bear Path Townhomes, East Burke, VTDeveloper: Jack Dator, Professional Real Estate Services (Fall River, MA)Designer: John Rahill & Jesse Remick, Black River Design (Montpelier, VT)Builder: Karl Chaffee & Tom Barrup, Kingdom Construction (Newport, VT)Best of the Best in Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Award WinnersRecognizing excellence in energy efficiency renovations in Vermont homes.RETROFIT UNDER $5,000Grand PrizeContractor: William Morrissey, Weatherization Works (Dorset, VT)Home Location: Bennington, VTHonorable MentionContractor: Paul Zabriskie, EnergySmart of Vermont (Barre, VT)Home Location: Barre City, VTRETROFIT FROM $5,000 to $15,000Grand PrizeContractor: John Ashton, Ashton Thermal (East Fairfield, VT)Home Location: Fairfax, VTHonorable MentionContractor: James Bradley, Caleb Contracting LLC (Cambridge, VT)Home Location: Shelburne, VTRETROFIT OVER $15,000Grand PrizeContractor: Brad Cook, Building Performance Services (Warren, VT)Home Location: Warren, VTHonorable MentionContractor: Keith Abbott, Thermal House (Jamaica, VT)Home Location: Dummerston, VTEfficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).Source: Efficiency Vermont.center_img Best of the Best in Commercial Building Design & Construction Award WinnersRecognizing innovative and integrated design approaches for energy efficiency in Vermont’s commercial, institutional, industrial, and multifamily buildings. Best of the Best in Vermont ENERGY STAR® Homes Award WinnersHonoring exceptional achievement in new homes receiving ENERGY STAR qualification. NEW CONSTRUCTION, SMALL BUILDINGS (Honor AwardProject: Putney School Field House (Putney, VT)Firm: Maclay Architects (Waitsfield, VT)Merit AwardProject: Forest Center & Wood Barn, Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park (Woodstock, VT)Firm: Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz Architects (Burlington, VT) ###last_img read more

Vermont gasoline prices remain flat

first_imgAverage retail gasoline prices in Vermont moved just 0.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.85/g today. This compares with the national average that has stayed flat, moving just 1.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.79/g, according to gasoline price website VermontGasPrices.com.Including the change in gas prices in Vermont during the past week, prices today are 83.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 7.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 10.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 76.6 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.”Oil prices have been reluctant to move higher than the low $80/barrel range as adaquate supply and lower global demand continue to weigh on investors”, said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst. “The pause in oil prices has translated into retail prices that have remained virtually unchanged over the last week”, DeHaan says. Don’t expect stable gasoline prices to last long though. “Prices will continue to rise in April before peaking around Memorial Day to close to $3/gallon across areas of the country as cleaner burning summer fuels are sold”, according to DeHaan.About VermontGasPrices.comGasBuddy.com operates over 200 live gasoline price-tracking websites, including VermontGasPrices.com. GasBuddy.com was named one of Time magazine’s 50 best websites and to PC World’s 100 most useful websites of 2008.Vermont, VT, March 29, 2010– 30 –last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims fall to recent levels

first_imgThere were 845 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 167 from the week before. Altogether 12,312 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 13 from a week ago and 2,879 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,056 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 4 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 945 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 47 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img

Transportation comprises $4 billion of Vermont’s economy, $1 billion in fuel

first_imgThe University of Vermont Transportation Research Center has just released the 2010 Vermont Transportation Energy Report, a comprehensive look at transportation energy use and expenditures in the state. This annual report provides policy makers with relevant and timely data on topics related to transportation energy use, including levels of fuel consumption, trends in vehicle fleet composition and Vermonters’ travel patterns. The large percentage of energy consumed and emissions generated by the transportation sector in Vermont makes it an important policy focus within the state.The 2010 Vermont Transportation Energy Report estimates that total expenditures on transportation were almost $4 billion dollars in that year, comprising approximately 15 percent of Vermont’s economy. More than a billion dollars of this spending was for the purchase of gasoline and diesel fuels. Municipal spending on transportation was also sizable, on average comprising 41 percent of each town’s budget. Vehicle purchases continued to climb in 2010, especially hybrid vehicles, which now comprise 4 percent of the state’s fleet. Additional analysis in this report estimates the feasibility of electric vehicles to meet Vermonters’ travel needs: 68- 96 percent of vehicles could be substituted with electric vehicles even with no away-from-home charging infrastructure. Financial savings of such a fuel switch could be substantial. At 2010 prices, the total annual energy costs for an entirely electric fleet would be approximately $274 million for the state of Vermont, less than a third the amount spent on petroleum fuels in 2010.The Vermont Transportation Energy Report is a yearly publication of the UVM Transportation Research Center and the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition (VCCC), whose mission is to reduce the state’s reliance on fossil fuels for transportation. The University of Vermont Transportation Research Center has served as the host of the VCCC since July 2007. Nationwide, there are 87 local Clean Cities Coalitions in 46 states. VCCC stakeholders include fleet managers, state and local officials, auto dealers, students, and academics.For more information please contact Jody Ciano, TRC Communications Professional.To view the report, please click here.    Vermont Transportation Energy Report 2010. 9.13.2011last_img read more

Montana Coal Industry, With Nowhere to Go but Up, Reports a Production Increase Over Last year

first_imgMontana Coal Industry, With Nowhere to Go but Up, Reports a Production Increase Over Last year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:“Certainly what we’ve seen is an increase in our sales to our Asia customers primarily in South Korea and Japan,” said Rick Curtsinger, Cloud Peak Energy spokesman. “Last year by the end of the second quarter, we had shipped 200,000 tons of coal to our Asia customers. This year as of June 30, we shipped 1.8 million tons to customers in South Korea and Japan.”Coal production is running away from a historically bad 2016 — the nation’s lowest coal production year since 1978. But the first seven months of 2017 still trails 2015 production by about 6 million tons. Montana mines produced 20.7 million tons through June two years ago.Montana mines produced 3.36 million tons of coal in July. Almost half of the production increase came from Spring Creek Mine, said Bud Clinch, Montana Coal Council director. Nearby Decker Mine, owned by Lighthouse Resources, was the second-largest contributor. Decker production was up 155,000 tons.“I think both Decker and Cloud Peak are because of export markets. They both have capacity at Westshore Terminal and demand is stronger,” Clinch said.Westshore Terminal is a British Columbia coal port off the shore of Vancouver. It’s where most of Montana’s export coal is shipped.In late 2015, with prices driven down by a glut of coal in the Asia Pacific market, Montana mines suspended exports entirely. Cloud Peak agreed to pay Westshore to reserve space, rather than ship coal at prices that wouldn’t cover the cost of delivery.Those sluggish prices suppressed coal exports into 2016, when production was in a downward spiral until late in the year when supply tightened again and the market improved. In 2017, the growth has been steady.“We’ve been up every month for the last five months,” Clinch said.The only way for coal production to go from 2016 was up, said Tom Sanzillo, analyst for Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Last year was a bruising one for coal, with cheap natural gas outcompeting coal to become the dominant power source in the United States for the first time ever.The number of coal-fired power plants because of age, non-compliance with pollution standards or both also increased.Natural gas hasn’t gone away and the United States isn’t building new coal-fired power plants, Sanzillo said.In the Asian Pacific, the same forces that clobbered Powder River Basin coal exports in 2016 still exist, which means coal market improvements aren’t likely to last. Cloud Peak is doing better, but the trend is still downward, Sanzillo said.“I think they had a reasonably good half year,” he said. “A company that lost 30 percent of its market in the last couple years and gains back two points is technically doing better.”But coal prices haven’t really returned to the heyday of 2010 and 2012, when United States mines saw good prices and potential in the Asian Pacific.Companies have cut costs and found a way to do business with lower coal market prices, Sanzillo said. More: Montana coal mine production up 2 million tonslast_img read more

Tesla’s big battery bet in Australia is paying off

first_imgTesla’s big battery bet in Australia is paying off FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The Tesla lithium-ion battery in South Australia is on track to make back a third of its construction costs in its first year of operation, new financial documents show. The 100MW/129MWh battery was switched on in November and is paired with the Hornsdale windfarm, about 230km north of Adelaide.The French renewable energy company Neoen, which owns the battery, filed for IPO listing on the French stock exchange this month. A 400-page document filed in support of the application shows the battery, which is the largest lithium-ion battery in the world, had a capital cost of €56m or A$90.6m and generated €8.1m, or A$13.1m, in revenue from network services in the six months to 30 June 2018.Almost $2m of that was from its 10-year contract with the SA government to provide reserve capacity for the state’s electricity network, which is worth $4m a year. The rest was from trading on the frequency and ancillary services market. It also made €6.7m, or A$10.8, from the sale of stored electricity. The document does not state the project’s profit margins.The SA government contract is for 70MW of capacity and a small amount of storage, leaving 30MW and the bulk of the battery’s storage capacity available to sell on the national energy market.Dylan McConnell, from the Australian-German Climate and Energy College, said the financial returns were above the already high expectations for the project, but as more battery projects came online the rate of revenue growth could be expected to slow. “There’s a finite need for these ancillary services,” he said. “They are very important resources but it’s quite a small market in the scheme of things.”Neoen has several storage projects under way, including a 20MW battery attached to the proposed 194MW windfarm at the Bulgana green power hub in Victoria, 90% of which is contracted to the Victorian government. It is also proposing a 50MW storage facility in Kaban, in Queensland.More: South Australia’s Tesla battery on track to make back a third of cost in a yearlast_img read more

German utility plans country’s largest unsubsidized solar power project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:EnBW is planning a big solar park in Weesow-Willmersdorf, in the northeastern region of Brandenburg. If built, the project would become Germany’s largest solar plant. The company says it has a pipeline of unsubsidized projects with a combined capacity of 800 MW.A statement by the company today revealed EnBW has acquired the 175 MW Weesow-Willmersdorf solar park from Procon Solar, and that the project has been in development since 2009.EnBW says the project would be built without any subsidy provided for under the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) with the developer convinced subsidy-free large solar parks will be economically feasible in the near future in Germany. “We have seen a remarkable development over the past few years in solar technology,” said Dirk Güsewell, head of generation portfolio development at EnBW. “Due to technical advances, the cost of constructing solar parks has fallen dramatically – by up to 90% over the last ten years in Germany. Therefore, today the costs involved in solar energy are on at least an equal footing with other technologies – which has also been demonstrated by the results of the latest [renewable energy procurement] auctions. We anticipate that the first large solar projects will be realized without EEG funding in the foreseeable future. Solar energy thus has a realistic chance of achieving this market maturity.”Utility-scale PV plants can generate power for less than €0.05/kWh in Germany at a time when electricity spot prices are rising.More: Unsubsidized 175 MW solar project under development in Germany German utility plans country’s largest unsubsidized solar power projectlast_img read more

Transition away from coal speeding up in Spain

first_imgTransition away from coal speeding up in Spain FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享El País:Spain is on track to become a coal-free country in record time. All of its remaining coal-fired thermal power plants will start shutting down on Tuesday, a year-and-a-half after the closure of the coal mines, which could not survive without the state aid that the European Union has banned.Seven out of the 15 coal-fired power stations that are still working in Spain will cease being operational on June 30, after their owners – the electricity companies – decided that it does not make financial sense to adapt them to European regulations. And four more are getting ready to shut down soon. Several of these power stations have not been producing electricity for months because it is no longer profitable due to a combination of market conditions and political decisions by the European Commission, which is the executive branch of the EU.Until just a couple of years ago, these highly contaminating plants were accounting for approximately 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions in Spain. In 2018, nearly 15% of all electricity consumed in Spain came from coal-fired thermal stations.But that seems like an eternity ago. In May of this year, coal-fired plants barely contributed 1.4% to the power mix. And they produced nothing at all between May 1 and 2, for the first time since Red Eléctrica de España (REE), the national power grid operator, began keeping records in 1990.The seven coal-fired thermal plants that will be phased out on Tuesday are Meirama in A Coruña, Narcea in Asturias, La Robla and Compostilla in León, Andorra in Teruel, Puente Nuevo in Córdoba and Velilla in Palencia. Together, these seven plants represent 4,630 megawatts (MW), a little less than half the installed coal power generation capacity in Spain. They provide around 1,100 jobs, including direct employees and outsourced work.Four other plants accounting for 3,092 MW and employing around 800 workers have already filed for permission to shut down. Industry sources estimated that Iberdrola’s Lada plant in Asturias, Endesa’s As Pontes plant in A Coruña and Litoral plant in Almería, and Los Barrios in Cádiz could be closed by 2021 or 2022.[Manuel Planelles]More: Spain to close half its coal-fired power stationslast_img read more