Month: January 2021

GMP proposes to pay customers to reduce peak loads

first_imgGreen Mountain Power (NYSE:GMP) proposed a series of innovative programs that would pay its commercial, farm and water heating customers to reduce electric loads during peak usage periods in order to protect electric reliability and to save money for all energy users. The Company filed with the Vermont Public Service Board Monday five new programs that it developed as part of a statewide and regional effort to develop “load response programs” designed to reduce peak loads when wholesale power prices spike during the hot summer months. Green Mountain Power made its proposals in a Vermont Public Service Board proceeding initiated to develop statewide load response programs. Green Mountain’s proposals will now be reviewed by the Vermont Department of Public Service and the Vermont Public Service Board, the state’s two utility regulatory agencies. The programs rely on sophisticated technology to read customers’ meters remotely and telemeter the data back to Green Mountain Power. The technology is both reliable and cost-effective. The five programs are designed to respond to the different opportunities of different types of customers. They are as follows:· ISO Class 1 and 2. This is a New England-wide program, designed for the largest commercial customers with a minimum curtailable load of 100 kilowatts. Customers will be notified prior to the need to curtail. They receive a financial incentive to reduce load, based on a price offered by the New England Independent System Operator. Customers may monitor ISO wholesale prices and modify their level of response, whether through curtailment or on-site generation.· ISO Class 2 Extended. Also a New-England-wide program, it is offered to commercial customers with the ability to curtail at least 50 kilowatts of load. Customers will be offered a price per kilowatthour to reduce load, based on a projection of the wholesale market price.· Small C&I Efficient Environments. Targeted to smaller commercial and industrial customers who can reduce their load by controlling air conditioning and/or lighting.· Responsive Water Heating. New rental water heaters on the Green Mountain Power system can be controlled remotely using pager-controlled devices that will turn off the water heater during load response events.· Farm. Dairy farmers with an interruptible load of at least 40 kilowatts are eligible for this program. Farmers will be paid an annual fee to cover some of the costs of maintaining a generator to used reduce loads when necessary. Additional credits will be calculated based on the amount of energy curtailed.The programs are designed to be simple and cost effective to operate. All the load response programs are voluntary and, except for ISO Class 1, they do not have penalties if the customer chooses not to participate in every event.last_img read more

DuBois & King Relocates to Downtown Randolph

first_imgDuBois & King Relocates to Downtown RandolphRandolph, Vermont- DuBois & King, Inc., a multi-disciplinary engineering firm, located 2.5 miles out of the center of Randolph on Vermont Route 66, is packing up and moving to the center of town. Sounds simple enough, right? It took five years of effort and the involvement of eleven federal, state, and regional agencies. The new building, on the site of the old Village School, is nearing completion and moving day is soon approaching.In business since 1962, DuBois & King has operated outside of town near Exit 4, off Interstate 89, for 33 years. Proximity to the Interstate was a major factor in originally locating the business on Route 66. Extensive travel is required to service clients throughout Vermont and New England.So, why move? And why move into town? When companies need to expand or want to move into the area, the trend has been to find a parcel of land outside of town, near the interstate, for the new construction site. What would make a company face the challenges to move into a historic downtown?The Randolph Village School, located on Main Street, was built in 1911 and vacated in 1999 when the new elementary school opened its doors. DuBois & King was retained by the Town to evaluate the structure of the old school and to identify what upgrades would be required to bring the building up to current code. It was determined that structural deficiencies were so severe that the costs of salvaging the building were prohibitive. DuBois & King presented the Town with alternative concepts and cost estimates for adaptive reuse of the site.DuBois & King was feeling growing pains and began to consider the old Village School site as a potential new location for their firm. During this time, Vermont Technical College was in the process of seeking a facility to house a new Business Technology Incubator. DuBois & King’s existing offices would be perfect for the College. The pieces of the puzzle were there, they just had to be put together.The Town and the people of Randolph have developed strategies for facing adversity, generating community spirit, and making things happen. In the early 1990’s three fires devastated a large part of the Downtown. The Town and local business people with the help of the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation committed to invest in the future of Randolph and rebuild on the ashes of the fires. There was a strong desire to maintain the Downtown as a vital cultural and commercial center. DuBois & King felt that the Town and RACDC would be good partners and collaborators. Thus began a five year public/private partnership effort to win approval to demolish the old school building and secure the funding to develop an adaptive reuse of the site that would help bring economic revitalization of the Downtown commercial district.”Looking back now, at the enormous effort, it probably would have been easier, not to move into town.” says William H. Baumann P.E. President and CEO of DuBois & King. “We are committed to Randolph and we believe the move will be beneficial to the local economy and will help ensure that the Downtown remains a strong center for the community. As we have seen in other towns, once the outskirts of a community develop disproportionately to the center, it becomes increasingly difficult for the town to maintain a sense of community spirit, a sense of belonging to a place. Without that sense of belonging it is hard to foster economic vitality or manage growth.”Having nearly seventy additional people working in the center of town five days a week will surely make a positive economic impact on Randolph, but what does it do for DuBois and King? The end of a long, difficult, and rewarding effort is in sight for Baumann. “We will be in a new building with more space and even room to grow. A really big thrill for us has been to have the opportunity to design and engineer a highly efficient and intelligent building for ourselves. We have helped our clients realize the environmental and economic benefits of energy efficient design. Now it’s our turn. It will be a very healthy work environment, filled with clean, fresh air and natural light. Even though the new building is 25% larger than our present facility, our annual energy costs and consumption will be 15% less. That’s good for everybody.”DuBois & King has branch offices in Williston, Vermont and Nashua, New Hampshire, and plan to be moved into the new Randolph headquarters by December 1 of this year.FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:Mark Millermmiller@dubois-king.com(link sends e-mail)Manager, Business DevelopmentDuBois & KingPhone 802 728 3376last_img read more

Study says energy efficient homes can save $2,000 a year

first_imgThe Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) released a study analyzing the total energy usage of very energy efficient homes constructed in Proctorsville. The results demonstrate that high levels of energy efficiency make a substantial difference in the cost of owning a home.Bruce Whitney of the Rockingham Area Community Land Trust (RACLT) in Springfield commented, The amount of savings generated by these extremely efficient homes is incredible. They truly make homeownership affordable.This study was conducted by Andy Shapiro, an expert in energy efficiency and green building. The Proctorsville Green Townhouse homes recently received the Best of the Best Award from Efficiency Vermont for energy efficient single-family homes.The study examined new houses built in four different regions of the state. Each of the development projects was built to Energy Star ratings an energy efficiency standard employed by Efficiency Vermont. The energy use of each of the homes was compared to the energy usage of typical homes of the same size and type. The results showed that in the first year the Energy Star rated homes would save the owner between $2,000 and $2,700 on energy costs.Analysis of propane and electricity usage at the Proctorsville Green townhouse showed an energy savings of $200 per month, or $2,400 per year. The cost savings over the 30-year life of the mortgage, when calculated at constant rates and not accounting for inflation is $72,000. When calculating for a 4% annual inflation of fuel costs, the savings over 30 years is roughly $340,000. The Proctorsville Green Townhouses are priced at $80,000 and at current interest rates an owner s payment will be approximately $825 including taxes and condominium fees (5.5% interest rate, 30 yr term).Homebuyer grants provided by VHCB and other sources lower the purchase price of the energy efficient homes by up to $40,000. Other homes included in the study are for sale by Windham Housing Trust, Central Vermont Community Land Trust and Champlain Housing Trust. To learn more, visit http://www.vthomeownership.org(link is external). The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board is an independent state agency that provides loans and grants to create permanently affordable housing and to conserve agricultural and recreational lands, natural areas and historic properties.For more information about the Proctorsville Green Townhouses, contact Bruce Whitney of RACLT at 802-885-3220 or bwhitney@raclt.org(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Interstate meat and poultry shipping regulations proposed for small plant operations by USDA

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday published proposed regulations to implement a new voluntary cooperative program under which state inspected meat processing establishments will be eligible to ship meat and poultry products in interstate commerce.The new program, created in the 2008 Farm Bill to supplement the existing state-federal cooperative inspection program, will allow state inspected meat plants with 25 or fewer employees to ship products across state lines. This announcement is part of the USDA’s new “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative. This new initiative seeks to better connect consumers with local producers to help develop local and regional food systems to spur economic opportunity.On a recent visit to Vermont, USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan taped a segment for the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food website with Vermont farmers and agriculture officials including Vermont Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Dave Lane, Tom Stearns of High Mowing Seeds and Andrew Meyer of Vermont Soy. Vermont will be the premiere focus when the website is launched.USDA’s goal with the new proposed regulations for interstate shipment of meat and poultry is to provide new economic opportunities for many small meat and poultry establishments whose markets are limited. Currently, 27 states, including Vermont, operate meat or poultry programs and FSIS verifies that state programs implement requirements that are equal to or greater than those imposed under the federal meat and poultry products inspection acts. For these programs, FSIS provides up to 50 percent of the state’s operating funds and provides oversight and enforcement of the program.Under the proposed rule, selected establishments will receive inspection services from federally trained and/or supervised state inspection personnel who will verify that the establishments meet all federal food safety requirements. Meat and poultry products produced under the voluntary cooperative program will bear an official USDA mark of inspection enabling interstate shipment of the products.For more information visit the USDA website at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_091509_01/index.asp(link is external)Source: Vermont Agriculture Industry. 9.17.2009 ###last_img read more

VTrans to close Route 104 in Fairfax on Monday for bridge repair

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation on Monday, June 7 will close a segment of Route 104 in Fairfax so that it can rehabilitate a bridge over the Miller Brook. The bridge will be out of service through July 5, 2010, and traffic will be detoured. The official detour is rather long – Route 15 to Route 289 to Route 7 to Route 104A and then back to Route 104 – but that is the “official” detour as VTrans has to use state routes for any detour that we sign. However, there are quicker detours using local streets. Either way, motorists should schedule additional time to reach their destination.The Fairfax bridge rehabilitation is a long-planned project that will provide the bridge with a new deck along with rehabilitated abutments. The rehab will also widen the bridge a little. The road closure will last only until July 5, but work on the project will continue until the end of September.  Again, this is not a sudden closure. This rehab project has long been planned. In essence, this is an older bridge whose time for a facelift has come.As a reminder to motorists, the exit from I-89 South to I-91 North in White River Junction remains closed. Motorists should detour from Exit 1.Source: VTrans. 6.3.2010last_img read more

RE/MAX report shows Vermont home sales best in New England

first_imgVermont was the only New England state that did not lose ground in either units sold or in median price. Connecticut was the only state down in both.About RE/MAX of New England, IncSince its inception in 1985, RE/MAX of New England has grown to over 230 offices and nearly 3,000 sales associates throughoutConnecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Read more about the housing industry at the RE/MAX ofNew England website www.remax-newengland.com(link is external) and follow us on Twitter at @REMAXNE. RE/MAX is proud to help raise millions ofdollars and support charitable organizations like Susan G. Komen For the Cure and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.DEFINITIONSTransactions are the total number of closed residential transactions during the given month. Month’s Supply of Inventory is the total number ofresidential properties listed for sale at the end of the month (active inventory) divided by the number of sales contracts signed (pended) duringthe month. Days on Market is the number of days that pass from the time a property is listed until the property goes under contract for allresidential properties sold during the month. Median Sales Price is the median price of all residential properties sold during the month.MLS data is provided by contracted data aggregators, RE/MAX brokerages and regional offices. While MLS data is believed to be accurate, it cannot beguaranteed.MLS data is constantly being updated, making any analysis a snapshot at a particular time. Every month the RE/MAX of New England HousingReport re-calculates the previous period’s data to ensure accuracy over time. All raw data remains the intellectual property of each local MLS organization.© copyright 2010 RE/MAX of New England, Inc Vermont’s real estate market fared the best of all New England states in a newly released RE/MAX report. There were 289 homes sold in January, an 18% increase from the 245 homes sold the same time last year. On a month-to-month basis, home sales were down -27.6% from 399 homes sold this past December. The median selling price remained flat year-over-year at $190,000. However, Vermont surpassed New Hampshire in median sale price and is now fourth in New England, also ahead of Maine.Overall inventory decreased from 8,478 in January 2010 to 7,694 in January 2011. If inventory increases, as RE/MAX expects, Vermont should experience a positive Spring market.Stability defined the New England market in January as home sales saw a slight increase of .4%from December. While some industry analysts continue to predict a serious decline in homeprices in the new year, the RE/MAX of New England Monthly Housing Report showed homeprices dropped by only -2% from levels in December 2010.‘It’s encouraging to see transactions and prices remaining stable,’ said RE/MAX of New England Executive Vice President Jay Hummer. “These trends should continue as we enter the Spring market.’last_img read more