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Vermont has draft agreement with feds for all-payer health care model

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:17am -- tim

by Michael Bielawski and Emma Lamberton Vermont Watchdog Governor Peter Shumlin announced Wednesday that his administration has a draft agreement with the federal government to make Vermont the first state to adopt an all-payer health care model. Since failing to create a single-payer health care system that would have cost Vermonters $2.6 billion in new taxes, Shumlin has been working on a slightly more modest proposal to change how health care services are paid. Under the draft agreement with the feds, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) authorizes Vermont to create an All-Payer ACO Model. The plan is described as “a test” to see if health care quality can be improved by tying payment for that care to health outcomes instead of individual health procedures, the current fee-for-service payment model.

Dorset solar installer partners with German firm for home electric storage

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 10:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Grassroots Solar of Dorset has announced an exclusive partnership with industry leader sonnenBatterie, Inc, an energy storage solution company based in Germany. A dominant player in Europe, sonnenBatterie has recently entered the US market. The sonnenBatteries work with new or existing solar systems to store excess power, feed the household’s electrical needs when the power is out, and allow homeowners to reduce or eliminate their use of electricity from the grid during peak periods.

Phil Scott presents healthcare plan to make exchange more affordable

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 9:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Phil Scott, Republican candidate for gvernor, toured Springfield Hospital Tuesday and presented his healthcare reform priorities to a group of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center employees as part of the hospital’s Health Policy Grand Rounds series. Scott told the group of healthcare professionals and administrators that he’s running for Governor to strengthen the economy, make Vermont more affordable and to restore faith and trust in state government, explaining that getting healthcare reform back on track is central to these goals.

RGA targets Minter in new digital campaign in governor's race

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 9:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Republican Governors Association launched a new digital campaign today in the Vermont governor’s race, detailing what it calls Sue Minter’s support for the failed policies of her mentor Peter Shumlin. This digital campaign is housed at and will highlight news, research and insight regarding what it says is Minter’s support for the same bad policies as her mentor’s, Governor Peter Shumlin. The RGA also created @MintersMentor on Twitter as part of the campaign, as the national stakes in Vermont's gubernatorial race heat up.  Democrat Minter is facing Republican Phil Scott.

AccuWeather: Frequent snow to blast Northeast

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 7:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Frequent storms across the northeastern United States, including Vermont, this winter may lead to an above-normal season for snowfall, according to the AccuWeather Global Weather Center. Unlike last season, in which most of winter's snowfall came from a few heavy-hitting storms, this winter will last into the early or middle part of spring and will feature frequent snow events, the weather service forecasts.

BioTek Instruments goes solar

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 4:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Clean, renewable energy is now powering BioTek Instruments. The company’s headquarters and manufacturing plant in Winooski will receive power from their new five-acre photovoltaic solar energy farm in Whiting, Vermont. The solar farm has a maximum capacity of up to 500 kilowatts, and was designed and installed by Green Earth Energy (

Feds kick in $1.4 million to help redevelop Burlington's Moran plant

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 4:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.4 million grant to the city of Burlington to help restore, redevelop, and enhance resiliency of the Moran Plant, a former Municipal Electric Generating Station and nationally recognized historic site.

Burlington to create downtown energy district to capture wasted heat

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 4:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The City of Burlington wants to use waste heat from several major sources around town, which otherwise would be vented into the atmosphere, and use it to heat buildings and create hot water. Mayor Miro Weinberger today at a news conference outside the Burlington Town Center announced the formation of a unique City partnership with institutions, utilities, district energy advocates, and landowners to bring Burlington the potential for significant energy savings. Through the new partnership, the Burlington Electric Department on behalf of the City, Vermont Gas Systems, the Burlington Town Center, the University of Vermont Medical Center, the University of Vermont, and the Burlington District Energy System together will work with Corix Utilities to explore the potential of creating a district energy system that likely would begin in the downtown and expand to include capturing waste heat from Burlington Electric’s McNeil Generating Station.

School board, Burlington teachers union might resume talks

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Board of School Commissioners said today that it and the teachers' union (Burlington Education Association) are considering resuming negotiations on a new contract. Talks broke down two weeks ago as the two sides remained narrowly apart on salary increases, with a one percent increase in health insurance obligations. The board on September 15 then imposed a new salary structure on the teachers, which reflected its last offer. The teachers yesterday staged an "informational strike," which included 300 members, supporters and parents.