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Vermont Electric Co-op seeks candidates for Board of Directors

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 4:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Electric Co-op (VEC) is seeking candidates for three soon-to-be-open seats on the board of directors. VEC’s 12-member board of directors is responsible for setting policy and determining the direction of the co-op in providing safe, reliable power in the least expensive way possible and working towards shaping the grid of the future. Directors meet monthly, receive a stipend and mileage reimbursement for attending meetings, and have training opportunities to learn more about energy issues and the cooperative model.

Milton wastewater facility, Burlington's Lavallee recognized for excellence

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 4:14am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The wastewater treatment system in Milton was recently recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency for its commitment to improving water quality. The Milton Wastewater Treatment Facility was selected by EPA for a 2017 Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Excellence Award. The Milton facility, led by Director David Allerton, was recognized by EPA's New England Office for exceptional work in operating and maintaining the wastewater treatment plant.

Vermont gets new hope for 1,000 MW power line

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:26pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott is making a renewed effort to get a Vermont project selected for the massive and lucrative renewable energy contract being awarded by the state of Massachusetts. At the end of January, Massachusetts selected an Eversource project for the 1,200 megawatt power line from Quebec, through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It eventually would connect into the Massachusetts electric grid. Last year Scott had made a similar pitch in hopes that Massachusetts would select the TDI New England project.

Weekly unemployment claims edge back down

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell modestly, wiping out the small increase from the previous week. Now that the tumult of the holidays is over, the weekly claims report is back to a more regular pattern. For the week of February 3, 2018, there were 468 claims, 121 more than than they were the previous week and 94 fewer than they were a year ago. Altogether 6,052 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 148 from a week ago, and 764 fewer than a year ago. For most weeks of 2017, including the last several months, claims have registered below the year before.

Vermont Foodbank receives $30,000 grant from TD Bank

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, announced that it has provided $800,000 in grants to 36 food banks across the bank's Maine to Florida footprint to help provide meals locally to families and individuals in need. The grants focus on food stability; healthy growth and development; and access to fresh food for underserved communities. In Vermont, $30,000 of these funds will support the work of the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, the Vermont Foodbank.

Welch OKs, Trump signs two-year budget bill

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement late Thursday in advance of the vote very early Friday morning on the federal budget agreement. Welch voted in favor of the compromise bill, which President Trump signed later Friday morning. The federal government briefly was shutdown overnight. Vermont senators split their vote, with Senator Patrick Leahy supporting it and Senator Bernie Sanders opposing.

Colchester firm fined $58,550 for unlawfully managing septic waste

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources announced today that Enviro Tech of VT Septic Services, LLC of Colchester was fined $58,550 for unlawfully managing septic waste for over a decade. Many Vermonters live outside areas served by municipal sewer lines, relying instead on septic systems. Commercial waste haulers provide essential services to these Vermonters by managing septic, solid, and hazardous wastes that can be difficult and impractical for individuals to manage on their own.

Tony Pomerleau dies at 100

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:19am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Burlington businessman and philanthropist Tony Pomerleau has died, his family announced Friday morning. He was 100 years old. He grew up in Newport in hard times and made himself a millionaire. He liked to say that the only thing he knew how to do was "make money." But what he did with that money endeared him with Vermonters from across the state, especially those who needed a helping hand in order to have a better life. Tony Pomerleau's hand always seemed to be there.

Cold winters cause of higher energy costs, not electric or gasoline

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 4:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In the US, energy costs eat between 5 and 22 percent of families’ total after-tax income, with the poorest Americans, or 25 million households, paying the highest of that range. And lower energy prices don’t necessarily equate to savings. Where one lives and how much energy one uses are a big part of the equation, according to WalletHub, a national credit information firm. For instance, although electricity is relatively cheaper in Southern Louisiana, its scorching summer heat raises costs for residents compared with the temperate climate in more energy-expensive Northern California, where heating and cooling units stay idle most of the year. Vermont ranks 10th overall in energy dollars consumed, but this is not due to relatively high electricity and gasoline prices; it's because of our cold winters. Vermont ranks relatively low in total electric and gasoline consumption due to frugality and conservation, and because of the short summers.

Seven Vermont orgs get National Endowment for the Arts grants

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 8:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The National Endowment for the Arts announced its first round of grant funding for FY2018. Seven Vermont organizations received grants totaling $122,000. The grants were awarded to Kingdom County Productions, New England Center for Circus Arts, Marble House Project, President & Fellows of Middlebury College, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Yellow Barn, and Governors Institutes of Vermont.

Sanders urges Trump to restore LIHEAP funding

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 7:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) sent a letter Thursday urging President Donald Trump to fund the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at no less than $5.1 billion in his upcoming budget.

Last year, President Trump proposed eliminating LIHEAP, “a proposal that would have deadly consequences,” Sanders wrote in the letter.