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State of Vermont requests NRC address concerns with Entergy’s decommissioning plan for Vermont Yankee

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:09am -- tim

Attorney General William H Sorrell, the Department of Public Service, the Agency of Natural Resources, and the Department of Health filed Comments today with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regarding Entergy’s proposed plans for decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power facility. Those concerns include whether Entergy has done enough work to determine what contamination currently exists at the plant, and whether Entergy will have enough money to fund all of the needed work. 

Orvis announces recipients of 2015 customer matching grants to protect nature

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:01am -- tim

The Orvis Company, Inc ofManchester, VT ( www.orvis.com) has announced the four recipients of its annual Customer Matching Grant program. Targeted to raise $360,000 or more, these grants are the cornerstone of Orvis' annual commitment of 5 percent of its pre-tax profits to protecting nature. In total, Orvis will raise and contribute more than $1 million to conservation initiatives in 2015.

Wireless network problem incidence increases as texting and Web use grows, Verizon Wireless best

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:12pm -- tim

As the incidence of texting and Web use grows, so does the incidence of wireless network problems, with the year-over-year increase driven primarily by issues with data services, including phone and mobile broadband Web, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study — Volume 1 released today.

VNRC, Jay Peak Resort, Vermont DEC reach agreement to clean up impaired mountain streams

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:22pm -- tim

On February 20, 2015, Judge Thomas Durkin of the Vermont Superior Court Environmental Division issued an order approving a settlement agreement between the Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC), Jay Peak Resort, and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation. This agreement will continue to improve water quality and protect streams adjacent to the fast-growing, four-season ski resort in northern Vermont.

Vermont awards $100,000 in watershed grants for 2015

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 12:09pm -- tim

Fifteen watershed improvement projects were chosen to receive funding from Vermont's 2015 Watershed Grant Program, according to an announcement from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Forty-four applications were received, requesting a total of $387,744. The 2015 available funding totaled $100,000 and the size of the individual grants to be awarded ranged from $3,500 to $14,000.

Merchants Bancshares announces 2015 annual meeting information

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:29am -- tim

Merchants Bancshares, Inc  (NASDAQ: MBVT),  the parent company of Merchants Bank, today announced that its 2015 Annual Meeting will be held onThursday, May 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time. Stockholders of record of the Company's Common Stock as of the close of business on March 30, 2015 are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held at The Essex Resort and Spa, 70 Essex Way, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452.

New building energy codes now in effect in Vermont

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 4:08am -- tim

Public Service Department Commissioner Chris Recchia announced that the newly revised Vermont Residential and Commercial Building Energy Codes are in effect as of March 1, 2015. The Vermont Residential Building Energy Code, officially called the “Residential Building Energy Standards” (RBES), was initially adopted by the Vermont legislature in May 1997. The Vermont Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES), was initially adopted in 2006. The legislation provides for regular review and updates to the provisions in the Code by the Public Service Department (PSD).

Dynapower installs MPS-100 inverter for micro-grid showcase at Black & Veatch World HQ

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 3:28am -- tim

Dynapower Company, the global leader in energy storage inverters based in South Burlington, announced that it has completed installation of its market-leading MPS-100 inverter as part of an integrated micro-grid system at Black & Veatch's World Headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas. The renewable-energy-plus-storage micro-grid consists of 50 kilowatts (kW) of rooftop solar panels, two 65 kW natural gas micro-turbines, and a 100 kWh battery connected to the Dynapower MPS-100 kW energy storage inverter.

Parenting Media Association awards top honors to Kids VT

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:04pm -- tim

For the fourth year in a row, Kids VT, Vermont’s free monthly parenting magazine, took home top prizes in the annual Parenting Media Association’s Design and Editorial Awards Competition, which recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design at member publications.

The PMA presented the awards last Saturday at its convention in Baltimore, MD. A panel of judges awarded Kids VT first-place “gold” in its circulation category for:

  • Best Overall Writing — for the fourth year in a row

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