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Vermont utilities seek more power from Seabrook, 80 acres of solar planned for Rutland Town

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 9:56am -- tim

by Guy Page, Communications Director, Vermont Energy Partnership Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean Vermont has taken a holiday from energy deals and projects. Far from it! In June alone, the wheels were turning to bring more hydro, nuclear (you read correctly), natural gas, and solar power to – or in the case of hydro, at least through - Vermont.

Commentary: Beyond IBM

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 8:34am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine In a conference room at the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation last October, a grim-faced group of Vermont’s political and business leaders were trying to put the best possible spin on the sale of IBM’s semiconductor division. Governor Shumlin told me later that IBM has kept governors awake at night since the second Snelling administration in the early 1990s.

Vermont's Seldon Technologies helps bring clean drinking water to millions of Mexican children

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 7:25am -- tim

Seldon Technologies, a leading developer of water purification systems based in Windsor, Vermont, is partnering with Mexican based water fountain manufacturer, Bebederos Ecologicos/Ottone Meloda to provide clean drinking water to millions of children throughout Mexico. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, who is ranked among the top environmental legislators by the nation’s foremost conservation organizations, will speak at the signing ceremony. 

Loan repayment program promotes food animal practice

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 5:08am -- tim

The Vermont Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) has awarded $58,000 in grants to three Vermont food animal veterinarians: Dr Alison Cornwall of Middlesex, Dr Megan Foy of Danville, and Dr Jennifer Hull of Enosburg Falls. These grants were made possible through funding by the Vermont Legislature to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. The program is administered by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association. 

Rising Tide Vermont plans symbolic blockade of oil train on anniversary of Lac Megantic disaster July 7

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 5:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rising Tide Vermont, which has opposed the Addison County natural gas pipeline, said Friday that it will hold a rally and symbolic blockade of oil trains carrying fracked oil down the shores of Lake Champlain. Rising Tide said the blockade will last 47 minutes, honoring the 47 people who lost their lives when a train carrying fracked oil derailed and exploded in the town of Lac Megantic, Quebec, in 2013. It said there may also be other civil disobedience actions nearby.

Blue Cross says state is liable for unpaid premiums, claims

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:10pm -- tim

by Morgan True Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont says it will not seek further payment from health care providers or its customers for money owed on Vermont Health Connect accounts that weren’t terminated in a timely fashion. The state’s largest health insurer, and the dominant player in Vermont’s exchange, said it will hold the state responsible for any money it is owed once the insurer and the exchange reconcile their books — a process that is ongoing.

Construction unemployment rates improve in Vermont, 40 states in May

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 1:38pm -- tim

by Bernard Markstein Associated Builders and Contractors Vermont's construction-related unemployment rate fell two points in May to 4.8 percent, the 17th best in the US and well below the national average of 6.7 percent. The Vermont rate, however, was up 1.2 points from the same time last year. Vermont was one of the few states to see an increase year-to-year. For the US, the non-seasonally adjusted construction unemployment rate for the country and 40 states declined in May, while the rate for one state (South Carolina) remained unchanged from April.

Campaign for Vermont launches petition on ethics reforms

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Campaign for Vermont announced Friday the release of a citizen petition and website focused on Vermont ethics reforms. “The time has come. Public support for these reforms is growing and this petition will quantify that support in a way that the Legislature will hear loud and clear” says Cyrus Patten, the Campaign’s Executive Director.

Oregon company files Vermont wind power agreement with GMP

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 11:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Iberdrola Renewables, of Portland, OR, on Thursday filed a potential 25-year contract to supply Vermont’s largest utility, Green Mountain Power (GMP), with wind energy from the permitted Deerfield Wind Farm. GMP would purchase 30 megawatts (MW) from the wind farm, under the contract submitted to the Vermont Public Service Board for review. The Deerfield project would be built near the existing Searsburg wind project, in Readsboro and Searsburg.

Vermont’s first NAACP chapter founded in Champlain area

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The founding of the NAACP’s newest chapter in the nation, and first in the state of Vermont, was announced in June. Champlain Area NAACP members meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month and meetings are open to the public. According to the local chapter: "The organization is enthusiastically seeking new members to join and help us further our work. Below you will find our organization’s mission, vision, and objective statements.

Addison County Regional Planning Commission affirms support for Addison natural gas project

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:50pm -- tim

At a special meeting Wednesday evening, the Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) voted again to support Vermont Gas’ Addison Natural Gas Project Phase 1. A statement by Vermont Gas said the 23-9 vote shows significant ongoing support for the project in Addison County. The project will bring the choice of natural gas to thousands of residents, businesses and institutions in Addison County.