Contact Communications acquires Message Center

first_imgContact Communications of Vermont has acquired all facilities and customers previously owned by Message Center of Burlington, Vermont.Lincoln Communications; DBA Contact Communications, A+ Paging (Vermont) and Contact Plus; was established in 1989. Together, Contact Communications and Message Center combine the expertise of over 50 years of Paging and Answering Service experience. Contact Communications and Contact Plus are Full Service Paging, Wireless and Answering Service centers. Current retail locations include Burlington and Barre, VT, and Malone and Plattsburgh, NY. Operations and Technical Headquarters are located in Williston, Vermont.Contact Communications specializes in custom designed Paging and Answering Services offering Local, Wide-Area, New England, Expanded New England; and Nationwide Paging coverage as well as 24 hour live Answering Services.Contact Communications utilizes more than 60 transmitters in VT, NY, NH and Canada, and is the only local paging company with unrestricted FCC licenses allowing Canadian transmission.Contact Communications President Paul Valois stated; The merger of these two companies will allow us to provide enhanced technology and state of the art innovations to all of our present and future clients. We are very pleased with this opportunity to further serve our communities.last_img read more

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BioTek Instruments wins environmental responsibility award

first_imgBioTek Instruments and their Green Team have been recognized by the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) as winners of the 2009 Waste Reduction Award. This annual award was presented to BioTek for their company-wide efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle including:Reuse of shipping materials when shipping parts to vendors and repaired units to customers.Purchasing nearly 100% post-consumer recycled content paper for office paper supplies.Reducing waste through a composting program for paper goods and food scraps.BioTek’s environmental programs have resulted in a 40% reduction in non-recycled waste and a 50% increase in recycled materials, based on weekly data.Mark Boutin, BioTek Green Team member, commented, “On a corporate level, and personally, we can all make a positive impact on our environment. We’re proud to have earned this award from CSWD, and we’ll continue to find and implement ways to improve our planet.”In addition to the award, CSWD has arranged for a BioTek representative to throw out the first pitch at an upcoming Vermont Lake Monsters minor league baseball game and will provide several free tickets to the game.CSWD provides efficient, economical and environmentally sound management of solid waste generated by residents and businesses within Chittenden County and is also Vermont’s largest solid waste district.BioTek Instruments, Inc., headquartered in Winooski, VT, USA, is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of microplate instrumentation and software. BioTek instrumentation is used to aid in the advancement of life science research, facilitate the drug discovery process and to enable cost-effective quantification of disease relevant molecules in the clinic. Source: BioTek. July 22, 2009, WINOOSKI VT, USA —last_img read more

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Rick Bornemann is Ethan Allen Institute’s new president

first_imgThe Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Rick Bornemann is the new President and CEO of the Ethan Allen Institute.Rick was born and raised in Connecticut and is an economics graduate of Amherst College in Massachusetts. He returns to New England after a 25-year career in the nation s capital.Beginning as a legislative aide to an Oregon Congressman, he served as a legislative affairs representative for what is now the Nuclear Energy Institute. He became a vice president of United Illuminating (a Connecticut public utility), and then of Kansas City Southern Industries (a Midwestern railway holding company). His most recent position was that of a strategist and lobbyist for Government Strategies Inc., a Washington government relations firm.During his long career in Washington, Rick specialized in business, tax and regulatory issues, with a special competence in economic development, transportation and energy. I m delighted to have been selected to lead EAI to a higher level of activity and influence, as well as to return to my native New England, Rick said. Vermont is a state of great beauty, a high quality of life, and good people. If we can couple those assets with sound public policies that lead to greater economic opportunity and prosperity, it can become a model for the nation.EAI Chair James Gatti said that the Board is excited to have found a new CEO who is principled, experienced and enthusiastic about advancing our mission of educating Vermonters to better understand the fundamentals of a free society.EAI founder and current President John McClaughry will continue indefinitely in the post of Vice President.  Said he, Rick Bornemann will be a great asset to EAI and to the state of Vermont. Bringing him on board as an energetic new leader will make the Institute ever more influential in our state s policy debates.Rick, 53, has an 18 year old son, Marshall, who expects to spend a good bit of time in Vermont with his Dad. Rick s special interests include antique British sports cars and theatre. He hopes to meet EAI s members at meetings around the state in the months ahead.The Ethan Allen Institute, founded in 1993, is Vermont s independent free-market public policy think tank.                                                                        #####last_img read more

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Leaking pipes at Vermont Yankee to be re-routed

first_imgAccording to a report filed yesterday by the Vermont Department of Health, temporary modifications for the two hydrogen recombiner steam trap drain lines are in progress at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon. The modification will eliminate the failed piping in the Advanced Off-Gas (AOG) pipe tunnel that has been draining directly into the tunnel and to the AOG pit sump through the floor drain, and will provide a direct path from the steam trap drain lines to the AOG drain tank. A more substantial enclosure over the AOG pipe tunnel excavation is also being constructed. This is necessary because the excavation will be open until the scheduled April and May 2010 refueling outage. During the outage, workers will more thoroughly clean out the AOG pipe tunnel to prevent the tunnel’s floor drain from getting clogged with debris still left in the pipe tunnel. Vermont Yankee may then install a camera in the pipe tunnel for continuous surveillance until the outage, when more permanent fixes are planned. The Vermont Department of Health is tracking the progress made in mitigating the tritium leak at the plant. See maps belowTritium Event Investigation AnalysisVermont Yankee engineers are returning to conducting a “root cause analysis” of the tritium leaks.This process is a formal means of evaluating the event to identify the possible causes, how the event compares to other nuclear power plant operating experiences, and whether the extent of conditions that led to the contamination of groundwater at the pipe tunnel are possible at other locations on site. There may be other pipes subject to the same type of corrosion that caused the two hydrogen recombiner steam trap drain lines to fail. There may be other floor drains that could get clogged with debris and cause contaminated water to collect in building or tunnel spaces. There may be more flaws in concrete joints that would allow contaminated water to leak into the groundwater. This root cause analysis should lead to actions that prevent such failures from recurring.Remediation Plans for Contaminated Soil and GroundwaterVermont Yankee is now evaluating plans for remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. Results from a detailed soil study in the excavation area should inform decisions about remediation.The soil study will for a second time use measurements of radioactivity in the soil near the leakage pathway to identify the extent and magnitude of soil contamination. The ability to shore up the walls of excavation deeper than it is already shored will also be a consideration in remediation plans. An extraction well may be drilled in the vicinity of well GZ-7 (see map of well locations) to pump out contaminated ground water. Vermont Yankee has to act quickly on this decision as the groundwater is moving, and there is a limited time frame for contaminated water to be available for extraction at a given location.Geophysical Testing of Drinking Water WellsVermont Yankee has completed geophysical testing of the last of six drinking water wells on site. This testing is done to characterize the condition of the bedrock through which these deep wells are drilled, to better determine if the bedrock will prevent the more shallow groundwater from contaminating the deeper water drawn by the drinking water wells. Preliminary geophysical testing results from the first well tested, the Construction Office Building (COB) well, are expected on March 16. Vermont Department of Health and Agency of Natural Resources technical staff will be on site at Vermont Yankee, along with their counterparts from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, for that report.BackgroundOn January 7, the Vermont Department of Health was notified by Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station that samples taken from a ground water monitoring well on site (identified as GZ-3) contained tritium.Tritium is a radioactive form of hydrogen. It is a by-product of the nuclear fission process in a nuclear reactor, and also occurs naturally in the environment in very low concentrations. Most tritium in the environment is in the form of tritiated water, which easily moves about in the atmosphere, bodies of water, soil and rock.The finding of tritium in ground water signals that there has been an unintended underground release of radioactive material, and that other radioisotopes may have contaminated the environment.Vermont Yankee officials are conducting an investigation to identify the source of the tritium, and the magnitude of contamination, with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in an oversight role.The Vermont Department of Health has stepped up the frequency and number of water and environmental samples tested at the public health laboratory, and is doing independent analyses of health risk. With assistance from a number of other state agencies, a team of health and environmental experts will be on site as independent analysts.Monitoring Well Test ResultsTesting by the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Yankee of on-site and off-site drinking water well samples, as well as water taken from the Connecticut River, continue to show no tritium in excess of the lower limit of detection (The Tritium Concentration Graphs (see below) show test rsults from Vermont Yankee over time. These graphs show generally decreasing tritium concentrations at well GZ-10, where a source of groundwater contamination was found and terminated on Feb. 14. The graphs of other tritium contaminated wells, especially GZ-7 and GZ-15 show a generally increasing trend. Taken together, the graphs show the plume of contaminated groundwater gradually moving from west to east, from GZ-10 to the Connecticut River.With well GZ-21 now in service, there are now a total of nine contaminated wells. GZ-21 is very close to the presumed center line of the plume of tritium contamination, and between the Containment Access Building and the Advanced Off-Gas (AOG) building west of well GZ-15. In contrast, well GZ-10, which at one time resulted in tritium concentrations of more than 2.5 million picocuries per liter (pCi/l) now is down to 202,000 pCi/l. This well next to the original leakage pathway continues to shed its groundwater to the east.The most recent well results reported by Vermont Yankee are listed below. All results are expressed in terms of picocuries per liter (pCi/l), or below the lower level of detection ( GZ-1:   Source: Vermont Department of Health. March 16, 2010last_img read more

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Attorney general announces agreement with Circle K to curb tobacco sales to minors

first_imgAttorney General William Sorrell announced today that he has joined the Attorneys General of 41 other jurisdictions (40 states and the District of Columbia) in an agreement with Circle K Stores, Inc. and Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC to enhance efforts to eliminate underage tobacco sales. The agreement, called an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance, covers about 4,000 convenience store operations in 32 states, all of which sell tobacco products. Stores covered by the agreement operate under the names Circle K, Dairymart, and On The Run. There are currently 12 stores in Vermont affected by the agreement.Under the agreement, Circle K will adopt specific procedures designed to reduce sales and marketing of cigarettes and other tobacco products to minors in all of its approximately 3,000 corporate-owned stores, and will adopt various methods designed to curb underage tobacco sales at another 1,000 franchise locations. ‘For every child who doesn’t start smoking, that’s a public health victory, for the child and for the state,’ Attorney General Sorrell said.The Assurance of Voluntary Compliance was produced by an ongoing, multi-state enforcement effort among the attorneys general, and incorporates “best practices” developed in consultation with public health experts and tobacco control officials. The agreement with Circle K includes provisions for comprehensive training of retail personnel, independent compliance checks to monitor sales practices, advising contract operators that there will be serious ramifications imposed for underage tobacco sales, and several other protections.Vermont has similar agreements relating to tobacco sales to minors with gas station convenience stores selling fuel under the Conoco, Phillips 66 or 76, Exxon, Mobil, BP, Shell, Amoco and Valero brand names, and retail and pharmacy chains Kroger, 7-Eleven, Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS.The Assurance of Voluntary Compliance includes the following terms (among others):ID must be checked on all persons who appear to be under 30, to protect against mistakes by clerks in evaluating a person’s age by their appearance alone.In-store advertising of tobacco must be limited in ways intended to reduce the effect on young people, and outdoor advertising is to be eliminated at stores within 500 feet of playgrounds or schools.Employee training will focus on the mechanics of eliminating underage tobacco sales, and will also emphasize the serious health issues that give rise to the legal efforts to restrict youth access to tobacco.Circle K will test itself on the effectiveness of its own safeguards against underage sales by conducting ‘mystery shopper’ compliance checks at 500 of its stores every six months.Circle K voluntarily agreed to pay the attorneys general a total of $225,000 to be used for such purposes as consumer education, public protection, or the implementation of programs protecting against tobacco use by minors.May 23, 2011. Vermont Attorney Generallast_img read more

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Meeting for Mendon residents Saturday to update storm recovery

first_imgAn informational meeting for all Mendon residents will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 10 am at the Mendon Mountainview Lodge on Route 4 in Mendon.  Up to date information on relief services, transportation, and the progress of road construction will be available.Those residents who live on the west side of the break in Route 4 may attend.  Shuttle service from the Panda Pavilion parking lot to the start of the Helvi Hill to Journey’s End walking trail will leave at 7:55 a.m. and 9:25 a.m.  From Journey’s End some volunteers will be available, but residents are encouraged to arrange their own transportation pick up to get to and from the Mendon Mountainview Lodge.For more information, please call the Mendon town office at 775-1662.last_img read more

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In Ongoing Shift From Coal (and Announcement of Two Closures in Colorado), Xcel Says It Has Found ‘the Right Formula’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Denver Post:Xcel Energy on Tuesday continued its shift away from coal, announcing an agreement to retire two of its three coal-burning units at the Comanche Generating Station in Pueblo while adding substantially more wind, solar and natural gas generation.Xcel Energy will request competitive bids before the end of the year for 1,000 megawatts of additional wind, 700 megawatts of solar and 700 megawatts of natural gas power generation under its “Colorado Energy Plan.”The state’s largest utility also said it will retire 660 megawatts of coal-generated power from Comanche Unit 1, built in 1973, and Comanche Unit 2, built in 1975. It will continue to operate the newer and cleaner coal-fired Unit 3, which came online in 2010 and has a capacity of 750 megawatts.“It is really about the economics,” David Eves, president for Xcel Energy in Colorado, said of the retirements, which will take place before the end of 2022 and 2025. “From the company’s perspective, this plan is a response to our customers”The Trump administration has made restoring coal’s prominence as a generation source and preserving mining jobs a priority. Eves said the company strongly supports “decarbonization,” but only when it makes financial sense. The decision to go with gas, solar and wind over coal, he said, wasn’t so much political as economic.“The fundamental economics of these technologies (wind and solar) is what is making these dramatic changes possible and beneficial to consumers,” he said.Customers are pushing Xcel for greener and lower emission energy sources, but also want reliability and lower costs, Eves said. The company thinks it has found the right formula and on Tuesday filed a stipulation to its 2016 electric resource plan that is before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.More:  Xcel Energy plans to retire two coal-fired plants in Pueblo, increase renewables In Ongoing Shift From Coal (and Announcement of Two Closures in Colorado), Xcel Says It Has Found ‘the Right Formula’last_img read more

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S. Korea’s KEPCO buys into renewable projects in India

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Pulse News:South Korea’s state-run utility company Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) said on Tuesday it has signed an agreement with India’s Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL) to cooperate on new energy infrastructure projects in India, a move that will enable KEPCO to tap into India’s burgeoning new renewable energy market.PGCIL, founded in 1989, is India’s state-run utility firm that is currently responsible for 45 percent of total power demand in India.Under the agreement, KEPCO and PGCIL will work together to explore new opportunities in the areas of energy storage system, smart grid and charging infrastructure station for electric vehicles in India. KEPCO will also help to reduce the country’s 25-percent power loss during transmission with its automatic meter reading technology.The latest agreement is expected to help the Korean utility company make fast inroads into the Indian renewable energy market that is poised for rapid growth on the Indian government’s latest policy goal to expand power infrastructure in the country.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently laid out new energy development plans and initiated various projects to build more power networks in the country. The key plans are to supply seamless electricity to all people around the clock in the country, to build 100 smart cities, to increase solar power generation to 225 gigawatts by 2022, and to add more renewable energy facilities, smart grids and energy storage systems.More: KEPCO partners with PGCIL, eyeing renewable energy infrastructure deals in India S. Korea’s KEPCO buys into renewable projects in Indialast_img read more

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Fitch: Coal opposition, declining gas reserves to boost Thai renewable energy growth

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OilPrice.com:Thailand’s natural gas depletion problems are causing the southeast Asian country to make significant changes to its energy mix. The capacity of non-hydro renewables in Thailand may expand to 21 percent of the country’s total power capacity mix at 14,858 MW by 2028, according to a recent report by Fitch Solutions. The report projected that capacity growth in the renewables sector to be robust over the next decade, mostly driven by the biomass and solar sectors as the country mitigates the loss of its natural gas reserves.“This view is also informed by our expectation that coal-fired power growth will stagnate amidst popular opposition, meaning that there are ample opportunities for renewables as the Thai government seeks to deliver increased power sector investment to meet rising electricity demand in the country,” Fitch Solutions added.The Fitch report also highlighted how local authorities are aiming to raise the share of renewable energy from 10 percent to 30 percent in the domestic power mix by 2037 through the country’s Power Development Plan (PDP2018-2037).Though Thailand is going long on renewables, it is still planning to invest $11.3 billion (354.7 billion baht) over the next five years to boost its natural gas portfolio and energy infrastructure, Thai state-owned energy firm PTT said last week at a news conference. The Bangkok-based company plans to invest 167.1 billion baht from 2019 to 2023, of which 44 percent will be allocated to expand its gas business and firm up infrastructure, the state-owned oil major said.PTT added that natural gas is becoming a primary energy source for Thailand because it is easier to transport, cleaner and has lower costs. It said that PTT also set aside an additional 187.6 billion baht to invest in new technologies and expand its core business should opportunities arise. “We have to build energy security for the country and also add value to from our petrochemical products,” it added. Areas of investment include expansion of petrochemical products capacity and its electricity business.More: Thailand pivots to renewables as gas dries up Fitch: Coal opposition, declining gas reserves to boost Thai renewable energy growthlast_img read more

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IRENA sees potential for 2,600GW of onshore wind in Asia by 2050

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享IamRenew:Asia could grow its share of installed capacity for onshore wind from 230 Gigawatt (GW) in 2018 to over 2600 GW by 2050, becoming the dominant market in the segment, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds. By that time, the region would become a global leader in wind, accounting for more than 50 percent of all onshore and over 60 percent of all offshore wind capacity installed globally.According to the new report “Future of Wind” published at China Wind Power 2019 being held in Beijing, global wind generational capacity could rise ten-fold reaching over 6000 GW by 2050. By midcentury, wind could cover one-third of global power needs and when combined with electrification, deliver a quarter of the energy-related carbon emission reductions needed to meet the Paris climate targets. To reach this objective, onshore and offshore wind capacity will need to increase four-fold and ten-fold respectively every year compared to now.“With renewables, it’s possible to achieve a climate-safe future,” said IRENA’s Director-General Francesco La Camera. Low-cost renewable energy technologies like wind power are readily available today, representing the most effective and immediate solution for reducing carbon emissions.“Our roadmap for a global energy transformation to 2050 shows that it is technically and economically feasible to ensure a climate-safe, sustainable energy future. Unlocking global wind energy potential will be particularly important. In fact, wind energy could be the largest single source of power generation by mid-century under this path. This would not only enable us to meet climate goals, but it would also boost economic growth and create jobs, thereby accelerating sustainable development,” La Camera said.The report further adds that to accelerate the growth of global wind power over the coming decades, scaling up investments will be key. On average, global annual investment in onshore wind must increase from USD 67 billion in 2018 to 211 billion in 2050. For offshore wind, global average annual investments would need to increase from USD 19 billion to 100 billion in 2050.More: Asia poised to become dominant wind market: IRENA IRENA sees potential for 2,600GW of onshore wind in Asia by 2050last_img read more

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