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Green Mountain Power proposes helping towns convert to efficient LED streetlights

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont are partnering on an unprecedented effort to help every town in GMP service territory change over to more energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) street lights.”Last year Green Mountain Power became one of only a handful of utilities in the country to offer an LED-specific rate to customers for outdoor lighting. This year we are taking it a step further by proposing to lower the rate and offer financial assistance to towns to change to LED lights,” said Mary Powell, president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power.With the support of Efficiency Vermont, Green Mountain Power expects to replace thousands of mercury vapor and high pressure sodium street lights with new energy-efficient LED street lights in towns throughout its service territory.Compared with existing mercury vapor bulbs, LED lights produce a comparable amount of light with an average 66 percent savings in energy use or watts. In addition, LEDs are extremely long-lasting. An LED lamp has a potential lifespan of up to 25 years, compared to 5-7 years for traditional street light lamps.”Helping towns across Vermont switch to LED lights is a very important way to reduce Vermont’s use of electricity,” said Jay Pilliod, Director of Business Energy Services of Efficiency Vermont, the state’s efficiency utility. “Towns are eager to participate and benefit from savings on their electric bill.”Green Mountain Power filed its proposed street light pilot program with the Vermont Public Service Board on February 28. Green Mountain Power has requested PSB approval to use $300,000 from the GMP Efficiency Fund to help towns in the transition. The Company will also file a new tariff for LED street lights that will lower the cost towns pay for leasing street lights.Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont have been partners in energy efficiency since the creation of the GMP Efficiency Fund in 2008. Efficiency Vermont will implement this program as part of its portfolio of statewide energy efficiency efforts.”We’re pleased to have GMP as a partner in this program,” said Mr. Pilliod. “With our Step-By-Step Guide to Implementing an Outdoor LED Project, and enhanced technical assistance and financial rebates provided by Efficiency Vermont, towns have the tools they need for a successful transition.””This program supports our commitment to power that is low cost, low carbon and reliable,” said Ms. Powell. “Reducing energy consumption is an important part of this overall strategy that we have pursued for the past three years.”Towns switching to LED streetlights will reduce light pollution and glare while saving money and electricity. This is because LEDs can be more precisely directed to illuminate only the desired areas, such as streets, walkways and parking lots. Little or no wasted light escapes into the night sky, where it could have a disrupting impact on the natural environment. As towns served by GMP convert their streetlights to the new technology, Vermont will continue to be a leader in international efforts to preserve the night sky.If the tariff and program are approved by the Vermont Public Service Board, interested towns should contact Green Mountain Power at 1-888-835-4672 or Efficiency Vermont at 1-888-921-5990.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the State of Vermont. It serves more than 175,000 people and businesses.About Efficiency VermontEfficiency Vermont (www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external)) was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986.COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – March 04, 2011) –last_img read more

Roxas puts up ‘Tindahan sa Barangay’ amid COVID-19

first_img “The “Tindahan sa Barangay” are being placed in strategic locations accessible to residents and it lessens the number people going to the city’s main public market at the TATC,” Mendoza told Panay News. ROXAS City – The city government here has established a program that aims to make essential goods accessible to its residents, who were affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak, according to Teodoro Arcenas Trade Center (TATC) administrator Bong Mendoza. Poultry products, vegetables, fruits,rice, fish and other aquaculture products, among others sold in Tindahan sa Barangay are being purchasedin bulk from whole sellers at the TATC by people interested in selling them intheir respective villages.  “People seemed happy because we broughtthe market of essential goods closer to them. But of course, social distancingmust be strictly observed during marketing,” the administrator added./PN Eleven more will be opened to serveresidents of the other barangays in this city the upcoming days.center_img With the establishment of ‘Tindahan sa Barangay,’ residents of Roxas City, Capiz will have no worries about purchasing essential goods despite the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak. Poultry products, vegetables, fruits, rice, fish and other aquaculture products, among others can be purchased in strategic locations accessible to residents of the villages. GLENN BEUP “Prices are regulated kay gina bagsak sa ila volume. Dapat ibaligya man ina nila at aprevailing retail price,” Mendoza said.  The city government here already opened Tindahan sa Barangay in Barangay Baybay on April 8 and in Barangay Lawaan yesterday. last_img read more

Low lending rate, forex ‘will shield SA’

first_img11 August 2011 A low lending rate and the Reserve Bank’s stockpiling of more than US$50-billion in foreign currency will help shield South Africa from some of the turmoil experienced by global markets following the US credit rating downgrade, says the Bank’s deputy chief economist. However, the market turmoil of the past few days would impact “fairly heavily” on consumer and business confidence, Johan van den Heever told the National Assembly’s finance committee in Cape Town on Wednesday. He was briefing the committee on the release of the Reserve Bank’s 2011 Annual Economic Report, which highlights South Africa’s poor export performance and slow recovery of lending by banks.Not good news for investment “It is quite clear that people will under the circumstances be more reluctant to enter into bold ventures, big capital expenditure, really heavily-geared undertakings, and so that it is not good news for short-term growth and longer-term investment,” Van den Heever said. But he believed that despite this, South Africa would continue to grow – on the back of a consumer spending upswing combined with low interest rates, a strong financial system and relatively good fiscal conditions. One positive to come out of the market chaos and resultant high level of uncertainty, he added, was an increase in the gold price, which would benefit the economy.Bank lending still low Turning to the Reserve Bank’s annual economic report, the Reserve Bank’s head of financial analysis and public finance, Vukani Mamba, said that despite South Africa’s interest rates being at their lowest in 30 years, lending by the country’s banks had not picked up substantially since the global financial crisis of 2008-09. He said recovery of credit advances had been slower than that following South Africa’s previous recessions in 1974, 1982 and 1990. The report revealed that advance of credit had, by February 2011, increased by just 5% from the level it stood at in May 2009, just months before the economy began recovering in September 2009. Mamba attributed this to the poor recovery of the country’s productive sectors, the high number of job losses (reducing the number of those who qualified for credit) and high levels of indebtedness of consumers. Banks had also incurred high impairment rates, which had seen them pulling back on lending. The report said the level of impaired advances, which grew to 6.1% in December 2009, had levelled off last year and stood at 5.8% in April this year. Despite this, South Africa’s percentage of non-performing loans remained “relatively high” when compared with other emerging-market countries. At just under 6% in the fourth quarter of 2010, the level of non-performing loans was lower than Russia (at over 9%), but higher than Brazil and Chile (3%) and India (just below 3%). However, Mamba believed the prudence of the country’s banks had been instrumental in protecting the economy, considering that the global financial crisis had been triggered by US banks lending to highly indebted individuals.Poor export performance Another area of concern highlighted by the Reserve Bank’s report is South Africa’s poor export performance. Van den Heever pointed out that the country’s exports had not kept track with those of its fellow BRICS countries and advanced economies, which had rebounded at a far faster rate following the end of the recession. He attributed the poor performance of exports to “quite a long list” of problems and not just to the strength of the rand. These included infrastructure bottlenecks, lack of electricity capacity and the falling quality of some of the country’s minerals, including the grade of gold mined. South Africa’s productivity was also a challenge, particularly when compared with a country like China, Van den Heever said. Added to this, many of South Africa’s export destinations were in the developing world – Europe, Japan and the US – where the recession had cut the deepest. He warned that if South Africa’s exports continued their lacklustre performance, the fiscus would be reduced. However, he said South Africa had built up its foreign currency reserves from $8-billion in 2002 to about $50-billion currently, which would allow the country to pay for imports if it exports continued to underperform. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

King to serve as OSU CFAES dean

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On May 15, Lonnie King will step in as acting dean and vice president for agricultural administration for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.He will assume the roles presently held by Ronald L. Hendrick, who will leave Ohio State in June to become dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.King will serve in this capacity while Bruce McPheron serves as interim provost for the university.King’s extensive leadership experience and numerous scientific contributions align well with CFAES’s teaching and learning, research and innovation, and outreach and engagement missions, McPheron said.In addition to serving as dean of Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine from 2009-2015, King served as a dean at Michigan State from 1996-2006. He also served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases and led initiatives in public health, disease prevention, policy development and research.King also worked in global trade agreements and has testified before the U.S. Congress on issues of emerging diseases in his role as the nation’s chief veterinarian. Among his many distinctive honors, he is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.last_img read more

Farm field trip offers third graders a unique learning opportunity

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Livestock Coalition (OLC) has announced the winners of its annual student essay contest, which asked Ohio third-grade students to answer the question, “How do Ohio farmers make sure we have good, safe food to eat?” Students from throughout Ohio submitted essays answering the question, in hopes of winning a class field trip to an Ohio livestock farm.Laela Colwell, a third-grade student from North Union Elementary School, in Richwood, was selected as the grand-prize winner, awarding her entire class an expenses-paid field trip to the Nature Pure LLC, a family-owned and operated egg farm located in Raymond, Ohio. In her essay, Colwell explained how farmers provide excellent care for their animals, which ensures safe, healthy food for consumers.“There is a disconnect for many young students in Ohio between the food they eat daily and where it actually comes from,” said Jenny Hubble, OLC representative and senior vice president of communications at the American Dairy Association Mideast. “With agriculture being the No. 1 driving force behind our state’s economy, it’s crucial that people understand the important role agriculture plays and learn about the origins of the food they eat and the farmers who work hard to produce it.”In addition, five Ohio third-grade students were awarded honorable mentions. These students each received a certificate in recognition of their impressive essays. The honorable mention award winners are:Lydia Colahan, Westfall Elementary, of Williamsport Justin Scott, Harrison East Elementary, of Hopedale Elizabeth Raines, North Adams Elementary, of Seaman Kenzington Younkin, Scioto Elementary School, of Commercial Point Jersey Glover, Gables Elementary, of Columbus Before writing essays, students participated in OLC’s For Your InFARMation program. Now in its ninth year, the For Your InFARMation program is designed to teach Ohio third-graders about agriculture in the state. A free, three-day lesson plan is provided to Ohio third-grade teachers to teach students about farmers and the Ohio economy, livestock farming, keys to safe and healthy food, energy and renewable resources, as well as careers in agriculture.The For Your InFARMation materials were developed by OLC with an education consultant and a practicing third-grade teacher, and are updated annually. These materials support Ohio learning standards for reading, writing, math, geography and more. The curriculum also includes a variety of nonfiction reading passages to support teachers with Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Along with the lesson plan materials, smart board lessons are available to be used in the classroom.For more information on the curriculum or to download the materials for free, visit www.ForYourInFARMation.com.last_img read more

Ohio State Fair photo highlights

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rep. Brian Hill at the Joint Legislative Agriculture Committee Meeting Meredith Donnelly, Kenton, Jade Saul, Edgerton, and Allie Knecht, Jeffersonville, vied for the top spot in their Guys and Gals Lead Class. Senator Bob Peterson at the Joint Legislative Agriculture Committee Meeting at the Ohio State Fair. Fair Manager Virgil Strickler welcomed guests to the Joint Legislative Agriculture Committee Meeting Ohio Fairs’ Queen Morgan McCutcheon spoke to a group of legislators at the Joint Legislative Agriculture Committee Meeting. Senator Larry Obhof spoke at the Joint Legislative Agriculture Committee Meeting. McKinley Palsgrove from Pleasantville competed in the Guys and Gals Lead. Kryptonite BBQ had the Champion Pulled Pork in the Ohio Pork Rib Off. Katie Frost was awarded the Dr. Jack Judy Memorial Scholarship. Roger High gives a sheep shearing demonstration. Ohio Fairs’ Queen Morgan McCutcheon (left) joined 4-H volunteer Randall Reeder, and other 4-Hers in spinning a flat loop with lassos onstage on Engineering Excitement Day at the Fair. Kaitlyn Stillion from Lore City was selected at the 2018-2019 Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen Michelle Flock and Brick Martin were awarded the Ralph H. Grimshaw Memorial Scholarship. Woodworking Day had eight classes, from beginner level to master craftsman. This table with a built-in cooler helped Caleb Turner, Auglaize County, earn a Clock Trophy. Madilyn Baker of Carroll Co. shows her Milking Shorthorn. Royalty in the house! Ruby Withers (left) the 2018 Ohio Milking Shorthorn Princess and Juliana Baker 2018 Ohio Milking Shorthorn Little Ambassador.last_img read more

Mission impossible? How Federer can beat Nadal at Roland Garros

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts after winning a point against Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka during their men’s singles quarter-final match on day ten of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 4, 2019. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)Roger Federer faces Roland Garros’ mission impossible on Friday when he tries to become just the third man to beat 11-time champion Rafael Nadal on the Paris clay.The great Spaniard has only been defeated twice on the red brick dust in the French capital in 93 matches since his 2005 debut.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:37Drug-free Philippines almost impossible now — Sotto00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippines upsets Netherlands at buzzer, boosts playoff chances in Fiba 3×3 U18 World Cup ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “I didn’t want to give him too much comfort and opportunities where he can dictate the play,” said Djokovic of his 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 win in 2015.“I tried to mix up the pace, get into the net. Dropshots, high balls, fast balls, always something different.“He made some unforced errors that are not characteristic for him maybe from the forehand side.“But that’s what happens when you don’t feel comfortable on the court. I think because I play fast to his forehand and moved him around the court, he was a bit uncomfortable in his footing. That’s where I want him.”Federer, playing his first French Open since 2015, has lost all five meetings he has had with Nadal in Paris.The pair haven’t met at the tournament since the 2011 final which Nadal won in four sets.Overall, Nadal leads their head-to-head 23-15 and is 13-2 on clay.Their last meeting on clay was in the Rome final in 2013 when Federer managed just four games.‘Might be 10 rain delays!’Furthermore, it’s been 10 years since Federer beat Nadal on the surface, in the final in Madrid where the higher altitude keeps the ball moving faster through the air, playing perfectly into the Swiss star’s game plan.If Federer is to have any hope of a shock victory on Friday, then he needs to significantly improve his break point statistics.center_img LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Currently he stands at 20 out of 55 for the tournament (36%) compared to Nadal’s 31/54 (57% conversion rate).In his four-set quarter-final win over Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday, Federer converted just two of 18.Despite the weight of history counting against the 20-time major winner, Federer insists Friday’s outcome is not a foregone conclusion.“Like against any player, there is always a chance. Otherwise nobody will be in the stadium to watch because everybody already knows the result in advance,” said the 37-year-old who at least has the comfort of knowing he has won their last five meetings, albeit on hard courts.“That’s exactly what everybody believes by facing Rafa. But you never know. He might have a problem. He might be sick.“You might be playing great or for some reason he’s struggling. Maybe there’s incredible wind, rain, 10 rain delays.”The Swiss had taken a two-year break from clay altogether in an attempt to focus on Wimbledon, but returned to the red dirt last month, reaching the quarter-finals in Madrid and Rome.He has built on that form in the French capital, losing just one set — the same as Nadal — en route to the last four.“I’m very happy to play Rafa, because if you want to achieve something on the clay, inevitably, at some stage, you will go through Rafa.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Nadal was far from his best that day in 2009.He was to eventually pull out of Wimbledon with a knee injury, ending his hopes of defending the title he had so thrillingly won against Federer 12 months earlier.‘Mix it up’Nadal, however, was to get his revenge over Soderling in the Roland Garros final in 2010 as he captured his fifth title.He was to win the next four as well, a run which ended in 2015 when Novak Djokovic stunned him in straight sets in the quarter-finals.That was the last time 33-year-old Nadal lost in Paris although he was forced to withdraw before the third round in 2016 due to a wrist injury.ADVERTISEMENT Ten years ago Robin Soderling hit winner after winner as the unheralded Swede ended Nadal’s 31-match win streak at the tournament.“I think to beat him on clay is challenging. But to beat him in five sets on clay is even more difficult,” said Soderling who crushed 63 winners in that last-16 landmark win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“You have to play extremely well. To beat him on clay, the only chance for any player is to be really aggressive.“Take some risks. Many, many players, even good players, top players… you can almost see that they don’t really believe 100 per cent that they can win.” View commentslast_img read more