Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), and Congressman Peter Welch (D) today announced a new report detailing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s impact on Vermont’s clean energy economy.The report, compiled by the Department of Energy, outlines the nearly $140 million worth of ARRA projects the state has benefited from, including local energy efficiency grants, statewide implementation of smart grid technologies and investments in energy-related businesses.‘This report shows that the Recovery Act is creating jobs in Vermont, upgrading the state’s energy infrastructure and laying the groundwork for future economic development,’ Leahy, Sanders and Welch said.Included in the report are the formula-based and competitive grants and tax credits Vermont institutions have received, including:· $16.8 million in Weatherization Assistance Program funds to weatherize 1,600 homes for low-income families.· $9.1 million to support the development of an electric battery production facilities at SBE, Inc. in Barre.· $11.8 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds to implement local energy efficiency programs.· $68.9 million in Smart Grid Investment Grant Program funds.· $11.9 million in clean energy manufacturing tax credits for GE Aviation in RutlandNotable Vermont Formula GrantsThe Vermont Department of Public Service has been granted $22.0 million in State Energy Program funds to expand the size and scope of the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF).The State of Vermont has been granted $16.8 million in Weatherization Assistance Program funds to scale-up existing weatherization efforts in the state, creating jobs, reducing carbon emissions, and saving money for Vermont’s low-income families. Over the course of the Recovery Act, Vermont expects to weatherize more than 1,600 homes. The program also includes workforce training and education as part of the state’s efforts to develop a green workforce.Twenty-two communities in Vermont were granted a total of $11.8 million for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) to develop, promote, implement, and manage local energy efficiency programs.The Vermont Department of Public Service has been granted $596,000 for the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, which offers consumer rebates for purchasing certain ENERGY STAR® appliances. These energy efficient appliances reduce energy use and save money for families, while helping the environment and supporting the local economy.Notable Vermont competitive grants or tax credits Source: Vermont congressional delegation. 9.16.2010 Vermont Transco LLC in Rutland has been awarded $68.9 million under the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program to expand the deployment of Vermont smart meters, implement customer systems, secure control systems for substations and generation facilities, and automate the electric distribution and transmission system grids.GE Aviation in Rutland has been awarded a clean energy manufacturing tax credit for $11.9 million to purchase machinery and equipment that will be used to manufacture the new GEnx aircraft engine.SBE, Inc. in Barre has been awarded $9.1 million to support the outfitting of a high-volume manufacturing facility to build DC Bus Capacitors for the electric drive vehicle industry.The City of Montpelier has been awarded $8 million for the installation of a 41 MMBtu combined heat and power district energy system fueled with locally sourced, renewable, and sustainably-harvested wood chips.Click here to read the full report.
3 News 8 Feb 2012A family lobby group says parents who put their children into daycare are harming their children’s development and is calling for parents to better educate themselves on the risks. Family First director Bob McCoskrie says New Zealand has one of the highest rates of day care in the OECD with 40 percent of children under the age of two in day care for 24 hours or more per week and a further 20 percent in daycare for 36 hours or more per week. He says these numbers are unacceptable. “Full time parenting should be a child’s right, especially in those first couple of years,” Mr McCoskrie said to Firstline this morning.http://www.3news.co.nz/Daycare-putting-children-at-risk—Family-First/tabid/423/articleID/242160/Default.aspx#ixzz1ljRMUofS
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — This weekend, a new art exhibit is coming to Alpena’s Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan.It features 55 years of artistic experience and excellence from two men who call the Sunrise Side home. Erv Lewandowski and Mark Beins will share some of the most impressive creations that Michigan has ever seen. Their exhibit is called “Two Artists Sharing Space.”“When you walk in and you’re hit with the white, these pieces are gorgeous,” said Beins about his first look at the completed gallery.What makes this gallery unique is the layout and sizes of the pieces. Lewandowski usually creates smaller pieces, crafted from his colored pencils. Beins gravitates towards larger artwork.“I thought we’d be a nice compliment to one another,” said Lewandowski. “People could roll in and look at his work and then back up and look at mine, look at his, and I thought the small-large combination, walking through the gallery would be just an absolute inviting fit.”The two have a unique bond. Both are Sunrise Side artists. They both focus on capturing the smaller details of nature that are easily overlooked.“What we see in life, whether it be water or land or a speck, a lot of the subjects that I work with, particularly in recent years, are fragments of things in nature,” said Lewandowski. “When you take fragments, those are things people likely will pass over as they walk through woods or look at a stream.”For Erv and Mark, this is an opportunity to inspire curiosity in those that explore their work.“When someone walks out of a gallery and wants to look, wants to observe, and wants to understand more, whether it’s our subject matter or not, that’s my goal,” said Beins.The exhibit opens this Saturday at the Besser Museum. A reception will take place from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Guests can register to win a Lewandowski print. The exhibit runs until April 15th. For more information, visit the Besser Museum’s website at www.bessermuseum.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Art, Besser Museum, Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, Erv Lewandowski, Mark Beins, northeast michigan, Sunrise Side, Two Artists Sharing SpaceContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Thursday, January 24Next Michigan DHHS updates the status as assistance during the government shutdown