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Adequate electricity supplies expected in NE, but tighter

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 6:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New England is expected to have enough energy to meet consumer demand for electricity this summer, according to ISO New England Inc, but margins will be tighter as about 2,200 megawatts of power will not be available due to either delays or plant retirements. Tight supply margins could develop if forecasted peak system conditions occur. If this happens, ISONE said it will take steps to manage New England’s electricity supply and demand in real time and maintain power system reliability. However, ISONE estimates that current supply will still be well ahead of the historic peak load hit during the summer of 2006.

Gaz Métro's upgraded LNG facility now available in Québec

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 4:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Gaz Métro, and Pierre Gabriel Côté, President and CEO of Investissement Québec announced Monday that the new liquefied natural gas (LNG) production capacity of Gaz Métro GNL, a subsidiary of Gaz Métro and Investissement Québec, is now available at the Gaz Métro liquefaction plant located in Montréal, which is distributed in Canada and into New England, but not yet in Vermont.

National Life celebrates ‘Do Good’ culture in annual report

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 3:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine National Life celebrated its “Do Good” culture in its annual report, marking records set both in the business and in the company’s commitment to the communities it serves. An interactive version of the 2016 annual report was posted online in advance of National Life’s annual meeting in mid-May. “We had another outstanding year and this report reflects that success,” said Mehran Assadi, National Life President and CEO.

Sanders responds to Trump tax plan

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 4:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) released the following statement Wednesday after President Donald Trump released his plan for tax reform. Below Sanders' statement is the briefing held for the White House press corps Wendesday afternoon that describes and discusses the tax plan. Among other things, it reduces the number of tax brackets, eliminates the Estate Tax, closes some loopholes and overall will reduce both the personal and corporate taxes in order to stimulate the economy.

Vermont ranks fifth best for public education

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 4:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine SmartAsset, a national data aggregator, has ranked Vermont the fifth best for K-12 education, making an overall grade of "A-," largely based on the state spending more per child than any other state. Nationwide, the average public school revenue per student enrolled during the 2014-2015 school year was $12,578, according to the National Education Association (the teachers union). Funding per student in Vermont ($27,962) is more than twice the national average. Vermont also ranked first for its low student-teacher ratio.

Norwich to break ground on $48.5 million academic building, renovations Friday

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 2:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University will break ground on a new academic building—Mack Hall—as well as renovations to Webb, Dewey and Ainsworth Halls in a combined $48.5 million project, at a ceremony on Friday, April 28. At 5:30 pm, community members will assemble at the west side corridor of Webb Hall to celebrate the start of the two-year construction project. The new building, named for Robert B. ’64, H ’06, trustee emeritus and Tammie Mack, is slated to open in August 2018.

Legislature urged to create new trafficking penalties for fentanyl

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 1:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today joined Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George, Vermont State Police Criminal Division Commander Major Glenn Hall, and representatives from the Burlington, Colchester, South Burlington, and Winooski Police Departments in expressing support for S22, an act relating to increased penalties for knowingly dispensing, selling, or possessing with the intent to distribute fentanyl.

Superior Technical Ceramics develops new manufacturing work cell

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 4:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Superior Technical Ceramics (STC) of St Albans, a market leader in technical ceramic material solutions, now offers high purity, large scale alumina blanks to support up to 450mm Semiconductor needs, as well as sizable alumina and zirconia tubes for the Oil & Gas and Energy Industries. This newly formed work cell offers access to an isopress with a 30" OD x 48" L chamber, along with vertical mills, lathes and kilns to provide a cost efficient, high quality product. 

Donovan joins AGs urging US to reaffirm commitment to Paris climate accord

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan joined with 13 other Attorneys General in signing a letter to President Trump urging that the United States reconfirm its commitment to the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement on climate change was negotiated under American leadership and adopted by the vast majority of the world’s countries at the COP21 in Paris last December. All the ratifying countries vowed to work to address and limit climate change.

EPA: UVM top Green Power school in America East conference

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 3:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the University of Vermont as a conference champion of the 2016-17 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the America East athletic conference. Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, eligible biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydro.

Shap Smith, Millers win Democrats' David Curtis awards

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Former House Speaker Shap Smith and Sam & Mary Miller are the winners of this year’s David W Curtis Leadership Awards. The award is given to "outstanding" Vermont Democrats and the winners will be celebrated on May 5th at the 18th Annual David W Curtis Awards at the Burlington Hilton. Guest speaker will be New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.