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Central Vermont Public Service to get $31 million of the smart grid stimulus funds

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 12:30pm -- tim

Central Vermont Public Service will receive over $31 million in federal stimulus funds to aid in the implementation of CVPS SmartPower, the company s smart grid customer service and reliability program.  The U.S. Department of Energy announced the funding as part of a statewide grant today.

McNeil plant recognized for pollution reduction

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 8:49am -- tim

The Vermont/New Hampshire chapter of the Association of Builders and Contractors is honoring the McNeil Generating Station, the 50 megawatt woodchip plant in Burlington s Intervale, for installing an RSCR (Regenerative Selective Catalytic Reduction) NOx-reduction unit at McNeil, which is cutting the NOx emissions from the plant by over half. The award will be received by plant manager John Irving at an awards dinner in Concord, NH, on Thursday, October 29.

Vermont to get nearly $69 million to launch Smart Grid Technology

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 7:49am -- tim

The Vermont Congressional Delegation – Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) – announced today that Vermont Transco, LLC, will receive $68,928,650 in federal support to launch Vermont’s Smart Grid technology.  The funds are part of $3.4 billion in Smart Grid grants across the nation that President Obama announced – the largest awards made in a single day from this year’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

General Dynamics to leave Burlington

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 6:26am -- intern

After years spent at their Lakeside Avenue plant in Burlington's South End, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products has announced plans to relocate. In a statement released on Friday the 23, the company revealed that it will be moving its operations to IBM Road in Williston next year. The company is one of Burlington's largest private employers, with a roster of nearly 450 people. 

Co-operative Insurance Companies wins technology award

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 5:05am -- tim

Co-operative Insurance Companies was recognized this month for its achievements in improving electronic communication with its agencies. In presenting Co-op with the 2009 Interface Partner Award, insurance technology company Applied Systems noted Co-op’s leadership, innovations, and commitment to providing its agents with easy access to the most up-to-date quoting and policy information.

Bothfeld named new Vermont deputy secretary of agriculture

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 4:52am -- tim

Roger Allbee, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture yesterday announced the appointment of Diane Bothfeld as Deputy Secretary. David Lane, formerly Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture recently resigned to pursue another opportunity.
“Diane is very enthusiastic, dedicated and concerned about agriculture in Vermont and nationally. She brings an excellent skill set and energy to the position,” said Allbee. “We look forward to working with her in this new role for the agency.”

Sanders announces $944,000 in law enforcement, first responder funds

Mon, 10/26/2009 - 5:40pm -- tim

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today announced $944,000 in federal funding for state law enforcement and first responders. Sanders secured $506,000 to for the Vermont Department of Public Safety to improve communications equipment and technology. Another $250,000 will allow the Vermont State Police to take advantage of the most advanced in-cruiser camera technology available, according to Col. Tom L’Esperance, the state police director.

Vermont, NY Champlain Bridge plan includes free ferry service

Mon, 10/26/2009 - 2:30pm -- tim

In response to the recent Champlain Bridge closure, New York Governor David A. Paterson and Vermont Governor Jim Douglas today announced transportation alternatives so that residents can cross Lake Champlain. New York and Vermont have reached an agreement with the Fort Ticonderoga Ferry operator to offer free ferry service between Ticonderoga, New York and Shoreham, Vermont and with Lake Champlain Transportation to offer free ferry service at the Essex/Charlotte crossing. Also, starting tomorrow, free express bus service will bring commuters to three major employers in Vermont.

Transportation officials to hold Champlain Bridge meetings Tuesday, Wednesday

Mon, 10/26/2009 - 9:49am -- tim

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and Vermont Agency of Transportation will host two public information meetings regarding available transportation alternatives for crossing Lake Champlain and the plan to repair and reopen the Lake Champlain Bridge spanning from Crown Point, New York, to Chimney Point, Vermont.

Hansen Beverage Company and Rock Art Brewery reach 'Monster' agreement

Mon, 10/26/2009 - 9:28am -- tim

Hansen Beverage Company and Rock Art Brewery today issued the following statement in connection with a recent trademark issue: Hansen Beverage Company and Rock Art Brewery have reached an amicable agreement under which both companies' respective products will be protected -- Hansen's Monster Energy(R) line of energy drinks and Rock Art's Vermonster beer products.