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UCS: Solar financing could cut electric bills by $14 million, boost economy

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 4:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont, already a national leader in clean energy deployment, could spur additional job creation and economic growth by forging new public-private partnerships to increase financing for local clean energy projects, according to a study released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), in coordination with the Northeast Solar Energy Market Coalition (NESEMC).

Phil Scott appoints Bradley Ferland, Ted Brady, Louis Porter

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor-elect Phil Scott has announced the appointment of three extended cabinet members. Bradley Ferland has been named as deputy secretary of the Agency of Administration. Ferland has been with the Agency - which is responsible for the state budget and provides administrative and support services - for more than two decades. He currently serves as the deputy commissioner of the Department of Finance and Management and previously as the director of financial operations.

Public Assets Institute: New year brings a new opportunity for shared prosperity

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:13am -- tim

Public Assets Institute While Washington and the rest of the nation sort out the meaning of a Donald Trump presidency, new leaders in Montpelier have an opportunity to address the needs of low- and moderate-income Vermonters for whom a secure middle-class life seems unaffordable and out of reach. A higher minimum wage, access to high-quality child care, an expanded public education system including at least two years of college, and a program to help workers save for retirement can address the affordability problem for Vermonters struggling to make ends meet.

Solar canopy: Innovation expands solar to home and business

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 7:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine With Governor Phil Scott, SunCommon will unveil a week from Monday its latest innovation, the Solar Canopy. This timber frame solar structure is a first for Vermont and expands solar access beyond the traditional rooftop and backyard. The Solar Canopy allows all Vermont households and businesses to go solar over their driveway, parking lot, patio, woodpile, or create a functional, new, outdoor space.

Final draft of county-wide 2016 All Hazards Mitigation Plan released

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 5:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission is trying to prepare for the worst, or at least something worse than usual. The CCRPC has completed the Final Draft of the 2017 update to the Chittenden County Multi-Jurisdictional All Hazards Mitigation Plan. The purpose of mitigation planning is to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce damages to lives, property, the environment and the economy from future disasters.

GMP prepares for storm, postpones planned interruption for Thursday

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 9:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Forecasters are calling for the season’s first nor’easter on Thursday, and Green Mountain Power is prepared to ensure customer safety and reliability throughout the storm. “Our hope is that the light and fluffy snow forecasted only causes minimal outages, but we are prepared for more significant effects if the snow turns out to be heavier and brings down trees and branches,” said Dorothy Schnure, Green Mountain Power spokesperson. “Crews are prepared to respond to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.”

Bennington family convicted of multiple counts of Medicaid fraud

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 11:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Patrick Morse, 64, Ellie May Morse, 43, and Donald Morse, 23, of Bennington, Vermont, were convicted in Vermont Superior Court, Windsor Criminal Division, of multiple felony counts of Medicaid Fraud arising out of their scheme to defraud the Vermont Medicaid Children’s Personal Care Services (“PCS”) Program. Patrick Morse was convicted on nine counts, Ellie May Morse was convicted on six counts, and Donald Morse was convicted on three counts.

Sugarbush rings in New Year with dog parade, torchlight parade, fireworks and more

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 11:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Sugarbush Resort is the place to be to welcome in 2018. The resort hosts a number of fun events for the family throughout the day and night. Returning for a seventh New Year’s Eve, the Annual Dog Parade and Canine Couture Contest invites dog owners to strut their mutt through the Gate House Courtyard at 3:30 PM, with proceeds benefitting PAWSitive Pantry.

Gifford scores well in national infant feeding care

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 11:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gifford Health Care performed better than 85 percent of similar facilities nationwide in a 2015 survey on infant feeding practices in maternity care settings, according to the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC).

Gifford scored 92 of 100 points on the Maternity Practices in the Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey. Across Vermont the average score was 88, and the national average mPINC score was 79. Nationally 2,582 facilities providing maternity services responded to the 2015 mPINC survey (82 percent).

Burlington Electric Department and Green Mountain Power alert customers to phone scam

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 11:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Burlington Electric Department and Green Mountain Power today are warning customers about an ongoing bill payment phone scam. In a new wave of calls today, Burlington Electric and Green Mountain Power customers have been receiving calls threatening disconnection if payment is not made immediately. These calls have been targeting primarily restaurants, but other customers have received similar calls.