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Labor Dept launches PEUC program, providing additional benefits for unemployed Vermonters

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 3:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine An additional 13 weeks of benefits are available to individuals who have exhausted their regular state unemployment insurance claim with a benefit year that expired on or after July 1, 2019. The additional weeks of benefits are provided by the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program. Individuals will also receive Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), an additional $600 to their weekly benefits through the week ending July 25, 2020.

Vermont regulators approve GMP energy storage programs

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 1:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) customers now have two new home battery programs they can enroll in starting on June 5, after a Vermont Public Utility Commission order issued late Wednesday. GMP’s Tesla Powerwall and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs are both modeled on the company’s popular and groundbreaking pilot programs that have shown proven cost savings for all GMP customers, while providing convenient and seamless back up power to participating customers during outages. GMP is the first utility in the country to get tariff approval to offer customers these types of programs.

ISO New England expects sufficient summer power, COVID dampens demand

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 12:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine New England should have the necessary resources to meet peak consumer demand for electricity this summer under both typical and extreme weather conditions, according to ISO New England Inc., the operator of the region’s bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets. Societal changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to change consumer demand for electricity during the summer months, but these changes do not pose a reliability threat because the system is designed to handle fluctuations in consumer demand. ISO New England has observed a 3% to 5% decline in consumer demand attributable to the pandemic.

Sanders introduces Paycheck Security Act to keep millions of workers on payrolls

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 12:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today introduced the Paycheck Security Act to cover the wages and benefits of employees of affected businesses and non-profits until the economic and public health crisis is resolved. The Paycheck Security Act would act to avert mass layoffs, stem catastrophic unemployment levels, and prevent irreversible business losses, prevent millions from losing their health insurance, and provide resources for firms to rehire laid-off and furloughed workers and restore their health care benefits.

Randolph man arrested for aggravated sexual assault of a child, child pornography, voyeurism

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 12:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today that Michael Hartigan of Randolph, Vermont, was arraigned on May 14, 2020, on two felony counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, two felony counts of Promotion of Child Pornography, and two misdemeanor counts of Voyeurism. Hartigan pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Vermont Superior Court, Orange Criminal Division. The Court, Judge Thomas A Zonay presiding, ordered him held him without bail.

Weekly unemployment claims keep falling, still over 2,100

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 11:59am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Layoffs, furloughs and business closures due to the COVID-19 economic downturn and Governor Scott's emergency order and subsequent mitigation efforts have resulted in a rush of unemployment insurance claims. But as Scott has allowed more sectors to get back to work, initial and ongoing claims have now decreased every week since the peak in early April.

VDH: Stay healthy outdoors as the weather warms up

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 10:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As we see the first signs of summer this Memorial Day weekend, health officials are reminding Vermonters to enjoy the outdoors safely – which includes continuing to take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Temperatures will be warmer than we’ve had yet this year, so it’s important to take extra caution in early season heat. Even though it’s not as hot as mid-summer, it can take several weeks for our bodies to adjust to warmer conditions, so ease into outdoor activities.

Renewable Energy Vermont announces REV2020 conference and request for presentations

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 8:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary at this fall’s annual REV conference. REV2020: Power to Renew will take place virtually with regular sessions through October and November. Each session features a keynote, panel discussion and opportunity to network with leading figures in the renewable energy sector. REV2020 convenes top business, policy, and finance experts from across New England in all four major clean energy sectors: electricity, heat/cooling, transportation and efficiency.

Nolan Atkins, NVU: Hard, necessary work for a strong future

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 7:40am -- tim

by Nolan Atkins, Northern Vermont University Provost All of us at Northern Vermont University are greatly relieved that the immense value that NVU and Vermont Tech-Randolph bring to Vermont has been recognized and that the former Vermont State Colleges Chancellor took his proposal to close NVU and Vermont Tech-Randolph off the table. However, we also recognize that business cannot continue as usual. Significant challenges, greatly exacerbated by COVID-19, call for a right sizing and substantial transformation of the entire Vermont State Colleges System. To continue to serve Vermonters into the future, NVU’s budget will need to be reduced by 15-25% annually starting in FY22. This is not a reduction that can be achieved with small changes and local fundraisers. It is a reduction that calls for substantial change, innovation, and modernization.

State asks Vermonters for feedback on watershed action plan

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 5:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermonters are invited to attend an online presentation on June 2, 2020 to review a collaborative watershed action plan. The plan encompasses 580 square miles, stretching from Peacham to Hartford, and includes 20 towns across 3 counties. It was developed in partnership with members of local communities, state scientists, watershed groups, regional planners, and agricultural partners. The public is also invited to provide comments on the plan.

Peck expands solar project pipeline in Maine for up to 50 MWs

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 4:23am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Peck Company Holdings, Inc (NASDAQ: PECK) , a leading commercial solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company based in South Burlington, has expanded its pipeline of solar project portfolios in Maine for up to 50 MWs capacity from a leading solar development company focused on community-scale, commercial & industrial-scale and small utility-scale solar PV systems.

You can eat out(doors) starting Friday

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 5:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Just in time for summer-like weather, Governor Scott announced today that restaurants may provide outdoor seating beginning Friday. Indoor seating will have to wait. The restrictions include spaced out tables, a limit of 10 to any group, disposable menus and you must call ahead for reservations to avoid people congregating to wait for a table.