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GMP restoring power to thousands as wet snow falls

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 12:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is urging safety for customers as crews work to restore power and forecasters predict that more heavy wet snow will continue to pile up across much of Vermont, especially the south and central regions of the state. Winds are also forecasted to continue to be high enough to cause outages into the afternoon, increasing the possibility for toppling trees which could tear down lines, causing more outages. So far, crews have restored power to more than 3,200 customers, and about 14,000 are out, with new reports coming in.

Leahy working to guarantee full reimbursement for National Guard COVID-19 mission

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 11:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lawmakers in the House and Senate Friday renewed their efforts to require the federal government to cover the full costs to the National Guard and their states for COVID-19 response efforts. President-elect Biden has announced that his administration intends to provide 100 percent reimbursement to states for the Guard’s COVID-19 support. Leahy is the incoming chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the longtime co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus.

PAI: More federal pandemic relief, $2.5 billion for Vermont

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 11:50am -- tim

Public Assets Institute As the legislature gets into full swing this month, dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 on Vermonters will be at the top of the list. At the end of 2020, Washington approved another round of pandemic relief, adding more funds and extending the spending deadline for the federal aid sent last spring. Vermont expects up to $2.5 billion from this new round of aid, with $1.8 billion accounted for so far. The aid includes funds for businesses, broadband investments, food, COVID-19 response, and other priorities.

Snelling Center for government announces 2020 graduates

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 4:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Snelling Center for Government has announced the graduates of the Vermont School Leadership Project Class of 2020. The VSLP Class of 2020 experienced many unique elements over the course of the 17-month program. Most notably, the program was interrupted by the COVID-19 shutdown in the spring, but associates soon adapted to new ways of meeting, both in-person and virtually, that allowed momentum to gather over the summer and fall.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Vaccines for 75 and older to begin Jan 25

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 5:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine State officials announced at Friday’s press conference that registration for the COVID-19 vaccine for people who are 75 years and older will begin on January 25. Vaccine clinics will start on January 27. People will register online, or by calling a phone number. The website and phone number will be announced on or before January 25, in addition to other details. The VDH also reported 142 new cases of COVID-19 statewide and one more death for 163.

VGS files Integrated Resource Plan with focus on efficiency, renewables, smart-energy growth

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 5:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine VGS today filed its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), reaffirming its commitment to act now on climate change and offer customers a decarbonized thermal energy future. The IRP addresses VGS’s commitment to meeting the thermal energy needs of current customers safely and affordably and creating a pathway to Net Zero by 2050. In addition to outlining the Company’s climate commitment, the IRP forecasts customers’ demand for energy services for the next 20 years and evaluates the resources and strategies available to deliver on safe, reliable, and affordable low-to-no-carbon energy.

GMP: Shifting forecast increases chance of outages

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 5:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is reminding customers to be alert to the forecast, as meteorologists say there is a growing likelihood that precipitation heading towards Vermont may fall as heavy, wet snow with the potential to take down trees and power lines, causing scattered outages. Mid and high elevation areas along the spine of the Green Mountains from Washington County south are at risk with Southern Vermont currently in the bullseye of this winter storm, according to the latest weather models which increase the possibility of outages.

Vaccine schedule targets 75-plus age group starting January 25

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 3:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department of Human Services and the Vermont Health Department today updated the COVID-19 vaccine distribution schedule. Now: Health care personnel and residents at long term care facilities can be vaccinated. On January 25: Vermonters who are 75 years or older can register for appointments. The next phase will include 70+, then 65+. VDH estimates this will take until about the end of the winter. The high-risk health conditions group will be next, starting about the beginning of spring.

Weekly unemployment claims stay high as new relief arrives

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 2:47pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims last week continue to hold at a high level. This is happening in Vermont and nationally. This is generally explained by more people getting back into the system as the new federal economic relief plan has both extended the unemployment insurance benefits and increased the payout. However, economists also suggest the new year is off to a sluggish start.

AG settles with Rutland gym owner over executive order violation

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 11:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan announced today that his office has reached a settlement with Club Fitness of Vermont, Inc. and its owner Sean Manovill, resolving claims that arose from Manovill’s decision to open for in-person business in May 2020 against the Governor’s orders. At the time that Club Fitness reopened, fitness centers were required by Governor Scott’s Executive Order to be closed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Biden’s COVID Rescue Plan a 'very strong first installment'

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 10:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statements regarding President-Elect Biden’s plan to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis. "I look forward to working with the incoming President and his administration to swiftly act on this proposal to provide relief to the American people."

Barry Roy ’67 leaves Saint Michael’s $4 million, largest in school history

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 10:11am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Class of 1967 alumnus and longtime Trustee Barry Roy bequeathed $4 million to Saint Michael’s College through his estate, the largest single gift in the school’s 117-year history, college officials announced today. A larger-than-life figure on campus and within New England philanthropic circles, Roy died on August 9, 2019 at the age of 73.