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Graff: In statewide races the August primary can be more important than November

Thu, 07/28/2022 - 10:33am -- tim

by Chris Graff New ratings by the Cook Political Report confirm Vermont’s status as the most Democratic state in the nation. That fact is why – for the statewide races at least - the upcoming Democratic primary election is far more important than November’s General Election. The US Senate and US House seats and the offices of lieutenant governor, treasurer, secretary of state, and attorney general are to be decided in this year’s elections. And Democrats are favored to win all of those races, again making the August 9 primary a critical election.

Scott appoints Jennifer Morrison Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety

Thu, 07/28/2022 - 9:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Jennifer Morrison as the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety (DPS). She will be the first woman to serve in the role, overseeing the State Police, Vermont Emergency Management, Vermont Crime Information Center, Forensic Lab, Division of Fire Safety and more. She joined the DPS in October 2020 as executive director of policy development and later deputy commissioner. She joined the Burlington Police Department as an officer in 1990 and advanced through the ranks, ultimately becoming deputy chief. In 2013, she accepted the position of chief of the Colchester Police Department, a role she held for five years before retiring. She returned to the Burlington Police Department in January 2020 as interim police chief.

Springer: Two new data points highlight critical importance of McNeil wood energy plant

Thu, 07/28/2022 - 7:18am -- tim

by Darren Springer, General Manager, Burlington Electric Department Last year, we wrote a commentary discussing the McNeil Generating Station’s benefits, including its contribution to the Vermont economy, its support for sustainable forestry, and its importance as a renewable generator from a climate and reliability perspective. As policymakers continue to consider how to support renewable energy in Vermont, we write today to share two new important data points – one economic and one environmental - relative to McNeil that should inform discussions.

iSun recognized as a top solar contractor for 2022

Thu, 07/28/2022 - 6:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine iSun, Inc (NASDAQ: ISUN), a leading solar energy and clean mobility infrastructure company with 50-years of experience accelerating the adoption of innovative electrical technologies, today announced its ranking as one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World, the industry’s leading source for technology, development and installation news. iSun was ranked 61st amongst all solar contractors, and 11th amongst all commercial & industrial EPC contractors in the United States. iSun’s residential brand, SunCommon, played a significant role in these rankings. SunCommon installed over 7400 kWh of energy storage in 2021, propelling iSun to a 24th place ranking in the solar and storage installation category.

Help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species in Vermont’s lakes

Thu, 07/28/2022 - 6:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is asking lake visitors to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Aquatic invasive species are organisms such as zebra mussels or water chestnuts that have spread or been introduced beyond their native range. These organisms can harm the environment, economy, and human health.

Peregrine falcon nesting season complete

Thu, 07/28/2022 - 6:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Hikers and rock climbers can return to Vermont cliffs starting August 1, now that peregrine falcon nesting season has ended.  The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has confirmed that all the young falcons have learned to fly and should not be disturbed by human presence on the cliffs. According to Audubon biologist Margaret Fowle, who coordinates the monitoring effort on behalf of the Fish and Wildlife Department, biologists and volunteers monitored peregrine pairs that occupied about 50 Vermont cliffs in early spring and summer.

Norwich Solar ranked as one of the Top Solar Contractors in the US by Solar Power World Magazine

Thu, 07/28/2022 - 5:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On Monday July 25 Solar Power World magazine, the premier media outlet for the U.S. solar market, released its list of Top Solar Contractors in the US. The list ranks applicants according to their influence in the U.S. solar industry for the 2021 year of operations. For the fourth year in a row, Solar Power World has listed Norwich Solar as one of the Top Solar Contractors in the country. The company’s overall nationwide rank is #151 out of 411. When compared to other developers serving the commercial market, that places the company in the top half of comparable companies nationwide. The company is ranked 4th for total kilowatt capacity installed in Northern New England (VT, NH, ME).

McClaughry: A victory for the rule of law

Thu, 07/28/2022 - 5:37am -- tim

by John McClaughry In its final week in session, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down four opinions that brought the wrath of the left down upon the six justices in the majority.  One expanded parental choice in education to sectarian schools, one ended New York’s arbitrary regulation on carrying firearms for self-defense, and one held that there is no constitutional right to abortion. The fourth one drew hostile fire from the anti-climate change movement: West Virginia v. EPA.

VT Fish & Wildlife teen conservation weekend

Thu, 07/28/2022 - 3:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be offering a new Teen Conservation Weekend to be held at the Edward F. Kehoe Conservation Camp in Castleton, VT on August 5-7. The weekend is open to ages 15-17 and is the perfect way for teens to unplug and engage with peers outdoors before heading back to the classroom. The weekend is capped at 20 participants, but there is still space for new registrants.  Arrival time is 5:45 p.m. Friday, August 5 with departure time 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Leahy, et al, celebrates $8 billion victory for affordable housing

Wed, 07/27/2022 - 7:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC), Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME), and Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and David Rouzer (R-NC) announced their legislation, the LIFELINE Act, led to the publication of revised guidance by the Treasury Department that will unlock an additional $8 billion for affordable housing from the American Rescue Plan Act’s State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.

Snelling Center for Government announces graduates of the Vermont Leadership Institute Class of 2022

Wed, 07/27/2022 - 5:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Snelling Center for Government has announced the graduates of the Vermont Leadership Institute Class of 2022. As the culminating event in their 9-month leadership journey, the Vermont Leadership Institute (VLI) Class of 2022 celebrated their past year with Graduation at Basin Harbor in Vergennes in early June. More than 90 attendees gathered to mark the occasion, a welcome sight after two years of limited guests.

Scott announces over $2 million in grants for downtown revitalization efforts

Wed, 07/27/2022 - 2:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and the Department of Housing and Community Development announced awards of over $2 million in Downtown Transportation Fund grants to support 15 projects in Designated Downtowns and eligible Designated Village Centers. Since 1999, the Department of Housing and Community Development has been supporting investment in public infrastructure through the DTF. The program has helped update streetscaping, parking, rail, and bus facilities, bicycle and pedestrian safety, utilities, street lighting, and wayfinding signage. This round of awarded projects ranges from making urgent repairs to a train station and connecting rail-trails for multiuse recreation to replacing traffic and pedestrian signals to improve safety and pedestrian experience. These grants continue to help Vermont’s communities to invest in infrastructure to make downtowns and village centers pedestrian, bike, and transit friendly.