Vermont Business Magazine The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) recently approved the addition of ten counties to New England Federal Credit Union’s (NEFCU) field of membership. The expansion allows NEFCU to offer its services to anyone who lives, works, worships, studies, or regularly conducts business in the area. The rural district increases NEFCU’s field of membership by 650,000 potential members, an increase of approximately 15% current potential membership.
Vermont Business Magazine Gasoline prices this Labor Day are set to be the lowest since 2004 according to GasBuddy, the travel and navigation app used by more North American drivers to save money on gas. The company predicts a national average of $2.19 per gallon, down nearly 37 cents from last year and the lowest priced Labor Day since 2004’s $1.82 per gallon average. Vermont's average today is $2.17.
Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) is alerting customers and drivers that they may spot helicopter line crews along sub-transmission lines visible from Interstate 89 in the Richmond/Bolton area this weekend. The work is scheduled to take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Helicopter line crews will be installing spacers between lines to increase reliability, especially during the winter when ice can build up on lines. The improvements will help customers from Middlesex north and west into Essex. This work is scheduled to take place without outages needed.
by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims edge up slightly last week but continue to be relatively flat in Vermont. There are about 40,000 Vermonters still receiving either regular or pandemic unemployment benefits. After a spike of claims at the beginning of the pandemic, followed by a steep decline as the economy began to reopen in April, initial unemployment claims fell consistently since the beginning of July before flattening over the last few weeks. For the week ending August 29, 2020, the Labor Department processed 749 Initial Claims, up 63 from the previous week and 544 more than the same time last year. Summer typically produces the lowest UI numbers. Comparing the data to the same time last year probably provides the best insight to current conditions.
Vermont Business Magazine RSG has released the findings of a months-long study of drone noise pollution and outlined ways operators and communities can mitigate annoyance. The innovative white paper examines the impact of drone noise on communities in the United States and abroad and uses Vermont’s Burlington/Lake Champlain region as a model for a proposed solution. The drone services market is projected to grow to $63.6 billion by 2025. And just this past week, Amazon received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin delivering packages via Prime Air, its drone delivery service.
Vermont Business Magazine This summer marked a major milestone for Vermont solar’s collaborative efforts to restore pollinator habitat in our state. In July, Middlebury-based REV Member, Bee the Change teamed up with REV Member Green Lantern Solar to install its 20th pollinator-friendly solar field on a 4.5 acre site in New Haven. The site will soon host dozens of species of plants designed to attract native and migratory pollinator insects and beneficial bird species.
Vermont Business Magazine Time is running out to apply for two major agricultural granting programs related to Covid-19. The deadline to apply for millions of dollars is just one month away on October 1. The purpose of VCAAP funds is to stabilize agricultural businesses and organizations based on their lost revenues and expenses related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Dairy Assistance Application and Agriculture and Working Lands Applications are now available but the deadline to apply is fast approaching.
Vermont Business Magazine Waterbury-based renewable energy company, Green Lantern Solar, has completed construction of a 150 kW solar array in Bristol, VT. The Town of Bristol will be the off-taker of net metering credits generated by this array, providing a direct benefit to the Town’s bottom line by reducing the Town’s electricity bills. Green Lantern has completed nearly 90 projects in Vermont, adding nearly 40 megawatts (MW) of new in-state solar power to Vermont’s grid. Green Lantern’s projects are located in 66 towns throughout Vermont.
Audubon Vermont Overall the 2020 Peregrine Falcon breeding season was a very successful one. Of the 55 pairs that were monitored by community scientists and Audubon Vermont and Vermont Fish & Wildlife staff, at least 48 nested, and at least 36 were successful. And it is not only a sin to kill a mockingbird, it is also a crime.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency Foundation has donated $47,500 to charity through their 9th Annual All Charity Golf Tournament at Burlington Country Club. On Monday, August 17th over 100 golfers joined at the Burlington Country Club for The Vermont Agency Foundation’s 9th Annual All Charity Golf Tournament. This year’s event brought 27 teams together to golf for the charity of their choice. The top three teams, and one player selected at random, competed in a closest to the pin shootout with the top team winning $20,000 for YPLAY. Second place received $10,000 for Girls on the Run, and third place received $5,000 for The Sunrise Fund.
Vermont Business Magazine The Data Dashboard on our Current Activity in Vermont web page has a new look! It also now shows new COVID-19 data broken down by Vermont county. Choose the tab at the bottom of the dashboard for “County-level Case Info.” You can also find a graph of new and cumulative cases in each county, as well as breakdowns by age and by sex. As for the data, there were three new cases of COVID-19. There has not been an associated death in a few weeks, which are holding at 58. For those in the Rutland area concerned about the Killington-related outbreak, there are multiple testing sites available.
Vermont Business Magazine Washington Central Unified Union School District (WCUUSD) announced today that they have deployed thermal imaging technology in four of the six district facilities to assist them in monitoring the body temperatures of their students, staff and visitors. Students, staff and visitors will be screened for elevated temperatures and be required to adhere to safety protocols.