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Vermont Public Utility Commission seeks input to facilitate the review of net-metering projects

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:14pm -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine Today the Vermont Public Utility Commission opened a proceeding to consider ways to facilitate the review of net-metering systems, including net-metered solar projects. The goal is part of the Commission’s ongoing effort to clarify and streamline the review process wherever possible, while also ensuring that the Commission and all stakeholders can review the potential impacts of a project before the Commission determines whether a project serves the public good.

Having a drink? Know your A-B-Vs

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:03pm -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine As the popularity of craft beers and breweries continues to rise, so does the variety − and strength – of those beers. The ever-changing options in the size and types of beer available means it’s important to know that you could be drinking more alcohol than you intended.

During Alcohol Awareness Month, health officials are reminding Vermonters to “Know Your ABVs,” or alcohol by volume, so you can adjust how much you’re drinking and keep yourself safe.

Vermont air quality report card issued in American Lung Association’s 2019 ‘state of the air’

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:01pm -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine WHAT: The American Lung Association is releasing the results of its 20thannual “State of the Air”report, including air quality grades of counties and rankings of cities in Vermont as they compare to others nationwide based on ozone pollution and particle pollution.

Green Mountain Power nears 100 rebates with new EV incentives

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:00pm -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine GMP customers are switching to electric vehicles (EVs) after GMP launched new financial incentives on March 14th. The new program offers up to $2,500 in rebates, and GMP has helped customers purchase or lease 67 all electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. 5 of the rebates were extra incentives for low-and-moderate income customers.

GMP launches goal of 100% renewable power by 2030

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:55am -- Brandon

by Brandon Arcari, Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power announced it plans to shift entirely to renewable power by 2030 at its Earth Day Every Day fair in South Burlington on Saturday. The plan, which also calls for the company to shift entirely to carbon-free energy by 2025, and would beat the state of Vermont’s goal of 90% renewable energy generation by 20 years.

Vermont shows significant progress in health care reform

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:48am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine Two recent reports issued by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) federal evaluator, RTI International, and The Milbank Quarterly show early significant progress in health care reform. Vermont was one of six states to leverage federal government State Innovation Models (SIM) funds to accelerate health care reform and implement accountable care organizations.

Governor Phil Scott Appoints Kim Gleason and Jenna O’Farrell to the State Board of Education

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:44am -- Brandon

Governor Phil Scott appointed Kim Gleason of Essex and Jenna O’Farrell of St. Johnsbury to the State Board of Education on Monday. Gleason and O’Farrell will fill the vacancies of outgoing Board members Mark Perrin and Stacy Weinberger, whose terms expired in March.

“It’s never easy to step up for public service, so I appreciate Kim and Jenna taking on this important work,” said Governor Scott. “As our demographics continue to shift, the State Board of Education, my Administration, local administrators, educators, local boards and the Legislature must all work together to ensure we provide high-quality and equitable education to kids across our diverse schools and school districts. Kim’s and Jenna’s experience and perspective will be a great addition to the Board.”

VHFA distributes increased federal tax credits to build hundreds of affordable apartments statewide

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:38am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) Board of Commissioners announced yesterday that its annual allocation of federal and state housing tax credits will support the development of 214 permanently affordable apartments in nine communities across the state. Low and moderate income Vermont renters will benefit from a 12.5 percent increase in Vermont’s annual allocation enacted by Congress last year.


Local health providers launch efforts to educate public about harms of marijuana use and pregnancy

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 10:36am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine The local Perinatal Marijuana Use Task Force is expanding its efforts to educate patients and the public about risks associated with marijuana use while pregnant or breastfeeding through a recently launched campaign, “Marijuana Use and Our Baby.”

HCRS receives Governor’s Worksite Wellness Award for the 5th year in a row

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 9:00am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine Health Care and Rehabilitation Services (HCRS), southeastern Vermont’s non-profit community mental-health agency, announced today that it received the Governor’s 2018 Excellence in Worksite Wellness Award for the fifth year in a row. The agency focuses significant resources each year on the health and wellness of its more than 550 employees.