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State Awards over $2 Million for Clean Energy Projects

Wed, 05/14/2008 - 8:00pm -- Anonymous

State Awards over $2 Million for Clean Energy Projects

Montpelier, Vermont - The State of Vermont announced today that the Department of Public Service (DPS) will award $2.28 million from the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) for projects throughout the state. The goal of the CEDF is to increase the development and deployment of combined heat and power (CHP) technologies and renewable energy generation.

Temporary Delays Planned for Interstate 91 in Hartford starting May 19

Wed, 05/14/2008 - 8:00pm -- Anonymous

Temporary Delays Planned for Interstate 91
MONTPELIER – The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) beginning May 19 will conduct a series of temporary delays along Interstate 91 just south of the I-89/I-91 interchange so that work crews can set beams for a new bridge that will cross over the roadway.
The bridge is being constructed by the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste District, who is erecting the structure so trucks can access a new landfill from Route 5 in Hartford.

Green Mountain Power Proposes "Solar Rates''

Wed, 05/14/2008 - 8:00pm -- Anonymous

Green Mountain Power Proposes "Solar Rates''
to Spur Vermont's Solar Energy Market
COLCHESTER, Vt. --- Green Mountain Power Corp on May 15, 2008, announced a groundbreaking new approach to accelerate the adoption of solar energy by Vermont homes and businesses.
In a request for a new service filed with the Vermont Public Service Board today, Green Mountain Power proposed the adoption of solar net metered electric rates, which are designed to make solar energy an important part of Vermont's mix of cleaner energy sources.

Transportation Enhancement Grants Now Available

Tue, 05/13/2008 - 8:00pm -- Anonymous

Transportation Enhancement Grants Now Available
MONTPELIER – The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is now accepting funding applications for 2009 Transportation Enhancement projects.
The Agency will award about $3 million to municipalities, non-profits, and State and Federal agencies that can be used to enhance Vermont’s transportation system in twelve broad categories.

Vermont reaps benefits of new Farm Bill, Senate vote is Thursday

Tue, 05/13/2008 - 8:00pm -- Anonymous

Leahy Ensures That Vermont
Is A Big Winner In New Farm Bill –
Major Boosts For State’s Dairy,
Organic,
Anti-Hunger And Lake Champlain Priorities
 
WASHINGTON (Wednesday, May 14) -- Vermont’s clout in agriculture
policy again is paying big dividends as Congress races to finish work on a new
bipartisan five-year Farm Bill.  The House Wednesday passed the newly
negotiated Farm Bill by a veto-proof vote of 318 to 106, and the Senate has set
its vote on the bill for Thursday.  The Senate is also expected to pass

Welch's bill to reduce fuel prices passes House

Tue, 05/13/2008 - 8:00pm -- Anonymous

Welch's bill to reduce fuel prices passes House
Bill compels President Bush to suspend shipments to Strategic Petroleum Reserve
Washington, DC -- The U.S. House passed legislation authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) Tuesday requiring the Bush Administration to temporarily suspend shipments to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) as a short-term action to lower gas prices for consumers.

General Dynamics Awarded U.S. Army Contract to Develop Lightweight .50 Caliber Machine Guns

Tue, 05/13/2008 - 8:00pm -- Anonymous

The U.S. Army Joint Munition and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products a contract to develop a Lightweight .50 Caliber (12.7mm) Machine Gun (LW50MG) weapon system. The $9 million contract will fund development of the gun and system components such as the tripod, vehicle adapter assembly and Blank Firing Adapter (BFA). General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

Operation Smooth Ride Paving Begins May 14

Tue, 05/13/2008 - 8:00pm -- Anonymous

MONTPELIER-The first road surface repair project under Operation Smooth Ride, the Vermont Agency of Transportation's $3 million supplemental spring paving program, will commence on Wednesday, May 14.
Paving crews on Wednesday will be in Colchester to repair 2.4 miles of Route 2A, a heavily-traveled roadway in Chittenden County that received significant damage as a result of last winter's severe weather conditions.

Vermont Pension Fund Committee Seeks Economically Targeted Investments

Tue, 05/13/2008 - 8:00pm -- Anonymous

MONTPELIER, Vt.-Vermont State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding announced today that the Vermont Pension Investment Committee has issued a request for proposals soliciting investment opportunities intended to support economic and community development in Vermont. This is the second year that VPIC has requested such proposals, after adopting a policy on economically targeted investments in 2006. VPIC oversees more than $3 billion in retirement funds for Vermont teachers, state employees, and municipal employees.

Vermont Ranked No. 1 for Maternal and Early Childhood Health

Tue, 05/13/2008 - 8:00pm -- Anonymous

Waterbury, Vt.-A website created to inform mothers across the nation about the quality of healthcare in each state recently ranked Vermont first in the nation for maternal and early childhood health.
MomScore, an interactive tool that presents moms and moms-to-be with relevant, comprehensive data about maternal health in their states, was created by RevolutionHealth.com, a leading comprehensive health and medical information site.

IBEW Local 300 'Greens Up' South Burlington

Wed, 05/07/2008 - 8:00pm -- Anonymous

South Burlington, Vt. -- (May 8, 2008) -- Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 recently participated in Green Up Day.
The Local 300 contingent, which included Jean Watkins, Matt Lash and electrical apprentices Willie Kasongo and Jared Titus, braved steady rain to pick up garbage along South Burlingtons Gregory Drive, Kimball Avenue, Shunpike Road and Williston Road on May 3. Kasongo and Titus received credit towards the yearly community service quota that all IBEW Local 300 apprentices are required to meet.

Text of Governor Douglas' letter on veto of Vermont Yankee decommissioning bill

Wed, 05/07/2008 - 8:00pm -- Anonymous

May 7, 2008
The Honorable David A. Gibson
Secretary of the Senate
State House
115 State Street, Drawer 33
Montpelier, VT 05633
Dear Mr. Secretary:
Pursuant to Chapter II, Section 11 of the Vermont Constitution, I am returning S.373, An Act Relating to Full Funding of Decommissioning Costs of a Nuclear Plant without my signature because of my objections described herein.

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