Vermont joins with California in low carbon fuel standard court fight

first_imgVermont, along with six other states, filed an amicus â friend of the courtâ  brief Friday with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit supporting Californiaâ s appeal of a federal district courtâ s rulings invalidating its low carbon fuel standard. California adopted its low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) for transportation fuels as a key part of its strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.â Climate change threatens the health, safety and welfare of our citizens,’said Attorney General William H. Sorrell. â The federal government has been slow to take action on climate change. Vermont needs to have the ability to adopt a low carbon fuel standard as one of its tools to confront climate change.’Vermont is one of several New England and Mid-Atlantic states working on developing a regional low carbon fuel standard, similar to Californiaâ s.In Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Goldstene, 09-2234, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (Fresno) ruled that Californiaâ s LCFS impermissibly regulates interstate commerce and issued a preliminary injunction blocking Californiaâ s enforcement of the standard. In the brief filed today with the Ninth Circuit, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, Oregon and Washington agree with California that the courtâ s analysis is flawed and its rulings should be reversed. Vermont Attorney General, June 15, 2012last_img read more

NG Advantage delivers 150 Thanksgiving packages in Milton

first_imgNG Advantage LLC,Vermont Business Magazine As part of its ongoing efforts to help its neighbors, NG Advantage is donating 150 Thanksgiving Packages to the Milton Family Community Center, and urging other local businesses and organizations to join in the spirit of giving during the holiday season to help those who are less fortunate. This donation will comprise half the Milton Family Community Center’s overall goal of 300 Thanksgiving packages. NG’s natural gas terminal is located in Milton.“NG Advantage recognizes the significant impact made when we can contribute to the good work our local community organizations do for our neighbors in need,” said NG Advantage CEO Rico Biasetti. “We also call on our partners in the business community to join us in the spirit of giving, and urge them to support these key programs that so many local residents rely on not only during the holidays, but year-round.”“We focus on empowering families and individuals by providing crucial and accessible services, while also fostering a sense of belonging for our neighbors in the community,” said Vikki Patterson, Executive Director of Milton Family Community Center. “NG Advantage’s generous donation helps provide Thanksgiving dinners for residents who otherwise would not be able to afford a traditional holiday celebration.”The Milton Family Community Center’s mission is to build strong communities through empowering individuals and families with access to innovative services and programs. The Community Center organizes food donations for their emergency food shelf, facilitates full-day/full-year preschool programs for toddlers and infants, and offers after-school childcare. Through these and other crucial financial and social support services, the Community Center serves 150 families every month, and relies on the generosity of their volunteers, residents, and local businesses to ensure that these families and individuals have food on their table and the support they deserve.“NG Advantage is hoping today’s donation helps spur a ripple effect that encourages other local businesses and organizations to donate their time and the resources to allow these worthy causes to flourish,” said Biasetti.The Milton Family Community Center is still calling for Thanksgiving Packages donations to fulfill their goal of 300 packages. Each package includes turkey (or other meat), stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables, potatoes, sweet potatoes, biscuits, and dessert.Today’s delivery is part of NG Advantage’s ongoing investment in the communities they serve. This week the company has also supported programs in Concord, New Hampshire, and Ticonderoga, New York.About NG Advantage LLCNG Advantage provides the economic and environmental benefits of clean-burning natural gas to boiler and kiln operators located beyond the reach of pipelines via one of the largest virtual pipeline trailer fleets in the US. The company pioneered trucking compressed natural gas to end users in the US and is the leading provider of this “virtual pipeline” service in the country. The company’s current customers include large regional hospitals, paper mills, asphalt plants, food processors, industrial dry cleaners, manufacturing facilities, and local distribution companies. The company, which is majority owned by Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE), is expanding nationwide from its base in the Northeast.,Yeslast_img read more

New incentives, sales tax exemption help local wood energy biz

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Winter cold might be the furthest thing from Vermonter’s minds right now, however, now is the time to start thinking about how to heat next winter. They can also save money with wood heat. The savings available to Vermonters come from a number of places. First, a rural economic development bill sponsored by Senator Starr and recently signed into law by Governor Scott eliminates the sales tax on modern automated wood heating systems. In addition to the sales tax exemption, there are a number of new incentives and many utilities-specific incentives. Efficiency Vermont offers a $3,000 flat rate incentive for new advanced wood boilers. Additionally, the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) offers $3,000 flat-rate incentive for a total of $6,000 off a new renewable wood heating system.“Reliable and renewable heating alternatives to oil and gas exist; and there has never been a better time for Vermonters to make the switch,” said Olivia Campbell Andersen, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont. “With new incentives and the state sales exemption recently signed into law, you can get straight to saving money with local wood.”Senator Anthony Pollina of Washington County, a member of the Senate Agricultural Committee, speaks during the event. Click photo for video. Courtesy REV.“Efficiency Vermont is excited to be a part of this great partnership to help more Vermonters save money and energy, and help our environment by utilizing advanced wood heat technologies,” said Efficiency Vermont Director Karen Glitman. “So much great work has been done in the wood heat sector, and we’re looking forward to being a part of taking it to the next level with new incentives, technical support, contractor training, and consumer education.”Additional opportunities are available to Vermonters on more location-specific basis, such as $1,000 rebate on approved pellet boilers/furnaces by Washington Electric Cooperative. A full overview of Vermont wood heat incentives can be found on Renewable Energy Vermont’s website(link is external).Advanced wood heating solutions are highly efficient; support sustainable forest management;  utilizing local wood; and produce negligible emissions. Advanced wood heat is a widely recognized, energy efficient way to heat homes and businesses with all of the convenience of a traditional heating system, thanks to the automated system which feeds the pelleted or chipped wood fuel into the system.“As a homeowner, I can tell you that this system is as easy to use as an oil furnace while providing convenience and savings of a renewable fuel,” said Susan Clark, a homeowner in Middlesex and advanced wood heat user. “We heated with traditional cordwood for 15 years before SunWood Biomass helped us make the switch to advanced wood heat. There is no lugging wood and no mess. A fuel truck comes twice a year, drops off our local wood pellets, and we set our thermostat.”Vermont Sales and Use Tax Exemption:Starting July 1, 2018, advanced wood heat boilers will qualify for a retail sales and use tax exemption.  The exemption is on qualifying equipment and directly associated equipment must meet the following requirements:  (A) installed as a primary central heating system; (B) rated as high-efficiency, meaning a higher heating value or gross calorific value of 85 percent or more; (C) containing at least one week fuel-storage, automated startup and shutdown, and fuel feed; and (D) meeting other efficiency and air emissions standards established by the Department of Environmental Conservation.Don’t miss out – this is a limited time opportunity!Efficiency Vermont & Clean Energy Development Fund Incentives: Efficiency VT (EVT) has a flat-rate incentive of $3,000 for pellet boilers. Additionally, the Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) offers $3,000 flat-rate incentive for a total of $6,000. EVT and CEDF are working to combine these two forms into one form to be available July 1, 2018. Learn more here(link is external).EVT also has a new custom incentive for commercial/institutional installations of pellet heating systems.Advanced wood heat is a solution which has garnered considerable attention in the past few years in a state which is heavily dependent on foreign fuels for heating and has failed to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets. The 5-Year Plan for Advanced Wood Heating(link is external) released last year by Renewable Energy Vermont brought to light that 78 cents of every dollar spent on fossil fuel heating goes out of the state, while using local wood, much like local food, keeps our energy dollars local. Due to this solution’s position at the confluence of these benefits and Vermont’s needs, advanced wood heating solutions received tri-partisan support this past legislative biennium. Last year, bipartisan legislation was put forth by Rep. Bob Helm and Rep. Curt McCormack. This legislative session, the legislation was incorporated into the Senate Agriculture Committee’s rural economic development bill.“The passage of the Senate Agricultural Committee’s bill is important and a win for our rural economy,” said Senator Anthony Pollina of Washington County, a member of the Senate Agricultural Committee. “It’s not only good for homeowners and small businesses, it is also a win for hard-working Vermonters who care for the working landscape which makes this state such an incredible place to live.”“I am very grateful for the leadership of Representative Helm, Senator Starr, and Senator Pollina for championing this sector which is a pillar of Vermont’s forest and climate economy, said Dave Frank, owner of SunWood Biomass, a Waitsfield-based advanced wood heating company. “This solutions is one that is one that is well suited to our state’s long history of self-reliance and stewardship and dependence on our working lands.”More information about advanced wood heat installer and providers can be found at the Vermont Renewable Energy Business Listing | is external)A complete listing of incentives available for advanced wood heat can be found here(link is external).Renewable Energy Vermont represents businesses, non-profits, utilities, and individuals committed to reducing our reliance on dirty fossil fuels by increasing clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency in Vermont. Vermont’s clean energy economy directly enables at least 19,080 jobs at 3,751 businesses, representing approximately 6% of Vermont’s workforce. Together, we will achieve 90% total renewable energy (electric, thermal, transportation) before 2050. Learn more at is external).last_img read more

State Senate District 10 candidates Constance, Thompson in dispute over ‘defund the police’ claims

first_imgAmid widespread protests and rallies for racial equity and justice, the national conversation over police funding has arisen as a final-stretch flashpoint in the much-watched race for the Kansas State Senate District 10 seat.Register to continuelast_img

Dan Rockwell: A must read

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr That quote comes from his post, titled “17 ways to meet tomorrow’s challenges.” A few tid-bits from his writing… continue reading » by. Anthony DemangoneI can’t remember the exact day I stumbled upon the “Leadership Freak.”  It is a blog written by Dan Rockwell. Devoted to leadership, it is a daily dose of medicine, encouragement and thought-provoking questions.Take yesterday’s offering from Mr. Rockwell.last_img read more

Newly built Riata project in Chandler sold for $91M

first_imgAnother large, multifamily deal was made recently, as the 300-unit Class A multifamily community Riata was sold by Embrey Development to EPI Property Management for $91 million, or $303,333 per unit.CBRE’s Tyler Anderson, Sean Cunningham, Asher Gunter, Matt Pesch, and Mark McFate of Phoenix Multifamily Institutional Properties represented the seller, San Antonio, Texas-based real estate developer Embrey Partners. Martin Cohan of Marcus & Millichap and Cliff David and Steve Gebing of IPA represented the buyer and managed the execution of the sale to EPI, which is a private family trust in a 1031 exchange.Built in 2020, Riata features resort-inspired amenities, including a two-story clubhouse with billiards table, arcade games and a dedicated business center. The fully equipped club-style gym includes a separate yoga and fitness studio with spin bikes. Riata’s pool and spa area features a fire pit plus covered seating and open sun decks.“Riata represents the best of Embrey’s ongoing dedication to design, detail, craftsmanship and creating places where people want to be,” said Embrey Chief Investment Officer Garrett Karam. “We matched Chandler’s desire for high-end Class A multifamily with market need, and resident demand followed. We are excited for EPI in this acquisition and believe Riata will provide stable growth over the long term.”“The acquisition of Riata was the culmination of an exhaustive search for a best-in-class multifamily asset to purchase following the sale of the buyer’s long-held Northwest Valley apartment property,” said Cohan, Marcus & Millichap senior vice president investments and advisor to the buyer. “Procuring this investment opportunity for my long-term client required the skillful precision and market expertise of the David-Gebing team,” added Cohan. “It was a pleasure to collaborate with them; a true highlight in my ongoing 34-year career as a commercial real estate investment advisor.”The multifamily vacancy rate in Chandler decreased 30 basis points year-over-year to 3.3 percent in third quarter 2020, the lowest rate on record going back to 1995, according to CBRE Econometric Advisors.“Embrey Partners is a premier developer and they delivered a best-in-class community,” said CBRE’s Gunter.  “Phoenix is a top-performing market nationally.  Riata presented an excellent opportunity to acquire one of the best luxury multifamily communities in the Southeast Valley.”Riata is adjacent to Chandler Fashion Center, a 1.3 million square feet super regional mall, and the community is situated at the gateway to the Price Road Corridor in Chandler, the hub of Phoenix’s high-tech manufacturing and financial services employment.“Riata is a well-conceived, well-located trophy apartment community developed by San Antonio, Texas-based Embrey Partners,” said David. “The rapidity of the lease-up, despite the impositions caused by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, demonstrates the attraction Riata has for people desiring apartment homes with high-end amenities adjacent to Chandler’s premiere retail concentration and proximate to the robust Price Corridor, the foremost destination for high-salaried professionals in the state of Arizona.”last_img read more

Short-term debt and depressive symptoms may go hand-in-hand

first_imgLinkedIn Debt contract provisions could include mandatory financial counselling and the right to rescind within a specified timeframe.Those who had debt were younger, more likely to be male, less likely to be black or Hispanic, had more highly educated parents, were more highly educated themselves, were more likely to be married and working, had greater income and assets, and were in better health.It was when the researchers began to adjust for measures of socio-economic status, and to refine their analysis to subgroups defined by age, education and marital status, that a negative association began to emerge. They also controlled for reverse causality to check that debt was causing depression and not vice versa.The study was focused on around 8,500 working-age adults. The data were taken from two waves of the National Survey of Families and Households, conducted six years apart and ending in 1994. Overall findings included the fact that 79 percent of respondents had some debt, totalling an average of $42,000. Long-term debt accounted for by far the largest portion.Spurred by increased homeownership and an increase in unsecured revolving credit card debt, household debt has increased dramatically in the last 40 years. While it has declined since 2008 as credit has become more difficult to obtain, it remains at historically high levels.The researchers suggest that future research should include an analysis of whether the effects can be reversed and reducing short-term debt can help alleviate symptoms of depression. Results to be published in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues suggest that having short-term household debt — credit cards and overdue bills — increases depressive symptoms. The association is particularly strong among unmarried people, people reaching retirement age and those who are less well educated, according to a new study by lead author Lawrence Berger of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.These are the first results to show the impact of different types of debt on depression and their effects on different sectors of the US population. Little evidence was found for an association with mid- or long-term debt.“New debt contracts could be offered to vulnerable borrowers and the population sectors we identified could be targeted with help in building their financial capacity,” says Berger. “The findings could also be used to help mental health practitioners better understand the impact of clients’ borrowing habits on depression.” Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on Twitter Pinterest Sharelast_img read more

Hammerson’s Bywater to join Yorkshire developer

first_imgHe is set to retire from Hammerson’s main board in March and will join Caddick Group’s development arm shortly after.Bywater, who has been at Hammerson for nine years, will replace Caddick Developments managing director Paul Caddick, who will retain his role as chairman of the development and construction divisions. Bywater will lead an expansion of its development division. Its schemes currently include a £200m Vineyard Gate development in Colchester, as well as Quarry Hill and the Victoria Embankment, in Leeds. He will work closely with Richard Weatherhead, Caddick’s long standing development director. Caddick said: ‘John’s appointment comes at a time when we are increasingly active in the retail sector with plans to build upon our considerable expertise in both retail and urban regeneration in important towns and cities such as Colchester and King’s Lynn.’last_img read more

Joint venture for air separated gases

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Getting to Maastricht

first_imgThe MECC exhibition and congress centre in Maastricht.Amsterdam is two and a half hours by car or train, and cities such as Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Essen, Bonn and Dortmund are all within two hours’ drive or less.By air, plus free shuttle busDuring IRE and APEX, shuttle buses will run between MECC and Brussels Zaventem Airport and Düsseldorf Airport, making it very easy to reach Maastricht.The service is for use for delegates attending IRE, APEX or the ERA Convention, and is free. Times are as follows:Brussels Zaventem Airport8, 9, 10, 11 JuneDepart Brussels: from 08.30am to 20.00pmDepart MECC: from 06.30am to 18.00pm12 JuneDepart Brussels: 08.30am and 10.30am services onlyDepart MECC: 06.30am to 08.30pm services only(Full timetable atüsseldorf Airport8, 9, 10, 11 JuneDepart Düsseldorf: from 09.00am to 19.00pmDepart MECC: from 07.00am to 17.00pm12 JuneDepart Düsseldorf: 09.00am and 11.00pm services onlyDepart MECC: 07.00am and 09.00am services only(Full timetable at recommend you to reserve a seat in advance. You can do so by clicking on this link: In addition, visitors can fly to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and rent a car or get a train to Maastricht. The train takes around two and a half hours.The following airports are all with one hour’s drive of MECC Maastricht:Düsseldorf AirportEindhoven AirportBrussels Charleroi AirportCologne-Bonn AirportBrussels Zaventem (1 hour 20 minutes)By carMaastricht is located just off the A2 motorway, the E25 interchange (Amsterdam-Brussels) and the A79 motorway (Liège-Aachen/Cologne) and has convenient connections to European motorways.Take the Randwyck/MECC/AZM exit and follow the signs for MECC or MECC Parking.Sample driving times from major cities include:Under 2 hours: Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Dortmund.Under 2.5 hours: AmsterdamUnder 3.5 hours: Frankfurt, MannheimMECC Maastricht has ample parking facilities with a maximum walking distance of 10 minutes. Parking is free for the first half hour, thereafter it is €3 per hour, up to a maximum of €12 per 24 hours.By trainMaastricht-Randwyck station is located 250 metres from MECC Maastricht and is part of the national and international railway network. There are frequent trains from Randwyck to Maastricht Central Station, which is also linked to the national and international railway network.Typical train journey times to Maastricht Central Station include:Amsterdam: 2.5 hoursLondon: 4 hours (via Brussels)Paris: 3 hours 20 minutes (via Liege)Hanover: 5 hours (via Dusseldorf)See more at MECC’s travel advice page: Maastricht is in the southernmost part of the Netherlands, close to the national borders with Belgium and Germany.Visitors can fly directly to Brussels (Zaventem) or Dusseldorf airports where free IRE/APEX shuttle buses will operate to and from MECC Maastricht.last_img read more