Clean Technology Wood Boilers Presented by EPA at Vermont Event

first_imgClean Technology Wood Boilers Presented by EPA at Vermont EventWhen: Thursday, October 23, 2008 Public Open House: 8:00 am to 6:00 pmSpeaker Program: 10:30 amWhat: Clean technology outdoor wood boilers will be on display at an event hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. These agencies are encouraging people to replace old, dirty-burning wood boilers with more efficient heaters, like those manufactured by Greenwood Technologies.Clean technology outdoor wood boilers produce up to 88 percent less smoke and are far more efficient.CHANGEOUT INCENTIVESGreenwood Technologies is kicking off its “Outdoor Wood Boiler Changeout” program at the event; the manufacturer is offering $500 off the cost of a new appliance when a homeowner or business owner replaces an old, dirty-burning wood boiler with a Greenwood appliance.Where: The outdoor grounds of the Agency of Natural Resources(103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT)About Greenwood Technologies:Greenwood Technologies is a clean-burning, renewable heating solutions manufacturer, located in the Pacific Northwest. The Greenwood Technologies’ high efficiency wood and biomass wood boilers and hydronic furnaces are available through dealers and retailers across the United States and Canada. For more information call (800) 959-9184 or visit www.greenwoodusa.com(link is external).###last_img read more

Tod Austin Named Regional President of TD Insurance

first_imgBURLINGTION, Vermont – Tod Austin has joined TD Insurance, Inc. in Burlington as the Regional President. TD Insurance is among the top 50 agencies in the U.S. with a reputation for quality customer service and a disciplined approach to managing insurance risk.Austin has 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. For five years prior to joining TD Insurance, he served as President of Hackett, Valine & MacDonald. Austin has earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.A Shelburne resident, Austin is a past board member of the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Chittenden County. He is a 1979 graduate of the University of Vermont, where he received an economics degree.TD Insurance, Inc. is a subsidiary of TD Bank, N.A., and has been providing insurance solutions and personalized service for over 100 years. Accomplished and knowledgeable agents offer a full range of commercial and personal insurance products that help clients create insurance strategies that meet their unique needs. For more information, visit http://www.TDInsure.com(link is external).last_img read more

Speaker’s $120 million jobs and transportation infrastructure package heads to House floor

first_imgThe House Appropriations Committee this morning voted 9-2 to pass the Transportation Bill, which includes Speaker Shap Smith s $120 million jobs and transportation infrastructure package. The bill will be up for action on the House floor beginning Tuesday.”On the first day of the session, I announced plans for a $120 million jobs and transportation infrastructure package to keep Vermonters working and begin the task of fixing our crumbling roads and bridges,” said Speaker Smith. “The immediate economic crisis required decisive action and I am pleased that my committees worked together to craft this thoughtful package to keep our economy moving.”The Speaker s jobs and transportation infrastructure package is funded by a revenue bond supported by a new 5 cent motor fuels distribution infrastructure assessment. The package, which is a culmination of several years work by Chair Richard Westman and his Transportation Committee, passed the Transportation Committee last week 10-1.last_img read more

Governor Douglas announces $662,000 in community development grants

first_imgNovember VCDP Grants Governor Jim Douglas today announced nearly $600,000 to help repair the fire-damaged building that houses Montpelier’s senior center, as well as to help develop 14 senior apartments on the site. That was one of several Vermont Community Development Program grants announced, which also included funds for two affordable housing groups to merge their operations.During a ceremony at the 58 Barre Street structure, the Governor presented town officials with a check for $588,500 that will be used to help refurbish the building, which was heavily damaged in a December 2009 fire. ‘As Vermont’s senior population continues to grow, senior housing and programs like the Montpelier Senior Activity Center are critical to keeping older residents in their communities,’ Governor Douglas said. ‘This keeps them close to family, friends, services and support systems that can allow them to remain independent and active.’The money will be used both to help rebuild the city’s Senior Activity Center and to develop 14 one-bedroom apartments for residents 62 and over and/or the disabled, a project that will be undertaken by a limited partnership that will include the Capital City Housing Foundation, Inc.‘The city is delighted that this project is moving forward,’ said Montpelier Mayor Mary Hooper. ‘These state funds help address two important community needs ‘ additional housing and a renovated senior center. We appreciate the work of the partnership and the state in assembling a great financing package in such a short time period.’The Governor also announced two $30,000 grants to the towns of Springfield and Putney which will be used by the Rockingham Area Community Land Trust and Windham Housing Trust respectively to help pay for a merger of the two non-profit affordable housing providers, resulting in a more efficient use of funds.‘This is an exciting step toward making the state’s non-profit affordable housing delivery system more efficient and accountable,’ Governor Douglas said, noting a recent study had recommended consolidating the largest statewide affordable housing groups. ‘The less money that is spent on duplicated overhead, the more available to build homes for needy Vermonters.’Finally, Vershire will receive a $14,178 grant to make accessibility alterations to the Vershire Town Center Building and bring it into full compliance the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.‘Grants like this are important because they leverage other financial resources and help address critical needs in our communities,’ the Governor said. ‘The $662,000 we are awarding will leverage more than $4.7 million in other funds from private and public sources.’The Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) money comes from the approximately $7 million Vermont receives annually in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which must be used principally to benefit persons of low and moderate income.The state awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn.Source: Governor’s office. 11.23.2010For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external)  ApplicantGrant AmountOther ResourcesBrief DescriptionVershire$14,178 $14,178 Grant to provide accessibility to the Vershire Town Center Building and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.Putney$30,000 $225,000 Subgrant to Windham Housing Trust to assist with the merger with the Rockingham Area Community Land Trust to allow a more efficient and effective affordable housing delivery system.Springfield$30,000 $225,000 Subgrant to Rockingham Area Community Land Trust to assist with the merger with the Windham Housing Trust to allow a more efficient and effective affordable housing delivery system.Montpelier City$588,500 $4,259,200 Redevelopment of a former school at 58 Barre St. into two condominium units with the city owning the Senior Activity Center and subgranting funds to the second owner, a limited partnership to include the Capital City Housing Foundation, Inc to develop 14 one bedroom apartments for seniors aged 62 and over and/or the disabled.center_img $662,678 $4,723,378last_img read more

Study: Proposed relief program would cost dairy farmers millions

first_imgStateEstimated Withholdings2000-2009Wisconsin$150.0 MillionNew York$63.5 MillionMinnesota$51.3 MillionMichigan$36.8 MillionIdaho$34.6 MillionPennsylvania$33.5 MillionTexas$33.3 MillionNew Mexico$30.7 MillionCalifornia$28.2 MillionWashington$25.0 MillionOhio$23.0 MillionIowa$16.1 MillionIndiana$15.3 MillionOregon$13.8 MillionColorado$13.7 MillionSouth Dakota$11.7 MillionArizona$10.8 MillionUtah$8.7 MillionIllinois$8.5 MillionNebraska$8.0 MillionKansas$7.3 MillionFlorida$6.9 MillionVirginia$5.8 MillionMissouri$5.1 MillionVermont$4.1 MillionGeorgia$5.4 MillionKentucky$3.2 MillionNorth Carolina$2.7 MillionMaryland$2.6 MillionOklahoma$2.5 MillionTennessee$2.3 MillionNevada$2.3 MillionMaine$2.3 MillionMassachusetts$1.3 MillionSouth Carolina$1.2 MillionNew Hampshire$1.0 MillionNorth Dakota$0.8 MillionLouisiana$0.6 MillionAlabama$0.6 MillionArkansas$0.6 MillionNew Jersey$0.6 MillionMontana$0.5 MillionConnecticut$0.4 MillionMississippi$0.3 MillionWyoming$0.2 MillionDelaware$0.2 MillionRhode Island$0.08 MillionWest Virginia$0.07 Million MIAMI, Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – A new study by Informa Economics concludes that the Dairy Market Stabilization Program (DMSP) proposed by the National Milk Producers Federation would have withheld an estimated $626 million from dairy farmers during periods when they were already under significant financial pressure. In 2009, the worst financial year on record for dairy farmers, $390 million would have been withheld, with the majority of it, $236 million, coming from just five states: Wisconsin, New York, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Vermont would lose $4.1 million.”We support policies that help farmers in difficult times, not those that penalize them,” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, following the report’s release at the 2011 Dairy Forum in Miami. “This report shows that the NMPF growth management plan will take money out of dairy farmers’ pockets when they need it the most. And the regional differences highlighted by the study show that this policy would impose greater penalties on some regions ‘ for instance, during the period analyzed by the report, the Midwest and the Northeast would have taken the biggest hit.”Compared to those regions, California, the number one dairy-producing state in the country, barely broke the top 10 states in amount withheld over the 10-year span and ranked 23rd as a percent of the withholding compared to total milk production in the state.Informa conducted a full review of the DMSP, which would withhold payments from farmers who deliver milk in excess of their “base” level when milk prices are low relative to feed costs. Using government statistics, Informa reported the impact this program would have had if it had been in place from 2000 to 2009. The program would have been activated four times between 2000 and 2009, with deductions in effect 18 months during the study period.Informa’s study supports with facts the assumption that milk production does not respond quickly or significantly to lower prices: the U.S. all-milk price fell from $18.40 per hundred weight in August 2008 to $12.10 per hundred weight in August of 2009, a 33.5 percent drop in the price, but milk production was only down 0.1 percent in August 2009 compared to August 2008 (Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture data, Informa calculations).The study shows that with milk production growing year to year on farms of all sizes, payments could be withheld from farms of all sizes. By reducing revenue during periods of already low margins, the program will hit higher-cost farms harder than lower-cost farms. While there are low-cost farms of all sizes in nearly all states, Informa reported that larger farms with lower costs would have an advantage over smaller farms facing the same percentage withholdings.”The industry needs to move on legislation that will provide support to dairy farmers,” said Tipton. “Margin insurance, and other proposals where processors and producers agree, should be part of that plan. Programs to limit milk supply or impose penalties on producers should not even be on the table in our industry discussion.”The full report is available on the IDFA website and at www.KeepDairyStrong.com(link is external), a new effort by IDFA to provide information about government-run milk supply-control programs that would set limits on how much milk a dairy can produce and impose penalties on dairies that produce too much milk.The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation’s dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies representing a $110-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA’s 220 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. IDFA can be found online at www.idfa.org(link is external).Attachment A: Estimated Withholdings 2000-2009 by Statelast_img read more