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Vermont to get $30 million in stimulus funds for economic development

first_imgUS Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) says Vermont will receive $30 million under an innovative and proven economic development program New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) to spur economic growth and affordable housing in the state.  The funds, included in the recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will be formally announced by Secretary Timothy Geithner at noon today.  The New Market Tax Credit Program, created in 2000, offers incentives to private investors to invest in economic development projects that primarily benefit low-income Americans, by offering them 39 percent of their investments back as a federal tax credit.  As a result, the developer can pay investors below-market interest rates, resulting in the equivalent of a federal grant to help buy down the developer s borrowing costs. Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, played a key role in including the program in the stimulus package and had also laid the groundwork for it in letters he sent both to President Obama and Senate leaders last winter while the recovery act was being drafted.The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included $3 billion to meet the needs of unfunded 2008 NMTC applications and an anticipated high number of 2009 applications.  During the summer of 2008, Vermont Rural Ventures, an organization consisting of Housing Vermont, the Vermont Economic Development Authority, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency and the Vermont Community Loan Fund, submitted an unsuccessful application.  Leahy worked to ensure that the new ARRA funding would allow funding of the Vermont application.Leahy said, These tax credits will leverage private investment dollars that are sorely needed by several Vermont communities.  The program will take root immediately, putting Vermonters to work at construction sites, creating housing for vulnerable Vermonters and laying the groundwork for long-term economic growth. The New Market Tax Credit program will give us tremendous new resources to help communities meet their economic development and related affordable housing needs, said Nancy Owens, President of Housing Vermont.  Private equity raised by the program will help close the affordability gap on critical local projects.”No Vermont entity has successfully competed to administer New Market Tax Credits in the past, though two affordable housing and community development projects have used the investment tool in recent years.  In 2008, Champlain Housing Trust used $2 million in New Market Tax Credits to help build its new headquarters and 20 units of affordable housing on King Street in Burlington.  In 2007, Housing Vermont used New Market Tax Credits to help rehabilitate downtown Richford s Sweat Cummings building which currently provides space for a downtown grocery store, the Richford Community Health Center and housing.  According to Owens, Vermont Rural Ventures, which is controlled by Vermont organizations, will expand access to this proven federal program while minimizing operating costs.  The many advantages of the NMTC program have been difficult to work on a Vermont scale, Owens said.  This announcement means that Vermont finally has a program which fits our needs.Vermont Rural Ventures anticipates funding between six to twelve housing and economic development projects statewide as a result of the new tax credits.  According to the Department of Treasury, projects must be in eligible census tracts which limits projects to severely economically distressed communities in the following counties:  Grand Isle County, Franklin County, Orleans County, Essex County, Caledonia County, Chittenden County, Rutland County, Bennington County and Windham County.U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) also supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.Source: Senator Leahy (WEDNESDAY, May 27)last_img read more

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Australia’s first dispatchable solar project nears completion

first_imgAustralia’s first dispatchable solar project nears completion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Design News:Despite its zeal for fossil fuels, Australia has also undertaken some of the world’s largest battery energy storage projects. The installation of a Tesla 129 megawatt (MW) Powerpack battery at the Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia has improved power grid reliability and has already saved the grid operator and local power customers a third of its purchase price in its first year in operation. At the same time, the South Australia government is rolling out a “virtual power plant”—a network of up to 50,000 home solar photovoltaic panels and battery systems that will work together to potentially produce 250 MW of electrical power, reducing the necessity to build a new coal-fired power plant.The latest project, located in Queensland and scheduled to begin operation in early 2019, is the Cape York Battery Power Plant. “The Cape York Battery Power Plant will be the first fully integrated, grid-connected large dispatchable solar peaker in Australia if not the world,” said Lyon Group chair David Green in a company news release. Lyon Group is the world’s leading independent developer of integrated utility-scale battery storage and renewable generation projects. It developed and sold Australia’s first grid-connected, large-scale solar PV and battery storage project.“Dispatchable” is a term that refers to generation that can be used on demand, dispatched upon request by power grid operators. Dispatchable power can be turned on or off to meet market needs. A “peaker” is a power plant that usually runs only when there is high or “peak” demand for electricity. Typically, peakers, such as gas turbines for example, can ramp up quickly to provide an extra boost of electric energy when it is needed. Peakers tend to create electricity at a premium price.The Cape York Battery Power Plant is adjacent to the Lakeland Solar and Storage project, which was constructed by Lyon as a 13 MW solar energy production and 1.4 MW battery storage pilot project. This was Australia’s first grid-connected project that combined large scale solar and battery storage.The Cape York Battery Power Plant is a $150 million commitment to new peaking generation and a stronger grid in north Queensland. “The 20 MW/80 MWh Fluence battery-based energy storage system plus 55 MW solar generation will dispatch firm, clean energy through a single connection point, using a single power plant controller,” according to Green. “Only a truly integrated large battery storage and solar plant can deliver dispatchable solar energy, avoiding grid destabilizing voltage and frequency fluctuations, and transitory impacts, by stabilizing the power output. This can only occur when a single power plant controller manages the project and power is dispatched through a single connection point,” he added.Cape York Battery Power Plant will include Australia’s first four-hour duration battery system, making it the country’s first solar peaker. “Solar peakers will quickly take the place of gas peakers because their speed of dispatch, lower and more predictable operating costs and, by extension, lower risk offers unparalleled flexibility,” said Green. “Solar peakers and other four-hour duration battery storage will service a big proportion of Australia’s daily peak demand period.”More: Australia’s first solar peakerlast_img read more

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U.S. DOE report concludes carbon capture at Colstrip coal plant ‘not financially attractive’

first_imgU.S. DOE report concludes carbon capture at Colstrip coal plant ‘not financially attractive’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News:High operating and capital costs could make carbon capture, utilization and storage “not financially attractive” at a large coal plant visited by Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette this month, according to a Department of Energy analysis recently made public.According to the report, which was conducted by DOE and Leonardo Technologies Inc., capturing and compressing 63% of carbon dioxide from each of the Colstrip units to support advanced oil recovery would cost more than $1.3 billion. Annual operating costs at Colstrip could come in at about $108 million, the report said.“The techno-economic assessment of CO2 capture for CO2-[enhanced oil recovery] found that due to significant capital, operating and infrastructure costs, this option may not be financially attractive,” the report said.Completed in May 2018 at the request of Gov. Steve Bullock (D), the analysis assessed strategies for reducing emissions and improving efficiencies at Colstrip, one of the largest and most polluting coal-fired power plants in the West.The Montana Environmental Information Center obtained the report this month through a Freedom of Information Act request, said Anne Hedges, deputy director of MEIC. Its findings were first reported last week by the Billings Gazette.Jointly owned by six utility and energy companies, Colstrip faces an uncertain future as some of its owners intend to exit the power plant and two of its four operating units shut down this year. Washington state and Oregon, which currently accept coal from Colstrip, have also passed laws to phase out coal use this decade.[Miranda Willson]More: DOE: Major CCS project ‘not financially attractive’last_img read more

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Applicants sought for jury instructions panel

first_img Applicants sought for jury instructions panel The Florida Supreme Court’s Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases will have up to eight vacancies at the end of 2005.Any lawyer licensed to practice law in Florida and any member of the Florida judiciary may apply for appointment.An application form can be obtained by e-mailing a request to Gerry Rose, The Florida Bar, at grose@flabar.org. If you applied in 2004, your application is still on file and you need not apply again.Applications are to be submitted by June 24. June 15, 2005 Regular News Applicants sought for jury instructions panellast_img read more

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Whale That Washed Up in Hamptons Died of Starvation

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The True’s beaked whale that washed up in Westhampton Beach last week was an emaciated eight-foot-long female calf that died of starvation, according to The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.Marine biologists who performed a necropsy Thursday on the emaciated whale that found it had no food in its stomach and had died days before being found Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the group said.“It is believed this whale was still dependent on its mother, and would still have been nursing at this stage,” the group said in a news release, which noted that the whale’s carcass had been scavenged on by animals on the beach.The whale was found the day after a 28-foot-long juvenile humpback whale washed up on Fire Island. The foundation determined that the humpback died of injuries consistent with being struck by a ship.As far as the True’s beaked whale, the foundation noted that little is known about them since they’re rarely observed by humans because they inhabit deep ocean waters far from shore.They can grow up to 17-feet long and weigh 3,000 pounds, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Their name is derived from Frederick W. True, a curator at the Smithsonian Institution, who described the species in 2002 after one was found stranded on a North Carolina beach, according to the NOAA.Although it’s rare that one of these type of whales washes ashore, an adult 15-foot-long female True’s beaked whale was found on a Long Island beach a day before one of her nearly 9-foot-long calfs also washed ashore last year, the Riverhead foundation said.The lactating mother had ulcers in her stomach, a heavy burden of parasites and was thin, the group said. Although initially stranded alive, she was pushed back into the water by people on the beach before she re-stranded herself and died while the team was in transit.The group wants to remind the public that it is a violation of federal law to interact with federally protected animals like these mammals. Anyone who finds marine wildlife on the beach should call the foundation’s stranding hotline: 631-369-9829.last_img read more

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GOP reaction to Moore accusers is appalling, predictable

first_imgThat would require them to not take his word over the accounts of four women who do not know each other and have no motivation to make any of this up.And that was not the worst of it.Alabama Republicans uttered despicable defenses of Moore:“Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus,” Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler told The Washington Examiner.“There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”Actually, the conduct described by the 14-year-old is both illegal and immoral.(It’s not clear whether the other accounts describe a crime or “just” deeply inappropriate and immoral conduct.) “If he does not and somehow manages to win we will not permit him to caucus with Republicans. No party advantage or political boost should be derived from the election of someone credibly reported to behave in this manner.“Had we known about this we would never have countenanced his run.”Instead, a slew of U.S. senators said he should leave if the allegations were “true.”This is a shameful dodge.They need to assess whether to believe Moore, who denies the charges (this from someone twice removed from the bench), or the painful, detailed recollections of his accusers. What’s it going to be, fellas? All they could do was manage to blame Stephen K. Bannon, who backed Moore.But of course, they have all endorsed Moore and now have the power to disown him. The Alabama Republican governor intends to vote for Moore but won’t endorse him.A Toronto Star reporter tweeted, “ ‘It was 40 years ago,’ Alabama Marion County GOP chair David Hall tells me. ‘I really don’t see the relevance of it. He was 32. She was supposedly 14. She’s not saying that anything happened other than they kissed.’” Hall wasn’t done, according to the reporter.“’The story said she said he tried to get her to touch his genitals.’ Hall: ‘Well, she said he may have TRIED to. But we’re talking something that somebody SAID happened, 40 years ago. It wouldn’t affect whether or not I’d vote for him.”The same reporter also recounted another response:“After a long pause, Alabama Bibb County Republican chairman Jerry Pow tells me he’d vote for Roy Moore even if Moore did commit a sex crime against a girl. ‘I would vote for Judge Moore because I wouldn’t want to vote for Doug (Jones, Moore’s Democratic opponent),’ he says. ‘I’m not saying I support what he did.’”The reporter, Daniel Dale, also documented responses from other Alabama Republicans, all vowing to back Moore. If you are sickened by this —  both the cowering from national Republicans and the repulsive defense of Moore coming from local Republicans — you must not be a GOP “tribalist.”That’s the new brand of Republican who will justify any conduct, excuse any behavior, rationalize any rhetoric, adopt any conspiracy theory and deny any evidence to protect the “tribe.”It’s nothing short of moral nihilism, not to mention disqualifying from public service.This has been a long time coming.Republicans put up with Trump calling Mexicans rapists, insulting a POW, making racist accusations against a federal judge, attacking Gold Star parents and boasting on tape about sexual abuse of women.They’ve chosen to ignore accounts from more than a dozen women who allege Trump engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior.Republicans have condoned lying, bullying and willful ignorance by a man some of them don’t trust with the authority to launch nuclear war. So would they let a few allegations of sexual exploitation of children get in the way of a Senate seat?You’ve got their answer.Let’s hope national and local Republicans reconsider their immoral and abhorrent behavior.Let’s pray they do some soul-searching about the purpose of public service and their responsibilities as human beings.If they don’t reverse course, they’ve given voters one more reason to get rid of the whole lot of them in 2018.Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Washington Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective. Categories: Editorial, OpinionElected Republicans generally reacted in one of two ways to The Washington Post’s deeply sourced report of one women who describes being kissed and fondled by now-GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore when she was 14 years old and reports by three other women who tell about inappropriate advances by Moore when they were teens. Tragically, one of the ways was NOT:“This is an abomination. We believe the accounts of four separate women and corroborating evidence. He must immediately withdraw from the race. More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Trump sued over police charge outside White House

first_imgProtesters have taken to the streets across the US in recent days to voice anger over the killing of African American George Floyd by Minnesota police.The president’s “frankly criminal attack on protesters because he disagreed with their views shakes the foundation of our nation’s constitutional order,” said Scott Michelman, ACLU legal director.Attorney General Bill Barr on Thursday defended security forces and said clearing the protestors was not linked to Trump walking to the church. US civil rights groups on Thursday filed a case suing President Donald Trump after security forces fired pepper balls and smoke bombs to clear peaceful demonstrators outside the White House.Law enforcement officers forced protestors back before Trump walked to a nearby church for a photo op on Monday that divided the United States amid nationwide protests over police brutality.The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups accused the president and top officials of violating the constitutional rights of Black Lives Matters campaigners and individual protestors. “Police conducted a coordinated and unprovoked charge into the crowd of demonstrators and deployed several rounds of chemical irritants, rubber bullets, and sound cannons,” the ACLU said.St John’s Episcopal church is across the street from Lafayette Park, which faces the White House and has been the focus of protests in Washington.The church was defaced with graffiti and damaged in a fire during demonstrations on Sunday night.Trump posed with a Bible outside the building after vowing to dispatch thousands of heavily armed soldiers to stop rioting.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Cardinals Defeat St. Paul’s Huskies

first_imgThe St. Louis 5th grade boys basketball team played St. Paul’s of New Alsace this evening and won their 9th game of the season. The Cardinals outscored St. Paul 33-2.The Cardinals played an outstanding game defensively as they held St. Paul’s scoreless until the fourth quarter. The Cardinals were able to get everyone in the scoring column for the first time this year. Nate Vankirk led the way with seven points followed by Conner Ertel (6), Alec Bunselmeier (5), Frank Forbeck (4), Cy Muckerheide (3), Aidan Geers (2), Luke Meer (2), Jack Hollins (2) and Nate Reder with two with only eleven seconds left in the game. The bucket by Jack Hollins was exceptionally special this evening, as Jack was the final Cardinal to break into the scoring column for the fifth grade team this year. Jack’s teammates cheered loudly in recognition of the accomplishment.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach John Harmeyer.The St. Louis 6th grade boys basketball team wasted no time in getting back in action after their tournament this past weekend and posted a nice win over St. Paul’s Monday evening 37-26.The home team Huskies had a lot working for them through the first 3 quarters and it took everything the Cardinals had to make it close. The 4th quarter was the difference maker when the boys really stepped up their defense. Joseph Suttman turned it onand not only was able to deny their big inside scorer the ball but also got outside the lane to deflect and steal several passes.The pressure on their ball handlers was relentless from Cayden Pohlman, Adam Vogelsang and Hunter Laudick. Vogelsang got the Cardinals in the scoring column early with help from Suttman and Spencer Mack. The 3rd quarter belonged to Laudick who hit 4 tough contested shots and brought them within range to win it. Laudick’s hot 3rd quarter was the spark the rest of the team needed and they brought the defensive intensity to finish the work. Ryan Reder was able to pressure several inbound passes from St Paul’s that produced some late turnovers to seal the win.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohr.last_img read more

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Gueye arrives for Villa talks

first_img Gueye has made more than 130 appearances for Lille and helped the club to eighth place in Ligue 1 last season. The 25-year-old Senegalese player jetted in to hold talks and undergo a medical after the two clubs agreed a fee on Wednesday. If the deal is completed, Gueye will become manager Tim Sherwood’s third summer signing following the arrivals of Micah Richards and Scott Sinclair from Manchester City, and Villa’s biggest outlay on a player since they signed striker Darren Bent from Sunderland for an initial £18million in January 2011. Press Associationcenter_img Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye flew into Birmingham on Thursday morning with a view to tying up a £9million switch to Aston Villa. last_img read more

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CWI gets assurances over player safety for proposed July Test tour

first_imgTHE West Indies tour of England this summer is becoming increasingly likely, following positive discussions between the medical team and staff of the English Cricket Board and the CWI on Monday.Both boards have been in discussions since the start of the month intent on charting a pathway to the West Indies travelling to England for three Tests in July.Initially scheduled for June, the tour was been postponed because of fears over player safety caused by the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19.However, late last week, CWI notified 30 players that they should be prepared to travel and play in England in July if it is decided that the tour would go ahead. Further discussions took place on Monday.CWI CEO Johnny Grave confirmed to Sportsmax.TV yesterday that those Monday talks went well.“The ECB is confident that they can deliver a safe plan for bio-secure behind closed doors cricket that will meet the UK Government guidelines and will therefore likely secure their board’s approval,” Grave told Sportsmax.TV.“We will have further meetings and discussions this week with the ECB as we try and plan for the Test Tour taking place this summer in an environment where the number-one priority is the health and safety of all players and staff.”During an interview on Sportsnation Live on Nationwide Radio in Jamaica on Saturday, Grave reiterated that safety was the primary concern of the CWI.“We would have to be absolutely certain that our players and support staff would be in a safe environment in order for us to play cricket,” he said while explaining the conditions under which the team would travel and play in the UK.“What it means at this stage is that we would use charter flights to first collect players in the Caribbean and then to make our way across the Atlantic. We wouldn’t be on aircraft with any other passengers. There would be private charters for our players and team.“Then once we land in the UK we would undergo a two-week quarantine period, which would be at a cricket facility, so the players would have the opportunity to play and train. They would be the only ones in that secure environment.”Grave said the hotel staff, ground staff and other personnel would be tested regularly and would have to remain on-site for the duration. “Once they enter that bio-secure environment no one would be allowed to come or go, so they’d be in lockdown within a cricket venue with a hotel on-site,” he said.According to Grave, the CWI medical and support staff have determined that the Windies would need at least four weeks to get the players into the condition that they need to be to face England in the Test matches. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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