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Green Mountain Power begins construction of Lowell wind project

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first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Green Mountain Power (GMP) has begun construction of Kingdom Community Wind (KCW), a 63 MW renewable wind energy project in Lowell, Vermont. The 21 turbine wind project can provide power for more than 24,000 homes with the lowest-cost new renewable energy available to GMP customers and the members of the Vermont Electric Coop (VEC).”We are extremely excited to start construction on this important local, renewable energy project,” said Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. “In addition to producing clean and reliable power for our customers and VEC members, Kingdom Community Wind is the most affordable new renewable energy available.”Kingdom Community Wind is the most significant renewable generation development in Vermont and it will provide a boost to the local and Vermont economy. The project has already employed Vermonters and Vermont firms in the pre-construction phase of the project. More than 90 different Vermont firms and vendors have participated in the project to date, with more than $4 million already invested in those companies. In the coming weeks, contractors, including Vermont-based contractors like J.A. McDonald of Lyndon Center and Bates & Murray of Barre, will be adding additional local employees to their existing Vermont employee base to work on Kingdom Community Wind.”This is a local energy project built by Vermonters, for Vermonters,” said Powell. “Through tax payments to the town of Lowell, the state education fund, the Good Neighbor Fund for surrounding towns and the economic activity created by the project’s construction, as well as competitively priced energy for many years to come, this project is a true win-win for all involved. We are grateful for the support we have received from the community.”Construction will consist of two affiliated projects. The first being the construction of the turbines, which will be complete and running by the end of 2012. The second includes upgrades to VEC’s transmission system between Lowell and Jay. VEC sought the upgrades as part of its long term capital plan, but through a partnership with GMP is now able to move more quickly on a more robust upgrade, while limiting the costs to its members.”Our 40 year old transmission system between Lowell and Jay needed to be upgraded to ensure safety and reliability,” said David Hallquist, CEO of the Vermont Electric Coop. “Our members have also told us that they want clean, local and affordable electricity. Our partnership with GMP on this renewable wind project will help us meet those requests in a way that keeps rates as low as possible.”In July, VEC members voted to support the transmission system upgrades, with nearly 80 percent in favor. The Kingdom Community Wind project has also been supported at the ballot box by Lowell voters during a 2010 Town Meeting Day ballot when three in four Lowell voters approved of the wind project.Kingdom Community Wind received a certificate of public good (CPG) from the Vermont Public Service Board in late May. GMP has now met all the pre-construction conditions in the CPG and received all of the permits required to begin construction, including permits related to protecting water quality that were issued late August.”We are committed to the highest environmental standards,” said Powell. “After all, a major reason for building a renewable wind project is to reduce carbon emissions and protect our natural environment. That is why it is so important that we maintain a strong environmental ethic in every aspect of Kingdom Community Wind.”Green Mountain Power’s environmental efforts are among the most extensive for such a project in Vermont. For example, for the first time for either wind or ski areas, there will be biological monitoring of streams during and following construction. GMP has also voluntarily collected data about the water chemistry of all the streams around the project to understand and protect future water quality.According to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), “The monitoring program imposed on GMP to protect high quality waters is more restrictive than any program required of any Vermont ski area to date.” In addition, GMP made an extraordinary effort in the design to avoid stream and wetland impacts.”In my 25 years of working on water quality issues in Vermont, GMP has by far done more with the Kingdom Wind project than any other development project to provide a comprehensive and well-planned framework, including design, implementation, monitoring, and reporting to assure that water quality is protected,” said Jeff Nelson, Director of Environmental Services for VHB, who has worked as a consultant for GMP on water resources planning and permitting for the project since the outset.Green Mountain Power has been working toward the development of KCW for more than three years. All aspects of the project, from environmental to economic impacts, have been studied extensively and were subject to regulatory and public oversight. As construction on KCW moves ahead, GMP remains committed to being fully open and transparent about the project and its progress.With construction beginning, GMP is on schedule to ensure that KCW is operating by the end of 2012. In doing so, customers will benefit directly because the project will qualify for about $47 million in federal production tax credit that go entirely to lowering the cost of energy for GMP customers and VEC members.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in Vermont and is a leader in wind and solar generation. It serves more than 96,000 customers. www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external).COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – September 06, 2011) –last_img read more

Football News Praful Patel elected as FIFA Council member, first from India

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first_imgKuala Lumpur: All India Football Federation president Praful Patel was Saturday elected as a FIFA Council member, becoming the first Indian to enter the prestigious council in a landmark development. He got 38 out of 46 votes.The AIFF chief was one of the eight candidates vying for the spot in the election which was held during the 29th AFC (Asian Football Confederations) Congress in the Malaysian capital.Patel was accompanied by AIFF general secretary Kushal Das and senior vice-president Subrata Datta.”Patel’s victory is a “landmark for Indian football”. Congratulations to Mr. Patel. He fully deserves this honour. His leadership has taken Indian football to greater heights. Asian football will immensely benefit from his presence as a FIFA Council member,” Datta told PTI.The AFC Electoral committee and the FIFA Review Committee conducted the eligibility review on all the candidates.A Al- Mohannadi (Qatar), Khalid Awad A. Althebity (Saudi Arabia), Mariano V. Araneta, Jr. (Philippines), Chung Mong Gyu (Korea Republic), Du Zhaocai (China PR), Mehdi Taj (IR Iran) and Kohzo Tashima (Japan) were the others who contested for the five available spots in the council.Earlier in the day, the congress re-elected Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa by acclamation as AFC president for a second four-year term until 2023.Shaikh Salman, whose presidency began in May 2013, was the only candidate for the position.There were initially three candidates confirmed by the AFC Electoral Committee following the completion of the eligibility checks on March 1. The number was reduced following the withdrawals of Mohamed Khalfan Matar Saeed Al-Romaithi (UAE) and Saoud A. Aziz M A Al-Mohannadi (Qatar) both of whom threw their full support behind Shaikh Salman. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Hanwha Life acquires ROX Tigers, forms Hanwha Life Esports

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first_imgKorean insurance company Hanwha Life has acquired the League of Legends team ROX Tigers, aptly rebranding it as Hanwha Life Esports. The team will continue competing in the League of Legends Champions Korea.The other teams under the newly-named ROX Gaming organisation will retain their names, namely the Tekken team ROX Dragons and the Vainglory team ROX Armada. From the 2018 LCK Summer Split and onwards, the League of Legends team will represent Hanwha Life.Prior to the acquisition, Hanwha Life had been the official sponsor of the ROX Tigers since the beginning of the 2018 LCK Spring Split in January. In the announcement made on Facebook, ROX Gaming explained that “we have also felt lacking whenever the management was unable to give more support because of the limitation of being a small club,” which led to Hanwha Life buying its LCK roster.The ROX Tigers were founded in 2014 and originally known as the Huya Tigers. From there, the team has undergone a number of name changes due to different sponsorships – this includes names such as GE Tigers, Koo Tigers, and most recently, ROX Tigers.ROX Tigers are the third team that competes in the LCK to undergo a rebrand in 2018, following on from KSV Esports’ acquisiton of Samsung Galaxy and Kingzone’s acquisition of Longzhu Gaming.Esports Insider says: We find it refreshing that both an owner and sponsor believed the team could be in better hands, so they decided to do what’s best for them. Even with ROX Tigers almost achieving a playoff spot in the most recent Split, ROX prioritised its players’ management and that’s commendable.last_img read more

Dak Prescott talks Ezekiel Elliott holdout: ‘Business is business’

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first_img Ezekiel Elliott contract: Jerry Jones preaches patience; Cowboys prepare for long wait Elliott also trained in Cabo during his six-game suspension in 2017, when he was barred from playing and practicing with the team.”Obviously we miss the player that he is, but I know that he’s getting better,” Prescott said. “I know that he’s working on his game. He’s in shape. He’s going to make sure that he comes back and when he’s back on this team he’s a better player than before camp or before the spring. He’s a good friend. Obviously want him out here, but that’s business.”Running backs coach Gary Brown also has talked to Elliott and said when he returns to the team, it won’t be a difficult transition to get him working with the offense. “He’s doing what he needs to do and staying in great shape. I’m just looking forward to whenever he gets here. He’ll be ready to go,” Brown said.”I’m sure it’s killing him a lot [not being at camp],” he added. “At the end of the day he’s a ballplayer. A lot of this negative stuff you hear about him in the news, that’s not who he is. He’s a really good guy, care about his teammates, and it’s killing him not being here.”Elliott, 24, has two years left on his rookie contract, which will pay him $3.8 million this season and $9.1 million in 2020. Amari Cooper leaves Cowboys practice with heel injury NFL news and notes: Zack Martin deals with back issue; Kyler Murray sounds poised For Dak Prescott, it’s business as usual at the Cowboys’ training camp in Oxnard, California, despite the team making headlines mostly for Ezekiel Elliott’s absence.Prescott said he’s been talking to Elliott in the week and a half the Cowboys have been training, but not to try and lure Elliott to report. “Friendship is friendship and business is business,” Prescott said, via ESPN. “You don’t cross those.”Elliott is in Day 10 of his holdout with rumors swirling that the negotiations have either stalled, are progressing or are somewhere in between. The running back has been training in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, as he holds out from camp in an effort to get a new contract extension. Related Newslast_img read more