Green Mountain Power adopts innovative energy efficiency measures

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,Using an innovative approach, Green Mountain Power has been able to cut electricity costs by 16.5 percent at its Colchester facility over the past year and a half — saving energy and ultimately saving customers money. GMP worked with Shelburne-based Kilawatt Technologies on the project.According to Rebecca Towne, Administration Manager, most of the savings resulted from fine-tuning and synchronizing the building’s existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. No new capital investment was required.”When we started working with Kilawatt Technologies, we already had extremely efficient heating and cooling equipment in place. However, electricity use — especially in the Information Technology data room — continued to increase,” said Towne. “Kilawatt Technologies helped us make better use of the building automation system that regulates temperature and airflow, and identified other opportunities for significant energy savings.””Reducing power use in our IT room is crucial as we have continually increasing IT needs,” Towne said. “It’s one way we can promote Green IT concepts, and use our equipment as efficiently as possible.”Some examples of the changes implemented included using long term data trending to develop sophisticated control algorithms that take advantage of the building’s energy momentum to simply relocating thermostats in the IT room away from the hot exhaust at the back of the servers. The company also increased use of a fan that pulls in outside air to help keep the equipment cool.Changes have also been made in GMP’s 1,320 square foot control room. “We haven’t run the compressors that operate the heating and cooling system in over two months,” said Pete Sheil, Building Services Worker. “We’re keeping the space at a comfortable temperature just by using fans to mix cold outside air with the heat produced by the computers and the staff. An additional benefit of this new approach is that we’re continually bringing more fresh air into the building, which contributes to employee comfort, alertness and productivity, especially in closed areas such as conference rooms.”Gregory Johnson, VP of Business Development at Kilawatt Technologies, said, “Including their reduction in natural gas use, our data driven energy management program has helped Green Mountain Power reduce overall energy consumption by 20.5 percent at its Colchester headquarters. We applaud Green Mountain Power’s leadership in achieving these significant energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions and saving its customers money. We’re starting to work with Green Mountain Power at its Montpelier facility and expect to see even more significant reductions. We encourage other Vermont companies to undertake similar efforts.”Electricity savings in Colchester to date have exceeded 140,000 kilowatt hours or enough to power 19 average size Vermont homes for a year. “This is part of Green Mountain Power’s on-going commitment to energy conservation,” said Towne. “It’s an approach that saves money for our customers and benefits the environment.”last_img read more

Perfect storm for first home buyers, latest Big Four bank survey finds

first_imgBrisbane has had seen cranes over the city for several years as demand for inner city units surged. Apartment prices were expected to fall due to high supply. Picture: Richard Walker.IT’S a perfect storm for first home buyers whose numbers are surging with house prices forecast to rise just 0.7 per cent, units to go backwards and both investors and foreign buyers being shut out of the market.The latest Big Four bank survey has found that first home buyers have hit a new high, spurred on by a five-year low in foreign buyers and falling prices, especially in Sydney and the Brisbane unit market.The latest National Australia Bank Quarterly Australian Residential Property Survey released this morning said housing market sentiment was positive even if confidence had waned.Of the major eastern states, sentiment was down in Victoria and New South Wales — with Sydney expected to see a fall in prices for the first time in seven years — but “Queensland was largely unchanged”.The NAB Residential Property Index was sitting at above average levels, holding steady at +20 in the fourth quarter 2017.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoHouse prices were forecast to rise 0.7 per cent this year nationally.NAB has forecast an increase of only 0.7 per cent in house prices nationally in 2018 (previously 3.4 per cent), with 2019 to also see muted levels of growth at 0.8 per cent.Apartments were expected to underperform because of high stock levels and a fall in foreign demand, with unit prices forecast to fall 0.9 per cent this year (previously +0.5 per cent), and decline a further 1.8 per cent next year.“By capital city, house price growth is forecast to be solid in Melbourne and Hobart, followed by Brisbane and Adelaide. Perth is expected to stabilise, marking the beginning of a gradual turnaround for the market, while we expect to see a fall in Sydney prices for the first time since 2011.” High supply levels were expected to see apartment prices fall in Brisbane, Sydney and soon Melbourne as well. Picture: Mark Calleja.The survey found that first home buyers, especially those who planned to be owner occupiers, were at new highs accounting for a third of established market sales and almost 40 per cent of those in new housing.It said foreign buyers levels had hit a six-year low in the new property market, making up 8.4 per cent of sales in the fourth quarter 2017. They had also hit a five-year of 5.5 per cent in the established housing market.NAB chief economist Alan Oster said “clearly, the efforts of policymakers both domestic and offshore to stem the tide of foreign capital entering Australian property markets are bearing fruit”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

The Latest: LSU coach says school doing well against virus

first_imgHe said the team is trying to “make sure our players and our staff understand that we’ve got three months here where we cannot go outside for social reasons or to eat or anything else if we want to have our football season.”___The Southeastern Conference will prohibit “suite hopping” as part of COVID-19 guidelines designed for fan safety and health in preparation for conference-only play this season.Decisions on whether fans can attend games will be made closer to Sept. 26 when the league begins play. Attendance numbers will be left to member schools but must follow state and local guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations should be followed in the absence of those measures.Furniture in premium seating and clubs shall be arranged to promote physical distancing, the guidelines add. Physical distancing and face coverings will also be stressed there as well as in public areas, including concessions, where barriers must be installed. The SEC guidelines also suggest “grab and go” food options, with drinks provided directly to spectators and single-serve condiments offered. ___The Chiefs will allow up to 2,000 season ticket holders to attend training camp on Saturday, making them the first NFL team to allow fans since the coronavirus pandemic dramatically altered the way teams are preparing for the season.The team also said that up to 5,000 season ticket holders will be allowed at practice on Aug. 29, when the franchise plans to raise a new Super Bowl championship flag over the west end zone.The Chiefs typically draw thousands of fans daily to training camp on the campus of Missouri Western State University, about an hour’s drive north of Kansas City in St. Joseph, Missouri. But the pandemic caused the Chiefs and the few other teams that still leave home for training camp to instead hold all their workouts at team facilities.The Chiefs are fortunate in that their practice facility is just across the parking lot from Arrowhead Stadium. They have been using both locations to allow for more social distancing in walk-throughs and meetings. The practices that are open to fans will be at Arrowhead Stadium, where they will be able to social distance. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said its 14 schools adopted the fan guidelines as a baseline and added, “They provide conference-wide expectations for protection of guests who are able to attend our games.”___The Tennessee Titans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against Jacksonville because of the coronavirus pandemic.Nashville Mayor John Cooper and the Titans announced the decision Tuesday. Nashville’s Major League Soccer team also won’t have any fans at home games in September.Burke Nihill, the Titans’ president and CEO, says they wish they could open in front of fans as a franchise coming off its first AFC championship game in 17 years. But he says the Titans support the mayor and the local health department’s decision to keep Nissan Stadium closed to fans at least to start the season. The New England Patriots will be playing without fans in Gillette Stadium at least through September. Stadium officials said in a statement on Tuesday that the state will not allow fans at any event next month. That includes the Patriots’ games on Sept. 13 against the Miami Dolphins and the one two weeks later against the Raiders.While saying that they “fully support” the state’s position, stadium officials also said they “would have welcomed the opportunity to host fans in August and September, but are hopeful to do so later in the season.”The Patriots had previously announced a plan that would have limited Gillette Stadium to about 20% of its 66,000 person capacity. Officials said they worked with experts to develop a plan to reopen at partial capacity and “are confident in our ability to provide a safe and comfortable environment for fans.”According to the Massachusetts reopening plan, sporting events with fans will not be allowed until the state reaches Phase 4, which requires a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19. ___North Carolina coach Mack Brown said he remains “confident” that the Tar Heels will play football this season after the school shut down in-person undergraduate classes.Brown said Tuesday that the school’s move to online courses after recent coronavirus clusters in student housing and a fraternity could ultimately help “create a better seal around our program and a better bubble.”Brown said team staffers hosted a Zoom call for parents on Monday to address questions. Athletes can choose to remain in current residences, while some football players have previously chosen to opt out of the upcoming season.Brown said many players were already taking online courses and that the team will continue once-weekly testing of players for the coronavirus. ___Two players from Roma’s youth team have tested positive for the coronavirus.The Italian soccer club has not named the players but says they are asymptomatic and have begun self-isolating.Roma says “those who have come into contact with the two individuals have been traced and notified” and adds that “a deep clean and disinfection of the club’s training facilities has also already begun.”The two players, their teammates and the youth team staff will undergo further tests. The Latest: LSU coach says school doing well against virus August 18, 2020 Contact tracing has started to see who might have been exposed to that person and should quarantine for two weeks.The Western & Southern Open, moved this year from Cincinnati to New York because of the coronavirus pandemic, begins Saturday. The U.S. Open starts Aug. 31.Testing began last Thursday.___South Africa has withdrawn from a planned women’s cricket tour of England because of coronavirus-related restrictions.center_img Orgeron said during a video conference Tuesday that the team had “two or three guys that are out” because of positive tests. He did not specify which players had tested positive.Orgeron says LSU administrators overseeing coronavirus protocols, led by Senior Associate Athletic Director of Health and Wellness Shelly Mullenix, have done a “tremendous job.“We’re ahead (of) most programs,” Orgeron said. “Our players feel comfortable that they’re getting proper care.”August camp formally opened on Monday and LSU has had two players opt out because of coronavirus concerns, senior cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. and senior defensive end Neil Farrell Jr.___ The England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa say “this decision was taken due to the current international travel regulations in place for South African national teams.”South Africa had been scheduled to travel next month and play using the same bubble-style protocol used for men’s tours of England by West Indies, Ireland and Pakistan.The announcement leaves the England women’s team without any confirmed matches for the rest of the year after a planned tour by India was called off last month. The England women’s team has not had a game since the T20 World Cup in Australia in February and March.The ECB says it is in “multiple discussions” to host international women’s cricket tours.It’s the third women’s series to be canceled this year for South Africa following a planned series against Australia in South Africa and a tour of the West Indies. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___LSU coach Ed Orgeron says the defending national champion Tigers have had “very few” players test positive for COVID-19. The Titans play only one home game in September. Team officials have been working with public health experts to design a stadium plan in the hopes that fans will be able to attend some of the eight scheduled home games this season. Those precautions include mandatory masks, socially distant seating, contactless faucets and hand sanitizer stations throughout the stadium.Nashville’s MLS team has three games scheduled through Sept. 12 at Nissan Stadium. Nashville SC set a record for the largest soccer crowd in Tennessee with its MLS debut on Feb. 29 as fans packed Nissan Stadium.___One person who isn’t a player returned a positive result for COVID-19 out of 1,400 tests administered in the controlled environment set up for the U.S. Open and another tennis tournament preceding it at the same site in New York.The U.S. Tennis Association said Tuesday that the person is asymptomatic and must isolate for at least 10 days. Associated Press The team’s training activities have been suspended until at least Aug. 24.___German soccer club Union Berlin wants to hold a pre-season friendly match with 3,000 spectators and is hoping that “preventative” coronavirus tests for fans will allow it to happen.The Bundesliga club says it has applied to the local Treptow-Köpenick health authorities for permission to hold the game with an altered hygiene plan on Sept. 5.Union says “a preventative test for all spectators is intended to replace the currently valid social distancing rules.” German soccer clubs previously outlined plans to resume games with some socially distanced fans attending in seated areas. Union’s Stadion An der Alten Försterei has mostly standing terraces so it could have far fewer fans attending than its competitors.___More AP sports: and read more

Danny Garcia dominates Ivan Redkach, ready for Errol Spence Jr. or Manny Pacquiao

first_imgNEW YORK — Danny Garcia spoke about wanting Errol Spence Jr. or Manny Pacquiao next.Well, he inched himself one step closer Saturday night by pummeling Ivan Redkach toward a lopsided unanimous decision (118-110, 117-111, 117-111) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Garcia quickly imposed his will and landed crunching right hand after crunching right hand — whether they came via counterpunching or straightforward.Redkach was clearly no match for Garcia, who got to look ahead to unified world welterweight champ Spence or WBA titleholder Pacquiao.”Either or (Spence or Pacquiao), either of those fights I would like to have,” Garcia told Showtime during his postfight interview in the ring. “My style looks great with both fighters.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe two-division world champion’s only regret against Redkach? That he didn’t get the stoppage.”I thought the referee was going to stop it because I felt like I was punishing him,” Garcia said. “He’s a tough guy, he hung in there, I wanted to get the KO, but I didn’t get it. I feel like I boxed smart, and I feel like that’s what I needed after this layoff. I really wanted the knockout bad, but I’ll accept this.”Garcia loaded up on right hands, including a stiff shot that buckled Redkach’s knees in the seventh round.When Redkach gestured Garcia to bring it during the eighth, “Swift” obliged by dishing out more punishment. About the only pain Redkach could muster was when he inexplicably bit Garcia between his neck and shoulder.”He bit me. He said, ‘Mike Tyson’ when he bit me,” Garcia told Showtime’s Jim Gray following his win. “I said, ‘Ref, he bit me.’ I thought I needed stitches or something. That’s my first time ever getting bit in a fight. Things happen, though. I’ve been in a street fight before, so I did it all.”While Garcia’s counterpunching was effective against Redkach, it remains to be seen whether he can do that and get a win over Spence or Pacquiao, who might force him to increase his punching volume.Co-main event: Jarrett Hurd dominates Francisco Santana via unanimous decisionHurd almost capped his return to the ring with a knockout.Although he didn’t get the KO, “Swift” cruised to a 97-92, 99-90, 99-90 decision.Hurd dropped Santana with a piercing uppercut during the waning seconds of the 10th round. When Santana beat the count, there was only a second remaining in the fight and the final bell tolled.Unanimous decision by @Swift_JHurd highlighted by his knockdown of Santana in the final round. #HurdSantana— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) January 26, 2020Santana wasn’t able to be saved from being on the receiving end of a boxing clinic, however. Hurd (24-1, 16 KOs) established a left jab in the second round and a winding, crunching right uppercut in the third, and he rode both punches to the dominant win.The fight served as Hurd’s first bout since he suffered his first pro loss last May against Julian Williams. That defeat was costly, as Hurd lost his unified world junior middleweight titles.With this victory, Hurd should be back in line for a shot to become world champ once again. Stephen Fulton def. Arnold Khegai by unanimous decision; junior featherweightsUnanimous. @coolboysteph remains undefeated. #FultonKhegai— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) January 26, 2020Khegai had success mauling Fulton against the ropes and unleashing his left hook, but “Cool Boy Steph” had more success luring the Ukrainian fighter to the middle of the ring, where he peppered him with jabs and combinations.By the time the final bell tolled, it was clear Fulton (18-0, eight KOs) had controlled the distance behind the jab in dominant enough fashion to win on all three judges’ cards. The final tallies were 116-112, 117-111 and 117-111.”That’s what I do. I use my jab,” Fulton told Showtime’s Jim Gray following his win. “I tried to utilize the jab all night and win the fight behind the jab. I showed that I’m ready for a world title next.”last_img read more