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

Mexico still can learn from WCQ v. Costa Rica

first_imgMexico Qualified Mexico still can learn plenty from remaining World Cup qualifiers Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 00:30 9/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jesus Corona Tecatito Mexico Pedro Pardo Mexico WC Qualification CONCACAF Costa Rica v Mexico Costa Rica World Cup Despite clinching passage to Russia, El Tri will still be able to use the three matches left to sand down the rough edges showed this summer Upon returning from his post-Gold Cup break, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio looked refreshed.In offering an explanation for his good mood, Osorio reminded reporters that he’d been able to help with his children’s training sessions. He’d enjoyed the experience and said he’d be able to take some of the concepts he was learning with them to his work at the highest level. That his oldest son is 16 should illustrate just how seriously the coach believes ideas can be transferred between levels of the game and also from one region to another.So when Mexico faces Costa Rica on Tuesday, don’t look for a team devoid of passion. The coach will make some of his famous changes (he doesn’t like them being called rotations any more), but they won’t be for the sake of living up to his reputation or for wild experimentation. As Osorio returns to the bench after serving a six-game suspension, he’ll be eager to see how players respond to challenges against the kind of teams they’ll be facing in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Ticos are one of those teams. While closing out qualification against Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras, currently the bottom two teams in the Hex, may not try El Tri, Costa Rica certainly will. Osorio hopes that no matter if he selects a team full of veterans or goes with youth and fresh faces, or some blend, that his players will continue learning no matter the result.”Football as I play it never will stop being unpredictable, having this randomness that can surprise you at any moment,” Osorio said in a news conference Monday. “Our idea is very brave, always going out on the front foot to look for every game. Obviously this implies that there’s plenty to improve. We’re going to have very good games, other times not as much and we’re going to learn and keep improving.”Juan Carlos Osorio MexicoJuan Carlos Osorio Chicharito MexicoMexico needs to improve. That was obvious this summer when the team was outclassed by an alternative Germany side that went on to win the Confederations Cup and then when El Tri saw their own alternative side falter in the semifinals of the Gold Cup. It can only get better by playing together and seeing the individuals that form the team excel on their own. Osorio and his staff can control only one of those things, and the opportunities between now and the enormous test of the 2018 World Cup are surprisingly few. That doesn’t mean tossing the rest of qualification aside. While Mexico’s coaches have been clear that the focus already has shifted toward the summer showpiece and getting Mexico to a fifth game in that tournament for the first time on foreign soil, there are games to be played locally. You have to wonder if privately, despite his convincing statements that the criticism that has followed him at every stage of his Mexico career hasn’t irritated him, Osorio would be thrilled to top the 22 points Ricardo La Volpe achieved in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. That would give him a number to point to as success for his methods.”The first goal is to finish first in the Hex,” Osorio said. “I think we’re on the way and have every chance. How do we do it? Like I’ve said before, taking every game how it comes. Today the most important is the Costa Rica game, and we’re going to take it on in this way.”The truth is while Mexico has shown its supremacy in the region, knows there’s still plenty to learn. The defense remains a big question, and after Bryan Ruiz and Marco Urena torched the United States, the Tico front men could again find joy against a Mexico defense that, like the U.S., doesn’t have a rock solid center-back partnership. The midfield will be without the injured Hector Herrera, testing depth at a position where Mexico was overrun during the Confederations Cup, especially with Celso Borges a threat getting forward for Costa Rica. And out wide, where El Tri have few resources, Costa Rica fullbacks Cristian Gamboa and Bryan Oviedo will get forward to provide plenty of learning experiences for whoever Osorio puts wide.Tuesday will be a chance to learn. So too, goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa said, will Wednesday and Thursday, the October qualifiers and the friendly games that come.”The team, over the long haul of this process, has gone through a lot of interesting things. We’re very clear on the style of play,” Ochoa said Monday. “I think discussions with the coach and his openness have been very obvious and this has helped us understand the opponent on and off the field.”There are very good things that have been executed and others that, as always, we have to correct, clean up details, try to get better every day. That’s how it’s going to be from here to the World Cup.”last_img read more

No treatment centre in Northwest Territories means no healing at home

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsMelaney Gardebois returned North over the summer to visit friends and family, but she kept her visit short.She treaded lightly in her home community of Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories, the very place she started her drinking and using.“It is very easy to get [crack] – you just need to know the right people,” she said. “I brought in whatever I could, whenever I could, after going to Yellowknife.”Gardebois noted inter-generational trauma and boredom as motivators when she used substances.At 15, she was already a daily drinker.“The only way I could go to sleep was if I was drinking,” she said. “My drinking was out of control – I was drunk every day.”In her teens, Gardebois tried to get sober by attending a 28-day treatment program in Hay River.“Even in that short amount of time I did want sobriety, but coming back to my community I had no support,” she recalled. “I was so young and thought so far ahead, convincing myself I couldn’t stay sober. It was just present everywhere I go.”In June 2019, the Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Health announced a new two-year Mental Wellness and Addictions Recovery Action Plan.But the $400,000 allocated did not include a residential treatment centre. There is presently no inpatient addictions treatment centre in the Northwest Territories; individuals who need help must travel to Alberta or British Columbia.Addiction workers in Yellowknife say an in-residence treatment centre is badly needed.“My concern is wait times,” said Thomas Pearcey, a community wellness worker. “We are talking about lives here. I have had some rather tragic experiences with clients waiting 60, 90 days. One recently for four months to get to a treatment centre.“These delays can cost someone their life.”The new plan would also see more money invested in land-based and mobile addictions services treatment options.According to Cynthia Dearborn, a wellness worker at the Tree of Peace Friendship Centre in Yellowknife, sometimes the government is too quick to fill roles with professionals trained in the specifics of mental health and addictions.“We really need to start filling positions of not-for-profits that support vulnerable people with professionals trained in that field,” she said. “You look at the Sobering Centre, they need specialized family counsellors, personal counsellors, et cetera, instead of just one or two, instead of having it fall on support workers.”The new plan does include before- and after-care for those leaving the territory for treatment.It’s something Gardebois said would have been helpful when she decided to check herself into a centre in Nanaimo, B.C., when she was 27.“I was going out to treatment, so I flew into Yellowknife and then I went out with friends in Yellowknife,” she said. “I passed out right before my flight.”Gardebois is now 30 months sober and hoping her story inspires others living with addictions. She said part of that is breaking her silence on her past trauma.“There is so much violence and abuse going on in our community,” she said. “I was always scared to use my voice before getting sober.”Gardebois acknowledged the challenges facing those who depend on programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous but live in remote communities that have few to no meetings.“I could start a meeting but no one would attend,” she said. “There is a lot of sober people but there wouldn’t be anyone to show up. It is really sad to see. I know the benefits of a meeting and having a recovery support.”Gardebois packed her bags and was sad to leave home again, but is hopeful for the future and has plans to enroll in a post-secondary program with the hope of becoming a counsellor.“I love my community. This is where my ancestors are from,” she said. “My hope is to just break that cycle.” read more