Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will sign into law a bill promoting renewable energy development and clean energy jobs in Vermont on May 25 in South Burlington. H.56, The Vermont Energy Act of 2011 continues Vermont’s efforts to promote a green economy and energy independence. It expands and improves Vermont’s successful net metering program which allows Vermont ratepayers to generate their own energy with renewable systems and run their meter backwards when producing excess power. Recognizing the peak power savings of net metered solar, the new bill creates a financial incentive to catalyze more net metered solar by requiring utilities to offer a 20¢ credit to solar net metering customers for the energy they produce.Governor, Peter Shumlin is slated to sign the bill on May 25 at the commissioning of a 150kW solar array at the Farm at South Village in South Burlington developed by Burlington-based Encore Redevelopment and installed by Montpelier’s Alteris Renewables. The array will provide carbon-free electricity for 100% of the Farm at South Village and South Village Community’s energy consumption needs. The array will also provide clean energy to the City of South Burlington for the City’s traffic lights. Martha Staskus, Chair of the Board of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), the organization that supported and promoted this legislation says the bill helps keep Vermont on the map as a leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency. ‘The bill will spur the development of new local renewable energy, produce economic growth, and continue to grow clean jobs.’The bill also prevents a gap in funding for the successful Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF). This fund makes it more affordable for Vermont homeowners and businesses to install small-scale renewable energy systems. The bill includes expansions Vermont’s existing Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) districts, a program that allows towns to offer loans to homeowners looking to make energy efficiency retrofits. Other provisions provide incentives for consumers looking to install high efficiency biomass heating systems. It also establishes low sulfur and biofuel mandates for heating oil sold in Vermont, timed to match implementation by surrounding states. Date: May 25, 2011 Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pmLocation: South Village Communities, 130 Allen Road East, S. Burlington, VT. About Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), www.REVermont.org(link is external) REV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association representing nearly 300 businesses, individuals, colleges and others committed to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of energy in Vermont. REV works as the only advocacy organization dedicated solely to advancing renewable energy and efficiency in the state.
RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United needed extra-time to edge past brave FC Copenhagen 1-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.After 90 minutes, where the two teams couldn’t be separated in hot and humid conditions, Anthony Martial won United’s 21st penalty across all competitions this season and Bruno Fernandes fired it home. It broke a brave resistance from the Danish champions, who had defended brilliantly but did ride their luck slightly as Mason Greenwood and Fernandes both had struck the post in normal time and Greenwood had a goal ruled out by VAR in the first half for offside.Copenhagen also had their goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson to thank as he made 13 saves, the joint-most by a goalkeeper in a single Europa League game since the competition’s re-branding in 2009-10.United will face the winners of Tuesday’s Europa League quarter-final between Wolves and Sevilla for a place in the Europa League final on August 21.Tags: ANthony MartialBruno FernandesEuropa LeagueFC CopenhagenManchester United
Mikyle LouisLeewards Shamar Springer*Barbados Alick AthanazeWindwards Ashmead NeddGuyana Dominic Drakes*Barbados Keacy CartyLeewards Leniko Boucher*Barbados Joshua da SilvaTrinidad Kevin SinclairGuyana Amir Jangoo*Trinidad Keagan Simmons*Trinidad Bhaskar YadramGuyana Kirk McKenzieJamaica Kimani MeliusWindwards Jayden SealesTrinidad Jeavor Royal*Jamaica THE Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will once again work with Cricket West Indies (CWI) to ensure that the best young players from across the region will be in CPL squads during the tournament, as well as ensuring that these talented youngsters will be given game time.Ashmead NeddThe list of 20 players has been provided by CWI and includes five of the players who did so well for West Indies during the recent ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa.Kimani Melius, Jayden Seales, Ashmead Nedd, Nyeem Young and Kirk McKenzie are in with a chance to once again show what they are capable of, this time at the CPL.There are also seven players on the list who appeared at last year’s CPL in these developmental spots – Amir Jangoo (Trinbago Knight Riders), Leniko Boucher (Barbados Tridents), Jeavor Royal, Roland Cato (St Lucia Zouks), Dominic Drakes (St Kitts & Nevis Patriots), Shamar Springer (Jamaica Tallawahs) and Keagan Simmons (Guyana Amazon Warriors). The teams can choose to retain these players, or they can draft or sign another player from the list.There will be two spots in each squad set aside for these players, meaning there will be a minimum of 12 West Indies qualified players aged under 23 taking part in the CPL. Each team will have to field an emerging player a minimum of five times across the tournament, either one player making five appearances or five combined appearances between the two players.This means not only will they get the experience of training with the best players and coaches from across the Caribbean and from around the world, but will also be given the chance of playing in the CPL.Michael Hall, CPL’s Tournament Operations Director, said: “The CPL takes its mandate of providing meaningful opportunities for the next generation of West Indies cricketers very seriously, and we are happy to have again collaborated with CWI on the Emerging Players initiative. It is now up to the players to make the most of it.”Jimmy Adams, CWI’s Director of Cricket said: “I am delighted that the Emerging Player programme will continue into its second season, as it allows us to once again identify our best young talent and provide them with a programme that will hasten their step up to the professional game.“We have selected another talented group of young regional cricketers, out of which 12 players will be drafted into the CPL – two per franchise. This group will also have the benefit of participating in a specialised high-performance camp in Antigua prior to going off to the tournament. Later in the year, the programme will again be using the Super 50 Cup to provide a competitive One-Day environment for the best young regional talent who would not otherwise get an opportunity within the franchise system.“I am grateful to the CPL and the Franchise owners for their continued support to develop our young talent.”The full list of players is as follows: Roland Cato*Windwards Player Home Territory Joshua BishopBarbados Nicholas KirtonBarbados Nyeem YoungBarbados
Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko has admitted Guillermo Rigondeaux deserved to win Saturday night’s WBA/WBO World Super Bantamweight title fight, stating that he lost to one of the best fighters in the world.Guillermo Rigondeaux retained his titles with a 12-round, unanimous decision over former two-time bantamweight champ Joseph Agbeko at Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom on Saturday night.Agbeko has received criticisms from the boxing world for his approach in the fight and faiing to match his Cuban counterpart in a bout that had Judges Eugene Grant (120-108), Ron McNair (120-108) and Robin Taylor (120-108) all scoring in favour of Rigondeaux.”I don’t care about what people are saying about me. I lost to one of the best fighters in the world. He (Rigondeaux) is so strong and brave. Rigondeaux is a succesive boxer and i took a risk to fight him because many boxers ran away from him. I am not bothered with what people say, i’ll train hard and bounce back,” Agbeko told Joy Sports.Agbeko, a native of Ghana, was a two-time IBF bantamweight champ who made the jump from 118 pounds to 122 for the first time Saturday night.The King Kong lost his IBF and WBC Silver Bantamweight bout to Abner Mares in 2011 and has since struggled to get a shot at the International stage. He recorded a 12 round Unanimous decision over Luis Melendez in March this year to secure the IBO Bantamweight title.