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.
Treasury Department Counselor Craig Phillips indicated Monday that the Trump administration is working on housing finance reform and plans to build on recommendations released in June. NAFCU has called on the administration to work with Congress to develop a comprehensive solution to reforming the housing finance system.Phillips, who advises Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, made the comments at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s annual conference in Washington. “We look forward to working with the next Congress and other stakeholders,” Phillips said, referring to the administration’s housing finance reform plans.In response, NAFCU Senior Regulatory Affairs Counsel Ann Kossachev said NAFCU “supports the administration’s continued role in reforming our nation’s housing finance system.”“Conservatorship was never meant to be a permanent solution after the crisis and it is now time to think seriously about the future of housing finance in America,” she added. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Harold Peacockwith some items found on the Velocity Property Group site at Targina. (AAP image, John Gass)Brass doorknobs dating back to the 1870s, a cologne bottle from the 1920s and octagon diamonds from a vintage chandelier were among the finds at a Taringa development site.Historian Harold Peacock was granted permission to scour the site by Velocity Property Group, the developer behind Ellerslie Crescent.“Back in 1884 the land around the country home (Ellerslie) was subdivided to start anew Brisbane suburb of South Toowong,” Mr Peacock said.“The original building is now gone but the boundaries of that block are still easily discernible.“I identified the location of the original home and the high western side appeared to be largely undisturbed.“A quick scan of the old newspapers told me that plenty of history took place on the site . . . I asked the builders if I could look around and they referred me to Velocity.”Velocity Property Group is building three luxury homes at 41, 43 and 45 Ellerslie Crescent, with the present character house, dating back to 1936, relocated to another part of the site and put up for sale.Velocity Property Group will build just three city-view homes at Taringa.Stage two of the development will see 23 luxury townhomes constructed at the 4200sq m site.Ellerslie Crescent is named after the original “Ellerslie” homestead, which was built in the 1870s and was home to leading stock inspectors, coal miners and bankers.Mr Peacock said the developer was immediately keen to unlock some of the site’s secrets.“We were interested to see what he might find to connect the history of the site to its new chapter,” Velocity managing director Brendon Ansell said.“His finds have been really interesting and we plan to incorporate some of them into the foyer of the apartment building in the final stage of our project.”With the use of a metal detector, Mr Peacock dug up:• Two beautiful 1870s brass door knobs believed to be from the original house• A glass stopper from the same period• A 1920s cologne bottle most likely from the original house• Several 1930-1950s Chandelier octagon diamonds most likely from the1930s homes• A 1950s screw-top ink bottle.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoSome of the items located by historian Harold Peacock (AAP image, John Gass)Mr Peacock said the original homestead and its location had been associated with some remarkable people in Queensland history.“From the 1870s there was Patrick Robinson Gordon, the Chief Inspector of Stock for 30 years and leader of Queensland’s early stock breeding industry who drafted the Meat Export Act administered in Queensland prior to Federation,” he said.“He was followed by Richard Davies Graham, a licensed surveyor and coal miner. Mr Graham opened mines in Bundamba and some of the best seams in Central Queensland. His huge economical legacy is still being felt today.“Then there was John Piper Mackenzie, the head office manager of the Queensland National Bank. Mackenzie is a descendant of Captain John Piper, the one-time commander of the Norfolk Island penal colony who became one of the wealthiest men in Australia. It’s after Captain Piper that salubrious Point Piper in Sydney is named.“Before the turn of the century was Edward Owen Rees who was an Insurance Agent ruined by the 1893 floods. He’s better known as the father of Lloyd Rees, the Australian landscape painter who twice won the Wynne Prize.”But Mr Peacock said it was John O’Neill Brenan, the Queensland ImmigrationAgent, public servant, and son of an Irish-born barrister, who likely lived on the site the longest.He said Brenan married the daughter of the Auditor-General and Chairman of the Queensland Public Service Board, and his son was one of the first Anzacs ashore at Gallipoli.Mr Peacock said his most exciting find was the brass doorknobs.“The doorknobs are the most exciting to me because so many hands have actually turned those handles,” he said.On development in Brisbane, Mr Peacock said it was inevitable.“Brisbane and everywhere else continues to develop, but that doesn’t mean history is lost, it just gets forgotten by some people,” he said.“I like to remember what came before us and connect it to real people.”Mr Ansell says he likes to take the same approach.“Wherever we can, Velocity Property Group strives to incorporate heritage homes into our projects so that they can experience a new chapter as a family home or business,”he said.“The heritage home here at Ellerslie Crescent and at our ‘The Hathaway’ project at Auchenflower have new town homes and apartments alongside them to balance the modern spaces and the heritage of the Queenslander homes.”The three luxury houses at Ellerslie Crescent, which are under construction, are priced from $1.665 million to $1.75 million, and are sized from about 480sq m to 520sq m.The heritage home has been relocated to 39 Ellerslie Crescent and is for sale now.
William J. McCray , 53, of Wellington, passed away, March 31, 2013 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 12th at the Hawk-Shelley Funeral Home & Crematory of Wellington. Burial will be private. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.hawfuneralhome.com.William McCray Jr. was born on May 13, 1959 the son of Horace McCray and Lettie Mae (Tolbert) McCray-Holmes in Chicago, Illin. William worked at computer repair most of his life.Survivors include his wife Janey McCray of Wellington, sons; William Moore III, Steven Asbury, Joshua Asbury, Christopher Asbury and Matthew Nelson all of Wellington, three brothers; Willie McClinton Sr, Horace McCray and Sammy Davis all of Chicago, IL, two sisters; Mary Heather Binford and Annette Davis of Chicago, IL, Aunt Jack and Uncle Sim of Yazoo, MS as well as several nieces and nephews.