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.
England manager Roy Hodgson says he is “disappointed” to learn of John Terry’s international retirement but “reluctantly” accepts his decision.Centre-half Terry played in all four of England’s matches at Euro 2012 and featured in the World Cup qualifying win over Moldova this month. But he claims his place in the England team is now “untenable” following the Football Association’s decision to “pursue charges” against him despite being cleared in court of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.“I am of course disappointed to lose a player of John’s international experience and exceptional ability,” said Hodgson.“I have enjoyed a good relationship with John during my time as England manager and I reluctantly accept his decision.“He had the courtesy to call me prior to announcing his retirement.” In a statement, the FA added: “Following his announcement that he is retiring from the England team, the FA would like to thank John Terry for all of his efforts with the national team over the past decade. During his 78 appearances, John has always given his full commitment to the team.”Terry retired from international football on Sunday, on the eve of a FA hearing into allegations that he used “abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour” towards QPR defender Ferdinand in a Premier League game 11 months ago.The 31-year-old Chelsea centre-half had already been cleared at a high-profile court case at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, but the FA decided to hold its own inquiry. Terry’s last appearance for England came on 7 September, when he played in a 5-0 World Cup qualifier victory over Moldova.He had already been stripped of the England team captaincy as a result of the charges but played in every England game at the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine. Hodgson also asserted as recently as a month ago that he intended to include Terry in future England squads.
CINCINNATI >> The wait is almost over — they hope.Left-hander Rich Hill threw 78 pitches in a simulated game at the Dodgers’ training complex in Arizona Thursday night and experienced no problems with the blister issues on his pitching hand that have sidelined him since July 17.Hill said he expects to make his Dodgers debut now on Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium – more than three weeks after he was acquired from the Oakland A’s as part of a five-player trade.“Everything felt great,” said Hill who joined the Dodgers in Cincinnati on Friday. “The ball came out really good, the velocity maintained, breaking ball was really sharp.” The Dodgers have been waiting a long time to see Hill pitch for them – not just since the trade deadline move. Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said the Dodgers pursued Hill as a free agent this off season as well but were spurned by Hill who saw a more secure spot in the rotation in Oakland.“At the time, our belief was he could start because of how well he pitched last season for the Red Sox and with the flux of our rotation with the injuries and everything else we figured if he does end up in the ‘pen the curveball is such a great swing-and-miss weapon that he’d still probably be a real asset there,” Zaidi said. “Seeing him have the first half he had with the A’s, I think he showed that he was able to carry over what he did last year with the Red Sox. From a pure performance standpoint, he’s been as good as any starter out there.”That fact and the limited options among high-quality starting pitchers available at this year’s deadline are why the Dodgers were able to send prospects to the A’s in order to acquire Hill even though they did not know when he would be able to pitch for them. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman acknowledged that the three-week wait was “probably beyond what I would have expected” after acquiring Hill, he made it clear the Dodgers think Hill is worth the wait with the most important games of the Dodgers’ season still to be played.“What attracted us to Rich at the deadline was his high-end potential,” Friedman said. “We felt that he was a guy who could pitch very well against the best lineups in baseball. That part we were confident in. His exact return date was not really clear. We are being somewhat overly cautious with his finger, with this blister to make sure when he gets back he’ll be able to stay back.”The Dodgers’ ability to play well despite the instability in their rotation over the past six weeks has allowed them to wait with more patience while Hill’s finger healed. But Friedman said he is not surprised by the way the Dodgers have overcome their rotation challenges. “I think we had a lot of confidence in our offense,” he said. “We talked about it at the time that Kersh went down. One thing that gave us optimism was that our offense had not performed up to expectations at that point. We were confident that established watermarks that these guys had produced in the last few years would start to play out. Watching the way that they worked behind the scenes and grinded their way to get back to that is what gave all of us confidence in that.”For his part, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts can only dream of a day when he can roll out a rotation fronted by injured left-handers Clayton Kershaw and Hill.“If Clayton is back, if Rich is back, Kenta (Maeda) is throwing the ball the way he’s throwing and you get the other guys in the rotation, obviously it sets up well for our club,” Roberts said. “Right now, those guys are working their way back. But the most encouraging thing for me is that we’re not waiting for guys to get back. We’re taking care of the business at hand. That’s been our mindset since Day One. But certainly, when we get those guys back, we’re better for it.”AlsoLeft-hander Adam Liberatore (elbow inflammation) and Friday’s starter Bud Norris (back muscle strain) were activated from the DL before Friday’s game. Right-handers Casey Fien and Ross Stripling were optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. … Left-hander Julio Urias will start Sunday’s game in Cincinnati but Roberts would not commit to a starter for the series finale on Monday, saying right-hander Kenta Maeda would pitch either Monday or Tuesday. The Dodgers appear to be setting up a rotation of Maeda, Hill and Scott Kazmir for the three-game series against the San Francisco Giants in LA next week. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error