New company to bring energy savings within reach for underserved markets

first_imgThe Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) today announced the launch of Commons Energy(link is external) L3C, a new subsidiary to help underserved markets such as hospitals, schools and other public entities to reduce their energy and water costs. Commons Energy is being launched with an initial capitalization of $6.5 million, including a $5 million “impact investment” from the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation focused on multi-family housing. Additional support is being provided by the High Meadows Fund, the Kresge Foundation, the National Housing Trust, the Vermont Community Fund, and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.Commons Energy takes a comprehensive approach to helping reduce energy costs for owners of small and mid-size public purpose buildings such as schools, health care facilities, affordable multifamily housing, and municipal and community structures. The approach focuses on simplicity for the building owners, including an energy savings guarantee, so they can remain focused on serving their clients.“There are remarkable opportunities for energy savings available for hospitals, schools, and other public-serving entities,” said Scott Johnstone, Executive Director of VEIC. “For the first time, Commons Energy is going to make available to these entities energy-saving tools previously only available to much larger businesses.”For the customers it works with, Commons Energy will manage and coordinate project financing, monitor and verify energy-saving measures, and help owners manage their building performance for optimal energy use in the future. Commons Energy provides access to the capital needed for making the energy improvements, which is repaid with guaranteed energy savings. For all Commons Energy projects, a deep level of energy savings on the order of 30% will be targeted.For its inaugural project, Commons Energy is helping an affordable multi-family building in southern Vermont to reduce their energy costs. Union Square Apartments in Windsor, Vermont is replacing their oil heating system with a modern wood pellet biomass heating system, and installing new energy efficient circulator pumps. The new system will reduce their energy bills by nearly $23,000 annually, helping the building owner maintain a high level of affordability for the housing.“Working with Commons Energy has provided a unique opportunity for us to significantly reduce our heating costs with no upfront investment,” said Eric Schmitt, Director of Asset Management for Housing Vermont, which owns the building in partnership with the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust. “Every dollar we don’t needlessly spend on energy is one we can use to maintain the quality and affordability of this housing.”Commons Energy is initially launching its services in Vermont and the Washington, DC region, including Maryland and Virginia. In the future, it plans expansion to Ohio and other regions.“The lack of efficient, workable financing options is a critical hurdle to meaningful energy efficiency gains throughout the U.S. multifamily sector,” said Debra Schwartz, MacArthur’s Director of Program-related Investments. “Fortunately, there are a growing number of creative models such as Commons Energy that can help owners upgrade multifamily buildings in ways that significantly reduce energy usage while increasing local economic activity and improving long-term affordability for hard-pressed low-income renters.”Commons Energy is not affiliated with Common Sense Energy, a Vermont-based company focused on energy efficiency through building performance optimization.The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) is a mission-driven nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to reduce the economic and environmental costs of energy production and use through cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. For more information: www.veic.org(link is external).Commons Energy, L3C is a comprehensive total-energy solution for owners of small to mid-size multifamily affordable housing, education, health care, and community and municipal facilities who may have difficulty accessing capital, technical skills, and implementation services.Established as a low-profit, limited liability company (L3C), a form of LLC that balances social and financial returns, Commons Energy is a for-profit subsidiary of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the economic and environmental costs of energy use for all economic groups. For more information: www.commonsenergy.com(link is external). Source: VEIC 11.20.2014last_img read more

Vermont Democratic Party Chair Terje Anderson to step down

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Democratic Party chair, Terje Anderson, informed the Party’s Executive Committee of his resignation last Thursday. Anderson told the committee that he will be stepping down from his responsibilities as Chair to focus on his health.Anderson, addressing his resignation, said: “It has been nearly three years since I was first elected as Vermont Democratic Party Chair. Sadly, I have to announce that I will be stepping down to deal with on-going health issues that prevent me from being able to continue to devote the time, the energy, and the focus that being Chair requires. “Serving as Vermont Democratic Party Chair has been one of the greatest honors of my decades of political involvement, and it greatly saddens me to have to leave. But, especially during an election year, the Party deserves to have a Chair who can fulfill the role. I will remain involved and fully support the VDP in any way I can going forward, albeit in a more limited capacity. “I leave with full confidence in the capable professional staff that carries out the work of the party day-to-day, in our talented elected officials and candidates, and in the countless volunteers who lead on the state, county and town committees, and all those who support the party across the state. “Thank you for the opportunity to serve for the last three years. While it has certainly been challenging at times, I am proud of what we have accomplished as a team and knowing that the VDP is in a much stronger place than we were before.”According to the Vermont Democratic Party’s by-laws, an election for a new Chair cannot take place until at least 30 days after announcement of a resignation. The State Committee will hold a special meeting to elect a new Chair in late August or early September. In the meantime, Anderson will be working with an ad hoc committee of Party officers and committee members to make certain that all essential work of the Chair is still done.During Anderson’s three years as Chair of the Vermont Democratic Party, the organization had grown its House and Senate majorities, re-elected all of its statewide elected officials, built up an impressive state party warchest ahead of the 2020 election, presided over the hiring and continued growth of staff, and participated in negotiations to form the first unionized party staff in the nation.The Vermont Democratic Party extends its very best to its outgoing leader and looks forward to a smooth transition to its next.Source: MONTPELIER, VT — Vermont Democratic Party 7.23.2020last_img read more

Panasonic Releases New 4K PTZ Camera for Production

first_imgPanasonic announced the availability of its AW-UE100 Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) camera aimed at production. The AW-UE100 claims it’s the industry’s first PTZ camera to support 4K@60p for high-bandwidth NDI and Secure Reliable Transport (SRT), enabling users to capture and stream high-quality images and video over public internet securely and in real-time. The AW-UE100 PTZ camera features an all-new direct drive motor for quieter and smoother movement with heightened response time to capture live remote and studio production in broadcast, staging, corporate, sports, higher education and house of worship applications.To create immersive virtual broadcasts without the high costs associated with traditional cameras on the market, Panasonic is developing a plug-in for use with the AW-UE100 that integrates with the Unreal 3D Engine due to the FreeD positioning data outputted by the camera, to create an immersive VR or AR experiences.The AW-UE100 lists for $8350.last_img read more

YLD symposium looks at the composition of the JNCs

first_img February 15, 2011 Annie Butterworth Jones Associate Editor Regular News YLD symposium looks at the composition of the JNCs YLD symposium looks at the composition of the JNCs Associate Editor The Young Lawyers Division held its annual government symposium at Florida State University College of Law in January, tackling a tough topic: “Florida’s JNC Composition — the Past, Present, and Future.”Panelists for the symposium drew a record-breaking online audience of nearly 200, a number due in large part to the panelists themselves: former Bar President Alan Bookman of Pensacola, former Florida State University and ABA President Sandy D’Alemberte, and Raquel “Rocky” Rodriguez, former general counsel to Gov. Jeb Bush. The panelists were led in discussion by moderator and former state representative Dudley Goodlette. “We consider what we’ve assembled to be the dream team,” said YLD President Renee Thompson.The three panelists addressed the topic in two parts: first with individual expert remarks, then with a discussion on current issues facing the 26 statewide JNCs, including whether a governor has the prerogative to request additional nominees from a nominating commission.D’Alemberte provided some historical perspective, detailing the JNCs’ institution by former Gov. Reubin Askew in 1972, and the decision to allow the composition of JNCs to be changed by law — rather than be established in the constitution.“The judicial revision in 1972 included that the JNCs be put into the constitution,” explained D’Alemberte, a former representative and member of the Judiciary Committee in 1972. “So you have now a ‘constitutionalization’ of the JNCs in the 1972 adoption of Article 5.“But in that provision, the composition of the JNCs was not set in stone. So, in fact, the JNCs are in the constitution, but the composition of the JNCs is left to be changed by law.“That was a terrible mistake,” he said, “not the worst mistake I made as a legislator, but we shouldn’t have done it.”Members of the panel also shared their thoughts on the number of names a JNC should submit to the governor, a topic of particular interest to Rodriguez, who “served on the ultimate JNC” as general counsel to Gov. Bush.“The JNCs’ creation was a great way to try to bring some rationality to the process of appointing judges,” said Rodriguez, now a partner at McDermott Will & Emery in Miami. “First, judges were elected by popular vote, then we had a process by which the governor appoints and Senate confirms, like the federal system, and we had judges who served for life.“It was, as Sandy said, a complete mess. Not just all the different courts, but all the different methods of judicial selection.”When the constitutional revision went into effect in 1972, the names of all judges who qualified for a position were to be submitted to the governor. But in 1996, the Legislature amended the constitution, calling for a minimum of three and a maximum of six names to be submitted. It’s a change D’Alemberte has a hard time understanding.“My view of the function of the JNCs is if you have 18 qualified people, send 18 names,” said D’Alemberte. “The function of the JNCs ought to be to screen out people who are not qualified, but to leave to the governor his prerogative to appoint who he wants to from a longer list.“Once you screen out all the people who ought not be on the bench, send him all the names. That’s still my philosophy. That’s the way I think the constitution ought to work.”In 2009, D’Alemberte represented retired Fifth District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Pleus in Pleus v. Charlie Crist, after the former Florida governor waited more than three months to appoint Pleus’ replacement, asking the Fifth DCA JNC to submit the names of additional nominees. The Florida Supreme Court ruled unanimously in July 2009 to require the governor to fill judicial appointments from a JNC’s submitted list of three to six candidates.“I think the Pleus decision is horrible, from the point of view that we didn’t need to have that kind of decision infringing on the governor’s power,” said Rodriguez. “I would have been very happy had that decision never been issued….“And I do think that Gov. Crist overstepped his authority. I think Sandy’s position was exactly right, and that the decision did more to hurt executive power than to support the cause of diversity on the bench,” she said.Gov. Askew’s institution of the JNCs was prompted not only by a desire for greater diversity in the courts or for a more organized system overall, but, as Bookman pointed out, to eliminate the politics of the process.“One of the principal purposes behind the provision for a nominating commission in the appointment process was not to replace the elective process, but to place restraint on the pork barrel process of purely political appointments,” said Bookman, who serves on the JNC for the First District Court of Appeal.“We’re all human beings; we all have our biases; we all have our likes and dislikes.. . . But we expect, and the citizens of Florida expect — and quite frankly, should receive — a judge who leaves his or her prejudices and biases at the door when they put their robe on.”Symposium panelists took the time to answer online viewers’ questions, including whether the JNCs are subject to Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Law.“They’re not subject to the Sunshine Law,” said Bookman. “They’re confidential; they’re sensitive. My thought is that they should not be subject to the Sunshine Law. That will allow the commissioners to have a full and free way of discussing what their thoughts and their opinions are about candidates. You won’t have to worry about what gets out in the public.”Of course, Bookman said, this only applies to deliberations of the JNCs. “Everything about the JNC process is wide open to the public.”The panel also briefly discussed SJR 140, a constitutional amendment that would require county or circuit court judges to have 10 years of experience as Florida Bar members instead of the currently required five. The amendment would also adjust the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75. “Frankly, I don’t think that five years as a practicing lawyer gives you nearly as many opportunities for the broad experience and perspective that you need in today’s world as a judge,” said Rodriguez. “I think 10 years is a very reasonable time to have somebody truly become an expert in their field.”D’Alemberte disagreed.“I’m in the minority. I don’t see any reason to change that,” said D’Alemberte.“There’s a problem with age, but that’s at the other end of the age,” referring to the current mandatory retirement age.Panel attendees earned 2.5 CLE credit hours, and video footage from the entire web-cast will be available this month on the YLD website, www.flayld.org. Symposium materials — including panelists’ bios and copies of the executive orders establishing the JNCs — are also available online.last_img read more

Minnesota rebounds against Air Force

first_imgRedshirt junior Michael Kroells ended the meet with a 6-3 win over Marcus Malecek to give the Gophers a 10-point victory.  “Basically, I knew I had to grind it out,” Pfarr said. “I feel like my conditioning is better than most people’s, so as the match goes on it is to my advantage, I feel like. That’s what our coaches preach. The longer it goes in the match, it’s better for us because we have been training for those positions and that time. I wasn’t too nervous; I was just ready to go.” The match went into overtime, and Pfarr eventually won, gaving Minnesota a three point lead after 11 minutes of wrestling thanks to having more riding time than his opponent. Redshirt freshman Skyler Petry started out the meet for the Gophers at 125 pounds with a close victory.  Redshirt junior Brandon Kingsley took only 48 seconds to defeat senior Zach Stepan in the fifth match. Kingsley earned a fall, which gave the Gophers six points and a 12-6 lead over Air Force. The Gophers won 22-12 over the Falcons, finishing with an overall record of 6-4 in the meet.  Air Force tied the dual at 12-12 with three matches remaining, and redshirt sophomore Chris Pfarr and freshman Anthony McLaughlin had a tight contest to see which team would retake the lead. “I think we made progress from last week, and that’s the thing we were trying to do,” head coach J Robinson said. “We’re not where we wanted to be as far as being aggressive and going after people, but we made progress, and that’s important.”center_img “I knew his basic strategy was going to be to go for that low shot,” Kingsley said. “I felt like when he knew that I countered that shot right away, he kind of fell off, and I was able to get to my offense incredibly fast.” “He needs to be able to keep the pressure on Martinez more,” Robinson said. “It’s an ongoing thing we talk about. When you put pressure on people it wears them out, and it gives you other opportunities.” The match was tied at 5-5 in the second period before Petry pinned Drew Romero to take the lead 7-5 in the closing seconds. Petry edged Romero by a final score of 9-7 after the third period. Minnesota rebounds against Air ForceThe Gophers won three matches in a row to close out a victory Saturday.Liam James DoyleGophers wrestler Brandon Kingsley dominates Air Force wrestler Zach Stepan in the 157 pound weight class match-up on Saturday at the Sports Pavilion. Jack WhiteNovember 23, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota defeated Air Force in a dual meet on Saturday at the Sports Pavilion, bouncing back after losing three duals a week ago. Redshirt junior Sam Brancale was bested in the second match of the dual by No. 13 senior Josh Martinez. Brancale came back from a two-point deficit to take the lead 3-2 by the end of the first period, but Martinez took Barnacale down in the closing seconds to win the match by three points. “The season’s pretty young,” Robinson said. “We’re only in our third week, but we made a little bit of progress.”last_img read more

British Land secures Macquarie at Ropemaker Place

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LKQ Announces European Management Succession

first_imgAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementLKQ Corp. has announced that John Quinn, executive vice president and CEO of LKQ Europe, has submitted his notice of retirement. Arnd Franz, currently chief operating officer of LKQ Europe, has been selected to succeed Franz, effective Oct. 1, 2019. Franz joined LKQ in April of this year after spending most of his career at the MAHLE Group, where most recently he was corporate executive vice president and a member of the management board. As Executive Vice President, Franz had responsibility for MAHLE’S global automotive sales and application engineering, including the aftermarket business unit. From 2006 until 2013, he was executive vice president and general manager for MAHLE Aftermarket.Quinn joined LKQ in 2009 as CFO and became CEO of LKQ Europe in early 2015 to lead the company’s operations overseas. Under his leadership, the revenue of LKQ’s European segment has more than tripled, as the company acquired several of the leading distributors in key markets like Stahlgruber in Germany and Rhiag in Italy and the Czech Republic. Today, LKQ Europe is the largest distributor of automotive aftermarket parts in Europe, with approximately $6 billion of annualized revenue and operations in more than 20 European countries.AdvertisementDominick Zarcone, president and CEO of LKQ Corp., said, “The addition of Arnd Franz to our European leadership team earlier this year was part of our normal succession planning process, and I am highly confident in Arnd’s ability to further accelerate the integration and improvements in the operational practices of our industry leading companies. I believe that under his leadership we will continue to expand on our success in Europe. John has been an integral member of the senior management team here at LKQ for the past decade and our European operations have significantly expanded under his leadership these past five years. I am extremely grateful for his dedication and hard work on behalf of LKQ.”Quinn commented, “LKQ has, in a very short time, created the premier aftermarket auto parts distributor in Europe. I am confident in the future of the company and the benefits to our customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders as LKQ continues to lever the strengths of the market leaders acquired since 2011.  I look forward to transitioning my responsibilities to Arnd in the coming months.”Franz added, “I am humbled by both the opportunity and responsibility associated with leading LKQ’s European segment and look forward to continuing its track record of growth and success.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Smart-Hose products approved in Canada

first_imgThe Smart-Hose adapter/coupler products provide break-away protection and offer the flexibility to be used with Smart-Hose assemblies, conventional assemblies, or where no hose attachments are required.Based in Philadelphia, Smart-Hose technologies produces passive, integrated safety hose assemblies, break-away hose assemblies, and break-away adaptor/coupler productions for industrial transfer applications. Source: Smart-Hose Technologieslast_img

DeMaCo: First Batch of LNG-Transferlines on Way to Lysekil (Sweden)

first_imgDeMaCo, the Dutch specialist in cryogenic infrastructure, said that on Tuesday the first batch of the 24 meter LNG-transferlines left DeMaCo for CryoAB in Lysekil, Sweden.“This forms an important milestone for both the customer and DeMaCo,” the company reported.DeMaCO has last month secured an order to build the LNG transport pipelines for the largest LNG receiving terminal in Scandinavia, to be built by Cryo AB for Skangass.The receiving terminal will be built next to Preem’s refinery in Lysekil (100 km north of Gothenburg ) on the west coast of Sweden.Besides delivery of LNG to Preem’s refinery, a truck loading facility will be built in connection to the terminal.The terminal will also become an important hub for distribution of LNG as fuel for ships.A shift to LNG as fuel is one of the most effective ways to reduce CO2 emissions and meet stricter environmental requirements.The gas will come from the LNG plant at Risavika (another LNG project Demaco is working on) near Stavanger.LNG will be delivered to Lysekil using Skangass LNG carrier – Coral Energy.The LNG terminal is scheduled to be in operation by the end of 2013, an investment estimated at 55 million EUR.[mappress]last_img read more

Chamber president’s plans for hometown

first_imgGeoffrey Jacobs, the new president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. As a son of Athlone, Geoffrey Jacobs, the new president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is committed to improving the conditions of business owners and hopes to bring back the rich history that the area once had. Born in Crawford, Mr Jacobs spent most of his years in Athlone as he attended Athlone North Primary School, and then Athlone High School where he matriculated in 1974. After completing his BA degree and teacher’s diploma at the University of Cape Town, he spent 12 years as a teacher at Athlone High School, and eventually became deputy principal.In 1991 he took up the position as the founding principal of Zonnebloem Nest High School in District Six. Even though he moved out of the area, he has always retained his connection with Athlone, most recently taking up the position of chairperson of the Athlone High School Alumni Association.Mr Jacobs said that Athlone has changed over the years and was not the safe place he grew up in during the 1970s and 1980s. “In those days, one could walk in most parts of Athlone without feeling threatened. Even gangsters and skollies had some kind of respect for others, especially older people and for their teachers. My uncle, Cecil Filies, was principal of Athlone North Primary, and he often recounted stories of meeting ex-learners from his school, and despite their new-found reputation as gang leaders and strong men in the community, they still had the utmost respect for him.As a young high school student, I worked as a shoe salesman at the iconic Rucky’s shoe shop in Klipfontein Road, and there too, despite many attempts at shoplifting, very few succeeded against the beady-eyed Mr Ruckersberg. There was a healthy respect for people, regardless of race or gender. It was a fun, thriving, accepting community back then, with few racial and social issues. Whether we were from Rondeboch East, Kewtown, Bridgetown or Vanguard Estate, there was a camaraderie which transcended racial, social, class and language issues. Lots of that has changed, and there is now an edge in relationships, everyone has an issue with everything, everyone is standing on their rights, regardless of whether they trample others’ rights in the process, and there is an anger and a propensity to violence, which we never saw in our day.”He said that in the classrooms, back then, disruption was light-hearted, well-meaning and mischievous but today, anger and violence were default emotions, and the mantra is shoot first and ask questions later. “Of course, on the positive side, the area has developed, and many of the retail places which were fledgling businesses back then are now economic giants – Wembley, Elite, Galaxy, Hilite, to mention a few. It’s exciting to see local business people stepping up and leveraging the many opportunities that exist in the area,” he said. Asked why the job change, Mr Jacobs said this position gave one the platform to inform and influence policy and practice, particularly as it relates to business.He added that businesses, especially small, medium and micro enterprises are the future of South Africa, as it is only in this sector that possible job creation exists. “The corporate sector has been shedding jobs over the past decade, and the bloated public sector has probably reached its maximum and will be under pressure to bring staffing numbers to more realistic levels. For SMME’s to grow to scale, we need a massive injection of investment into this sector, as well as a concerted effort to develop the relevant skills. There is currently a disjoint between what our schools and tertiary institutions are producing in skills, and what the corporate and SMME sectors need. As president of the CCCI, I have an opportunity to help shape the conversation to address this current disjoint,” he said. Mr Jacobs said the challenges faced by Athlone were the challenges faced by all businesses which included transport congestion, crime and violence, drugs and gangsterism, unstable electricity supply, low economic growth, and many more, but they were more felt in areas such as Athlone because of its rich history. He added, however, that the area had the potential to return to its glory days – a thriving economy, an interactive community, strong schools and a cultural hub which it once was. “By bringing all key players together, the CCCI can play an important coordinating role in re-imagining Athlone. As a son of Athlone, I’m committed to this,” he added.last_img read more