With an eye toward traditional renewable projects as well as cutting-edge studies, Central Vermont Public Service has proposed funding a variety of projects to further clean energy development in Vermont. ‘From improvements to existing projects to forward-thinking projects with great potential, we hope to improve and expand Vermont’s renewable energy options,’ CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said. ‘In proposing funding for these projects, we hope to make new strides in energy production.’ The CVPS proposals, filed with the Vermont Public Service Board, include funding for nine renewable and carbon-reduction projects and studies for a total award of about $340,000. In a letter to the PSB, CVPS noted the proposals would be funded from an insurance rebate related to the company’s former ownership in Vermont Yankee. CVPS proposed a $30,000 grant to the University of Vermont to fund a study that could improve energy production of manure-based methane, the energy source for CVPS Cow Powerâ ¢. The study would analyze microbes that produce methane in an effort to improve the cost-effectiveness of farm methane energy systems. ‘The primary goals are to identify the micro-organisms that can produce the highest amount of methane and the optimal conditions for them to grow and produce methane,’ Costello said. ‘This could improve energy production and the economics of manure-based energy production.’ CVPS proposed a $15,000 grant to help fund the Vermont Deep Geothermal Energy Study, a state effort to examine the potential of deep geothermal energy. This grant would fund field data acquisition, including a survey of water well temperature data and rock properties, which are cost-effective methods to begin the search for geothermal resources. A separate $25,000 grant would support Vermont Technical College’s plans to install a ground-source heat pump space heating and cooling system on the Randolph Center campus. Other proposals include:$50,000 for two solar hybrid-electric vehicle charging stations;$30,000 to fund continued research on the use of lake weeds as an energy source in biodigesters;$43,000 to improve the CVPS Renewable Energy Education Center on Route 7 in Rutland Town. The funds would be used to add web-based and on-site monitoring equipment that would allow viewers to see energy production of the solar and hydro facilities in real time, as well as wind speed from a test tower at the site. Drainage and walking path improvements would also be made;$15,000 for a Green Mountain College summer learning project to evaluate energy and environmental innovation as it pertains to customer engagement;$15,000 for the production of a GMC white paper on hyper-efficient electric devices, including plug-in vehicles; andA $15,000 grant to the Vermont Environmental Consortium to study the feasibility of a significant new solar project at the Elizabeth Copper Mine in Strafford. ‘Vermonters already enjoy one of the cleanest power supplies in the nation, with rates that are among the lowest in the Northeast,’ Costello said. ‘Through these studies and projects, we intend to support continued development of new renewable energy while providing seed funds to investigate promising new technologies.’
THE recently formed Cold Fusion Cricket Club of Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, was last Saturday the recipient of a quantity of cricket gear, compliments of New York-based Guyanese Shameer ‘Joey’ Sadloo, his son Ian, Steve Ragubeer and Freddie Madray. Cricket Zone and Millat Sporting Goods also contributed.Sadloo, a former Guyana Under-19 cricketer, who also represented Everest Cricket Club (ECC) at the domestic level, and is on holiday in Guyana, handed over the equipment to Budhnarine Persaud, president of Cold Fusion at a simple ceremony, held at his former club on Camp Road, Georgetown.Sports enthusiast and International Six dominoes captain Manniram Shew, also a prominent member of Everest, played an instrumental part in securing the gear from Sadloo, a long-time associate, and the others involved.Members of both the senior and youth teams of Cold Fusion as well as executive members of Everest were also attended the presentation.Following the presentation, former Guyana all-rounder and prominent East Bank Demerara cricket coach Claude St John, who played a big part in Sadloo’s success at the youth level, held a rap session with the youth players of Cold Fusion and this was well received by the youngsters.Included among the cricket equipment were elbow guards, wicket-keeping pads, hip guards, bat rubbers, wicket-keeping gloves, jack straps, batting gloves, helmets, cricket bats, gear bag and practice clothes.
At the end of the Coca-Cola Minigolf Clubs League Match Day 5, six minigolf clubs have qualified for the finals set for Sunday at the 18-hole Ridge Sports City in Accra. Five clubs – Golden Putters at 39 points, Forbes at 28 points, Power at 28 points, Black Putters at 27 points and Nutterz Putterz at 25 points – secured their place comfortably. However, the sixth spot had to be decided by a score difference with Kama club qualifying at the expense of Sky club despite the two teams finishing with 22 points.Matchday 5 prize winners were Luvick Otoka & Ruben Minko of Kama Club who won the lowest score of 35 for the day and lowest Pairs Scored respectively.A spectacular showdown is expected in the finals which Golden Putters are highly fancied to win after dominating the last round. On Sunday, all scores, holes-in-one to this point will be scrapped, and the top six clubs will each choose their best three players to represent them in a one minigolf round of 18 holes, after which the best two clubs will square off for the ultimate prize at stake. The champion will be awarded GHC 2500, with the runner-up taking home a 32-inch color TV, plus additional 10 prizes awarded to best league players in various categories from Melcom home appliances, Latex Foam mattresses, Azar paints, and Interplast products.—