CVPS proposes renewable energy grants, studies

first_imgWith 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.’last_img read more

5 insights for CUNA’s volunteer events in 2018

first_imgWhen you are considering attending volunteer events, there are several different factors to consider, most of all being “How would going to one of these events help me?” Luckily, we’ve weighed these options and come away with a few different considerations for you. Consider these five insights for Credit Union National Association (CUNA) volunteer events in 2018.CertificationA lot of board training has great speakers and sessions but one takeaway I see attendees valuing is the designation. Becoming a Certified Credit Union Volunteer proves your dedication to advancing your professional career and your credit union, while learning information that will help you be a more informed board member.NetworkingThe connections I’ve seen attendees make with their fellow volunteers at our learning events is something to highlight. When talking to past attendees, they are always talking about the great people they’ve met and connections they’ve formed that through our programs. Credit unions from around the country and even worldwide come together to share their experiences with each other. This opens your mind up to other points of view and situations that you may not have considered. You’ll leave a CUNA event with a network of peers that you can count on for years to come. Hot topic discussionsI always make sure to keep credit union needs top of mind when creating the schedule for the volunteer programs. We strive to incorporate attendee feedback into the sessions that are created. It’s important to us that volunteers are staying up to date on the latest trends in the industry and that attendees get fresh information from year to year. We focus on weaving in fundamental knowledge and new topics for discussion so credit unions can continue to thrive.Industry expert insightsIt is important to us that attendees are getting insights from the best in the business. We strive to bring in some of the top minds in the credit union industry from around the country to guide credit union professionals through their professional journey. Many speakers have decades of valuable experience that they are ready to pass on to attendees and will continue to come back and speak at CUNA events because of their passion for the movement and the connections that they’ve made.Premier pricing If you are a CUNA member, there is another incentive for your participation. You receive significant savings. There’s also added value when a group of volunteers attends an event together. We want our training to be affordable for everyone to get the knowledge they need to be the most successful in their role. There are a lot of training opportunities out there, and I encourage you to take advantage of a CUNA event. We have a full line up of upcoming training opportunities for you to check out on our website. I hope to see you at an upcoming event! You won’t regret it. 54SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Johnson Michelle Johnson is an Instructional Design Manager for CUNA’s Center for Professional Development (CPD).   Her primary responsibility is to develop the volunteer training programs for CUNA.  In this role, … Web: www.cuna.org Detailslast_img read more