Friday, November 19, 2010

Vermont Environmental News, November 19, 2010

Vermont farmers and businesses awarded $4.2 million in loans and grants from USDA | Vermont Business Magazine
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA Rural Development is providing loans and grants for 41 energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Vermont under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The funding includes support for solar projects for businesses and anaerobic digesters for farms that will generate renewable energy. Maple producers will dramatically decrease energy costs with installation of new technology. A disused former train depot will be restored with full energy efficient improvements ready for new tenants.
Concept2 to install solar array in Morrisville | The Burlington Free Press
Concept2, a Morrisville rowing-product manufacturer, and AllEarth Renewables Inc. of Williston, a renewable-energy developer, announced Thursday that a 23 killowatt photovoltaic array is being installed at the rower's headquarters.

The array of AllSun Trackers is expected to produce as much as 10 percent of Concept2's energy needs during the course of a year, according to the announcement.
Maine forest manager expands with acquisition | WCAX.COM
A Maine-based forest management company is expanding into New Hampshire, Vermont and New York by acquiring a company that operates in those states.

Prentiss & Carlisle President Donald White says the acquisition of Upland Forestry adds nearly 270,000 acres to the 1.5 million acres the company manages in six states and Quebec.
Norwich U. gets $1.4m for outdoor recreation | The Burlington Free Press
A graduate of Vermont's Norwich University is pledging $1.4 million to build a four-season recreational facility on Paine Mountain, near the school's Northfield campus.

The gift by 1980 graduate Larry Costa of Nottingham, N.H., will be part of a project to build a series of hiking, mountain-biking and snowshoeing trails on the former ski hill.
Vt. co. charged with illegally storing chemicals |
A Bennington manufacturer of tear gas and pepper spray products is facing charges of illegally storing hazardous waste without a permit.

The U.S. Attorney for Vermont said Wednesday that Mace Security International and Mace Bennington Unit President Jon Goodrich have been indicted by a federal grand jury with a felony, alleging that they kept hazardous waste in mill buildings and outside the facility in shipping containers near the Walloomsac River.
NH conference to focus on environmental policy | WCAX.COM
A New Hampshire conference is looking at how the country can deal with environmental challenges while reining in federal deficits and promoting economic growth.

The conference is being held Thursday at the University of New Hampshire's Manchester campus. Experts will discuss how the policies are interrelated and New Hampshire can support effective reforms and innovative solutions.
Wind turbine maker eyes N.S. market |
A Vermont wind turbine manufacturer is closely watching how Nova Scotia sets the price of electricity for small wind projects in the province.

Northern Power Systems of Barre, Vt., is anxious to start putting up wind turbines and turning a profit in Nova Scotia, as long as the price is right.

"Between the wind resource and policy goal, the missing piece is the incentive, and this is what this proceeding is," said Sanjeev Choudhary in Halifax Thursday. He is Northern Power’s vice-president of business development.