Hinesburg becoming solar capital of Vermont

first_imgSource. 12.21.2010. AllEarth Renewables, Inc. www.allearthrenewables.com(link is external)AllEarth Renewables, Inc. is a Vermont company that specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of complete grid-connected wind and solar renewable energy systems that lessen dependence on nuclear and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s goal is to provide turnkey products that harness the power of wind and sun for homes and businesses while creating sustainable, well-paying jobs. The Town of Hinesburg, Vermont and AllEarth Renewables, Inc. of Williston, Vermont have partnered to install 31 AllSun Trackers on Lagoon Road, south of the town’s wastewater treatment plant. Over the course of a year, the 141 kilowatt photovoltaic array is expected to produce 200,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electrical energy which will provide over 45 percent of the electricity used by town-owned meters.Hinesburg is quickly becoming the solar capital of Vermont.  According to the Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont, this project is the largest municipal solar installation in the state.  When combined with other solar electric projects installed by Hinesburg residents and businesses, Hinesburg leads Vermont towns with over 500 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic capacity which produces enough electricity for over 75 homes.‘The Hinesburg community has been very active improving energy efficiency and rolling out renewable energy installations from solar trackers to small-scale wind turbines to solar powered parking lights,’ said Alex Weinhagen, Hinesburg’s Director of Planning & Zoning.  ‘This solar tracker installation is another excellent example of how the Town of Hinesburg is moving forward the conversation and the actual implementation of Vermont’s emerging energy future.  Together with community members and our business partners, the Town is demonstrating that local and distributed renewable energy generation can and does work.’‘Hinesburg has taken an important step towards energy independence and is leading the way for other Vermont towns,’ said David Blittersdorf, President and CEO of AllEarth Renewables. ‘This project shows great foresight on the part of Hinesburg town government by finding an economical use for land that was otherwise not being utilized.’The AllSun Tracker is a complete grid-connected solar electric system which consists of photovoltaic panels mounted on poles installed in the ground.  The system uses a GPS (Global Positioning System) and a dual axis rotation to keep the solar panels at a perpendicular angle to the sun’s rays throughout the day.  This maximizes the amount of light reaching the panels, which in turn maximizes the amount of energy generated,  providing as much as 40% more electricity than fixed panel installations of the same size.  More than 340 AllSun Trackers have been installed in Vermont to-date, creating over one million watts of renewable power capacity.last_img read more

FMC Aims at Carrier Alliances, Consolidation under Amended US Shipping Act

first_imgPresident Trump’s changes to the U.S. Shipping Act would see the Federal Maritime Commission address antitrust issues related to recent consolidation in the maritime industry, according to Holland & Knight partners.Signed into law on December 4, 2018, The Federal Maritime Commission Authorization Act of 2017 marks the first substantive revision to the U.S. Shipping Act since 1998 and provides several of the most significant changes to the Shipping Act since 1984.Namely, the changes are primarily related to antitrust issues regarding a recent wave in maritime industry consolidation and the emergence of ocean carrier alliances.“These changes are expected to help protect marine terminal service providers as well as other U.S. marine equipment and services providers, and to preserve investment in domestic shore-side maritime infrastructure,” Holland & Knight partners said.Enacted in 1916, the Shipping Act confers authority upon the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to regulate maritime commerce in the U.S. The Shipping Act regulates common carriers (both non-vessel and vessel operating) and marine terminal operators (MTOs) and affords limited antitrust protections to filed agreements among regulated parties.In 2017, Congress began serious efforts to review and amend the Shipping Act to address these changes to the maritime industry, all of which have affected U.S. infrastructure investment. The legislative efforts represent the first step toward bolstering the U.S. maritime industry.The amendments are a part of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 (S. 140), which authorizes appropriations for the Coast Guard and for the Federal Maritime Commission through Fiscal Year 2019, reauthorizes the Department of Commerce’s hydrographic services program administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through Fiscal Year 2023, and provides for the establishment of uniform standards for the management of vessel discharge.last_img read more

URSS Rebels headed to Dodge City

first_imgDODGE CITY, Kan. – After two weeks off for drivers to compete in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Nationals and a weekend to regroup, the Myers Engine United Rebel Sprint Series will return to Dodge City Raceway Park for the fifth annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial this Saturday, Sept. 16.Leading the Rebels into Dodge City will be current points leader Zach Blurton, Jed Werner, Ste­ven Richardson, Ty Williams and host of others as they will duel with Dodge City’s best Taylor Velasquez, Luke Cranston, Tyler Knight and others to make up a great field of cars for Dodge City’s championship night.“It’s an honor to be able to compete at this great event as Jerry was not only a great friend of mine but was also very instrumental in helping start the URSS,” said series founder Rick Salem. “We’re looking for a great field of cars from Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma as this will be the last IMCA point race for the state of Kansas.”Comfort Suites in Dodge City has added money to the purse that will now pay $750 to win with $125 to start. Other sanctioned divisions running Saturday night will be the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Racing starts at 7 p.m. General admission is $20 for adults and free for kids 11 and under accompany­ing a paid adult.last_img read more