Expressions of interest open for Geelong Energy Hub

first_img Expressions of interest open for Geelong Energy Hub. (Credit: StockSnap from Pixabay) Viva Energy (the “Company”) today announced it has commenced the process of seeking expressions of interest from commercial partners for the proposed LNG Regasification Terminal. This project would form a key part of the broader Geelong Energy Hub to be developed alongside the company’s existing refinery located in Corio.Viva Energy recently announced plans to establish Geelong as a future “Energy Hub” for Victoria and South East Australia, provide skilled employment opportunities, support the transition to lower carbon energies, and enhance the country’s energy security.After successful completion of initial technical studies on the LNG Regasification Terminal (LNGR), the company is intending to proceed to the front-end engineering and design phase of this project by the end of the year.Viva Energy CEO, Scott Wyatt said that the business was looking to form commercial strategic partnerships with other companies that can support the LNG Regasification Terminal and the broader vision for the Geelong Energy Hub, the first integrated energy hub in Australia of its kind.“Viva Energy is preparing for the future by investing in strategic infrastructure to help meet Australia’s rapidly changing energy demands” Mr Wyatt said.“Our LNG Regasification Terminal offers gas producers, wholesalers and retailers an opportunity to gain access to the largest domestic gas market in Australia with pipeline links to other south eastern states.“We hope to be able to bring gas from Australian production fields to where it is needed so that the whole country can enjoy the benefits of our vast resources and help bring energy prices down by increasing supply and competition.“Our project builds on our existing refining infrastructure which makes it significantly more competitive than other proposals and naturally reduces any new environmental impacts. We are already set up to take large shipments of oil on a regular basis, and can easily accommodate additional LNG gas vessels alongside these operations“Victoria needs additional gas, but it makes sense to build this alongside an established facility like Geelong where you have existing capability and experience with direct access to port, pipeline, and processing infrastructure.“Geelong is already home to the state’s second largest port with significant employment and existing infrastructure to support projects like this. Viva Energy has been operating in Geelong for nearly 70 years and has invested nearly $500M over the last five years in modernising and improving its refining operations. The LNG Regasification project is the next step to establishing a leading Energy Hub.“As part of our Energy Hub project, Viva Energy is currently assessing the feasibility to establish a solar energy farm on surplus refinery land and the potential for gas fired power generation and hydrogen production to support this emerging sector.“We see opportunities to reduce our own emissions and support the transition to renewables by providing on-demand electricity and commercial volumes of hydrogen to kick start this industry in Victoria. These are all part of our vision for Geelong and we are excited about getting this underway with the construction of the state’s first LNG regasification terminal” Mr Wyatt said.The expressions of interest opportunity exists to partner with Viva Energy in bringing the Energy Hub Project to market.The EOI information outlines Viva Energy’s vision and longer term goals of the Energy Hub, in addition to demonstrating the unique attributes Geelong has as the preferred location for a LNG Regasification Terminal in Australia.Mr Wyatt said that Viva Energy had a proven track record in running industrial facilities, and project delivery, both regionally and across Australia, making it an ideal developer, partner and operator of the Project.“Viva Energy is a proven and experienced operator, currently supplying half of Victoria’s liquid fuel requirements.“Our vision is to create an integrated Energy Hub that will support Australia’s evolving energy needs” Mr Wyatt said. Source: Company Press Release This project would form a key part of the broader Geelong Energy Hub to be developed alongside the company’s existing refinery located in Coriolast_img read more

VIDEO: Royal Navy’s Wildcat Takes to the Sky for the First Time (UK)

first_img January 29, 2013 The first Wildcat attack helicopter to be delivered to the Royal Navy has successfully taken its first flight at Yeovil in Somerset.The Wildcat has a more powerful engine, allowing it to be flown in extreme conditions all year round. It is also equipped with a more robust fuselage, a high-tech interactive display and a new radar system that provides 360-degree surveillance.The Wildcat HMA Mark 2 will carry Sting Ray torpedoes, a door-mounted, 0.5-inch heavy machine gun and new light and heavy variants of the future anti-surface guided weapon missiles.Expected to perform a range of tasks once in service, the maritime Wildcat attack helicopter will be used in anti-surface warfare, force protection and counter-piracy. It will also be able to carry out an anti-submarine role.Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope, said: As a ship-borne helicopter, Wildcat will provide commanders with a flexible attack capability which can be deployed to tackle a range of threats at sea and from the sea.With state-of-the-art sensors, equipment and weapons, it will be an outstanding asset that will maintain Royal Naval units at the cutting-edge of worldwide maritime operations.Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, said:The new maritime Wildcat attack helicopter is an excellent addition to the Royal Navy’s arsenal, providing it with greater firepower and a range of technological enhancements.The support and training contract with AgustaWestland is also good news for the local economy in Somerset, securing 500 highly skilled jobs in the defence sector.The MOD signed a £250 million contract with AgustaWestland last year to provide support and training for the Royal Navy and British Army’s 62-strong fleet of Wildcat helicopters.The Royal Navy will receive 28 maritime attack variant helicopters, which will begin operations across the globe from 2015 and replace the existing Lynx Mark 8.The following is a video showing AW159 Lynx Wildcat in action during sea trials in July 2012.The AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat (previously called the Future Lynx and Lynx Wildcat) is an improved version of the Westland Super Lynx military helicopter. The AW159 will serve in the battlefield utility, search and rescue and anti-surface warfare roles.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 29, 2013; Image: UK MoD View post tag: Wildcat View post tag: Naval VIDEO: Royal Navy’s Wildcat Takes to the Sky for the First Time (UK) View post tag: first View post tag: takes View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Royal Share this article View post tag: Sky View post tag: Navy View post tag: time Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: Royal Navy’s Wildcat Takes to the Sky for the First Time (UK) last_img read more

New F-35B Lightning II Undergoes Extreme Temperature Tests

first_img New F-35B Lightning II Undergoes Extreme Temperature Tests Equipment & technology Back to overview,Home naval-today New F-35B Lightning II Undergoes Extreme Temperature Tests February 3, 2015 View post tag: Naval View post tag: americas View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: F-35B View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Undergoescenter_img View post tag: Temperature View post tag: Lightning II Share this article The new F-35B Lightning II joint striker fighter destined for the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carriers was subjected to temperatures ranging from 120˚F to -40˚F in a climatic laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.As well as ice, the fight-generation stealth aircraft was tested in wind, solar radiation, fog, humidity, rain, freezing rain, icing cloud and snow.F-35 test pilot Billie Flynn, who performed extreme cold testing on the aircraft, said:While we are testing in the world’s largest climatic testing chamber, we’re pushing the F-35 to its environmental limits.To this point, the aircraft’s performance is meeting expectations. It has flown in more than 100 degree heat while also flying in bitter sub-zero temperatures.In its final days of testing, it will fly through ice and other conditions such as driving rain with hurricane force winds.With 13 countries currently involved with the program, the F-35 must be tested in meteorological conditions representative of those locations from which it will operate, ranging from the heat of the Outback of Australia to the bitter cold of the Arctic Circle above Canada and Norway.[mappress mapid=”15027″]Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Tests View post tag: Extreme View post tag: Navy View post tag: Newlast_img read more

24 Hour Plays

first_imgIt was always going to be interesting: six of Oxford’s finest young playwrights paired with six directors, randomly assigned to a group of actors and then given twenty-four hours to produce an original piece of theatre, all in the name of charity. The results were varied, both in content and quality. The majority clearly fell vitctim to a conflict between the grandiose ideas of the playwrights and the time constraints imposed by the exercise. The Gingerbread House in particular, while to be commended for its artistic vision, was dull and practically incomprehensible, and surprised everyone by abruptly finishing within ten minutes.The two most enjoyable plays, Alex Christofi’s The Reception and Cathy Thomas’ Who Needs Jesuits? kept it simple. The former centered around three slightly-inebriated bachelors slumped in a forgotten corner at a wedding reception, while Thomas’ delightfully irreverent production began as a stereotypical family breakfast that soon degenerated into bedlam. Both managed to be funny without seeming contrived and featured some excellent one-liners – but the highlight had to be an enthusiastic dance from Jack Farchy wearing nothing but a polka-dot mini dress. Also deserving special mention was Tom Campion’s touching play about the relationship between two cantankerous old men, roles which were played to perfection by Jonny Totman and Peter Clapp. And, as one would expect from any self-respecting playwright hailing from Wadham, there was of course a gratuitous and completely unnecessary reference to Nelson Mandela.While, conceptually, the idea of the 24 Hour Plays pulled all the right strings, in that it tested the creative skill of the playwrights and the initiative of the actors, the productions were, by and large, over-complex and over-ambitious, and as a result unpolished and unclear. In many of the plays the audience was left confused and frustrated, and dare I say it, wishing they had spent the last two hours watching re-runs of The OC. Ultimately, in a production with such unique time constraints as this, simplicity would have been preferable as opposed to trying to make artistic statements at the expense of coherence and clarity.Sarah DaviesDir. VariousKeble O’Reillylast_img read more

Bells rings change

first_imgFamily-run business Bells of Lazonby has been presented with a prestigious Know- ledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) award, recognising its achieve- ments in category innovation.Founded in 1975, a KTP project is a three-way partnership between: a company, which has a specific and strategic project; a knowledge base – an academic or research institution that has skills relevant to the project; and a high-calibre associate or recently qualified person, who works in the company on the project.Bells of Lazonby, specialist manufacturer of organic, ’free-from’ and traditional craft bakery products entered into the three-year KTP with Manchester Metropolitan University in order to address three main objectives: to develop techniques for extending the shelf-life of products, develop a new range of gluten-free bakery products for the organic and non-organic markets, and to create a manufacturing environment that preserves the integrity of the storage, preparation and production of ingredients and processes required for the accreditation of products.As a result of the KTP, the company is now able to evaluate and improve packaging systems, identify ways to extend product shelf-life, and have a greater understanding of modifications to product formulation. Key outputs of the KTP include the introduction of sensory analysis facilities and associated software, in order to identify changes in the quality of products, the results of which are used in presentations to existing and potential customers.CCFRA software has also been introduced to predict the shelf-life of baked goods. These developments have enabled Bells to secure sales to major multiples, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.”The KTP experience has shaped a new approach for us – initially within the ’free-from’ arena but this has now extended across our business,” says Bells of Lazonby managing director Michael Bell. “We now have a product development team of three and our process is born out of discussions with customers – through roadshows, events and exhibitions – from market research, market gap analysis and from relationships with concept developers at major UK retailers.”Perhaps most significant has been the successful launch of several new branded and own-label products, which include dairy and wheat-free sponges, low-fat gluten-free cereal bars, a range of pressed fruit bars and gluten-free cakes. From a nominal turnover before launching its new range in 2003, Bells of Lazonby now has annualised turnover of £2.5 million.Presenting Bells with its winning KTP award, Minister of State for Industry and the Regions, Margaret Hodge, said: “When an idea is matched with a high potential business, the explosive effects spark a chain reaction to jobs, wealth and higher productivity. That is what Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are all about. KTP has given British firms new opportunities – to break into new technologies, new markets, new processes and production methodologies.” n? If you would like further information on the benefits offered by Knowledge Transfer Partnerships – a business support product of the DTI – visit [] or call 0870 190 2829 nlast_img read more

Discounters to benefit most from Brexit, says Kantar

first_imgAnalysts from Kantar Retail have said traditional British supermarkets will face higher costs after Brexit, while discounters, such as Aldi and Lidl, will reap the benefits. Kantar said in reaction to Britain voting to leave the EU: ““The mid-term effect of goods sourcing is likely to be the largest factor of consideration for British retailers.“The prices of fresh produce will definitely go up, as much of this is sourced from the EU. In the case of Tesco, for example, almost 50% of butter and cheese consumed in the UK comes from milk sourced from EU markets.“Inflationary pressures will further boost the call for locally-sourced/manufactured products as the retailers’ ability to source from EU suppliers offering better trade terms is adversely impacted.“Higher commodity prices and tariffs will also impact production of traditional products, even though a significant proportion of goods are produced locally. Supply chain costs are likely to go up due to higher trade tariffs.”Factors including economy of scale, limited ranges and having the leanest supply chains are all factors that will help the discounters to absorb the rise in food prices and inflation, the report said.“Crucially, in their attempts to position themselves as genuine weekly shopping destinations, both Aldi and Lidl have drastically increased and improved their fresh offer, with sales from fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry and bread now accounting for 50% of sales.“In this time, they have been the most proactive in driving provenance and localism, with Aldi implementing a 100% British fresh meat policy. This heightened relationship with British farmers means they are in a stronger position than their rivals in the immediate term.“Lidl alone will invest £1.5bn over the next three years in building new stores, refurbishing existing ones and developing new product new lines. These investment plans are likely to remain unchanged and, with the value of the pound dropping, the billions of euros set aside are now set to go a lot further.As a result, the report said Aldi and Lidl are primed to be the least affected retailers. Indeed they may be the ones to benefit in the short and medium term.This month Aldi was crowned Grocer of the Year at the Grocer Gold Awards, for the third time in four years.last_img read more

Members of Lotus and Dopapod To Hit The Road As Octave Cat

first_imgLast year, Jesse Miller, Eli Winderman, and Charlie Patierno announced a trio in Philly called Octave Cat. The three have previously released a few tunes together, and have performed live once before at SummerDance Festival, but have never brought their collaboration farther than that. This will all change with their first-ever mini tour in March, starting from home in Philadelphia at Johnny Brenda’s, and heading out to American Beauty in NYC, then finishing up at 8×10 Club in Baltimore. Check out the official announcement below:When not with Octave Cat, Jesse Miller can be found holding down the low end with Lotus and performing solo analog synth sets as Beard-o-Bees. Eli Winderman is the keyboardist for Dopapod. Charlie Patierno is the touring drummer for pop artist Mike Taylor, and has also worked with groups like Blue Method, Melody Gardot and The Roots.Octave Cat 2017 Mini Tour:3/17 Philadelphia, PA, Johnny Brenda’s – Tix3/18 New York, NY, American Beauty NYC – Tix3/19 Baltimore, MD, The 8×10 – Tixlast_img read more

Helping African teens thrive

first_img How Christina Chang shifted from cold showers to tech development in her quest for a more sustainable world This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.When Tom Osborn arrived at Harvard as a first-year from Kenya, he’d already been named one of Forbes Magazine’s top 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs for a startup he’d launched back home.A year later, personal events and a couple of classes had spurred Osborn to change his concentration from economics to psychology. As he graduates this spring, he’s developed a successful mental health intervention for teens in Kenya called Shamiri (Swahili for “thrive”).“I grew up in a small farming village where the emphasis was on everyone doing something to help the community and each other,” he said.Osborn did this in a big way in high school when he founded a company that provides a clean fuel alternative for cookstoves, a common mode of preparing food in Africa, after his mother had fallen ill with a respiratory infection caused by burning wood particles.Osborn reached out to David Sengeh ’10, whose organization, Global Minimum, supports young African innovators. Through this organization, Osborn connected with engineers from MIT who helped him and two high school friends launch GreenChar, which transforms sugar cane waste from village farms into a clean burning fuel. “I came to Harvard with an open mind as it’s a place to experiment and try new things, and I tried whatever I possibly could.” — Tom Osborn ’20 Breaking ground with new degree Around the end of Osborn’s first year at Harvard, his brother, who had served in peacekeeping efforts in Ethiopia and Somalia, was experiencing emotional difficulties. It got Osborn thinking about ways to increase mental health awareness in Kenya.Then two classes Osborn took sophomore year changed his perspective about how he might make a difference in his home country: “Science of Living Systems 20,” the introductory psychology class taught by Dan Gilbert, and the lesson taught by Doris Sommer within “Contemporary Developing Countries: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Intractable Problems,” a course taught by a team of faculty led by Professors Tarun Khanna and Satchit Balsari.Osborn reached out to Professor John Weisz’s Laboratory for Youth Mental Health, seeking expert help for building evidence-based mental health interventions.The resulting Shamiri project envisioned a group therapy model for high school students that would allow for dialogue and emotional awareness. Marvin Merritt’s show about growing up in a small, isolated community explores how the stories of a family shape the history of a life Juan Reynoso bridging the worlds of public health and urban planning Relatedcenter_img Supported with research grants from the Center for African Studies and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Osborn launched the pilot program during the summer of his sophomore year, in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi. His personal experience in the public school system in Kenya helped him gain buy-in from the local community. He returned the following summer to scale up the project tenfold.Osborn said that teachers and parents were elated with the results: higher grades and declines in student depression and anxiety. He has since founded the nonprofit Shamiri Institute to continue interventions in East Africa.While Osborn was busy making a difference in communities from his home country, he also found time to get involved at Harvard, hosting a stand-up comedy event in the Eliot Grille, mentoring international students, leading the Africa Business and Investment Club, serving on the arts editorial board for the Harvard Advocate, and even DJing some events on campus.“I came to Harvard with an open mind as it’s a place to experiment and try new things, and I tried whatever I possibly could,” he said.Osborn is mulling graduate school in the near future, but also continues to work on lifting at-risk youths through the Shamiri Institute. A captain for our planet Hitting full stride in emergency medicine Once on this island Ultra-runner Kirstin Woody Scott refuses to let anything — even a pandemic — take her off course last_img read more

‘Diversity and Inclusion Conference’ to explore social issue

first_imgMembers of the tri-campus community will join together Friday in conversation at the “2019 Diversity and Inclusion Conference” at the Morris Inn from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The conference is open to students, staff and faculty, and will explore ideas about race, gender, sexual orientation and identity.Eric Love, director of staff diversity and inclusion, said the event offers a unique opportunity to participants.“I think this will be an excellent opportunity for students, faculty [and] staff to come together [and] engage in those conversations in a way that doesn’t usually happen on campus,” Love said.The event’s keynote speaker Robin DiAngelo is the author of the New York Times bestseller “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.” According to the conference agenda, DiAngelo’s speech “Seeing the Racial Water” will examine how white people can “develop white racial literacy” to push for “greater racial equity.”Love, who is organizing the event, said DiAngelo’s speech has attracted interest from many faculty and staff who have held book clubs over the summer discussing her ideas. DiAngelo raises important critiques without pointing fingers, Love said.“I don’t think she attacks or blames white people,” Love said. “I think that she points out some patterns that oftentimes white people get uncomfortable when we talk about race or racism.”In the four years Love has worked at Notre Dame, the University became a far more inclusive environment, he said.“I think that every institution has work to do, and Notre Dame is no different,” Love said. “I do think we’ve come a long way in a very short period of time.”When it comes to diversity and inclusion, Love said Notre Dame needs to continue shifting its campus culture and becoming more open to differences across the board. The conference will devote a workshop specifically towards improving LGBTQ allyship. Love said LGBTQ inclusion aligns with Notre Dame’s Catholic values, despite the Catholic Church’s opposition to same-sex relationships and transgender identities.“We are a Catholic institution,” Love said. “We follow Catholic doctrine [and] Biblical teachings, but one of the major premises of Catholic doctrine is to treat each individual with human dignity and respect. You might not agree with everyone, you might not understand, and you may not endorse someone’s lifestyle or every choice that people make or who they are. But we have to treat each other with dignity and respect.”Love said Notre Dame administrators and student government officials have recently been pushing diversity and inclusion initiatives on many fronts, and he is hopeful this conference will be a step in the right direction.“I think that this conference helps really illustrate how seamless social Catholic teachings, the mission of Notre Dame and diversity and inclusion work really go together,” Love said. “It’s a natural fit.”Tags: Department of Diversity and Inclusion, gender, race, sexual orientationlast_img read more

Two-year Efficiency Vermont program aims to reduce energy consumption by 7.5 percent

first_imgEfficiency Vermont,Sixty of Vermont’s largest commercial, industrial, municipal, and institutional energy users have joined Efficiency Vermont’s Energy Leadership Challenge, a two-year effort to reduce energy use at participating organizations by 7.5 percent. The Energy Leadership Challenge is designed not only to reduce current energy use at some of Vermont’s largest facilities, but also for participants to commit to long-term energy planning that will result in further energy and operating cost reductions. Efficiency Vermont provides enhanced resources, both technical and financial, to help participants achieve their energy-reduction goals by June 30, 2013. For Vermont’s largest energy consumers, the Energy Leadership Challenge has the potential to save more than 28 million KWh, approximately 1.5 to 2.0 times greater than the average annual savings for this sector. Most of the participating organizations already have achieved significant energy savings by working with Efficiency Vermont. Their shared commitment to a 7.5 percent reduction requires them to go beyond the ‘low-hanging fruit’ of energy savings and take major steps to increase efficiencies that will help them reach the Energy Leadership Challenge goal. ‘These organizations are the leaders, the engines of our economy, and we’re proud to serve as energy consultants to help them run their facilities more efficiently,’ said Jim Merriam, director of Efficiency Vermont. ‘To help Vermont’s businesses stay competitive in a global marketplace, we created the Energy Leadership Challenge that inspires long-term energy planning and significant energy savings.’ According to a recent analysis commissioned by the Vermont Department of Public Service, every dollar spent on energy efficiency provides nearly $5.00 in benefits to Vermonters. These savings can be reinvested back into growing Vermont’s economy and helping Vermonters become more energy efficient. Following are short profiles of a few of the Energy Leadership Challenge participants. Vermed, Inc.Based in Bellows Falls, the manufacturer of high-quality medical sensors and electrodes has worked for years with Efficiency Vermont to reduce energy usage and costs at its 48,000 square foot facility. According to Vermed, it recently hit a five-year low for energy use in the same month that it produced and shipped a record number of products. Vermed’s electric bills are down 25-30 percent, saving the company $3,000 per month. ‘Efficiency Vermont helps us dig deep in the manufacturing process, and we really value their expertise,’ said Rich Kalich, chairman and CEO of Vermed. ‘They understand that the cost of power will continue to rise, so if you don’t invest in efficiency you’re actually losing money. Efficiency Vermont helps our business, and many others like ours around the state, be more competitive.’ National Life GroupWhen the National Life Group decided to participate in the Energy Leadership Challenge, it was already saving more than 1.3 million KWh and almost $200,000 annually thanks to previous lighting and other energy-efficiency projects. Headquartered in a 60-year-old building, National Life’s goal is to reduce its operational costs and lessen its environmental impact. The company is working with Efficiency Vermont on a comprehensive study that will provide a blueprint for future energy-efficiency savings and continuous improvement. Tim Shea, who manages the National Life Group facilities, recently took a field trip with Efficiency Vermont account manager Mike Leonard to an Albany-area business that had realized significant energy savings by eliminating overhead lighting. National Life plans to move forward with a similar project involving reduced overhead lighting, occupancy sensors, and daylight harvesting. Not having to upgrade the wiring in the ceiling of the circa 1950s building also will reduce costs. ‘National Life Group understands that Efficiency Vermont plays a key role for Vermont businesses as energy consultants,’ said Mike Leonard. ‘If that means a field trip to Albany to highlight how another business is saving energy, we hop in the car. By involving Efficiency Vermont early and often in the energy-efficiency discussions, National Life Group continues to maximize its energy and financial savings.’ Green Mountain CollegeGreen Mountain College has been one of Sierra Magazine’s ‘Coolest Schools’ (for environmental programming and operations) two years in a row. The school’s biomass plant produces 85 percent of its heat and 20 percent of the electricity it needs to run its Poultney operations. Efficiency Vermont has advised the school, providing technical and financial assistance, on many campus projects in recent years. Green Mountain College recently launched a dashboard that displays real-time electricity use in residence halls and keeps tabs on the energy produced by its new biomass facility. The display allows administrators ‘ and students ‘ to track and identify ways to save energy on campus. ‘Efficiency Vermont works with us as a partner, helping to design and implement projects to maximize energy efficiency on campus,’ said Paul Fonteyn, president of Green Mountain College. ‘In turn, this helps us achieve our goal of attracting academically-motivated students who want to pursue their education in a sustainable environment.’ University MallThe University Mall in South Burlington worked with Efficiency Vermont to upgrade lighting in its parking facilities, resulting in a 42 percent decrease in energy consumption in the first month after the installation. Ultimately, the energy-efficient LEDs in the parking garage could save 50 percent in electrical expenses. ‘We consider Efficiency Vermont an amazing resource for energy savings,’ said Jason Steward, property manager for Finard Properties. ‘We joined the Energy Leadership Challenge because Efficiency Vermont has always been extremely knowledgeable and helpful, acting as outside advisors on any energy-related project. We want to do more to reduce our energy costs and footprint.’ Barry Callebaut USA‘It’s all about getting better ‘ we cannot afford to slow down,’ said Marc Ladd, maintenance manager for Barry Callebaut USA. Ladd manages the company’s 150,000 square foot facility in St. Albans. Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, frequently shares its St. Albans energy-efficiency successes with colleagues in its plants across North America. Barry Callebaut has been working with Efficiency Vermont since 2005 on projects including lighting, heating and cooling, motors, and compressed air that save the company 1.5 million KWh per year and more than $117,000. ‘We’ve had a great experience with Efficiency Vermont and look forward to continuing our successes with the Energy Leadership Challenge,’ noted Ladd. ‘They understand our holistic approach to plant operations, helping us to improve our own processes that we can then share across the company.’ Basin Harbor Club‘Basin Harbor Club joined the Energy Leadership Challenge because we saw an opportunity to not only save a significant amount of energy and money, but also to show other Vermont businesses and our guests that we’re serious about our energy resources and energy efficiency,’ said Brian Goodyear, director of engineering and technical services. To date, the work with Efficiency Vermont at the Lake Champlain resort has largely focused on installing more efficient lighting that has resulted in lower energy bills. Goodyear and his team at Basin Harbor Club are currently looking at installing energy meters on specific buildings to identify opportunities for more savings as part of the Energy Leadership Challenge. ‘Increasingly, groups and associations staying at Basin Harbor Club ask us about our carbon footprint and energy stewardship, and our work with Efficiency Vermont helps demonstrate that we’re responsible stewards of Vermont’s natural resources,’ added Goodyear. The list of organizations that have taken on the Energy Leadership Challenge to date includes: ·         Barry Callebaut USA, Inc. (St. Albans)·         Basin Harbor Club (Vergennes)·         Bennington College (Bennington)·         Black River Produce (North Springfield)·         Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (Berlin)·         Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (Brattleboro)·         Brattleboro Retreat (Brattleboro)·         Bromley Mountain Ski Resort (Peru)·         Carris Reels, Inc. (Rutland)·         Castleton State College (Castleton)·         Central Vermont Medical Center (Barre)·         Dynapower Corporation (South Burlington)·         Energizer Battery Manufacturing Company (Bennington)·         Energizer Battery Manufacturing Company (St. Albans)·         Fairbanks Scales (St. Johnsbury)·         G.S. Precision, Inc. (Brattleboro)·         Gifford Medical Center (Randolph)·         Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Waterbury)·         Green Mountain College (Poultney)·         GW Plastics, Inc. (Bethel)·         Harbour Industries, Inc. (Shelburne)·         HEI Equinox LLC (Manchester)·         Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. (Milton)·         Imerys Talc America, Inc. (Ludlow)·         Killington Pico Ski Resort Partners LLC (Killington)·         King Arthur Flour (Norwich)·         Kurn Hattin Homes (Westminster)·         Landmark College (Putney)·         Lovejoy Tool (Springfield)·         Lucas Industries (North Springfield)·         Lyndon State College (Lyndonville)·         Mack Molding Company, Inc. (Arlington)·         Mack Molding Company, Inc. (Cavendish)·         Middlebury College (Middlebury)·         Mount Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (Windsor)·         Mount Snow (West Dover)·         National Hanger, Inc. (North Bennington)·         National Life Group (Montpelier)·         Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (St. Johnsbury)·         Norwich University (Northfield)·         Okemo Mountain Resort (Ludlow)·         Preci-Manufacturing, Inc. (Winooski)·         Putney Paper Company, Inc. (Putney)·         Rock of Ages Corporation (Graniteville)·         Rock Tenn Company (Sheldon)·         Rutland Plywood Corporation (Rutland)·         Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland)·         Springfield Hospital (Springfield)·         Stratton Mountain Resort (Stratton)·         Swan Valley Cheese of Vermont (Swanton)·         Swenson Granite Company (Barre)·         The Orvis Company (Sunderland)·         The Vermont Country Store (Manchester Center)·         Town of Brattleboro (Brattleboro)·         University Mall (South Burlington)·         Vermed, Inc. (Bellows Falls)·         Vermont Circuits, Inc. (Brattleboro)·         Vermont State Buildings (Statewide Locations)·         Vermont Technical College (Randolph Center)·         Vishay Tansitor, Inc. (Bennington)·         Weidmann (St. Johnsbury) For more information on the Energy Leadership Challenge, is external). Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) operates Efficiency Vermont under an appointment by the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or is external). December 8, 2011 ‘ Efficiency Vermontlast_img read more