Vermont projects awarded $114,325 in USDA energy funding

first_imgAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is funding projects to harness wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power to reduce energy costs for farms and small business across rural America.  Funding was also announced to conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy systems.  Funding is made available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which is authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill.  Rural Development Deputy Under Secretaries Doug O’Brien and Dallas Tonsager made the announcements on the Secretary’s behalf. In Vermont, Green Mountain Environmental Consulting, Inc of Bennington will receive $49,325 of REAP funding to assist in the installation of a 50 kilowatt micro-hydro system that is expected to generate 436,800 kilowatts of power annually.  The $197,300 project is expected to produce enough power to supply 48 average Vermont homes annually.  This project represents the first hydro project financed in Vermont by USDA Rural Development. In addition, Lemington Solar Farm, LLC, and Green Mountain Clean Energy, LLC. received $15,000 and $49,325 respectively to perform feasibility studies. The studies will analyze system design, environmental impacts, resource assessments and the cost effectiveness for the construction of solar and wind powered renewable energy systems. “The Obama Administration is assisting small businesses, including farmers and ranchers, as they work to reduce their energy costs,” O’Brien said of the announcement. “When energy costs are reduced, American rural businesses become more competitive, allowing them to expand and create jobs.” Molly Lambert, USDA Rural Development State Director for Vermont and New Hampshire followed the announcement by stating, “The Obama Administration is committed to making America more energy self-reliant.  The REAP program furthers this commitment by encouraging rural businesses to study and build renewable energy systems.’ Including today’s announcements, the REAP program has funded a total of 162 projects in Vermont that total just over $34 million in total development and construction costs.  Of this amount, $13.46 million has been funded from the REAP program and an additional $21 million dollars of private capital has flowed into project development costs.  USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $155 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.  Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov(link is external) for additional information about the agency’s programs.Montpelier VT, November 17, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Jakarta to evaluate COVID-19 policy amid ‘alarming’ situation

first_imgBoth figures far exceed the World Health Organization’s standard of 5 percent for the relaxation of restrictions. Cumulatively, the positivity rate over the course of the pandemic was 6.9 percent in Jakarta and 13.9 percent nationally, Anies added.The governor said the condition was “worrying” because of Jakarta’s healthcare limitations.“If the number of people requiring treatment is more than the capacity of the hospitals and the number of medical personnel, we will face a big problem,” he said. The Jakarta administration is set to hold a special meeting on Wednesday to assess its COVID-19 countermeasures as cases in the capital continue to rise.“The task force will hold a special meeting to evaluate the latest developments of COVID-19 in Jakarta because the situation is alarming,” Governor Anies Baswesdan said on Wednesday.In the past week, Anies said, Jakarta’s positivity rate – the percentage of COVID-19 tests that return a positive result – had increased to 13.2 percent, while the national rate had reached 18.4 percent. Read also: Industrial COVID-19 clusters in Bekasi, Karawang reach 500 casesAnies said the Jakarta administration would prepare new policies and expected better enforcement of health protocols in communities.Jakarta is currently under transitional large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), a relaxation of the previously imposed restrictions, as the capital gradually reopens businesses and services to keep the economy running.The capital entered transitional PSBB on June 4 and has since extended the policy five times. The move, however, seems to have backfired as new coronavirus clusters have emerged in the capital.As of Tuesday afternoon, Jakarta had confirmed 48,811 COVID-19 cases, with 1,330 fatalities and 36,451 recoveries.Amid the rising rate of transmission, gravediggers have raised concerns about seemingly endless work with minimum protective gear. The available land in designated COVID-19 cemeteries is decreasing.“Currently, we have designated cemeteries in Tegal Alur and Pondok Ranggon. In Tegal Alur, there are still about two hectares of land available, with one hectare accommodating roughly 3,000 burials,” Anies said.The management of Pondok Ranggon cemetery previously reported that by the end of August, there would only be space for another 1,100 burials. Space is expected to run out in October.Topics :last_img read more

WATCH VIDEO: Violent Carjacking in Palm City

first_imgJean appeared before judge in Martin County on Tuesday facing two counts of kidnapping, one count of armed robbery and one count of carjacking with a deadly weapon. A family is violently carjacked at a Palm City gas station and a motorcyclist stops to help.Justin Laoretti had pulled his motorcycle over to the side of the road and saw the two victims, but had no idea they were carjacking victims.Laoretti was able to calm down the grandmother and her infant grandchild after 21-year-old Jaquay Jean allegedlt forced the two out of the car.Jean is accused of carjacking the vehicle at a Mobil gas station in Palm City, throwing the female driver out of the car and taking off with the grandmother and young boy still in the vehicle. Deputies locate 2 men connected in armed carjacking in Palm City https://t.co/5a537QTk94 @CBS12— Al Pefley (@AlPefley) October 16, 2017last_img read more