Green Mountain Power Named a Finalist for Edison Electric Institute’s Award

first_imgNoting significant changes in corporate culture and work processes that ultimately helped lead the company to meet or exceed all customer service standards, the Edison Electric Institute today named Green Mountain Power Corporation as a finalist for the power sector’s highest honor, the Edison Award.Given annually by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the prestigious award honors the U.S. shareholder-owned and international members for outstanding contributions and advancement of the industry. A committee of national industry trade publication editors and a panel of past and current EEI chairmen select the finalists and ultimate winners. This year’s award, the 45th, will be announced June 8 at EEI’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla.”These companies embody the spirit of innovation that forms the cornerstone of our industry,” said EEI President Thomas R. Kuhn in announcing the finalists. “The strong, bold leadership they exhibit today, coupled with the ability to chart a course into tomorrow, are what set them apart. In Green Mountain Power’s case, it was the transformation of the corporate culture and work processes that resulted in it being named a finalist.”Green Mountain set out on a mission to transform itself into a company characterized by financial strength, zealous concentration on customer service, and investor and regulatory confidence. Over the past several years, the company analyzed each position and its benefit to customers. This effort resulted in a radically modified workforce and work processes, with the company now serving 460 customers per employee compared with the national average of 337.This major shift in the company’ s corporate culture included a new work environment that facilitates communication and teamwork, and pushes down responsibility and decision-making. Private offices are non-existent, and all employees—including senior executives—work in cubicles or open spaces of the same size.In addition, Green Mountain Power awarded all permanent employees stock options, which has increased employee interest in the financial health of the company. The financial performance of the company has improved to where Business Week ranked them 25th among The Small-Cap Top 50 in its national index of small-cap companies.Perhaps most important, Green Mountain Power meets or exceeds all customer service standards, has reduced outages to below the national median, and offers a money-back service guarantee.The other U.S. finalists for the 2004 Edison Award are MidAmerican Energy, Public Service Enterprise Group and We Energies.last_img read more

US pledges to reduce Iraq troops as tensions ease

first_imgTensions skyrocketed following a US strike on Baghdad in January that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, with lawmakers in Baghdad demanding the expulsion of the roughly 5,200 US troops in the country. American troops were deployed in Iraq from 2014 to head a military coalition fighting the Islamic State jihadist group. AFP The United States also promised support to prop up the struggling Iraqi economy as the two nations held their first strategic dialogue in more than a decade. WASHINGTON – The United States said Thursday it would reduce troops in Iraq in the coming months as friction between the two countries eased under a new US-friendly premier in Baghdad. President Donald Trump responded by threatening crippling sanctions and, according to US military sources, Washington began planning a vast bombing spree against groups blamed for the rockets. (AFP)last_img read more

IMCA Modifieds to headline Arkansas Spring Nationals

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ark. – IMCA Modifieds run for $2,000 to win and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berths on both nights of Batesville Motor Speedway’s Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23 Arkansas Spring Nationals. The pit gate opens at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. each night.   An open practice will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21. Pit passes that evening are $20.  Additional information about Arkansas Spring Nationals is available by calling 870 251-0011, at the www.batesvillemotorspeedway.com website and by emailing [email protected] Spectator admission is $10 for adults and free for kids ages 14 and under. Pit passes are $35. Both features pay $1,500 to the runner-up. Mini­mum start money is $250. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Cen­tral Region and E3 Spark Plug Arkansas State points will be awarded.  Overnight accommodations are available by calling the Ramada Inn at 870 698-1800, Holiday Inn Express at 870 698-2700 or Comfort Suites at 870 698-1900. last_img read more

Wellington 15-year-olds become state champions, head off to Boonesville, Mo.

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Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down carey · 367 weeks ago fantastic job. now bring home the trophy. ok anyway Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 367 weeks ago Congrats! On another note-Did the Wellington 13-14 year old girls go to Boonesville? Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Wellington KOA · 367 weeks ago Minor corrections. Last year they played state in Haysville and it is Boonville, MO. Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Brandon · 367 weeks ago Great job guys….. Keep it up!!! BMW Report Reply 0 replies · active 367 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington 15-year-old all stars spent six days in a rain clogged state Babe Ruth tournament in Cherryvale and were crowned state champions because of it.The team will travel to Boonesville, Mo. next Thursday for the Midwest Plains 15-year-old Regional Tournament.The state championship was the first for the group in the Babe Ruth ranks. Last year, the locals lost the state championship in heart breaking fashion in Moundridge.This time they were not to be denied. Having won their district in Wellington, the locals opened play Friday of last week against Tri-Valley, winning 7-0.Wellington was scheduled to play Saturday at 8 p.m., but was rained out until Sunday around 5 p.m.The second game, 45 hours later against Osawatomie, Jace Lowe pitched seven innings to help Wellington win 8-1.More rain came Monday and the locals headed back to Wellington. On Tuesday, the team left town early and had a 10 a.m. game, where it would face Spring River for the first time.Wellington played outstanding baseball both offensively and defensively and shut Spring River down 9-0. Wesley Gilmore pitched all seven innings.The locals would face Spring River again that evening as it won on the backside of the losers bracket. Dylan Jones pitched five innings, followed by Jace Lowe, then Jared Shields.Wellington was up by five runs at one point during the game and led 8-6 in the top of the seventh, with the bases loaded. Spring River’s short stop hit a grand slam off Jared Shields to put it in front 10-8. The opponent then added a run to make it 11-8.The locals would load the bases in the bottom half of the inning but could not score.Then it started to rain… again.“Some of us had to work, and personally, it was the worst weather I’ve ever had to drive in,” said Nick Struble, a coach for the 15-year-olds.The game was moved to 6 p.m. Wednesday.Wellington started Wesley Gilmore on the mound and he pitched all seven innings.“These boys rose to the occasion and played the best I’ve seen them play together all summer,” Struble said. “They were on the a mission and nothing was going to stop them.”Spring River made five or more pitching changes and Wellington continued to hit the ball en route to a 15-2 victory. Gilmore also hit a three-run homer which was his second of the tournament. He received the “Wow” award and the Home Run ball presentation.Catcher, Cameron “BE A WALL” Bartelson, would receive the MVP award plus the coveted AHHP award for attitude, heart, hustle and pride.Wellington team on bridge.The team — consisting of Jared Shields, Conner Phelps, Wesley Gilmore, Dylan Jones, Jace Lowe, Skyler Struble, Cameron Bartelson, Graysen DeJarnett, Derick Driskel, Zach Fredrick, Ethan Tunnel, and Nick Hyde have been playing ball together for quite awhile since high school junior varsity ball back in March. They played ball together all summer under Brandon Wilmoth and Nick Struble as well as Babe Ruth league ball.The all-stars were coached by manager Dallas Gilmore and coaches Kevin Lowe and Struble.The class made it to the state tournament the last five years – placing third as 13-year-olds and state runner up as 14-year-olds.last_img read more