Green Mountain Power commissions its first methane plant at Westminster Farms

first_imgGreen Mountain Power (GMP), headquartered in Colchester, Vermont, has added farm methane to its portfolio of renewable energy sources, which includes hydro, wind, landfill methane and a planned solar plant, with the commissioning of the Westminster Farms plant. About 1,200 cows will provide enough manure to produce about 225 kw of electricity. That’s enough electricity to power about 250 homes.”This arrangement is a winner for all involved. I want to congratulate Green Mountain Power and Westminster Farms for working together to make this project possible,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Not only does this allow Green Mountain Power to provide low cost alternative energy to their customers, but it also gives the farm a much needed revenue boost.”While generating power from manure is not a new concept in Vermont, the arrangement represents an important step toward creating a sustainable model for farmers. The farm will receive a fixed price per kilowatthour generated that will ensure that it gets enough money to keep the project profitable.”This kind of pricing arrangement makes it possible for the farmers to count on this revenue for their operations,” said Mary Powell, Green Mountain Power president and chief executive officer. “Our customers are choosing to buy renewable energy for a lot of reasons, but we often hear that helping preserve the local economy and way of life is an important factor. With so many Vermont farms closing shop, diversifying with the addition of electrical generation will help increase their chances of survival.”An added benefit, according to Shawn Goodell, one of the owners of Westminster Farms, “is the $80,000 per year savings in operation costs that we’ll have. That’s the amount of money we spend on bedding for the cows. The revenue stream from producing milk, electricity and offsets for operational cost will help ensure the viability for the farm for future generations of our family.”The project is the result of collaboration between Green Mountain Power, Westminster Farms and a number of State and Federal agencies. Westminster Farms made a significant investment of nearly $700,000 in the project. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provided $358,993 in rural development grants and $348,268 in loan guarantees. The Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund of $250,000 was also crucial to the undertaking. GMP committed $175,000. The Vermont Department of Agriculture provided a $50,000 grant as well as $10,000 from the Renewable Energy for America Program.The Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), the agricultural financing program of the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA), approved $348,268 to support the digester project. “We were very pleased to help the Westminster Energy Group bring this project to fruition,” said Jo Bradley, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer. “VACC has supported several anaerobic digester projects in recent years, helping Vermont farmers realize their renewable energy goals.”Green Mountain Power customers will also help with the ongoing payment to Westminster Farms. Green Mountain Power customers have the option of choosing to purchase renewable energy through GreenerGMP. Customers opting to pay an additional 3 cents per kwh support projects like Westminster Farms, as well as power from the Moretown Landfill methane plant. In the near future solar will be added to the list as Green Mountain Power is in the permitting process for a 200 kw solar plant.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont’s population. It serves more than 200,000 people and businesses.Source: GMP. COLCHESTER, VT–(Marketwire – October 20, 2009) –last_img read more

Jimmy Fallon and Ben & Jerry’s announce new ice cream flavor – Late Night Snack

first_imgBen & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc,NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group and ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ are teaming with iconic ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s to introduce the new flavor entitled ‘Late Night Snack.’ The unique new flavor features a rich vanilla bean ice cream with a salty caramel swirl and crunchy fudge covered potato chip clusters ‘ the perfect mix of salt and sweet for a late night snack. The concoction was inspired by a ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ skit in which Fallon and house band The Roots performed an original song, ‘Ladysmith Snack Mambazo,’ about Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Late Night Snack begins arriving in supermarkets and Ben & Jerry’s locations around the country this week.‘When we learned that Jimmy Fallon was a fan of Ben & Jerry’s, and he was willing to support the Fair Trade effort, we jumped at the chance to develop a new flavor inspired by his skit,’ said Ben & Jerry’s Co-founder Jerry Greenfield. ‘Our team came up with a truly unique flavor that is one-of-a-kind, just like Fallon!’The research and development team at Ben & Jerry’s had long considered a flavor with potato chips in some fashion. After initial talks with Fallon, who suggested fudge covered potato chips as a chunk in his flavor, the Flavor Gurus at Ben & Jerry’s knew they had to make the combination work.‘Having our own flavor of Ben and Jerry’s gives everyone here at ‘Late Night’ an excuse to do what we were doing anyway, staying up late and eating pint after pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Only now we can call it ‘research,’‘ said Fallon. ‘And we came up with the perfect combo of salty and sweet. I can’t wait for people to try it!’‘It’s been really fun working with Ben & Jerry’s on Jimmy’s concept for Late Night Snack,’ said Kim Niemi, Senior Vice President, NBC Universal Television Consumer Products. ‘With this partnership, ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ has a great opportunity to create something delicious and do something good – by joining in the efforts to encourage Fair Trade food practices.’In February 2010 Ben & Jerry’s pledged to convert its product line to Fair Trade certified by 2013. Fair Trade supports fair wages, a safe work environment, sustainability for the land, animal husbandry and community development for farming communities. Accordingly, Late Night Snack is made with Fair Trade vanilla in the vanilla ice cream and Fair Trade cocoa in the potato chip cluster fudge coating. NBC and Fallon have pledged their share of the proceeds to Fair Trade Universities to encourage the use of Fair Trade products on campuses around the country.For more information on Ben & Jerry’s or to find your local Scoop Shop, visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).About ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’In March 2009, ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ made its broadcast debut with Fallon as the third host of the NBC comedy-talk franchise. The show serves as a platform for comedy, music and A-list talent out of NBC’s Rockefeller Center Studio 6B. The show continually garners attention for viral videos, audience games, and prominent guests. Fallon’s choice of house-band, The Roots, has been universally praised.”Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” is produced by Universal Media Studios and Broadway Video. Lorne Michaels is the executive producer. Michael Shoemaker produces. Gavin Purcell co-produces.For more Late Night, please visit http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/(link is external).About Ben & Jerry’sBen & Jerry’s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. The company states its position on rBGH* on its labels. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Contributions made via the employee-led Ben & Jerry’s Foundation in 2010 totaled over $1.8 million. Additionally, the company makes significant product donations to community groups and nonprofits both in Vermont and across the nation. The purpose of Ben & Jerry’s philanthropy is to support the founding values of the company: economic and social justice, environmental restoration and peace through understanding, and to support our Vermont communities. For the full scoop on all Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop locations and fabulous flavors, visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).* The FDA has said no significant difference has been shown and no test can now distinguish between milk from rBGH treated cows and untreated cows. Not all the suppliers of our other ingredients can promise that the milk they use comes from untreated cows.  NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–last_img read more

Rodgers compares Suarez to Messi

first_img “Luis is only 26 and I think he will make improvements to his game over the coming years.” Suarez’s numbers are impressive. He has now scored 51 league goals in 84 appearances and against Norwich he has 11 in his last four appearances at an average of a goal every 33 minutes. He is also the Premier League’s leading scorer with 13 in just nine games. His first was a brilliant 45-yard dipping effort, his second an instinctive hooked finish, the third saw him flick the ball over Leroy Fer before smashing home and he finished off with what is now becoming a trademark free-kick. Suarez then provided the cross for Raheem Sterling to score after Bradley Johnson’s late consolation. “That repertoire tonight was incredible and I felt for the Norwich defenders,” added Rodgers. “When you come up against someone like that, a top world-class player, it is difficult to contain that. “The first one was probably reminiscent of the one he had a couple of years ago (at Carrow Road). “To actually hit it with that dip to get it over the keeper was outstanding. “The second goal was great with a bit of improvisation to get in front of the defender and sweep it in but then I watched the third goal again and you look at that and think ‘Goodness me, what a goal what was’. “The free-kick doesn’t surprise me because we practise that every week and you can see the quality and the power he hits it with. “I think you could toss a coin between the first and the third.” Norwich boss Chris Hughton could not question Suarez’s quality but felt his side should have handled him better. “It has been a tough time for us with him in particular,” he said. “He is a world-class player and if you afford him that much space and time then he is one person that has the ability to do what he did today. “I am more disappointed in the fact we afforded him too much space and time and gave him the opportunities he gratefully took. “There aren’t many players who can score that first goal but the second goal was the one which hurt us as it was a soft goal. “My over-riding feeling is we could have done more to stop him having the day he has.” Press Association The Uruguay international scored four times – including a 20-minute first-half hat-trick – and provided an assist as the Reds swept aside Norwich 5-1 at Anfield. All of the goals from the 26-year-old, who became the first Premier League striker to score three hat-tricks against the same club, had a touch of brilliance to them. And despite all the speculation over Suarez’s future in the summer, and more which will no doubt come when the January transfer window opens, the Reds boss is confident the player can achieve his Champions League dreams at Anfield. “Sheer brilliance that was. Technically we were very good but to witness that was a remarkable individual performance,” he said. “I always like to talk about the team but I think you have to hold up Luis as one of the best strikers in the world. Incredible performance. “I think he is the happiest he has been here. He flies all around the world but I think this club suits him perfectly and I still think his best years are going to be here. “The profile of the club, the connection with the supporters, you can see it is a hand-in-glove fit for him. “The type of football we are trying to play allows him to operate in those spaces but you still have to be there to finish it off and that must have been a joy to watch for people. “The modern-day world-class operators – the Ronaldos and Messis – it is all about the numbers and what they produce and it is not any more one and two, or two and three (goals). “I think if you look at Messi and Ronaldo they have been out on their own for a couple of years. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers likened an “incredible” performance from Luis Suarez to those from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and believes the striker will have a long-term future at the club.last_img read more

O’Donnell hopeful of being named in Munster squad today

first_imgMeanwhile, Leinster will also name their side for Sunday’s game today. They can call upon Cian Healy’s services after the prop’s appeal against his two-week ban was upheld.Connacht coach Pat Lam could call upon a host of fit–again players – including Bundee Aki and John Muldoon – for their Stephen’s Day meeting with Ulster. Nick Williams is expected to be named in the Ulster side for that game, despite his announcement that he’s leaving for Cardiff at the season’s end. Tipperary’s Tommy O’Donnell is hopeful of being on the Munster team sheet, named today for their Pro 12 derby meeting with Leinster. The back row has missed the last five months after suffering a hip injury in Ireland’s first World Cup warm-up game with Wales. Head coach Anthony Foley says Cahir native O’Donnell is in contention. last_img read more