Porter Medical Center, Inc,Governor Jim Douglas today awarded a $1 million Community Development Block Grant to a proposed multi-level retirement community located adjacent to the Porter Medical Center campus in Middlebury. At a ceremony on the 40-acre site of the proposed Eastview at Middlebury facility, Governor Douglas said it was expected to employ 29 people within the first two years of operation and could create up to 45 jobs.‘Not only will these jobs help strengthen the economy of Middlebury, but the seniors of this area will have more options for housing and continuing care in the community,’ the Governor said.The $1 million Community Development Block Grant will be given to the Town of Middlebury, sub-granted to Eastview at Middlebury, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which will construct the new project. It will include 99 units of senior housing comprised of 30 one-story cottage homes; 32 independent living apartments; 19 traditional residential care apartments; and 18 special care suites for residents with memory loss. Planned community facilities include a lobby; dining room; private dining room; cafÃ©; country kitchen; media room/auditorium; fitness studio; and hair salon. The center will also feature such services as an emergency response system; 24-hour staffing; dining service; housekeeping; transportation; and a full range of assisted living services.‘These kinds of projects are an important part of Vermont’s housing stock, particularly as more of our population seeks to ‘age in place’ in their communities with friends, family, and services nearby,’ Douglas said.Vermont receives about $7 million annually in federal CDBG funds, which are used principally to benefit persons of low and moderate income. The state awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn.‘These grants are important because they leverage other financial resources and help address critical needs in our communities,’ Governor Douglas said. ‘The $1 million we are awarding will leverage more than $41 million in other funds from private and public sources.’Source: Governor’s office. 9.7.2010. For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external)
Poland’s Government Resists a Clean-Energy Transition FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Konrad Krasuski for Bloomberg News:The government’s position is unapologetic: While backing coal, it also seeks to reduce subsidies for renewable energy, which needs to “stand on its own feet,” Piotr Naimski, Szydlo’s leading energy security adviser, said last week. The governing Law & Justice party also introduced a bill to parliament that would require more distance between wind parks and homes, making new investments in such energy more difficult.The Polish renewable energy lobby says the four-month-old leadership in Warsaw is missing a trick.“The growing conflict between energy policy in Poland and the rest of the EU may prompt more companies to build up their own green power resources here or to import clean electricity,” said Beata Wiszniewska, managing director of the group. “Poland is being barred from participation in the current global energy revolution.”Yet with demand from corporate clients, which typically accounts for three-quarters of customers, utilities say they are being forced to adapt.PGE SA, the utility that operates Belchatow lignite-coal power plant, the EU’s largest polluter, plans to reduce carbon emissions by a quarter by 2030. Tauron Polska Energia SA, 94 percent of whose generation comes from coal, has been increasing green power sales for 2016.Under EU law, large consumers must reduce their carbon footprints, or the amount of carbon dioxide they release into the atmosphere. They purchase clean energy and either consume it or sell it back to the grid to offset their consumption of coal-fired electricity.“Polish coal will remain the dominant energy source for years,” Bartlomiej Kubicki, an analyst at Societe Generale SA in Warsaw, said in e-mail. “But pressure is mounting for renewables as corporate customers seek to reduce their carbon footprints.”In Land of Europe’s Dirtiest Power, Companies Stage a Revolution
THE Kanuku Harpies males and the Flash FC females have registered wins in the first leg of their quarter-final clashes in the Fourth Rupununi Football Association (RFA) Champions League.On Saturday, the teams battled the Jaguars FC and Kanuku Harpies respectively at the Parishara Village Ground, in East- Central Rupununi.The male Harpies edged out the Jaguars FC 4-2, while Flash FC whipped the female Harpies 5-1.Neither the female Harpies nor the Jaguars had ever reached the quarterfinals of the league.Later this month, the sides will get a second change when they play the return leg of the competition.The female Harpies will travel to the Flash FC’s home in Yupukari Village on Saturday, May 25; the males will journey to the Jaguars FC home ground in Kaicumbay on the same day.The other second-round battles will also be held this month. Games are scheduled over the next two weekends (May 18 and 19 and on May 25 and 26), at venues to be named.Last evening, the last of the first-round quarterfinal games were scheduled to be played.