GMP, CVPS and VTel reach smart grid-broadband operating agreement

first_imgSeveral key players in Vermont’s electric and telecommunications industries appeared with Governor Peter Shumlin today to announce the finalization of a collaborative agreement to give Vermont more control over energy consumption, expand access to broadband and telecommunications services, and boost job creation and economic development. The agreement between Green Mountain Power, Central Vermont Public Service Corp., and Vermont Telephone Company (VTel) is critical to Shumlin’s call to reduce our dependence on oil and fossil fuels and simultaneously provide high-speed internet access statewide by the end of 2013. ‘What we are celebrating today is the operating agreement that supports the ‘marriage’ of smart grid and our telecommunications infrastructure. Smart grid is a national and Vermont priority,’ Gov. Shumlin said. Green Mountain Power, CVPS and their 17 partners will install about 250,000 advanced meters over the next two years and those smart meters will transmit their information to and from homes via the wireless open world broadband network that is being built by VTel.  This project will provide the critical backbone to transmit information. ‘Early on, I spoke of a ‘wireless canopy’ across Vermont,’ the Governor said. ‘This is but one application that will rely on that canopy.’ Under the agreement, the parties have essentially agreed to share use of VTel-owned and operated technology to expand the smart grid efforts designed to provide energy information to companies and homeowners, as well as deliver high-speed broadband service across the state. The Vtel Wireless Open World (WOW) project, funded by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service, is currently in permitting phase with completion targeted for early 2013, in sync with the activation of the smart grid.    ‘Today’s agreement is a major milestone in our efforts through 2013, and a groundbreaking move for smart grid installations across the nation.  GMP and CVPS are the first two utilities in the country to rely on a commercial, 4G LTE communications network. The operating agreement will provide the security and data prioritization attributes necessary to operate SG across a public network. This development is directly aligned with the goals of the FCC’s national Broadband Plan as it looks to integrate commercial broadband communications networks into smart grid applications,’ said Karen Marshall, chief of Connect VT. ‘The partnership between VTel, GMP and CVPS is an important step in fulfilling Vermont’s dual objective of universal broadband coverage and smart grid communications,’ said Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power. ‘The collaboration among our companies will create a platform for energy innovation and economic development of Vermont going forward.”‘The real promise of smart grid for Vermonters is to reduce peak demand on our electrical distribution system by giving consumers the information they need to change electric use patterns; integrating clean renewable power generation, and eventually supporting the adoption of electric vehicles. Realizing that promise requires two way communications and this agreement supports that,’ said Gov. Shumlin.  ‘VTel’s service will reach many un-served and under-served areas of Vermont, which is critical for connecting our state to the modern economy,’ said Michel Guite, owner of VTel. ‘Plus, this connectivity will enable a more robust smart grid, enabling even larger impacts on energy efficiency.’And by combining GMP and CVPS’s smart grid funding with VTel’s Rural Broadband funding, the LTE broadband network being developed by VTel will cover more of Vermont’s geography. ‘The original VTel network was designed to support unserved and underserved Vermonters with best-in-class broadband access, and this agreement will help extend that network to more people faster,’ said Joan Gamble, vice president for strategic change and business services at Central Vermont Public Service.  ‘This unique partnership between telecommunications and electric utilities will benefit all of our customers, and is a model for business collaboration that reinforces the fact that Vermont is open for business.’last_img read more

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Auctions heat up across the city on Super Saturday

first_imgInside 20 Morley St, ChelmerMr Robson said the location was also a big draw card.“It’s on the highside of Chelmer,” he said.“There’s a lot of love for homes in this area. The home at 33 Bowler St, Paddington.At 33 Bowler St, Paddington, the mood was tense and the crowd remained silent as two bidders fought it out for ownership of the architecturally designed home. Inside 33 Bowler St, PaddingtonThe three-level home sits on a generous 542sq m block less than two minutes walk from the popular restaurant and shopping precinct on Given Tce. On the ground level, there are two bedrooms, a media room, bathroom, wine cellar and two car garage.Upstairs is the main living quarters of the home, where the master suite with walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite opens out onto a balcony that has urban views and city glimpses. Inside 33 Bowler St, PaddingtonThere is also a large living room area and a north, north-east facing covered patio. At the rear, there is an open plan kitchen, dining and library area which flows out onto the covered deck, backyard and pool area. 20 Morley St, ChelmerWITH nearly one hundred homes expected to sell under the auction conditions this Super Saturday, Brisbane was buzzing with nerves and excitement from prospective buyers all across the city. Bidders raise the paddle at the auction of 33 Bowler St, Paddington. Pic Annette DewMr Degn said contemporary homes are hard to come by in Paddington. “There’s a market for new product, but the stock is few, and often sell before listing,” he said.‘People are waiting for these homes, and are ready to pounce.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago Inside 20 Morley St, ChelmerMr Robson said buyers were entranced by the home’s unique style.“It’s very different for Chelmer,” he said.“Most of the homes here are traditional Queenslanders, so to have something as unique as this I think really appealed to a lot of buyers. Inside 33 Bowler St, PaddingtonMarketing agent and auctioneer Andrew Degn of Place Real Estate, Paddington, said it was an unusually “tense and serious” auction. The home at 33 Bowler St, PaddingtonA loft bedroom occupies the third level of the home. Mr Degn said the layout appealed to buyers most. “They loved having the kitchen and dining area open straight out onto the deck, flat grass and pool area,” he said. A tense crowd at the auction of 33 Bowler St, Paddington. Pic Annette DewMore than five minutes of silence went by before an opening bid of $1,950,000 could be persuaded by Mr Degn. The home at 20 Morley St, ChelmerThe home sits on a 602 sq m block close to the river and has five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two car garage, as well as high ceilings and an open plan layout which includes a living and dining area that opens out onto the outdoor alfresco deck by the pool. Auctioneer Andrew Degn at Paddington. Pic Annette DewNegotiations between the vendor, Mr Degn and the soon-to-be new owners raised the price to a final result of $2,220,000. The home at 20 Morley St, Chelmer.In Chelmer, this stunning Georgian style home sold under the hammer for a pretty penny.Marketing agent Brad Robson of Place Real Estate, Graceville said the property at 2 Morley St, Chelmer sold to a local couple looking to upsize to accommodate their growing family for $1,675,000. The home at 20 Morley St, ChelmerMr Robson said there was a lot of competition among buyers to secure quality homes in Chelmer. The home at 20 Morley St, Chelmer“If there were more homes to sell, we would sell them,” he said.“There hasn’t been a big swell of properties for sale in Chelmer yet this year. “It’s a sought after area where demand outstrips supply, so yeah buyers are competitive.”last_img read more

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Burkina Faso beat Guinea Bissau 2-0 to win Afcon group

first_imgBURKINA Faso progressed to the Africa Cup of Nations(Afcon) quarter-finals as group winners after seeing off Guinea-Bissau.2-0A defensive mix up gifted Burkina Faso the lead, as defender Rudinilson Silva headed past onrushing goalkeeper Jonas Mendes and into his own net.On-loan Ajax forward Bertrand Traore doubled the advantage with a composed left-footed finish after the break.Cameroon also went through as group runners-up after a goalless draw with Gabon that saw the hosts eliminated.Guinea-Bissau, making their Africa Cup of Nations debut in this tournament, looked the more likely to open the scoring, before handing Burkina Faso the lead.Rudinilson’s header looked to have crossed the line, but Prejuce Nakoulma thumped in to make sure after Guinea-Bissau attempted to scramble it away.The dangerous Piqueti went closest to levelling, but Burkina Faso keeper Koffi Kouakou was able to push the winger’s low strike wide of the far post.Juary Soares could have equalised in the second half when a corner found the Guinea-Bissau defender unmarked at in the six-yard box, but Abdou Traore threw himself in front of the goalbound shot.Burkina Faso immediately went down to the other end to increase their lead, with Nakoulma setting up Traore, on loan at Ajax from Chelsea, to slide a finish beyond Mendes.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Medical Assistant Students to Hold Annual Christmas Craft Show

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMedical assistant students will be very busy for the holidays. The ACC program is making preparations for their 3rd annual Christmas Craft Show.The event will be held in order to raise funds for students to travel to their yearly Michigan Society of Medical Assistants Conference.The networking opportunity helps open the eyes for students as they learn more about their career choice while allowing others to learn what medical assisting is all about.“People get us confused with ‘Certified Nursing Assistants’ and with Nurses.’ So they don’t really know where we work or what we do so we’re trying to have contact with the public and let them know what it is that we learn, and where we work,” Medical Assistant Program Director, Kimberly Salziger said.The craft show won’t just be a day of Christmas shopping but also a way for residents to get their health checked.“This also helps the students. When the public comes in they can help us out by letting the students check their vital signs. That gives them about 100 people so they can do their vital signs, that they’ve never worked on before,” she explained.The Christmas Craft Show will be held Saturday, December 9th, starting at 9 am until 4 pm and Sunday, December 10th at 11 am until 4 pm inside of the Alpena Community College Besser Technical Building.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Unemployment Goes Relatively Unchanged in Northeast Michigan for OctoberNext Operation Toys for Kids, Feed a Family Still Needs Donations for Christmaslast_img read more

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