We had the great pleasure of doing a pre-Chill Q&A with Marc Browstein, bassist of the Disco Biscuits, Conspirator, and Electron for Live for Live Music. With Catskill Chill just one day away, we discuss Marc’s thoughts on performing dj sets, playing with friends from other jambands, and creating a Disco Biscuits city festival in his hometown. I want to thank Marc for taking the time to discuss his experiences in a few of his different musical projects. As a huge fan of his, this truly means the world.Wishing all you #Chillfam an incredible weekend at Camp Minglewood!– Lily Enchin L4LM- At Catskill Chill this weekend you’re playing in Electron as well as playing a DJ set. What do you feel are the major differences between preparing for a live band set versus a DJ set?MB- When I DJ, I play mostly, if not all, other people’s music. For me, DJing is about exploring new music, learning new styles, and just providing a soundtrack for a party. Preparing for a live show is different because it’s more about agility and fluidity of my fingers. It’s mostly about being well practiced, knowing how to play the songs of course, but the more you play leading up to a show, the better the show ends up being.L4LM- What kinds of factors are you taking into consideration for each type of musical performance, for example day time set versus night time set? MB- You get a vibe on the day of the show, and that is the ultimate driver for what ends up getting played. No matter how much you plan it out in advance, on the day of the show there is a force that tells you what to do. L4LM- Electron is one of your awesome side projects that features both you and Aron Magner of the Disco Biscuits, Tommy Hamilton of Brother’s Past, and Mike Greenfield of Lotus. What is it like playing with these guys, all from some of the top bands in the jamband scene and how does your chemistry on stage as a group compare to the chemistry you feel with the guys from the Biscuits or Conspirator? MB- The reality is that I’ve been playing with all of these guys for the better half of two decades. It’s like a language even though the way we communicate differs between the three bands. The thing about electron is that we have been doing this for long enough that it’s easy to tell when the next part is coming. Electron has great anticipation of sections of the jam, often led by the natural intuition of Mike Greenfield’s drumming. L4LM- On Facebook I saw that you are taking song requests for your DJ set- definitely a fun way to interact with your fans and allow them to be part of your creative process. But what DJs and/ or bands are inspiring you right now? Any names you feel L4LM readers should know about? MB- You’ve never heard of the music I listen to and neither have I for the most part.L4LM- So after all the excitement of Catskill Chill is over you, Magner, Barber, and Allen have the 3rd annual City Bisco to look forward to in your hometown of Philly. Can you tell us what it means to you to play in the city where the legacy of the Disco Biscuits began and how you feel the event has evolved since its launch in 2012?MB- You can’t understate how exciting it is to play at the Mann Center, which is the closest local venue to my neighborhood! But in 2014 we have been exploring some of the spots that have significant historical importance in the Biscuits world, and leading up to the Mann with shows at the Trocadero and the E Factory, both of which we may have played a few of our best shows ever, really highlight this trend. City Bisco is shaping up to be an incredible experience for all.
Dead & Company continue to rock their fall tour, performing at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY, tonight, November 11th. To celebrate Veteran’s Day, the band has been playing a particularly patriotic themed show, opening with “Promised Land” and hitting “El Paso” and “U.S. Blues” in the first set. Thanks to our own Kendall Deflin, we have some live footage from the rail of this exciting show! Watch “El Paso”, “Althea”, “U.S. Blues”, “Sugar Magnolia”, and “Casey Jones” from the show, and stay tuned for further coverage tomorrow morning!“El Paso”“Althea”“U.S. Blues”“Sugar Magnolia”:“Casey Jones”:Setlist: Dead & Company At First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY – 11/11/15Set I: Promised Land (BW), New Minglewood Blues (BW), Bertha (JM), Here Comes Sunshine (JM), El Paso (BW), Althea (JM), U.S. Blues (JM)Set II: Viola Lee Blues (BW, JM) > Wang Dang Doodle (BW) > Viola Lee Blues (BW, JM) > New Speedway Boogie (BW) > Truckin’ (BW, JM) > Dark Star > Drums > Space > Dark Star > China Doll (BW) > Sugar Magnolia (BW)Encore: Casey Jones (JM)
Thievery Corporation. The name alone evokes a certain groove, a mellow-funky dance that earworms its way into your soul. It’s downright infectious, and last night, the band proved themselves with an exceptional performance at NYC’s Terminal 5.The band is a glorious collective of moving parts. Led by Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, the band features an extraordinary cast of instrumentalists and vocalists that continue to keep the energy through the roof at all times.Since Theivery’s memorable Fare Thee Well pre-show in Chicago, which saw the band putting their eclectic spin on an entire set of Grateful Dead covers, fans have been hoping they would revisit some of the tunes. Fortunately, we were treated to an epic rendition of “Fire On The Mountain” last night. Check out some footage below, followed by images from the evening, courtesy of Patrick Hughes.“Fire On The Mountain”Photos by Patrick Hughes / Faces of Festivals: Load remaining images Full Gallery:
On his decorated resume, Martin Truex Jr. has a 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship, a coveted Coca-Cola 600 victory and 18 additional wins on speedways and road courses in NASCAR’s top competition. But one feat that has eluded the Joe Gibbs Racing driver in his career is a short-track win — a box he’ll look to check this weekend at 0.526-mile Martinsville Speedway.That’s not to say Truex hasn’t been close, especially in recent years where he’s been agonizingly close. Truex has been passed for the win within the final 11 laps in three of the last eight short-track races.He notably — and most recently — came within mere feet of Martinsville’s Victory Lane in the series’ fall trip to Virginia on Oct. 28, 2018; Truex was pacing the field when Joey Logano moved him for the victory in the final corner at the Virginia track. Logano went on to win the championship less than a month later.WATCH: Logano moves Truex on last lap at MartinsvilleWith frustration and heartbreak his most recent memory from “The Paperclip,” Truex will head to the Virginia oval this weekend likely looking for redemption. He certainly has the team equipped to get it done. In the last 10 years, Joe Gibbs Racing has notched the most short-track wins with 27 trips to Victory Lane. Their 27 victories in a decade is more than Hendrick Motorsports, Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing combined during that time period.In their complete short-track history, JGR has posted 35 victories with Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Bobby Labonte behind the wheel. Of those six drivers, Hamlin, Stewart and Labonte all scored their first short-track win while driving for Joe Gibbs Racing.So, what are the odds that Truex, in his first year with Joe Gibbs Racing, will become the fourth driver to do so in Sunday’s showdown? Looking at his recent Martinsville runs, his chances are high. He’s led the second-most laps on short tracks without a win (1,215) behind Sterling Marlin’s 1,221 laps led, making him arguably the best driver in NASCAR history who hasn’t won at a short track. Truex’s past three races at Martinsville in particular have resulted in three straight top-five finishes.MORE: Martinsville 101 | All-time Martinsville spring winnersSunday’s race at Martinsville could — and may be — the stage where Truex finally gives a winning performance at a short track.Only time will tell – or in Martinsville’s case, the winner’s grandfather clock trophy.
RELATED: Man Bought School Bus to Rescue Shelter Pets During Hurricanes –He Just Saved 64 During FlorenceWhen he noticed that the octopuses weren’t getting the entertainment that they needed, he used his background in engineering to create puzzles and toys for the intelligent sea critters to solve.Menashi has become such an integral part of the aquarium’s team, he and 1,000 other volunteers were honored at a dinner that was held by the facility earlier this week.But judging by the way he interacts with the octopuses, the real honor for Menashi is being able to befriend such clever and affectionate animals.(WATCH the video below)If This Story Floats Your Boat, Be Sure And Share It With Your Friends – Photo by New England AquariumAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis compassionate octopus “whisperer” has changed the way that the New England Aquarium cares for its eight-armed residents.84-year-old Wilson Menashi has been volunteering at the aquarium for 25 years and logged over 8,000 volunteer hours. He started volunteering at the facility after he retired from his career as an engineer and decided to pursue his passion for fish and the ocean.A large portion of his volunteer hours have been spent caring for the aquarium’s octopuses. In addition to becoming the first volunteer to ever touch an octopus, Menashi has created deep bonds of trust and affection with his cephalopod companions.
Junior Parent’s Weekend (JPW) gave Notre Dame mothers and fathers a small glimpse into the college lives of their undergraduates. “After being here this weekend, we saw firsthand that Notre Dame is really like a big family,” Alberto Elizondo, the father of Alberto Elizondo, said. Family, both new and old, joined together for a weekend of events featuring an opening gala, collegiate workshops, hall luncheons and a president’s dinner that left parents reminiscing. Cris Bowman, father of Alex Bowman, said he experienced a special warmth at Notre Dame. “Having a son that is here gives you a different perspective,” Bowman said. “This weekend has given us that different perspective, and it really helps you see how warm, welcoming and wonderful the institution is,” Alumnus Martin Prellwitz, father of Sophie Prellwitz, said it was interesting to note the changes around campus. “It was kind of ironic visiting [Riley Hall] because I’m a chemical engineer, so that was my building when I was here, and now it’s the art building,” he said. “It’s an interesting blend of the old and of the new.” Carol Prellwitz, Sophie Prellwitz’s mother, said she enjoyed JPW because it allowed her to meet her daughter’s family away from home. “We got to [know] her ‘Domer’ friends a little better and her friends’ parents — her Notre Dame family,” Carol Prellwitz said. Sophie Prellwitz said she was excited to show her parents how independent she had become over the past three years. “I’m proud to show them the life that I have here that they don’t know about,” she said. Other parents said they enjoyed JPW because it taught them more about the amazing opportunities the University has provided their children. Senior Rebekah Wierson, an architecture major, participated in this year’s JPW. She said the collegiate workshops helped her parents understand how life-changing her time in the Rome Program was. “The Dean gave a really good speech while quoting one of my professors saying that Notre Dame students have the amazing opportunity ‘to live ordinary lives in extraordinary places.’ And that’s what [study abroad] is,” she said. “We live there, we just really understood and learned and educated ourselves just as the Romans did.” Mark Buczek, the father of Kate Buczek, said his experience at the Environmental Science workshop made him excited for his daughter’s future. “Knowing now about all the opportunities that are and will be available to [Kate is hopeful],” he said. “We also saw a physics presentation and we realized how difficult physics is.” Mauro Gregorio, father of Flavio Gregorio, said the event left him nostalgic. “I think that [JPW] forces you to think that it’s probably the last time you come to an event [here] before graduation,” he said. Gregorio said the weekend inspired him to reflect on where his son has been and where he is going. “Graduation is about how everything is behind you, and even more about what’s ahead of you outside of Notre Dame,” he said. “[This weekend] gives us an opportunity to be thankful for everything that’s happened. It has been a great opportunity for our son, and also to start looking forward to how his life will be like after Notre Dame.”
The rims measure 40mm deep, 26mm wide, and 19mm internal. They’re designed around a 25mm tire, and will come with the 700×25 Yksion Pro UST tires and Mavic’s own sealant (made for them by Joe’s No Flats). The spokes are 100% UD carbon fiber and weigh 35% less than comparable steel spokes, but have no elongation so create a laterally and torsionally stiffer wheel. But, like any spoke of any material, they can flex when de-tensioned (like when you hit a bump and compress the wheel slightly), so these won’t feel any more or less harsh than any other quality wheel. In fact, we had quite an interesting conversation with Mavic about spoke tension that we’ll turn into a full tech article soon.The front rim is symmetrical, but the rear gets an asymmetric design to better balance spoke tension.The rims use their laser etched braking surface for maximum friction. This was also introduced on the Cosmic Pro Carbon wheels, using a laser to remove the resin from the outer layer of carbon. The result is a rougher surface that creates more friction for better braking performance, wet or dry. That process hasn’t changed, but they did develop new, softer brake pads… and they’re not yellow!We’re all for branding, but Mavic’s original yellow pads for their carbon rims created a LOT of yellow dust. Seriously, check out these photos from our test rides at that launch. They worked really well, but there was room for improvement beyond just aesthetics. The new compound is softer, so it grabs better and is less likely to damage the rim. Technically, you can still run the yellow pads on these, and they won’t actually damage the rim, but because the fibers are exposed and they will heat up, you might be able to see the woven pattern get a little misshapen over time. That’s normal, according to Mavic. But the new pads will do that less, and they’re replacing the yellow pads altogether. That said, they strongly recommend (and require it to maintain your warranty) you use their pads because harder pads (even the excellent SwissStop Black Prince) can damage the rims.And you’ll want to keep that warranty valid because they offer a crash replacement program. They can even true them slightly on the off chance you manage to bend something that, technically, shouldn’t bend. Then, an outer flange cover is placed on it and they’re put back into a heated, pressurized mold to finish them. The end result ins a one-piece, full carbon wheel save for the bearings, axles and freehub system.What about disc brakes?The goal here was to provide the simplicity of tubeless on their absolute best technology. There is a plan for disc brake versions. And they admit that’s where everything is headed. Creating a rim brake version of this wheel was actually harder to make, but they wanted their pro racers to have it (and their racers wanted it). Since at this very highest end of their range, the volume is low, there was enough of a business case to move forward with what the racers wanted first. Fortunately for the rest of us, the hard work is done, and they’ll be ready with a disc version soon enough.UST tires come with them The wheels use a Monobloc structure that’s light and stiff because everything is made into a single piece. There are no holes in the rim (other than for the valve stem), which makes it stiffer and stronger. The carbon clincher tech developed for their Cosmic Pro Carbon release in 2016 carries over here. That means the interior rim bed and bead hooks are fully molded, not machined, so fibers remain intact and run all the way around the top of the bead from side to side. This, too, improves strength, and gives the rim the ability to better combat tire pressures pushing outward as braking forces create heat. More on braking in a minute. The new Cosmic Ultimate UST wheels introduce a couple of firsts for Mavic. They’re the first to get a full carbon rear hub shell and full length, rim-to-rim carbon spokes on both sides of the wheel. They’re also the first to get a new, heavily machined freehub body with lighter bearings. The result is a 1,310g full carbon wheelset that’s tubeless ready out of the box, no rim tape needed.Creating a one-piece UST carbon wheel The pads are made for them by SwissStop, and Mavic says their dry weather performance is a little better than the yellow ones. But the wet weather performance is drastically improved. We tested that in person at the launch, stay tuned for first impressions in a separate story.Aerodynamic performanceMavic tested these wheels against other popular options with similar depths, using 25mm tires on all of them. The chart above shows the results, with a weighted average drag measurement on the left. By “weighted” they explained that each yaw value was weighted based on the amount of time you’re likely to spend riding in those crosswinds. So, the 20º crosswind drag figure has less impact on the average then 5º. Basically, they took a ton of real world riding data to determine what the most common wind conditions are and tried to come up with a number that made real world sense. Aerodynamics are on par with things like the Zipp 303, Aeolus 3, ENVE SES 4.5′ all measured with 25mm tires installed. Some had lower drags at different angles, but in the sweet spots, these compare very favorably. But, if they don’t have the best numbers overall, why share this data? Because these are lighter, have the benefit of UST standardization, and probably won’t come out of true.It’s not all about the rim shape. The spokes have an elliptical shape for better aerodynamics, too. and the new hubs are smaller to be more aero.New full carbon hubs Mavic has combined two of their highest end features into one all-new wheelset that’s ready for pro-level racing. Which is one reason why they’re starting with a rim brake version of the Cosmic Ultimate UST, a full carbon wheel that’s tubeless ready and based on the UST design standard. While the pros might still be racing the grand tours on tubulars, they’re often training on regular tires. And more and more often, those are tubeless, which is proving to offer lower rolling resistance in test after test. All of which is to say that you, as a non-pro, can now get a wheelset and tire combo that’s arguably better than what the pros are racing on. There’s also a new freehub body that has additional machining inside and out, thinner splines and smaller, lighter bearings.Internally, the ratchet-ring driven ID360 mechanism was introduced in 2015 with their All Road wheels and is now on most of their the carbon wheels and the Ksyrium Pro UST…and all of their disc brake wheels, including the entry level Aksium, because it’s thru-axle compatible. First, a little history to explain the rim’s design. The Cosmic Ultimate started using their hard foam internal in 2006 when they introduced the full carbon rim/spoke/hub design. That model used more of a “V” shape that let the spokes lay parallel with the rim wall. In 2015, they moved to a rounded profile for two reasons. First, because that’s the current best design in terms of overall aero performance. Second, because they wanted to reduce hard, sharp corners, which are not a great design for carbon fiber. Carbon likes smooth, round transitions, not sharp angles, so this created a stronger, better rim. The challenge then became running full carbon spokes straight into rounded rims. To do this, they started notching the foam mold to make room for the spoke’s “head”, which is an over-wrapped piece of foam that slots into the notches. This wrapped section contains its own small piece of foam, which provides the structure and shape so that when it’s all heated in the mold and pressed together, it creates the desired rim profile and creates a one-piece rim/spoke combo.This image also shows the difference between the symmetrical front rim (left) and asymmetrical rear rim (right, as a tubular, but the new clinchers use the same offset).Those wheels were only offered in tubulars, which are easier to mold. So the next challenge was to create not just a clincher, but a UST tubeless-ready clincher. Mavic says tubeless tires put more pressure on a rim, which actually impacts the spoke tension by compressing the rim radially. With a tubular, the pressure is self contained and has minimal impact on spoke tension. With a tube, that force is amplified because the tube is pressing against the rim bed. With tubeless, it’s even more. Enough that it requires 10% more spoke tension on their tubeless wheels to end up with the same overall tension with a tire installed and inflated. This keeps the wheels laterally stiff enough, but won’t impact rider comfort even if you have to put a tube in it.Braking performance, spokes & tech specs The rear hub is now full carbon, their first update to the Cosmic Carbone Ultimate Tubular rear hub, which launched in 2006. That, along with the ability to run full length, full carbon spokes on both sides of the wheels, saves about 70g in that area. All in, the tubular comes in at 1,250g currently, but by the time they apply all this new design tech those should be around 1,180g (target weight).The QRM Auto preload system uses a simple wave washer to automatically provide the right amount of preload on the bearings. For these wheels, it’s only on the rear, using their QRM+ manual adjustable preload on the front. Some of their other front wheels do use the new Auto system, though. Compared to a standard preload adjustment, this saves weight and has enough “spring” in it to take up any play that could develop in the bearings’ useable life. During construction, the spokes are molded into the rims. Each spoke is pre-made and shaped, then molded into the rim during to create one piece. From there, the hub shells are inserted, the spokes are positioned over the flanges and glued into place. And this is actually a big part of the story. Not that you get tires with them, but that the wheel-tire system is designed around the Road UST standard. If you’ve been following along on the “Road Tubeless” story, there’s actually very little standardization or agreement between wheel and tire manufacturers. Mavic led the development of a UST standard for mountain bikes back in the day, and they’ve done it again for road. This means, should you find “UST” on any road tires or rims, that you know they adhere to a specific set of measurements for interior rim shapes, heights and dimensions. For tires, it means their bead shape is designed to fit that rim shape securely. We’ll be posting a much more in depth story on Road UST soon, but the fact that these are “UST” is a step in the right direction for standardizing Road Tubeless.Mavic’s had their Yksion Pro UST tires in the line for a while. Because they’re UST, the fit is snug and purposefully matched to the rims. They say it takes just 30g of sealant to protect against punctures and leaks. The tires are made for them by Hutchinson, but are their own design and compound to bring rolling resistance to a minimum. Weight is 260g each for the 700×25.A new My Mavic app will have personalized tire pressure recommendations based on how you ride, your weight and the bike weight, weather conditions, and tire and rim size. They say it may give you a lower than expected tire pressure, but that most people come away happy with the recommendation.The new Mavic Cosmic Ultimate UST will be sold as a wheel/tire system. Retail price is $4,250 (€3,500), available in a few months in January 2019. Stay tuned for first impressions and other new rider gear from Mavic.Mavic.comSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave
Adam Kantor(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today and this weekend. Adam Kantor to Direct Actors Fund Tribute to Title Songs The Actors Fund has announced an upcoming concert presentation featuring unheralded title songs from iconic musicals. The one-night-only benefit, called Show of Titles: An Evening of Title Songs From Musicals Remembered and Forgotten, will be held at Feinstein’s/54 Below on February 25 at 7:00pm. The evening will feature a talent-packed slate of guest artists singing title numbers from the musicals of Richard Rodgers, Alan Jay Lerner, Burton Lane, Stephen Sondheim, Kurt Weill, Harold Rome, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Charles Strouse. Broadway veteran Adam Kantor (The Band’s Visit) will direct the evening, with musical direction by Rodney Bush. Performers will be announced soon.Date Set for 2019 Drama Desk AwardsAwards season is nearing, so mark your calendar! The 64th annual Drama Desk Awards, honoring the best in Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway, will be held at NYC’s Town Hall on April 24. Top winners of the 2018 Drama Desks included SpongeBob SquarePants, Admissions, Angels in America and My Fair Lady.Eva Noblezada & More to Perform at Theatre Communications Group GalaA talented slate of performers have been announced to take part in the 2019 gala of Theatre Communications Group. Tony winner Michael Mayer will direct the previously announced event will set for February 4 at the Edison Ballroom. Stars set to take the stage include Tony nominees Eva Noblezada (Hadestown) and Beth Malone (Angels in America), with Patrick Page (Hadestown) and Ali Stroker (Oklahoma!). The evening will pay tribute to Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright Tony Kushner, veteran Broadway publicist Rick Miramontez and arts philanthropist Martha R. Ingram.Amour Composer Michel Legrand Dies at 86Michel Legrand, a celebrated composer and pianist who earned acclaim for his scores on and off-Broadway, died on January 26, according to The New York Times. He was 86. In addition to iconic stage and screen collaborations with artists including Liza Minnelli, Miles Davis and Perry Como, Legrand crafted music for the Broadway productions Zizi (1964) and Of Love Remembered (1967), appearing onstage as a performer in Andy Williams with Michel Legrand (1974). Legrand earned a Tony nomination for his music to the Broadway musical Amour (2002), which boasted a cast including Melissa Errico, Malcolm Gets, Norm Lewis and Christopher Fitzgerald in his Broadway debut. Off-Broadway, Legrand wrote the music and orchestrations for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1979).Oklahoma! Revival Joins Gun Neutral InitiativeThe upcoming Broadway revival of Oklahoma! is joining the entertainment industry’s Gun Neutral initiative, producers announced today. Gun Neutral is a new, collaborative effort to explore ways entertainment companies, individual productions and storytellers can help solve the gun violence. For every visible gun that is seen on stage in Oklahoma!, the production will make a donation to the nonprofit Gun Neutral 501c3, which works to destroy illegal firearms that should be out of circulation. Oklahoma! will begin performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre on March 19. Star Files View Comments Adam Kantor
Vermont’s local renewable energy industry ‘ made up of manufacturers, construction contractors, installers, developers, and suppliers’ announced today “the industry is equipped to help make ‘Vermont energy strong’ in the 21st Century.”The industry, which ranges from local fabricators assembling electrical boards and contractors that specialize in hot water, solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass heating installations to regional and international manufacturers of innovative renewable energy technologies, held a press conference on pending policy issues today in Montpelier.”The benefits of a strong renewable industry flow throughout the state by creating local jobs, producing energy locally, and providing energy security,” said Gabrielle Stebbins, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), the state trade association representing more than 300 renewables and efficiency businesses in the state. “Growing our own renewable energy in-state is in keeping with Vermonters’ desire for self-reliance, a clean energy future that leaves a better legacy for our children, and keeping our dollars local.”‘The industry is ready, willing, and able to both kick-start Vermont’s economy and make ‘Vermont energy strong’ in the 21st Century,’ said REV Chair, Martha Staskus. ‘We are extremely grateful for the Governor’s strong support for assuring Vermont doesn’t miss out on the ‘energy revolution’ and for his commitment to expand Vermont’s innovative Standard Offer program in his recent State of the State address. The many diverse businesses and workers of our industry stand with him and we’re ready to get to work.’The industry highlighted three policies being considered by the legislature and supported by Governor Shumlin critical to the growth of the industry:1) Expanding Vermont’s Standard Offer program, which provides predictability to local, distributed renewable energy generation. The group is calling for the program to be expanded beyond its initial 50MW, yielding new jobs, producing local clean energy, and bringing private financial support to local industry. A strong Standard Offer is the most effective method for meeting strong renewable portfolio goals.2) Funding Vermont’s Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF), which is expected to run out of money by mid-year. A 2011 report by Kavet, Rockler & Associates, LLC found that every $1 invested by the CEDF resulted in $4 in private capital investment. Since 2006 alone, it has leveraged grants, tax credits, and loans into $110 million in privately funded project expenditures. The successes of this program are threatened without a new revenue source and the industry is advocating for sustainable funding for this effective economic development tool. Proposals in both the House and Senate Natural Resource Committees, spearheaded by Chair Tony Klein and Rep. Allison Clarkson, and Chair Lyons and Senator Clarkson, would tax nuclear storage, a past-funding source for the CEDF.3) Assuring quick passage of technical corrections to Vermont’s successful net metering program, which makes minor technical changes to 2011’s Act 47. Net metering in Vermont has allowed homes, businesses, schools, farms, and non-profits to harness their own energy. Act 47 improved this successful program and H.475, which makes minor changes to that law, passed the house in late January. This bill should be fast-tracked in the Senate and signed by the Governor by Town Meeting Day.‘When we’re manufacturing or installing solar locally, we’ve activated an entire supply chain of work throughout the state. This includes electrical board fabrication in Bristol and Springfield, metal workers from Rutland County and Lyndon, and electricians and contractors from Williston. The renewable energy industry in this state is vast and it is growing. With the right policies today, we can lead a more economic and energy secure future for this state,’ said Andrew Savage, a member of AllEarth Renewables’ management team.‘The stable funding of the CEDF helps support a vibrant, cost-effective solar hot water, solar, and wind energy industry in this state. It’s leveraging dollars to give homeowners and businesses the investment in energy independence and creating good local installation and manufacturing jobs,’ said Tom Hughes, CEO of Sunward Systems.Chad Farrell, founder of Encore Redevelopment, added ‘We have built a business here in Vermont around the opportunities associated with an energy transition and Vermont’s early leadership in this burgeoning marketplace. A robust continuation of the Standard Offer program is vital for Vermont to keep pace with our neighbors in the development of additional sources of clean, distributed renewable energy generation to support our economy and in order to continue to provide jobs, tax revenue and energy security for our state.’‘By supporting in-state renewable energy, Vermont gets jobs, economic development and intellectual capital. Northern Power directly employs more than 100 people. We sell in Vermont and export to the world. We buy from more than 350 Vermont companies. They supply steel, financial services, electrical parts, engineering services, metal fabrication and machining, welding supplies, crane services, marketing and media, legal, lodging and meeting space ‘ a wide range of Vermont businesses stand behind us every day,’ added James Jennings, global director of repower business at Northern Power Systems.‘Although having had discussions with New York and New Hampshire, I was drawn to choose Rutland as the location for the WEbiomass Wood Pellet Boiler manufacturing facility, in large part due to the forward-thinking renewable policies of Vermont and the direct assistance of the Department of Commerce & Economic Development. The opportunities for job creation via a sustainable approach to the use of our forest resources for heating Vermonters homes, schools and other businesses are impressive: According to a Biomass Energy Resource Center study, if Vermont were to convert only 18.5% of its homes and businesses from heating oil to locally produced biomass fuels used in modern, efficiency boilers, it could create about 7,000 stable local energy jobs.,’ says George Robbins, President of WEbiomass Inc.In addition to traditional renewable energy companies and member-businesses of Renewable Energy Vermont, the industry representatives emphasized how broad and diverse Vermont’s renewable energy industry is. Companies like Demag Cranes, J.A. Morrissey Inc, Engineers Construction Inc. (ECI), Grennon’s Solder Works, Image-Tek, Northeast Prevision, Rennline, S.D. Ireland Concrete are among the many hundreds of businesses engaged in work and creating or sustaining jobs as a result of a strong local renewable energy economy.REV Montpelier, Vermontâ ¦February 9, 2012
Vermont Business Magazine On Wednesday April 6 at 11:15 am, Governor Peter Shumlin will join Health Commissioner Harry Chen, DMV Commissioner Robert Ide, a Vermont man who is alive today because of a heart transplant, Donate Life Vermont, and other individuals personally touched by organ donation, to celebrate organ and tissue donation and announce April as Donate Life Month in Vermont, encouraging citizens to register as organ and tissue donors. What: April as Donate Life Month in Vermont – Lives saved because of organ and tissue donation- Heart recipient shares his story- Governor awarded the Donate Life AwardWho: Governor Shumlin Commissioner Harry Chen – VT Department of Health Commissioner Robert Ide – VT DMV Heart recipient UVM Medical Center Individuals personal touched by donation – organ recipients & donor families DMV Staff Donate Life Vermont Where: Vermont State House – Governor’s ChambersWhen: Wednesday, April 6th at 11:15 AMIn 2015, 719 lives were saved here in New England because of the generosity of individuals who became organ donors. Thousands more lives were enhanced through the gift of tissue donation. With the need for life-saving transplants growing every day – over 121,000 patients are now on the US transplant wait list – it is crucial to educate our communities about taking action to register as donors. The celebration commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants as well as the families of individuals who chose to be donors. The vast majority of individuals in Vermont (95%) register to be an organ and tissue donor at the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). There are now 120 million registered donors in the United States; still, the number of people in need of transplants continues to rise. The solution to this problem is to continue educating the public about the lifesaving effects of donation and transplantation and encouraging them to sign up through their state donor registry. About Donate Life Vermont: Donate Life Vermont is a joint project of two federally designated organ procurement organizations that serve New England – New England Organ Bank and Center for Donation and Transplant. They have come together to create a fast and easy way for citizens of Vermont and New England to register as organ and tissue donors in a secure and confidential manner. For more information, visit www.DonateLifeVT.org(link is external).