Brooklyn’s luxury market reaches new pandemic high

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsbrooklynResidential Real Estate Share via Shortlinkcenter_img 442 Union Street and 257 Berry Street (Google Maps)For the second week in a row, Brooklyn’s luxury market saw sales volume climb to record levels during the pandemic.Last week, 12 properties went into contract for a combined total of almost $36.1 million, according to a Compass weekly report. The data tracks the borough’s contract activity for properties asking $2 million or more. The previous week saw 10 properties go into contract for a total of $30.2 million.The pre-coronavirus bar was set on the week of March 9, when 15 contracts were inked for a combined $45.3 million.That was before nonessential businesses were orderedto close and in-person showings were banned.Of the deals last week, nine were townhouses, two were condos and one was a co-op. The median asking price was $2.5 million, and the average listing discount was 4 percent. The properties spent an average of 179 days on the market.The most expensive deal was a Williamsburg townhouse, at 257 Berry Street. The four-bedroom home spans 4,700 square feet with three outdoor landscaped terraces, and a drive-in garage. It went into contract asking $5.25 million.The second priciest property was a 4,320-square-foot Carroll Gardens home at 442 Union Street. The four-bedroom townhouse has a backyard, a rooftop terrace and an elevator. Its final asking price was $4.39 million.Write to Erin Hudson at [email protected] moreBiggest week of pandemic for Brooklyn’s luxury marketGreenpoint condo was Brooklyn’s priciest contract last weekBrooklyn’s back: Luxury contract volume hits four-month highlast_img read more

India unveils annual solar goals towards 2022 target

first_imgIndia unveils annual solar goals towards 2022 targetIndia’s National Solar Mission has outlined the annual targets required between now and 2022 if the nation is to hit its goal of installing 100 GW of solar PV capacity by that date. August 17, 2015 Ian Clover Installations Legal Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released details of just how ambitious its solar installation targets are set to be over the next seven years as the country embarks on an aggressive program of PV deployment. The country is aiming to install 100 GW of solar PV capacity by 2022, and needs to add more than 95 GW between now and then to hit that goal. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) was created with the intent aim of reaching this target, and the MNRE has now provided a breakdown of exactly how India will seek to transform its renewable energy sector. According to the details released in the roadmap, 40% of capacity will be added in the rooftop sector (both residential and larger commercial), with grid-scale projects making up the remaining capacity. Between 2015-2016, India’s target is to add 200 MW of rooftop solar and 1.8 GW of ground-mounted projects – a total of 2 GW. However, the pace of installation is projected to accelerate rapidly between 2016-17, with an annual target of 12 GW set (4.8 GW for rooftop, 7.2 GW for ground-mount), and then increasing slightly each year (15 GW, then 16 GW, then 17 GW) before both 2020-21 and 2021-22 outline 17.5 GW annual solar targets each. These ambitious targets look just about feasible in the ground-mount segment, but reaching 4.8 GW of distributed solar PV by 2017 looks a tad ambitious, as is the wider goal of 40 GW of rooftop solar PV by 2022. Currently, India’s cumulative solar PV capacity stands at just over 4 GW, but there remain structural and investment challenges that the country must overcome if it is to build substantially on that figure every year. Leading analysts au fait with the Indian solar market expect the country to enjoy impressive growth over the next few years, but to likely fall short of its intended goal. Deutsche Bank, for example, anticipates a sum of 34 GW of capacity by 2020, while Bridge to India expects around 31 GW by 2019. Substantial investment is required in the electrical grid to support the anticipated ramp-up of renewable energy sources, especially that of a distributed nature, currently planned, and with more than 400 million households currently lacking electricity, that goal represents one of Prime Minister Modi’s greatest challenges. Even with current grid capacity expansions, India may still have around 75 million of its population remaining off the grid by 2024, found a recent report by Goldman Sachs. Interest in the solar opportunities that exist in the country has been brisk, however, with an estimated $300 billion of foreign investment planned throughout India’s renewable energy sector over the next ten years. 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How negative thoughts affect body?

first_imgYou must be wondering what I just said. Believe me its true, that negative thoughts affect our emotions, mental health and body.Why do we get negative thoughts?The answer is clear we tend to “focus on things we don’t have, rather than appreciate the things we have “.We are wanderers set on a vacation on planet Earth, nobody is staying here permanently. We must enjoy every moment LIFE has to offer. You must be having MONEY, a lot of MONEY indeed. Since you have worked hard in earning it you know How many sleepless nights you spent? How many pennies you saved so that your family can be happy. But the truth is also this that you must enjoy the money you have earned and not just see them grow in the Bank sheets… Another way of expressing Happiness is by spreading Happiness. You worked hard, earned an income, your family future is now safe. So why not spend some amount in expressing GRATITUDE. By expressing, I mean you can help the needy, pick up some old age home, an orphanage or may donate some amount to a person who is in need of MONEY but can’t afford the operation. You can be his HOPE. Try doing this and feelthe satisfaction when you see a smile on their face.The law of attraction says,” whatever you give, comes back to you in some or the other form ( it could be love, care, good health )Let me share a small instance which changed my life completely…My child was diagnosed with Hernia at the tender age of 2. When other children his age were busy playing he was constantly sick and unable to hold anything he ate or drunk … it was a series of nightmare vomits I remember the dark Saturday night we had to rush him to the nearby hospital. He was under observation on Sunday. The city doctors had an annual function at the same hospital. My kid was serious, suddenly a Doctor stepped in and started the procedures for an emergency operation that night. I witnessed a ray of light in the darkness. The kindness we do to others returns back in some or the other way. For me, the Doctor was an angel sent by God, else who would imagine an emergency operation on a Sunday.GRATITUDE has its own magic multiples. The more you practice daily the more it gives you.Try doing this –Thank every person who helps you from morning to evening. Be it your housemaid , grocery store boy, laundryman, auto driver, gardener or anybody who has just helped you. Just say the magical words “ Thankyou “ and feel the magic within.This exercise will give you inner happiness. When you are happy from within you will spread more happiness and attract more happiness. This will eventually kill negative thoughts like anger, fear, insecurity, jealousy.What can we do to remove the negative bias?You all have been doing this since the day you are born. Close your eyes, take a deep breath while you inhale a lot of Oxygen. Let it pass from your head to toe. Now while you exhale release your mind of blockages like sadness, fear, insecurity. Open up your hand raise them high, accept happiness, love and care.Don’t forget what we learnt in kindergarten “ Sharing is Caring “. Feel the difference. You are the one who can make or break yourself.It is true what the human mind needs are love, care, appreciation to blossom and be happy. if we don’t get appreciation we are dejected thus multiplying the negative chemicals present in the body. Negativity multiplied faster than positivity so stays away from it. The human mind is a powerful magnet so attract only positive thoughts.I have known my closest family member who was very fit in his early days. He struggled a lot after his father’s death and rose from rags to riches by his hard work and dedication. But the only thing that ripped him apart was lack of appreciation and acknowledgement by his family for whom he stood by mothers side as an elder son by educating his siblings, looking after bread and butter of family of 6 with very much little savings left at the end of the month. His only mistake was he expected them to visit him on his death bed during his difficult days but he only got disappointment which made him sick very sick with a 4th stage cancerous rooster in his stomach weighing nothing less than 6 kgs. His mind was not at peace and this affected his health as he lacked appreciation from his family whom he treated as his own kids. Had he opened up his emotions he would live another 5 long years? Negative thoughts as just like deadly cancer which burns your cells with anger, fear, sadness.Role of forgiveness –When you forgive others you set yourself free. You don’t forgive because they deserve forgiveness but because you deserve inner peace. Don’t hold a grudge on someone because he/she hurt you .?Forgiveness is the best form of love. It takes a strong person to say a SORRY and strongest person to FORGIVE.By being POSITIVE it is to see the good in everything. Wake up daily with a positive thought. Thank GOD you could see the sunrise, thank your people, spread love, practice meditation. Remember you can fly leave everything that puts you down. Happiness is a state of mind. Emotions have to be expressed. Accumulated emotions are cancerous. Don’t compare yourself with others. Both the sun and moon have their time to shine .always focus on the good, the good gets better.“If you want to see the brave, look at those who can FORGIVE. If you want to see the heroic, look at those who can love in return of hatred “– Bhagwad Gita extractlast_img read more

Assistant Director of Office of Multicultural Affairs

first_imgKnowledge, Skills, & AbilitiesABILITIESConsistently exhibit engaging customer serviceNavigate web access and email with or without reasonableaccommodationProven proficiency with computers including Microsoft Office,Google, and/or applications as required for specific positionAbility to work well in a diverse environmentExhibit personal code of ethics within professionalpracticeCommitment to development of campus environment throughstudent-centered, collaborative teamwork across the UniversityAbility to identify and address problems, formulate rules,articulate policies and rules to internal and externalconstituentsAbility to respond effectively to the sensitive inquiries orcomplaintsAbility to maintain confidentiality and secure informationsensitive in natureAbility to work collaboratively and independently Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of backgroundinvestigation including a criminal background check demonstratingyour eligibility for employment with Georgia Southern University,as determined by Georgia Southern University in its solediscretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment historyreflected in your application materials and, if applicable, asatisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to apre-employment drug test.Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal andstate laws, to the statutes, rules and regulations of thisinstitution and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents(BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which areavailable for your inspection upon request.Equal Employment OpportunityGeorgia Southern University provides equal opportunities to allemployees and applicant for employment without regard to race,color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,national origin, religion, age, veteran status, politicalaffiliation, or disability. Individuals in need of reasonableaccommodations under the America with Disabilities Act toparticipate in the search process should notify Human Resources:(912) 478-6947.Other InformationMust be able to perform duties and responsibilities with orwithout reasonable accommodation.Work generally performed in office environmentWorkweek may occasionally extend beyond 40 hoursWork in direct contact with a diverse and dynamic studentpopulationTravel required Assistant Director of Office of Multicultural AffairsJob ID: 226435Location: Statesboro, GeorgiaFull/Part Time: Full-TimeRegular/Temporary: RegularAbout UsJoin Our Team at Georgia Southern!Georgia Southern is a dynamic university with three vibrantcampuses in Hinesville, Savannah and Statesboro serving thecommunities in Southeast Georgia. As a Carnegie Doctoral/R2institution, our world-class scholars instruct about 26,000students in associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral leveldegree programs. Whether you are seeking the charm of a small town,the traditions of a historical/urban destination near the beach orsupporting our military service members and their families, GeorgiaSouthern offers its faculty and staff the best of all worlds!Beyond an ideal location, there is a place for you to work in anexciting environment abounding with opportunities for personal andprofessional growth. We are steeped in tradition and devoted toacademic distinction in teaching, scholarship and service. In 2018Forbes Magazine listed Georgia Southern, along with 10 otherGeorgia companies or institutions, as one of America’s Best MidsizeEmployers. Georgia Southern University is passionate about servingour region while preparing our students to be lifelong scholars,leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities and theworld.Department Information0410901 – Multicultural ServicesJob SummaryAdvocate and champion across the University for diversifiedpopulations and inclusiveness. Educate community regarding issuesof diversity, inclusiveness, social justice, international studentaffairs and differences. Assist in increasing the access, retentionand success of historically underrepresented students, focusingtheir engagement in academic initiatives and co-curricularactivities that facilitate student success.ResponsibilitiesPerform related duties as assigned to support the mission ofthe UniversityBudget managementCreate and facilitate training and workshops related toinclusive excellenceAdminister initiatives to enhance academic monitoringMentor and coach individual and small groups of studentsDevelop and engage students in activities that develop culturalcompetence and essential skills for navigating the campus as wellas the professional worldAdvise and train peer mentors and educatorsAssist in the enhancement of University culture that welcomesand celebrates all students through the infusion of diversity andinclusion throughout the college experienceSupervise coordinator and graduate assistants Background CheckStandard and EducationOther InformationBelieving that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute toexcellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University’sacademic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed torecruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support,promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote InclusiveExcellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups,whose work furthers the institution’s Inclusive Excellence goals,and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives andbackgrounds are especially encouraged to apply. Preferred Educational QualificationsMasters degree Preferred ExperienceExperience in community developmentExperience working with diverse populations For technical support, please call the Shared Services Center at(877) 251-2644 or [email protected] SKILLSDemonstrate commitment to inclusiveness by working well withdiverse populationsDemonstrate appropriate organizational skills as required forspecific positionSkilled in assessment and improvement of Student Affairsprograms in higher educationDemonstrated leadership and project management skillsProblem-solving and team building experienceEffective communication (verbal and written)/presentation,organizational and human relations skillsDemonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion Apply Before DateMay 26, 2021Contact InformationFor more information or questions about a job posting, pleasecontact the Department of Human Resources by phone at (912)478-6947 or by email at [email protected] Preferred QualificationsAdditional Preferred QualificationsUnderstanding of student learning theoriesBilingual jeid-2bd044824b903149adea481a909636a4 To apply, visit https://careers.hprod.onehcm.usg.edu/psp/careers/CAREERS/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=39000&JobOpeningId=226435&PostingSeq=1 KNOWLEDGEAdhere to University policies and procedures to meetInstitutional goals and support University’s mission for studentsuccessThorough knowledge of emerging trends and needs ofstudents Required ExperienceThree (3) or more years of related work experience Required QualificationsEducational RequirementsBachelors degree Proposed Salary$40,200 – $45,924Required Documents to AttachPlease provide three (3) professional references in theRequired Documents to Attach section of your application. Conditions of EmploymentGeorgia Southern University is a Tobacco and Smoke-FreeCommunity.Successful completion of background investigation and legalauthorization to work in the US prior to employmentMust be able to perform duties and responsibilities with orwithout reasonable accommodationlast_img read more

ASOBAL’s fifth best keeper Javi Diaz to stay in Villa de Aranda

first_imgLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Related Items:balonmano, javi diaz, javier santana, villa de aranda ASOBAL (Round 10): Granollers defeated by Cuenca! ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsBM Villa de Aranda confirmed that the club has prolonged contract with the keeper Javi Diaz, who was the fifth best keeper in the ASOBAL last season with 29% effectivity (313 saves out of 1075 shots). Javi Diaz joined the club in 2012 when the club was coached by Magi Serra, and this coming season will be his third for the team from Burgos. The goalkeeper-tandem for BM Villa de Aranda for the following season will be therefore Javi Diaz and Javier Santana. BM Villa de Aranda has practically defined the squad for the next season, with 13 players, and the team wants to keep growing in the ASOBAL.source: marca.es ASOBAL (Round 12): Benidorm with fourth win in a row! Recommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmail Click to comment Adria Figueras is ASOBAL 2017/2018 MVPlast_img read more

U20 EHF EURO 2018 DAY 2: Important day for reigning champions

first_imgU20 EHF EURO 2018: France to meet Germany in semi-final Pingback: U20 EHF EURO 2018 DAY 2: Important day for reigning champions – SportandoNews 1 Comment Recommended for you Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmailcenter_img U20 EHF EURO 2018 DAY 1: Portugal beat France! 1 Comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsGolovec Hall, Friday, July 20GROUP A13.00ROMANIA: GERMANY15.00SWEDEN: ICELANDGROUP B17.00NORWAY: SERBIA19.00SLOVENIA: ISRAELZlatorog Hall, Friday, July 20GROUP C13.00POLAND: CROATIA15.00RUSSIA: SPAINGROUP D17.00HUNGARY: FRANCE19.00PORTUGAL: DENMARK Related Items:U20 EHF EURO 2018last_img

Trump on combative calls with foreign leaders: ‘Don’t worry about it’

first_imgPresident Donald Trump on Thursday dismissed reports of contentious phone calls he’s had with foreign leaders, telling Americans not to fret over his tough talk.“The world is in trouble, but we’re gonna straighten it out, OK? That’s what I do, I fix things,” Trump said Thursday morning at the National Prayer Breakfast. “We’re gonna straighten it out. Believe me. When you hear about the tough phone calls I’m having, don’t worry about it. Just don’t worry about it.”Trump’s unsolicited reaction to criticism follows a tweet earlier Thursday in which he wrote that Iran has been formally “put on notice,” continuing an unpredictable foreign policy approach against both allies and foes of the United States. The tweet was the latest in a series of moves that has shown the president’s more aggressive foreign policy intentions. On Wednesday, news broke that Trump told Australia’s prime minister during a call Saturday that a refugee agreement with Australia, a close ally, is “the worst deal ever” before ending the phone call abruptly.The president also threatened to send U.S. troops to Mexico to stop “bad hombres,” during a phone call with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, according to an Associated Press report.On Thursday morning, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway said she wouldn’t comment on the private conversations between the president and other world leaders. But she added that the calls have been misrepresented.“We certainly don’t mischaracterize them as some others have. This is the practice for us though. We’re the ones not leaking. You saw it with the earlier reports. You see it here,” Conway said on “Fox and Friends.” “You know, you’re a little bit hamstrung when you’re the ones upholding either the law or frankly upholding a gentlemen’s agreement to not release.”Conway also said that people “trying to get these salacious details” aren’t serving the country well.“Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile. Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!” Trump wrote in a series of tweets Thursday. “Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the U.S. came along and gave it a life-line in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion.” His early morning post follows another Iran-related tweet the president sent late Wednesday night where he ratcheted up the rhetoric against Iran for “rapidly taking over more and more of Iraq even after the U.S. has squandered three trillion dollars there. Obvious long ago!”Trump’s tweets on Iran reiterate statements from his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who Wednesday criticized Iran’s “highly provocative” behavior” and threatened to take action. It’s unclear what that action would be.The statements from Trump and Flynn come after Iran conducted a missile test on Monday. Also, Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen attacked a Saudi vessel. Also On POLITICO Australia parries Trump slapdown By Zoya Sheftalovich Trump’s Turkey honeymoon sours By Zia Weise Brexit Files Insight Theresa May’s Donald Trump problem By Tom McTaguelast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Hello, Dolly! Star Bette Midler Packs Houses in Farewell Week

first_imgBette Midler wrapped up her Tony-winning, record-breaking run in the hit revival of Hello, Dolly! this weekend and audiences didn’t miss the chance to catch her celebrated performance once more. The star who made a decades-in-the-making Broadway-musical return packed the Shubert Theatre as crowds caught her dynamite performance one last time. During Midler’s final week, Hello, Dolly! filled the Shubert to 101.65% capacity, bringing in a box office gross of $2,436,207.84. The Divine Miss M may have exited the building, but theater fans had better make plans to return to Hello, Dolly! as the show’s new headliner, Tony-winning icon Bernadette Peters, will walk down the staircase at the Harmonia Gardens restaurant beginning on January 20.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending January 14:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($3,105,160.00)2. Hello, Dolly! ($2,436,207.84)*3. Springsteen on Broadway ($2,411,150.00)4. The Lion King ($1,941,493.00)5. Dear Evan Hansen ($1,741,089.66)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Latin History for Morons ($525,021.50)*4. The Parisian Woman ($462,636.50)3. The Play That Goes Wrong ($418,670.00)2. John Lithgow: Stories by Heart ($307,280.40)1. The Children ($282,652.10)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Meteor Shower (102.03%)2. Come From Away  (101.97%)3. Hamilton (101.81%)4. The Book of Mormon (101.81%)5. Hello, Dolly! (101.65%)*UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Latin History for Morons (81.66%)*4. The Play That Goes Wrong (79.55%)3. Kinky Boots (79.23%)2. The Phantom of the Opera (76.85%)1. School of Rock (73.61%)*Number based on seven performancesSource: The Broadway League View Comments Hello, Dolly! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 25, 2018last_img read more

ArcLight to buy TransCanada’s hydro portfolio for over $1 billion

first_imgby Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine ArcLight Capital Partners, based in Boston, announced Tuesday that its affiliate, Great River Hydro, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire TransCanada’s New England hydroelectric power portfolio for $1.065 billion. These dams include those on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers in Vermont. All workers are expected to be retained. The state of Vermont formed a committee and briefly considered purchasing the dams itself after TransCanada announced in March of this year that it would sell the hydro plants to help it buy a Texas gas pipeline company. The state also considered buying the facilities in 2005, when USGen ultimately sold them to Calgary-based TransCanada for $505 million.With 13 facilities on the Connecticut and Deerfield rivers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, TransCanada’s 584 MW renewable power portfolio is the largest conventional hydro system in New England. Vermont Yankee, by comparison, had a running output of 605 MW before it closed in December 2014. The TransCanada portfolio includes the 192 MW Moore facility, the largest conventional hydro station in New England, and 12 other facilities totaling 392 MW. The transaction is expected to close in mid-2017, subject to customary regulatory and other approvals.TransCanada map and table of hydro assets.According to the Valley News(link is external), The Wilder dam paid $750,000 in annual tax revenue to Hartford in 2016, or about 6 percent of the town’s total tax revenue and Lebanon, NH, got $563,000 in tax revenue for the city during the year’s first half period, according to online tax records.In a long-running dispute between TransCanada and the town of Rockingham, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled in September that the Bellows Falls facility should be assessed at $127.4 million, not the $84 million TransCanada wanted.On a per megawatt basis, the ultimate sale of all the hyrdro stations was just over what TransCanada wanted in Bellows Falls ($1.8 million per MW versus $1.7 million) and 44 percent lower than what the Supreme Court ruled ($2.6 million per MW).Great River Hydro said in a statement that it anticipates a smooth transition of ownership. The company has committed to retain all existing operational personnel, plans to assume the recently negotiated union contract, and will continue the FERC relicensing process currently underway at the Bellows Falls, Wilder and Vernon facilities.ArcLight Capital is one of the most experienced owners and operators of renewable power assets in the United States. Founded in 2001, the firm has invested more than $3.1 billion of capital in renewable power assets, representing approximately 5,000 MW of generation. The firm has successfully led some of the most notable renewable projects in the United States, including developing and operating one of the largest wind farms in the world. The firm is committed to maintaining strong partnerships with employees, host communities, states and other local stakeholders.ArcLight also has over a decade of experience owning and operating hydroelectric power generation facilities in New England. Since 2006, ArcLight has acquired and operated 10 hydro facilities along the Penobscot, Union and Androscoggin rivers in Maine.Bellows Falls Island Hydro 1. VBM photoGreat River Hydro will be led by Scott Hall, a long-term portfolio executive of ArcLight with over 27 years of experience managing hydroelectric generating facilities and companies in the Northeast. Mr. Hall has been directly responsible for all facets of hydroelectric company operations, including employee management, environmental compliance, facility maintenance and operations, and business development activities. Hall has also been an active leader in a variety of stakeholder processes that addressed numerous socio-economic issues related to river flows, energy development and natural resource management.“We have been incredibly impressed by the quality of both the hydroelectric facilities and the operations team,” said Hall. “I am very excited to work with the team to continue the level of excellence they have already achieved in providing reliable, renewable power in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.”“We are thrilled to expand our renewable footprint by acquiring these premier hydroelectric assets from TransCanada,” said Dan Revers, Managing Partner and co-Founder of ArcLight. “New England is a key geography for ArcLight, and we look forward to working with local communities and other constituencies across the region.”TransCanada HydroConnecticut River: Vermont and New Hampshire – 49-MW Bellows Falls, 144-MW Comerford, 11-MW McIndoes, 192-MW Moore, 37-MW Vernon and 41-MW WilderDeerfield River Vermont — 41-MW Harriman and 5-MW SearsburgMassachusetts – 7-MW Deerfield No. 2, 7-MW Deerfield No. 3, 6-MW Deerfield No. 4, 14-MW Deerfield No. 5 and 6-MW ShermanThere are approximately 85 hydroelectric generation facilities operating in Vermont and on waters bordering other states. More than a third of those are owned by Green Mountain Power.TransCanadaTransCanada announced Tuesday that it sold not only its New England hydro business, but also its wind business in order to buy Columbia Pipeline Partners LP for approximately US$915 million. It expects to realize approximately US$3.7 billion from the monetization of its US Northeast Power business. The amount is expected to be realized through the sale of Ravenswood, Ironwood, Ocean State Power and Kibby Wind to Helix Generation, LLC, an affiliate of LS Power Equity Advisors for US$2.2 billion and TC Hydro to Great River Hydro, LLC, an affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners, LLC for US$1.065 billion, with the remainder attributed to TransCanada’s power marketing business which is expected to be realized going forward.TransCanada said in announcing a series of moves Tuesday, that proceeds from these sales and future realization of value of the marketing business will be used to repay a portion of the US$6.9 billion senior unsecured asset bridge term loan credit facilities (Columbia bridge loan facilities) which were used to partially finance the Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc acquisition completed July 1, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately US$13 billion, including the assumption of approximately US$2.8 billion of debt.”The sale of our merchant US Northeast Power business to fund a portion of our acquisition of Columbia will further enhance the stability and predictability of our earnings and cash flow streams and support a strong and growing dividend,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer.On its Website, TransCanada says it pays property taxes in a total of 53 communities in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.The wind and gas assets TransCanada sold to Helix Generation, LLC, for $2.2 billion in cash were:Ravenswood (Queens, New York) – 2,480 megawatts, multiple-unit generating natural gas facility using dual fuel-capable steam turbine, combined-cycle and combustion turbineIronwood (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) – 778 megawatts, natural gas combined-cycle facilityOcean State Power (Burrillville, Rhode Island) – 560 megawatts, natural gas combined-cycle facilityKibby Wind (Franklin County, Maine) – 132 megawatts, wind farmAbout ArcLight Capital Partners ArcLight is one of the leading private equity firms focused on energy infrastructure investments. Founded in 2001, it has helped pioneer an asset-based private equity approach to investing in the dynamic energy sector. It has invested approximately $17 billion in 101 transactions since inception. Based in Boston, its 29-person investment team employs a hands-on value creation strategy that utilizes our in-house technical, operational and commercial specialists as well as our 400-person asset management affiliate. More information about ArcLight, and a complete list of ArcLight’s portfolio companies, can be found at www.arclightcapital.com(link is external).Source: BOSTON, MA (November 1, 2016) – ArcLight Capital Partners. TransCanadalast_img read more

Over $299K in grants to benefit specialty crop producers

first_imgAgency dollars assist Vermont fruit, vegetable, and value-added producers and increase consumer access to locally produced food​Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Recipient, Dr. Victor Izzo, leads Leek Moth management workshop at the UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center in 2018Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces grants totaling $299,350 for seven projects to benefit Vermont fruit, vegetable, and value-added producers and increase consumer access to locally produced food. These grants, funded through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), were awarded to six agricultural organizations to undertake a range of research, development, education, business planning, and marketing projects. The grants will leverage an additional $190,026 in matching funds.“These important investments will grow the Vermont economy” said Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts. “This year’s Specialty Crop Block Grant funding will promote local food markets, increase marketing opportunities for Vermont specialty crops within and beyond Vermont, support the emerging Vermont saffron industry, and invest in research to improve fruit and vegetable production methods and control pests.”Since the program’s establishment in 2006, the Vermont SCBGP has invested over $3.2 million in projects to benefit Vermont specialty crop producers. The program supports projects led by producers, researchers, and agricultural service providers, including a recently completed project, Increasing the Competitiveness of Vermont Wine through Vermont Restaurant and Agritourism Opportunities, directed by the Vermont Fresh Network and the Vermont Grape and Wine Council.Increasing the Competitiveness of Vermont Wine through Vermont Restaurant and Agritourism Opportunities focused on improving how winemakers and restaurants present Vermont wine to consumers and elevating the overall consumer attitude towards Vermont wine through a broader messaging campaign. As a result of this project, over 100 bar and restaurant staff who attended workshops increased their ability to communicate effectively about Vermont wine, twenty restaurants and distributors expanded their Vermont wine menu offerings, and fourteen wineries were incorporated into culinary trails on Vermont’s food and farm tourism website, DigInVT.com(link is external).VAAFM awards SCBGP funds through a competitive review process guided by industry, nonprofit and government stakeholders. A stakeholder advisory committee identified the development of innovative horticultural production practices and efficiencies, pest and disease management, food safety, value chain enhancement, technical assistance, market access, and producer collaboration as funding priorities for 2020. After receiving detailed recommendations from a proposal review committee, VAAFM selected the following projects out of nineteen applications representing total funding requests of over $721,900:·         Atlantic Corporation to deliver critical market assessment and business planning tools to benefit the Vermont maple syrup industry ($27,140)·         Elmore Roots Nursery LLC to conduct research and outreach to help specialty crop growers, nurseries, and landscapers increase transplanting success and reduce costs using an innovative gravel bed rooting system ($29,017)·         Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont to implement a marketing campaign that illustrates the connection between organic practices and climate change mitigation and resilience ($46,118)·         University of Vermont Extension Vegetable & Berry Team to conduct research and outreach to help vegetable growers manage chickweed (Stellaria media) using soil steaming ($49,641)·         University of Vermont Department of Plant and Soil Science to field test a dairy manure compost solution to control fungal soilborne pathogens and assess adoptability by vegetable growers ($33,193)·         University of Vermont Entomology Research Laboratory to strengthen and expand the emerging Vermont saffron industry through outreach, education, grower cost/revenue assessments, and consumer demand research ($40,000)·         Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets to implement a community-oriented approach to food access and market development that will increase consumption of local specialty crops ($74,241)The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service awards Specialty Crop Block Grants to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. In Vermont, VAAFM administers these funds to enhance the competitiveness of Vermont and regionally-grown specialty crops, defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).”To view the USDA press release announcing SCBGP awards nationally, visit go.usa.gov/xG6Hz(link is external) (case-sensitive URL).To learn more about the Vermont SCBGP, visit agriculture.vermont.gov/grants/specialtycrop(link is external).Source: October 9, 2020 | Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM)last_img read more