GlobalFoundries gets new power deal from GMP

first_imgGlobalFoundries,Green Mountain Power Corp,by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP) today announced a multi-year agreement with GlobalFoundries (GF) to provide the Essex-based chip manufacturer, formerly IBM, with more stable energy costs. The plan is subject to regulatory review and approval by the Vermont Public Utilities Commission. It would lower GF’s rate by 2.73 percent starting January 1, 2019.GMP provides among the lowest cost energy in New England, but regional power costs outside of GMP’s control are still significantly higher than in neighboring New York, GMP said in a press release, which operates through a different grid system. These costs increase expenses for many organizations, including GF which has operations in both states. To support a long-term future in Vermont, it is critical, GMP said, for high-tech manufacturers such as GF to secure a more competitive and predictable cost structure for energy. Green Mountain Power and other state partners have worked together for years to support IBM and now GF in their continued operations in Vermont.GF has semiconductor plants in East Fishkill and Malta, south of Saratoga, NY. (New York has higher rates than Vermont for residential electric, according to the US Energy Information Administration June 2018(link is external), 19.30 cents/kwh versus 18.50 cents/kwh in Vermont, but lower industrial rates, 5.98 cents/kwh versus 10.84 cents/kwh in Vermont.)“This agreement is great news for GF and great news for Vermont because it provides stability and predictability for the company, while ensuring our customers continue to receive cost-effective and highly reliable energy,” said Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. “The positive economic impact of GF’s presence in Vermont is significant, and we feel strongly that we, along with our state partners, should continue to do what is reasonable and responsible to support keeping these important manufacturing jobs here in Vermont.”GF employs approximately 2,500 in Vermont and is GMP’s only Transmission Class customer, which means it does not utilize GMP’s distribution grid used by all other customers. Instead, GF invests in and maintains its own distribution grid at its Essex location. The agreement between GMP and GF lowers GF’s rate by 2.73 percent as recommended in rate design, beginning January 1, 2019 and freezes that through September 30, 2022 giving them the predictability and stability they need.In exchange, GF agrees to maintain its power use on site, and forgo credits or rate cuts flowing to other GMP customers during this time, including the significant tax reform credits of over $27 million that GMP will return to customers next year. GMP and GF also agree to work together to draw more business to the unused part of the GF campus to further strengthen the economy, and to promote new energy use onsite with controllable load, and providing additional value for customers.“We face global competition from facilities that pay significantly less for electricity than we do in Vermont,” said Dale Miller, GF Vermont senior location executive. “As the state’s largest manufacturer, we consume more electricity than any other single customer and energy costs are determinant of the competitiveness of our operations in Vermont.  Vermont’s energy policy and GF’s ability to purchase competitive energy in the State will factor into future investment decisions. We greatly appreciate the efforts of the state, economic development leaders and GMP to support our Vermont facility, and will continue to work with them to strive for competitive energy costs in Vermont.”  “This is a great example of teamwork to support an important employer in our state,” said Lisa Ventriss, President and CEO of the Vermont Business Roundtable. “As we look to new and creative ways to encourage businesses, especially manufacturing, we must find solutions like this to address areas where we are not as competitive with our neighbors. This is truly a global economy and businesses have choices.”“GlobalFoundries provides thousands of good-paying jobs and has been a great employer for decades. We appreciate the hard work to support its ongoing success,” said Representatives Linda Myers (R – Essex Town) and Dylan Giambatista (D – Essex Junction) in a joint statement.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with them to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP was the only utility named to Fast Company’s 2018 list of Most Innovative Companies for Energy and is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. J.D. Power’s 2018 rankings also put GMP among top utilities for customer satisfaction.Source: GMP 9.11.2018last_img read more

Basketball player Reggie Lynch reinstated on team

first_imgBasketball player Reggie Lynch reinstated on teamLynch, who was accused of sexual assault, was cleared to participate in team activities. Mike HendricksonSeptember 8, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintGophers basketball player Reggie Lynch, who was suspended from the team in May after being arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct, has been reinstated on the team, said Dan Reisig, a team spokesman.Lych, a redshirt junior center, was arrested on May 8 by the University of Minnesota Police Department on suspicion criminal sexual conduct. The Hennepin County’s office announced on Aug. 24 that Lynch would not face charges stemming from the arrest. Lynch remained suspended from the team while the University conducted its own investigation after he was cleared of the charges. Lynch, an Illinois State transfer from Edina, Minnesota, sat out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He is the oldest center on the team and is expected to be the starter.last_img read more

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Jul 20, 2017

first_imgMRSA emerged long before methicillin was introduced, researchers findA study today in Genome Biology suggests methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) emerged several years before methicillin was used to treat S aureus infections.To identify the origins of MRSA, which first started to appear shortly after methicillin was introduced in the United Kingdom in 1959 in response to widespread penicillin resistance in S aureus, researchers conducted whole genome sequencing on a collection of 209 MRSA isolates recovered in Europe between 1960 and 1989. In reconstructing the evolutionary history of the isolates, they hoped to identify when the first MRSA lineage arose, and when it acquired the staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec), a collection of genes containing the mecA gene, which is associated with methicillin resistance.The earliest MRSA isolates belonged to sequence type (ST) 250, and further investigation of 122 isolates with precise dates and places of origin indicated that a SCCmec element had initially been acquired by S aureus around or before 1946. The researchers theorize that widespread use of penicillin to treat S aureus in the 1940s and 1950s then selected for strains carrying the mecA gene, which also encodes penicillin resistance. That would explain why MRSA began to appear within a year of methicillin being introduced in the clinic.”Our study provides important lessons for future efforts to combat antibiotic resistance,” corresponding author and molecular biologist Matthew Holden, PhD, says in a press release from the University of St. Andrews. “It shows that new drugs which are introduced to circumvent known resistance mechanisms, as methicillin was in 1959, can be rendered ineffective by unrecognized, pre-existing adaptations in the bacterial population.”Holden and his colleagues say the findings highlight the importance of continual surveillance of pathogen populations for evidence of emerging adaptations and resistance patterns.Jul 20 Genome Biol study Jul 20 University of St. Andrews press release Australian surveillance shows increase in drug-resistant gonorrheaAn Australian surveillance system set up last year to provide early warning of the spread of resistant bacteria has detected more than 1,000 cases across the country resistant to last-line antibiotics and an increase in antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, according to a report yesterday from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC).The first report of the National Alert System for Critical Antimicrobial Resistance (CARAlert) revealed 1,064 instances of highly resistant bacteria from Mar 17, 2016, to Mar 31, 2017. Scientists reported at least one strain of bacteria that cannot be treated by last-line antibiotics in every state and territory. These strains are called critical antimicrobial resistances (CARs), and at least 37% of all CARs were from patients in the community, not from hospitalized patients.An average of 86 entries were made to CARAlert each month.Before December 2016, the most commonly reported CARs were carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE). One type of CPE, called the IMP type, is now endemic on the eastern seaboard.Since December, the most frequently reported type of CAR was azithromycin-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which accounted for 67% of all CARs reported to the CARAlert system in February this year and 62% in March. Azithromycin is a key gonorrhea antibiotic.Jul 19 ACSQHC report Jul 19 ACSQHC news release WHO: HIV strains becoming resistant to common antiviralsThe World Health Organization (WHO) warned today of growing drug resistance in more than 10% of people beginning antiretroviral treatment for HIV.The information was based on data from 11 countries surveyed in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In six of those countries, 10% of newly diagnosed HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) patients have a strain that’s resistant to antivirals. Once the 10% resistance threshold is crossed, the WHO recommends that a country re-evaluate which antivirals are used as first-line treatment.According to the WHO, mathematical modeling shows that, in the next 5 years, 135,000 deaths and 105,000 new infections could occur if resistance patterns continue. This would raise HIV treatment costs by an additional $650 million in the 5-year period.”Antimicrobial drug resistance is a growing challenge to global health and sustainable development,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, director-general of the WHO. “We need to proactively address the rising levels of resistance to HIV drugs if we are to achieve the global target of ending AIDS by 2030.”Resistance to antiretrovirals occurs when people do not take the drugs as prescribed, which often happens when people do not have consistent access to HIV care. The levels of HIV in their blood increase, and they can transmit the new, resistant virus to others, the WHO said.Jul 20 WHO news releaselast_img read more

Witt develops ‘smart’ gas mixing system

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Messer successfully installs ASU column

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SRA seeks first lay chair

first_imgAdvertisements for the new chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority appeared in national newspapers over the weekend. They are the first in which the regulator seeks a non-solicitor for the post, to replace Charles Plant (pictured) who is retiring.An advertisement in The Sunday Times says the chair will ‘play a critical role in determining the strategic direction of the SRA, ensuring it is well placed to deliver its regulatory responsibilities within a challenging regulatory and market context.’The salary is £90,000 for 100 days a year. According to the advertisement the successful candidate will be ‘politically astute, with a significant and successful track record of senior leadership, gained in the private or public sector, together with demonstrable experience of working with and influencing boards.’They will have ‘an understanding of public interest regulation, together with the ability to promote an effective market in legal services’. The appointment will be the first since super-regulator the Legal Services Board announced last month that it is amending governance rules to require lay chairs for all legal regulatory bodies. The SRA had opposed the change.last_img read more

Elia takes charge as FS reports successful year

first_imgItaly: RFI Chief Executive Michele Mario Elia has been nominated as the next Chief Executive of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, in succession to Mauro Moretti who was named head of the Finmeccanica group in April (RG 5.14 p68). The appointment was announced at the FS Group annual shareholders meeting in Roma on May 29, subject to ratification by the group’s board of directors.Professor Marcello Messori, Director of the School of European Political Economy at Luiss Guido Carli University in Roma, was appointed as the President of FS Group, and several existing directors were re-elected to the board, with the addition of Daniela Carosio and Simonetta Giordani.The meeting also approved the FS Group financial results for 2013, reporting a 20·7% increase in net profit to €460m. FS said it was the sixth consecutive year of positive results, with the increased profit attributable in part to a 1·2% increase in operating revenues to exceed €8·3bn for the first time. At the same time, operating costs fell slightly to €6·3bn. ‘The 2013 performance and the achievement of all the objectives of the 2011-15 Industrial Plan, despite the continuing national and international economic crisis, confirm the sound structural reorganisation process that the management has undertaken since 2007’, said FS, adding that ‘the stronger financial solidity of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane’ provided a firm foundation on which to achieve ‘the yet more challenging’ objectives in the 2014-17 plan approved in February.last_img read more

BOGUS WORKMAN ENTERS HOUSE IN LANGHOLM

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland is warning the public to be on the alert for a potential bogus workman who called at a house in Langholm on Monday 11 July 2016.  At around 1600 hours the following described man called at the home of a lady in the High Street in the town asking to get entry in order to check both her gas and electricity meters.  The lady allowed entry to the man although was suspicious as her meters had only recently been checked.  The lady accompanied the man throughout his visit, and he noted numbers from the meters on a clipboard.  Further checks with the utility companies revealed that they had no-one in the area checking meters.The suspect is described as being male, white, about 5’6″ tall, in his early 50s, slim build, thinning mousey brown hair, weathered face and was wearing dark trousers and a blue polo shirt with a high visibility vest.  The man had some kind of lanyard around his neck.Constable Emma-Jayne Neylon at Langholm said “it always pays to check the identity of anyone who wants access to you home.  Genuine callers never get offended when asked for identification.  On this occasion it seems that this man was never left alone while in the house and perhaps his intentions were foiled.  We urge all householders to be extra careful in whom they allow access to.  Anyone who can help identify this man, or who may have had a similar experience should call us on 101.last_img read more

Niger seeks €1 bn from EU to fight illegal migration

first_imgNiger, a major transit country for Africans seeking to reach Europe, has told foreign ministers visiting from Europe that it needs € 1 billion to combat illegal migration.The International Organization for Migration projects that around 150,000 migrants, mostly coming from other West African countries, are expected to pass through Niger this year, crossing the Sahara Desert on their way to the Mediterranean coast.Niger borders Nigeria to the south and Libya to the North, two countries from which many migrants set off on the perilous journey to the European Union (EU) members Italy or Malta.“Niger needs a billion euros to fight against clandestine migration,” Foreign Minister Ibrahim Yacoubou told a news conference in Niger’s capital, flanked by his French and German counterparts Jean-Marc Ayrault and Frank-Walter Steinmeier.“We’ve solicited the help of the European Union, France and Germany. We want to protect legal migration against clandestine migration,” Yacoubou said.The EU faces its worst migration crisis since World War II, with huge numbers of refugees fleeing war in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and no let-up in arrivals from Africa.last_img read more