Vermont gasoline prices near national average

first_imgAverage retail gasoline prices in Vermont have fallen 0.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.89/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.90/g, according to gasoline price website VermontGasPrices.com.Including the change in gas prices in Vermont during the past week, prices yesterday were 84.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 5.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 7.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 84.3 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.Source: VermontGasPrices.com 5.3.2010last_img

University Mall boasts 100 percent occupancy

first_imgUniversity Mall has announced a 100 percent occupancy rate, as of September 2010, in itsr 612,000-square-foot, 75-store shopping mall located on Dorset Street in South Burlington, Vermont. The full occupancy comes with the addition of several new stores including a 6,778 sf Rue21, opening August 26, a 585 sf Lids and a 25,500 sf Spirit Halloween, both opening in September, and the temporary relocation of Bath & Body Works while their current space undergoes renovation.  Also, Things Remembered, an engraving kiosk will open next to McDonald’s in September.  Avenue A, a locally owned women’s clothing store, has relocated to the mall’s south end to accommodate Rue21.  University Mall is family-owned by Finard Properties LLC of Burlington, Massachusetts and was founded by William Finard in 1979.Source: University Mall. 8.19.2010last_img read more

Leahy scorches Pentagon over stop-work order for GE’s F35 engine

first_imgGE Aircraft Engines – Rutland Operation,Senator Patrick Leahy yesterday lambasted the Pentagon for its decision to issue a stop-work order on General Electric’s version of the jet engine for the F35 fighter jet. Some of the components for the engine are made by GE in Rutland. The principal contractor for the engine is Pratt & Whitney. Leahy and others in Congress had been able to continue funding for the GE version through stop-gap measures as Congress continues to work on a new federal budget. However, the House declined to add the GE funding to the latest interim budget bill. The Pentagon subsequently ordered GE and partner Rolls Royce to stop work on the engine. However, GE has decided to self-fund continued work on its engine. Leahy’s spokesman, David Carle, issued the following statement Thursday evening:”Today Defense Secretary Gates and Ash Carter, undersecretary for acquisition, issued a stop-work order to GE and Roll Royce on the F136 alternate engine for the F-35.  They did this administratively, during the current short-term budget bill ‘ the current stop-gap appropriations bill that funds the government until April 8.  Senator Leahy engineered language in the first continuing resolution, last December, which prevented the Pentagon from doing this back then.  Subsequent stop-gap bills written since then by the House have not included his preventive language, and they are doing now what he knew they wanted to do last year, if given the chance.  Senator Leahy believes this is an opportunistic power grab by the Pentagon, egged on by Pratt & Whitney, to circumvent what should be a decision by Congress, not by a federal agency.  He believes it is the wrong decision, which would eliminate competition for the troubled Pratt & Whitney engine and cost taxpayers more.”Senator Leahy’s Twitter tweet yesterday: “Pentagon’s stop work-order for #GE #AltEngine is wrong for #F35 & taxpayers. No competition=higher cost & inferior engine for F35. “Carle also said that Leahy’s allies on this have also criticized the stop-work order. He said they will continue to push for continuation of the alternative engine program.  Carle said Leahy commends GE Aviation for continuing work in the meantime.last_img read more

Global Trends Indicate a Coal Comeback Is Unlikely

first_imgGlobal Trends Indicate a Coal Comeback Is Unlikely FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times:President Donald Trump has pledged to “put our miners back to work” in the US, promising to return high-paying jobs to rundown rural areas of states such as Pennsylvania that brought him victory in last year’s election. Trends in coal markets, both in the US and internationally, suggest that will be an uphill battle.In 2013, the US Energy Information Administration projected that world coal demand would rise 39 per cent by 2040. Now it is expecting growth of just 1 per cent. If not quite “Peak Coal”, it certainly looks like an extended plateau. Projections of energy demand even a few years into the future can never be relied on: there are too many uncertainties in how markets and technology will evolve, and the EIA itself makes clear that this scenario is just one among many possible outcomes. Even so, the latest projection, from the EIA International Energy Outlook 2017, published last week, shows that the promise of eternally rising world demand for coal, which was the consensus expectation just a few years ago, can no longer be taken for granted.China dominates world coal markets, accounting for more than half of total global demand. The EIA believes that Chinese coal consumption may now be on a declining trend, with industrial use for steam and steelmaking already having peaked, and demand for power generation likely to peak around 2023. With demand also in long-term decline in the US and in Europe, growth in some emerging economies, led by India, is not enough to raise total coal use overall.More: ($) The future of coal in seven chartslast_img read more

NTPC executive reaffirms Indian company’s plan to transition from coal to renewables

first_imgNTPC executive reaffirms Indian company’s plan to transition from coal to renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ETEnergyworld.comState-owned NTPC is looking at green hydrogen and battery storage to drive energy transition and is moving away from coal-based projects, said its Executive Director, Mohit Bhargava.NTPC has set a 32-gigawatt (GW) renewable energy (RE) capacity target by 2032, which is 25 per cent of its total planned capacity of 130 GW. It is also planning to have 10 GW of solar energy by 2022, which entails an investment of about Rs 50,000 crore.“We are no longer looking at new greenfield coal-based projects. We are looking at renewables in a big way and ultimately want to be a large RE player not only within the country but also use renewables as a pillar to promote green hydrogen. We are looking at both green hydrogen and battery storage… In our overall frame of things green hydrogen would play a very important role,” said Bhargava at ETEneryworld’s Energy Transition Summit on Thursday.According to many studies, green hydrogen could be a major player not only in terms of fuel but also in being a feedstock as hydrogen, methanol, and ammonia.The firm is looking at tariff-based renewable energy bids by SECI, NHPC, or state utilities. “We’re also looking at the government schemes and are vigorously pursuing on the Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power Parks scheme, wherein we are in discussion with Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh for availability of land because that is going to be one of the key things for the growth of renewables,” Bhargava said.NTPC has 5-6 GW renewable energy projects in the pipeline, which is primarily solar power based.[Aarushi Koundal]More: We are looking at both green hydrogen and battery storage: Mohit Bhargava, executive director, NTPClast_img read more

Fear and Loathing in the Smokies

first_imgAn author reveals the dark side of the Smokies—and her psyche. “You’re not going to find a dead body out here,” says Dave Landreth, a salty, retirement-aged hiker, while sliding down a steep rockslide inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “There are too many wild boars. They’ll take a corpse apart and won’t leave a skeleton.”It’s a disturbing conversation to have when you’re beginning an off-trail bushwhack, but that’s the frame of mind we’re all in thanks to our trip leader, Jenny Bennett. Bennett is the author of the recent novel, Murder at the Jump Off, a murder mystery that, not coincidentally, is set in the exact terrain we’re about to explore.Luckily, the victim in Bennett’s book isn’t devoured by wild boar. His body is found relatively intact, neck snapped, a thousand feet below the Jump Off, a rocky outcropping with views of Charles Bunion, Mount Guyot, and a large swath of rugged land that has no official trail.That trail-less landscape is where most of the best action of Bennett’s novel is set—a location thick with unforgivably steep slopes, rock slide scars, and brutal patches of rhododendron and briars. That’s also where Bennett is taking us in an attempt to recreate the exact route that Bennett’s victim explored before he was murdered.Murder at the Jump Off coverMorbid? Maybe a little. But we’re talking about a murder-mystery writer here.We drop off the Appalachian Trail via the Porter’s Creek Manway, an old path that settlers once used to connect remote homesteads that has long since overgrown from lack of use. After dropping about a grand of elevation, our plan is to climb back up to the ridge line via the left fork of Lester Prong, which will deliver us to the Jump Off, where Bennett’s fictional victim is murdered.One of the joys of reading Murder at the Jump Off is the fact that the setting is real. Not only is the landscape vividly described in a way that only Bennett could describe it, you can go there.Bennett’s novel is made up of two kinds of people: avid bushwhackers obsessed with hiking off-trail, and their loved ones/loathed ones who don’t understand their obsession with bushwhacking. It’s a pretty fair assessment of off-trail hiking in general. You’re either obsessed with it or confounded by it. Add the remote nature of the Smokies (500,000 acres with only a couple of roads traversing it), and you have the recipe for a good murder.Bennett says the book is actually based on a relationship she saw developing between two off-trail hikers that she felt was going south. “I could see how it could turn homicidal,” she tells me as we make our way down Porter’s Creek, a skinny drop-and-pool drainage covered in moss and blowdowns.From that tenuous relationship, Bennett used her bushwhacking experience and love for the Smokies to build a fun, fast murder mystery that is largely set in the most unlikely of places–the jagged, steep drainages that drop vertically from popular tourist attractions like the Jump Off. If you think a jagged, steep gorge is an odd place to dream up a fictional murder, you’ll be absolutely astounded that such a heinous crime could come from the mind of Jenny Bennett, who could be best described as your bookish next door neighbor who spends all of her free time gardening in her backyard or tending to her cats.Bennett is a freelance book editor who is either reading, hiking, or blogging in her spare time. She wears glasses and keeps her grayish hair in a tight ponytail beneath a sensible hat. She’s pushing 60, says things like “goodness,” and has knee problems. But she also tells stories about running away from home in an attempt to live in Haight Ashbury when she was 16. She may come off as timid, but she spends much of her free time bushwhacking through creeks and rock slides by herself. She’s hell with a map and compass and leads off-trail hikes for the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club. The more I hike with Bennett, the stronger I realize she is. I also discover that she’s just dark enough to develop the murder plot at the heart of Murder at the Jumpoff.When I ask her if her hiking partners ever worry about the fact that she was planning a murder plot during all of their off-trail adventures, she smiles and tells me, “Everyone’s really nice to me now.”We make it down Porter’s Creek with ease, but the route gets tougher when we start making our way up Lester Prong. The slope gets steeper the farther we climb, and eventually we find ourselves on a vertical rock slide that’s been overgrown with slick moss. The only safe option we have is to turn around, a decision that will likely result in us hiking out of the Smokies well after dark.Bennett isn’t phased by the new development. Maybe it’s because she’s been in the woods often enough to know that spending the night unexpectedly is sometimes part of the process. Or maybe it’s because she enjoys the added challenge and chance to experience something, some place new…in the dark.“To me, off-trail hiking is a magical journey, a quest to discover incredible places that practically no one ever sees,” she tells me days after we made the slow, dark climb out of Lester Prong. “It does tend to be an obsession, because it can be so difficult that you wouldn’t be motivated to do it unless you are kind of crazed.”Backyard BooksFew books will put you into the thick of the Smokies backcountry like Murder at the Jumpoff, but if you want more literature set in the Southern Appalachians, check out these new titles.Naked Came the Leaf Peeper This novel was written by 12 different Western North Carolina authors. Sounds schizophrenic, but the murder-mystery set in Asheville works in a way that only a murder mystery set in Asheville can.The Cove, Ron Rash Set in Western North Carolina after World War II, The Cove mixes mountain lore with mountain topography for good old fashioned Southern Gothic charm.Nightwoods, Charles FrazierA suspenseful novel set in small town North Carolina during the 1960s in which a guardian has to protect two small children from their stepfather. Sidenote: Frazier is an avid and talented mountain biker.last_img read more

Ibex El Fito Bib ¾

first_imgFor many people cycling is a three-season sport. After what seems like an eternity winter is over, and then comes the spring riding season full of big miles and bigger smiles. Next comes the heat of summer and racing or bike vacations, followed by the mellow fall season complete with friends and post ride brews.The Ibex El Fito Bib is here to change that. Welcome to the year round cycling season. I have been putting in the miles on both road and mountain for the last seven years in the Blue Ridge, so I am all too familiar with the chill of winter. I have always dreaded the cold and the accompanying layer upon layer of clothing to fight the chill. We all know that feeling of trying to find the right amount of layers to keep us warm, but not too warm, and what always seems to be the outcome of not being all that comfortable.I have not had the opportunity to try wool cycling clothing before, so I was eager to saddle up and put the El Fito’s through their paces. Friends had always touted the wicking and temperature regulation properties of wool as top notch, and who can argue with nature right? The opportunity arose to test the knickers out a few weekends ago, and I left the house on my faithful steed to conquer some road miles.chamois The El Fito has a great chamois that is comfortable for even the longest of rides.Three hours later I was back at the house after a wonderful ride. I looked down at my lower half and asked myself “how have I ever ridden in the cold without these bibs?” The fit of the Ibex knickers has some thought behind it. They were comfortable throughout the ride, didn’t bunch up in any areas, and the legs are long enough to completely cover the knee (a problem I have found in other bibs due to my longer legs).  The attention to detail was also incredible with wind blocking material over the knee, excellent stitching, top-notch chamois, and a perfect mix of wool, nylon, and lycra to give it an unparalleled fit.Since that weekend ride I have put in miles on both my road and mountain bike ranging from quick hour spins to four-hour adventures. Each time I go to pack my gear I find myself reaching for the El Fito’s. I have other bib shorts, tights, knee warmers, and the like but they just don’t compare to the fit and quality of the Ibex.wind proof knee The attention to detail, such as the wind proofing on the knee, set the El Fito’s apart from other options.At 6’ 1” and 165 pounds I went with a size large, and it fits quite well. I know for some of you out there the $160 price tag may seem a touch high. I did a bit of research and many other company’s options are right around this price point. Also the El Fito’s are made with New Zealand Merino Wool and not synthetics, so there’s that.Final thought: If you want to tackle winter riding, buy yourself a pair of Ibex El Fito Bib shorts and kiss cold legs goodbye.last_img read more

Bringing Back the Brook Trout

first_imgThe future of brook trout like this one from West Virginia is in jeopardy, but not all hope is lost.It’s no secret that the brook trout is in trouble. It is estimated that brookies inhabit only nine percent of their former native habitat in the East, and are especially vulnerable in the Southern Appalachians due to many factors. The brook trout is not only a beautiful and lively game fish for anglers, it is an indicator of water quality as they require only the cleanest, coolest water to survive. Once prevalent in large streams, they are not relegated to headwaters high in the mountains. Luckily, there are groups like Trout Unlimited and the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture that are working aggressively to slow the decline of natural brook trout habitat, and they took another big step to that end at a workshop in West Virginia this past November.Among other things, the main focus of the workshop was to establish a more acute process for monitoring brook trout populations: identifying populations per square mile, as oppose to the previous per 30 square miles. This will allow fishery managers to pinpoint more accurately where to concentrate their restoration and conservation efforts. On the flip side, the new approach and finer data will reveal just how bad the situation has gotten for these fragile fish. As the climate warms, so will the water pushing brookies further up stream and further limiting their ability to survive.Trout Unlimited Chesapeake Bay Land Protection Coordinator Kevin Anderson lays out the whole situation in more detail in this blog post on Trout Unlimited’s website. There is also a very informative video, featuring an impressive W.Va. brookie embedded below.If you are a small stream, brook trout enthusiasts, please take a moment to read through Anderson’s post and consider joining the efforts to preserve the habitat of the East’s only native trout before it’s too late.From the Field: Linking land and water in brook trout conservation from Chesapeake Bay Program on Vimeo.last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Oskar Blues 4 Mile Road Race

first_imgDuring this time of Catholic uncertainty, one thing is known: St. Patrick’s Day will happen this Sunday, March 17, 2013. There may be a pope in residence at the Vatican, but there is also a leprechaun out there with a pot of gold at the end of some double rainbow – or so they say. Whether you adhere to the religious nature of the holiday or not, St. Patrick’s Day is certainly a day for feasting, revelry, and celebration. Those of Irish decent tend to take the “holiday” a little more seriously than other – as they should; it’s their heritage all over the place – and lucky for them it falls on a Sunday this year. Not only will this afford them a whole day of toasting their native saint, it also leaves time enough to get a good workout in before donning a green hat and pinching strangers.Major snow last week put spring on hold, but a wet March and warm temperatures means that there should be something coming out of the ground or sprouting from the trees. Get up early this weekend and take a run or a long walk; you will feel much better about yourself later in the day. A good sweat goes a long way during a long day of drinki…I mean…celebration, so get the jump start on shedding some of those Guinness calories. Rain is in the forecast so you may get soaked, but it will be worth it in the long run.If you want to combine your two passions on St. Paddy’s Day, sign up for the Oskar Blues 4 Mile Road Race in Brevard, N.C. on Sunday. The four mile road race begins at the new Oskar Blues brewery and runs flat and fast along Davidson River and Cemetery roads, before finishing back at the brewery. There will be a Celtic jam band playing at the tap room after, so bring your party pants. Register online or on race day beginning at 7:30am.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Mountain Mama: Step-up Your Backcountry Cooking With These Recipes

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,I’m taking my girlfriend on her first overnight backpacking trip and want to do everything possible to ensure she enjoys it. Normally, I don’t put much thought into food. I’m easy – my only request is no tofu. But my girlfriend is a foodie and I want to impress her.Do you know of any good one-pot recipes for dinner and breakfast?Thanks,BackpackerDear Backpacker,Aww, that’s so sweet that you’re putting so much thought into the small details. I’m a woman after all and it’s in my DNA to gush a little. If I’m vicariously thrilled by your effort, just imagine how pleased your lucky lady will be.After a long day of hiking, this Gnocchi with Bacon recipe dishes up warm, comfort food. At home, combine ½ cup of Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon of dried sage, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder and store in a zip-loc bag. Boil shelf stable gnocchi (sold at Trader Joe’s) until the gnocchi floats to the top, drain and add cheese mixture. Add shelf stable bacon as desired.Breakfast burritos are a yummy way to fuel up in the morning. To minimize the pot scrubbing, put the eggs into a plastic bag (you can use the leftover zip-loc bags from dinner) and then boil into the eggs don’t run. Add avocado and shelf stable bacon, season with salt and pepper, and roll up using the flavored tortilla wrap of your choice.Backpacker, just keep in that your girlfriend will expect good food on future backpacking trips, so don’t make the food too elaborate. And remember that so much of how food tastes depends on the dining experience. Set the mood by creating soft lighting.  Wrap your headlamp around a colored Nalgene bottle (length-wise), make sure the light shines through the plastic, and, ta-da, your water bottle is now a soft glowing lantern.Bon Appetite!Mountain Mamalast_img read more