Weinberger appoints Darren Springer as GM of Burlington Electric

first_imgBurlington Electric Department,Darren Springer photo by Adam Rabin, BED.by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger announced the appointment of Darren Springer as General Manager of the Burlington Electric Department at a press conference Tuesday morning at BED. Springer brings extensive experience in the energy field to the position, including at the federal, state, and local levels of government. Effective immediately, Springer will serve as acting GM, and Weinberger will ask the City Council to consider confirmation of the appointment at its October 15 meeting.Handsome, tall and tanned, the former Floridian, 38, joined BED last year. He previously worked in the Shumlin Administration, rising to chief of staff. Springer has also worked for Senator Bernie Sanders. His predecessor, Neale Lunderville, who moved over to City Hall last May to lead the Community & Economic Development Office, at one time worked for Republican Governor Jim Douglas. He also was appointed by Weinberger.If Springer is confirmed by the City Council, his salary will be in the range of $175,000-$229,000, which will be determined by a formula that includes experience and educational attainment. Weinberger chose to stay in-house for the appointment after a national search for a new GM. “There were a lot of qualified candidates,” the mayor said.“The Burlington Electric Department is enjoying a sustained period of customer affordability, financial improvement, positive labor relations, innovation, and progress towards some of the most ambitious climate goals in the entire American power industry,” said Weinberger.  “Darren has the temperament, experiences, and skills to ensure that BED continues to advance in all of these areas, continues to transform into an outstanding 21st century utility, and continues to lead Burlington’s efforts to become a Net Zero Energy City.”Springer already knows BED well, having served as the Chief Operating Officer and Manager of Strategy and Innovation at BED since January 2017. In that role, he managed 35 employees across five divisions and led innovative initiatives, such as BED’s efforts to offer a first-ever rebate for electric vehicles, which includes an enhanced incentive for low and moderate-income customers. Springer’s work at BED has included development of an RFP to create a Net Zero Roadmap, which will analyze different paths for the City to achieve the Net Zero Energy vision and detail economic and environmental outcomes. Springer has also served in a leadership role in the progress BED has made towards creating a District Energy System.Prior to his work at BED, along with being Governor Shumlin’s chief of staff, Springer served as Deputy Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Public Service. While in state government, Springer successfully led efforts to advance significant solar legislation and Vermont’s Renewable Energy Standard, policies that now provide the regulatory foundation for several of BED’s innovative programs. Across his professional experience, Springer has led staff with diverse professional backgrounds, managed significant budgets, and shown commitments to renewable energy and public service.Springer holds a Master of Studies in Environmental Law and a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School.Darren Springer; Scott Moody, vice chair of the Burlington Electric Commission; and Karen Paul, city councilor, listen as Mayor Weinberger introduces Springer as the next BED GM. VBM photo.“I am excited to serve as the next General Manager of Burlington Electric Department, and want to thank Mayor Weinberger for this opportunity,” said Darren Springer. “Burlington Electric has a strong record of providing affordable and reliable electricity, while leading the way when it comes to energy efficiency and renewable energy. That is a testament to the strong team at BED, and I am grateful to serve with that team as we work to take the next steps to achieve the Net Zero Energy City goal.”Maintaining BED’s reliability record and keeping rates stable will be ongoing goals with the Net Zero effort, he said.Building on Past Success at BEDSpringer will lead a department with many recent successes, including:·         Making Burlington the first American City to source 100 percent of electricity from renewable generation in 2014;·         Completing two comprehensive labor agreements with BED employees in 2015 and 2018 without resorting to arbitration;·         Receiving a December 2016 Moody’s Investors Service credit rating upgrade to “A3,” affirmed in November 2017, as a result of forward-looking financial policies, renewable power supply, competitive rates, and strong management;·         Completing an extensive re-organization that resulted in millions of dollars in cost savings for ratepayers;·         Achieving a decade of rate stability;·         Leading a six-fold increase in the number of Burlington solar installations from 2012 to 2017.The department also has ambitious future goals, including:Becoming a Net Zero Energy City across the sectors of electric, thermal, and ground transportation over the next 10 to 15 years;Advancing the District Energy System, which would capture the heat generated by the Joseph C. McNeil Generating Station biomass plant and distribute it to customers as a heating service;Finding new ways to encourage people to move away from transportation that’s powered by fossil fuels, and toward electric vehicles, electric buses, and other modes of transportation that are powered by renewable energy.Personal BackgroundSpringer grew up in Florida, and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a B.A. in History and a Minor in Business Administration. He moved to Vermont in 2002 to attend Vermont Law School where he met his wife Stephanie.  In 2005 Springer earned a Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. During law school he served as managing editor of the Vermont Law Review and clerked for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee.Following law school, Springer worked for four years at the National Governors Association as a Policy Analyst and later directed its program on Energy & Transportation, assisting governors and states with energy and climate policy development. From 2009 to 2013 Springer served as a Senior Policy Advisor and later Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. During that time, Springer worked to advance legislation that ultimately brought a $1 million energy efficiency financing program to Burlington Electric. Following his move back to Vermont, Springer served as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Service, helping to manage a staff with diverse professional expertise. Springer worked on a range of topics at the Department including energy legislation, utility rate cases, and developing new programs such as the Heat Saver Loan Program. As Chief of Staff to Governor Shumlin, Springer served as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet and helped to manage 24 agencies and departments as well as the executive office staff and budget. Springer and his wife Stephanie married in Stowe, Vermont in 2007, and returned to Vermont permanently after spending eight years living and working in the Washington, D.C. area following law school. Springer, Stephanie, and their boys (8 and 4) live in the New North End of Burlington, and their children attend school in Burlington.In addition to his professional work, Springer has demonstrated a personal commitment to clean energy. As BED customers, Springer and his family have installed solar electric and solar water heating panels at their home, as well as energy efficient appliances and cold-climate heat pumps that provide efficient electric heating and cooling.As he states in his cover letter, “As a Burlingtonian…I have seen first-hand the pride our community takes in our municipal electric utility. That pride is a result of the hard work of the BED team.”Springer is a member of the Vermont Bar, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Energy Action Network and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. He also has served as a Policy Fellow on Climate Change and Renewable Energy at the University of Vermont, and in that capacity authored a law journal article on the future of utility regulation published earlier this year in the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review.Extensive SearchThe Mayor’s office began its search for a new BED GM in July 2018. The extensive process included:Meeting with BED employees to understand their priorities for the next leader of the Department.Posting the position locally, state-wide, and nationally in July 2018, a process that included targeting diverse communities and conducting supplemental recruitment efforts.Reviewing resumes that met minimum requirements and initial interviews of both in-state and out-of-state candidates by the following search committee, led by the Mayor’s Chief of Staff Jordan Redell: Tom Dunn, President & CEO of the Vermont Electric Power Company; Jim (Duke) Dutra, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Chief Steward; Sabina Haskell, Electric Light Commissioner; Mike Kanarick, Manager of Customer Care and Communications; Scott Moody, Electric Light Commissioner; Karen Paul, City Councilor; Mark Stephenson, Owner & General Manager, Vermont Energy Contracting & Supply; Lynn Reagan, Human Resources Manager for BED.Interviewing three finalist candidates presented to the Mayor for consideration by the search committee.At the conclusion of the search, Springer’s skills and experience working with regulatory bodies and leadership on many of BED’s top priorities made him an outstanding candidate to continue the momentum and progress of the City’s ambitious agenda to become a Net Zero Energy City.Broad Support“My congratulations to Darren on his appointment as the GM of BED,” said City Councilor Karen Paul, a member of the BED GM search committee and former Chair of the Electric Commission, who joined the Mayor and Springer for the announcement. “I have no doubt that he will be a visionary leader for this amazing public asset that we all value so dearly. There is much work to be done and the road ahead, while exciting and filled with opportunity, will have its challenges. Electric power is a competitive industry and those who are nimble, deliberative, innovative, and collaborative will excel in the years ahead.  Now is the time for bold leadership tempered with seasoned knowledge and the ability, above all, to bring people together. Darren’s deep commitment to BED, to our City, and to each employee’s contribution to the greater good will serve all of us well as he leads BED for the years to come.”“Darren Springer is an outstanding choice to lead the Burlington Electric Department,” said Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power. “It has been a pleasure and an inspiration to work with Darren at this exciting time of transformation and innovation in all things energy to benefit customers. The planet needs energy leaders like Darren Springer.”“Having worked with Darren Springer for years, I know that he has a great skill for understanding the complexities, legally and technically, of our evolving clean energy economy,” said Senator Chris Bray, Chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee. “Perhaps even more importantly, he has the ability to take that knowledge and find opportunities to develop innovative programs that deliver both economic and environmental benefits to customers. The Mayor has chosen well.”Source: BED 10.2.2018last_img read more

2017 Predictions: maintaining momentum for an aspirational retirement key

first_imgAudley Retirement’s Mote House – Source: Audley RetirementThis year has also experienced its fair share of volatility following the vote to leave the EU, but also opportunity in the form of Philip Hammond’s announcement in the Autumn Statement that investment was needed in all forms of housing. For too long, there has been a distorted focus on first-time buyers, and it is a relief to see this view start to change because the demand for quality retirement housing is only growing.However, there is still a gaping hole when it comes to the older generation: a staggering lack of measures to address care. The NHS and care system is struggling at the lack of appropriate housing for those who don’t need to be in hospital and this is putting a huge strain on available beds.The fact that there are now plans to increase council tax to bail out social care services for the elderly is itself evidence of how far the situation has been allowed to spiral. Further pressure will come as the UK negotiates its exit from the EU. For a sector so dependent on an EU migrant workforce, it’s hard to underestimate the impact these workers being forced to leave could have.Retirement stock map across the UK – see full infographic hereSo while there is movement in the right direction, far more has to be done to combat both the care crisis, and lack of aspirational retirement properties. We need to incentivise people to downsize, live in their own homes and maintain their independence, but with the knowledge that flexible care is there as and when they need it.Over 65s are the fastest growing proportion of the population and by 2039 there will be more than a million people aged over 90 in UK. If we continue to talk about it, but take no further action, we can only expect the pressure to worsen.   It is absolutely vital that as we enter 2017, we maintain momentum. The Chancellor has made the first move by broadening the housing spotlight, and we need to ensure this commitment is kept.Nick Sanderson, CEO, Audley Retirement Villageslast_img read more

A quick guide to provisional liquidation

first_imgTo continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Farmington Hills 8th grader has top-notch vocabulary skills

first_imgYash Mehta, an eighth grader at Warner Middle School, received a perfect score in final round of the 2018 WordMasters Challenge, national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students.Yash Mehta (Farmington Public Schools)Competing in the Blue Division, Mehta was one of only 43 eighth graders to achieve a perfect score of 20. He also earned Individual Highest Honors in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 57 out of 60 points, coming in fourth in the nation. Highest Honors are reserved for students who place among the top 10-15 students in their division.The WordMasters Challenge first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. To learn more, visit wordmasterschallenge.com. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WV booters excel in both Palaro, National PRISAA

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’ WV booters excel in both Palaro, National PRISAA’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By Rhick Lars Vladimer Albay[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=”]Tuesday, April 25, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/sports-WVRAA.jpg’ attachment=’104057′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]ILOILO City – With the two largest sports meets in the country scheduled in the same week – the 2017 Palarong Pambansa in Antique (April 23 to 29) and the National Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Championships in Iba, Zambales (April 22 to 29) – many feared the conquest of most teams could be gravely affected, as young athletes had to choose joining just one of the two tournaments.But the two Western Visayas football contingents – competing in the simultaneous meets – are proving them wrong, coming out even stronger.The WVPRISAA secondary men’s football squad, led by Central Philippine University, dealt a crippling 21-0 drubbing on Bicol Region on Monday in Zambales.Team captain Joshua Supeña hit five goals, as Joshua Gatinao and Raynce Manejable netted three shots apiece in their first game in the National PRISAA. Centralians Andre Lopez, Patrick Sumergido and Andrew Supeña also hit two points each, as Lester Castor, Fritz Montilla, Steven Macaraeg, and Mark Amogod finished off the dominant victory, each scoring a hit.Meanwhile, the West Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) secondary boys’ delegation swept CARAGA, 9-0, on Sunday in their second eliminations assignment in the Palarong Pambansa. Barotac Nuevo booters Jarlson Roy Derutas and Jan Bernard Delariarte scored three points each to lead the way for WVRAA’s success. On Saturday, the team claimed its first win on a 2-1 rout of CALABARZON-STCAA.The WVRAA elementary boys’ football team and secondary girls’ futsal squad also started on a winning note, blanking Region V–BRAA (Bicol Region) 3-0 and handing a 7-2 upset to NMRAA-Northern Mindanao, respectively./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Warga UEA Setujui Aturan Penggunaan Sabuk Pengaman dan Car Seat

first_imgMobilku.org Awalnya para ekspatriat yang tinggal di Uni Emirat Arab (UEA) mengeluhkan terkait masalah sabuk pengaman dan kursi duduk anak (car seat) di dalam mobil. Namun, sekarang ini justru berbalik, para ekspaktriat UEA tersebut justru merasa bahwa sabuk pengaman dan kursi anak dalam mobil adalah hal yang aman untuk digunakan.Baca juga: Foto Viral Ini Ingatkan Pentingnya Car Seat Untuk AnakKabarPenumpang.com kemudian melansir khaleejtimes.com (6/7/2017), saat ini justru banyak ekspatriat UEA yang menginginkan adanya juga penerapan peraturan tersebut di negara asal mereka. Peraturan ini baru berlaku pada Sabtu (2/7/2017) dan banyak sekali manfaatnya. Salah seorang warga Dubai, Amit Singh mengatakan bahwa dirinya mendukung inisiatif ini, dirinya berharap, di India negara asalnya juga ada peraturan seperti itu. Amit pun mengaku di awalnya tidak nyaman dengan peraturan tersebut karena belum terbiasa.“Tapi perlahan mereka akan menyadari bahwa ini bermanfaat untuk keselamatan anak-anak dan juga untuk seluruh keluarga,” katanya.Baca juga: Qantas dan JetStar Izinkan Car Seat Dibawa ke Dalam KabinSeorang ekpatriat asal Palestina, Rawan Al Hussain mengatakan, bahwa dengan peraturan sabuk ini maka pengamanan Dunia Arab perlu diubah. “Ini adalah aturan terbaik yang dibuat untuk keselamatan anak-anak. Sabuk pengaman menyelamatkan nyawa dan dalam kasus kecelakaan akibat benturan besar, penumpang di kursi belakang sering terlempar dari mobil jika sabuk pengaman tidak dipakai.”Ahmed Lasheen seorang penduduk Mesir mengatakan, di negaranya sendiri peraturan penggunaan sabuk pengaman sudah ada. Tetapi belum berlaku untuk anak-anak dan penumpang mobil dan ini adalah suatu perubahan baru. Menurutnya, ini adalah hal positif terhadap undang-undang lalu lintas federal dimana pengemudi dan penumpang bisa terlindungi. Selain itu, ini juga memperbaiki tingkat disiplin saat mengemudi.Baca juga: Lampu Sabuk Pengaman Mati, Waktu Yang Tepat Gunakan ToiletPadahal di Eropa, Amerika dan Australia peraturan penggunaan sabuk pengaman dan tempat duduk anak sendiri sudah lama penerapannya. Hal ini pun dibenarkan oleh Jeff Price dan Zeyna Sanjania para ekspaktriat Inggris dan lama tinggal di UEA. “Saya mendukungnya 100 persen, kami selalu menerapkannya dan bagi mereka yang tidak setuju dengan hal itu, mereka perlu menyadari bahwa ini demi keselamatan anak-anak mereka dan orang lain,” ujar Price.Baca juga: Untuk Penumpang Obesitas, Perpanjangan Sabuk Pengaman Belum Jadi Prioritas“Sungguh mengejutkan bagi saya untuk melihat anak-anak di kursi depan duduk di pangkuan ibu mereka, tapi itu terjadi di sini. Namun, saya harap sistem denda dan poin yang parah merupakan inisiatif yang baik untuk mengubah pola pikir ini,” katanya.Namun beberapa warga masih mendapati dampak finansial dari peraturan tersebut. Abdul Sharef yang berdomisili di Dubai mengatakan meskipun peraturan baru tersebut mempromosikan keamanan, tetapi menjadi beban bagi keluarga besar.“Car seat masih sangat mahal dan beberapa keluarga tidak mampu membelinya. Bagi keluarga dengan beberapa anak yang berarti banyak unit harus dibeli.” Dan dia masih skeptis terhadap peraturan ‘sabuk pengaman untuk semua’. Sabuk pengaman untuk semua anggota keluarga besar tidak praktis. Ini adalah kebiasaan budaya, dan anak-anak yang tidak terlatih duduk di kursi atau memakai sabuk pengaman akan sulit menyesuaikan diri,” ujar Sharef.Baca juga: Soal Keselamatan Penumpang, Moda Laut Seperti DianaktirikanSementara itu ekspat Filipina, Richard Dela Cruz, setuju dengan peraturan pengaman menggunakan sabuk keselamatan, hukuman pelanggaran terhadap Dh400 “terlalu besar”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedHanya 12,3 Persen Masyarakat UEA Gunakan Sabuk Pengaman di Kursi Belakang24/02/2019In “Darat”Sabuk Pengaman Ternyata Sudah Ada Sejak 1800-an05/08/2019In “Darat”Lima Kesalahan dalam Memasang Car Seat di Kendaraan24/03/2018In “Darat”last_img read more

Regis Prograis talks staying positive in ordeal with WBSS, why Josh Taylor should thank him

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch Prograis vs. Taylor on Oct. 26The tournament organizers of the WBSS, Comosa AG, failed to honor Prograis’ contract by not putting money into an escrow account due to issues surrounding his semifinal win over Kiryl Relich and other bouts. Prograis filed a lawsuit in August and removed himself from the tournament. The problems ultimately were resolved, and Prograis was back in. Even with all the legal entanglement occurring behind the scenes, there wasn’t a moment where Prograis thought he wouldn’t be taking on Taylor, who felt the former was looking for a way out. “I always figured the fight was going to happen,” Prograis told Sporting News. “We had to figure out all the contract stuff. For me, the time is now, and it’s finally here. I’m going to make Josh Taylor pay for all the stuff he’s said. People said I was ducking him. They said I was scared of him. Now, the fight is actually going to happen.” From the outside looking in when you hear the word “lawsuit,” one expects the matter to last a long time. How did Prograis remain positive and know everything would be OK and that he’d still get the chance to face Taylor?”For me, I always looked at the history of the World Boxing Super Series,” Prograis said. “Even with the hiccups, the fights always happen. I just went by their track record. They had a track record that wasn’t always good, but as far as making the fights happen, their track record was good even if people had money issues. I know (Ivan) Baranchyk was talking about pulling out, but he still fought. I just looked at the track record and knew everything would be OK.”I don’t know Josh Taylor’s contract, but I know in mine, I had some things that needed to be sorted out,” he continued. “We filed the lawsuit, and it lit a fire under them (WBSS), and it made them get things together and tighten up. To me, it was just minor things that needed to be sorted out in my contract. And it happened. It wasn’t about if the fight was going to happen. It was all about when the fight would happen.”When Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs) and Taylor (15-0, 12 KOs) reached the championship round of the WBSS, there was genuine interest among the hardcore boxing fan base. After Prograis went through his legal situation, the fight has now become more significant than people could have imagined and has taken on a life of its own with high anticipation. Because of that, the 30-year-old born in New Orleans feels Taylor owes him a big debt of gratitude. “I really feel like Josh Taylor should be thanking me because look at how big the fight is now,” Prograis said. “The fight is now in London at the O2 Arena. The fight is huge, and it’s that much bigger, as we’re expecting 20,000 screaming fans. This fight is going to lift both of our names.”Everything that happened is a blessing in disguise,” he added. “Taylor and his team should be thanking me. Yeah, there was some buzz to the fight in the United States, but it was only among the hardcore boxing fans. Now, look at how big it is because of the controversy and people thinking I was going to pull out of the fight. I’m glad everything panned out the way it panned out.” While Prograis has looked dominant, he still doesn’t have that one signature win on his resume. On paper, Taylor is the toughest test of Prograis’ career. Prograis acknowledges such.”Rougarou” knows when the fight is over and the ring announcer declares the winner, there will be no more questions about who is No. 1 at 140 pounds. “He should be my toughest test,” Prograis said. “He’s good. I feel like Josh Taylor is the best fighter in the world at 140 pounds after myself. I feel he is. I don’t feel like no one is better than him except me. I don’t see how he could possibly beat me because I can do so many things in the ring. It should be a tough test. I know Josh Taylor is going to bring it and I know that I’m going to bring it. He feels there’s no way I can beat him. I feel the same way, but the difference is I’m going to leave London and head back to the United States with the victory and everything that comes along with it.” Saturday’s World Boxing Super Series final between WBA junior welterweight champion Regis Prograis and IBF titlist Josh Taylor is one of the most anticipated fights remaining in 2019. The bout at the O2 Arena in London features two undefeated fighters who most boxing pundits feel are the best 140-pounders in the world. But the battle for ultimate supremacy, two world titles, and the Muhammad Ali trophy almost didn’t come to pass. last_img read more