Mary Powell Named to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Board of Directors.Berlin – Mary G. Powell has been elected to the Board of Directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont. Ms. Powell was elected at the company’s recent annual meeting.Ms. Powell is senior vice president and chief operating officer for Green Mountain Power Corp. She was formerly senior vice president of community banking for KeyBank in Vermont. Prior to moving to Vermont from New York, she worked for the Reserve Fund as its associate director of operations. She also serves as a trustee of the Vermont Land Trust and Champlain College, and was appointed by the governor as co-chair of Building Bright Futures. She also serves as the co-chair of the Education Cost and Quality Task Force for the Vermont Business Roundtable.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s only Vermont-based health insurer and is the largest private health plan in Vermont. It employs more than 350 people and provides health care benefits for more than 160,000 Vermonters. The company offers benefits and services to virtually all Vermont populations through its array of indemnity and managed care products and through its partner companies, The Vermont Health Plan and Comprehensive Benefits Administrators. BCBSVT and TVHP were recently named by U.S. News and World Reports as two of the top 50 health plans in the United States.The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Board of Directors is comprised of 14 men and women, and its membership reflects representation from all corners of Vermont and all walks of life. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.
EDF teams up with Octo Energy to develop solar-plus-storage projects in U.K. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:French utility EDF is launching a major solar-plus-battery storage hybrid initiative in England and Wales as part of plans to double its installed renewable base.However EDF will not be alone, with an ex-state owned green investment fund having also unveiled plans to bring forward at least 1GW of subsidy-free solar farms in the UK, the majority of which are to be developed using trackers and bifacial panels.EDF Renewables’ UK division announced today that it has enlisted the help of Welsh developer Octo Energy to identify and deliver 200MW worth of co-located solar-plus-storage projects throughout England and Wales.Mark Vyvyan-Robinson, director of solar and onshore wind development at EDF Renewables, said the utility was “regularly looking at innovative ways to invest in solar” while expanding its existing portfolio of sites in the UK, which stands at around 1GW, the firm said. “These projects will enable us to contribute to the UK’s green economic recovery from COVID-19 and help the country reach its net zero targets,” he said.The wider EDF Group has the established aim of operating a 50GW renewables portfolio by 2030 alongside another target of becoming Europe’s market leader in energy storage with an additional 10GW of storage by 2035.Meanwhile, there were also further positive signs for a continued rebound in the UK’s solar market as Green Investment Group (GIG) – the Macquarie-owned investment fund formerly of the UK government – unveiled plans to develop 1GW of subsidy-free solar projects and additional battery storage facilities.[Liam Stoker]More: EDF launches major UK solar-plus-storage hybrid hunt
Briefs The ABA Techshow’s early bird registration deadline is February 26.Held March 25-27 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel, the ABA Techshow is the place to go to get up-to-speed on the latest in legal technology.Those who register by February 26, will receive an early bird discount of $100. indicating you learned of the event through The Florida Bar and mentioning program promotion code PP5, you will receive an additional $100 discount.To register, visit www.techshow.com/register.html Complete information including sessions, speakers, and vendors can be found at www.techshow.com.Roberts to discuss ‘Black Club Women’ at FSU’s law school There won’t be a contested Bar Board of Governors race in the 15th Circuit, since one candidate dropped out after moving his practice from Palm Beach County.Daniel Morman informed the Bar he had stopped practicing in Palm Beach County and, since he lives in Miami-Dade County, he no longer qualifies to seek the open 15th Circuit seat on the board.His withdrawal means that Scott G. Hawkins has been elected without opposition to replace retiring board member Michael Kranz in Seat 3 of the 15th Circuit.That still leaves 22 candidates running for six contested seats in other circuits, including 10 candidates running for one seat in the 11th Circuit. There is also one other contested race for an 11th Circuit seat. Other races are in the First, Sixth, 17th, and 18th circuits.There are also four candidates running for two seats on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors. Kevin M. Kohl has dropped out of the 10th Circuit, Seat One. race, leaving Sara L. Reyes and Victor R. Smith still on the ballot. The other race is in the Fourth Circuit.Ballots will be mailed by March 1 by the Bar’s elections company, Elections Services Corporation (ESC). Bar members will have the option of voting by paper ballot or online at ESC’s Web site, electionservicescorp.com. All ballots must be cast or received no later than midnight March 22. Northwestern University law Professor Dorothy Roberts will deliver the 2004 Mason Ladd Lecture at the Florida State University College of Law February 16.The annual lecture, named for the college’s founding dean, is set for 3:30 p.m. in Room 101 of B.K. Roberts Hall with a reception following in the D’Alemberte Rotunda.Roberts will speak on “Black Club Women and Child Welfare: Lessons for Modern Reform,” based on her studies of how Black women’s clubs in the early 20th century organized to help African American children who were largely excluded from the mainstream child welfare agencies of that era.As a result, African American women created a system that tied child welfare services to the goals of racial advancement and justice and differed in approach and results than the modern child welfare system. The lessons, according to Roberts, are important for modern welfare reform efforts.For more information about the event, contact the law school at (850) 644-2788.Hawkins wins board set February 1, 2004 Regular News Hillsborough Bar Family Law Section sets fundraisng dinner Stetson University College of Law’s Elder Law Center recently received $300,000 from Attorney General Charlie Crist, the final installment of $700,000 to support Stetson’s statewide program to educate elderly residents to avoid consumer fraud.“This award is a significant complement to our Center for Excellence in Elder Law,” said Dean Darby Dickerson. “It will allow us to increase our efforts to help protect our elderly residents and the community around us.”Stetson received $700,000 of a $950,000 settlement reached in 2002 between the Attorney General’s Office and a Delaware-based firm that faced allegations of deception. The announcement was made by then-Attorney General Bob Butterworth.“Fraud concerning the elderly continues to be a serious and growing problem in Florida,” said Professor Rebecca Morgan, director of Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Elder Law, who has spearheaded the partnerships with the Attorney General’s Office, AARP, and the legal community to increase public awareness of consumer fraud against senior citizens. “The most effective way to fight consumer fraud is through education, and this support from the Attorney General puts us well on our way to having a more educated community.”Reder to lead Carrollwood Bar Association The Carrollwood Community Bar Association recently elected 13 directors for the year 2004.The elected directors include Jeffrey Aman, Daniel Bubley, Martin Bubley, Paul Elliott, Julian Hayes, Joseph Kalish, James Loper, Frank Principe, Randall Reder, Paul Riffel, Daniel Saxe, Christopher Shulman, and Robert Wise.The new board of directors met immediately after the meeting and selected Randall Reder as president, Daniel Saxe as vice president, Paul Riffel as secretary, and Robert Wise as treasurer.ABA Techshow set for March, discounts available to members of The Florida Bar The Hillsborough County Bar Association Family Law Section will host its Fourth Annual Spaghetti Dinner March 7, which benefits the Children’s Advocacy Center.Over the past three years, the dinner has raised almost $9,000 for the center, which assists children inadvertently caught up in the court system, through no fault of their own, in such cases as when they are victims of sexual abuse, or those cases requiring supervised parental visitation, or when children testify in videotaped depositions.Mark Kelly, who chairs the event, said Hillsborough Bar’s Family Law Section holds the event because of its desire to give something back to the local community.“Each year we donate tickets to the Joshua House and Hillsborough Kids and invite these folks to come and break bread with us as our guests,” Kelly said. “These guests are always most appreciative and thank us for our generosity; however, it is we who should thank them for coming to eat with us and reminding us all that it is in the giving that we receive. Camaraderie shared in building this event over the last several years and the joy of the people. . . that come as our guests along with the funds that we net for a worthy cause are what sustain our section’s desire to continue this fundraiser.”For more information contact Kelly at (813) 289-3400.Stetson gets 700,000 for its elder program
Three sachets of suspected shabuvalued around P1,500 were seized from 43-year-old resident Nico Medes Lima, apolice report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the Isabela municipal police station, facing charges for violationof Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Lima was nabbed after he soldsuspected illegal drugs to an undercover cop for P500 around 10 a.m. on Sunday,the report added. Police impounded hismotorcycle, too. BACOLOD City – Police arrested a drugsuspect in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 5, Isabela, Negros Occidental.