Efficiency Vermont,Maple Center Motors, a family-owned business that sells used vehicles in St. Johnsbury, is one of numerous Vermont businesses improving its bottom line and the quality of light in its workspace by switching out inefficient T-12 fluorescent lighting technology and installing energy-efficient lighting through ‘newLIGHT,’ a limited-time program offering increased lighting rebates through Efficiency Vermont. The program was created to help Vermont businesses prepare for a new mandate from the US Department of Energy that will phase out T-12 fluorescent lamps by mid-2012.Working with a lighting contractor or distributor, Vermont businesses can take advantage of newLIGHT rebates that will cover 50-90 percent of equipment costs. In turn, businesses can save up to 25-50 percent on their lighting energy bills through the program, and avoid having to upgrade when replacement T12 lamps become difficult to purchase after the phase out.Maple Center Motors was keen to make a change after manager Kevin Sanborn spoke with Jeremy Roberts, a contractor with St. Johnsbury-based S&J Roberts Electric Inc. Roberts knew that the auto dealership used T-12s for lighting. After evaluating the lighting quality benefits and determining the energy savings Maple Center Motors could achieve with an upgrade, Roberts worked with Andy Gagnon, manager at CED Twin State Electric Supply, to supply the new equipment.Working with S&J Roberts Electric Inc. and CED Twin State, Maple Center Motors upgraded the lighting in its showroom, offices, and mechanics’ shop from T-12s to more efficient High Performance T-8s (HPT-8s). HPT-8s are significantly more efficient than T-12s, so switching out can lower a business’ energy use. The lighting quality from HPT-8s is also superior to that of T-12s.When the lighting upgrade was completed in mid-May, Sanborn immediately noticed a striking difference in the quality of light in the auto shop. ‘We knew we made the best choice for our business when our technicians reported the superior quality of light in the mechanics’ bay,’ Sanborn said. ‘The lighting creates a safer work environment and provides greater visibility for our employees.’‘Efficiency Vermont’s newLIGHT program helps Vermont businesses as they make this important switch,’ said Roberts of S&J Roberts Electric Inc. ‘The increased financial rebates make it both a smart and cost-effective option for businesses, like Maple Center Motors, who want to upgrade and save now.’The benefits of newLIGHT extend beyond the business itself ‘ local contractors are experiencing an uptick in their business. Gagnon notes that CED Twin State has initiated a dozen projects with Efficiency Vermont to date. In turn, 46 Northeast Kingdom area businesses are taking advantage of the increased incentives, in addition to more than 200 other projects statewide. As an added incentive, Efficiency Vermont is offering contractors $200 for each newLIGHT project they complete with a Vermont business, with additional rewards available for 5, 15, and 25 completed projects.‘The newLIGHT program creates affordable opportunities for local businesses to prepare for the new federal mandate while increasing energy savings, enhancing the comfort of employees and customers, and reducing their environmental impact today,’ said Kris Hatfield, project manager at Efficiency Vermont. ‘We encourage business owners to take advantage of the increased rebates before the offer expires at the end of the year.’Business owners interested in newLIGHT can work with a contractor, distributor, or other lighting professional to determine if their proposed efficiency upgrades qualify for the increased rebates. The limited-time offer ends December 31, 2010.Source: Efficiency Vermont. August 30, 2010 ‘ St. Johnsbury, VT ‘To learn more, please call your local lighting professional, visit Efficiency Vermont online at www.efficiencyvermont.org/newlight(link is external) or call customer support at 888-921-5990.Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external).###
Topics : The central bank recorded a foreign outflow of about Rp 31.76 trillion (US$2.19 billion) worth of government bonds and Rp 4.87 trillion worth of stocks so far this year as foreign investors flock to safe-haven assets such as the United States’ 10-year Treasury.Read also: Disappearing act: Market braces for volatile March after $2.4b vanishes in a weekThe spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 119,000 people worldwide with around 4,200 death tolls as of Wednesday, has disrupted business activity in various countries and global supply chains. Indonesia reported 27 confirmed cases and one death.BI now expected the country’s economy to further slow. “We saw a V-shaped effect last month with a baseline rate of 5.1 percent of growth and could further reach 5.2 percent with fiscal stimulus […] but now we need to recalculate it,” Perry said, adding that the central bank would reassess its projection during this month’s policy meeting.During the BI’s governor meeting in February, the central bankers projected Indonesia’s economy to grow between 5 percent and 5.4 percent this year amid the virus risk. Recently, Perry said he expected the gross domestic product (GDP) to expand by just 4.9 percent in the first quarter, slower than three-year-low 4.97 percent recorded in 2019’s last quarter.Read also: BI expects Q1 economic growth to drop to 4.9% as virus hurts tourism, tradeThe government has launched a fiscal stimulus package worth Rp 10 trillion to support the tourism industry and boost consumer spending to counter adverse economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. A second stimulus package with more tax breaks already in the pipeline.Previously, BI has also announced measures to stabilize the rupiah exchange rate, including by cutting banks’ dollar reserve ratio to free up billions of dollars to support the rupiah. Bank Indonesia (BI) has vowed to maintain the country’s financial market stability amid expectations that economic growth will slow due to the COVID-19 spread.“We are committed to remaining in the market to stabilize the rupiah by selling dollars through cash or through domestic non-deliverables forwards,” said BI Governor Perry Warjiyo, adding that the central bank bought government bonds amid the selling spree.“We bought Rp 130 trillion worth of government bonds since the beginning of the year, around Rp 110 trillion we spent since the spread of the coronavirus in late January,” he added.
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Leveon BellContinuing our look at each position on the field, we’ll stay on the offensive side of the ball and breakdown the running back spot.The Steelers appear to be pretty deep at the position and the real question will be how many backs will they keep vs. who will be the number one guy?Here’s a breakdown of each player currently holding down a spot as a running back:LeVeon Bell – Bell is the clear starter and there are no ifs ands or buts about it. Bell played in 13 games in his rookie campaign and boasted over 800 yards rushing and nearly 400 receiving while totaling nine touchdowns. His yards per carry average was a bit low at 3.5 but expect that to improve. Assuming Bell stays healthy, he could be a 1,200 yard back. His receiving yards will most likely go down with the addition of a few other weapons but there is no question that Bell will be a big part of the Steelers offensive plans in 2014 and he will be expected to take some of the pressure off of Big Ben.LaGarrette Blount – Blount was brought in from New England as a free agent and he’s a viable number two guy who can certainly fill in for Bell if called upon. Last year in New England, Blount averaged 5.0 yards per carry and gained 772 yards total. He’s a big back, weighing 250 pounds, whose initial role will be short yardage and goal line scenarios. However, should Bell struggle or get hurt, Blount will be the next man up and he’s proven that he can get the job done when called upon.Pittsburgh Steelers rookies, running back Dri Archer, left, and cornerback Shaquille Richardson carry flat panel televisions to their rooms as they arrive for NFL football training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa., on Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo)Dri Archer – Archer is more of a hybrid who can be listed at running back or wide receiver. The rookie burner will most likely play a third down role in this offense along with special teams play. Don’t look for Archer to be given too many carries, he may grab 20 or 30 for the year, but look for him to see a lot of touches in the air. His speed will provide Big Ben a great outlet on third downs out of the backfield or in the slot. Archer will also undoubtedly be used on a few trick plays throughout the season as well, perhaps in wildcat formations, as the team did with Bell last season.Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, right, talks with running back Dri Archer outside the dormitory after they arrived for NFL football training camp at the team training facility in Latrobe, Pa., Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo)Jordan Hall – Hall is a rookie back out of Ohio State. I fully expect the team to keep four backs on the active roster, specifically because Archer isn’t a true back. Hall has as good a shot as anyone to gain that number four job and he’s my favorite to do so. He played in a run heavy offense at OSU, he’s the youngest of the remaining backs so there’s a development aspect to it and he’s a little faster than the other backs he’s competing with. With Bell and Blount already being big backs, the team may go for a second smaller back and Hall is that guy.Miguel Maysonet– Maysonet is a guy competing with Hall for that fourth spot. He’ll be given his opportunities in camp and pre season but will have to prove his worth on special teams. If he can shine there, he may get the nod. In the end Maysonet will most likely be a practice squad player or just released outright.Tauren Poole – Poole is a guy to keep your eye on. He’s entering his third year but has bounced around practice squads in his first two seasons. He does have talent and is truly a guy who could get a couple of carries if need be but he, like Maysonet will need to prove his worth on special teams play. I think he’s Hall’s closest competition for the fourth spot but at the end of the day he will be released.The black and gold should feel very delighted with the top half of their running back depth chart as they have two powerful, accomplished backs at the top. With Archer as a burner out of the backfield and a few guys to choose from to fill out for depth, the Steelers seem to be in decent shape at this position heading into camp and beyond.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at email@example.com.