Area CPA Firm awarded Presidents Award and Managing Partner to be Installed as Chairman of National CPA OrganizationKittell, Branagan & Sargent, the St. Albans, Vermont based accounting and consulting firm has been named to receive the 2005 Presidents Award presented by cpasnet.com. The firm was selected from among the 44,000 accounting and business consulting firms across the nation. Dana Kittell, CPA, managing partner and one of the founding partners of KB&S will formally receive the award at the annual meeting of the organization in San Antonio later this year. In addition, he will be installed as the Chairman of the organization for a three-year term.Cornell Rudov, Executive Director of cpasnet.com indicated, Kittell, Branagan & Sargents selection was determined by a panel of leading business professionals and establishes them as a true leader within the accounting profession. The award is presented annually to the firm whose leadership demonstrates dedication to intellectual thinking and greater insight and understanding to American commerce. Without question the selection committee chose Danas firm based in part on his novel and innovative leadership which has created a number of New Englands most recognized tax and accounting experts.Kittell, Branagan & Sargent is a progressive business advisory and accounting firm based in St. Albans Vermont. They handle a wide range of tax, accounting, and business needs, including tax and estate planning, preparation of financial statements and cash flow projections, certified audits and reviews and accounting software consulting. They also specialize in business and investment partnership valuations, litigation support, the development of business plans and budgets and assistance with purchasing, selling, merging, and/or founding a business.Their firm’s objective is to provide prompt, efficient tax, accounting, and consulting services of the very highest quality. They are characterized by a positive, client-oriented attitude. The manageable size of their practice allows a degree of responsiveness and access to KB& Ss principals that are often not available from a large, bureaucratic firm.Kittell, Branagan & Sargent clients cover the broad spectrum of small to medium sized businesses, with a focus on service oriented businesses, nursing homes, hospitals and allied healthcare professionals, light-manufacturing companies and professional practices. KBS also specializes in tax and financial consulting for high-income individuals.In addition to the award, Dana will become Chairman of cpasnet.com for a three-year term commencing in June 2005. At the recent Executive Committee meeting, Dana was selected unanimously to lead the organization. Cpasnet.com is a national consortium of accounting and business consulting firms who have pooled their resources to provide a national overview for their clients while maintaining their local autonomy. Were the firms who comprise cpasnet.com to practice as a single unit, they would constitute the 20th largest accounting firm in the nation. Their strategic alliance with PKF International gives members a worldwide network of practices in 300 countries around the globe.Dana has been practicing accounting for more than thirty years and is a graduate of Champlain College with a degree in accounting. Kittell, Branagan & Sargent, Certified Public Accountants, was founded on May 1, 1986 by Dana Kittell, Christopher Branagan and Gregory Sargent.
Heritage Aviation, Inc.,Heritage Flight, a Burlington-based air charter operator, has established a Bedford, Massachusetts based pricing option to serve Boston and the surrounding area.Heritage Flight has been in business since 1984. Boston area residents will enjoy access to a King Air C90B aircraft for their business and personal use, which creates an opportunity for them to be in charge of their own plans. Customers can create their own itinerary and fly anywhere in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic regions with no hassles and no connections. Focusing on the heart of business and personal travel, Heritage Flight provides the experience and excitement of creating time by eliminating travel barriers.In addition to serving major airports the King Air C90B has a great short field capability which allows access to the many smaller airports that may be closer to the final destination and once again – save time.Sample travel times include: Bangor, ME – 1 hr. 5 min.; New York City – 1 hr. 8 min.; Washington, DC – 2 hr. 9 min.; Montreal – 1 hr. 22 min.; Syracuse, NY – 1 hr. 28 min.; and Pittsburgh – 2 hr. 20 min.Private air charter is a cost-effective, efficient means of travel that adds to productivity. By saving time productivity increases en route. Pre-meeting planning can take place en route and the post-meeting wrap-up can be conducted on the return flight. The whole experience takes place in a secure and confidential setting. Customers will minimize travel related time away from home, reduce travel fatigue, and increase productivity.Another advantage of air charter is scheduling. If an itinerary needs to change it can be adjusted by simply informing Heritage Flight. If a passenger is delayed getting to the airport the aircraft departure time will be adjusted to meet the passenger’s needs. There is no need to rush. Heritage Flight is hassle free and also offers passengers free parking. Minutes after leaving the vehicle passengers will be airborne. There are no terminal delays or inconveniences.Heritage Flight prides itself on service and safety. Customers of Heritage Flight are encouraged to convey special catering or ground transportation needs prior to the trip. Heritage Flight has received three prestigious safety ratings that place the company in an elite category and distinguishes the company from other charter operators in the nation. Heritage Flight is IS-BAO certified, ARG/US Platinum rated, and Wyvern recommended. These certifications reflect an investment in airline grade infrastructure and an emphasis on safety culture.More information and trip quotes are available by calling 800 782-0773 or by visiting at www.flyheritage.com(link is external).SOURCE Heritage FlightBOSTON, March 10, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
Governor Jim Douglas today announced a new partnership with the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association that gives the go-ahead to expand tapping on some state land. The announcement came as the Governor kicked off the 8th annual Maple Open House Weekend at Marcia Maynard and Ken Denton s sugarhouse in Cabot. Maple sugaring is a vital piece of our agricultural and forest products economy, the Governor said. I am very pleased that the state will be able to make this modest contribution to this important industry with an agreement that promotes responsible stewardship of sugarbushes on state land.Under the agreement, the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation will license sites that it deems appropriate in state forests and state parks to sugarmakers, who will be required to abide by state land policies and management efforts while operating the sugarbushes. The Department expects to have as many as 11 sites licensed and operational for next season. There are few things we take more seriously than our forests and our well-deserved acclaim for forest products like maple syrup and quality timber, said Jason Gibbs, commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation. This commonsense partnership recognizes this and strengthens the tradition of Vermont s working landscape.Vermont is the largest U.S. producer of maple syrup and approximately 500,000 gallons of 5.5 million pounds of syrup is produced annually, according to the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association. We have a proud tradition of sugarmaking here in Vermont, said Rick Marsh, president of the association. We re excited to be working with the state in taking the next step to promote and protect the Vermont maple syrup brand.
Senate leadership today recommended over $14 million worth of savings in labor costs. The Senate is opposed to Governor Douglas proposal to lay off an additional three hundred and twenty employees and asks the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) and the Douglas Administration to move forward with negotiations. Senate leadership has put forward the recommendations to the VSEA and the Administration and urges them to move forward with their negotiations. The Senate’s recommendations include ten ongoing furlough days, freezing the cost-of-living increase and individual step increases in pay, cutting five media related administration positions, cutting private contracts and more. The full proposal is attached to this email. “State employees are gripped with fear, focusing on whether they will lose their positions instead of focusing on their jobs,” said Senator Illuzzi. “Our hope is that by putting forward this proposal we will jumpstart the negotiations between the Administration and the VSEA.”Vermont state government has already made significant position reductions; in the last two years alone, over four hundred positions have been eliminated. Additional reductions will significantly impact the state services that Vermonters are relying on and further strain our troubled unemployment fund. While the legislature can not interfere directly with the negotiations, recommendations can be made for how the state can protect our hard working employees and save $14 million. The Senate’s proposal would save the state over $14 million and alleviate the need to eliminate three hundred and twenty state employees. “Our goal with this proposal is to work together with all the parties concerned to ensure that three hundred and twenty Vermonters keep their jobs and the services that Vermonters are relying on stay intact,” said Senator Peter Shumlin. Source: Senator Shumlin’s Office. April, 16, 2009 AttachmentSize Senate personnel cuts.DOC46 KB
For three weeks this month, VPR reporter Steve Zind will report from Afghanistan, where he’ll be embedded with 1,500 members of the Vermont National Guard.Zind will be based at Bagram Airbase in Kabul, and will travel with the guard to rural outposts where Vermonters are stationed, providing a unique and local perspective on the war in Afghanistan. He’ll file stories and interviews from the field, capturing the sounds of the soldiers’ daily lives, and accompany them on patrols and training missions.He will also keep an online journal, where he’ll post photos and share thoughts and observations about his experience. He has also asked listeners to share the questions they would like answered about the mission, or suggestions for stories he should pursue.”VPR’s reports from Afghanistan will deepen our understanding of the role the Vermont National Guard is playing in this war,” said Vice President for News and Programming John Van Hoesen. “For the trusted information we all seek, there is no substitute for reporting from the ground.”Zind has covered the Vermont Guard for several years, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, returns to Vermont, as well as military funerals. In 2006, Zindtraveled to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, to talk with members of Task Force Saber as they returned from duty in Iraq. He has also been on several reporting trips to Iran,where he first visited in 2004 in search of family history. He returned to Iran as a reporter in 2005, 2006, and 2009.”Steve’s longtime reporting of the National Guard in Vermont and his experience in reporting from Iran over the last several years provide him with the background to provide VPR listeners with depth and perspective on the Vermont soldiers’ mission in Afghanistan,” Van Hoesen said.Source: VPR. 09.01.2010 – Colchester, Vt. –About Vermont Public RadioListener-supported Vermont Public Radio has been serving the people of Vermont and the surrounding region since 1977. As Vermont’s only statewide public radio network, VPR is a trusted and independent source for news, music, conversation and much more. For more information about VPR and VPR Classical, a list of frequencies and streaming audio from all of VPR’s services, visit www.vpr.net(link is external).
Vermont Business Magazine,Application due January 20, 2012Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. The annual awards honor the actions taken by Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution and promote sustainability.Applications are encouraged from:Business, Industry, and Trade or Professional OrganizationsEnvironmental, Community, and Non-Profit OrganizationsIndividual CitizensInstitutions (such as schools, hospitals, and municipalities)Teachers and StudentsPublic AgenciesApplications must be received electronically, no later than Friday, January 20, 2012. Application materials are available on the Internet Click HERE for application link. For questions or to obtain email copies of the application, contact Emma Schumann at firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail), 802-241-3600.Sponsored by:follow on Twitter | friend on Facebook | forward to a friendCopyright © 2012 Vermont Business Magazine, All rights reserved.You are receiving this email because you are a VBM subscriber or you opted in at our website.Our mailing address is:Vermont Business Magazine365 Dorset StreetSouth Burlington, Vermont 05403Add us to your address bookunsubscribe from this list | update subscription preferences
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Robinson Meyer for The New Yorker:Although Scalia’s death has already changed the outlook for a number of cases now in front of the Supreme Court, it will also alter the shape of one that will soon arrive: the legal battle over the Clean Power Plan.The Clean Power Plan is the new set of Environmental Protection Agency regulations that anchors the Obama administration’s climate-change policy. It seeks to guide local utilities away from coal-fired electricity generation, and toward renewable energy and natural gas, a change that the Department of Energy says will forestall hundreds of millions of tons of greenhouse-gas emissions. The plan’s survival—and its entry into law—could decide the fate of the Paris Agreement, the first international treaty to mitigate climate change. For a case that will ultimately turn on administrative law, it’s hard to imagine the stakes being much higher.It had already been a busy week for the Clean Power Plan. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the rules should neither be implemented nor enforced until the high court itself heard their opponents’ case. This was itself unprecedented: Never before had the Supreme Court stayed a set of regulations before a federal court even heard the initial case about them.This was an ominous sign for the regulations. “One has to conclude that five justices have decided that the rule must go,” said Seth Jaffe, the former president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.But Scalia’s death could change all that. Now there are only four justices who have telegraphed their opposition to the rules. Could the Clean Power Plan now survive, after all?There are two questions to ask when gaming out the future of this particular case. First, would the Court revisit its stay on the rule, allowing the EPA to proceed to implement the regulations? And second, if the Court does hear the case about the Clean Power Plan, could its new membership change its decision?As to the first, no legal expert I talked to thought the now-smaller Court was likely to annul its stay.“There is currently no reason to assume the Court will revisit the stay order,” said Richard Lazarus, an environmental-law professor at Harvard University and a veteran of oral arguments at the Court, in an email. “It is final as voted on by the full Court at the time and is not subject to revisiting any more than any other ruling by the Court before the Justice’s passing.”The second question is more complicated. The terms of the Court’s stay were broad: It ordered that the Clean Power Plan could only enter into force after the Court itself ruled; or if the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard its case (as it is scheduled to do this summer) and the Supreme Court declined to hear the inevitable appeal.In the language of the Court, taking up a case is “granting a writ of certiorari,” often shortened to “granting cert.” Unlike in a decision on a case, in which five justices determine how the court rules, only four justices need to vote to grant cert in a case. Most experts thought it was likely that the Court—whatever its makeup—would eventually hear the case.Then things get more complicated.“The Senate Republicans have already made it clear that they will not confirm anyone President Obama nominates. So it could fall to the next President to name the next justice. And that makes even higher the stakes in the next presidential election,” said Michael Gerrard, a law professor at Columbia University and the director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, in an email.“If no Obama appointee is confirmed, and if Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is the next President, the next Justice will presumably join the liberal wing of the court, and there is a good chance that he or she would vote to uphold the Clean Power Plan,” he told me. “That of course assumes that nominee gets confirmed before the case is decided; this could well be a massive and protracted confirmation battle, given the high stakes for so many areas of law.”If a Republican wins the White House, their Supreme Court nominee would almost certainly join the Supreme Court’s conservative wing. That justice would be unlikely to vote to support the Clean Power Plan—but it wouldn’t matter, because no remaining Republican candidate supports Obama’s climate policies, anyway, so they’d likely be reversed administratively.There’s some possibility that the Supreme Court could hear the Clean Power Plan case before a ninth justice is appointed. If it then split 4-4, the D.C. circuit’s ruling would stand. But sources cautioned this was less likely.“The earliest the Supreme Court could possibly hear it for oral argument would likely be next February or March, and it could possibly not be until the following October depending on how long the [D.C. circuit] decision takes,” said Lazarus. He added that if there is still no ninth justice at that time, the Court might opt to delay certain arguments and rulings until there is a full bench.There’s one more wrinkle to all this, Gerrard added. “Several states that litigated against the Clean Power Plan are now considering whether to undertake planning under the plan despite the stay, and it will be interesting to see whether this development influences the thinking of some of these states,” he said. If it does, that means many of the rule’s effects could enter force as prudent local utilities engage in cost-benefit analysis, even if the rule itself does not.Full article: Will a Reconfigured Supreme Court Help Obama’s Clean-Power Plan Survive? Death of Supreme Court Justice Keeps EPA’s Clean Power Plan in Technical Limbo
Auctions expected to double U.K. offshore wind capacity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Week:Britain’s offshore wind capacity is set to double over the next decade, driven by a government strategy forcing turbine operators to bid for financial support in auctions.Plummeting costs have made wind an increasingly affordable source of clean energy in recent years. By 2030, between a fifth and a third of the UK’s electricity is expected to come from offshore wind power.In a bid to give the industry the long-term stability it needs to continue to expand, Climate and Energy Secretary Claire Perry has confirmed that every two years the Government will hold auctions in which energy firms bid for contracts that guarantee a minimum price for the power they will sell.The auction process “has forced firms to be transparent about the amount of support they actually need, and has halved the cost of supporting offshore wind”, says the BBC. The system has been adopted worldwide “and is recognised as a major UK contribution to the development of clean energy” says the broadcaster.Last year renewable sources supplied more than half of the UK’s energy for the first time, exceeding what was generated by burning coal and gas.Scotland has become a world leader in sourcing its electricity from renewables, after a record year in 2017 for creating eco-friendly energy. The nation got more than two-thirds (68.1%) of its electricity from green schemes last year, The Independent reports, up from 54% the year before.More: UK offshore wind power to double by 2030
Shell buys stake in Asia-focused Cleantech Solar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to acquire a 49 percent stake in Asia-focused firm Cleantech Solar, the energy giant’s second investment in solar power this year.The Anglo-Dutch company will have an option to increase its holding in Cleantech after 2021. The deal is expected to close in January 2019.Cleantech Solar develops, owns and operates commercial and industrial solar energy systems in Southeast Asia and India that have generated over 100 million megawatt hour units of electricity, it said in a statement.In January, Shell acquired a stake in U.S. solar company Silicon Ranch Corporation.More: Shell acquires stake in Asia-focused Cleantech Solar
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Plans to establish the first of three ‘renewable energy zones’ (REZ) in the Australian state of New South Wales have seen an overwhelming level of interest, with a call for proposals chalking up a nine-fold oversubscription.NSW deputy premier John Barilaro said yesterday that the state government had received 113 registrations of interest, totaling 27GW, looking to connect to the 3GW REZ in the Central-West and Orana regions of NSW following a two-week proposal window launched in late May.“The Central-West Orana REZ is expected to generate AU$4.4 billion in investment, create 450 construction jobs, help put downward pressure on electricity prices and allow landowners to diversify their incomes by hosting renewable energy infrastructure,” Barilaro said. “By coordinating development in a strategic way, REZs also help us get the land use planning right, and renewables built in places that work for the community, not just developers.”The Central-West REZ is being used as a pilot for the renewable energy zone concept because it already has significant levels of interest from investors and an estimated 4.5GW of projects in the pipeline, the NSW government said.“The Central-West Orana REZ, the first of the state’s three Renewable Energy Zones, will be the modern-day equivalent of a traditional power station, capable of powering 1.3 million homes,” [state energy minister Matt Kean said.]Kean said a new body, the Energy Corporation of NSW, will oversee the development of the REZ, using the available funding to coordinate the technical design, planning processes, community engagement and other aspects of the initiative.[Ben Willis]More: Australia’s first renewable energy zone receives 27GW deluge of applications Developers express overwhelming interest in planned renewable energy zone in Australia’s New South Wales