Northeast Resource Recovery Association awarded contract for Vermont’s E-Cycles program

first_imgThe Northeast Resource Recovery Association has been awarded the contract to administer the State of Vermont’s E-Cycles program starting July 1, 2011. NRRA and the Association of Vermont Recyclers have worked with Goodpoint Recycling of Middlebury as a primary recyler to begin the process of collection. The program will offer free collection of computers, monitors, printers and computer peripherals from residents, non-profit organizations, school districts, and small businesses with 10 or fewer employees at year-round collection sites statewide.             NRRA and its partners were selected from a competitive RFP process in late April based on their ability to provide oversight and transparency to a very detailed tracking process required by State law. The Program is reimbursed by manufacturers of covered electronics.             As of today, over 53 collection sites have registered and more will be signing up in the weeks ahead to offer a convenient set of locations as required by the State Standard Plan.             NRRA will be working to provide outreach and training materials to each of the collections sites and will have a strong component for school programs as it has done over its 30 year history. For general inquires and questions from the general public about where to recycle electronics, what is covered, and other questions, please contact the VT Department of Environmental Conservation’s special E-Cycles hotline at 1-855- 6ecycle.For and up-to-date list of the locations accepting electronics under the plan, please visit  http://www.vtecycles.org(link is external) and click on the tab at the left marked ‘Where Can I Recycle?’For collection locations and transfer stations that wish to participate in the program or have questions, please contact NRRA at (800) 223-0150 ext. 19 or email them to [email protected](link sends e-mail). About NRRAIn 1981, four New Hampshire municipalities founded the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, then called the New Hampshire Resource Recovery Association, to provide a clearinghouse for current, up-to-date information and a source of technical and marketing assistance in the general areas of waste reduction and recycling.Since then, membership in the NRRA has grown to include over 400 municipalities, individuals, and businesses in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Southern Maine. The NRRA is a member driven organization whose programs are designed and overseen by the members they serve.The NRRA provides cooperative purchasing programs, educational and networking opportunities, technical assistance, and cooperative marketing programs that have received national recognition for establishing innovative grassroots recyclables marketing cooperatives with competitive pricing which enables small, rural and large urban communities to manage their own recycling programs! We are a non-profit 501(c) organization.                                                                   ###last_img read more

Duke’s Florida utility looks to add 750MW of new solar in the state by 2024

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WLRN:Four months after Florida Power & Light received approval for a similar program, Duke Energy Florida is asking regulators to sign off on a $1 billion plan that would add 10 solar-power plants in the state.Duke filed a proposal last week at the state Public Service Commission for what it has dubbed the “Clean Energy Connection” program, which would start operating two of the proposed plants in January 2022, four in January 2023 and four in January 2024.The plan comes amid a broader push by major utilities in Florida to expand the use of solar energy, as solar has become more cost-efficient and as utilities look to reduce carbon emissions.But the Duke plan and the FPL program approved in March are different from other solar projects because of their financial structures. Under the Duke program, customers would be able to voluntarily pay more on their electric bills to help finance the projects and would receive credits that would result in them getting a “payback” in about seven years. Duke said the program would respond to customers who want to help boost renewable energy and might not want to have rooftop solar panels.The plan calls for building 10 74.9-megawatt solar plants, with each costing slightly more than $100 million. The filing said Duke has not chosen sites for the plants.The Public Service Commission in March approved FPL’s “SolarTogether” program, which is similar to the Duke proposal but is expected to add 20 solar plants. The SolarTogether proposal, however, drew opposition from the state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues.[Jim Saunders]More: Duke seeks approval of major solar expansion Duke’s Florida utility looks to add 750MW of new solar in the state by 2024last_img read more

On Compliance: Lessons for credit unions from the USAA-Wells Fargo RDC case

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Does $300 million in damages get your attention?That’s the total damages assessed against Wells Fargo by two separate Texas juries in two separate actions brought by USAA. These two actions alleged that Wells Fargo had willfully infringed on USAA’s remote deposit capture technology patents.Since early 2018, many credit unions started receiving demand letters from USAA, claiming that these credit unions’ RDC technology infringed on patents owned by USAA. Sent by a law firm representing USAA, the letters sought fees and licensing agreements for the continued use of the RDC technology by the credit union.The RDC technology most, if not all, of the credit unions were using was being provided through various vendors. Most credit unions immediately reached out to their respective vendors to attempt to resolve the claim. While this is the right approach for a credit union that finds itself in such a predicament, it can also be a time for angst if the credit union has not taken proper care in negotiating the vendor agreement at the inception of the relationship.last_img read more