GE Aviation Rutland shares energy reduction strategies, saved $1 million and 15 million kwh

first_imgSource: GE. RUTLAND, VT  ‘ May 18, 2011 ‘ Back Row, L to RMike Leonard, Efficiency VermontSenator Vincent IlluzziJim Merriam, Efficiency VermontLt. Governor Phil ScottSenator Bill CarrisDan DiBattista, GE Aviation GE Aircraft Engines – Rutland Operation,GE Aviation’s Rutland facility shared its energy reduction strategies with leading Vermont industrial businesses along with state and Congressional leaders at a special meeting on May 18 at the GE Aviation Rutland facility. GE has saved 15 million kilowatt hours of electricity and nearly 8,000 tons of CO2 in emissions reduced.Since 2006, the GE Aviation Rutland facility and Efficiency Vermont have worked together to identify and implement energy savings programs at the 400,000-square-foot Windcrest Road and 100,000-square-foot Columbian Avenue locations. The team has completed 16 projects that have reduced the annual electrical usage by more than 15 million kwh and reduced CO2 emission by close to 8,000 tons. GE Aviation estimates its annual electrical cost savings is more than $1 million for both Rutland locations. Examples of energy savings projects include:-          Lighting upgrades: Changing lighting from high pressure sodium fixtures to high performance T8 high bay fixtures. Annual savings of close to 2.5 million kWh in electricity and reduction of 1,000 tons of CO2 emissions, as well improved lighting in manufacturing areas.-          Right sizing equipment: Replacing eight over-sized rotary ovens with eight right-sized ovens and reduction in compressed air consumption.  Annual savings of nearly 1 million kWh in electricity and reduction of more than 450 tons of CO2 emissions.-          Aligning infrastructure to new processes: Changing two 100 HP ventilation systems to two 5 HP ventilation systems. Annual savings of more than 1 million kWh in electricity and reduction of more than 550 tons of CO2 emissions.-          Reducing compressed air consumption:Replacing 11 air diaphragm pumps with 11 electric pumps. Annual savings of more than 440,000 kWh in electricity and reduction of close to 230 tons of CO2 emissions.-          Creating employee energy awareness: Promoting energy conservation on the shop floor through employee awareness and simple equipment shut down and start up procedures in all production areas. This program, with little or no capital expense, yielded an estimated 12% electrical reduction in one year. ‘The team’s efforts have provided significant benefits to the site as well as the environment,’ said Dan DiBattista, plant manager for GE Aviation Rutland. ‘The energy savings is enough to power close to 900 Vermont homes annually and the CO2 emission reduction is the equivalent of removing close to 475 cars off the road each year.’‘GE Aviation is a leader in energy efficiency in the state of Vermont,’ said Mike Leonard, key account manager for Efficiency Vermont. ‘We’ve been pleased to partner with them as they’ve taken energy efficiency to a whole new level through process improvements and making energy use reduction a key part of operations.’ The energy efficiency efforts are part of GE’s ecomagination initiative, which includes a commitment by GE to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25 percent, water usage by 25 percent and energy intensity reduction by 50 percent. For more information about GE’s ecomagination, is external).GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings. GE Aviation Rutland manufactures airfoils and vane for jet engines used in commercial and military aircraft. For more information, visit us at is external). Follow GE Aviation on Twitter at is external) and YouTube at is external). 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. Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) operates Efficiency Vermont under an appointment by the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit is external).Pictured: Front Row, L to RPaul Bender, GE AviationCharlie Barker, GE AviationDrew Hamer, GE Aviationcenter_img Middle Row, L to RRick Thibodeau, Efficiency VermontJonathan Aldrich, IBMKate Hunter, Efficiency Vermontlast_img read more

Plan ahead: 5 tips to prep for a natural disaster

first_img continue reading » Hurricane Matthew September is National Preparedness Month and the perfect time for credit unions to reflect on ways to prepare for when natural disasters strike.2017 was a record year for natural disasters in the United States and 2018 is following suit with the recent California wildfires and with hurricane season now upon us. While these events have devastating effects on the land and communities in their path, the impact can be minimized with the help of the right support structures.Credit unions have a long history of helping disaster victims, generously devoting time, resources and donations to helping members of their communities in need. Last year, when Tropical Storm Harvey devastated parts of Southeast Texas and Louisiana, CO-OP partnered with other industry organizations to create a support line for providing impacted members with access and branch information. CUAid, an organization which provides disaster relief donations for credit union members and employees (and which CO-OP is a proud donor), reports it has raised $2.8 million in contributions so far in 2017-2018.While credit unions have and will continue to be quick to respond when a disaster strikes, they must also be proactive prior to the event. The key to disaster preparation: have an effective plan.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Athlete’s prosthetics stolen twice in recent months

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPLE CITY – Mother and daughter agree – whoever stole Melissa Huff’s two prosthetic legs this week are probably the same people who took them in November. They also think the thieves are trying, in a weird way, to get the Arcadia High School sophomore’s attention. “They’ve got her attention now,” said Lisa Huff, her mother. “Leave her alone.” The theft of Melissa’s legs has attracted widespread attention and offers of help, but Lisa Huff said their main concern is recovering the legs. Someone broke into the Huff residence Tuesday, ransacked Melissa’s room and took the legs. “They trashed her bedroom,” her mother said. “Trashed all her trophies and awards. They just threw everything everywhere. “If they have a problem with her, just talk to her,” she said. “Are they trying to get to know her? Call or come talk to her. If someone hates her, who? If you know her, you can’t hate her. “She’s overcome a lot and doesn’t need this,” she added. “She’s 16. She moved on four months after the accident. She just moved on. They need to move on, too. Let her have fun, play softball.” Melissa lost her right leg below the knee in 2003 after a car struck her while she was walking outside Arcadia High School. She had nine surgeries and went through six different prosthetic legs before finding one that fit perfectly. Lisa Huff said this time the legs appear to be the only items missing. One was a sports leg Melissa wore to play softball, valued at $16,000. The other was a cosmetic leg that cost $12,000. Friday, two large dogs patrolled the front yard of the Huff residence in the 10400 block of Olive Street. “The dogs were there,” Lisa Huff said. “They don’t stop them, they just lick them. Anyone can come over that wall. They’re not going to stop anything.” But the day after the latest burglary a security system was installed at the family home. “We’re continuing the investigation,” said Lt. Denise Harshman of the sheriff’s Temple Station. “We don’t have any leads or suspects.” Harshman declined to discuss any theories detectives may have developed. “They really don’t have anything yet,” Lisa Huff said about the investigation. “They asked her who her enemies are. They wanted to know who’s angry at her on the softball team. But she really hasn’t been out there this year.” Asked what she would say to the thieves, she said, “Leave her alone, let her live her life. She wants to have fun, she’s in high school, she plays ball. Just let her be.” She said the thefts have moved beyond pranks, and the thieves should be punished. Melissa called the situation frustrating. “But nothing stops me from what I want to do,” she said. “It’s not going to bother me.” Melissa declined to address the thieves, saying, “Wow! There’s a lot so I don’t know. There’s too much to say. I don’t want to say anything.” “She would be cussing them out,” her mother said. “Yeah, I’m angry,” Melissa said. “The fact that it was a really good sports leg that we just had bought. It was a great leg. The people who helped me (buy it) were all looking forward to watching me play softball. It’s coming up pretty soon. Now we can’t watch.” Melissa said she’s picky when it comes to the fitting process, “and the last \, we were still working on it. We were working on the mold and stuff, getting it tighter.” Melissa had surgery Jan. 13 to remove a protruding bone from her amputated leg. She was recovering from the operation, using a wheelchair or crutches, unable to use her prosthesis, when the burglary occurred. Arcadia High School softball coach Ed Andersen said Melissa, who plays first base, will serve as a coach’s assistant for the varsity team until her leg heals. “She’s a determined young woman with a very positive attitude,” he said of Melissa, who has been playing softball since she was 8. Softball season starts the first week in March. Lisa Huff said the family’s Pasadena law firm, DeWitt, Algorri & Algorri, is offering a reward for the return of the legs. Officials at the firm were not available for comment. “They can drop the leg off there,” she said, adding that would be better than facing her angry husband, David. “They’ll hand them the money, no questions asked.” There are no immediate plans, she said, to set up a fund to raise money for new legs. Charon and David Sandoval of Altadena have offered to donate $12,000 to replace Melissa’s cosmetic leg. “There are so many terrible things happening to people every day,” Charon Sandoval said. “But the idea of this young woman having this happen to her three times, including the accident, is beyond comprehension. Losing her legs for a third time is so outrageous.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475last_img read more

Wednesday’s QPR quiz

first_imgSee how many of these five questions on QPR defender Ryan Nelsen you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-8] 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Spartans come up short in playoff opener at Foothill

first_imgPalo Cedro >> There was no quit in the Red Bluff Spartans Friday night, despite a lopsided scoreboard and a full season on the road.Down 49-12 heading into the fourth quarter, the Spartans scored three times in the final period for a 49-34 loss to the Foothill Cougars in the opening round of the playoffs.“We went out fighting,” coach Orlyn Culp told his team after the loss. The Spartans wrapped up the year 4-6 overall and 3-3 league, going into the post-season as the No. 5 seed against No. 4 …last_img read more

Living Fossils Rise from the Dead

first_imgThe oxymoron “living fossil” is suggestive.  Seeing a plant or animal come to life, when it was only known from fossils, might seem miraculous.  Perhaps, though, the phrase was invented to rescue Darwinian theory from the vast ages it requires.  Is it credible to believe the time gaps?  Here are two recent stories about creatures long thought dead, only to be found doing “Quite well, thank you.” Tick talk.  Researchers in South Africa were sure that the living fossil they found represented an “evolutionary missing link” that might help explain relationships between several lineages of arthropods that “evolved” the blood feeding trait independently.  This led to queer sentences like this in their PLoS One paper.1  “Thus, even though blood-feeding evolved in the ancestral tick lineage, the adaptation to the mammalian and avian blood-feeding interfaces occurred independently in the soft and hard tick families.”  It also seems weird for the ancestor of diverse lineages of ticks to be doing just fine in a living form, with no evolutionary change for many millions of years: In conclusion, phylogenetic analysis indicates that N. namaqua groups basal to both tick families and is the closest extant lineage to the last common ancestral tick lineage. Its argasid-like feeding behaviour and biology provides compelling evidence for the evolution of a blood-feeding lifestyle within the last common ancestral tick lineage. The semi-arid nature of the Northern Cape as found in Namaqualand and the Karoo has been maintained since Permian times. The partiality of N. namaqua for xeric environments and small reptiles could therefore be an indication of a lifestyle maintained for more than 250 million years. This would truly make this tick species a living fossil. Real eel:  Another living fossil announced recently is a “primitive” looking eel found swimming in a cave on Palau that PhysOrg said is squirming into the record books.  Why?  “A new species of eel found in the gloom of an undersea cave is a ‘living fossil’ astonishingly similar to the first eels that swam some 200 million years ago, biologists reported on Wednesday.”  The BBC News included a short video clip of the slick-looking swimmer.  Going on about how “primitive” it looked (at first glance, it looks rather stylish), the article quoted the scientists giving their evaluation:  “In some features it is more primitive than recent eels, and in others, even more primitive than the oldest known fossil eels, suggesting that it represents a ‘living fossil’ without a known fossil record.”  This begs the question of why it survives intact to this day, unevolved.  Even worse, the article put forth an apparent contradiction:  “Their results suggest this new family has been evolving independently for the last 200m years, placing their origins in the early Mesozoic era, when dinosaurs were beginning their domination of the planet.”  If it has been evolving for 200 million years, why does it look primitive?  Why is it a living fossil? “The term “living fossil” was coined by Charles Darwin in his book On the Origin of Species,” the article on PhysOrg informed its readers.  “It is used to describe species that have survived for millions of years, exploiting niches that are so stable that there is little pressure on them to evolve.”  Of course, to evolve is an active verb infinitive that cannot be applied to dumb eels, as if they had any choice in the matter, environmental pressure or not.  And if stable niches reduce the pressure on evolution, it would be surprising that anything in the ocean, one of the first stable habitats on earth, ever evolved as Darwinians claim they did. 1. Mans, de Klerk, Pienaar, and Latif, “Nuttalliella namaqua: A Living Fossil and Closest Relative to the Ancestral Tick Lineage: Implications for the Evolution of Blood-Feeding in Ticks,” Public Library of Science One, 6(8): e23675. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023675. Stop letting Darwinists get away with these word games.  If their theory explains extreme diversification alongside extreme stasis, then it is explaining opposite things with equal ease.  Therefore, “living fossil” explains nothing.  As an oxymoron, it is all moron and no oxy. The evidence only makes sense without the millions of years.  The living creatures resemble the fossil creatures because they are not separated by vast swaths of mythical time, but came from a created world with much more diversity than our impoverished remnant.  Close the time gap.  (This gives “Darwin-of-the-gaps” a new twist.)(Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Anti-poverty campaign visits E Cape

first_img29 July 2013Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and his delegation of ministers swapped suits for overalls on Saturday morning during a war on poverty campaign visit to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality in the Eastern Cape.The delegation visited four projects, inspecting the construction of a house in Chatty, visiting a local resource centre, painting a newly built house, and handing over furniture and groceries to a disabled 95-year-old man.The first stop of the delegation was a construction site where they joined workers building a house at stand No 12727 in Chatty.The construction project is a partnership between the Eastern Cape Department of Human Settlements, the municipality and the Housing Development Agency. The R110-million project is expected to be completed in 2014.Nicolas Tsweu of the Housing Development Agency said there would be 1 380 new houses built between now and March 2014. Over 500 houses have been completed and occupied since construction started in September 2012. An additional 1 060 houses will be built in phase 3 of the project.The delegation then visited the Helenville Resource Centre where they undertook a walk-about to see the building progress of the centre.They were then taken to a newly built house in Missionvale where a family of six is expected to move in during the first week of August.The new owner, 34-year-old Mbulelo Jamela, said the new house would restore his family’s dignity and enable him to raise his children in a decent home.The delegation then visited a 95-year-old disabled man who had been staying alone in a house. The house had been in a dilapidated state, without a bed or furniture, before various government departments contributed to its upgrading.Director-general in the Presidency Cassius Lubisi said that although upgrading the house might seem like a drop in the ocean, it would go a long way to restoring the dignity of the old man.The delegation concluded their campaign with a community meeting in which community members raised issues calling for government attention.Source: read more