Vermont Department of Public Service names Asa Hopkins director of Energy Policy

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Public Service (DPS) has named Asa S. Hopkins, Ph.D., as the new Director of Energy Policy and Planning. Dr. Hopkins will lead the Department’s policy and planning division, which serves as Vermont’s State Energy Office. In conjunction with the Commissioner of Public Service, the Governor’s office, the Legislature, and other energy stakeholders, Dr. Hopkins will develop and implement statewide energy policy, including energy efficiency and demand resource management programs, renewable energy policy, and electric utility planning.‘Asa will bring scientific rigor and a fresh perspective to energy planning here in Vermont,’ said Commissioner Elizabeth Miller. ‘His experience in energy efficiency and in federal energy policy at the Department of Energy will be of tremendous benefit to the people of Vermont. The Department of Public Service is delighted to welcome him as Director.’Before joining DPS, Dr. Hopkins worked at the United States Department of Energy for Under Secretary for Science Steven Koonin, serving as Dr. Koonin’s assistant project director for the DOE’s Quadrennial Technology Review. Before that he served as an analyst at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, providing economic and technical analysis of federal energy efficiency standards for appliances. Dr. Hopkins has a B.S., summa cum laude, in Physics from Haverford College and an M.S. and Ph.D, both in Physics, from the California Institute of Technology. He will join the DPS at the beginning of October.The Department of Public Service is an agency within the executive branch of Vermont state government. Its charge is to represent the public interest in matters regarding energy, telecommunications, water and wastewater.last_img read more

President Bush tried to make the world a better place: Does your credit union?

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As I was listening to the eulogies for President Bush last night, I couldn’t help but notice how often I heard words like loyalty, decency, public service, leadership, competitiveness humor and compassion. It struck me that this language has become antiquated and naïve sounding less than 30 years after a man who dedicated his life to these principles assumed the Presidency.It got me thinking that something has fundamentally changed in how we view each other, our government, and the obligations we owe one another and not for the better.  What is the credit union tie-in you wonder? Everyone reading this blog is making a living off an industry dedicated not only to helping people grow their wealth but also lending a helping hand to people of modest means. To me, at its core, this means a movement dedicated to ensuring that people, irrespective of their social station, are treated with the respect and entrusted with the responsibility that comes when helping your neighbors by pooling your resources together. Let’s continue to grow as an industry but let’s never lose sight of the fact that we have an obligation beyond growing in net worth. Here is a portion of the President’s inaugural address from 1989 which his son referenced in his eulogy.last_img read more

Wilkinson signs short Stoke deal

first_img Wilkinson has not featured for the Potters since sustaining a bang on the head in the FA Cup defeat at Blackburn in February. A brief club statement read: “Stoke City can confirm that Andy Wilkinson has been given a contract until December 31, 2015 to enable him to regain full fitness with the support of the club’s medical staff after sustaining an injury last season.” Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson has signed a short-term deal with the club to enable him to recover from a serious head injury. Press Associationcenter_img Wilkinson, who has spent his entire career at his hometown club since progressing through the academy, was out of contract and waved an emotional goodbye to fans at the end of last season. The 30-year-old has made over 190 first-team appearances for Stoke since making his debut in 2001 and has had loan spells at Telford, Partick Thistle, Blackpool and Shrewsbury. He is hoping to return to competitive action in January. last_img read more