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The cold weather from this winter was greeted warmly by officials at IBM in Essex, which has started using frigid winter air to help produce the chilled water it needs to operate the plant s high-tech manufacturing facilities.The new system, called Free Cooling, integrates cold air into the plant s large climate control system to produce 50% of its winter-cooling needs. By taking advantage of the plentiful wintry air, IBM can shut down some of its large chillers, resulting in a projected savings of $400,000 per year in electric costs. Semiconductor clean rooms require that a precise temperature and humidity be maintained around the clock, so until now we have had to run many chillers even in the winter. Our engineering team worked to improve this process and they developed an innovative solution that reduces our energy footprint and cuts power costs by $2,000 to $3,000 a day, said Tim Baechle, Facilities Operations Manager at IBM.The Free Cooling system was paid for in part out of GMP s Energy Efficiency Fund, which was started in 2007 to maximize for its customers the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficiency. IBM received approximately $1.5 million from the fund to help support the costs of the project.Green Mountain Power President and Chief Executive Officer Mary Powell said, We are pleased to partner with our largest customer to cut costs and help the environment. It is one more way we are pursuing our vision of low cost, low emission, highly reliable power. Demand reduction is a key part of our efforts to operate an efficient, environmentally friendly electric system.David O Brien, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service agreed that this project shows how businesses in Vermont can be creative in finding ways to reduce energy use. We are very pleased to see IBM and Green Mountain Power work together to take advantage of one of Vermont s natural resources cold air to save energy. The Energy Efficiency Fund is a smart investment that benefits all Green Mountain Power customers through lowering energy use and reducing the need for us to make expensive investments in power generation and transmission, said Ms. Powell.GMP plans to invest $8 million in the Fund by end of 2012, generating approximately $23 million in benefits to the company s customers over time. IBM has had a long term commitment to energy efficiency; we have been able to achieve sustained success because of the creativity and technical depth of our on-site engineering team. The GMP Energy Efficiency Fund created a unique opportunity for us to complete a very large project. It helped us fund an innovative idea that led to reduced costs on one of our largest energy using systems, said Janette Bombardier, Manager of Site Operations at the IBM location.The Free Cooling system has the ability to circulate up to 12,000 gallons of cold water each minute and can create the cooling equivalent of 2,500 window air conditioners. The system started running in December of 2008 and will be used from November through April as weather permits.About Green Mountain PowerGreen Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com(link is external)) transmits, distributes and sells electricity and utility construction services in the State of Vermont in a service territory with approximately one quarter of Vermont s population. It serves more than 200,000 people and businesses.
Regular international flights from Zagreb to Sofia are scheduled from May 1 to the end of October this year, three times a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and will be performed by 8-seat Dash 400-Q76 aircraft. As of today, return airline tickets for flights between the Croatian capital and the capital of Bulgaria are available at promotional prices starting at 139 euros. Today, Croatia Airlines presented the new international routes Zagreb – Sofia and Zagreb – Podgorica. Two days later, on May 3, 2020, regular international flights on the route are introduced Zagreb – Podgorica, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The flights will also be operated by Dash 8-Q400 aircraft, and passengers have at their disposal promotional return airfare prices of 119 euros. During this year’s tourist season, Croatia Airlines aircraft will fly directly in regular traffic to 40 destinations in 26 countries. Cover photo: Croatia Airlines
It appears like the perfect storyline. Jeremy Lin will make his first career start in the Lakers’ season opener on Tuesday against the Houston Rockets, a franchise that stripped away his starting position and traded him.Lin mused that “the headline’s Kobe vs. Dwight,” referring to the contentious relationship Bryant and Howard had as Lakers teammates two seasons ago. Yet, Lin conceded it’s “a little ironic” he will start against the Rockets before noting he is only starting “because I’m healthy.” The Lakers ruled Steve Nash out for the 2014-15 season because of recurring back problems. Veteran guard Ronnie Price has a bone bruise in his right knee, leaving coach Byron Scott skeptical he will play against Houston. The Lakers are also without Nick Young (right thumb), Xavier Henry (right knee), Ryan Kelly (right hamstring) and Wayne Ellington (concussion). Lakers center Jordan Hill is listed as probable after having a neck strain that kept him out of the last two exhibition games. But Lin may have showed his true feelings when he paused for six seconds when asked if Houston offered him a fair shake. “I don’t know,” Lin said. “I have to think about that one.”The Rockets also promoted Lin’s number on Carmelo Anthony mock-up jerseys during their unsuccessful free-agency pitch. The Rockets then traded Lin and a first-round pick — to clear cap space for an unsuccessful pursuit at Chris Bosh — this offseason to the Lakers. “I have a great relationship with so many guys over there,” said Lin, who averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists last season in Houston. “It’s not like I hate whoever with my former teammates or coaches. I still talk to them.”Still, Lin said his time in Houston “reminds me of my time in the D-League.”“It’s a chance to grow, develop as a player and go through the necessary bumps and bruises,” said Lin, who averaged 12.4 points on 60-percent shooting and 6.2 assists through five preseason games. “It made me learn a lot and grow a lot.” Scott sounded confident Lin will grow more despite missing three exhibitions with a sprained left ankle. “I expect him to play well,” Scott said. “I expect him to run the offense, handle the ball and do the things Jeremy Lin is capable of doing with knocking down shots, getting into the paint and being the catalyst and leader of the team on the offensive end.” Guessing gameScott will conserve Bryant’s minutes after the star guard played in only six games last season because of injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee. But Scott would only say it will fall between 35-40 minutes. Scott added the unspecified number of minutes will enable Bryant to “play at a high level” while keeping him “fresh in March and April.”Bryant averaged 26.7 minutes in preseason play, but played between 32 and 34 minutes in the last two exhibitions. Bryant averaged 38 minutes for two seasons before injuring his left Achilles 18 months ago.“I can’t say between 30-35 because if I go 35 1/2, you guys will start saying, ‘Hey, you said 35!’” Scott said, laughing. “Between 30-40 is a nice margin to have.” Backup spotWith injuries to Nash and Price, Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson will play the backup point guard spot. Bryant and Scott have expressed confidence in Clarkson. But Scott said he will call most of the offensive plays. “I don’t know if it’s a learning curve, but I do have to learn,” Clarkson said. “Playing at this level is a big learning experience but I feel I can do it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error