The Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) has announced their support in funding The Tuthill Corporation’s project to build a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, also known at a cogeneration plant, at Blue Mountain.
Electricity is Blue Mountain’s second highest cost and with their own cogeneration plant producing clean energy, cost and fuel use will be reduced significantly.
PennEast Pipeline Company LLC, announced that Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE: SEP) has joined in the development of its PennEast Pipeline. The proposed interstate natural gas pipeline will transport clean, affordable and abundant natural gas to reliably meet growing energy demand in New Jersey and Pennsylvania while providing environmental and economic benefits to the region.
Spectra Energy Partners becomes the sixth member of the PennEast Pipeline Company LLC.
The Borough of Millheim in rural Centre County is ready to begin its community-wide energy conservation program. Renewing Millheim’s Energy Independence kicks off with a launch celebration at 7 p.m., Nov. 6 at the Millheim Fire Hall, located at the intersection of Routes 45 and 445. All members of the Millheim community are invited.
According to Stacy Richards, director, SEDA-COG Energy Resource Center (ERC), “The project’s objective is to increase the comfort of people’s homes while reducing their energy costs and their reliance on fossil fuels.” SEDA-COG is assisting in coordination of Millheim’s Energy Independence, following the model of a similar project in New Berlin, a small Union County community. Working with the ERC, New Berlin’s households and businesses reduced their energy costs by 10 percent, with many residents and organizations reporting a reduction of 30 percent to 70 percent.
There’s an old saying: “Quitting smoking is easy; I’ve done it hundreds of times!”
In many ways, that sentiment applies to the sustainment of Lean improvements. Employees make an improvement only to see the process slip back to its old version and another sustainment effort is undertaken. Too often, that cycle repeats itself over and over.
If only there was a way to keep Lean improvements in place. Actually, there is such a tool and it’s called the Lean Management System. The leading proponent for such a system is David Mann who wrote “Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions.” Mann’s insightful and down-to-earth book, which outlines a realistic Lean Management System, won the Shingo Prize for Research in 2006 and has been adopted by top corporations throughout the world.
For many years, Goodwill Industries of Northeast Pennsylvania has attempted to revitalize the historic North Scranton Junior/Senior High School. This long-anticipated project is expected to be a springboard to the revitalization of this highly visible landmark of the City of Scranton.
This improvement program consists of converting a 1920s-era Junior/Senior High School into 58 affordable, low-income senior housing units. Low income-tax credits and historic tax credits (totaling approximately $20 million) helped make this project financially feasible. In addition to the tax credits, an RACP (Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program) grant of $4 million is being used to convert the existing, 800-seat historic auditorium into a theater-type venue for the residents, as well as future events in Scranton.
According to the new MailTime Email Mistakes Survey conducted by MailTime — a mobile app that makes business email on your smartphone faster, easier, and more conversational — the top five biggest business email mistakes are:
MAILTIME’S TOP 5 BUSINESS EMAIL MISTAKES:
1: Emails that are “insensitive” in tone
2: Emails that are not personally addressed to you
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) executive director, Peg J. Dierkers on Oct. 16 congratulated the General Assembly for approving legislation that will ensure domestic violence victims are not evicted from their residences for calling emergency services multiple times.
“We are grateful to the legislators and coalition partners, who stood up to protect Pennsylvania families,’’ said Lauren Peterson, MPA, executive director at Women’s Resources of Monroe County Inc. “Passage of this important legislation was only possible because of the grass-roots support. It is truly something to celebrate during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. All of us here at Women’s Resources of Monroe County want to thank state Sen. Jay Costa Jr. (D-Allegheny) and state Sen. Richard Kasunic (D-Fayette) for voting ‘yes’ on this very important legislation.”