After decades, GMP-CVPS finally to merge | Vermont Business …Aug 26, 2011 … When she first joined Green Mountain Power 13 years ago, CEO Mary Powell recalls thinking that a merger between the state’s two largest … Bidding War: GMP owner GazMetro makes offer to buy CVPS, make …Jun 23, 2011 … Vermont Business Magazine. For those waiting for the other shoe to drop in the sale of Central Vermont Public Service to Canadian-based … GMP looks to trump Fortis in bid for CVPS | Vermont Business …Jul 26, 2011 … The owner of Green Mountain Power, Gaz Metro, has offered to buyCentral Vermont Public Service in what appears to be a superior bid to the … By Timothy McQuiston. A prominent Vermont state senator is asking to be an intervener before the Public Service Board over the merger of Central Vermont Public Service into Green Mountain Power. But that is hardly all Vince Illuzzi wants.The long-serving Republican wants the PSB to appoint an independent counsel to act as the public’s advocate in the merger case (Docket Number 7770) instead of Department of Public Service Commissioner Liz Miller. The DPS typically acts as the public’s advocate before the regulatory body. He also wants Vermont Electric Power Company in some way separated from control by the new entity.‘As part of the governor’s administration, the commissioner and ‘public advocate’ under the commissioner’s direction are left with marching orders from across the Fifth Floor (governor’s office). Ask any former commissioner,’ Illuzzi told Vermont Business Magazine in an email, ‘and they will tell you that disagreeing with the governor is the same as handing in your resignation.’In response to Illuzzi’s filing, Dorothy Schnure, GMP’s Manager of Corporate Communications said in an email to VBM: ‘Our experience is that the DPS vigorously exercises its role as public advocate in all proceedings involving GMP and other regulated businesses under its jurisdiction. An independent counsel is completely unnecessary.’Senator Illuzzi, who is also an attorney, said he is most concerned with what will happen to VELCO, the Vermont Electric Power Company that owns and manages the state’s electric transmission system. VELCO itself is owned by Vermont’s utilities. With the GMP-CVPS merger, the one company will own 70 percent of power distribution in Vermont and 86.3 percent, effectively giving control of the state’s power lines to one company. Not only that, Illuzzi points out, the new utility itself will be owned by Gaz Metro, the Canadian energy company that not only owns GMP, but also Vermont Gas Systems.”Then there is the fact that Neale Lunderville, the architect of the deal, now sits at the right hand of the governor. What rank and file employee at the Department of Public Service is going to put his or her neck on the line and challenge the governor’s position on this deal?” Illuzzi said.”These points are underscored by the unusual significance of this venture ‘ a venture that not only would allow Gaz Metro to own and control the two largest distribution territories in the state of Vermont, but also control in some meaningful manner transmission planning, infrastructure upgrades, and grid use, as well,” he said.”This is not a ten- or 20-year HQ contract that could go wrong but will end at some point. It is not a rate case that will be superseded by newer reviews and rates at some point. This is a ‘forever’ deal of the utmost importance.”Illuzzi has been a critic of the merger from the beginning because he feels consumers could suffer under the new near-monopoly in electric companies. In this case, he is concerned by the de facto monopoly in electric transmission. He also questions how the state will respond if Hydro Quebec wants to build its new Boston-bound transmission line through Vermont. Hydro Quebec’s plan is to build a line through New Hampshire. There have been political problems in running it through northern New Hampshire.There have been suggestions it might be rerouted somewhat and cut through Vermont before entering New Hampshire. There already is one Hydro Quebec line that slices through a corner of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Illuzzi, from Newport and always conscious of how public policy affects his constituents, wants some assurance that VELCO and the state would be acting in the best interest of Vermonters in such cases, instead of the best interest of Quebecers or business interests based in Montreal.While the issue of the public advocate has always been a tricky one, with the DPS commissioner having to act separately from the government, Illuzzi says this case is more problematic than most.Commissioner Liz Miller’s boss, Governor Shumlin, took an early stand in favor of the GMP-CVPS merger and against rival suitor Fortis, also based in Canada. On top of that, Illuzzi points out, GMP had hired a senior member of Governor Douglas’s administration, former Administration Secretary Neale Lunderville.As has been reported by Bruce Edwards in the Rutland Herald, Anne Galloway in vtdigger.com and John Dillon at Vermont Public Radio, and from information gathered from CVPS’ shareholder proxy statements related to the merger, Gaz Met/GMP first approached CVPS in November 2010, after CVPS CEO Robert Young announced his retirement in the summer of 2010, effective in May 2011. His announcement got the wheels in motion for a possible bid to merge the state’s two largest utilities.Such a merger had been proposed many times over the years, with the lead company going one way or the other depending on the relative strength of each at the time. Over the years, governors from both parties backed such a merger because of the logical cost savings, which presumably would lower electric rates.In recent times, the merger talk had been put on hold. Both CVPS and GMP have recently emerged from hard times, with GMP avoiding bankruptcy by selling its headquarters and severely downsizing before eventually being sold to Gaz Met in 2007. Meanwhile, CVPS shook off a restructuring that caused its bonds to sink to ‘junk’ status. Young has been credited with helping the company regain financial buoyancy.But with CVPS ship-shape and Young stepping down, GMP, and as it turns out other suitors, saw it as the right time to again propose a merger. Lunderville became the point man from GMP’s end. He not only knew the intimate workings of state government, he was well connected to the Republican Party. This was important because Rutland is one of the last great GOP strongholds in Vermont in what, not that long ago, was that nation’s most Republican state.Rutland County itself was the seat of power for not only the Republicans but for the Proctor family, who controlled the governorship in the first half of the 20th century. CVPS as an institution held on to its old roots. The CVPS board was reluctant to go with the GMP offer initially for several reasons beyond politics. It sought the best value for shareholders, as well as a clear path through the stormy waters of the regulatory process.The CVPS board could see the inherent problems in creating not only such a dominant electric company, but understood that the VELCO issue could give regulators pause in approving the merger. CVPS rejected Gaz Met/GMP’s initial offer. As part of its fiduciary responsibility to shareholders, it then put the company up for bid, which led to the Fortis offer.The Fortis offer almost seemed too good to be true. It would retain all the employees, including the executive staff. The company, for all intents and purposes, would keep running as it had been. For its part, Fortis would finally get a foothold in the US market.The large integrated energy company, officially based in Newfoundland but with most of its holdings in western Canada, seemed content on this modest purchase to add to its North American portfolio. It also got a $17.5 million breakup fee, plus another $2 million to cover expenses, if things did not work out with CVPS. According to the reports, Gaz Met wound up paying the $19.5 million.The reason things did not work out was because Gaz Met/GMP did not take ‘no’ for an answer. It came back with another offer that trumped Fortis’ premium offer to shareholders, the most vital feature of the sale. In selling publicly traded companies, a company must be ready for the inevitable shareholder lawsuits and showing significant shareholder value in a transaction such as this is paramount to deflect the suits.The Gaz Met/GMP offer was not only $11 per share more than what the stock was trading for at the time, it also guaranteed dividends would be paid all the way to the conclusion of the final sale. Announced on July 12, Gaz Met would pay $35.25 per common share, a 45 percent premium over the previous closing price of $24.32.Fortis was trumped both in the price and the dividend benefit and had to satisfy itself with that $17.5 million. The breakup fee itself brought a shareholder suit, essentially as a waste of company assets. Former PSB chairman Michael Dworkin, now a Vermont Law School professor, also was surprised at the breakup fee. He said at the time that its cost could obligate CVPS to go with Fortis even if it was not the best suitor, which, of course, turned out not to be the case.A person close to the Fortis negotiations told Vermont Business Magazine, on condition of anonymity, that the CVPS-Fortis deal also suffered politically. The rock-ribbed Republican CVPS board was out of its element in Democratically controlled Montpelier. The Legislature is overwhelmingly Democratic in both houses and the new governor, Peter Shumlin, is also. Not only that, Mary Powell, the CEO of GMP and the presumptive CEO of the new GMP-CVPS, chaired Shumlin’s inaugural committee.According to the reports, in order to smooth the way for the merger, Lunderville was enlisted to use his Republican connections to placate Rutland business interests and the CVPS board. While top executives and most of the board would be removed as part of the $144 million in savings over the next decadefor the new company, the new company guaranteed it would invest in the Rutland area. A new Rutland office would be located downtown. This would be a boon to the downtown area. CVPS had proposed moving its headquarter downtown several years ago but the cost got in the way.Gaz Met/GMP would also make Rutland the state’s first ‘solar city,’ by moving forward with its aggressive solar energy plans and focusing them on Rutland. The source said this helped placate Rutland area Republicans to some extent, but they remained concerned about the local economic impact. There is also, the source said, general concern in the community that these highly paid executives that are losing their jobs will no longer be key contributors locally, not only as consumers and investors, but also to charitable organizations and the arts, as they have been over the years. Real estate values also could suffer. That all may or may not be the case, as executive officers and board members collectively will see a windfall of $17.3 million once the sale is finalized and their stock is cashed out.But beyond the lack of political clout was the issue of VELCO. The CVPS board saw this as a potential stumbling block for regulators. To answer that, Gaz Met/GMP included a provision that would put a large piece of VELCO into a public trust. With that, the CVPS board finally acquiesced.But Vince Illuzzi sees the VELCO piece as still problematic, as others have. The trust would own 30 percent of VELCO and presumably pay out a million dollars. There are questions about how the trust will work and about what would happen if VELCO lost money or had a financial calamity. What would happen to the trust and the low-income ratepayers it was intended to assist, not to mention who would get stuck with the deficit: Gaz Met, the state, all ratepayers?Illuzzi also mentions in his PSB filing that Lunderville was recently appointed by Governor Shumlin to lead the state’s recovery effort from Tropical Storm Irene. Illuzzi sees that appointment as further compromising Liz Miller’s ability to act independently, since her boss, Governor Shumlin, is so closely connected to GMP. To add to his point of real or perceived conflicts of interest, Illuzzi mentions in his filing that one of Miller’s family members (husband, Eric Miller) is a partner in a law firm (Sheehey Furlong & Behm of Burlington) that represents GMP, though Miller himself does not represent it.For those many reasons, Illuzzi wants an independent counsel to represent the public.Illuzzi told Vermont Business Magazine that he does not have a definitive answer to the VELCO question. He said perhaps the public trust is a good idea, but other solutions are out there, say, spinning the company off as a separate entity or making it a part of government.In his filing to become an intervener, he mentions how the waterways and highways are public entities controlled by the state on behalf of the common good. He sees electric transmission also being at that level of importance.In his filing, Illuzzi invoked the name of George Aiken, the former Vermont governor and US senator, who frequently tussled with the utilities in the mid-1900s. The populist Aiken successfully used the utilities as a political foil.‘At the end of the day,’ Illuzzi said, ‘Vermonters want to know that this proposal was thoroughly reviewed under the full light of an independent public advocate and consultants before handing the ‘keys to the kingdom,’ including operational and planning reigns of our electric utility systems, to Gaz Metro. As a Vermonter, I would expect no less. To do otherwise would always leave doubt in my mind.’Illuzzi has about 30 cosigners to his ‘Motion to Intervene.’Timothy McQuiston is editor of Vermont Business Magazine. RELATEDCVPS to merge with GMP | Vermont Business MagazineJul 12, 2011 … The leaders of Central Vermont Public Service Corporation (NYSE: CV) (CVPS) and Gaz MÃ©tro Limited Partnership (Gaz MÃ©tro) today … read more
December 23, 2016 Economy, Government That Works, Press Release, Results Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of more than $17.8 million in tax credits to support 114 community investments through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP).“The Neighborhood Assistance Program provides tax credits to encourage businesses to invest in projects that improve distressed areas, promoting a shared belief that thriving neighborhoods are a cornerstone of Pennsylvania’s success,” said Governor Wolf. “The continually strong applicant pool and participation levels of this program demonstrate both its demand and the importance of the positive impacts it creates across the commonwealth.”Administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development, NAP provides tax credits to encourage businesses and community organizations to invest in projects that serve distressed areas or support conservation efforts.Last fiscal year, DCED supported 100 projects throughout the commonwealth. Complementing the nearly $18 million in tax credits awarded, more than $60 million in additional funds were leveraged by corporate contributions. This year’s participation is likely to leverage similar results.Strong participation in NAP was witnessed in 2016, with a robust applicant pool of more than 200 for the 2016-17 funding cycle.NAP has five main components, including the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP), Special Program Priorities (SPP), the Neighborhood Partnership Program (NPP), the Charitable Food Program (CFP), and the Enterprise Zone Program (EZP). A description of each of these components is available within the NAP Guidelines.For a complete list of approved Neighborhood Assistance Program awards or additional information on NAP, visit dced.pa.gov/nap.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Announces Approval of Funding to Support Community Investments through Neighborhood Assistance Program SHARE Email Facebook Twitter read more
Leaving no doubt in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature was Osborn, who saw his first two passes to the front negated by cautions before taking over up front on lap four. Mikey Dancer worked through traffic to finish second. In one of the most exciting races of the evening, It was Wassom who won the final sprint to the finish line to score another IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory. Wassom had his work cut out for him after Tanner Clough of Wallace took the lead by just inches as the white flag was waved. He was able to recover during the final lap to hold off the challenge from Clough coming to the checkered flag. NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (Aug. 29) – The racing action was fierce as all the chips were on the table for Championship Night at Lincoln County Raceway. Finishing their seasons by earning feature victories were Brandon Clough, Ty Rogers, Colton Osborn, Luke Wassom and Lonnie Lenser Jr. Leading the laps that mattered the most, Lenser paced the field during the final two laps to earn the Mach-1 Sport Compact victory. Brianna Maughlin was second while Merle Johnson led most of the feature before ending in third. Clough weathered a series of cautions in the late laps to hold on for the IMCA Modified victory. Colton Osborn ran out of real estate and had to settle for runner-up accolades. By Kelly Ninas Showing no rust from competing in North Platte, former regular Rogers, now of Yuma, Ariz., won his heat race and the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. Second went to Paul Donovan. read more
Press Association Morrison spent three months under Redknapp at QPR last season, helping Rangers secure promotion from the Championship with six goals in 15 appearances. The 21-year-old joined Cardiff on Tuesday for his third loan spell away from the Hammers with Sam Allardyce suggesting the midfielder’s chances are running out in East London. Rangers will be hoping to improve that tally on Saturday when they travel to Southampton, who have enjoyed an impressive start under new boss Ronald Koeman. Redknapp is expecting a hostile reception after he moved to St Mary’s from Portsmouth in December 2004 but failed to rescue the club from relegation and returned to Pompey just 12 months later. “I won’t be losing any sleep on Saturday night over it – they hate Portsmouth and Portsmouth was my club on the South Coast apart from Bournemouth so I expect it,” Redknapp said. “Do I regret going to Southampton? Yes at the time it was difficult. “I didn’t realise how much the fans disliked each other until I went there. “They were good to me at Southampton – the fans were excellent, I didn’t have a problem when I was there but I went there well into the season and it was tough.” He added: “I won’t take any extra satisfaction from a win, I don’t think like that. “It’s just about the team – the only thing that matters is trying to get a win on Saturday.” West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison would already be a “superstar” if he was playing abroad and should consider a move to Italy or Spain, according to QPR boss Harry Redknapp. Morrison is currently on bail on assault charges until the new year and has played just 33 minutes in the Barclays Premier League this season. “I like Ravel, he’s a fantastic talent and it will be a great shame if he doesn’t make it,” Redknapp said. “He went back to West Ham (in the summer) and they looked elsewhere – I would have liked to have had him back here, I liked him, I have a lot of time for him. “He wasn’t a minute’s problem for me here and as a player, he has great ability. “He glides over the field, he can score goals and he’s a talent – if he was somewhere else in the world he would probably be a superstar. “Maybe in this country it hasn’t worked out for him – I’d love to see him go to Spain or Italy or somewhere. “He’ll be a great signing at Cardiff – I’m sure the fans will love him, he’s a great talent.” QPR could perhaps do with some of Morrison’s creativity and attacking flair having only scored three goals in their opening five Barclays Premier League matches and none away from home. read more
The French defensive midfielder, 25, has been linked with a big money summer move away from St Mary’s Stadium, the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham all said to be possible destinations. Schneiderlin joined the Saints from Strasbourg in June 2008. The midfielder was back at his old club to help support a community event, and told France Bleu Alsace radio station he expected his future to be resolved shortly. “The negotiations are ongoing and should be completed in the coming days, hopefully before the resumption of (Southampton’s pre-season) training next week,” he said Morgan Schneiderlin has indicated he could leave Southampton in the coming days. Press Association read more
Jean appeared before judge in Martin County on Tuesday facing two counts of kidnapping, one count of armed robbery and one count of carjacking with a deadly weapon. A family is violently carjacked at a Palm City gas station and a motorcyclist stops to help.Justin Laoretti had pulled his motorcycle over to the side of the road and saw the two victims, but had no idea they were carjacking victims.Laoretti was able to calm down the grandmother and her infant grandchild after 21-year-old Jaquay Jean allegedlt forced the two out of the car.Jean is accused of carjacking the vehicle at a Mobil gas station in Palm City, throwing the female driver out of the car and taking off with the grandmother and young boy still in the vehicle.
Schenley (8-1) avenged the Brashear (7-3) team that put a 30-point victory against them back on Sept.18. With the 14-2 victory over the Bulls Nov. 6, they now advance to the City League finals to face Oliver (8-1) Nov. 13.In the wake of such a successful year for the Spartans, they had to face some adversity to get there. DEFENSIVE STANDOUT— Shane Phillips of Oliver grabs Perry quarterback Greg McGhee before he can release a pass as the Bears defeated the Commodores 10-6 to earn a spot in the title game this Friday. SENIOR LEADER—Jerome Mathews of Schenley goes into the end zone for six points against Brashear. Mathews also intercepted a pass in the game. Four-year starter, Jerome Mathews, drew first blood in the second quarter on a 19-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He also made a key play in the end zone on defense to force a turnover on downs for the Bulls deep in Schenley territory.“He’s matured so much,” said Bell. “He is a very intelligent football player; his IQ for the sport is absolutely amazing.” “Over the span of four years, with the announcing of the closing of the school, these kids have had to endure so much,” said Schenley’s head coach Jason Bell. “There have been so many negatives that our kids have had to face. This has forced them to come together and that is exactly what they’ve done. Our kids are a group. They mesh really well and really care about on another.” Since a week one 7-0 loss to Perry, Brashear has scored at least one touchdown in each of its following games until this one. Senior quarterback Henri Chatman completed five of 16 passes for 119 yards and two interceptions in a game in which the Bulls had a few clear opportunities to score.“We missed several opportunities to get in a good position to win this one,” said Brashear’s head coach Rick Murphy. “However, they capitalized on our mistakes and they were able to pull off the win.”One of those missed opportunities for the Bulls was a 38-yard field goal attempt by Cody Magliocca. Also, Schenley’s Shawn Davis picked off a Chatman pass at the Schenley six-yard line and pretty much put things away for the Spartans.“It’s been a battle all year,” said Bell. “As I mentioned earlier in the season, I thought that the League was wide open. There have been close matchups all year, which says all lot about all of our athletes here in the City.”In joining the Spartans in “the promised land,” the Bears ousted their North Side rival Perry (7-3), 10-6, to proceed to their first title game since winning it all in the 2006-07 season.A late turnover committed by Perry’s junior quarterback Greg McGhee solidified the win for Oliver as defensive back Shakil Brown came up with an interception with two minutes left in the game. However, McGhee cut the lead to its final score with 4:33 remaining in the game. He rushed for 75 total yards in the losing effort.Oliver’s quarterback, Dante Jeter, passed for 109 yards; in which three of those passes went to running back Martise Smith for 105 yards. The Oliver touchdown came on a fourth and 8 on the Perry 17. Jeter found Smith on a slant route that Smith took across the middle and into the end zone. Jeter ran in the two-point conversion to make the game 10-0, just before the game was called for 35 minutes due to a lightning flash.Follow our continuing coverage and add your comments on City League football to our website at newpittsburghcourieronline.com.(D.W. Howze can be reached at [email protected]) read more
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Dr. and Mrs. Frederick C. Blades of Fair Haven are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Leslie Souter Blades to Stuart Blakely Eadon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Eadon of Rumson.Leslie is a graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and Villanova University. She is currently a registered oncology nurse at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Hospital in Manhattan and pursuing her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree at Monmouth University.Stuart is a graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and George Washington University. He is currently working at J.P. Morgan in Manhattan.A December wedding is planned.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2015)–Trainer Eric Kruljac’s longshot Not too Shiny attended a fast pace and prevailed in a desperate finish under Tyler Baze to take Thursday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by a head while covering 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course in 1:13.26.A close third crossing the dirt at the top of the stretch, Baze bided his time inside and shifted three off the rail a furlong out.“She loves the hill,” said Baze. “I liked her chances looking at the Racing Form even though I knew she was the longest shot on the board. Looking at the Form though, it set up perfect. A lot of horses can come from way out of it. Two horses hooked up right in front of me and I was able to have just a beautiful trip.”The longest shot in a field of nine older fillies and mares at 21-1, Not too Shiny paid $44.20, $18.80 and $10.00. Owned by Kings River Ranch, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Modigliani notched her second hillside win and her third overall from seven starts. With the winner’s share of $36,000, she increased her earnings to $97,520.“I thought we got caught but then I looked at it and she dug in and got the bob on the wire,” said Kruljac. “She loves the grass. I don’t know why I ever ran her on the dirt…She’ll never see the dirt again, as long as she’s with us. I don’t know where she’ll go from here. She’s got a half brother that has won five, or six hundred thousand sprinting in Europe. She’s got a little pedigree. We’ll keep her here (on the hill).”Irish-bred Royal Temptress, who came rolling from far back under Mike Smith, was off at 9-2 and finished second, a half length in front of Air of Royalty and paid $6.00 and $4.00.Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Air of Royalty pressed the pace, made the lead briefly inside the sixteenth pole and held off Black Bird Rock by a nose for third. Off at 4-1, Air of Royalty paid $4.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.21, 43.42 and 1:07.16.There is a Pick Six carryover into Friday of $45,364 and it is expected that Friday’s total pool should approach $250,000. There is also a carryover into Friday’s Super High 5 of $33,767. (The Super High 5 requires players to select the first five finishers of the last race in exact order).First post time on Friday is 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $45,364 INTO FRIDAY, TOTAL POOL EXPECTED TO APPROACH $250,000;SUPER HIGH 5 CARRYOVER OF $33,767 read more