CVPS completes restoration of power

first_imgCVPS completed restoration efforts late Sunday night in the aftermath of last week’s two-pronged snow and wind storm that knocked out power to more than 1 million electric utility customers across the Northeast, finishing one day ahead of initial estimates.“This was certainly one of the most trying yet productive work weeks in our company’s history, and it revealed the tremendous spirit of our employees and the people we serve,” President Bob Young said. “But this storm is not over for many in the New England. This morning we sent six crews to help Public Service of New Hampshire in their restoration efforts, which are ongoing.”More than 91,000 CVPS customer outages occurred over the course of the storm, making it the largest in company history. CVPS staged an unparalleled restoration effort, which included more than 90 CVPS linemen, more than 90 two-person contract line crews, more than 20 two-person tree crews and hundreds of support staff. Employees from departments across the company – finance, human resources and strategic planning, information technology and the like – took up other assignments, helping customer care advocates handle tens of thousands of calls; deliver meals to workers in the field and stage buffet breakfasts and dinners for crews across the state; plot restoration efforts; and deliver materials and supplies to job sites.  Line crews came from all across New England, and as far away as Ontario, and state regulatory and emergency management officials worked closely with CVPS to hasten recovery.“This storm wreaked a tremendous amount of damage statewide to our transmission and distribution lines,” Young said.  “Good planning, hard work and collaboration were critical to the recovery.”Here’s an updated look at the storm by the numbers.Customers outages:       more than 91,000Repairs required:           1,700-plusCustomer calls:              54,000Distribution circuits knocked off-line:            19Transmission circuits knocked off-line:            4Total broken poles:        34Total CVPS line crews: 42Outside line crews:        90-plusTree crews:                  24Estimated cost:              $4 million (A final number will not be available until June, when all the bills have been received.)One of the many unique aspects of this storm is that it did damage to every one of CVPS’s 10 districts across the state. Below is a list of our districts, and the percentage of customers affected by the storm in each district:Middlebury: More than 40 percent of the district’s 15,800 customersRoyalton: Nearly 70 percent of the district’s 18,600 customersRutland: More than 30 percent of the district’s 25,000 customersPoultney: Nearly 65 percent of the district’s 9,000 customersSpringfield: Nearly 50 percent of the district’s 19,000 customersBradford: Nearly 35 percent of the district’s 4,700 customersSunderland: More than 40 percent of the district’s 23,300 customersBrattleboro: Nearly 50 percent of the district’s 14,700 customersSt. Johnsbury: About 15 percent of the district’s 7,500 customersSt. Albans: Nearly 20 percent of the district’s 20,800 customers Source: CVPS 3.1.2010last_img read more

New concept transforms credit union’s branches

first_imgCommunity Choice Credit Union in Farmington Hills, Mich., is transforming its branches from traditional outlets into member centers, where an open-concept design allows the credit union to focus on developing relationship with members.Three of the $700 million asset credit union’s branches have undergone the transformation.Alan Bergstrom, Community Choice’s chief marketing officer, spoke with Credit Union Magazine about the transformation and what it means for the credit union and its members.CU Mag: What’s driving the move toward a “member center” concept?Bergstrom: The number of branch transactions have steadily declined over the last three or four years, with members opting to use e-banking, mobile banking, and ATMs. Instead, members are visiting us for advice and consultation.Our member center concept serves this change in member behavior by providing a place where members feel comfortable to ask for advice and information about products, services, and financial solutions. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Gor, Ulinzi and Waruru charged over Kisumu trouble

first_img0Shares0000A section of Gor fans caused a halt of close to 20 minutes after Stephen Waruru scored an 88th minute equalizer, with the club accusing the Ulinzi assassin of making an abusive gesture to the fans thus instigating the violence.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 6 – Gor Mahia, Ulinzi Stars and striker Stephen Waruru have been charged by the Kenyan Premier League Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) over the violence that erupted last Sunday during the 2-2 draw between the two sides at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) has charged Gor for the throwing of water cans and stones to the pitch attributed to their fans during the match while Leading KPL top scorer Waruru is accused of provoking K’Ogalo supporters by celebrating in front of them after his late equalizer. The respondents are expected to appear before the disciplinary committee next week even as Ulinzi Stars and Waruru continue claiming their innocence.Waruru, who was booked for stripping his shirt, was accused by Gor Mahia of showing the middle finger to the fans after his late goal, but the forward has categorically stated the accusation as a blatant lie.Meanwhile the IDCC will have a busy schedule in the coming week with several cases also set to land on their tables.Tusker FC have been charged twice, first having failed to produce player cards in their match against Zoo in Kericho while the second charge sees them accused of player tapping by Sony Sugar.Zoo played the May 10 match under protest over an administrative lapse by the reigning KPL champions who failed to carry player cards for that game, a requirement in all leagues across the country. However, Tusker will only forfeit points from that match if it is proved they fielded a player not registered.Tusker FC players (L-R) Mike Khamati, Allan Wanga, Clifford Alwanga and Collins Shivachi during a past match in Nakuru. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAt the same time, Tusker have been reported by Sony Sugar for tapping four of their players.The Brewers are accused to have approached Salim Babu’s players without following due process. Tusker though ended up signing one, midfielder Boniface Muchiri but not before a heated push and shove that saw them part with a considerable amount of money, rumored to be close to Sh400,000.Elsewhere, Muhoroni Youth and its chairman Moses Adagala find themselves in hot soup again, charged with several counts of crowd trouble.First, Muhoroni has been charged for denying Sony Sugar players and technical staff access to the checking area contrary to Rule 3.4 (a), and the same match, played in Muhoroni on April 17, was delayed for 12 minutes due to unavailability of adequate security personnel.Adagala has also been accused of leading a group of home fans in invading the pitch and charging towards match officials. He is accused of also trying to force his way into the match officials’ changing rooms which is contrary to the rules.Separately, the League has also charged Muhoroni for an attack on members, supporters and fans of Nzoia Sugar during a league match between the two clubs played on May 20 in Muhoroni.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more