Yes, You Can Find a Room in Vermont During Foliage Season!

first_imgThroughout the busy foliage season those who servetourists are faced with last minute travelers looking for a place to stay.The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing launched a new tool in mid-September that will assist the tourism industry in connecting travelers and lodging properties. This simple, online system allows any lodging establishment in the state to post and update their current room availability throughout the day.As of September 26, as many as 150 Vermont lodging properties were logging on daily to enter the current room availability. “We think it’svery exciting to have this service, which lets travelers and innkeepers find each other immediately. It really works; it’s a wonderful idea,” said Jennifer Karpin, manager at The Grafton Homestead.The listings are immediately available to staff at Vermont Information and Welcome Centers, Regional Marketing Organizations, chambers ofcommerce, and operators at the 1-800-Vermont teleservicing center. Availability can be sorted by region of the state, town, number of rooms available, or by the time the listing was last updated.Even a lodging property that has filled its own rooms can use the system to help additional travelers who show up at their front desk.Listings from the previous day are cleared automatically from the system at 5 a.m. each morning. Properties that register will receive anautomatic email reminder to update the current day’s information. This ensures only current information is displayed.Vermont tourism officials expect an excellent 2002 foliage season, which means about 4.5 million people will be booking lodging accommodations during the season. For foliage conditions and scenic tours see:www.VermontVacation.com(link is external)last_img read more

Ørsted signs biggest-ever corporate deal for offshore windpower

first_imgØrsted signs biggest-ever corporate deal for offshore windpower FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:German high-tech materials specialist Covestro has signed a long-term deal to buy production from Ørsted’s planned Borkum Riffgrund 3 offshore wind project in the North Sea, in what is set to be the largest corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) to date in the fast-growing sector. Through the deal, Covestro will offtake 100MW of the wind farm’s total 900MW capacity at indexed fixed price over ten years, starting in 2025.Martin Neubert, CEO of Ørsted Offshore, said: “Our agreement with Covestro is the first tangible step to secure stable revenues for part of the power generated by Borkum Riffgrund 3 which will be built and operated without subsidies. At the same time, this corporate PPA shows that offshore wind can be a reliable source of green power delivering the large volumes required by energy-intensive industrial players. With this agreement, Ørsted and Covestro support the German energy transition and the continued build-out of renewable energy which is urgently needed to reduce carbon emissions in the German industrial sector.”Borkum Riffgrund 3, which is still awaiting a final investment decision, will be located next to the developer’s operational Borkum Riffgrund 1 and Borkum Riffgrund 2 projects.The wind farm, which will be built and operated without subsidies, is made up three offshore wind projects originally awarded in auctions in 2017 and 2018 under the names of Borkum Riffgrund West 1 (420MW), Borkum Riffgrund West 2 (240MW), and OWP West (240MW).Though corporate PPAs are common in onshore wind, the trend is only beginning to take off in the offshore sector, with Ørsted pioneering the concept in February via a ten-year deal with UK utility Northumbrian Water to offtake power from the 573MW Race Bank project off England.Web giant Google bought its first offshore wind power in September, adding 92MW-worth of output from the under-construction 370MW Norther wind farm in the Belgian North Sea under a deal with Engie. [Darius Snieckus]More: Biggest-ever offshore wind corporate power deal inked in Germanylast_img read more