Wood ash at McNeil power plant used as fertilizer

first_imgA 2009 change in the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation regulations has confirmed the quality of the wood ash from McNeil Station as a valuable fertilizer, and it has been used as that with the help of Resource Management, Inc.Burlington Electric Department has partnered with RMI for the past decade to remove all wood ash from the McNeil Generating Plant and recycle it into a useful product. Wood ash, which is produced during the generation of electricity at McNeil Station, is in high demand by farmers who use it as an organic fertilizer. RMI removes it from the power plant and takes it directly to the farmers to spread on their fields before planting their crops.Barbara Grimes, general manager of BED, said, It is important that we take every measure possible to reduce waste, reduce greenhouse gas, and promote the economic vitality of the region. Turning this wood ash by-product into something useful for area farmers complies with these goals.Wood-fired power plants began developing in New England following the energy crisis of the 1970 s. These innovative wood-chip power plants were built on the premise that clean, local energy is vital to New England. Further, they were built with the intent to produce no waste; the wood ash produced is the perfect product for New England soils. When the 50 megawatt McNeil Generating Station came on line in 1984, it was the largest in the world. The fuel combusted by the power plant is primarily wood that comes from wood lots with forest management plans and clearing for development.Wood ash is unique because it provides an organic source of potassium and replaces lime. Potassium is an important nutrient that helps plants resist drought, increase the hardiness of plants and facilitates nitrogen uptake. The lime value in the wood ash quickly brings up the soil pH. While most wood ash goes on corn and hay ground, it is also very beneficial for vegetable crops, small grains and pumpkins. For farmers, commercial-grade wood ash has become a cornerstone of soil fertility in the northeast.Closing the loop on waste and turning it into a useful product is an important part of sustainability and greenhouse gas reductions. Farmers who use this wood ash are contributing to the goal of sustainability.Source: BEDlast_img read more

The dream home that has it all — could it be Brisbane’s best yet?

first_imgThis home at 165 Laurel Ave, Chelmer, is on the market. Picture supplied by Sotheby’s International.YOU’VE probably driven past without even noticing it, but beyond the understated facade is one of Brisbane’s most desirable dream homes.There are few modern family homes of this standard just 7km from the CBD on more than 2000 sqm of absolute riverfront land, but 165 Laurel Avenue, Chelmer, is one of them.Spanning more than 1020 sqm over four levels, the prestige property is opening its doors to the public for the first time since it was built four years ago after hitting the market this week.The impressive design of 165 Laurel Ave, Chelmer. Picture supplied by Sotheby’s International.An Aussie expat and his wife bought the property in 2008 and knocked down the existing brick house.Fortunately, the property wasn’t impacted by the 2011 floods because of its elevation.The couple flew in an architect all the way from Hong Kong to design the contemporary masterpiece — a rare find in a suburb laden with character homes.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThe kitchen at 165 Laurel Ave, Chelmer. Picture supplied by Sotheby’s International.“There’s quite a strict character code in that area so they had to get permission to build the house that they wanted,” marketing agent Hannah Dodds of Sotheby’s International said.“That’s what makes it so different to other homes in the area.”The owners had lived in Hong Kong before moving back to Brisbane to raise their children who had flown the nest.“The riverfront and the area really appealed to them,” Ms Dodds said.“They wanted something contemporary and easy to maintain.”The lap pool at 165 Laurel Ave, Chelmer. Picture supplied by Sotheby’s International.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoMs Dodds said the house was deceptive from the street, but inside was a different story.“It’s very understated from the front,” she said.“If you drove past, you wouldn’t look twice.”And that’s exactly what the owners have loved about it.The home has four bedrooms, six bathrooms and a four-car garage.Brisbane’s first $3m suburb loomsTake a look inside a $6M mansionMillion dollar sales at record levelsThis home at 165 Laurel Ave, Chelmer, is for sale. Picture supplied by Sotheby’s International.Floating timber stairs within glass walls lead up to main living areas, while a separate discreet staircase accesses a basement level rumpus room/gymnasium and guest suite.A large home office and library form a designated executive business space separate from the home.Open plan living areas flow out to al fresco terraces featuring a heated lap pool, spa and poolside barbecue kitchen.The lounge and dining area even features a suspended fireplace.The riverfront yard at 165 Laurel Ave, Chelmer. Picture supplied by Sotheby’s International.There’s also a fully-equipped home cinema, a library and a temperature-controlled wine cellar.Laurel Avenue is one of the most prestigious streets in the area and has seen a flurry of activity in recent months.A five-bedroom home at 186 Laurel Avenue recently sold for $2.35 million, while a few doors down, 177 Laurel Avenue also changed hands for $2.2 million.“That pocket of Chelmer and Graceville is really appealing because it’s so close to the CBD but feels like you could be in the middle of the bush,” Ms Dodds said.More dream homes in Queensland…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid Beachlast_img read more