sPower taps Rosendin Electric for EPC services

first_imgsPower taps Rosendin Electric for EPC servicesThe agreement represents a significant portion of solar in the leading electrical contractor’s renewable energy division. sPower aims to double its operating portfolio this year. January 28, 2016 pv magazine Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share Renewable energy provider sPower has tapped Rosendin Electric, Inc. (REI), one of the largest private electrical contractors in the U.S., to oversee engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services on its nearly 700 MW in utility-scale solar PV projects slated for this year. “Aligning ourselves with Rosendin marks one of the key strategic relationships that sPower has prioritized as we look to double our operating portfolio in 2016,” said sPower CEO Ryan Creamer. Creamer added that Rosendin’s depth of experience with solar facility construction would be instrumental in executing the company’s “aggressive development plans.” David Lincoln, vice president of REI’s Renewable Energy Group, said sPower had established itself as “a leader in the industry with a solid reputation for responsible development and strong financial backing. This agreement represents a significant portion of solar within our renewables group. sPower projects will have our full attention.” Construction is scheduled to begin in January, with completion and grid connection projected for April through December 2016. sPower has also signed a 1 GW PV module supply deal with JinkoSolar – the Chinese company’s largest U.S. contract to date. 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Sweden: Renewable power capacity to more than double by 2030

first_img Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA  GlobalData’s latest report, Sweden Power Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2019 – Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape, reveals that solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind segments are expected to grow at compound annual growth rates (CAGR) of 16% and 8.3 %, respectively during 2019–2030. As of 2018, hydropoweraccounted for nearly 40% of both installed capacity and generation, subjectingthe power supply to vulnerability of water shortages. BRICS Generation The company’s poweranalyst, Arkapal Sil, commented: “Government schemes and incentives such assubsidy for photovoltaic installations, 2018 Solar Rebate Scheme, cancellationof solar tax for commercial PV installations and the removal of buildingpermits for solar systems are specifically aimed to boost the solar sector,which is slated to witness the maximum growth among renewables. Featured image: 123rf Read more stories on:RenewablesOffshore wind RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The rapid increase reflects upon the great offshore wind potential owing to the country’s long coastline.  The overall renewable power capacity, excluding hydropower, in Sweden is projected to more than double from 14.8GW in 2019 to 30.4GW in 2030, according to data and analytics company, GlobalData. According toGlobalData, the offshore shore wind segment is slated to grow at 15% CAGR from191MW in 2019 to 873MW in 2030. Sil underlined that Swedenis moving towards a balanced energy mix as it prepares to more than double itsnon-hydro renewable power capacity from 13.3GW in 2018 to 30.4GW in 2030. “Hydro and nuclear power capacities are set to remain steady over the projected period and expected to tackle the base-load capacity. Following the closure of coal-based power plants in 2022, oil-based generation is expected to comprise the bulk of the thermal power fleet,” Sil concluded. In addition, modernisationof aging grid infrastructure is the need of the hour to accommodate the vastrenewable capacity to be added by 2030 and to cope with varying frequency ofrenewable energy generation. Finance and Policy AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector “In addition, the windpower segment has been identified by the government as a potential area ofcapacity expansion to achieve 100% renewable energy target by 2040.”   The main challengesfor Sweden’s power sector are its over-dependence on hydropower coupled withaging transmission infrastructure. TAGShydropoweroffshore windRenewables Previous articleHow decentralised renewables are creating jobsNext articleLesotho Electricity Company plans to replace aging substations Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

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Dominion Turns To Biomass To Grow Fuel Diversity

first_imgExisting generation facilities that were little used could be modified to enhance their value to our customers, creating significant customer savings over their anticipated 25-year lifetimes.Although the net output of each of the three stations would fall from 63 MW on coal to 51 MW on biomass, the three are expected to run 92 percent of the time as baseload units after conversion, compared to an estimated 18 percent if they were to continue on coal. The three units had been “peakers,” supplying electricity mostly during times of peak demand such as hot and cold days.Benefits to the environment would include reductions in nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and mercury.Customers would gain the benefit of production tax credits available to renewable projects as well as the benefit of renewable energy certificates flowing from biomass generation. In the communities where the stations are located, the switch to biomass will help preserve or restore jobs and ensure a continued stream of local property tax revenue. An ancillary benefit will be the many jobs created to supply the waste wood from local timbering operations that will be needed to fuel the stations. By chloecox – The three stations had become less economical to operate on coal over the last decade, running at a combined capacity factor of only 26 percent in 2009-2010. Altavista was not running at all after 2010 as it was placed in cold reserve that year. Twitter These coal-to-biomass conversions will benefit our customers, the environment and the Commonwealth of Virginia. They will provide low-cost baseload energy, promote Virginia’s renewable goals, provide economic benefits and, of course, improve our fuel diversity. Facebook Dominion Turns To Biomass To Grow Fuel Diversity So when it comes to biomass, natural gas or any other form of power generation, we believe that our approach is the right one – balanced fuel diversity that leads to reasonable rates and economic development. No posts to display Facebook When the decision was made to convert the stations two years ago, the reasons for moving forward with the conversions were many: RenewablesBiomass TAGSDominionPE Volume 117 Issue 10 Twitter Avista considering RNG on way to net-zero carbon goals center_img Linkedin By Paul Ruppert, senior vice president, Business Development and Generation Construction, Dominion Dominion had experience with biomass when it made the decision to convert the three stations. The company’s 83-MW Pittsylvania Power Station in Pittsylvania County, Va., just across the Roanoke River from the Altavista station, is one of the largest wood-waste stations in the nation. Also, our new Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center in Wise County, Va. is designed to co-fire with coal and biomass. More Power Engineering Issue ArticlesPower Engineerng Issue ArchivesView Power Generation Articles on PennEnergy.com Dominion Virginia Power has long recognized the virtues of fuel diversity in power generation and, in recent years, has turned to biomass as well as other renewables to achieve a desired balance of generation sources. Fuel diversity -not placing all bets on any single generation source – leads to reasonable rates that best serve the needs and interests of customers and shareholders. Previous articleDominion acquires solar project in north-central ConnecticutNext articleWhat’s Driving States to Adopt Solar Energy? chloecox In mid-summer, we completed the conversion of our Altavista Power Station in Altavista, Va. from coal to biomass and placed the station into commercial operation. Altavista is the first of three former coal-fired stations of similar size and design that will begin operating on biomass before the end of 2013. The other two are the Hopewell Power Station in Hopewell, Va. and the Southampton Power Station in Southampton County, Va. 10.22.2013 Dominion Virginia Power needs the electricity that the converted power stations will produce. Based on the projections from PJM, our regional transmission operator, the need for electric generation in Virginia is expected to grow by thousands of megawatts during the next decade. PJM has identified a gap of 4,000 MW by 2023 that our company is working to close. The converted stations will provide much needed baseload electricity. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The cost of converting the three coal stations – $166 million – is a fraction of the cost of building a new 150-MW biomass station from scratch. Although major modifications are being made to fuel handling equipment, boilers and bag houses, much of the equipment in the coal stations is being reused. For example, the coal units already had the majority of the emissions controls necessary to manage NOx, SO2 and particulate matter. In addition, the buildings, turbines, generators, feedwater and cooling systems are being reused. Voith Hydro supplying pumped storage equipment to pair with Idaho combined solar-wind project Linkedin Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas last_img read more

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What the law says should happen to asylum seekers at the US border

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Immigrants from that caravan that crossed Mexico and drew the attention of President Donald Trump have arrived at a U.S. border post – and are trying to seek asylum.But what happens once they do – and how does the law require they be treated?When an immigrant comes to a U.S. port of entry to request asylum, that person must declare to the customs officer a “credible fear of persecution” in his or her country of origin.Under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 protocol, and adopted into U.S. law, the U.S. must recognize refugees that fear persecution and are not able to get help from their home country.Anyone who declares they are seeking asylum at a U.S. port of entry is then moved to undergo a secondary interview, during which another customs official must confirm the credible fear claim.The asylum seeker is placed in a holding area before being transferred to a separate detention facility under Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, while he or she awaits a hearing with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services called adjudication.Adjudicators, who are often judges, decide if the person is allowed to stay in the United States under refugee status.Asylum-seekers may face a variety of legal steps and different judges. The decisions made by different judges or by the same judge with regard to different people from the same countries can vary widely, according to one recent study by Temple University and Georgetown law schools, published in the Stanford Law Review.“The chance of winning asylum was strongly affected by whether or not the applicant had legal representation, by the gender of the immigration judge, and by the immigration judge’s work experience prior to appointment,” the authors said.In that same study, the authors found a correlation between being accepted for asylum and the individual’s education, gender, prior work experience, country of origin – and the time at which the adjudication happened. The authors called this “refugee roulette” because of the unpredictable nature of the process.The number of refugees who can enter the country under the Immigration and Nationality Act comes from the president’s recommendation to Congress.Congress passed the Refugee Act of 1980, which clearly defines refugees under the aforementioned United Nations Convention. The refugee program is run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, through the Department of State. Each year, the director sends a report to Congress, which is used to determine how much funding will be allocated to the program the next year.A downward trend in asylum acceptance rates was shown between fiscal years 2011 and 2016, according to Syracuse University’s TRAC Immigration study, and asylum seekers may be denied based on the number of applications versus acceptances from their home countries.For example, the study said, asylum seekers from Mexico were denied about 90 percent of the time during the study period.According to the nonprofit Migration Policy Institute, the number of refugees admitted in fiscal year 2016 was almost 85,000. The president proposed cutting that number to allow a maximum of 50,000 refugees to enter the U.S. in fiscal year 2017.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Assistant/Associate Professor of Epigenetics

first_imgAssistant/AssociateProfessor of EpigeneticsDepartment of AnimalScienceCollege of Agriculture andLife SciencesTexas A&MUniversityPOSITION:  Assistant/Associate Professorwith an emphasis in mammalian epigenetics. This is a 9-month,tenure-track position with research (65%), teaching (25%), andservice (10%) responsibilities. GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:Develop and lead an independent, extramurally-funded,internationally-recognized research program in the field ofepigenetic mechanisms regulating production, health, and disease oflivestock. The candidate will be expected to enhance amultidisciplinary faculty to lead the nation into thistransformational era of livestock production. The strategic hiringof an epigeneticist will complement and extend current researchinitiatives and strengthen an already strong faculty in theDepartment of Animal Science. This position will serve a criticalneed for the Department of Animal Science in its effort to achieveexcellence in five Areas of Excellence: 1) Cattle Adapted toTropical and Subtropical Environments; 2) Pregnancy andDevelopmental Programming; 3) Quantifiable Animal Performance; 4)Student and Stakeholder Engagement; and 5) Safety, Quality, andNutrition of Food Products. The appointee will develop a graduatecourse in epigenetics and assist in undergraduate educationassociated with the recently revised curriculum. Investigators thatutilize domestic livestock species and/or laboratory animals asresearch models for mammalian health and animal production areencouraged to apply. Applicants demonstrating significant successin research productivity and accomplishments may also be eligiblefor the Burkhart Endowed Professorship for Beef Cattle Research.Distributions from this endowment must be used in accordance withthe terms of the agreement and in accordance with Universityguidelines in the Department of Animal Science within the Collegeof Agriculture and Life Sciences.REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. in Genetics, AnimalScience, or related field with emphasis on epigenetics is required.Postdoctoral experience is preferred. Evidence of outstandingresearch potential is required for consideration for appointment atthe Assistant Professor rank. Prior faculty-level experience,evidence of successful grantsmanship, and outstanding researchaccomplishments are required for appointment at the AssociateProfessor rank. A demonstrated ability or potential to maintain astrong graduate program is required. RESOURCES:  Texas A&M Universityis a public, land-grant institution with many high-quality academicunits conducting research with small and large animal models. Thesuccessful candidate will be offered a competitive salary, startuppackage and laboratory space with shared equipment, and access toanimal facilities and core laboratories operated by the Departmentof Animal Science, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the College ofAgriculture and Life Sciences, and the College of VeterinaryMedicine and Biomedical Sciences. The candidate will haveopportunities to collaborate with a broad range of TAMU Systemresearchers who participate in several interdisciplinary programs,including the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics,Interdisciplinary Faculty of Reproductive Biology, the TexasA&M Institute of Neuroscience, the Texas A&M Institute ofGenome Sciences and Society, the Global One Health Initiative, andindividuals within the Department of Animal Science, the College ofVeterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and the TAMU Collegeof Medicine. APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants mustsubmit: 1) letter of interest, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) two-pagestatement of teaching and research plans, and 4) contactinformation for three individuals who can provide a criticalevaluation of the applicant’s qualifications for theposition.  The application materials must be submittedonline at: http://apply.interfolio.com/69654. Review of applications will begin May 1, 2021 and will continueuntil the position is filled.For questions, email inquiries to: Dr. Rodolfo Cardoso, SearchCommittee Chair, Department of Animal Science, Texas A&MUniversity, College Station, TX 77843-2471, via Ms. Amy Carwilee-mail: [email protected] A&M University is committed to enriching the learningand working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, andstaff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity,equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, andidentities are vital to accomplishingour mission and livingour core values.Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/DisabilityEmployer committed to diversity.last_img read more

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Astronomy Department dedicates new telescope

first_imgA small knot of a dozen people gathered on the Science Center roof on Friday (Oct. 31) to officially dedicate Harvard’s latest teaching telescope, a 16-inch cassegrain telescope built by DFM Engineering in Colorado.The telescope, which will be used to teach about 100 astronomy students a year, was installed in one of the Science Center’s observatory domes during the summer of 2007 and has been in use for the past year. Friday’s event was an official dedication and unveiling of a plaque in honor of donor Landon Clay, who financed the new instrument.The new telescope replaces an aging, similar-sized Meade telescope that will be moved to the Center for Astrophysics and used for public observing.Paine Professor of Practical Astronomy Jonathan Grindlay, who uses the telescope in his class, said the new instrument is faster and, though it is similarly sized, takes sharper pictures. He presented Clay with a framed collection of images taken through the telescope in the past year, including the Crab Nebula, the Dumbell Nebula, and the comet Holmes.“This is very memorable and I’m sure it will be well used,” Clay said.last_img read more

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Urgent Recall of SAM XT Extremity Tourniquet Announced by SAM Medical

first_imgIf you purchased product directly from SAM Medical:1. Immediately examine your inventory and quarantine product subject to recall pursuant to the identification instructions above.2. Immediately discontinue use and/or distribution of any affected products.3. If you received a recall information packet from SAM Medical, follow the instructions in that packet for return of the recalled product.4. If you have not received an information packet from SAM Medical by May 16, 2018, please contact the company at [email protected] WILSONVILLE, OR — SAM Medical today announced it is conducting a voluntary international recall of all unused SAM XT Extremity Tourniquets (SAM XT). The company initiated the recall after internal testing indicated a possible failure of the stitches securing the buckle to the nylon belt could occur, posing a potential risk when used on a human patient to stop arterial blood flow. To date, there have been no reports of adverse health consequences received. This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration and other relevant Competent Authorities.Product IdentificationThe recall involves all unused SAM XTs manufactured with the multi-pass straight lockstitch (Fig A.2), distributed from March 2017 through April 2018, with the following lot numbers. The lot number is located on the face of the buckle. If you purchased product from a party other than SAM Medical:1. Immediately examine your inventory and quarantine product subject to recall pursuant to the identification instructions above.2. Immediately discontinue use and/or distribution of any affected products.3. Contact the seller of the product and ask for instructions for return of all unused SAM Medical XTs through that distributor.4. If you do not have information on where you purchased the SAM XT, please contact the company at [email protected] with questions may contact the company at +1 800-580-3519 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PT. Customers may also contact the company by email at [email protected] or through the website at www.sammedical.com/xtrecall.About SAM MedicalFor over 30 years, SAM Medical has developed and manufactured innovative medical products used for military, law enforcement, emergency, wilderness and sports medicine, and pre-hospital care around the world. A resounding favorite of medical professionals, SAM Medical’s lineup of products is engineered to preserve life. Innovations include SAM XT Extremity Tourniquet, SAM Splint, SAM Chest Seal, SAM Junctional Tourniquet, SAM Pelvic Sling, ChitoSAM, and SAM Soft Shell Splint. For more information, visit sammedical.com. Note from JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman on the SAM XT tourniquet recall:As an educator and advisor on MCI management, I want to commend SAM Medical for their voluntary recall of their SAM XT Extremity Tourniquets (SAM XT) after internal testing indicated that a failure of the stitches securing the buckle to the nylon belt could occur, and that this poses a potential risk when used on actual patients. Although the FDA is aware of the voluntary recall, they aren’t requiring it to occur.It’s a noble gesture by a company with a solid reputation in an effort to ensure that actual field failures don’t occur. Hi-Viz Orange or Civilian Hi-Viz Blue To help identify whether you have a tourniquet that is subject to the recall, in addition to the lot numbers in the prior table, please read Figures A.1 and Figure A.2. RemedyAll SAM XTs are now being manufactured with a “Box X” stitch which produces an inherently stronger stitch pattern. In addition, the company initiated more extensive simulated-use testing to ensure the revised stitching process is consistently reliable. Production and replacement of all recalled SAM XTs with the improved stitching is currently underway.Notifications MadeConcurrent with this press release, SAM Medical is notifying all SAM XT distributors and direct sales customers by email and signature-required postage. Each customer will receive instructions on how to arrange for a return of all recalled product. Customers and distributors must return all unused affected product through their distribution channel. SAM XT-C SAM XT-B XT1808 thru XT1811 Tactical Black or Military SAM XT-M XT1711 thru XT1811 XT1711 thru XT1811 Contact:Customer Service+1 [email protected] PART NUMBER Figure A.2An affected tourniquet will have a multi-pass straight lockstitch. Tourniquets not affected will have a “Box X” stitch (stitching is highlighted in red for display purposes only) MODEL LOT NUMBERSw/ multi-pass straight lockstitch(see Fig A.2) Figure A.1An affected tourniquet will not have the “Box X Stitch” icon on the upper right of the folded Instructions For Use (IFU) insert. Tourniquets not affected will display the “Box X Stitch” icon on the upper right of the folded IFU.last_img read more

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Shakespeare at Notre Dame presents two-man ‘Macbeth’

first_imgShakespeare at Notre Dame will host two performances of “Macbeth” Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Unlike other “Macbeth” performances, these showings of the Shakespeare play will only include two actors: Paul O’Mahony and Troels Hagen Findsen.The play follows the story of Macbeth — a Scottish general who is told by three witches that he is destined to become king of Scotland — and his wife, Lady Macbeth. Together, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth take a series of steps to fulfill the prophecy.“It’s a story of ambition and what you do once you attain power — it’s a compelling exploration of our nature,” O’Mahony, who plays Macbeth and several other characters, said in an email. “We’ve aimed to explore some of the lightness within what is often a challenging and bloody play.”O’Mahony said the show, which will last 80 minutes, is a bit different since it is only performed by two people.“It’s quite a physical show and we have many scenes where we’re playing multiple characters,” he said.O’Mahony said he and director Mike Tweddle knew when selecting the play they wanted to do a show with only two people, so it became one of the selection criteria for the play.“We knew that we wanted to create the show with just me and Troels … after he and I worked together on some of our earlier productions,” O’Mahony said. “A lot of our earlier work was devised and we were keen to tackle text.”Given this constraint, O’Mahony said they looked for a play with strong pairs of relationships. He said while they re-read several Shakespeare plays to find one to perform, “Macbeth” kept grabbing their attention since it has “enduring relevance” and there are multiple pairs present in the work.“Most famously there’s Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, but there’s also Macbeth and Banquo (who start as close friends but become estranged), Macbeth [and] Macduff, Malcolm and Macduff and Macduff and Ross,” he said in the email.Using just two people, O’Mahony said, meant they could focus on the pairs for the relationships.“We found that by stripping away some of the elements which are sometimes relied on in bigger productions, it allowed us to focus more on the relationships between these pairs, and to share the story more clearly,” he said. “It created a lot of work for us, but the restrictions forced us to find creative solutions.”To create a production that O’Mahony said they hope “feels fresh and exciting” and “[offers] a new take on the story,” he said they made some changes to the play, including cutting some storylines and combining characters.For this reason, O’Mahony said the scene after Duncan’s death is one of his favorites in the play.“That’s the scene where we play the most characters and we had to find a lot of solutions for how we could stage something so epic with just the two of us,” he said.Another favorite part of the performance for O’Mahony has been exploring the character of Ross.“Macbeth goes on an amazing journey and it all happens so quickly (especially in our production), but I’ve also really enjoyed playing Ross whose role we’ve increased by giving him lines from other thanes,” he said in the email. “His relationship with Macduff and the way he encourages others to rebel has been fascinating to explore.”O’Mahony said he hopes the audience is surprised by the resulting performance.“We’d like them to feel that they were included within the story, that they were sometimes put on the spot as to whether they supported the Macbeths or not,” he said in the email.Tickets for “Macbeth” are available online on the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s website.Tags: debartolo performing arts, DeBartolo Preforming Arts Center, Macbeth, Shakespeare, Shakespeare at Notre Damelast_img read more

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Bernalillo County

first_imgMost People In Bernalillo County opt to drive, and for good reason: New Mexico is home to 25 magnificent scenic byways, totaling over 2,900 miles across a diverse landscape. Route 66 slices across the entire state — from border to border — and before a 1937 realignment, it made a loop to Santa Fe then rejoined the main highway at Albuquerque.For those flying, there is a major airport right in Albuquerque with numerous air carriers. There is a municipal airport about an hour outside of Albuquerque in Santa Fe, New Mexico.The county has a reliable public transportation system, and the area is served by Greyhound and Amtrak.last_img read more

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State cancels RFP for major IT project where CGI was the only bidder

first_imgby Morgan True vtdigger.org Negotiations for a second massive information technology project with the tech giant CGI officially fell through last week, state officials said. Vermont canceled its request for bids on the Integrated Eligibility ‘IE’ Solution Project on January 24. The project is meant to provide tracking and eligibility systems across programs administered by the Agency of Human Services.CGI was the only company to bid on the contract, said Doug Racine, secretary of the Agency of Human Services, and the state felt it needed more options.‘This is a big project and we need to explore our options to make sure we get the best vendor possible,’ he said.Racine said CGI’s poor work performance on the state’s health care exchange website was a factor in the decision to cancel and reissue the request for bids.The IE solutions project is much larger than building the IT systems for the exchange, and estimates of that contract’s value range as high as $100 million.VTDigger initially reported that negotiations with CGI stalled in December, amid ongoing frustration over the company’s spotty work on the Vermont Health Connect website.Vermont has paid CGI $19.3 million of the $83.7 million total for the exchange contract, said Mark Larson, commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access.Larson said he expects CGI to complete the work set out in its contract, but left open the possibility that the agreement could be amended.Vermont has collected the maximum $5.1 million in penalties for missed deadlines allowed by the contract. It’s unclear what might happen if CGI walked away from the contract without completing the work.CGI has ‘demonstrated the intent’ to complete the work demanded by its current contract, Larson said.‘CGI remains fully committed to delivering the robust functionality desired for Vermonters by Vermont Health Connect, using the most qualified staff needed to accomplish the work,’ a company spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.Larson does not have any ‘specific concerns at this time’ about CGI’s staffing level for the team working on Vermont Health Connect, he said.‘I know that they continue to rotate staff, and we have conversations about their staff rotations on a regular basis,’ he said.CGI’s contract is broken down into four categories that include design development and implementation of the exchange site, worth $32 million of which $5.7 million has been paid; premium processing, worth $2.6 million of which $448,000 has been paid; integrating the exchange site with other agency information systems, worth $18.8 million of which $3.7 million has been paid; and ongoing maintenance and operation of the site, worth $30 million of which $9.4 million has been paid.Vermont has the option to extend the ongoing maintenance and operation portion for an additional two years beyond what is covered by the current contract, Larson said.The exchange website lacks critical functionalities: small business employers cannot yet use it; users cannot make changes to applications, and the online payment feature still does not work.Part of the reason the state needed to cancel its request for bids on the IE solutions project was to ensure the work CGI is doing to integrate the Vermont Health Connect with the Agency of Human Services other systems isn’t duplicated, said Richard Boes, commissioner of the Department of Information and Innovation, which has an oversight role for large technology contracts.Overhauling ACCESS, the state’s legacy IBM mainframe operating system created in the early 1980s, is still a priority, Racine said, but since the original RFP went out in November 2012, his agency has expanded its vision for what services the system would integrate.Currently, the system doesn’t allow food stamps, fuel assistance and Medicaid to share information. This project would integrate those programs, he said.‘What we’re trying to get to is better case management,’ Racine said.The revised RFP for the project is expected to be released in March.last_img read more

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