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PORTSMOUTH, Va., May 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Base Portsmouth Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) team received the 2016 USCG Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental Readiness (SEER) Award in the Overall Sustainability Category as well as the SEER Team Category for the Energy Track. In early fiscal year 2016, Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE:VVC), worked with the Base through Dominion Virginia Power’s (Dominion) UESC program to develop, design, and build the multi-phase UESC-funded project, including the first microgrid feasibility study within the Department of Homeland Security. “Base Portsmouth is excited to see the completion of construction on our UESC after nearly 10 years of planning for the conversion to natural gas,” said USCG Base Portsmouth Facilities Engineer, Lieutenant Commander Colleen Symansky, adding, “In addition to the USCG UESC team, the work of Dominion and ESG was integral to the successful completion of all energy conservation measures (ECMs) on the project. In just the past few months we've seen significant savings in utility and heating costs as well as numerous environmental benefits.” The UESC project included over $8.4 million in capital improvements and the conversion of multiple boilers to natural gas heating, thereby eliminating the annual consumption of propane and #2 fuel by 11,005 and 111,000 gallons respectively. This allowed for the removal of 16 outmoded above ground storage tanks and eliminated the Base's requirements to have a Facility Response Plan with the State of Virginia. Further, more than four million gallons of water will be saved annually due to the installation of new water fixtures, while new lighting fixtures will save more than 1,000 man hours of maintenance per year. The microgrid study completed helps establish a deliberate pathway towards resiliency and energy independence across all of Base Portsmouth’s missions and commands. The UESC installation of a 1.2 megawatt peak shaving generator not only lowers the Base utility rate and supports future microgrid capabilities, it is also associated with new switchgear that improves worker safety and stabilizes commercial electrical power. “Dominion is pleased to support the United States Coast Guard in new energy infrastructure projects that will increase reliability, resiliency, and efficiency for Base Portsmouth,” stated Eric Tatum, Manager of Federal Energy Solutions at Dominion. “In addition, this project enables Base Portsmouth to reduce operating costs and contribute to mission assurance. We all have a critical role to play in regards to energy conservation measures which will lead to reduced energy consumption by the installation.” USCG Base Portsmouth’s mission includes coordinating regional mission support activities within the 5th Coast Guard District. The Base is home to 26 tenant commands and provides medical, communication, engineering, and logistical support for more than 160 Coast Guard units in six states and Washington D.C., including six medium-endurance cutters and two buoy tenders homeported at the Base. As such, energy resiliency is a necessary characteristic of its utility infrastructure. Growing concerns about electric grid vulnerability, uncertainty about the cost of fuel, and the increase in the development of distributed generation, have led many federal agencies and sub-agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S Coast Guard, to reconsider energy security and resiliency strategies for their critical missions and operations at various bases and stations, including Base Portsmouth. U.S Coast Guard Energy Management Policy mandates enhance operations, strengthen fuel logistics reliability and flexibility, as well as enhance energy security in all new energy projects. “ESG is honored to support the United States Coast Guard and their important mission through the design and installation of energy and water infrastructure upgrades,” said Steve Spanbauer, Senior Vice President of Energy Systems Group. “Helping the Coast Guard and DHS develop a microgrid plan furthers their goal of true energy resilience,” added Spanbauer.  “We applaud the Coast Guard’s innovative contracting approach by which all of the infrastructure improvements and microgrid plan are paid for from savings; this is good for the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. business, and the U.S. taxpayer." Energy Systems Group (ESG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE:VVC), is a leading energy services provider that specializes in energy efficiency, sustainability, and infrastructure improvement solutions in the government, education, healthcare, commercial, and industrial sectors. ESG is strongly positioned to develop projects across the full spectrum of federal contracting opportunities, including Energy Savings Performance Contracts with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. ESG is an industry leader in developing and implementing federal government projects under Utility Energy Services Contracts and through public/private partnerships such as Enhanced Use Leases. ESG also offers a full range of sustainable infrastructure solutions including waste-to-energy, distributed generation, and renewable energy. To learn more about ESG, visit www.energysystemsgroup.com.


PORTSMOUTH, Va., May 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Base Portsmouth Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) team received the 2016 USCG Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental Readiness (SEER) Award in the Overall Sustainability Category as well as the SEER Team Category for the Energy Track. In early fiscal year 2016, Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE:VVC), worked with the Base through Dominion Virginia Power’s (Dominion) UESC program to develop, design, and build the multi-phase UESC-funded project, including the first microgrid feasibility study within the Department of Homeland Security. “Base Portsmouth is excited to see the completion of construction on our UESC after nearly 10 years of planning for the conversion to natural gas,” said USCG Base Portsmouth Facilities Engineer, Lieutenant Commander Colleen Symansky, adding, “In addition to the USCG UESC team, the work of Dominion and ESG was integral to the successful completion of all energy conservation measures (ECMs) on the project. In just the past few months we've seen significant savings in utility and heating costs as well as numerous environmental benefits.” The UESC project included over $8.4 million in capital improvements and the conversion of multiple boilers to natural gas heating, thereby eliminating the annual consumption of propane and #2 fuel by 11,005 and 111,000 gallons respectively. This allowed for the removal of 16 outmoded above ground storage tanks and eliminated the Base's requirements to have a Facility Response Plan with the State of Virginia. Further, more than four million gallons of water will be saved annually due to the installation of new water fixtures, while new lighting fixtures will save more than 1,000 man hours of maintenance per year. The microgrid study completed helps establish a deliberate pathway towards resiliency and energy independence across all of Base Portsmouth’s missions and commands. The UESC installation of a 1.2 megawatt peak shaving generator not only lowers the Base utility rate and supports future microgrid capabilities, it is also associated with new switchgear that improves worker safety and stabilizes commercial electrical power. “Dominion is pleased to support the United States Coast Guard in new energy infrastructure projects that will increase reliability, resiliency, and efficiency for Base Portsmouth,” stated Eric Tatum, Manager of Federal Energy Solutions at Dominion. “In addition, this project enables Base Portsmouth to reduce operating costs and contribute to mission assurance. We all have a critical role to play in regards to energy conservation measures which will lead to reduced energy consumption by the installation.” USCG Base Portsmouth’s mission includes coordinating regional mission support activities within the 5th Coast Guard District. The Base is home to 26 tenant commands and provides medical, communication, engineering, and logistical support for more than 160 Coast Guard units in six states and Washington D.C., including six medium-endurance cutters and two buoy tenders homeported at the Base. As such, energy resiliency is a necessary characteristic of its utility infrastructure. Growing concerns about electric grid vulnerability, uncertainty about the cost of fuel, and the increase in the development of distributed generation, have led many federal agencies and sub-agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S Coast Guard, to reconsider energy security and resiliency strategies for their critical missions and operations at various bases and stations, including Base Portsmouth. U.S Coast Guard Energy Management Policy mandates enhance operations, strengthen fuel logistics reliability and flexibility, as well as enhance energy security in all new energy projects. “ESG is honored to support the United States Coast Guard and their important mission through the design and installation of energy and water infrastructure upgrades,” said Steve Spanbauer, Senior Vice President of Energy Systems Group. “Helping the Coast Guard and DHS develop a microgrid plan furthers their goal of true energy resilience,” added Spanbauer.  “We applaud the Coast Guard’s innovative contracting approach by which all of the infrastructure improvements and microgrid plan are paid for from savings; this is good for the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. business, and the U.S. taxpayer." Energy Systems Group (ESG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE:VVC), is a leading energy services provider that specializes in energy efficiency, sustainability, and infrastructure improvement solutions in the government, education, healthcare, commercial, and industrial sectors. ESG is strongly positioned to develop projects across the full spectrum of federal contracting opportunities, including Energy Savings Performance Contracts with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. ESG is an industry leader in developing and implementing federal government projects under Utility Energy Services Contracts and through public/private partnerships such as Enhanced Use Leases. ESG also offers a full range of sustainable infrastructure solutions including waste-to-energy, distributed generation, and renewable energy. To learn more about ESG, visit www.energysystemsgroup.com.


PORTSMOUTH, Va., May 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Base Portsmouth Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) team received the 2016 USCG Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental Readiness (SEER) Award in the Overall Sustainability Category as well as the SEER Team Category for the Energy Track. In early fiscal year 2016, Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE:VVC), worked with the Base through Dominion Virginia Power’s (Dominion) UESC program to develop, design, and build the multi-phase UESC-funded project, including the first microgrid feasibility study within the Department of Homeland Security. “Base Portsmouth is excited to see the completion of construction on our UESC after nearly 10 years of planning for the conversion to natural gas,” said USCG Base Portsmouth Facilities Engineer, Lieutenant Commander Colleen Symansky, adding, “In addition to the USCG UESC team, the work of Dominion and ESG was integral to the successful completion of all energy conservation measures (ECMs) on the project. In just the past few months we've seen significant savings in utility and heating costs as well as numerous environmental benefits.” The UESC project included over $8.4 million in capital improvements and the conversion of multiple boilers to natural gas heating, thereby eliminating the annual consumption of propane and #2 fuel by 11,005 and 111,000 gallons respectively. This allowed for the removal of 16 outmoded above ground storage tanks and eliminated the Base's requirements to have a Facility Response Plan with the State of Virginia. Further, more than four million gallons of water will be saved annually due to the installation of new water fixtures, while new lighting fixtures will save more than 1,000 man hours of maintenance per year. The microgrid study completed helps establish a deliberate pathway towards resiliency and energy independence across all of Base Portsmouth’s missions and commands. The UESC installation of a 1.2 megawatt peak shaving generator not only lowers the Base utility rate and supports future microgrid capabilities, it is also associated with new switchgear that improves worker safety and stabilizes commercial electrical power. “Dominion is pleased to support the United States Coast Guard in new energy infrastructure projects that will increase reliability, resiliency, and efficiency for Base Portsmouth,” stated Eric Tatum, Manager of Federal Energy Solutions at Dominion. “In addition, this project enables Base Portsmouth to reduce operating costs and contribute to mission assurance. We all have a critical role to play in regards to energy conservation measures which will lead to reduced energy consumption by the installation.” USCG Base Portsmouth’s mission includes coordinating regional mission support activities within the 5th Coast Guard District. The Base is home to 26 tenant commands and provides medical, communication, engineering, and logistical support for more than 160 Coast Guard units in six states and Washington D.C., including six medium-endurance cutters and two buoy tenders homeported at the Base. As such, energy resiliency is a necessary characteristic of its utility infrastructure. Growing concerns about electric grid vulnerability, uncertainty about the cost of fuel, and the increase in the development of distributed generation, have led many federal agencies and sub-agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S Coast Guard, to reconsider energy security and resiliency strategies for their critical missions and operations at various bases and stations, including Base Portsmouth. U.S Coast Guard Energy Management Policy mandates enhance operations, strengthen fuel logistics reliability and flexibility, as well as enhance energy security in all new energy projects. “ESG is honored to support the United States Coast Guard and their important mission through the design and installation of energy and water infrastructure upgrades,” said Steve Spanbauer, Senior Vice President of Energy Systems Group. “Helping the Coast Guard and DHS develop a microgrid plan furthers their goal of true energy resilience,” added Spanbauer.  “We applaud the Coast Guard’s innovative contracting approach by which all of the infrastructure improvements and microgrid plan are paid for from savings; this is good for the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. business, and the U.S. taxpayer." Energy Systems Group (ESG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE:VVC), is a leading energy services provider that specializes in energy efficiency, sustainability, and infrastructure improvement solutions in the government, education, healthcare, commercial, and industrial sectors. ESG is strongly positioned to develop projects across the full spectrum of federal contracting opportunities, including Energy Savings Performance Contracts with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. ESG is an industry leader in developing and implementing federal government projects under Utility Energy Services Contracts and through public/private partnerships such as Enhanced Use Leases. ESG also offers a full range of sustainable infrastructure solutions including waste-to-energy, distributed generation, and renewable energy. To learn more about ESG, visit www.energysystemsgroup.com.


PORTSMOUTH, Va., May 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Base Portsmouth Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) team received the 2016 USCG Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental Readiness (SEER) Award in the Overall Sustainability Category as well as the SEER Team Category for the Energy Track. In early fiscal year 2016, Energy Systems Group (ESG), a leading energy services provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE:VVC), worked with the Base through Dominion Virginia Power’s (Dominion) UESC program to develop, design, and build the multi-phase UESC-funded project, including the first microgrid feasibility study within the Department of Homeland Security. “Base Portsmouth is excited to see the completion of construction on our UESC after nearly 10 years of planning for the conversion to natural gas,” said USCG Base Portsmouth Facilities Engineer, Lieutenant Commander Colleen Symansky, adding, “In addition to the USCG UESC team, the work of Dominion and ESG was integral to the successful completion of all energy conservation measures (ECMs) on the project. In just the past few months we've seen significant savings in utility and heating costs as well as numerous environmental benefits.” The UESC project included over $8.4 million in capital improvements and the conversion of multiple boilers to natural gas heating, thereby eliminating the annual consumption of propane and #2 fuel by 11,005 and 111,000 gallons respectively. This allowed for the removal of 16 outmoded above ground storage tanks and eliminated the Base's requirements to have a Facility Response Plan with the State of Virginia. Further, more than four million gallons of water will be saved annually due to the installation of new water fixtures, while new lighting fixtures will save more than 1,000 man hours of maintenance per year. The microgrid study completed helps establish a deliberate pathway towards resiliency and energy independence across all of Base Portsmouth’s missions and commands. The UESC installation of a 1.2 megawatt peak shaving generator not only lowers the Base utility rate and supports future microgrid capabilities, it is also associated with new switchgear that improves worker safety and stabilizes commercial electrical power. “Dominion is pleased to support the United States Coast Guard in new energy infrastructure projects that will increase reliability, resiliency, and efficiency for Base Portsmouth,” stated Eric Tatum, Manager of Federal Energy Solutions at Dominion. “In addition, this project enables Base Portsmouth to reduce operating costs and contribute to mission assurance. We all have a critical role to play in regards to energy conservation measures which will lead to reduced energy consumption by the installation.” USCG Base Portsmouth’s mission includes coordinating regional mission support activities within the 5th Coast Guard District. The Base is home to 26 tenant commands and provides medical, communication, engineering, and logistical support for more than 160 Coast Guard units in six states and Washington D.C., including six medium-endurance cutters and two buoy tenders homeported at the Base. As such, energy resiliency is a necessary characteristic of its utility infrastructure. Growing concerns about electric grid vulnerability, uncertainty about the cost of fuel, and the increase in the development of distributed generation, have led many federal agencies and sub-agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S Coast Guard, to reconsider energy security and resiliency strategies for their critical missions and operations at various bases and stations, including Base Portsmouth. U.S Coast Guard Energy Management Policy mandates enhance operations, strengthen fuel logistics reliability and flexibility, as well as enhance energy security in all new energy projects. “ESG is honored to support the United States Coast Guard and their important mission through the design and installation of energy and water infrastructure upgrades,” said Steve Spanbauer, Senior Vice President of Energy Systems Group. “Helping the Coast Guard and DHS develop a microgrid plan furthers their goal of true energy resilience,” added Spanbauer.  “We applaud the Coast Guard’s innovative contracting approach by which all of the infrastructure improvements and microgrid plan are paid for from savings; this is good for the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. business, and the U.S. taxpayer." Energy Systems Group (ESG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Vectren Corporation (NYSE:VVC), is a leading energy services provider that specializes in energy efficiency, sustainability, and infrastructure improvement solutions in the government, education, healthcare, commercial, and industrial sectors. ESG is strongly positioned to develop projects across the full spectrum of federal contracting opportunities, including Energy Savings Performance Contracts with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. ESG is an industry leader in developing and implementing federal government projects under Utility Energy Services Contracts and through public/private partnerships such as Enhanced Use Leases. ESG also offers a full range of sustainable infrastructure solutions including waste-to-energy, distributed generation, and renewable energy. To learn more about ESG, visit www.energysystemsgroup.com.


Lima E.M.,State University of Santa Cruz | Pereira N.E.,State University of Santa Cruz | Barbosa A.M.M.,State University of Santa Cruz | Correa R.X.,UESC
Crop Breeding and Applied Biotechnology | Year: 2013

The 32 cacao clones selected as being resistant following the witches' broom epidemic and for having distinct productivity were characterized according to their genetic diversity and were submitted to a new selection. These plants were assessed for eight years at the Oceania Farm (FO) in Itagibá, Bahia, Brazil. The 13 microsatellite primers generated an average of 11.7 amplicons per locus, and based on them it was demonstrated that the 32 clones distribute themselves in groups apart from the nine clones used as controls. The 32 materials displayed significant differences in relation to the characters assessed in the field. Two criteria were formed from the classification of the most productive and resistant plants, and then used to select plants within the clusters. The selected plants displayed potential for the cacao improvement program, that they have a high production and high resistance to witches' broom.


Menezes A.A.,State University of Santa Cruz | Dias L.E.,Federal University of Viçosa | Neves J.C.L.,Federal University of Viçosa | da Silva J.V.O.,UESC
Revista Brasileira de Ciencia do Solo | Year: 2010

In Brazil, plant-available Zn in the soil is determined by several chemical procedures, of which the most commonly used are Mehlich-1 and DTPA. The objective of this study was to evaluate Zn availability in soils of Minas Gerais State, under different Zn and lime rates, using the extractors Mehlich-1, Mehlich-3 and DTPA and maize as indicator plant. Seven soil samples were incubated with lime to reach pH 6.0. The samples were treated with Zn in the form of ZnSO4, in the absence or presence of lime, and with a basic Zn-free fertilization of macro and micronutrients. Fifteen days after fertilization, sub-samples were collected for Zn determination by the extractors. For Mehlich-1 the extract was obtained by two procedures: filtering soon after extraction (M-1f) and aliquot withdrawal from the supernatant after 16 h (M-1s). The remaining soil was filled into plastic pots for maize cultivation during 50 days. The extraction capacity diminished in the following order: M-1s > M-1f > M-3 > DTPA, in all soils, with or without liming. M-1s and M-3 did not differ in extraction capacity in limed soil, whereas M-1f and DTPA were sensitive to liming. The Zn concentration values obtained with all extractors were negative and significantly correlated with clay content and soil water field capacity, with or without liming. The extraction capacity of DTPA was better correlated with soil properties in the presence of lime, indicating that the response of this extractor is better in higher-pH soils. All extractors were correlated with plant Zn content, and can therefore be used in the evaluation of soil Zn availability.


Muller F.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Ferreira C.A.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Amado F.D.R.,UESC | Rodrigues M.A.S.,Institute Ciencias Exatas e Tecnologica
Polimeros | Year: 2011

Conducting polymers are a new class of polymers that has received particular interest for the production of membranes and films. The polyaniline (PANI) is distinguished among conducting polymers for its high chemical stability, easy polymerization and low cost. The objective of this work is to develop a freestanding polyaniline film, using camphor-10-sulphonic acid (CSA) as a primary dopant and 4-chloro-3-methyl phenol (CMC) as a secondary dopant in the presence of solvent for mixture of the solution, as well as develop a membrane using a conventional polymer (high impact polystyrene-HIPS) and conducting polymer (Polyaniline-PANI) doped with CSA for use in electrodialysis. Were performed tests of electrodialysis to determine the transport of ions Ni +2. The membrane and film were characterized by electric conductivity SEM, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy and TGA. The results point to the possibility of application of the selective membrane for electrodialysis. The extraction of nickel for the synthesized membrane was similar to the commercial membrane. The freestanding film despite exhibiting good mechanical strength in solid state showed unsatisfactory when placed under water with the working solution to electrodialysis, due to its brittle state.


de Araujo Guimaraes D.A.,Federal University of Pará | de Garcia S.C.G.,Federal University of Pará | le Pendu Y.,UESC | de Albuquerque N.I.,Embrapa Amazonia Oriental
Acta Amazonica | Year: 2011

The main objective of this work was to study the estrous cycle of collared peccary by vaginal cytology. Samples were collected in 10 adult females, three times a week, for six months. The estrous cycle period for this specie was 28.45 ± 5.45 days. We observed a significant difference (p<0.01) between the cell types in the same phase of the oestrous cycle. During the proestrus phase, the exfoliative cytology arrangement showed high frequency of intermediate and superficial cells. The estrus phase had elevated rates of superficial cells, when compared to the other types, and an absence of leukocytes. During this phase, the external genitalia were reddish, tumescent; and the cervical mucus was evident. In the metaestrus phase, we observed a decrease of superficial cells, as well as the highest indices of intermediate cells, an increase of leukocytes and the presence of metestrus and foam cells. In the diestrus phase, the intermediate cells increased and leukocytes decreased. In conclusion, the present study suggests that it is possible to differentiate the phase of estrous cycle by vaginal cytology.


This study aimed to analyze the operational process of the Deliberative Council of the Cassurubá Extractive Reserve (RESEX), its discussions and decisions regarding fisheries agreements, and the implications for local governance. The Cassurubá RESEX is a sustainable use conservation unit, established in 2009, located in southern Bahia. The Council is considered a democratic space for decision-making and conflict resolution and is utilized as an instrument of local governance. In this sense, there is the creation of rules of use of fisheries resources through fisheries agreements, drawn up by users. We applied qualitative research methods of record analysis, participation in Council meetings, and review of Good Governance Principles. This analysis made it possible to describe the forms of construction of Fisheries Agreements and the performance of the Council in relation to principles of good governance predominated by legitimacy and voice.


This is the second regular issue of the IEEE Latin America Transactions of the year 2012. The regular issues are in March, June, September and December of each year. © 2012 IEEE.

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