New partnership

An agreement was made between the UVM and Green Mountain Power (GMP) that will promote educational, environmental and economic development in Vermont.

The agreement explains the details of the cooperation that includes advancing GMP’s Energy Innovation Center in Rutland, according to the Nov. 26 press release.

President Sullivan and GMP President and CEO Mary Powell agree that the new partnership is an important step in the cooperation between the private and public sector to advance the interests of the State of Vermont, it said.

This agreement assists in the transfer of University-created intellectual property for commercial use by Vermonters in their homes and businesses, Sullivan said.

“UVM is eager to work with GMP to enhance our dual commitment to improve the educational, environmental and economic climate of Vermont, which is the latest modern-day example of what it means for UVM to be a Land Grant university,” Sullivan said.

Some of the joint projects include developing internships, cooperative learning opportunities and job shadows for students, according to the press release.

GMP supplies power to over three-quarters of Vermont. Their mission is to “provide Vermonters with a balance of the most reliable, affordable, smart and clean electricity possible,” according to GMP’s website.

Currently, the University and GMP are collecting data concerning the production of small wind installations throughout the state to create a shared wind energy dashboard.

“These are examples of some of the joint projects already underway that makes this new formal and long-term cooperation agreement very timely,” Powell said. “We are eager to continue our work on behalf of Vermont.”