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    1. Valley Solar Shines a Light on Benefits of Solar Panels

      Valley Solar Shines a Light on Benefits of Solar Panels

      With green-energy usage in homes rapidly increasing, there is no shortage of competition in the solar field. Home and business owners are looking for ways to save money and protect the environment, and with 211 solar installers in the state of Massachusetts, there are plenty of options. This makes standing out even more important for companies like Valley Solar, which installs solar panels for families and businesses alike.

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    2. PV Squared Solar Recognized as a 2019 Top Solar Contractor in the U.S.

      PV Squared Solar Recognized as a 2019 Top Solar Contractor in the U.S.

      With renewable energy expected to be the fastest-growing source of U.S. electricity generation for the foreseeable future, local solar installer and worker-owned cooperative PV Squared Solar is contributing toward this period of energy transition. The company has once again been recognized by Solar Power World magazine and was listed prominently among other solar contractors and developers across the country in the magazine’s 2019 Top Solar Contractors list.

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    3. Municipal Utilities Support State Initiatives, Integrating Emerging Technologies

      Municipal Utilities Support State Initiatives, Integrating Emerging Technologies

      Massachusetts municipal utilities are leading the way in integrating carbon-free technologies into their power portfolios, contributing significantly to achievement of the Commonwealth’s energy goals, according to speakers at a State House event sponsored by the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC), the joint action agency for Massachusetts municipal utilities.

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    4. Mark Kempic to Assume Role of President at Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

      Mark Kempic to Assume Role of President at Columbia Gas of Massachusetts

      Mark Kempic will assume the role of president of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts on May 1. The role of president is in addition to his current role as chief operating officer of Columbia Gas, which he has held since January 2019. From September 2018 to January 2019, Kempic was a key part of the leadership team for the Greater Lawrence recovery efforts. Since January, he has led the team focused on restoring the communities of Andover, Lawrence, and North Andover, including overseeing the introduction of the Columbia Gas Equipment Repair Plan, the Heating Equipment Replacement Program, and the private-property restoration ...

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    5. Eversource Welcomes Joe Mitchell

      Eversource Welcomes Joe Mitchell

      With more than 25 years of business-development and public-relations experience, Joe Mitchell has joined Eversource as its newest community-relations and economic-development specialist. He will serve as the company’s liaison for communities in Hampden and Hampshire counties. His focus is supporting Eversource’s electric service business. Mitchell is a past co-chair of the Economic Development Partners of Western Massachusetts, executive director of the Westfield Redevelopment Authority, and a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    6. Developments Raise Profile of Great Barrington - BusinessWest

      Developments Raise Profile of Great Barrington - BusinessWest

      Jennifer Tabakin is a believer in using public investment to spur private investment. After six years as Great Barrington’s town manager — she’s stepping down in June — she has seen plenty of evidence to back up that philosophy.  “We’ve talked a lot about the investments we’ve made in Bridge Street, which is one of our side streets off Main Street,” she told BusinessWest. “Over the years, the public money put into it has been significant, and we’ve been able to see private development come along in response to it.”

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    7. 17-acre solar farm in Northampton seeks Planning Board approval

      17-acre solar farm in Northampton seeks Planning Board approval

      Syncarpha Solar plans a 17-acre, 4-megawatt facility off Park Hill Road on land near the Easthampton border. The site is near two existing solar facilities on former landfills, and is also near farmland and rural residential parcels. Syncarpha will be before the Northampton Planning Board tonight, seeking a minor amendment to a special permit they gained in October. The developers hope to gain clarified language around a setback reduction agreement that stemmed from a conservation land donation to the city, documents show.

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    8. Eversource nears solar milestone

      Eversource nears solar milestone

      Eversource is on track to deliver 62 megawatts of carbon-free, renewable energy to Massachusetts residents and businesses having completed 19 new solar power projects across the state. The projects include a canopy-style solar site at Eversource’s East Springfield maintenance depot that it connected to the grid last summer and a ground-mounted solar site on Performance Boulevard in the Smith & Wesson Industrial Park that Eversource connected last fall, said spokeswoman Priscilla Ress in an email.

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      Mentions: Springfield
    9. Solarize Mass Springfield-Longmeadow program schedules informational sessions

      Solarize Mass Springfield-Longmeadow program schedules informational sessions

      SolarFlair Energy, Inc. has been selected as the installer for the Solarize Mass Springfield-Longmeadow program, according to a press release. The community-based education and outreach program is run by local volunteers and supported by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the state Department of Energy Resources to offer residents and businesses pre-selected solar photovoltaic systems at lower costs, the release states.

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    10. Clean Energy Industry Adds Over 1,500 Jobs Statewide

      Clean Energy Industry Adds Over 1,500 Jobs Statewide

      The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) today announced the state’s clean energy sector has continued its trend of upward growth, adding more than 1,500 workers to the clean energy workforce between 2017 and 2018. The figures, released as part of MassCEC’s 2018 Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Report, found that the industry now employs more than 110,700 workers in the Commonwealth, an increase of 1.4% since 2017 and 84 percent since 2010. “Massachusetts’ clean energy industry is a critical sector for the Commonwealth’s nation-leading leading innovation economy and we are pleased to see continued job ...

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    11. Hickory Ridge owners plan solar array, end of golf at Amherst course

      Hickory Ridge owners plan solar array, end of golf at Amherst course

      The owners of Hickory Ridge Golf Club want to build a solar farm on the golf course property. This is according to the agenda for an Amherst Conservation Commission meeting  set for 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Town Hall. Course owner Dave Wasenda of Appliedgolf in Millstone, New Jersey, he plans to build a 5.2-megawatt solar array at the 150-acre property sometime next year. "It's no secret that the golf industry has been contracting, he said. "You used to have a steady flow, the working population golfed a little, then when they retired the kept golfing and ...

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    12. Westfield gets 1st community solar farm

      Westfield gets 1st community solar farm

      Green Street Power Partners will soon put online its 4.8-megawatt solar array at the intersection of Routes 10 and 202 with Summit Lock Road in Westfield. The company hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting Friday. It'll be the fourth large-scale solar project in Westfield providing power to Westfield Gas & Electric and its customers, general manger Anthony Contrino said in interview this week. The rates Westfield Gas & Electric pays for the power are a confidential part of its contract with solar developer Green Street power, but he said the price is matched with market rates for power.

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      Mentions: Westfield
    13. Berkshire Gas moratoriums in Franklin and Hampshire counties to continue indefinitely

      Berkshire Gas moratoriums in Franklin and Hampshire counties to continue indefinitely

      A four-year moratorium on new or expanded natural gas accounts in parts of Franklin and Hampshire counties won't be lifted any time soon. Berkshire Gas Co. president Karen Zink on Nov. 16 sent a letter to more than 300 people and businesses on a waiting list for service. The letter said the moratorium "will have to continue indefinitely due to the limitations on the capacity of the delivery system," and that investments to lift the moratorium would "drive our natural gas service rates well beyond those of competing fuels."

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    14. Tennessee Gas delineates wetlands for Agawam pipeline project

      Tennessee Gas delineates wetlands for Agawam pipeline project

      Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has properly delineated wetlands and buffer zones along its proposed 2.1-mile pipeline corridor, according to a third-party consultant's report. Wetland scientist John Prenosil of Belchertown conducted an "unbiased peer review" of wetland boundaries recently defined by Tennessee, and found "two minor issues" which have since been resolved, Prenosil wrote in an Oct. 24 letter to the Conservation Commission.

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      Mentions: Springfield Holyoke
    15. "INNOVATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN WATER TECHNOLOGIES"

      "INNOVATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN WATER TECHNOLOGIES"

      Join UMass Amherst and Western Mass EDC for an event on this quickly growing sector, and how Western Mass and UMass Amherst are taking a lead in innovative developments.  Water technologies offers business and employment opportunities stemming from water innovation.  Network and make connections between UMass Amherst, other colleges, businesses and students.

      Keynote Speaker: Matthew Beaton, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs

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    16. Palmer Renewable Energy plans spring groundbreaking for Springfield biomass plant

      Palmer Renewable Energy plans spring groundbreaking for Springfield biomass plant

      Palmer Renewable Energy is planning a spring groundbreaking for the $150 million biomass energy plant it wants to build in East Springfield, an attorney representing the company said Monday. The move comes more than two years after the last time the wood-to-energy project was in the news and follows more than a decade of litigation, regulatory approvals and neighborhood protests. Palmer Renewable Energy and its 35-megawatt plant will be a tenant on the Palmer Paving site at 1000 Page Blvd., said Frank P. Fitzgerald, a lawyer for Palmer Renewable Energy.

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    17. From coal plant to solar farm: Power storage site sees grand opening in Holyoke

      From coal plant to solar farm: Power storage site sees grand opening in Holyoke

      Holyoke's got sunshine on a cloudy day. Or at least Holyoke Gas & Electric does. The city's municipal power utility is storing solar-generated electricity at property that was once part of the Mount Tom Power Station coal-and-oil fired electricity plant.  The state's largest utility-scale energy storage system had its grand opening Tuesday, playing host to officials from the city, state and ENGIE North America.

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    18. Eversource begins rollout of 400 electric car chargers across Massachusetts; 'range anxiety' seen as enemy to emissions progress

      Eversource begins rollout of 400 electric car chargers across Massachusetts; 'range anxiety' seen as enemy to emissions progress

      With its rounded top and the two crescent-shaped handles at its side, the electric vehicle charging station on display Wednesday bears an odd resemblance to an old-fashioned gas pump. But the charger, which will be installed permanently in the Union Station parking garage in the next few weeks, is more the future than the past, said Jim Hunt, Eversource senior vice president and chief communications officer. Hunt hosted a news conference with Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, who pointed to the charger's retro look, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, and others.

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    19. State: Environmental Impact Report needed for Tennessee Gas Pipeline projects in Agawam and Longmeadow

      State: Environmental Impact Report needed for Tennessee Gas Pipeline projects in Agawam and Longmeadow

      Tennessee Gas Pipeline must prepare an Environmental Impact Report for its natural gas expansion projects in Agawam and Longmeadow, the Baker administration has ruled. Tennessee, a Kinder Morgan subsidiary, hopes to increase horsepower at its Agawam compressor station, build a new, 12-inch two-mile pipeline loop in Agawam, and construct a "West Longmeadow Meter Station," a delivery gate which would feed a new Columbia Gas pipeline backbone to Springfield. Energy and environment secretary Matthew A. Beaton on Aug. 17 signed a certificate under the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act, or MEPA, requiring better information about air pollution, rare species and wetlands, stream ...

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    20. Solar farm proposal gets heavy scrutiny from Belchertown Planning Board

      Solar farm proposal gets heavy scrutiny from Belchertown Planning Board

      Members of the Planning Board are digging in their heels scrutinizing a proposed solar farm off Gulf Road, saying the project requires an unprecedented level of study. The board must determine whether the nearly 8-megawatt facility would, or would not, be detrimental to the community prior to voting whether to approve it.

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    21. Tennesee Gas to beef up Agawam compressor and build two-mile pipeline loop

      Tennesee Gas to beef up Agawam compressor and build two-mile pipeline loop

      Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. plans to expand its Agawam compressor station and install a new two-mile pipeline loop to help Columbia Gas of Massachusetts grow its customer base in the Pioneer Valley. Tennesee hosted a site visit in July; plans are described in a 315-page environmental notification form Tennessee filed with Massachusetts regulators in June; and the deadline for public comment was today. Tennessee's new 12-inch diameter buried pipeline would start at the 1615 Suffield Street compressor, cross the road, head north, and cross Shoemaker Lane, Gold Street, and Silver Street before terminating at a tie-in for Columbia's ...

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    22. New owners of Berkshire Power plant meet with Agawam City Council

      New owners of Berkshire Power plant meet with Agawam City Council

      In May, a Nebraska company finalized purchase of Berkshire Power Company, LLC, and its 229-megawatt natural gas generator off Shoemaker Lane. Wednesday night, representatives from Tenaska assured the City Council they plan to prioritize safety and the environment in running the 18-year-old power plant, while also giving back to the community. "We have a reputation for safe, reliable, environmentally responsible operation," said Jason Behrens, Tenaska's vice president of strategic development and acquisitions.

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    23. Belchertown stands to gain $6M from proposed solar farms as critics sound alarm over clear-cutting

      Belchertown stands to gain $6M from proposed solar farms as critics sound alarm over clear-cutting

      There is controversy about clear-cutting many acres of trees to make them happen, but three proposed solar farms could net the town nearly $6 million over a 20-year period, data provided by the selectmen's office shows. The projects are expected to generate a total of 18 megawatts, should the Planning Board approve site plans for them and other permitting requirements. Three solar farms already online -- a 5.4-megawatt project off Route 181, a 1.5-megawatt facility on Ware Road and a 1.25-megawatt operation on Springfield Street -- will bring revenue totaling $1.8 million over a 20-year period, Town ...

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