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    1. Eversource Completes Westfield Reliability Project

      Eversource Completes Westfield Reliability Project

      Eversource has completed construction of the Westfield Reliability Project, installing a three-mile-long electric circuit on an existing 115-kilovolt overhead transmission line in Westfield to help ensure the continued and safe delivery of reliable power. Part of the energy company’s work to ensure reliability for customers, the Westfield Reliability Project is one of many transmission upgrades to help meet the electric system’s evolving needs to support a clean-energy future.

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    2. Baker-Polito Administration Temporarily Prohibits Utility Shutoffs to Protect Ratepayers

      Baker-Polito Administration Temporarily Prohibits Utility Shutoffs to Protect Ratepayers

      The Baker-Polito administration announced further action to support ratepayers during the COVID-19 outbreak, directing the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to issue an order prohibiting investor-owned utility companies from shutting off gas, electric, and water utility service to any customers for failure to pay a bill or a portion of a bill until the state of emergency is lifted or the DPU determines otherwise. The announcement builds on the DPU’s March 13 moratorium requesting utility companies refrain from shutting off gas and electric service to residents across the Commonwealth. The new order will expand the moratorium to include any ...

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    3. Eversource to buy Columbia Gas for $1.1B; expects to work with regulators and consumer groups over 30 days - masslive.com

      Eversource to buy Columbia Gas for $1.1B; expects to work with regulators and consumer groups over 30 days - masslive.com

      Eversource Energy announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement to purchase the Massachusetts natural gas assets of Columbia Gas for $1.1 billion from NiSource.  The acquisition will bring Columbia Gas operations in Massachusetts under local ownership by the largest energy company in New England, Eversource said in a news release after the stock markets closed.  Eversource and NiSource expect to close the transaction by the end of the third quarter of this year.

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    4. Eversource Earns Award for Using Smart Technology to Reduce Peak Energy Usage

      Eversource Earns Award for Using Smart Technology to Reduce Peak Energy Usage

      An Eversource program that pays customers to use less electricity during high-demand periods has received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Residential Program Design & Implementation by the Assoc. of Energy Services Professionals. The award recognizes the company’s ConnectedSolutions demand-response program, which leverages customer-owned devices, such as wireless thermostats, battery storage, and electric-vehicle chargers, to reduce electric use during peak periods, when the cost and greenhouse-gas emissions of electricity in New England are at their highest.

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    5. Eversource Customers Benefit from Increase in Reliability

      Eversource Customers Benefit from Increase in Reliability

      Eversource’s commitment to enhancing system reliability is significantly reducing the number of power interruptions that customers experience, with outages in the Commonwealth down by nearly 17% in 2019 compared to 2018, the company reports. This improvement stems from the energy company’s investments in strengthening and modernizing its electric system, including a program to install more than 1,000 smart fuses to the system throughout the Commonwealth. These smart fuses can automatically restore power to customers when a tree limb temporarily contacts wires and help to protect the electric system when a problem is detected, such as a current ...

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    6. Eversource Announces Goal to Be Carbon-neutral by 2030 - BusinessWest

      Eversource Announces Goal to Be Carbon-neutral by 2030 - BusinessWest

      As part of its commitment to environmental sustainability, Eversource Energy announced an industry-leading goal to be carbon-neutral by 2030. The energy company plans to achieve this aggressive goal through a series of targeted steps across its operations to reduce carbon emissions while also continuing to support regional economic growth and maintaining safe and reliable service for its approximately 4 million customers.

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    7. MGM Springfield unveils solar array; parking garage panels generate up to 10% of casino’s power

      MGM Springfield unveils solar array; parking garage panels generate up to 10% of casino’s power

      They are barely visible from the ground, but the 3,456 newly installed solar panels atop the eight-story parking garage at MGM Springfield are powerful. The panels, which go online in January, can generate 1,600 megawatt-hours of electricity, or 8% to 10% of the power needed by the $95 million resort casino. They help MGM Springfield meet its goal of being the first casino with a LEED New Construction Platinum designation from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

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    8. Eversource Announces Industry-leading Goal to Be Carbon-neutral by 2030

      Eversource Announces Industry-leading Goal to Be Carbon-neutral by 2030

      As part of its commitment to environmental sustainability, Eversource Energy announced an industry-leading goal to be carbon-neutral by 2030. The energy company plans to achieve this aggressive goal through a series of targeted steps across its operations to reduce carbon emissions while also continuing to support regional economic growth and maintaining safe and reliable service for its approximately 4 million customers. While the goal to be carbon-neutral is limited to the energy company’s own corporate emissions across all departments and operations, Eversource will continue to work with state leaders to reduce emissions from energy supply for customers in accordance ...

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    9. Berkshire Wind turns on two more turbines; hits 19.6 megawatts atop Brodie Mountain in Hancock

      Berkshire Wind turns on two more turbines; hits 19.6 megawatts atop Brodie Mountain in Hancock

      Berkshire Wind has reached commercial operation with its two newest turbines, each rated at 2.3 megawatts each, according to Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co., which is one of the owners. Construction on the second phase of the project, located in the towns of Hancock and Lanesborough, began in January. The project was financed with a private placement of $11.78 million.

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    10. Eversource Nationally Recognized by Forbes and JUST Capital as One of America’s “Most JUST” Companies | Business Wire

      Eversource Nationally Recognized by Forbes and JUST Capital as One of America’s “Most JUST” Companies | Business Wire

      In recognition of its unyielding commitment to customers, communities, employees, and the environment, Eversource is being nationally celebrated as one of America’s Most JUST Companies for 2020 according to Forbes and JUST Capital. The energy company ranked as the number one utility and 26th overall in the annual top-100 list, which celebrates publicly-traded American corporations for their positive impact and leadership on top priorities identified by the American people such as fair pay, ethical leadership, good benefits and work-life balance, equal opportunity, customer treatment and privacy, community support, environmental impact, and delivering shareholder return.

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    11. Holyoke Gas & Electric Recognized as Smart Energy Provider

      Holyoke Gas & Electric Recognized as Smart Energy Provider

      Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) has earned a Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Assoc. for demonstrating commitment to and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and environmental initiatives that support a goal of providing low-cost, quality, safe, and reliable electric service. Chris Van Dokkumburg, planning analyst at ‎Holland Board of Public Works and chair of the Energy Services Committee in Michigan presented the designations on Oct. 29 during the association’s annual Customer Connections Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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