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    1. Just Ask: What is purpose of the poles being stockpiled at Westover Industrial Park?

      That lot, owned by the Westover Metropolitan Development Corp., is being leased by Northeast Utilities to be used as a lay down or storage area for supplies for the Springfield Reliability Project, that began this spring. The project will upgrade 39 miles of high voltage transmission lines in Greater Springfield that are considered a weak link in the Northeast Utilities system. The project will run from Ludlow to Bloomfield, Conn, said Frank J. Poirot, Northeast Utilities spokesman, the parent company for Western New England Electric Co.
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    2. Amherst officials can begin the permitting process for landfill solar project

      Amherst officials can begin the permitting process for landfill solar project
      The town is working with Boston-based BlueWave Capital LLC to build the solar generating system. The project could produce 4.75 megawatts of electricity, enough to provide energy to all town buildings and schools, street lights and more. Depending on the cost of energy over time, the project could save the town about $25 million during the next 25 to 30 years.
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    3. DOE awards Early Career Awards to 11 New England researchers

      The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded five-year Early Career Awards, all worth at least $150,000, to 67 recipients nationally, including 11 New England researchers. The grants came from the DOE’s Office of Science and are designed to support researchers early in their careers and focused in areas of interest to the DOE.
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    4. WMECo Launches Construction of Indian Orchard Solar Facility

      Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) today formally launched development of a large-scale solar energy facility in the Indian Orchard section of Springfield. The selected site – owned by the Springfield Redevelopment Authority – encompasses 12 acres and will accommodate 8,200 solar panels and produce 2.2 MW of electricity.
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    5. Northeast Utilities debuts charging stations for electric vehicles in Connecticut, Western Massachusetts

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co., a subsidiary of Northeast Utilities, also unveiled charging stations this week at the Springfield Community College Technology Park in Springfield and at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Hadley. A third location is planned for Pittsfield.
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    6. Amherst Town Meeting to consider long-term lease for solar project at closed landfill

      Amherst Town Meeting to consider long-term lease for solar project at closed landfill
      The town is working with Boston-based BlueWave Capital LLC to build the solar generating system. The project could produce 4.75 megawatts of electricity, enough to provide energy to all town buildings and schools, street lights and more. Depending on the cost of energy over time, the project could save the town about $25 million during the next 25 to 30 years.
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    7. Clean energy is good business for Massachusetts

      Clean energy is good business for Massachusetts
      Clean-energy investors and entrepreneurs will find these figures encouraging. For manufacturers and other Massachusetts businesses sensitive to power costs, this news may be less heartening. Massachusetts sits at the end of the energy pipeline, which means electricity costs in the Bay State are consistently some of the highest in the nation.
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    8. Solar facility proposed for formerly contaminated Chapman Valve complex in Springfield

      Solar facility proposed for formerly contaminated Chapman Valve complex in Springfield
      The project, to be called S.S. Goodwin Street, and formally 225 Goodwin St., will generate enough electricity to power 350 to 400 homes, according to Carl J. Frattini, the electric company’s director of business development. He addressed about 20 residents who had gathered at the American Legion Hall on Oak Street.
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    9. Holyoke Gas & Electric announces partnership with Baltimore-based ...

      Holyoke Gas & Electric announces partnership with Baltimore-based ...
      The $18 million to $20 million project will put 18,400 U.S.-built solar panels on two sites. Three megawatts of generating capacity will be near Holyoke Gas & Electric’s gas vaporization plant on Muller Road in West Holyoke, said James M. Lavelle, general manager of the municipal utility. Another 1.5 megawatts of generating capacity will be built on a vacant lot on Berkshire Street in the Springdale section of Holyoke.
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    10. Governor's trade mission: It's about long-term results

      Unfortunately, even before the delegation returned, the media began to question the value of missions in general, and this trip in particular. It appears that the sole criteria used by many to judge the success of this trip are the number of jobs produced at the end of two weeks. This is incredibly short-sighted and does not acknowledge the fact that economic development strategies must be designed for the long term.
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    11. EPA proposes new regulations on emissions from coal-burning power plants.

      EPA proposes new regulations on emissions from coal-burning power plants.
      The only utility-sized coal-fired power plant in Western Massachusetts is Mount Tom Station in Holyoke, Charles B. Burnham, a spokesman for Mount Tom Station, which is owned by GDF Suez Energy North America, said the plant is not among those that will be affected by the new rules. “Because of the emissions control systems currently in use at Mount Tom, the plant is already operating below the limits proposed in the EPA regulations,” he said.
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    12. Three Northeast/Mid-Atlantic region projects receive the first photovoltaic ...

      The Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) manages a program to develop multi-megawatt PV facilities on restricted-use properties. Working closely with its contractors and the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority, WMECo successfully commissioned this 1.8 MW PV facility in November 2010.
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