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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Clean energy grants worth $160K awarded by MassCEC, MTTC - Mass High Tech Business News

      • Bart Lipkens, Western New England College’s Mechanical Engineering Department, “Ultrasound and Acoustophoresis Technology for the Collection and Processing of Oleaginous Microorganisms for the Production of Bio-oils.” From MassCEC: The funding will help researchers develop a laboratory-sized prototype that uses ultrasound and acoustophoresis technology to produce biofuels from micro-algae. The system involves the harvesting of micro-algae, the production of biofuel from the algae, and the concentration and separation of the biofuel.
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    5. Proposed Springfield biomass plant gets Massachusetts approval for draft 'conditional' plan

      Proposed Springfield biomass plant gets Massachusetts approval for draft 'conditional' plan
      The draft approval from the state agency and its air quality division includes “comprehensive operating conditions for the plant, reporting obligations and mitigation measures including state-of-the-art pollution control technology and requirements for development of fuel specifications,” said Catherine V. Skiba, a department spokeswoman.
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    6. NStar considers buying power from New England wind farms - Mass High Tech Business News

      The state Green Communities Act mandates utilities get an increasing percentage of their electricity from renewable sources, rising 1 percent a year to reach 25 percent by 2020. But NStar and Northeast Utilities have put the most effort into an energy project that won’t qualify for the quota — bringing Canadian hydropower to New England via a new transmission line. Northeast Utilities CEO Charles Shivery said previously that he wants Massachusetts to amend its law so hydropower would qualify as renewable energy.
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    7. Western Massachusetts Green Energy Consortium plans workshops in Amherst to address rising interest in energy-efficient homes

      Western Massachusetts Green Energy Consortium plans workshops in Amherst to address rising interest in energy-efficient homes
      Energy-efficient buildings are much in demand in the Pioneer Valley, but members of the Western Massachusetts Green Consortium say that more public education is necessary to inform and bring together consumers, contractors and financial lenders to make the process of constructing green buildings work smoothly.
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    8. Editorial: Grant funds push UMass to new level

      Editorial: Grant funds push UMass to new level
      Research projects that UMass-Amherst faculty members are working on brought in a record $170 million in grants in fiscal year 2010. And Michael F. Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement, believes the university’s funding success will only serve as an incentive to win more next year. Malone said the university plans to double its research during the next five years.
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