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    1. Holyoke tax deal made $7 million Aegis Energy Services expansion possible | masslive.com

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      Holyoke tax deal made $7 million Aegis Energy Services expansion possible | masslive.com

      The $7 million Aegis Energy Services expansion onto the former Parsons Paper site at 84 Sargeant St. announced Monday wouldn't have happened without an extraordinary incentive that will free the company from paying any property taxes for 10 years, officials said.  'It was pivotal,' said Joseph Goding, the company's chief operating officer.  The decade-long property tax exemption was the mechanism the city devised to come up with the $400,000 needed to fund demolition and cleanup of asbestos-laden bricks and PCB's on the site in costs uncovered by grants, officials said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    2. UMass Amherst Engineers Developing Multiline Anchor System for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

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      UMass Amherst Engineers Developing Multiline Anchor System for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

      A team of researchers that includes two engineers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst is developing a new mooring system for floating offshore wind turbines that uses an integrated network of anchors and lines to hold dozens or even hundreds of turbines in place in the ocean in industrial-scale, offshore wind farms. Civil and environmental engineers Sanjay R. Arwade and Don J. DeGroot from UMass Amherst, along with Charles P. Aubeny from Texas A&M University and Melissa Landon of the University of Maine, are conducting the research with a three-year, $497,341 grant from the National Science Foundation. The ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    3. 'MassNZ': Mass Net Zero Data Center in Holyoke aims to make Green High Performance Computing Center carbon neutral | masslive.com

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      'MassNZ': Mass Net Zero Data Center in Holyoke aims to make Green High Performance Computing Center carbon neutral | masslive.com

      Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing battery technology at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center that could make the hydropowered city even more carbon neutral.  University scientists and Holyoke officials cut the ribbon Friday on the Mass Net Zero Data Center, also called MassNZ. It's an experimental station located at the Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St., which aims to make data centers like this one more efficient and more environmentally friendly.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    4. Holyoke's high performance computing center to show 'experimental' solar facility | masslive.com

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      Holyoke's high performance computing center to show 'experimental' solar facility | masslive.com

      An experimental, solar-powered 'microdata center' called MassNZ will be unveiled beside the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center at 100 Bigelow St. Friday at 10:15 a.m.  'MassNZ reinforces Holyoke's growing reputation as a leader in green energy, a hotbed of innovation and a magnet for academic and industrial investment,' Mayor Alex B. Morse said in a press release. 'It will also serve as an educational asset for local high schools and community colleges.'

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    5. Chicopee solar farm proposed for Burnett Road landfill | masslive.com

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      Chicopee solar farm proposed for Burnett Road landfill | masslive.com

      Southern Sky, which has a number of solar farms on capped landfills across the state, plans to lease about 13.5 acres of the M.T. Sullivan Landfill from Waste Management Disposal Services of MA, Inc., which now owns the property. The landfill has been capped since at least 2000.  The solar panels will cover about four acres on top of part of the landfill and will be tied into Chicopee Electric Light, which will purchase the electricity the panels generate. The company will also pay taxes to the city, said Francis McMahon, director of site assessment and project management ...

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    6. Six megawatt solar array up and running at former Palmer Municipal Airfield | masslive.com

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      Six megawatt solar array up and running at former Palmer Municipal Airfield | masslive.com

      A six-megawatt solar array on the former Palmer Metropolitan Airfield is now up and running, providing energy savings to the towns of Leicester and Spencer and to Worcester State University.  The project, expected to generate enough electricity for 1,000 homes and offset 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually, will also pay $2 million in taxes to the town of Palmer over 20 years.

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    7. ISO New England: Natural gas pipeline constraints threaten grid reliability | masslive.com

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      ISO New England: Natural gas pipeline constraints threaten grid reliability | masslive.com

      The New England power system continues to be in a 'precarious position' during extended periods of extreme cold, said Gordon van Welie, president and CEO of ISO New England, the independent operator of the six-state high-voltage grid.  Van Welie, in delivering the organization's State of the Grid 2016 presentation on Tuesday, said New England needs additional natural gas pipeline capacity to serve its power generation needs, and also requires high-voltage transmission lines to carry Canadian hydro and wind power from northern regions to more southern population centers.

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    8. Springfield Regional Chamber endorses Kinder Morgan, Spectra gas pipeline projects | masslive.com

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      Springfield Regional Chamber endorses Kinder Morgan, Spectra gas pipeline projects | masslive.com

      The Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce called Monday for more pipeline capacity bringing natural gas into the region.  Chamber President Jeffrey Ciuffreda said the consistent availability of reliably priced energy has supplanted health care as the top worry of area businesses. That goes especially for major manufacturers in Greater Springfield.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Jeff Ciuffreda

    9. National Grid seeks Massachusetts DPU approval of gas pipeline capacity contracts | masslive.com

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      National Grid seeks Massachusetts DPU approval of gas pipeline capacity contracts | masslive.com

      Massachusetts electric companies associated with National Grid have asked the state's Department of Public Utilities to approve long-term contracts for capacity on two proposed natural gas pipelines — Northeast Energy Direct and Access Northeast, which would additionally incorporate liquefied natural gas storage facilities.  National Grid in its Jan. 15 filing with the DPU proposes to release the pipeline and stored liquid gas capacity to the electric market and recoup costs through tariffs.

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    10. Mass Clean Energy Center OKs Solarize Mass applicationfor Shelburne, Colrain, Conway . | masslive.com

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      Mass Clean Energy Center OKs Solarize Mass applicationfor Shelburne, Colrain, Conway . | masslive.com

      A partnership between the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and local communities, Solarize Mass helps residents save as much as 20 percent on solar pricing compared to the statewide average. Through a competitive bidding process, communities select designated Solarize Mass installers that feature the most attractive pricing, outreach and community education packages.  Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland have signed contracts for 116 solar electric systems under Solarize Mass.

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      Mentions:   Clean Energy Center

    11. Pipeline foes question need as Berkshire Gas seeks more capacity from Northeast Energy Direct | masslive.com

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      Pipeline foes question need as Berkshire Gas seeks more capacity from Northeast Energy Direct | masslive.com

      The 415-mile Kinder Morgan pipeline would have two sections — a 'supply path' from Pennsylvania to Wright, New York, and a 'market path' through Massachusetts and New Hampshire that would hook up to lines connecting Maine and Atlantic Canada. Berkshire, Columbia Gas and National Grid last September won state authorization to pull gas from the line's proposed 'market path.'

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    12. Kinder Morgan rejects MassPike, Rt 2 options for Tennessee Gas Pipeline | masslive.com

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      Kinder Morgan rejects MassPike, Rt 2 options for Tennessee Gas Pipeline | masslive.com

      ennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has rejected three alternative routes for its $5 billion Northeast Energy Direct natural gas transport project while defending its plan to site a powerful compressor station in Northfield.  The Kinder Morgan subsidiary submitted its latest analysis of various pipeline alternatives to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 31. The FERC had asked for more information following the company's Nov. 20 certificate application. In December, Tennessee submitted more than 500 pages of additional documentation.

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    13. State Launches $30 Million Residential Solar Loan Program

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      State Launches $30 Million Residential Solar Loan Program

      Mass Solar Loan is a program run in partnership by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). It is available for solar installations on single-family homes and residential buildings up to three units, with all lenders offering loans between $3,000 and $35,000 and some lenders offering loans up to $60,000. The program provides funding to Massachusetts banks and credit unions to incentivize lenders to make solar lending a part of their portfolios and to make solar loans available to borrowers with lower incomes or credit scores. To date, Bank Five, First ...

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      Mentions:   Clean Energy Center

    14. Berkshire Gas parent company acquired by Iberdrola in $3 billion deal to create Avangrid | masslive.com

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      Berkshire Gas parent company acquired by Iberdrola in $3 billion deal to create Avangrid | masslive.com

      UIL Holdings, the parent company of Berkshire Gas, Southern Connecticut Gas, and Connecticut Natural Gas, has been acquired by the Spanish energy giant Iberdrola. The new vertically integrated company, Avangrid, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange as AGR and led by UIL chief executive James P. Torgerson.  Avangrid, an affiliate of the worldwide Iberdrola Group, now holds $30 billion in assets and operations across 25 states, including utilities, wind energy, and natural gas storage. Iberdrola USA includes eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving 3.1 million customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, and New York.

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    15. Holyoke study about former coal plant envisions solar, public access, farming for site | masslive.com

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      Holyoke study about former coal plant envisions solar, public access, farming for site | masslive.com

      A solar conversion also is a use that the owner of the site is 'seriously considering,' a spokeswoman told The Republican and MassLive.com in September.  The 146-page study is scheduled to be discussed at the Wednesday, Dec. 9 meeting of the City Council Development and Governmental Relations Committee at City Hall.
      Plant-owner GDF SUEZ Energy North America closed the 128-acre facility beside the Connecticut River in late December 2014 because burning coal to produce energy was too expensive in the face of the cheaper alternative of natural gas. The plant opened in 1960.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican

    16. Aegis Energy Services Inc. moves into Holyoke's Open Square | masslive.com

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      Aegis Energy Services Inc. moves into Holyoke's Open Square | masslive.com

      Aegis Energy Services Inc. has moved its sales force to Open Square in Holyoke.
      Open Square is eight former paper mill buildings between Dwight and Lyman streets in downtown Holyoke. It offers more than a half-million square feet of rentable space on nearly nine acres with tenants that include lawyers and fitness providers, high-tech companies and media firms, retail shops and a café.  The renovated mill building also happens to be the last privately-owned hydroelectric generator on Holyoke's storied canal system.  Aegis Energy Services, Inc. is an innovative Combined Heat and Power company based in Holyoke, MA. Founded in ...

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    17. Kinder Morgan files federal application for Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline | masslive.com

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      Kinder Morgan files federal application for Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline | masslive.com

      Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., a Kinder Morgan company, filed a certificate application Friday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for its proposed Northeast Energy Direct project.  The $5 billion natural gas pipeline, which has met with stiff opposition from environmentalists and property owners, would transport natural gas from the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania to markets in the Northeast.

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    18. Springfield health board considers review of biomass project after state courts uphold plant

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      Springfield health board considers review of biomass project after state courts uphold plant

      Palmer Renewable Energy is proposing the plant at Cadwell Drive and Page Boulevard. The proposal has drawn significant controversy in recent years, including revocation of a special permit and building permits by the City Council and Zoning Board of Appeals and three successive state court rulings in favor of the plant. The state Land Court, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Judicial Court all ruled in favor of the project.

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    19. Massachusetts Needs Significantly More Natural Gas

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      Massachusetts Needs Significantly More Natural Gas

      The region’s dependence on natural gas will only increase as it continues to replace old oil, coal, and nuclear plants with state-of -the-art electricity generators fired by natural gas, a more environmentally friendly alternative. Since 2000, 22 gas plants have been built in New England, and nearly 50% of its electric generation is now fueled by natural gas, a percentage that will climb as new plants come on line.  The problem is that the region’s demand for natural gas exceeds the supply.  These constraints have created a number of serious problems, often downplayed or ignored by those who ...

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    20. Eversource: Winter 2016 electricity rates 27 percent lower than last winter | masslive.com

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      Eversource: Winter 2016 electricity rates 27 percent lower than last winter | masslive.com

      he average Eversource electricity customer in Western Massachusetts will pay less for power this winter – an average of $102 a month compared with $121 a month last winter, according to new rates announced Wednesday by the utility.  Eversource, formerly Western Massachusetts Electric, told state regulators at the Department of Public Utilities it plans to charge 10.394 cents per kilowatt-hour effective Jan. 1.

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      Mentions:   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    21. Holyoke heralds 1st commercial rooftop solar project with energy to power 200 homes a year

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      Holyoke heralds 1st commercial rooftop solar project with energy to power 200 homes a year

      The first commercial rooftop solar project has begun here at 49 Garfield St. in a $2 million deal that involves tax credits and the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department buying power that the 3,762 panels will generate, officials said. Installation of the panels began Aug. 3 and they were working as of Oct. 15, Rita Milos of RICAR LLC Real Estate Partnership, owner of the property where the company Expressive Design Group is located, said in a phone interview.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   West Springfield   Springfield

    22. Northampton City Council gives final approval to solar array at former dump

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      Northampton City Council gives final approval to solar array at former dump

      The City Council gave final approval Thursday to Mayor David J. Narkewicz' request for a 20-year lease with Ameresco, Inc. paving the way for a solar array to be installed at the landfill. The 15-acre array will sit atop the capped landfill off Glendale Road, which reached capacity in 2013. Ameresco hopes to have it up and running by May. When fully operational, the panels will provide 3.32 megawatts of electricity a day, enough to satisfy about 40 percent of the city's power needs. Over the course of the 20-year lease that translates into about $9 million in ...

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    23. Tennessee Gas sets date to submit federal pipeline application

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      Tennessee Gas sets date to submit federal pipeline application

      Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. announced Wednesday that it will apply for federal approval of its Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project on Nov. 20, and hopes to have the pipeline in service by November 2018. The Kinder Morgan subsidiary had not previously settled upon a firm date for submitting its final filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Tennessee Gas Pipeline must earn a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the commission in order to build the 412-mile pipeline, which would bring natural gas from the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania to markets in the Northeast.

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    24. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts to build new headquarters in Springfield | masslive.com

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      Columbia Gas of Massachusetts to build new headquarters in Springfield | masslive.com

      Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, the former Baystate Gas Co., did a site-selection study before replacing its current headquarters, built in 1964, at 2025 Roosevelt Avenue in Springfield.  Stephen H. Bryant, president of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, said the company looked at its operations in Western Massachusetts and and where the optimum location would be for it to site a maintenance depot to service its Springfield centered territory as well as where the easiest place would be to get all the pipes supplies and equipment it needs delivered efficiently.

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