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    1. 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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    2. 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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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield

    3. 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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    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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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      Mentions:   Northampton

    7. 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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    8. 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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      Mentions:   Springfield

    9. Northampton City Council approves request for solar array lease

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      Northampton City Council approves request for solar array lease

      The City Council unanimously approved Mayor David J. Narkewicz' request for a 20-year lease with Ameresco, Inc. at its meeting last week, then referred the matter to the Finance Committee for review. The city wants to install the 15-acre array atop the former Glendale Road landfill, which reached capacity and was capped in 2013. Ameresco, which has built other such arrays in other communities, 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 ...

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    10. Kinder Morgan announces new customers for proposed NED gas pipeline | masslive.com

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      Kinder Morgan announces new customers for proposed NED gas pipeline | masslive.com

      In March, Kinder Morgan announced market path commitments from National Grid, Liberty Utilities, Columbia Gas, Connecticut Natural Gas, Southern Connecticut Gas, Berkshire Gas, Westfield Gas & Electric, and others for around 500,000 dekatherms per day. The line's market path would run from Wright, New York to Dracut.

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    11. Northampton residents get details of solar array planned for former Glendale Road landfill

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      Northampton residents get details of solar array planned for former Glendale Road landfill

      Northampton residents got to vent their anxieties over a proposed solar array at the Glendale Road landfill at an informational hearing at the Robert K. Finn Ryan Road Elementary School Tuesday. About 20 people, half of them city officials, sat in folding chairs at the school's gymnasium to hear about the array and raise questions. The city has chosen Ameresco, Inc., a Framingham company, to develop the 3.3 megawatt array at the site of the former landfill, which reached capacity in 2013 and was capped. Ameresco was one of 12 companies to bid on the project.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    12. Estimated $1.3 million in revenues lost with state denial of regional electricity purchase

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      Estimated $1.3 million in revenues lost with state denial of regional electricity purchase

      The Hampshire Council of Governments is meeting tonight to discuss the state's recent denial of the agency's long-sought energy collaboration project involving 35 communities. The HCOG had budgeted $1.3 million from last year and this year in total revenue expected from the project -- an amount that is now zero. The Sept. 24 meeting of the HCOG's governing board, or council, to discuss the problem, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the 99 Main St. headquarters in Northampton. But it is not clear how much of that discussion would be in public and how much behind ...

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    13. Solar strong possibility for former Holyoke coal-burning site: owner

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      Solar strong possibility for former Holyoke coal-burning site: owner

      Solar could be the future for the closed Mount Tom Power Station on Route 5 as a spokeswoman said Wednesday (Sept. 23) the company is "seriously considering" such a step. That comes after groups studying reuse options for the 128-acre, former coal-burning plant offered proposals that involve installation of solar-power panels. Solar panels are devices that convert light into electricity. Plant-owner GDF SUEZ Energy North America closed the facility beside the Connecticut River in late December because burning coal to produce energy was too expensive in the face of the cheaper alternative of natural gas.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Clean Energy Center

    14. Conservation Law Foundation to fight Kinder Morgan's pipeline deals with Berkshire, Columbia, and Boston Gas

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      Conservation Law Foundation to fight Kinder Morgan's pipeline deals with Berkshire, Columbia, and Boston Gas

      The Conservation Law Foundation has announced it will fight the state's approval of pipeline capacity contracts between three local gas distribution utilities and the Texas-based Kinder Morgan. CLF filed its appeal with the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Utilities and Supreme Judicial Court this week. The group, which opposes the project known as Northeast Energy Direct, maintains that the firm transportation agreements, approved by the DPU on Aug. 31, are building blocks for federal approval of a 421-mile natural gas pipeline that would cut through parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Bay State Gas

    15. Citing 'misrepresentations,' state rejects electricity buying cooperative for 35 WMass communities

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      Citing 'misrepresentations,' state rejects electricity buying cooperative for 35 WMass communities

      In a stinging rebuke, the state has issued an order rejecting the Hampshire Council of Governments' long-sought effort to form a multi-community electricity purchasing cooperative. The DPU approval was required for the energy cooperative to eventually operate. The DPU said the HCOG not only failed to provide transparent information to the 35 communities involved, but misrepresented aspects of the proposed energy program, provided untrue information and tried to market it as a green energy initiative without being able to substantiate that.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    16. Chicopee funds demolition of former Westover homes to build solar farm

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      Chicopee funds demolition of former Westover homes to build solar farm

      The city has received a $1 million grant through MassDevelopment. The money comes from Massachusetts' $5.9 million bond bill grant program to support the Clean Energy Assessment & Strategic Plan for Massachusetts Military Installations. The idea is to make Massachusetts military bases, including Westover Air Reserve Base, more efficient to operate as a way of hopefully sparing the bases from Department of Defense cost cutting. Westover has already seen a reduction of 59 full-time and 275 reservist jobs and will lose half its fleet of 16 C-5 Galaxy jets over a several year period.

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      Mentions:   MassDevelopment   Chicopee

    17. UMass Amherst Researchers Receive $1 Million Grant to Improve Utility Smart Metering, Energy Services and Conservation | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

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      UMass Amherst Researchers Receive $1 Million Grant to Improve Utility Smart Metering, Energy Services and Conservation | Office of News & Media Relations | UMass Amherst

      The National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity program today announced a three-year, $1 million grant to three University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers and others to work with Holyoke Gas & Electric Co. (HG&E) to develop smart energy services that will improve grid efficiency, encourage energy conservation and promote local renewable energy sources such as rooftop solar.  Smart grid experts Prashant Shenoy, a computer science professor, and David Irwin, professor of electrical and computer engineering, with green building expert and professor in the environmental conservation department Simi Hoque, are co-principal investigators on the project. The new grant ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Holyoke

    18. City of Northampton moves forward with major solar energy project proposed for former landfill

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      City of Northampton moves forward with major solar energy project proposed for former landfill

      Ameresco was one of 12 companies to go after the project during a public bidding process that began in March. The initiative involves leasing Ameresco 15 acres of land on and next to the former landfill, where the company would install and operate a solar power facility that could generate up to 4.2 kilowatt-hours of carbon-neutral electricity a year. That's enough to power all of Northampton's public schools and municipal office buildings, or 600 households, according to information released by Mayor David J. Narkewicz's office.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Clean Energy Center

    19. FERC extends comment period for Kinder Morgan gas pipeline; schedules new session in Rindge, N.H. | masslive.com

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      FERC extends comment period for Kinder Morgan gas pipeline; schedules new session in Rindge, N.H. | masslive.com

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has extended its public comment period on the potential environmental impact of the proposed Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline.  The initial deadline for written comment had been Aug. 31, and the new deadline is Oct. 16, FERC announced Thursday. FERC also announced a 14th public scoping session on the project, to be held Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire.  The purpose of the session is to collect public input on the scope of issues FERC should consider in its upcoming Environmental Impact Statement, a major review ...

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    20. Massachusetts agency OKs pipeline deals between Kinder Morgan, Berkshire Gas, Columbia Gas and National Grid

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      Massachusetts agency OKs pipeline deals between Kinder Morgan, Berkshire Gas, Columbia Gas and National Grid

      Berkshire Gas, Columbia Gas, and National Grid have all been approved to buy natural gas capacity on the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline known as Northeast Energy Direct, spelling disappointment for pipeline foes in Western Massachusetts. The state's Department of Public Utilities approved the three 20-year contracts on Monday, ruling on a matter that had pitted Attorney General Maura Healey against the Department of Energy Resources. Healey had argued that the capacity contracts were not in the public interest, while the DOER advocated for the deals in filings before the DPU.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    21. Aiming to boost solar industry, Gov. Charlie Baker proposes bill raising 'net metering' cap | masslive.com

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      Aiming to boost solar industry, Gov. Charlie Baker proposes bill raising 'net metering' cap | masslive.com

      Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday proposed easing a restriction on solar energy that some renewable energy industry advocates say is blocking projects and dampening interest in the market.  The state's solar 'net metering' program enables electricity customers to receive a retail rate for excess energy from their solar panels that is exported to the electric grid, and to offset their bills.  The state created the solar incentive program and capped it. Government-owned and private net metering solar projects have caps, and Baker’s legislation raises each cap by 2 percent.

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    22. Mass. Energy Facilities Siting Board to hold Greenfield hearing on Kinder Morgan pipeline | masslive.com

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      Mass. Energy Facilities Siting Board to hold Greenfield hearing on Kinder Morgan pipeline | masslive.com

      The proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline will be the topic of a Massachusetts Energy Facility Siting Board hearing in Greenfield tomorrow night (Wednesday, Aug. 5).  The board is seeking statewide public comment on the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project known as Northeast Energy Direct (NED). Hearings were held Monday and Tuesday in Dracut and Pittsfield, and another will be held Thursday in Lunenberg.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    23. FERC session on Kinder Morgan pipeline draws hundreds; six western Mass lawmakers call for a reboot of the process | masslive.com

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      FERC session on Kinder Morgan pipeline draws hundreds; six western Mass lawmakers call for a reboot of the process | masslive.com

      Northeast Energy Direct (NED) would deliver natural gas from the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania to markets in New England. The market path would travel from Wright, New York to a transmission hub in Dracut via western Massachusetts and a swath of southern New Hampshire. The pipeline is planned by Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.  Nearly every elected official who spoke, including selectboard members from a number of rural towns along the route, asked FERC for more time to submit input on the scope of the EIS. FERC has imposed an August 31 deadline for submitting formal comment on ...

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    24. Berkshire Gas' investment in gas pipeline project supported by state agency

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      Berkshire Gas' investment in gas pipeline project supported by state agency

      Granted a status that was not allowed state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, the state Department of Energy Resources has filed a statement with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities endorsing the proposed contract between Berkshire Gas Company and the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline that Houston company Kinder Morgan wants to build through Massachusetts. UIL Holdings Corporation, which owns Berkshire Gas and a number of other gas companies in the region, announced last week it will acquire a 2.5 percent interest in Northeast Expansion LLC., which amounts to an $80 million investment in the pipeline project.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

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