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    1. Vivint Solar expanding to Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Vivint Solar expanding to Holyoke | masslive.com

      Vivint Solar, the residential solar installer, announced today that it will be moving into the Taunton, Malborough and Holyoke service areas, and hiring as many as 240 employees in the new locations.  Of those, the Pioneer Valley Office' in Holyoke will hire 15 to 20 sales representatives and 30 to 40 in operations employees, Vivint said.

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    2. ISO New England: High natural gas prices push wholesale electric rates up 55 percent

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      ISO New England: High natural gas prices push wholesale electric rates up 55 percent

      Natural gas is more expensive and so is electricity, according to power-system operator ISO new England which has been warning of the region's increasing dependance on natural gas for electrical generation.

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    3. Debate over the future of solar energy in Massachusetts heats up at the State House

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      Debate over the future of solar energy in Massachusetts heats up at the State House

      The debate in the State House is turning to the second program that has helped spur solar energy throughout the state — net metering. This allows installers of solar panels — all renewable energy projects, really, but solar is the predominant type — to gain credits by 'selling' excess power onto the grid. The Legislature has capped the use of net metering to no more than 3 percent of an electric utility’s power usage, with parallel limits established for public-sector solar and privately owned projects. National Grid’s cap for public-sector users has essentially already been hit, and the others are close ...

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    4. Columbia Gas rate hike is the latest sign of New England's pipeline constraints

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      Columbia Gas rate hike is the latest sign of New England's pipeline constraints

      In announcing the new rates for Columbia Gas customers, the state Department of Public Utilities on Friday chose to highlight the fact that the agency reduced the rate requests from what the gas company originally sought. But rates are still going up for more than 300,000 customers in the Springfield, Brockton and Lawrence areas — whether they like it or not.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Columbia Gas of Massachusetts opens new maintenance depot in Easthampton

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      Columbia Gas of Massachusetts opens new maintenance depot in Easthampton

      Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has opened a new maintenance base at 7 Industrial Parkway, replacing an outmoded facility in Northampton. Depots like this one, called a MOD for Mobile Operations Deployment, are the direction gas companies across the country are taking, Columbia Gas spokeswoman Andrea M. Luppi said. The new MOD will be supported by distribution crews and service technicians and will house materials, supplies and equipment for easy accessibility. The Easthampton MOD will have about a dozen employees.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Easthampton

    6. EDC Hosts AIM Executive Forum

      Explore From the EDC (Feb 28 2014)

      EDC Hosts AIM Executive Forum

      There are reasons to see the glass as half full and equally compelling reasons to see the glass as half empty. Charlie D’Amour, COO of Big Y, among others, noted that the recovery has been uneven across regions in Massachusetts, with western Mass being behind Boston. Rick acknowledged that, but noted that our region falls in the middle of Mass regions, not as good as Boston or Worcester, but ahead of the South Coast, North Central and the Cape.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Big Y Foods   Associated Industries of Massachusetts

    7. UMass, state celebrate installation of state's first fast electric vehicle charging station

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      UMass, state celebrate installation of state's first fast electric vehicle charging station

      State officials joined with University of Massachusetts officials, including Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, to celebrate the installation of the first level 3 electric vehicle fast charger in the state.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    8. Downtown Holyoke building marketed as a hydropower resource

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      Downtown Holyoke building marketed as a hydropower resource

      Marcos Marrero, director of planning and economic development for the city of Holyoke, said the folks behind 195 Appleton St. are not alone. Open Square developer John Aubin has long marketed Open Square, located a few blocks away, as the country’s largest zero net energy mixed-use development. Open Square generates 500 kilowatts of electricity, also using water drawn from the canals. Open Square produces more energy than it uses and feeds electricity back to the city's power grid. The city's grid itself is also green, considering Holyoke Gas & Electric's hydro and solar operations. "Clean energy is ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Holyoke Gas & Electric

    9. New England's governors push for electricity tariff for construction of natural gas lines - Boston Business Journal

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      New England's governors push for electricity tariff for construction of natural gas lines - Boston Business Journal

      We saw this already in the past year, with National Grid's and NStar's rates rising by double-digit percentages this winter. Blame New England's constrained pipeline capacity: On cold days, the natural gas pipelines are filled to capacity, but power plants that normally rely on that gas get bypassed to ensure heating customers get what they need. To keep the lights on, more expensive gas is imported from Canada, and rarely used oil and coal turbines are fired up. (During this cold weekend, as much as 35 percent of New England's electricity came from coal and oil ...

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    10. Holyoke City Council considers proposal to limit utility department's ability to buy, sell property

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      Holyoke City Council considers proposal to limit utility department's ability to buy, sell property

      The Holyoke Gas and Electric Department would need approval of the City Council and mayor to buy or sell property under a proposal the council referred to committee Tuesday. The proposal filed by council President Kevin A. Jourdain follows concerns in the past few years about the possibility that a so-called big-box store like Walmart or Lowe's could open on a parcel of nearly 19 acres on Whiting Farms Road the department owns.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    11. Entrepreneurial Energy | BusinessWest

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      Entrepreneurial Energy | BusinessWest

      He grew Sandri from an oil company into a $250 million, full-service energy firm, dealing in everything from wood pellets to photovoltaics. He has also expanded the main businesses, gas stations, through imaginative initiatives that have produced a 60% increase in the total number of gallons sold (the main measuring stick in this industry) to more than 70 million, with plans to get to 100 million in the near future.
      One of his latest endeavors has been a push into the highly competitive convenience-store market. The Sandri name is now on five such facilities, and the ambitious goal is to ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    12. Landmark Law Cuts Electric, Gas Bills for Many Businesses

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      Landmark Law Cuts Electric, Gas Bills for Many Businesses

      “The law and the new rates usher in a fair and efficient energy system in Massachusetts,” said Richard C. Lord, President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Industries of Massachusetts.
      “AIM and other business groups - including the Western Mass Industrial group, PowerOptions and the the Energy Consortium - along with the office of the Attorney General acting in her role as the ratepayer advocate, participated extensively in the DPU process, submitting testimony and filing comments to ensure the intent of the law was carried out.”

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    13. Exec's departure signals culture, strategy shift at NU

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      Exec's departure signals culture, strategy shift at NU

      'We basically relied on NU as a major supporter of the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership,' said Lyle Wray, executive director of the Connecticut Capital Region Council of Governments. 'We were able to recover from the loss and still keep the partnership going … but the biggest impact they had was eliminating their support.'

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Springfield   Hartford Springfield Economic Partnership

    14. New England governors create regional energy pact.

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      New England governors create regional energy pact.

      Energy costs in New England are too high in large part because there isn't enough transmission capacity to get electricity, natural gas and developing renewable energy sources such as hydro from there to here efficiently.  The burdensome energy costs in turn have made the region less competitive from an economic development standpoint. Those costs have been somewhat of a job-killer.  In a promising new development, the governors of the six states are betting that the logjam can be broken if energy infrastructure is expanded on a collaborative regional basis and costs are shared.

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    15. Greater Springfield Reliability Project is completed | masslive.com

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      Greater Springfield Reliability Project is completed | masslive.com

      The Greater Springfield Reliability Project - a major transmission upgrade to improve reliability in the region - is now complete, Western Massachusetts Electric Co. announced.  Connecticut Light & Power and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. finished the project both on-time and under budget, despite challenging storms that included Superstorm Sandy and the blizzard of 2013.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    16. Amherst chosen to participate in latest round of Solarize Mass program

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      Amherst chosen to participate in latest round of Solarize Mass program

      The town is one of four area communities chosen to participate in the second round of the Solarize Mass program. The program is a partnership between the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and provides lower pricing for small-scale solar-electric installations on local homes and businesses.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Clean Energy Center

    17. NU completes $718M transmission project

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      NU completes $718M transmission project

      Connecticut Light & Power and Western Massachusetts Electric upgraded 39 miles of transmission lines between Bloomfield, Conn. and Ludlow, Mass. with more than 600 new structures, 13 new or rebuilt substations and switching stations.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Springfield

    18. Patrick administration announces $32.5 million clean energy and winter-heating initiative

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      Patrick administration announces $32.5 million clean energy and winter-heating initiative

      Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan chose the warm confines of the Quabbin Reservoir Visitor’s Center that is heated by a state-of-the-art biomass system to announce a $32.5 million Patrick Administration renewable energy initiative on Friday. The seven programs being funded continue the governor’s strong commitment to clean energy systems that create jobs, save money, and grow the economy, Sullivan told an audience of senior administration officials, members of the public and Senate Ways and Means Chairman Stephen M. Brewer, D-Barre.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Westfield   Clean Energy Center

    19. WMECO kicks off work on Springfield solar power project

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      WMECO kicks off work on Springfield solar power project

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. plans to start work soon on a 3.9-megawatt solar power project atop a former landfill at 282 Cottage St. in East Springfield.  When completed, the project will replace WMECO's Indian Orchard solar project at the former Chapman Valve site, 225 Goodwin St., as the state's largest solar project built atop what had been a post-industrial brownfield, said Craig Hallstrom, president of both WMECO and its sister utility, NSTAR Electric.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    20. Holyoke to host design contest on ways to be innovative using energy

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      Holyoke to host design contest on ways to be innovative using energy

      The city has been chosen as the focus of a design competition dealing with innovation in energy consumption. "The competition invites student designers to envision ways Holyoke could lead the way as a sustainable city of the 21st century by using renewable energy and energy efficiency to fuel an economic revitalization," said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development. The competition is organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, an organization founded in Greenfield in 1974 that works on efficient building techniques and finding ways to bring clean, renewable energy into everyday use.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield   Holyoke

    21. WMECO plans to close Springfield Technology Park headquarters, Greenfield service depot; says no jobs will be lost

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      WMECO plans to close Springfield Technology Park headquarters, Greenfield service depot; says no jobs will be lost

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. will close its headquarters in the Springfield Technology Park and its service center depot on Shelburne Road in Greenfield.
      The 31 office and dispatch workers from the headquarters will move to office space in the WMECo service center at 300 Cadwell Drive by June, said Priscilla Ress, senior media relations specialist for the utility. The 25 maintenance and support workers responsible for maintaining and repairing lines throughout rural Franklin County will move to the WMECo service depot at 55 Russell St., also known as Route 9, in Hadley

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Springfield   Chicopee

    22. AAA Pioneer Valley to unveil electric vehicle charging station at educational event | masslive

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      AAA Pioneer Valley to unveil electric vehicle charging station at educational event | masslive

      The event will be held Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the AAA West Springfield office at 150 Capital Drive. EV experts will be onsite to answer questions about electric vehicles, as well as new technology designed to improve fuel economy and lower vehicle emissions, such as Start-Stop systems.  “Technology is ever changing in the automotive industry, and this can often lead to confusion among consumers. This event is designed to pull together experts and resources to assist the driving community in better understanding options, and technological advancements, whether they are in the market for ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    23. UMass hoping to save nearly $50 million in electricity costs over next 2 to 3 decades

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      UMass hoping to save nearly $50 million in electricity costs over next 2 to 3 decades

      The University of Massachusetts system is hoping to save $50 million in electric costs over the next two to three decades serving as hosts to companies building solar photovoltaic projects in the state. UMass Wednesday announced a new partnership with the Net Excess Generation Credit program offered by the commonwealth of Massachusetts that makes the arrangement viable.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Robert Caret

    24. Western Massachusetts Electric Co., National Grid seek to buy wind power as part of 565-megawatt, green-energy deal | masslive

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      Western Massachusetts Electric Co., National Grid seek to buy wind power as part of 565-megawatt, green-energy deal | masslive

      The deals, announced Monday by the state of Massachusetts, involve the purchase of 565 megawatts of wind energy by four utilities including Western Massachusetts Electric Co. and National Grid, enough to power about 170,000 homes, at an average weighted price of just less than 8 cents a kilowatt hour.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

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