1. Articles in category: Energy

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    1. 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

    2. 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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    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. New England governors create regional energy pact.

      Explore courant.com (Dec 17 2013)

      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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    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. 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

    15. 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

    16. 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

    17. 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

    18. Massachusetts Utilities Sign PPA for Wind Energy That Is Cheaper than Coal

      Explore Renewable Energy World (Sep 24 2013)

      Three utilities have grouped together to purchase more wind energy at a rate averaging less than $0.08 per kWh, which beats most other generation sources. National Grid, Northeast Utilities (on behalf of its divisions NSTAR and Western Massachusetts Electric Co.), and Unitil (representing Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Co.) have filed separate documents with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (CPU 13-146 through 13-149) seeking to add 565 MW of wind energy from six projects across Maine and New Hampshire. The winners, securing PPAs of 15-20 years, include First Wind, Iberdrola Renewables, and Exergy Development, for projects all under development ...

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    19. Western Massachusetts Electric Co.'s Peter Clarke to take regional reliability job | masslive

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      Western Massachusetts Electric Co.'s Peter Clarke to take regional reliability job | masslive

      Peter Clarke has been promoted from Western Massachusetts Electric Co. president and CEO to senior vice president of emergency preparedness for all of Northeast Utilities.  The new role gives Clarke responsibility over storm preparation and recovery and preparation for more exotic threats such as cyber terrorism, across not just Western Massachusetts Electric Co. but other Northeast Utilities operations such as NStar in Eastern Massachusetts, Yankee Gas, Public Service New Hampshire and Connecticut Light and Power.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    20. Springfield's Scibelli Enterprise Center gets clean energy grant

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      Springfield's Scibelli Enterprise Center gets clean energy grant

      The Scibelli Center already has three tenant companies engaged in clean energy technologies: Black Island Wind Turbines, which adapts wind power technology orginally developed to power Antarctic expeditions; SolaBlock, which makes solar panels in concrete blocks for stackable vertical use; and Victory Energy Solutions, which helps homeowners save energy. Patrick Quinlan runs both Black Island and SolaBlock. He describes the companies as "graduates "of the Scibelli Enterprise Center, having moved to new, larger quarters in Hadley.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    21. Gov. Deval Patrick hails job growth in clean energy industry in Western Massachusetts

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      Gov. Deval Patrick hails job growth in clean energy industry in Western Massachusetts

      In Western Massachusetts, Patrick recognized the Scibelli Enterprise Center in the Springfield Technical Community College's Technology Park, which has three clean energy startups, employing six workers. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, created in a 2008 law signed by Patrick, issued an annual report that said small, independent contractors were a major driver of growth in central and Western Massachusetts. Electrical, plumbing and heating and ventilation contractors, for example, are important in the industry, the report said. Patrick also referred to Sandri of Greenfield, which started partly as a fuel oil business and has expanded into clean technologies such as ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    22. Farmers, Entrepreneurs, and Energy Activists Are “Harvesting Hope” With Biochar

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      Farmers, Entrepreneurs, and Energy Activists  Are “Harvesting Hope” With Biochar

      Farmers, foresters, researchers, Biochar producers, entrepreneurs, and environmentalists will convene in Amherst, Mass. on October 13-16, 2013 to learn more about Biochar and share the latest research and application techniques with their peers. The 2013 USBI North American Biochar Symposium, titled “Harvesting Hope: The Science and Synergies of Biochar,” will take place on the UMass Amherst campus and include farm tours and a “carbon negative” banquet of delicious foods grown with the help of Biochar.  The conference is sponsored by the U.S. Biochar initiative (USBI).

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    23. National Grid Massachusetts: Energy efficiency savings totaled almost $1 billion in past year

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      National Grid Massachusetts: Energy efficiency savings totaled almost $1 billion in past year

      Overall, these energy efficiency investments are expected to produce nearly $1 billion of benefits across the commonwealth, including, but not limited to, energy cost savings, water savings, reduced operating and maintenance expenses and fossil fuel savings, according to National Grid.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    24. Amherst hoping to apply to Solarize Mass to help residents afford installing solar panels

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      Amherst hoping to apply to Solarize Mass to help residents afford installing solar panels

      Amherst is hoping to apply to be part of the Solarize Mass program and wants to gauge what kind of interest there is in the community to ensure that it’s possible. Solarize Mass 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:   Palmer   Amherst   Northampton

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