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    1. News of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant's planned shutdown surprises environmentalists, businesses

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      News of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant's planned shutdown surprises environmentalists, businesses

      The reactor was expected to break even this year and its earnings would decline during the coming years, the company said. With a maximum capacity of more than 600 megawatts, Vermont Yankee is among the region’s largest power plants and is one of four nuclear stations providing baseload power to New England. Overall, nuclear generation produced 31 percent of New England’s electricity in 2012, according to ISO new England, operator of the region’s power grid.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    2. Baystate gets energy savings award from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

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      Baystate gets energy savings award from Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

      This week, Baystate was awarded the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Business Leadership Award for its work with Western Mass Electric Co. and Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.  Moran said WMECo granted the hospital $700,000 for the electric improvements and Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, formerly Bay State Gas, gave Baystate Medical Center $100,000.  The work will integrate the latest energy-efficient technology, including LED, or light-emitting diode, lighting, installing occupancy sensors in hallways and offices, and using high-efficiency condensing boilers.

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      Mentions:   Baystate Health   Springfield   Western Mass Electric Co.

    3. Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program's successes celebrated | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program's successes celebrated | masslive.com

      Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Alicia Barton on Aug. 8 celebrated the success of the 2013 Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program at Roxbury Community College. Building on its mission to support the growth of the clean energy sector in Massachusetts, MassCEC’s program provides funding to place college students and recent graduates at clean energy companies across the Commonwealth.

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      Mentions:   Clean Energy Center

    4. Western Massachusetts Electric Co. partners with Allconnect for customer service

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      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. partners with Allconnect for customer service

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. is partnering with the Atlanta-based company Allconnect, launching the Allconnect Move Advisor Service program.
      The goal is to give customers a simple, convenient place to go when they’re signing up for multiple services at a new address. At the same time, Allconnect provides the opportunity to find the best deals by comparing services and prices.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    5. Northeast Utilities earnings double after merger | masslive.com

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      Northeast Utilities earnings double after merger | masslive.com

      Northeast Utilities’ second-quarter and year-to-date earnings more than doubled the numbers from 2012, the utility said this week.  NU merged with Boston-based electric and gas utility NStar in April 2012.  NU earned $171 million, or 54 cents per share, in the second quarter, up from $44.3 million, or 15 cents per share, in the same period of 2012. The 2012 results included about $91.5 million, or 30 cents per share, of after-tax charges related to the merger.

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    6. Viewpoint: Massachusetts celebrates 5 years of clean energy initiatives

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      Viewpoint: Massachusetts celebrates 5 years of clean energy initiatives

      Massachusetts now invests more in energy efficiency than any other state in the nation. Last year, clean energy jobs grew by 11.2 percent. Massachusetts now invests more in energy efficiency than any other state in the nation, earning the commonwealth the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s No. 1 ranking two years running. Cities and towns across the commonwealth have risen to the clean energy challenge – 110 of them met five criteria to earn the Green Communities Designation. This local revolution has been felt from Cape Cod to the Berkshires and right here in Western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Northampton   Westfield

    7. Massachusetts rises to 'Dazzling Dozen' state rankings for solar output | masslive

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      Massachusetts rises to 'Dazzling Dozen' state rankings for solar output | masslive

      Massachusetts ranked 10th in the nation last year, just behind Vermont, in its per capita solar energy output, and seventh in the total wattage of solar energy output, according to a report by Environment Massachusetts.  In 2012, the Bay State’s per capita solar output was 30 watts, far below the top-ranking state, Arizona, which had a solar output of 167 watts per person.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    8. Proposed East Springfield biomass project remains on hold as court cases linger | masslive.com

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      Proposed East Springfield biomass project remains on hold as court cases linger | masslive.com

      A proposed biomass project on Page Boulevard remains stalled and in litigation while opponents cheered a new federal court decision they hope will provide another hurdle.  Palmer Renewable Energy, which is proposing a $150 million biomass plant at the East Springfield site, continues to pursue special permits for the project through litigation, said Peter F. Durning, a Boston lawyer representing the developer.

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    9. Weeklong heat wave taxing New England power grid

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      Weeklong heat wave taxing New England power grid

      Spokeswoman Marcia Blomberg says ISO expects to have enough power to meet demand, but there's a potential that a surplus of more than 2,000 megawatts could run thin. The Holyoke-based grid operator says it may seek emergency electricity from other regions or ask businesses to reduce power use. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/business/business_markets/2013/07/weeklong_heat_wave_taxing_new_england_power_grid?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bostonherald%2Fbusiness+%28Business+-+BostonHerald.com%29#sthash.ShgeO2Hf.dpuf

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    10. Western Massachusetts Electric customers get rate increase

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      Western Massachusetts Electric customers get rate increase

      Just as peak summer air conditioning season hits, Western Massachusetts Electric Co. has announced the average residential customer's bill will rise about $6.35 per month, or 7.6 percent, effective July 1. A recent decrease in the delivery portion of electric bills, effective in June, had lowered the bill by about $1.34 per month for the average residential customer. The average bill is based on a usage of 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    11. Big Y turning to solar power

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      Big Y turning to solar power

      The supermarket company unveiled their three-acre solar array on Cottage Street Thursday morning. The array, which produces 750,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, will offset the electric consumption of their Roosevelt Avenue headquarters by 15%.

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      Mentions:   Big Y Foods   Springfield

    12. Springfield selects company for solar panel projects expected to save $2 million over 20 years

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      Springfield selects company for solar panel projects expected to save $2 million over 20 years

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno announced the selection of The Real Thing LLC, a solar energy services company based in Nashua, N.H., through a Request for Qualifications process. Eight firms submitted their qualifications.  The four sites selected for the solar panels are the rooftops at M. Marcus Kiley Middle School, the city’s Department of Public Works Operations Facility on Tapley Street; Cyr Arena in Forest Park; and the capped former Stafford Street Landfill.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield   Greenfield

    13. Massachusetts awards $3.7 million in green energy grants to communities

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      Massachusetts awards $3.7 million in green energy grants to communities

      Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. and Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia this week awarded $3.7 million in grants to fund scores of clean energy projects in 20 communities across the state. The Green Communities Competitive Grants are awarded to existing Green Communities which have successfully invested their initial designation grants. Awards are capped at $250,000 per municipality.

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      Mentions:   Palmer

    14. Mount Tom Power Station in Holyoke has no plan to close, official says

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      Mount Tom Power Station in Holyoke has no plan to close, official says

      Seventy-five rail cars of coal were delivered to the Mount Tom Power Station this week in a sign the plant isn't planning to shut down, a spokesman said Tuesday. "I know some people have been misinterpreting that we're going to close because we're going to go off-line in 2016, and that's not entirely true," said Charles B. Burnham, manager of government and regulatory affairs with plant-owner GDF Suez Energy North America/FirstLight Power Resources, of Glastonbury, Conn.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    15. Springfield, Western Massachusetts Electric Co., announce partnership to improve energy efficiency in schools, municipal buildings

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      Springfield, Western Massachusetts Electric Co., announce partnership to improve energy efficiency in schools, municipal buildings

      Christina Halfpenny, division director of energy efficiency for the state Department of Energy Resources praised WMECo and the city, saying this is the first time there has been a three-year commitment to pursue energy savings in WMECo’s service area, rather than annual goals.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Northeast Utilities   Springfield

    16. Eastman Chemical to convert coal boiler at former Solutia plant to gas

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      Eastman Chemical to convert coal boiler at former Solutia plant to gas

      Eastman said in its news release that this natural gas conversion project is expected to eliminate sulfur dioxide and hydrogen chloride emissions as well as reduce the boiler’s nitrogen oxide emissions by 70 percent and particulate matter emissions by 55 percent. This conversion is also expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from this boiler by 40 percent, which is the equivalent of eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions from 9,250 cars.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Northampton   Solutia, Inc.

    17. Business groups run ads against Cape Wind - CommonWealth Magazine

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      Business groups run ads against Cape Wind - CommonWealth Magazine

      The ad claimed many of the jobs associated with the project would be outsourced, putting in question the estimate of 600 to 1,000 jobs, and said it would make Massachusetts’ energy costs – which are already double those in North Carolina and Texas – even less competitive with those states. The ad opens by saying Bay State businesses can’t afford Cape Wind and closes saying the project “does not make sense.”

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      Mentions:   Raytheon   Northeast Utilities   Liberty Mutual

    18. Holyoke Community College to toast distinguished alumni Steven Richter and Michael Kane

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      Holyoke Community College to toast distinguished alumni Steven Richter and Michael Kane

      Honorees will be Steven G. Richter, president and CEO of Microtest Labs in Agawam, and Michael F. Kane, former state representative and now director of government relations for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   American International College   University of Massachusetts   Holyoke Community College

    19. Seeing the Light | BusinessWest

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      Seeing the Light | BusinessWest

      Massachusetts has experienced rapid growth in its solar-energy sector in recent years. The total capacity generated by solar energy in Massachusetts has doubled in the last two years, reaching 105 megawatts (enough to power more than 15,000 homes) in 2012, a figure that is forecasted to quadruple by 2020.
      Massachusetts’ renewable-energy sector now employs more than 64,000 people statewide (including nearly 10,000 in Western Mass.) and is projected to grow 15% per year. Massachusetts is now considered to be one of the best states in the country for solar development, a phenomenon driven largely by the state ...

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    20. ISO-New England proposes to cut 2013 budget, dropping golf tournaments and charity contributions from rates charged to customers

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      ISO-New England proposes to cut 2013 budget, dropping golf tournaments and charity contributions from rates charged to customers

      The operator of the electrical grid in New England has agreed to cut its proposed 2013 administrative budget by $2.85 million, put new employees in a cheaper pension plan, and make other changes to allow state regulators to review its future spending plans. Bowing to officials from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, ISO-New England Inc., the private, nonprofit utility based in Holyoke, also has agreed to no longer include the cost of golf tournaments or charitable contributions in the rates charged to states.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican

    21. Northeast Utilities profits up substantially over 2012 | masslive.com

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      Northeast Utilities profits up substantially over 2012 | masslive.com

      NU’s first-quarter profit was $228.1 million, or 72 cents per share, compared with earnings of $99.3 million, or 56 cents per share in the first quarter of 2012. Results for both years reflect costs related to the April 2012 merger, $1.8 million in the first quarter of 2013 and $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2012. NU’s first quarter 2013 results include NStar earnings of 21 cents per share.

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    22. Solar power industry sees bright future in Massachusetts

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      Solar power industry sees bright future in Massachusetts

      Ron Gerwatowski, senior vice president of regulation and pricing at utility company National Grid, which owns solar generating stations, said the going rate for power is more like 7 cents a kilowatt hour and most of that power, in New England anyway, is generated by burning natural gas.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Greenfield Community College   Springfield

    23. Power grid ready for summer demand

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      Power grid ready for summer demand

      Holyoke-based  ISO New England said Monday that under normal conditions of about 90 degrees, demand pushed up by air conditioners could peak at 26,690 megawatts of electricity. In an extended heat wave of about 95 degrees, demand could rise to 28,985 megawatts. One megawatt powers about 1,000 homes.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    24. New England grid set for summer electricity use

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      New England grid set for summer electricity use

      HOLYOKE, Mass. -- New England's power grid operator says it's ready to meet summer demand for electricity.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

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