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    1. UMass and Eversource create a safer Campus with energy efficient lighting | masslive.com

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      UMass and Eversource create a safer Campus with energy efficient lighting | masslive.com

      UMass and the electric utility Eversource say walking through the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus at night is getting brighter thanks to an ongoing, campus-wide installation of 800 LED street and parking lot lights.  The effort is part of a three-year partnership between Eversource and UMass Amherst which began in 2014, Eversource said in a news release. The combined electricity savings from the partnership of approximately 9 million kilowatt-hours is the greenhouse gas equivalent of taking about 1,300 vehicles off the road.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    2. Eversource: State OKs 26 percent drop in WMass electricity rates | masslive.com

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      Eversource: State OKs 26 percent drop in WMass electricity rates | masslive.com

      The State Department of Public Utilities has approved new summer 2016 rates for Eversource customers that will reduce the average monthly residential bill by over $10, the utility said Tuesday.  Under the new plan, which was announced last week, the residential supply rate will be 7.708 cents per kilowatt-hour as of July 1, down from the current rate of 10.426 cents, spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said in a news release.

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    3. Eversource: Summer may bring a 26 percent drop in WMass electricity rates | masslive.com

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      Eversource: Summer may bring a 26 percent drop in WMass electricity rates | masslive.com

      Eversource said also effective July 1 will be an increase in the rate used to fund statewide energy efficiency programs. The increase of 0.957 cents per kilowatt-hour will add $5.74 to the average monthly bill.  The combined effect of the changes in the supply and energy efficiency charges will result in an overall decrease of $10.57 a month. Total monthly residential bills for 600 kilowatt-hours of electricity will decrease to $112.20 for summer 2016 from $122.77 at this time, or 8.6 percent.

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    4. Lone bidder pitches solar farm for old Crane Foundry site in Indian Orchard | masslive.com

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      Lone bidder pitches solar farm for old Crane Foundry site in Indian Orchard | masslive.com

      The city received one proposal for $10,000 from a local partnership offering to buy the 22-acre, former Crane Co. foundry sand landfill on Oak Street in Indian Orchard, for conversion to a solar farm.  Roger Roberge II and Marc Murphy Jr., submitted the proposal by Tuesday's deadline, seeking to buy the long vacant, tax title site on the north side of Oak Street in 'as in' condition, under city guidelines.  The proposal has been forwarded for review by a city screening committee, and any sale will need approval from Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and the City Council. A ...

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno

    5. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center funds $1M in upgrades for hydropower facilities in West Springfield, Ware and Orange | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Clean Energy Center funds $1M in upgrades for hydropower facilities in West Springfield, Ware and Orange | masslive.com

      Hydropower, or harnessing the force of flowing water to generate electricity, is responsible for about 6 percent of the nation's electricity and 48 percent of its renewable energy.  That's enough electricity to power 30 million homes and prevent the emission of about 200 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, according to the Department of Energy.  As part of the Baker-Polito administration's celebration of Earth Week, state energy officials this week touted the benefits of hydroelectricity by announcing more than $1 million in upgrades for small-scale hydroelectric facilities in West Springfield, Ware and Orange. Officials gathered Wednesday ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Clean Energy Center

    6. Kinder Morgan pulls the plug on Northeast Energy Direct-Tennessee Gas pipeline | masslive.com

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      Kinder Morgan pulls the plug on Northeast Energy Direct-Tennessee Gas pipeline | masslive.com

      Citing inadequate capacity commitments from prospective customers, the Board of Directors of the Texas-based Kinder Morgan has voted to suspend further work and expenditures on its proposed 120-mile pipeline known as Northeast Energy Direct, the company announced late Wednesday afternoon.  'Unfortunately, despite working for more than two years and expending substantial shareholder resources, TGP did not receive the additional commitments it expected,' wrote Kinder Morgan spokesman Stephen Crawford. 'As a result, there are currently neither sufficient volumes, nor a reasonable expectation of securing them, to proceed with the project as it is currently configured.'

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    7. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs solar net metering bill | masslive.com

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      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs solar net metering bill | masslive.com

      Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton said the new law will allow for more solar development while reducing costs to ratepayers.  The new law was the result of a compromise bill crafted during five months of negotiations between the House and the Senate. The final result is still only a short-term fix. It has drawn some concerns both from sides – the solar energy companies and the utility companies, who have been battling over this issue.

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    8. TransCanada to sell its hydro dams in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont | masslive.com

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      TransCanada to sell its hydro dams in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont | masslive.com

      TransCanada awaits shareholder approval to acquire Columbia Pipeline Group, with its 15,000 mile network of pipeline and storage assets, to create a 57,000-mile system and $23 billion natural gas transmission portfolio.  'At the same time, we will be well positioned to transport North America's abundant natural gas supply to liquefied natural gas terminals for export to international markets,' said TransCanada president and CEO Russ Girling in a March 17 news release.

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    9. Holyoke's Aegis Energy Services makes engines that produce energy kept on site, begins $7 million expansion | masslive.com

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      Holyoke's Aegis Energy Services makes engines that produce energy kept on site, begins $7 million expansion | masslive.com

      Aegis Energy employs 65 people and the expansion will add 30 to 100 new jobs.
      Mayor Alex B. Morse said innovation of companies Aegis Energy Services is what is coming to define Holyoke.  'I can't say enough about how significant this project is for the city of Holyoke,' Morse said.  The Aegis Energy $7 million investment will consist of rehabilitation of one of the Parsons Paper buildings and installation of machinery and a solar-panel array to produce energy, said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development.  'We put a lot of energy and ...

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    10. Eversource completes $2M project in Easthampton, Westhampton, Southampton | masslive.com

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      Eversource completes $2M project in Easthampton, Westhampton, Southampton | masslive.com

      Eversource is making significant upgrades to improve its ability to deliver reliable, abundant power to Westhampton, Southampton and Easthampton, according to a news release.  The company recently completed a $2 million project to ensure that safe, dependable power continues to be available year-round in the three-town area

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    11. Deval Patrick era energy secretaries back Gov. Charlie Baker's hydropower bill for Massachusetts | masslive.com

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      Deval Patrick era energy secretaries back Gov. Charlie Baker's hydropower bill for Massachusetts | masslive.com

      Sullivan said the increased use of hydroelectric power makes sense from an environmental and a business perspective. He said that with the retirement of other power plants, Massachusetts needs a larger supply of energy to keep costs down.  'There has to be a choice. We have to say yes to something,' Sullivan said. 'If we don't say yes to this, what are we going to say yes to?'  'The policy put forth in this bill by the governor makes the most sense environmentally but also makes the most sense from a cost competitive point of view,' Sullivan said.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick

    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. '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

    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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

    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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

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