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    1. Citizen Energy Corp. partners with Westfield in Twiss Street Solar operation

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      Citizen Energy Corp. partners with Westfield in Twiss Street Solar operation

      "This is the future for energy in our country," Joseph P. Kennedy II said Thursday as he and Mayor Daniel M. Knapik threw a ceremonial switch marking full operation of the $3 million Twiss Street Solar LLC at the city's former landfill. "This is a great community and Citizen Energy Corp. is delighted to be part of the partnership with Westfield and Westfield Gas and Electric," Kennedy said.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Westfield

    2. DPU agrees to hold Western Mass. hearing on Berkshire Gas-Tennessee Gas pipeline deal

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      DPU agrees to hold Western Mass. hearing on Berkshire Gas-Tennessee Gas pipeline deal

      The Department of Public Utilities has agreed to hold a Western Massachusetts hearing on a proposed natural gas pipeline access deal between Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. and and the Pittsfield-based Berkshire Gas Co.  The hearing will be held Thursday, June 11 at the Greenfield Middle School at 195 Federal St. at 7 p.m. The DPU, which plans a Boston hearing on the proposed contract on May 26, agreed to the Western Massachusetts hearing after receiving a letter from state Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Amherst   Greenfield

    3. Holding the Line

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      Holding the Line

      Rick Sullivan acknowledged the obvious: No one likes paying more for heating their home.  “It’s a very real pocketbook issue. The average resident saw what happened to their electric bill this winter; it went up drastically because of the availability and price of natural gas,” said Sullivan, president of the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council (EDC). “Right now, natural gas is setting the price for power in this region.”  But, on a larger scale, it’s also setting back the region’s economic-development potential at a time when Western Mass. is starting to see signs of growth and recovery.

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      Mentions:   Kenn Delude   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   Rick Sullivan

    4. Senate President Stanley Rosenberg calls for Western Massachusetts hearing on Tennessee Gas pipeline deal with Berkshire Gas

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      Senate President Stanley Rosenberg calls for Western Massachusetts hearing on Tennessee Gas pipeline deal with Berkshire Gas

      Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, has asked the Department of Public Utilities to schedule a public hearing in the western part of the state on a proposed pipeline capacity deal between Berkshire Gas and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company. "This agreement will have a significant impact on the region, and I think it's critical that we ensure that the public is engaged in this process," Rosenberg said.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Greenfield

    5. Eversource proposes cutting Western Mass. electricity rates for summer | masslive.com

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      Eversource proposes cutting Western Mass. electricity rates for summer | masslive.com

      Eversource, formerly known as Western Massachusetts Electric Co., is planing to cut rates by more than 31 percent from 14.228 cents to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. For a customer who uses 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, that translates into a price cut of about $22 a month on the total electric bill from $121.10 to $98.79, or about 18 percent. The 31-perecnt cut relates to only one portion of of the bill, the portion paid for the actual electricity. It doesn't impact the delivery charge, the money Eversource charges for the wires and substations ...

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      Mentions:   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    6. Pride stations owner wants to bring compressed natural gas service station to Westfield

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      Pride stations owner wants to bring compressed natural gas service station to Westfield

      Compressed natural gas was described as safe and efficient during an informational session at City Hall Friday sponsored by Robert Bolduc, Pride Limited Partnership president. About a dozen city officials and representatives of the Fire Department and Westfield Gas and Electric Department attended the informal hearing to hear Michael P. Manning, director and market and business develo0pment for Alternative Vehicle Service Group and Stephen B. Russell, coordinator of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources explain the benefits of CNG and service stations that provide the alternative fuel.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Robert Bolduc   Friendly's Ice Cream Corporation

    7. Amherst drops plans for solar array on closed landfill

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      Amherst drops plans for solar array on closed landfill

      Town Manager John P. Musante told the Select Board in March of 2011, that the project could produce 4.75 megawatt's of electricity - enough to provide energy to all town buildings and schools, street lights and more. Depending on the cost of energy over time, the project could save the town about $25 million over the next 25 to 30 years. But the project as it was created is dead.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Amherst   Westfield

    8. Retroactive electricity rate hikes are worst in Western Massachusetts | masslive

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      Retroactive electricity rate hikes are worst in Western Massachusetts | masslive

      Over the last six months, Massachusetts electric companies have billed nearly 200,000 customers $7.1 million in retroactive costs after customers switched electricity suppliers.  The largest retroactive bills have come from Eversource, formerly the Western Massachusetts Electric Company, which billed customers who switched electricity suppliers in March an average of $144 retroactively, according to data provided by Eversource to the Department of Public Utilities.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company   The Republican

    9. Kinder Morgan signs pact with construction unions for gas pipeline work | masslive

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      Kinder Morgan signs pact with construction unions for gas pipeline work | masslive

      The Massachusetts Building Trades Council announced the deal Wednesday. Its agreement with Kinder Morgan means that the company and all of its construction contractors will use union labor at all Northeast Energy Direct underground natural gas pipeline construction sites in Massachusetts and negotiate a project labor agreement. The pipeline has proven controversial, and has been opposed by property owners who do not want to give up land for construction and by environmentalists opposed to the the use of fossil fuels.

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    10. National Grid electricity, gas customers to see rates cut May 1 | masslive

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      National Grid electricity, gas customers to see rates cut May 1 | masslive

      National Grid announced rate cuts Monday for its nearly 1 million power customers and about 900,000 natural gas customers in Massachusetts starting May 1 due to falling energy prices.  But even with the rate cuts prices are only going down compared with this winter's costs. Prices are still higher than the May 2014 prices, the utility said.  Electricity: A typical residential basic services customers using 500 kilowatt per month can expect to see a decrease of 26 percent compared with today's bill, or about $32 a month compared with the current price.  The typical Basic Service bill ...

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      Mentions:   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    11. Berkshire Gas imposes Hampshire County hookup moratorium blocking projects in Amherst, Hadley while calling for Kinder Morgan pipeline | masslive

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      Berkshire Gas imposes Hampshire County hookup moratorium blocking projects in Amherst, Hadley while calling for Kinder Morgan pipeline | masslive

      Natural gas is a necessity for businesses in downtown Amherst, said Sarah La Cour, executive director of the Amherst Business Improvement District. For one thing, most developers assumed it would be available. Secondly, there might not be a spot for a propane tank.  'It could have a huge impact, at least in our downtown,' she said. 'You are dealing with small, oddly shaped lot sizes. Natural gas is the choice.'
      Many in the community have asked why Berkshire Gas doesn't alleviate the capacity issues by adding liquified natural gas to the system at its facility in Whately.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Greenfield

    12. Kinder Morgan plans pipeline metering station in Longmeadow

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      Kinder Morgan plans pipeline metering station in Longmeadow

      Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. plans to build a new metering station on land near the Longmeadow Country Club, according to maps included with an environmental report released by the energy company Friday. The metering station would be located near an existing natural gas pipeline owned and operated by the Kinder-Morgan subsidiary. The Longmeadow facility is one of 15 metering stations the company proposes to construct within New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire as part of its interstate Northeast Energy Direct project, which would involve both new pipeline and upgrades to existing lines and related infrastructure.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    13. Cape Wind backs out of planned terminal lease in New Bedford | masslive

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      Cape Wind backs out of planned terminal lease in New Bedford | masslive

      In a Feb. 12 letter to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Cape Wind said the project will not be able to occupy terminal space as envisioned under its lease agreement and was therefore 'amenable' to the clean energy center's proposal to terminate the lease.  Cape Wind spokesman Mark Rodgers said Monday that the center had asked Cape Wind to allow it to seek other users of the facility to bring in revenues and jobs this year.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Clean Energy Center

    14. Westfield looking for solar energy project on Barnes Regional Airport property

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      Westfield looking for solar energy project on Barnes Regional Airport property

      City Advancement Officer Joseph Mitchell said Thursday proposals have been advertised and are scheduled for submission to the city's Purchasing Department by March 27. The 35 acre tract was cleared of trees several years ago on property located at the end of Barnes Regional Airport runway off North Road near the Westfield-Southampton line.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   Easthampton

    15. Holyokers tied to municipal utility, whose rates are lower, despite mailing from Connecticut company: James Lavelle

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      Holyokers tied to municipal utility, whose rates are lower, despite mailing from Connecticut company: James Lavelle

      Only two others' monthy rates were lower than Holyoke's in a comparison of 42 electricity providers.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Chicopee

    16. Palmer council approves leasing former landfill to solar farm company; $5.7 million in rent projected | masslive

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      Palmer council approves leasing former landfill to solar farm company; $5.7 million in rent projected | masslive

      The Town Council has unanimously approved a long-term lease for a private company to build a 4.99-megawatt solar farm at the decommissioned Emery Street Landfill, with rent payment totals estimated at $5.76 million over 35 years.  The panel also said yes last week to a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with the New York-based private equity firm Syncarpha Capital – the second tax deal the parties have negotiated in the past three months involving company plans to construct solar farms.

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      Mentions:   Palmer

    17. Northampton planning for solar panel arrays

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      Northampton planning for solar panel arrays

      The city is about to take the first step towards installing photovoltaic arrays at the landfill and over various city parking lots. Department of Public Works director Edward S. Huntley briefed the Public Works Commission about the energy-saving projects at its meeting on Wednesday. At present they are low on specifics, but here is the general plan, according to city Energy and Sustainability Officer Chris Mason.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital   Clean Energy Center

    18. Holyoke studying what to do with former coal-burning plant with 'reuse' meeting set

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      Holyoke studying what to do with former coal-burning plant with 'reuse' meeting set

      The conditions and limitations of the site of a former coal-burning plant will be among topics at a meeting Wednesday (Feb.11) about how to "reuse" the property. The meeting is from 6 to 8:45 p.m. at the Senior Center, 291 Pine St. The Mount Tom Power Station closed last year. Such meetings -- the first was held Dec. 3 -- are organized by the city, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a state agency, and Ninigret Partners, an economic development consultant from Providence, Rhode Island.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Clean Energy Center

    19. Kinder Morgan greets pipeline friends, foes at Greenfield 'Open House'

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      Kinder Morgan greets pipeline friends, foes at Greenfield 'Open House'

      The open houses are mandated by FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as a component of the pipeline project's pre-filing process, said Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan's Vice President of Public Affairs. The pre-filing period will conclude sometime this fall, when Kinder Morgan plans to formally file with FERC for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. The open houses are designed to give people an opportunity to learn about the project and get their questions answered one-on-one, said Fore. Later this year, FERC will conduct a series of more formal "scoping meetings" across the state, where the federal ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield   The Republican

    20. Holyoke meeting set on reuse and clean-up of former coal plant, with owner representatives set to attend

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      Holyoke meeting set on reuse and clean-up of former coal plant, with owner representatives set to attend

      Carol Churchill, spokeswoman for GDF SUEZ Energy North America, said Thursday the company will have two representatives at the meeting. She said the company wasn't represented at the first meeting on Dec. 3 because it was told too late for anyone to attend. The meetings are being held to discuss how the property should be reused and what a clean-up will entail, given the potential contaminants have entered the soil from years of operation of the plant on Route 5 north beside the Connecticut River.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Clean Energy Center

    21. Pipeline proponent Kinder Morgan to hold open houses in Berkshire and Franklin counties | masslive

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      Pipeline proponent Kinder Morgan to hold open houses in Berkshire and Franklin counties | masslive

      National Grid, Berkshire Gas, and Columbia Gas are among a dozen New England local distribution companies which have signed agreements for capacity along the line, ISO New England CEO Gordon van Welie said last week. Power plants are expected to be big customers, but have not signed long-term contracts for the gas. Gas from any pipeline development in the Northeast could make its way to LNG compression and shipping facilities in Canada and Maine, said Van Welie.

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    22. Region needs energy upgrades, including more natural gas pipeline capacity, says grid operator ISO New England

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      Region needs energy upgrades, including more natural gas pipeline capacity, says grid operator ISO New England

      ISO New England, based in Holyoke, is the federally-regulated, independent organization which dispatches power plants over six states, administers wholesale energy markets, and works to ensure grid reliability. ISO stands for "Independent System Operator." Natural gas pipeline constraints are both hobbling the ability of New England power plants to produce competitively-priced electricity and threatening grid reliability, said Van Welie, who described the 2015 regional power grid as a "system in transition."

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Holyoke

    23. Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline friends, foes gear up for battle in 2015; events planned | masslive.com

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      Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline friends, foes gear up for battle in 2015; events planned | masslive.com

      Friends and foes of a high-pressure, high capacity natural gas pipeline that would cross portions of Berkshire, Franklin and Hampshire counties on its way to a distribution hub in Dracut are gearing up for a fight in 2015. 

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    24. WMECo will operate under new corporate name: Eversource | masslive

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      WMECo will operate under new corporate name: Eversource | masslive

      The Western Massachusetts Electric Co. and WMECo names are going away as part of a corporate re-branding, according to a news release issued Wednesday.  Parent company Northeast Utilities will switch its name to Eversource Energy as of Feb. 2. All subsidiaries of Hartford-based Northeast Utilities will take the name including Western Massachusetts Electric Co., NSTAR in Eastern and Central Massachusetts, Connecticut Light and Power Co., Public Service Company of New Hampshire and Yankee Gas Services Co.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Springfield   Greenfield

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