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    1. 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

    2. 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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    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. 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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    15. 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

    16. 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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    17. 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

    18. Northampton receives $3 million energy grant to create mini-grid

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      Northampton receives $3 million energy grant to create mini-grid

      The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has awarded the city $3,078,960 to create a mini-grid at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Smith Vocational High School and the Department of Public Works headquarters in case of an extended power outage.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    19. Chicopee to demolish long-vacant military housing, build solar farm for Westover

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      Chicopee to demolish long-vacant military housing, build solar farm for Westover

      A state grant will help the city demolish 128 vacant military homes that have been a problem for more than a decade and use the land for a solar farm to benefit nearby Westover Air Reserve Base. Mayor Richard J. Kos announced at the School Committee meeting Wednesday the city will receive a $1 million grant that will allow the city to demolish the housing and use the property for a solar farm. The plan is to partner with Westover Air Reserve Base officials to reduce the energy costs for the military, Kos said.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Chicopee

    20. Economic Development Council in favor of increased natural gas capacity in

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      Economic Development Council in favor of increased natural gas capacity in

      The Economic Development Council also mentioned the Northeast Utilities / Spectra proposes an expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline that would increase natural gas supplies available to the Springfield area and eastern Massachusetts. "If you are on the supply side of the discussion it doesn't matter where the route is or where it goes as long as we get more natural gas," said Allen W. Blair, president and CEO of the Economic Development Council, who is retiring at the end of this month. And more gas is needed, Blair said, because current levels are already driving up prices of electricity. More ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Northeast Utilities   Springfield

    21. New route proposed for Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline would bring it through New Hampshire

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      New route proposed for Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline would bring it through New Hampshire

      The company seeking to build a high-pressure natural gas pipeline in Massachusetts has proposed an alternative route that includes part of southern New Hampshire. The route would travel from New York into western Massachusetts for 63 miles, then turn north and continue for another 70 miles in southern New Hampshire before turning south again and ending in Dracut. Kinder Morgan spokesman Allen Fore said Friday that the path would weave through 16 Massachusetts communities and 17 in New Hampshire.

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    22. Holyoke ideas for reuse of former coal plant include mixed-use with community ownership, natural gas provider

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      Holyoke ideas for reuse of former coal plant include mixed-use with community ownership, natural gas provider

      Among ideas pitched to reuse the closed Mount Tom Power Station on Route 5 Wednesday (Dec. 3) were to sell it to the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department to run as a natural-gas provider or to make it a mixed-use site. Whatever happens, a decision is perhaps years away, a consultant told a gathering of about 60 people at the Holyoke Transportation Center, 206 Maple St. "We like to look at things through a lense of possibilities and then try to figure out how you might actually do it," said Kevin Hively, founder of Ninigret Partners, an economic development consultant ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Clean Energy Center   Holyoke Transportation Center

    23. Holyoke meeting set on reuse of closed Mount Tom Power Station site and cleaning soil of contaminants | masslive.com

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      Holyoke meeting set on reuse of closed Mount Tom Power Station site and cleaning soil of contaminants | masslive.com

      Discussing how the site of the coal-powered Mount Tom Power Station should be reused will be discussed at a meeting Wednesday (Dec. 3).  The public is encouraged to attend the 6 p.m. session at the Holyoke Transportation Center, 206 Maple St., a press release said.  'This study seeks to determine the best way to repurpose the site to maximize benefits for Holyoke ...,' said Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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    24. Using capped landfills to site solar farms makes sunshine work for communities: Editorial | masslive.com

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      Using capped landfills to site solar farms makes sunshine work for communities: Editorial | masslive.com

      Mayor Daniel M. Knapik announced Tuesday that Citizens Energy Corp. will break ground next week on a $3 million solar farm at the former Twiss Street landfill.  The 2.5 million megawatt solar array is expected to bring in $85,000 in property tax and fees. The structure is $7,500 annually and another $75,000 in lease payments. The terms are valid for the next 20 years.

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