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    1. 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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    2. 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

    3. 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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    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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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    9. 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

    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. Press barred from Kinder Morgan gas pipeline meeting for Franklin County business community | masslive

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      Press barred from Kinder Morgan gas pipeline meeting for Franklin County business community | masslive

      The public and the press are not invited to an upcoming Franklin County meeting regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas pipeline.  The Dec. 2 morning event, co-sponsored by Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Greenfield Community College's downtown campus. The meeting is open by invitation only, targeting chamber board members and large energy users in the region, the Greenfield Recorder reports.  The event will feature presentations by Kinder Morgan, Berkshire Gas, Columbia Gas, the Northeast Gas Association and ISO-New England, the region's electric grid operator. Representatives from Western ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Amherst

    13. WEMCo 29-percent electricity rate hike approved by the state Department of Public Utilities

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      WEMCo 29-percent electricity rate hike approved by the state Department of Public Utilities

      The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Friday approved a 29 percent Western Massachusetts Electric Co.'s  basic rate for electricity customers. The utility, also known as WMECo, asked for the rate increase because natural gas, the fuel used to generate most of the electricity in New England, is in short supply.

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Springfield   Holyoke

    14. University of Massachusetts to review state's environmental resources that could be affected by proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

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      University of Massachusetts to review state's environmental resources that could be affected by proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

      The University of Massachusetts Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment plans to issue a report next month that will provide a framework for further analysis of the environmental impact of the proposed pipeline, according to Scott Jackson, associate professor of environmental conservation. "We're not attempting to make the pipeline look good or bad," Scott said. "We're trying to collect any and all information, and leave it to others to use that information."

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    15. Massachusetts Sen. Stanley Rosenberg seeks information on what effect Tennessee Gas pipeline could have on conservation land

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      Massachusetts Sen. Stanley Rosenberg seeks information on what effect Tennessee Gas pipeline could have on conservation land

      Rosenberg has asked the University of Massachusetts' Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment to conduct an analysis of the conservation land impacts of the proposed natural gas pipeline from Richmond to Dracut. In filings with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week, Tennessee Gas described its preferred route, which would cut through dozens of state parks, forests, and other preserved land and waterways on its way across the state.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Greenfield

    16. Tennessee Gas files environmental report on its gas pipeline with the federal government

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      Tennessee Gas files environmental report on its gas pipeline with the federal government

      The voluminous report states that the pipeline will be built to deliver 2.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to Massachusetts. Tennessee Gas, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, maintains that the new line, which will run 125 miles from Wright, N.Y. to Dracut, is necessary to meet the demand for natural gas in the region. It will have the additional benefit of lowering electricity costs because the gas will power generating stations, the report said.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    17. Discussion of new site for South Hadley Electric Light Department expected to draw crowd Tuesday

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      Discussion of new site for South Hadley Electric Light Department expected to draw crowd Tuesday

      The company's property manager, Dominic Angelini, of Westfield, says he will attend the Tuesday night meeting and make a presentation. “I plan to present the 28 Gaylord St. property as: 1] A very good alternative; 2] At a significant reduced cost of the proposed new facility at $ 10.8 million,” Angelini said in a statement. “I have sent my handout with my comments to Reinhardt [and] to all the commissioners two weeks ago.”

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    18. Regional Growth Strong for Electrochemical Companies

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      Regional Growth Strong for Electrochemical Companies

      Western New England University, a private university in Springfield, Mass, is renowned for their personal attention to students. The University is committed to being a leader regionally and recognized nationally in providing integrated professional and liberal learning. Additionally, the University is characterized by a synergy that results internally from the collaboration of its programs in Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Law and externally from the important strategic partnerships and alliances forged with the local and regional business, educational, and civic community.

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      Mentions:   Western New England University   Springfield

    19. Western Massachusetts clean energy jobs grow 8 percent, many of the new jobs are in research, manufacturing | masslive

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      Western Massachusetts clean energy jobs grow 8 percent, many of the new jobs are in research, manufacturing | masslive

      The clean energy economy in Western Massachusetts has grown to 11,990 in 2014 employed clean energy workers, an 8 percent increase from 2013, according to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Jobs Report issued Monday by Gov. Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Northeast Utilities

    20. Northampton gets state grant for solar array

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      Northampton gets state grant for solar array

      The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has awarded the city a $525,401 grant to help its emergency response network continue operations during long-term power outages. The money will finance a solar-electric array to power the Fire Department during outages. Mayor David J. Narkewicz said the array will help Northampton through emergencies like Tropical Storm Irene and the Halloween ice storm of 2011. “It is vital that our City be able to maintain essential services, particularly emergency response services, during these critical times," the mayor said.

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      Mentions:   Northampton   Cooley Dickinson Hospital

    21. State awards $7M for municipal cleantech projects

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      State awards $7M for municipal cleantech projects

      This is the first round of project grants from the state Department of Energy Resources' $40 million initiative, which is aimed at paying for clean energy projects that can help communities keep or restore power after a major disruption in electrical service. The funding for these project grants, along with a previous round of technical assistance awards, comes from alternative compliance payments made by major electric utilities if they fall short of the state’s renewable energy or alternative energy procurement goals.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Baystate Health   Springfield

    22. Pipeline constraints will force this Mass. utility to stop accepting new customers

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      Pipeline constraints will force this Mass. utility to stop accepting new customers

      Like their counterparts at other utilities, Berkshire Gas executives are always looking for new customers. But Berkshire will soon be forced to turn them away, at least in the eastern half of its service territory. Spokesman Chris Farrell tells me Berkshire Gas expects to declare a moratorium on new customers for its Franklin County territory, primarily in and around Greenfield, by the end of the year. And then, by mid-2015, the United Illuminating subsidiary will have to do the same for its adjacent Hampshire County territory, where UMass Amherst is its biggest customer.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Greenfield

    23. ISO New England adjusts to changing electricity market | masslive

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      ISO New England adjusts to changing electricity market | masslive

      From a closely guarded control room in Holyoke, analysts forecast the region's electrical usage, directing power plants to fire up or wind down as they strive to maintain a constant level of electricity along New England's 8,500 miles of high voltage power lines.  The future holds new challenges for ISO New England, which oversees the electrical grid from Maine to Connecticut. The annual forward capacity market that will be held in February, looking at power generation capability for the 2017-2018 season, will for the first time include a deficit.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    24. Springfield City Council will discuss options, potential appeal, regarding planned construction of biomass plant

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      Springfield City Council will discuss options, potential appeal, regarding planned construction of biomass plant

      The Massachusetts Land Court recently ruled Palmer Renewable Energy is entitled to building permits for its proposed $150 million biomass plant near the intersection of Cadwell Drive and Roosevelt Avenue. The city building commissioner had issued the permits for initial construction, but both were revoked by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals. Palmer Renewable Energy appealed to the Land Court in Boston, and won.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield

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