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    1. DPU hearing tonight on Berkshire Gas pipeline deal with Kinder Morgan

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      DPU hearing tonight on Berkshire Gas pipeline deal with Kinder Morgan

      Berkshire Gas seeks to purchase up to 36,000 dekatherms per day from the pipeline known as Northeast Energy Direct, or NED. The 36-inch line would cross Western Massachusetts on its way from Pennsylvania and Wright, New York, to a regional gas distribution hub in Dracut. Berkshire is the first of several local gas companies lined up to seek DPU approval for a capacity deal on the pipeline, which would be sized to carry up to 2.2 billion cubic feet per day to various markets in the Northeast, including possible export.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Amherst   Northampton

    2. Kinder Morgan eliminates plan for 14.5 mile spur of pipeline in Central Massachusetts | masslive.com

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      Kinder Morgan eliminates plan for 14.5 mile spur of pipeline in Central Massachusetts | masslive.com

      Kinder Morgan, the company behind two new lengths of pipeline spanning from Pennsylvania to New Hampshire and Massachusetts, said that its has canceled plans for a short spur off of the Fitchburg branch of the state's natural gas network. The removal of the spur will not affect the company's larger expansion plans for the state.
      Allen Fore, the vice president of government affairs for Kinder Morgan, said that the decision to scale back this portion of the pipeline project was commercial in nature.

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    3. Proposed Northfield compressor for Tennessee Gas Pipeline revealed | masslive.com

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      Proposed Northfield compressor for Tennessee Gas Pipeline revealed | masslive.com

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released a long-awaited map showing the 242-acre site that Kinder Morgan hopes to acquire for one of the nation's biggest compressor stations along the Tennessee Gas Pipeline.  The 80,000 horsepower compressor station would sit on ten of those acres and pump natural gas along the pipeline. Smaller compressors on other gas pipelines have created noise problems.

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    4. Holyoke utility to pour $2 million from land sale into operating budget

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      Holyoke utility to pour $2 million from land sale into operating budget

      - Rising transmission and other costs mean that the $2 million the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department gets in selling Whiting Farms Road property will help in keeping rates lower than most utilities but won't reduce rate-payers' bills, an official said. "Although the $2 million proceeds from the land sale would be a significant influx of cash flow, it is only a one time infusion of cash, as opposed to the increases to operating expenses, which are recurring," department Manager James M. Lavelle said Friday (May 29).

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Chicopee   Holyoke

    5. Trinity Solar opens Western Massachusetts office at Open Square in Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Trinity Solar opens Western Massachusetts office at Open Square in Holyoke | masslive.com

      The New Jersey company announced this month that they're moving into Open Square in Holyoke. 'Open Square met our needs perfectly. Its location allows quick access to customers throughout the Pioneer Valley,' said Regional Director Eric Wilson. 'And the fact that it's mixed-use meant affordable warehouse and beautiful office space in the same complex.'

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. 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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    15. 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

    16. 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

    17. 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

    18. 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

    19. 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

    20. 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

    21. 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

    22. 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

    23. 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

    24. 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

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