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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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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    10. 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

    11. 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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    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. 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

    15. 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

    16. 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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    17. 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

    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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

    21. 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

    22. 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

    23. 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

    24. 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

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