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    1. FERC session on Kinder Morgan pipeline draws hundreds; six western Mass lawmakers call for a reboot of the process | masslive.com

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      FERC session on Kinder Morgan pipeline draws hundreds; six western Mass lawmakers call for a reboot of the process | masslive.com

      Northeast Energy Direct (NED) would deliver natural gas from the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania to markets in New England. The market path would travel from Wright, New York to a transmission hub in Dracut via western Massachusetts and a swath of southern New Hampshire. The pipeline is planned by Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.  Nearly every elected official who spoke, including selectboard members from a number of rural towns along the route, asked FERC for more time to submit input on the scope of the EIS. FERC has imposed an August 31 deadline for submitting formal comment on ...

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    2. Berkshire Gas' investment in gas pipeline project supported by state agency

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      Berkshire Gas' investment in gas pipeline project supported by state agency

      Granted a status that was not allowed state Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, the state Department of Energy Resources has filed a statement with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities endorsing the proposed contract between Berkshire Gas Company and the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline that Houston company Kinder Morgan wants to build through Massachusetts. UIL Holdings Corporation, which owns Berkshire Gas and a number of other gas companies in the region, announced last week it will acquire a 2.5 percent interest in Northeast Expansion LLC., which amounts to an $80 million investment in the pipeline project.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    3. Berkshire Gas parent company UIL Holdings invests in Kinder Morgan pipeline

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      Berkshire Gas parent company UIL Holdings invests in Kinder Morgan pipeline

      The parent company of Berkshire Gas has announced an $80 million investment in Northeast Energy Direct, the interstate pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan's Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. UIL Holdings Corporation announced on Friday that it will acquire a 2.5 percent interest in Northeast Expansion LLC. "We are pleased to have this opportunity to participate in this critical investment in New England's energy infrastructure," said James P. Torgerson, UIL's president and chief executive officer in a statement. "The NED project will bring abundant, low-cost and critically-needed natural gas supplies to the heart of New England, helping alleviate ...

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Greenfield

    4. Kinder Morgan/TGP releases environmental data five days before Greenfield scoping session on NED pipeline | masslive.com

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      Kinder Morgan/TGP releases environmental data five days before Greenfield scoping session on NED pipeline | masslive.com

      The Kinder Morgan subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. on Friday submitted a major draft environmental resource report for its proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project.  The report, which appeared on the website of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Friday afternoon, consists of over 6,500 pages of data in the form of 79 different volumes. It represents a revision of plans filed March 13.

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    5. UMass researchers developing device to keep bats from wind turbine blades

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      UMass researchers developing device to keep bats from wind turbine blades

      The project is funded by a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and a $62,500 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Paul R. Sievert, associate professor in environmental conservation, is overseeing the project.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Clean Energy Center

    6. Gas pipeline company downsizes proposed compressor station in Northfield

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      Gas pipeline company downsizes proposed compressor station in Northfield

      Kinder Morgan, which announced last week that its board had authorized a scaled-back version of its proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline, has also downsized plans for an 80,000-horsepower compressor station in Northfield to 41,000 horsepower, nearly halving it. The compressor station, which has residents concerned about noise and the possibilities it might devalue property nearby or be a source of pollution, is arguably the No. 1 topic of controversy in the small town, according to Town Administrator Brian Noble.

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      Mentions:   Northampton

    7. Environmental activists urge state to lift cap on solar energy subsidy program

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      Environmental activists urge state to lift cap on solar energy subsidy program

      Area environmental advocates gathered on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday as part of a 10-city "Soak Up the Sun" tour to urge the state to lift a cap on a solar energy subsidy program. Those taking part in the tour included Ben Hellerstein, state director of Environment Massachusetts, who said the cap on "net metering" is threatening the growth of solar power and new solar energy projects in many communities. Net metering allows solar owners – businesses, local governments, nonprofits and other groups – to receive "fair credit for the electricity they provide back to the grid," Hellerstein said.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   MassMutual   Mount Holyoke College

    8. Wilbraham Planning Board preparing to issue decision on solar energy system proposed off Tinkham Road | masslive.com

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      Wilbraham Planning Board preparing to issue decision on solar energy system proposed off Tinkham Road | masslive.com

      The Planning Board on Aug. 19 expects to consider a draft decision on a proposed ground mounted solar energy system on six acres of land off Tinkham Road owned by the Charles Merrick Trust.  On that date, the Planning Board could issue a decision, with conditions, Planning Board Chairman Jeffrey Smith said.  The proposal by No Fossil Fuel LLC is to site a 131,840-square-foot solar array on property that was damaged in the June 1, 2011 tornado.

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    9. Kinder Morgan board OKs scaled-back version of Tennessee Gas Pipeline's controversial NED project

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      Kinder Morgan board OKs scaled-back version of Tennessee Gas Pipeline's controversial NED project

      If the so-called "market path" of the controversial Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline is ever built, its capacity will apparently be much smaller than the original top estimate of 2.2 billion cubic feet per day. Kinder Morgan announced Thursday that its board of directors had authorized its subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to proceed with a $3.3 billion investment in a 30-inch pipeline carrying up to 1.3 billion cubic feet of gas daily from Wright, New York to Dracut, Massachusetts.

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    10. FERC to hold Greenfield scoping session on environmental impact of Kinder Morgan pipeline

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      FERC to hold Greenfield scoping session on environmental impact of Kinder Morgan pipeline

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will visit Greenfield on July 29 to conduct a formal scoping session regarding the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.'s Northeast Energy Direct project. The public meeting will mark the beginning of a 60-day period during which FERC will decide upon the scope of issues to be included in an environmental impact statement for the project, which is required under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    11. Deerfield zoning board OKs 6-megawatt solar farm

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      A Chicago company that wants to build a 6-megawatt solar farm in Deerfield won a variance from the town's Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday. Lake Street Development proposes the facility on 18 acres of a 200-acre site near the East Deerfield Quarry, reports the Greenfield Recorder. The property near 901 River Road is owned by All States Materials Group. Lake Street would lease the land, which is crossed by an Eversource Energy right-of-way.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Greenfield

    12. Kinder-Morgan gas pipeline opponents ask federal commission to delay public hearings

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      Kinder-Morgan gas pipeline opponents ask federal commission to delay public hearings

      Groups opposing the Northeast Energy Direct project, popularly known as the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reschedule a series of public hearings on the pipeline so they can properly review the project. FERC has scheduled meetings, including one on July 29 in Greenfield, to allow the public to weigh on in the so-called "scoping" process, a review of reports by parent company Kinder Morgan. Pipeline opponents say those reports are vague, however, and lack critical details they might address.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield

    13. Shutesbury group opposes solar farm on W.D. Cowls forest land

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      Shutesbury group opposes solar farm on W.D. Cowls forest land

      A group of Shutesbury residents called "The Alliance for Appropriate Development" seeks a moratorium on commercial solar farms and wind turbines until a zoning bylaw can be developed and adopted to regulate such renewable energy facilities. Lake Street Development Partners of Chicago will need a special permit from the Planning Board to build a 6.2-megawatt solar farm on 30 acres of forest land owned by W.D. Cowls, Inc. The land is located off Pratt Corner Road near the Leverett line and is near an existing electrical substation. It is part of a larger 850-acre Cowls-owned site known as ...

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      Mentions:   Daily Hampshire Gazette   Amherst

    14. 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

    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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

    18. 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

    19. 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

    20. 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

    21. 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

    22. 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

    23. 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

    24. 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

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