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    1. 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

    2. Palmer Renewable Energy plans for construction of biomass plant following Massachusetts Land Court ruling

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      Palmer Renewable Energy plans for construction of biomass plant following Massachusetts Land Court ruling

      A lawyer representing Palmer Renewable Energy said Wednesday the company is “looking forward” to moving ahead with a biomass wood burning plant in East Springfield following a state court ruling that reinstated its building permits. Thomas A. Mackie, a Boston lawyer representing the company, offered no estimate of when construction could begin, but praised the Massachusetts Land Court for ruling that the permits are valid. The Springfield Zoning Board of Appeals had overturned the building permits. That move was overruled by last week’s court decision.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield

    3. Mass energy department awards UMass-Amherst $2.5 million to create endowed chair in renewable energy

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      Mass energy department awards UMass-Amherst $2.5 million to create endowed chair in renewable energy

      The University of Massachusetts College of Engineering has been awarded $2.5 million from the state Department of Energy Resources to create a new endowed chair in renewable energy. Tim Anderson, dean of the College of Engineering, said he plans to conduct a national search beginning in the fall of 2015, according to a UMass release. "There has been tremendous progress in renewable energy during the past 10 years," Anderson said. "The endowed chair will ensure that the College of Engineering stays at the frontier of energy research."

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    4. East Springfield biomass wood-burning plant permit reinstated by Massachusetts Land Court

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      East Springfield biomass wood-burning plant permit reinstated by Massachusetts Land Court

      Massachusetts Land Court has granted Palmer Renewable Energy’s request to reinstate its building permit for a biomass wood-burning plant in East Springfield, undoing the Springfield Zoning Board of Appeals’ decision that the building permit was invalid. The decision states that no special permit is needed and the building permit is reinstated, City Solicitor Edward Pikula said. Pikula said he is still reviewing the decision. Palmer Renewable Energy proposed building a 35-megawatt, wood-to-energy plant on the grounds of Palmer Paving Co. property near the intersection of Page Boulevard and Cadwell Drive.

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      Mentions:   Palmer   Springfield

    5. Kinder Morgan: no tariff needed to pay for Tennesee Gas Pipeline - The Republican

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      Kinder Morgan: no tariff needed to pay for Tennesee Gas Pipeline - The Republican

      Kinder Morgan officials say they can afford to build a natural gas pipeline across Massachusetts whether or not a ratepayer tariff is approved to help pay for the $2-3 billion project. Representatives from the energy company were on hand Tuesday night for a well-attended Select Board meeting and public speak-out in Northfield, one of 44 municipalities the highly-contested Tennessee Gas Pipeline would cross in in six counties on its way from New York state to the Boston area.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Holyoke   Westfield

    6. Columbia Gas donates natural gas combustible indicators to Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team

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      Columbia Gas donates natural gas combustible indicators to Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team

      Members of the Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue team are now better prepared to conduct confined space rescues thanks to to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts. The company donated three natural gas combustible indicators – and provided the training to safely use them – Friday morning. Confined spaces pose can pose safety challengers to rescuers because they can contain hazardous materials in gas or liquid form. The donation of the state-of-the-art detectors, which monitor air for the displacement of oxygen and the presence of toxic or explosive gases, allows members of the team to perform an initial assessment of the air before they enter ...

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Westfield

    7. $36.2 million village, solar farm proposed for former Belchertown State School land; $1 million in annual taxes estimated for town

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      $36.2 million village, solar farm proposed for former Belchertown State School land; $1 million in annual taxes estimated for town

      A private developer proposed a $36.2 million construction project built over a 10-year period at the former Belchertown State School that includes 310,000 square feet of interior building space for an assortment of uses within 220 total units.  And a renewable energy firm presented plans to erect a 3 megawatt solar farm.  The developers said the 80-acre parcel would use 40 acres for the buildings, 20 for solar, and there is 20 acres of wetlands.  The ideas were unveiled at a public forum at town hall on Wednesday.  According to one of the developers, Windsor Mallett, the concept ...

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    8. Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield, South Hadley electric companies receive state grants to improve energy efficiency

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      Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield, South Hadley electric companies receive state grants to improve energy efficiency

      Four Western Massachusetts communities will replace streetlights with more energy-efficient bulbs and help commercial and industrial businesses and homeowners make their buildings more energy efficient, thanks to a state grant. This month, a total of $1.8 million was distributed to 14 municipal electric companies across the state through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative run through the state Department of Energy resources. The grants are designed to increase energy efficiency in a variety of different ways.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Westfield

    9. UMass to save energy costs thanks to new solar array on Whately Farm

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      UMass to save energy costs thanks to new solar array on Whately Farm

      A solar project coming on-line on a farm here Thursday will save the University of Massachusetts between $60,000 and $75,000 a year in electric costs as well as help the farmer leasing his land and the town. Nexamp built the solar project on Fairview Farms and is celebrating the opening Thursday with local and UMass officials. Nexamp, which has an office in Boston, met the Sandersons in 2011 following an event Nexamp held to talk about the benefits of solar for farmers, according to Laureen Sanderson, a Nexamp a spokeswoman said in an email. The project broke ground ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    10. Holyoke Gas and Electric Manager James Lavelle said region needs more

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      Holyoke Gas and Electric Manager James Lavelle said region needs more

      The proposed and controversial expansion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline possibly through Franklin County might not be a bad idea, said the head of the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department. The Northeast needs additional natural gas pipeline capacity, said James M. Lavelle, manager of the Holyoke Gas and Electric Department (HGE).

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield   Holyoke

    11. Many Tennessee Gas Pipeline questions still up in the air after Greenfield meeting with Kinder Morgan representatives

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      Many Tennessee Gas Pipeline questions still up in the air after Greenfield meeting with Kinder Morgan representatives

      Four representatives fielded questions during a joint meeting of the Franklin County Regional Council of Governments and the Franklin Regional Planning Board. The representatives discussed process specifics and reasons behind the proposed expansion to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, which would cut about 180 miles across the state through northern Massachusetts, not including lateral lines. Spokesman Allen Fore said the route is not yet set in stone, and he called it a survey corridor rather than a proposed route. “Not a single permit has been filed,” he said. When asked why Kinder Morgan doesn’t build the pipeline along an existing ...

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Greenfield

    12. Green Amherst receives $165,539 from the state for 4 energy savings projects

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      Green Amherst receives $165,539 from the state for 4 energy savings projects

      The town has received $165,539 from the Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy for four projects that will ultimately cut energy consumption by nearly 2 percent overall. The town applied for funding for five projects but received funding for four, said. Stephanie Ciccarello, sustainability coordinator. The return on the investment on the fifth project - attic insulation at Town Hall was determined to be too long, she said.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    13. Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. expands efficiency programs in Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield, other places | masslive

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      Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. expands efficiency programs in Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield, other places | masslive

      Eleven municipal utilities, including those in Chicopee, Holyoke, South Hadley and Westfield, a long with the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. will expand energy efficiency programs thanks to a $1.8 million state grant.  Announced Friday, July 11, the grants will be used to help fund customer rebate programs offsetting the cost of energy efficiency improvements and for conversions to high-efficiency LED streetlights in many communities, according to a news release from MMWEC. The money from from the state Department of Energy Resources.

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      Mentions:   Chicopee   Holyoke   Westfield

    14. State grant promotes Westfield Gas and Electric Department energy conservation programs

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      State grant promotes Westfield Gas and Electric Department energy conservation programs

      A $235,000 state Department of Energy Resources grant will be used to further efforts of the Westfield Gas and Electric Department in energy conservation for both residential and commercial customers. Utility manager Daniel Howard said Friday the grant, the second the utility has received in as many years, allows the department to continue its work with the city on energy efficiency projects and programs. It will allow the utility to upgrade pumps and other equipment at the city's Waste Water Treatment Plant, retrofit lighting at the Woodward Gymnasium at Westfield State University, continue modernization efforts within the gas ...

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   Westfield

    15. Holyoke farmers' market to get visit from bicyclists highlighting concerns about proposed expansion into Franklin County of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

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      Holyoke farmers' market to get visit from bicyclists highlighting concerns about proposed expansion into Franklin County of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

      Six members of the Climate Summer 2014 Team Western Mass. have been bicycling across the state and will be at the farmers' market here Thursday (July 3) to highlight concerns about the proposed expansion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. The expansion of the pipeline in the Northeastern United States is believed to include a route through Franklin County, though a company spokesman said routes haven't been finalized and the company is committed to public safety and protection of the environment. Tennessee Gas Pipeline is part of the Kinder-Morgan company of Houston, Texas.

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      Mentions:   Amherst   Northampton   Greenfield

    16. Powerful Statement | BusinessWest

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      Powerful Statement | BusinessWest

      When Patrick Quinlan and Bill Stein went about the task of assigning a name to the company they started in 2012 to design, build, and service small wind turbines, they quickly settled on ‘Black Island.’  That phrase may not mean much to most people — Quinlan joked that many who hear it think it has something to do with pirates — but it does resonate with those who know their geography. Or their wind power.  Black Island, so named because of a distinct lack of snow — there is also a White Island nearby that obviously has some — is in the Ross Archipelago ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Greenfield   Clean Energy Center

    17. WMECo opens third solar power facility | masslive

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      WMECo opens third solar power facility | masslive

      With construction of WMECo's third solar facility complete in East Springfield, the company's newest and largest solar plant is now generating up to 3.9 megawatts of electric power.  Built on a capped landfill on Cottage Street in East Springfield, Western Massachusetts Electric Co. latest facility contains nearly 13,000 solar panels joining completed facilites on Goodwin Street in the Indian Orchard section of town and one in Pittsfield, according to a news release.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    18. Scuderi Group and AHIS of Mexico Sign Power-purchasing Agreement

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      Scuderi Group and AHIS of Mexico Sign Power-purchasing Agreement

      The Scuderi Group announced the signing of a power-purchasing agreement (PPA) with Mexico City-based developer and gaming company AHIS in an effort to lower electrical costs by up to 20% at 13 of its properties. This contract also enables the Scuderi Group to be given authorization to generate electricity for the Mexican power grid. According to the agreement, the Scuderi Group will build the necessary power-generation and energy-storage units to be installed at 13 of AHIS’s casinos located in Mexico City and other resort locations, which currently house an average of 350 machines each, as well as sports/race ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Scuderi Group

    19. Southwick in line for first solar farm

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      Southwick in line for first solar farm

      SunDurance and Carbon Finance will lease property at 63 Congamond Road, the estate of Joan Miller, said town officials. The solar operation will involve about 30 acres of land at that site, they said. Construction is expected to begin by late summer or early fall and be the project should be operational in 2015. The solar array will generate up to five megawatts of electric power. "This is a pilot program and the result of negotiations between the town and developer that was assisted by Roy Bishop and Associates of Agawam on behalf of Southwick," Fox said.

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      Mentions:   Westfield

    20. Holoyke planned for the inevitable closing of Mount Tom power plant

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      Holoyke planned for the inevitable closing of Mount Tom power plant

      Even before Monday’s announcement that the coal-fired Mount Tom Power Station would shut down permanently, city officials were planning for its eventual closure. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has studying ways to re-use the 52-year-old owned by GDF SUEZ Energy North America, using a $100,000 grant,, Mayor Alex B. Morse said. “We knew this was inevitable and we have been pro-active in planning for the closure and the re-use of the property,” he said.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   Clean Energy Center

    21. UMass wins business leader award for energy efficency

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      UMass wins business leader award for energy efficency

      The 2014 Northeast Business Leaders for Energy Efficiency Recognition Program has named the University of Massachusetts as the state champion in energy efficiency. The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships honors one institutional energy customer from each state in the Northeast for its commitment to sustainable innovation and for contributions in keeping the region a national leader in accelerating energy efficiency, according to a press release. Western Massachusetts Electric Co., which supplies about 25 percent of the campus electricity, nominated the campus as its most efficient customer. 

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Northeast Utilities   Amherst

    22. Details of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion

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      Details of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion

      Controversy continues surrounding the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion into Franklin County, and concerned communities have held public discussions over the issues. A public forum featuring expert panelists will take place June 3 in Greenfield. Here is some of the basic information involved with the proposed expansion:The 13,900-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline, run by a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, currently runs from southern Texas and the Gulf of Mexico to the Northeast. The pipeline runs through 14 states, including Massachusetts, where it traces the southern edge of the state and spreads through the Boston and Pittsfield areas.

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      Mentions:   Greenfield Community College   Springfield   Northampton

    23. Westfield approves lease of former landfill for site of solar farm

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      Westfield approves lease of former landfill for site of solar farm

      The City Council has approved the lease of the former Twiss Street landfill parcel for creation of a solar farm expected to bring the city about $85,000 in annual property tax and fees. The farm, once operational by Twiss Street Solar LLC, a subsidary of Citizen Energy, will also provide low cost electricity for city use, officials said.

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      Mentions:   Westfield   The Republican   Daniel M. Knapik

    24. Black Island Wind Turbines - an incubator graduate and current Growth Advisory Program member - wins $150K grant from MassCEC to grow - The Business Growth Center

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      Black Island Wind Turbines - an incubator graduate and current Growth Advisory Program member - wins $150K grant from MassCEC to grow - The Business Growth Center

      Black Island Wind Turbines – an incubator graduate and current Growth Advisory Program member – wins $150K grant from MassCEC to grow

      * April 17, 2014

      * Marla Michel * Leave a comment * News

      Black Island Wind Turbines (www.blackislandwindturbines.com) has received a $150,000 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to expand its markets and manufacturing capacity for its super-high reliable wind turbines.

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Marla Michel   Clean Energy Center

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