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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. Energy Secretary Richard Sullivan announces $6 million grant to create energy extension service at UMass

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      Energy Secretary Richard Sullivan announces $6 million grant to create energy extension service at UMass

      Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan announced the creation of a new extension service at the University of Massachusetts – this one to address energy aided by a $6 million grant. The university already has a long of tradition of extension service in agriculture; this will be the same to meet community energy needs, Sullivan said. Sullivan made the announcement during his remarks at a daylong workshop called “Helping Communities with Renewable Energy” Thursday morning at UMass.  The new service will be administrated by the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    15. U.S. energy secretary: Energy issues in New England, where costs among highest in nation, vexing

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      U.S. energy secretary: Energy issues in New England, where costs among highest in nation, vexing

      New England governors announced a plan in January to expand natural gas use. The governors of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont asked the region's grid operator for technical help to seek proposals to build transmission equipment and public works to deliver enough electricity to serve 1.2 million to 3.6 million homes. The states also asked the system operator, ISO-New England, to devise a way to finance the project.

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    16. Holyoke Gas and Electric customers could net savings from ongoing meter study involving high performance computing center

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      Holyoke Gas and Electric customers could net savings from ongoing meter study involving high performance computing center

      Researchers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst are working with the HGE and the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center here on the pilot program. They are analyzing electricity usage as recorded by the "smart electric meters" the utility already has installed at its more than 18,000 customers' homes, said a press release from Patrick J. Callahan of the UMass Office of News and Media Relations. The project is funded by a $200,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, the press release said. Meters report electronically every five minutes and such detail is being gathered ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke   The Republican

    17. Colorado collective buys Hadley solar array, offers solar use without panels

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      Colorado collective buys Hadley solar array, offers solar use without panels

      Clean Energy Collective, a Colorado-based, community-owned solar developer, has purchased Western Massachusetts Community Solar Array, a 997 kW community solar facility in Hadley, from BlueWave Capital, a Boston-based solar developer and management company. The collective is also buying Southeastern Massachusetts Community Solar Array, a 997 kW facility in Rehoboth,

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      Mentions:   Western Massachusetts Electric Company   Clean Energy Center

    18. Clean Energy Collective and RGS Energy to Deploy First Community-Owned Solar Facilities in Massachusetts

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      Clean Energy Collective and RGS Energy to Deploy First Community-Owned Solar Facilities in Massachusetts

      RGS Energy, a nationwide leader of turnkey solar energy solutions for residential, commercial, and utility customers, will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for two large solar arrays of nearly 1 megawatt (MW) each owned and operated by CEC. One will be located in Hadley, Mass. and serve customers of Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo). The other will be deployed in Rehoboth, Mass. to serve National Grid customers. Construction has already begun on the two sites, with interconnection planned for the end of June.

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      Mentions:   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    19. Western Massachusetts Electric Co. to conduct aerial inspections throughout service area Wednesday and Thursday

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      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. to conduct aerial inspections throughout service area Wednesday and Thursday

      Western Massachusetts Electric Co. will conduct its annual aerial inspections of transmission lines, towers and rights-of-way throughout its service area on Wednesday and Thursday. The helicopter may hover over certain areas or pieces of equipment for a period of time before moving on, WMECO spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said. The helicopter to be used is blue and silver and has a tail number of N1431W.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   Amherst

    20. Northeast Utilities gets clearance to move ahead with IT layoffs, service center closures

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      Northeast Utilities gets clearance to move ahead with IT layoffs, service center closures

      A report filed with Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority show that Connecticut has taken the brunt of the job cuts so far. About 70 percent of the 220 merger-related job reductions that took place by the end of last September — 155 jobs — were in the Nutmeg State. There were 50 in Massachusetts and 15 in New Hampshire over the same time period. By the end of December, a total of 267 jobs had been cut from the NU-NStar work force, according to a filing with Massachusetts’ Department of Public Utilities. Northeast Utilities now has about 8,700 employees, down ...

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      Mentions:   Northeast Utilities   Western Massachusetts Electric Company

    21. Vivint Solar expanding to Holyoke | masslive.com

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      Vivint Solar expanding to Holyoke | masslive.com

      Vivint Solar, the residential solar installer, announced today that it will be moving into the Taunton, Malborough and Holyoke service areas, and hiring as many as 240 employees in the new locations.  Of those, the Pioneer Valley Office' in Holyoke will hire 15 to 20 sales representatives and 30 to 40 in operations employees, Vivint said.

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    22. ISO New England: High natural gas prices push wholesale electric rates up 55 percent

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      ISO New England: High natural gas prices push wholesale electric rates up 55 percent

      Natural gas is more expensive and so is electricity, according to power-system operator ISO new England which has been warning of the region's increasing dependance on natural gas for electrical generation.

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    23. Debate over the future of solar energy in Massachusetts heats up at the State House

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      Debate over the future of solar energy in Massachusetts heats up at the State House

      The debate in the State House is turning to the second program that has helped spur solar energy throughout the state — net metering. This allows installers of solar panels — all renewable energy projects, really, but solar is the predominant type — to gain credits by 'selling' excess power onto the grid. The Legislature has capped the use of net metering to no more than 3 percent of an electric utility’s power usage, with parallel limits established for public-sector solar and privately owned projects. National Grid’s cap for public-sector users has essentially already been hit, and the others are close ...

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    24. Columbia Gas rate hike is the latest sign of New England's pipeline constraints

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      Columbia Gas rate hike is the latest sign of New England's pipeline constraints

      In announcing the new rates for Columbia Gas customers, the state Department of Public Utilities on Friday chose to highlight the fact that the agency reduced the rate requests from what the gas company originally sought. But rates are still going up for more than 300,000 customers in the Springfield, Brockton and Lawrence areas — whether they like it or not.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

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