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Deadline extended to Nov. 30 for residents and businesses to sign up for Solarize PAB

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Businesses and homeowners in Plainfield, Ashfield and Buckland now have until Nov. 30 to sign up for solar electricity systems, at a 20 percent savings from the statewide average cost, through the SolarizeMass Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland (Solarize PAB) collaborative. The sign-up deadline was originally Sept. 30, but the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the state Department of Energy Resources extended the deadline “due to the high demand and to allow more people …

State DPU allows utilities to sign long-term contracts with gas pipeline companies

Monday, October 5, 2015

To help reduce winter electricity price increases, the state’s utility regulators will allow power generators to sign long-term contracts with gas pipeline companies. But what seems like good news for consumers is being criticized by some as a potential backdoor benefit for those arguing for construction of new pipelines such as the one proposed through western Massachusetts. Six months after being asked by …

Hilltown Voices: Benefit program in Plainfield combines love of nature and music

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Plainfield Congregational Church on Sunday will host a unique program with two presentations on the Mahican-Mohawk Recreational Trail and a performance by a classical ensemble called “Musical Visions of Nature.” The event is co-sponsored by Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest and the Franklin Land Trust, to benefit the creation of a 100-mile hiking trail that retraces an ancient Native American route …

UMass report details impact of Tennessee Gas Pipeline on environmentally sensitive areas in Franklin County

Thursday, June 11, 2015

If the proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline is built across 35 miles of Franklin County, it could affect a greater share of fragile landscape than in other parts of the state. Here, at least 42 percent …

State attorney general wants Department of Public Utilities to delay review of Berkshire Gas agreement with Northeast Energy Direct project

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

When the state Department of Public Utilities airs public comments Thursday on the agreement by Berkshire Gas Co. to buy natural gas from the Tennessee Gas Pipeline proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, it will do so over the state attorney general’s objection. Thursday’s public hearing is scheduled to …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline seeks to buy 242 acres in Northfield for 80,000-horsepower compressor station

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Criticized by Congressman James McGovern and Northfield town officials for being slow to identify the site of its planned 80,000-horsepower compressor station, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has now released details about the location of the site. The map released last week by the Federal Energy Regulatory …

Franklin Council of Governments helps towns prepare for federal review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

What questions does the upcoming environmental impact review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project through western Massachusetts need to answer? The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is making a list on behalf of the towns that the proposed $5 billion project would pass through to get ready for …

Solarize Mass Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland selects photovoltaic panel installer

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Solarize Mass Plainfield-Ashfield-Buckland partnership now has a solar photovoltaic panel installer and about 300 residents who are interested in bringing solar-generated power into their homes. These and others from the three towns will be able to learn more about incentives for buying a photovoltaic system through this …

State rejects petitions for full intervenor status filed by state Rep. Stephen Kulik and two organizations opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The state Department of Public Utilities has rejected petitions seeking full intervenor status filed by Rep. Stephen Kulik and two organizations opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project through Franklin County. The case involves the Berkshire Gas Co. contract to buy natural gas transported by the pipeline. Both …

Hilltown Voices: Emily Dickinson scholar to read from new book at Meekins Library in Williamsburg

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Susan Snively, poet, essayist, screenwriter and scholar of the life and works of Emily Dickinson, will reading from her new novel entitled “The Heart Has Many Doors” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Meekins Library in Williamsburg. The reading is part of the library’s series “Lives of the …

Gov. Charlie Baker says Yankee Candle ‘a success story I’d like to replicate all over the place’

Friday, May 29, 2015

WHATELY — Yankee Candle is Franklin County’s largest employer and during a short visit Thursday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker called it a success story to be replicated across the state. During a tour of the Pioneer Valley, Baker …

State Rep. Stephen Kulik tells DPU that Berkshire Gas should consider alternatives to pipeline

Thursday, May 28, 2015

BOSTON — State Rep. Stephen Kulik argued before Boston regulators this week that Berkshire Gas Co. should consider alternatives to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., including replacement of older, inefficient gas furnaces, repair of Berkshire Gas’s leaks and supporting efforts to better insulate every home, business, factory and public …

Tennessee Gas Pipeline meeting raises legal, technical consideration for municipal officials

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Although less heated than many forums about the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project that would cross western Massachusetts, a two-hour meeting Tuesday hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments raised several legal and technical considerations for many of the roughly 60 municipal officials and others attending. Jeffrey …