Making News in Business, Aug. 5

  • Friends and family of Marty Dunn, including his wife Kathy Dunn, joined Citizens Energy’s Michael Kennedy as he dedicated the Martin J. Dunn Energy Center, a groundbreaking battery storage project in Holyoke. Submitted photo

  • Sharale W. Mathis

Published: 8/4/2021 3:21:21 PM
Battery storage project launched in Holyoke

HOLYOKE — Citizens Energy in late July flipped the switch on a 4.99-megawatt battery energy storage system to provide power-cost savings to the local community and beyond through clean energy technology.

The lithium-ion battery system consists of three 53-foot containers, 158 racks and 1,896 module batteries, located across from Holyoke Gas & Electric’s North Canal Substation along the Connecticut River. The project will provide an alternative source of energy for HG&E customers when the demand and cost of power peaks throughout the day. At times when the price of energy is stable locally, the new system will participate in the ISO New England market to regulate power on the regional grid.

The 10-megawatt hour system represents the next generation of energy infrastructure in an area of the city long known for innovative power solutions.

While launching the new site, Vice President Michael Kennedy, the nephew of Citizens Energy Chairman and former U.S. Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II, was joined by Holyoke acting Mayor Terrance Murphy, Massachusetts state Rep. Patricia Duffy and Holyoke Gas & Electric General Manager James Lavelle in dedicating the project to the late Martin J. Dunn in recognition of the former Holyoke mayor and state senator’s lifetime of service to the city.

Mathis new VP at Holyoke CC

HOLYOKE — Sharale W. Mathis of Simsbury, Connecticut, is the new vice president of Academic and Student Affairs at Holyoke Community College.

Mathis holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Hartford and was most recently the dean of academic and student affairs at Middlesex Community College in Connecticut, where she was previously a tenured professor of biology, course coordinator, department chair and STEM Division director.

A Hartford native, Mathis earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Eastern Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from Quinnipiac University.

New interim dean at UMass Libraries

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries has appointed Sarah Hutton, head of student success and engagement, as interim dean of libraries, effective Aug. 22.

To assist with the leadership transition process, the provost has appointed Jennifer Friedman, associate dean for research and learning, to serve as acting dean from through Aug. 21.

Hutton has held a number of positions at the UMass Amherst Libraries. In her current role, she oversees the Learning Commons, Digital Media Lab, the Libraries’ Assessment and Planning program, and numerous campus-wide partnerships in support of student success and outreach. She also serves as an adjunct in the College of Education.

Hutton and Friedman will serve in their respective roles following the departure of Dean Simon Neame, who will begin his post as dean of libraries at University of Washington on Sept. 1.

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