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Cogeneration facility complete at Southbridge Innovation Center

Worcester Business Journal Summary A cogeneration facility at the 150-acre Southbridge Innovation Center expected to provide over 70 percent of the project's energy needs has been completed. The facility was built by Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services...


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US state government awards $2.88m for renewable heating

Bioenergy Insight Summary The government of Massachusetts announced that the Baker-Polito administration has awarded five grants totalling $2,889,285 (€2,548,681) to Massachusetts businesses to fund infrastructure projects to increase the availability of low-carbon, renewable heating fuels. ...


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Harvard Summarizes Campus Development and Statistics in Annual Town Gown Report

Declan J. Knieriem and Katelyn X. Li, The Harvard Crimson Summary Harvard presented its annual Town Gown report to the Cambridge Planning Board Tuesday, outlining 2018 campus infrastructure projects, University initiatives, and affiliate statistics. The report also included upcoming campus...


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Carbon Free Boston Report Suggests Energy Strategies for 2050

Alyssa Danigelis, Energy Manager Today Summary Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh set the city on a path to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 when he signed the Metro Mayors Climate Mitigation Commitment in 2016. A new report undertaken at Walsh’s request identifies the specific energy-related...


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What if an offshore wind farm was up and running last winter?

Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Summary Last year at this time, New England was gripped by a blast of unusually cold weather that went on for 16 days. The prolonged low temperatures increased demand for natural gas for both heating and electricity, which with the region’s pipeline constraints led to...


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Moving away from natural gas, with the help of hot water pipes

Zeyneb Magavi, Boston Globe Summary The Nov. 27 editorial “Don’t curb gas utilities; clean them up” begins an important discussion on making the transition from natural gas to renewable energy. The options discussed, hydrogen and renewable natural gas, may be more sustainable, but both...


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After Dozens of Gas Explosions, a Community Looks for Alternatives to Natural Gas

Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News Summary Nearly 9,000 households in eastern Massachusetts have had to make do without natural gas since mid-September, when an aging natural gas pipeline failed and set off a series of explosions and fires across the cities of Lawrence, Andover and North...


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Boston prepares to dive into energy buying business after much delay

Riley Villiers, The Daily Free Press Summary Despite some delays, Boston is entering into the energy buying business with a push from the mayor’s office to jumpstart programs that will obtain electricity for the City. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and his administration announced Aug. 22 ...


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Berkshire Medical Center Secures State Grant For Energy Resiliency

Josh Landes, WAMC Northeast Public Radio Summary Politicians from around the state gathered in Pittsfield, Massachusetts today as Berkshire Medical Center was awarded grant money. $670,000 of state funding was awarded to Berkshire Medical Center as part of a grant program promoted by the...


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Massachusetts Lawmakers Pass Bill That Opens New Prospects for Microgrids

Elisa Wood, Microgrid Knowledge Summary Energy insiders see the emergence of new microgrid opportunities in Massachusetts from clean energy legislation passed last week and now awaiting the signature of Gov. Charlie Baker. An Act to Advance Clean Energy ( H.4857 ) won unanimous Senate...