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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...


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MassDEV Funds UMASS Hospital Campus Improvements

Banker & Tradesman Summary MassDevelopment has issued a $109 million tax-exempt bond for UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest health care system in central Massachusetts. Proceeds will finance renovations and the purchase of equipment at various hospital campuses. The organization also...


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Massachusetts Rejects Smart Meter Rollout for 'Weaknesses in the Business Case'

Robert Walton, Utility Dive Summary The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities on Thursday threw cold water on utility plans to install smart meters , noting in an order that the proposals "revealed weaknesses in the business case for advanced metering functionality." The DPU ordered...


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Wastewater treatment plants add biogas-fueled CHP

This article appears in the Q2 2018 of District Energy magazine. Two projects demonstrate the use of biogas to cogenerate heat and power, boosting the sustainability of wastewater treatment operations. Water reclamation facilities – an important and often less visible component of...


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City of Cambridge releases results of Low Carbon Energy Supply Strategy study

Press Release, Globe Newswire Cambridge among first U.S. cities to move to tactical implementation of carbon neutrality as part of its Net Zero Action Plan CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has released the results of a Low Carbon...


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Schneider Electric and REC Solar collaborate on Massachusetts microgrid

Kelsey Misbrener, Solar Power World Summary Schneider Electric, the global specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today announced a project with REC Solar to build an advanced microgrid at its Foxboro, Massachusetts facility. The microgrid will be...