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Wendell voters to decide on battery storage bylaw
04-29-2024 4:04 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — Residents will convene at Town Hall on Wednesday to have their voices heard on a proposed bylaw brought by citizens to regulate battery energy storage systems.A Special Town Meeting is slated to begin at 7 p.m., with two articles on the...

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FERC to prepare Environmental Impact Statement for FirstLight operations
06-17-2024 5:48 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

TURNERS FALLS — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for FirstLight Hydro Generating Co.’s operations along the Connecticut River amid concerns that the dams might have a negative impact...


Details emerge in state’s massive climate bill
06-16-2024 12:01 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — The base of a late-session climate bill that has been promised by top Democrats in both branches is being drafted by Gov. Maura Healey’s administration, which says that reform to the siting and permitting of clean energy infrastructure is...


Wendell group gives Comerford petition seeking pause on large-scale battery storage systems
06-11-2024 6:45 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Moments before state Sen. Jo Comerford’s Town Hall event at Greenfield Community College on Monday, members of a citizens group that was formed last year in opposition to a proposed battery storage facility in Wendell handed the state...


Forum to be held Wednesday on Montague’s Solar Action Plan
05-20-2024 12:15 PM

MONTAGUE — The Energy Committee and Solar Planning Committee invite residents who want to be involved in planning for solar installations to a forum being held on Zoom on Wednesday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m.The meeting will offer an opportunity for...


‘We are among the leaders’: Ashfield Town Meeting voters pass bevy of clean energy proposals
05-05-2024 2:48 PM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ASHFIELD — When Bill Ryan moved to town 25 years ago, an old-timer told him, “In Ashfield, we only have two seasons: winter and the Fourth of July.”“In my first year here, we had 120 inches of snow,” Ryan mused. “Not now.”On Saturday, Ryan was among...


Battery storage bylaw passes in Wendell
05-02-2024 6:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — Town Hall was packed Wednesday night with 102 registered voters eager to have their voices heard on a bylaw regulating battery energy storage systems, which was overwhelmingly approved. The Special Town Meeting warrant article was proposed...


Clean energy proposals head to Ashfield Annual Town Meeting
05-01-2024 10:49 AM

By DIANE BRONCACCIO

ASHFIELD — Will residents see a ‘greener’ Ashfield in 2050?Three articles on Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting warrant will play a role in making that vision a reality, as voters will be asked to consider a decarbonization resolution in Article 30, and...


Shelburne fair to explore energy-efficient options for homeowners
04-25-2024 8:45 AM

By VIRGINIA RAY

SHELBURNE — If you’ve wondered how to decide on solar options, or a heat pump, or how to reduce your home’s oil/propane use, you can find information at a free Energy Fair organized by the Shelburne Energy Committee.The fair will be held on Saturday,...


Proposed Colrain solar bylaw changes would add definitions, expand site plan reviews
04-19-2024 12:16 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

COLRAIN — Revisions to the town’s solar bylaws that clarify what constitutes large-, medium- and small-scale projects and that expand the associated site plan review requirements are likely on tap for residents to consider at the June 4 Annual Town...


Info session on streetlight conversation planned ahead of Shelburne Town Meeting vote
04-02-2024 10:16 AM

By VIRGINIA RAY

SHELBURNE — Residents are invited to an informational meeting on Wednesday, April 17, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center to hear more about the planned streetlight conversion. Jeff Boettner, chair of the Shelburne Streetlight...


Residents air concerns on clean energy, particularly solar siting, at Sunderland forum
04-01-2024 3:34 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SUNDERLAND — Residents and clean energy advocates recently got the chance to discuss all things energy with the top House member of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, with the siting of solar arrays holding particular...


Greenfield’s energy and sustainability chief returns after Northampton stint
03-26-2024 5:22 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Less than six months after leaving her decade-long role as Department of Energy and Sustainability director to serve at the helm of Northampton’s first-ever Climate Action and Project Administration Department (CAPA), Carole Collins is...


Wendell Selectboard awaits legal review of battery storage bylaw
03-22-2024 3:51 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — The Selectboard is waiting to hear from town counsel before taking a stance on a potential bylaw submitted by a citizens group opposing a 105-megawatt battery storage facility proposed for the center of town.Selectboard members say they have...


Conway Planning Board OKs fee reduction for potential solar array on Roaring Brook Road
03-21-2024 4:35 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — As BlueWave Solar prepares to potentially expand its list of Franklin County projects by filing site plan review and special permit applications for an agrivoltaic solar array on Roaring Brook Road, the Planning Board approved a request to...


State gripped by solar slowdown: Worst year in decade for installations
03-18-2024 5:35 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

Massachusetts’ solar development just had its worst year in more than a decade in terms of new installations, but Greenfield Solar partner Claire Chang says her firm that does jobs throughout the Pioneer Valley hasn’t experienced the same downturn.As...


BlueWave pitches another agrivoltaic solar array in Northfield
03-14-2024 6:43 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — Town residents got one of their first looks at a new proposed solar array on Pine Meadow Road while also getting an opportunity to talk to the developers on Wednesday during a Planning Board information session.BlueWave Solar is returning...


Public comment sought on responsible clean energy development
03-13-2024 6:26 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Residents have until Friday to submit their input regarding the process by which clean energy projects are permitted in Massachusetts.An online survey is soliciting public comment on how the state should protect health, safety and community livability...


Energy storage facility opponents pitch bylaw for Wendell
03-07-2024 5:55 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — A group formed last year in opposition to a 105-megawatt battery storage facility proposed for the center of town is seeking the three-member Selectboard’s support of a bylaw it has crafted to try to regulate such projects.No Assault &...


$50K grant will fund geothermal heat study in South Deerfield
03-07-2024 5:38 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the help of a $50,000 grant, the town will explore the feasibility of a geothermal heating and cooling system for the proposed town campus project.Over the next year, Deerfield will explore the possibility of using the earth below...


Ratepayers fed up with high energy costs
02-27-2024 10:37 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — From the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Lynn to the state’s western border in Richmond, people in Massachusetts are letting the state know how they feel about wallet-busting energy bills.“I struggle to pay my bills, my electric runs $250 a...

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