energy costs

An exterior view of the Massachusetts State House in Boston

The largest annual gathering of regional business leaders at the Massachusetts Statehouse is taking place today.  More than 75 members of Chambers of Commerce from Springfield, Chicopee, Easthampton, Holyoke and Westfield are on Beacon Hill.  They are taking part in a day-long series of formal meetings and social events.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Jeff Ciuffreda, president of the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield.

A new report shows that one in five Vermonters are living in "fuel poverty" — meaning they are having to spend more than 10 percent of their household income on energy costs.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal energy officials say demand is up significantly for natural gas and electricity in New York City and New England because of near-record low temperatures.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Tuesday that natural gas demand was forecast to increase by 8 percent on Tuesday in New England and by 2 percent in New York.


The city of Springfield Massachusetts has entered into a three -year partnership with a utility company to dramatically reduce energy use. 

   In a first of its kind agreement in western Massachusetts  the city of Springfield will work in partnership with Western Massachusetts Electric Company toward a goal of reducing the city’s energy consumption by 12 percent over the next three years.

   Mayor Domenic Sarno signed the partnership agreement Wednesday with David McHale, the CAO for Northeast Utilities, the parent company of WMECo.

People shopping for a bargain typically turn to the internet and the same is true for at least one cash strapped city in western Massachusetts. 

   The city of Springfield is projected to save more than $2.6 million dollars on its electric bill in the next fiscal year after participating in an online auction to purchase electricity. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced the new energy contract on Friday. He said it was an impressive accomplishment that comes as the city is facing potentially deep budget cuts.

BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Martha Coakley plans to convene a "summit" to find ways to bring down what she calls soaring energy costs in Massachusetts.

In a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Coakley said energy costs discourage employers from moving to the state and make it harder for those already here to expand and add jobs.

MA Senate to Resume Work on Energy Cost Bill

Apr 2, 2012

The Massachusetts Senate is planning to renew work on a wide-ranging bill aimed at controlling energy costs in the state while also promoting the growth of renewable power sources.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Senators considered about 30 amendments to the bill last week before putting off further debate until Thursday.