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The Mount Tom coal plant is now retired.  The last coal-fired power plant in western Massachusetts shut down late last year. A discussion about what should be done with the plant will continue later today in Holyoke.

Holyoke city officials and local activists, who hope to influence the plant’s future use, are promoting a community workshop scheduled for tonight as part of a reuse study for the Mount Tom Power Plant.

The end is near for the last coal-fired power plant in western Massachusetts. Mount Tom Station in Holyoke is to shut down by the end of the month bringing a victory for environmentalists and a quandary about what will become of the plant’s property along the Connecticut River.  


Massachusetts has awarded the first grant from a new state program to put more hybrid or electric vehicles on the state’s roads.  A Springfield-based child care agency is leading the way, converting its fleet of vans to hybrid technology.

Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Maeve Vallely Bartlett announced that a fleet of vans owned by Square One will be retrofitted to run on  hybrid gasoline-electric technology with the help of a $50,000 grant from the state.

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This week, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public agency that promotes the advancement of renewable energy in the commonwealth, announced that it will contribute $1 million to help affordable housing developments save energy costs by becoming more efficient.


The recently released 2013 Clean Tech Leadership Index published by Clean Edge Incorporated, has ranked Massachusetts second behind only California in an overall ranking that scores states on measures to promote energy efficiency, industry policy, technology development and capital investment.

New York also made the top 10 and was ranked 4th.


Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and other state officials announced yesterday a new target for solar energy installation in the commonwealth.

In his first term, Governor Patrick set a goal of reaching 250 megawatts of solar energy installed statewide by 2017. That goal has been reached four years early, prompting the Patrick-Murray Administration to set a new target of 1.6 gigwatts of solar power by 2020. 

Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan said that the rate of solar installation is increasing rapidly.

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The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs announced that ten communities in the commonwealth will participate in a new round of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's Solarize Mass program, which encourages small businesses and home owners to invest in solar energy. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Executive Director and CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Alicia Barton.