Mount Tom Power Plant

Palmer Renewable Energy

Opponents and proponents of a proposed wood-burning power plant in western Massachusetts will square off later today to argue whether the project, which has been green-lighted by courts and state officials, should be subject to more regulatory review.       

The city of Springfield’s Public Health Council will hold a public hearing to listen to arguments on whether the project needs to go through a site assignment process where the local board of health would determine if the plant may result in a nuisance or pose a danger to the public health.

A former coal-burning power plant, blamed by environmentalists for polluting the air in western Massachusetts, is being considered as a site to produce clean, renewable energy.

A year-long study into redeveloping the Mount Tom Power Station has come up with three reuse options for the 128-acre property that sits along the Connecticut River in Holyoke. Each of the three scenarios includes a solar power facility.

WAMC

With the Massachusetts Legislature set to take up energy bills in the fall, advocates for clean energy are mobilizing across the state.  A new coalition of activists was launched today.

A coalition with more than 80  members from across the state, including environmental organizations, solar power businesses, neighborhood activists, and religious congregations, was announced at simultaneous news conferences Wednesday in a half dozen Massachusetts cities including Holyoke.

President Obama is proposing the toughest regulations in U.S. history to combat climate change. Researchers say the president’s plan to reduce power plant emissions would also have a substantial and immediate impact on people’s health.

Electricity prices should fall in western Massachusetts this summer.  The region’s two major investor-owned electric utility companies have filed plans with the state’s regulatory board to cut rates. Also, there should be no concerns about power shortages this summer.

Eversource, formerly known as Western Massachusetts Electric Company, announced this week a plan to cut rates by more than 31 percent. The company said the average customer, using 500 kilowatt-hours a month, can expect to save $22 a month.

With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expected to announce new carbon standards for power plants this summer, a scientific study released today says strong standards would provide immediate health benefits.

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.  

The end is near for the last coal-fired power plant in western Massachusetts.

Mount Tom Station in Holyoke, which had generated electricity only sporadically in recent years, is to shut down for good this month.  Alicia Barton, CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center said her agency is funding a $100,000 study to look at possible reuses for the plant site.

" This is really going to be a community-led  process. What we hope to do is bring a set of additional expertise and information to that conversation."

WAMC

The city council in Springfield is pressing ahead with a court fight against a proposed wood-burning power plant.  But first the council had to secure the services of a lawyer who would take the case for free.

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