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Commercial Solar Array Planned For Outer East Street in Pittsfield

Some 11 acres of heavily vegetated land on East Street is eyed to be cleared to make way for a commercial solar array. BVD Solar is seeking a special permit to construct a 1.9-megawatt array on a 73-acre percent near Winesap Road - the parcel just to the west of the Yankee Orchards. Of that 73 acres, 20.6 will be cut off from the parcel for the solar array installed and 11 acres of that will need to be cleared.

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Senate Chair on Global Warming Takes Input on Energy Policy

State Sen. Marc Pacheco was in Pittsfield on Monday to ask for the public's input and to help motivate people to get involved in the state's clean and renewable energy future.

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Local Environmentalists Oppose Policies Supporting Natural Gas

Dicken Crane has a large solar array on his Holiday Brook Farm. He has a forest management program to harvest timber to burn in wood furnaces. He doesn't need more natural gas. Crane is one of some 500 businesses which have signed onto a petition against Gov. Charlie Baker's push for more natural gas.

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NBSWMD Will Look To Covanta For Possible Sludge Disposal

The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District may seek regionalization opportunities for the disposal of wastewater treatment plant sludge. The district granted Adams representative Edward Driscoll permission to contact the city of Pittsfield to see if there was any interest in utilizing the Covanta facility to burn sludge.

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New Report Highlights Pittsfield Renewable Energy Push, Urges More To Follow Lead

A new report being released in two weeks will highlight the city's efforts toward energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center will release the report in two weeks which aims to urged municipalities to boost their efforts in moving toward more renewable energies and urging the state to pass aggressive energy policies to move the entire state to 100 percent renewable.

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Pittsfield Board Seeks Greener Power From Aggregation Plan

The Green Commission wants an increase in more "local" renewable energy sources to be part of the the city's emerging power aggregation plan, though the primary focus of the new energy-buying compact will be to try to reduce costs for residential and commercial customers.

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Cheshire Takes Next Steps in Electrical Aggregation

The town will begin the process of choosing a preferably green electricity supplier through Colonial Power Group. Mark Cappadona, a Colonial Power Group representative, told the Selectmen on Tuesday that the state Department of Public Utilities has approved the town's ability to join an electrical aggregation other than what National Grid provides. This will allow Cheshire to choose an electrical power supplier from the marketplace.

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