Press Releases

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April 2019

Electricity SCAM Update

Thank you for keeping your energy dollars local with Hampshire Power. One of the reasons to work with us is because we’re always looking out for you. I’m writing you today with a serious concern – we’ve heard of an increasing number of utility power SCAM calls that are catching some of our customers unaware. Several of our customers have reported to us that they are receiving calls regarding updates to their electricity bill which appear to be from the utility.  

HCG Statement

For more than 2 years HCG (The Hampshire Council of Governments) has been seeking a solution to the unsustainable financial burden posed by the retirement and health care liabilities of former county employees. When County government was abolished in 1999, the Hampshire model was unique in the Commonwealth. Its financial structure has not worked as originally envisioned and the organization has struggled to find sustainable revenue for most of its life. Recognizing that time to create a solution is limited, we have created a plan and are working to achieve it. 

March 2019

Hampshire Power moves to 100% renewable energy in 2019

Hampshire Power has steadily been fulfilling its commitment to combat climate change across Western Massachusetts and beyond. Now, in addition to supporting local renewable generation, Hampshire Power will only sell 100% green energy going forward.

February 2019

Old Hampshire County Courthouse building breaks ground on historic restoration

HCG is pleased to announce the official start of the historic Hampshire County Courthouse restoration. This phase of the project consists of repairs to the roof, tower, as well as windows and masonry. The renovation and repairs are necessary to return this classic building back to the masterpiece it once was. The building is owned and occupied by HCG.

January 2019

December 2018

Nexamp expands access to solar power in Western Massachusetts with 12 new community solar projects through Hampshire Renewables

Nexamp, Inc. and HCG are working together to promote community solar projects totaling more than 21 megawatts across Western Massachusetts, enough to power approximately 4,000 homes. The solar arrays provide the opportunity for residents, businesses and municipalities to save hundreds if not thousands on their annual electricity bills while supporting local, renewable electricity. The collaborative effort is known as Hampshire Renewables.

November 2018

HCG partners with Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive for donations to local Food Bank

HCG is thrilled to once again be supporting the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts by bringing two great efforts together. On Monday, HCG is welcoming Monte’s March home by partnering with Lavery Greenfield’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive.  Join us November 19th, between 2:30-3:30 pm, with donations of cash, checks, and jars of peanut butter and jelly to support the Food Bank.

October 2018

September 2018

Winter heating bills got you worried? HCG helps homeowners with alternative heating systems tap into significant financial incentives

Homeowners investing in alternative heating systems can maximize their clean energy investment. While significant federal and state rebates are currently available, there is a new program in Massachusetts allowing customers to receive additional cash back. Renewable heating and cooling technologies now provide Alternative Energy Credits (AECs) to users of systems that increase energy efficiency and reduce the need for conventional fossil fuel-based energy generation.

August 2018

HCG opens new regional financial management services program

In partnership with Baystate Municipal Accounting Group, the Regional Resource Group (RRG) and cloud based VADAR systems, HCG has constructed a new program allowing cities and towns to take advantage of combined municipal financial services. This regional program represents the first of its kind, designed to address a critical need and ensure optimum efficiencies.

July 2018

June 2018

Spring cleaning? HCG Purchasing Co-op opens new custodial supplies bid

As summer is fast-approaching, it’s time for a deep clean. The HCG Purchasing Co-op offers municipalities, schools, and nonprofits an opportunity to save time, money, and effort through the new Custodial Supplies Bid. This bid offers free delivery, with no cost to participate and take advantage of the savings. Supplies may be ordered as needed.

Northampton and Williamsburg host a “Meet the Installer” educational workshop through HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program

Together, Northampton and Williamsburg are leading the outreach for HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center awarded HCG the first pilot grant to help residents of Western Massachusetts install solar hot water on their homes. Collectively, Northampton, Williamsburg, and HCG are hosting a Meet the Installer workshop at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence on Thursday June 14th at 6:30PM. This event is free and open to all Western Massachusetts residents.

May 2018

The Town of Amherst sponsors a “Meet the Installer” educational workshop through HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program

The Town of Amherst’s Sustainability Department is leading the outreach for HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program. The MassCEC awarded HCG the first pilot grant to help residents of Western Massachusetts install solar hot water on their homes. The Town of Amherst and HCG are hosting a Meet the Installer workshop at the Town Hall in the Town Room on Tuesday May 22nd at 6:30PM. This event is open to all Western Massachusetts residents.

Pelham Energy Committee hosts first HCG Solarize Hot Water Meet the Installer event

The Town of Pelham’s Energy Committee is leading the outreach for HCG’s Solarize Hot Water Western Massachusetts program. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) awarded HCG the first pilot grant to help residents of Western Massachusetts install solar hot water on their homes. The Pelham Energy Committee and HCG are hosting a Meet the Installer workshop at the Pelham Library in the Ramsdell Room on Tuesday May 8th at 6:30PM. This event is open to all Western Massachusetts residents.

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