Press Releases

Press Releases 2017-11-14T13:08:06+00:00

November 2017

October 2017

HCG Progress Report on Paris Climate Agreement

HCG has steadily been fulfilling its pledge to remain in the Paris Agreement by combating climate change across Western Massachusetts and beyond. HCG has expanded its longstanding renewable energy projects and has launched additional innovative power initiatives, with even more in the works.

HCG kicks off state’s first Solar Thermal Challenge campaign

HCG is kicking off the first round of a solar thermal campaign via a new grant awarded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) through the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program. The $141,875 grant will fund three rounds of regional solar thermal outreach campaigns. After a vigorous vetting process, HCG has been chosen to lead the pilot campaign expected to run from Fall 2017 into the first quarter of 2018, with campaigns in the Greater Boston area led by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Merrimack Planning Commission following later in 2018.

HCG awarded state’s first Solar Thermal Challenge grant

HCG is excited to announce a new grant awarded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) through the Commonwealth Solar Hot Water program.  The $141,875 grant will fund three rounds of regional solar thermal outreach campaigns. 

Statement on Recommendation for Hadley to Withdraw from HCG 

HCG and the Town of Hadley have long benefited from a valuable partnership, and it is our hope that the citizens of Hadley choose to maintain this strong relationship. HCG provides valuable resources to Hadley and we look forward to a renewed investment in these services.

September 2017

RSVP honors four local volunteers with Lifetime Achievement Awards 

RSVP of the Pioneer Valley recognizes the contribution of over 650 volunteers who have served more than 100,000 volunteer hours in the past year. According to Independent Sector, these hours amount to an estimated contribution of $3 million to the local community. “RSVP volunteers are passionate about giving back to their communities,” says Lindsay Bennett-Jacobs, director, RSVP of the Pioneer Valley. “They dedicate so much valuable time and effort to the organizations they serve.”

The Eastern States Exposition taps Hampshire Power to provide 100% green energy

The only energy supplier based in Massachusetts, Hampshire Power is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Eastern States Exposition. “The decision by The Eastern States Exposition to transition to 100% green energy with Hampshire Power reaffirms their goal of showcasing the abundance that New England has to offer,” says Sinead Coleman, director of operations, Hampshire Power. “By investing in local renewable energy, they are keeping money in the community, and supporting local businesses.”

August 2017

 Investing in rebrand, HCG hires accomplished marketing and communications coordinator

HCG is pleased to announce the addition of Catherine Welker to their team in the newly created position of marketing and communications coordinator. She has assumed responsibility for all internal and external communications for the organization. “This spring we hired Mitch Anthony and his company Clarity to talk to our constituents about their perceptions of HCG,” says Todd Ford, executive director. “The people we serve reported high satisfaction with our performance, but they also indicated that we have an image problem. So, with Clarity’s help, we are going to focus attention on telling our story more clearly.”

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