Business Briefs: Oct. 22, 2021



Published: 10/21/2021 2:02:49 PM
Women to Watch holding in-person luncheon

WESTFIELD — The Western Massachusetts chapter of Women to Watch USA will hold an in-person luncheon at the Shaker Farms Country Club, 866 Shaker Road in Westfield, on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

According to a press release from Dee Emery-Ferrero, founder of the Western Massachusetts chapter, the luncheon will feature guest speaker Samalid Hogan, a Ludlow resident who serves as regional director for the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center’s Western Regional Office. She has 17 years of experience in economic development and has served in key roles building partnerships across public, private and civic sectors to achieve economic development goals for the Pioneer Valley.

The cost for Women to Watch USA members is $25 and $30 for non-members. Attendees can sign up at

To join the Western Massachusetts chapter of Women to Watch USA or for more information on becoming a member, email

FirstLight Power, Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant extend contract

TAUNTON — Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP) announced earlier this month that it is extending its contract with Burlington-based FirstLight Power, which has facilities in Northfield and Montague, through 2030.

According to a press release from the two companies, TMLP was the first Massachusetts utility to enter into an initial 2018 agreement with FirstLight Power. This contract extension helps the municipal utility to lock in the resources it needs to decarbonize its electric generation output, and will keep TMLP’s power portfolio at nearly 26 percent of renewable hydropower.

“TMLP’s early and ongoing commitment to clean energy from locally made hydropower is a prime example of clean energy leadership from municipal utilities here in Massachusetts,” Alicia Barton, CEO of FirstLight Power, said in the press release. “Long-term commitments such as this TMLP contract extension are critical in the fight against climate change, and it aligns perfectly with FirstLight’s mission to decarbonize the regional electric grid.”

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