As reported in the Salem News:
The organization that operates the sewerage system for five North Shore communities is planning to spend $4 million to $5 million on a new power plant.
The plant, called a combined heat and power plant, is designed to save money through improved energy efficiency, said Alan Taubert, executive director of the South Essex Sewerage District.
“In the long haul, this thing’s going to pay for itself very quickly,” Taubert said.
The South Essex Sewerage District treats about 30 million gallons of wastewater per day at its treatment plant on Fort Avenue in Salem. The five member communities pay an annual assessment for the service depending on usage, ranging from $2 million by Marblehead to $9 million by Peabody.
Those communities will also pay for the new power plant based on the same proportions. Beverly’s engineering director, Mike Collins, told the City Council that Beverly’s share will be more than $1 million. Read more.
The Salem News reports that in the first six months of mandatory recycling Salem has diverted 300 tons of trash to recycling, saving the City $20,000.
SALEM — The new mandatory recycling program has enjoyed a relatively smooth rollout, with the city having already diverted about 300 tons of waste for a savings of $20,000, program enforcement coordinator Jeff Cohen said in a recent interview.
The recycling ordinance was approved by the City Council in May and took effect on July 1. It requires residents to set out recycling with their trash at least once every two weeks. The ordinance included a three-month grace period during which Cohen and the city tried to educate the public about recycling, including through face-to-face meetings with residents and an advertisement campaign that aired on Salem Access Television.
Cohen was hired to his 18-month contract via monies from the Department of Environmental Protection and the city’s trash budget. During the grace period, he canvassed the city, measured “set-out” rates and educated people about recycling.
“I went to approximately 13,000 addresses and posted about 6,000 door hangers,” he said. “During that period, I spoke to about 2,800 people face-to-face and a lot of other people on phone calls.”
The city pays a little more than $60 a ton to dispose of trash, with the average person producing about that much each year. Recycling plastic, metal or glass costs the city nothing, and paper and cardboard can be sold for a profit of $20 a ton. Read more.
Salem State University’s recently opened Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons has provided the university with additional opportunities to develop and maintain a sustainable manner of operation. The installation of geothermal heat pumps to regulate the library’s heating and cooling is just one of numerous ‘green’ features of the new facility. Read more.
On June 13, 2013, SAFE presented a proposal to Mayor Driscoll to pursue a Community Benefits Agreement with Footprint Power, the developer that now owns Salem Harbor Station. The proposal focuses on two key community concerns: mitigating carbon emissions which contribute to climate change and therefore sea level rise, which could devastate our community, and a dispute resolution process. Read the full proposal here.
On Thursday, October 4, Salem SAFE joined the fun, marching in the Haunted Happenings Parade. The Green Team also included Salem Sound CoastWatch and GreenSalem.com, the City’s Recycling Taskforce.
by Tom Dalton
Staff Writer, Salem News
September 28, 2012
SALEM — The state will make sure that past and current owners are held responsible for the cleanup of the Salem Harbor Station power plant, the state’s top energy official said yesterday.
“We are not going to let any responsible party off the hook,” said Richard Sullivan, secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. “We need to hold everybody responsible.”
Salem News September 20, 2012
Tom Dalton STAFF WRITER
SALEM — The first large public hearing on Footprint Power’s plan to build a natural gas-fired power plant on the Salem waterfront generated a lot of questions and concerns, but little heat.
If there is strong, broad-based community opposition to the idea of replacing 61-year-old Salem Harbor Station, a coal and oil-fired facility, with another power plant, it didn’t emerge last night from the more than 100 people who attended a Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board hearing at Salem High.
The project got a warm reception, as expected, from elected officials, business leaders and a union representative from the plant, but it also was endorsed by a Salem-based environmental group and several neighbors.
by Stewart Lytle, Salem Patch
Footprint Power presents its plan for a new, smaller natural gas plant that will leave 40 acres of waterfront for future development.
It isn’t often that a city gets a gift that promises to pay at least $4.75 million a year in local taxes, creates jobs, pollutes far less and gives the city about 40 acres of land it can use to open the harbor to more public access while developing other tax-paying, job-creating businesses.
Footprint Power promises that soon everyone in Salem will be able to approach the harbor and enjoy these views: minus the coal, stacks, and ugly industrial buildings.
seldom seen view of Winter Island
view of the coal pile
Conservation Law Foundation’s Shanna Cleveland checking out the site and the management
An industrial age on the wane. The flagpole is planted at the memorial to the 3 workers who died at the plant in November 2007.
By Bethany Bray
Staff Writer Salem News
August 22, 2012
SALEM — Footprint Power executives said yesterday the natural gas-fired plant they plan to build on Salem Harbor will be “dramatically cleaner” than the coal-burning one that has operated there since the 1950’s.
The public got a first glimpse at Footprint’s plans at a public meeting yesterday morning — the first of what many public sessions on the project.