Keenan attempts to sweetheart deal for Footprint

As reported in the Salem News on July 3, Representative  Keenan has written into the State’s energy bill a provision that would guarantee long-term energy contracts for the proposed natural gas plant in Salem. Footprint, the new owner of Salem Harbor Station, has said that the company did not request this special treatment  and the provision isn’t necessary to its success. SAFE has expressed its concerns about the proposal to Representative Keenan. We believe these types of subsidies should be reserved for renewable energy projects, which are more difficult to fund and implement.