Monthly Archives: August 2012

How Much Will Footprint Power Pay Salem in Taxes?

by Stewart Lytle,   Salem Patch

August 22,2012

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.

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SAFE gets a chance to see what the harbor front looks like from inside the coal plant.

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.

Footprint details plans at first public meeting. Vows to build much cleaner power

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.

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Footprint will clean up site

In an interview with the Salem News, the new owners of Salem Harbor Station  say,”we’re going to do it right.” The new plant owners, Peter Furniss and Scott Silverstein of Footprint Power, take responsibility for the clean up, and claim they do  not need public subsidies to ensure that the old plant is taken down. Read more.

Power plant deal is official

 

August 6, 2012

Footprint to hold public meetings to discuss development plans

By Alan Burke  Staff writer  Salem News

SALEM — Footprint Power has dropped the other shoe, announcing yesterday that the acquisition of the Salem Harbor Station power plant from Dominion Energy Inc. is a done deal.

“The change in ownership went into effect Saturday,” according to a press release. The company also confirmed that public meetings will be held to discuss their plans, which currently include an end to the coal plant’s operation in May 2014.

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Plant to be cleaned up by 2017

House and Senate approve energy bill touted by Salem representative

By Jesse Roman

Staff Writer The Salem News

Tue Jul 31, 2012

Salem Harbor Station will be dismantled and the entire 60-acre site will be cleaned up by 2017, the state Legislature vowed yesterday in passing an energy bill championed by Salem Rep. John Keenan.

The legislation, embedded in a much larger renewable-energy bill, calls for the formation of a state task force to look into options for “the full financing” of deconstruction and cleanup of the plant. It will also explore how to maintain the jobs and tax revenue lost with the closing of the plant and will work to ensure “the responsible parties are held liable for costs of environmental remediation,” the bill reads.

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Salem power-plant rider bogs down energy-bill talks

By Matt Murphy/State House News Service
Posted Jul 28, 2012
A key section of the House energy bill inserted by Rep. John Keenan to facilitate the redevelopment of the Salem Power Plant has severely complicated negotiations between the House and Senate over a final bill in the waning days of formal sessions for 2012.

According to lawmakers close to the negotiations and outside groups who have tried to offer alternative solutions to long-term contracting that could help clean up the Salem site, the overtures have thus far been unsuccessful.

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