Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Berry hopes bill will successfully transition coal plants (like Salem Harbor Power Station) to natural gas power.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Editor's Note: The following is courtesy of Sen. Fred Berry. The bill in question was briefly addressed on Salem Patch on Monday. Regarding the Energy Bill and Section 42 – Senator Fred Berry Recently the Salem News asked the candidates for my seat their opinion on Section 42 of the House of Representatives energy bill. As the sitting State Senator in the 2nd Essex district and Senate Majority Leader, I want to let your readers know that I fully support this section and that I applaud Chairman Keenan for his foresight in drafting this section to the House’s version of the energy bill. Although the language of Section 42 did not appear in the Senate’s version of the bill I am strongly advocating for its inclusion in the final version that …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Bill would ensure a 15-year minimum for companies taking over coal plants.
Sen. Berry is supporting Rep. John Keenan's bill, which would mandate a contract minimum for natural gas companies planning to reclaim coal power plant sites, according to the Salem News. The outlet reports the bill would require natural gas companies enter into at least 15-year contracts after taking over sites like Salem Harbor Power Station, the outlet reports. The bill has not been met without opposition, according to the paper. Last month, Footprint Power of New Jersey announced its plans to bring natural gas power to Salem Harbor Power Station by 2016. The company also has plans to clean up the site.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Most like the new, taller parking garage and bus and train terminal but want a heated waiting room.
The large crowd that showed up at the Carlton School Tuesday night to see the latest design for the proposed larger, more expensive MBTA terminal on Bridge Street liked what they saw. The latest design was described by several speakers as "a vast improvement." And, the crowd gave Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, state Sen. Fred Berry, D-Peabody, and State Rep. John Keenan, D-Salem, a round of applause for securing an additional $5 million in state funding for the parking garage and terminal building. The extra money added a fifth floor and more than 150 more parking spaces. It also added more brick to the building, a canopy for bus riders, bathrooms and a restored historic roundhouse building. But it did not buy heating and air conditioning for …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Peabody native Sen. Fred Berry has been hospitalized with a bout of pneumonia, but his staff says he is expected to make a full recovery.
Peabody native Sen. Fred Berry has been hospitalized with a bout of pneumonia, but his staff says he is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Salem News. The paper reports that Berry's staff have not elaborated on the seriousness of the illness, when he was initially admitted to the hospital or when he is expected to return home, but have said he is on the mend and should fully recover in the coming weeks. Berry, 62 and who has cerebral palsy, has experienced some health complications in recent years that did send him to the hospital for a stretch. He indicated in his announcement last fall that his impending retirement from the state Senate was partly due to health concerns. The longtime senator is retiring after three …