Friday, May 3, 2013
A public hearing regarding Footprint Power's plan to convert the Salem Harbor Power Station drew a crowd to Bentley Elementary School Thursday night.
The Planning Board reviewed Footprint Power's plan to convert the Salem Harbor Power Station into a state-of-the-art natural gas plant during a public hearing Thursday night that drew a small crowd of area residents to Bentley Elementary School. Throughout the nearly three-hour meeting, Footprint representatives took turns explaining how the natural gas plant, which is slated to replace the current coal-fired facility, will be smaller, cleaner — and much better looking. Rather than vote Thursday, board members opted to revisit Footprint's three permit applications at their next meeting on May 16. Before the meeting was opened up for discussion, Footprint Power CEO Peter Furniss and other company representatives guided the roughly 75 area …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
One smokestack would replace three, and that one less than half the height of the tallest existing stack.
The natural gas plant slated to replace the coal-fired facility at Salem Harbor Power Station will be smaller, cleaner — and much better looking. That's a reasonable summary of part of a wide-ranging presentation given by the CEO of the company that says it will transform the site into a mixed-use area that will not only power the region, but also provide berths for big cruise ships. Peter Furniss of Footprint Power spoke to a capacity crowd of more than 200 at Tuesday morning's North Shore Chamber of Commerce Executive Breakfast Forum. The main outlines of the project will be well known to most Salemites. The old coal-burning facility will be all but razed, then replaced on a much smaller scale by a gas-fired power plant. Much of the 65-…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Members of the public and local officials will have an opportunity to speak about Footprint's plan in front of Siting Board at Salem High School.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The following announcement/release is courtesy of the City of Salem. Notice is hereby given that pursuant to G.L. c.~164, §~69J¼, Footprint Power Salem Harbor Development LP (“Footprint”), 1140~Route~22 East, Suite 303, Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807, has filed with the Energy Facilities Siting Board (“Siting Board”) a Petition for approval to construct and operate a natural gas-fired, combined_cycle, quick_start power plant capable of generating 630~megawatts (“MW”) (nominal) (the “Facility”) at the Salem Harbor Power Station site, 24 Fort Avenue, Salem, Massachusetts. (With duct firing under summer conditions, the Facility will be capable of generating an additional 62~MW, for a total of 692~MW.) Footprint anticipates that the proposed …
Monday, August 6, 2012
The process of remediation of the 63-acre Salem Harbor Power Station site will begin immediately.
Footprint Power officially took over Salem Harbor Power Station on Saturday. On Sunday the company announced the changeover in a press release. Footprint will maintain the current operation until May 2014. The process of permitting for the company's natural gas facility, which will replace the current one, is already underway, according to the press release. "By demolishing the existing facility when the remaining units are removed from service, remediating the site, and scaling back power generation to a small portion of the site, we look forward to the residents of Salem having access to their waterfront for the first time in generations, Footprint’s President and COO Scott Silverstein said in a release. Footprint’s CEO Peter Furniss …
Monday, July 2, 2012
For or against — was your air conditioner running this weekend?
The most prominent landmark in Salem is the 500-foot tall smoke stack at the Salem Harbor Power Station. That has been true since before I was born. As a small boy, three smaller stacks dominated the skyline. They created an optical illusion as you came up Derby Street. Each one in turn looked taller even though each stood 300 feet tall. My main memory of the power plant and its various stacks is of the dark clouds of smoke and steam that they belched on cold winter mornings. Those emissions would oftentimes, depending on the wind direction, result in layers of black soot on the windowsills at home. My mother would open the windows to a chilling blast of winter air so she could clean the soot from the sills. Salem and its surrounding …