Footprint Power, a New Jersey company that acquired the 65-acre Salem plant last year, is currently going through the permitting process, and also seeking additional financing, for a 692-megawatt gas plant.
Salem Harbor Station, which burns coal and oil, has shut down two of its four generators and will close for good next May. Footprint says it can have a new plant up and running on a portion of the site by 2016.
The Conservation Law Foundation led the fight to close the fossil fuel plant and opposes the gas plant proposal on a number of grounds. Currently, it is fighting Footprint’s request for a variance of a state waterways license.
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