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December 9, 2013

Letter: Keenan crafted winning power plant plan

To the editor:

I want to compliment state Rep. John Keenan for his unwavering support of the new power plant.

When the closing was announced, instead of taking the activist route he and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll crafted a balanced solution. At a time when our leaders grandstand, lecture and name call it was refreshing to see some hard work.

The region — not just Salem — needs this generation capacity. While state Rep. Lori Ehrlich now claims an expertise in power planning among her skills portfolio, I place more confidence in the ISO New England officials who feel without the capacity of Footprint, the Boston (not just Salem) “zone would not meet reliability standards.”

In an area where the economy is fragile and job creation becomes more difficult with Washington’s policies, let’s not add “unreliable power” to the list of reasons not to do business in Massachusetts.

Further, the influx of almost $1 billion of private sector investment will be a major boost to the region.

Let’s hope that the appeals process concludes that the plan is responsible to both environmental and economic issues.

John Cassella

Salem

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