Old Salem Harbor power plant going down for the final count

Due to the impending shutdown of the last of its old oil- and coal-fired capacity, Footprint Power Salem Harbor Operations LLC filed an April 29 notice of cancellation with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of its Market-Based Rate Tariff.

Footprint Power requested that the commission waive its prior notice requirements and accept this notice of cancellation effective June 1.

In a transaction completed in August 2012, Footprint Power acquired the Salem Harbor Power Station in Massachusetts from a subsidiary of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) and succeeded to the market-based rate tariff of that Dominion subsidiary. As noted in the commission’s order approving the transaction, the plan was for Footprint Power to operate the facility until its permanent retirement in 2014 and sell the output under its tariff during that period.

“The May 31, 2014 date for the shutdown of the Facility was set prior to the closing of the Transaction,” said the notice. “As a result of the shutdown of the Facility on May 31st, Footprint Power will no longer be making any wholesale power sales and will have no further need for the Tariff.”

A company contact is: Scott Silverstein, Footprint Salem Harbor Operations LLC, 1200 Route 22 East, Suite 2000, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, Tel: (908) 864-4205, ssilverstein@footprintpower.com.

Footprint proposes to demolish the existing coal- and oil-fired Salem Harbor station, and to construct and operate at the site a state-of-the-art, nominal 630 MW (692 MW with duct firing) natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility.

Two of the four existing units (both fired by coal) have already ceased operation. The remaining two units, one coal-fired and the other oil-fired, are scheduled to cease operation by June 1. Demolition of the existing units would begin in 2014, with construction of the proposed facility to begin in 2014. The new facility is scheduled to commence commercial operation in June 2016, though that timing might be affected by an ongoing appeal at a federal board of the new plant’s air permit.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.