A planned natural gas-fired power plant must shut down by 2050 as part of a settlement over siting the plant in Massachusetts.
According to the Boston Globe, New Jersey-based Footprint Power LLC agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the life of the plant to meet state goals and will shut it down in 2050. The Conservation Law Foundation, the other party in the settlement, and Footprint Power asked the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board to approve the settlement.
The Conservation Law Foundation filed the suit in 2013 with the state’s Supreme Judicial Court to block the plant, saying that state regulators did not weigh the impact the emissions would have on achieving state greenhouse gas reduction mandates, the article said.
The gas plant will replace the 745 MW coal- and oil-fired Salem Harbor Power Station, which Footprint bought from Dominion in 2012. Footprint said it would shut down the plant in June 2014.