Brayton Point is getting a new owner, but it still won’t be saved from the wrecking ball.? The massive coal-fired power plant on the South Coast will be acquired by Houston’s Dynegy Inc. in a $3.45 billion deal
Building a major power plant in New England isn’t necessarily easy for anyone. But it’s becoming particularly tough for Footprint Power, the developer behind the nearly 700-megawatt gas plant that would replace the coal- and oil-fired dinosaur in Salem that shut down a month ago.
The owner of Brayton Point Power Station will move forward with a plan to shut down the coal-fired plant in 2017 after it turned down a request from the operator of the regional power grid to delay closing.
For the second time since Friday, frigid temperatures in New England are forcing a realignment of how natural gas is used to power the region -– a renewed reminder that increasing reliance on natural gas, coupled with limited pipeline capacity to deliver it, has ramifications for the reliability of the electric grid and, potentially, the cost to consumers.
PROVIDENCE -- For more than a year, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has delivered weekly Senate speeches about the dangers of climate change. He frequently denounces climate-change deniers, and urges growth of green jobs and technologies to reduce America’s reliance on foreign fossil fuel.
What did Public Service of New Hampshire officials know and when did they know it? And did they withhold information from regulators when the decision was made to go ahead with a $420 million scrubber on the coal-burning Merrimack Station plant in Bow?
Connecticut and the rest of New England became increasingly dependent on coal and oil plants in December, driving up the price of electricity, as the region's overreliance on natural gas is reaching its breaking point.