March 27th Lunch

"Salem Harbor Power Plant Repowering"


Robert F. Fox, Jr., AIA Partner, COOKFOX Architects and Terrapin Bright Green


Please join the New York Association for Energy Economics when we welcome Robert F. Fox Jr, AIA Partner at COOKFOX Architects and Terrapin Bright Green to our monthly NYAEE Luncheon on Thursday, March 27th, 2014. 

Bob will discuss the details of repowering the Salem Harbor Station by Footprint Power.

The Salem Harbor Station, built between 1948 and 1951, is a coal fired power station which occupies a 65-acre site in Salem, MA. One of the region's dirtiest coal and oil burning power generators, the 748 MW station sits within the historical maritime hub of Salem's waterfront. The facility is topped by three towering smokestacks that pierce the skyline, and can be seen from many parts of Salem as well as the neighboring communities of Beverly and Marblehead. Effectively powering 745,000 homes at its peak productivity, the plant was long targeted as a polluter by environmentalists and is included in Massachusetts' so-called "Filthy Five." Upgrades and retrofits to improve emissions were prohibitively expensive for the plant's operator, and as a result it was ordered to shut down by 2014 for violations of the Clean Air Act.

Footprint Power, a start-up power company dedicated to sustainable solutions, seized the opportunity to purchase the aging coal-fired power plant. Their intention is to redevelop the 65-acre site by demolishing the existing facility and constructing a new cleaner, gas-fired combined cycle facility on 20 acres of the existing site, allowing for mixed and industrial uses in the remaining area. The new state-of- the-art plant, slated to provide 630 MW of power and be in full operation by 2016, will not only reduce carbon emissions, but its "Quick Start" capability can help develop new renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar power which need readily available backup power to account for constantly changing weather conditions.

About the Speaker:
Bob Fox Bob Fox is a leader in the New York City green building movement. In 2003, Bob joined with Rick Cook to form COOKFOX Architects, a firm devoted to creating environmentally responsible high-performance buildings, including the LEED Platinum Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. In the summer of 2006, Bob and Rick joined Bill Browning and Chris Garvin to form the strategic consulting firm, Terrapin Bright Green. Bob was the only architect on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Advisory Council for the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. Additionally, he is the Founding Chair and current member of the Board of Directors for the US Green Building Council/NY Chapter, the Chairman of the GSA Green Building Advisory Committee and a GSA Peer Reviewer, a member of the USGBC Center for Green Schools Advisory Board, and a member of the Interface Dream Green Team and the Ray C. Anderson Foundation Advisory Board. Bob has been honored with many awards, including a Leadership Award from the US Green Building Council, the New York City Council's inaugural "Big Green Apple" Award, and the Urban Visionary Award from the Cooper Union.