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New Caithness Moxie Freedom Generating Station in Salem Township now online

SOURCE: TIMES LEADER
AUTHOR: JENNIFERLEARN-ANDES
DATE: NOVEMBER 11, 2018

 

 

Salem Township Volunteer Fire Company Chief Lee Smith said annual funding from the new Caithness Moxie Freedom Generating Station is covering the expense of a vehicle that will serve the township and neighboring communities.

SALEM TWP. — The new Caithness Moxie Freedom Generating Station is now online and has started selling power in the market, a company representative said. Click here to read more »

Power Plant Fueling Goodwill

 

DATE: November 9, 2018
SOURCE: PRESS ENTERPRISE
BY: SUSAN SCHWARTZ

 

Salem Township business opens with $20G donation to fire company

SALEM TWP. — Owners of the Caithness Freedom Generating Station celebrated the opening of the new gas electric plant here Thursday with a $20,000 donation to the Salem Township Volunteer Fire Co.

And Caithness Energy will donate that amount every year for the next 19 years, plus increase its donation by $500 every year, said Ross D. Ain, executive vice president.

“We appreciate the support and patience of the community,” Ain told a small group of firefighters and officials. “I know we tried that patience during the commissioning process, but hopefully we’re beyond that, and will be a good neighbor from now on.”

The plant will provide cleaner electricity and 25 jobs, he said.

New fire squad

The donation will pay the fire company’s annual payments on a new $600,000 customized vehicle that combines the fire company’s engine and rescue vehicles, said Lt. Joshua Switzer.

That means that the company needs one less driver when it responds to scenes that need both capacities, he said. That’s important because getting enough firefighters to run two vehicles can be difficult when calls come in during the day, when many volunteers are at work.

It carries the same amount of water as the old engine — 1,250 gallons — and has the same amount of pumping ability, he said.

But it can hold eight volunteers instead of just six. It also holds the Jaws of Life, ropes, stabilizing jacks and other equipment.

“Without (Caithness’) help, we wouldn’t be able to afford this apparatus,” Switzer said.

The energy company has committed more than $800,000 to various community improvement projects so far, including $15,000 previously given to the fire company, Ain said.

Taxes and tech

The plant will be a major taxpayer. The Times Leader recently reported that with an assessed value of $42.2 million, it’s the sixth-most valuable piece of property in Luzerne County. It’s slated to pay $752,237 in taxes to the school district, township and county. Plant officials say they haven’t yet seen the assessment or decided whether to appeal.

Ain said the cutting-edge technology used at the billion-dollar plant helps make cleaner and less expensive electricity.

The plant produces 1,029 megawatts — enough to serve about 1 million people, Ain said. That makes it a major resource in the regional electrical market, he said.

Company officials chose Salem Township as its site because Pennsylvania is now a major source of natural gas, he said. The plant was able to hook into two natural gas lines here for fuel. The location was also near a major power line with excess capacity, which meant Caithness didn’t have to build any new lines to transmit its electricity to the grid.

Ain: Clean power

The inexpensive power means the plant can underbid earlier, less clean electrical technologies, such as coal-fired plants and older gas plants, pushing them offline, he said.

Thirty years ago, gas plants ran at about 33 to 34 percent efficiency, meaning that for every three units of fuel, the plant produced one unit of power, he said.

The new plant is 60 percent efficient, drastically decreasing energy and emissions, he said. Compared to the old plants, it will release 3.2 million less tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide per year.

It also uses new dry cooling technology, meaning it uses 95 percent less water than the old plants, Ain said. Seven garden hoses could supply all the water it needs — 43 gallons per minute — he said.

Less noise

More than 2 million man hours went into building the plant, which was mostly worked on by locals, Ain said.

Now that it’s online, about 25 people will be working there at jobs that, with benefits, are worth about $100,000 each per year, said Tom Copus, director of operations. Half of the employees were hired locally; the others moved to the community, he said. Many of them are veterans who learned about operating power plants in the military, he said.

The township had received complaints from neighbors about noise from the plant as it first powered up, supervisors said at township meetings. But they haven’t heard any complaints in weeks, said Supervisor Rick Talanca.

Plant spokesman Steve Kratz said the noise came as the plant was forced to release steam without passing it through the turbines as part of the start-up process.

Now that everything is online, it should be quieter, he said.

The traffic light installed at Mingle Inn Road during construction, which began in 2015, has been removed.

“We’ll continue to work with the township closely, and with local residents closely,” Kratz said.

Ain thanked the township supervisors, staff and fire company for cooperating with the energy company as they built the plant.

“We’re delighted to be up and running, and an active member of the local community,” he said.

Christopher Pavlick, who came on behalf of Rep. Tarah Toohil, said the legislator sent her thanks to the company for making sure the fire company has the training and resources it needs.

Susan Schwartz covers the Berwick area. She can be reached at 570-387-1234 ext. 1306 and susan.schwartz@pressenterprise.net, or followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PESueSchwartz

Salem Township Fire Company Adds to Fleet Thanks to Donation

DATE: November 8, 2018
SOURCE: PA Homepage
BY: JAYNE ANN BUGDA

 

(WBRE/WYOU-TV) A big donation for a small Luzerne County fire department today   “Caithness Freedom generating Station” donated 20-thousand dollars to the Salem Township Volunteer fire company. Click here to read more »

Moxie gives Salem $50G

DATE: November 10, 2017

SOURCE: Press Enterprise

 

Salem TWP. — Representatives of the Caithness Moxie Freedom Generating Station joined state and local officials to announce a more than $50,000 donation to Salem Township for improvements and new recreational equipment at the Park at Salem Township, according to a press release. Click here to read more »

Company behind gas plant donates $50K for park improvements in Salem Twp.

DATE: November 15, 2017

SOURCE: Times Leader

 

SALEM TWP. — Representatives of the Caithness Moxie Freedom Generating Station contributed more than $50,000 to the township earlier this month for improvements and new recreational equipment at the Salem Township Park. Click here to read more »

Firm: Natural gas power plant project on schedule

DATE: June 16, 2017

SOURCE: Citizens Voice

PHOTOS BY: Denise Allabaugh

SALEM TWP. – A nearly $1 billion natural gas power plant project being constructed in Salem Twp. is more than halfway complete and is expected to be finished in May of next year, said Ross D. Ain, executive vice president of Caithness Energy.

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First turbine to arrive at new Salem power plant

DATE: February 17, 2017

SOURCE: Times Leader

PHOTOS BY: Melanie Mizenko

 

Steve Kratz, senior account executive, Mitch Garber, vice president for site management, and Ross Ain, vice president of Caithness, look over the site of the future Caithness Moxie Freedom Generating Plant in Salem Twnship in 2016

SALEM TWP. – The construction of a new power plant in lower Luzerne County is moving along, and the first of its turbines is expected to arrive by Monday, according to plant officials. Click here to read more »

Generating progress at Moxie power plant

DATE: November 11, 2016

SOURCE: Press Enterprise

PHOTOS BY: Jimmy May

Cranes place modules on the site of the south generation station at the new Moxie Freedom Power Generation Plant, under construction along Mingle Inn Road in Salem Township. The modules were brought by train and off-loaded at the Riverview Block Co. They make the 3-mile trip to the power plant site on specifically designed flat-bed trucks.
 

Cranes place modules on the site of the south generation station at the new Moxie Freedom Power Generation Plant, under construction along Mingle Inn Road in Salem Township. The modules were brought by train and off-loaded at the Riverview Block Co. They make the 3-mile trip to the power plant site on specifically designed flat-bed trucks.

Progress continues, at immediate right. 2016-11-11-press-enterprise-pic-2

The cranes are standing modules on the south generation station, center left, and the switchyard is being constructed, top center. The natural gas pipeline that will supply the new power station can be seen running through the property from the top left corner to the bottom right.

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EthosEnergy awarded contract for operations and maintenance services for the Caithness Moxie Freedom power plant

DATE: September 8, 2016
SOURCE: PR Newswire
 

HOUSTON, Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — EthosEnergy has been awarded a contract for the full operations and maintenance of the Caithness Moxie Freedom power plant in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, which is being developed and constructed by Caithness Energy, L.L.C. and Moxie Energy, LLC.

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Partners in natural-gas plant pledge $800G to community

Author: Michael Lester
Source: Press Enterprise
 

SALEM TWP. – The firms collaborating to build a $1 billion natural gas power plant outside Berwick say they’ll donate over $800,000 for community projects over the next two decades, including funding to reconstruct Mingle Inn Road, where the plant will be located.

Still, Salem Township Supervisor Steve Fraind said Wednesday the township has heard complaints about the project.

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