Decommissioned power plant site in New Bedford to host offshore wind projects

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Conceptual renderings for the Port of New Bedford/Courtesy City of New Bedford

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – A decommissioned power plant site in New Bedford will soon host offshore wind energy projects.

The Port of New Bedford will be redeveloped pending the sale of the site by Eversource and Sprague Massachusetts Properties to local investors Cannon Street Holdings, LLC. The 29-acre site previously held the Cannon Street power station, which was decommissioned in 1992.

The site will host offshore wind staging, operations and maintenance facilities. A release from the City of New Bedford says there is also possibility for the development of a modern seafood offloading facility.

“The transaction announced today puts New Bedford in a leading position to compete in offshore wind, fishing and marine innovation for the long run. It reflects that through careful planning and determination, we can achieve goals that were assumed to be out of reach, and activate our City’s potential to renew itself,” said New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell.

There have been several proposals for the Port of New Bedford in the past, including a casino and aquarium. These proposals failed due to a lack of market demand.

The site was previously used for electric and gas utility services for over a century.

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