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  • From Coal to Renewables: How the Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant in New England Became an Offshore Wind Hub

    Wednesday, December 11, 03:30 pm - 04:00 pm
    West Hall A – Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
    The transformation of Brayton Point “from coal to wind” is widely considered to be a symbolic milestone in the global transition from fossil fuels to renewables. For over 50 years, the Brayton Point Power Station was the largest coal-fired power plant in New England. After ceasing operations in 2017, the retired plant was at risk of a prolonged state of decay and blight. However after an asset purchase and environmental liability transfer transaction in early 2018, the former coal power plant site has found a new future as a world-class renewable energy support center. This presentation will discuss this major brownfield project in detail – how the initial transaction was structured, how the site was repositioned for renewables, what investments and upgrades were needed, how existing site attributes were repurposed for redevelopment, how CDC worked with local stakeholders and residents to optimize the transition, and lessons learned along the way.
    Stephen Collins
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