New Bedford Sees More State Support for Offshore Wind

New Bedford Sees More State Support for Offshore Wind

NEW BEDFORD — The burgeoning local offshore wind industry is getting another shot in the arm from the state.

Governor Charlie Baker and other officials formally put out a request for proposals for $50 million in port infrastructure development projects at the city's Marine Commerce Terminal on Thursday, before heading to Dartmouth to announce $3.8 million in funding for offshore wind jobs training.

The governor joined Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, State Rep. Antonio Cabral, Mayor Jon Mitchell, and other officials at the New Bedford kickoff for Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's Offshore Wind Industry Ports Investment Challenge.

Officials noted that they chose the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as it's the first and only port facility in the U.S. currently capable of staging, building, and maintaining commercial-scale offshore wind farms.

The challenge will see contractors compete for $50 million in funding, which was set aside from the newly created Offshore Wind Investment Fund that came out of the state's first round of ARPA money allocated by the legislature in December.

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