The Saint Louis-based firm, Commercial Development Company and Anbaric announced this week an agreement to launch the Anbaric Renewable Energy Center at the newly named Brayton Point Commerce Center in Somerset following the acquisition of the former power plant site.
“We see Anbaric as a natural fit with the development of the Brayton Point Commerce Center,” said Stephen Collins of CDC’s Brayton Point Commerce Center.
CDC’s vision is to transition the former coal-fired power plant into a Mecca for the off-shore wind energy sector.
Bristol Fifth District State Representative Patricia Haddad talked to WSAR about the news of this agreement and is excited about its potential.
“It’s very exciting,” she said. “Anbaric is a company who plans to be apart of the grid that will be handling offshore wind. Their process will be a number of tables that come from the individual towers. Then, they’ll go into an offshore station which will convert the power to direct current and bring it into Brayton Point. We plan on 1200 megawatts of power. That place on the grid where the power plant used to be had space for 1600 megawatts”
She continued, “they know that they’re going big in order to fill the area so it will mean another station on land at Brayton Point to handle the 1200 megawatts planned. And they can come from from anywhere. It’s not ot strictly just from Massachusetts. The grid in that area feeds the entire New England region.”
“As our country marches towards a clean energy future, our Commonwealth’s workers and businesses can be found standing on the front lines along the South Coast,” said Congressman Joe Kennedy III. “By re-imagining and rebuilding Brayton Point to meet the needs of our emerging offshore wind industry, the Anbaric Renewable Energy Center will not only strengthen our local economy, it will help us confront the effects of climate change already threatening our coastal communities.”
The main variable in the development of the energy center is a $250 million investment. A 1200-megawatt high-voltage direct current converter will be the highlight in serving the emergence of an offshore wind industry.
“We’re really proud to be teaming up with Brayton Point Commerce Center to introduce a 1200 megawatts HVDC converter,” Anbaric CEO Ed Krapels said. “The facility will take wind energy from offshore, convert it into AC and then put it into infrastructure that already exists.”
Anbaric will also commence development of 400 MW of battery storage on site, which would bring an additional $400 million in investment.
Senator Michael Rodrigues said, “The transformation of Brayton will give the region a key role in Massachusetts’ clean energy future. It promises to benefit the environment while generating jobs and much-needed local tax revenue.”