SOMERSET, Mass. (WWLP) – President Joe Biden was in Massachusetts Wednesday to announce a $2.3 billion investment in infrastructure to make sure communities are resilient against disasters he said to become more frequent with climate change.
The president spoke at Brayton Point in the southeastern part of the state, which used to be home to the largest coal plant in New England. It was shut down in 2017 with the cooling towers demolished in a planned implosion in 2019 but this land is being repurposed to help connect offshore wind to the Massachusetts’ power grid.
“Today Brayton Point is on the frontier of clean energy on this site. They’ll manufacture 248 miles of high tech cables, those specialized cables to tie offshore windfarms to the existing grid. Manufacturing these cables will mean paying jobs for 250 workers,” said President Biden.
Brayton Point will also act as a port to aid offshore wind and other industries. President Biden said he would announce executive action in the coming days, adding Congress is not doing enough to address climate change.
Biden has been under pressure to issue an emergency declaration on climate change, after West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin pulled out of negotiations over climate legislation. The declaration would allow the president to redirect spending toward renewable energy.
Governor Baker announced in February the $580 million deal to supply submarine power cable links to connect offshore wind to the state’s power grid.