Offshore wind turbines
Photo credit: Deepwater Wind.

New Bedford, Massachusetts was once a busy whaling port. That industry is long gone, but the city is looking seaward again.

Morrissey: “Offshore wind may become another very important part of the maritime economy that literally created this city.”

New Bedford native Matthew Morrissey has long promoted offshore wind as a way to help his hometown’s economy.

For seven years, he was executive director of the city’s Economic Development Council. He pushed for a new marine terminal to support offshore windfarm construction.

The facility was completed in 2015, and the investment may soon pay off. Massachusetts has passed a law requiring utilities to buy a portion of their energy from offshore wind. Morrissey says with the terminal, New Bedford can help meet that demand – and in the process, create local jobs.

Morrissey: “New Bedford is in a very strong position as it moves forward in the offshore wind marketplace.”

Now Morrissey is vice president of Deepwater Wind, a company building offshore wind farms along the east coast.

He says the industry can help revitalize port cities.

Morrissey: “It can be an incredibly important driver of economic opportunity in post-industrial urban environments up and down the Atlantic coast.”

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Jan Ellen Spiegel

Jan Ellen Spiegel is a long-time Connecticut-based journalist whose career has included radio, television, print, and digital reporting. She has won awards for her reporting on energy, environment, climate...