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.