Former coal power plant re-branded as Brayton Point Commerce Center

(WJAR)

The retired Brayton Point Power Station site in Somerset will be rebranded as Brayton Point Commerce Center, the owners announced Thursday.

What was once a polluting power plant, with shiploads of coal lighting up 1.5 million homes, now has a new owner and new name.

The Commerce Development Company has rebranded the plant, saying it will become a "logistics port, manufacturing hub and support center for the emerging offshore wind energy sector."

The plant shut down in 2017, with more than 150 people losing their jobs.

Rep. Patricia Haddad said the town lost a lot of tax revenue.

"We had two power plants and the two power plants were probably paying in excess of $16 million," she said.

The company said demolition of the power plant itself is underway, but the cooling towers are scheduled to come down during the spring.

"We're very excited that the new owners are really committed to redeveloping that property in a way that will be very helpful for the region and also for the town of Somerset,” Haddad said.

Haddad said the new Brayton Point could help offshore wind farms produce 10 gigawatts of energy, which is 10 times more than the coal plant could.

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