The former 1,493-MW Brayton Point coal-fired power plant site in Massachusetts is being redeveloped into an offshore wind power support center that will include 400 MW of battery storage, the site owners and developers said Monday.
Commercial Development Company and transmission developer Anbaric have agreed to build the Anbaric Renewable Energy Center at the CDC’s Brayton Point Commerce Center in Somerset, the companies said in a statement.
“The Renewable Energy Center represents Anbaric’s broader vision for its Massachusetts OceanGrid project: high-capacity transmission infrastructure to maximize the potential of the region’s offshore wind energy resource,” Edward Krapels, Anbaric’s CEO, said.
The main component of the Renewable Energy Center will be a 1200-MW high-voltage direct current converter to serve the emerging offshore wind industry. That portion of the project will require a roughly $250 million investment, the companies said. The 400 MW of battery storage will “bring an additional $400 million in investment,” according to Anbaric.
The site is being prepared as the landing point for 1,200 MW of offshore wind power. Several offshore wind projects are in development in the area.