President Biden Set to Visit Somerset


SOMERSET — It’s official: President Biden is scheduled to visit Somerset on Wednesday to talk about clean energy and the climate crisis, according to a media advisory.

WPRI 12 reports that Biden will likely visit the former Brayton Point power plant to observe the site’s conversion into a manufacturing plant for wind energy projects.

A former coal power plant, Brayton Point closed in 2017, with its last remaining smokestack coming down in a controlled demolition in 2020.

Following multiple fires and concerns among neighbors regarding alleged environmental issues at the site, it is now slated to become a manufacturing facility for offshore wind.

Massachusetts is leaning heavily into the budding offshore wind industry, with the country’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, Vineyard Wind 1, based in New Bedford and currently under construction off the Nantucket coast.

Biden’s trip to Somerset takes place as the AP reports that the president will not declare a national emergency to help tackle climate change, despite previous reports that he was considering the move.

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