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Officials celebrate $2.5M grant for downtown New Bedford

By Steve Urbon Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito attended a Thursday morning downtown news conference to celebrate a $2.5 million infrastructure grant coming to the city from the MassWorks program, an infrastructure improvement effort. The grant will be used to upgrade and improve the lower section of Union Street above Water Street. East of that the […]

Deepwater Wind’s Morrissey sees big things for his hometown

Matt Morrissey is a New Bedford guy through and through. He’s run for mayor, sat on the UMass Dartmouth board of trustees, headed the city economic development office and directed the New Bedford Wind Energy Center. When offshore wind captured his imagination five or six years ago, he saw it as a chance to help do something […]

Fishermen helped in siting offshore wind farms

You can’t say that Massachusetts officials haven’t been engaged during the creation of the new offshore wind industry. Bill White of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center told an audience of about 50 at the New Bedford Free Public Library that more than 100 meetings with citizens and stakeholders have been held since 2009. The state created working […]

What happens to US energy policy under Trump?

President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of climate change skeptic Myron Ebell to lead his transition team’s environmental working group (he is also a possible candidate to head the EPA) has made renewable energy supporters nervous. Ebell works for a libertarian think tank, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, whose website states that it “questions global warming alarmism, makes the case for access to affordable energy, […]

New Bedford again tops nation for dollar value of fishing catch

By Mike Lawrence Posted Oct 28, 2016 at 6:37 PM NEW BEDFORD — The city’s port has again topped the country for dollar value of its fishing catch, NOAA Fisheries reported this week, citing 2015 landings worth $322 million. That marks 16 years in a row that New Bedford has held the top-value title, which is thanks largely to scallops. […]

Study: Port of New Bedford has $9.8 billion value

By Mike Lawrence Posted Oct 29, 2016 at 5:18 PM NEW BEDFORD — The Port of New Bedford had a $9.8 billion economic value in 2015 and generates more than 36,000 jobs in the region, according to a new state-funded study that city and waterfront leaders hope will spur additional state investment in harbor dredging and other improvements. The study […]

Providence’s Deepwater Wind leads the way in U.S. offshore power

By Alex Kuffner Journal Staff Writer Posted Oct 28, 2016 at 10:42 AM “Worldwide, leaders are sensing and seeing the opportunity,” says Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. “The completion of the Block Island Wind Farm is far more than just a ribbon-cutting – it is the dawn of an entirely new source of U.S. energy.” WARWICK […]