Somerset Community Group Funds Independent Research On Coal Plant Reuse

Energy Consultant Synapse to Analyze Reuse Opportunities for Brayton Point

Somerset, MA – Coalition for Clean Air South Coast, together with Clean Water Action and Toxics Action Center, has hired Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. to conduct expert analysis on topics related to potential reuse opportunities for the Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset. Brayton Point, which is the largest fossil fuel-fired electric generating plant still in operation in New England, is slated for retirement in 2017. The independent research will be discussed at the upcoming Citizen Transition Committee meeting in Somerset on Tuesday, September 15th at 6pm at the Old Town Hall. 

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), in partnership with the Town of Somerset, recently launched a study to identify and analyze options for optimizing the reuse potential of the Brayton Point and Somerset Station power plant sites. While the final study has not been released, it is clear that there is no easy answer for Somerset when it comes to replacing lost tax revenues and energy generation. 

“Although we have yet to see the final state-funded study by Ninigret Partners, we were disappointed with the first draft,” said Pauline Rodrigues of Coalition for Clean Air South Coast. “Ninigret’s draft study lacked detail and lacked a positive vision of what’s possible in Somerset. Through hiring Synapse, an independent expert on energy economics, we hope to have more concrete information on how clean energy development might benefit Somerset’s economy, and how we can better account for our town’s existing assets."

Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. (Synapse) is an independent consultant that provides detailed technical analysis on energy issues to inform policy and planning decisions at the utility, state, regional and national levels. Recent clients included the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and others. The research will be funded by grants from foundations and non-profits. 

This topic and others will be on the agenda for the upcoming Citizen Transition Committee Meeting on Tuesday, September 15th from 6pm-7:30pm at the Old Town Hall in Somerset. Members of the general public are encouraged to attend. 



Pauline Rodrigues, Coalition for Clean Air

Sylvia Broude, Toxics Action Center

Becky Smith, Clean Water Action