From fossil fuel to wind

The now-dead Brayton Point Power Station in a recent winter.

The now-dead Brayton Point Power Station in a recent winter.

A Missouri-based company, Commercial Development Co., plans to buy the now closed and once heavily polluting fossil-fuel-powered Brayton Point Power Station, in Somerset, Mass., and may turn the 307-acre site into a center for windpower. How fitting.

 “Multiple factors attracted us to this site. Of greatest interest was the potential for renewable energy development,” said Randall Jostes, the company’s  CEO. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center sees very breezy Brayton Point as a possible site for an industrial wind port.

Some of us will feel a pang  when the two huge and eerie cooling towers at Brayton Point, looming on the south side  of Route 195, are torn down. A lot of people have thought that the facility was nuclear.