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Clean energy industry faces economic headwinds

On a recent weekday, gulls circled overhead while a backhoe leveled a pile of dirt along the industrial waterfront of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

“We’re developing a port facility here to support offshore wind construction,” said Andrew Saunders, the president of the port, called the Foss Marine Terminal.

When it’s complete, Saunders plans to lease the port out to offshore wind developers. He’s betting it will become a launch pad for boatloads of seafaring workers who build the turbines more than a dozen miles out to sea.

“This facility will support those vessels during crew changes, grub, taking off garbage … Husbandry services is the best way to describe it,” said Saunders.

Offshore wind is a core pillar of the Biden administration’s push to remake the nation’s electric grid with renewable energy. The goal is to…

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