The former Montaup Power Plant site is located along the west bank of the Taunton River, at 1606 Riverside Avenue in Somerset, MA. It is the former site of a coal-fired electric generation facility, which ceased operation on January 1, 2010, and is now largely unused.
Located approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) from Interstate Route I-195, the former Montaup Power Plant site is roughly 28 acres (11 hectares) and is comprised of a former electric power generating facility site along the Taunton River and a secondary parcel with a former fuel oil tank farm. The Montaup site is approximately 39 nautical miles (73 km) from the leading edge of the offshore wind energy areas located south of Martha’s Vineyard. Infrastructure on-site includes a large power plant building, several smaller out-buildings, a concrete paved open area adjacent to the quayside that once served as the staging area for coal, and a pair of unused above-ground storage tanks for fuel. It is located directly across the river from the Former Weaver’s Cove Energy site, a 68-acre former fuel oil tank farm controlled by the same property owner.
The waterfront property recently has been the focus of studies, which have concluded that the existing infrastructure and location in Mount Hope Bay are desirable features for offshore wind energy projects.