Baystate breaks ground on new power plant

Construction is expected to be completed by December of 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield city leaders joined Baystate Health representatives to break ground on a new power plant.

Springfield mayor Domenic Sarno, along with Congressman Richard Neal and Baystate Health’s CEO, led the groundbreaking ceremony.

The new power plant will provide energy to critical Baystate facilities in the event of a power loss.

Baystate Health’s Director of Facilities Planning and Engineering, Sean Gouvin, told 22News, the $27-million new plant will help keep the hospital running through natural disasters. “The project will go live in December of 2017 when the turbine will be on track and is in place, and it’ll be in place for the next 35 years and will continue to provide benefits for Baystate Health through the year 2050.”

The power plant will allow Baystate Medical Center to operate for 30 days off the electrical grid. Construction is expected to be completed by December of 2017.