City of New Bedford

The world's most famous whaling era seaport and number one fishing port in America takes a new approach to providing energy at the pier.


The Harbor Development Commission (HDC) of New Bedford is responsible for managing assets on the harbor, including several fishing piers and commercial properties that serve cruise ships and cargo ships from North Africa. With the opportunity to take advantage of government grants for carbon emission reduction measures, the HDC began to explore options to reduce its carbon footprint. Providing shore-side power to stakeholders was targeted as their primary initiative. SourceOne worked with HDC to outline new power-delivery options and to overcome the challenge of stakeholder resistance to adapt to the changes in power sources.


SourceOne provided feasibility, design and implementation services to support the goal of reducing Green House Gas Emissions (GHG) and air pollution in the harbor area by analyzing the benefit of implementing shore side power pedestals for use by the fishing fleet, instead of the onboard diesel generators. 

The SourceOne project team collaborated with the Commission, its commercial fisherman and other stakeholders to identify a cost effective, efficient and environmentally responsible solution. To address and overcome the challenge of stakeholder resistance, the team outlined possible incentives as well as options for metering structure/rates.


By providing a dedicated team to analyze HDC power-delivery options, SourceOne provided solutions to the HDC that reduce virtually all idling pier-docked marine engines along the waterfront. It is expected, that once fully implemented, the New Bedford Harbor will enjoy a reduction of approximately 310,000 gallons of Diesel Fuel annually, which equates to approximately 3,000 Metric Tons of avoided Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.