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Windmills on the horizon, stirring unrest. A new storm gathers over N.J.

Environmentalists, commercial fishermen, recreational boaters, labor unions, homeowners, boardwalk businesses, NIMBYs and ratepayer advocates are all circling Orsted, the Dutch wind power company behind what could be one of the largest wind farms in North America. Local, state and federal officials are also starting to feel the heat. Just about everyone involved, including David Hardy, CEO of Orsted US, worries the project could devolve into chaos.
31 May 2021

LBI Officials Find Support in Other Areas for Opposing Offshore Wind

With the state Board of Public Utilities’ anticipated decision on granting approval for a second wind farm off the coast expected next month, Long Beach Island officials met in April with counterparts from Cape May County and state and federal legislators to discuss the negative impacts of offshore wind farms on shore communities. “The Island, as a whole, is against it. The whole coast is against it,” said Surf City Mayor Francis Hodgson, who hosted the virtual meeting last month.  
13 May 2021

Offshore wind too ugly for the Hamptons but OK for other beach resorts?

In official comments to the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) submitted July 30, 2018, New York suggested the wind turbines be no closer than 20 miles from shore. This recommendation was based upon an earlier study by BOEM that concluded that 600-foot-high turbines produced a “dominate impact “on the beach view 15 miles offshore. Adjusting for the new 50% taller turbines, the suggested distance from the shore should be 30 miles. In Europe, the closest lease area for these jumbo turbines is 44 miles out. The New York decision begs the question of why lease areas from Maryland to Massachusetts aren’t being rejected on the same merits. 
4 May 2021

The U.S. vs. Atlantic fisheries

The Atlantic coast contains some of the most productive fisheries in the world. BOEM is supposed to work with fisheries interests to ensure offshore wind development does not adversely affect habitat and the livelihood of fishermen. In fact, in December of last year, the Department of the Interior issued a detailed memo stating that the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act prohibits offshore wind approvals if a project would interfere with fishing. But just a few weeks ago, the administration reversed those findings.
28 Apr 2021

Peaceful protesters air concerns over wind farms

During the protest, Cape May County Commissioner Director Gerald Thornton came out to speak to the attendees. He told them that he was opposed to the wind farm and that he, along with his fellow Commissioners who stood outside with him, would approve a resolution at Tuesday’s meeting opposing wind farms. The resolution was unanimously approved.
28 Apr 2021

Will visible offshore wind farms sink Jersey Shore tourism? The debate churns on.

But in Ocean City and other popular destinations, the threat of climate change is at odds with a perceived threat to tourism. Increasingly vocal opposition is being raised against the construction of offshore wind farms, as shore property owners worry that turbines on the horizon will spoil the views from the beach and discourage tourists from visiting in the summer.
25 Apr 2021

N.J. fishing groups worry offshore wind will adversely affect their industry: ‘This is our farmland’

They worry that wind farms with their soaring turbines could disrupt fish habitat, reroute fishing lanes, and force sport anglers farther out to sea. Lackner, of Montauk, N.Y., believes that the farms will narrow the currently wide-open pathways to the vessel he docks at Cape May so often that he calls it his second home. “We’ll have to tow in between turbines while dragging a quarter mile of gear,” Lackner said. “We’ll be passing boats, as our gear drifts. ... It’s not good to jump right into wind in such a big way.”
19 Apr 2021

Solar emerging as threat to farm preservation

“If there are not limits placed on utility-scale solar projects, it will consume all of the remaining really great land in New Jersey,” said Susan Payne, executive director of New Jersey’s State Agriculture Development Committee. “I mean, it’s existential at that point.” ...On farms that have already been preserved, states must determine whether landowners can add solar arrays. And on farms that aren’t protected, preservationists could find themselves racing to get there before solar developers do.
16 Apr 2021

Public airs concerns over wind farm

Ocean City Councilman Michael DeVlieger said, “I believe that the wind turbines are an existential threat to numerous wildlife species off our coast, in particular the Atlantic sturgeon, the North Atlantic right whale and the horseshoe crab. They should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.” He noted that the project would also likely adversely affect the real estate, hospitality, tourism, and fishing industries which keep the Cape May County economy strong. “This is our livelihood here,” DeVlieger said
13 Apr 2021

With offshore wind, New Jersey could be launching its biggest job creator ‘since the casinos’

There could be up to 99 turbines in just the first project, Ocean Wind, by the Danish multinational Ørsted, in partnership with New Jersey’s largest utility, Public Service Electric & Gas Co., or PSEG. When complete in 2024, the $1.6 billion wind farm, located in federal waters, will generate 1,100 megawatts ...But that’s just the start of the state’s plan under Gov. Phil Murphy. New Jersey expects five more projects, or “solicitations,” meaning many more turbines will be needed to achieve the goal of 7,500 megawatts through 2035. The next solicitation to be awarded this year could be twice the size of Ocean Wind.
20 Mar 2021

Communities Air Concerns Over Offshore Wind Farms

In Ocean City, members of the community and elected officials are raising objections to Danish energy company Orsted’s plans for a wind farm 15 miles off the South Jersey coast from Atlantic City to Cape May. Also, elected officials and representatives of the fishing industry in Long Beach Island are voicing similar concerns over another wind farm proposed by Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind about 10 miles off Barnegat Light.
20 Mar 2021

Ocean City residents launch petition against offshore wind farm

A proposed offshore wind farm continues to draw opposition from New Jersey's southern coastal communities. Ørsted's proposed project aims to construct 99 wind turbines about 15 miles off the coast from Atlantic City to Cape May. The wind turbines are expected to produce enough energy to power half a million homes by 2024, according to Ørsted officials.
11 Mar 2021

Some worry N.J. offshore wind project will affect views, fishing, and tourism

A half-dozen people stood on an oceanfront deck with a million-dollar view, asking a hundred questions about what’s on the horizon. On this clear, winter afternoon, it was the Atlantic as far as the eye can see. By 2024, nearly 100 of the world’s largest, most powerful wind turbines could be spinning 15 miles off the coast. With blades attached, the windmills could reach as high and wide as 850 feet, and simulations created by Orsted, the Danish-based power company behind the Ocean Wind project, show the turbines are visible, faintly, from beaches in Brigantine, Avalon, Stone Harbor, and Joe and Tricia Conte’s deck in Ocean City.
15 Feb 2021

Expert says wind turbines can harm LBI economy

Beach Haven resident Bob Stern has taken a keen interest in Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind’s proposal to construct a wind farm off the coast of Long Beach Island and parts south to Atlantic City. ...Although he had never reviewed any wind energy proposals, he sees this as having myriad issues that should involve much input from local officials. But during a presentation at the Feb. 8 Beach Haven Borough Council meeting, Stern focused on the potential adverse affect on the Island economy.
12 Feb 2021

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