Articles from New Jersey

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

New Jersey anglers air concerns that wind farms will negatively impact fishing

Too much too soon is how a noted oceanographer at the University of Rhode Island views offshore wind farm projects in New Jersey and other Northeast states. “There’s going to be hundreds or thousands of turbines off the East Coast, so it would be nice to understand these effects and how it translates into impacts before they get built,” Emeritus Professor John King has said in published reports. “Right now the government is pushing full speed ahead to get these things built, and I don’t think they really care that much about their impacts. The environmental reviews are being done really fast.”
16 Jan 2021

New Jersey legislators call to suspend offshore wind approval

New Jersey commercial fishermen who have been trying to slow the wind industry momentum were encouraged by news of the legislators' new skepticism. "Some of these legislators are starting to see the costs of all this," said Brick Wenzel, a Lavallette, N.J. fisherman who has been working with the New Jersey Farm Bureau, which recently joined fishing groups in calling for a five-year moratorium on wind projects.
15 Sep 2020

Offshore Wind in NJ Gets Boost, But Lawmakers Demand a Halt to One Project

The three legislators, all of whom were sponsors of the Offshore Wind Development Act, asked the state agency to look into representations made by Ørsted in its application to hire union labor and set up a fund to ensure minority businesses and women-owned businesses have an opportunity to enter the offshore-wind industry. They also want the agency to reach out to colleagues in other states about whether they experienced similar problems.
10 Sep 2020

https://www.windaction.org/posts?location=New+Jersey&p=2&type=Article
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