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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch in its noncommercial educational effort to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.


March 3, 2024 • New Jersey, Print storyE-mail story

Noise from offshore wind turbines may lead to whale extinction, environmentalists say

Imagine living amid noise as loud as a rock concert, all day, every day. Environmentalists say that’s exactly what will happen to all sea creatures—from fish to whales to clams—in the waters around the massive offshore wind farms planned for the eastern coast of the United States. The spinning windmills will be so loud, they say, that people at the beach will hear them, too. Offshore wind farms create airborne, underwater and seabed noise vibrations, Bob Stern, president of Save . . . Complete story »


February 25, 2024 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Most New Jerseyans say they do not want massive wind farms at the shore

Support for building wind turbines off New Jersey’s coast has taken a dive in the last four years, particularly among residents of shore towns, a Stockton University Poll reveals. Currently, half of the state’s residents are on board with plans to erect wind turbines at sea for electricity, a sharp fall from the 80% support measured in a 2019 survey. Back in 2019, nearly 80% of New Jersey adults were all for offshore wind farms, with a strong backing from . . . Complete story »


January 27, 2024 • Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Opinions, Rhode Island, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Offshore wind and the stress on commercial fishermen

Congressional Republicans are sounding the Mayday alarm this weekend to the grave challenges commercial fishermen face resulting from the Biden administration’s offshore wind agenda. Offshore wind development is placing enormous stress on the American commercial fishing fleet, which may not survive these challenges. A trio of coastal lawmakers, Reps. Andy. Harris (R-Md.), Chris Smith (R.-N.J.), and Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.) will explore offshore wind farm interactions at an upcoming hearing, which their colleagues and the public should heed. President Joe . . . Complete story »


December 20, 2023 • New Jersey, Print storyE-mail story

Wind farm off New Jersey likely to ‘adversely affect’ but not kill whales, feds say

The lone remaining offshore wind project in New Jersey with preliminary approval is likely to “adversely affect” whales and other marine mammals, but its construction, operation and eventual dismantling will not seriously harm or kill them, a federal scientific agency said. In a biological opinion issued Monday night, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the Atlantic Shores project, to be built off the state’s southern coast, is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any species of endangered . . . Complete story »


December 14, 2023 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Southern NJ towns sue over offshore wind reviews, accuse state agency of bias

A group of southern New Jersey towns are suing for an independent review of a New Jersey offshore wind project and accuse the state department in charge of its environmental assessment of having lost its neutral approach. Eight coastal towns – Long Beach Township, Beach Haven, Ship Bottom, Barnegat Light, Surf City, Harvey Cedars, Brigantine and Ventnor City – filed a lawsuit in Superior Court, Mercer County, earlier this month. In the lawsuit, they said the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection . . . Complete story »


December 4, 2023 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Scientists eye offshore wind’s effects on the Atlantic’s crucial cold pool

Scientists are rushing to understand how New Jersey’s planned offshore wind farms might alter the mid-Atlantic cold pool, home to some of the most valuable shellfish fisheries in the United States. Every year, as the surface water temperature off the United States’ mid-Atlantic coast rises steadily from late spring through the summer, a pocket of uncharacteristically cool and crisp water gets trapped at the bottom of the ocean. Packed with nutrients, this thick band of cold water, known as the . . . Complete story »


November 7, 2023 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Orsted wants out of $300M forfeiture for scrapped New Jersey offshore wind farms

Offshore wind power company Orsted is trying to get out of a $300 million guarantee it agreed to pay New Jersey in the event it failed to build its first wind farm off the state’s coast. Last Tuesday, the Danish firm scrapped its Ocean Wind I and II projects in southern New Jersey, saying the projects were no longer financially feasible. The company cited supply chain issues, inflation and a failure to gain enough government tax credits. The next day, . . . Complete story »


November 1, 2023 • New Jersey, Print storyE-mail story

Ørsted pulls out of billion-dollar NJ offshore wind turbines project

The Danish energy company, Ørsted, announced Tuesday they would be pulling out of the billion-dollar project to build wind turbines off the New Jersey coast, a week before an election in which offshore wind has been a controversial political topic. The company will cease development of the Ocean Wind 1 and 2 projects, which were supposed to be built off the coast of Atlantic City, according to a press release. These offshore wind projects have been a cornerstone of Gov. . . . Complete story »


October 18, 2023 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Cape May County sues federal agencies in battle over wind farm

Cape May County filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against multiple federal agencies and their leaders, alleging that federal regulators have abandoned their obligation to protect the environment and Atlantic coastal marine life in favor of an “inappropriate collusion” with the developer of a proposed offshore wind energy farm. The county is joined by fellow plaintiffs the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Wildwood Hotel Motel Association, Clean Ocean Action, the Garden State Seafood Association, LaMonica Fine Foods, Lund’s . . . Complete story »


October 10, 2023 • New Jersey, Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Against the wind

Visiting southern New Jersey this summer, I kept seeing yard signs that read “Stop the Windmills—Save Our Coast.” The posters were rallying opposition to the massive Ocean Wind 1 power project 15 miles off the Jersey shore near Atlantic City. That constellation of 853-foot-high wind turbines is supposed to start construction any day now, although delays and financial uncertainties have hampered the project. Ocean Wind 1 is planned to be one of more than two dozen huge wind projects off . . . Complete story »


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