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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

February 1, 2018 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

What Gov. Murphy’s offshore wind decision means for Ocean County

According to the Argonne National Laboratory, a study showed that offshore turbines were visible at distances of 26 miles during the daytime and 24 miles at night, and may be a “major focus of visual attention” at distances of up to 10 miles. In the southern portion of the New Jersey lease area, turbines being visible from the beachfront is a distinct possibility. The turbines, according to BOEM, will be located seven nautical miles offshore – well within sight range, according to a study of similar facilities in the United Kingdom. Complete story »

February 1, 2018 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Murphy restarts big offshore wind plan for New Jersey

ATLANTIC CITY – Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order Wednesday to return the state to national leadership in offshore wind energy. New Jersey will finally implement the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act of 2010, which languished under Gov. Chris Christie, Murphy said at a press conference at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority’s wind farm and wastewater treatment plant. The law creates ratepayer-financing of wind field development through an Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credit program. But Christie’s administration never finalized regulations . . . Complete story »

February 1, 2018 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Murphy signs order to spur offshore wind production

A key concern for wind energy projects has been their affordability and whether they will need substantial subsidies. Sweeney said he wasn’t sure what the subsidy level under the 2010 legislation Christie signed would be because the state hadn’t conducted those estimates under the former governor. Complete story »

February 1, 2018 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Phil Murphy jump-starts a windmill energy program Christie shelved

With the goal of 1.5 million New Jersey homes powered by offshore windmills by 2030, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Wednesday that breathed life into a program former Gov. Chris Christie sidelined for nearly eight years. “Seven-and-a-half years ago, Gov. Christie signed into law what was to be a revolutionary policy to get New Jersey to run on offshore wind energy,” Murphy said during a news conference in Atlantic City. The Democrat was referring to the Offshore Wind . . . Complete story »

January 26, 2018 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers add wind, solar to bill raising power rates for nuclear energy

Already seeking a $3-a-month household surcharge for nuclear power, New Jersey lawmakers are adding new fees to promote solar and wind power as part of a bailout sought by the state’s largest utility. Lawmakers added the environmental provisions after a nuclear-only subsidy died in the Legislature earlier this month, when incoming Gov. Phil Murphy signaled that he wanted the bill to advance his clean-energy agenda. Senate President Stephen Sweeney, the sponsor of the bill, couldn’t say how much the new . . . Complete story »

January 12, 2018 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

N.J. Assembly green-lights wind energy incentive bill

A bill aimed at providing incentives for companies exploring wind energy development cleared the full New Jersey Assembly on Monday by a vote of 54-15-1. The bill, A.1899, would amend the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act to expand the definition of “wind energy zone” to include property located in the project area of the “Portfields Initiative,” designated as a portfield site by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) and . . . Complete story »

October 24, 2017 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Developers plan wind farms off Jersey Shore as Christie era ends

After years of being sidelined by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, wind farm developers are dusting off plans for massive offshore turbines that may someday generate more electricity than a nuclear reactor. Christie, a Republican whose term ends in January, effectively blocked wind farms off his state’s coast by never fully implementing a program that would subsidize the projects. Both of the leading candidates to replace him have pledged support for the industry, opening the door for developers to push . . . Complete story »

September 20, 2017 • Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Fishing industry takes more action against New York offshore wind lease

A group of fishing organizations, businesses and communities, led by the Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF), has taken more action to halt the lease of Statoil’s planned wind farm off the coast of New York. The suit, filed against the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), is seeking summary judgment and requesting the court to invalidate the lease, which was awarded to Norwegian firm Statoil to develop the New York Wind Energy Area (NY WEA) late . . . Complete story »

June 30, 2017 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Without funding, offshore wind project for AC hangs in limbo

ATLANTIC CITY – Ten years ago, New Jersey was poised to become the first state in the nation to build an offshore wind farm. But by December 2016, Rhode Island had won the race and the Garden State missed out on a chance to build a new industry. Now, Fishermen’s Energy’s proposed 24-megawatt, six-turbine demonstration project 3 miles off the coast of Atlantic City hangs in limbo. “We just kind of ran out of time and ran out of money,” said . . . Complete story »

January 4, 2017 • Letters, New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Stop shoving wind, solar down people’s throats

To praise President Barack Obama for the drilling ban on his way out of office (“Drilling ban godsend for New Jersey,” Dec 22 editorial) and to have other articles about saving the environment and letters to the editor asking to protect the Grand Canyon just shows how out of touch most Americans are with the rest of the world. Obama has his isolationist world view and uses climate change to compel Americans into using solar and wind energy. While environmentalists . . . Complete story »

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