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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 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.

September 16, 2020 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

New Jersey legislators call to suspend offshore wind approval

A trio of New Jersey legislators who have promoted offshore wind energy development have called for suspending state approval of Ørsted’s Ocean Wind project, alleging the company has so far “failed to deliver” on its promises of new jobs and economic development in the state. In a Sept. 9 letter to state utility regulators, New Jersey state Senate president Steve Sweeney and Assembly members John Burzichelli and Adam Taliaferro, all Democrats with strong ties to construction and industrial union labor, . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2020 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers among doubters of NJ offshore wind plans

With New Jersey ramping up its efforts to develop a robust offshore wind program, new doubts have been raised over when and whether the projects will deliver the significant economic benefits and jobs touted by developers. The issue became public Wednesday when the state opened a second solicitation to build offshore wind farms off the Jersey coast and prominent legislators unexpectedly called on state regulators to immediately suspend its review of the first and only offshore wind project to be . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2020 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind in NJ gets boost, but lawmakers demand a halt to one project

It started out as a pretty good day for New Jersey’s offshore-wind sector. The state opened its second solicitation to build more offshore wind farms along the Jersey coast on Wednesday, one of a series of steps it has taken to bolster its goal of becoming a hub for a new industry emerging along the Eastern Seaboard. Opening the window for offshore wind developers to submit applications to build projects 15 or more miles from the coast is one of . . . Complete story »

August 25, 2020 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Will ‘moon bird’ cross paths with NJ wind turbines? We’re about to find out

They are called “moon birds” because their annual migration from South America to the Canadian Arctic can add up over a lifetime to the distance between the Earth and the Moon. During that 18,000-mile round trip each year, the birds officially known as red knots make a pit stop at the Delaware Bay to feed on horseshoe crab eggs. It’s an essential stop for the red knots if they are to make it all the way to their breeding grounds . . . Complete story »

August 14, 2020 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Tiny red knot vs. giant wind turbines: a need to worry?

An offshore wind developer is using satellite technology to determine whether an endangered shorebird species would risk colliding with planned wind turbines when it migrates from New Jersey beaches to South America. The company, Atlantic Shores, has hired Larry Niles, a wildlife biologist, to attach satellite tags to 30 red knots to collect data on their flight path and altitude that can be used to judge whether a proposed wind farm off Atlantic City would conflict with the migration. Niles, . . . Complete story »

July 4, 2020 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

In New Jersey schools, climate change education will be mandatory

Like similar state mandates for public schools to infuse Black history, Holocaust, and LGBTQ education into the curriculum and not be a standalone subject taught occasionally, climate control is expected to be integrated into age-appropriate lesson plans as something students should know by the time they graduate. Complete story »

March 11, 2020 • Letters, New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Thoughts on ‘free’ energy

In reference to the Herald front page story March 4 on the presentation by the Orsted spokesperson, Kris Ohleth, who extended the Orsted talking points. Included was a presentation by Joseph Fiordaliso of N.J. Board of Public Utilities (BPU), the taxpayers’ (our) advocate? Some information that did not make their presentation was: In addition to the $1.6 billion contract, what is the suggested contract guaranteed profit although the wind is variable? Are the grid connection costs guaranteed not to exceed? . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2020 • New Jersey, Opinions, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

A fowl wind blows offshore

The cumulative impacts of offshore wind development zones has been the primary delay for the wind industry. Around the world the process has been build the wind turbines, mitigate the known damages, and monitor the impacts. There are now wind farm sites that will not be redeveloped since studies have shown the true electrical output, the excessive cost that can not be raised without public funds, the environmental degradation, and impacts on production Agriculture and the harvesters, all combined exceeding . . . Complete story »

February 10, 2020 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Some fans, some not, for wind farm project

Standing behind a piece of Scotch tape that was about 45 inches away from a rendering of a proposed ocean wind farm, William Henry took a long look Saturday morning at a town hall meeting at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Fixed to the spot, he peered at the visual as if he was standing on the shoreline, gazing out at the ocean. Henry, an Ocean City resident who is a State Police lieutenant and station commander at the Woodbine barracks, . . . Complete story »

February 3, 2020 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Residents air concerns over wind farm project

An ocean wind farm project that could power more than a half a million New Jersey homes, create thousands of jobs and bolster the state’s use of renewable energy will be discussed at a town hall meeting Saturday, Feb 8 in Ocean City. The public meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. The wind farm company, Orsted, will have representatives and consultants on hand to answer questions about the project. . . . Complete story »

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