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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.

October 30, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

PSEG looks to become active player in offshore wind development

Public Service Enterprise Group is looking to get back into offshore wind, and will enter into exclusive negotiations with Ørsted to acquire a one-quarter interest in its yet to be built 1,100-megawatt wind farm off Atlantic City. The $1.6 billion Ocean Wind project is the first offshore wind farm approved in New Jersey. Located 15 miles off Atlantic City, it is projected to supply more than a half million homes with power. The wind farm is expected to be commissioned . . . Complete story »

October 15, 2019 • New Jersey, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine gone with the wind? Ocean Gate residents certainly hope so

Kate Ranuro is a retiree who lives in the borough of Ocean Gate. It’s on the Toms River not far from the Barnegat Bay. If you like sailing, it’s a beautiful place to live. But not if you like peace and quiet. The town of densely packed bungalows has two giant windmills located in its center. The noise they make is like a clothes dryer with an old sneaker and some loose change rolling around in it. I first heard . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Blade falls off windmill, narrowly missing homes in Ocean Gate

One of the blades of a wind turbine in Ocean County fell off, narrowly missing some homes. It happened in Ocean Gate around 10:45 a.m. Samantha Albin says that it was like something out of a movie. “It was really scary. It was kind of like one of those ‘Final Destination’ things,” she says. Albin was at home when the blade fell off the wind turbine. “I heard a really loud boom. I thought it was maybe like a car . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Windmill blade comes flying down onto Ocean Gate front lawn

It was a scary moment in Ocean Gate Friday morning around 11:00 am when a blade from a windmill came flying down from the sky and onto a residents front lawn on East Arverne Avenue. The turbine blade hit a service line and then fell onto the front lawn, Ocean Gate resident Kate Ranuro tells WOBM News. Ocean Gate Police Chief Mike Kuchta tells WOBM News that there are no injuries and that the turbines have been manually shut off. . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Propeller flys off Ocean Gate wind turbine

OCEAN GATE – “Sirens blaring, there is the propeller, scary stuff,” Kathy Wise said in her social media post around 12:15 p.m. on Friday. Wise was posting a video from in front of her son and fiancé’s house which is adjacent from one the borough’s two windmills. The windmills are used to generate power for the municipality. Borough Patrolman Richard Zonin said both borough windmills have been shut down following the incident and the large white blade that flew off . . . Complete story »

October 7, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

How this New Jersey town’s $5.6M wind turbine became a blessing and a curse

From base to blade tip, the Bayonne, NJ, wind turbine stretches nearly 400 feet into the sky. It towers over the city’s aging waterfront and stands almost 100 feet higher than the Statue of Liberty a few miles away. Surrounded by grimy oil tanks and a dusty concrete plant, the sleek, modern turbine looks like a visitor from the future. When the wind blows, the turbine produces up to 1.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 600 homes. Its supporters . . . Complete story »

September 18, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Fishermen voice concerns during offshore wind hearing

WILDWOOD – U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-2nd) brought the Congressional Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources to the Wildwoods Convention Center Sept. 16 to hear the concerns of the fishing industry and other shore activists regarding a proposed wind farm off the South Jersey coast. Chaired by U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), the pair listened as fishermen and others said they felt left out of the process that could affect the local industry, natural resources, and the economy. Van . . . Complete story »

September 18, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Fishing concerns color N.J. offshore wind hearing

A House Natural Resources subcommittee field hearing in New Jersey yesterday highlighted the conflict between fisheries and offshore wind development. The Energy and Mineral Resources panel’s focus was the burgeoning industry’s potential benefit to the state and its crucial role in a warming planet. “Time is not on our side,” said subcommittee Chairman Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) about the need to promote clean energy to address climate change. Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who represents Atlantic City and . . . Complete story »

September 17, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Ørsted OK’d to bring offshore wind power ashore at Oyster Creek

Ocean Wind LLC, the developer of the state’s first offshore wind farm, has secured the rights to bring power ashore at the former Oyster Creek nuclear station, a move advocates say could reduce the project’s costs to connect to the region’s transmission system. Ørsted, the owner of Ocean Wind, won approval from the New Jersey Board of Utilities this past June to build a 1,100-megawatt, $1.6 billion offshore-wind facility about 15 miles from the coast of Atlantic city. The state . . . Complete story »

September 9, 2019 • Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines and fishing nets fight for offshore space

NORTH KINGSTON, R.I. – Port officials, state lawmakers and wind industry representatives boarded a high-speed ferry one recent morning for the one-hour trip to Block Island, the site of America’s lone offshore wind farm. The mood was buoyant. The five turbines off Block Island can generate just 30 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 17,000 homes, but they represent the potential dawn of a wind boom along the East Coast. Wind developers have signed deals with states up and down . . . Complete story »

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