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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 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 »

September 5, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farm off Atlantic City may use Oyster Creek substation to access electric grid

Waretown – Ørsted, the Danish company that with Public Service Enterprise Group intends to generate 1,100 megawatts of wind power, enough to supply half a million homes with “green” renewable electricity, held its second informational meeting, in Waretown, Wednesday night. The venue seemed odd since the wind farm is planned for a leased area of the continental shelf, 15 miles off Atlantic City. But then Kris Ohleth, senior stakeholder relations manager for Ørsted, thanked the Holiday Beach Club for hosting the . . . Complete story »

July 29, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Will offshore wind farms come near Bayshore region?

In June the administration of Gov. Phil Murphy made a splash at the shore when the state board of public utilities approved a $1.6 billion wind farm 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City. Local environmental officials say the rippling waves of that announcement could soon be felt in the Bayshore region, with two additional rounds of wind farm application approvals to come in the next three years and a site situated near Sandy Hook and New York already . . . Complete story »

June 22, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

NJ picks developer for wind farm off Atlantic City

State regulators approved a subsidy for Danish firm Ørsted to build wind turbines off Atlantic City. Of the 14 proposals submitted to the state in December, the Board of Public Utilities selected Ørsted to receive subsidies for a 1,100 megawatt wind farm about 15 miles out in federal waters, the commissioners announced at Friday’s meeting. In total, the project will cost ratepayers $1.6 billion over 20 years, said Kelly Mooij, deputy director of the BPU’s Division of Clean Energy. That . . . Complete story »

May 28, 2019 • New Jersey, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

New York’s prized sea scallop faces off against offshore wind farms

Developers pushing to install massive wind turbines in the waters off New York and New Jersey have run into a delicate yet mighty foe: the Atlantic sea scallop. Prized for their sweet and tender meat, scallops are abundant off Long Island and the Jersey Shore. That happens to be where the Trump administration wants to auction leases for offshore wind farms for what’s envisioned to be a $70 billion U.S. industry. Efforts by fishermen to block the wind farm projects . . . Complete story »

April 30, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Lawmakers want to know how much customers will pay to fund clean energy

Legislators are beginning to worry about just how much it will cost utility customers to finance the Murphy administration’s ambitious clean-energy agenda. At a wide-ranging hearing last week, top officials from the administration laid out what actions they are taking to transform New Jersey into a 100 percent clean-energy economy by 2050. Those initiatives include one of the nation’s most aggressive programs for offshore wind along the Jersey coast; mandates for the state’s gas and electric utilities to reduce their . . . Complete story »

February 5, 2019 • Michigan, New Jersey, OhioPrint storyE-mail story

Ohioans cheer New Jersey’s turbine decision

Boating and environmental groups in Ohio and Michigan are cheering the New Jersey Public Utilities Commission’s decision to reject the proposed Nautilus wind farm off the Garden State, declaring that it “fails to demonstrate a net economic benefit to the state.” Organizations in Ohio and Michigan are engaged in a battle to prevent wind turbines from being built in America’s five Great Lakes. “This basis for the rejection by New Jersey’s PUCO mirrors our position that the proposed turbine farm . . . Complete story »

January 3, 2019 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore-wind developers and officials won’t reveal key details of proposals

There’s a lot at stake for utility customers who may end up subsidizing projects to the tune of billions of dollars Three developers are vying to build offshore-wind farms aimed at achieving the Murphy administration’s goal of building 1,100 megawatts of capacity off the Jersey coast in a process that is emerging as increasingly opaque. Details of the projects, to be subsidized by potentially billions of dollars from electric customers in New Jersey, were not forthcoming from either the state . . . Complete story »

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