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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.

April 19, 2021 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

N.J. fishing groups worry offshore wind will adversely affect their industry: ‘This is our farmland’

Capt. Hank Lackner docked a 100-foot trawler in Cape May on a recent day after unloading a catch of squid that might end up as calamari on someone’s plate just about anywhere in the United States. Lackner fears that offshore wind farms coming to the waters off the New Jersey coast in the next few years could threaten his business. Other commercial and recreational anglers, along with the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), a political action organization, share his concerns. They . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2021 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Avalon residents not sold on offshore wind farm

AVALON – Two days after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held a virtual public hearing concerning the environmental impact of wind farms off New Jersey’s coast, residents used the public comment period of Avalon Borough Council’s April 14 meeting to express opposition to the project. Orsted, a Danish company, is planning a wind energy farm off the New Jersey coast, which would use 98 large wind turbines at intervals of 1 mile, stretching from Atlantic City to Stone . . . Complete story »

April 17, 2021 • New Jersey, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

NJ, wind-farm developer push for smaller wind-energy area off Hamptons

A top New Jersey utility official and a wind-farm developer on Friday raised objection to the idea that wind turbines should be excluded from waters off the Hamptons, arguing inclusion would foster competition. The official’s request follows federal release Wednesday of proposed wind-farm areas for the waters between New York and New Jersey that unexpectedly excluded two areas 15 miles from Long Island from a proposed lease sale later this year or early next year. New York state and local . . . Complete story »

April 17, 2021 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Thornton: commercial fishermen must be heard as offshore wind farm looms

CREST HAVEN – Commercial fishermen will have an opportunity to air sentiments concerning the offshore wind project before the Cape May County Board of County Commissioners later this month. At its April 13 caucus, Board Director Gerald Thornton told peers at the internet meeting that he wants that segment of the county’s nontourist economy to be heard before turbines are placed within sight of the county and cables cross a local beach. “They (commercial fishermen) have a lot of reservations . . . Complete story »

April 16, 2021 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Residents, officials reiterate concerns about wind farm off Atlantic City

Rick Robinson likens the idea of building up to 98 wind turbines on the ocean horizon to placing them on the rim of the Grand Canyon. The Seven Mile Island homeowner was among numerous people who spoke this week at a federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management virtual hearing on a proposed wind farm 15 miles off Atlantic City. In addition to ruining a magnificent view, the 850-foot turbines will endanger wildlife, scar coastal land, scare away fish, interfere with . . . Complete story »

April 14, 2021 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Public airs concerns over wind farm

An industrial park on the ocean, or a way to combat global climate change, were two opposing views of a proposed offshore wind farm planned for the waters 15 miles off the coast of Ocean City. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), a federal agency, is reviewing the environmental impact and operations plans for Danish company Orsted’s wind energy farm. Orsted needs its permitting approvals to put 98 towering wind turbines in the ocean spaced a nautical mile apart. . . . Complete story »

April 14, 2021 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

NJ offshore wind farm to connect to Oyster Creek, B.L. England plants

ATLANTIC CITY – A large offshore wind energy project planned off the coast of New Jersey will connect onshore to two former power plants, and cables will run under two of the state’s most popular beaches, officials said Tuesday. At a virtual public hearing on the Ocean Wind project planned by Ørsted, the Danish wind energy developer, and PSEG, a New Jersey utility company, officials revealed the project would connect to the electric grid at decommissioned power plants in Ocean and . . . Complete story »

April 13, 2021 • New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Hearings set for members of public to weigh in on offshore wind farms

The public will have a chance this month to tell the feds what it thinks about the massive offshore wind farms planned 15 miles from Atlantic City. Hosted by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, three virtual “scoping meetings” on the Ocean Wind project are scheduled for the following days and times: • Tuesday, April 13, 1 p.m. • Thursday, April 15, 5:30 p.m. • Tuesday, April 20, 5:30 p.m. Officials will provide information and then take questions and . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2021 • Letters, New JerseyPrint storyE-mail story

Go slow with wind

A March 29 article in the New York Times speaks to the Biden administration’s promotion of offshore wind energy: “The Biden Administration makes a swath of ocean between New York and New Jersey an offshore wind zone.” Yet, no one has asked the people who live in New York and New Jersey and elsewhere in coastal communities, who will be impacted by the development of 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030, what they think. No one has evaluated the . . . Complete story »

March 30, 2021 • New Jersey, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Parts of N.Y. and N.J. coast to be designated offshore wind zone

The Biden administration announced a plan on Monday to vastly expand the use of offshore wind power along the East Coast, aiming to tap a potentially huge source of renewable energy that has so far struggled to gain a foothold in the United States. The plan would designate an area between Long Island and New Jersey as a priority offshore wind zone and sets a goal of installing 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind turbines in coastal waters nationwide by 2030, . . . Complete story »

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