June 17, 2010 |
New Jersey has become a national leader in solar power with the help of a market-based incentive program. Legislative leaders now want to expand the program to include offshore wind projects in hopes of making the state a destination for developers. No offshore wind turbines yet exist in the United States, but states are in a race to be the first and biggest producers. A bill sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) and Minority Leader Thomas H. Kean Jr. (R., Union)
August 20, 2010 |
A law signed Thursday by Gov. Christie pushed New Jersey a big step forward in the race to become the first state to erect offshore wind turbines. Legislators said the action could bring hundreds of green-energy jobs to Paulsboro, which they hope will become a hub of turbine manufacturing. Christie hopes to secure the title of first in the nation to attract developers and manufacturers associated with wind power. The law applies the same tool that helped the state become second, behind California, in solar-power.
June 18, 2010 |
Developing wind turbines off New Jersey's coast would have a "negligible" impact on the environment, according to preliminary results of a two-year study released Friday by the state Department of Environmental Protection. "We now have the science and data needed to take the first steps toward making wind energy projects a reality for New Jersey," Commissioner Bob Martin said in a written statement. Officials said the $7 million study, meant to provide a scientific baseline to direct planning for the turbines, should serve as a model for other states.
October 2, 2008 |
TRENTON - New Jersey officials plan to announce Fridaytomorrow the winning proposal to build one of the nation's first offshore wind farms. The Board of Public Utilities is considering five proposals as part of a broader push for alternative energy sources in the state. The companies bidding for the $19 million grant range from one backed by utility PSEG, to a consortium of commercial fishermen. The pilot program will construct offshore wind turbines capable of generating 350 megawatts of power - enough energy to continually power 125,000 homes.
December 2, 2010 |
Offshore wind projects that would curb pollution and create jobs are making headway all along the East Coast, but more should be done to advance the fledgling industry, according to a report released Wednesday by clean-energy advocates. The report - prepared by the National Wildlife Federation and cosponsored by Environment New Jersey and more than 35 other organizations - called for an accelerated transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. That goal could be achieved, it said, by easing the long approval process for offshore wind development, investing more in the industry, and targeting high-priority zones off the coast for quicker permits.
October 2, 2013 |
The Sierra Club launched an ad campaign Monday aimed at pressuring Gov. Christie into making building offshore wind farms a priority. The ad blitz - including messages on billboards on major highways and in some of the state's largest newspapers - came as a new poll showed broad support among New Jerseyans for public investment in renewable energy sources, including offshore wind farms. "I join the majority of New Jerseyans calling on Gov. Christie to make our state a leader in clean, renewable offshore wind power," Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in a statement Monday.
March 19, 2013 |
New Jersey is hoping to lure an offshore wind manufacturer to the state to help jump-start a green industry, but a lucrative incentive aimed at attracting the business is no longer available. A landmark offshore-wind law enacted by the Christie administration in 2010 offered up to $100 million in tax credits if a manufacturer located its operations in the state, but to qualify, a company had to make its decision by the end of 2012. Lawmakers in both chambers have introduced bills extending the deadline to July 1, 2014.
November 22, 2015 |
New Jersey's updated Energy Master Plan, released by the Christie administration late Friday afternoon, continues to forecast a dim future for offshore wind development. "While the future may bring change, offshore wind in the U.S. is not economically viable at this time," according to the report, jointly released by the Board of Public Utilities and the Department of Environmental Protection. Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, was quick to denounce the update.
January 16, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The company planning to build what could be the nation's first offshore wind farm says it's ready to start construction on the multimillion-dollar project as soon as New Jersey officials give their approval. Fishermen's Energy of Cape May wants to build the wind farm about 2.8 miles off Atlantic City. It plans to erect five wind turbines that would produce up to 25 megawatts, capable of powering about 10,000 homes. The company says it hopes the state Board of Public Utilities will issue a decision on its proposal by March.
February 3, 2012 |
The potential for wind turbines off the coast of New Jersey passed one more hurdle Thursday, when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that several "priority areas" in the Mid-Atlantic had passed an initial environmental review. That allows the department to begin the process of offering leases to developers. "Offshore wind holds incredible potential for our country, and we're moving full-steam ahead to accelerate the siting, leasing, and construction of new projects," Salazar said.