Offshore wind farm could soon be reality for New Jersey

Thursday, September 1, 2011 @ 07:09 PM
posted by rene5432

Proponents of an offshore wind farm along the coast of New Jersey will know the project's fate around December 2012, when state officials decide which proposals will move forward, according to New Jersey Spotlight.

The state hopes to generate more than 1,000 megawatts of electricity from farms of wind turbines, which could be installed 12 to 20 miles off the coast.

Governor Chris Christie has made wind energy a top priority in his administration. On August 19, he signed the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA) to promote renewable energy programs in the state, the Star-Ledger reported. A former site of BP Oil, at a port in Gloucester County, New Jersey, was the symbolic site for the announcement.

However, the site will likely come alive again as the hub for manufacturing wind turbines needed for the offshore wind project that has been proposed, according to the news source.

New Jersey Spotlight reported that eleven developers have expressed interest in leasing tracts of land from the federal government to develop the desired 1,100 megawatts for New Jersey. In addition, renewable energy companies that relocate to New Jersey could be eligible for part of the $100 million in tax credits enacted as part of OWEDA.

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