Still No Offshore Wind Projects In NJ

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. December 5, 2013

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 Senate President Steve Sweeney, Environment New Jersey director Doug O'Malley,
Senate President Steve Sweeney, Environment New Jersey director Doug O'Malley, and Senator Jim Whelan

An environmental group and some New Jersey lawmakers are blaming the state Board of Public Utilities for a delay in developing offshore wind projects.

More than three years after Governor Christie signed legislation to provide financial incentives to attract windmill turbine manufacturers to New Jersey, the BPU has not come up with regulations to implement the law.

Senate President Steve Sweeney wants to know why.

“They’ve had plenty of time to get this done and are costing New Jerseyans jobs, are costing taxpayers opportunities. I mean how many times do we have to tell them or ask them to do the job that we actually wrote a law for and gave them plenty of time to do the regs.”

Senator Jim Whelan says New Jersey is missing out on being the manufacturing hub for the offshore wind industry.

 “We are urging them to act now so that we don’t lose this opportunity and see other states leapfrog, and we’ll have windmills out off the coast of New Jersey, but all the jobs will be in Maryland or Delaware or some other state.”

Environment New Jersey director Doug O’Malley say the state has the potential to reap huge environmental benefits from the development of offshore wind.

 “New Jersey could reduce its global warming emissions by over 825,000 metric tons by the year 2018 which is equivalent to the carbon pollution of over 171,000 passenger vehicles.”

Senator Sweeney says he’ll pursue all options including litigation to get the BPU to act.


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