Wind power developers are proposing four new projects off the New Jersey Shore, which, if approved, would significantly increase the number of wind farms in the area. Two of the projects are located further offshore and would not be visible from the beach, addressing the concerns of local residents.
The Essen, Germany-based company RWE, along with New York-based National Grid, has applied for permission to build a wind farm off Long Beach Island. The joint venture, known as Community Offshore Wind, aims to generate enough electricity to power 500,000 homes. This project would contribute to the state’s renewable energy goals and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
In addition, Chicago-based company Invenergy and New York-based energyRE have submitted a bid for a project called Leading Light Wind, which would be located 40 miles off Long Beach Island. This ambitious project would consist of up to 100 turbines, with the capacity to power 1 million homes. Such a development would have a substantial impact on renewable energy production in New Jersey.
Shell New Energies US and EDF Renewables North America, who have already received approval to build the Atlantic Shores wind farm, have also submitted a bid for a second project. This new project would be located 10 to 20 miles offshore and further demonstrate the commitment to increasing clean energy sources in the region.
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has confirmed receiving a fourth application. However, specific details about this project have not been made public at this time. The addition of these proposed projects would accompany the three projects already approved by regulators, including two from Orsted and one from Shell New Energies US and EDF Renewables North America.
Community Offshore and Leading Light Wind plan to utilize federal tax credits to support their projects, which would help make wind power more economically viable. However, they have clarified that they will not seek the same tax break recently approved for Orsted, which is currently facing a lawsuit from offshore wind opponents.
These proposed wind power projects represent a significant step forward in New Jersey’s commitment to clean energy and reducing carbon emissions. If approved, they will contribute to the state’s renewable energy targets and reduce dependence on fossil fuels, ultimately benefiting both the environment and local residents who will benefit from cleaner, more sustainable energy sources.
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