Experimental Orsted Wind Project off Ocean City & Brigantine Shores

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Orsted held another public hearing for their experimental ‘Ocean Wind’ project. Orsted held the public hearing on Zoom. 

Danish wind company Orsted is planning to build 98 wind turbines approx 10-15 miles off the beaches of Brigantine, Atlantic City and Ocean City. Sub-stations will be closer to shore. Cables will land on the beach and be directed to planned facilities in both Ocean City and Atlantic City.

Homeowners not happy that Orsted will bury industrial powerlines under a park and playground in Ocean City.

The cables would connect the ocean based wind turbines to a planned power plant near the GS Parkway.

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Orsted needs to persuade the NJ Board of Public Utilities that there is a “public need” to do this.

Orsted claims the Wind project will power 500,000 homes. Specific proof of that claim has yet to be provided.

Orsted claims that 98 wind turbines will power 500,000 homes. Nobody knows if those wind turbines will power any homes.  Nobody has done the experiments or clinical trials needed to find out.

Last year, NJ Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order.

  • 750 wind turbines off New Jersey coast by 2030. 
  • Murphy wants 1,000 wind turbines by 2040.

The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is a New Jersey state government agency. It was created during the 1930’s Great Depression to protect consumers from big rate hikes by private electric companies. Today the BPU does the opposite. Today it forces private electric companies to pay for unproductive wind and solar energy projects with big rate hikes. During the past two years, the BPU made commitments to raise electric rates for the next 20 years to pay for the thousand ocean wind turbines ordered by Governor Murphy.

Example: Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) has five wind turbines in Atlantic City. For years, the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) claimed that those five wind turbines ‘can power 2,000 homes’.

Grossman: Wind would need to blow at a steady 28 miles per hour, every hour of every day, seven days a week, 52 weeks each year. Backup generators using fossil fuel will still be needed.

Excess electricity produced by wind turbines is dumped or wasted. Wind and solar energy can’t be stored at this time.

The cost of wind turbines will be subsidized by NJ ratepayers over the next 30 years. These electric rate hikes are needed to build, fix, maintain, replace or remove the turbines.

The continued industrialization of the South Jersey coast.

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2 thoughts on “Experimental Orsted Wind Project off Ocean City & Brigantine Shores”

  1. …and now cue the couple of usual suspects who will totally exaggerate and try to say that because of the “visibility of the windmills 10-15 miles offshore, that this will devastate the tourism industry in these areas.

    1. No, of course it will not devastate the tourism industry. They are so attractive and splendid that it is difficult to see how anyone could think that. My concern is:

      1) Is their efficiency in their ability to supply homes with electricity being overstated and at what comparative cost to alternate means of power?
      2) Will my utility bills go up or down because of these- not just the capital expense, but the maintenance expenses.
      3) What is the effect on fishing and bird migration?
      4) What politicians or their families, friends, or benefactors are invested in these systems, and is that investment skewing their opinions?

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