Impact of Offshore Wind Turbines Along Jersey Shore

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Jersey shore towns like Brigantine, Margate and Ocean City are learning more about offshore wind farms being planned. Just off their beaches.

They don’t like what they’re hearing. But is it too late to stop it?

A Danish power company named Orsted wants to build 99 offshore wind turbines from Brigantine to Stone Harbor.

NJ Gov. Phil Murphy is supporting the project with taxpayer dollars.

This particular Orsted wind farm is slated for completion in 2024.

NOTE: Fossil fuel burning back-ups will take over when wind not blowing or turbine is offline for repair. So far, batteries have yet to be developed that can store energy generated from the rotating blades.

Balanced media coverage has been sparse. Generally pro-wind. Little coverage of potential downsides of experimental wind turbines.

Opponents fear ocean based wind turbines will hurt tourism, real estate values, fishing, migratory birds and various marine life.

One developer, a Danish company called Orsted, is reportedly burning thru cash as they prepare to start the project expected to finish by 2024.

NJ Gov Phil Murphy wants to top his predecessor’s legacy by building the country’s largest, experimental wind farm subsidized by New Jersey taxpayers.

Former NJ Gov Chris Christie will forever be known for his 50 year, taxpayer funded, one-size-fits-all, dune-boggle.

So far, Ocean City could have the most to lose. Plans are for power lines to landing on their shores and snake thru town just below street level.

Orsted needs to land power cables on the beaches of Ocean City, then install underground transmission lines through the town.

Gigantic wind turbines off the coast of Ocean City would create a visual blight from the beach.

The Murphy administration dismissed claims of environmental, health and financial impact of Orsted powerlines tunneling through Ocean City.

Potential compromise?

  • Giant turbines shouldn’t be seen from shorelines. In some towns, towering turbines could be just 8 miles off the beach, instead of 15.
  • Commercial and recreational fishing concerns.
  • Potential threats to environment and marine life have not been adequately addressed.

NJ State has yet to release copies of Orsted’s environmental studies.

6 thoughts on “Impact of Offshore Wind Turbines Along Jersey Shore”

  1. Power to the People

    8 miles off shore, you would barely see them. Wake up people, these are needed for the environment and it will create a lot of highly paid jobs.

    1. Happy Warrior

      So looking out your window at a Ferris wheel or the lights of a casino is OK but a tiny spec out in the ocean is a problem? What snobs you all are. When all of these shore towns are underwater or massively flooded during high tides, your children and grandchildren will ask why you didn’t do anything? Sorry, but these projects should be built and more more all over the coast.

      1. Someone Who Cares

        1. An object that is 848 ft tall can be seen at a distance of 42 miles ( line of sight calculation)
        2. FAA regulations require flashing lights on Windmills
        The proposed windmills will be as tall as Ocean, so the real question here is not “will I see them from the beach” but “how easily will I see them” and “will they be a blight on the shoreline.” the answer is simple….why risk it? We only get 1 chance to do this right and if we get it wrong, it will ruin the shoreline vistas forever. I think that most people don’t have an issue with the idea of wind turbines themselves, only their proximity to the beach. The cost to locate them further out is negligible relative to the total project cost. Move them another 10 miles out, and the problem goes away.

    2. Just the facts please

      if you drive over the Longport bridge (towards the ocean) and look to the left, you’ll notice that you can easily see the windmills in AC. These windmills are 7.6 miles away and stand at a height of 262 feet. Orsted’s projected windmill height is over 860 feet….more than 3 times taller then the existing in AC. The statement that “you would barely see them” doesn’t seem accurate unless of course, you don’t look in the direction of the ocean.

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