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.
- 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.