South Jersey’s economy is dependent on fishing and outdoor recreation. Both could be hurt if a massive off shore wind farm is built along the coast.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew recently got an earful from the local fishing and tourism industries. The proposed offshore wind project could destroy NJ’s #2 industry.
Jeff Van Drew supports offshore wind, a major part of Gov. Murphy’s new green deal for New Jersey.
Van Drew heard testimony from local officials, and fishing / tourism industry reps. Fishing industry feels they’re being kept in the dark. They demand a seat at table. They want to participate in discussion of potential harmful impact of offshore wind turbines.
“Offshore wind development poses a serious threat to our sustainable fisheries”
Lack of communication between Orsted officials and local fishing industry. Van Drew asked audience if they felt properly informed. Majority said no.
SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDBACK: Why is public in the dark? Not enough balanced coverage by South Jersey newspaper and radio. Orsted, and other NJ green projects supported by liberal journalists. SJW’s burying facts?
Local electric ratepayers would be forced to subsidize. Atlantic City area taxpayers would have to financially support this project too.
Margate’s Robin Scott finds this disturbing: only the wind utility companies are providing (biased) information and research.
Offshore New Jersey wind farms: are we jumping in with limited research? Senator Brown asks: What is cost to taxpayers? Project could force a rate increase. Listen below:
Opponents compare NJ Gov Murphy’s wind energy project to the Solyndra scandal a few years ago.
Ocean Wind LLC, owns Orsted, a Danish power company. Orsted won approval from the NJ State Board of Public Utilities to build a offshore wind facility, just coast of Atlantic City.
NY & NJ awarded billions in contracts to European energy giants, Equinor of Norway and Orsted of Denmark.
NJ Board of Public Utilities gave offshore wind contract to Orsted’s Ocean Wind Project. The single largest award for offshore wind in the US.
Windfarms could be operational by 2024…. BUT…that depends on results of mandated Federal impact studies.
Lack of taxpayer funding and other subsidy could also disrupt controversial wind turbine project.
Years back, NJ Gov Christie stalled the wind project by refusing to provide taxpayer subsidy. ‘If windmills can’t make it on the free market, then we don’t need them.’
Orsted also plans to build at least one offshore platform to help limit energy loss from the 100+ miles of undersea cable they’ll need to install.
This offshore platform would be a ‘reactive compensation station’. At least one will be needed. Maybe more.
ORSTED spokesperson says there’s need for ‘reactive compensation’ for undersea, export power cables. Offshore substations collect power generated from wind farm. Converts the energy to high voltage. Purpose of RCS: compensate for reactive power generated in wind farm power system. Reactive power is unused power inside the transmission line.
Sub-stations could be located much closer to the Jersey shore line.
‘NJ Gov. Phil Murphy focused on killing oil and gas industries.’ Murphy wants 100% green energy for NJ by 2050.
What about local employment? So far, South Jersey getting much less than promised. Most jobs already filled by outsiders.
Offshore New Jersey wind turbines could be more than 850 feet tall.
Longtime fishermen forming coalitions to help protect their livelihood. Commercial fishermen chief concern: wind turbines’ impact on squid fishery. Vibration from wind turbines could affect squid & interrupt their traditional spawning grounds. Potential to lose large portion of squid fishery.
Fishermen have noticed flounder & cod avoiding underground power cables at a wind farm off Denmark. Wind power operators say ‘they won’t fully understand impact to fishing until wind farms are built.’ South Jersey is #2 in the nation, in terms of value of seafood brought ashore each year.
Foreign wind companies like Orsted claim fishing will still be allowed near offshore wind turbine fields. Many Jersey fishermen not going to risk dangerous conditions.
Orsted wind project along the New Jersey coast will cost approx $3 billion to build.
Offshore wind farm opponents warning public about cost overruns, questionable ROI, obstructed views, and how the 800+ ft wind turbines will impact fishing and wildlife.
The ACUA wind farm. It cost $12 million to build five windmills on dry land — versus $200 million to build five in the ocean.