Thursday, September 5, 2013

NJ still missing the boat to offshore wind power

NJ Spotlight reports today that:
For the second time in two months, the federal government is auctioning leases to build offshore wind farms along the Eastern Seaboard -- once again without including New Jersey.
The latest auction involved 112,800 acres approximately 25 miles off the Virginia coast capable of producing about 2,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power some 700,000 houses.
The auction follows two earlier ones by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that offered leases for offshore wind farms along Massachusetts and Rhode Island in July.
The failure to offer leases on the Jersey coast, where the Christie administration is purportedly trying to develop an offshore wind industry capable of generating 1,100 megawatts by 2020, once again raises questions about how successful the state’s efforts will be. 
Read the full story at: NJ Left Out of Auction for Offshore Wind Farm Leases--Again


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