With unanimous vote, winds shift in N.J. toward offshore developments

Molly Daly
September 17, 2018 - 6:57 pm



NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — Green energy got a boost Monday in New Jersey, as the state's public utilities board moved to take applications from offshore wind energy developers. 

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Joseph Fiordaliso said the vote in the body's monthly meeting was unanimous.

"New Jersey has opened the window to the biggest wind solicitation ever in the United States," he said.

Legislation to develop offshore wind was passed in 2010, but the effort was becalmed until Gov. Phil Murphy revived it.

"He wants 100 percent clean energy by 2050, and renewables are going to be our biggest vehicle as far as getting us to that goal," said Fiordaliso.

The turbines, which will be placed 17 to 20 miles offshore, will generate some serious juice: 1,100 megawatts.

"[That] equals just about a half a million homes," he added.

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