Three years ago Governor Chris Christie signed the Offshore Wind Economic Act, which to this day is currently stalled. Nothing has been done with it in the three years that it has existed. However, a poll released on Monday from Monmouth University, finds that a majority of New Jersey residents support an offshore wind farm.
Offshore wind farms are currently making a rise in Northern Europe with a majority of the world's offshore wind farms located there. There is currently one offshore wind mill in operation in the entire United States, off the coast of Maine, and it is a prototype (1/8 the size of what could be), only generating enough power to supply 4 or 5 homes. The University of Maine, the sponsor of the turbine is expecting by 2030 to install 170 full size turbines, each one with the ability to generate power to support 2,000 homes each.
If Maine can do it, New Jersey should be able to. Fisherman's Energy in 2011 proposed a 5 turbine wind farm off the coast of Atlantic City which would power 10,000 homes. This would be natural energy without the use of fossil fuels release greenhouse gas when burned, which in turn lead to global warming and climate change.
The Atlantic City Windfarm as well as other wind farms around the world, bring jobs to the area. The Atlantic City wind farm alone is expected to create 250 jobs. It is also expected to bring in more than $150 million of economic money to the state.
By having the Atlantic City Windfarm as well as other offshore wind farms in the state, the need for the transmission lines decreases since the power generator is local. The farms also do not affect the shorebird migrations that many tourists come to New Jersey to see every year since they are off the coast.
New Jersey is already leading in solar power. The time is now to jump in on the offshore wind power before time runs out.