NJ Grants Final Permits For Offshore Wind Farm

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The company planning to build what could be the nation’s first offshore wind farm has received the final New Jersey state permits needed for the project.

Fishermen’s Energy of Cape May now only needs approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the wind farm it wants to build about 2.5 miles off Atlantic City, and that could come sometime this coming week.

The company plans to erect six wind turbines that would produce up to 25 megawatts, capable of powering about 10,000 homes.

It recently received a state permit to dig under the beach and Boardwalk in Atlantic City to lay electric transmission cables, and it also finished a mandated year of avian and marine mammal monitoring.

Construction should start sometime in the summer of 2012.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


    Way to go New Jersey! Hopefully this will get others interested in alternative ways of producing energy. The US does not and should not have to depend on other countries for fuel, the sooner we start making changes the sooner America can get over its addiction to oil. I dont want to send another penny over there. We should be focusing on producing our own energy, which in turn will create jobs, right here in the US, where they should be. NJ is headed in the right direction.

  • Harry

    I go to AC quite often. The wind blows a lot because the area is wide open with no trees. The temperature difference between land and water creates lots of wind too. Currently there are 5 wind turbines where there could be literally thousands. There is no need to go into the ocean when they could use the area in shallow waters. If Gubmint officials are reading this please wake up.

    • SNMFX

      Nobody wants to see those ugly wind turbines. That is why they put them out to sea. Hopefully 2.5 miles will be far enough out where we don’t have to see them.
      Harry YOU WAKE UP!!! Off shore oil rigs are ugly and wind turbines aren’t pretty being a propeller on a pole.

      • DrZook

        Yeah everyone wants cheap energy and green enrgy but no-one wnats to look att the ugly wind turbines. They would rather breathe the lovely invisible air pollution. Brilliant logic!

      • Harry

        They aren’t that ugly. Besides no one lives in the area where I am talking about anyway so know what the hell you’re talking about before showing your ignorance.

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