Orsted’s plan for wind in NJ promises to aid economic development

Wind energy turbine construction workers

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – One of the reasons the BPU awarded Ørsted the state’s first offshore-wind farm last month was the promise of economic-development benefits. The Danish developer may already be delivering on that promise, designating Paulsboro as the New Jersey fabrication facility for a German manufacturer of wind-turbine foundations.

This could well be the first step in creating a robust, new green-energy sector in New Jersey. That benefit is often touted by advocates of offshore wind, but has yet to be realized.

One of the reasons the Board of Public Utilities gave the green light to Ørsted’s Ocean Wind project, is that the board believed the 1,100-megawatt wind farm 15 miles off Atlantic City provides the best economic-development benefits to the state of any of the three applicants …

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