Editorial: Gov. Murphy, Orsted making history by tapping offshore wind

Wind energy turbine construction workers

PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – Joseph Fiordaliso, president of the state Board of Public Utilities, wasn’t exaggerating when he called its unanimous approval of Orsted to build New Jersey’s big initial offshore wind farm “historic.”

This first tapping of a vast New Jersey clean-energy resource will produce enough power for 500,000 homes (1.1 megawatts), create 15,000 jobs over its 25-year lifespan and bring $1.2 billion in economic benefits to the state.

There are many reasons for South Jersey to welcome offshore wind in general and Danish-based Orsted in particular. The company’s preliminary preparations during the bidding process suggest the region will play a big role in its offshore wind development 15 miles off Atlantic City …

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