Opinion: Offshore wind is a jobs magnet for New Jersey, and labor is ready to lead, legislator says

Wind energy turbine construction workers

WAYNE DEANGELO / STAR-LEDGER – In July, on a beautifully sunny, clear day, I found myself on a Rhode Island ferry boat with 60 others, headed out 15 miles into the Atlantic Ocean to see America’s first offshore wind project off of Block Island. What first appeared as specks on the horizon grew larger as we approached. Picture the turbines near the casinos in Atlantic City, but much bigger, on massive steel foundations in the middle of the ocean. As a union electrician with over 33 years of experience in the trades, I couldn’t help but marvel at the engineering that went into this project. From the top of the turbine to the point where it meets the water, each turbine at the Block Island Wind Farm is taller than the Washington Monument …

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