No consensus on how to bring offshore wind power ashore in NJ

Wind power turbine, ACUA, Atlantic City, NJ

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – The state yesterday began soliciting input on how to deliver power from offshore wind farms off the Jersey coast to customers, a dilemma that will get more complicated as the sector grows more critical to meeting New Jersey’s energy needs.

For the short term, offshore wind developers will likely have relatively few problems hooking up with the electric grid, at least to achieve the Murphy administration’s goals of developing 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2030, according to offshore wind developers at a meeting held at the War Memorial in Trenton on Tuesday.

Long term is another issue altogether, especially if the state opts to adopt a consultant’s projection that the state will need to nearly triple that goal and build up to 11,000 MW of offshore wind capacity by mid-century to achieve its target of 100% clean energy by then …

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