BOEM opens public comment period for controversial New Jersey wind energy projects

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement for two offshore wind projects in New Jersey. The Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project 1 and Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Project 2, which have the potential to generate 2,800 MW of electricity, collectively known as the “Atlantic Shores South Wind Project” were jointly submitted by Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Shell and EDF Renewables. The proposal includes up to 200 wind turbines, and up to 10 offshore substations with subsea transmission cables to connect to the New Jersey shore, potentially at Atlantic City, Sea Girt, or both. If approved, the projects could provide enough electricity to power almost one million homes.

New Jersey is among the US states pushing for the development of offshore wind power. The state has set an ambitious goal of 11 GW of electricity by 2040 as part of its master plan to transition to 100% clean energy by 2050 to generate from offshore wind power. The BOEM will conduct public engagement activities, including two in-person and two virtual meetings, during the draft Environmental Impact Statement comment period. The agency will carefully consider the results of the final environmental impact study before deciding on the permitting of the Atlantic Shores South Wind Project.

Tags: New Jersey Offshore Wind,Offshore Wind,US Offshore Wind


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