Expert Says Wind Turbines Can Harm LBI Economy

Seaside Haven resident Bob Stern has taken a keen desire in Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind’s proposal to construct a wind farm off the coast of Very long Seaside Island and components south to Atlantic City. And he’s not approaching it as a layman.
An aeronautical engineer, Stern worked for the U.S. Department of Vitality in a capability the place he reviewed environmental affect statements on a host of tasks.
Although he had never reviewed any wind electrical power proposals, he sees this as owning myriad problems that should require considerably enter from local officers. But during a presentation at the Feb. 8 Seaside Haven Borough Council assembly, Stern focused on the opportunity adverse affect on the Island overall economy.
Atlantic Shores is wanting to create a wind farm on a lease with the U.S. Section of the Inside. The closest western, or in-shore, boundary of the lease is 10 miles from Barnegat Light and 9 miles from Holgate. The lease place has the possible to crank out 3 gigawatts of offshore wind energy. Atlantic Shores ideas to start out onshore development of substations in 2024 and offshore design by 2025.
Stern reported while the variety of turbines to be built has not been decided, he believes it will be several hundred. And he explained they could be easily seen from Island shorelines.
“One very likely likelihood would be a 12 megawatt turbine, and they would be 853 ft large, or 2½ soccer fields,” he claimed. “The firm may well want to assemble 14 or 16 megawatt turbines, which would involve larger turbines.”
Stern mentioned he has seen numerous surveys together the Japanese Seaboard asking whether or not vacationers would be bothered by the watch of turbines out in the ocean.
“Many of the responses indicated they would discover someplace else to go,” he mentioned. “We’re not the only shore community in New Jersey, so if they really do not like the concept of viewing turbines, they will go to one more  place, and that could harm our tourist economic climate.”
Stern explained that in the spring, Atlantic Shore will have a hearing right before the federal Bureau of Power Management. Prior to that, he prompt that the Island hold what he termed “pre-scope” conferences.
“We can get numerous folks included,” he explained. “We can include things like mayors, organization leaders, fishermen, reps from the (state) Office of Environmental Safety and other interested functions. Most likely we can propose to Atlantic Shores that the turbines be manufactured further more out.”
Councilwoman Jaime Baumiller stated this proposal is much greater in scope than existing winds farms present off Atlantic City and Block Island, R.I.
“Those only have 5 turbines every single,” she explained. “This could occupy the complete offshore place here.”
Mayor Colleen Lambert mentioned the dimension of the turbines is “a fantastic worry.”
“From Ship Bottom you can see the Borgata in Atlantic Metropolis, and that’s 25 miles absent,” she explained. “If these are 10 or so miles offshore, they would be plainly found.”
Lambert mentioned she has also arrived at out to Ocean County commissioners as very well as elected officials on the condition and federal amounts.
“We’re not towards renewable electrical power, but we have to uncover a solution that is effective for everybody,” she explained.
— Eric Englund

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