January 13, 2021
To the Editor:
LBI, choose see that ideas are going forward to area wind ability turbines that would be evidently obvious from our seashores if permitted to be positioned nearer than 15 miles from our shoreline. The lease area for this job is as shut as 9 miles offshore, carries on outward 14 miles with the southeastern part extending out about 23 miles. Two turbines are becoming viewed as, both 10- and 12-megawatt models. Let’s set this in standpoint.
I am a proponent of wind-powered power, but let us be clever about how we apply this technological innovation, using lessons learned from other states. Massachusetts residents turned down a wind farm in Nantucket Seem due to the fact it was far too shut to shore. They are now positioning their offshore wind farm utilizing scaled-down MW turbines 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Winery. Connecticut is inserting wind turbines 15 miles south of Rhode Island. The New York Empire Wind Venture at its closest point is about 14 miles from Jones Beach. A second New York project, Sunrise Wind, at its closest position is much more than 30 miles off the east coastline of Extended Island. Richmond-based mostly Dominion Vitality is erecting 180 wind turbines 27 miles off Virginia Beach front. These wind turbines will stand 620 ft previously mentioned the waves, 65 feet larger than the Washington Monument, but will not be seen from the seashore. The GE 12-MW turbine currently being thought of for New Jersey is 850 feet tall.
As I claimed, I aid the set up of wind turbines. The assignments produce clear-energy careers, and the rocky bottoms at the base of the towers attract anything else: fish. Even so, let’s be good on how we continue. Speak to your general public officers and insist that any New Jersey wind farm installation be at least 15 miles off of our beaches and not consider the much larger 12-MW units as portion of the job.