The pursuing was tackled to Gov. Phil Murphy.
Expensive Gov. Murphy:
I am a resident of LBI and a registered professional engineer. My vocation has been devoted to the evaluation and implementation of renewable power assignments. I have published this letter mainly because I am anxious about the important visual impacts and the possible for negative effects on tourism, the neighborhood financial system, the fishing field and the surroundings resulting from the offshore wind complex proposed by Atlantic Shores.
Instances have modified due to the fact the web page was leased to Atlantic Shores just 5 a long time in the past. Wind turbines are a great deal much larger and taller, far more seen and can be created in further drinking water. Visual impacts have gained recognition as a important problem relating to wind electricity progress. The federal Bureau of Ocean Electricity Administration just previous thirty day period withdrew two wind energy locations (WEAs) off Prolonged Island, partly due to their closeness to the shore and connected visual impacts. The two areas withdrawn have been 15 miles offshore.
The Atlantic Shores challenge off LBI is just 9 to 10 miles offshore. If we implement the similar least length requirements in New Jersey as New York state does (20 miles, as reported in the New York Offshore Wind Master Program), that would remove or seriously limit the Atlantic Shores web-site. Since that coverage was set in area, the BOEM has set a bare minimum restrict of 17.3 miles for the New York Bight WEAs.
By this New York illustration, a condition can affect federal conclusion creating. I urge you to have the state conduct the important research to understand the variations in offshore wind improvement and to place in position plan to establish an exclusion zone for New Jersey protecting of influenced communities.
The visual impacts from the Atlantic Shores task would generate an industrial location, a wall of many hundred turbines readily seen from the beaches in Barnegat Gentle to Holgate. The challenge would set the Jersey Shore, not only LBI, at possibility. Our view, as many have claimed listed here, is akin to that of the Grand Canyon: unobstructed and wonderful. There are not a lot of places in New Jersey wherever the natural means are so considerable, drawing hundreds of thousands each individual 12 months to check out.
When thinking of visible impacts, New York in its Offshore Wind Learn System stated that “the State established a minimal distance of 20 miles for the Region of Consideration in purchase to be certain that, for the extensive majority of the time, turbines would have no discernible or visible influence for a casual viewer on the shore.” The Visibility Threshold Review (NYSERDA Report 17-25s, December 2017, which was the foundation for the master prepare threshold) targeted on smaller turbines (8 megawatts) as when compared to the 12MW turbines very likely for the projects off New Jersey.
20 miles, as a minimum standard, is not likely much enough offshore for the proposed Atlantic Shores task with these bigger turbines. Let’s do the reports and put in place an exclusion zone to secure the Jersey Shore, further more allowing the state to proficiently affect federal decisions. Potentially that can most effective be done by an update to the state’s electricity master prepare.