NJ Spotlight News Roundtable: offshore wind in the NJ
Offshore wind is emerging as a major source of energy in New Jersey. The state has already approved a 1,100 megawatt wind farm off Atlantic City, which could be operational by the middle of the decade. Next week, it could approve double that capacity in a new solicitation proposed by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
These events could turn New Jersey into a hub for the rapidly growing offshore wind industry along the East Coast, a goal repeatedly suggested during a broad discussion at this week’s NJ Spotlight News virtual roundtable. last. The event brought together clean energy advocates, policymakers, offshore wind developers and marine biologists.
David hardy, CEO, Ãrsted Offshore North America
Governor James J. Florio, Founding Partner, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt Cappelli Tipton & Taylor, Senior Fellow, Public Policy and Administration, Edward J. Bloustein Graduate School of Public Policy, Rutgers University
Dr Josh Kohut, professor, Center for Ocean Observing Leadership, Rutgers University
Kris Ohleth, Executive Director, Offshore Wind Special Initiative
Doug O’Malley, Director of State, Environment New Jersey
Tom johnson, Energy and Environment Editor, NJ Spotlight News
The following are edited excerpts from the conversation, including David Hardy’s keynote speech:
On the outlook for offshore wind in New Jersey:
David Hardy: We share Governor Murphy’s vision to establish New Jersey as a hub for the US offshore wind industry, and we strongly believe it will happen. We are already seeing the benefits associated with bringing this new industry to the state with examples such as the installation of Paulsboro Monopile in partnership with German foundation supplier EEW, which recently began construction.
Governor Florio: The 30-year head start that the Europeans have over us in moving this file forward is proving to be an advantage for us because we have learned from what they have done. We have enjoyed the benefits of technology. The cost savings they realized during this period. New Jersey is in a good position to take advantage of these conditions as a leader.
Why offshore wind farms are likely to grow:
Kris Ohleth: This is a national initiative to achieve, as the governor mentioned, 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030. This is the first time that this is a national target for wind power. offshore And this gives the industry the opportunity to alignâ¦ The most responsible way to bring clean energy to coastal states is through these resources which are directly adjacent to our coasts.
What will be the impact of the offshore wind on the ocean and marine life:
Dr Josh Kohut: When we think about offshore wind and where it is deployed, we need to understand this dynamic because it is not just about us and our interaction with the ocean, but also ecology, wildlife, fishing, many other organisms that we share this space with the one that also responds to this variability. And it gets incredibly complex and something that really needs to be considered in planning for offshore wind.
What offshore wind means for climate change:
Doug O’Malley: I wanted to talk briefly about offshore wind and the specific context of the climate crisis and the fact that obviously when you think about the greatest existential threat to this nation, certainly the state and the world, climate change becomes the greatest threat we face, not only to our generation, but to future generations.
And that’s the kind of point I want to make here, is that we’re in an existential race to be able to save the shore. We have literally billions of dollars in real estate, tens of thousands of homes in danger, and the solutions other communities are starting to find. But the simple reality is that we cannot get out of the climate crisis.
Will offshore wind increase the bill for taxpayers:
Governor Florio: One of the concepts we’re going to take into account, I guess, is the whole idea of ââthis cost-benefit analysis, figuring out what the real cost is of the things you’re going through. And in this situation, the externalities are very important. That is, the costs you avoid when we switch from fossil fuels to clean energies like solar and wind power, what you do is the net amount of money you pay in ultimately is greatly reduced with the externalities of health. consequences, other things related to fossil fuels.
Reduce the carbon footprint of electricity production:
Kris Ohleth: What’s different with offshore wind is 25 to 30 years of zero emission energy, and no other resource can claim this type of awe-inspiring record while creating a new industry in the state of New Jersey. So I am not saying that there are no impacts because of any type of energy production. But what is important to watch is compared to other resources, what is the best value for money? And I think we see offshore wind really checking a lot of those boxes.