There may soon be some new scenery at the Jersey Shore; windmills. The winds off our shore are some of the nation’s most steady and strong, and the waters relatively shallow. This is ideal territory for the development of offshore wind farms.
A group of investors, including Google, want to spend $5 billion to construct an underwater transmission line off our coast. Having a source of renewable energy is a great thing and could also result in cheaper electricity rates by importing electric from Virginia where the line starts. It could also have a lot of problems depending on how it is handled and the problems that the developers may have so it is too soon to tell if it will even happen.
New Jersey is committed to getting 20 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2020 and wind power is far cheaper than solar. The line would run 350 miles, from Norfolk, VA to North Jersey, about 15 to 20 miles offshore. It would feed power to the mainland through 4 central outlets.
Overall this is good news. It can help the environment and result in cheaper electric costs.
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