Best Wind Turbine Sites Offshore, Beyond State Control

New study of best locations for wind turbine project off the New Jersey coast put them beyond the state's 3-mile limit.

Published: 07-Jan-2005

most viable area for a wind turbine project off the New Jersey coast is largely beyond the state's 3-mile limit and covers roughly from the Seaside Heights/Seaside Park area south to Cape May, a new study has concluded.

Other areas, off Monmouth and northern Ocean counties and closer to the beaches, are "least viable" because of shipping lanes, "significant water habitat," average wind speeds below 18 mph or artificial reefs, among other issues, the state-funded feasibility study said.

Winergy LLC of Shirley, N.Y., has proposed a wind farm with 98 electricity-generating turbines 3.5 miles off Monmouth County and 921 turbines at four locations off Cape May County.

"I can't see anybody objecting to (offshore windmills) out in the ocean," Seaside Heights Mayor P. Kenneth Hershey said. "I'm 100 percent for them, and especially when we need the power."

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