July 1, 2023
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority reports offshore wind jobs will hit their peak in 2030 at 20,000, with steady growth in the next decade.
More than 120 elected officials in New Jersey have signed a letter calling for further growth in the sector.
Caren Fitzpatrick, an Atlantic County commissioner, believes southern New Jersey can become a hub to provide offshore wind development for the East Coast.
“Our manufacturing area over in Salem County, in the southwestern part of the state, is perfectly situated to create and build the turbines, the monopolies, the bases, and they can just ship them down the Delaware River,” Fitzpatrick pointed out.
Fitzpatrick noted misinformation about the wind farms endangers their futures. Some of the opposition surrounds the turbines obstructing Atlantic City’s views, and hazards to bird species. But the Ocean Wind Offshore Wind Farm will be 15 miles offshore, about five times farther than the human eye can see, and eight miles farther than birds migrate.
Outside of jobs, some see the state’s shift to renewables as a health benefit. A 2022 report showed parts of Burlington County are more at risk for different diseases from toxic air particulate matter than others.