New Jersey Eyes Wind Energy After Plant Closes

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The Latest on the New Jersey nuclear plant that shut down Monday. (all times local):

New Jersey is looking to wind energy to replace some of the electric power it is losing now that the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant has shut down.

The state Board of Public Utilities agreed Monday to seek applications from companies interested in doing wind energy projects off the New jersey coast. The initial round of projects would total 1,100 megawatts, nearly twice the amount generated by Oyster Creek, which powered about 600,000 homes.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy eventually wants to have at least 3,500 megawatts of wind energy off the state’s coast by 2030.

The decision came shortly after Oyster Creek ceased operations Monday in Lacey Township.