New Jersey Needs More Space to Meet Its Offshore Wind Goals

Source: By Chris Martin, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

An offshore wind farm near Block Island, Rhode Island.
An offshore wind farm near Block Island, Rhode Island. Photographer: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will need more space in the Atlantic Ocean to meet his goal to get half the state’s electricity from offshore wind farms.

 There aren’t enough federal leases available off the coast of New York and New Jersey to supply the 7.5 gigawatts of wind farms that Murphy wants to develop by 2035, said Jim Bennett, a program manager for renewable power at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.