Clean Ocean Action

Upcoming Opportunities to Participate in Offshore Wind Discussions in NJ 

Did you know the State of New Jersey is looking to develop offshore wind energy off the coast? In early August, NJ residents have two opportunities to learn and share thoughts about offshore wind energy at two different hearings hosted by the NJ Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU): 

 

August 3, 2020, 1-4pm: Virtual Public Hearing on “Draft NJ Offshore Wind Strategic Plan”  

Preregistration is required (see link below). The Strategic Plan is intended to act as an outline that will guide NJ as it moves to meet the goal of developing 7,500 MW of offshore wind energy by 2035. The meeting will consist of a brief presentation by NJBPU Staff recapping the State of New Jersey’s offshore wind (“OSW”) goals and activities to date, as well as some brief background on the requirements of the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (“OWEDA”) and Executive Orders No. 8 and No. 92. A brief presentation of the content of the draft OSW Strategic Plan will follow. The floor will then be opened for comments by members of the public. Also, NJBPU will accept public comments on the Draft Plan until 5pm on August 17. 

 

August 5, 2020, 1-4pm, Virtual Public Hearing on “Draft NJ Offshore Wind Second Solicitation Guidance Document:” This document includes information about the timeline and mechanics of the second offshore wind solicitation. The meeting will consist of a brief presentation by NJBPU Staff recapping the State of New Jersey offshore wind (“OSW”) goals and activities to date, as well as some brief background on the requirements of the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act and Executive Orders No. 8 and No. 92. A brief presentation of the content of the Draft Guidance Document will follow. The floor will then be opened for comments by members of the public

Public Notice:

Draft Document:

https://www.nj.gov/bpu/pdf/Draft%20NJ%20OSW%20Second%20Solicitation%20Guidance%20Document%20and%20Attachments%202020-07-22.pdf

On July 22, 2020 Clean Ocean Action’s Policy Attorney, Peter Blair presented a Free Lunch & Learn Webinar on Offshore Wind Energy Development Off NY/NJ.

Watch the Webinar recording by clicking here.(Access Password: offshore2020#)

View Peter's presentation slides by clicking here.


Offshore Wind Energy

A healthy coastal ecosystem depends on the dramatic reduction of fossil fuel energy consumption and the establishment of a comprehensive energy policy that, first and foremost, puts a premium on energy conservation and efficiency.  Subsequent to these steps, Clean Ocean Action (COA) supports the responsible development of offshore wind energy (OSW) off the coasts of New Jersey and New York, which is a firm step toward reducing reliance on fossil fuel energy sources.  Responsible development means that pre-planning, oversight, and precaution must be required before any OSW development occurs. 

Specifically, COA calls for comprehensive ecological baseline studies, standardized data collection methods, ecological performance standards, risk analyses, pilot studies, and the recognition of the importance of meaningful public participation in all stages of the process.  These requirements are consistent with the recent federal government initiatives to integrate ocean resource uses and users.   Under the National Ocean Policy and Framework for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, any coastal or ocean program should protect, maintain, and restore the health and biological diversity of the ecosystem.  These goals go hand-in-hand with COA’s call for precaution and pre-planning.

Overarching Policy: To ensure the environmentally sustainable development of Offshore Wind in the New York/ New Jersey Bight.

Read Clean Ocean Action Offshore Wind Policy Stance.

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49 Avenel Blvd.
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Field Office:

Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, New Jersey

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