Studies have shown that New Jersey might have powerful offshore wind resources that can be harnessed as a source of clean, renewable energy.

“How can residents, businesses, and our economy benefit from this great asset? What infrastructure and manpower investments are needed?” asks a release from New Jersey Alliance for Action (NJAA).

These questions and others will be addressed at “Creating A Brand New Industry For New Jersey,” a forum sponsored by NJAA on Thursday, January 17, at 9 a.m. at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. Cost: $95 for members and $400 for non-members. Register at www.allianceforaction.com/jan1713reg.htm or in-person on the day of the event starting at 8 a.m.

According to the NJAA, national leaders of the wind energy industry will detail the future of offshore wind power and offshore transmission and its impact on New Jersey’s job growth, economy, and ability to meet the energy needs of its businesses and residents.

Scheduled speakers include former Governor James Florio; Jay M. Cohen, retired U.S. Navy rear admiral and former undersecretary of homeland security for science and technology; former Iowa Governor Chet Culver; Bob Mitchell, CEO of Atlantic Wind Connection; Jim Lanard, president of the Offshore Wind Development Coalition; Chris Wissemann, CEO of Fishermen’s Energy; and Gene Martin, senior vice president of Energy, AECOM.

A 2004 study commissioned by the state Board of Public Utilities and prepared by the Atlantic Renewable Energy Corporation analyzed the feasibility of utility-scale wind energy development in offshore waters between Sandy Hook and Egg Island Point in the Delaware Bay.

The study found that a 75-mile area between Seaside Heights south to Cape May could be viable for wind power generation. “Offshore wind development could contribute significantly to New Jersey’s renewable portfolio,” said the study. “Offshore wind would produce approximately 3,000 MWh/yr for each installed MW of facility.”

The study also determined that the existing transmission system along the coastline “has sufficient capacity to accept significant amounts of new wind-based generation with the amount of this capacity dependent on the locations where wind projects are interconnected.”

“Wind power has the potential to create thousands of local jobs, inject billions of dollars into New Jersey’s economy and help the state meet the energy needs of its businesses and residents,” says the NJAA release.

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