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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jun 26, 2013 11:46 PM Flag

    Offshore Wind Energy & Transmission Line Will Provide Huge Benefits to New Jersey

    Offshore Wind Energy & Transmission Line Will Provide Huge Benefits to New Jersey

    Tuesday, 25 June 2013 08:25
    (This is an Op-Ed submission from a group of wind developers, supply chain manufacturers and environmental groups. They are listed at the end)

    ]In August 2010, New Jersey’s legislature, guided by Senate President Stephen Sweeney, passed and Governor Christie signed the landmark Offshore Wind Economic Development Act. In adopting this law, New Jersey made a strong commitment to continue the shift to clean, renewable energy; creating new, good-paying jobs, keeping more of our energy dollars here in New Jersey, and reducing pollution.

    We are New Jersey businesses eager to provide services and equipment to the offshore wind farms and grid connection systems that will be built as a result of this legislation. We are environmental organizations urgently calling for the reduction of carbon emissions through large-scale deployment of New Jersey’s largest renewable resource: offshore wind.

    And we are the wind farm and grid connection system developers who will be organizing the billions of dollars of investment in New Jersey’s economy needed to build the projects. We are all proud to join together in commending the New Jersey legislature and Governor Christie on their forward-looking leadership to build this new industry for the state. We are also asking the state’s leadership to redouble their efforts to implement this important policy, to ensure that we don’t miss out on the tremendous economic and environmental benefits inherent in offshore wind development.

    According to a study by the global analytics firm IHS, constructing 3,000MW of offshore wind and shared grid connection in New Jersey will create over 10,000 full-time jobs in the state. The large majority of these jobs are good-paying, high-skilled jobs in areas like manufacturing, construction, engineering, and marine industries, and especially well-suite

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    • James Corbett, of the University of Delaware, is an authority on ship emissions. He calculates a worldwide death toll of about 64,000 a year, of which 27,000 are in Europe. Britain is one of the worst-hit countries, with about 2,000 deaths from funnel fumes. Corbett predicts the global figure will rise to 87,000 deaths a year by 2012.

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