Offshore Wind in the News
Ensure Good Jobs in Offshore Wind Industry Go to New Jersey Unions
The Press of Atlantic City
May 26, 2021
"There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the rapid development of offshore wind in New Jersey. As a renewable energy source, millions of homes and businesses will be powered sustainably. Furthermore, offshore wind opens more research possibilities and innovation at the state’s exceptional colleges, universities and businesses.
But as the leaders of New Jersey’s local unions, the benefit we are most excited about is the opportunity for our members to work and for our employer partners to expand their markets to be a part of this burgeoning industry."
NJIT, Ørsted to Create Scholarship, Career Opportunities for Offshore Wind-related Study,
May 27, 2021
"New Jersey Institute of Technology and Ørsted have signed a memorandum of understanding for a 10-year, $1.5 million partnership that will create new scholarship and career development opportunities in the field of offshore wind for NJIT’s engineering and computer science undergraduate students.
The agreement addresses science, technology, engineering and math education gaps for underrepresented students in Newark, as it will expand a range of STEM outreach events, initiatives and college-prep programming for local elementary, middle school and high school students at NJIT, offered through the university’s Center for Pre-College Programs and the NJIT-Newark Math and Science Initiative."
Foundation Talk on Wind Farms Boosts Economic Benefits
May 6, 2021
"Campanella of the New Jersey Organizing Project said she had done extensive research on the economic impacts of the only existing commercial offshore wind farm in the U.S. – the five-turbine Block Island pilot program off Rhode Island, built and owned by Ørsted – plus the land-based wind farms operating in the Midwest as well as offshore wind farms in Europe. All of them offered an economic boost to the areas in terms of jobs during construction, operation and maintenance and induced impacts when workers’ wages went into local economies."
Why Professional Fishermen Support Offshore Wind Power Development
April 27, 2021
"As someone who makes a living fishing in the Atlantic Ocean off New Jersey, I’m thrilled by the Biden administration’s sweeping commitments to offshore wind development, which include advancing an inaugural project off of our coast.
Recreational anglers see firsthand that warming waters — driven largely by the burning of fossil fuels — mean summer flounder, black sea bass and other game fish are disappearing from our waters as they move farther north than ever before, disrupting fisheries management and throwing off fish migration patterns. Our reliance on fossil fuels for electricity also harms fishing in other, less noticeable, ways, such as ocean acidification and mercury pollution."
Broad Coalition Applauds Biden Administration Offshore Wind Moves, Signaling United Support for Responsible Development
April 5, 2021
"A broad coalition of national nonprofits, labor unions, developers, and environmental justice organizations released a unity statement, praising the administration’s recent announcement to significantly expand offshore wind leasing and investment.”
Murphy Applauds Biden Administration for Advancing NJ Ocean Wind Project
New Jersey Business Magazine
March 30, 2021
“Developing and growing New Jersey’s offshore wind capabilities has been among the highest priorities of my administration,” said Murphy. “Building our offshore wind industry will allow us to protect our natural resources, while expanding the state’s economy through investments and good-paying, union jobs. I am grateful to the Biden Administration for their bold actions to bolster the offshore wind industry and move our project forward. Today’s Notice of Intent is a monumental step toward our goal of 100 percent clean energy in New Jersey by 2050.”
Biden Announces Massive Offshore Wind Initiative — Which is Great for N.J.
March 30, 2021
"The Biden administration announced a massive, coordinated effort to bolster offshore wind projects on the East Coast, saying the goal is to generate 30 gigawatts of offshore wind in the U.S. by 2030 — which is enough energy to power 10 million homes. The initiative includes a new wind energy area off the coast of New Jersey and Long Island, and it would speed up the permitting for projects off the East Coast."
President Biden’s New Offshore Wind Plan Could be Boost to New Jersey
The Philadelphia Inquirer
March 29, 2021
"The Biden administration announced Monday what it called “a set of bold actions” to jump-start offshore wind that could provide a big boost to New Jersey’s own ambitious plans for wind power generation off its coast. The White House said its new goal will create thousands of jobs along the East Coast, into the Gulf of Mexico, and along the Pacific Coast. And many of those will be good-paying union jobs, it said."
Wind Energy’s Boost to South Jersey Solid as Steel and Concrete
The Press of Atlantic City
March 28, 2021
"It’s clear that the development of offshore wind energy is set in stone — concrete and steel to be more precise. In Paulsboro, the state is finishing work on the first new port in half a century on the Delaware River. The monopile factory in Paulsboro will create 500 union jobs. Another 1,500 workers are expected to be needed at the wind port in Salem (adjacent to the state’s three nuclear generating stations). Hundreds of more jobs in Atlantic County will involve constructing, maintaining and servicing the wind turbines."
Offshore Wind Supports NJ Coastal Economies
March 24, 2021
"Working in offshore wind, a field that brings clean energy, increases environmental progress, improves public health and boosts economic opportunity makes me proud to do what I do every day.
Thankfully, the majority of New Jersey residents agree with me, as poll after poll shows that offshore wind is very popular among New Jerseyans. With so many benefits, it is not surprising that a large majority of residents support offshore wind for the Garden State."