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Atlantic Wind Connection, 350 mile, 7kMw offshore wind project

The Atlantic Wind Connection starts with a 5.5 billion dollar HVDC offshore trunkline from central New Jersey to Southern Virginia. Capable of a 6-7 gigawatt capacity, the undersea supergrid project is led by independent transmission company Trans-Elect, CEO Bob Mitchell hopes to accelerate wind power development by building the 350 mile long supergrid backbone to attract wind turbine installers. Ultimately the 350 mile long AWX could support over 1700 4Mw wind turbines,

The eastern seaboard has terrific potential for offshore wind. With more than 60,000 MW of offshore wind potential in the relatively shallow waters off the continental shelf. The HVDC backbone of the AWC will be 15-18 miles offshore, have a limited number of landfall points, lessening environmental impact and keeping wind turbines out of sight.

Oyster Creek or Wind and Solar Power

Gov. Christie wants Excelon to build new cooling towers at Oyster Creek.  He’s right because thermal pollution from the power plant is adversely effecting the health of Barnegat Bay. Excelon says “We’d rather close the nuclear power plant than build cooling towers.” That would be ok too.

Oyster Creek is a 645 MW plant – when it’s operating.

it could be replaced with 645 MW of wind and solar in less than 3 years …

NJ Clean Energy Program and Energy Master Plan

Anybody else going to this? What other ideas are being brought forward? – promoted by Rosi

Friday, Sept 24, at citizens, business groups, and representatives from the Board of Public Utilities and the electric utilities will speak in an open forum on New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan, or EMP.  As it stands today the EMP calls for NJ to generate 22.5% of the electricity we use from clean renewable sources – solar and wind – by 2021.

Details below the fold…

New Jersey Poll on Congress and Energy

Our friends at Monmouth University Polling Institute have released two more subsets of the latest Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Press Media Poll: One on federal officials and one on energy.

The approval-disapproval numbers for the sample of 801 New Jersey adults:

Obama 52-42

Lautenberg 45-31

Menendez 37-31

Own Congressman 54-28

We all know most Representatives are re-elected, but somehow I’m still surprised.  66% of the sample is “dissatisfied with the way things are currently going in Washington,” yet they like their own Congressman. Perhaps there is something to be said for the way district boundaries are drawn? In any case, this suggests to me that the NJ3 race is the only one to be competitive.  Most New Jersey adults (51%) think it doesn’t make any difference who controls Congress, with the parties splitting the remainder equally. That’s the disillusionment that the Republicans sought with their “Party of No” strategy in the Senate thanks to the super-majority rules.  

A comment on Bob Menendez: He just isn’t as well known. Not only his overall disapprove, but the subgroups of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans have virtually identical “disapproval ratings” as Lautenberg does.  His missing approval numbers are in the volunteered “Don’t Know” category, at least in this poll, and at the end of the 2012 those voters who like the very same acts by Obama and Lautenberg will vote for Menendez. You may recall that other pollsters recently found Menendez at a net  plus 7 (50-43, Rasmussen) and minus 5 (38-43, Quinnipiac.) But look at how pollsters can differ: Rasmussen’s automated poll of “likely voters,” which (I think) pushes voters for a second choice, has only 7% “don’t know” but Monmouth’s poll of adults, with presumably no pushing from the human operators, has 32%. Lots of people don’t vote! The pollster also has numbers showing there’s not much support for the recall effort.  

The headline for the energy poll was the offshore oil drilling:

Just 31% of Garden State residents are in favor of drilling for oil or gas off the New Jersey coast, while 63% are opposed. This marks a turnaround from two years ago, when a majority of 56% favored this energy option compared to only 36% who opposed it.

By comparison, support for both wind and nuclear energy remains basically unchanged. Fully 8-in-10 residents support the placement of energy-generating windmills off the New Jersey coast (80% today, compared to 82% in 2008) and just under 4-in-10 support building another nuclear power plant in the state (37% today, compared to 41% in 2008).

Pollster Patrick Murray observes that the coastal counties give the same numbers as the inland ones.

As for this Salem County resident, I think the interesting number is that 58% statewide oppose a new nuclear power plant.  

When asked “which of the following do you think should be the more important priority for U.S. energy policy – keeping energy prices low or protecting the environment?”, 28% go for low prices and 55% for the environment. 15% volunteer “both” despite not being given it as a choice.  New Jersey is not Sarah Palin country.

Statement Planned For Marlboro Green Awareness

In Monmouth County, NJ the Marlboro Republican Club, in Conjunction with the Manalapan Republican Club, is hosting Green Awareness Event, ?An Event to Educate and Benefit our Environment? Tuesday, December 9, 2008 @ 7:00 PM, Marlboro Recreation Building – 1996 Recreation Way, Marlboro Township.

I write on energy policy for Popular Logistics, on the web at http://www.PopularLogistics.com. I ran for school board earlier this year on a solar energy platform – on the web at  http://www.furmanforschoolboar…   I’d like to thank the Manalapan Republicans and the Marlboro Republicans for holding this event.

I’d like to talk about Nuclear Power and Coal, and clean sustainable energy.

PSE&G Looks to a greener future

Scott Fallon is reporting:

The first offshore wind farm in New Jersey, and possibly the nation, will be built by a partnership led by the parent company of Pubic Service Electric and Gas under a resolution approved this morning by the state Board of Public Utilities.

The plan calls for building 96 turbines 16 to 21 miles off Atlantic City and Avalon at a cost of $1.1 billion. Half would go online in 2012; the rest in 2013. They would be built by Garden State Offshore Energy, a joint venture between PSEG and Deepwater Wind of Hoboken.

An interesting sidenote on how these turbines will be different:

Garden State Offshore Energy executives said their technology allows them to build wind turbines farther offshore than their competitors to reduce any concern about marring the view from the shoreline. They also touted a plan to use wind turbines to store compressed air in tanks that could be used to generate electricity when there is no wind.

Quote of the Day: Taking the first step

Last week, i wrote a diary about how we needed to move forward on alternative energy sources, questioning some of the delays of making that happen.  Today Newsday has an article talking about just how far we are behind schedule:


Adler, and environmentalist Jeff Tittel of the Sierra Club, questioned how the state could achieve the twin goals of generating 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 and producing 1,000 megawatts of electricity through wind power _ when it has not been able to get the 350-megawatt pilot project in motion.

“If you don’t take the first step, you’re not going to get there,” said Tittel.

The executive order was signed by Governor Codey in 2005 for the first wind farm.  Now the earliest the BPU thinks they can get the project up and running in Atlantic City is 2012.  Why don’t we just keep studying this energy source until the next one comes along that we can begin to overstudy while it passes us by.  In the search for the perfect solution, we are left with no action once again.

Time to move forward with energy in NJ

I feel like the current energy debate gets us no where productive slowly.  Now we’re talking about who’s fault it is that there’s no comprehensive energy policy.  The true fault probably lies with everyone involved, but rather than complaining about what hasn’t been done, maybe we should examine some of the successes that could help the NJ energy and economic situation.

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Quote of the Day

Governor Corzine is considering building an offshore wind farm in South Jersey of up to 80 turbines capable of producing as much as 350MW of power – more than half of the power produced at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant. Some opponents of the plan argue it will spoil the view, but Jeff Tittel of the Sierra Club sets them straight:

“Aesthetically, if you want the turbines to blend in with Seaside Heights, you’ll have to put neon lights on them. If you want them to blend in with Atlantic City, you’ll have to put giant roulette wheels on them.”

Having wind turbines miles offshore won’t spoil the view any more than boats, buoys, jet skis, parasailers, planes with giant banners and inappropriately-clad tourists already do.