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Poll: Do You Think New Jersey Will Ever Develop Offshore Wind Farms?

The state has wind and water in plentiful supply, but does it have what it takes to create a thriving wind industry?

New Jersey voters have historically supported renewable energy, but yesterday, the Board of Public Utilities killed the state's only offshore wind farm project.

The timing could be better. Some state legislators are considering aggressive new targets for renewable energy -- bumping up to 80 percent the amount of power that would come from renewables by 2050, a big jump from the current goal of 22.5 percent.

(Have your own take on whether offshore wind should come to New Jersey? Tell us in the comments, post on our NJ Spotlight Facebook page, or tweet using the hashtag #njwind.)

Given all the controversy over clean energy and climate change, do you think the state will ever develop offshore wind farms?

  • Yes, I hope so. Many states along the Eastern Seaboard are actively pursuing offshore wind projects with the hope of attracting an assortment of manufacturers to supply the turbines, cables, and other equipment to build the farms. New Jersey has to act now if we don’t want to be cut out of a lucrative industry sector.

  • In time, possibly yes. New Jersey has the most potential for offshore wind farms because of the winds that blow frequently off the coast and its shallow waters. It has many advocates who believe wind will not only reduce air pollution, but also spur new green industry that could create thousands of well-paying jobs. But we need a new governor who matches his rhetoric with action and solidly backs a clean-energy industry.

  • Why the rush? Will thousands of offshore wind turbines only lead to a further industrialization of the ocean, a concern that could create problems for both marine animals and migratory birds.

  • Maybe not, and that might be a good thing because offshore wind will spike energy rates in a state already saddled with some of the highest electric bills in the nation, especially with low natural gas prices cutting costs to consumers.

  • No, the Christie administration's support of offshore wind is merely talk, where politics trumps policy. Offshore wind is anathema to many conservative groups, who do not want subsidies directed to a technology that is much more expensive than conventional ways of producing electricity. This will be an uphill battle no matter who is in office.

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