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New Jersey Needs More Space to Meet Its Offshore Wind Goals

April 21, 2020, 4:15 PM

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will need more space in the Atlantic Ocean to meet his goal to get half the state’s electricity from offshore wind farms.

There aren’t enough federal leases available off the coast of New York and New Jersey to supply the 7.5 gigawatts of wind farms that Murphy wants to develop by 2035, said Jim Bennett, a program manager for renewable power at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

An offshore wind farm near Block Island, Rhode Island.
Photographer: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg

“We will need to offer more lease areas,” Bennett said on a conference call Tuesday hosted by the Business Network for Offshore Wind. The Interior Department ...