New Jersey voters strongly support the development of offshore wind turbines to create electricity, according to a poll released Wednesday by Atlantic Wind Connection, a developer of a new offshore Mid-Atlantic wind farm.
The poll of 800 voters by the National Research Poll, also finds that consumers are comfortable paying a little more for clean, locally-produced offshore wind energy.
According to the poll, offshore wind production is extremely popular among voters and its support cuts across party and geographic lines:
- 78 percent support the development of wind power 12 to 15 miles off the New Jersey coast of New Jersey.
- 82 percent of men and 74 percent of women support it, and 76 percent of seniors.
- Shore residents support offshore wind by a 77 to 16 percent.
- Most voters (78 percent) would be willing to pay at least $2 extra per month to receive offshore wind electricity, while 64 percent would be willing to pay $5 extra per month.
- Voters also overwhelmingly support the development of a single offshore transmission grid to bring offshore wind power to shore.
- Voters agree 57 to 26 percent that a single offshore transmission system is the best way to bring offshore wind power to shore.
- Finally, voters strongly suggest that they want to develop offshore wind to keep clean energy jobs in New Jersey.
- By a 67 to 16 percent score, voters prefer energy from offshore wind power, rather than land-based wind farms located in other states.
- Republicans support this concept 63 to 19 percent, while Democrats back it 67 to 15 percent and independents 70 to 16 percent.
“This poll shows that New Jersey wants a robust offshore wind industry and the jobs and economic opportunities that come with it,” Robert Mitchell, Atlantic Wind Connection CEO said. “One of the best ways to deliver the scale required to develop this industry is to have a single offshore electric transmission grid that can connect the clean energy from this blossoming offshore industry and bring it to shore in central places. By reaching scale through a commitment to offshore wind and transmission development, we will maximize job creation in the Mid-Atlantic and reduce the cost of offshore wind to ratepayers.”
The poll was conducted from Sept. 23 to 26 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.46 percent.
—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM