N.J. wind energy supported

Wednesday, 12 October 2011 16:12
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windfarmFL061011Survey was funded by Atlantic Wind Connection, wind farm developer

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:

A majority of New Jersey voters are also willing to pay more to develop offshore wind projects off the Mid-Atlantic coast. The majority are willing to pay $2 more per month, while a large majority are willing to pay even more:

“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