Fishermen’s Energy Atlantic City Wind Farm to Receive $47 Million
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez today announced Fishermen’s Energy Atlantic City Wind Farm will receive up to $47 million in federal grants over the next four years from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Program for an offshore wind energy demonstration pilot project. Menendez visited Steel Pier in Atlantic City to discuss the project, which is expected to create 250 jobs and create $100 million in economic activity in New Jersey. (photos below)
“Clean, responsible energy development projects like this bring good-paying jobs to our state and help us modernize New Jersey’s economy,” said Senator Menendez. “We must continue looking into innovative energy options – like clean wind and solar projects – that can one day become the next energy giant and can reinvigorate our workforce in the 21st century global economy.”
He added: “I vow to remain committed to responsible and sustainable development of our offshore renewable resources in New Jersey, which helps us ease off our insatiable reliance on traditional fuels that threaten our coastal economies and ecosystems. In a state where we understand all too well the destructive effects of our continued reliance on fossil fuels, this wind energy project represents a new era in the fight against climate change.”
The demonstration pilot project at Fishermen’s Energy Atlantic City Wind Farm is one of three DOE-funded sites in the U.S. (the other two sites are located off the coasts of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Coos Bay, Oregon). The overall project goal is to deploy demonstration-scale offshore wind projects in U.S. waters by 2017.
“Projects like Fishermen’s Atlantic City Windfarm and the other projects sponsored by the Department of Energy are a first step in the direction of a building a robust sustainable energy infrastructure,” said Chris Wissemann, Fishermen’s Energy CEO. “The support provided by Congress, specifically the NJ delegation, and the Department of Energy is critical to bringing offshore wind to the United States.”
“Offshore wind represents the best chance to power New Jersey with clean, renewable energy," said Doug O'Malley, director of Environment New Jersey. “The Fishermen's Energy pilot project is poised to lead the way -- and this federal grant moves us one step closer to making off-shore wind a reality.”
Additionally, on July 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it’s making 344,000 offshore acres available for leasing to wind energy projects off the coast of New Jersey, further increasing New Jersey’s potential for offshore wind power. There will be a 60-day public comment period on this proposal. (Public comments for the New Jersey Proposed Sale Notice may be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. BOEM-2014-0029.)