The Garden State starts farming wind

I’m hearing about more and more of these projects. They can’t come online soon enough (although private ventures are far preferable to government-sponsored “Five Year Plans“…).

Regulators in New Jersey awarded the rights on Friday for construction of a $1 billion offshore wind farm in the southern part of the state to Garden State Offshore Energy. The rights, which include access to as much as $19 million in state grants, is part of New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan, which calls for 20 percent of the state’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2020. The decision comes on the heels of decisions by Delaware and Rhode Island to allow the installation of offshore wind farms.

Some people apparently still have a problem with turbines “messing up the scenery.” Give me a row of windmills over an oil refinery ANY day.

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