Gov. Phil Murphy is requesting the federal management to expand the public comment period on planned new lease sales in the New York Bight for offshore wind. This is a step that can setback the procedure for almost 6 Months.
In a letter to Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, the governor asked for additional time (almost 6 Months). This is because the regions in New York considered for wind-energy development comprised main fishing grounds of New Jersey, comprising 2 that are nearest to its coast.
If granted, the request can slow latest measures taken by both states to speed up constructing offshore wind farms in waters close to New Jersey and New York. The states are gambling to entice developers to construct huge wind farms all along the Eastern Seaboard off their coasts. This is a process that is turning out to be more and more competitive.
New Jersey requires additional time to effectively respond to the planned lease sale and over a dozen problems lifted by the BOEM (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) in seeking answers from shareholders, Murphy claimed in his letter. Stakeholders of New Jersey have not yet been significantly involved in the procedure, comprising the valuable and big commercial fishing market of the state.
“While New Jersey thinks that the fishing industry and wind energy can coexist effectively, it is important that possible conflicts from these various employments be verified and planned for early in the procedure,’’ claimed the letter by Murphy. The governor mentioned in the letter his sturdy support for offshore wind, involving setting a goal of 3,500 Megawatts of capacity by the end of 2030 for the state.
Recently, offshore-wind developers of New Jersey asked for more data on state straw proposal. They seem to like what they have witnessed so far of the plan by the state to support wind farms next to the Jersey coast.