The wind power project would consist of six wind turbines, Fisherman’s general counsel Paul Gallagher told the business audience.
The wind turbines would be visible from the Atlantic City boardwalk but, in contrast to the experience of the sponsors of the Cape Wind project offshore Cape Cod, the Fisherman’s project is more likely to be a tourist draw than an eyesore.
Just down the way from the boardwalk, a small onshore municipal wind energy project already provides power to the Atlantic County Utilities Authority Wastewater Treatment Plant, and it has been welcomed by the community.
The Cape Wind project, which was proposed nine years ago, is still being challenged by local some groups. This week, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he would make a decision in April on the project.
Fisherman’s Energy Plans Six-Turbine Offshore Wind Farm
At Thursday’s MBCA meeting at Resorts, Fisherman’s Energy general counsel Paul Gallagher offered news on upcoming offshore wind farm in Atlantic City.
By Jeff Schwachter
It will not only be the first of its kind in the United States, but the planned six-turbine offshore wind farm in Atlantic City, will be the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.
This is what Fisherman’s Energy, a community-based offshore wind developer, general counsel Paul Gallagher told a large crowd Thursday afternoon, Jan. 14, at the Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association (MBCA) Winter Kick-Off Meeting, held at Resorts in Atlantic City.
Before Mayor Lorenzo Langford gave his brief, but traditional “unofficial” state of the city address (“as the economy improves so will Atlantic City”) at the MBCA luncheon, held at Resorts for its 15th year, Gallagher took the podium to draw attention to his company’s plans for a one-of-a-kind turbine assortment, about 2.8 miles off the coast of the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ, that will bring clean energy to the future of Atlantic City — about 20 megawatts of power.
The 7.5 MW Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm
The 7.5-megawatt (MW) Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm is the first wind farm to be built in New Jersey, and the first coastal wind farm in the United States. The wind farm is located in Atlantic County, NJ and is visible to more than 30 million Atlantic City visitors each year from downtown Atlantic City and the Atlantic City Expressway. The project produces approximately 19 million kilowatt-hours of emission-free electricity per year, which is enough emission-free energy to power over 2,000 homes. The electricity is used by both the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) Wastewater Treatment Plant and delivered to the regional electric grid.