New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced plans Tuesday to develop a port and staging area to construct wind turbines for installations along the Eastern Seaboard.
The project would be the first purpose-built port of its kind, with a budget of around $400 million from public and private sources. The site, an artificial island named Artificial Island after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers created it in the early 1900’s, is currently home to three nuclear reactors. It was picked, in part, because no bridges lie between it and the open ocean — once assembled, wind turbines are often stood upright and moved into place by ship.
The announcement indicates the state is pushing ahead with its plans to develop 7,500 megawatts of offshore wind by 2035, despite recent FERC rules that could hamper those plans. “We have a huge opportunity,” said Tim Sullivan, chief executive of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, told the Washington Post. “Somebody’s going to get to be the Houston of American offshore wind.”