Giant wind farms are planned miles off the Jersey Shore. But a new law signed by Gov. Chris Christie will allow wind turbines on piers — right where the water meets the sand.
The operator of the Steel Pier in Atlantic City hopes to install the first of three turbines within nine months.
Sen. Jim Whelan sponsored the legislation. He expects those wind-power facilities will help attract tourists to the Boardwalk.
“It’s obviously a commercial area. The pier itself is an amusement pier across from Trump Taj Mahal casino,” said Whelan. “So I think visitors who are staying for a couple nights might enjoy looking at maybe something that you wouldn’t want to live directly across from 365 days a year, but if you’re on vacation it might be something different.”
Lawmakers say some other shore towns are also expressing an interest in putting wind turbines on their piers to reduce energy costs.