New legislation encourages offshore wind power development

    The bill signing ceremony took place at a former BP oil tank storage facility in Paulsboro. State officials are hoping the measure will spur the development of manufacturing facilities there to build wind turbines and components.

    Governor Christie traveled to Gloucester County in South Jersey today to sign a bill into law that promotes the development of offshore wind power.

    The bill signing ceremony took place at a former BP oil tank storage facility in Paulsboro. State officials are hoping the measure will spur the development of manufacturing facilities there to build wind turbines and components.

    Several other states are also trying to get that kind of business. Bob Frick with GE Energy is excited about the new legislation.

    “It really is going to catapult New Jersey into the front of the pack. We’re working with developers. We’re looking at the projects. We’re looking at sites. We’re looking at ports. This is a big undertaking in infrastructure and it will take a number of years.”

    Senate President Steve Sweeney says if the state does get a windmill manufacturer to locate in New Jersey, it could create hundreds of good paying jobs and help the entire region’s economy.

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