New Jersey's governor [signs] offshore wind [power] production order (Michael Catalini, AP)
NJ Governor Phil Murphy (a Democrat who has succeeded Chris Christie) signed an executive order that will call on the state's Dept. of Environmental Protection & Public Utilities Board "to reach a goal of 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030." Gov. Murphy called this move "a critical step toward achieving our clean-energy goals," and he has reportedly promised "to move the state to 100 percent clean energy by 2050." The state currently gets most of its electricity through natural gas power plants and about 40 percent from nuclear energy, with wind power, etc. providing about 3%. This action is consistent with former Governor Christies' endorsement of offshore wind power production in 2010, signing a bill to create offshore wind power credits, but Christie "later failed to green-light projects" and thereby, according to one NJ legislator, missed an opportunity to make New Jersey a leader in wind energy. Environmentalists are cited as praising Gov. Murphy's action. No mention of the first of what may be several nuclear power plant closures in NJ, see the following story. Re economics of offshore wind power, see SAFE's report on a similar proposal in DE (which hopefully won't be approved). Assessing proposal for offshore wind power projects,10/19/17.