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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Murphy announces expanded wind energy goal

By Nikita Biryukov, November 19 2019 12:19 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy announce he would more than double the state’s committed wind energy goal Tuesday, raising it from 3,500 Mw to 7,500 Mw.

“That’s more than double the output. That’s more investment. That’s more jobs. That’s more clean energy,” Murphy said. “Think about it – when we meet this goal, our offshore winds will generate enough electricity to power more than 3.2 million New Jersey homes”

The new goal has a deadline of 2035, while the old was set to be achieved by 2030.

Murphy’s was joined by environmental activist and former Vice President Al Gore for his announcement Tuesday.

While some progressives lauded Murphy’s announcement, others did so backhandedly, hitting the governor over other, less green, energy projects in the state.

“The governor’s offshore wind goals are laudable. But any action to build more sources of clean renewable energy must be paired with firm policies that stop new fossil fuel projects,”NJ Food and Water Watch Director Matt Smith said. “Just miles from today’s announcement, the Murphy administration is considering using $409 million in Superstorm Sandy relief funds to build a brand new fracked gas plant in Kearny. This move is more tragic than ironic, since this facility would spew more of the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet.”

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