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Clean Energy for a Cleaner New Jersey

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By Rise Light and Power, June 23 2022 6:18 am

A former coal-fired power plant on Raritan Bay would be transformed into a gateway for offshore wind and advance New Jersey as a national leader in our fight against climate change. Under a proposal before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the Outerbridge Renewable Connector (Outerbridge) would enable New Jersey to harness energy from offshore wind by repurposing an abandoned brownfield, revitalizing an industrial-zoned waterfront, and supporting the local and state economy – without impacting New Jersey’s beautiful beaches.

Outerbridge is an underground electrical transmission project proposed to function as an “extension cord” for offshore wind farms to connect to New Jersey’s bulk electric transmission system – beginning at the Werner Generating Station in South Amboy and buried underground along a Conrail right-of-way. The 26-acre former Werner site is the ideal landing spot for transmission cables that carry clean energy from offshore wind farms to connect with New Jersey’s electric power grid.

Outerbridge would support New Jersey’s economic growth and resilience strategy. It is projected to deliver clean energy to 1.4 million homes and generate more than $1 billion in economic activity.

It has strong local support for a host of reasons, including the creation of good-paying, union construction jobs and workforce development opportunities for women, veterans, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

The facility would also bring a substantial local tax ratable to several Middlesex County towns without adding to the school population or placing additional burden on town services. Outerbridge would accompany the development of a submarine cable manufacturing facility for offshore wind farms in Greenwich Township, creating new permanent manufacturing jobs. This is a win-win for New Jersey as the state positions itself as a trailblazer in the production of clean offshore wind power.

Outerbridge is designed to not disturb public rights-of-way, state and local parks or other public lands, recreational beaches, or environmentally sensitive areas. More importantly, Outerbridge would play a key role in helping New Jersey address the health, safety, and economic dangers of climate change, while respecting what the Jersey Shore means for New Jersey’s economy and character.

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