NJ governor sets 'aggressive' new goals for off-shore wind energy production

N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy makes a Climate Week announcement with N.Y. Gov. Kathy Hochul and the U.S. Climate Alliance on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022.
N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy makes a Climate Week announcement with N.Y. Gov. Kathy Hochul and the U.S. Climate Alliance on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. Photo credit Edwin J. Torres/N.J. Governor's Office

SOUTH JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy outlined new goals for reducing the state’s carbon footprint Wednesday at an event in New York City for Climate Week.

Part of the governor’s announcement was an increased commitment to off-shore wind energy. He signed an executive order to increase production by about 50%.

“This is an aggressive target, but it is an achievable one,” he said.

The new goal is to produce 11,000 megawatts by the year 2040. The previous goal had been 7,500 megawatts by 2035.

“Reaching this goal will allow us to power millions of New Jersey homes and businesses with green and reliable energy derived from something we have all taken for granted for a long time — the breezes off the Jersey Shore.”

Murphy said it’s time to put to bed the false narrative that the state can strive for green energy or a strong economy but not both. He said the state continues to lead and blaze trails in green energy production because it’s good for the environment and the economy.

“Achieving this goal will create thousands of jobs up and down the supply chain, strengthening our economy from end to end,” said the governor.

Murphy said investments in green energy are also investments in families, providing some measure of environmental justice for communities ravaged by industrial waste.

Murphy also announced $10 million in new funding for off-shore wind projects and new corporate partnerships to create green jobs.