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Port Authority Plans Wind Farm in New Jersey

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is planning to build a wind farm on a pier in New Jersey, according to a request for information from the Authority. The request calls for five, 300 foot tall wind turbines in Bayonne and Jersey City on the Port Jersey peninsula to produce 7.5 megawatts of electricity to power Port Authority operations and up to 2,000 nearby houses. The state hopes to generate 200 megawatts of electricity from wind power within 10 years.

The proposal is part of the Port Authority’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from a 2006 baseline by 2050. The Authority is attempting to reduce emissions by 5 percent annually to achieve the goal. According to a report on northjersey.com, the Authority hopes to have the turbines generating power by 2014. The report cited a spokesperson for the Office of Clean Energy saying that the wind farm could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 10,000 metric tons a year. The Port Authority is expanding its port, which accommodates 323,000 containers a year, on the peninsula by refitting a dormant terminal.

New York also recently released a request for proposals (RFP) to build an offshore wind farm in Lake Eerie and Lake Ontario of 40 to 150 turbines producing 120 to 500 megawatts.

The Authority has received a $3.6 million grant to fund the project from the Office of Clean Energy.

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