Wind turbines, often known as windmills, provide clean, renewable energy by harnessing the power of the wind and converting it into electricity. In areas with consistent, high winds, such as the New Jersey coastline, wind turbines make sense as a means to step away from nonrenewable energy sources and provide a cost-effective alternative to homes and businesses.
Despite the benefits and feasibility of bringing wind turbines to New Jersey, developing the necessary infrastructure has been a slow process. In fact, the two companies that planned to build the first wind turbines off the New Jersey coast, DONG Energy and U.S. Wind, Inc., still have not received final licensing by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to move forward with their projects. Currently, there are two wind farms on the East Coast: one in Rhode Island and one in Massachusetts.
Benefits of Wind-Powered Energy
Wind-powered energy production has many benefits. A few benefits of using wind turbines to generate electricity include:
• No need for water use. With coal and nuclear energy production, water must be used to cool the production equipment, forcing producers to rely on another non-renewable resource to generate energy;
• Wind power cannot be depleted. Unlike other energy sources, such as coal and natural gas, there will always be wind. Wind power is actually a form of solar power because wind is a byproduct of Earth’s rotation and surface irregularities as it is heated by the sun;
• Windmills are cost-effective. After the initial cost of building a wind turbine, wind power is inexpensive to produce. Currently, power provided by new wind farms costs an average of two cents per kilowatt hour; and
• Wind turbines create jobs. In 2016, more than 101,000 Americans were employed in the wind energy field. As more windmills are built, more jobs can be created to support New Jersey workers.
How Does New Jersey Stack Up Against the Rest of the Nation in Terms of Energy Production?
Currently, New Jersey’s primary energy production source is nuclear power, which accounts for close to half of our state’s energy production at 48 percent. In contrast, nuclear energy only responsible for about 20 percent of the nation’s energy as a whole.
The rest of New Jersey’s energy production is broken down as follows:
• Natural gas: 47.5 percent;
• Renewable energy sources: 2.2 percent;
• Coal: 1.9 percent; and
• Petroleum: 0.3 percent.
For the nation as a whole, the percentages are:
• Coal: 33 percent;
• Natural gas: 33 percent;
• Renewable energy sources: 7 percent;
• Hydroelectric: 6 percent; and
• Petroleum: 1 percent.
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