A 2010 report by the U.S. Department of Energy said New Jersey can generate 373 gigawatt hours of wind energy. The data ‘expands the economic viability of wind beyond what was thought in (the state),’ says Rick Dovey, director of the ACUA, which runs the wind farm in Atlantic City, above. However, in the years since, New Jersey has not capitalized upon that potential.
In 2009, Delsea Energy proposed an ambitious and controversial plan to raise more than 100 wind turbines in the Delaware Bay. The State Department of Environmental Protection now says offshore wind farms can be built without harming wildlife.