Wind farm planned for New Jersey as Chris Christie’s term ends
As Chris Christie’s – Governor of New Jersey – term ends in January 2018, the state may finally have the opportunity to build a wind farm.
The Republican, who has been the 55th Governor since 2010, managed to block windfarms through never implementing a program to subsidize the development.
With both the leading candidates for Christie position pledging to support the industry, developers are planning for a farm that could potentially generate more power than a nuclear reactor.
New Jersey could highly benefit from wind power with it being the most densely populated state and having one of the highest power prices.
It is also located between New England and South East wind developments sites, creating the potential for the state to become a ferrying hub.
“New Jersey has all the classic elements for offshore wind to work… The time is right, and the market is ripe,” said Paul Rich, Director of Project Development for US Wind Inc.
During the American Wind Energy Association Offshore Windpower conference companies such as US Wind, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA, Statoil ASA, and Dong Energy AS will gather to discuss the US’s potential for wind power.
The Democratic candidate for Governor, Phil Murphy, who is leading 15 points in polls, is appealing for 3.5GW of wind generation by 2030, enough energy to power 1.5mn homes.
“Offshore wind is going to fare very well in the next administration almost regardless of which candidate gets elected,” said former New Jersey governor James Florio, a Democrat who has long championed clean energy.
Both Dong Energy and US Wind have federal leases to develop 344,000-acres off the coast of Atlantic City, allowing room for 3.4GW of turbines.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.