(TRENTON) – Assemblyman John McKeon (D- Essex/Morris) released the following statement Wednesday in support of Gov. Murphy’s executive order directing state agencies to implement the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act to promote and realize wind energy off the coast to meet a goal of 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy generation by 2030:
“Unfortunately, since this pro-environment law went into effect in 2010, little progress has been made on developing our off shore wind energy supply in New Jersey.
“Gov. Murphy’s new directive will set New Jersey on a more productive course by setting in motion a way to approve financial plans submitted by offshore wind developers. This will allow the developers to finally move forward on their clean energy projects.
“New Jersey now has a substantial opportunity to move full speed into the process of remaking our state’s energy portfolio into one that is reflective of the best environmental science and data that the 21st century has to offer. Wind and other types of clean energy are the future and this executive order will accelerate our progress towards that future.”