Ed Potosnak, the executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, applauded the decision by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to approve construction of a transmission line in Cape May County to support the development of offshore wind.
Potosnak specifically said he was glad the BPU did not listen to opponents of the plan.
“We’re glad that the misinformation spread by fossil fuel companies is not impeding our essential transition to 100% clean energy,” he said. “We support the BPU’s decision to allow a transmission line to be responsibly constructed in Cape May County to bring clean, renewable offshore wind electricity to homes and businesses.”
“With this decision, offshore wind can bring the benefits of reduced air pollution and good local jobs that can’t be outsourced,” he said. “Offshore wind will also move us away from the dirty fossil fuels, which contribute to climate change and have given New Jersey some of the worst air quality in the nation, causing asthma and exacerbating other heart and lung problems.
Potosnak reiterated his belief that offshore wind is a bonus for the environment — and energy.
“To protect and preserve New Jersey’s coastal communities and habitats for generations to come, New Jersey LCV supports responsibly developed offshore wind,” he said.