Ocean Wind One to Host a Virtual Green Acres Public Hearing November 14
Ocean City, NJ – Representatives of Ocean Wind LLC (Ocean Wind 1) will hold a virtual public hearing starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 14, 2022. Members of the public may participate in the hearing via video conference or by telephone.
Those who wish to participate via video conference may access the hearing at https://bit.ly/ocw1-ga-pub-hearing (note: if manually typing, please use all lowercase text), or go to https://zoom.us/join and enter Webinar ID: 845 6140 0881; Passcode: 407304.
Those planning to offer comments at the hearing may sign up to do so during the hearing. A dial-in option will be available, if using one-tap mobile: +16469313860,,84561400881# or for telephone, (646) 931-3860 or (888) 788-0099 (Toll Free); Webinar ID: 845 6140 0881; Passcode: 407304.
This public hearing was originally scheduled as an in-person hearing at the Flanders Hotel on October 3, 2022 but was canceled and rescheduled due to a coastal flood warning and concern for the safety of the public in Cape May County.
The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment on the proposed diversion of an approximately +/- 0.647-acre portion of Ocean City-owned parkland. The affected properties owned by the city are as follows:
Representatives of Ocean Wind 1, a joint venture between Ørsted and PSEG, will present information about the proposed diversion and receive public comments.
Ocean Wind 1 filed a petition with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to acquire permanent rights of way and easements needed to install an underground cable in connection with its proposed Ocean Wind Offshore Wind Farm Project (Project). On September 28, 2022, BPU granted the relief requested in Ocean Wind 1’s petition. Once complete, the Project will fulfill the requirements of the state’s Offshore Wind Economic Development Act, which mandates the development of a minimum of 1,100 MW of offshore wind resources. The project will also contribute to meeting the goals of Executive Order 8 (2018), which set a goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind energy by 2030, Executive Order 92, which increased the goal to 7,500 MW by 2035 in November 2019, and Executive Order 307 (2022), which further increased the goal to 11,000 MW by 2040.
The lands are encumbered by State of New Jersey Green Acres restrictions. Based on the filing of the NJBPU petition, an application for the diversion of these lands has been submitted by Ocean Wind 1 to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, for approval by the Department’s Commissioner and by the State House Commission. Ocean Wind 1 proposes to pay to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, a local government unit, or a qualifying tax-exempt nonprofit organization $205,000.00 to be used for the acquisition of 1.941 acres of replacement land, which is three times the area proposed for diversion.
The public may comment during the virtual public hearing via video conference or telephone and/or may submit written comments for two weeks following the hearing. All written comments must be submitted by November 28, 2022, to Tom Suthard at Ørsted Ocean Wind, 600 Atlantic Ave., Suite 2, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401 or Info@OceanWind.com. Please reference “Proposed Diversion” in the subject line. A copy of any written comments must also be submitted to the Green Acres Program at PublicLandCompliance@dep.nj.gov. Please include “Ocean Wind 1” in the subject line. Email comments are preferred, but comments may also be mailed to: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Green Acres Program, Bureau of Legal Services and Stewardship, 401 East State Street, 7th Floor, Mail Code 401-07B, P.O. Box 420, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0420 Attn: Ocean Wind 1 Application.
Copies of the diversion application are available to the public for inspection at Ocean City, City Hall, located at 861 Asbury Ave, Ocean City, New Jersey and at the Ocean City Free Public Library, located at 1735 Simpson Ave, Ocean City, New Jersey. The diversion application can also be accessed online through New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s website at https://dep.nj.gov/otpla/diversion-application-information-page-ocean-city-ocean-wind-project/.
More information about the Project can be found at oceanwindone.com.
About Ocean Wind 1
Ocean Wind is a 1,110 MW offshore wind project by Ørsted and PSEG that will provide enough clean energy to power 500,000 New Jersey homes. To learn more, visit oceanwind.com.
The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. In the United States, Ørsted operates the Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm, and constructed the two-turbine Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project – the first turbines to be installed in federal waters. Ørsted has secured over 2,900 megawatts of additional capacity through five projects in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. To learn more visit us.orsted.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@OrstedUS).
Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) (NYSE: PEG) is a predominantly regulated infrastructure company focused on a clean energy future. Guided by its Powering Progress vision, PSEG aims to power a future where people use less energy, and it’s cleaner, safer and delivered more reliably than ever. PSEG’s commitment to ESG and sustainability is demonstrated in our net-zero 2030 climate vision, our pursuit of science-based emissions reductions targets and participation in the U.N. Race to Zero, as well as our inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index, the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and the list of America’s most JUST Companies. PSEG's businesses include Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G), PSEG Power and PSEG Long Island. (https://corporate.pseg.com).
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