New Jersey may have most offshore wind energy potential in region

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — An environmental group says New Jersey has the highest potential to develop offshore wind energy of any mid-Atlantic or New England state.

The Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center says carbon pollution equal to 1.1 million cars could be eliminated by 2020 with a rapid expansion in wind power off the Jersey Shore.

The report comes before an anticipated vote in the state legislature within the next week on an experimental wind farm off Atlantic City.

It says as much as 1,700 MW of offshore wind power could be built in the state in the next five years if the state moves quickly. That would be enough to power more than half a million homes.

But approval for such projects typically takes years, and only Rhode Island has begun one.

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