WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Michael D. Welsh, international vice president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, has issued a public comment on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management notice entitled "Environmental Impact Statements; Availability, etc.: Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Projects Offshore New Jersey". The comment was written on Nov. 1, 2021, and posted on Nov. 17, 2021:
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On behalf of nearly 140,000 active members and retirees of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) residing in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, I submit support for the Proposed Action and development of the environmental Impact Statement for the Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Projects located in BOEM Renewable Energy Lease area OCS-A 0499 (The Project). We believe the Proposed Action provides a meaningful balance between interests, and supports the needed adoption of clean energy generation.
Atlantic Shores' purpose and need is to develop two offshore wind energy generation Projects in the Lease Area to provide clean, renewable energy to the New Jersey electrical grid. The Projects would include up to 200 total wind turbine generators (WTGs), offshore substations, meteorological and oceanographic buoys, inter-array and interlink cables, two onshore substations, transmission cables and one operations and maintenance facility. The Projects would contribute to New Jersey's goal of 7.5 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy generation by 2035 as outlined in New Jersey Governor's Executive Order No. 92, issued on November 19, 2019. Project 1 would fulfill the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities September 10, 2020, solicitation and subsequent June 30, 2021, award to Atlantic Shores for 1,510 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind capacity.
The proposed project's positive environmental impacts are critical to achieve a meaningful reduction in harmful greenhouse gases, such as carbon, and to improve overall environmental health. It is estimated that Project 1 alone will reduce GHG's by 3.9 million Tons per year.
The IBEW strongly believes that Americans should not have to choose between a good job and a clean environment--we can and must have both. The Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind Projects are an opportunity to not only drive the nation's clean energy future, but can help create quality, family-sustaining union jobs at the same time.
Atlantic Shores has committed to working with local union labor, via the signed Memorandum of Understanding, Women, Minorities and Veterans. Direct jobs are estimated to be more than 22,000 over the projects' lifecycle with many more thousands of indirect and induced jobs due to Atlantic Shores commitment to use local suppliers and facilities to the maximum extent practical.
I urge BOEM to move forward with the permitting process while prioritizing the creation of good union jobs while taking a significant step towards a clean economy and environment.
Michael D. Welsh
International Vice President
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