Biden approves NJ offshore wind project

By Heather Richards | 07/02/2024 01:40 PM EDT

Atlantic Shores South, the ninth ocean turbine farm OK’d by the administration, aims to produce as much power as nearly three nuclear reactors.

Land-based wind turbines spin in Atlantic City. N.J., on Nov. 3, 2023. On Tuesday, April 30, 2024, New Jersey utility regulators opened a fourth round of solicitations for new offshore wind farm proposals to join the three that already have preliminary approval. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Land-based wind turbines at Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Interior Department on Tuesday approved an offshore wind farm for the Jersey Shore. AP

The Biden administration approved construction Tuesday of a wind project off New Jersey that could provide electricity to 1 million homes.

Atlantic Shores South would be built 9 miles offshore in two phases with an aim of generating about 2,800 megawatts of power, the equivalent output of nearly three nuclear reactors.

The project wind array is the ninth U.S. wind farm green-lighted since President Joe Biden took office promising to rapidly scale the industry and reduce the nation’s reliance on fossil energy.


The administration has approved enough wind farms to power roughly 5 million homes. The first are under construction or recently completed off the coasts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virginia.