Biden’s shore thing: American windfarms finally take off



Matthew Knott | Sydney Morning Herald

Ocean City, New Jersey: As Suzanne Hornick gazes out at the Atlantic Ocean, she sees trouble on the horizon.

Hornick lives in Ocean City, a beachside town in New Jersey that markets itself as a family-friendly alternative to the nearby gambling hot spot of Atlantic City. Alcohol sales are banned in the conservative community, as are casinos.

“This is the type of place where the biggest crime is bike theft,” Hornick says. “It’s a quaint little community we cherish so much.”

If Danish power company Orsted gets its way, Ocean City will soon also be home to America’s biggest offshore wind farm. The developer wants to position almost 100 wind turbines 24 kilometres off the coast of southern New Jersey, providing enough power for more than half a million homes.

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