Phil Murphy’s expensive wind power push is (still) a lot of hot air

Phil Murphy’s expensive wind power push is (still) a lot of hot air

By Matt Rooney

Phil Murphy doubled-down on his wind power fantasy on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, telling the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum in Princeton (which might be the most liberal string of words ever written, together, on this web site) that he’s bringing in a Danish off-shore wind company (close second) to open an office in Atlantic City.

There’s no nice way to say it; Murphy’s plan is gross stupidity on parade.

I’m loath to do this, but I’m going to quote my own post from last April:

“Wind energy is an expensive loser, folks. Back in March, our friends at Daily Caller reported that the Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Collaborative cost $1 billion dollar to build and can power between 40,000 and 64,000 homes (depending upon which way the wind blows).

The cost per home? $25,000!

Per home. 

The coastal wind farm project near Block Island, Rhode Island which New Jersey greens lamented isn’t off of our own coast? That’ll cost $17,600 dollars per home.

So the only way this technology “works” is with expensive taxpayer-funded subsidies (remember: liberal subsidize their ideas that don’t work with YOUR money in order to justify their wacky worldview). As of mid-2016, public subsidies for the U.S. wind turbine industry approached $200 million. That’s a lot of tax dollars wasted to validate a failed concept.”

I said all of that during the campaign season.

In January 2018? After being sworn into office? Governor Murphy signed an executive order to implement the so-called Offshore Wind Economic Development Act of 2010 (at which Chris Christie correctly thumbed his nose).

This law provides for… wait for it… ratepayer-financing with the goal to develop new wind energy fields — and all of the infrastructure required to capture a fraction of the energy these turbines attempt to harness — by way of an Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Credit program.

The Murphy Administration still isn’t talking cost.

Why would it? Murphy and his underlings know that there’s no good, facts-based way to justify taxpayer-subsidized wind power. Blowing hot air, and avoiding specifics, is the safer strategy.