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Support for offshore wind

April 14, 2014--The majority of residents in Atlantic City, N.J., and surrounding communities favor the construction of an offshore wind power project, based on surveys conducted through the Delaware Sea Grant College Program.

Results show that 77 percent of residents are inclined to support a demonstration project of five offshore wind turbines visible from the shore, versus 20 percent leaning the other way. The remaining three percent were undecided.

Private developer Fishermen’s Energy proposed a small-scale wind turbine project about three miles off the coast of Atlantic City, funded in part by a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Delaware Sea Grant researchers gauged public support of the project with interviews in 2012 and a mail survey in 2013 of the greater Atlantic City area.

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