Blue Ribbon Panel on Development of Wind Turbine Facilities in Coastal Waters
|The Blue Ribbon Panel
Recognizing the need for careful study of wind power, New Jersey’s acting Governor Richard J. Codey
signed his twelfth executive order (EO12) in December 2004, establishing a 15-month moratorium on the
funding and permitting of offshore wind turbine facilities in the state. EO12 created a Blue Ribbon Panel
on Development of Offshore Wind Turbine Facilities, charged with “identifying and weighing the costs
and benefits of developing” such facilities and, by March 2006, submitting “a report to the Governor
providing policy recommendations regarding the appropriateness of developing offshore wind turbine
The Blue Ribbon Panel—author of this Interim Report—is composed of nine members: six public
members selected for their leadership in the environmental, academic, tourism, and local government
communities; the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection; the President of the
Board of Public Utilities; and the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary of the Commerce, Economic
Growth, and Tourism Commission.
During the spring of 2005, the Panel held four public meetings—one each in Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean,
and Monmouth Counties—to receive testimony from elected/appointed officials and members of the
public. Throughout this process, the Panel received a wealth of information on a wide range of topics.
Subsequent to these hearings, the Panel organized itself into three committees so as to better focus the
direction and scope of its research into energy, environment and ocean use issues, and commerce and
tourism issues, respectively.
This Interim Report represents the progress made toward meeting Governor Codey’s mandate.
Contained within is a summary and analysis of the Panel’s objective findings.