Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Steel Breeze Commeth

The famed Steel Pier in Atlantic City could become the first amusement pier in the country to utilize wind power, according to Jonathan Tamari of the Philadelphia Inquirer's Trenton Bureau.

The pier's operators - the Catanoso family - have a plan in place to install up to 10 wind turbines, which would offer a new attraction of sorts, while cutting the 150,000-square foot pier's energy bill.

State Senator Jim Whelan, a former AC mayor, is sponsoring a bill that would allow the project to pass. He has cited the success of the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm (the first coastal wind farm in NJ), which became operational in late 2005.

The possibility of developing wind farms off the coast of other South Jersey coastal communities has been discussed in the past.

Could this be something we see in the Wildwoods in the future...?

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