Construction is a "go" for the Atlantic City wind farm, an inshore project of Fishermen's Energy.
The company has announced that it received its final permit necessary, from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
While other projects are in the works for federal waters offshore, this project would be located just off of Atlantic City in state waters.
"With receipt of this final permit Fishermen’s Energy has all federal and state permits necessary for construction of the first demonstration offshore windfarm to be built in the US, making the New Jersey resort the birthplace of offshore wind in the Americas," the company said in a press release.
"This project is the catalyst needed to jumpstart the offshore wind industry in New Jersey and it sends the right signals to manufacturers that New Jersey is open for business," said Rhonda Jackson, spokeswoman for Fishermen’s Energy.
Now the company can focus on final selection for a contractor, "with special emphasis on New Jersey vendors as practical," Fishermen's said. Construction of components could begin on land in 2013, with offshore construction and completion of the project in 2014, the company said.
The Army Corps permit included the input of the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, as well as other federal agencies.
Fishermen's was founded by New Jersey commercial fishermen who saw wind projects as another way to harvest marine resources. "Fishermen’s Energy intends to harvest the wind and the sea, side by side, in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner," the company says.