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GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY ANNOUNCES NEW JERSEY’S AGREEMENT WITH ØRSTED TO MARSHAL THE OCEAN WIND PROJECT

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Ørsted Offshore North America for New Jersey’s first offshore wind project, Ocean Wind 1. Ørsted, the world’s largest developer of offshore wind, is partnering with PSEG on the Ocean Wind 1 project. The project’s 1,100 megawatts of power are enough to power 500,000 New Jersey homes.   

The announcement, which was made during the Governor’s keynote address at the Business Network for Offshore Wind’s International Partnering Forum (IPF) in Atlantic City, delivers on the promise of the NJ Wind Port as a key infrastructure asset that will be an economic driver in Salem County and throughout the state. When the Ocean Wind 1 project was initially approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) in June of 2019, this approval was based on the project utilizing an existing out-of-state port to marshal the project. Following the state’s groundbreaking investment in developing the first purpose-built port for offshore wind in the United States, the project seized the opportunity to utilize the New Jersey Wind Port, being the first to officially join the state’s effort to develop the nation-leading wind power supply chain. This announcement is anticipated to create over 200 pre-assembly, load out, and stevedoring jobs in South Jersey, and hundreds of indirect jobs. 

“The New Jersey Wind Port is a historic and catalytic investment. As a state, we’ve committed more than $500 million to build the essential infrastructure required to install offshore wind projects from our shores.  This investment is enabling both clean energy projects and New Jersey’s long term economic growth,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “Today’s announcement with Ørsted is proof that our strategy to establish New Jersey as a national leader in offshore wind is working, and brings us a step closer to achieving our goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050.” 

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GOVERNOR MURPHY AND ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL PLATKIN ANNOUNCE $10 MILLION INVESTMENT IN LICENSE PLATE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY TO COMBAT RISE IN AUTO THEFTS FUELING VIOLENT CRIME NEW JERSEY

Governor Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced a $10 million investment in automated license plate recognition (ALPR) technology to reduce violent crime and motor vehicle theft in New Jersey through the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) State Fiscal Recovery Fund.

The funds will be used to purchase and expand existing high-speed, automated camera systems to capture and store computer-readable images of license plates in a centralized database accessible to law enforcement. The technology will be installed at both fixed locations throughout New Jersey and mounted on mobile units. This equipment provides law enforcement agencies additional tools to address the increase in motor vehicle thefts and a corresponding rise in violent crime seen in both suburban and urban areas of New Jersey. 

“The alarming uptick we are seeing in vehicle theft is unacceptable, and our administration is making investments to combat these occurrences statewide,” said Governor Murphy. “To aid law enforcement in this endeavor, an investment in ALPR technology will provide them with the tools they need to reduce these incidents and make our communities safer.”

“Thanks to Governor Murphy, we are investing significant resources to give law enforcement officers the tools they need to combat the rise in auto thefts across the state,” said Acting Attorney General …….

Source: https://nj.gov/governor/news/news/562022/approved/20220429c.shtml

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