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Port Authority Plans to Build Wind Farm

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Port Authority is planning on creating a wind farm on one of its shipping piers in New Jersey. The five windmills would help power the port's cargo operations.

A private company would build and maintain five 288-foot-high wind turbines. They'd be located on the New Jersey side of Upper New York Bay, about halfway between the Statue of Liberty and Staten Island. The windmills, about the height of a 30-story building, would be visible from Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront. Officials say the location shouldn't be controversial because the area's already industrial. Taken together, the turbines should generate electricity equivalent to the amount needed by 2,000 homes.

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