The Governor of New Jersey offered insight to Cork business leaders and academics on how he has become the backbone of the offshore wind revolution in the United States.
Phil Murphy, former ambassador to Germany under President Barack Obama, put climate change and renewable energy at the top of his agenda when he was first elected to the governor’s mansion in the northeastern state. is in 2017.
The former chairman of the influential Democratic Governors Association is in Cork to promote commercial and cultural ties between the Garden State and Cork.
Although he has been criticized in recent months for the perception that his climate change agenda has stalled, Mr. Murphy has been widely praised during his two terms as governor by environmental experts for the targets to reduce emissions. emissions, as well as for paving the way for massive wind power generation. the Jersey Shore.
Speaking at a renewable energy event at University College Cork (UCC) on Tuesday, Mr Murphy said his administration was “aggressive” to launch offshore wind power generation.
The event, hosted by Mr Murphy and Danish renewable energy company Ørsted, heard from a range of experts on Ireland’s need to ramp up its energy production.
Mr Murphy said:
“To support our efforts, we are building an offshore wind component manufacturing facility and also constructing the New Jersey Windport, which will make us the logistics hub for the offshore wind industry in the entire eastern United States. “
Cork is seen by energy experts and political leaders as central to Ireland’s offshore wind take-off, but domestic progress so far has been criticized as far too slow.
Ørsted Europe Onshore Vice President Kieran White said: “The government has set a target for 80% of electricity to be produced from renewable sources by 2030. To achieve these targets , we need significant investment in new, more dedicated infrastructure. resources and targeted reforms to our planning and regulatory frameworks.
The visit by Mr. Murphy and First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy also explored economic and trade ties.
“New Jersey’s innovation economy is thriving and ripe for investment, and I’m excited to argue that our state is the best place for economic growth,” Murphy said.