Ecological Monitoring and Mitigation Policies and Practices at Offshore Wind Installations in the United States and Europe

Ecological Monitoring and Mitigation Policies and Practices at Offshore Wind Installations in the United States and Europe

Offshore wind energy is poised to expand dramatically along the eastern United States. However, the promise of sustainable energy also brings potential impacts on marine ecosystems from new turbines and transmission infrastructure. This whitepaper informs government officials, scientists, and stakeholders in New Jersey about the current policies and monitoring methods other jurisdictions use to monitor potential ecological impacts from offshore wind installations. We reviewed policy documents in the eastern U.S. and Europe, reviewed the scientific literature, and conducted stakeholder interviews in Spring 2020.

Prepared for the New Jersey Climate Change Alliance.