This image depicts what the towering wind turbines would have looked like off the South Jersey coast. (Courtesy of Orsted)

The Director of the Cape May County Board of Commissioners, Leonard Desiderio, and Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian announced Friday that they will hold a public information session on Wednesday, March 15 at the Ocean City Tabernacle at 6 p.m.

“There have been a lot of questions about what steps the County of Cape May has taken in connection with the efforts of the wind company Orsted to place windmills off the shores of Cape May County,” Desiderio said in a news release.

He continued, “On Wednesday, March 15, we will provide the public with information, and we want to hear the public’s questions and concerns. We have been working with the City of Ocean City for many months now to challenge the process at the Board of Public Utilities used by Orsted to set aside Home Rule. Our partnership continues, including this first of several Public Information Sessions.”

The wind farm company, Orsted, recently filed petitions against Cape May County and Ocean City before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (“BPU”).

“We tried very hard to have productive discussions with the wind developer,” said Mayor Gillian. “But they went to the legislature and got a bill through to take away Home Rule and then they used that to get the BPU, an unelected state agency, to take away the authority of the duly elected leaders of Cape May County and Ocean City and to give this foreign Big-Wind company what they want.”

He continued, “Things are moving too fast and with too much at stake if we don’t get it right.  Our Public Information Session on March 15th will give us an opportunity to update the public and, most importantly, to listen to the concerns that people have.”

Despite the objections of both the county and Ocean City, as well as those of the Office of New Jersey Rate Counsel, the BPU pushed aside the elected officials of the county and Ocean City and gave Orsted permission to file environmental permit applications and took interests in public lands away from the County and Ocean City and gave them to Orsted, the news release states.

Desiderio and Gillian will be joined by former state Superior Court Judge, Michael J. Donohue, who is special counsel to the county on wind farm issues and other county and Ocean City officials.

Anyone interested in attending may visit and register for the public information session.