Obama administration official U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Governor Jon Corzine were among the dignitaries to tour the ACUA’s Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm on Monday, April 6, 2009. The visit followed a public hearing concerning offshore energy resources held at the Atlantic City Convention Center that same day. This public hearing was one of only four planned around the country by the U.S. Department of the Interior, and was the Obama Administration official's first stop on a tour of public meetings to be followed by sessions in New Orleans, Anchorage and San Francisco.
Also in attendance were U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, U.S. Congressman Rush Holt, Jeanne Fox, Board of Public Utilities, NJ Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Mark Mauriello, Atlantic County Freeholders Jim Schroeder and Charles Garrett, and ACUA Board Members Marvin Embry and Michael Epps.
Guests were given an overview of the wind and solar projects by ACUA President Richard S. Dovey and Tom Lauletta, ACUA vice president of wastewater. Both Secretary Salazar and Governor Corzine spoke about the importance of increasing the country’s commitment to renewable energy on both the state and national levels.
As the country's only coastal and urban wind farm, and world's only hybrid powered wastewater treatment facility, ACUA has received much attention for its renewable energy initiatives. At a time when the country is struggling to reduce its dependence on foreign oil, the ACUA stands as a shining example of what can be accomplished relying on the wind and sun for energy.Click here to view the video