The Port Jersey-Port Authority Marine Terminal in the US will use wind turbines to meet its increasing energy needs, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ).

The PANYNJ said five turbines, each 288ft high, will be installed on a 70-acre site east of the Global Terminal where the Northeast Auto Marine Terminal was closed in 2008.

The turbines are expected to generate 7.5MW, the port authority said.

The port will accommodate container ships, which will start arriving after the completion of Panama Canal expansion in 2014.

The authority said contracts for the project will be awarded this year and that it would help reduce the port’s 2006 level greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.