State may start funding energy-storage projects for solar and wind.380312013-04-10T23:43:04Z2013-04-10T23:43:04ZBecause the sun doesn't always shine and the wind doesn't always blow, energy storage is viewed as key to promoting cleaner ways of producing electricity.
Energy storage is still under development. Given the intermittent nature of solar and wind, it is viewed as crucial to making clean energy competitive with conventional technologies like natural gas and coal-fired plants.Elusive offshore wind pilot moves closer to go/no-go decision.377122013-03-12T19:44:05Z2013-03-12T19:44:05ZBy the end of June, the state may decide if an offshore wind farm will be built about three miles from Atlantic City's beaches.
In an order signed last Thursday, the New Jersey Board of Utilities established a procedural schedule, saying it expects to take action on the proposal by June 30 -- an application that has been pending before the regulatory agency since May 2011.Winds of change at BRSA.375392013-02-27T01:00:09Z2013-02-27T01:00:09Z"The continuation of the proposed wind turbine will cause further division, additional loss of tranquility and create a significant impairment to bring local residents together at a time when partnerships, collaborations, relationships and a strong community for a generation or more is needed to rebuild Union Beach and the entire coastline of Raritan Bay."Superior Court rules for BRSA .363722012-10-19T02:17:13Z2012-10-19T02:17:13ZIn her decision, Kilgallen said that the DEP permit - in conjunction with a state statute passed shortly after the Union Beach ordinance that forbids municipalities from imposing unreasonable restrictions on turbine projects - prevented the borough from applying its ordinance to the BRSA turbine. Offshore wind farm plans for NJ blown up and down.362392012-10-08T23:22:43Z2012-10-08T23:22:43ZHow many years must a wind farm be planned before it is built in the sea?
The answer for New Jersey projects is blowin' in the wind.
Several companies have planned to build clusters of turbines spinning off the New Jersey coast, but some are making more headway than others.
Union Beach hires lawyer for wind turbine fight.361722012-09-30T19:23:03Z2012-09-30T19:23:03ZIn August, it was ruled that the authority needed site plan approval from the borough Planning Board before it could install and operate the wind turbine. Now, BRSA will be asking Union Beach to correct what Fischer has called a mapping error. The borough's zoning map places the BRSA property in a residential zone. Did the cost of subsidizing offshore wind just hit a downdraft?.360702012-09-19T12:53:55Z2012-09-19T12:53:55ZThe Atlantic City project is facing steep hurdles to win approval ...The BPU's own consultant questioned the net economic benefits of the project. A consultant retained by the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel voiced similar concerns previously.
At the heart of the issue is just how much state subsidies paid by electric customers are necessary to make the projects viable.2 years after Christie's call for green era, little has changed.359362012-09-02T18:07:41Z2012-09-02T18:07:41ZThe logjam in New Jersey mirrors the situation up and down the Eastern Seaboard, as the future of federal price supports falls into doubt and the promise of clean, renewable power goes up against the high price tag of installing 400-foot-tall turbines 20 miles out to sea.Turbine Plans Hit Headwind.358452012-08-24T02:06:08Z2012-08-24T02:06:08Z"They have 23,000 customers and claim they'll save $400,000 from the turbine," he said. "If you divide it, I'm going to save about $18 a year, but I'm going to lose about $50,000 value on my house. I'd rather just pay the bill if that's O.K." BRSA takes down wind turbine construction crane, plans to ask appellate court to reconsider.357892012-08-15T18:28:15Z2012-08-15T18:28:15ZIn July 2012, the appellate court issued an injunction ordering the BRSA to stop construction and remove construction materials, including the 270-foot crane that would have been used to assemble the pieces of the turbine. The injunction came just days before the wind turbine components were set to be delivered.Authority disassembles crane for Union Beach wind turbine.357822012-08-15T14:17:05Z2012-08-15T14:17:05Z"It is unlikely, given this delay, that the turbine will be delivered in the next two months. Therefore the continued rental of the crane is not justified," said BRSA executive director Robert C. Fischer.Court sides with Union Beach on wind turbine appeal .357482012-08-10T20:58:47Z2012-08-10T20:58:47ZAfter an injunction was granted to halt construction of the turbine in July, the Union Beach Planning Board has won their appeal against the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority.Appellate ruling means Union Beach crane will come down.357472012-08-10T20:56:12Z2012-08-10T20:56:12ZThe authority started construction, installing the turbine's foundation despite a warning from the state Department of Environmental Protection that it was proceeding at its own risk while the matter was in litigation.Court halts wind turbine delivery.355822012-07-21T12:26:44Z2012-07-21T12:26:44ZThe borough has stopped - at least for now - a wind turbine slated to be built at the regional sewerage plant here.
Robert C. Fischer, Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's executive director, called the latest news "disappointing."
BRSA Wind Turbine Project Halted by Union Beach Injunction .355652012-07-20T11:42:39Z2012-07-20T11:42:39ZThe New Jersey Superior Court of Appeals issued an injunction Wednesday on behalf of Union Beach, halting construction of the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's wind turbine. ...Bill Heller, who lives about 1,900 feet from the turbine, is worried about the impact it will have on the identity of the community.Clear skies for offshore wind turbines off Atlantic City shore.355612012-07-20T11:12:21Z2012-07-20T11:12:21ZOnce the project gets financing lined up, it can move forward.
That depends in part on a judgment by the Board of Public Utilities about whether the company can get offshore wind incentives it has applied for.
Superior Court issues injunction to block turbine delivery .355462012-07-18T01:00:50Z2012-07-18T01:00:50ZOn Wednesday, July 18, Judge Mary Catherine Cuff of the New Jersey State Superior Court granted the Borough of Union Beach an injunction ordering the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA) to refrain from shipping and assembling a 386-foot-tall industrial wind turbine into the borough until a decision could be reached in a still-pending appeals case.Borough seeks injunction on wind turbine.354062012-07-07T13:47:34Z2012-07-07T13:47:34ZUnion Beach, where the energy-producing turbine will be located, has sought an injunction to stop the delivery of the turbine's parts starting around July 23, said Union Beach Mayor Paul J. Smith.
A hearing date on the injunction has not been set yet.Bayonne wind turbine stands stationary and silent.349402012-05-09T04:31:36Z2012-05-09T04:31:36ZSteve Gallo, executive director of the BMUA, said while the turbine itself was finished in January, the connection that would actually allow the turbine to supply the pumping station with power has not been completed.