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Today, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) unanimously approved an order opening an application window for 1.1 GW of offshore wind capacity. According to the NJBPU, this represents the nation’s largest single-state solicitation of offshore wind to date.
“We urge that you issue a solicitation for the full 1,100 (megawatts) as quickly as possible,” said Abby Watson of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, which she said is the world’s largest offshore wind turbine manufacturer. “Many have mentioned the federal investment tax credit — worth roughly 12 percent of the capital cost of a farm — which will save ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars.”
Doug Copeland, regional development manager for EDF, declined to say what the project will cost overall nor its specific impact on ratepayers. “We are estimating it will cost a small cup of coffee,’’ he said. Under legislation Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law earlier this spring, the BPU has 90 days to review the project.
Fishermen’s Energy and California-based EDF Renewables North America have submitted a joint petition for approval of the Nautilus Offshore Wind project off the coast of Atlantic City, the two companies announced Monday.
For New Jersey, the order by FERC could unravel long-standing legislative initiatives to promote cleaner sources of energy like solar power, as well as the state’s proposed subsidies to keep nuclear power a part of its energy mix by having ratepayers subsidize plants it deems uneconomic.
New Jersey is moving forward with a plan to install enough offshore wind turbines to power 1.5 million homes by 2030. How do gusts 20 miles off the coast turn into the electricity that lights up your home when you flip a switch?
Offshore-wind developers are pressing the BPU to begin accepting applications before the end of the year, fearing that if the state does not move swiftly, they will not be able to qualify for lucrative federal tax credits. The credits expire at the end of 2019 and developers need to start spending big dollars on their projects before then or they will not qualify for the incentives.
Danish offshore wind giant Orsted has opened an Atlantic City office and is pursuing building a large-scale project about 10 miles off the coast of the resort. It recently deployed equipment to study wind and wave speed and direction at a potential site. A spokesman has said it could have a wind farm built by 2025 if the OREC program is in place quickly and if its project is chosen for funding.
Developers worry that if the state does not move fast enough, their projects may not be able to qualify for a lucrative federal tax incentive for offshore wind that expires at the end of 2019.
Governor asks feds for six-month extension to assess impact of offshore wind farms on state’s main fishing grounds wind. ...The request, if granted, could slow recent steps taken by both states to expedite building offshore wind farms in waters near New York and New Jersey.
A bill to restart the Fishermen’s Energy offshore wind farm project off Atlantic City passed both houses of the state Legislature on Thursday and now goes to the governor.
Wind turbines, not oil rigs, could be the future of energy generation on the East Coast, a Trump administration official said Friday.
Lawmakers have already reintroduced a slew of clean-energy bills, expecting them to have a better reception now that Christie’s out and Murphy’s in
Scola is concerned about state and federal regulations. But his big concern is the prospect of hundreds, and perhaps even thousands, of giant wind turbines spread out in the New York Bight, an area along the Atlantic Coast that extends from southern New Jersey to Montauk Point. It’s one of the most productive fishing grounds on the Eastern Seaboard.
Filed less than two weeks after BOEM announced its selection of Statoil, the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that would prevent BOEM from moving forward with the provisional lease. "They [BOEM] did not use a collaborative, public process. It’s an area of public domain that’s being given for private use. We’re hoping to stop the wind farm in that location.”
The U.S. Department of Energy says Fishermen's Energy failed to meet a Dec. 31 deadline to have a power purchase agreement in place. The department is revoking most of the $47 million in funding it pledged to the project in 2014; about $10.6 million has been spent.
Little Falls Council President Louis Fontana said creating the ordinances is a way for the township to be proactive in case issues arise in the future with solar and wind energy projects. "As solar and wind energy projects become more popular, we want to try and protect the town and put in place rules and regulations regarding them," said Fontana.
The governor yesterday vetoed outright a bill (S-988) aimed at paving the way for a 25-megawatt offshore wind project that would be the first such facility built along the Jersey coast. The project has been repeatedly rejected as too costly to utility customers, who would pay a large portion of its expense, by the state Board of Public Utilities.
Christie on Monday rejected the bill that would permit, but not require, the state Board of Public Utilities to approve the wind farm off the coast, to be built by Fishermen's Energy.