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While allowing the processing of $3 million in rebates to some 26 projects, the consultant recommended tightening the requirements for turbine vendors and installers operating in New Jersey. Among the recommended changes are requiring both to post some kind of bond on a project-by-project basis and requiring liability insurance to cover damage to turbines and other equipment.
Sea Girt Mayor Mark Clemmensen, who made the announcement Wednesday in a prepared release, said that "this was a project which was wrong for Sea Girt as well as our neighbors in Manasquan and Spring Lake." "The governor called Mark and I up Tuesday to tell us the project was being terminated," Manasquan Mayor George Dempsey said.
The plan to install a 300 foot wind turbine at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt has been cancelled. This was a project which was wrong for Sea Girt as well as our neighbors in Manasquan and Spring Lake.
Members of the council said the siting of the turbine is poorly planned with the turbine being built near a residential area, and there should have been greater public participation in the process. "I think there needs to be a plan in place and there needs to be public comment on those plans," said Reynolds.
The proposed ordinance goes on to state that the maximum height of the windmill can be 40 feet and requires a setback of 100 feet from the property line.
The problem occurred on March 2 when a still unexplained major malfunction on a recently installed wind turbine caused all three blades to break loose, Reinert said. On March 8, the clean energy office staff directed the program coordinator to issue a notice to stakeholders advising that "Effective immediately, there is a temporary hold on all new REIP wind applications."
In a filing by the BPU, the state wrote the project "could unnecessarily increase transmission costs for New Jersey consumers." According to the Rate Counsel, if current state policies remain in effect, subsidies to develop solar and wind power projects could cost consumers an additional $5 billion over the next two decades.
In asking to intervene in the case, the two agencies argued that the project, stretching from Virginia to New Jersey, could adversely affect the rates paid by consumers and also place much of the risk on the ratepayer instead of the developers. The Atlantic Wind Connection is a 350-mile underwater transmission line, which aims to connect the spate of offshore wind farms being developed by New Jersey and other states.
The notice of violation reflects how the BRSA has given little thought to the concerns of its neighbors and of environmentalists as it has pursued the project, Lieberman said. "We're very, very proud of the DEP," Lieberman said. "BRSA is just trying to bully its way through this."
Each of the four sites identified Monday are off major tourist destinations, including Atlantic City, N.J., Ocean City, Md., and Virginia Beach, Va. However, Salazar said the wind farms would be between 10 to 20 miles offshore - far enough that beachgoing vacationers wouldn't have their views ruined.
Union Beach, Keyport and Hazlet have stated their opposition to the construction of a wind turbine project by the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority, in Union Beach. Now, Holmdel Township may weigh in.
The Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA) in Union Beach has filed a complaint against the borough's Planning Board for unanimously voting down an application to realign the BRSA's property line to provide more room for the arc of the turbine's 118-foot-long blades.
The BRSA lawsuit demands that the Planning Board's action requiring the BRSA to file for a "D" variance and denying subdivision and consolidation of the adjoining property are set aside and be granted an approval of the proposed subdivision and consolidation. The suit also demands that the planning board be restrained from any further action to delay or interfere with the construction and operation of the project.
"When we arrived, there were obvious flames showing from the top of the windmill. The windmill was spinning ridiculously out of control," Villas fire Chief Richard Harron Jr. said. The out-of-control turbine was apparently sending a surge of electricity down the tower into electrical connections in the garage.
The BRSA is trying to force the turbine down the throats of the communities it serves and has irresponsibly spent more than $2 million on the project. By not first acquiring the additional land and ensuring that all permits were completed, it has put the ratepayers it serves at risk.
A stay signed by State Appellate Court Judge Joseph Yannotti prevents carwash owner Robert Burke from installing the 49-foot structure at his Hamburg Turnpike business pending the outcome of an appeal filed by the township of a prior court approval of Burke's wind turbine application. The township received notice on Monday that the stay was granted.
Anthony Catanoso, who runs the Boardwalk landmark with his three brothers and fellow investors in Atlantic Pier Amusements, hopes to erect the first of three 12-story-high wind turbines by summer. A bill that would overturn a long-standing prohibition on constructing energy-generating stations within 500 feet of the tidal water line was sent to Gov. Christie for his signature last month.
Harnessing the power of wind might be better for the environment than burning fossil fuels but residents and officials in Union Beach and Sea Girt are questioning the necessity of placing Industrial Wind Turbines (IWT) in populated areas.
Cape May is now facing a different kind of accommodation with the modern age, one that pits often-allied historic and environmental interests against each other: Green power. The city's Historic Preservation Commission is asking City Council wants to ban windmills and only wants solar systems in the historic district that can't be seen from the street.
On page 5 of a GE Energy document titled "Wind Energy Basics", it states, "Siting wind turbines and assessing the feasibility of a proposed location must consider factors such as Community Acceptance and compatibility with adjacent land uses. ... Hence, megawatt-scale wind turbines cannot be located in densely populated areas." In Union Beach a "densely populated area" begins 1,080 feet from the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's site for their proposed 380-foot-tall GE industrial wind turbine.