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The recommendation from a consultant hired by the division is backed by its director, Stefanie Brand, who said, "the numbers just don't add up." The consultant's report was filed Friday with the Board of Public Utilities, which is expected to act on the Fishermen's Energy project sometime this spring.
Fishermen's Energy plans this week to launch a buoy that will help determine the best placement for turbines off the shore of Atlantic City. It will also help confirm how much energy the turbines could produce, currently estimated to be 25 megawatts.
Another Isabella Avenue resident of 30 years, Donna James, whose backyard is several hundred feet from the wind turbine, expressed concerns about the effect the wind turbine will have on property values and how much noise it will make.
Fishermen's Energy of Cape May wants to build the wind farm about 2.8 miles off Atlantic City. It plans to erect five wind turbines that would produce up to 25 megawatts, capable of powering about 10,000 homes. The company hopes that the state Board of Public Utilities will issue a decision on its proposal by March.
Fishermen's Energy of Cape May wants to build the wind farm about 2.8 miles off Atlantic City. It plans to erect five wind turbines that would produce up to 25 megawatts, capable of powering about 10,000 homes.
City officials say the road closures are necessary to accommodate the massive pieces of the turbine, which are being delivered to the Bayonne Municipal Authority's Oak Street Pumping station.
"The concern the council has, and that includes myself, is that Matawan is a historic municipality dating back 325 years. I am not saying the roads are that old, but they are pretty close to it," Matawan Mayor Paul Buccellato said at the Borough Council's Dec. 19 meeting.
The relationship between Union Beach and BRSA has been strained by the sewerage authority’s plans to erect a 386-foottall wind turbine, which the borough opposes. Union Beach and BRSA have traded legal actions and, according to court documents, oral arguments could be heard in January.
Blalack could not answer board member Barbara Vena's question on why Walmart wanted to add the wind turbines in addition to the solar panels. Smith said there was no further room on the store's roof for additional solar panels.
"We have different pots of money as incentives,'' Franzini told the crowd. But Gov. Chris Christie recommended scaling back the state's renewable goals in his draft Energy Master Plan issued earlier this year, and also said the state should shift some of its future initiatives onto new natural gas facilities.
As federal officials work to clear a permitting path for offshore wind farms, experts at the Board of Public Utilities are hashing out rules for subsidies that will help developers who are eager to begin work for the emerging industry.
The Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's (BRSA) plan to install the turbine in Union Beach has been fought in the courts all year, but the borough's motion to accelerate asks the court to schedule oral arguments as soon as all briefing is completed, scheduled for Nov. 3.
Last month, the appellate division of the state's Superior Court denied a motion by the authority to dismiss an appeal by the borough, the latest step in a series of events that has included the borough Planning Board sending the turbine project to the Zoning Board and the BRSA challenging that decision to a trial court.
The Matawan Borough Council joined several other bayshore municipalities by passing a resolution that opposes the construction of a wind turbine in Union Beach at the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's (BRSA) Wastewater Treatment Facility. The resolution cites multiple reasons for opposing the construction, including "health and safety concerns, lack of protection for community roads and infrastructure, noise concerns and diminished property values." Matawan Borough Mayor Paul Buccellato expressed concerns over unknown effects of decibel levels and the turbine's close proximity to homes.
In an Aug. 19 letter, Union Beach special counsel Stuart Lieberman said that any work BRSA does on the turbine - including the 262-foot-high foundation that is already in place- would have to be removed if the matter is ultimately decided in favor of the borough. ...The appeals process for the turbine is ongoing.
After a presentation by the president of OmniWind Energy Systems as well as a professional engineer and a planner, concerned residents needed another opportunity for public comment, and the zoning board still had questions. OmniWind is proposing to install 13 wind turbines with new poles and foundations at the existing site of lighting poles at Walmart.
The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston has conducted an analysis of 1,100 megawatts of offshore wind power for New Jersey. We found that these projects would produce costs of $4.793 billion to construct the windmills and connect them to regional electricity and provide backup sources of electricity for times of unfavorable winds.
They contend that allowing wind turbines on preserved farmland violates the intent of the state program that has paid farmers $1.4 billion since 1986 for the development rights to their property. They argue that those farmers would be double-dipping by getting paid for hosting commercial development on acreage for which they took taxpayer money to keep solely as farmland.
NRG Bluewater, the company that wants to build underground power lines for a proposed wind farm off the coast, has agreed to fund up to $85,000 of independent research on the effects of the construction.
The industrial wind turbine planned for the northeast corner of the BRSA property, just 1080 feet from a residential neighborhood, has caused outcry residents and environmentalists fearing negative health effects and loss of property value.