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It sets parameters for permitting, installation and potential abandonment. For instance, setbacks will be based upon a wind tower's height. Those 35 feet tall or shorter will be held to general township setback requirements, while those 35 to 70 feel tall will require a setback twice the township standard. Systems 105 to 120 feet will need a setback four times the township standard.
"People says the sound is like sneakers in the dryer or a threshing plant or a jet that never lands," she said. "If you close the windows and doors to keep out the noise, things are still going to vibrate." The tips of the turbine blades can reach speeds of 150 mph, killing lots of migrating birds.
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.
"Although establishing responsible wind energy generation on farmland is an important goal, this bill is too broad and may have the unintended consequence of undermining (the program) by opening preserved farms to large, utility-scale development," the veto message reads.
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.
The bills essentially target farms located only in Cumberland and Salem counties, because those are the only two counties in the state that meet the low population-density threshold as outlined in the bills. The laws do not apply to farms in coastal areas or regions governed by Pinelands and Highlands legislation.
Municipalities along the transport route for a wind turbine bound for Union Beach are not yet on board with the transport of 200 tons of components through their borders. "The concern the council has, and that includes myself, is that Matawan is a historic municipality dating back 325 years.
I have never been more saddened by any action that our borough has taken. This atrocity is over the top for me. What are they thinking? This is not what going green is supposed to be like.
"This limitation effectively limits the application of bill to two counties, Cumberland and Salem, because they are sparsely populated and are not contiguous to any counties with a high population density."
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.
"It seems as though it's not cost effective or practical given the testimony that has just come up about the poles. I think this is nothing but a public relations ploy by Walmart to look green and entice more people to come shop in their stores," Forked River resident Regina Discenza said.