Articles from New Jersey
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.
The bearing that broke was supposed to last 20 years, but only lasted three. ...The part needed to repair the turbine is estimated to cost $298,000, Boyle has said.
Significant progress was made in repairing the city's dormant wind turbine on Tuesday afternoon when its massive blades -- which had been lowered to the ground to make way for repairs -- were hoisted back up and reattached.
The massive blades of the city's dormant wind turbine have been lowered to the ground as workers continue to carry out repairs that began last week. ...Every month that the turbine goes unrepaired costs the city roughly $25,000 in energy savings, Boyle has said. Assuming the turbine is fixed by the end of March, the money lost in energy savings would total about $225,000.
After costing the city more than $200,000 in energy savings since breaking down in June, Bayonne's dormant wind turbine is undergoing repairs this week.
Eighty percent of all electricity sold in New Jersey would have to come from renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power if a bill that cleared a Senate committee Monday becomes law. The measure mandates that starting with 11 percent by 2017, the percentage of renewable energy increases 10 percent every five years until it reaches 80 percent.
“These companies aren’t lightweights, but they don’t want to just throw money away,” said Henry King, a Princeton-based lawyer who represents companies that develop renewable power. “Nobody is going to move forward with a proposal without these OREC rules in place.” A BPU spokesman recently said it remains unclear when the rule will be finalized.
Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., has vetoed legislation that would have instructed the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to open a new window for applications for small offshore wind projects off the coast of Atlantic City.
Utilities regulators will still closely evaluate the proposed project to make sure the cost of electricity it generates is affordable to consumers. Concerns that large subsidies might be needed have led the BPU to reject the proposal three times.
A new piece of legislation would push the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to follow through on a plan to promote offshore wind energy in Atlantic City.
The state Board of Public Utilities held firm the past couple of years in its rejection of a proposed Fishermen's Energy wind project off Atlantic City. The state should do the same regarding a federal push for wind farms in the Atlantic Ocean. ...If federal officials have a convincing argument that wind energy is so valuable for environmental reasons that customers and/or taxpayers should pay more for it, let them make that case to the nation and have all Americans pay for it.