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Elusive offshore wind pilot moves closer to go/no-go decision

By the end of June, the state may decide if an offshore wind farm will be built about three miles from Atlantic City's beaches. In an order signed last Thursday, the New Jersey Board of Utilities established a procedural schedule, saying it expects to take action on the proposal by June 30 -- an application that has been pending before the regulatory agency since May 2011.
12 Mar 2013

Winds of change at BRSA

"The continuation of the proposed wind turbine will cause further division, additional loss of tranquility and create a significant impairment to bring local residents together at a time when partnerships, collaborations, relationships and a strong community for a generation or more is needed to rebuild Union Beach and the entire coastline of Raritan Bay."
27 Feb 2013

Destroying nature in order to save it

"This used to be inundated with wildlife," Lourenco said. "There were deer, woodchuck, foxes ... " Soon, this will all be fenced off behind a chain-link wall. The natural area to be destroyed will total 45 acres. Who is responsible for this environmental disaster? You can blame this one on the tree-huggers themselves. All of this acreage will be sacrificed for so-called "green energy."
21 Oct 2012

Superior Court rules for BRSA

In her decision, Kilgallen said that the DEP permit - in conjunction with a state statute passed shortly after the Union Beach ordinance that forbids municipalities from imposing unreasonable restrictions on turbine projects - prevented the borough from applying its ordinance to the BRSA turbine.
19 Oct 2012

Union Beach hires lawyer for wind turbine fight

In August, it was ruled that the authority needed site plan approval from the borough Planning Board before it could install and operate the wind turbine. Now, BRSA will be asking Union Beach to correct what Fischer has called a mapping error. The borough's zoning map places the BRSA property in a residential zone.
30 Sep 2012

Did the cost of subsidizing offshore wind just hit a downdraft?

The Atlantic City project is facing steep hurdles to win approval ...The BPU's own consultant questioned the net economic benefits of the project. A consultant retained by the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel voiced similar concerns previously. At the heart of the issue is just how much state subsidies paid by electric customers are necessary to make the projects viable.
19 Sep 2012

Turbine Plans Hit Headwind

"They have 23,000 customers and claim they'll save $400,000 from the turbine," he said. "If you divide it, I'm going to save about $18 a year, but I'm going to lose about $50,000 value on my house. I'd rather just pay the bill if that's O.K."
24 Aug 2012

Court halts wind turbine delivery

The borough has stopped - at least for now - a wind turbine slated to be built at the regional sewerage plant here. Robert C. Fischer, Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's executive director, called the latest news "disappointing."
21 Jul 2012

Superior Court issues injunction to block turbine delivery

On Wednesday, July 18, Judge Mary Catherine Cuff of the New Jersey State Superior Court granted the Borough of Union Beach an injunction ordering the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority (BRSA) to refrain from shipping and assembling a 386-foot-tall industrial wind turbine into the borough until a decision could be reached in a still-pending appeals case.
18 Jul 2012

Borough seeks injunction on wind turbine

Union Beach, where the energy-producing turbine will be located, has sought an injunction to stop the delivery of the turbine's parts starting around July 23, said Union Beach Mayor Paul J. Smith. A hearing date on the injunction has not been set yet.
7 Jul 2012
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