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Consultants cool to N.J. wind farm proposal

"Net benefits of the project were not demonstrated because key underlying assumptions of applicants' cost-benefit analysis were not adequately substantiated." The applicants failed to address the possibility of a negative job impact caused by consumers paying above-market prices for power from the wind farms compared with electricity from conventional power plants.
29 Feb 2012

Company awaiting approval for offshore wind farm plan

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.
16 Jan 2012

Towns raising concern over turbine transport

"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.
4 Jan 2012

Hazlet, Union Beach may pull out of BRSA

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.
4 Jan 2012

NJ 'green' technology leaders face unclear future

"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.
26 Oct 2011

Boro wants turbine appeal heard sooner

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.
12 Oct 2011

Authority pushes to bring wind turbine to Union Beach

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.
28 Sep 2011

Matawan passes resolution opposing construction of BRSA's wind turbine

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.
23 Sep 2011

BRSA awaits permits for turbine transport

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.
21 Sep 2011

Walmart wind turbines application tabled until October

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.
8 Sep 2011

The wind turbine dilemma: Hurting preservation or supporting farmers in New Jersey?

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.
20 Jun 2011
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