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The authority started construction, installing the turbine's foundation despite a warning from the state Department of Environmental Protection that it was proceeding at its own risk while the matter was in litigation.
After an injunction was granted to halt construction of the turbine in July, the Union Beach Planning Board has won their appeal against the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority.
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."
Once the project gets financing lined up, it can move forward. That depends in part on a judgment by the Board of Public Utilities about whether the company can get offshore wind incentives it has applied for.
The New Jersey Superior Court of Appeals issued an injunction Wednesday on behalf of Union Beach, halting construction of the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority's wind turbine. ...Bill Heller, who lives about 1,900 feet from the turbine, is worried about the impact it will have on the identity of the community.
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.
The Union Beach Borough Council authorized a special counsel in late June to seek an injunction from the state Superior Court that would block the transport of the wind turbine, but so far no hearing date for the injuction has been set.
Several noise violations from the borough's two power-generating wind turbines has led the Borough Council to shut the systems down between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. during the week. ...Borough officials received correspondence dated March 30 from the Ocean County Health Department indicating that a noise recording demonstrated violations of the state administrative code.
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.
Steve Gallo, executive director of the BMUA, said while the turbine itself was finished in January, the connection that would actually allow the turbine to supply the pumping station with power has not been completed.
Fishermen's Energy, the company likely closest to placing wind turbines off the coast of New Jersey, is seeking more time to file an amended application with state regulators following harsh criticism of its initial proposal by consultants.
As part of the agreement, the turbine will not have blades on it. Instead, a bladeless version, which is designed to be much quieter than ones with blades, will be installed. Burke is also looking to recoup between $250,000 and $300,000 in legal fees he claims he is owed.
"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.
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.