Articles filed under Energy Policy from New Jersey

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...debates on merits and impacts [of offshore wind energy development] must be made at the local level; however, during the pandemic, in-person discussion and discourse was rendered impossible.  Still, the state and federal government are barreling ahead with these projects despite the concerns of local residents and town officials. The Sweeney/Burzichelli legislation isn’t just a slippery slope, it’s an avalanche of government over-reach. As the letter writers noted, “these bills take away the ability of local government to render decisions that they feel reflect the best interest of the community and replaces it with a process that favors foreign investment.”
7 Jul 2021

Bill meant to speed development of offshore windmills heads to governor’s desk

The state Senate and Assembly on Thursday approved a bill giving state regulators the authority to seize property or grant easements for transmission lines carrying electricity from offshore windmills to the power grid, even over local objections. The companion bills, S3926 and A5894, authorize “certain offshore wind projects to construct power lines and obtain real property interests; grants BPU authority to supersede certain local governmental powers upon petition from offshore wind project.”
27 Jun 2021

New Jersey looks to rejoin regional cap-and-trade program

But many business groups oppose reentering RGGI at all. Tony Bawidamann, vice president of government affairs at the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, said the cap-and-trade program amounts to a tax on businesses that will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher energy costs. “This makes us less competitive in the region because the ratepayer is going to be paying more and more for energy use,” Bawidamann said. ...“It’s a costly state to live in, and this makes it even more costly,” he said.
25 Jan 2019

NJ Senate panel advances bill requiring 80% renewable energy

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.
1 Mar 2016

Progress stalled on N.J. wind-farm projects

“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.
28 Jan 2016

Ratepayers get focus on energy costs they need and deserve

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.
1 Dec 2015

N.J. Dems pressing Christie to act on offshore wind farms as federal auction nears

BPU spokesman Greg Reinert said the agency is working with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and providing input on the lease sale. "This administration continues to support the development of sustainable, clean offshore wind energy production in a manner that is economically sound and that protects our ratepayers from exposure," Reinert said.
1 Oct 2015

Christie again pursues withdrawal from climate initiative

A proposal scheduled for publication Monday in the state register would repeal rules associated with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program New Jersey joined other states in implementing in late 2005. Christie announced in 2011 that he would withdraw the state from the program, which the Republican governor said had been ineffective.
8 Jul 2014

NJ rejects 3-year effort to install wind farm off Atlantic City coast

The three-year effort by a coalition to build the country's first offshore wind farm in waters off Atlantic City appears dead in the water after the state Board of Public Utilities rejected the proposal today. The unanimous decision by the BPU followed a recommendation by its staff, which said the $188 million proposed project was not financially viable because it left ratepayers on the hook for too much money if expected federal grants did not materialize.
19 Mar 2014

Political ambitions in N.J. seen as helping to derail pilot project off Atlantic City

That tab, according to BPU staff, could be about $187 million if outside financing falls through. Staff members have argued in board documents that because federal grants are not certain, the project would pose technical and economic risks as proposed. A spokesman at the BPU said this does not mean staff members there oppose the project outright, as has been reported by other news outlets.
18 Mar 2014

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